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River Action is encouraging cities, counties, and other agencies to help lower the cost of flood insurance for residents of the Quad Cities.

Next week in Moline, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold a four-day training so employees of local governments can earn certification as flood plain managers. Michelle O'Neill reports it's led by FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 

Work has started on the Scott County budget for next year. On Tuesday, staff made their first presentation to the board of supervisors, and that'll be followed by several study sessions, leading up to final approval in March.

Remembering Tom Railsback

Jan 22, 2020
Tom Railsback website

Former Illinois Republican Congressman Tom Railsback, who represented the Quad Cities for 16 years, has died. He was 87.


Rock Island County now has an official offer to buy the courthouse. Tuesday night, local real estate developer Joe Lemon presented his offer to the county board - for 500,000 dollars, with a commitment to invest 8 million to renovate and restore the 124-year old building.

City of Davenport

Davenport hopes creating another historic district will lead to even more development downtown. Wednesday night, the city council will consider backing an application for the National Register of Historic Places.

The City of Moline wants to make it easier for residents to monitor city government. City Council meetings are now recorded and available online, along with updated financial information. 

Annette Elizabeth Allen

The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

state of Illinois

On Midwest Week, how a freedom of information request led to a new state government scandal in Illinois.


Moline has gone to court, hoping to force the owner of some downtown property to pay up. Monday the city filed a lawsuit against the owner of River Station, the Kaizen Company of America, claiming it owes back rent, plus fees and interest.


The city of Rock Island is in good shape financially, but must continue to look for new revenue and control spending. That was the message Monday from Mayor Mike Thoms during his annual state of the city address to a joint meeting of Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.