Lawsuit Accuses Rutherford of Sexual Harassment

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By Kerry Lester, Associated Press

UPDATED 3:45 p.m. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A former employee accusing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of sexual harassment and making staff do political work on state time has a history of financial problems. 

Ed Michalowski filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Rutherford, who's seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Rutherford denies the allegations. 

Michalowski and his wife are divorcing. Public records show they filed for bankruptcy in 2011, claiming assets of $295,000 and liabilities of $642,000. A judgment of foreclosure and sale was entered against Michalowski's Chicago condo in October.

Rutherford has said Michalowski and his attorney offered to "walk away and keep (the allegations) under wraps" in exchange for $300,000.

But Michalowski told The Associated Press he wasn't motivated by money. He says he has a new job and is "not in harm's way financially."

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CHICAGO (AP) - A former employee in Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and that the Republican gubernatorial candidate made him do political work on state time.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Chicago's federal court on behalf of Ed Michalowski. He was a lawyer and director in Rutherford's office.

The complaint alleges Rutherford made inappropriate sexual advances toward Michalowski, among other things.

Rutherford has said there's "absolutely no truth" to the former employee's claims.

Rutherford held a news conference last month and publicized that an employee had "allegations of misconduct" against him. He then denied wrongdoing. He says an outside investigation that will clear his name.

Rutherford has accused a Republican gubernatorial rival of being behind the accusations in an attempt to undermine his campaign.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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