Champaign, IL- In response to recent allegations related to the Illinois State Treasurer’s office, State Senator Mike Frerichs (D – Champaign) issued the following statement:
“Mixing state business and political activity is unacceptable. Unfortunately, this is a recurring problem for the current Republican Treasurer. From spending taxpayer dollars on promotional brochures to Republican donors to asking government employees to perform campaign work, it’s time to take politics out of the Treasurer’s office. Illinois residents deserve better. As Illinois Treasurer, I’ll ask for a complete audit of the office on day one to root out this kind of abuse and instill a new level of integrity. Illinois needs a Treasurer focused on strengthening the middle class and rooting out corruption, not their own political promotion.”
For more information regarding the reported instances of political work being done using official state resources, please visit the following news articles:
Treasurer Rutherford Sending out Official State Mailers to Political Donors http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111121/news/711219929/ or
Official State Staff Being Pressured to do Political Work
Treasurer Rutherford Gave Preferential Treatment in State Programs to Staff
Repeated Misuse of State Resources by Treasurer Rutherford
Treasurer Rutherford Using Official State Travel to “Anchor” Political Events
Mike Frerichs has served as the State Senator for the 52nd District since 2007, representing Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Mike is currently Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and was previously the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. Mike is originally from Gifford, Illinois (pop. 800) and was in the first generation of his family to attend college (Yale University). Previously, Mike was elected to the Champaign County Board (2000) and was Champaign County Auditor (2002-2007). He is also a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for his work in bringing transparency and strict oversight to the County’s budget. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” references that at 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history.
For more information, visit www.FrerichsforIllinois.com.