News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

The Cities - Pgm #1042

Sep 12, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

When that anonymous philosopher claimed that women's place was in the home, communities around Rock Island were apparently not listening. By 1900, few other areas of the Mississippi Valley offered women as many clubs with which to improve their minds, hearts, spirits, or social status.

Thanks to the pandemic, a Quad Cities social service agency is even busier than it was before.

Henry Bosse

Sep 10, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Some promotions take place only after death. For many years, a number of large oval photographs of 19th century Engineer boats lay scattered around the headquarters of the Rock Island District Engineers. They were cyanotypes—looking more like blue-prints than photos. Many had already been pitched during periodic house cleanings.

Pilot's Union

Sep 9, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

When you were little, do you remember your parents telling you to look both ways when crossing the street, and then do it twice more? Paying close attention is good advice as a number of old upper Mississippi steamboat pilots could tell you.

The King of Rock Island

Sep 8, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Most cities in the United States feel slightly un-American if they can't boast at least one outlaw or crook of some stature, a Capone or a Jesse James.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Dozens gathered outside the Bettendorf Police Department on Saturday to protest police brutality. This rally was just the most recent of several demonstrations planned by a new civil rights organization in the Quad Cities called We F.I.G.H.T. 


Sep 7, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

It's there, everywhere. Our skyscrapers rest on it, it lies under the wheels of our cars from New York to San Francisco, but I don't suppose your average person thinks about concrete more than once a week or so.

The Cities - Pgm #1041

Sep 5, 2020

Biscuits and Hyacinths

Sep 4, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Most of us first learn about Chicago from a poem in tenth grade. "Hog Butcher for the World," the poem shouts, "Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads...Stormy, husky, brawling..."