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The cost of living in Muscatine will probably change very little next year, thanks to small increases in property values and a stable tax rate. As the city council discusses next year's budget, city staff is recommending no change in the tax rate - for the 9th year in a row.


The Iowa Quad Cities will continue to welcome legal refugees. That was the unanimous decision by the Scott County board of supervisors this week in response to the Trump Administration's policy of allowing local governments to refuse them.

Illinois Public Radio

On Midwest Week, why ethics reform was one of the main topics for Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and his state of the state address.

State Senator Neil Anderson

Once again Neil Anderson is trying to eliminate Illinois' FOID card. The state senator from the Quad Cities has introduced his bill because he thinks the firearm owners identification card is unnecessary, and is just a costly burden for the Illinois State Police.

The Bend

East Moline took out a short-term loan to pay for its part of a major development project, now it's going to re-finance that debt to save money. Monday night the city council approved borrowing 12 million dollars over 15 years.

WVIK News / WVIK Quad Cities NPR

Some Davenport Democrats gathered in the auditorium of West High School last night (Mon) to caucus for their favorite nominees.

Public domain / Public domain

A former congressman from western Illinois has died.

Gale Schisler of London Mills, Illinois passed away on Sunday at the age of 86.

Schisler, a democrat, was first elected to the US House in 1964, and served one term representing the Quad Cities and Galesburg areas.

Tom Railsback, a republican who also died recently, defeated him.

On Midwest Week, the Hope Creek nursing home continues to be a significant problem for Rock Island County.

State of Illinois

Wednesday Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker gave his State of the State message to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate, in Springfield. / Ben Taylor on Flickr

From time to time between now and Census Day, we will be talking about various aspects "the count."  This time, Jay Pearce talks with Dave Geenen, Executive Director of the Doris and Victor Day Foundation - which is playing a lead role in an effort to get Rock Island and Scott County residents to participate.  They talk about why it is important to get an accurate count.