Governor-elect visits Rockford
By Jeff Havens, Staff Writer
Calling Rockford Mayor Doug Scott (D) and local real estate developer Sunil Puri good friends, Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich (D) promised a commitment to moving Rockford forward, starting here in Winnebago County.
Blagojevich made the comments at the Rockford Airport on Nov. 7thtwo days after defeating Republican challenger Jim Ryan in the fall election. The Governor-elect gave no specifics in his brief speech about how he would help move Rockford forward, but did express his desire to reach across party lines.
Blagojevich also said Scott would be one of nine people named to Blagojevichs transition team. However, Scott has indicated that he will not be seeking another state position. Scott said he will fulfill his current term as Rockford mayor, which expires in May 2005.
Scott assumed the mayoral position in the spring of 2001. The mayor was formerly state District 67 representative, and was replaced by Chuck Jefferson (D-67). Jefferson succeeded in retaining his seat in last weeks election.
Blagojevichs appearance in Rockford was part of a state fly-around to thank voters and establish support for his new administration. A heavy union presence and local Democratic Party leaders greeted Blagojevich.