ROCK FALLS – Tony Arduini, whose Whiteside County political career started even before Elvis Presley became a household name, said today he'll leave public office next year.
Arduini, 92, revealed that he would not run in 2014 for County Board.
"It'll be the first time in 60 years that I haven't been on the ballot," he told Sauk Valley Media today.
Arduini, a Rock Falls resident, joined the board in 1965 and was its chairman for two decades until he stepped down last year. Before his time on the board, he spent a dozen years as a justice of the peace, a position eliminated in the mid-1960s.
"I think it's time that I quit," Arduini said in a telephone interview. "The people have been really good to me. Last year, I was 91 and was surprised that I still got a lot of votes."