My name is Don Moffitt, and I am state representative in the 74th Legislative District, and currently seeking election in the newly drawn 74th District. The new district includes all of Mercer County, Henry County minus Colona, the northern part of Galesburg/Knox County, the majority of Bureau County and the southwest corner of Lee County. 1. Married, father of three and grandfather of four. I understand the problems facing families today, raising children, worrying about the cost of college or a technical school and providing a brighter future for them. 2. Graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's of science in Agriculture Education and Agriculture Economics. 3. Was a classroom ag teacher and FFA sponsor. I am a strong advocate for public education, the students, staff and citizens. 4. Served as an elected mayor, alderman, Knox County board member/chair and Knox County treasurer. In all of those elected positions ranging over several years, my budgets were always balanced. I have not and will not vote for a state budget that is not balanced. 5. Still involved in farming the family farm. I bring an agriculture perspective and background to the General Assembly and support and promote Illinois' No. 1 industry, agriculture.Jobs in agriculture can help move our economy forward with ethanol, biodiesel, specialty crops, wind energy, geo-thermal and the scores of opportunity for agri-tourism. I believe it is not the number of years you have been a public servant, but what you have accomplished in those years for the people you represent. 1. Helped secure grants for numerous public infrastructure improvements, including water towers, water and sewer projects, street projects, bridges and overpasses, and public buildings of all kinds. 2. Passed legislation that placed safety arms on the front of school buses to prevent children from walking in front, out of the view of the driver. Before this law, tragically, several children were run over and killed because the bus drivers could not see them. 3. I was the chief sponsor of the Genetic Privacy Act which helps people be more informed and pro-active about their own health. The act also protected their health information. 4. This year the Brush Fire Truck revolving loan bill I sponsored became law. It provides an incentive to buy an Illinois assembled fire truck and Illinois manufactured and installed fire apparatus. I believe we should offer programs that give an incentive to buy Illinois made products which help keep jobs in Illinois. 5. The interest free revolving loan bill I sponsored has helped fire departments throughout the state acquire new equipment. The better equipment a fire department has, the better rating it has, and better rating leads to lower homeowner insurance, and it also saves taxpayer dollars. If I am honored to be elected Nov. 6, I will continue to work with others as a "region" to move forward. In April I called for an "Amtrak Corridor Summit," and in August, mayors or representatives of Princeton, Kewanee, Galesburg, Macomb and Quincy met in Galesburg to discuss working together to promote Amtrak ridership and expansion, promoting tourism, education, and economic development along the Amtrak line. We were joined by other elected state officials, a congressman and a representative from Amtrak. Unanimously we agreed to move forward and I am looking forward to continuing the dialog and developing an action plan. Part of the discussion was expansion of passenger rail service to connect the Quad-Cities, Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington/Normal, Champaign and other communities with institutions of higher learning. Railroading in our area is a major industry. BNSF Railway is the largest employer in the Galesburg area, and is the second largest BNSF rail yard in the nation. Working with BNSF to facilitate expansion of the rail yard, adding the third rail and construction of the two overpasses and one underpass will provide for quieter, safer and more efficient movement of freight trains through Galesburg. I am known for working together to accomplish the most good. The people in any district are not all Democrats, Republicans or Independents. We all must work together to conquer our state's financial crisis, create jobs, provide for our most vulnerable populations, educate our children, keep our citizens safe and move forward for brighter tomorrows. Rep. Don Moffitt, R-Gilson, represents Illinois House District 74.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.