NAME: David A. Levin AGE: 62 ADDRESS: Rock Island OCCUPATION: Commercial real estate broker, vice president Illinois Region, NAI/Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Company, FAMILY: Wife, Vicki; son, Mike; daughter, Lorrie; four grandchildren EDUCATION: Graduated University of Minnesota, post graduate courses POLITICAL PARTY: Independent OFFICE SOUGHT: Mayor of Rock Island PRIOR OFFICE: Current chairman of Rock Island Plan and Zone Commission, Martin Luther King Center board and Transitions Mental Health board and member of RI Human Rights Commission WHY RUNNING: My vision for Rock Island is that it continue to be a progressive city and one that our families and children want to call home instead of the place "I used to be from." KEY ISSUE: I want our city to have complete transparency from the top down. Too many times our city council votes as one body instead of people asking the tough questions. I think our city is very foolish in paying $1 million for Big Island. A developer should take this on, not the city. COMMENTS: Our budget is rising by 24 percent while our infrastructure is deteriorating. Our fire engines' normal life span is 10 years, and some of our vehicles are either down or we are keeping them together with Band-Aid's and glue. Other municipal vehicles have been down more than two years. Our central fire station has had water in the basement for more than four years, and it continues. Our police cannot communicate with Moline police because our radios are lower in frequency. Our mayor had a Crime Task Force three years ago, and nothing has been done since. I want our city to be proactive instead of being reactive. I want our city to continue to be the leader in good neighborhoods with diversity and culture.
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.