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 Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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