Economy & Business news

Illinois’ recent innovation bump could be a sign of bigger trends to come. 

The next step in boosting the economy of a rural county near the Quad Cities is jobs. Each week an organization called Mercer County Better Together emails a list of job openings collected by a regional group called the American Job Center.

Unemployment held steady in the Quad Cities last month at 3.9 per cent, the same rate as in July a year ago. 

Transportation for Illinois Coalition

Illinois legislators usually get nothing but grief when they raise taxes, but this summer a group is touring the state to say "thanks" for raising the gas tax. Wednesday the Transportation for Illinois Coalition visited the Quad Cities to recognize two members of the General Assembly who voted "yes."

Deere 3rd Quarter Results

Aug 16, 2019
Deere and Company

A very mixed third quarter for John Deere. Friday the company reported results for May, June, and July, showing sales fell 3 per cent, while profits rose 1 per cent. 


On Midwest Week, a look at one sector of the economy that's booming in the Quad Cities - many new hotels have opened in recent years, and more are on the way.

Zach Wilson / WVIK News

Both casinos in the Iowa Quad Cities are ready to offer customers the chance to bet on sports, beginning at noon today.

Michelle O'Neill reports the addition of sports betting is also creating jobs.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Manufacturing companies in Rock Island County have a 3.7 billion dollar impact on the local economy.

Judge Closes QC Firms

Jul 30, 2019
Iowa Attorney General

After many months of trying, the Iowa Attorney General may finally have been able to close down a Quad Cities-based advertising business. On Monday, a judge in Des Moines approved a temporary injunction against Alphonso Barnum of Davenport, some associates, and 10 companies. 

As the summer began, unemployment fell in the Quad Cities. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the jobless rate fell from 4.2 per cent in June of last year, to 3.8 per cent last month - nearly half a percentage point.