News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Moving Islands

1 hour ago

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Are you one of those who feels the world is going by your window too fast, blurred like a video on fast-forward? Before stress gets the best of you, pay a visit to Rock Island, and let us put you on one of the Mississippi River's moving islands.

Poppy Mallow

Aug 12, 2020

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Rock Island Lines is permitted two commercials a year. This is one of them.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Hurricane-level winds tore through the Quad Cities Monday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Quad Cities Public Works Departments have sent crews to pick up fallen trees and branches, but warn that it may take several weeks. 

Hansen's Hardware

Aug 11, 2020

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Once upon a time near Rock Island, there was a hardware store that did not take American Express. It didn’t take Visa or Mastercard, either. It took cash. And what it did with cash is an amazing story.

MidAmerican Energy

MidAmerican Energy reports that roughly 100,000 homes in the Quad Cities don't have power - nearly 50,000 on the Iowa side, compared to 52,000 homes on the Illinois side. Across the state, nearly 260,000 MidAmerican homes are without power.

Friends of Off-Road Cycling

Work will begin soon to build a new shelter on Sylvan Island in Moline. The city's Park and Recreation board has approved plans by the Friends of Off-Road Cycling.

The Front Porch

Aug 10, 2020

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Everywhere along our valley, the front porch is an endangered species. The new suburban homes in the better developments rippling out across the countryside festoon themselves with postage stamp patios and multi-level decks, but never a front porch. In the older neighborhoods, one by one, the front porches are being remodeled into extra rooms or ripped off to be replaced by anemic front stoops.

The Cities - Pgm #1037

Aug 8, 2020

The Sauk Trail

Aug 7, 2020

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In patches of virgin Illinois woods near Rock Island, one can still find remnants of the Sauk Indian Trail at least two hundred years old. This trail once ran from the nearby Indian village of Saukenuk, across Illinois to the tip of Lake Michigan, and from there north to the English fort at Malden, Canada.

Rock Island Arts Commission

Something surprising will appear in Rock Island the next time it rains. Members of the Arts Commission have started stenciling messages of encouragment on sidwalks around the city that will only become visible when they're wet.