Over in Illinois's 12th Congressional District, Rodger Cook is taking on the establishment's Jason Plummer in the GOP primary. Cook has taken a hard line against corruption and in support of government transparency even receiving praise from Adam Andrzejewski for releasing his tax records. Plummer has staunchly refused to let the cleansing light of sunshine illuminate his own income tax filings.
Against that backdrop, it's not really surprising that Illinois's Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Roger Cook. Cook's press release read in part:
Belleville, IL….Rodger Cook, Republican candidate for the Illinois 12th Congressional District, was unanimously endorsed by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the largest organization of active duty & retired police officers in the state representing more than 35,000 officers.
“As a former police officer, it’s an honor to have the backing of my former colleagues,” said Cook. “These men and women honorably serve our state and our communities. They keep our families, streets and schools safe. Having their support is very humbling.”
Cook served as a Belleville Police Officer for 12 years, 10 as a detective. He was also a member of the Major Case Squad, which served Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties. As an officer of the law, Rodger received over a dozen official commendations, and was named ‘Policeman of the Year’ in 1986. He also focused on Juvenile Investigations, and helped found the Belleville Teen Center (with no taxpayer money) to give students a drug & alcohol free place to go on the weekends.Here's the FOP endorsement letters: