Former U.S. Rep. Tom Railsback has endorsed U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling's re-election bid for Congress.
From 1967 to 1983, Mr. Railsback was the Republican congressman for Illinois' 19th District which then included the Illinois Quad-Cities.
"Bobby Schilling restored my optimism — he's done a wonderful job in his first term in office," a statement from Mr. Railsback said. "Bobby understands that this job is about working for all the people, not just his political party.
"He's worked across the aisle with Rep. Dave Loebsack in Iowa on critical projects like the Rock Island Arsenal and the I-74 bridge, and he's signed on to important legislation with Rep. Dan Lipinski to bolster our manufacturing sector," Mr. Railsback said in the statement.
"This is a guy who will do whatever it takes to get things done for the people of his district, and I admire that. I think he's going to continue to do great things for our area."
Mr. Railsback, 80, was defeated in the 1982 Republican primary by former state Sen. Kenneth McMillan who lost the general election to now retired U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, a Democrat. After leaving Congress, Mr. Railsback was a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and a partner in the law firm of Graham & James. He now lives in Meridian, Idaho.
Rep. Schilling, R-Colona, is running against East Moline Democrat Cheri Bustos in the 17th District.
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.