I would like to personally give my heartfelt thanks to Congressman Bobby Schilling and state Rep. Rich Morthland. They did an outstanding job during their brief time in office.
Some of our past congressmen have said they were concerned about supporting our veterans, but Congressman Schilling did more than talk about it.
Bobby and his staff made sure these patriots received the recognition they deserved. Bobby passed legislation to help bring more private business to the Arsenal. And his staff did an outstanding job of constituent service.
I am equally proud of the service Rep. Rich Morthland did in Springfield.
In a state that is only behind California and going the way of Greece in terms of debt, he tried to bring some fiscal sanity to Illinois. He was able to accomplish a lot even though he was in the minority party.
Despite the mud his opponent threw at him, his votes were based on what he thought was best for his district and not for personal gain. His record proves if he was only thinking of self-interest he wouldn't have run in the first place.
I hope that these two Christian men will run for office again. I'm discouraged when I hear that, according to historian David Barton, Christian involvement in the political process is down. If Christians like Bobby and Rich aren't involved, we very well may lose our way.
Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.