IL Treasurer backs Romney's latest announcement, not Quinn's

By Anna Yee

August 13, 2012 Updated Aug 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford who was in Bloomington Monday, voiced his support for Mitt Romney's new running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan.

As chairman of Romney's Illinois campaign, Rutherford praised the vice presidential candidate for his good energy and strength in controlled spending.

However, Rutherford had a different message for Governor Pat Quinn. The State Treasurer is calling on Quinn to be more transparent when it comes to prison conditions.

Last week, Quinn turned down media requests to get an inside look and earlier this year, Quinn announced the closing of two state prisons.

That move sparked backfire from opponents, saying shutting down lockups will increase violence there.

Rutherford says prison tours will help maintain good exposure.

"I don't think there's something to hide," said Rutherford, "but when you don't let the media in, then you question if there's something to hide. I just don't think this is the right way to go."

Rutherford says the Department of Corrections takes up $1.1 billion of Illinois' general revenue spending, or taxpayer dollars.

Quinn said last week that barring media and others from touring prisons will help keep them secure.

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