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The Rock Island Police Department has ended its investigation of a sexual assault reported by an Augustana College student. 

Police reports say, early on November 23rd, an officer was called to Erickson Residence Hall about a possible sexual assault. A detective was called in, and at the hospital, the victim told him that she'd been drinking heavily before going to a house party, in the 4200 block of 7th Avenue. The report says the woman started looking for a friend, and three young men told her the person was in the basement. She went downstairs with them.

Rock Island County is going to borrow some money to make sure it can pay its bills early next year. Tuesday night, the county board approved issuing tax anticipation warrants for up to 2 million dollars.

Rock Island is teaming up with nearby towns in the Illinois Quad Cities to encourage economic growth. The cities of Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis, and Milan, plus Rock Island County, are applying to the state for a new enterprise zone, which would give incentives for business investment.Jeff Eder, assistant city manager for Rock Island, says this is the first time the city has teamed up with others to create an enterprise zone. 

The new collaborative enterprise zone would replace the current one, which expires at the end of next year.

WVIK Staff

Biological evidence may help find the killer of a baby who's body was found in Moline 22 years ago. First degree murder charges have been filed - not against a person - but against a DNA profile - in the case of Baby April who was born and died in April of 1992.

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell could be eligible to receive a large sum of money when she leaves prison. WNIJ's Jenna Dooley spoke with Sauk Valley Media's Matt Mencarini who has been reporting on the case.

Sauk Valley Media's Matt Mencarini talks about Rita Crundwell's pensions

With the death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, it would seem that the next step is for the Governor to appoint a successor.  However, election officials are unsure about the process:

The constitution says the governor would choose someone to fill out the term until the next election. Except the term ends January 12  and an election has already been held.   State Board of Elections Director Rupert Borgsmiller says they are not sure how to handle it:

"Nobody knows at this point by looking at the  constitution and the election code itself"

Illinois Public Radio

This week on Midwest Week, a look at the Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session - what was accomplished and what was put off until next year, or later.

submitted / Rock Island Police Department

Nice weather and a longer season are helping archers harvest more deer in Rock Island. Since the city-controlled hunt began two months ago, 40 deer have been killed compared to just six last winter.

WVIK Staff

 A blocked street in Moline is going to stay blocked all winter. Today the Illinois Department of Transportation announced River Drive at I-74 will NOT re-open as planned this month.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Black pastors want to prevent a fatal shooting, like the one in Ferguson, Missouri, from happening in Davenport. Monday morning (mon), Rogers Kirk from Third Missionary Baptist Church led a news conference and discussion with the mayor, police chief, and others to address police and race relations.