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, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.