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Iowa Finance Authority

The state of Iowa is offering a lifeline to people hurt by the pandemic, but so far very few have accepted. Several weeks ago, the Iowa Finance Authority opened its eviction and  foreclosure prevention program.

The pandemic will cost Scott County some money, but not as much as some other local governments and school districts. Thursday night, Budget Director David Farmer updated the board of supervisors.

State of Illinois

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker visited a farm near the Quad Cities Wednesday to announce 50-million dollars in statewide grants to improve Broadband connections in mostly rural areas and in Chicago’s Southland.  

After a nationwide search, the Muscatine City Council has chosen three finalists for the job of City Administrator. A consultant selected the top 14 from the applications, and they were interviewed by video conference last week.

IL DOC website / Illinois Department of Corrections

A Quad Cities man is free after his conviction for killing his four-month-old son was thrown out.

Michelle O'Neill reports Nathaniel Onsrud has served 12 years of a 60-year sentence. 

State of Iowa

On Midwest Week, in a session shortened by the pandemic, the Iowa legislature finally finished work on a new budget, and approved police reforms.


A long-stalled development project in East Moline may be revived. Monday night the city council discussed possible plans to build new housing in The Quarter, located along the Mississippi River and behind the Deere Harvester Works.

The proposed sale of the county nursing home tops the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting of the Rock Island County Board. Infinity Health Care has offered four million dollars for the Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline.

Bettendorf Parks and Recreation

Hoping to make up for some of the revenue lost to the pandemic, Bettendorf may close or sell its Life Fitness Center. That's on the Monday night's agenda for the city council to discuss at the recommendation of City Administrator Decker Ploehn.


As Illinois begins to re-open, and people go back to work, they'll need safe and reliable child care. That was the message Wednesday from Governor J.B. Pritzker when he announced a sizeable portion of federal CARES Act funds will go to child care providers.