Letter: For Rutherford, job growth in Illinois is Job 1

Posted Online: March 07, 2014, 12:00 am
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The challenges facing the next governor of Illinois are immense.

Our economy is in shambles and Illinois is mired in a fiscal wasteland of mismanagement and nearsighted decision-making that threatens our very future.

A once-proud state is now lost. We need to find our way out.

Dan Rutherford believes focusing on government efficiency, job creation and business growth in every phase of state government is fundamental to rejuvenating the state's economy and restoring the livelihood of Illinois. Rebuilding our economy will rebuild our pride, which in turn will generate the economic momentum, necessary growth and prosperity for the future generations.

We must reevaluate the very core of state government. Only then can we start to rebuild an administration that is obviously broken and functionally obsolete.

Rutherford wants to use expert volunteers to examine and review state government and lawmakers in Springfield to develop sound, authoritative recommendations on which state programs are working and which should be cut. The state could then focus resources on successful operations and cut back or eliminate those that are unnecessary or not meeting expectations.

The next part of Rutherford's plan? It would be free.

Tough times demand strong leadership. Illinois needs a sense of relevancy.

Illinois needs Dan Rutherford.

Nikki Finnie,
Rock Island


Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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