News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

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.

City of Cedar Rapids

The record flood for the Quad Cities was 1993, but for Cedar Rapids and eastern Iowa it was 2008 - and ten years later restoration and replacement work is still going on.

AARP Illinois hosted a forum in Moline Thursday night to learn how the state's financial crisis has affected Quad Cities residents. It was the latest in a series of Illinois Issues Forums co-sponsored with NPR Illinois.

DeWitt Library

Some residents of Clinton County will be asked to help pay for the expansion of their library. Polls will be open on Tuesday in DeWitt for the 3.5 million dollar library improvement referendum.

AARP Illinois wants to know how the state's financial crisis has affected you. This Thursday in Moline, it will host the latest in a series of Illinois Issues Forums. Local residents will be able to talk about the state's financial status with a panel of experts.

Two Illinois lawmakers want to help people find jobs. On Tuesday, Andalusia State Senator Neil Anderson and Savanna State Representative Tony McCombie hosted a free job fair featuring more than 50 employers. People brought their resumes and discussed job opportunities at Moline's Spotlight Theatre and Events Center.

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Organizers, volunteers, and businesses are preparing for a very busy weekend. On Saturday, the Quad City Times Bix 7 Road Race will be held in downtown Davenport. And RAGBRAI will end in Davenport after bikers ride from Iowa City to the Mississippi River.

Lynn Hunt, Interim President and CEO of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, says more volunteers are needed to help with RAGBRAI on Saturday, mainly in the afternoon, driving pickup trucks filled with bicycles to long term parking lots.

At least 48,000 people are expected to visit Davenport for the end of RAGBRAI, while around 20,000 usually run in the Bix 7. Hunt says everyone will be able to enjoy the 47th Annual Street Fest, sponsored by Cobham, the Downtown Davenport Partnership, and many other local businesses.


A special district in Davenport is trying to make itself more visible. Tuesday the Hilltop Campus Village celebrated the posting of a new "welcome" sign at 5th and Brady streets.

The Rock Island Arsenal is adding 160 civilian jobs. This morning, Nancy Lane, Director of the Civilian Human Resources Agency on the island, cut the ribbon in front of Building 102. These new positions will all be in human resources for the Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA.

A native of the Quad Cities will be the new Director of Parks and Recreation for Davenport. The city has selected Rock Island-native Chad Dyson.