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04/17/2014, 10:25 pm U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, has established a major cash advantage over Republican Bobby Schilling in the 17th District ...
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04/17/2014, 1:58 pm DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing ...
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04/16/2014, 2:34 pm SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka reported $125,000 in income last year and paid about $20,000 ...
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04/14/2014, 4:38 pm CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's tour of the state to push his program aimed at helping first-time homebuyers ...
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04/11/2014, 1:05 pm SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Voters in Illinois will be tasked with deciding whether to amend the state constitution in ...
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04/07/2014, 2:43 pm WASHINGTON (AP) - Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included. For ...
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04/06/2014, 12:07 am The common narrative asserts that a chasm separates Republicans like Bobby Schilling, of Colona, from Democrats like U.S. Rep. Cheri ...
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04/03/2014, 10:43 pm MOLINE -- Paul Schimpf, the Republican candidate for Illinois attorney general, should be well prepared for the rough and tumble ...
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04/02/2014, 3:12 pm ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Michigan on ...
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03/28/2014, 9:43 pm COLONA -- The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, speaking at a fundraiser here on Friday, promised to ...
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03/27/2014, 10:22 pm Republican Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, have poured $1.1 million of their own money into Republican party organizations and ...
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03/27/2014, 10:23 pm MOLINE -- Paul Schimpf, Republican candidate for attorney general who is running against Democrat Lisa Madigan, will speak at the ...
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03/26/2014, 9:52 am VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — The Democratic candidate trying to succeed the longest-serving sheriff in Illinois history has died. Johnson County ...
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03/26/2014, 8:24 am URBANA, Ill. (AP) Every Champaign County Democratic ballot that was cast in last week's election is being recounted ...
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03/20/2014, 9:21 am CHICAGO (AP) The Republican Governors Association has donated $750,000 to businessman Bruce Rauner's campaign for Illinois governor. ...
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03/19/2014, 11:01 am CHICAGO (AP) - The race for Illinois governor is shaping up as a battle of vastly different visions on ...
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03/19/2014, 8:18 am SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Several Illinois state lawmakers who cast tough votes on pensions and gay marriage fended off ...
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03/18/2014, 11:46 pm ROCK ISLAND -- Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney easily defeated Glen Evans in the Democratic primary for clerk to ...
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03/18/2014, 11:17 pm CHICAGO (AP) — Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner won the GOP primary Tuesday in his bid for Illinois governor, as voters ...
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03/18/2014, 11:12 pm Rockridge School District residents handily defeated a proposed $15 million bond issuance for a new elementary school. The vote ...
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03/19/2014, 3:34 pm Quad-Cities area voters soundly rejected four proposals to raise sales taxes and one to issue school bonds in Tuesday's primary ...
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03/18/2014, 11:10 pm CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republicans on Tuesday chose state senator and dairy magnate Jim Oberweis to challenge powerful, three-term Democratic ...
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03/18/2014, 11:04 pm ALEDO -- Mercer County Deputy Treasurer Bev Lower defeated fellow Democrat Shawna Pearson in Tuesday's primary by a vote of ...
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03/18/2014, 11:30 pm Proposed public safety sales tax increases went down in flames in Henry and Rock Island counties on Tuesday, leaving county ...
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03/18/2014, 10:43 pm CAMBRIDGE -- Tim Wells won the Republican nomination for Henry County treasurer Tuesday with 2,241 votes to Dwayne Anderson's 1,704. ...
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03/18/2014, 10:56 pm ALEDO — Democrat David Staley and Republican George Howard will square off in the Nov. 4 general election for the ...
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03/18/2014, 9:39 pm CAMBRIDGE - Attorney Nadine Palmgren won her challenge to Geneseo Mayor Linda Van Der Leest in Tuesday's ballot, with 876 ...
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03/18/2014, 11:29 pm Most local candidates for state and federal office were unopposed in Tuesday's primary Their attention now will focus on the ...
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03/19/2014, 4:49 pm Every local tax referendum question on Tuesday's ballot failed to win voters' support. In Rock Island County, with 93 percent ...
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03/18/2014, 5:36 pm CHICAGO (AP) Polls will be open for an extra hour in three Chicago precincts that opened late for ...
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03/18/2014, 3:04 pm SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Several state lawmakers risk losing their seats in Tuesday's primary election after casting tough votes, ...
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03/18/2014, 5:50 pm CHICAGO (AP) — With a hunger to reclaim the governor's office, Republican voters set out Tuesday to shake up Illinois' ...
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03/18/2014, 5:40 pm DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Known nationally as a fiery fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz channeled his pastor father ...
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03/18/2014, 11:10 am CHICAGO (AP) - Sensing a real chance to put one of their own back in the governor's office, Republican primary ...
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03/17/2014, 6:07 pm Polls open across Illinois Tuesday at 6 a.m. for the primary election and close at 7 p.m. Voters ...
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03/17/2014, 7:01 pm CHICAGO (AP) - The contenders for Illinois governor crisscrossed the state Monday on the final day of campaigning before the ...
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03/16/2014, 5:53 pm CHICAGO (AP) Treasurer Dan Rutherford is keeping the Election night party for his Illinois gubernatorial bid closed to reporters. ...
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03/16/2014, 5:48 pm SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) As lawmakers with 60 years of experience among them, three of four Republican candidates for governor ...
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03/16/2014, 5:46 pm CHICAGO (AP) From St. Patrick's Day parades to statewide tours by plane, the candidates running for Illinois governor made ...
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03/16/2014, 12:23 am Over the past weeks, The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus have been providing coverage of candidates and issues in ...
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03/15/2014, 11:35 pm CHICAGO (AP) The GOP candidates for governor are spending the weekend working hard to lock up more votes with ...
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03/15/2014, 11:34 pm PALATINE, Ill. (AP) As a high school senior in the Chicago suburb of Palatine, Kira Swearingen's weeks are packed ...
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03/15/2014, 7:29 pm Over the past weeks, The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus have been providing unmatched coverage of candidates running in ...
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03/15/2014, 7:28 pm Over the past weeks, The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus have been providing unmatched coverage of candidates running in ...
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03/15/2014, 6:33 pm Voters will settle few contests but face some taxing questions when they head to the polls for Tuesday's primary election. ...
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03/15/2014, 10:18 am   CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Rauner's wealth has been an underlying theme throughout the campaign for Illinois governor, from his ...
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03/14/2014, 8:15 pm EAST MOLINE - Two candidates are running for the Democrat nomination in Rock Island County Board District 5. Incumbent ...
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03/14/2014, 7:56 pm Over the past weeks, The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus have been providing unmatched coverage of candidates running in ...
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03/15/2014, 10:20 am Voters living in the Rockridge School District will decide on Tuesday whether to issue $15 million in bonds to build ...
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03/14/2014, 9:22 am CHICAGO (AP) The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor made their cases for becoming the party's nominee Thursday ...
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03/14/2014, 10:57 am CAMBRIDGE - Henry County board members were reminded Thursday of a one-half percent sales tax for public safety on the ...
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03/13/2014, 7:52 pm Two candidates are running for 17th Congressional District State Central Committeewoman on the March 18 primary ballot. The candidates ...
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03/13/2014, 8:06 pm Whiteside County schools could see more than $4 million in new revenue if voters approve a 1 percent sales tax ...
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03/13/2014, 2:12 pm CHICAGO (AP) Gov. Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, is seeking re-election to a second full term. He faces ...
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03/12/2014, 4:18 pm CHICAGO (AP) The four Republicans running for governor don't completely agree on perhaps the biggest financial decision looming ...
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03/12/2014, 4:18 pm CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The three lawmakers seeking the Republican nomination for governor still are facing questions about their roles ...
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03/11/2014, 10:51 pm MOLINE -- Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney defended her record against criticism from her primary opponent, Glen Evans, at ...
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03/11/2014, 9:14 pm ALEDO -- Two candidates are vying for the Republican nomination to the District 1 county board seat in the Tuesday ...
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03/11/2014, 12:40 pm Third Ward alderman Keith Kennett is being challenged by former Geneseo alderman Karen West in the March 18 city election. ...
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03/11/2014, 12:44 pm My name is David Staley. I am seeking the Democratic nomination for Mercer County sheriff. I am a lifelong resident ...
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03/11/2014, 12:43 pm Honesty, integrity and pure leadership is what I will be bring to the Mercer County Sheriff's Department once elected as ...
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03/11/2014, 12:43 pm My name is Caryn Brokaw, and I am seeking the Democratic nomination for Mercer County sheriff. I am 59 ...
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03/11/2014, 12:42 pm I will put 33-plus years of public service experience, training and education to work for the citizens of Mercer County. ...
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03/11/2014, 12:42 pm I am Jeff Dale, 54, a lifelong resident of Aledo and chief deputy for the Mercer County Sheriff's Department. ...
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03/09/2014, 10:16 am I am Bev Lower, and I am running for Mercer County treasurer. I am 43 and live in Rural Aledo. ...
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03/09/2014, 10:18 am I'm Glen Evans and I am seeking your support and vote for county clerk. I know I'm the person to ...
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03/09/2014, 5:25 pm As the 2014 primary election fast approaches, I would like to say thank you for allowing me the privilege to ...
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03/09/2014, 10:16 am As your next Henry County treasurer, I will work for the citizens of the county to ensure the most prudent, ...
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03/09/2014, 10:19 am My name is Shawna Pearson and I am running for Mercer County treasurer. I decided to put my bid in ...
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03/09/2014, 5:25 pm My work ethic from my dairy farm upbringing has served me well. I have a proven track record. Working on ...
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03/07/2014, 9:32 am SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A lawsuit challenging Illinois' caps on political donations is unlikely to be resolved before the ...
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03/06/2014, 6:40 pm GENESEO -- Nadine Palmgren is challenging two-term Geneseo Mayor Linda Van Der Leest in the March 18 municipal election. ...
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03/07/2014, 9:09 am FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rand Paul's biggest political decision is approaching: whether to run for president in 2016 or focus ...
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03/07/2014, 9:29 am CHICAGO (AP) - When superrich Republican Bruce Rauner decided to run for governor of Illinois, it was clear this wouldn't ...
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03/07/2014, 8:59 am CHICAGO (AP) — The four Republican candidates for Illinois lieutenant governor were set to square off Thursday in their only ...
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03/06/2014, 1:14 pm CHICAGO (AP) — A major union's endorsement became a central focus of a debate between the Republican candidates for Illinois ...
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03/06/2014, 1:14 pm CHICAGO (AP) - The four Republicans running for Illinois governor delved into social issues during a televised debate Tuesday, a ...
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03/06/2014, 1:20 pm EDGINGTON -- Rockridge school district members on Monday night learned more about referendums to issue $14.9 million bonds for a ...
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03/06/2014, 1:16 pm CHICAGO (AP) — From running an alpaca farm to working at Chicago law firms, Illinois' six lieutenant governor candidates cover ...
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03/06/2014, 1:15 pm CHICAGO (AP) — Personal jabs and controversies dominated Thursday's televised Illinois gubernatorial debate where the four Republican candidates tried to ...
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03/06/2014, 1:16 pm SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois AFL-CIO is asking a state investigator to prohibit gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner from contributing ...
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03/06/2014, 1:17 pm CHICAGO (AP) — Trailing in money and attention in the Illinois governor's race, Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady say they're ...
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03/06/2014, 1:17 pm MOLINE -- State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said he won't be forced out of the Republican gubernatorial primary by "politically motivated" ...
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03/06/2014, 1:20 pm MOLINE -- Advocates of a $15-million bond referendum for the Rockridge School District say it will free the district of ...
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03/06/2014, 1:17 pm SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — As Illinois prepares to become the last state in the nation to issue concealed-carry gun permits, ...
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03/06/2014, 1:21 pm MOLINE -- The Moline-Coal Valley School District on Monday pledged to drop the life-safety portion of its property tax levy ...
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03/06/2014, 1:18 pm MOLINE - State Sen. Bill Brady hopes three is the magic number as he mounts his third campaign to become ...
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03/06/2014, 1:18 pm   CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is ramping up his re-election campaign. Quinn's campaign announced Saturday the Chicago ...
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03/06/2014, 1:18 pm MOLINE -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard pledges to tame House Speaker Mike Madigan if he's elected to lead Illinois. ...
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03/06/2014, 1:21 pm MOLINE -- A 1-cent school facilities sales tax in Rock Island County could provide a better, safer learning environment, boost ...
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  Today is Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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