News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Return of the Channel Cat

May 24, 2018

Just in time for the beginning of summer, the Channel Cat Water Taxi will open for the season. For the 24th year, the signature blue boats will travel between Moline, Bettendorf, and Davenport, across the Mississippi River, starting Friday.

Tournament Director Clair Peterson (left) and volunteer coordinator Pat Shouse announce this year's fundraising total for Birdies for Charity at Deere and Company Headquarters.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK News

The John Deere Classic is asking people and organizations to raise more money for 500 charities. On Media Day, the golf tournament announced it will hold "Giving Week" next month, to raise at least $1 million for the Birdies for Charity Bonus Fund.

Click It or Ticket

May 21, 2018
Illinois State Police

As Memorial Day approaches, and the summer driving season officially begins, a new effort is being made to remind us about the importance of seat belts. Monday police agencies across the country began participating in a "Click It or Ticket" campaign. 

His name was Devon McClyde, and he was 16 years old when he was caught in the crossfire of an argument while playing basketball one evening in a local park in Danville on June 8, 2016.

He died three days later – the victim of another gun crime in Central Illinois.


The national conversation around gun violence generally centers around mass shootings, school shootings and gang activity. These problems need to be addressed, but may overshadow the largest group affected: suicide victims.

Conversations around gun violence often revolve around long-term solutions, like improving schools or the local economy.

But even if those things were easy — and they’re not — it would take a generation to realize the benefits.

And for the Illinoisans living and dying in these communities — mostly low-income, black communities — they don’t have time to wait.

City of Muscatine

The Musser Public Library in Muscatine will close for a month, starting Friday night, and move several blocks to the former headquarters of HNI Corporation. 

Whitey's Ice Cream

One of the best known Quad Cities businesses is celebrating its 85th anniversary this week. Whitey's Ice Cream first opened in 1933. 

A long fight against poverty in the Quad Cities is being celebrated this week. Tuesday is the 50th birthday of Project NOW which provides services in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties.

Illinois Top 200

Northern and northwestern Illinois are well represented among the ten most scenic locations in the state. The results are in from the latest voting by state residents during the Illinois Bicentennial celebration.