Newly elected State Treasurer Dan Rutherford as the Illinois Senate meets at the Illinois State Capital to consider borrowing $4 billion to help close hole in state budget in Springfield, IL on Thursday, November 4, 2010. (Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune) B58838312Z.1 ....OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION...
'Operation Rescue' Rolled Out
The state treasurer’s unclaimed property division, branded as I-Cash, has a military component: Operation Rescue. The idea, says Treasurer Dan Rutherford is to reunite military families with lost or forgotten medals.
“I am the holder of at least 110 military medals in addition to additional ribbons, paperwork, dog tags, and the like that came out of safety deposit boxes out of financial institutions in Illinois that we can’t find the rightful owners to,” Rutherford says.
Rutherford, one of four Republican candidates for governor, backed away from a chance to comment on Gov. Pat Quinn’s choice of Paul Vallas, a former Chicago schools chief and onetime gubernatorial hopeful, as a running mate, saying that the Republican nominee will be running against Quinn.
And, asked about same-sex marriage, which he opposes, Rutherford says if elected, he would uphold the law rather than try to repeal it.