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In a tweet yesterday, the Iowa Department of Transportation said a dozen of its snowplows were hit while half a foot of snow fell. The message also reminded drivers to be careful and give "snowfighters" more room to get roads cleared, and it included a link to this video.

Davenport Dept of Public Works

Instead of having to search for the information online, or call the city, Davenport is now offering to notify residents when snow emergencies are in effect. More than 200 people have signed up so far to receive automated text messages and voice messages when parking is prohibited on snow routes.

New Moline Parks Director

Dec 22, 2014

A new director of parks and recreation will take over early next month in Moline. Today the park board approved the hiring of Bernita Reese.

WVIK Staff

After a successful year, the leaders of the Family Museum in Bettendorf have been promoted. Today Mayor Bob Gallagher announced director Jeff Reiter will become director of Economic Development for the city, and assistant director, Kim Kidwell, will take over as director.

The Rock Island Police Department has ended its investigation of a sexual assault reported by an Augustana College student. 

Rock Island County is going to borrow some money to make sure it can pay its bills early next year. Tuesday night, the county board approved issuing tax anticipation warrants for up to 2 million dollars.

Collaborative enterprise zone for IL cities

Dec 15, 2014

Rock Island is teaming up with nearby towns in the Illinois Quad Cities to encourage economic growth. The cities of Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis, and Milan, plus Rock Island County, are applying to the state for a new enterprise zone, which would give incentives for business investment.Jeff Eder, assistant city manager for Rock Island, says this is the first time the city has teamed up with others to create an enterprise zone. 

The new collaborative enterprise zone would replace the current one, which expires at the end of next year.

WVIK Staff

Biological evidence may help find the killer of a baby who's body was found in Moline 22 years ago. First degree murder charges have been filed - not against a person - but against a DNA profile - in the case of Baby April who was born and died in April of 1992.

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell could be eligible to receive a large sum of money when she leaves prison. WNIJ's Jenna Dooley spoke with Sauk Valley Media's Matt Mencarini who has been reporting on the case.

Sauk Valley Media's Matt Mencarini talks about Rita Crundwell's pensions

With the death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, it would seem that the next step is for the Governor to appoint a successor.  However, election officials are unsure about the process:

The constitution says the governor would choose someone to fill out the term until the next election. Except the term ends January 12  and an election has already been held.   State Board of Elections Director Rupert Borgsmiller says they are not sure how to handle it:

"Nobody knows at this point by looking at the  constitution and the election code itself"