Two seek Democrat nod in District 5 county board race

Posted Online: March 14, 2014, 8:15 pm
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By Eric Timmons,
EAST MOLINE - Two candidates are running for the Democrat nomination in Rock Island County Board District 5.

Incumbent Democrat Virgil Dueysen is not seeking re-election, and no Republican has filed to run. The two Democrats running in Tuesday's primary are Larry Burns and Paris Fotos.

District 5 is in East Moline and is bounded by 19th and 11th streets to the east and 7th and 4th streets to the west. The northern edge of the district runs along 24th and 13th avenues and the district runs south over Short Hills Country Club to Avenue of the Cities.

Mr. Fotos is an equipment technician with the Illinois Department of Transportation, where he has worked for nine years.

"I just really want to see if I can get in there and make a difference," he said.

Mr. Burns said he decided to run after learning that Mr. Dueysen had decided to step down from the board. He worked at John Deere Harvester Works for 35 years before retiring and has lived in District 5 for 60 years.

Mr. Burns identified the ongoing financial problems at the county-owned Hope Creek Care Center as the biggest problem facing the county board.

"I hope I can help to find some solutions to these pressing problems," Mr. Burns said.

The Rock Island County Board has 25 members, and 13 of those seats are up for election this year.

District 5 is the only contested county board primary on Tuesday's ballot. Board members are paid a salary of $2,400 plus $100 for each meeting attended.


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1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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