Her lawsuit against him, GTCR and several of its partners offers a firsthand look into Rauner’s business philosophy. It’s a philosophy Rauner has fine-tuned over the years that he repeatedly has said forms a cornerstone of what kind of Illinois governor he would be as he runs to unseat Gov. Pat Quinn. The lawsuit was settled in 2008 after a judge threw out most of the counts for a variety of legal defects.
Kirk alleged in the lawsuit that Rauner threatened her personally and through a LeapSource board member — a claim she made in a sworn deposition. That former LeapSource board member confirmed in a deposition that “threatening things...were said to her” and that he had been involved in some of those conversations. Rauner denied the allegations through a spokesman.