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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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