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The Cherry Valley Township board is seeking qualified candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of Cherry Valley Township Highway Commissioner. The appointee must be of legal voting age, affiliated with the Republican party, and a resident of Cherry Valley Township. To be considered for the position please send or drop off a letter of interest and a resume at the township offices at:
Cherry Valley Township
4875 Blackhawk Rd
Rockford, IL 61109
This paperwork must be received at the township office by September 26, 2014.
Meet John Doe: Labor unions gave us Labor Day and longer life spans By Paul Gorski According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm: “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. … The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.”
This history was apparently news to some Rockford City Council members as they recently debated whether to issue a permit for this year’s Labor Day Parade. Yes, organized labor worked to create and sponsor the Labor Day holiday for more than 100 years...
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