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Making major changes in the two main streets through downtown Bettendorf might help local businesses, but it would cost a lot of money. Last week, a consultant estimated re-aligning State and Grant streets, for two-way traffic on both, could cost 20 million dollars. 

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Exelon has negotiated how much it will pay in property taxes over the next seven years for its Cordova nuclear plant. The Black Hawk College District is one of eleven taxing bodes that receives revenue from the taxes paid by the Quad Cities Generating Station. And tonight, the college board of trustees is set to vote on the property tax agreement with Exelon.

Erie School Superintendent, Brad Cox, says under the proposal, the company would pay an average of $12.5 million a year from 2017 through 2023. Last year, Exelon paid $8.1 million.

RI County Forest Preserve District

Work could begin soon on major improvements at the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Rock Island County.  Tuesday night, the Forest Preserve Commission, made up of all the members of the county board, approved borrowing 4.5 million dollars.

Illinois Department of Corrections

The state prison in East Moline is on lockdown following the weekend attack against a guard by an inmate. About 2 am Saturday, a female guard was hit in the head several times with a rock. She was first sent to a hospital for treatment, and is now resting at home. 

Russell Christ

A retired executive from John Deere has taken on a major challenge. Wednesday republican Russell Christ announced he's running for Rock Island County Clerk, and will face democratic incumbent Karen Kinney next year.

submitted / I-74 River Bridge Project

As work continues on the new, I-74 Bridge, people who live and work in Moline will soon have to deal with the closure of a busy intersection.


submitted / Scott County Waste Commission

After a year of single-stream recycling in Scott County, more people have been recycling a LOT more stuff. The Waste Commission's "Go All In" campaign has worked so well, it's hired eleven workers to begin a new, evening shift.

https://goo.gl/ehAk5U / Iowa Army National Guard Facebook page

Eleven Iowa Army National Guard soldiers and a couple of helicopters took off from the Quad Cities this morning to help with hurricane relief in Houston. 

City of Davenport

The mayor of Davenport wants to continue serving. This week, Frank Klipsch announced he'll run this fall for a second term. 

Jenna Dooley, WNIJ

The Illinois General Assembly has signed off on a major school funding overhaul that unlocks cash for over 800 school districts throughout the state and is expected to reduce disparities between wealthy and poor school districts.

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