NAME: Frank G. Skafidas AGE: 62 ADDRESS:Rock Island OCCUPATION: Fabrication supervisor, River Stone Group FAMILY: Married; three grown children EDUCATION: Bachelor's in business, Northern Illinois University POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee PRIOR OFFICE: Township trustee since 2011 WHY RUNNING:I want to continue to expand the services the township provides to its residents at no extra cost. KEY ISSUE: The township provides many important services to its residents like general assistance, emergency aid and programs for the elderly and youth. In order to continue these functions it is vital to keep a watchful eye on taxpayer dollars to ensure responsible spending. COMMENTS:I love serving South Rock Island Township because it's been my home my entire life and it's where I raised my children. In the past, I have served our community by volunteering for Junior Achievement and United Way.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.