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 Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.