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 Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.