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 Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.