News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Steamboat Food

Feb 1, 2021

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Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of those fancy cloth-napkin restaurants you go to for anniversaries? If you decided it's best not to ask, this story is not for you.

The Cities - Pgm #1110

Jan 30, 2021

Deck vs. Cabin

Jan 29, 2021

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Even the most democratic of passengers who boarded a Mississippi steamboat during the golden age of river travel just before the Civil War stepped into a class society. The more affluent tourists—perhaps on a pleasure trip to the Falls of St. Anthony at the head of navigation—were directed to the staterooms of the upper decks. If the beds were too narrow and the rooms a bit too hot or cold, the elite traveler was assured privacy and three sumptuous meals a day on fine china, served by impeccable stewards. At their leisure, they could read or play cards, practice their manners, or even, as Mark Twain reported, occasionally look out at the passing scenery. Removed from the hissing boiler and great engines, they floated up the river.

The Killer Bridge

Jan 28, 2021

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Animals who kill people are often shot. Humans who do so are tried in court. But what does one do with an inanimate killer? Here's a possibility.

With help from Washington, Davenport hopes to save small businesses hurt by the pandemic. Wednesday it  announced the awarding of more than 500,000 dollars in forgivable loans to 28 businesses.

The city's Economic Development Manager, Susanne Knutsen, says the money comes from the federal CARES Act.

"If the single person owner was low to moderate income themselves, and they were the only employee, they could qualify that way. Otherwise 51 per cent of their employees needed to be part of a low to moderate income household."

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The following story about the Mississippi River is not worth telling. Unlike those river events that make the six o'clock news and bring Presidents and politicians running with promises of relief: floods that shut down River Drive or breached levees, swallowed farms and towns or washed away bridges.

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By the time the famous evangelist, Billy Sunday, came to the city of Rock Island for a six-week crusade in the fall of 1919, he was already experienced in taking on adversaries of all shapes and sizes, from the beer drinker to the devil himself.

The Reverend Delk

Jan 25, 2021

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"Timing is everything," as Reverend James L. Delk could tell you after a summer of revival meetings in the city of Rock Island in 1919.

The Cities - Pgm #1109

Jan 23, 2021

Billy Sunday and Aledo

Jan 22, 2021

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Before Billy Sunday moved into the big time as the evangelist to America's great urban centers, he practiced his techniques and his messages for ten years among the small Iowa and Illinois towns of the corn belt. One of the last of these small-town crusades came in 1905, in Aledo, Illinois, a few miles south of here.