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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.