CLEVELAND -- Colona police were called to Cleveland's caucus Monday night after a dispute over participants' eligibility.
Cleveland Trustee Steve Ballegeer brought people in to the caucus who Mayor Jim White and others said they believed were not eligible to be there.
Mayor White said police were called when Mr. Ballegeer ripped state election papers that Cleveland Trustee Rick Lindell was holding. Mr. Ballegeer, however, said there was a minor struggle when he went to hand the paper to Cleveland Trustee Sherri Krogman and the paper was only slightly ripped at the bottom.
Mr. Ballegeer added that police did not remove anyone from Monday night's gathering.
Mayor White said he canceled the caucus after participants voted 13-7 not to proceed. The mayor said he was unsure if state election laws would allow the caucus to be rescheduled.
Mr. Ballegeer said Cleveland Village Clerk Mike Erickson and Village Treasurer Rick Lindell did not want Ms. Krogman to enter the caucus because she ran as an independent at the last election.
"If you're an independent, you can still go and vote for other people," Mr. Ballegeer said. "They just had it in their head that they wasn't going to let Sherri (Krogman) in tonight."
Caucus results in Wednesday's issue
Complete coverage of Monday night's caucuses in the Quad-Cities area will appear in Wednesday editions of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.