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Motorists in the Quad Cities are going to have to be patient for a while longer. Today the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the re-opening of the Centennial Bridge has been postponed again. 

Just before his possible removal from office,  the chairman of the Rock Island County board has retired. Wednesday afternoon, Phil Banaszek, notified the county clerk's office that he was retiring, effective immediately.

Officer Involved Fatal Shooting

Sep 23, 2014

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday for a Davenport man shot by police Monday night. The investigation into the death of 54 year old James Cave is being handled by the Scott County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

Construction workers on Arsenal Island got a scare this morning when they found what police are calling "suspected un-exploded ordnance." According to Arsenal police, they found it about 11 am, and officers then closed East, South, and Gillespie streets, and Beck Avenue as a precaution. And the Quad City Bomb Squad was called in to inspect it. It was removed by the bomb squad about 2 hours later for disposal. Arsenal police do not yet know if it was dangerous or not, and have not released any further details about it. 

Thomson Prison Job Fair

Sep 19, 2014

If this week's job fair is any indication, the federal Bureau of Prisons will have no trouble finding employees for its new prison in Thomson, Illinois. Village president, Vicky Trager, says about 12-hundred people showed up for the three-day fair at the prison in Carroll County. And she's heard from bureau officials, including the warden, they're very pleased with the turnout.

Trager says anyone who would like to apply for a job can do so online at usajobs.gov. Then search for either Thomson Illinois or by its zip code ( 61285 ). Then click on "US citizens."

East Moline

A private company will probably take over garbage collection in East Moline next year. Monday night, the city council gave its preliminary approval to signing a seven-year contract with Republic Services.City administrator Cole O'Donnell says privatization has been discussed in recent years but aldermen did not want to lay off any city workers. Now though, four people have retired from the Public Works department, and that's how many employees it takes to collect trash. So all current workers can keep their jobs. 

Davenport Open Checkbook

Sep 16, 2014

Davenport's "checkbook" is now online and accessible to anyone. Finance Director, Brandon Wright, says this week, the city began using some new software that makes it possible to look up, and see details, of the hundreds of checks written by the city each week.

Wright says payroll information is also accessible - by job title or by the employee's name, and by regular pay versus overtime. 

WVIK Staff

Continuing its emphasis on conservation, the US Department of Agriculture has awarded some new grants for Illinois, Iowa, and 29 other states. Today Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement at a farm in Rock Island County.He says the 15.7 million dollars from the Conservation Innovation Grant program will help universities, non-profits, and other groups develop new conservation methods. 

Vilsack says one of the key challenges farmers are starting to face now is changing weather patterns.

Even though it won't open until next year, the Federal Bureau of Prisons will begin looking for employees for the Thomson prison. Tomorrow, a three-day job fair will begin in Thomson.

It's the first phase of hiring, and officials plan to fill 300 positions in food and health services, administrative support, facilities, and inmate programs. The Bureau of Prisons will begin looking for an additional 800 employees as the opening approaches. Just last month, the bureau appointed Donald Hudson to be the warden.

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"Let's move on. Let's protect. Let's serve." Those were the final words in a speech this afternoon from the new sheriff of Rock Island County. Gerald Bustos was sworn in at a ceremony, one day after the former county sheriff, Jeffrey Boyd, resigned.

Bustos, who's served the sheriff's department for thirty years, said he found out about the investigation into Sheriff Boyd a few weeks ago. 

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