NAME: Mark Parr Jr. AGE: 61 ADDRESS: Rock Island OCCUPATION: Retired FAMILY: Wife, Julie; son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Kate; daughter; Jessica; grandchildren, Abbi, Calvin and one on the way. EDUCATION:Graduate of RIHS, some Black Hawk College, Deere/UAW apprentice training POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township board PRIOR OFFICES: Current trustee, president of Rock Island County Township Association, president ofUAW Local 79, precinct committeeman WHY RUNNING: As a current trustee, I want to continue that we maintain a responsible and financially securetownship. KEY ISSUE: Keep providing transparency, expanding our programs to all of the constituents and continuing to provide and maintain a responsible and financially secure township government. COMMENTS: I am a firm believer that honesty is always the best policy.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Within a few weeks the Rock Island Barracks will contain more than 10,000 rebel prisoners, a guard of about 1,500 and a large number of officers. This should bring business to our city. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Corn was selling at 25 cents per bushel in Rock Island county, and the average price of wheat was 80 cents per bushel. 1913 -- 100 years ago: R.G. Hudson and R.H. Dart were elected wardens at Trinity Episcopal Church. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Smiling, baldish, 30-year-old Jimmy Roosevelt reported for work today as movie maker Sam Goldwyn's new hired hand. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Members of the East Moline City Council last night unanimously voted approval of the name of John F. Kennedy Drive for the improved sections of 3rd and 4th streets between 17th Avenue and the south city limits. 1988 -- 25 years ago: A $70,000 fundraising drive is underway to establish a Big Brother/Big Sisters program in the Quad-Cities. Organizers hope to raise funds to begin the nationally affiliated program by March 1.