COVID-19 / Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative

A year after historic flooding, Mississippi River communities are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. 

Local Musician Joins Virtual Choir

Jul 28, 2020

What the world needs now is not only love, but peace, togetherness, and harmony. A LeClaire woman found exactly that by being part of a huge virtual choir, with 17,562 singers from 129 nations.

Rock Island Police Department

The Rock Island Police Department has a shortage of officers. The city's been understaffed for the past year, since probationary officers withdrew or failed the police academy in 2019, and weren't able to replace retiring officers. Then, COVID-19 shut down the police academy. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Governor J.B. Pritzker is deeply concerned that the number of COVID-19 cases in Rock Island County is increasing.

Michelle O'Neill reports after he and local officials spoke at the health department this afternoon after a stop in Quincy earlier. / Augustana College

Many Augustana athletes won't get to compete in collegiate sports this fall.

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin announced this morning its council has decided to postpone all fall sports competition and championships.

The vote was unanimous by the the CCIW Council of Presidents.

And it affects football, women’s volleyball, men's and women’s soccer, men's and women’s cross country, women’s golf, and women’s tennis.


Rockridge School District

When the new school year starts next month, students should spend a full day in class, every other day. That's the recommendation Rockridge School Superintendent Perry Miller will make to the board of education Monday night.

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Dr. Louis Katz doesn't mince words when talking about the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in the Quad Cities.

He's the Medical Director of the Scott County Health Department.

Following a recent press briefing, Michelle O'Neill gives us an update on his thoughts about the pandemic and how to control it. / Iowa Masonic Health Facilities & Masonic Village

Scott County is reporting its first outbreak of COVID-19 at a nursing home.

The county health department says the 14 cases are among residents and staff of Iowa Masonic Health Facilities in Bettendorf. 

Some teachers, parents, and school board members are speaking out against Iowa Gov. Kim Reynold's in-person learning mandates. Congressional candidate Rita Hart hosted a virtual roundtable about school re-opening plans. 

Despite continuing at historically high levels, unemployment did show some improvement in the Quad Cities in June. The unemployment rate jumped from 3.9 per cent a year ago, to 11.1 per cent last month.