|January 10, 2011 - Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Illinois State Senate|
|2003 - 2010|
|Bachelor's||Illinois State University (1978)|
|Date of birth||May 26, 1955|
|Place of birth||Pontiac, Illinois|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Rutherford served as a Legislative Assistant for former State Representative Tom Ewing from 1978 to 1980 and was a Business Executive.
He served in the Illinois State Senate, representing District 53 from 2003 to 2010 and serving as an Assistant Minority Leader. Before becoming a Senator, Rutherford was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003. 
- BS, Business Administration, Illinois State University, 1978
State treasurer (2011-Present)
When they were first elected, Rutherford and comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said they planned to flex their muscle as the state’s fiscal officers, with an aim at Gov. Pat Quinn’s borrowing. Quinn called borrowing one of his “budget pillars,” yet the state treasurer and comptroller must sign-off on short term borrowing, according to Illinois state law requires.
“I have a number of questions about any type of short term borrowing,” Topinka said. “What will the money be used for, how long will it be out, and is there money for the state to pay it back?”
Topinka said she would not issue blank checks to the governor. Rutherford said he thinks he has a mandate to be tough and that voters picked Republicans to hold the fiscal offices of the state for a reason.
“[One] thing that I think is going to be impactful is to have people who are willing to articulate what may be a differing opinion on the finances of the state.”
Rutherford said that not all borrowing is bad, but he does worry about Illinois’ mounting debt and the state’s ability to repay what it borrows. 
While Rutherford cannot stop lawmakers from borrowing billions to pay the state’s backlog of unpaid bills, he said he planned to deter this practice by making it more expensive.
On May 23, 2011, Rutherford said he could not support adding to Illinois' burgeoning debt.
He released his own report that states Illinois total debt would cost every household in the state $42,000. Rutherford arrived at the number by adding Illinois’ $140 billion in unfunded pension and health-care liabilities, the state’s $45 billion bond debt, and the nearly $8 billion in unpaid bills.
The treasurer said lawmakers must cut spending and live within their means in order for Illinois to pay off the debt.
“You can’t borrow anymore money,” said Rutherford. “And if I need to send letters to the rating companies to tell them the treasurer of Illinois is opposed to any more borrowing, I’ll go ahead and do that.”
Rutherford said alerting national rating agencies and bond houses could make it more expensive for Illinois to borrow. He said hopes that step would give lawmakers pause before asking for a billion dollars.
Criticism for raises
Rutherford, along with Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, came under criticism in September 2011 for giving pay raises during a fiscal crisis. Topinka gave 56 employees raises of at least 3 percent and several employees raises up to 15 percent. Rutherford gave out 19 raises averaging 16 percent increases. The issue came to light by an analysis of payroll records by the Better Government Association, a Chicago nonprofit group.
Illinois State Senate (2003-2010)
Illinois State House (1993-2003)
- See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014
Rutherford won his campaign for state treasurer in the November 2, 2010 election.
|Illinois State Treasurer General Election, 2010|
|Green||Scott K. Summers||3.2%||115,772|
|Election Results via Follow The Money|
|Illinois State Senate, District 53 General Election, 2008|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Dan Rutherford's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Dan Rutherford's Campaign Contributions|
Illinois State Senate
Illinois Secretary of State
(Lost general election)
Illinois State Senate
|Total Raised by Opponents||$790,389||n/a||$2,153,578||n/a|
|Top 5 contributors||Danny Rutherford||$200,162||Muneer Satter||$50,000||Jimmy Johns Franchise||$74,900||Dan Rutherford||$61,153|
|James Liautaud||$100,000||Terence Graunke||$25,000||James N Pritzker Political Participation Fund||$45,000||Lexington Square Inc||$11,500|
|James N Pritzker Political Participation Fund||$58,000||James Liautaud||$25,000||James Liautaud||$31,000||Committee for Legislative Action||$11,500|
|James Pritzker||$50,000||Committee for Legislative Action||$10,000||Illinois Manufacturers Association||$11,000||Community Bankers Association of Illinois||$9,500|
|Maclean-Fogg Co||$35,000||Illinois Bankers Association||$7,500||Jeffrey Diederich||$10,500||Illinois Realtors Association||$9,175|
Rutherford resides in Pontiac, Illinois.
- Social media:
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Biography from the 96th Illinois General Assembly
- Collected news and commentary at CBS Chicago
- Collected news and commentary at the Chicago Tribune
- "New Ill. GOP comptroller, treasurer: no blank checks for Dem gov’s borrowing," Illinois Statehouse News, November 10, 2010
- Illinois State Treasurer, "Meet Treasurer Rutherford," accessed September 15, 2012
- "Illinois treasurer says ‘no’ to more debt to pay state bills," By Benjamin Yount, Illinois Statehouse News, May 23, 2011
- Forbes, "Watchdog questions comptroller, treasurer raises," September 26, 2011
- "Dan Rutherford on Civil Unions," Illinois Statehouse News, December 1, 2010
- Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, "Rutherford plans future run for governor," January 9, 2013
- Illinois Senate election results for 2008
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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