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 Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.