Democratic candidate for state treasurer Sen. Mike Frerichs visited The Register-Mail Tuesday afternoon on his way around central and Western Illinois, making a final push in this last week of the election cycle.
The state senator from Champaign is taking on GOP state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego for the state’s chief financial officer position.
This is the second time Frerichs has visited Galesburg this election cycle, while Cross has yet to come by The Register-Mail.
However, Cross has received endorsements from two major regional cities; the Peoria Journal Star and The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus. The Register-Mail will not be making endorsements on statewide executive branch races.
Frerichs said he was in Galesburg to speak with local businesses about growing jobs in the state and touting his experience as a County Auditor as reason why he’s the better man for the job.
“I’m a former county auditor and certified public finance officer,” he said. “My opponent is a prosecutor, and that’s good experience for Attorney General.”
He also visited Knox College to talk with students about changing the way families save for college.
“As state treasurer, what we can do is manage our college savings plan, making sure we do a better job of talking to parents, making sure they’re prepared for their kids’ education,” he said. “Also, reducing the fees families are paying on their college savings.”
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is ranked in the top ten highest in-state tuitions of the state universities.