Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will hold campaign events in Clinton, Burlington and Muscatine today.
He'll speak at the Clinton Courthouse first, with the program there set to start at 9 a.m. Then, at 11:50 a.m., he'll speak at Elly's Tea & Coffee House in Muscatine. Finally, at 2:50 p.m., he's scheduled to speak at the Republican Burlington Victory Office in Burlington.
Tickets are required to attend the events. For details, call the Iowa Campaign Headquarters at (515) 657-4230.
The Rock Island County NAACP will host a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. today at the Martin Luther King Center, 630 9th St., Rock Island.
Democratic candidate for Congress Cheri Bustos will attend, as will state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, and his opponent, Republican Bill Albracht. U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, was invited but said he is unable to attend.
On Oct. 16, also at the Martin Luther King Center at 6:30 p.m., a second candidate forum is planned by the Rock Island County NAACP.
Candidates for Rock Island County state's attorney -- John McGehee, a Democrat, and Republican Jim Wozniak -- will attend the Oct. 16 forum, as will state Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, and his District 72 opponent, Republican Neil Anderson, according to the organizers.
Republican women of Rock Island County
Christie Schilling, Rep. Schilling's wife, will be the guest speaker at Thursday's meeting of Republican Women of Rock Island County.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Denny's Restaurant, near SouthPark Mall, 2601 52nd Ave., Moline. The group will meet for dinner at the restaurant at 5 p.m.
Questions for Schilling, Bustos
Rep Schilling and Ms. Bustos will appear in a live debate at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 on WQAD News 8 and on Quad-Cities Online.
If you have a question to pose to the candidates, email it to email@example.com or mail it to Roger Ruthhart, c/o The Dispatch-Argus, 1720 5th Ave., Moline, IL 61265.
Augie debate watch
Augustana College will screen the first 2012 presidential debate at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Great Hall of Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall, 3601 7th Ave., Rock Island. The event is open to the public. The debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be at the University of Denver, Colo., and will focus on domestic policy.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.