Jesse Jackson compares Rauner to segregationist George Wallace at MAP rally

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CHICAGO -- At Chicago State University on Tuesday, a rally led by Reverend Jesse Jackson demanded state MAP grant funding.

Jackson compared Rauner to former Alabama Governor and segregationist George Wallace during the days of MLK and his fight against racism.

Chicago State University is one about 130 public and private universities and community colleges throughout the state whose students receive state MAP grant funding.

But that  funding has been put in the crosshairs in the fight between between Governor Rauner and Democrats led by legislative leaders Mike  Madigan and John Cullerton as part of a bigger budget battle.

Rauner said Monday as a way to pay for the map grant funding, he proposes the passage of procurement reform like eliminating or reducing sole source contracts which the governor believes will make the awarding of third party private contracts by the state more transparent, competitive and efficient.

That position was a major component of his winning gubernatorial campaign and one he says he will not compromise on.

Rev. Jackson called on students from across the state affected by this issue to join in on the protest downtown on the morning of March 11.

A spokesman Governor Rauner said, "Gov. Rauner has the utmost respect for Rev. Jackson. His comments today are unfortunate."