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 Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.