Rock Island County

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Volunteers in Morrison and Silvis have been recognized for improving their communities. Last week, Governor Pat Quinn announced the winners of the thirty-second annual Governor's Hometown Awards. Volunteers in Morrison were honored for building a new recreational trail. Spokeswoman Ann Slavin says the Morrison-Rockwood Trail has been in the works for sixteen years. Residents and local businesses helped pay for the project, and volunteered to create and preserve the trail. 

Slavin says the second half of the trail will be finished once the group raises $200,000. 

With the new fiscal year just two weeks away, the Rock Island County board has finished work on a new budget. Tuesday night, it gave its final approval to spending about 75 million dollars in the coming year.

Dispatch & RI Argus

As the election approaches, the two parties are fighting over absentee and early voting in Rock Island County.

Early voting in the Quad Cities is the highest it's ever been. With seven days to go before the general election, over 30,000 residents of Rock Island and Scott counties have already cast their votes.

Dispatch & RI Argus

This week on Midwest Week, help is on the way for anyone trying to keep up with the problems, and changes, in Rock Island County government.Eric Timmons has been covering the story for the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and he's Herb Trix's guest.  



"Let's move on. Let's protect. Let's serve." Those were the final words in a speech this afternoon from the new sheriff of Rock Island County. Gerald Bustos was sworn in at a ceremony, one day after the former county sheriff, Jeffrey Boyd, resigned.

Bustos, who's served the sheriff's department for thirty years, said he found out about the investigation into Sheriff Boyd a few weeks ago.