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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.