Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Legit probe or retaliating against whistleblowers?
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Legit probe or retaliating against whistleblowers?

Friday, Sep 26, 2014

* We’re getting to this a bit late in the game, but here’s the Sun-Times’ take

A Snapchat text from Wrigley Field during state worker hours and a pair of sexually harrassing text messages to female co-workers were among the new details to emerge Wednesday in the firings of three high-level staffers in state Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office.

The Executive Ethics Commission Wednesday released a report by David Wells, executive inspector general for the treasurer’s office, into an alleged scheme to circumvent the time-keeping system in Rutherford’s office.

Wells identified Patrick Carlson, George Daglas and Ashvin Lad, all three senior members in Rutherford’s management team, and said all three violated the “trust and integrity” of Rutherford and state taxpayers by their conduct. […]

“All three positions are senior staff positions within the office of state treasurer, appointed by Treasurer Rutherford. These individuals are in leadership positions of a state agency wherein integrity and trust are key character traits. By their participation in this fraudulent time keeping scheme, whether it was ‘every day’ or ‘one time only,’ their actions violated the trust and integrity of Treasurer Rutherford, the office of state treasurer, and most importantly, the trust of the taxpayers of the state of Illinois,” Wells’ report concluded.

* The Tribune has a different sort of angle

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired three top aides who were accused of falsifying timekeeping records, but the former employees say they were targeted in retaliation for participating in a probe looking into allegations of sexual harassment and political pressure made against their boss. […]

In written responses released by the inspector general, Carlson, Daglas and Lad say there are several inaccuracies in the report and question the legitimacy of the investigation, saying the inspector general did not follow proper protocol and inform them of the right to have interviews recorded.

Carlson said in his response that he at no point admitted to being a part of the scheme, and accused Wells of having an “accusatory tone and demeanor” during interviews. Carlson wrote that Wells’ behavior matches that of other treasurer’s office staff members and was “designed to purposely and willfully create a hostile workplace environment and was done in retaliation” for statements Carlson made to another investigator hired by Rutherford to vet allegations brought against him by a former employee that the treasurer engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment and political pressure.

Lad also questioned Wells’ investigation, saying the ethics officer relied on statements from “co-workers who were set to find ways to retaliate against me for cooperating with an internal investigation.” Daglas did not say he felt he was being retaliated against in his formal response to the report, but told the Tribune on Wednesday that the trio was unfairly targeted for participating in the Rutherford probe. Carlson and Lad declined to comment further, deferring to their written responses.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - 47th Ward - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    Has Rutherford ever released the report he promised to release regarding the original allegations? Until we can see what’s in that, it’s hard to know who to believe in this brouhaha.

    But from what I’ve seen of Rutherford, I wouldn’t be shocked to learn this was retaliation. My guess is, if he was pleased with a certain employee, a day at Wrigley Field was no problem. If he was displeased, it was a capitol offense.

  2. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    Certain aspects of that IG report bear striking similarities to the infamous “eating lunch at my desk” report and the “beer tickets” report my comments were the first to call shenanigans on.

    Working out on your lunch hour?

    Coincidentally firing three cooperating witnesses on the same day?

    Nothing to see here, lol. If you say so.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    @FakeRutherfordDan - Twitter, Facebook & Instagram can come back to haunt you. #PotKettleKettlePot

    @FakeRutherfordDan - the best way to seem like you want the truth is to deny those questioned their rights #ExaminationByIntimidation

  4. - JS Mill - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 12:10 pm:

    “Oh Danny Boy!” keeps running through my head. This saga will continue until he is out of office.

  5. - Gator - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 12:23 pm:

    Don’t snapchat texts disappear after 10 seconds?

  6. - Downstate GOP Faithless - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 12:37 pm:

    I know one of the three well and he said the only way to clear there names is for the suppressed report to come out. Also it seems there is a clause allowing Rutherford to destroy the Braver report which seems odd, but it’s Rutherford

  7. - wordslinger - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 12:40 pm:

    Apparently,some reports are more releasable than others.

    Yeah,it doesn’t take a tinfoil hat to seep the possibility of retaliation. So here come the lawsuits.

    Lot of taxpayer money being spent on non-government activities in that office these days.

  8. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    so the suppressed report says they didn’t falsify timekeeping records?

  9. - Jocko - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    If I recall, the Braver report was commissioned using taxpayer money. Are we going to get to see it, or will they put some type of “Warren Commission” seal on it?

  10. - Demoralized - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    It sounds to me like the Treasurer’s office is a hot mess.

  11. - admin - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    The lawsuit didnt seem to amount to much against rutherford especially after all the media attacks. Deserves serious mention.

  12. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    ===The lawsuit didnt seem to amount to much against rutherford especially after all the media attacks. Deserves serious mention.===

    Except it derailed a possibly viable GOP Nominee for Governor, and possibly ending his political career…

    Other than that…

  13. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    == Has Rutherford ever released the report he promised to release regarding the original allegations? ==

    To the contrary, he suddenly cancelled his planned “proof of innocence” press conference to share the results of the report shortly after receiving it.

  14. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 2:06 pm:

    == The lawsuit didnt seem to amount to much against Rutherford ==

    That lawsuit is still ongoing, as you are likely aware. Why would the fact there has been no ruling whatsoever deserve == serious mention ==?

  15. - Buckeye - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    “I know one of the three well and he said the only way to clear there names is for the suppressed report to come out.”

    All three in their responses which were released with the IG report asked that the IG report be suppressed and their names redacted. I think their written submission speaks louder than the attributed quote.

    David Wells is a straight shooter. The report speaks for itself and stands on its own.

    I know one of the clowns; he was a political type from Lee Daniels house republican organization, so this is unsurprising.

  16. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    Until Rutherford, …the Fiasco Friday Guy, who self-distrusted in what may be the biggest Press Crew blunder of a constitutional officer in recent memory..,

    …until Dopey Rutherford pays for the investigation he had the state pay for, or releases the report for public scrutiny, …dismissals or firings or whatever @RutherfordDan calls them only continues to remind me that Dan Rutherford can’t leave the stage soon enough.

    “I can’t tell you what it is, I can’t tell you who is going it, I can’t tell you anything, but it isn’t true…the stuff I can’t tell you.

    Embarrassingly pathetic.

    But, good on @RutherfordDan, “I am the state Treasurer”, you got these three good.

  17. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 2:58 pm:

    I believe the lawsuit has already been dismissed at least once

  18. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 3:06 pm:

    == I believe the lawsuit has already been dismissed at least once ==

    It has not. The Attorney General has asked for the case to be dismissed. The plaintiff’s attorney has filed a response. The judge has not ruled either way.

  19. - Tom Joad - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 3:11 pm:

    If the state paid for the investigations and not Rutherford, any “right to destroy” the documents would be the destruction of state property. I believe that would be a crime.

  20. - Downstate GOP Faithless - Friday, Sep 26, 14 @ 3:43 pm:

    @buckeye I thought it was clear but I guess not…they want “special investigation” out. The one that Rutherford had done.

  21. - Lakeside Lefty - Saturday, Sep 27, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    ==David Wells is a straight shooter. The report speaks for itself and stands on its own.==

    Someone didn’t read the report fully. Wells doesn’t do himself any favors by contradicting himself in different places, and stating things that don’t even exist. A season ticket holder incentive gift,” given at a game? People were mentioned by one but then he says they weren’t mentioned? People who were a part of this that began in 2014, yet moved away in 2012? It seems Mr. Wells was free wheeling with his words. And based on the responses, it appears there were people Wells could have interviewed who may have supported the claims of the 3, but he chose not to. Any chance these 3 went to Wells to report various issues, but he just sat on them, and now he wants to cover his own rear end? Has anyone checked other employees time to see if there were others who never clocked out for lunch? If they were not fired, but these 3 were, then yes, retaliation.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Konkol out at Chicago Reader after "tumultuous ten days"
* Madigan asks Bustos, Mendoza and Ammons to "develop a plan for elevating the status of women in the party"
* Saturday quick hits: Mendoza wants Quincy veterans moved; Biss and Raoul report big bucks; Reader cover fallout intensifies
* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend and some late news updates
* Question of the day
* Kennedy wows Daily Herald
* The perils of sticking too closely to talking points
* Fitch warns another Illinois stalemate could trigger rating downgrade
* More ads than you can shake a stick at: Rauner, Ruiz, Rotering, Quigley, Proft and Clark
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Latest Quincy Legionnaires’ case was Rauner's State of the State guest
* Ives release new ad, endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List, slams Trib endorsement of Rauner
* *** UPDATED x1 - Drury responds *** Appellate court rules unanimously that Drury should appear on AG ballot
* Rep. Feigenholtz files bills "to give strength to more victims"
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Kennedy again dismisses workers' comp as an issue
* Pritzker goes after Biss' "middle-class governor" claim, also airs ad featuring Stratton
* Will Gov. Rauner's cost-shift help wealthier schools and hurt poor districts?
* Biss airs new "middle-class governor" ad
* "Men and women who once were quasi-normal human beings become alien life forms"
* Lipinski wants IRS probe of Illinois Policy Institute leaders
* Surprise! Tribune endorses Bruce Rauner
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** UPDATED x2 - Brown: "We are not involved" *** Alaina Hampton sends cease and desist letter; Kevin Quinn arrested for violating protection order
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...







* House Speaker Madigan calls for end to harassme.....
* New Illinois Sports Betting Bill Includes MLB, .....
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassmen.....
* APNewsBreak: 2016 report put Quincy plumbing fi.....
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassmen.....
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassmen.....
* Andy Shaw: Basic responsibilities in a democracy..
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassmen.....

* Mourners: Slain Chicago officer was 'one of the good guys'
* Cause of fire that killed 6 in Illinois can't be determined
* It's championship day for Illinois high school wrestling
* Sikh driver's complaint referred to state prosecutors
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassment, abuse
* Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassment, abuse
* University of Illinois selects projects for $11M investment
* EXCHANGE: Animal rescue means personal sacrifices
* EXCHANGE: Red hats boost awareness of heart disease
* Tollway executive director leaving for stadium authority

* Opponents: Rauner insurance changes would hurt state workers, retired teachers
* Can middle-class candidate Daniel Biss defeat millionaires in Illinois?
* Speaker Madigan: 'I take responsibility' for not doing enough on sexual harassment issue
* Former Lanphier player among the latest Legionnaires' cases in Quincy
* Former Lanphier player among the latest Legionnaire's cases in Quincy
* 2016 report put Quincy veterans' home plumbing fix at $8M
* Appellate court rules Drury can stay on March primary ballot
* Former Lanphier star among the latest Legionnaire's cases in Quincy
* Ousted Madigan ally accused of violating protective order in different case
* Another new case of Legionnaires' disease reported in Quincy

* Half-hour to Cleveland by hyperloop?
* How did MetLife lose track of thousands of pension clients?
* This Chicago law firm has the rights stuff
* U of C to host Clinton Foundation event
* SEC kills Chinese-linked takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange

* WATCH: Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell wins slam dunk contest
* Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane lead the way as Blackhawks snap 8-game skid
* LeBron James says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’
* NBA All-Star game preview: Teams picked by LeBron, Steph prepare to collide
* Suns’ Devin Booker walks off with NBA 3-point title with record final round
* Statement from Sun-Times Media CEO on change in Chicago Reader leadership
* Man charged with hate crimes in racist tirade, threats at Calumet City bus stop
* U.S. men’s hockey team doesn’t have a miracle, medal in it
* Corey Crawford still no closer to returning for Blackhawks
* 16-year-old girl reported missing from Skokie

* Officials: Man found in burning car in Mount Prospect was fatally shot
* Woman, 23, accused of removing evidence in homicide case
* Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen caps All-Star weekend with runner-up skills finish
* Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 presidential run
* Carnival passengers say cruise devolved into violent mess due to family intent on trouble
* Nikolas Cruz: 'We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know.'
* Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission after controversial defense of Chilean bishop
* Northwestern blows 27-point lead to fall to No. 2 Michigan State 65-60
* 'No more BS': Pain turns political in Parkland after school shootings
* Bail denied for man accused of threatening black mother, son, 12

» Mourners: Slain Chicago Officer Was 'One Of The Good Guys'
» Madigan Says He's Taking Steps To End Harassment, Abuse
» 2016 Report Put Quincy Plumbing Fix At $8M
» State Week: Governor Rauner Presents His Budget
» Rauner Budget Doesn’t Use 'Pixie Dust,' But It’s Fanciful Nonetheless
» Dem Candidates Dissatisfied With Madigan's Response To Sexual Harrassment Claims
» 10 Years After NIU, Shooting Survivor Reflects On Florida Tragedy
» Prosecutor: Slain Police Commander Was Shot 6 Times
» Cubs First Baseman Rizzo Travels To Florida To Offer Support
» Women Rising: The Push For Gender Parity In State Government

* Statehouse Insider: Don't spend that tax cut all at once
* Andy Shaw: Basic responsibilities in a democracy
* Lincoln Land Community College: Come see us at Campus Visit Day tomorrow
* Opponents: Rauner insurance changes would hurt state workers, retired teachers
* Can middle-class candidate Daniel Biss defeat millionaires in Illinois?
* Speaker Madigan: 'I take responsibility' for not doing enough on sexual harassment issue
* Bernard Schoenburg: 3 years later, Rauner tells similar incomplete story
* Former Lanphier player among the latest Legionnaires' cases in Quincy
* Heidi Stevens: I knew slain Chicago cop, and he was as wonderful as people are saying
* Ed Rogers: The so-called GOP-FBI split is a Democratic fantasy

* Police: Use caution on icy roads in Central Illinois
* Mercer County child dead after being in frozen pond
* Stolen property recovered during search in Herrin
* Cube champions: Rubik's Cube gains popularity with local kids
* Polar Plungers brave cold temperatures for a good cause
* Red Dress Run: Hundreds gather for charity run
* Author and exhibit explore life of Laura Ingalls Wilder
* Construction worker dies in cave-in
* 2018 State Wrestling Finals
* HS Boys Swim: 2018 Sectionals

* (No heading)
* Novak helps Grayslake Central snap streak
* Blackhawks rout Caps 7-1 to end 8-game losing streak
* Hearts of Gold honors Arlington Heights' unsung heroes
* Medical examiner: Man found dead in burning car was shot multiple times

* Democrat Schneider, Republican Hultgren si...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* Duckworth taps downstate principal as Stat...
* House passes bill boosting funding to Illi...
* Before the State of the Union, a chance to...
* What to Expect When Congress Talks Blockch...
* Oklahoma senator will serve as co-chair of...
* A New Congressional Caucus Backs Planetary...
* Assault weapons used to be illegal. What h...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Letter: Democrats will be irrelevant if th......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Harold’s’ builds on Chicago hip-hop’s historical connection to the fried-chicken chain [UPDATED]
* Statement from Sun-Times Media CEO on change in Chicago Reader leadership
* ABL reviews #BlackPanther
* What A Difference A Year Makes
* Rauner adopts Madigan plan for pension cost shift to local school boards.
* Sketchbook.
* Chicago FOP announces judicial endorsements for the upcoming primary
* February 22 reception for Ketki "Kay" Steffen
* @formyblock: Shoveling for Seniors #twill
* Pre-Presidents Day Fundraiser tomorrow for Judge Toya T. Harvey

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* No breaks for Huawei or HTC | #PNWeekly 292
* How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook
* Best cases for the OnePlus 5T
* Buy a phone on Project Fi, get $80 of service credit
* LG G7 won’t be G7, but is codenamed “Judy”
* Fourth new color for Essential Phone only on Amazon
* Error -6722 stopping you from setting up your HomePod? Here’s what to do

* Projections? We don’t need no stinkin’ projections
* Abreu embraces mentor role with countrymen
* Meet the Players: Matthew Smith
* Meet the Players: Rob Hill
* Pipeline Podcast: Robert on fast track?
* Pipeline Podcast: Luis Robert expectations
* Giolito confident after success at season's end

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller