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 Tuesday, Sept, 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day. 1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House. 1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson.. 1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation. 1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today. 1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.