Letter: Voters have spoken, now make RICO board listen


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Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 6:00 am
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Voters in Rock Island County overwhelmingly sent a message to the County Board: Downsize!

The voters are 72 percent in favor of downsizing and 28 percent against. The Democrat majority on the board strongly opposes downsizing and they have stated this repeatedly.

They have been telling the people of our county a lie for over a year.
There have been several legal opinions from separate attorneys and reviews from every local media outlet regarding Illinois law.

They have all stated the same thing, there is no Illinois law or statute that prevents the county board from downsizing outside of a Census.

This can be done by putting a binding referendum on the next ballot in 2014 and allowing the people to vote on the measure again. The binding referendum must take place two years prior to the downsizing of the board being implemented.

The people's voice has been heard, now action must be taken. The Democrat majority must respect the voice and the will of the people by moving forward with the binding referendum on the next ballot.

When government is not held accountable by the people, we end up with the situation we currently have in Illinois.

If we the people do not perform our civic duty and make the board accountable, no changes will occur.

Please look up and contact your district representative on the Rock Island County website and make sure they do what they were elected to do, listen to the people!

Korry Tessen,
Moline















 



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  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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