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 Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.

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