U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, and his Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos, of East Moline, have a hectic holiday weekend lined up.
Both will be walking the Memorial Day Parade in Galesburg on Monday, and both will be at the Hero Street ceremony in Silvis.
Ms. Bustos also will attend the East Moline Memorial Day ceremony.
Rep. Schilling will show some hometown love in the Colona Memorial Day parade Sunday. As he joked recently, if the numbers are a bit light, the arrival of the huge Schilling clan should help.
Will Rep. Schilling be more liberal with his parade candy than Ms. Bustos? Or will he take a more conservative approach to distribution? That remains to be seen.
A new Bustos Booster was welcomed to the campaign team Wednesday. Ms. Bustos' new granddaughter, Briley Kathleen Bustos, weighed in at 9 pounds and 5 ounces. Parents Tony and Amanda are doing well, and we can report Briley is one baby who doesn't mind being kissed by a politician.
Three young GOP candidates with plans to shake up the local Democratic establishment are inviting supporters for "Pizza in the Park" at 2 p.m. June 16 at Empire Park in Hampton.
Tony Holland, candidate for Rock Island County recorder; Ron Camper, candidate for Rock Island County Board District 2; and Jim Wozniak, candidate for Rock Island County state's attorney, will offer pizza from GiLanella's in Rapids City.
"I just hope GiLanella's uses 100 percent real cheese," joked Rep. Schilling's son, Terry. The Schilling family owns St. Giuseppe's Heavenly Pizza in Moline.
Cost is $10 per person, $15 per couple or $25 per family. "Of course larger donations and sponsorships are always greatly appreciated," the news release noted. To RSVP, contact Mr. Wozniak at (309) 428-8629.
Chicago-based community organizers Action Now are close to opening an office in Moline and have hired a local organizer.
Madeline Talbott, Action Now's lead organizer in Chicago, said the group hopes to sign a lease on the office next Thursday and hold a ribbon cutting ceremony in June. The group might hire more local organizers, she said, and will be "knocking on doors to find the issues and concerns of working families" in the Quad Cities.
The local organizer is Samantha Jacobs, a 2010 Moline High School graduate -- no relation to state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, in case you were wondering.
The group recently held a demonstration outside Rep. Schilling's Moline office against the House GOP budget. Ms. Talbott said she worked 30 years for ACORN before Action Now was launched and was "a professional acquaintance" of President Barack Obama from his Chicago days.
Former state Rep. Mike Boland will speak at the Cambridge Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in the Cambridge Community Center.
He was invited to speak by Mike Fitch, Commander of American Legion Post No. 41. It's his first speaking engagement since he lost a bruising primary election in March to Sen. Jacobs.
"I haven't shrunk into a grave or anything," Mr. Boland said. "There's still a lot of problems out there and things to speak out about."
Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2013. There are 196 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Fanatics have grown wonderfully civil since the president snubbedthem by revoking Burnside's infamous attack upon the freedom of the press. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Interstate baseball league has collapsed, leaving Davenport'sleading team without a league connection. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Passengers were stunned yesterday when lightning struck a LongView street car at 9th Ave. and 25th St. 1938 -- 75 years ago: X-ray examinations today traced the trouble with Dizzy Dean's$250,000 pitching arm to a pulled muscle back of his right shoulder blade. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Radio station WQAD in Moline is being considered by the NationalCivil Defense Office for selection as a "secured communication center" Mrs. Gault,executive deputy director of the Moline Civil Defense unit reported today. 1988 -- 25 years ago: "Marketplace 29 A.D." an unusual vacation Bible school programthat will allow children to live three days as people did during the Bible Times June 21-23. The three day program, is a joint project of Aldersgate and Bethel-Wesley UnitedMethodist churches.