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 Saturday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2013. There are 24 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Some excitement was created in our corn market today by two new buyers who ran the price up to 62 cents per bushel. 1888 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Connelly sold the Johnson property at the corner of 2nd Ave. and 15th St. to A.C. Schafer for $1,800. 1913 -- 100 years ago: O.W. Billings and George P. Herzog have opened a new ready-to-wear shop at 1611-13 2nd Ave. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Farmers in this section of Illinois are preparing to seal part of their 1938 corn crop and receive government loans on it up to 57 cents per bushel, depending on the quality and storage conditions. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Dohrn Transfer Co. is displaying its new general headquarters for its nine-state operations at 4016 9th St., Rock Island, today to its employees and tomorrow to its customers. 1988 -- 25 years ago: In 30 minutes under a Tuesday afternoon sun at the Kmart store in Moline, millionaire columnist Percy Ross raised $1,400 for the Salvation Army.