For J.B. Pritzker, kids trump politics
August 2nd, 2016
J.B. Pritzker’s philanthropic foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a child-advocacy group headed by Diana Rauner, the wife of Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Pritzker is a high-profile Chicago businessman and Democrat. Bruce Rauner is the state’s leading Republican. You could say Rauner’s wife is Switzerland as she’s a reported Democrat who’s worked with Pritzker for years on early-childhood issues.
The grant from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative will go toward increasing access to “high-quality early experiences for low-income children and parents across the country,” the Chicago-based Ounce said in a release. “The investment will directly support the Ounce mission to give every young child, especially those born into poverty, the strongest possible start in life.”
The Pritzker Children’s Initiative works under the umbrella of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, which has long championed early-childhood education.
“Quality early learning from birth sets children on the path to success in school and in life. And when they succeed, we all succeed,” J.B. Pritzker said in a release announcing the grant.
The Ounce is part of a group of nonprofit social-service providers suing Rauner’s administration for payment of some $130 million–monies tied up in Rauner’s budget fight with Democratic legislative leaders.