My work ethic from my dairy farm upbringing has served me well. I have a proven track record. Working on the boards of Project NOW and Workforce has helped me to focus on economic development. I have the employment background and education in areas that I think drive our entire economy. My proven track record of helping to bring ethanol, wind development and other economic development enhancements continues to drive me in working for Henry County to be the envy of our region.
With me as your current Henry County Board chairman, the board achieved many things, including hosting the first Ag Bank Lenders meeting with two federal congressmen who both served on the federal agriculture committee, the first county board conducted outside Cambridge, reduced the county board by nearly 20 percent, and reduced the number of voting districts by 33 percent -- and Cambridge Park was officially sold back to the Village of Cambridge. All of these were the right things to do.
My neighboring counties look to Henry County as an example of staying focused in achieving the goals of the people of the county.
Being your next county treasurer, I can bring my banking experience of 20 years, my credit policy and bank security knowledge along with my desire to do much more.
With my county budget experiences, protecting the financial interest of the county will always be my daily goal.
I am also proud to have worn the United States Army uniform. Having lived in places like Des Moines, South Georgia and the Quad-Cities, I now enjoy being back HOME.
With the support of my wife, Cynthia, and dedication to my church, I am glad to offer my proven leadership to the position of county treasurer. Being a public servant is now my opportunity to give back to the community.
-- Push for a BETTER bond rating for the county and for the county to be debt free by December, 2016.
-- Be a voting member of the finance standing committee to leverage my past experience during the budget process.
-- Enhance the current credit policy and a fraud policy for more security.
Name: Tim Wells
Occupation: Vice President First Midwest Bank
Political Experience: Henry County Board chairman
Community involvement: chair, Henry County Economic Development Partnership 2002-2008; Workforce board member 2002-2013 (chair 2008-2010); Project NOW Board (Finance chair 2012-2014); Bi-State Regional Commission Executive Board member
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.