Stephanie Acri

Western Illinois University

On Midwest Week, what is the future of Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities ? Why are some local leaders thinking about replacing the university ?

Herb Trix's guest is Barb Ickes, reporter and columnist for the Quad City Times and Dispatch-Argus.

You can also hear Midwest Week Fridays on WVIK at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered.

Augustana Music Professor Sangeetha Rayapati is challenging Incumbent Stephanie Acri for mayor of Moline. 

Candidates for Moline City Council held a campaign rally on Sunday outside the Esperanza Center. The event was organized by newcomers facing incumbents. 

Mayoral Candidate Sangeetha Rayapati addressed a crowd of supporters ahead of the April 6 election.

City of Moline

Despite the pandemic, Moline is doing well promoting jobs, local businesses, education, and improved neighborhoods, while providing important city services. That was the message Monday from Mayor Stephanie Acri during her annual State of the City address.

A key accomplishment, she believes, is keeping the city financially strong.

"We have a balanced budget that protects and furthers the progress we've made. The budget reduces tax rates for the fourth year in a row while supporting a smarter use of city resources."

QC Leaders Question WIU

Feb 22, 2021
Western Illinois University

Community leaders in the Quad Cities are worried about Western Illinois University and its future plans for the campus in Moline.

Mayor Stephanie Acri says she's learned from meetings with university leaders of their ambitious plans to raise enrollment, but she thinks those plans are focused on the main campus in Macomb.

"When I look at the strategy I see some components of some kind of feeder courses for finishing at Macomb and then some adult courses, but that's not our vision, that's not our vision for that campus."

Moline will soon begin looking for a new city administrator. Tuesday night the city council will consider hiring a consultant, a business advisory firm named Baker Tilly, for four months.

Mayor Stephanie Acri says the city has already received some interest, and some resumes, from potential candidates, and they'll be part of the pool of candidates Baker Tilly will evaluate.

Property taxes will probably go down next year in Moline. Tuesday night the city council will discuss a propossed budget for next year with a lower levy and tax rate.

Moline may help its businesses hurt by the latest state-ordered shutdown during the pandemic. Tuesday night, the city council will consider approving a grant program for bars and restaurants that are now prohibited from serving any customers indoors.

To encourage voting and promote safety, the city of Moline will give employees time off. On Monday, Mayor Stephanie Acri issued an order allowing two hours of paid time off, with permission from their supervisor.

New rules are in effect for Moline bars and restaurants that want to offer outdoor seating during the pandemic. Starting Friday, Illinois will allow bars and restaurants to re-open and only serve outside, and the city says they may be able to use adjacent parking lots and even part of the street.

Vanags Consulting Partners

A new interim city administrator will start working later this month in Moline. Tuesday night Mayor Stephanie Acri will formally announce the appointment of Martin Vanags.