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Governor Bruce Rauner was coming out swinging in response to news that four communications staffers resigned. One of them was Diana Rickert, one of the top staffers who came to the administration from the Illinois Policy Institute. Rauner defied characterizations that the conservative think tank was playing a central role in the administration.

The communications staffers left amid the recent controversy over a political cartoon on the school funding debate from the Illinois Policy Institute that showed a black child seeking money from a white man. Rauner rejects talk of turmoil.

Rickert, Communications Director Laurel Patrick and two communications specialists were let go after starting work with the administration just last month.

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