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News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Dozens of people from the Quad Cities, northwestern Illinois, eastern Iowa, and beyond want to be the next president of the Riverboat Development Authority. Last month, a five member executive search team was formed to find a replacement for current President Mary Ellen Chamberlin, who plans to retire at the end of the year. The RDA owns the license for the Rhythm City casino in Davneport and distributes a share of its revenue to non-profit and community organizations. RDA board member, Frank Clark, serves on the search team and says 62 people sent resumes by the deadline, which was Sunday.

SafePath Survivor Resources

Legal help for domestic violence survivors in the Quad Cities is now just a Skype call away. Today, SafePath Survivor Resources in Moline opened the first virtual domestic violence legal clinic in the area.

Supervisor, Wendy Navarro, says domestic violence isn't just emotional and physical; it can be financial, and survivors often don't have enough money to pay for attorneys. 

Illinois State Police

 

After five years, local law enforcement agencies have helped solve a drug conspiracy case involving three states. Today, the Illinois State Police announced it helped seize $12.5 million from a narcotics ring in Illinois, California, and New York. 

State Trooper, Jason Wilson, says the case began in 2009 when a trooper conducted a routine traffic stop along I-88 in Henry County, and found over 300 pounds of marijuana.  Five people were charged with transporting narcotics from California to New York for distribution. 

Renaissance Rock Island

 

By next spring, Rock Island's College Hill neighborhood will be feature three new homes. Today, Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation held a ground breaking for the single-family homes, off 30th Street and 9th Avenue, near Augustana College. 

Renaissance Rock Island President, Brian Hollenback, says it's part of a partnership between the city and college to develop a new subdivision, made up of 52 lots. 

WVIK

 

Blankets will be available this winter for the homeless and other people in need. Today, Moline Township began distributing heavy duty wool, biodegradable blankets to groups in the Quad Cities. 

For the past 14 years, the township has received these blankets from the Department of Defense. Supervisor, Don Johnston, says this year it received 1,200--that's 300 more than last year. He says the number changes every year. 

 

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  This weekend, the Milan American Legion will remember thousands of people who died 13 years ago in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. It will hold the 6th Annual Freedom Walk tomorrow to commemorate the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Spokesman, Norman Dunlap, says last year about 25 people participated in the walk. 

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.

Moline Public Library
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  Local residents asked for it, and now they'll receive it. Starting this weekend, the Moline Public Library will be open on Sundays, from 1 to 4 pm. 

Since director, Lee Ann Fisher, started working at the library last year. She's received many requests for Sunday hours. So she and her staff decided to make that happen by closing earlier--at 8 pm instead of 9 during the week.  She says the children's and adult book sections will be open Sundays, and so will the circulation desk. 

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.

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