News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Galena, the Backwards

Jan 8, 2021

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Galena, Illinois, a hundred miles upriver, must be one of the more unusual small towns along the Upper Mississippi River. When Galena found herself further and further behind in the frantic race toward the twenty-first century, with wider streets, brighter lights, more super stores and mega malls, she stopped for a breather, and then began running backwards toward the nineteenth century.

City of Davenport

An effort by Davenport to stabilize and strengthen its neigborhoods appears to be working. Since it began nearly one year ago, 65 groups have joined the Good Neighbor Project.

Glorious Fourth

Jan 7, 2021

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If you are old enough, you may remember the good old days when the 4th of July was still called "The Glorious Fourth"—those days when it was still possible to set off rockets and cherry bombs and make some real noise. Sparklers and cones that give off six seconds of green smoke are hardly glorious.

Dickens' Son

Jan 6, 2021

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What follows is a tale of two cities: London, England, and Moline, Illinois. Each city has its own version of the tale. Only this last paragraph is the same: On a terrace in Moline's Riverside Cemetery, high in the bluffs above Moline, in Lot No. 1,235, under an epitaph that reads "take ye heed, watch and pray, for ye know not when the time is," lies Captain Francis Jeffrey Dickens, an officer in the Canadian Mounted Police and the third son of the English novelist, Charles Dickens.

Kira Fox and Brianna Haney discuss the truth about historically black colleges, writing, filmaking and finding the courage to pursue your dreams with former LGM writer, Jasmine McCaskill.


Jan 5, 2021

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One of the most enduring of American characters is the tinkerer, that small-time amateur inventor who turns bits of junk into strange but often workable machines that fly or kill mice or slice bread. Most remain unknown except to very patient spouses, but a few, like the Wright brothers, tinker their way into history.


Jan 4, 2021

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Between 1933 and 1939, the entire Upper Mississippi from St. Louis to St. Paul changed personalities, courtesy of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Until 1933, the Mississippi was a wild river, coming and going as it pleased, creating islands and washing them away, teasing steamboats. In that year a dam and two locks were completed between Davenport and Rock Island—a massive structure looking like it was fresh off a solidarity poster.

The Cities - Pgm #1106

Jan 2, 2021

The Easy Chair

Jan 1, 2021

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The City of Rock Island might well have become the chair capitol of the world, had it not been for an actress named Lilian Lewis.

Lincoln and Cartwright

Dec 31, 2020

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If the following story is not true, it should be. It involves two Illinois folk heroes, Abraham Lincoln and the traveling evangelist, Peter Cartwright. Most counties in Illinois have Lincoln and Cartwright stories. We Rock Islanders deserve ours. The story began as unsubstantiated rumor, but by the time Carl Sandburg wrote his biography of Lincoln, it had become fact.