NAME: Emil Maslanka AGE: 64 ADDRESS: Coal Valley OCCUPATION: Retired - 28 years Department of Army - Contracting Officer FAMILY: Married EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Western Illinois University POLITICAL PARTY: Write-In Candidate, Independent OFFICE SOUGHT: Coal Valley Village President (Mayor) PRIOR OFFICE: None WHY RUNNING: Current president, Stan Engstrom, is not running again. Only one name is on the ballot. I believe residents deserve a choice for new village leadership. KEY ISSUE: The Village of Coal Valley has a substantial surplus in its annual operating budget. However, our taxes have increased these past several years with no described benefits to support those increases. COMMENTS: I have considerable career experience in resolving controversial issues by working closely together with all affected parties. Utilizing my experience, I will manage the village budget to keep taxes and fees as low as possible, while still providing all the necessary services that residents expect.
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.