News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Help is still available for low income residents of the Illinois Quad Cities who are having trouble paying their energy bills. Even though it began taking applications last summer for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Project Now says money is still available.

Executive Director Dwight Ford says because of the pandemic, the income guidelines have been raised. That means someone earning 200 per cent of the federal poverty level, instead of 120 per cent in past years, can still qualify.

Herman Haaff

Jan 21, 2021

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Had a Rock Island County man not lost his temper back in 1895, the American cattle industry would have taken a different turn. Meet Herman H. Haaff, a farmer who took the bull by the horns.

Working River

Jan 20, 2021

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I see that the starving artists are back at the Holiday Inn again for their annual sale, room 211. What would those artists do without rivers? Any painting over $19.95 is bound to have a stream or a rivulet winding through it, perhaps even the sweet Afton flowing gently.


Jan 19, 2021

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The communities clustered along the Mississippi around Rock Island have contributed their share of sports heroes to American folklore. There's Roger Craig in football, Gene Oliver in baseball, and Jack Fleck, the golfer who beat Ben Hogan in the U. S. Open.

King Center Celebration

Jan 18, 2021
King Center, Rock Island

Doctor Martin Luther King Junior's "dream" in 1963 has still not be realized today. That was the message from the keynote speaker during the 38th Annual Memorial Service and Awards Celebration Monday morning at the King Center in Rock Island.

Reverend Earlye Julien, from Living Water Christian Center in Moline, says his dream expressed during the famous march in Washington was that America would live up to the words in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

Ed Lamp

Jan 18, 2021

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Ed Lamp is 97 years old. He still lives by himself in one of a cluster of small homes and cottages along the Rock River, a mile or so from where the Rock empties into the Mississippi. The homes are hidden from busy Black Hawk Road by a row of industries. The only access is a nearly invisible gravel road. The owners prefer it that way.

The Cities - Pgm #1108

Jan 16, 2021

A through K

Jan 15, 2021

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We Rock Island Lutherans don’t take much stock in the doctrine of predestination—except when it comes to church potlucks. Somewhere in the fine print of the Augsburg Confession, the early church fathers determined that Lutherans whose last names begin with A through K must always bring salads to church suppers.

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The first few minutes of a war are exciting. Some madness seems to make men eager to leave home and family to hunt each other down.

Button, Button

Jan 14, 2021

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If you come for a visit to our Mississippi Valley and want to bring a souvenir back to the relatives in Potosi, Wisconsin, here's some advice. Avoid those cute ashtrays made in Taiwan that say, "Greetings from the Quad Cities," or the bumper stickers that say, "Support mental health or I'll kill you." Instead, take a walk along some of the more out-of-the-way stretches of our Mississippi River, where the current has deposited a stash of old clam shells. With any luck, you'll soon find one that resembles a Swiss cheese—with half-inch holes over the whole shell.