* Lee Newspapers…
As the clock ticks down on the March 18 Republican primary election, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford says there is no timeline for an independent investigator to finish a probe into misconduct allegations made by a former employee.
In an interview Wednesday, the Republican gubernatorial candidate told the Times’ Springfield Bureau that he hopes the investigation moves quickly so he — and voters — can fully concentrate on the final weeks of the four-way GOP primary race.
“We have instructed him to be expeditious but thorough,” Rutherford said.
I’m hearing maybe the middle of next week.
* And this is a hard dose of reality…
Rutherford said the situation has not hurt his fundraising. He said he received more than $4,700 in unsolicited contributions at non-fundraising events in recent days.
“It’s made me even stronger,” Rutherford said. “I’ve gotten hundreds of emails saying … ‘keep up the fight, give ‘em hell, Dan.’”
By contrast, Rauner has reported receiving $350,000 in large donations since Friday.
$4,700 vs. $350,000. It’s been that way for months.