2 running for 17th District committeewoman

Posted Online: March 13, 2014, 7:52 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Two candidates are running for 17th Congressional District State Central Committeewoman on the March 18 primary ballot.

The candidates are Dot Turner, of Rockford, and Christine Eik Winick, of Galesburg, who holds the job through appointment.

The Democratic Party's State Central Committee includes a committeeman and committeewoman from each of the 18 congressional districts in Illinois. Moline Township supervisor and Rock Island County Board member Don Johnston, the incumbent committeeman, is unopposed in the primary.

The state central committee's functions include assisting election campaigns for Democratic candidates at all levels and organizing the Democratic Party's state convention. The committee also conducts the state campaign for the election of the presidential and vice‑presidential nominees of the Democratic National Convention.

Ms. Winick was appointed to to fill the unexpired term of former 17th District State Central Committeewoman Mary Boland in September.

Ms. Winick, chairwoman of the Knox County Democrats, said she's running "to promote and encourage organization of the Democratic Party at every level so that we elect Democrat candidates from the top of the ticket to the bottom."

Ms. Turner worked for 44-years at the Sensata plant in Freeport before it closed and production moved to China.

She's a former president of the Stephenson County NAACP and said she decided to get more involved in politics after being laid off from her job with Sensata.

Ms. Turner said she wants to help develop strong and honest candidates for the Democrats and work with party organizations across the district.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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