Economy & Business news

Years after it started, free tax preparation programs in the Quad Cities are serving more and more residents. The United Way of the Quad Cities offers free tax filing for individuals and families with an income of $57,000 or less.

Deere Lays Off 900

Jan 23, 2015
submitted / Deere & Company

Deere and Company will lay off 900 workers in Iowa and Illinois, as it anticipates declines in sales of farm equipment. But the Quad Cities' workforce won't be hit quite as hard as in Des Moines and Waterloo.

QC Downs Closing

Jan 12, 2015
Arlington International Racecourse

Forty years after it opened, and 20 years after live racing ended, a former harnes racing track in East Moline is finally going to close. Late last week, the owner of the Quad City Downs announced the off-track betting parlor will close on January 31st.

New Deere Director

Jan 7, 2015
submitted / Deere & Company

A former governor, senator, and secretary of agriculture has joined the board of directors of Deere and Company. 

 This year marks the 25th anniversary of a successful experiment in community promotion and working together. In 1990, organizations in Davenport, Bettendorf, and the Illinois Quad Cities merged to form the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Van Dyke Retires

Dec 30, 2014

A long career in local government will end this week. After 38 years, including the last 18 as economic development director for Bettendorf, Steve Van Dyke is retiring. 

Chamberlin Retires

Dec 30, 2014
Riverboat Development Authority

A key figure in the planning, organizing, implementation, and operation of riverboat gambling in the Quad Cities is going to retire. 

Unemployment in the Quad Cities fell again last month. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the rate dropped from 6.6 per cent in November of last year, to 6 per cent last month. 

Ameren warns of phone scam

Dec 12, 2014

Ameren Illinois is warning Washington residents of a telephone scam targeting the area.

Dispatch & RI Argus

This week on Midwest Week, why one of this area's largest employers has lost jobs in recent years. And the prospects for getting some of them back.