Chamber survey finds strong support among businesses for RI County Board changes


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Originally Posted Online: Aug. 25, 2014, 6:07 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 25, 2014, 6:15 pm
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After announcing results of a poll of 400 Rock Island County voters last week, the Quad Cities Chamber now has polled businesses with sites in the county.

Like the voters, the 105 responding businesses, who are members of the chamber, support four proposals for change in Rock Island County.
- 98 percent favor reducing the size of the Rock Island County Board
- 90 percent favor hiring a professional administrator
- 95 percent favor creating penalties for board members who violate written county policies
- 93 percent favor creating a way for board to vote to remove the board chairman

"Much like our voter poll results issued last week, business leaders are looking for change, including hiring a professional county administrator and reducing the size of the board."
chamber president and CEO Tara Barney said in a news release.

Last week's poll of 400 voters in Rock Island County show that:
- 77.5 percent support reducing the size of the Rock Island County board
- 53 percent favor hiring a professional administrator
- 82.8 percent favor creating penalties for board members who violate written county policies
- 79.3 percent favor creating a way for the board to vote to remove the board chairman
- 73.5 percent favor taking immediate action on county government proposals.

The chamber engages in advocating and supporting community initiatives to ensure a strong business climate, and partners with local governments on issues, challenges, and opportunities that put the Quad-Cities in a position to grow as a region, according to the release.






















 



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  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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