CHICAGO (AP) - A published report says Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's (ROOTH'-ur-furd) office has offered paid internships to several young people with political connections.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1kP2I3j ) Rutherford's office kept a list of applicants and the name of the person who referred them.
Among those who referred interns were House Speaker Michael Madigan and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. Rutherford himself recommended a 16-year-old member of the wealthy Pritzker family. That person was hired one year after a relative donated $50,000 to Rutherford's campaign fund.
Rutherford's office says clout played no role in who got internships.
The office had 58 interns in 2013 - the same year Rutherford launched his bid for the Republican nomination for governor.
The treasurer's office had eight paid interns in the final year under Rutherford's predecessor.
Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index
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