Government & Politics

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John Hitchcock, who has worked for the Moline Police Department for 26 years, will be sworn in as Police Chief on Tuesday night.  

Hundreds of employees at one of the Quad Cities largest employers reported for work Monday, and then were sent home. The continuing shutdown of the federal government is affecting many civilian employees of the Army at the Rock Island Arsenal.

City of Davenport

The City of Davenport hopes its casino will attract new development to Elmore Corners. A Public Meeting will be held Monday evening to discuss the "Master Design Plan" for the area around the Rhythm City Casino. Elmore Corners refers to the intersection of Elmore Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

 The plan sets architectural and design standards for the area. Davenport Senior Planning Manager Matt Flynn says it will ensure predictability, an attractive quality to developers.   "It is pretty inevitable in my opinion that future development will occur in this area and this gives us an opportunity to do it right."

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A group of University of Iowa students is waiting to find out if its status as a registered student group will be restored while a lawsuit plays out in federal court. 

City of Moline

A long time member of the Moline police department will probably be its next chief. 

Michelle ONeill / WVIK News

Moline officials plan to be ready for growth when the new I-74 Bridge opens. 

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A Black Hawk College student and his friend are trying to get Joe Biden to run for president in 2020. Collin West of East Moline and Matthew Graf of Rock Island recently founded the "Time For Biden" Super PAC to rally support for the former vice president. / Illinois State Treasurer

It's now easier for people to receive unclaimed property in Illinois, if it's less than $500. The Illinois Treasurer's office has added a couple of online tools to submit paperwork and get money quickly.

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Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms gave his first "State of the City" address Monday at the Quad City Botanical Center.

Scott County

One of the newest members of the Scott County Board has become its leader. Tony Knobbe was elected chair last week during the board's organizational meeting for 2018.