Echoing one of his campaign promises, Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs has issued an executive order against political activity on state time. Frerichs says he will not accept campaign contributions from treasurer's office employees, nor will he tolerate anybody doing political work. Frerichs' predecessor, Dan Rutherford, faced a lawsuit alleging he tried to shake down employees for campaign help or sexual favors.
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Rutherford, who denied the allegations, was in a four-man primary race for governor at the time, finished last, and ended his term quietly.
“Their job, when they are being paid by the state, is to do the state’s business,” said Frerichs, who defines that as “doing something every day to make sure we are improving and strengthening our middle class.”
Middle class? “I think when America has a strong middle class, the entire country succeeds and does better.”