Rutherford Wants to See Structural Changes in Illinois

By WEEK Producer

January 16, 2011 Updated Jan 16, 2011 at 11:34 PM CDT

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford received a warm welcome in his home town of Pontiac today for the first time since his swearing in.

Rutherford says within his first 24 hours of office, he closed six satellite offices.
He says that doesn't seem like much, but that every little bit helps in these times.
He adds that he'd like to see two major changes in the structural configuration of State government.

"One of them," Rutherford says, "is in regards to our public pension systems. We've got to get a handle on that, and the other area is we have to work at reforming our workers' compensation situation. If we don't have a better workers' compensation situation in this state, the unemployment rate in Illinois will not go down like it should. Businesses are going to find it even harder to grow in the state of Illinois."

Rutherford was sworn in to office on January 11th after serving as a State Senator.

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