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, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat came up to her dock yesterday and was punching away at the ice, which is crowded up against the Iowa shore. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.C. Bromley, of Rock Island, has received a patent on a steam activated valve. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Major. C.W. Hawes, head clerk of the Modern Woodmen of America, was honored by department chiefs on his 73rd birthday 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mayor Robert Galbraith declared that 75 percent of the people here have talked to "favor construction of Rock Island's new city hall in Spencer Square." 1964 -- 50 years ago: C.H. Langman & Sons, Rock Island, has been awarded the general contract for partial rehabilitation and modernization of the main building at the East Moline State Hospital. The Langman firm bid $424,839. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The cost of living in the Quad-Cities is 6.8 percent less than the average of 260 metropolitan areas.