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Illinois QC Voters Elect New Leaders

Voters in the Illinois Quad Cities elected new mayors. Stephanie Acri was elected mayor of Moline, Reggie Freeman will become mayor of East Moline, and Mike Thoms won the Rock Island mayoral race.
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Voters in the Illinois Quad Cities elected new mayors. Stephanie Acri was elected mayor of Moline, Reggie Freeman will become mayor of East Moline, and Mike Thoms won the Rock Island mayoral race.

Voters in the Illinois Quad Cities went to the polls Tuesday, choosing new mayors for Moline, Rock Island and East Moline.

Moline

After her very strong showing as a write-in candidate during the primary, Stephanie Acri coasted to an easy victory in the race for mayor of Moline. Tuesday, she beat incumbent Scott Raes with 72 percent of the vote.

The race for at-large alderman was much closer. In the four-person race, Sonia Berg was the winner, just 15 votes ahead of second place Greg Swanson. Carol Triebel placed third, just 22 votes behind Swanson.

Rock Island

In a four-person race for mayor of Rock Island, Mike Thoms was an easy winner with 52 percent of the vote.

Far back in second place was Andrew Rowe at 22 percent.

First ward alderman Ivory Deacon Clark will keep his seat on the Rock Island City Council. He won with 65 percent of the vote, compared to 29 percent for Glen Evans. Michael Foulks finished a distant third in the race.

Former alderman James Spurgetis will re-join the council from the third ward, beating two other candidates.

Dylan Parker will represent the fifth ward, after beating John Brandmeyer.

Seventh ward incumbent Chuck Austin narrowly lost to challenger Dave Geenen. Geenen won by just 12 votes.

East Moline

Reggie Freeman, who ran unopposed, was elected as mayor of East Moline.

East Moline voters also approved dropping party labels from ballots for mayor, alderman, city clerk and treasurer.

The switch to non-partisan elections won 67 percent of the vote.

Hampton

Despite gaining acceptance in many larger cities in this area, backyard chickens did not win in Hampton.

On the question of allowing chickens to be raised in residential areas, the vote was 55 percent "no" and 45 percent "yes."

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.