Endorsements and Scandals ahead of Governor Primary

By WEEK Reporter

February 15, 2014 Updated Feb 15, 2014 at 12:56 AM CDT

CHICAGO, IL -- In the GOP primary race for Governor, one candidate gets a big endorsement, while another refuses to make public an internal investigation into charges against himself.

Senator Kirk Dillard was endorsed today by the teacher's group--the Illinois Education Association.

He tried to avoid answering questions about state treasurer Dan Rutherford, his primary opponent accused of sexual harrassment and pressuring an employee to do political work on state time.

"Dan has been a Friend of mine for many years. He'll have to work through these questions himself," Sen. Kirk Dillard, (R) Candidate for Governor.

Rutherford was served yesterday with a lawsuit filed by former employee Ed Michalowski, and for that reason, the treasurer had
been instructed not to release findings of an internal investigation into
the allegations:

"These statements should be made in court and not out in the public forum," Peter Andjelkovich, Rutherford Attorney.

"This battle, though its messy and its not fun to go through sometimes, is going to make our party stronger," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, (R) Manteno.

Congressman Kinzinger counted Rutherford as a loser in the scandal.

"I think we've seen him lose a few percentage points out there."

Rutherford did lose the endorsement of the IEA, which only interviewed Dillard and Rutherford.

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