The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that not only did Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner make calls to get his daughter admitted to elite Payton Prep, he followed up those calls with a $250,000 donation to the school 18 months later.
Criticism of Rauner from his GOP opponents is the pot calling the kettle black says the Rauner campaign.
“Kirk Dillard is the worst type of career politician. He's double-talking and has more clout baggage than O’Hare during a snowstorm," said Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf. "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."
In a press release, Rauner claims that Dillard, Brady and Rutherford all have used clout to benefit friends, noting:
- “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', 06/12/2009]
- “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, 06/11/2009]
- “…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, 7/16/09]