Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will hold campaign events in Clinton, Burlington and Muscatine today.
He'll speak at the Clinton Courthouse first, with the program there set to start at 9 a.m. Then, at 11:50 a.m., he'll speak at Elly's Tea & Coffee House in Muscatine. Finally, at 2:50 p.m., he's scheduled to speak at the Republican Burlington Victory Office in Burlington.
Tickets are required to attend the events. For details, call the Iowa Campaign Headquarters at (515) 657-4230.
The Rock Island County NAACP will host a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. today at the Martin Luther King Center, 630 9th St., Rock Island.
Democratic candidate for Congress Cheri Bustos will attend, as will state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, and his opponent, Republican Bill Albracht. U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, was invited but said he is unable to attend.
On Oct. 16, also at the Martin Luther King Center at 6:30 p.m., a second candidate forum is planned by the Rock Island County NAACP.
Candidates for Rock Island County state's attorney -- John McGehee, a Democrat, and Republican Jim Wozniak -- will attend the Oct. 16 forum, as will state Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, and his District 72 opponent, Republican Neil Anderson, according to the organizers.
Republican women of Rock Island County
Christie Schilling, Rep. Schilling's wife, will be the guest speaker at Thursday's meeting of Republican Women of Rock Island County.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Denny's Restaurant, near SouthPark Mall, 2601 52nd Ave., Moline. The group will meet for dinner at the restaurant at 5 p.m.
Questions for Schilling, Bustos
Rep Schilling and Ms. Bustos will appear in a live debate at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 on WQAD News 8 and on Quad-Cities Online.
If you have a question to pose to the candidates, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Roger Ruthhart, c/o The Dispatch-Argus, 1720 5th Ave., Moline, IL 61265.
Augie debate watch
Augustana College will screen the first 2012 presidential debate at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Great Hall of Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall, 3601 7th Ave., Rock Island. The event is open to the public. The debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be at the University of Denver, Colo., and will focus on domestic policy.
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.