Is Rauner’s best pal an Everyman — as gov hopeful purports to be?

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How high can Rauner fly?

Is GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner’s uber-rich best pal Ken Griffin, who made headlines last week for stuffing a cool $2.5 million into Rauner’s campaign chest, an Everyman like Rauner purports to be?

No.

◆ Unless, like the average working Illinois family, you host his two-day 2003 wedding to brilliant hedge-fund founder Anne Dias at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, where French kings once cavorted and where Marie Antoinette once lived before being hauled off to the guillotine.

◆ You retain singer Donna Summer to perform at your wedding.

◆ Hire Cirque du Soleil to entertain your guests.

◆ Treat the entire wedding assemblage to “an aerial act involving people attached to large helium balloons,” according to a 2007 article in Fortune magazine.

As Sneed reported earlier, gazillionaire Griffin, CEO of Citadel Investment Group, donated the use of his $50 million jet to Rauner’s campaign.

Jets, helium balloons and French nobility.

So very Illinois, n’est pas?

The Hillary file . . .

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may still be on the fence on whether to run for the presidency, but she’s making all the moves to get there.

◆ Sneed notes an interview she had with the New York Times Book Review, where she gave this answer when asked to “name one book that made you who you are today.”

◆ Hillary’s answer: The Bible, which she called “the biggest influence on my thinking.”

CONTINUE READING MICHAEL SNEED’S COLUMN AT SUNTIMES.COM

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