Editor’s note: In a recent column, Jack Crowe explained his reasons for supporting Republican Bruce Rauner over Democrat Pat Quinn in the upcoming November election for governor of Illinois [Viewpoints, Sept. 17]. Some commenters on OakPark.com raised the possibility of a conflict of interest between Crowe’s work for a charter school operator and possible donations to that charter school group from Rauner or GCTR, his investment firm.
Here is Jack Crowe’s response:
I am the chief operating officer and general counsel of Cristo Rey Network an entity that provides services to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago and 29 other member high schools around the country. Neither Bruce Rauner nor his investment firm GCTR has ever provided any donations to Cristo Rey Network.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, an independently owned and operated member of the Cristo Rey Network, has an affiliated corporation called the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Corporate Work Study Program, which runs a temporary employment agency that employs its high school students in a student work program at corporations around Chicago. That work study program has an employee staffing contract with GCTR to staff one entry level position of four student workers. This fee-for-service agreement between the Corporate Work Study Program and GCTR is approximately $31,000 per year. As a fee-for-service contract, it is not a donation.
In addition, my understanding is that GCTR makes a small annual contribution to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.