News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

After being closed for more than three months, libraries in the Illinois Quad Cities will reopen on Monday. Following the shutdown caused by the coronavirus, plans have been announced by Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline libraries.

Do You Speak Train?

Jul 3, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

In an age that is losing touch with its roots, Rock Islanders are fortunate. Immigrants to this area have preserved at least some of their language. From Swedish, Spanish, Greek and German, to Chippewa and Chinese, we are still a mosaic of American cultures.

Davenport One of the Best Small Cities

Jul 2, 2020
City of Davenport

Davenport is ranked 29 out of 100 small cities in the annual 2020 America’s Best Small Cities Report. 

The Sentinels

Jul 2, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Walk down to the river's edge anywhere near Rock Island and you’ll see them. Lone men and women standing or sitting along the shore facing the water.

Train Food

Jul 1, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

On April the first, in 1980, a federal judge ordered the liquidation of the great Rock Island Lines. Local citizens who had long since stopped traveling by rail flocked like vultures to bid on odds and ends of memorabilia for basement bars.

Heroes, American Style

Jun 30, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

No Rock Islander has ever searched for the Holy Grail, or climbed a beanstalk, or chased strange women with a glass slipper.

Rock Island Resilience

Jun 29, 2020
City of Rock Island

Hoping to show how the city is surviving and thriving during the pandemic, Rock Island has created a series on social media called "R I Resilience." It's a collaboration of the city, Development Association of Rock Island, and dphilms.

Dred Scott

Jun 29, 2020

This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.

Very few heroes apply for the job. Most, like the Rock Islander whose story this is, change the course of history not by sword and shield, but simply by reaching a point where they must stand up and be counted.

The Cities - Pgm #1031

Jun 27, 2020

A sudden surge in coronavirus cases in the Quad Cities is scaring local health authorities. And they say most of the rapid increase in cases is occurring among teenagers and young adults.