gives support to expected Senate candidate
Elgin?s Steve Rauschenberger would run for Peter Fitzgerald?s
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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
?Bring in United and American,? Rauschenberger said. ?Rockford?s
More information on Rauschenberger?s campaign can be found