Dan Rutherford http://wuis.org en Listen To State Week - June 13, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-13-2014 <p></p><p>This week, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner chimes in on how to fix the state's budget woes.&nbsp; Also, State Representative Derrick Smith loses his seat after his conviction on Federal corruption charges, and new developments in the case leveled against state Treasurer Dan Rutherford.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:57:59 +0000 Bob Meyer 27220 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 13, 2014 Lawsuit: Rutherford 'Coerced And Intimidated' Employee Into Political Work http://wuis.org/post/lawsuit-rutherford-coerced-and-intimidated-employee-political-work <p>A former state employee on Thursday filed more allegations of political and sexual harassment against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. He's also expanding the list of defendants to include Mitt Romney's presidential campaign organization.</p><p>Edmund Michalowski quit the treasurer's office and sued Rutherford shortly before this year's Republican primary, driving his boss to last place in the race for governor.</p><p>His initial lawsuit was dismissed last week, but he was allowed to file another version.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:53:14 +0000 Brian Mackey 27114 at http://wuis.org Lawsuit: Rutherford 'Coerced And Intimidated' Employee Into Political Work Rutherford: Dismiss Sexual Harassment Lawsuit http://wuis.org/post/rutherford-dismiss-sexual-harassment-lawsuit <p>Lawyers for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by an ex-employee alleging sexual harassment and forced political work on state time. &nbsp;</p><p>The motion in U.S. District Court in Chicago seeks to end the lawsuit by Edmund Michalowski.<br />Michalowski worked for the former Republican candidate for governor for three years before leaving in January and filing the lawsuit. &nbsp;</p><p>The document contends Michalowski's claims that he was disciplined for not doing campaign work on state time are not plausible. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:37:45 +0000 Associated Press 23088 at http://wuis.org Rutherford: Dismiss Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Rutherford: 'I'm Looking Forward To Vindicating Myself' http://wuis.org/post/rutherford-im-looking-forward-vindicating-myself <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford basically conceded his campaign for governor earlier tonight.</p><p>His standing in the polls plummeted after a former employee filed a lawsuit accusing the treasurer of sexual harassment and coercing him to do political work.</p><p>Rutherford says the past few weeks have been the most challenging in his life.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:07:49 +0000 Brian Mackey 21150 at http://wuis.org Rutherford: 'I'm Looking Forward To Vindicating Myself' Rauner Nabs Republican Nomination, But Not The Dominant Win Predicted http://wuis.org/post/rauner-nabs-republican-nomination-not-dominant-win-predicted <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bruce </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> narrowly won the Republican primary for governor. He'll face Governor Pat Quinn, who is aiming for a second full-term. Neither of the wins were surprising, but the margins were.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinn was basically guaranteed Democrat's nod, after former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley dropped out of the running in September.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:28:50 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21591 at http://wuis.org Rauner Nabs Republican Nomination, But Not The Dominant Win Predicted A Low Profile For Dan Rutherford http://wuis.org/post/low-profile-dan-rutherford <p>Treasurer Dan Rutherford is remaining quiet in the final hours of his campaign for Governor.&nbsp; He also plans on the unusual move of keeping the Election night party for his Illinois gubernatorial bid closed to reporters. &nbsp;</p><p>Spokesman Brian Sterling says Rutherford will issue a statement Tuesday at a Pontiac location separate from his party.&nbsp; Sterling declined to comment further on Sunday. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:21:11 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 21012 at http://wuis.org A Low Profile For Dan Rutherford Three of Four GOP Candidates Campaign Today http://wuis.org/post/three-four-gop-candidates-campaign-today <p></p><p>Most Republican candidates running for Illinois governor are spending the last day before the primary election day traveling around the state.&nbsp;</p><p>State Sen. Kirk Dillard plans to be in East Alton, Marion, Champaign and suburban Chicago on Monday. State Sen. Bill Brady's schedule includes stops in Springfield, Peoria, Urbana, Marion and Chicago. Businessman Bruce Rauner is wrapping up a three-day statewide tour and has a get out the vote rally Monday evening in Hickory Hills. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:51:56 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 21009 at http://wuis.org Three of Four GOP Candidates Campaign Today Candidates Hope For Luck O' The Irish http://wuis.org/post/candidates-hope-luck-o-irish <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Candidates are making their final pushes for support ahead of Tuesday's elections. It's all about getting out the vote.</p><p>As they travel the state on St. Patrick's Day, each of the Republicans seeking the party's nomination for governor are hoping for some luck they can carry over to election day.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20987 at http://wuis.org Candidates Hope For Luck O' The Irish Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? http://wuis.org/post/where-do-gop-governor-candidates-stand-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>All four of the Republican candidates for governor have said they will make education funding a priority if elected, but they face an uphill battle finding the money to send to schools. Each of the contenders has an unique solution for fixing education funding in Illinois.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, some background: Illinois is ranked last in the nation when it comes to how much the state kicks in to public education.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:35:33 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21039 at http://wuis.org Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? Republican Opponents For Treasurer Differ On Budget Strategy http://wuis.org/post/republican-opponents-treasurer-differ-budget-strategy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When state treasurer Dan Rutherford announced a run for governor, the Republican left his seat wide open. Two GOP candidates are vying for that party’s nomination on Tuesday.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former House minority leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) left his position in the fall to run for treasurer. He's promising to use a new tool to force a balanced budget: The threat of suing the General Assembly and the governor.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:22:18 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21068 at http://wuis.org Republican Opponents For Treasurer Differ On Budget Strategy "The Limit Is Winning The Race" http://wuis.org/post/limit-winning-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois had long been the holdout: a state without any limits on campaign contributions. Prosecutors say former Governor Rod Blagojevich took full advantage of that freedom, as he solicited donations in exchange for favors and state jobs. His arrest spurred lawmakers into action.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20667 at http://wuis.org "The Limit Is Winning The Race" Why Are Republicans Avoiding Social Issues? http://wuis.org/post/why-are-republicans-avoiding-social-issues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' economy has been topic A among the men seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Getting far less attention are social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. For a party whose rough primaries have often been compared to “circular firing squads,” the lack of focus on the topic is unusual. Brian Mackey looks at what’s behind the social silence.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 20501 at http://wuis.org Why Are Republicans Avoiding Social Issues? Listen To State Week - March 7, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-march-7-2014 <p></p><p>This week, more discussion of the upcoming primary elections, gun rights activists press for fewer restrictions, and differences of opinion in the state legislature over next year's budget.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:37:26 +0000 Bob Meyer 20389 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - March 7, 2014 Big Opportunity For Republicans As Poll Shows Quinn "Dread" http://wuis.org/post/big-opportunity-republicans-poll-shows-quinn-dread <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Republican race is heating up as the March 18 election nears, but Gov. Pat Quinn faces only nominal primary opposition. He's likely safe for now, but a new poll shows Quinn could have trouble holding onto his seat come the general election.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:59:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20340 at http://wuis.org Big Opportunity For Republicans As Poll Shows Quinn "Dread" GOP Governor Candidates Argue Pensions http://wuis.org/post/gop-governor-candidates-argue-pensions <p>The Republican candidates for Illinois governor are arguing about pension reform and the state's finances in the second-to-last debate ahead of the March 18 primary. &nbsp;</p><p>State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner&nbsp; and Treasurer Dan Rutherford attended the debate Wednesday hosted by WGN-TV and the Chicago Tribune. &nbsp;</p><p>Brady is the only one who supported a recent pension overhaul that cuts benefits for state workers and retirees. Dillard voted against it, which has been the reason that several unions have endorsed him. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:15:27 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 20272 at http://wuis.org GOP Governor Candidates Argue Pensions Candidates Disagree On Government Unions http://wuis.org/post/candidates-disagree-government-unions <p>Illinois' primary election is less than two weeks away. The four men seeking the Republican nomination for governor agree on a lot of topics. But there is an issue in which one of the candidates has distinguished himself: government-employee unions. Brian Mackey takes us inside the debate over whether government workers ought to be able to negotiate over their jobs.</p><p>You don’t have to spend a lot of time listening to investor Bruce Rauner to know where he stands on public-sector unions. The disdain drips from a three word phrase he uses again and again and again:</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:25:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 20195 at http://wuis.org Candidates Disagree On Government Unions Listen To State Week - February 28, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-28-2014 <p></p><p>This week, money and the run-up to the Republican gubernatorial primary.&nbsp; Also, a scathing audit result for a state anti-violence program.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:24:49 +0000 Bob Meyer 19944 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 28, 2014 AP: Rutherford Spent $27k To Probe Lawsuit Charges http://wuis.org/post/ap-rutherford-spent-27k-probe-lawsuit-charges <p>Documents obtained by The Associated Press show Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford spent nearly $27,000 in taxpayer money on an investigation into allegations of political coercion and<br />sexual harassment against him.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;The Republican candidate for governor revealed the cost of the report under the<br />Freedom of Information Act. But his lawyers have refused to disclose results of the investigation into the former employee's charges.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Edmund Michalowski claimed in a federal lawsuit Feb. 10 that Rutherford Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:25:04 +0000 Associated Press 19477 at http://wuis.org AP: Rutherford Spent $27k To Probe Lawsuit Charges Listen To State Week - February 21, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-21-2014 <p></p><p>This week, the latest news from the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the next Governor's race.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:47:50 +0000 Bob Meyer 19454 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 21, 2014 What Lawmakers Know And Don't Know About Illinois Prisons http://wuis.org/post/what-lawmakers-know-and-dont-know-about-illinois-prisons <p>75 % of Illinois lawmakers surveyed by Chicago Public Radio say they have never stepped foot in a maximum security prison cell block. And 40 percent of those legislators have never toured or visited a prison even once.</p><p>Yet they’re the ones signing the checks for the $1.3&nbsp; billion dollar per year agency.</p><p>Ninety-five of the 118 House members responded to the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/fantasy-and-reality-what-do-illinois-legislators-know-about-prisons-109730">survey.</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 19245 at http://wuis.org What Lawmakers Know And Don't Know About Illinois Prisons Republicans Race For Governor Becomes "Blood Sport" http://wuis.org/post/republicans-race-governor-becomes-blood-sport <p></p><p>The four men seeking the Republican nomination for governor met in a debate Tuesday (2/18) night in Springfield, the last time they're scheduled to appear together downstate before next month's primary election.</p><p>With political newcomer Bruce Rauner leading in the polls and in fundraising, debates are a chance for the three other candidates to talk directly to voters, free of charge.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:47:35 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 19252 at http://wuis.org Republicans Race For Governor Becomes "Blood Sport" Dillard Gets IEA Endorsement http://wuis.org/post/dillard-gets-iea-endorsement <p>An influential teachers union has endorsed state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the Republican primary for Illinois governor.</p><p>The Illinois Education Association announced its endorsement Friday in Chicago.</p><p>Cinda Klickna is IEA's president. She says Dillard believes in public schools and says teachers and support staff “believe in Kirk Dillard.''</p><p>He faces state Sen. Bill Brady, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the March primary.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:21 +0000 Associated Press 19005 at http://wuis.org Dillard Gets IEA Endorsement Listen To State Week - February 14, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-14-2014 <p></p><p>This week, further discussion of the candidates vying for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:04:08 +0000 Bob Meyer 19004 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 14, 2014 Rutherford: "I Will Support The Republican Nominee" http://wuis.org/post/rutherford-i-will-support-republican-nominee <p>Treasurer Dan Rutherford appears willing to support his party no matter what, even as he maintains that another candidate for governor is trying to take him down.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During a debate in Chicago last month, Rutherford, along with the other Republican candidates for governor in attendance, made a pledge to support whomever ends up being the nominee.</span></p><p>Though venture capitalist Bruce Rauner wasn't there, his spokesman says he'll do the same.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 18797 at http://wuis.org Rutherford: "I Will Support The Republican Nominee" Lawsuit Filed; Rutherford Denies Wrongdoing http://wuis.org/post/lawsuit-filed-rutherford-denies-wrongdoing <p>A former employee in Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and that the Republican gubernatorial candidate made him do political work on state time. &nbsp;<br />The lawsuit was filed Monday in Chicago's federal court on behalf of Ed Michalowski. He was a lawyer and director in Rutherford's office. &nbsp;</p><p>The complaint alleges Rutherford made inappropriate sexual advances toward Michalowski, among other things. &nbsp;<br />Rutherford has said there's ``absolutely no truth'' to the former employee's claims. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:42:41 +0000 Associated Press 18697 at http://wuis.org Lawsuit Filed; Rutherford Denies Wrongdoing Listen To State Week - February 7, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-7-2014 <p></p><p>Among the topics this week: State Treasurer Dan Rutherford denies allegations of sexual harassment and Governor Pat Quinn moves the annual Budget Address to late March.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:14:40 +0000 Bob Meyer 18533 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 7, 2014 Brady Says His Debate Remark Was "Insensitive" http://wuis.org/post/brady-says-his-debate-remark-was-insensitive <p>Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was ``insensitive'' when he said out-of-work people don't want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits.</p><p>The state senator from Bloomington told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register Wednesday he ``didn't take into consideration there are a number of people out there looking for jobs who don't want to be on unemployment.'' &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:53:54 +0000 Associated Press 18441 at http://wuis.org Brady Says His Debate Remark Was "Insensitive" Treasurer Employee Resigns, Citing Sexual Harassment http://wuis.org/post/treasurer-employee-resigns-citing-sexual-harassment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A man who says he was a victim of sexual harassment by Treasurer Dan Rutherford has submitted a letter of resignation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The man, who does not want to be identified, submitted the letter Monday, but did not release a copy of it.</span></p><p>The alleged victim describes unwanted advances by Treasurer Rutherford, and accuses him of trying to force state employees to work on behalf of his campaign for governor.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:34:21 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 18246 at http://wuis.org Treasurer Employee Resigns, Citing Sexual Harassment Rutherford: Political Rival Behind Allegations http://wuis.org/post/rutherford-political-rival-behind-allegations <p>An attorney for an employee in state Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office says her client has filed ``serious'' and ``troubling'' allegations against him with a state inspector general. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Sun-Times reports Christine Svenson says in a statement Friday (http://bit.ly/1ii627y) that the claims have nothing to do with politics. &nbsp;</p><p>Rutherford is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. At a news conference earlier Friday, he accused rival candidate Bruce Rauner of being behind the allegations. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:48:07 +0000 Associated Press 18055 at http://wuis.org Rutherford: Political Rival Behind Allegations Republican Candidates Are Critical Of Governor's Speech http://wuis.org/post/republican-candidates-are-critical-governors-speech <p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:57:01 +0000 Associated Press 17900 at http://wuis.org Republican Candidates Are Critical Of Governor's Speech