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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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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