Voters back smaller RI board, concealed carry laws


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Originally Posted Online: Nov. 07, 2012, 12:06 am
Last Updated: Nov. 07, 2012, 12:12 am
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com

Voters within Rock Island County overwhelmingly support reducing the number of county board members from 25 to 15.

However, theresult of the proposed advisory referendum is non-binding and no action is required.

A total of 43,423 voters, or 71 percent, supported the election of 15 board members from three districts, according to unofficial Rock Island County election results.

A total of 16,954 voters, or 28 percent, were in favor of retaining the current board size.

Rock Island County Republicans collected more than 5,800 signatures to get the advisory referendum question on the size of the county board on the ballot.

The size of the board normally is set once a decade after redistricting.

Voters in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties weighed in on a conceal and carry advisory referendum question.

Out of 62,242 votes cast in Rock Island County, 35,715 voters, or 57 percent supported the proposition. A total of 26,527 voters cast ballots against conceal and carry.

In Henry County, 16,526 voters, or 73 percent, supported the advisory referendum, and 5,974 voted against it.

In Mercer County, 6,373 voters, or 78 percent, supported conceal and carry, and 1,789 were against it.


The city of Geneseo also posed an advisory referendum question: should video gaming should be prohibited in the city? Seventeen votes separated the results: 1,713 votes were cast to prohibit video gaming and 1,730 votes were to allow video gaming, according to unofficial Henry County election results.

























 



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  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.








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