Rock Island

John Deere

John Deere is integrating 5G into their Quad Cities facilities. The manufacturing giant won an auction from the Federal Communications Commission to implement 5G in its production lines.

Rock Island wants to help businesses suffering from the pandemic. The city council has approved 292,000 dollars for the second round of Small Business Emergency Response Grants.

Trial is now set for next month for a Rock Island man charged in connection with shootings in downtown Rock Island, that killed one person and wounded several others.  Tuesday 42 year old Dewaun Berry pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Two former employees of a McDonald's restaurant in Rock Island are suing for racial discrimination. The lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges managers cut Black employees' hours and referred to both Black workers and customers as "ghetto" and "lazy." 

Jumer's Casino Sold

Oct 1, 2020

Jumer's Casino and Hotel in Rock Island will soon have a new owner. Thursday Delaware North announced an agreement to sell it to Twin River Worldwide Holdings, a casino company based in Rhode Island. 

City of Rock Island

The former YMCA in downtown Rock Island is now a local landmark. The Rock Island Preservation Commission has approved the designation for the building at 5th Avenue and 20th Street, now owned by Dan Vinar Furniture.

To help keep children from falling behind in school, the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island will host a special child care program this fall. 

Rock Island Police Department

A Rock Island man faces several serious charges, including murder, following shootings in downtown Rock Island over the weekend. Monday afternoon, police arrested 42 year old Dewaun Berry for first degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

As COVID-19 cases surge, Rock Island County could be in danger of slipping back into the earlier phases of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's reopening plan. 

Depending on where you live, cleanup following the derecho earlier this month is going to take a long time. Bettendorf expects to finish picking up downed tree limbs and branches within a couple of weeks, while other cities are predicting six weeks, or longer.