COAL VALLEY -- Voters won't know until sometime Wednesday who won the mayor's race in Tuesday's election.
Rick Lasek, a trustee running on the Conservative ticket, was the only candidate listed on the ballot, but Emil Maslanka conducted a highly visible campaign as an official write-in candidate. His vote totals won't be available until Wednesday morning, Chief Deputy County Clerk John Brown said.
Mr. Lasek had 246 votes, far fewer than his three fellow Conservatives running unopposed for the village board. Their totals ranged from 436 to 467 votes.
"I remain optimistic. I think there's been a lot of support in the community," said Mr. Maslanka. "Regardless whether I win or lose, I would like to thank the residents for the support they gave me in the election."
Mr. Maslanka said he believes he had an impact with residents and inspired them to become more involved, saying the election was about having a choice. He hopes community involvement continues with residents.
Mr. Lasek declined to comment.
Three trustee seats were open, with three candidates running unopposed. Cherie Meyer, Richard Stone and Dale Keppy won four-year terms each.
In the small bit of the village in Henry County, Mr. Lasek had six votes, and the trustee candidates had 6 and 7.
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.