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, May 25, the 145th day of 2013. There are 220 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The annual review of the fire department of this city took placeyesterday and made a fine showing with machines and hose carts in tip-top order. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Last night's prayer meeting at Central Presbyterian Church wascalled off due to water in the basement, residue of last week's flood. 1913 -- 100 years ago: The junior class of Rock Island High School will hold a riverexcursion on the steamer St. Paul next Tuesday. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The 75th Anniversary of the Rock Island Arsenal today finds thenation's largest ordinance manufacturing plant filling many important orders for the army. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Miss Patrice Daly, Rock Island, a senior at Rock Island HighSchool, won second place in the recent state public speaking contest held in Peoria underthe auspices of the Knights of Pythias. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Hampton's sesquicentennial committee and the Hampton HistoricalSociety have scheduled a full slate of activities, which will be held throughout the year, to celebrate the village's 150th birthday. The first celebration will be the Memorial Dayprogram at 10 a.m. May 30, at the Brettun and Black Store Museum on River Road. Therewill be a sesquicentennial display.