News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Thanks to the pandemic, Rock Island has canceled this year's Labor Day parade.

Jack McNeil

People who showed up at a Quad Cities homeless shelter Wednesday night got a hot meal, thanks to a local man, a local restaurant, and generous local residents. Christian Care in Rock Island served 80 hot meals, provided by Pee Wee's Restaurant, also in Rock Island.

The Great Flood of '93

Jun 25, 2020

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The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993 affected Rock Islanders in different ways. To me, it recalled a Minnesota childhood in a world still cleanly divided into good little children and bad children.

Issy, The Cabin Boy

Jun 24, 2020

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It’s customary, they say, for the captain to go down with his ship. But for loyalty, here's a Rock Island story that could teach even captains a lesson.

Big Brothers

Jun 23, 2020

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Frequent visitors to Rock Island have noticed a peculiarity along the Upper Mississippi Valley: the towns on the west bank are grander than those across the river on the east.

The Professor

Jun 22, 2020

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If people took professors more seriously, this would be a better world.

The Cities - Pgm #1030

Jun 20, 2020

Like many festivals, fairs, and other major events, this year's celebration of Juneteenth in the Quad Cities, to mark the end of slavery, will be virtual. 

Trains and Planes

Jun 19, 2020

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Several times a day, airplanes descend over Rock Island, riding the wind down toward the airport, one or two hundred passengers at a time returning home from the world, from Bangkok and Buenos Aires, Fiji and Frankfort.

State Grant Will Help Mercado on Fifth Expand

Jun 18, 2020

Mercado on Fifth in Moline has won a huge financial boost from the state of Illinois.