Economy & Business news

  Unemployment has fallen again in the Quad Cities. New figures from the state of Illinois show the rate fell from 7 per cent in September of last year, to 6.4 per cent last month.

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One of America's best riverfronts is right here in the Quad Cities. Today, USA Today and announced the winners of this year's contest to choose the "Best American Riverfront," and Davenport finished third.

Construction work has finally started to restore passenger rail service between the Quad Cities and Chicago. That was the announcement today (tuesday) from the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

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Hundreds of workers at John Deere plants in the Quad Cities will lose their jobs this week. Over 500 Layoffs began today at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline and Deere Seeding and Cylinder in Moline. 


A top federal official hopes to bring more jobs to one of the largest employers in the Quad Cities. Today, Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, toured the Rock Island Arsenal and met with state and local leaders. 


Thousands of students toured Alcoa's Davenport Works today, but not in person. The Alcoa Foundation partnered with Discovery Education to host a virtual field trip called "Manufacture Your Future." 

  People who shop at Jewel, Osco, and Save-a-lot should check their credit card statements carefully. Albertsons and Supervalu report shoppers' credit and debit card data may be at risk. 

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 The old Howard Johnson in Davenport may be replaced by a new, six-story office and retail building called "Riverwatch Place." Today, the Downtown Davenport Partnership announced it has selected a development proposal from Bush Construction, NAI Ruhl Commercial Company, BLDD Architects, and Attorney John Carroll. The triangular site is located on LeClaire Street at River Drive and East Third Street. 

For the sixth month in a row, unemployment has fallen in the Quad Cities. New figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the jobless rate here fell from 6.7 per cent in August of last year, to 6.2 per cent last month.

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A top official from the US Economic Development Administration says the rust belt is ready to be revitalized. Jay Williams, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, gave the keynote address this morning at Augustana College in Rock Island. He spoke at the 2nd annual economic summit hosted by 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, entitled Partnering for Illinois' Manufacturing Future.