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


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  Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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