News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Medical College

Mar 1, 2021

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Now and then, great institutions have beginnings as humble as United States Presidents once needed to get elected. The City of Rock Island can boast at least one such humble beginning.

The Cities - Pgm #1114

Feb 27, 2021

Mom Wars

Feb 26, 2021

Kira and Brianna talk about the top 5 reasons mothers and daughters argue with Carmen Sedloc and Teresa Babers.


Feb 26, 2021

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In real life, there sometimes is such a thing as a straw that breaks the camel's back. For downtown Rock Island, that straw would have to be McCabe's Department Store. In an age where there are few loyalties to place left, it is difficult to explain to newcomers the feelings we Rock Islanders had toward McCabe's.

Promised Land

Feb 25, 2021

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If there is a rich heart of the heart of the Illinois prairie, it would be Henry County just south of here. In the first decade of its opening to settlement, the county's rich black soil attracted six separate colonizing groups. It's as if every potential Eastern Moses in the 1830s drew lines across the Appalachian wilderness, all of which converged on the same Promised Land—Henry County.

Lethe Crowley

Feb 24, 2021

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Are you one of those kids whose parents went off to Disney World and all you got was this lousy T-shirt that announced that very thing? Try not to be too jealous of Billy in the following story.

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The august members of the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences who met in June of 1869 to vote on the membership of Joseph Duncan Putman must have had a reservation or two. They were only amateur scientists themselves—a penmanship teacher, a public-school teacher, a real estate agent, and a tobacconist who had formed the Academy to combine their personal collections of shells, minerals, bones, and rocks. But Joseph Putnam was only thirteen.

Mary Duncan Putnam

Feb 22, 2021

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Are you a stressed-out parent who wonders how you are going to get son number one to play practice on time and still rush your daughter to volleyball in time to pick up son number two from Cub Scouts and get him over to Little League? Have I got a role model for you.

The Cities - Pgm #1113

Feb 20, 2021

The End of the World

Feb 19, 2021

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Did you ever wonder as a kid what you would do if the world came to an end as you sat in the fifth row of the Crown Theater some Friday, midway through a Gene Autry movie? I mean, would it be okay to finish your Black Crows and popcorn?