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Cheri Bustos

Several months after first being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Illinois, Cheri Bustos has decided against it. Monday the congresswoman from East Moline and the 17th District said she will run for re-election next year instead.

Vanguard

Residents of Bettendorf will soon find out if the value of their property has gone up, and if their tax bills will increase. A re-appraisal of all 14,000 homes in the city has just been completed and new assessment notices are in the mail.  

The Bettendorf city council is nearly ready to fill a vacant seat. Monday night, during a committee of the whole meeting, aldermen will interview six finalists to replace Gary Mohr who resigned his at-large seat after winning election to the Iowa House.

Site plan for BettPlex
submitted / BettPlex.com

Bettendorf is working with a developer to build a large sports and entertainment complex. Today, the city and Doug Kratz announced the $45 million project called, BettPlex.

Michelle O'Neill reports it'll be located on Forest Grove Road near Middle Road and I-80.

Summary

Kratz serves on the board of Triumph Bancorp and before 2013, was vice chair of Triumph Community Bank in Bettendorf. He says the complex will feature indoor fields that will accomodate a variety of sports, from baseball to wrestling. Eight basketball, pickleball, and volleyball courts will also be part of the 265,000-square-foot building. Sand volleyball courts will be built inside and outside.

Illinois Governor's Office

Following the governor's budget message on Wednesday, is there any hope for an end to the long state budget impasse in Illinois ?

Disparate entities say laws in this area need to change at the state and national levels.

Gov. Rauner's Budget Address, Annotated

Feb 16, 2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his third annual budget address to the General Assembly on Wednesday. Public broadcasting reporters across the state have annotated his speech.

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city of Davenport

Hoping to make them more efficient, and up-to-date, Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch wants to re-organize the city's 21 boards and commissions. Wednesday night aldermen will discuss his proposal.

Rising property values, and tax revenue, are key features of next year's budget for the city of Davenport. 

Wednesday night the city council will hold a public hearing, with final approval expected next week.

The VA would be required to provide psychiatric care to any veteran who asks for it under a bill introduced in Congress. 

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