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, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.