* From last month…
A communications staffer ousted by Gov. Bruce Rauner is accusing the governor’s office of stonewalling on requests for public information, including emails to and from first lady Diana Rauner regarding an abortion bill the governor angered conservatives by signing.
Diana Rickert’s lawsuit is here.
* Today’s Tribune…
A former member of Gov. Rauner’s communications team has asked to dismiss a lawsuit seeking emails from first lady Diana Rauner about a controversial abortion bill.
The suit was filed by Diana Rickert, who briefly served as Rauner’s chief of staff for communications last summer. It alleges the governor’s office did not follow open records laws by failing to release records she requested.
Court records show Rickert filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss the suit Wednesday. Attorneys for the Liberty Justice Center, which is where she now works and which is representing her in the case, did not respond to a request for comment.
Rauner spokeswoman Rachel Bold said the administration provided Rickert with documents and “there was nothing left to litigate.”