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Richard Morthland is a farmer, college professor, and County Board member in Rock Island County, Illinois.
Morthland has a BA in Communications from St. Ambrose University, and a master’s degree in a communication-related field earned in Denver, Colorado.
Morthland is a member of the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau and the Farm Bureau.
Morthland can be described as a conservative Republican. He opposed the Rock Island County Board's controversial pay raises  He is also opposed to the creation of new taxes in Illinois and an increase of any income taxes 
Morthland lives on a farm with his wife Betsey, to whom he has been married for 30 years. Both Morthlands are college professors who have travelled twice to the Czech Republic at their own expense to teach English to Czech children.
- Richard Morthland campaign website
- WQAD, "Rock Island County Board Members getting pay raises", May 24, 2010.
- Chicago Tribune, "Editorial board endorsements"