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LOCAL NEWS: Rockford
Syverson gives support to expected Senate candidate
Elgin?s Steve Rauschenberger would run for Peter Fitzgerald?s seat.

By MELISSA WESTPHAL‚ Rockford Register Star
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ROCKFORD ? Sen. Dave Syverson announced his support for probable U.S. Senate candidate Steve Rauschenberger on Tuesday afternoon amid discussions of fair trade, unemployment and Midwestern values.

Rauschenberger has yet to formally announce his candidacy but has formed an exploratory committee to run for the seat being vacated by the retiring Peter Fitzgerald.

He is expected to announce his formal bid for the seat within the next two weeks.

Syverson also announced support from fellow Sen. Brad Burzynski, R-Sycamore, who could not attend Tuesday?s meeting.

?That ?senator? thing has a nice ring to it,? Rauschenberger said after his introduction. ?I?m proud and privileged to have their support.?

Rauschenberger is a three-term Illinois senator from Elgin who served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He supports statewide tax caps and increasing income tax exemption.

On Tuesday, he explained his commitment to increasing job stability throughout the state and lobbying the White House for fairer trade if elected. Rauschenberger said Illinois residents should feel more secure knowing people like U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert are fighting for Illinois support in Washington.

Amid news that TransMeridian Airlines is cutting flights to Orlando, Fla., from Greater Rockford Airport, Rauschenberger said he would fight for federal funds to increase local air traffic that would result from overflow at Chicago?s O?Hare International Airport.

?Bring in United and American,? Rauschenberger said. ?Rockford?s poised.?

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