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.


Local events heading

  Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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