The Great Quad Cities Listen

For nearly two centuries, Quad Citizens have here come here from all over the world and from all walks of life. The Great Quad Cities Listen is an attempt to collect and share all of our many diverse stories. By sharing our stories with one another, we hope to not only gain in civic pride, but more than this build connections and create a more compassionate Quad Cities.

These stories will be shared with StoryCorps and archived in the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps' mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Made possible by support from the Joyce & Tony Singh Family Foundation.

Lagomarcino's has been in business in Moline since 1908, adding the Davenport location in 1997. Listen in on Beth and Tom Lagomarcino, current owners and grandchildren of the founder Angelo Lagomarcino, as they tell about how this great Quad Cities' tradition began.

17 years ago, Dimetrius and Demetriyone Singleton met Mary Ann McLeod in Bethany's Boys to Men program as United Township High School students. Now they run the Quad Cities Blue Raiders non-profit basketball organization. They credit their passion for giving back to Quad Cities youth to Mary Ann's guidance and Bethany's programs.

Benjamin Payne

Davenport-based magician T.J. Regul, who goes by the stage name "The Quad City Magician," found his passion for magic while working at a group home for special-needs children in the Chicago suburbs.

Tracy White founded Well Suited QC, a mentorship program that brings together African-American boys and teenagers from disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Quad Cities with African-American men. The mentors share not only advice, but hope: many of the men found themselves in difficult life situations in their childhoods, just like the boys in the group.

Courtesy of "Love, Girls Magazine"

When Jasmine Babers was a sophomore at Rock Island High School, she founded Love, Girls Magazine, a quarterly publication "for girls, by girls", in which girls and young women age 13 to 22 do all of the writing and photography for an audience of their peers.

Jared Johnson / WVIK

As a coordinator for Iowa Resource for International Service, Emerald Johnson helps place high school exchange students with families in the Quad Cities. Two such students from the past school year were Meghann Hall from South Africa and Hooria Tariq from Pakistan. The three spoke at the studios of WVIK as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen to talk about the students' experiences learning about American—and Quad Cities—culture.

Courtesy Megan Severson

Moline resident Nick Huyten grew up under Nazi occupation in Holland for the first few years of his life. Nick was interviewed by his daughter, Tonya, for The Great Quad Cities Listen at the studios of WVIK to share his childhood memories.

'Black Students Didn't Feel Like They Had A Voice'

Feb 9, 2018

Joy and Gaye Shannon were new to the Quad Cities when they became students at Rock Island High School in the early 1970s. 

It was a time when political tension and unfair treatment of African American students persisted in schools. In 1972, this angst resulted in a week of unrest at Rock Island High School — often referred to as the Rocky riots.

Courtesy of Alli Haskill

Rock Island High School juniors Amber and Amy Haskill were separated by the foster system for four years, forced to live with separate families. The twins doubted they would ever get to live with each other again, let alone be adopted before they turned 18.

Courtesy of Brendan Iglehart

Of the more than 30 countries that Davenport native and resident Brendan Iglehart has visited, perhaps none is more shrouded in secrecy than North Korea.