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The Rock Island County Board faces some key decisions in the coming months - on finances, the future of the courthouse, and hiring a new administrator.

Construction will begin soon on a new armory in Davenport for the Iowa National Guard. On Wednesday the guard held a groundbreaking ceremony on West Kimberly Road at Wisconsin Avenue, for its new "readiness center." 

Genesis Medical Center in Davenport has agreed to settle charges that it over-billed for some Medicare patients. On Tuesday, the US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa announced the agreement to resolve allegations the hospital violated the False Claims Act.

Every two weeks, people can vote in a new poll celebrating the state’s various contributions to the world. It's part of the state's bicentennial celebration. This week’s poll asks voters to choose the state’s greatest innovation or invention. Entries include Twinkies, pinball, skyscrapers, and the TV remote. That’s not all, according to Chris Wills, a spokesman for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. / City of Moline website

People who live in Moline can now look up all the city's projects on one website. This month, the city launched its "Onward Moline, City Projects Map."


A bill to improve access in rural areas to wireless internet and phone service has been approved by Congress and signed by the president. Sponsored by Iowa Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack, it's included in the huge federal budget bill.

Illinois Department of Transportation, I-74 River Bridge Project

While crews continue to build the new I-74 bridge over the Mississippi River, drivers should be prepared for detours and delays in Moline. This morning, the city and Illinois DOT previewed several projects that will change traffic downtown and along the highway from the river south to the Avenue of the Cities.


One of the busiest streets in Rock Island will be re-surfaced, we just don't know when. 

Rock Island County GOP

Republicans in Rock Island County will have lots of candidates to vote for in Tuesday's primary. While democrats will have a full slate.

Mike Steffen, Chair of the GOP Central Committee, says nine republican candidates are running for county board. So, there are only four districts without a GOP candidate. In county-wide races, Steffen found candidates for all except Treasurer and Regional Superintendent of Schools.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

In Tuesday's primary, voters in Rock Island County will choose the democratic nominee for sheriff. And their choice is between current Sheriff Gerry Bustos and former sheriff, Jeff Boyd.

Michelle O'Neill reports it's been three-and-a-half years since Bustos was sworn in, one day after Boyd stepped down after making a deal with the Illinois Attorney General.