NAME: Rick Lasek AGE: 48 ADDRESS: 507 E. 9th Ave. Ct., Coal Valley, IL 61240 OCCUPATION: Residential loan officer FAMILY: My wife, Kimberly, is a school teacher in the Moline School District, and I have three daughters, Amanda, Abbey and Chloe. EDUCATION: B.B. in marketing from Western Illinois University POLITICAL PARTY: Coal Valley Conservative Party OFFICE SOUGHT: Coal Valley Mayor PRIOR OFFICE: Coal Valley Trustee for six years WHY RUNNING: I feel I am the best candidate to keep Coal Valley on a solid financial foundation, and I will continue to work with our residents and village staff to make Coal Valley a fantastic place to call home. KEY ISSUE: Financial Responsibility. As a village trustee, I have worked closely with our mayor, my fellow trustees, and our village staff to keep Coal Valley in a solid financial position. While other communities are having financial problems, we have spent wisely and have responsibly created reserves that will allow us to maintain our sound financial position. COMMENTS: I helped establish a TIF District to promote economic development, which has provided our community with the new Happy Joe's/Rudy's, Country Style, Mulligan's Valley Pub, Subway, and Dollar General locations. I supported and promoted the negotiation of a single source waste disposal provider that has saved residents $300-$500 per year. I am very proud of what our village board has accomplished over the last six years, and I very am excited about what we will accomplish in the future.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.