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Joliet students thrilled by chance encounter with governor

6/8/2015, 6:37 p.m.
The adolescent class at Joliet Montessori School was on a trip to Springfield when Gov. Bruce Rauner approached them and ...
Gov. Bruce Rauner posed for a group shot with students from Joliet Montessori School, who were surprised when he wandered up by himself and started talking with them, guide Vickie Hartmann said. Photo courtesy of Vickie Hartmann

Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with some of the students from Joliet Montessori School who had just finished their tour of the state Capitol in Springfield.

Gov. Bruce Rauner talks with some of the students from Joliet Montessori School who had just finished their tour of the state Capitol in Springfield.

The Joliet Montessori School's adolescent class learned that governors are just people, too, when Bruce Rauner wandered up to a few students taking a break from their state Capitol tour and started to chat, said Vicki Hartmann, an adolescent guide at the school.

"It was just by chance," Hartmann said of the class' encounter with the governor during their Springfield trip in the last week of May.

"We had just taken a tour of the Capitol and we're taking a break. Gov. Rauner came up and started talking to some of the students. Then one of the students asked Gov. Rauner if we could take a picture with him. They were all very excited to have had the opportunity to meet (him)."