A non-profit organization headed by Diana Rauner, wife of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, landed state grants worth $13 million in the 2012 fiscal year, Crain's Chicago Business reported Monday.
Diana Rauner is the unpaid president of Ounce of Prevention Fund, Inc., which provides early childhood education services in Chicago. In the past, she has been vocal in her opposition to cutting the state's education funding, and has applauded her husband's opponent - Pat Quinn - for his efforts to increase spending for preschool initiatives.
Recent Ounce of Prevention's statements in support of Quinn's proposal to make the 2011 temporary income tax increase permanent have been released by Ounce's Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy Elliot Regenstein, Crain's reported.
Diana Rauner has not taken part in the organization's support of Quinn's proposal. Her husband opposes the idea and wants to see the temporary tax hike phase out in January as planned.
“When there are perception issues, it's important to show some kind of separation,” said J.M. Schultz, an Ounce board member. “She's doing the right thing to not be caught in the political crossfire here.”