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Scott County

Tony Knobbe will lead the Scott County Board of Supervisors for another year. Thursday morning, he was elected chair during the board's annual organizational meeting. 

Twelve people from across the state have applied for a vacancy on the Iowa Supreme Court. It's due to the recent death of Chief Justice Mark Cady.

A tiny change in property taxes, and a big budget deficit, are key features of next year's budget for East Moline. Monday night, aldermen approved a 43.3 million dollar budget for the fiscal year beginning January first.

US House

The two members of Congress who represent the Quad Cities have decided to vote "yes" on the articles of impeachment. Tuesday Dave Loebsack who represents Iowa's Second District, and Cheri Bustos from Illinois' 17th, announced how they will vote Wednesday when the House is expected to take a formal vote. 

It will probably cost more to live in Rock Island next year, but the increase will be smaller than initially proposed. Monday night, the city council will consider raising the property tax rate 3.9 per cent, compared to the recommendation from city staff to raise it 6.7 per cent. 

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The I-74 bridge project team wants to know what you think about a proposed detour for Illinois-bound traffic.

On Wednesday, the team held an open house using a video and many posters to explain the plan which may be implemented next year.

Devin Hansen

Former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans is the subject of a new biography. Devin Hansen of Rock Island says it took eight years, plus two years to find a publisher, to finally release "Guts: The Lane Evans Story."

It will probably cost more to live in Rock Island next year. Monday night, the city council will hold a public hearing on next year's tax levy, and consider raising the charges for treating waste water and storm water.

Herb Trix / WVIK News

Even though Disaster Loan Outreach Centers have closed, Illinois residents affected by flooding may still apply for low interest loans.

Last month, the Small Business Administration issued a disaster declaration for Rock Island, Stephenson, Jersey, and Alexander counties (with eligibility applying to those four counties and 13 adjacent counties). The agency operated four outreach centers through late last week.

YouMail: robocall index

If you're tired of receiving nuisance phone calls, Congress may be willing to help. Wednesday, the House approved the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, and sent it to the Senate.