On Wednesday morning, Raimondo will be the guest of honor at a breakfast event at the Union League Club of Chicago, a 133-year-old private membership club in the Windy City. The $25-a-person event, called “Making State Government Work Again,” is co-hosted by the Institute for Truth in Accounting. Here’s their preview:
Treasurer Raimondo has become a nationally-recognized leader in reforming state government, having been described by The Wall Street Journal as “The Democrat Who Took on the Unions.” Treasurer Raimondo will discuss how she persuaded the voting public, labor rank-and-file, and Rhode Island’s Democratic-controlled General Assembly to put state pensions back on sound financial footing.
A former venture capitalist, Treasurer Raimondo was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a law degree from Yale. The mother of two children, she embarked on a political career after learning about the closing of local library branches and decided “enough was enough.”
(Organized labor in Rhode Island disputes that Raimondo persuaded them.)
Hours later, Raimondo is scheduled to be in New York City, where she’ll receive the Freda Johnson Award from the Northeast Women in Public Finance during The Bond Buyer’s Deal of the Year Awards, a black-tie affair at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue.
And on Monday Raimondo was in Washington, D.C., her office confirmed after WPRI.com requested an interview with her about the pension lawsuit. The last time Raimondo traveled to Chicago, it earned her a glowing editorial in the Chicago Tribune.
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Tim White contributed to this report.