As a past Rock Island County Board member, I conducted annual inspections of the county courthouse, and in two years of public service, I agree that the courthouse needs attention.
However with no real plan, this referendum is irresponsible, unwise, and definitely not the answer. On Tuesday, Rock Island County voters will decide if they are willing to relinquish responsibility of issuing bonds to build all future county buildings. Voters beware! Voting "yes" gives the five-member building commission, along with the county board, complete power to approve any plan they choose forever. All costs will subsequently be paid for by the taxpayers.
At last week's town hall meeting, the county board chairman said if the voters do not like the plan, they should not reelect their board member. Sadly, by that time, the damage will have been done.
Two years ago, the board had the chance to reduce its size, but refused, stating members were in touch with the voters. Last November, 72 percent of the voters disagreed with the board and voted to reduce the board from 25 to 15.
Do you believe the county board is looking to represent the people of Rock Island County or personal interests? Who will benefit by handing over a blank check to the county board?It most certainly will not be the taxpayers who will have to pay the bills! My vote on Tuesday shall be "NO" to any blank check.
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.