CHICAGO - When asked about his conservative credentials by Cities radio talk show host Robert Rees, Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner pointed to his generosity to fiscally-conservative non-profit groups such as Americans for Prosperity, Illinois Policy Institute, Heartland Institute and others which he thought should be considered by the Illinois Republican Party's conservative base.
Donations to non-profit groups Rauner mentioned are not in the public record, but personal donations to Republican local groups reported to the Illinois State Board of Elections are available for public perusal.
If Mr. Rauner points to his donations to Illinois Policy Institute and Heartland Institute as proof of his fiscal conservative views, he may also point to 58 checks amounting to $89,500 written to Republican organizations since January 2013 as proof of his "Republican-ism."
While in the past the Rauners have given to Democratic candidates, none are listed thus far for 2013, although Mrs. Rauner wrote a check to the pro-abortion, Democrat-favoring Personal PAC for $5000 on October 4, 2013. This is the seventh year in a row the Rauners reported an annual contribution to Personal PAC.