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 Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.