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Republicans Running For Governor Debate

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:03:59 CST
By: IPR's Amanda Vinicky

The front runner in the Republican race for governor found himself apologizing last (TUESDAY) night during a debate in Springfield. IPR's Amanda Vinicky has the story:

   
Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has used his personal fortune to fund his campaign for governor.
But there have been questions about whether he used his wealth and connections to help his daughter get a coveted spot in an elite Chicago high school.
Rauner's story seems to have changed. In September, he denied having called then head of Chicago Public Schools Arne Duncan about the selection process, but later said they had talked about it.
Rauner says it's a misunderstanding.
"Arne Duncan and I would talk regularly because I'm very involved, and have been for 25 years, in school reform in Chicago: very involved in charter schools, vouchers, school choice. So I talk to Arne regularly."
But he says he asked for no special favors. Rauner --- who has his own college prep academy named in his honor, thanks to funding of a Chicago charter school network -- says he believes in school choice for all parents.
Another candidate for governor, Sen. Kirk Dillard, wasn't satisfied with Rauner's response.
"He's been all over the board as to how he got his daughter, after she was denied admission to the Walter Payton High School in that school. Did he or did he not get on the phone and call President Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan to get her in? He's very much someone with a pattern of pay to play politics in his personal, professional and political life." Senator Bill Brady and Treasurer Dan Rutherford are also seeking the Republican nomination.

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