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Bruce Rauner versus corrupt Democrats from Chicago—that's how Illinois Governor Rauner described the choice between him and his Democratic opponent, JB Pritzker, during a campaign stop in the Quad Cities Monday. 

The C-SPAN Bus is making its annual tour of the Untied States, and it stopped in the Quad Cities today Wednesday. The Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network wants to educate Americans about the educational and political resources it offers.

WVIK News received this message in an email today. “Moline City Administrator Doug Maxeiner was informed by Police Chief John Hitchcock early Saturday morning of the Chief’s involvement as the subject of a traffic stop in Iowa this past Friday evening. The traffic stop reportedly resulted in charges against Chief Hitchcock, while driving his personal vehicle. The specific charges are unknown at this time and City officials do not have any of the facts or specific information on the incident. The City has initiated an investigation to determine the details.

Iowa Courts

One of three local attorneys will soon become a judge in Iowa's Seventh District. A judicial commission has about two weeks to make a decision to fill a vacancy.

The City of Davenport may try to save money by offering some employees early retirement incentives. At tonight's city council meeting, aldermen will discuss the proposal which could help the city deal with a lack of state funding, decreases in revenue, and other budget problems.

Under the measure, current full-time employees who've worked for Davenport at least seven years would be eligible.

They could choose from three options:

  • Six months of COBRA health insurance coverage for the worker and their dependents at no cost,
  • A one-time contribution of $7,000 to the employee's retirement health savings plan account,
  • Or a one-time cash payment of $7,000.

Davenport's proposed early retirement plan requires employees to retire before the end of the year. And they would have to decide by October 19th. 

City of Rock Island

Rock Island may sell two public housing complexes to the company that's been managing them. Monday night the city council will consider final agreements with Millenia Housing, based in Cleveland, Ohio, so it can buy and renovate Century Woods and Heather Ridge. 

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The Rock Island County Recorder will be able to move to from the courthouse to the county office building, after all. Tuesday night, the county board approved spending 1.3 million dollars to digitize property records dating back to 1835.

submitted / I-74 River Bridge Project

Construction crews will change traffic patterns in Moline this week.

Tomorrow, I-74 traffic will be moved from temporary, outer lanes to the new, inner lanes for traveling east and west. That section of highway is located south of Avenue of the Cities. And the Illinois DOT says these four lanes will be in use through the fall.

The I-74 exit to Avenue of the Cities will remain open, but the exit lane will be longer than it is now. Drivers should pay attention, and follow the construction signs.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos—whose 17th Congressional District spans the Illinois Quad Cities and other northwestern parts of the state—says the recent indictment of a Republican congressman for alleged insider trading is the latest example of what she describes as the Republican Party's "rampant culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence."

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On Midwest Week, now that the Rock Island County Board has voted to demolish the courthouse, what happens next, and when might demolition occur.

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