Milan residents seek District 23 seat


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Posted Online: Oct. 18, 2012, 9:49 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Name: Marty Matherly Jr.

Party: Republican

Address: Milan

Age: 31

Education: Graduated from Rock Island High School and attended Black Hawk College

Occupation:Correctional officer

Previous elected office: Republican precinct committeeman



Which approach to modernizing county offices do you support: consolidation at the Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?



My thought on the Rock Island County building is whatever is best for the taxpayers is the best option. If it's possible to make updates to the current building and courthouse, then it should be done. Downtown Rock Island does not need vacant buildings, and maintaining the current courthouse would be easier in regard to transferring offenders from the county jail.



Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day-to-day operations?



Yes. If the size of the county board is reduced, I'm in favor of lowering the salary of the county board chairman and hiring a professional administrator to oversee day-to-day operations.



Do you support reducing the size of the county board?



Yes. The population in Rock Island County has decreased over the last 25 years so it's only fitting that our elected officials decrease also. Several counties across Illinois operate with less than 25 members. Rock Island County should be no different.



What are your goals generally for the county, if you're elected?



If elected, my first objective will be to reduce the size of the county board and reduce county spending. Taxpayers have enough to worry about with our state and federal governments overspending. We don't need that worry with our local governments.



Name: Ken "Moose" Maranda

Party: Democrat

Address: 3006 W. 5th St., Milan

Age: 69

Education: Rock Island High School graduate

Occupation: Illinois Department of Transportation field tech

Previous elected office: Rock Island County Board member since 2002



Which approach to modernizing county offices do you support: consolidation at the Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?



New construction is always the way to go with ideas changing yearly. At the present time, I have to take the advice and thoughts from the committee the chairman put together that studied this issue. We will look at this issue again some time down the road.



Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day-to-day operations?



No. I believe having one of our own members sitting in that position has worked just fine, and I'm satisfied with it. I know the current chairman has taken an active role, and I'm sure that will continue whoever sits in that capacity.



Do you support reducing the size of the county board?



No. I didn't when I sat on the reapportionment committee last year. That is not to say the committee selected next time this issue comes up in 10 years time and studies the same issue again won't change things.



What are your goals generally for the county, if you're elected?



If my re-election is successful, my goals will remain the same. They are to do the best job I can for my district and the county and always be there for the people that put me in office.












 












 



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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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