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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.

Iowa DNR

The Iowa DNR wants to hear from the public. This month and next, it's holding REAP, or Resource Enchancement and Protection, assemblies throughout Iowa to identify possible local projects.

Michelle O'Neill & http://diymaps.net/ / WVIK News/DIYmaps.net

The US Small Business Adminstration has issued a disaster declaration for Illinois.

Michelle O'Neill reports, the designation should help households and businesses recover from record flooding earlier this year.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Davenport is working on plans for a "world class playground" on the riverfront. That's how a member of a special task force describes what will happen at Main Street Landing.

WVIK News

The Iowa State Auditor is going to look into the recent sale of a former school in Davenport. Wednesday, Rob Sand confirmed his office has been contacted about the Lincoln School and the board of education's decision to sell it for $30,000, even though there were several much higher offers.

https://www.i74riverbridge.com/newsroom/gallery.aspx / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project website

In mid-September, the I-74 bridge project manager continued to say the new, westbound lanes might open before winter.

But after a newspaper article revealed some difficult negotiations with one of its contractors, Danielle Alvarez says the Iowa-bound side won't open until much later, in the second half of next year.

That means parts of I-74 will continue to be closed in downtown Moline and Bettendorf. And drivers will have to use existing detours throughout the winter, next spring, and part of the summer.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

After oral arguments in the appeal of the Rock Island County Courthouse demolition, the head of the county board is confident the county and Public Building Commission will win. 

Chair Richard Brunk says the separation of powers gives the chief judge the authority to tear down the courthouse without getting a permit from the State Historic Preservation Office.

And he says even if the county loses the appeal, nothing in the lawsuit would prevent the demolition.

Brunk says Rock Island County's attorney told the appeals court that the board already tried and failed to find a way to re-purpose the 122-year-old courthouse for county use.

And it's not willing to sell the property.

"The long-term efficiences will be huge. It'll save taxpayers a lot of money to consolidate county facilities whether it happens in two, five, or ten years down the road." He says the savings would dwarf the revenue from property taxes from a private developer.

The board and sheriff also say the courthouse poses a threat to the security of the new justice center annex. And the property has been the site of various Rock Island County buildings since 1841.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

People in Illinois won't get any help from FEMA to recover from this year's record-breaking floods. Unless the federal agency changes its mind after an appeal from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Michelle O'Neill reports.


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