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 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.

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