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Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

(Updated 3/22/2019)

The plaintiffs in the Rock Island County courthouse lawsuit are not giving up. The five historic preservation groups and two individuals are appealing a judge's dismissal of their case earlier this week. And their lawyer filed the appeal on Thursday in Rock Island.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A contractor may soon begin tearing down the Rock Island County courthouse.

This afternoon, Peoria County Judge Jodi Hoos dismissed a lawsuit filed by preservation groups and individuals who want to prevent demolition of the 122-year-old building. / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project website

As drivers get used to the I-74 detour in Moline, more police officers are making sure traffic runs as smoothly as possible. Today is the first day Iowa-bound I-74 is closed to allow expanding it to three lanes, along with building ramps and connecting it to the new bridge over the Mississippi River. / FEMA's National Flood Hazard Layer Viewer

If you think your homeowners insurance covers flooding, think again. As snow melts, rain falls, and rivers rise this spring, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding people to learn about flood insurance and buy appropriate coverage.

Michelle O'Neill has more.

I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Project

The mayor of Moline wants to make sure downtown businesses continue to thrive during the most challenging period of bridge construction.

Michelle O'Neill reports Stephanie Acri has told federal officials they should prepare for more gridlock than they planned for. / I-74 River Bridge

A lot more traffic changes will be implemented as work continues on the new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge. Project managers want drivers to prepare for the existing Iowa-bound bridge to be restricted to just one lane of local traffic. Or to avoid it altogether.

Darrow Named Chief Judge

Mar 12, 2019
Central District of Illinois

A federal judge based in the Quad Cities has been promoted. Tuesday, the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois announced Sara Darrow is the new chief judge for the district.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Moline says President Donald Trump's 2020 budget as proposed would effectively undermine "the health and wellbeing of seniors and families." / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project website

People who drive through the Quad Cities on Interstate 74 should be prepared for delays and road construction.

Michelle O'Neill reports a contractor has started a key part of building a new, $1.2 billion bridge over the Mississippi River.

WVIK News / WVIK Quad Cities NPR

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker defended his newly proposed graduated income tax plan during a visit to the Quad Cities today.