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, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.