Dan Rutherford

Illinois Republican delegates line up to board a bus to the Republican National Convention on Aug. 28, 2012. The bus from their hotel to the convention showed up an hour late. (Credit: CBS)

Rough Start For Illinois Delegation At GOP Convention

For Illinois GOP delegates, getting to the Republican National Convention in Tampa was a pain on Tuesday, but once inside, the delegation’s chairman had a little fun.

CBS Chicago–08/28/2012

Republican Party's Elephant Symbol (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Illinois Republicans See Opportunities To Build Beyond 2012

Illinois has evolved into a “blue state,” but there are still plenty of Republicans – and plenty of opinions on how to rebuild the party.

CBS Chicago–08/27/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn: Security Concerns Prompted End To Media Tours Of Prisons

Gov. Pat Quinn says he didn’t end media tours of Illinois prisons in order to cover up anything.

WBBM Newsradio–08/14/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Treasurer To Give Tours Of Vault At Capitol

For the second year in a row, the public has a chance to see the inside of the Illinois Treasurer’s vault at the state Capitol in Springfield.

WBBM Newsradio–07/06/2012

Dan Rutherford

Rutherford: Tough Road Ahead For Quinn’s Pension Plan

Now that the governor has finally unveiled a plan to tackle the state’s pension crisis, one top Republican is predicting a tough road ahead.

CBS Chicago–04/23/2012

Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces he will be suspending his campaign during a press conference at the Gettysburg Hotel on April 10, 2012 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Santorum's three-year-old daughter, Bella, became ill over the Easter holiday and poll numbers showed he was losing to Mitt Romney in his home state of Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Santorum Drops Out; Romney Campaign Credits Illinois With Helping Seal The Deal

Rick Santorum dropped out of the Republican race for president on Tuesday, clearing the way for a showdown between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in November. The head of Romney’s campaign in Illinois credited this state as having a big influence in Santorum’s decision to end his bid for the GOP nomination.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn Budget Address

Quinn Budget To Rely On Facility Closures, Medicaid Cuts

It’s going to be painful. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was putting the finishing touches Tuesday night on what can only be called a bad news budget; one which might stop the bleeding, but does little to treat the wound.


Dan Rutherford

Treasurer Rutherford: State Government Lacks Long-Range Planning

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it’s time for long-range planning to come to government, and the state should be run more like a business.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State’s Unclaimed Property Auction Underway

If your life lacks a mint sheet of Elvis Presley Stamps, a Davy Crockett Pencil Set or a five pound silver coin, the State of Illinois has the answer with an on-line auction running through Sunday.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Pols React To Blago’s Sentence: ‘Tough, But Fair’

Illinois politicians were quick to weigh in after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday for his corruption convictions, largely saying they hope it puts an end to corruption in the governor’s office.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2011

Dan Rutherford

State Treasurer Auctioning Off Some Unclaimed Items

The Illinois State Treasurer’s vault at the state Capitol is running out of room, and Treasurer Dan Rutherford is now auctioning some of the assets online.

WBBM Newsradio–12/06/2011

Operation Reunite

Operation Reunite is Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s mission to return unclaimed medals to America’s heroes.


Military Medals

State Treasurer Seeks To Reunite Unclaimed Military Medals With Owners

Some of America’s heroes have been separated from the medals they earned by serving our country, and Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is on a mission to reunite them.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2011

Dan Rutherford

Treasurer Seeks To Ease Return Of Un-Cashed Paychecks

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says a new state law makes it easier for people to catch up with un-cashed paychecks they may have forgotten about, or never received.

WBBM Newsradio–08/10/2011

Dan Rutherford

Rutherford Hopes To Find Unclaimed Property Owners At State Fair

The Illinois state treasurer wants to get rid of $1.5 billion in assets, and he hopes using the State Fair will move things along.

WBBM Newsradio–08/08/2011

Dan Rutherford

Treasurer: State Making More Money Than Usual

The state is making more money than usual, though not enough to fill the budget gap.

CBS Chicago–08/02/2011

Dan Rutherford

State Treasurer To Protect Illinois Investments In Case Of Default

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has outlined his plan to protect Illinois investment dollars in case of a federal default.

WBBM Newsradio–07/29/2011

Dan Rutherford

Rutherford: Illinois Could Go Red For Romney In 2012

Illinois’ electoral votes haven’t gone to a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, but state Treasurer Dan Rutherford thinks 2012 could turn Illinois red once again.

WBBM Newsradio–07/11/2011

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

Treasurer, Comptroller Back Down From Plan To Unify Offices

Illinois’ state treasurer and comptroller have given up, at least for now, on the idea of unifying their offices.

CBS Chicago–07/04/2011

Dan Rutherford

Treasurer Suspends Employee For Leaking Word About College-Savings Perk

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford suspended a top administrator for a college-savings program because she let some state employees in on a state-matching opportunity before the public heard about it.