Letter: Voters have spoken, now make RICO board listen


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Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 6:00 am
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Voters in Rock Island County overwhelmingly sent a message to the County Board: Downsize!

The voters are 72 percent in favor of downsizing and 28 percent against. The Democrat majority on the board strongly opposes downsizing and they have stated this repeatedly.

They have been telling the people of our county a lie for over a year.
There have been several legal opinions from separate attorneys and reviews from every local media outlet regarding Illinois law.

They have all stated the same thing, there is no Illinois law or statute that prevents the county board from downsizing outside of a Census.

This can be done by putting a binding referendum on the next ballot in 2014 and allowing the people to vote on the measure again. The binding referendum must take place two years prior to the downsizing of the board being implemented.

The people's voice has been heard, now action must be taken. The Democrat majority must respect the voice and the will of the people by moving forward with the binding referendum on the next ballot.

When government is not held accountable by the people, we end up with the situation we currently have in Illinois.

If we the people do not perform our civic duty and make the board accountable, no changes will occur.

Please look up and contact your district representative on the Rock Island County website and make sure they do what they were elected to do, listen to the people!

Korry Tessen,
Moline















 



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1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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