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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.