News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

It's that time of year again, when the Salvation Army begins ringing bells at red kettles throughout the Quad Cities. On Friday morning, it kicked off its "Make a Difference" campaign outside a Hy-Vee store in Moline.

Veterans Day Events

Nov 8, 2019

The Marching Maroons band from Moline High School will play for veterans at the annual Veterans Breakfast at HyVee, 4218 Avenue of the Cities, from 7:30 to 8 am on Monday. The band will also play at 9 am during a flag raising ceremony at the John Deere Seeding Group, 501 River Drive, in Moline.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

For the 26th year, downtown Moline will enjoy its very own Christmas tree. Thursday morning, the TaxSlayer Center used a crane to raise the tree, which is 30 to 35 feet tall. 

Michelle O'Neill, WVIK News

Homeless agencies in the Quad Cities want to end the need for their winter emergency shelter within five years. 

submitted / Visit Quad Cities

An international consulting firm is helping Visit Quad Cities put together a long-range plan to promote tourism. Tuesday Resonance Consultancy, based in Vancouver and New York, led a workshop for community leaders to talk about this area's strengths and weaknesses.


Two organizations hoping to improve their services in Rock Island have joined forces. The Two Rivers YMCA and the Rock Island Library are now studying whether they can afford to buy the Tri-City Jewish Center on 30th Street.

Herb Trix has more.

Zach Wilson, WVIK News

Birdies for Charity has raised its highest total ever. Thanks to last summer's John Deere Classic, $13.82 million will be distributed to over 540 local charities, beating last year's record by nearly $400,000.

Quad City Health Initiative

The Quad City Health Initiative is celebrating 20 years of helping the community. Wednesday it held a program to recognize its accomplishments.

October is Eat Better, Eat Together Month and the perfect time to make family meals a priority. Research has shown that eating more meals together has a positive effect on both the nutrition and emotional well-being of the entire family.

Remembering Happy Joe

Oct 29, 2019
from the Happy Joe's Facebook page

The founder of a chain of restaurants, and generous community supporter, has died. "Happy Joe" Whitty died Tuesday at the age of 82, at the Clarissa Cook Hospice, in  Bettendorf.