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Saving Taxpayer Money, a Few Dollars at a Time


Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford knows better than most just how broke Illinois has become. He’s the man in charge of safeguarding the state’s dwindling resources.

He’s also been looking for ways to save the state money. Among other items, rather than throwing out a truckload of State Treasurer letter head, he had his staff change their word processing template to black out former Treasurer Giannoulias’s name and print his name below it. This change saved the state a little over $1000 in paper costs to replace that letterhead.

Big deal right? Only $1000 in savings for a state that is hemorrhaging $$$BILLIONS of red ink? That’s nothing!

And you’re right. It’s nothing.

By itself.

Dan Rutherford has also closed satellite offices, cut vehicle fleets, dropped extra phone lines, dropping Blackberries, and a host of other little cost savings that add up to about $75,000 per year. Still, it’s just a drop in the bucket compared to the massive budget deficit. But that $75,000 is enough to pay the salary and benefits of 1 worker. And the Treasurer’s Office operations budget is only a small cost center for the state. Imagine if all the hundreds of other state agencies implemented similar waste elimination programs….

Unfortunately, most of our state is still controlled by Democrats who don’t mind spending and taxing and spending some more. Dan Rutherford will be pushing them to make their offices more efficient, but he only has power over his little corner of the state. Too bad we don’t have a governor with the same mindset.

Brian Hibbert
Midwestern conservative, Precinct Committeeman, county GOP Executive Committee secretary and currently a candidate for the Board of Trustees at Illinois Central College. It's amazing what can happen if you just show up and put in a little effort.

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  1. There’s an ethic involved, Brian, and you raise a MAJOR, not minor point…especially when it other people’s money.

    I know a professional gambler (straight poker) who’s done better than well for himself, But in a nickle-dime game w/ friends he still plays the game straight up. He says there’s nothing but bad habits, and percentages, to be gained by calling to an inside straight.

    The nickle-dime cuts often say more about the man than the bigger things. I hope he goes far

    • You’re right Vassar, and I think that’s what I was trying to get across. If they pay attention to even the small $$, they’re much more likely to be paying attention to the bid ones.

      But even the small $ matter. Like I said, in the context of the billions Illinois spends, 75K seems like nothing. But when you think of it as someone’s salary, well it takes on a different meaning.

  2. I like what I’ve heard of his mindset, too. He and Topinka are trying to get the Treasurer’s and Comptroller’s offices combined. That would be more savings, and it shows a willingness to sacrifice personal gain for public economy.

    Looks like the next step is to change the IL constitution to allow this to happen, if I haven’t missed something. Will be on the ballot in Nov.

    Rutherford is a good egg..

    • Yes, Rutherford’s one of the good ones.

      He and his replacement in the Senate, Shane Cultra were in Washington, IL yesterday talking about what they’re trying to do to fix this state. Cultra also seems like a good egg, but I really haven’t seen him in action enough to know yet. So far, I like what I’ve seen.

  1. There’s an ethic involved, Brian, and you raise a MAJOR, not minor point…especially when it other people’s money.

    I know a professional gambler (straight poker) who’s done better than well for himself, But in a nickle-dime game w/ friends he still plays the game straight up. He says there’s nothing but bad habits, and percentages, to be gained by calling to an inside straight.

    The nickle-dime cuts often say more about the man than the bigger things. I hope he goes far

    • You’re right Vassar, and I think that’s what I was trying to get across. If they pay attention to even the small $$, they’re much more likely to be paying attention to the bid ones.

      But even the small $ matter. Like I said, in the context of the billions Illinois spends, 75K seems like nothing. But when you think of it as someone’s salary, well it takes on a different meaning.

  2. I like what I’ve heard of his mindset, too. He and Topinka are trying to get the Treasurer’s and Comptroller’s offices combined. That would be more savings, and it shows a willingness to sacrifice personal gain for public economy.

    Looks like the next step is to change the IL constitution to allow this to happen, if I haven’t missed something. Will be on the ballot in Nov.

    Rutherford is a good egg..

    • Yes, Rutherford’s one of the good ones.

      He and his replacement in the Senate, Shane Cultra were in Washington, IL yesterday talking about what they’re trying to do to fix this state. Cultra also seems like a good egg, but I really haven’t seen him in action enough to know yet. So far, I like what I’ve seen.

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