PEORIA - Saturday, the Rauner campaign introduced a new coalition of supporters that agree with the Republican's views on utilizing the state's natural resources and his commitment to preserving them for the future.
“As Governor, I pledge to the people of Illinois that I will conserve and protect our natural resources. I firmly believe that we can utilize our vast natural resources in this State to enhance our quality of life and still maintain those resources for future generations,” GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said. “I will not allow the business as usual approach of wasteful spending and mismanagement to continue under my administration. My administration will partner with our citizens because we all have a stake in this.”
Those signing up to support Rauner include retired Chief of Investigations for IL Conservation Police Tim Sickmeyer.
“Conservationists have watched the natural resources of this state be decimated and buried under backroom deals and sacrificed for political expediency for 12 years. Budgets were cut from existing programs only to then have fees raised to try and bring DNR funding back to a respectable level,” Sickmeyer said.
“We are faced with having dedicated funds swept for newly created programs. This State has to learn that you can’t have something new when you aren’t paying the bills for what is already owed. The people of Illinois are the losers in this deal. Bruce Rauner will restore fiscal integrity and help make Illinois a great place to live.”
Retired Deputy Director for IL Dept of Natural Resources Dick Mottershaw also supports Rauner's bid.
“Bruce Rauner is what we need for the outdoors, because he is a sportsman himself. He knows first hand the issues we face,” Dick Mottershaw concluded.
Others in the coalition of conservationists include Mary Jo Trimble of Carterville, Mike Kepple of Peoria, Larry Closson of Springfield, Brent Manning of Somonauk, Neal Graves of East Peoria, St. Rep Wayne Rosenthal of Taylorville and Glenn Sanders of Quincy.