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04/23/14 An old school celebrates new life
Tomorrow morning, the Jackson Renaissance will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the official opening of affordable apartments for seniors.
04/23/14 I-74 Bridge Meetings
Designs are nearly done, and preliminary work begins this summer.
04/22/14 EICC Raises Tuition for the Fall
The in-state cost per credit hour will rise about 2 %
A task force will hold the first of several public meetings to discuss possible locations for a memorial for Dr. King.
The city of Dubuque and school district may join forces to build a new community indoor aquatic center.
As farmers use information technology to grow more crops with less money, many are being asked to share their data. But they're worried about security, privacy, and other problems that could crop up.
04/21/14 New Leader for Ashford U
Charlie Minnick has been promoted
04/19/14 Comprehensive Plan for RI
Aldermen may adopt the city's first-ever comprehensive plan on Monday
04/18/14 Major Gift to Knox College
Two longtime supporters will be the lead donors for a new art building.
04/18/14 Midwest Week for 4/18/14
Preview of some of the major political races in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.
A free bus service to major grocery stores has had low participation, and organizers are hoping to change that.
Local groups will host a museum summit to discuss ways small museums can attract more visitors.
A ribbon cutting was held to welcome ten new businesses to the area.
The annual John Deere Classic launched its annual Birdies for Charity today.
04/16/14 Lodge Renovation Approved
One year from the former Jumers in Bettendorf will re-open as a Double Tree by Hilton
A local group wants Rock Island County to continue to own and operate Hope Creek Care Center. At last night's county board meeting, the Keep It Supported for Seniors Committee, or KISS, encouraged the board to place a tax referendum on the November ballot. And all but one board member voted to do just that.
Lieutenant Suzanne Vallejo has retired after serving twenty years in the fire department.
Members of A Better Illinois gathered in Rock Island to promote what they call the Illinois Fair Tax.
Welcome Home Illinois is a new program that will provide down-payment assistance and a low interest for first-time homebuyers.
04/14/14 LOGCAP Done in Iraq
After 11 years, an office on Arsenal Island has ended its operations in Iraq
Today, local residents from Nepal celebrate Baishakh, the first month on the Nepalese calendar.
04/11/14 Rate Hike Request for Illinois QC
MidAmerican Energy wants to raise rates for Illinois electric customers
The groundbreaking for a 15,000 square foot retail space was held this afternoon in downtown Davenport.
04/11/14 Midwest Week for 4/11/14
A preview of the new season for the Quad Cities River Bandits.
A Clinton man who died over seventy years ago while be buried tomorrow at the National Cemetery.
A monthly shuttle will take residents of Moline and East Moline to major grocery stores.
04/10/14 International Farm Tours
The convention and visitors bureau will host some tour organizers this weekend.
CEO David Green has announced his resignation after twenty-five years with the organization.
The body of 29-year-old Carrie Olson was found last weekend in Minnesota.
Findings will help the Bi-State Regional Commission determine future transportation projects in the Quad Cities.
A Danish company with a plant in Davenport is asking for the city's help to expand. Tonight, the city council is set to vote on a development agreement with HARDI North America.
04/08/14 School Consolidation Referendum
If approved, the question will be on the November ballot for four Illinois QC districts.
The orchestra has appointed its new director of development and assistant conductor.
04/08/14 Survey about courthouse restoration
A survey will gauge whether the Rock Island County Board is close to a consensus on what to do with the courthouse.
The pilot program begins today in Moline to put advertising on trash can lids.
04/07/14 Niabi Zoo Opens
Visitors can see their favorite animals and the zoo's newest additions to its family.
A crew is filming in the Scott County Jail today, but it's not from Hollywood or a big production company. Sheriff Dennis Conard says a few months ago, the National Institute of Corrections asked if it could shoot scenes in the seven-year-old jail, for use in a new training DVD. The 30-minute video will be called "Jails of America."
04/07/14 Funeral For MIA From Clinton
Louis Longman will be buried at the National Cemetary on Arsenal Island.
04/04/14 Disabilities Career Fair
QC employers will meet with local residents with disabilities.
04/04/14 Midwest Week for 4/4/14
A look at last week's budget address by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.
04/02/14 Closed Bridges in the Coming Months
Centennial Bridge in July, Government Bridge in September
04/02/14 Reward for Hit and Run Information
The family of a teenager killed near the QC is still looking for answers.
Thursday is opening day for the Midwest League.
Landmarks Illinois has released its annual list of endangered sites.
04/01/14 Davenport Citi High
Davenport high school students will soon be able to prepare for careers in technology.
Researchers will study the economic impact of the arsenal and other military bases.
03/28/14 Midwest Week for 3/28/14
An update on plans for the Rock Island County Courthouse
03/28/14 Cokie Roberts Speech
The speech given Thursday night by Cokie Roberts at a benefit for WVIK.
03/28/14 Rubik's Cube Competition
People from several states will compete Saturday in Dixon, Illinois.
The NPR and ABC analyst will headline an annual fundraiser for WVIK.
Iowa utility companies are allowed to disconnect customers behind on bills beginning April 2nd.
A big hospital in Iowa City has been working hard to help people sign up for health insurance before the end of the month. Last fall, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics began offering free application assistance to patients and others, before the Affordable Care Act went into effect.
Living Lands and Waters will hold its annual tree wrap in Rock Island tomorrow.
03/26/14 Mallards Extend Lease
The team and i Wireless center have extended their lease agreement for three more years.
03/25/14 Playground Razor Blades
Someone in East Moline is trying to harm children.
03/25/14 Muscatine Blue Zones Milestone
Twenty percent of city residents have pledged to live healthier.
03/24/14 Jen Chapin Trio
The latest visiting artist specializes in "original urban folk music"
He hopes the winter did not kill off a local colony.
03/24/14 Deere Expands at U of Illinois
The company has doubled the size of its Technology Innovation Center
03/24/14 Committee of Ten Organizes
Board members from 4 Ill. QC districts begin studying consolidation
03/21/14 Midwest Week for 3/21/14
Trying to understand results of this week's Illinois primary
03/21/14 Clinton County K-9 Deputy Retires
Odin has retired after ten years on the job
03/21/14 Dubuque Pool Gardens
The 4th annual Wading Pool Garden Project
03/20/14 Gathering of the Green
Deere enthusiasts have gathered in Davenport for a 4-day convention
03/20/14 SAU Middle East Institute
New program opens next month with lecture by Jim Leach
03/19/14 Credit Island Lodge Restoration
Restoration could begin this spring following last year's fire
03/17/14 TIF District for RI Walmart
Tonight aldermen will be asked to approve a tax increment financing district for the project.
03/17/14 Schilling Announces
Two years after he lost his seat in Congress, he determined to win it back.
03/14/14 Midwest Week for 3/14/14
On Tuesday's ballot - the local option sales tax for schools in RI County
A store in the Illinois Quad Cities will lose business if Rock Island County voters approve a couple of sales tax referenda in next week's election. That's according to George Bingham, General Manager of Teske's Pet and Garden.
A documentary by Quad City locals, "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" will screen for the first time ever this Saturday.
03/13/14 Poetry Out Loud Finalists
Two students from Orion High School compete Friday for the state championship.
03/13/14 QC Unemployment Falls Again
Now the second lowest unemployment rate among Illinois' largest metro areas.
03/13/14 River Vision Workshop
The latest in a series of public input sessions for the Davenport riverfront
03/12/14 RI Fine Arts Exhibition
The 38th annual exhibition will be open for a month at Augustana College.
03/12/14 Missing Rock Island Man Found Dead
The body of Alberto Alvarez has been found in Sherrard
03/11/14 Missing Rock Island Man
Alberto Alvarez was last seen Sunday afternoon.
03/11/14 Ferris Wheel Under Construction
Workers are putting up the newest attraction at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.
03/11/14 Hit-and-Run Update
More information on the possible car involved in a fatal accident.
Demand for housing in downtown Davenport continues to rise, and that's why a developer plans to turn another historic building into apartments. Monday morning, officials from Financial District Properties and the city used sledgehammers to put holes in a wall and kick-off the renovations at the Union Arcade. It's on the corner of Brady and Third streets.
03/10/14 Bill Brady Campaigns in the QC
Brady is one of four candidates on the 3/18 GOP primary ballot
03/10/14 Plans for Lyndon Lane
Plans for new public housing go before the Rock Island city council tonight.
03/07/14 Buffalo Bill Museum Expands
With more space, more exhibits will be possible.
This morning, the Illinois Associated Press announced the winners of its 2013 Broadcasters excellence contest.
03/07/14 Midwest Week for 3/7/14
Hunger in the Quad Cities
03/06/14 South Park Celebration
The 40th anniversary of its opening and the beginning of renovations.
03/06/14 Trash Lid Advertising
Advertising will soon begin appearing on trash cart lids in Moline.
Some people like to vent their frustrations after getting a speeding ticket, or having something stolen from them. But the Davenport Police Department has the opposite problem. In January, it began participating in a survey that would help the department improve.
Local leaders will spend Thursday and Friday meeting with members of Congress and at federal agencies.
Late this spring, dozens of veterans from Eldridge and rural Scott County will fly to Washington DC to see memorials dedicated to them.
03/04/14 Corporate Hunger Drive Ends
Results of this year's Student Hunger Drive Corporate Challenge will be announced Wednesday
Anne Wachal joined the ecumencal organization 15 years ago.
The former library now belongs to the Bureau County Hist. Society
03/03/14 Circa 21 asks Rock Island For Help
The city may help pay for improvements to the theater and Speakeasy.
02/28/14 Silvis Joins Main Street Program
Program will help the city revitalize its downtown.
02/28/14 Midwest Week for 2/28/14
Previewing the March primary races for governor of Illinois
02/27/14 Remembering Desert Storm
Illinois will honor those who died during Desert Storm, including a QC man.
One of John Deere's slogans this year is, "The future of farming is in sight." But in fact, a big part of that future was sitting in the audience. 17-year-old Tommy Justison is the president of Section 19 of the Future Farmers of America in Hillsboro, Illinois. He's also a Deere shareholder along with other members of his family.
02/27/14 QC Woman Honored by PGA Tour
Linda Little is one of 5 finalists for Volunteer of the Year.
02/27/14 Community Foundation Two Milestones
As it begins its 50th year, assets have reached $100 million.
02/26/14 The River Bend Food Bank Moves
Today the Food Bank held tours of its new warehouse and offices in southwest Davenport.
02/25/14 Southpark Renovations
Tonight Moline aldermen could give their final approval to a development agreement with the mall owner.
02/25/14 Andover Veterans Monument
The village invites veterans of recent wars to put their names on a new monument.
The local convention and visitors bureau is encouraging local residents to eat at local restaurants. It's the second annual Quad Cities Restaurant Week.
02/25/14 New Young Voters in RI County
A new law, and a ballot question, help boost voter registration.
02/24/14 Pollock Asks for Innocence
She wants to sue Illinois but first needs a certificate of innocence.
02/24/14 2014-15 Opening Day for Dav Schools
Tonight the board of education will consider August 14 for classes to start
02/24/14 Augustana Prof Teaches in German
Dr. Jane Simonsen will spend the next 4 months teaching American Studies at the U. of Regensburg.
02/24/14 Galesburg Trade Mission to Oman
Companies hope to win contracts for a huge railroad project in the Persian Gulf
02/21/14 Midwest Week for 2/21/14
A controversial reorganization for some Moline elementary schools.
As snow begins melts in the Quad Cities and areas to the north, the National Weather Service and Corps of Engineers are keeping an eye on the Rock River.
This winter will go down in history as the snowiest ever in the Quad Cities. With Monday's storm total of 5.9 inches, the National Weather Service in Davenport says 53.3 inches of snow have fallen since December 1st.
02/20/14 Wharton Browning Book
A new book about Wharton Field House and Browning Field in Moline.
02/19/14 Dubuque Riverfront Planning
The city has started working on a long range plan for Chaplain Schmitt Island.
02/19/14 United Way 2013 Campaign Total
QC residents contributed more than $8.4 million.
02/18/14 Black Hawk College Tuition
Trustees may set tuition this week for next year.
02/18/14 Deere Sponsors Johnson
The company will sponsor PGA player Zach Johnson
02/17/14 Augustana Solar Power
Solar panels will soon start generating electricity at a field station in northern Illinois.
02/14/14 Midwest Week for 2/14/14
Comparing the local news presented by four tv stations in the Quad Cities.
02/13/14 Moline Mayor Medical Leave
Scott Raes will be out for up to two months following heart surgery.
Just a day after reporting record quarterly profits, Deere and Company has announced layoffs at its combine plant in the Quad Cities. Spokesman, Ken Golden, says about 120 jobs will be cut at the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline.
02/12/14 Scott County Warrants Online
Active warrants from the last several years are now searchable, online.
02/12/14 Study Foreign Languages at Augustana
The college opens its foreign language classes to high school students.
02/12/14 Alcoa Expansion
A ribbon cutting Wednesday for the expansion of the Davenport Works.
02/11/14 Putnam STEM Center
In April, the Putnam Museum in Davenport will open the new STEM Science Center
02/11/14 TouVelle Stadium Upgrades
The Bettendorf school board has approved a major renovation of the high school stadium.
02/10/14 QC Firm Wins Job in Kuwait
KJWW Engineering Consultants will help design a huge new cancer center.
02/07/14 Southpark Renovation
The mall owner releases details of its plan for the mall in Moline.
02/07/14 Ski Area Thrives When It Snows
At least one business in the Quad Cities area is enjoying this winter. Snowstar Winter Sports Park has suffered through at least two winters of warm temperatures and rain. With ski runs, a tubing hill, and other features, it's located near Andalusia, and has a full-time staff of six, with more than 100 seasonal workers.
02/07/14 Midwest Week for 2/7/14
SAU plans a new sports complex in Davenport.
02/06/14 HealthPlex Bettendorf
Genesis Health System is building a second healthplex, similar to the one that opened in Moline last fall.
02/05/14 Heating Bills Way Up
Make sure you're sitting down when your next utility bill arrives.
02/04/14 Celebrating Home Ownership
The RI Housing Authority Honors former residents who've now bought their own homes.
02/04/14 Fewer Crimes in Rock Island
Crime and violent crime continued to fall last year in Rock Island.
02/03/14 QC Salvation Army Reaches Goal
Thanks to an extended Red Kettle Campaign, the Salvation Army reached its fund-raising goal.
02/03/14 The Cost of Water for the Iowa QC
State regulators may decide Tuesday whether to approve higher rates for the Iowa-American Water Co.
02/03/14 Davenport School District Budget
Work on next year's budget begins tonight with a look at possible spending cuts.
A former WVIK employee helped create a ketchup commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. Four years after graduating from Augustana College in Rock Island, Jeff Chin is a director at the Chicago branch of Animated Storyboards.
02/03/14 Dress for Success
The group that helps low income women find work is expanding in the QC
01/31/14 Midwest Week for 1/31/14
A look at this week's State of the State address by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn
01/30/14 QC Unemployment
Unemployment fell slightly in the Quad Cities in December
We may be seeing a downward trend, but there are too many factors to know for sure. That's what Ron Fournier from the Corps of Engineers says about barge traffic in the Quad Cities in 2013.
01/30/14 Penny Parade for the Sandburg Site
Each year local children collect pennies to help support the Carl Sandburg Historic Site in Galesburg.
01/28/14 Women's Leadership Council
The council has raised enough money to build a new preschool in downtown Davenport.
Workers on Arsenal Island have begun making ambulance "kits" for the National Guard.
01/28/14 Augustana Armed Officers
Trustees approve a plan to create a campus police department with armed officers
A man who grew up three blocks away is now the director of the Family Museum in Bettendorf. This morning, City Administrator, Decker Ploehn announced he's appointed Jeff Reiter to the position, which has been open since October. He's been working for the museum for about 15 years, mostly recently as co-interim director and head of Business and Community Relations.
01/24/14 Midwest Week for 1/24/14
Prophetstown tries to recover from last summer's downtown fire
01/24/14 QC Blues Fest Wins Presigious Award
As a local festival celebrates its 30th year, it's also won a coveted prize in music circles. Today in Memphis, the Blues Foundation presented the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival with this year's Keeping the Blues Alive award, in the category U.S. Festival.
01/23/14 Monmouth Coffee Project
An interdisciplinary study of coffee from the chem lab to the retailer
01/23/14 Rising Gas Prices
Normally prices are steady until the spring
Rock Island, Ill. –WVIK Augustana Public Radio will be broadcasting live a debate between the Republican candidates for Governor of Illinois. This 90-minute debate airs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 23.
01/21/14 Success for Be a Tourist
Once again local residents were willing to Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard
01/21/14 2013 Farm Equipment Sales
Why last year was a good year for sales in the US
01/20/14 WVIK January Newsletter
Welcome to 2014! I hope your holidays were good ones. We have some exciting things planned for this year. In addition to renovating our studios (thanks to your gifts to our capital campaign), we will be dining with Cokie Roberts and traveling to London. I hope you’ll join us!
01/20/14 Jonesy Retires from Circa 21
The theater holds a party to honor its long-time lobby host.
"If you don't do anything to save your ash trees now, the Emerald Ash Borer WILL kill them." In a nutshell, that's what government officials are telling cities, counties, and property owners in the midwest.
A new appropriations bill promises help for the RI Arsenal, and will open the federal prison in Thomson.
01/17/14 Midwest Week for 1/17/14
Rock Island versus Big Island and Milan
01/16/14 Captain Starhawk Saves the World
This weekend, Moline High School will perform an original play by a local playwright
01/15/14 Updating River Vision
Davenport begins updating plans for its riverfront
Stable revenue and rising costs means tough decisions ahead
01/15/14 Armed Officers on Campus
Augustana College trustees will consider allowing campus police to carry guns
01/14/14 Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard
For the 13th year, local residents are invited to visit local hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
01/14/14 First Grants from New Foundation
Seven grants will benefit the village of Milan
01/13/14 Metro Link New Transfer Station
The new station opens Monday in downtown Rock Island
01/10/14 Moline May Buy Collectors' Center
The price is just over 1 million dollars.
01/10/14 Midwest Week for 1/10/14
An update on the Walmart project on 11th Street in Rock Island
01/10/14 Bald Eagle Days
This weekend at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.
01/09/14 Rhythm City Sale Approved
State regulators approve the sale to Dan Kehl who plans to build a land-based casino in north Davenport.
01/08/14 SAU Athletic Complex
The university is planning practice fields and a stadium just north of campus
01/07/14 Amtrak Delayed by Extreme Weather
Snow and ice blocked three trains in northern Illinois Monday night.
01/03/14 College Cornerstone
Davenport may help families save for college
01/03/14 Dangerous Cold is Coming
We're looking forward to wind chills as low as 45 degrees below zero on Monday
01/02/14 Banished Words Feature
The latest list of words and phrases banned from "the Queen's English."
01/02/14 Vikings to the Dominican Republic
For a week, the Augustana softball team will play, work with kids, and sightsee.
Scott County republicans are preparing for the caucuses in January, but it's a lot less work than two years ago. 2012 was a presidential election year, and party members across Iowa had to spend part of their holidays getting ready for an early caucus date.