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, May 20, the 140th day of 2013. There are 225 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A petition is being circulated asking the city council to order awell bored in Market Square. It would be a great accommodation to the public. 1888 -- 125 years ago: At 1 p.m. on May 18 the Mississippi River flooded its banks atRock Island and destroyed the warehouse of the Rock Island Lumber Co. and damagedRock Island Arsenal power plant. Total loss is estimated at $100,000. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Residents of Sough Rock Island Township are circulating apetition favoring the annexation of that area to the City of Rock Island. 1938 -- 75 years ago: A group of state members of the National Grandmothers Clubmeeting in Rock Island are making plans to petition for the observance of a NationalGrandmothers Day. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Deere and Co. reported today that its U.S. and Canadian sales forthe first half of the 1963 fiscal year set an all time record of $323,716.628. 1988 -- 25 years ago: William G. Lawrence, first administrative director, has retired fromPECO Enterprises, Inc. Prior to his service at PECO, Mr. Lawrence was the civilianpersonnel officer at the Rock Island Arsenal.