Herb Trix

News Director, Host All Things Considered and Midwest Week

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.

While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS.

Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.

Herb resides in Moline with his wife Diane, and their dog Augie.

Illinois General Assembly

Time is running out for residents of Illinois who want to have a "say" in the redistricting process. Friday night the House Redistricting Committee will hold one of its final hearings virtually.

State Representative Mike Halpin from Rock Island says this only happens once every ten years following a new federal census - drawing new congressional and legislative maps.

Vaccine Variations

Apr 15, 2021

If you get your Covid vaccine at the Rock Island County mass vaccination clinic in Milan, through May 20, there will be something special that’s literally music to your ears.

Taking a cue from famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s recent impromptu performance during his Covid vaccine observation period, the Rock Island County Health Department and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra are partnering to bring live music to the mass vaccination site at Camden Centre in Milan.

New Leader for Botanical Center

Apr 14, 2021
Quad City Botanical Center

After working for Quad City Botanical Center since its beginning 23 years ago, Ami Porter is leaving the nonprofit in Rock Island, and the Quad-Cities.

Porter – who joined as facilities manager in 1998 and has been chief executive since 2007 – is moving in May to northern Wisconsin, where she and her husband (Marshall Porter, who retired as general manager of WHBF-TV last year) bought a house.

Knox College

One of the leaders of Illinois' response to the pandemic will be the featured speaker for Knox College's commencement in June. Tuesday the college announced the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Doctor Ngozi Ezike, will speak to graduates and their families on June 5th.

QCSO Podcast "Because"

Apr 13, 2021

From the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Marc Zyla has started a new podcast called "Because."

Inspired by the 2019 children’s book of the same name, Zyla launched “Because” in early March, with new episodes released every other Monday, peeling back the curtain on the classical music world. A 35-year-old West Virginia native, he plays principal horn with the QCSO, as well as working as director of education and community engagement, and is the orchestra personnel manager.

Bison Bridge Foundation

A man known for cleaning up rivers in America has just announced his latest "big idea." Chad Pregracke wants to save the current I-80 Bridge if it's replaced, and turn it into Bison Bridge.

Pregracke says it all started about 25 years ago when he hired a plane to take him up over the bridge and interchange on the Illinois side, in Rapids City. Then five years go, a tornado tore through the interchange, breaking and blowing down trees. He and his group, Living Lands and Waters, have been trying to restore it ever since.

For the next month, homeowners in Davenport can get a free smoke alarm from the Red Cross, and installed by the fire department.

Public Education Officer Lieutenant Zach Soliz says this is the third year the department has worked with the Red Cross on the program called Sound the Alarm. The reason is simple - smoke alarms save lives.

Saint Ambrose University

Eight months after it was completed, Saint Ambrose University in Davenport has celebrated the latest major building project on campus. Thursday it held a formal dedication for the expansion and remodeling of McMullen Hall.

It's located on the southwest corner of the campus, at Gaines and West Locust streets.

The $8.6 million project includes nearly 16,000 square feet of new space for classrooms and learning labs, with another 22,000 square feet of remodeled interior space housing faculty offices and a dean’s suite.

Western Illinois University

On Midwest Week, what is the future of Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities ? Why are some local leaders thinking about replacing the university ?

Herb Trix's guest is Barb Ickes, reporter and columnist for the Quad City Times and Dispatch-Argus.

You can also hear Midwest Week Fridays on WVIK at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered.

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the mayor of Davenport in a dispute with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. In a 4 to 1 decision, justices said the mayor can remove a commissioner without a specific reason. Or legally speaking, without "a showing of cause."

In December, 2017, Mayor Frank Klipsch appointed Nicole Bribriesco-Ledger for a two-year term on the Civil Rights Commission. Then in April of 2019, he notified her and three other members that he had removed them from the commission. She contested her removal and went to court.