Illinois governor, opponent clash over investments

By SARA BURNETT | August 11, 2014 | 3:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois voters are hearing a lot about a territory thousands of miles away in the Caribbean during one of the nation's most competitive governor's races.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn hammered his wealthy Republican rival for days after reports that Bruce Rauner put some investments in the Cayman Islands.

Rauner's campaign fired back, saying Quinn's own pension fund — and that of many Illinois teachers and other public employees — are tied to investments there.

The Cayman Islands often are criticized as a tax haven and have caused political problems for U.S. candidates, including 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The fallout in Illinois has included accusations that candidates are unpatriotic and a news conference on a Chicago beach intended to conjure up images of the Caribbean paradise.