News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Taylor Accepts New Job

Apr 18, 2018

Instead of retiring, the head of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau has accepted a new job. Wednesday the bureau announced president and ceo Joe Taylor will start working in June as executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Evansville, Indiana. 

Sit Down at the Big Table

Apr 18, 2018

Thousands of local residents will participate in community brainstorming sessions this weekend. Friday and Saturday, the Quad Cities Big Table will be held at more than 200 sites.

Debut of the Pallas Cat

Apr 13, 2018
Niabi Zoo

Two new species will make their debut this weekend when the Niabi Zoo opens for the season - the Pallas Cat  and Yellow-backed Duiker.


Construction has started on a new hospital in Bettendorf for people with mental health and drug abuse problems. Officials of a Tennessee company, Strategic Behavioral Health, broke ground Thursday  afternoon on Tanglefoot Lane, between I-74 and Utica Ridge Road.

Illinois DOT

Benjamin Payne / WVIK

WVIK's Benjamin Payne reports on Monday's official opening of the new Quad Cities field office of the National Weather Service, located next to the Davenport Municipal Airport:

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

If people give as much as last year, total Birdies for Charity donations over 48 years will exceed $100 million. This morning, the John Deere Classic kicked off the fundraiser at Deere and Company headquarters in Moline. Last year, donations totaled $12.3 million.

More help will soon be available in Muscatine for people with mental health issues. Last week, the Robert Young Center celebrated the expansion of its services with a ribbon cutting at its new clinic, and it's scheduled to open officially next week (4/16).


Employees of Modern Woodmen of America braved the frigid weather to support Child Abuse Awareness Month. Friday afternoon they planted 600 blue pinwheels in the lawn next to the home office in downtown Rock Island.

Deere & Company

The plow invented by John Deere is the top invention in Illinois history. That's according to recent voting conducted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum during its celebration of the state's bicentennial.