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Chairman, member resign from Whiteside County Airport Board

ROCK FALLS – The Whiteside County Airport Board's ranks were recently cut by two in the span of a week.

Chairman Stan Domack Jr., 82, and John Zaeske, 74, both resigned from the board on April 18 and Monday, respectively.

Domack said he decided to end his 30-year tenure on the board because of health concerns and the recent death of his wife, Shirley.

"It was time, and I'm old enough," he said Tuesday. "It's time to take care of myself."

County Board Chairman Jim Duffy said he plans to make appointments to fill the vacancies at the May 16 board meeting, and if approved by the board, the appointees could be seated at the May 18 Airport Board meeting.

"I appreciate the work these gentlemen did on the board, and I wish them well," he said.

Airport Manager Mike Dowell said their resignations came as a surprise.

"They have both served admirably, and they will be very much missed on the board," he said.

Domack's decision came a few days after a regional watchdog group called for his resignation following comments he made during the April 13 meeting that "rules and regulations are a bunch of crap."

John Kraft, founder of the Edgar County Watchdogs Inc., set his sights on the county and Airport Board several months ago, concerned that the board is breaking the law by paying an outside attorney to do what its state’s attorney is statutorily required to do.

David Murray, 80, a former pilot and a retired partner of Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson, has been the airport board’s attorney for the past 4 decades.

He lives in The Villages, Florida, attends meetings via conference call, and is paid $175 an hour, which amounts to about $17,000 a year.

Zaeske could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


The Whiteside County Airport Board next meets at 5 p.m. May 18 at the airport's Terminal Building, 10950 Hoover Road.

Call 815-622-3591 or go to or for more information.

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