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Web page with red & black text with some highlighted in yellow says, "Server Error in '/' Application.  A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible." / Rock Island County website

Rock Island County's main computer has crashed. County Administrator Dave Ross says the main server failed yesterday, and it'll take a few days to replace it. Ross says the old equipment needs to be replaced and is in the county's capital improvement plan. But that's on hold.

The IT staff told Ross the server is permanently down, and the Rock Island County website is not available. He says employees are working to get it back up as quickly as possible.

city of Bettendorf

Bettendorf is studying a possible re-alignment of its downtown streets. City officials held an open house this week on changes under consideration for Grant and State streets to help encourage business and re-develop downtown.

A man with a beard in a green jacket looks at a very large photo and map propped up on an easel.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Local drivers expect delays and some confusion as crews start widening John Deere Road in Moline. But they also look forward to less congestion and faster trips after the work is done in two years.

Yesterday, the Illinois Department of Transportation held a open house to answer questions about the $51 million project.


The Rock Island Arsenal will survive and thrive if the Army gets dependable, long-term funding. That was the message Wednesday from General Gus Perna, commanding general of the Army Materiel Command.


A community agency in Davenport is in trouble, and may have to pay back a large grant to the state. Last week, the Iowa Finance Authority told United Neighbors it will have to return $235,000 from a rental assistance program.

Courtesy of Iowa Flood Center

All Cedar Rapids wants is money it's already been promised. And three members of Iowa's congressional delegation are renewing their efforts to get a $73 million federal grant to build a flood wall.

Cedar Rapids still hasn't fully recovered from the 2008 flood, and another severe one hit again last year.


Dubuque Representative Rod Blum and Iowa US Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst met with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, to discuss how flood mitigation funds are distributed.

Gray three-story building with windows and landscaping and the existing justice center in the background
submitted / Rock Island County Public Building Commission

This week, construction workers will start getting ready to build an annex to the Rock Island County Justice Center. 

About 50 people applied for a key position in Moline that's been vacant for several months. Former city administrator Lew Steinbrecher retired in November. And late last year, the city council hired GovHR USA to help search for his replacement.

Seventh Ward Alderman, Mike Waldron, says a recruiter from the firm has been reviewing the applications and, by the end of the week, will provide a list of the top ten candidates.

Senate Hearing On SCOTUS-Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Mar 21, 2017
NPR live stream

NPR Politics team will live blog the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents. 

A drawing of the new bridge.

Now that some of the preparation work is finished, actual construction of the new I-74 is next.

On Midwest Week — an update and a timetable.