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.

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Deere and Company might sell its crop insurance business. Tuesday the company announced it's reviewing what it calls "strategic options" for John Deere Insurance Company, a division of John Deere Financial. 

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. 

Now that it's finances are stable, the Moline school district can focus on improving and adding programs for students. That was the message Monday night from Superintendent David Moyer, during his annual state of the schools address.

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      Another old industrial building in downtown Davenport has been turned into apartments. Monday city leaders and officials of The Alexander Company, based in Madison, cut a ribbon for the 5th Street Lofts.        Project Manager, David Vos, says it's located at 500 Iowa Street, cost 8.2 million dollars, and has 33 units. Since the Alexander Company first came to Davenport ten years ago, it's spent a total of 40 million dollars on this, and three other projects.

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. 

Cash for Your Old Appliances

Sep 22, 2014

  You can now get cash for your old appliances. MidAmerican Energy is offering free pick-ups for old refrigerators, freezers, and window air conditioners, and will pay for each one.  By calling a toll-free number, customers can have a recycling company haul away appliances that are no longer being used and receive a cash rebate. MidAmerican will pay 50 dollars for recycled refrigerators and freezers, and 25 dollars for air conditioners.  MidAmerican spokeswoman, Ruth Comer, says the new recycling program makes sense environmentally and economically.  

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."

Academically, the United Township School District is making good progress, but finances will be a huge challenge in the months ahead. That was the message last night from Superintendent Jay Morrow to a community forum. He says graduation rates have reached all-time highs in the past couple of years - at just over 90 per cent - compared to ten years ago when UT struggled to graduate 80 per cent of its seniors.


Homecoming weekend at Saint Ambrose University will include an extra celebration this year. Saturday morning, the college will mark the completion of exterior renovations to Ambrose Hall. Mike Poster, vice president for finance, says the goal of the 5.6 million dollar project was to put the historic elements back on the first campus building, dating back to 1885.

The project also included replacing more than 500 windows, some original to Ambrose Hall, to help save money on energy. 

And for the first time, there's a clock on one side of the tower. 

Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Sep 19, 2014
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Homeless veterans in the Quad Cities are receiving food, medical tests, and other services this weekend. The group called Bridging the Gap, is holding its 16th annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.