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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. 

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.