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 Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A new passenger car has been placed on the Coal Valley railroad, and R.R. Cable is running the trains at present. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue preached a convincing sermon on the need of a new First Methodist Church in Rock Island 1913 -- 100 years ago: Dr. W.S. Marquis preached his farewell sermon at Broadway Presbyterian Church to the combined congregations from First Methodist, First Baptist, United Presbyterian and South Park Presbyterian churches. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's mayor is seeking to enforce the rules governing PWA projects in the city which state that local men are to be hired for the work. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus requests that the names of needy Rock Island boys and girls through 12 years of age be registered by parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11or Dec. 14. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Alcoa and its employee union have reached tentative agreement on a 43-month labor contract covering about 7,500 workers at six plants, including 1,900 employees at Alcoa's Davenport Works, company and union officials said today.