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Nine months after authorities broke up a dog fighting ring in the Quad Cities, the suspected participants have been arrested and made their first court appearances.

Iowa Secretary of State

Polls are open in west Davenport for Tuesday's special election. Residents of state House District 89 will choose a successor to democrat Jim Lykam who won a special election for the Iowa Senate last month.

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The republican leader in the Iowa Quad Cities is stepping down. Monday night the central committee of the Scott County Republican Party will choose a replacement for Judy Davidson who decided not to run for re-election as chair. 

Crime Stoppers

Police are asking for help finding two men who may have set a Moline home on fire.

Michelle O'Neill has more.

Crime Stoppers and the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department say early Sunday morning, firefighters and deputies were called to the 4000 block of 13th Street, in the Fruitland neighborhood.

Sterilite Corporation

In Davenport, a new budget and help for a major new employer are in the works.

The jobless rate in the Quad Cities fell to 5.5% last month, from 5.9% in Dec., 2015.

Tom Austin, from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says while the number of people without jobs declined 0.4%, the number of employed people also declined, by 1,900 compared to the same period a year ago.

The manufacturing sector lost 1,500 jobs last month, leisure and hospitality lost 600, and 300 jobs were lost in professional and business services.

The government sector in the Quad Cities gained 700 jobs and education and health services added 300.

Silvis Police Station
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A new building in Silvis will serve a lot more than the 22 people who'll work there. Monday morning, the city and police department held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its new police station.

formal portrait of Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson, a republican / Illinois Senate

Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson is confident the senate can compromise and pass a budget.

But Michelle O'Neill reports the Moline lawmaker is not sure what will happen in the Illinois House.


State Senator Neil Anderson says the 100th Illinois General Assembly has just started. And he has high hopes. Everyone is fed up with not having a budget. And it appears that senators finally realize they need each other, need to work together, and compromise is necessary.

Chicago 47th Ward Ald. Ameyta Pawar, dressed in coat & tie, sits with hands folded at a microphone.
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An alderman from Chicago is the first democrat to announce he's running for governor of Illinois. Ameya Pawar is serving his second term representing the city's 47th ward. But he grew up in Des Plaines and has co-written a book about emergency management.

Pawar says the state needs a vision to rally around, what he calls "a new deal for Illinois" to bring people together. He wants the state to stop relying on property taxes to pay for education, and he would provide universal day care. Both will require new revenue.

Mike Halpin is settling into his new job representing residents of Illinois' 72nd House District after being sworn in last week in Springfield.