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With help from the state of Illinois, a small space in downtown Rock Island will soon host performances, other live programs, murals, and art exhibits. The city and Quad Cities Chamber have received a 267,000 dollar grant to fix up Arts Alley, in the 17-hundred block of 2nd Avenue.
  • Public forums will be held next month for the four finalists for chancellor of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Wednesday the board of trustees named the possible successors to Don Doucette who's going to retire in June.
  • Government
    A new city manager has started working for Rock Island. On Monday, Todd Thompson was sworn in to succeed Randy Tweet who retired in December.
  • A new stamp series issued this week by the US Postal Service features the Mississippi River, with one stamp for each of ten states. And the photo used for the Iowa stamp was taken by a Quad Cities man.
  • Here’s a quiz question for you: What landscape architect, journalist, and conservationist designed parks that zigzag across North America from Milwaukee to Montreal, Boston to Baltimore, Seattle to Staten Island, and hundreds of points in between, and whose 200th birthday is in 2022? If you answered Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. you are correct.
  • Community
    Are you in need of some fun outside activities this summer? Well River Action has the answer for you. We are hosting a month-long scavenger hunt along the Quad Cities bike trails and bringing back Ride the River which will be held on Father’s Day on 19th of June. Thanks to bikes, adventure is waiting on the riverfront trails. Bikes will take you to places cars will never see! Ride and Seek and Ride the River —Bridging Cultures Building Communities is a ride of discovery and connection in 2022.
  • Thanks in part to its international students, Rivermont Collegiate continues to grow. The independent college preparatory school in Bettendorf now has graduating classes of 25 to 30 each year, compared to just five or six up to ten years ago.
  • Environment
    The Mississippi River is beginning to rise in the Quad Cities but should stay below flood stage, at least for now.
  • Economy
    Two years after the pandemic began, passenger traffic continues to improve at the Quad Cities International Airport.
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