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Burgess Dies in Prison

Jan 16, 2015
Ill Dept of Corrections

A man convicted of a notorious child killing in western Illinois has died in prison. The Department of Corrections says 47 year old Ray Burgess died Tuesday at the Stateville Correctional Center.

WVIK Staff

Despite harsh temperatures, flooding, and fires, 2014 was a good year for Rock Island. That was the message today  from Mayor Dennis Pauley during his annual state of the city address to a joint meeting of Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.  Last year, Rock Island was forced to make unexpected repairs to streets after flooding and extreme cold temperatures. And, a fire in September damaged some downtown buildings. 

Bruce Rauner has been sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.


 The Republican businessman took the oath of office Monday during an inaugural

ceremony in Springfield. He is the first Republican to lead the state in more

than a decade.


 Rauner defeated Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November with promises to ``shake

up'' state government. He faces an immediate challenge in working with a

Democratic-controlled Legislature to eliminate a multibillion-dollar budget



mug shot of Yolanduis McDuffie for arrest in Rock Island County, IL
submitted / IL Dept. of Corrections

Prosecutors in Rock Island County have dismissed charges against a 22 year old Moline man whose murder trial was supposed to begin Tuesday. Yolanduis McDuffie was accused of killing 24 year old Derek Jackson of Rock Island in December of 20-13. 

State's Attorney, John McGehee, says the case against McDuffie was dismissed "without prejudice," which means charges may be re-filed. He says new evidence was revealed before the trial began, leading to the decision.

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After a one-day special session of the legislature, Illinois is preparing to inaugurate its first republican governor in about 15 years.


Hoping to show their support for police, some local residents have organized an event for Friday's National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It'll be held in Davenport.

New Moline Alderman

Jan 7, 2015

The Moline city council is back up to full strength. Tuesday night Mayor Scott Raes appointed Carol Triebel to represent the third ward.She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Janet Bender in November, and will serve until the term expires in April.Triebel is retired from the City of Rock Island where she worked in the Planning Division as Housing Program Officer. Previously she worked at St.

A campaign has started in Dubuque to raise money to buy body cameras for police. Today the city's landlord association made the first donation - 2,500 dollars.

In a tweet yesterday, the Iowa Department of Transportation said a dozen of its snowplows were hit while half a foot of snow fell. The message also reminded drivers to be careful and give "snowfighters" more room to get roads cleared, and it included a link to this video.