© 2024 NPR Illinois
The Capital's Community & News Service
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Governor Sued By His Wife's Non-Profit

Ounce of Prevention

  The number of social service groups suing Illinois is growing. Eighteen agencies are joining a lawsuit against the state to get paid -- since they haven't received $130 million due to the budget impasse. One of the latest groups to sue is notable because of who's in charge.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is being sued by his wife.

Well, her organization anyway. Diana Rauner is the CEO of Ounce of Prevention, a nonprofit that's owed $6 million dollars from Illinois per a contract.

Ounce's Chief Operating Office Sarah Bradley says there's nothing to make of the First Lady's involvement in the lawsuit. "This was a business decision that we made with the support and leadership of Diana and the support of the board. And this is for us about fairness and our contracting with the state," she said.

"We do hope that this lawsuit brings attention to the fact that the social fabric is fraying as a result of this state budget impasse." Bradley says Ounce of Prevention has continued providing support services to teen moms, even though it's been waiting for Illinois to pay since July.

The lawsuit is asking for emergency relief: in other words, the groups want to be paid, yesterday.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
Related Stories