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Rauner Visits QC

Apr 11, 2017

Hoping to bring pressure on the General Assembly to solve the budget crisis, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has started a two-day tour across the state.

Landmarks Illinois

A 107 year old barn in western Illinois is the latest possible victim of the state's budget crisis. Last week, a group called Landmarks Illinois released its annual list of "Most Endangered Historic Places," and the new list includes Ryan's Round Barn, near Kewanee, in the Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area. 

Voters in the Illinois Quad Cities elected new mayors. Stephanie Acri was elected mayor of Moline, Reggie Freeman will become mayor of East Moline, and Mike Thoms won the Rock Island mayoral race.

Voters in the Illinois Quad Cities went to the polls Tuesday, choosing new mayors for Moline, Rock Island and East Moline.

Ludman vs. Davenport Assumption High School

How safe must fields and other facilities be for school sports ? That question will be argued Tuesday night when the Iowa Supreme Court hears a case in Charles City.

Formal photo of Acri on the left and of Raes on the right with a transparent layer of the ballot showing their names
Photos: submitted / Graphic: Michelle O'Neill

People who vote in Moline's mayoral race tomorrow will not have to think about write-in candidates.

Stephanie Acri's name is printed on the ballot followed by incumbent Mayor Scott Raes' name, after she waged a successful primary campaign as a write-in candidate.

Rock Island County website election page

Rock Island County is back online after a malfunction by some old equipment took down its website.

Web page with red & black text with some highlighted in yellow says, "Server Error in '/' Application.  A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible." / Rock Island County website

Rock Island County's main computer has crashed. County Administrator Dave Ross says the main server failed yesterday, and it'll take a few days to replace it. Ross says the old equipment needs to be replaced and is in the county's capital improvement plan. But that's on hold.

The IT staff told Ross the server is permanently down, and the Rock Island County website is not available. He says employees are working to get it back up as quickly as possible.

city of Bettendorf

Bettendorf is studying a possible re-alignment of its downtown streets. City officials held an open house this week on changes under consideration for Grant and State streets to help encourage business and re-develop downtown.

A man with a beard in a green jacket looks at a very large photo and map propped up on an easel.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Local drivers expect delays and some confusion as crews start widening John Deere Road in Moline. But they also look forward to less congestion and faster trips after the work is done in two years.

Yesterday, the Illinois Department of Transportation held a open house to answer questions about the $51 million project.


The Rock Island Arsenal will survive and thrive if the Army gets dependable, long-term funding. That was the message Wednesday from General Gus Perna, commanding general of the Army Materiel Command.