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Gov. Rauner Releases Emails Official Sent on Private Account

The emails were released Monday after Rauner said using personal email for government business isn't allowed

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    Illinois governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. Dating back to the 1880s, the Pullman district, on the city's Far South Side, is one of the country's first company towns. The "town" was founded by George Pullman to house workers at his now-defunct Pullman Palace Car Co., which made luxurious rail cars. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has released 44 pages of documents from education secretary Beth Purvis' private email account, despite arguing for months it shouldn't have to do so.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reports the emails were released Monday after Rauner said using personal email for government business isn't allowed. He was commenting about outgoing University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, who used private emails extensively to keep discussions from the public.

    The governor's office previously rejected the newspaper's Freedom of Information Act request for Purvis' private emails, arguing they weren't public.

    The emails were comprised of about a half dozen messages between Purvis and several outside consultants. They included a lengthy education strategy document marked confidential.

    The newspaper said the emails were ones Purvis had volunteered to turn over.

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