Letter: To be an informed voter, attend today’s R.I. forum


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Posted Online: March 13, 2013, 2:47 pm
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Do you want to be an informed voter? While the small room was crowded, it was a small group which came to the candidate forum on March 7 compared to the Rock Island population. Where were you?

Information was provided that has not been out there before. For example, the current mayor has been touting bringing construction jobs and tax income from the Walmart project, the 18th Avenue Fareway store and the development across from Jumer's casino.

It was made clear at the forum that none of these deals have been finalized: The Walmart project can still be canceled by Walmart; the Fareway project is still unsettled and the issues of traffic and neighborhood acceptance have not been resolved; as per the area across from Jumer's.

Many levels of government and the public have not agreed to development of the area. These include the Army Corps of Engineers, Village of Milan, conservation club and others that could delay the development for five years or more or even deny it.

The current mayor, in promoting his success in these projects, is a bit premature since one, two, or even all three, could possibly not come to fruition.

The person who can provide accurate and open information in Rock Island development without speculation is David Levin, candidate for mayor.
These and other issues were discussed at the forum that helped to educate the audience present. Where were you? You will get another chance at 6 p.m. today at the Milan Library in Rock Island. Will you be there?

Charles Wilt,
Rock Island

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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