Government & Politics

Goverment & Political news

Seeking to resolve police brutality, racial injustice, and inequality in the Quad-Cities, Community Activist Thurgood Brooks presented a 10-point plan called The Resolution at a rally recently held outside of Second Baptist Church in Rock Island. At this rally he assembled politicians, residents, and community leaders, as well as a large number of concerned citizens.

There, he asked residents to trust him and hold him accountable for carrying out this plan and promised to hold those in power accountable as well.


The effort to save the old Rock Island County courthouse has won a round in court. Thursday the Third District Appellate Court ruled in favor of some local residents and state agencies, and against the county which has been trying to demolish it.

Residents of Scott County will soon be able to request absentee ballots for the November election. Request forms will mailed in mid-August.

City of Davenport

After being delayed several months by the pandemic, work on the Census will resume. Starting soon, postcard reminders will be mailed to everyone who hasn't responded yet, and Census enumerators will begin going door to door in August. 

Clinton County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's deputies in Clinton County are now wearing body cameras. The new equipment has been two years in the making for Chief Deputy Steve Diesch, who worked with the county attorney's office to research and write policies. 


COVID-19 testing in Rock Island has been extended by two days. The site opened on June 29th, and was originally scheduled to close this Friday. But now, it will continue through Sunday (7/12).  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A member of the Scott County board wants to require residents to wear face masks when out in public. Tomorrow, Ken Croken will ask fellow supervisors to approve his motion to require masks when social distancing is not possible or impractical. That would follow guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

City of Muscatine

A woman from Colorado will likely be the next city administrator for Muscatine. Carol Webb, the Deputy Utilities Director for the city of Fort Collins, has accepted an offer subject to signing a contract, and formal approval by the Muscatine city council.

City of Davenport

Thanks to the pandemic, Davenport Mayor Mike Matson had to make a different kind of presentation for his first state of the city address. Instead of having lunch with some service clubs and making a power point presentation, he made a video highliting different parts of the city.

Illinois State Treasurer

Help is available for small non-profit organizations in Illinois that provide food and housing. Applications are now being accepted for the Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund, run by the state treasurer's office.