Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited Waukegan and stopped by CRSM June 28, 2018 for an informal chat with students, faculty, board members and work-study partners, and tour of the school. During the roundtable session held in the library, he said he strongly supports programs such as the Corporate Work Study program and praised students for their hard work and for “showing us all what is possible.”
The group of about 30 gathered in the school’s new information commons for an informal chat with the governor. The governor also toured the school and took time after the discussion for a press conference to raise awareness about the new federal Opportunity Zones in the surrounding area. The Opportunity Zones program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds that are dedicated to investing into Opportunity Zones designated by the chief executives of every U.S. state and territory. He said he thinks this program can kick off a “virtuous, positive cycle” between economic development and education.
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Business partners and community organizations who joined in the informal roundtable discussion included: Wintrust, Walgreens, Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Snap-on Credit, Discover Financial Services, AbbVie, Lake County Partners, Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine and Science and the Lake County Board of Commissioners.
Rauner said he was a big fan of work-study programs like Cristo Rey’s, where every student works at a local employer at some point during their education.
“They can get real, hands-on work experience,” Rauner said. “It helps them be better students and be more productive members of our economy when they graduate from school. It’s a wonderful win-win for local employers, and local schools and our students.”