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.

      A Quad Cities theatre group wants to set up an endowment fund to help insure its future. Today the Genesius Guild announced its first major endowment campaign.      Executive Director Doug Tschopp says the goal of their two year campaign called "Pushing 60" is to raise $500,000 to support their unique summer theatre program in Lincoln Park in Rock Island.

     He says the fund drive has a substantial head start thanks to a major grant from Bechtel Trusts and already has reached $281,000.

WVIK Staff

Continuing its emphasis on conservation, the US Department of Agriculture has awarded some new grants for Illinois, Iowa, and 29 other states. Today Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement at a farm in Rock Island County.He says the 15.7 million dollars from the Conservation Innovation Grant program will help universities, non-profits, and other groups develop new conservation methods. 

Vilsack says one of the key challenges farmers are starting to face now is changing weather patterns.

Premiering Bettendorf

Sep 10, 2014

     The City of Bettendorf is asking residents for help with long-term planning. Tuesday, city staff will be on hand during an open house to discuss the initiative called, "Premiering Bettendorf."  The open house will focus on neighborhoods with potential for growth, such as the area from 53rd Street north to Interstate 80. Bettendorf officials want to know where residents would like streets and highways to be improved, and what kinds of amenities they want, such as parks and trails.

Bettendorf Library Renovations

Sep 10, 2014

Patrons are enjoying more space and convenience at a local library. Monday, city officials and others cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of renovations at the Bettendorf Public Library.Director, Sue Mannix, says while the square footage of the library has not changed, it's easier to use.    Mannix says the biggest improvement is the accessibility to different technologies. Wi-fi is available for all patrons, along with charging stations, to support individual devices.  The 1.5 million dollar project began last summer.

Tom Terronez

A vacant landmark in downtown Davenport will soon get some new tenants. Two companies now in Bettendorf will move later this year into the Schneff building, at the corner of 3rd and Brady Streets.Tom Terronez is the founder and owner of Terrostar Inter-active Media which specializes in web design and online marketing, and Medix Dental which installs and supports computers and other technology for dentists.He wanted to move downtown, and he liked the former bank and jewelry store.

His companies now employ 17 people. 

Foundation Hires New Leader

Sep 5, 2014

As the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend celebrates its 50th anniversary, it's also welcoming a new leader. This week, Sherry Ristau officially started work as president and CEO. Ristau comes from the Quad Cities after more than 20 years as president and CEO of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, a foundation that served southwestern Minnesota. It administerred 100 funds with assets of about 80 million dollars. In her new job, she will manage more than 900 funds, totalling 120 million dollars.

This week on Midwest Week, a look at casino gambling in the Quad Cities - how healthy is it, and how the business might change in the coming years.Herb Trix's guest is Jeff Ignatius, managing editor of the River Cities Reader.

BHS Stadium Improvements

Sep 4, 2014

Major improvements to the athletic facilities at Bettendorf High School have just been completed.

Perez Death Arrest

Sep 4, 2014

A fatal hit and run crash from six months ago may have been solved. Wednesday, state police arrested 41 year old Maria Romero of Rockford in connection with the death last March of 17 year old Emilio Perez.Perez was walking along I-88 near Joslin when a car hit him and drove away.State Police Master Sergeant Chris Endress says new evidence released last week resulted in an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers and that led to Romero and her vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe.

The fatal shooting of a Davenport man last month was justified.