CAMBRIDGE -- Saturday's death of Henry County Board candidate Jim King sets up the possibility of a two-year appointment for his seat, should he win in today's election.
Mr. King, 71, of rural Geneseo, was a former Democratic two-term board member who was seeking to again serve District 1 of the county board. He died Saturday of pancreatic cancer.
District 1 voters will select 10 board members from 20 candidates on the ballot. If Mr. King is elected, it would create a vacancy that would be filled by a two-year appointment of a Democrat by the Henry County Board chairman, according to Henry County Election Commissioner Barb Link.
Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.