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The Illinois general election is Tuesday and one of the biggest races is for Rock Island Mayor. On the ballot are incumbent Mayor Dennis Pauley, David Levin and Rick Cassini. Pauley and Levin tied in the mayor's race 4-years ago, with a judge picking a winner out of box. Both are back on ballot, along with Cassini.

Mayor Dennis Pauley has been involved in Rock Island government for 8-years. He's been mayor for 4-years and served as a council member before that. Pauley decided to run for re-election to make sure big developments are completed.

"We're definitely going to continue with the Wal-Mart development, that's first and foremost," says Pauley, "Fareway and the Jumer's crossing development are also in the works. We need retail tax in the city of Rock Island, because we haven't had that in a long time."

Pauley's vision for Rock Island also includes what the retail tax money will be used for.

"We need our infrastructure improved considerably," adds Pauley, "The roads, the sewers and the water pipes."

David Levin also wants to fix the city's infrastructure and develop more businesses. However, he has concerns about the proposed Jumer's crossing development on Big Island.

"I think it was totally irresponsible and wrong," says Levin, "Our city did not have any transparency with our citizens, with Big Island residents and with the Milan Conservancy."

The commercial real estate broker serves on several boards and city commissions. He decided to run for mayor after losing a tie breaker back in the 2008 mayoral race that was decided in the courts.

"I have been besieged by people who would see me walking into the store and walking down the street," says Levin, "They would constantly say, David I know I should of voted for you and this time we're going to get you to the winner's circle."

Also in the race is Rick Cassini. He owns and operates "Cassini Tile and Marble", a long time Rock Island business. Cassini is concerned with city spending, especially for the Wal-Mart development on 11th street.

"The city is spending money to move businesses out of 11th street and I have grave concerns about that," says Cassini, "Bringing Wal-Mart in is a great idea, but you're talking about moving 17 businesses out in hopes of bringing a few businesses in."

Cassini serves on boards and city commissions. He wants to encourage development and help smaller businesses set up shop. He's also worried about younger people leaving the city.

"I think we need to spend some effort creating new opportunities for people to stay and start their careers," adds Cassini.

Rock Island voters will pick one of the 3 candidates when they head to the polls on Tuesday.