Aledo City Council: Ila Bertrand and Barry Cooper


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Originally Posted Online: April 05, 2013, 2:45 pm
Last Updated: April 08, 2013, 5:27 pm
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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.


















 




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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.




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