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Rutherford: Rauner behind staffer's allegations

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 11:46 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 1:09 p.m. CDT
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Lathan Goumas - lathangoumas@shawmedia.com Illinois Treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford speaks to potential voters before a Republican candidates forum at Plainfield High School on Tuesday.
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Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com Bruce Rauner speaks to the crowd during his campaign stop at Green Street Cafe Tuesday in McHenry. Rauner and 8 voters discussed various topics including; education reform, the Department of Natural Resources, term limits, guns, motorcycles, hunting, mental health, unions, spending reform, and vouchers.

CHICAGO – Treasurer Dan Rutherford says his office is launching an external investigation of allegations against him made by an employee he suspects was put up to it by rival gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Rutherford announced Friday that an employee has made "allegations of misconduct." He says an internal investigation revealed no wrongdoing. Now, outside counsel has been retained to probe further since the treasurer was accused.

Rutherford refused to release details, citing it as a personnel issue.

Rutherford says the staffer is represented by a lawyer who worked for Rauner. He claims the attorney asked for $300,000 on the employee's behalf to "keep it under wraps."

Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf says that's false. He says the lawyer worked for Rauner briefly and that Rutherford wasn't discussed with the attorney.

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