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White endorses Jacobs in race for Senate seat

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

MOLINE – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, a Democrat, is endorsing state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, for re-election in the 36th legislative district, he said Monday in a news release. 

White called Jacobs “a leader and fighter for his district.”

“Sen. Jacobs has secured over $530 million for his district for infrastructure and road improvement, and most importantly to invest in the local schools,” White said. “These funds created jobs that kept unemployment in this area at the lowest rate in the state.”

Jacobs faces Moline Republican Bill Albracht on Nov. 6.

QC-Times endorses Bustos, slams Schilling

The Quad-City Times Monday endorsed former East Moline Alderwoman Cheri Bustos for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, citing her ability to “understand and effectively articulate a Quad-City agenda in Congress.”

In its editorial, the Times criticized incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, for his handling of the Thomson prison issue.

“Schilling had zero influence on his party leaders’ unreasonable opposition to purchasing the Thomson prison,” the paper said. “Perhaps that’s expected of a first-termer.

“But Schilling complicated things when he pitched a bid to cut the agreed-upon purchase price in half. That left-field maneuver confounded local efforts ... .”

The endorsement highlighted Bustos’ manufacturing triangle job creation plan, lauding “her emphasis on creating the new district’s manufacturing triangle, the Quad-Cities, Peoria and Rockford” and concluding “Bustos’ strategy suggests a strong future for the 17th Congressional District.”

Demmer takes a dive for business

DIXON – Tom Demmer, GOP candidate for the 90th House District, skydived into the Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle Monday.

Demmer, 26, of Dixon, did so to highlight the business, “just one of many small businesses that are the backbone of the local economy,” according to a news release announcing the event.

“I am excited about showcasing a great local business in the district and can think of no better way to do that – than by participating in a jump,” Demmer said in the release.

Demmer faces Democrat Tom Boken of DeKalb.

Walter Wayne Development and the center sponsored the jump.

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