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More visitors spent more money in the Illinois Quad Cities last year. The Illinois Office of Tourism recently released its statistics for 2017. Last year, people who visited Rock Island County contributed more than $223 million to the local economy, an increase of 2.7% compared to 2016.

Not only did unemployment fall again in the Quad Cities last month, but it fell to the lowest level of any major metropolitan area in Illinois.

"Be patient." That was the message Wednesday from the Illinois Department of Transportation for local residents wondering when passenger rail service to Chicago will start. 

Rebranding Muscatine

Jul 23, 2018
City of Muscatine

Hoping to better promote their city, government and business leaders in Muscatine have come up with a new logo and tagline. 

American Soybean Association

Now that the US has imposed tariffs on many Chinese products, China has retaliated with a 25 per cent tariff on American soybeans. And that has farmers and local officials worried, especially along the Mississippi River where 5 of the top ten soybean producing states are located.

Dollar General has come to Hampton. This weekend, it will celebrate the opening of its newest store, which will employ 6-10 people.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Congress is working on a new, Water Resources Development Act, and deciding which projects to pay for. That includes fixing locks and dams. A group that represents navigators, shippers, farmers, and others is pleased with the proposed funding and policies in the act, which has passed the House.

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A local bee keeper has started working with an apprentice, thanks to a new state program. Last summer, an employee of Iowa WORKS in Davenport approached Phil Crandall, President of Crandall Farms in Coal Valley, as he was selling honey at the Freight House farmers market.

The employee, Martha Garcia-Tappa, asked if he'd be interested in starting a "Master Bee Keeper Registered Apprenticeship Program."

Frontier Hospitality Group

A new hotel will soon be built on the former site of a Quad Cities landmark. This week, Frontier Hospitality Group announced plans for the corner of Spruce Hills Drive and I-74 in Bettendorf - once the site of Jumer's Castle Lodge and The Lodge.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

John Deere is taking two companies to court, saying they are using patented inventions in their products.

Michelle O'Neill reports there 's some history among the companies involved.


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