Champaign, IL – Yesterday the Tom Cross campaign launched an untrue and unfounded attack on Sen. Frerichs and his support for continued Illinois investment in Israel Bonds.
See the statement below from state Sens. Daniel Biss and Ira Silverstein and state Reps. Lou Lang and Sara Feigenholz on behalf of Treasurer Candidate Mike Frerichs, in response to a release yesterday from the Cross campaign that erroneously suggested Mike wants to end state investments in Israel. Here is the full audio clip from the radio interview, where it’s clear Mike said nothing like that. The relevant section starts at about 7:30:
In fact, Mike supported I-Bonds as chief co-sponsor of this bill with his Jewish colleagues last year: http://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1571&GAID=12&GA=98&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=72631&SessionID=85
“Mike Frerichs is among the most outspoken and vocal advocates for the State of Israel in the Illinois General Assembly. He was a strong supporter of the bill that would allow for significant new investment in Israel Bonds, and supports the policy that keeps Illinois pension funds from investing in businesses that adhere to the economic boycott of Israel. As State Treasurer, he will work to strengthen the economic ties of the State of Illinois to Israel. This policy will create jobs here and advance the interests of our chief ally in the Mideast.
At a time when the State of Israel is in armed conflict, fighting for its survival and its security, it is unfortunate that Tom Cross has decided to use Israel as a political pawn in the race for State Treasurer. Not only is he wrong about Mike Frerichs, but Mr. Cross has degraded the political process by resorting to twisting of facts for his own personal political gain.”
Mike Frerichs has served as the State Senator for the 52nd District since 2007, representing Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Mike is currently Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and was previously the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. Mike is originally from Gifford, Illinois (pop. 975) and was in the first generation of his family to attend college (Yale University). Previously, Mike was elected to the Champaign County Board (2000) and was Champaign County Auditor (2002-2007). He is also a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for his work in bringing transparency and strict oversight to the County’s budget. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” references that at 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history.
For more information, visit www.FrerichsforIllinois.com