News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Spread the Relief

Apr 20, 2021

Residents of the Quad Cities who have received stimulus checks, but don't really need them, should consider helping those who have been hurt by the pandemic. That's the goal of a campaign called "Spread the Relief," led by several religious and social service organizations.

Rabbi Henry Karp, from One Human Family, says millions of Americans have lost their jobs, lost access to health care, and can't afford food and housing. While others like him received a stimulus check but don't really need it.

General Rodman

Apr 20, 2021

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When Brigadier General Thomas J. Rodman arrived on Rock Island in 1865 to complete the long-delayed Rock Island Arsenal building at the downstream tip of the island, he was already famous in military circles. He had invented the Rodman Gun, a cannon that lasted as much as twenty times longer than conventional cannon. It was the most formidable weapon of the Civil War.

The Poor House

Apr 19, 2021

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Whenever I wake to one of those cold, blizzardy mornings tempting me to call in sick, a childhood song floats into my mind. "Over the hill to the poor house." I'm up, shaved, and off to work in ten minutes. The only place worse than hell in my Midwest Lutheran home was the county poor home.

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Apr 17, 2021

Henry Kahl

Apr 16, 2021

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Henry C. Kahl was born poor in a cottage in northwest Davenport, Iowa. He was never a Boy Scout, he was not in school long enough for the deportment side of the report card to instill in him the Protestant work ethic, and there's no indication that he ever read Ben Franklin. It's almost as if Henry knew instinctively that the American dream of "rags to riches" required something more than dreaming.


Apr 15, 2021

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"Chippiannock" is a Sauk Indian word meaning "city of the dead," a fit name for the city of Rock Island's first cemetery, ninety-five acres lying on a plateau not far from Saukenuk, where the war chief Black Hawk grew up. The place was originally called Manitou Ridge because of the Indians' belief that here the Great Spirit spread his wings among the hills to keep floods away.

Frederick Schwatka

Apr 14, 2021

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When Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in 1826 to study its new citizens, he was amazed at their restlessness—moving an average of once every five years—an average that still holds true today.

Jessie Colton

Apr 13, 2021

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In the Western Cemetery in Orion, Illinois, just south of here, there is a tombstone with the names of Jessie Colton and Bert Richardson.

This episode of Love Girls: The Podcast features teen actress Maya J. Pinson and Kevin Goff, the great grandnephew of Hollywood's first black artist to win an Oscar, actress Hattie McDaniel.

For the next month, homeowners in Davenport can get a free smoke alarm from the Red Cross, and installed by the fire department.

Public Education Officer Lieutenant Zach Soliz says this is the third year the department has worked with the Red Cross on the program called Sound the Alarm. The reason is simple - smoke alarms save lives.