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 Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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