The businesses of the 17th Congressional District will be better off no matter who wins the district election. If Rep. Bobby Schilling wins, their taxes will be lowered and they will keep more of their profits. Very little will trickle down to anyone else. If Cheri Bustos wins, the middle class taxes will be lowered and they will have more money to consume. That increased consumption will increase the sales and profits of the 17th District businesses. The required production increase needed to meet the increased demand will put more to work thus decreasing unemployment and the deficit from the larger tax base. If Cheri Bustos wins, everyone wins. We should not sell our soul to the company store. Richard W. Turek, Orion
Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.