- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) will not say whether he believes it’s fair that as a wealthy businessman, he was able to avoid paying Social Security and Medicare taxes in 2010 and 2011.

The candidate for Illinois governor was asked Friday about a Chicago Tribune report last week. It showed business income-loss tax rules allowed Rauner to pay no Social Security or Medicare taxes in those years despite income of $55 million.

Rauner told reporters in Springfield that “we’ve paid full taxes as appropriate.” Asked whether the exemption is fair to all wage-earners, he said: “We can talk about how we should reform our tax code.” He says that discussion is forthcoming.

Rauner’s opponent - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn - has repeatedly called on Rauner to release his complete tax records.

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