Chloe Dale

Augustana College MJMC Intern

I am a junior at Augustana College, double majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication (MJMC) and Communication Studies with a minor in French. I have been the news editor of Augustana's print and online newspaper, the Observer, for close to a year. I'm excited to start my internship at WVIK, where I'll be reporting local news. After I graduate in 2016, I hope to find a job in the journalism field for a few years before possibly going to graduate school to get a masters degree.

WVIK News

The man who spent more than seven years helping renovate the Adler Theatre will be honored tonight. The stage in the downtown Davenport theatre will be named the "Gregory P. Schermer Stage."

Schermer first began working on the stage project in 2005 as chairman of the River Center for the Performing Arts, a non-profit formed to renovate the theatre.

Sgt. George Ramos / Submitted

Police officers will try to promote the Special Olympics of Iowa Thursday. Around 20 officers from Quad Cities police departments will run through Bettendorf and Davenport during the annual Torch Run.

The worldwide Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas, and each year, more that 97,000 officers participate.

Three nearby colleges will hold commencement ceremonies this weekend. St. Ambrose University alumnus Jim Collins will speak on Saturday at 1 pm at the iWireless Center in Moline. Collins is a Trustee Emeritus of the SAU Board of Trustees and will be given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Western Illinois University in Macomb will hold its graduate commencement on Friday and its undergraduate ceremony Saturday in Western Hall. The Quad Cities campus will hold its combined graduate and undergraduate commencement on Sunday at 1 pm at the iWireless Center. President Jack Thomas will speak.

At least 100,000 pounds of food - that's the goal this Saturday for the Quad Cities Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter carriers go door to door each year for the country's largest food drive to collect non-perishable items.

This year in the Quad Cities, the AFL-CIO, United Way, River Bend Food Bank, and National Association of Letter Carriers are working together.

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Gas prices in Illinois and Iowa are the highest they've been in six months, but still lower than a year ago. The average price in Illinois is $2.34 a gallon, up 24 cents from a month ago. Iowa is paying an average of $2.13, a 12 cent increase from last month.

A Davenport landlord hopes to make Goose Creek Heights a safer neighborhood with security cameras. Summer Ridge Apartments has partnered with the city, and they plan to finish installing them Thursday.

Habitat for Humanity in the Quad Cities is nearing a milestone. On Saturday, it will hold groundbreaking ceremonies for the 98th and 99th houses.

Chloe Dale reports. 

Habitat built its first house here in 1993, and expects to finish its 100th home in August.

Director of Development, Dougal Nelson, says usually, Habitat asks businesses and organizations for donations of at least 10-thousand dollars. But fundraising for the 100th home will be a little different.   

Details have been released of a fatal crash in Knox County, including names of those involved and a drug bust. Illinois State Police say Wednesday at 2:45 pm, 71-year-old Drienne Kruzan, from Abingdon, was killed on Highway 41.

Kruzan was waiting at a stop sign when 44-year-old Troy Patch, from Brimfield, rear-ended Kruzan's car. Patch was driving a pickup truck and 33-year-old Robby Colwell, from Abingdon was the passenger. Both refused medical treatment at the scene.

Rock Island County Health Department

A vote Thursday night could lead to a reduction in health programs and layoffs in Rock Island County. At 5:30, the Board of Health plans to decide what action to take as a result of Illinois' state budget impasse.

The proposed plan would lay off 17 health department employees and affect programs such as breast and cervical cancer screenings, lead protection, and health tracking of children in foster care.

By an overwhelming majority, Clinton County residents have voted to replace a deteriorating jail. Tuesday, 1,654 people approved a $22 million bond issue for a new jail. That's close to 80 percent of the votes cast.

Sheriff Rick Lincoln says the current jail, built in 1969, is overcrowded and out of date. And the new jail will have room for 96 inmates with plexiglass walls to create a safer environment. 

The project will also include new administrative offices for the Clinton County sheriff's department, an emergency management center, and 911 dispatch.

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