Rock Island County voters are being duped into believing they have no real choice on the referendum, that they have to vote yes for fear that the judges will get to control the courthouse issue.
Proponents conceal the fact that a yes vote authorizes the county board to issue bonds for any future county building plan. Rock Island County taxpayers would then incur new burdens without having any vote on these obligations. Let Rock Island County voters reject the referendum, and then let's have a single issue vote on the future of the courthouse. Don't give the board your blank check. Vote NO on April 9.
Today is Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.