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Mike Matson

One of the candidates in the crowded field of Democrats running for governor of Iowa has dropped out. Davenport alderman Mike Matson has suspended his campaign. 

City of Davenport

A former member of the Davenport City Council has agreed to serve again. Wednesday night aldermen will consider appointing Gene Meeker to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of 6th ward alderman, Jeff Justin.

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As Congress holds hearings to investigate the presidential election, two politicians are trying to assess the security of local election systems in Illinois.

Michelle O'Neill reports US Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois State Senator Michael Hastings, of Tinley Park, have asked 110 county clerks and election authorities to give them information about their voting systems.

Steve Sandvoss, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Elections, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington DC last month. The board is working with the FBI to protect Illinois election systems and voter registration information, and prevent future cyber-attacks from being successful.

The Illinois House voted 72-45 yesterday in favor of raising personal income taxes by 32 percent. The tax increase is part of a revenue plan that would end the state's two-year budget standoff.

But the plan did not have the support of Quad Cities area representatives.

IRS

A man who grew up in the Quad Cities has followed his father into law enforcement, but a much different kind. In June, Gabriel Grchan was named special agent in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service in Chicago. 

https://iowadot.gov/i74corridor/aesthetics / Iowa Department of Transportation

Now that construction of the new Interstate 74 bridge has begun, Illinois will start preparing to connect it to the highway.

After nearly two years without a budget, the state of Illinois and those who depend on it may be running out of time.

Lawmakers are scrambling to approve a new budget before a midnight deadline on Friday but an agreement between Republicans, led by Gov. Bruce Rauner, and the Democratic leaders in the Legislature appears distant.

Moline Police Department

A long career in law enforcement is about to end. Thursday Moline Police Chief Kim Hankins announced he'll retire in two weeks.

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We probably won't notice a difference, but the Quad Cities office of the National Weather Service has moved. It officially began issuing forecasts and warnings Thursday afternoon from a new building, close to the old building, at the Davenport Airport. 

Healthcare leaders in the Quad Cities are speaking out against the Senate healthcare bill.

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