Rauner spoke to reporters Sunday, the day a published report detailed how three of his five holdings in the Caribbean were tied to GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm he helped found.
The Chicago Sun-Times cited a comparison of investments Rauner listed on a state economic disclosure form with the online corporate registry maintained by the Cayman Islands government.
Rauner hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing, but political experts have said it’s a matter of optics. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign has accused Rauner of “stashing” money abroad to avoid paying taxes.
Rauner calls it “political spin” and says voters like his message.