Herb Trix

News Director, Host All Things Considered and Midwest Week

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.

While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS.

Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.

Herb resides in Moline with his wife Diane, and their dog Augie.

United Way of the Quad Cities

This year's campaign for the United Way is officially underway. At a kick off event Tuesday morning, officals annouced their goal is more than 9 million dollars. 

Quad Cities seniors can quiz candidates for legislature this week about retirement. The local chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans will host two fourms, for Iowa and Illinois candidates to share their plans for what the alliance calls "True Retirement Security." 

Early School Closings

Aug 27, 2018

Some schools in the Quad Cities area will close early Monday because of high heat and humidity. The forecast calls for sunny, with a high near 91, but with heat index values as high as 101. 

Whiteside County may soon become a center for solar energy in northwest Illinois. The county is now considering six applications for solar farms.

The county's Economic Development Director, Gary Camarano, says it's the result of state law creating incentives for solar developers. And the goal is for the state to generate at least 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.

So far he thinks there is a lot of interest from local residents.

City of Rock Island

Rock Island may sell two public housing complexes to the company that's been managing them. Monday night the city council will consider final agreements with Millenia Housing, based in Cleveland, Ohio, so it can buy and renovate Century Woods and Heather Ridge. 

City of Rock Island

Re-surfacing of a busy Rock Island street will start Monday (8/27). Four blocks of 18th Avenue will be closed this week from 17th to 21st Street. 

Can Illinois Be Fixed ?

Aug 24, 2018

On Midwest Week, once again the AARP is soliciting suggestions from Illinois residents on how to improve their state.

Western Illinois University

Jack Thomas will continue as president of Western Illinois University for at least another year. Friday during a meeting in Macomb, the board of trustees extended his contract, with no change to his salary and benefits.

Arrests for UT Lockdowns

Aug 23, 2018

Two teenagers, one local and one in Europe, are thought to be responsible for two threats against United Township High School, and two lockdowns. Thursday afternoon, East Moline police announced the arrest of a 15 year old girl who attends UT, and the arrest in Germany of a 17 year old boy in the city of Hagen.

For the second month in a row, unemployment in the Quad Cities in July was the lowest of any major metropolitan area in Illinois. It was 3.7 per cent compared to 4.2 per cent in July of last year.