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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Meet Your New Republican Candidate for Governor

Opinion: Meet Your New Republican Candidate for Governor

Meet your new Republican candidate for Illinois governor, ready to take on Pat Quinn: Bruce Rauner. Read »

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Rutherford Declines to Release Results of Internal Report

Rutherford Declines to Release Results of Internal Report

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has decided to not release the results of an internal investigation related to allegations made by a former employee. Read »

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rutherford Responds to Sexual Harassment Suit

A former employee of Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford filed a civil lawsuit Monday against the GOP candidate for governor, alleging sexual harassment, but Rutherford says the claims are absolutely false. Read »

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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By Associated Press

Brady Sorry For "Insensitive" Jobless Remark

Brady Sorry For

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. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 6:23 AM
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By MaryAnn Ahern

Rutherford Employee Alleges Sexual Harassment in Letter

A resignation letter submitted by an employee of GOP gubernatorial candidate and state treasurer Dan Rutherford makes claims of sexual harassment. Read »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern

Lawyer Says More Claims May Be Made Against Rutherford

The Republican race for the Illinois gubernatorial nomination continues to swirl around state treasurer Dan Rutherford and allegations filed by an employee. NBC 5's MaryAnn Ahern reports that part of the... Read »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rutherford’s Candidacy, Credibility on the Line

Opinion: Rutherford’s Candidacy, Credibility on the Line

Let's assume, for the sake of discussion, that Dan Rutherford is trying to create a political smokescreen over allegations of misconduct in his office. If so, he better hope the smoke never blows over. Read »

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Dan Rutherford Calls Recent Allegations Politically Motivated

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford said during a news conference Friday that allegations were made against him by an employee in a move he said was political. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: With TV Ad Buy, Rutherford Makes It a Two-Man Race

Opinion: With TV Ad Buy, Rutherford Makes It a Two-Man Race

If televised ad spending is any indication, the Republican primary race for governor is about to become increasingly focused on two candidates: Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford. Read »

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rutherford Beefs Up Campaign Staff

Rutherford Beefs Up Campaign Staff

The moves come in the wake of news that of the four Republican primary candidates, Rutherford is increasingly positioned to challenge wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner in the fundraising department. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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