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, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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