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Quinn: Is Rauner running for governor of Cayman Islands?

Bruce Rauner is considered front-runner four-way Republican gubernatorial race.  | JessicKoscielniak~Sun-Times

Bruce Rauner is considered a front-runner in the four-way Republican gubernatorial race. | Jessica Koscielniak~Sun-Times

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Updated: September 7, 2014 6:33AM



Gov. Pat Quinn cast his gubernatorial Republican opponent Bruce Rauner as unpatriotic Tuesday after a recent disclosure that the wealthy venture capitalist has channeled at least part of his fortune to the Cayman Islands.

“Bruce Rauner is not running for governor of the Cayman Islands. He’s running for governor of Illinois, and the people of Illinois are entitled to the facts,” Quinn said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “It’s known for secrecy. It’s known for being a tax haven for those who want to avoid taxes.”

Rauner’s camp hit back.

“I don’t know who Quinn is talking about, but it isn’t Bruce,” said Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf. “Bruce and Diana haven’t used overseas accounts to reduce their taxes and they donated tens of thousands to military and veterans charities — just recently, Bruce attended an honor flight.

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