Letter: Don't give county board blank check, vote no


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Originally Posted Online: March 26, 2013, 3:33 pm
Last Updated: March 30, 2013, 5:35 pm
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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.

Lawrence Bay,
Port Byron

















 



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  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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