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Democratic Leader Infuriates Unions, and a Republican Reaches Out PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 18:00
Harsh statements and public and private threats by Senate President Emil Jones over the past two years have prompted Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson to reach out to some labor leaders. Jones has been sharply critical of the construction trades unions, accusing them of freezing out African Americans and Latinos from apprenticeship programs and job sites.

Governer’s Gambling Proposal Might Be DOA PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 05 April 2005 18:00
Governor Rod Blagojevich’s proposal last week to more than double the number of gaming slots at riverboat casinos in Illinois will require an enormous amount of leadership to become a reality. Here’s the rundown of the pitfalls: • Almost all gaming bills eventually become giant legislative Christmas trees, and then usually perish because of their gross obesity.

Economic Development and Responsive Government Face Off in Moline Mayoral Election PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 29 March 2005 18:00
With Stan Leach choosing not to run for re-election this year after 12 years in office, a pair of city-council members are seeking to replace him. Although the election is nonpartisan, there’s a clear choice among the candidates politically.

Kimbell Challenges Schwiebert for Rock Island Mayor PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 29 March 2005 18:00
In the race for Rock Island mayor, challenger David Kimbell is hitting some popular municipal positions: better schools, lower crime, and lower taxes. But in terms of reconciling different components of his platform, he can’t explain how he’d save the $1 million to $3 million he’d like to while still finding more money for police officers.

One Year After Graduation, Former Moline Student Runs for School Board PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 29 March 2005 18:00
There are eight names on the list of candidates for the Moline school board, and only three will earn seats on the board. He might not win, but pay attention to Bryn Lawrence. He’s a first-year student at Augustana College running for the board of a district in which he was a student last year.

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