In Monday’s Chicago Sun-Times, the lead story is that Bruce Rauner gave $250,000 to the Chicago prep school that he got his daughter admitted to.
The sub-headline above the article is “Gov hopeful gave big to Payton after pulling strings to get daughter into elite high school.”
At 10:52 this morning, the following email from the Kirk Dillard campaign arrived:
Dillard to hold media availability:
Sun Times Rauner investigation
1:30 – Pioneer Court, Chicago
LOMBARD, Ill. – Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard will hold a media availability today to react to the Sun Times investigation into Bruce Rauner’s $250,000 contribution to Payton Prep after calling then-Schools CEO Arne Duncan to have his daughter admitted to the school.
Time: 1:30 p.m.
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At 1:08 this afternoon, the following came from the Rauner campaign:
BRADY, DILLARD AND RUTHERFORD EXPOSED IN CLOUT SCANDAL
“Kirk Dillard is the worst type of career politician. He’s double-talking and has more clout baggage than O’Hare during a snowstorm. The fact is Kirk Dillard and the other career politicians repeatedly clouted people into the University of Illinois and never thought twice about it. Voters know he is a hypocrite and will reject him.” – Mike Schrimpf, Rauner Campaign Spokesperson
BRADY, DILLARD AND RUTHERFORD USED THEIR CLOUT AS STATE LAWMAKERS TO GAIN EDGE FOR POTENTIAL U. OF I. ENTRANTS
“The politicians have been named as part of an investigation by the Chicago Tribune into the use of clout in the admission process at the state’s flagship university. … Others on the list include: state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington; state Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa…
” [The Pantagraph, Local lawmakers on alleged U of I ‘clout list’
“In Order Of Most To Least %% Lawmaker # Requests # Known # Known Admissions Denials … Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale)
7 3 1 …” [Chicago Tribune, Who made admissions requests
“…University logs obtained by the Tribune show that Dillard’s name was tied to seven students on the clout list since 2005.
” [Chicago Tribune, Bill would fire beleaguered U.ofI. trustees