Election Day has finally arrived. Please remember to get to the polls and cast your vote. Every vote cast in this election is important.
Much thanks to our friends and supporters over the course of the 2012 election cycle. Now let’s get out there and send State Rep. Rich Morthland back to Springfield for the 71st District!
State Representative Rich Morthland (71st District) has received his third key endorsement, this one coming from the Quad City Times.
The QC Times article reads:
“Rich Morthland earned our respect, and support in 2010 for his effectiveness as a Rock Island County Board member. Morthland blazed a Republican trail to the entrenched Democrat board, a trail crowded this year with GOP challengers for every county board seat. That political leadership alone impresses.”
“In Springfield, Morthland learned fast to seek bipartisan coalitions, since Republicans are ignored by majority leadership.”
“Challenger Mike Smiddy is a veteran Democrat operative, now working at the East Moline Correctional Center. Adding a state prison employee to the House Democratic majority isn’t our prescription for resolving Illinois’ massive state pension problem.”
“We’ll stick with Morthland.”
– Quad City Times - 10/31/2012
The editorial can be seen by following this link:
Rich Morthland is a proven leader and has worked hard for the 71st District during his first two years in Springfield. Let’s send Rich back to the capitol to continue the excellent service he has provided for the citizens of the 71st District since 2010.
State Representative Rich Morthland (71st District) has been endorsed by The Chicago Tribune and The Dispatch.
The Tribune endorsement states “Freshman Rep. Richard Morthland of Cordova has been a solid voice for taxpayers. As a Rock Island County Board member and now a Republican lawmaker, he has advocated for pay reductions for elected officials. He voted to eliminate the state’s fraud-filled tuition waiver program…..Morthland gets the nod.” The Tribune endorsement can be seen by following this link:
Rep. Morthland has also been endorsed by The Dispatch. The Dispatch endorsement includes the following excepts: “We believe Mr. Morthland has earned a return trip to Springfield.”; “Mr. Morthland cited as his top accomplishment ending the release of state Firearm Owner Identification card information.”; “He has demonstrated an ability to work across the aisle, while maintaining an independent voice, no easy task for a freshman in a GOP caucus dominated by suburban Chicago.”; “We have found Mr. Morthland to be effective as a member of the minority party — both on the Rock Island County Board and in Springfield. He appears to work well with others from the region.”; and that “We suggest voters in the 71st District to return Mr. Morthland to Springfield.” The Dispatch endorsement can be viewed by following this link:
Rich is truly grateful to have recieved these endorsements. This campaign has entered the red zone with precious minutes left on the clock. Let’s score the game winning touchdown and send Rep. Morthland back to Springfield on Election Day!
Posted Online: Oct. 02, 2012, 10:33 am
By Rich Morthland
Illinois’ people and employees have been lied to, abused, and neglected for decades by this state’s ruling class. The poster child of this travesty is public employee pensions. It is time for solutions instead of excuses, answers instead of misdirection, and leadership instead of malfeasance. Let’s briefly examine the situation.
The five state pension systems have an unfunded liability estimated to be $83 billion or more. While I am glad that we have faithfully made our full pension payments during my first term, the costs continue to grow.
For FY 2013, our total pension bill is $7.4 billion when we tally both the annual payment and debt service on old pension bonds. This is a $1 billion increase in pension contributions in just one year, at a time when the state is already behind on bills and being forced to cut essential services.
Without changes to the pension systems, these costs are on target to swallow the budget. If we don’t solve this problem soon, our state can forget about education, health care, infrastructure, or public safety. Eventually, Illinois will be making pension payments alone.
I believe that some of our answers to the pension crisis can come from following the lead of other states that have been successful, like Rhode Island.
Charging current employees more is a possible first step. If we were to also revamp the annual compounded COLAs (cost of living adjustments), we could reach a point where the savings were enough that the systems could survive and the state could afford the pension payments.
I also believe that Illinois should implement a pension benefit package for new employees that would not be solely a defined benefit plan. A smaller defined benefit package with a 401(k) style defined contribution plan would allow employees to share in the rewards and risks of their retirement accounts, like private sector employees generally do.
In my short time in the Illinois House, I have supported multiple pension reforms. HB 3813, which I co-sponsored, prevents Chicago public employees from calculating state pensions on the basis of huge salaries for brief periods of employment in unions.
I co-sponsored a bill that would end pensions for new General Assembly members. I voted to close the loophole that allowed pension double-dipping for individuals who worked as teachers for as little as one day! Also, I voted to require a super-majority whenever the Illinois General Assembly tries to enhance pension benefits. While we need to do more, the partial sampling of measures I have supported shows a solid start.
Illinois deserves to have a strong future. Public employees deserve to have stable pension funds. If we work together, these shared aims are within our reach. However, if we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that these problems will resolve themselves, we face a future of further credit downgrades and ultimate financial collapse.
Other states, potential employers, and posterity are watching. As I mentioned in the open paragraph, the days of wishing away this issue have passed.
Rich Morthland, R-Cordova, represents Illinois House District 71.
We wanted to give you a quick update from the campaign. State Representative Rich Morthland (IL-71st District) has been recovering very well from the farm injuries he sustained just over a month ago. Rich has been making appearences across the 71st District during the past few weeks and our “Rich’s Revenge” fundraiser in Hillsdale was a big success! Thank you to all who attended the event, and thank you to all of our great volunteers who have stepped up for Team Morthland over the past month. Your help is truly appreciated.
Election Day 2012 is rapidly approaching. We are eager to get Rich re-elected so he can continue the great work he has been doing for the citizens of the 71st District. Here is the latest radio spot from the Morthland campaign. Please take a moment to listen. As always, your support is very much appreciated. We look forward to finishing this campaign on a strong and positive note!
As many of you know, State Representative Rich Morthland (71st District) was seriously injured in a farming accident this past week when a cow Rich was herding head-butted his knee. Rich underwent a successful surgery and is now recovering. He is expected to make a full recovery but will have to immobilize his leg for six weeks and will undergo intensive physical therapy for six weeks after that. Rich and his wife Betsey are overwhelmed by the amount of support, prayers, and well wishes friends and supporters have sent their way. On behalf of the Morthlands, thank you very much for your kind gestures during this difficult time.
Rich is known for constantly meeting and reaching out to the citizens of the 71st District. However, due to his injury, Rich will not be able to engage voters on the campaign trail for some time. We still have a campaign to run and are fully committed to helping Rich get re-elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield. Rich has proven himself time and time again that he is a legislator who puts the concerns of the citizens of the 71st District at the forefront of his legislative actions.
Now is the time for us to show our support for Rich like never before.
There are two parades Team Morthland will be marching in this Labor Day weekend and we are calling for all hands on deck. Friends, family, neighbors and volunteers, please join us in marching in these parades so that togheter, we can demonstrate our unwaivering support for Representative Morthland to the people of the 71st District, as well as the Morthland family.
Saturday September 1, 2012
The Indian Summer Parade in Milan, IL – Set up time is 9 a.m. at the Roth Pump Co. (541 4th Street West); parade roll-off at 10:30 a.m.
Monday September 3, 2012
The East Moline Labor Day Parade in East Moline, IL – set up time is 10 a.m. at John Deere Harvester Works (1100 13th Avenue); parade roll-off at 11 a.m.
Again, thank you so much for your kindness and support. Your help in these parades is appreciated so much! Elections cannot be won without volunteers, and we are proud to boast the finest supporters in Illinois! See you this weekend!