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Why 2015 Was a Good Year for Rock Island

WVIK Staff

A balanced budget, strong bond rating, and stable tax rate are all highlights of last year in Rock Island. That's according to Mayor Dennis Pauley who gave his annual state of the city address Tuesday to a joint meeting of Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

The long list of accomplishments includes major projects by various city departments, plus new, and expanding local companies. And Walmart signed a contract to build a new superstore on 11th Street.
Pauley says Mother Nature also helped Rock Island last year.

No flooding by the Mississippi so Public Works could start work sooner on projects.

In addition, the police department has moved into its new headquarters, with new and modern equipment, and an improved national rating for the fire department means lower insurance costs for home and business owners. 

Mayor Pauley also announced a new grocery store will open by April downtown - in the 16-hundred block of 2nd Avenue.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.