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Rock Island County is Breaking the Rules in all the best ways. In a time when politics seems to be a race to the most absurd extremes of self-dealing and personal aggrandizement, members of both parties on the Rock Island County Board are working to pivot away from self-interest and toward more effective government. Consider that in the past two years, the Board has:

  • Stepped away from amateur micro-management and toward professional administration
  • Adopted a Code of Conduct that replaces the politics of self-interest with the ideals of servant leadership
  • DOWNSIZED itself, cutting 10 part-time office holders
  • Eliminated pension and health insurance eligibility for all of its part-time members
  • Adopted Best Practices in budgeting and capital planning
  • Moved toward a Public-Private Partnership to better ensure the future of Niabi Zoo

Employees of the County are likewise stepping up: the largest bargaining units of Rock Island County employees have approved pay freezes and modest increases for the next five years.

Argus/Dispatch editor Roger Ruthhart indicates that according to "The Rules," re-election was the only standard by which these politicians could gauge their effectiveness. Repeatedly, that rule has been broken as Board members have made tough decisions that place the well-being of the County ahead of their own personal agendas.

And best of all, this is only the beginning.

Submitted by Kai S. Swanson, Rock Island County Board, District 16

The Quad Cities Chamber is featuring the people, businesses and organizations throughout the region that are breaking rules to positively impact their business and the community. Email Jillian McCleary to submit your story about breaking the rules. Then, mark your calendar for the Quad Cities Chamber Annual Meeting - Break the Rules - on August 17.

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