News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Captain Stubbs

Feb 18, 2021

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Henry David Thoreau advised the readers of Walden to be tolerant of those who live outside the norm. "Perhaps they hear a different drummer," he said.

Ending chronic homelessness is the goal of an experiment in the Quad Cities. By the summer, Humility Homes and Services will launch the Supportive Housing Pilot Project.

Spokesman Ryan Bobst says the project will provide a range of services to ten people, for the next three years.

Illinois Historic Preservation Office

Two sites in Rock Island have been added to the National Register of Historic Places - the Downtown Rock Island Historic District and the Arsenal Courts Historic District.

Andrew Heckenkamp is the National Register Coordinator for the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office. And he says downtown Rock Island deserves the honor because it's been the center of culture and society for the city.

Pilot Know-How

Feb 17, 2021

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Take out a pencil and a piece of paper. A short quiz will do more than just my words to increase your respect for Tom Burns of Galena, Illinois.


Feb 16, 2021

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Between St. Paul, Minnesota, and St. Louis, Missouri, the Upper Mississippi River once planted a hundred towns beneath the bluffs to do its bidding: to cut wood for steamboats, to assemble log rafts of white pine going downstream to mills, to receive immigrants the river sent up stream to the farmlands of Iowa and Minnesota, to build and repair boats.

Duck Creek Flood

Feb 15, 2021

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What follows is a word to the wise. Whenever I drive up Brady Street hill in Davenport, Iowa, to the top of the bluffs, and cross Duck Creek, I am remined of that Sunday school song about the wise man and the foolish man. I once knew it by heart. You remember that the foolish man built his house upon the sand, while the wise man built on rock. When the "rains came down and the floods came up," the foolish man's house went "smash."

The Cities - Pgm #1112

Feb 13, 2021

Rock Island Police Department

Family and friends of a missing East Moline man will hold a prayer vigil this weekend. 35 year old Ryan Muckelston was last seen on January 18th, leaving a friend's house in Rock Island, intending to walk home. Searches by police and others have so far been unsuccessful.

When Muckelston left the house near 26th Street and 8 1/2 Avenue in Rock Island, he was wearing a sleeveless shirt, sweat pants, flip-flop shoes, and possibly a hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information should call the Rock Island police at 309-732-2677 or dial 911.

Sam Van Sant

Feb 12, 2021

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In those quiet moments of reflection, sitting in your kitchen as the sun rises and the coffee finishes perking, what memories of a lifetime come back strong? Sam Van Sant's story gives us a clue.

Prairie Christmas

Feb 11, 2021

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What follows is the story of how Christmas came to the Illinois prairie in 1869, courtesy of a war in Europe.