NAME: Terry M.A. Brooks I AGE: 52 ADDRESS: Rock Island OCCUPATION: Consultant/Community/Political FAMILY: Six (6) children, 10 grandchildren EDUCATION: Attended University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: 1st Ward Alderman, Rock Island PRIOR OFFICE(S): 1st Ward Alderman, Rock Island WHY RUNNING: It is my goal to keep the productive progress in Ward One as well as the City by upgrading housing stock through constructing affordable and equitable housing, and to maintain positive and productive efforts to enhance retail and small business. KEY ISSUE: To override the Rust Belt influence of the past through innovative ideology and philosophies to rebuild the city through means of recruiting and progressively seeking economic development through housing starts and new business. COMMENTS: I believe my experience and dedication has helped to move my community forward as well as making the city of Rock Island competitive in economic development and citizen issues, as well as pride in our city.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.