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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.