SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford said he has not read the results of an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and political pressure in his office, according to a published report, although his spokeswoman said he might have seen an executive summary.
The Republican candidate for governor told Lee Enterprises Newspapers’ Springfield bureau for a story published Saturday that he had not seen the review, which he called for and initially promised to make public, and didn’t know if he would read it.
But after a federal lawsuit outlining the allegations was filed Monday, Rutherford’s lawyer, Peter Andjelkovich, told The Associated Press the findings wouldn’t be released. He said information found during the investigation would be used to fight the lawsuit in court, not through the public.
“My intention was to always have it be public,” Rutherford told Lee Enterprises. “When a federal lawsuit was filed ... that put it in a whole different point of discussion. It needs to go through the court process.”
The investigation was made into allegations by former employee Edmund Michalowski, whose federal lawsuit charges that Rutherford, in a four-way race for the GOP nomination for governor, repeatedly harassed him sexually and compelled him to organize political events on state time.
Rutherford spokeswoman Mary Frances Bragiel told the AP on Saturday that the report remained with Rutherford’s lawyers, who had not decided what steps to take next. She also said Rutherford “may have” seen a “draft” of the executive summary.
Bragiel had earlier told the AP that Rutherford had read an executive summary of the report, by the Chicago investigative team of Ron Braver and Associates, but she did not know what information it included. She said the report had been sent to the treasurer’s inspector general for review and that no one, including Rutherford, would see the final report. But she later retracted those statements.