People who worked at the old Case I-H plant in East Moline never had river views like this. This afternoon, city officials, developers, and others will cut a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of a new Hyatt hotel. It's the anchor for "The Bend of the Mighty Mississippi," the development project that's transforming the riverfront where farm equipment was made for decades.
Two years ago Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner made a lot of friends in northwest Illinois when he saved hundreds of jobs at the Cordova Nuclear Plant. At Riverdale High School in Port Byron, he signed the Future Energy Jobs Bill, designed to encourage Exelon to keep the plant open.
Downtown Bettendorf will soon be home to hundreds of new residents. Later this month, the first tenants will start moving in to the Bridges Loft Apartments, on State Street, between city hall and I-74.
Unemployment rose slightly in the Quad Cities last month - up one-tenth of one per cent to 3.9 per cent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says there were similar small increases in most of the state in October, mainly due to more people entering the job market and not due to layoffs.