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 Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city? 1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.