GOP Governor Candidate Rauner Gives Self Another $500,000

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A Republican candidate for Illinois governor has contributed another $500,000 to his campaign.

Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has now pumped $1.25 million of his own money into the four-way GOP primary for the right to take on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014.

Rauner filed petition signatures for a ballot position yesterday and also released three years of tax returns. They show he reported more than $53 million in income last year.

He also disclosed ownership stakes in three professional sports franchises, including the Chicago Bulls.

He reported making $28.1 million in 2011 and $27.1 million in 2010.

In a statement, Rauner says he's worked "extremely hard" and feels "incredibly blessed to have earned financial success."

Rauner says if elected he'll put his holdings in a blind trust.

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