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Kwame Raoul

Kwame Raoul

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Updated: June 15, 2013 6:26AM

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) — a possible Illinois attorney general candidate — accepted a $2,500 campaign contribution from a company that is at the center of the controversy over a state grant to UNO, a politically influential charter school operator.

After the Chicago Sun-Times asked questions about the donation, Raoul’s committee said it would return the money.

“Out of an abundance of caution, especially as this investigation continues, we are returning the contribution,” Hanah Jubeh, senior adviser of Raoul’s campaign committee, said today.

Raoul accepted the $2,500 from d’Escoto Inc., just over two weeks ago — long after the company had been put under the microscope, campaign records show. It was on the same day Gov. Quinn’s administration cut off funding to the state’s largest charter-school operator, United Neighborhood Organization, over insider deals involving d’Escoto that the state says violated terms of a $98 million state grant.

In February, Miguel d’Escoto, who was UNO’s senior vice president of operations, resigned “by mutual agreement.” Two of d’Escoto’s brothers were hired as contractors on state-funded school construction projects in Chicago.

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