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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.