Rodger Cook Receives Endorsement of Illinois Fraternal Order of Police FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2012 February 29


Contact: Ben Evans 573-268-2790 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. Cook made the announcement Wednesday with fellow retired officers in front of the police station where he once served. As a police detective, Cook ran for mayor against the Democratic machine and is credited with cleaning up the patronage system and bringing transparency to the city of Belleville. “Police officers serve every day pursuing justice and the truth,” said Cook. “I attended to my duties as a police officer and as mayor with those beliefs, and I will serve as a member of Congress in the same manner.”

The Illinois FOP board of trustees told Cook their endorsement was “based on your dedication to social justice.” The FOP nod adds to Cook’s impressive string of “non-politician” endorsements. Cook was also endorsed by the largest conservative group in Illinois, Family PAC, and he received the support of fiscal conservative & government watchdog Adam Andrzejewski. ### Paid for by Citizens for Cook 707 N. State St. Freeburg, IL 62243

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