Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., both will attend events in the Quad-Cities on Wednesday, the same day President Barack Obama will speak in Davenport.
Gov.Jindal, considered a rising star in the Republican Party, will speak at the annual Scott County Republican Party Ronald Reagan Dinner that starts at 5 p.m. at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf.
Rep. Clyburn will speak in support of Democratic congressional candidate Cheri Bustos at an 8:30 a.m. event organized by the Augustana College Democrats in Carlsson Evald Hall at Augustana College.
Rep. Clyburn, a veteran of the civil rights movement in the South, is assistant Democratic leader in the U.S. House.
Dueling polls U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, and Ms. Bustos, of East Moline, have released polls in recent days that give conflicting snapshots of the 17th District Congressional race.
Last week, Rep. Schilling released a poll of 400 likely voters that gave him a 51-44 percent lead over Ms. Bustos. The poll, conducted Oct. 14-15, had President Obama leading Republican contender Mitt Romney by six points in the new 17th District.
Monday, Ms. Bustos released a poll of 450 likely voters, conducted Oct. 16-18, that gave her a 49-45 percent lead and had President Obama ahead by 12 points.
Peoria Journal Star endorses Schilling The Peoria Journal Star has endorsed Rep. Schilling. The newspaper knocked Ms. Bustos for her opposition to free trade agreements supported by Rep. Schilling and President Obama.
"The drivers of the district's economy — Caterpillar, John Deere, farm interests — disagree with her, as did a Democratic president," the newspaper's editors wrote.
Long, Albracht and Anderson Bill Long, Rock Island County Board Republican candidate for District 15, will have a meet and greet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, at Poor Boy's Pizza and Pub, 4121 18th Ave. Rock Island.
Bill Albracht, Republican candidate for state senate, and Neil Anderson, Republican candidate for state representative, will be special guests at the free event.
Grassley for Wozniak U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Schilling will be special guests at an 8:30 a.m. Thursday breakfast at City Limits, 4519 9th St., Rock Island, for Jim Wozniak, Republican candidate for Rock Island County State's Attorney. Call Paul Kleinhans-Schulz at (319) 596-8021 for details.
Endorsements for Smiddy, Morthland The Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, the Associated Firefighters of Illinois and firefighter locals in Moline, East Moline and Rock Island have endorsed Democrat Mike Smiddy.
He's running against State Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova, in District 71. Rep. Morthland has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Illinois Family-PAC and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.