New Leader for Botanical Center

Apr 14, 2021
Quad City Botanical Center

After working for Quad City Botanical Center since its beginning 23 years ago, Ami Porter is leaving the nonprofit in Rock Island, and the Quad-Cities.

Porter – who joined as facilities manager in 1998 and has been chief executive since 2007 – is moving in May to northern Wisconsin, where she and her husband (Marshall Porter, who retired as general manager of WHBF-TV last year) bought a house.

Knox College

One of the leaders of Illinois' response to the pandemic will be the featured speaker for Knox College's commencement in June. Tuesday the college announced the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Doctor Ngozi Ezike, will speak to graduates and their families on June 5th.

Saint Ambrose University

Eight months after it was completed, Saint Ambrose University in Davenport has celebrated the latest major building project on campus. Thursday it held a formal dedication for the expansion and remodeling of McMullen Hall.

It's located on the southwest corner of the campus, at Gaines and West Locust streets.

The $8.6 million project includes nearly 16,000 square feet of new space for classrooms and learning labs, with another 22,000 square feet of remodeled interior space housing faculty offices and a dean’s suite.

Western Illinois University

On Midwest Week, what is the future of Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities ? Why are some local leaders thinking about replacing the university ?

Herb Trix's guest is Barb Ickes, reporter and columnist for the Quad City Times and Dispatch-Argus.

You can also hear Midwest Week Fridays on WVIK at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered.

Davenport School District

The Davenport School Board violated the state constitution when it sold a former school to a non-profit organization. That's the conclusion of State Auditor Rob Sand after looking into the sale of Lincoln Elementary School in 2019 to Together Making a Better Community, an affiliate of the Third Missionary Baptist Church.

Sand says the board agreed to sell it for 30,000 dollars, and turned down a much higher bid, for 290,000 dollars, from a private developer.


A new agreement will make it easier for community college students in eastern Iowa to continue their studies at a four-year institution. Tuesday Augustana College and the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges introduced "Augustana Next."

Augustana Provost Wendy Hilton-Morrow says when students apply to the community colleges, they can also apply to Augustana.

Rock Island School District

With help from Mediacom, students in the Rock Island schools now have better access to the internet. The company has made its equipment available so there are many more hot spots available throughout the district.

Troy Bevans, I-T Director for the district, says when the pandemic began, students could use all the schools as "homework hot spots" for internet access, and a few businesses volunteered to help. But that left a lot of areas without coverage.

A woman with extensive experience in parochial and public schools will be the next Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Davenport. This summer, Lynne Devaney will succeed Lee Morrison who's going to retire.

She's looking forward to returning to Catholic education, after working for the past five years as Director of Humanities for the public schools in Appleton, Wisconsin.