NAME: Rick Lasek AGE: 48 ADDRESS: 507 E. 9th Ave. Ct., Coal Valley, IL 61240 OCCUPATION: Residential loan officer FAMILY: My wife, Kimberly, is a school teacher in the Moline School District, and I have three daughters, Amanda, Abbey and Chloe. EDUCATION: B.B. in marketing from Western Illinois University POLITICAL PARTY: Coal Valley Conservative Party OFFICE SOUGHT: Coal Valley Mayor PRIOR OFFICE: Coal Valley Trustee for six years WHY RUNNING: I feel I am the best candidate to keep Coal Valley on a solid financial foundation, and I will continue to work with our residents and village staff to make Coal Valley a fantastic place to call home. KEY ISSUE: Financial Responsibility. As a village trustee, I have worked closely with our mayor, my fellow trustees, and our village staff to keep Coal Valley in a solid financial position. While other communities are having financial problems, we have spent wisely and have responsibly created reserves that will allow us to maintain our sound financial position. COMMENTS: I helped establish a TIF District to promote economic development, which has provided our community with the new Happy Joe's/Rudy's, Country Style, Mulligan's Valley Pub, Subway, and Dollar General locations. I supported and promoted the negotiation of a single source waste disposal provider that has saved residents $300-$500 per year. I am very proud of what our village board has accomplished over the last six years, and I very am excited about what we will accomplish in the future.
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.