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A new member of the Iowa legislature is now running for governor. 

Gray three-story building with windows and landscaping and the existing justice center in the background
submitted / Rock Island County Public Building Commission

Besides a limited budget, building an annex for the Rock Island County Justice Center is challenging in other ways. Work on the 47,000 square foot addition began in late March, but the county held the official groundbreaking just last week.

The architect, Jake Davis from DLR Group in Chicago, specializes in public safety projects.

city of Davenport

Davenport will probably use a special election to fill a vacancy on the city council. Wednesday night aldermen will consider a resolution asking the Scott County Auditor to schedule an election, and a primary if necessary, as soon as possible.


Repairs may begin soon on the Bass Street fountain in downtown Moline. Tuesday night the city council will consider spending up to 37,000 dollars as its share of the cost.

Next Hearing for Liggins Will Be Next Year

May 2, 2017
pool photo

A third trial has been delayed for an Illinois man charged with the 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl in Iowa. The trial of Stanley Liggins was scheduled to begin May 22, but his new attorneys asked a judge for more time to acquaint themselves with the case. The judge has scheduled a Jan. 3, 2018 status hearing to set new dates in the case.

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Several months after his nomination was first announced, the confirmation hearing for Terry Branstad will finally begin.

Three New Mayors

May 1, 2017

A changing of the guard in the Illinois Quad Cities. This week, three new mayors will be sworn in following the April election.

A group of about ten people wearing hard hats use shovels painted gold to scoop some dirt.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

"This is the brightest day for Rock Island County that we have seen in years." That's what Chief Judge Walter Braud said this afternoon, as he and county officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new annex to the justice center.

President Donald Trump at CPAC 2017 on February 24
Michael Vadon / Flickr

Political analyst Dr. Christopher Whitt discusses President Trump's first 100 days in office, including the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, missile strikes in Syria and his executive orders.

state of Iowa

Collective bargaining, gun rights, and school funding are just a few of the issues debated by the Iowa legislature this year. And on Midwest Week, a look at what happened.