Letter: Rutherford will do planning needed from our governor

Posted Online: March 08, 2014, 12:01 am
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Illinois needs to adopt a well-thought and comprehensive policy on the strategic, long-range plans for major state facilities such as prisons and other large public assets.

We saw governors Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn abruptly announce closure of major state facilities with no fallback plan in place. These rash decisions negatively affected the lives of the hardworking men and women at those facilities and the businesses in communities like Tamms, Vandalia, Pontiac, Jacksonville, Dwight, Murphysboro, Rockford, Lincoln and Joliet.

State services were affected. Local economies felt the impact. Families were unfairly burdened by short-sighted choices made without creative vision or intelligent planning.

This type of abrupt action would not occur in a Dan Rutherford administration.

Rutherford believes state agency directors should develop a plan for each major facility, whether it be a correctional center, mental health or developmental services facility.

Each state asset should be evaluated and a determination made as to how it fits into the overall mission of service needs. If a state asset can be deployed for a better or alternative use, then it should be planned for and transitioned to this new function.

We don't need knee-jerk, bombshell announcements like we've seen with past administrations.

Proper planning needs to be in place and Rutherford will make it happen.

Bonnie Logan,


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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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