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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.