Ila Bertrand and Barry Cooper are running uncontested in the Aledo City Council race.
NAME: Ila Bertrand AGE: 67 ADDRESS: Aledo OCCUPATION: Retired teacher; Presently a substitute FAMILY: Husband, Bill; son and family in Bloomington, IL EDUCATION: BS in Education (Emporia State University); MS in Ed (Western Ill. University) POLITICAL PARTY: Citizens Party OFFICE SOUGHT: Ward 1 Alderman PRIOR OFFICES: Aledo City Council 1990 – 2003 WHY RUNNING: So many people have worked hard to make Aledo a great place to live or to visit. I would like to play a part in keeping it such. KEY ISSUE: There is no one issue prompting me to run for alderman. I am aware of the items before the council and have attended the meetings since January to be familiar with the actions taken. The city is now run smoothly, and I would hope to help it continue in that manner. I will study and research each issue as it comes before the council. COMMENT: In the 13 years I previously served on the council, there were challenging as well as enjoyable moments. I have a great respect for this community and want to see it continue to become even better. I know that being a good listener is so important for a council member, and that all decisions should be based on what is best for Aledo.
NAME: Barry A. Cooper AGE: 37 ADDRESS: 1201 South College Ave. Aledo, Il 61231 OCCUPATION: Automotive Technician FAMILY: Wife – Karla; Step-son - Jim Sawin; Step-daughter - Ryann Sawin EDUCATION: 1993 Graduate of Aledo High School; 1996-2010 - Chrysler Certified Factory Training; 1995-Present - General Motors Certified Factory Training POLITICAL PARTY: Citizens Party OFFICE SOUGHT: Alderman Ward 3 - City Of Aledo PRIOR OFFICE: 2009 - Present Alderman Ward 3 WHY RUNNING: I enjoy being on the city council, even though there are ups and downs with the position. KEY ISSUES: There are a lot of differing views in this city, if the council can work together as it is now things get done. People in Aledo like to see their tax money working for them, like fixing sidewalks, roads, and for living in a safe community. And that a big reason I'm running again I would like to see more jobs created and more infrastructure repaired.
Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."