Governor Sued by Wife’s Charity
Governor Bruce Rauner (Republican) met his wife Diana Rauner while she worked at his investment firm and though she’s a lifelong Democrat, she happily joined him when he campaigned in the gubernatorial race. They even did ads with the couple bantering about their different views and her declaring he had her vote because he would “take on both parties to fix Illinois.”
Governor Rauner’s Focus on Weakening Unions
Fixing Illinois has turned into a giant battle, and in the process, many organizations usually funded by Illinois and providing help to the various communities have received little or no help over the last two years while Governor Rauner focuses his efforts to weaken unions hold on power in the state.
A lawsuit was filed recently by 82 social service providers — the Pay Now Coalition — suing the Governor’s administration for over $130 million in payments that are deadlocked with the state’s budget fight between the administration and Democratic leaders in the legislature. Diana’s organization, Once, joined with the Coalition after the suit was already filed.
Diana Rauner Declines to Make a Comment
Once is a child-advocacy group led by Diana Rauner since 2011, and she’s often called it her dream job. They offer programs fostering early childhood development. Though Mrs. Rauner has declined making any direct response to the issue, a release was offered stating, “My colleagues in the field here in Illinois have worked with me long enough that I think they see me first and foremost as a partner and leader in our field.”
A former vacation pal with the Governor, Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel (Democrat) has been in a battle with the governor over funding for Chicago schools. He made a statement recently, though pulled back from it afterward without apology, saying, “Is it any accident that his wife’s own organization sued him?” That statement came directly after Rauner vetoed a pension relief measure in May.
Mrs. Rauner Remains Committed to Bettering Her State
Mrs. Rauner clarified her belief in how she can help best by saying, “To the extent that I can use my role as first lady to better our state, it’s in raising awareness of the importance of supports for vulnerable children and families.”