Letter: Former GOP chair says Rutherford right for job

Posted Online: March 09, 2014, 12:00 am
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This primary election I am supporting Republican Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford for governor.

I have personally known Dan for over 20 years. He has a strong work ethic and excellent leadership skills. Illinois needs a real leader a person who has the ability to find common ground between the two major political parties.

Since Dan took office in 2011 as teasurer. the Unclaimed Property and College Savings divisions have each posted substantial gains for Illinois. In 2013 the Unclaimed Property Division returned over $139 million in assets and paid more than 70,000 claims. The College Savings Division assets have grown from $3.7 billion to more than $6 billion.

These gains were realized with good business sense and strategic planning. At the same time, 10 percent of the treasurer's operating budget has been reduced. The revenue funding the Treasurer's office is at the level it was in 1999.

Dan is a businessman with 25 years experience in the private sector, he has found ways to reduce spending in his office while maintaining strong standards of performance. As our governor, Dan will make sure all departments and agencies operate with these high standards.

I encourage you to support Dan Rutherford for Republican governor of Illinois

Susie Carpentier,
Rock Island,
former Rock Island County
Republican chairman


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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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