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Dan Rutherford

Rich Egger

Some of the main architects of the Illinois law that seeks to save the state money by reducing workers' pensions have begun collecting pensions of their own.  That includes the former governor and some people who recently left the legislature.

Brian Mackey

Illinois’ new treasurer said he will not release the results of a taxpayer-funded investigation into his predecessor, Dan Rutherford.

Brian Mackey

A former state employee Thursday filed more allegations of political and sexual harassment against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

The four men seeking the Republican nomination for Illinois governor held their final scheduled downstate debate Tuesday night, February 18, in Springfield.

Rich Egger

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

Illinois Public Broadcasters

The four men competing for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor met in Peoria Thursday night for a live debate broadcast on public radio and television stations across the state.

Brian Mackey

Money will likely be tight for politicians crafting Illinois’ next budget, despite a pension law that's supposed to save $160 billion.

Illinois Public Media

State Senator Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale is the latest Republican candidate for Illinois Governor to make his tax returns public.

Jury Out on Impact of Cigarette Tax Hike

Jul 8, 2013
EUobserver.com

A little more than a year ago, Illinois nearly doubled its cigarette tax to $1.98. The goal was to raise $350 million to help support the Medicaid system, but that mark hasn’t been reached.

Rich Egger

Moody's Investors Services downgraded the credit outlook for the state of Illinois from stable to negative. The service cited the "severe pension funding shortfall."

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Illinois has the worst credit rating of any state in the US.

“If this doesn't get fixed, then I would hope that those out there that look for services of their Illinois government, to understand that there will be absolutely no ability to increase or even perhaps sustain their funding level," Rutherford said. 

Congressman Aaron Schock shouldn’t have it both ways. The two-term Republican from Illinois’ 18th District has been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate for governor in 2014, and after last month’s election losses, the 31 year old has been quoted as saying his party should move toward the middle of the road.

Although Schock was easily re-elected, his opponent was neither well-funded nor strong, and within Schock’s district, 8 of 10 counties between Peoria and the Quad Cities voted for President Obama.

Rich Egger

Standard & Poor's downgraded Illinois' credit rating Wednesday, citing concerns over the state's inability to address its massively underfunded employee pension plans.

The action was taken less than two weeks after a special session in which Illinois lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on changing the state pension systems. Illinois still ranks 49th among the states, better only than California.

Illinois' state treasurer is holding more than $1.5 billion in unclaimed property. Treasurer Dan Rutherford says his office is “aggressively” trying to find the owners.

He says, “Each week we add new inventory to the searchable database. And I strongly encourage people to look for both their name, a family member's name.”