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Rutherford Responds to Lawsuit; Provides Documentation

Rutherford Responds to Lawsuit; Provides Documentation

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Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says a former employee’s allegations of sexual harassment and political coercion are false.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate called a Monday news conference to refute claims outlined in a federal lawsuit filed the same day. Rutherford says state documents back him up.

He says no one in the treasurer’s office has been forced to do campaign work on state time.

Rutherford says the treasurer’s office had not previously been informed of allegations of harassment and there were no witnesses to the claims.

Rutherford questions the timing of the allegations, which come weeks before the March 18 primary election.

Rutherford says the allegations also are politically motivated. He believes that one of his GOP opponents, businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur), is behind the former employee’s allegations. Rauner denies wrongdoing.

Rutherford’s office, in advance of Monday’s news conference, sent reporters several official state documents that appear to contradict claims in the lawsuit.

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