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As Illinois enters its 21st month without a real budget, several questions occupy observers of state government: Is the state Senate's "grand bargain" dead? If so, who killed it? Where do we go from here? And has anyone heard from the Illinois House of Representatives?

Drivers in Bettendorf will have to get used to finding alternate routes this year. Tuesday night the city council will hold a public hearing on the new budget, and it includes millions of dollars for major road, sewer, and storm sewer projects.

Rhythm City Riverboat Casino parked on the Missippippi River
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The Iowa Supreme Court has decided it may review an open records case stemming from Davenport's attempt to buy the Rhythm City Casino. Late last week, the high court released a list of cases it has denied consideration, and a list of cases it might accept.

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas.

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A Davenport resident is inviting people to support raises for members of the military. Tomorrow, Maria Dickmann will host a letter-writing session, asking congress leaders and the president to give a bigger raise to soldiers, sailors, marines, and others. 

Dickmann, who's a member of the Davenport City Council, especially wants people who call themselves progressives to write letters of support for troops and veterans.

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On Midwest Week, the mayor of Muscatine and the city council have not been getting along - in fact the council is preparing to remove Diana Broderson from office. 


Government Bridge will be closed to all traffic Saturday. The closing will be from 6 am until 7 pm, and affect vehicles, pedestrians, and train traffic.

Supporters of President Trump will hold rallies across the country Saturday, including one in Davenport.

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Mayors who live along the Mississippi River are asking the federal government to spend nearly $8 billion dollars on its infrastructure. 

city of Dubuque

Hoping to be included in the Trump Administration's future spending on infrastructure, mayors from cities and towns along the Mississippi River are meeting in Washington. The group includes Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch and Roy Buol from Dubuque.