As the 2014 primary election fast approaches, I would like to say thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve as your county clerk.
During my term in office, we have successfully implemented new legislation such as civil unions (soon to be marriage), online voter registration and the new law that allows 17-year-olds to register.
We have delivered on our promise to make voting more accessible. In addition to the traditional absentee voting at the clerk's office, we have implemented early voting at four additional site locations, a traveling early voting program and postage-free absentee balloting by mail.
These are in addition to the 38 vote centers used on Election Day. The result of our efforts was a voter turnout of 71.56 percent in 2012 -- the highest percentage in Illinois! Furthermore, we were able to vote a full 33 percent early.
We have managed to achieve our goals while honoring our commitment to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. We have been under budget each year of my term.
Under my leadership, we have made improvements to our online property tax quote information, which has received many expressions of gratitude from homeowners as well as financial institutions.
In addition to the many services my office offers residents, I am the safeguard of your most important birth, death and marriage documents.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens as county clerk. As county clerk, I believe I'm the best candidate for the job, based on my experience, dedication, honesty and determination for a better tomorrow. As your public servant, I will continue to deliver transparency and trust from the Clerk's Office and the election process.
I know that one of our greatest privileges as Americans is exercising our right to vote. For experience you can trust, re-elect Karen Kinney for county clerk.
-- Provide first-rate service to those who seek records from our extensive Vital Records Department, or who need the resources of the Tax Department and to extend these services in a timely, efficient manner.
-- To promote voter registration through increased awareness and advertising. I will continue to maintain an active deputy registrar program by keeping deputies informed. The goal is to make voter registration as widely available as possible.
-- Ensure expanded access to voting by protecting the right to vote. With the Deputy Registrar Program focused on voter registration, I will set goals to maintain high turnout by providing greater access to the polls.
Name: Karen Kinney
Hometown: Rock Island
Occupation: Rock Island County Clerk since 2010; worked 32 years at Hart, Shaffner, & Marx Seaford Clothing.
Political Experience: 10 years on the Rock Island County Board, chaired the board's Health & Human Services Committee
Other: Workers United, union president, president, steward, insurance secretary, chaired the Chicago and Central States Joint Board; AFL-CIO Peer Counselor.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.