I would like to personally give my heartfelt thanks to Congressman Bobby Schilling and state Rep. Rich Morthland. They did an outstanding job during their brief time in office.
Some of our past congressmen have said they were concerned about supporting our veterans, but Congressman Schilling did more than talk about it.
Bobby and his staff made sure these patriots received the recognition they deserved. Bobby passed legislation to help bring more private business to the Arsenal. And his staff did an outstanding job of constituent service.
I am equally proud of the service Rep. Rich Morthland did in Springfield.
In a state that is only behind California and going the way of Greece in terms of debt, he tried to bring some fiscal sanity to Illinois. He was able to accomplish a lot even though he was in the minority party.
Despite the mud his opponent threw at him, his votes were based on what he thought was best for his district and not for personal gain. His record proves if he was only thinking of self-interest he wouldn't have run in the first place.
I hope that these two Christian men will run for office again. I'm discouraged when I hear that, according to historian David Barton, Christian involvement in the political process is down. If Christians like Bobby and Rich aren't involved, we very well may lose our way.
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.