Rauner called Arne and got his kid into Walter Payton. Isn’t that special?
Bruce Rauner, GOP gubernatorial candidate and Rahm best friend is back in the news today.
Greg Hinz reporting again.
Last week it turns out that Rauner couldn’t decide if he lived in Chicago or the north shore. He votes here. Pays property taxes on his primary residence in wealthy Winnetka.
Today Hinz reports that Rauner was one of those special interests that got his daughter into selective admission Walter Payton High School with a phone call to Arne Duncan, then CPS CEO.
Rauner is fond of calling the teachers union a special interest.
As it turns out, in establishing residence in the city, Mr. Rauner also established the right of his daughter to attend a Chicago public school. But not just any school. She could have gone to New Trier, since mom still lived in Winnetka and New Trier is pretty highly rated itself. But Payton is rated better.
There only was one problem, the sources say: Her test scores, academic record and other factors weren’t good enough to get her into Payton.
According to a report by CPS Inspector General James Sullivan that has not been released to the public, the younger Ms. Rauner had good scores, very good scores. But not quite good enough. Her application was denied. So dad called Mr. Duncan, a Duncan aide called the Payton principal and she was admitted, graduating last June. She’s now a college freshman.
Well, isn’t that special?