Dan Rutherford won’t release details of sexual conduct investigation

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Details of an independent investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (R) won’t be released, his gubernatorial campaign spokesmen said Friday, Feb. 14. 

The findings are being kept private because there is a federal lawsuit pending.

“It’s my instructions to Dan, and it’s not his choosing to discuss the matter or put the information out more than he’s done already,” Attorney Peter Andjelkovich said. “We have to play under the rules of the federal courts in Chicago. Federal courts do not like the litigants out litigating the case.”

The complaint was filed Monday by Ed Michalowski, a former employee in Rutherford’s office. According to the suit, Rutherford made sexual advances toward Michalowski an forced him do work on his campaign on state time. 

Rutherford denies the accusations, blaming them on GOP primary opponent Bruce Rauner.

Rauner denies any involvement.

Rutherford also faces Republican Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady in the March 18 primary.

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