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Microsoft

Rural residents of eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois could soon have better access to the internet. Microsoft has joined forces with a company called Network Business Systems to offer broadband access to more than 126,000 people in 11 counties.

John Deere

A long career at John Deere will end next month for a member of the senior management team. Tuesday the company announced Max Guinn will retire in November.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The new, I-74 bridge will carry more than cars over the Mississippi River, helping keep the Quad Cities connected and warm. For years, the existing bridge has been home to utility lines that serve homes and businesses all over the Quad Cities.

Unemployment in the Quad Cities continues to fall. It dropped from 4.3 per cent in August of last year to 3.9 per cent last month.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A group of local investors is giving a Bettendorf manufacturer a new lease on life. Sivyer Steel announced Thursday it has emerged from bankruptcy and was sold in July for $6.5 million in cash. The company had been owned by Milwaukee-based FCF Partners since 1999. Its new name is Sivyer Steel Castings.

Iowa Farmland Values Fall

Sep 13, 2018

A new survey shows average Iowa farmland values have dropped 1.7 percent in the past six months. The report from the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute says the decline left the values at about $6,800 an acre. 

Natalie Spahn / WVIK News

"People, partnership, and personality." Those are the three things the new head of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau says will drive the organization. This morning, the bureau's board of directors introduced Dave Herrell, from Jacksonville, Florida, as the new President and CEO of the organization.

WVIK News

On Midwest Week, is it possible to live on the minimum wage ?

Country Style Expanding

Aug 30, 2018

The Quad Cities "other" well-known brand of ice cream is expanding. Thursday afternoon, Country Style will open its fifth store - in Davenport at Utica Ridge Road and 53rd Street.

Can Illinois Be Fixed ?

Aug 24, 2018

On Midwest Week, once again the AARP is soliciting suggestions from Illinois residents on how to improve their state.

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