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Lawsuit: Gov. Rauner met about investments while in office

A newly unsealed lawsuit alleges Gov. Bruce Rauner participated in 2015 meetings to manage his personal wealth after his pledge to follow "blind trust" procedures while in office.

Posted: Jan. 24, 2018 7:48 AM

HICAGO (AP) - A newly unsealed lawsuit alleges Gov. Bruce Rauner participated in 2015 meetings to manage his personal wealth after his pledge to follow "blind trust" procedures while in office.

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The complaint made public Tuesday says the venture capitalist turned governor was unhappy about his cut of a $67.5 million settlement reached with a former investment partner.

Lawyers for Harreld "Kip" Kirkpatrick III say Kirkpatrick and Rauner met to discuss the matter, including a meeting on the patio of the governor's mansion in Springfield.

Those meetings occurred after the Republican said upon taking office that he was putting his investments into a blind trust, which leaves decisions up to an adviser to avoid conflict of interest.

The Cook County lawsuit was filed in October.

Rauner's spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message.

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