Two Republican candidates for governor are accusing one another of using their influence to get family and friends into certain schools. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) is bashing Bruce Rauner over a report in the Chicago Sun-Times that Rauner got his daughter’s rejection to Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago overturned, and later donated $250,000 to the school. “I think this was pure payback for having the Chicago Public Schools let his daughter in after she was rejected,” Dillard said.
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Rauner has fired back by accusing the other candidates – Dillard, State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford – of helping politically-connected applicants get into the University of Illinois. Dillard denies that claim. “The one or two people that I have ever written letters of recommendation to for the University of Illinois are there, they’re public. I think the ones I wrote actually were rejected,” Dillard said. Dillard said if Rauner wins the Republican nomination, stories like this will hurt the party’s chances of unseating Gov. Pat Quinn.