As he announced his candidacy for Illinois Treasurer on Wednesday, state Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) criticized the current office holder — Dan Rutherford — saying he has spent too much time promoting the I-Cash program in a ploy to “promote himself.”
“I think you’ve seen a treasurer using his office to promote himself more than watching, keeping his eyes on the ball,” Frerichs said in Chicago news conference on Wednesday. “He’s obviously put a lot of money into that (I-Cash) program. If you look at his schedule he’s put an awful lot of time in traveling around the and state promoting it…Do we necessarily need to have our treasurer in the car … or do we just do a little better job just online. Then we can spend a little more time behind the desk looking at our billions of dollars.”
Rutherford’s office shot back, saying the I-Cash program has grown exponentially since the Republican took office in 2011, including a 69 percent increase in assets returned to taxpayers.
“So when Mr. Frerichs is saying he is traveling around the state to promote these programs, look how successful they’ve become as a result of the treasurer traveling around the state,” said Treasurer spokeswoman Mary Frances Bragiel.
Rutherford is in a four-way primary race for governor. The primary is March 18.
“He’s very careful about mixing the state and the political business together,” said campaign spokesman Brian Sterling. “I know it’s something he’s painstakingly documenting his travel and his expenses. Every elected official has been accused of doing the is over the years. I can just tell you I don’t see it.”
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