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 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.