The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting, “A former business partner of Gov. Bruce Rauner is suing Rauner, but all court records in the case are being kept secret — allegedly at the governor’s request.
The lawsuit against Rauner was filed last week by Harreld “Kip” Kirkpatrick III and the Kirkpatrick Capital Partners Fund, according to Cook County Circuit Court records.
Kirkpatrick is a former Northwestern University basketball star and co-CEO of the Vistria Group, a private-equity firm in Chicago.
He said the lawsuit was filed as a “result of a dispute with a former partner” — namely Rauner, according to a memo that Kirkpatrick sent to Vistria employees.
Kirkpatrick also told his employees that all documents in the case were hidden from public view because that’s how Rauner wants it.
“Gov. Rauner has requested that the details of this lawsuit be sealed so I am unable to provide you with additional information at this time,” Kirkpatrick said in the memo sent on the same day the suit was filed…”