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 Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th Masonic District of Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle. 1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.