Never trust what a voter in Rock Island County tells you.
I have heard all of my life, "I am sick and tired of Chicago running the state of Illinois." Don't you believe it! This last election all of the Republicans were defeated.
It wasn't like they had a bunch of losers on the ticket. They had some very good people. They even voted in a senator to the General Assembly who reportedly didn't have the self control to keep his hands off another lawmaker during a dispute.
No, the voters of Rock Island County like Chicago in control. They voted out a local businessman and replaced him with the hand-picked choice of Mike Madigan.
When are you people going to wake up to the fact that when you vote Democratic you are voting for Chicago control? If you don't believe me, just look at who is running the state: Mike Madigan. We have a governor who is the most unpopular ever, but got reelected. The state's finances are a total disaster and who has been in charge for six years?
All the Democrats know how to do is raise taxes. If a solution is proposed by Republicans, good or bad, Mike Madigan just sends it to committee if he doesn't like it. You say I didn't vote for Madigan.
Every time you vote Democrat, you vote for Madigan. He not only runs the political end of things, he is head of the state Democrat Party, so he controls the purse strings.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.