Rock Island County

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Rock Island County leaders are looking for ways to save money as they prepare next year's budget. 


Illinois will offer free, COVID-19 testing later this week in the Quad Cities. From Thursday through Sunday, the drive-through site will be open from 9 am until 5 pm at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.

Thanks to the pandemic, a Quad Cities social service agency is even busier than it was before.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

(Updated 9/7/2020)

Rock Island County has reported its highest number of new, daily coronavirus cases, thank in large part to an outbreak at the East Moline Correctional Center. On Monday, the county health department reported 67 new cases (the highest number since the pandemic began), 54 at the prison. On Sunday, 46 of the county's 59 new cases were from the prison. Here's a joint statement from the agencies: 

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. 

Because of the pandemic, applications to vote by mail in the November election have been sent to residents of Rock Island County. 

Michelle O'Neill, graph / WVIK News

The head of the Rock Island County Health Department is worried about a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Michelle O'Neill has more.

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.


The effort to save the old Rock Island County courthouse has won a round in court. Thursday the Third District Appellate Court ruled in favor of some local residents and state agencies, and against the county which has been trying to demolish it.

Data source IDPH & RICDPH / Illinois Department of Public Health, Rock Island County Department of Public Health

The vast majority of people infected with the coronavirus recover in Illinois.

This week, the state health department started releasing new statistics about the outcome of confirmed cases.