The list of candidates for the April 9, 2013, municipal elections in Henry County is taking shape.
Villages have chosen candidates either by caucus or nonpartisan filing. Independent candidates have until Dec. 26 to file. Here's what has happened so far:
Alpha: Independent candidates file Dec. 17-26. Seats include mayor, clerk and three trustees.
Andover: Candidates chosen by caucus. Offices open: mayor, clerk and three trustees. Candidates chosen: Dave Crippen for mayor, Bev Josephson for clerk and Amber Lilly, Mike Mielke and Mandy Browning for trustees.
Annawan: Candidates file Dec. 17-26. Seats include mayor, one two-year trustee and three four-year trustees.
Atkinson: Candidates file Dec. 17-26. Seats include mayor, three two-year trustees and three four-year trustees.
Bishop Hill: Candidates chosen by caucus. Offices open: mayor, one two-year trustee and three three-year trustees. People's Party candidates are Michael Funke for mayor,Brenda Dehler for two-year trustee and Fred Dehler, Eleanor Larson and Ben Strand for three-year trustee.
Cambridge: Candidates chosen by caucus. Offices open: mayor and three trustees. People's Party candidates are Jim Crouch for mayor and Margie Martin, Amanda Palmer and William Schehl for trustee.
Cleveland: The village caucus was called off Monday by disputes among attended. It is considered "not completed" and will reconvene 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17, according to Mayor Jim White, who said he has consulted with the Illinois State Board of Elections on how to proceed.
Colona: Candidates file Dec. 17-26. Seats include mayor, city clerk, one alderman in 1st, 2nd and 4th Wards and two aldermen in 3rd Ward. (One alderman in ward four will be appointed.)
Galva: Candidates chosen by caucus. Offices open: four-year aldermanic seats in each of three wards and one two-year aldermanic seat in 1st Ward. Candidates include Jayme Hopping (four-year) and Dwren Boston (two-year) in 1st Ward, Dougie Anderson in 2nd Ward and Chuck Deahl in 3rd Ward.
Geneseo: Candidates file Dec. 17-26. Four two-year seats open, one from each ward.
Kewanee: Two city council member seats are open. Two candidates filed during nonpartisan filing period: Kellie Wallace-McKenna and incumbent Mike Yaklich.
Orion: Candidates filed during nonpartisan filing period. Offices open: mayor, village clerk and three trustees. Candidates filing include James Cooper for mayor, Lori Sampson for clerk and Robert O'Leary for trustee.
Woodhull: Independent candidates Dec. 17-26. Seats open: mayor, three four-year trustees and one two-year trustee.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.