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 Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.