Diana Rauner

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As lawmakers battle over school funding in Springfield, Illinois’ First Lady is stepping into the ring.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

First Lady Diana Rauner visited Peoria Wed. to launch a statewide pilot project for newborns in low-income households.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner’s Roman holiday is coming to an end. They were part of an 80-member Chicago delegation to the Vatican where they witnessed Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich become a cardinal. 

Rauner posted several videos to Facebook during the four-day trip.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he and his wife are moving to a home on the Illinois State Fairgrounds while renovation work is done on the state's Executive Mansion.  Tours of the Illinois Executive Mansion will close to the public starting in January. The restoration project is expected to take 18 months.

A Cook County judge will hear arguments next month in a lawsuit brought by social service providers over the impact of the yearlong state budget impasse.  The hearing is Aug. 31.
Nearly 100 social service groups sued Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration saying they worked without payment during the stalemate and are owed roughly $160 million. They call themselves the Pay Now Illinois coalition and want the court to force payment.

A proposal bolstering Illinois funding for early education is now law.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the plan Thursday at an event with his wife, Diana Rauner. She runs an early education organization called The Ounce of Prevention Fund.

Under existing state law, 14 percent of grant money for early education was set aside for children up to age 3. Under the new measure, it eventually will grow to 20 percent.

A private fundraising campaign to restore the governor's mansion in Springfield has received about $4.5 million toward its estimated goal of $15 million.
The goal is to complete the work at the historic Illinois Executive Mansion before Illinois statehood's 200th anniversary in 2018.
Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana Rauner, began the campaign last year, pledging that no taxpayer dollars will be spent to restore the 161-year-old home after decades of neglect.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana have made a rare joint appearance at a cabinet discussion about youth policies amid her nonprofit group's involvement in a lawsuit against his administration.  Diana Rauner is a Democrat who runs a child advocacy group called the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She and the Republican governor sat opposite each other at the cabinet meeting, but did not interact until she delivered a presentation on early childhood education.


The nonprofit organization run by the Democratic wife of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has sued the first-term Republican amid the state's unprecedented budget impasse.


The awkward situation has raised eyebrows and drawn a few jabs about Diana Rauner's twin roles as first lady to the state's first GOP governor in over a decade and as a longtime social services advocate in the Democratic state.


The wife of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Emily Bastedo as her new chief of staff.  Bastedo of Elmhurst is the associate counsel general in the governor's office, were she serves as the legal liaison to 10 state agencies, boards and commissions.

Documents show that about $3 million in repairs were been made to the Illinois Governor's Mansion last summer.


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