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, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.