A Chicago-based non-profit headed up by the wife of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner landed state grants worth $13 million in the 2012 fiscal year, Crain's Chicago Business reported Monday.
In the past, Diana Rauner, who does not get paid as her role as president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund Inc., which provides early childhood education services in Chicago, has spoken out against proposed slashes to education funds in tough budgetary years and has lauded Gov. Pat Quinn for his efforts to boost spending for preschool initiatives.
Diana Rauner, who has appeared in Bruce Rauner's campaign ads, has more recently, however, not taken part in the group's public support of policy and budget plans put forward by Quinn. As part of Quinn's 2015 budget proposal, the governor has called for keeping the 2011 temporary income tax increase permanent. Bruce Rauner opposes that idea and wants to see the temporary income tax hike phase out in January as planned.
Recent statements from the education non-profit in support of Quinn's proposals have been released by Ounce's Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy Elliot Regenstein, Crain's reported.
“When there are perception issues, it's important to show some kind of separation,” said J.M. “Jim” Schultz, an Ounce board member. “She's doing the right thing to not be caught in the political crossfire here.”
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