News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

The pandemic has changed the way first responders in the Quad Cities handle emergencies. Travis Noyd, Deputy Chief of EMS for the Moline Fire Department, says his department was advised to maintain distance and put masks on patients, when possible.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

As the beginning of the new school year approaches,  the United Way wants to make sure students have the supplies they need. Thursday was the end of its annual Stock the Schools drive to collect donations of pens and pencils, notebooks, paper, rulers, scissors, and other supplies for low income children.

WIU Social Media Lab

To help make Western Illinois University safe for the fall semester, students in the Department of Communications have launched a social media campaign. Their goal is to normalize wearing masks, so that when students return for classes, they'll feel more comfortable wearing them. 


Jul 16, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Don't bother to ask anyone in Chicago for directions to Rock Island. They don't know. They don't care. Their answer for any location in Illinois outside that growth at the tip of Lake Michigan is, "It's downstate."

The pandemic has claimed another victim - this time it's the Mississippi Valley Fair that had been scheduled for early next month in Davenport. 

The Diner

Jul 15, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Within ten miles of Rock Island, four hundred and ninety-three restaurants lie in wait, menus at attention. Four hundred and seventy-nine of these serve pizza, spaghetti, salmon in dill sauce, hot beef sandwiches, Iowa pork chops, pancakes, along with potatoes that are hashed, mashed, baked, creamed, or French, cottage, or home fried. Customers sit, order, eat, tip and leave.


The number of COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities has tripled during the past month. Officials from Genesis and UnityPoint health systems are worried because their intensive care units are already full with non-COVID patients.  

R-3 Program

Illinois wants to help non-profits and small businesses in areas hard hit by poverty and violence. Grants are available using proceeds from the tax on the sale of adult-use marijuana.


Jul 14, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

As a child, you learned that it's possible for a kingdom to be lost for want of a nail. Long ago near Rock Island, it worked the other way: because of a small kindness a city was built.

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Have you ever regretted a decision that seemed absolutely right at the time? Here's a local example.