Economy & Business news

Unemployment in the Quad Cities fell in September to 3.7 per cent, from 4.1 per cent during the same month a year ago. And it's down two-tenths of one per cent from August.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A Quad Cities manufacturer is creating new jobs as it consolidates operations in Rock Island.

Michelle O'Neill reports McLaughlin Body Company announced Wednesday that it's buying part of the former International Harvester Farmall plant.


Moline residents can help plan the future of one of their busiest streets. On Thursday the city will hold a Public Workshop on ways to "improve the safety, appearance, and function of Avenue of the Cities."

If the Quad Cities is going to win hundreds of federal jobs, it's going to have to work very hard. On Monday,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it's received 136 "expressions of interest" from 35 states for two programs scheduled to leave the Washington D.C. area next year.

Ameren Illinois will bring its anti-scam, public education program to Galesburg Wednesday. 

When two agencies of the US Department of Agriculture move out of the Washington DC area next year, they might come to the Quad Cities. The chamber of commerce has applied to host the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service, with a total of more than 600 jobs.

Von Maur

A department store chain based in the Quad Cities is mourning the loss of one of its leaders. Von Maur co-chairman Richard von Maur died Saturday - he was 86 years old. 

Moline Kmart Will Close

Oct 15, 2018

More Sears and Kmart stores are going to close soon. Monday the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and released a list of 142 stores that'll hold liquidation sales beginning immediately, and then close.

New President for Clysar

Oct 12, 2018

A company based in Clinton that makes plastic shrink wrap for the packaging industry, has chosen a new leader. Friday Clysar announced the promotion of Vicki Larson to president.

The state has decided to help boost business and industrial expansion in the Quad Cities and western Illinois. Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity approved enterprise zones for the Illinois Quad Cities and for Henry County.