Election 2014
5:48 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Allegations Against Candidate for Illinois Governor

A man who says he was a victim of sexual harassment by Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has submitted a letter of resignation.

The man -- who does not want to be identified -- submitted the letter Monday but did not release a copy of it.

Dan Rutherford
Credit Rich Egger

The alleged victim described unwanted advances by Treasurer Rutherford and accused Rutherford of trying to force state employees to work on behalf of his campaign for governor.

Rutherford denies the allegations during a meeting Monday with the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

“I've managed hundreds of people, both in my government office, and my private sector office -- 22 years. Not one time, ever, has there ever been an allegation against me. And we are now six weeks before an election. We are six weeks out, and now for the first time in over two decades something like this comes up,” said Rutherford. 

He insists a political rival in the race for Governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, is somehow behind the allegations. Rauner denies that.

Monday’s developments follow a bizarre news conference Friday in which Rutherford denied allegations without revealing just what he was denying.