CHAMPAIGN, IL – While 22-year incumbent Republican Tom Cross announced his endorsement by current State Treasurer Dan Rutherford on Tuesday, downstate Democrat Mike Frerichs announced today he’s being endorsed by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (ILFOP). The organization representing 35,000 law officers across Illinois endorsed Republican Dan Rutherford in 2010, and Frerichs says it is time for a change in the State Treasurer’s Office.
“Tom Cross says he thinks Dan Rutherford is doing a good job, but Dan Rutherford just extended the contract of a company that lost tens of millions of dollars that Illinois families set aside to send their kids to college. Meanwhile, Rutherford was providing paid internships to the children of the politically connected,” said Frerichs. “It’s time to clean up the corruption in the Treasurer’s office and focus on protecting the investments of Illinois families, and I am proud to have the support of law enforcement in that effort.”
“The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police is honored to support Senator Mike Frerichs in his campaign for treasurer of Illinois,” said Chris Southwood, President of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police. “As senator, Mike has shown that he understands the difficulties faced by law enforcement officers and we believe he will continue to advocate for our issues and stand up for as state treasurer. We look forward to working with him to ensure officers have the proper resources to protect the communities we serve.”
Frerichs also claimed the endorsement of Illinois State Troopers Lodge #41, which represents 3,200 officers of the Illinois State Police across Illinois. Lodge President Mike Powell, an active officer in Rockford, says Frerichs was the clear choice.
“Mike has always been accessible and supportive of law enforcement and our concerns,” says Powell.
Frerichs added: “My dad is a truck driver and my mom a retired secretary. Both worked hard to save and help me go to college. Officers are risking their lives every day to do the same for their kids, and I think they deserve a finance expert in the Treasurer’s office who is looking out for them.”