Gov. Rauner unhurt in Loop crash involving motorcade

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Governor Rauner’s motorcade involved in 4-vehicle crash.

A recent report from the Illinois Policy Institute think tank uses Census migration data to show what the group calls an “inflection point in its economic crisis.” In 2014 the state had the second largest net loss of people moving to other states in the nation, behind New York.In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 photo, Bruce Rauner takes the oath of office as Illinois’ governor while his wife, Diana, holds the Bible in Springfield Ill.CHICAGO – Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau today released the following statement regarding the four-vehicle, injury crash that occurred at Michigan Avenue and East Randolph Street involving the governor’s motorcade. Bruce Rauner was involved in a Loop car crash Wednesday morning while being driven to his Thompson Center office, but state police said he was not injured.

Diana Rauner says she will be an active first lady with her sites set on improving early childhood education and restoring the historic Executive Mansion in Springfield. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) Diana Rauner is gearing up as first lady, hiring a prominent Springfield political aide as chief of staff and contemplating initiatives that could include children’s advocacy and restoring the capital city’s Executive Mansion. The governor was traveling in a routine state police motorcade from his downtown home to the state office building when the accident occurred, officials said. The 53-year-old Democrat, who is wife to a Republican governor, has a doctoral degree in developmental psychology and a professional reputation of her own, plans to be a supportive wife and an activist with a second job. Neither Rauner nor his security detail were injured, though three other people involved in the accident were taken to Northwestern Medical Center with what state police described as “non-life threatening” injuries.

George Ryan and later served two terms on the Illinois Commerce Commission. “I’ve never seen her be anything but respectful of other people’s opinions, and that’s what you always have to be,” Ford said. “She’s a true lady and she’ll bring all of that charm to whatever she needs to do.” The governor, who spent last week issuing executive orders and undoing ones by his predecessor, has pledged to live in Springfield, unlike the past two executives. Lance Trover, a spokesman for Bruce Rauner, would not respond to questions about whether anyone else will join Wojcicki Jimenez on Diana Rauner’s staff. One task Wojcicki Jimenez has on her to-do list is leading the first lady’s efforts on restoring the 1855 Executive Mansion, “which we want to do at lightning-fast speed,” Rauner said. She said that because she doesn’t receive a salary, she wouldn’t personally benefit from any funding Ounce receives from the state. “Diana definitely knows the boundaries and she would not jeopardize the Ounce or herself,” Ford said. “They (the public) will be watching.

You know they’re going to put a microscope on her.” Despite the high-stakes, intersecting worlds of government, social service and politics she’s entering, there’s the traditional — perhaps stereotypical — part first ladies play. Rauner says the role of spouse is as critical as any. “First and foremost is just to support Bruce, and to really kind of be there for him and with him and make sure he’s eating and sleeping,” she said, “but also thinking about how things are going for him.

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