News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Midwest Clown Association

Although some might consider the prospect frightening, more than 100 clowns from seven states will gather in Davenport this week. Wednesday the Midwest Clown Association will open its 41st annual convention at the Clarion Hotel. 

Authorities know where the weekend fire in downtown Rock Island started, but have not yet determined the cause.

WVIK Staff

Help is on the way for businesses and residents affected by the weekend fire in downtown Rock Island. The Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation has set up the Downtown Emergency Fire Fund, which is now accepting donations.The fire began around 4 a.m. Saturday in a vacant building, located in the 200 block of 18th Street, near Huckleberry's restaurant.

Alan Egly Retires

Sep 26, 2014

A long career in public service in the Quad Cities is about to end. Tuesday Alan Egly retires after serving as executive director of the Doris and Victor Day Foundation for 27 years. 

WVIK, WHBF, KWQC...we tune in everyday. But where do these call letters come from? In this week's "Why, QC," Renata Sago has more.  

One year after winning a national contest, Davenport is in the running again. Last year, USA Today named Modern Woodmen Park the best minor league ballpark in the nation, and now the city has been nominated for Best American Riverfront.

WVIK Staff

      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.

"1000 Kids for Iowa"

Sep 22, 2014
1000 Kids for Iowa

A coalition of residents from the Quad Cities is preparing to welcome refugee children from Central America. Tonight at 6 pm, members of a group called "1000 Kids for Iowa" will hold a community meeting at the Davenport Public Library.

The statewide project was launched in July. Director, Jessica Brackett, says members across Iowa have found more than 300 homes for the children and received over 1,500 offers of support. 

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.

For the 5th year, residents of Dubuque are invited to help celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. The Dubuque International Day of Peace Festival begins Friday and lasts for a week.One of the planners of the festival, Art Roche, says Sunday will be the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. The goal is to remind us that there are alternatives to war. 

Roche says the first Day of Peace in Dubuque had just one event, but since then it's grown to a variety of events and activities around the city, with many sponsors.