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News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

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. 

A group of local women will celebrate their right to vote. This weekend, two dozen female candidates and officeholders will attend a meet-and-greet in Rock Island to commemorate Women’s Equality Day.

The home of Friday night lights in Davenport is getting a $2.6 million makeover. The remodeling of Brady Street Stadium is almost completed, but the field will be ready for the start of football season Thursday night.

A program in Scott County is offering a different way to rehabilitate people with mental illnesses convicted of crimes. On Friday, Ken Croken, a candidate for the Scott County Board, held a news conference to discuss the effectiveness of the Scott County Mental Health Court, and to urge the county to fund it.

A local group is doing something new for the fifth year of its annual jazz festival. The Polyrhythms August Festival is now known as the Bill Bell Jazz and Heritage Festival. This Friday through Sunday, nine acts will perform at Martin Luther King Park in Rock Island, and the River Music Experience in Davenport.

Tug Fest

For the 32nd year, Illinois and Iowa will "face off" across the Mississippi River this weekend.

The name of a small town Illinois post office will be changed to honor a fallen soldier. On Friday in Fairview, in Fulton County, west of Peoria, a ceremony will be held to officially name the building, the "Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office."

Mercer County Better Together

After several years of planning how to improve their economy, residents of Mercer County are ready to take the next steps. Led by the group Mercer County Better Together, they're starting to fix up their parks and promote tourism.

DeWitt Library

Construction could begin soon to expand the library in DeWitt. On Tuesday residents of the city overwhelmingly approved a bond referendum for 3.5 million dollars.

Augustana College students will help four cities become more sustainable. On Friday, the school announced they will work with Davenport, Rock Island, Morrison, and Geneseo on 15 projects. It's the third year of the Sustainable Working Lanscapes Initiative.

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