NAME: Rick D. Cassini AGE: 59 ADDRESS: Rock Island OCCUPATION: Owner Cassini Tile and Marble Co. Inc. FAMILY: Married 40 years with four children, three surviving and nine grandchildren EDUCATION: Rock Island High School, attended Blackhawk College POLITICAL PARTY: Non-partisan OFFICE SOUGHT: Mayor PRIOR OFFICE: None WHY RUNNING: I believe my 40 years of business experience, concern for the city and conservative spending ideas are right for the city of Rock Island. KEY ISSUE: We need to halt wasteful spending and focus on a fiscally responsible budget that is thoughtfully designed to rebuild our infrastructure, improve city services and promote the city to new business with attention also given to existing businesses to help them remain, prosper and grow.
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.