NAME: Emil Maslanka AGE: 64 ADDRESS: Coal Valley OCCUPATION: Retired - 28 years Department of Army - Contracting Officer FAMILY: Married EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Western Illinois University POLITICAL PARTY: Write-In Candidate, Independent OFFICE SOUGHT: Coal Valley Village President (Mayor) PRIOR OFFICE: None WHY RUNNING: Current president, Stan Engstrom, is not running again. Only one name is on the ballot. I believe residents deserve a choice for new village leadership. KEY ISSUE: The Village of Coal Valley has a substantial surplus in its annual operating budget. However, our taxes have increased these past several years with no described benefits to support those increases. COMMENTS: I have considerable career experience in resolving controversial issues by working closely together with all affected parties. Utilizing my experience, I will manage the village budget to keep taxes and fees as low as possible, while still providing all the necessary services that residents expect.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.