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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.

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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.

https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20191203_-_full_report___hpsci_impeachment_inquiry_-_20191203.pdf / U.S. House Intelligence Committee

A lawyer in private practice will soon become a judge in eastern Iowa. On Monday, Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Jeffrey Bert of Bettendorf to fill an upcoming vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District.

state of Illinois

On Midwest Week, the Illinois General Assembly just finished its fall veto session - the House and Senate were busy  even though few, if any vetoes, were actually considered.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Most local governments in the Quad Cities are waiting for checks from FEMA to help pay for flood expenses.

Because Davenport's application is more complicated, employees continue to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to document and apply for Public Assistance.

Michelle O'Neill reports presidential disaster declarations for Illinois and Iowa insure cities and counties will get at least some help paying the bills.

Vote Smart

A non-profit based in Des Moines wants you to be an informed voter. "Vote Smart" provides an expansive online database with facts about thousands of candidates and elected officials: and it's easy to navigate and understand.

WVIK News

Opponents of raising property taxes turned out in force Tuesday night to tell the Rock Island County board "no." Ahead of a vote on next year's tax levy, they urged board members to find other alternatives to raising taxes.

Center for Plain Language Website

Grades have improved for the federal government when it comes to writing in plain language. On Tuesday, the Center for Plain Language said this year's grade is a B, compared to a C last year.

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