Ila Bertrand and Barry Cooper are running uncontested in the Aledo City Council race.
NAME: Ila Bertrand AGE: 67 ADDRESS: Aledo OCCUPATION: Retired teacher; Presently a substitute FAMILY: Husband, Bill; son and family in Bloomington, IL EDUCATION: BS in Education (Emporia State University); MS in Ed (Western Ill. University) POLITICAL PARTY: Citizens Party OFFICE SOUGHT: Ward 1 Alderman PRIOR OFFICES: Aledo City Council 1990 – 2003 WHY RUNNING: So many people have worked hard to make Aledo a great place to live or to visit. I would like to play a part in keeping it such. KEY ISSUE: There is no one issue prompting me to run for alderman. I am aware of the items before the council and have attended the meetings since January to be familiar with the actions taken. The city is now run smoothly, and I would hope to help it continue in that manner. I will study and research each issue as it comes before the council. COMMENT: In the 13 years I previously served on the council, there were challenging as well as enjoyable moments. I have a great respect for this community and want to see it continue to become even better. I know that being a good listener is so important for a council member, and that all decisions should be based on what is best for Aledo.
NAME: Barry A. Cooper AGE: 37 ADDRESS: 1201 South College Ave. Aledo, Il 61231 OCCUPATION: Automotive Technician FAMILY: Wife – Karla; Step-son - Jim Sawin; Step-daughter - Ryann Sawin EDUCATION: 1993 Graduate of Aledo High School; 1996-2010 - Chrysler Certified Factory Training; 1995-Present - General Motors Certified Factory Training POLITICAL PARTY: Citizens Party OFFICE SOUGHT: Alderman Ward 3 - City Of Aledo PRIOR OFFICE: 2009 - Present Alderman Ward 3 WHY RUNNING: I enjoy being on the city council, even though there are ups and downs with the position. KEY ISSUES: There are a lot of differing views in this city, if the council can work together as it is now things get done. People in Aledo like to see their tax money working for them, like fixing sidewalks, roads, and for living in a safe community. And that a big reason I'm running again I would like to see more jobs created and more infrastructure repaired.
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.