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 Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.