MOLINE — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., urged Democratic Party members Thursday night to "keep working" as the clock ticks down to the Nov. 6 election.
Speaking at a rally in the Moline Vikings Club, Sen. Durbin also celebrated the federal purchase of the Thomson Correctional Center for $165 million at the start of October. More than 1,000 jobs reportedly will be created when the prison reopens as a federal institution, although funding has yet to be approved for needed upgrades and staff.
"I've been asked by the press, 'When is it going to open? When are we going to get the jobs?' There have been so many predictions made about this prison, I'm not going to make any tonight," Sen. Durbin said.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White also spoke at the event, and a number of local Democratic candidates and office holders were present.
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.