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 Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.