Illinois Republicans are going all out to defeat a member of the Illinois Supreme Court. Tuesday State Chairman Tim Schneider held news conferences in several cities to announce the formation of the Vote NO on Kilbride grassroots coalition. 

Tim Carney discusses his book, Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse, and why many Trump voters view the American Dream as dead, the economic and cultural divide that separates America, and why we should be more worried about churches closing than factories closing. This book adds to the ongoing analysis of the 2016 election outcome and its meaning for America.

COVID & the Arts: Pandemic Reflections

Sep 22, 2020

With several crises occurring simultaneously, it’s obvious we’re living through some historic times. 

Writer's Block

Sep 22, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Like all humans who put words on paper, I suffer from bouts of Writer's Block. I think, how many Rock Island Lines can there be; what stories are left to tell? I've done them all.

submitted / Exelon Quad Cities Generating Station

Exelon employees, first responders, and emergency managers will be put to the test on Tuesday.

Every other year, federal and state regulators host a disaster drill at the nuclear power plant in Cordova. 

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Bettendorf to help Iowa residents whose homes were damaged by last month's derecho. 

John Deere

Black farmers used to own over 16 million acres of land in the U.S. Today, that's dropped to just 4.7 million acres, and John Deere wants to do something about it. 

submitted / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project

Crews have completed pouring concrete for the new, Iowa-bound, I-74 bridge deck.

Jay Pearce reports huge sections of the Illinois-bound bridge arch are going up a lot faster, compared to the other side last year. 

screenshot / Illinois Office of the Governor

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and leaders in Rock Island are urging people to make sure they're counted in the census.

Marianna Bacallao reports the governor came to the Martin Luther King Center on Friday to discuss the importance of the count to receive federal funding and to be represented in Congress.