Rauner: 'No private business' discussed at meeting

Gov. Bruce Rauner says "no private business was conducted on public property" when he met with a former business partner at the Executive Mansion in May 2015.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 7:42 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner says "no private business was conducted on public property" when he met with a former business partner at the Executive Mansion in May 2015.

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But the Republican didn't answer directly Monday. The Chicago Tribune editorial board asked whether discussion with Harreld "Kip" Kirkpatrick included disbursing $67 million from a 2011 investment with Rauner.

That's key because the multimillionaire promised when elected in 2014 that he would have no day-to-day dealings with investment decisions.

And the mansion is maintained by a private nonprofit organization.

His spokeswoman has sought to characterize two 2015 meetings with Kirkpatrick as discussions about a "contract dispute" from a deal before he was governor, rather than about an investment.

The meetings came to light last week in Kirkpatrick's lawsuit, which a judge dismissed Friday.

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