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Rock Island Corps Plays Key Role in U.S. Flood Fights

Local employees of the Corps of Engineers are ready to help hold back the rising Mississippi River. And they've already been very busy during this wet, snowy winter and spring. Michelle O'Neill reports the corps' Rock Island District serves the entire country as the National Flood Fight Materiel Center .

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Visitors from around the world who need a place to stay in downtown Davenport can now make reservations through Marriott hotels. Yesterday, Hotel Blackhawk announced it's become an Autograph Collection hotel, a new Marriott "brand" launched in 2010.

General Manager, Tim Heim, says Hotel Blackhawk and all its services are the same. "It gives us access to Marriott's online reservation system while preserving our independence and integrity. It's very exciting for the hotel."

Elliott Aviation Expansion

Mar 6, 2013

With some welcome help from the state, a local company is going to expand and add jobs. Monday Elliott Aviation formally announced plans to spend 1.8 million dollars to improve its facilities at the Quad City Airport in Moline.

Director of Marketing, Andrew Evans, says the company promises to hire 50 new employees during the next two years, to expand its ability to offer repair, maintenance, and overhaul services. And that'll be in addition to the current local workforce of 240.

First Army Sequestration Preparation

Mar 5, 2013

Another group of civilian workers on Arsenal Island faces furloughs if congress and the president can't agree on a federal budget. First Army is waiting for orders from the Army, but has warned employees they may be forced to take a day off without pay each week, starting late next month.

Major General Michael Smith, deputy commanding general of First Army, says notices have NOT been sent yet to its 133 civilian employees on Arsenal Island, and 200 more across the nation.

Don't drive snowmobiles drunk

Mar 4, 2013

Late winter snow storms have been good for snowmobiling. But it's also resulted in an unusually high number of crashes. The Illinois DNR says last month in northern Illinois, eight snowmobile crashes sent drivers and passengers to the hospital with serious injuries, and a man from the Quad Cities was killed.


Mar 1, 2013

The dress code for an event this weekend in the Quad Cities calls for sandals and Hawaiian shirts. The Quad City Ukulele Club will hold the first "Uke-a-pa-looza." Club co-founder, Erin Mahr, says it's a way for the members to celebrate the first anniversary of the club, and to promote their favorite instrument.

Mahr says lots of people have ukulele's but don't know how to play them. And along with basic instruction, club meetings focus on learning new songs.

The Artful Office opens

Mar 1, 2013

Another retailer opened a new store this afternoon in dowtown Rock Island. Owner Nichole Jones, the city, and Renaissance Rock Island held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for "The Artful Office." It's the fifth new business to open in the retail incubator, located in the 1700 block of 2nd Avenue.

Rock Island County Facilities Committee

Feb 28, 2013

A new committee has been formed to study the courthouse, and other Rock Island County facilities. Appointed by county board chairman, Phil Banaszek, the 12-member group will hold its first meeting next week.

Banaszek says he wants input from a wide range of people on the condition of the buildings and whether any, or all of them, should be replaced. He'll ask the committee to study, and then rank 9 options.

Goldman Family Block

Feb 26, 2013

After spending millions of dollars over more than ten years, the renovation of a block in downtown Rock Island is finished. Today city officials held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Goldman Family Block - the 16-hundred block of 2nd Avenue. Mayor Dennis Pauley helped cut the ribbon, which also marked the completion of 16-16 and 16-18 2nd Avenue into commercial space and five upstairs apartments. This project cost 1 million dollars.

First Flood Outlook

Feb 26, 2013

The potential for flooding the Mississippi River this spring is now considered to be normal, or slightly below normal. In its first flood outlook for the year, the National Weather Service says there's a 36 per cent chance the river will reach flood stage in the Quad Cities, and a 26 per cent chance it will rise one foot over flood stage.

Moline wants to know what Quad Cities residents would like to do and see along the city's riverfront and a couple of other areas. This morning (monday), the city, the Moline Foundation, WQPT, Western Illinois University, and Renew Moline kicked off " River Vision 2020." The three areas in Moline are properties near Western Illinois University called "River's Edge," an area downtown east of Interstate-74, and the Floreciente neighborhood.


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