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 Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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