As the 2014 primary election fast approaches, I would like to say thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve as your county clerk.
During my term in office, we have successfully implemented new legislation such as civil unions (soon to be marriage), online voter registration and the new law that allows 17-year-olds to register.
We have delivered on our promise to make voting more accessible. In addition to the traditional absentee voting at the clerk's office, we have implemented early voting at four additional site locations, a traveling early voting program and postage-free absentee balloting by mail.
These are in addition to the 38 vote centers used on Election Day. The result of our efforts was a voter turnout of 71.56 percent in 2012 -- the highest percentage in Illinois! Furthermore, we were able to vote a full 33 percent early.
We have managed to achieve our goals while honoring our commitment to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. We have been under budget each year of my term.
Under my leadership, we have made improvements to our online property tax quote information, which has received many expressions of gratitude from homeowners as well as financial institutions.
In addition to the many services my office offers residents, I am the safeguard of your most important birth, death and marriage documents.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens as county clerk. As county clerk, I believe I'm the best candidate for the job, based on my experience, dedication, honesty and determination for a better tomorrow. As your public servant, I will continue to deliver transparency and trust from the Clerk's Office and the election process.
I know that one of our greatest privileges as Americans is exercising our right to vote. For experience you can trust, re-elect Karen Kinney for county clerk.
-- Provide first-rate service to those who seek records from our extensive Vital Records Department, or who need the resources of the Tax Department and to extend these services in a timely, efficient manner.
-- To promote voter registration through increased awareness and advertising. I will continue to maintain an active deputy registrar program by keeping deputies informed. The goal is to make voter registration as widely available as possible.
-- Ensure expanded access to voting by protecting the right to vote. With the Deputy Registrar Program focused on voter registration, I will set goals to maintain high turnout by providing greater access to the polls.
Name: Karen Kinney
Hometown: Rock Island
Occupation: Rock Island County Clerk since 2010; worked 32 years at Hart, Shaffner, & Marx Seaford Clothing.
Political Experience: 10 years on the Rock Island County Board, chaired the board's Health & Human Services Committee
Other: Workers United, union president, president, steward, insurance secretary, chaired the Chicago and Central States Joint Board; AFL-CIO Peer Counselor.
Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation. 1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.