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Incoming Treasurer Frerichs Wants Audit Of Office

State Senator and Treasurer-elect Mike Frerichs speaks in Springfield last May.

In this May 13, 2014 file photo, Illinois state Sen. and Treasurer-elect Michael Frerichs , D-Champaign, the Democratic candidate for state treasurer, speaks to reporters at the state Capitol in Springfield (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Illinois' next state treasurer says he plans to run an audit of his new office after he's sworn in on Monday.

Democratic Treasurer-elect Mike Frerichs told the Daily Herald editorial board Wednesday that he'll also consider releasing at least part of an internal report about allegations against GOP Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

Rutherford had the report done after former staffer Edmund Michalowski filed a lawsuit last year. Michalowski claimed Rutherford made unwanted sexual advances toward him and forced him to do campaign work on government time.

 (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Rutherford has repeatedly denied the claims. He never released the report.
Frerichs says he'd like to release at least part of the report but he needs to consult an attorney first to see if there are any liability issues.
A Rutherford spokeswoman declined comment.