Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp, one of at least four Democrats seeking their party's nomination to Congress from the 17th District, on Wednesday said he expects to spend at least a day and a half each week campaining in the Quad-CIties.
Portions of Rockford and Peoria are included in remapped district, but the Quad-Cities remains the major population center, Mr. Gaulrapp said, and he must improve his name recognition here.
He said he has met with several Quad-Cities aldermen, including Gary Westbrook,of East Moline, and Chuck Austin and TerryBrooks, of Rock Island. Mr. Gaulrapp said he plans to work his way through the Democrat hierarchy here as he looks for support.
Others who have said they will seek the Democrat nomination include state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria; Rock Island attorney Eric Reyes; and East Moline Ald. Cheri Bustos. The winner of the Democrat nomination will face incumbent Rep. BobbySchilling, R-Colona, in the 2012 general election.
Mr. Gaulrapp said he is glad there are at least two Quad-Cities Democrats running since that should create a better chance of winning for someone in the outlying portions of the district.
Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2013. There are 221 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A military escort will be at the square at 9 a.m. tomorrow forthe funeral of Lieut. Joseph Eaton. The county judge is absent in Chicago, which willaccount for his not being in the procession. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island's City Council last night appropriated $95,000 forexpenses for the 1888 and 1889 fiscal year. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. F.W. Reimers last night was re-elected president of the RockIsland Musical Club at a meeting in the New Harper Hotel. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 21 got their Eagle badges lastnight. They were Ralph Hurt, Robert Nelson, Howard Schersten, Cecil Nelson, RobertFryxell, Clarence Stone and Rollin Hurt. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Mayor Morris Muhleman has resorted to a form letter in an effort toanswer objections to the wheel tax increase. "It was my hope that I could, in some way,restore the faith of the citizens in our city. In order to do this I knew I must face the factthat I would become very unpopular."All they are trying to do is protect the citizensproperty and build their town. 1988 -- 25 years ago: RICCA, the Rock Island County Council on Addictions, inconjunction with the Quad City Downs, will hold its annual "Night at the Races" June 2.The benefit "Night at the Races" will raise funds locally to assist in maintaining the twohalfway houses, New Hope Lodge (for women) and Beacon House (for men).