Government & Politics

Goverment & Political news / MidAmerican Energy, posted on the IUB website

Utilities in Iowa agree their customers should reap the benefits of corporate tax cuts. This afternoon, the Iowa Utilities Board held a workshop featuring presentations from several companies, including MidAmerican Energy and Iowa American Water Company. This month, the corporate tax rate dropped from 35% to 21%.

Tom Specketer, VP and CFO of MidAmerican Energy, told the utilities board the company estimates it may save around $99 million on its federal tax bill. And Specketer said the utility already has a way to share the savings with customers.

The political action committee associated with the progressive advocacy platform announced Thursday its endorsement of Illinois State Sen. Daniel Biss for Governor of Illinois. / MidAmerican Energy website

Customers of MidAmerican Energy and the Iowa American Water Company may get a break on their bills.

During a workshop tomorrow, the Iowa Utilities Board will hear from several companies about the effects of the new federal tax law.

Army Corps of Engineers

The mayors of Davenport and Dubuque met with President Trump Wednesday to talk about the Mississippi River and its possible inclusion in a future federal infrastructure bill. Frank Klipsch and Roy Buol were members of a delegation from the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.

submitted / City of Muscatine

The City of Muscatine hopes Iowa lawmakers don't outlaw automatic traffic cameras. 

City spokesman, Kevin Jenison, says the district court upheld an Iowa DOT order for Muscatine to stop ticketing speeders using Automated Traffic Enforcement near U.S. Highway 61 and University Drive. The city is appealing.

John Hitchcock, who has worked for the Moline Police Department for 26 years, will be sworn in as Police Chief on Tuesday night.  

Hundreds of employees at one of the Quad Cities largest employers reported for work Monday, and then were sent home. The continuing shutdown of the federal government is affecting many civilian employees of the Army at the Rock Island Arsenal.

City of Davenport

The City of Davenport hopes its casino will attract new development to Elmore Corners. A Public Meeting will be held Monday evening to discuss the "Master Design Plan" for the area around the Rhythm City Casino. Elmore Corners refers to the intersection of Elmore Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

 The plan sets architectural and design standards for the area. Davenport Senior Planning Manager Matt Flynn says it will ensure predictability, an attractive quality to developers.   "It is pretty inevitable in my opinion that future development will occur in this area and this gives us an opportunity to do it right."

Michelle ONeill / WVIK News

A group of University of Iowa students is waiting to find out if its status as a registered student group will be restored while a lawsuit plays out in federal court. 

City of Moline

A long time member of the Moline police department will probably be its next chief.