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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.