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.

- today's the deadline to register to vote in the Illinois primary on March 17,


Property taxes for residents of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges district will probably go down next year. Monday night the board of trustees will consider a recommendation to lower the tax rate by about 16 per cent.

- the Iowa Democratic party chooses a new leader,

On Midwest Week, about ten days later, we're still waiting for final results from the Iowa Caucuses.


"We're working hard to try to keep East Moline on the map." That was the message Thursday from Mayor Reggie Freeman during his annual State of the City address to members of the Rotary Club.

Iowa Attorney General

A telemarketing firm based in the Quad Cities can no longer do business, and must pay a large fine. That was the ruling this week from a judge in Des Moines in the case of Alphonso Barnum of Davenport, members of his family, other associates, and 10 companies.

ACLU of Illinois

Several police officers are being sued in federal court following their arrest of a black college student traveling through the Quad Cities last year. Jaylan Butler filed the suit in federal court last month, accusing the officers of participating in unlawful conduct or failing to stop the other officers from engaging in unlawful conduct.  

Bloomberg 2020

One of the newer entrants in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is making a major investment in Illinois. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg plans to  open 14 campaign offices in the state, with 80 staff members.

National Weather Service

Following last year's record flooding, and the potential for more this year, the city of Davenport may buy some extra insurance. Wednesday night the city council will consider buying additional policies for Union Station, the Freight House, and Modern Woodmen Park.


With spring, and another possible record spring flood approaching, the city of Moline is getting ready. Workers are inspecting and servicing equipment, and making sure everything's prepared.