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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.