Report: Rauner Used Money, Influence To Get Daughter Into Prep School

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

CHICAGO (AP) — The issue of how Republican Bruce Rauner’s (ROW’-nurz) daughter got into an elite Chicago school has resurfaced in the governor’s race.

Rauner has maintained he didn’t use his money or influence to get a daughter into Walter Payton College Prep in 2008. Initially, she was rejected despite having top grades. Rauner says his family appealed through a principals’ discretionary process.

But outgoing Chicago Public Schools Inspector General James Sullivan says that’s not the case. He says Rauner called CPS officials and the admission status changed.

Later, Rauner’s foundation made a $250,000 donation to a school initiative.

The money prompted allegations of clout during the primary. Gov. Pat Quinn echoed that Thursday.

Rauner’s campaign says the candidate and his wife spoke frequently with school staff because of their other education work.

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