Entries by Laurie Bluedorn

Mark Kleine has withdrawn from the 17th District congressional race

Republican Mark Kleine has withdrawn from the 17th District congressional race, complaining to county Republican officials about the business of today’s political campaigns. Kleine, a Galesburg businessman, submitted his withdrawal, dated Jan. 9, to the State Board of Elections on Tuesday. He asked that his name not be printed on the March 20 primary ballot. […]

Mercer County Republican Candidates 2018

County-Wide Candidates –County Treasurer – ? –County Clerk – Jay Doherty –County Sheriff – Dusty Terrill County Board Candidates –County Board District 1 – ? District 1 includes Abingdon, Keithsburg, North Henderson, Ohio Grove, Suez and Mercer 6 Precincts. –County Board District 2 – ? District 2 includes Rivoli, Greene, and Richland Grove 2 Precincts. […]

Election/Campaign Dates to Remember

March 20, 2018 – Primary election March 27 — PETITION CIRCULATION — First day to circulate nomination papers (must include original sheets signed by voters and circulators) for independent candidates and new political party candidates who file June 18 – 25, 2018 April 18 — Illinois County Conventions — Each established political party shall hold […]

Whenever you have felt grateful, have you not also felt happy?

Happy Thanksgiving by Harvey Bluedorn Can you imagine a thankful person who is not happy, or an unthankful person who is happy? Unthankful or ungrateful people feel they are somehow entitled. The more one feels entitled, the less grateful one becomes. A spoiled child is an ungrateful child who feels entitled. Ungrateful self-entitled persons become […]

An Economic Principle You Can’t Ignore

by Harvey Bluedorn The Mercer County Board anticipates some financial pinch in the coming year. Presuming that budget allocations are responsible and reasonable, the problem shifts to insufficient revenue. I suggest that a tax rate increase is not the solution. I quote briefly from an article I found on the internet. “…[if] the government needed […]

Notice of Truth in Taxation Hearing — Proposed Property Tax Increase for Mercer County Illinois

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING — Truth in Taxation Notice of Proposed Property Tax Increase for Mercer County, Illinois Notice is hereby given that a public hearing to receive public input on a proposed property tax increase for Mercer County for the fiscal year 2018 will be held on November 1st, 2017 at 6:00 PM at […]

Robert “Jay” Doherty — Candidate for the office of Mercer County Clerk

Robert “Jay” Doherty — Candidate for the office of Mercer County Clerk on the Republican Primary Ballot, March 20, 2018 With the full support of my wife and family, and after much deliberation, I have resolved to seek the office of Mercer County Clerk. I have many years of experience in management and organization, and my six years on […]