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Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Former Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate Cathy Glasson was the emcee of a protest in Bettendorf on Tuesday. McDonald’s workers from Des Moines are touring the state to fight for a $15 minimum wage and a union. The workers began a strike Monday and are protesting outside some of the presidential candidate forums happening this week throughout Iowa.

City of Moline

Hoping to make the city "friendlier" to bicycle riders, Moline is marking several city streets with a special symbol. The bicycle and double chevron, known as a "sharrow," is supposed to indicate where bikes and cars can share the lanes.

Rep. Cheri Bustos

This year, Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos spent the Fourth of July in the Middle East. She traveled there last week with 10 other members of the U.S. House during a bipartisan mission led by Florida Congressman Ted Deutch, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East. 

City of Moline

Moline has chosen a new police chief. Tuesday night the city council approved a recommendation from the city administrator to hire Darren Gault, currently a captain for the East Moline Police Department. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

People who want to save the Rock Island County courthouse are offering free beer to anyone who can change their minds. The historic building in the Quad Cities could be demolished depending on a lawsuit.

Michelle O'Neill reports this morning in downtown Rock Island and later in downtown Moline, two advocates for saving the 120-year-old building started a campaign called, "Change My Mind." 


https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4421 / FEMA

The Mississippi River may be back within its banks. But FEMA is reminding Iowa residents they only have one week to register for to get federal help with flood recovery.

Iowa Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack
Dave Loebsack

Iowa Congressman Dave Loesback has reintroduced legislation to establish a National Flood Center. The primary purpose of the center would be to research flood-related issues, including prevention.

Loebsack says the U.S. currently doesn't do any comprehensive flood research.

Benjamin Payne / WVIK

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says many cities in Illinois affected by the historic flooding along the Mississippi River are getting short-changed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Rock Island County

An Interim State's Attorney may soon be appointed for Rock Island County. Tuesday County Board Chairman Richard Brunk announced his choice of Dora Villarreal to replace John McGehee who started working as a circuit judge last month. 

Rock Island City Council members say they will explore making changes to how their expense accounts are run.

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