NAME: Grace Diaz Shirk AGE: 56 ADDRESS: Rock Island OCCUPATION: Retired teacher FAMILY: Husband, Jerry; children, Christina, Jeremy and Jason; 4 grandchildren and one on the way! EDUCATION: Rock Island High School; Augustana, Bachelors Business and Spanish; Western Illinois University Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township Supervisor PRIOR OFFICE(S):South Rock Island Township Trustee 2001-2012; Rock Island Alderperson 1985-1997 WHY RUNNING:It is important to me to serve and to provide assistance to those in need. I would like to continue in these efforts.
KEY ISSUES:Hold the line on taxes and maintain a commitment to fiscal responsibility; maintain quality services to the elderly, the youth, the unemployed, the poor and the disabled; to improve cooperation with other townships, and other governmental agencies to enable us to provide the best services possible to our township residents.
COMMENTS: I believe in making a difference through community involvement. I believe in my role as township supervisor I will be able to make a difference and bring the experience necessary to meet the needs of all of our citizens.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.