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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.