Letter: RICO should take look at 1964 judicial amendment

Posted Online: March 06, 2013, 11:21 am
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Rock Island County is discussing the building of a new courthouse. Is it constitutional?

By a constitutional amendment to the 1870 constitution, all county, city, town, village and justice of the peace courts were abolished and their duties were transferred to the circuit court. This amendment became effective Jan. 1, 1964.
The amendment provides that all salaries and expenses shall be paid by the taxpayers of the state. The people should be made aware of this provision in that Illinois State Constitution.

(P.S.) If the city of Davenport purchases a casino, will that mean that every county, city, town and village in Iowa can operate gambling?)

Richard Boalbey,


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  Today is Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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