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CHICAGO - NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern picked up on a story Illinois Review broke earlier this week about GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner attending the ACLU dinner last Saturday night. Ahern reports that Rauner attended the dinner reception honoring abortion rights as a favor to his wife:
Word that Republican Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner attended a pro-choice fundraiser Saturday night is not setting well with some members of his party.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois gala was held to celebrate decades of pro-choice support by the ACLU. Democratic Congressman Jan Schakowsky served as keynote speaker, and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn was in attendance.
Rauner’s wife, Diana, was one of the hosts of the event.
Two days earlier the 45th anniversary dinner of the Illinois Right to Life Committee was held, and Rauner did not attend.
As IR reported, neither Quinn nor Rauner stayed for dinner.
Emily Zender, the executive director of the Illinois Right to Life Committee, told Illinois Review “it is disgusting that Mr. Rauner would give money to, and celebrate with, an organization that brags about its support of partial birth abortion.”
Originally refusing to comment about the incident, the Rauner campaign was forced to release a statement saying:
"Bruce's wife, Diana, is a supporter and she asked him to stop by because she could not. Bruce has always said he believes this issue is best left between a woman and her doctor and family, not the government."
The original story can be found HERE