City of Rock Island

The former YMCA in downtown Rock Island is now a local landmark. The Rock Island Preservation Commission has approved the designation for the building at 5th Avenue and 20th Street, now owned by Dan Vinar Furniture.

The Battle of Bad Axe

Sep 24, 2020

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For a nine-year-old cowboy—me in the 1940s—there was no badder bad guy than an Indian. Cap guns blazing, my buddies and I regularly put away dozens of Indians every summer evening, skillfully avoiding a massacre.

During the pandemic, Rock Island and Scott county officials will help voters stay safe during the November election. 

Goodbye Nala

Sep 23, 2020
Niabi Zoo

A long-time and popular resident of the Niabi Zoo has died. On Monday, a 17 year old female African Lion, Nala, was euthanized due to her advanced bone cancer. 

Quad City International Airport

Traffic at the Quad City International Airport fell slightly between July and August as the summer travel season ended. But it's still down sharply from the same month a year ago before the pandemic.

Despite the pandemic, one school in the Quad Cities continues to hold in-person classes five days a week. Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf has 200 students in pre-school through 12th grade, and as of its fourth week of classes no positive coronavirus cases.

In addition to this year’s coronavirus pandemic, catastrophic unemployment, social isolation, and extreme weather, the nation has been convulsed for months over the Black Lives Matter movement and related protests. United Way Quad Cities has capitalized on this unique time to offer a 21-Day Equity Challenge.

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In July of 1863, Union troops arrived on this island to build a prison. By December, some 5,600 Confederates—many captured during the Battle of Lookout Mountain—had arrived here to face one of the worst winters on record in Rock Island. By March, 679 prisoners had died.