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 Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.