PONTIAC - State Treasurer Dan Rutherford's new campaign video is raising eyebrows in his Central Illinois hometown of Pontiac, especially over one individual featured at a local eatery (see photo below).
The man sitting just to Rutherford's left is Mike Ingles, who was mayor of Pontiac for 16 years, but whose service ended after voters rejected him in 2005 after he tried to increase his part-time mayoral pay 600 percent.
In 2004, Mayor Ingles surprised the city administrator and council members when he added to a council meeting agenda a proposal that would make the mayor's office a full-time job paying $70,000 annually - an increase from the $10,000 per year part-time job.
When it came to light, the Bloomington Pantagraph headlined the mayor's plans (see below), and the next day outraged city residents flocked to a city council meeting. The council ended up rejecting the mayor's plan with a 6 to 2 vote. One of the citizens that spoke out against the mayor's plan - Scott McCoy - subsequently challenged and beat Ingles the following April.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford had no comment when asked about the former mayor's appearance in his new biopic video that calls for Illinois to "turn the page."
While the rest of the state is likely not to be familiar with the Ingles saga, locals are wondering why Rutherford flaunted his relationship with the mayor when he is emphasizing a new day for the state of Illinois.