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Awkward: Illinois governor sued by wife's nonprofit


CHICAGO (AP) -- 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.

Diana Rauner has been president of the Chicago-based Ounce of Prevention Fund since 2011. The group offers early childhood programs and is partially state-funded.

Her organization recently joined a lawsuit against Gov. Rauner and state agencies brought by social agencies working without payment for nearly a year because of the budget gridlock.

A hearing in the court case is scheduled for next month.

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