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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.