Quinn, Rauner spar on 'patriotism'

Aug 5, 2014

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is questioning the patriotism of his Republican opponent in this November’s election.  But Bruce Rauner’s campaign calls that criticism shameful. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports.

News reports have shed light on Bruce Rauner’s connections to at least five Cayman Island investment funds - which are used by wealthy Americans who want to avoid higher taxes in the U.S.

Rauner’s not being accused of wrongdoing. But Governor Quinn questioned the patriotism of people like Rauner who invest overseas.

"For those who want to stash their money and that includes corporations, in overseas accounts, whether they’re in the Cayman Islands or some other foreign country - you know, these billionaires and these runaway corporations, they’re not patriotic in my opinion.”

Rauner’s campaign said if the governor wants to talk about patriotism - he should think about veterans who can’t find work because of his “failed policies.”

Rauner’s campaign also said Quinn should be ashamed of himself - for questioning Rauner’s patriotism on the same day a U-S major general was killed in Afghanistan.