WVIK Staff

It hasn't shown up here yet, but health officials in the Quad Cities say they're ready to treat patients with Ebola. At a news conference today, representatives of Genesis and Trinity hospitals, the Rock Island and Scott county health departments, and the two ambulance services all said they have the right equipment, they've been practicing, and they know what to do. Doctor Louis Katz, medical director for the Scott County Health Department, says in west Africa where even routine health care is not available, thousands of people have been  infected so far.


Christmas has come early to the Quad Cities. Today Illinois Governor Pat Quinn came to town to announce the state will provide low interest loans to both Moline and Rock Island for major upgrades to their water and sewer systems.

Constantinople, A City of Water

Oct 11, 2014


Engineers will soon start designing the replacement for a historic bridge in the Quad Cities. Last night, members of the Moline city council agreed to hire a consulting firm to oversee the first steps in building a new Sylvan Island Bridge.

The Importance of the Mississippi

Oct 4, 2014

Illinois Solar Tour

Oct 3, 2014

A home in the Quad Cities will be one of the featured sites this weekend, during the annual Illinois Solar Tour. Each year the Illinois Solar Energy Association sponsors the event to educate, and advocate, for solar, and other renewable forms of energy.

Why Do We Need Conferences?

Sep 27, 2014

Prescription Drug Dropoff

Sep 25, 2014

Residents of the Quad Cities can make their homes safer this weekend. A coalition of groups is sponsoring a prescription drug drop-off Saturday - for potentially-dangerous expired, un-used, and unwanted drugs.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

If you love apples, cashews, or string beans, you should love honeybees, too. Those are just three of the many foods that require bee pollination. Wild honeybees have almost disappeared in the US over the last 30 years. And in recent years, the number of commercial honeybees has also been dropping.

 On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill talks with three beekeepers about the reasons for the decline, in the second part of her series about the future of honeybees. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News


Honeybees in the U.S. are in trouble. Their populations have been declining for years, but a long, cold winter put a huge dent in the number of hives in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa.

On today's WVIK News Focus, in the first of a two-part series, Michelle O'Neill talks with three beekeepers, including Phil Crandall at Crandall Farms in Coal Valley, IL.


(She also talks with Dave Irvin the President of the Eastern Central Iowa Beekeepers and USDA Senior Entomologist David Epstein.)