NAME: Steve Ballageer AGE: 50 ADDRESS: Cleveland OCCUPATION: Operating engineer, Local 150 FAMILY: 3 children, 4 grandchildren EDUCATION: High School POLITICAL PARTY: -- OFFICE SOUGHT: Trustee, 4 year term PRIOR OFFICE: Trustee 8 years WHY RUNNING: Our board of trustees, with cooperation from the new mayor, clerk, and treasurer, can stop all the bad press and start making real progress KEY ISSUE The current mayor and his appointed clerk and treasurer have ignored accountability or authority to spend the taxpayers' money, and have refused to work productively with the board of trustees. Residents deserve hard-working board members and a new mayor who remain focused on accomplishing the peoples' business. COMMENTS: Our current mayor, clerk, and treasurer have shown disrespect for our flag and their positions by refusing to stand with village residents to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at our January meeting.
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.