ILLINOIS STATE TREASURER
The State of
Tuesday, March 26, 5:30-8:30pm
Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 South Wabash
Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30
followed by discussion and more cocktails.
$40 includes drinks, two cigars, and sandwiches.
Dan Rutherford has been Treasurer of Illinois since 2010.
From 2003 to 2010, Rutherford served in the Illinois State Senate,
representing the 53d district, where he was also Assistant Minority
While in the Illinois Senate, Rutherford distinguished himself by,
among other things, being the only GOP lawmaker to
on the civil unions legislation before it headed to Governor Quinn’s
desk. Before becoming a senator, Rutherford was a member of
the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003. From
1978 to 1980, Rutherford served as a legislative assistant to State
Representative Tom Ewing, and during the 1980s, he worked for
Service Master, where he eventually became responsible for the
expansion of Service Master's businesses internationally. Mr.
Rutherford holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from
Illinois State University.
ballotpedia, "On May 23, 2011, Rutherford said he could not
support adding to Illinois's burgeoning debt. He released his
own report that states Illinois's total debt would cost every
household in the state $42,000. Rutherford arrived at the number by
adding Illinois’s $140 billion in unfunded pension and health-care
liabilities, the state’s $45 billion bond debt, and the nearly $8
billion in unpaid bills. The treasurer said lawmakers must cut
spending and live within their means in order for Illinois to pay
off the debt. 'You can’t borrow any more money,' said Rutherford.
'And if I need to send letters to the rating companies to tell them
the treasurer of Illinois is opposed to any more borrowing, I’ll go
ahead and do that.' Rutherford said alerting national rating
agencies and bond houses could make it more expensive for Illinois
to borrow. He said he hopes that step would give lawmakers
pause before asking for a billion dollars. Rutherford, along
with Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, came under criticism in
September 2011 for giving pay raises during a fiscal crisis. Topinka
gave 56 employees raises of at least 3 percent and several employees
raises up to 15 percent. Rutherford gave out 19 raises
averaging 16 percent increases. The issue came to light by an
analysis of payroll records by the Better Government Association, a
Chicago nonprofit group."
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