|SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- State Treasurer Dan Rutherford's Twitter account not only chronicles him fixing home appliances and jogging on a treadmill. It also highlights his practice of tacking political events onto official travel funded by state taxpayers.
Illinois ethics laws separating government and campaign work aren't as specific as the federal government's. Still, most politicians go to great lengths not to publicize when they mix activities.
The Associated Press found more than 20 combined purpose trips by Rutherford over an 18-month period. State comptroller travel records show he topped all constitutional officers for state-paid trips during that time. The Chenoa native is one of four Republicans running for governor in 2014.
Rutherford says he mixes activities because he works long hours for Illinois. He says all trips are anchored by government events.