Bruce Rauner is promising greater assistance to minority-owned businesses if he’s elected governor. Rauner claims his business experience will help him with his plans to help those companies, particularly in the African-American community. Rauner says Gov. Pat Quinn hasn’t lived up to promises to get those businesses more involved in work paid for by the state government.

“He hasn’t managed the government to make sure African American-owned businesses have real shots at state contracts,” Rauner said. “I will change that.  I’ll drive a result.”

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Rauner is also proposing setting up a small business investment program specifically for companies owned by minorities.

When asked about how many African-Americans have been employed at this former investment firm, Rauner claimed he hired “many,” but said he couldn’t comment on the number of African-Americans currently employed at the company, since he no longer works there.

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