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Rock Island Adds King Holiday

the Rock Island City Council
City of Rock Island
the Rock Island City Council

Just in time for this year's Martin Luther King birthday celebration, it is now an official holiday for the city of Rock Island. On Monday, the city council approved adding it to the city's holiday schedule.

City Manager Todd Thompson says when he first came to the city seven months ago he noticed it had fewer holidays than most other cities. With the addition of Dr. King's birthday, Rock Island employees will have nine holidays each year.

"I think primarily the goal is to honor Dr. King and his contributions, as well as to give employees a day off to participate in events and reflect on the holiday."

The city will hold its official observance of the holiday on Monday morning at the King Center. The 40th annual memorial service and awards ceremony will begin at 10:30.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.