If any of us, as individuals, went to a financial institution to ask for money to build a house, the first question from the bank would be how much and where. The bank's concern being, is the expenditure worth the investment and can we keep an eye on this?
If an individual went into that same bank and asked for an exorbitant amount of money for a project he would not divulge, the banker would laugh him out of the lobby.
The Rock Island County Board, under the pretext of the ad hoc committee and the Public Building Commission, is coming to the Rock Island County taxpayer, to ask for a BLANK CHECK to fund ANY future project, without any further input from the taxpayers of Rock Island County.
Our courthouse was judged unfit in 1992. And, finally, after 21 years, we are FORCED to do something about it? They want new buildings, but they don't seem to be able to maintain the buildings in adequate condition to conduct county business.
So they are asking us for a whole set of new buildings to be irresponsible with?
Vote "no" on the question of giving the Rock Island County Public Building Commission all the powers as provided by the law. Don't vote away your right to know how Rock island County spends capital funds at your expense!
Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.