NAME: Grace Diaz Shirk AGE: 56 ADDRESS: Rock Island OCCUPATION: Retired teacher FAMILY: Husband, Jerry; children, Christina, Jeremy and Jason; 4 grandchildren and one on the way! EDUCATION: Rock Island High School; Augustana, Bachelors Business and Spanish; Western Illinois University Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township Supervisor PRIOR OFFICE(S):South Rock Island Township Trustee 2001-2012; Rock Island Alderperson 1985-1997 WHY RUNNING:It is important to me to serve and to provide assistance to those in need. I would like to continue in these efforts.
KEY ISSUES:Hold the line on taxes and maintain a commitment to fiscal responsibility; maintain quality services to the elderly, the youth, the unemployed, the poor and the disabled; to improve cooperation with other townships, and other governmental agencies to enable us to provide the best services possible to our township residents.
COMMENTS: I believe in making a difference through community involvement. I believe in my role as township supervisor I will be able to make a difference and bring the experience necessary to meet the needs of all of our citizens.
Today is Tuesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2014. There are 260 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted. 1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.