Letter: Mayor, council show why Rock Island is so rock solid


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Posted Online: Feb. 07, 2013, 2:35 pm
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Is Rock Island an oasis of fiscal sanity in the land of the lost (Illinois) or what?
The table had been set by the previous administration and now Mayor Dennis Pauley, the City Council and new city manager Thomas Thomas are marching forward.

Super Wal-Mart! New grocery stores and now a major land purchase for development of more retail sales and sales tax to capitalize on the wildly successful Jumer's Casino! WOW! Talk about vision and follow through. ROCK Solid Rock Island indeed!

And in the interest of full disclosure, yes I am extremely proud that my wife, 6th Ward Ald. Joy Viren Murphy is fully involved and engaged in this process and all the excitement and the march forward for Rock Island. It has been a long time coming! Great job, everyone!

I am asking all Rock Islanders to please get out and vote to re-elect Mayor Pauley and all of the city council members running for reelection so they can continue the march forward. Very proud!

Joe Murphy,
Rock Island



















 



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  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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