Truth Test: Ad claims Gov. Rauner profits from Child Separation - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Truth Test: Ad claims Gov. Rauner profits from Child Separation

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WSIL — Attack ads continue in the highly contested Illinois Governor’s race between Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker. 

As part of the campaign News 3 will be checking claims made by those candidates. 

At issue tonight, a Pritzker ad claiming Rauner is profiting off of child separation at the border. 

The Pritzker campaign started running the ad after a Politico report showed Rauner made money last year from a private equity fund that partially owns Correct Care Solutions,  a health care company which contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities.

“Across the country, Democratic and Republican Governors spoke out against their state supporting Trump and keeping children away from their parents,” the ad’s narrator said. “Rauner wasn’t giving it a thought and now we learn why. Rauner has been profiting on Donald Trump’s policy.”

In his most recent statement of economic interests, Rauner disclosed he made more than $5,000 from GTCR, which partially owns Correct Care Solutions, but there is no evidence to support the ad's claim that Rauner profited off of the child separation policy.

First the ad claims CCS is helping "keep children separated from their parents." It's not. The company provides health care services at the detention facilities, not enforcement.

In addition, a review of federal contracts show CCS doesn't work with any facilities that house separated youth.

That isn't the only misleading claim in the ad.

The narrator quotes Rauner as saying he hasn't given any thought to the family separation policy, but the quote wasn’t in response to a question about the controversial policy, but rather whether he would send Illinois National Guard troops to the border.

Even without the misleading quote, the claim that Rauner hasn't given any thought to the family separation policy is untrue.

In fact in the exact same press conference, Rauner called the practice bad, wrong and heartbreaking.

Due to the lack of evidence and misleading statements, we rate these claims false.

News 3 will be fact-checking politicians throughout the election season, so if there's a claim you want us to truth test, email truthtest@wsiltv.com.

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