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Jessica Bruder discusses her book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century and her trek from research to living and working with ‘workampers’—a growing subgroup of downwardly mobile older Americans. A story of both uplift and struggle.

Moritz Retires Early

Mar 11, 2021
Scott County

More than a year before her current term is up, Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz has decided to retire. On Wednesday she announced her last day in office will be April 23rd.

Moritz blames her early retirement on the increasing demands of the job especially during last year's primary and general election. "Not only did we face the constant barrage of lies and innuendos in regards to the security and integrity of elections, but name calling and physical threats."

Residents of Davenport are invited to help the city plan the future of its parks and recreation facilities. Thursday night it'll hold a virtual town hall meeting as it works on updating its long-range master plan.

Director of Parks and Recreation, Chad Dyson, says the goal of the meeting is to introduce people to an online portal called Social Pinpoint where they can submit comments and suggestions.

"Say I really like the playground at Emeis Park, or I really think Glen Armil Park should have the playground replaced."

Madeleine Doubek, executive director of CHANGE Illinois, provides an update on the push for Fair Maps in Illinois and the chances for success with new legislative leadership. She also discusses other reform proposals, including nonpartisan blanket primaries, ethics reform and abuse of succession practices.

WVIK News

The Bettendorf city council will hold the first of two public hearings Tuesday night on the proposed budget for next year.

Finance Director Jason Schadt says the 119 million dollar budget would be nearly the same as this year's, except for some new hiring.

"The FY21-22 budget adds three police officers, so we're really happy to be able to work that in without a property tax levy increase. This is three new positions."

Residents of Rock Island County can help reduce the size of the county board. This week, the board will hold two, virtual town hall meetings on re-apportionment and cutting the number of seats.

One of the town halls will be held Monday night, and the second on Thursday night, and both from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Attendees will hear from three panelists on the re-apportionment process, and be able to ask questions. The public can attend via Zoom, or by phone, with the Zoom and call-in information posted on the Rock Island County home page.

Terry Teachout, drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, talks about his book Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong. He describes Armstrong’s significant impact on American culture, his upbringing, Chicago and Harlem years, criticisms of his style, and, of course, the songs he’ll be most remembered for.

state of Illinois

On Midwest Week, the governor of Illinois presents his budget proposals for next year and their possible impact on state residents and businesses.

Herb Trix's guest is Hannah Meisel, statehouse reporter in Springfield for Illinois Public Radio.

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

  Paul Kendrick will discuss his latest book, Nine Days: The Race to Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election, that he co-authored with his father, Stephen Kendrick. While JFK’s call to Coretta Scott King is well-known, the authors reveal little-known details of the behind-the-scene effort that led to the call and the enormous political consequences.

Quad Cities River Bandits

Some local officials think the Quad Cities would be a great location for a mass COVID vaccination site. And they're hoping the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will agree as they implement President Biden's plan to open up to 100 centers across the country.

A member of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, Ken Croken, points to the Quad Cities' central location, and the minor league baseball stadium in downtown Davenport.

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