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How can Democrats compete in rural areas? Kal Munis, co-author of a Niskanen Center report, Gone Country: Why Democrats Need to Play in Rural America, and How They Can Do It Again, discusses how Democrats can win in rural areas and why it’s important for our country that both parties do better in adverse geographic territory.

Illinois General Assembly

Time is running out for residents of Illinois who want to have a "say" in the redistricting process. Friday night the House Redistricting Committee will hold one of its final hearings virtually.

State Representative Mike Halpin from Rock Island says this only happens once every ten years following a new federal census - drawing new congressional and legislative maps.

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the mayor of Davenport in a dispute with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. In a 4 to 1 decision, justices said the mayor can remove a commissioner without a specific reason. Or legally speaking, without "a showing of cause."

In December, 2017, Mayor Frank Klipsch appointed Nicole Bribriesco-Ledger for a two-year term on the Civil Rights Commission. Then in April of 2019, he notified her and three other members that he had removed them from the commission. She contested her removal and went to court.

  Peter Slevin, a contributing writer with The New Yorker magazine, talks about his recent reporting from Iowa and the Carolinas on the future of the Republican Party. He discusses his conversations with Iowa Republican voters and the toxicity of the Democratic brand at the GOP grassroots level.

On Midwest Week, this year's debate over Iowa's bottle bill - will it survive another year?

Herb Trix's guest is James Lynch, reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

You can also hear Midwest Week Fridays on WVIK at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered. 

Is Iowa going the way of Nebraska politically? Ross Benes, author of Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became A Republican Stronghold, discusses his book and the forces that shaped Nebraska’s turn into a solid Red State.


Following weeks of intense cold weather last month, electric and natural gas customers in Iowa may get a break. Worried about the possibility of sharply higher bills resulting from the polar vortex, the Iowa Utilities Board has asked utility companies to lessen the impact.

Board spokesman Don Tormey says customers will still have to pay, but the companies may make it easier to pay.

Moline has narrowed its search for city administrator. Tuesday the mayor and city council will interview five candidates, from a pool of 42 applicants for the job.

Which-ever candidate is selected will take over from Interim City Administrator Martin Vanags who's served for nearly a year. He came to the city through a termporary agency for government jobs called GOVHR. He replaced J.D. Schulte who took the job after the previous City Administrator Lisa Kotter was forced to resign.

Bill Ruthhart, Rock Island native and Chicago Tribune political reporter, talks about the fall of former House Speaker Mike Madigan and the demise of the Chicago Machine and what it all means for residents of Downstate Illinois.

Illinois State Senator Neal Anderson

A state legislator from the Quad Cities is trying again to get rid of a state law he says is "outdated" and "redundant." For the third time, Republican Senator Neal Anderson has introduced a bill to repeal the Firearm Owners Identification Act, and eliminate the need for a FOID card to buy guns and ammunition.

He thinks modern technology makes it un-necessary.