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Moline Celebrates a Good Year


Many new commercial and residential projects were completed in Moline last year, and more are in the works for this year. That was the message Monday from Mayor Scott Raes during his annual state of the city address to members of Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. 

He says financially the city is in good shape - maintaining a strong bond rating, and having a lower tax rate than both Rock Island and East Moline. 
Raes says Moline continues to fully fund its police and fire pensions, and was recently voted one of the ten "happiest" cities in Illinois. 

Joining the mayor was Planning and Development Director Ray Forsythe. He recited a long list of commercial and residential projects that are finished or underway, and that the city is working with a consultant to find new projects.

Our focus is new retail, plus "fast casual" and casual dining.

Moline's new marketing campaign is called "Take Time" - Take Time to Play, to Explore, to Discover, and Take Time to Live and Learn. 

Work is also progressing on the new passenger rail station, called "The Q," and it should be completed by December. But when trains will start coming out from Chicago is not yet known.