Government & Politics

Goverment & Political news

City of Davenport / City of Davenport

Fixing up one of Davenport's entry-ways may start with re-zoning. This month and next, the city council will consider a plan to re-zone some properties on Rockingham Road, on the west side of the city.

submitted / Mike Halpin

Rock Island State Representative Mike Halpin is looking forward to seeing the results of a couple of new laws. He supported several the bills that passed during the latest legislative session.

Illinois Department of Unemployment Security / Illinois Department of Unemployment Security

Unemployment dropped in the Quad Cities in May. The jobless rate fell to 3.5% last month, compared to 4% in May last year.

The Rock Island Arsenal's U.S. Army Garrison has a new commander. Col. Stephen Marr begins his first full day on the job Thursday, after the Arsenal held a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday. WVIK's Benjamin Payne was there, and has this report:

The (Burlington) Hawkeye

On Midwest Week, a settlement has been reached in a long-running fatal shooting case from southeast Iowa involving police, the victim's family, the state, and when police video should be released to the public.

file / MGN Online

Davenport's mayor and police chief will host a couple of meetings to talk about young people and violence.

New Leader for JMC

Jun 13, 2018
Joint Munitions Command

One of the commands on Arsenal Island will get a new leader Thursday. During an Assumption of Command ceremony, Colonel Michelle Letcher will take over the Joint Munitions Command. 

Courtesy of the Iowa DOT

Starting Friday, people who live and work in Bettendorf will have increased access to traveling over, and under, the new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge.

The virtual reality program has been available at the Moline library since February. But now it's crossed the river and will re-open at the library in Bettendorf.

US Bureau of Prisons

The Thomson Prison in northwest Illinois is preparing for what officials call the "final phase of activation." This week, they announced plans to fully open the federal prison by late next year.

Herb Trix / WVIK News

Augustana College has filed a lawsuit against the City of Rock Island. About a year ago, a large drainage pipe under the slough broke, flooding several buildings on campus.