Rutherford: Political Rival Behind Allegations

Jan 31, 2014

Dan Rutherford

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.  

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Christine Svenson says in a statement Friday ( that the claims have nothing to do with politics.  

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.  

Rutherford says Svenson had been on Rauner's payroll. He also says she demanded $300,000 on the employee's behalf to ``walk away and keep it under wraps.''  
Svenson says she did only brief legal work for Rauner last year and has ``no horse in the primary race.''  
A Rauner spokesman denied any involvement.