Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner says Gov. Pat Quinn should take the blame for the increase in child abuse and neglect deaths that have occurred during his tenure as governor. Rauner claims during Quinn’s time in office, there has been a spike in the number of children dying while in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
When asked if he and his former investment firm are similarly responsible for deaths that occurred at a chain of nursing homes owned by the firm, Rauner said he’s been more successful at appointing the right people in the private sector than Quinn has at state agencies.
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“I can say that I won’t be perfect,” Rauner said. “I don’t know there’s a human being who is perfect. But I can say I will do a terrific job, just as I’ve done a terrific job for 30 years at my investment firm.” There has been a statewide spike in the number of child deaths due to abuse and neglect in recent years, but that may be due to a change in how those deaths are categorized. In a legislative hearing in December, then-acting director of DCFS Denise Gonzales attributed the increase to sleep suffocations being counted as negligent deaths beginning in 2010. The Quinn campaign calls the attack by Rauner “despicable and a new low.”