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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