No Lt. Governor: Support Grows to Abolish Position
The lieutenant governor’s office is so important that the last one succeeded an impeached governor. But it’s so unimportant that two previous ones quit out of boredom.
If the Illinois Senate follows the lead of the House, the state’s voters would determine whether to abolish the office entirely. Sponsoring State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) says if a governor leaves by death, resignation, or impeachment, the line of succession would have the attorney general installed in his or her place.
Calling the office a “luxury,” McSweeney asked, “Would you rather fund basic social services, would you rather cut taxes for small businesses, or would you rather fund the $1,847,000 that we spend in 2013 on the office of the lieutenant governor?”
The amendment comes just four years after incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn rose to office from the position of lieutenant governor.
“Simply to say we should abolish an office simply because we want to save a few million dollars,” said State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), “when we’ve seen over the last several years that there’s been a need for a smooth transition, it seems to me that this is not a good thing to do.”
Dan Rutherford has a new title, like it or not. It’s Governor Dan Rutherford !
The always likable, always jovial, always smiling, and most-always political-correct Dan Rutherford talks like he’s running for Illinois Governor in 2014.But in Watseka Thursday night, he did all but say he’s running for the state’s top job.
The rural Chenoa resident said should he have an announcement in June, he's coming back his sandbox, Livingston, Iroquois, Ford counties, to do it.
The now-state treasurer told an audience at the Iroquois County Republican Women’s Club Annual Spring Dinner “Iroquois County is his sandbox.”
Despite the fact he’s all over the state, on any given day at any given time, Rutherford told the GOP crowd he’s most comfortable at home in his native territory – Iroquois, Ford, and Livingston counties.
He says this is his sandbox, where he first started his political career at the age of 24. And today, he knows his sandbox friends are the Republican women, men and others who supported his efforts over the years as a State Rep, State senator and now, Treasurer.
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Rutherford had the audience’ attention, talking about how if the GOP party is going to survive and flourish, it has to throw away the labels and represent all peoples --- there’s so much to talk about other than abortion, gun rights, and gay rights…….
There’s been reports of hail damage in central-Illinois today. Severe thunderstorms rolled across the area late Wednesday and overnight brought flash flooding along with some hail damage. Hail measuring 2-inches in diameter was reported near Champaign County. Trained weather spotters also reported three-quarter inch hail.
By 6 pm Wednesday, three and a half inches of rain had been reported near Rossville. A trained weather spotter there reported one-and-a-half inches of rain fell during a one-hour period. Earlier in the afternoon Wednesday the National Weather Service issued a special advisory for southern Vermilion County because of strong thunderstorms that included nickel-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour.
Meanwhile, the Weather Service was warning motorists to be on the lookout for the possibility of flooded roadways. And remember you should never drive through an area where water is running across a road.