State Senator Mike Frerichs Calls on Treasurer Rutherford to Release Investigation Results

State Senator Mike Frerichs Calls on Treasurer Rutherford to Release Investigation Results

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The Democratic candidate for Illinois state treasurer says his “reform agenda” includes a “treasurer employee bill of rights.” State Sen. Mike Frerichs’ (D-Champaign) news conference today spent more time bashing incumbent Republican Dan Rutherford than Frerichs’ ballot opponent, State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego).

Frerichs did point out Cross has praised Rutherford, despite the treasurer’s missteps.

Rutherford was one of three losing candidates in the Republican primary for governor and, Frerichs said, is ending his treasurer’s term under a cloud. A former employee claims Rutherford made sexual advances. Rutherford has been accused of extensively mixing the treasurer’s duties with his political aspirations; for example, promoting treasurer’s programs in a city where he would also have a political fund-raiser. And a lawsuit alleges Rutherford, in addition to implying junior employees can sleep their way to success, forced employees to do political work on state time.

Rutherford, who finished fourth in the primary, denies the allegations.

He said it would clear his name,” Frerichs said of an investigation Rutherford now refuses to make public. “He spent a lot of taxpayer dollars putting that report together. I think it should be available for the taxpayers of the state of Illinois to see.”

Frerichs says, among other things, he will not accept campaign donations from employees or their families.

Recent Headlines

in Local

“Artification” Continues in Downtown Springfield

Downtown Springfield Inc

A crosswalk in downtown Springfield is about to look like a combination Lincoln history site and Beatles "Abbey Road" album cover.

in Local

Frerichs Cuts Fees on One College Savings Program


Management fees will be cut by 43 percent in the Illinois’ Bright Directions savings program

in Local

Springfield Gold’s Gym Closed Due to Bankruptcy

gold's gym

Bankruptcy converted from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7.

in Local

CWLP Head Explains Rate Changes One Last Time


Doug Brown says he's not trying to hide anything.

in Local

State Cutting Free STD Testing

Illinois Department of Public Health IDPH

State has notified jails, health departments, etc.