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Dale Maharidge, Pulitzer Prize winner, author, journalist and academic, talks about his latest book F**cked at Birth: Recalibrating the American Dream for the 2020s. He tells the story of the title of the book and its relation to his cross country drive that explores our nation increasing class divide.

A weekly hand-out of free food for people in need in the Quad Cities is going to move, but only a couple of blocks.

Scott County Supervisor Ken Croken says since October, the USDA's Farmer to Families Food Box Program has been held each Friday at the intersection of Taylor and Third streets in downtown Davenport. But Friday it'll be held instead in the nearby Florian Keen parking lot at Modern Woodmen Park.

"Allows us to offer facilities to the volunteers who get cold and need shelter from time to time. And also moves the traffic off the public streets."

Senator Dick Durbin

Despite its huge cost, Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin says Congress must approve the president's economic rescue plan.

Speaking to reporters just hours after the Senate approved the 1.9 trillion dollar plan early Friday morning, he says many Americans are desperate for help. And the bill would help them by raising federal unemployment benefits by 400 dollars a week.

  Michael Lind talks about his latest book, The New Class War: Saving Democracy From the Managerial Elite. He shows how the decline of trade unions, churches and grassroots political parties disempowered the working class and offers ideas on how Western democracies can include working class majorities in politics, the economy and culture to overcome class warfare.

Property taxes for residents of Davenport will probably not go up next year, and could even go down. Wednesday night the city council discussed setting the maximum tax rate at $16.78 per $1,000 of taxable value - the same as this year.

Chief Financial Officer Mallory Merritt says that's despite some wage increases required by city worker contracts and cost increases for some of the services the city provides.

Rick Perlstein, author of an epic series of books tracing the rise of the modern American conservative movement, talks about his latest book, Reaganland, as well as the linkage of Trumpism to that era, changes in news coverage during the 1970s (hint: Roone Arledge), the impact of culture (movies and TV) on politics and the role of race relations on politics since the 60s.

Moline Grad Plays for Inauguration

Jan 28, 2021
Marine Band

Wednesday, January 20 was a big day for Moline native Elisabeth Plunk and 58 of her musical colleagues in the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The 41-year-old principal flutist – and Master Sergeant – played for her fifth U.S. presidential inauguration.

Rock Island may bring in some outside help to manage its downtown. Monday night the city council will consider hiring the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Mike Thoms says this public private partnership would be similar to partnerships already in effect in Davenport, Bettendorf, and Moline. A key responsibility for the chamber's downtown manager would be to improve relations with businesses and business owners.

Nathan Kalmoe, Associate Professor of Political Communication at LSU, talks about his recent book With Ballots and Bullets: Partisanship and Violence in the American Civil War and its very relevant applications to the current political landscape. He also challenges some long-held myths about the war and especially Lincoln’s reelection in 1864.

A couple of Quad Cities lawmakers split their votes on a new criminal justice reform bill in Illinois.

Michelle O'Neill has more.