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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.