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Eleven Iowa Army National Guard soldiers and a couple of helicopters took off from the Quad Cities this morning to help with hurricane relief in Houston. 

City of Davenport

The mayor of Davenport wants to continue serving. This week, Frank Klipsch announced he'll run this fall for a second term. 

Jenna Dooley, WNIJ

The Illinois General Assembly has signed off on a major school funding overhaul that unlocks cash for over 800 school districts throughout the state and is expected to reduce disparities between wealthy and poor school districts.

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A developer from Des Moines is taking a big risk on downtown Bettendorf by building new apartments on the site of an old motel. Demolition of the Twin Bridges Motel and Paddlewheel restaurant began this week.

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Local governments are being asked to affirm the Quad Cities as a welcoming and diverse community following violent protests in Charlotteville, Virginia. 

For the second time, a federal commission is asking the Illinois State Board of Elections to send information about registered voters. And for the second time, US Senator Dick Durbin is asking the board to refuse.

A statement from Durbin's office says the first request from the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity said the voter information would have been made public. So, the Illinois elections board refused to comply.

While finally having a state budget for Illinois is good news, there's a cost for local governments and residents. The new budget includes a sales tax collection fee of 2 per cent, meaning the state will keep some of the revenue generated by local sales taxes.

A judge is expected to rule soon in the bitter dispute between the Muscatine city council and mayor, and whether she should keep her job.

Crews remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee from Lee Circle in New Orleans.

Thursday morning, President Trump took to Twitter to say removing the statues of Confederate generals meant removing "beauty" from American cities, towns and parks. 

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Time is running out for the family of Trudy Appleby. And the Moline Police Department has released the name of the last person known to have been with her 21 years ago.