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Ill Dept of Transportation

After many years of study, the Illinois Department of Transportation has decided not to widen a historic highway in Whiteside County. Thursday afternoon it will hold a public open house in Morrison to explain the decision affecting US 30, from Fulton to Rock Falls.

Wilson-Neuleib Sentenced

Mar 15, 2017
Wilson-Neuleib, wearing yellow-orange inmate shirt and pants, walks through a door.
Screenshot from pool video / pool

For the second time, a Moline teenager has been sentenced to a long term in prison for murder. Wednesday afternoon, 19 year old Lamaree Wilson-Neuleib received a total of 62 years - 50 years for murder and 12 years for aggravated battery, to be served consecutively.

Chairman of the Rock Island County Republican Central Committee, Bill Bloom (file)
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

After three years and a lot of changes, Bill Bloom will step down as Chair of the Rock Island County GOP. He's retired but has accepted a contract position with Deere and Company.

Bloom was first elected after the 2014 primary election. He says over the last five elections, GOP candidates have won eight seats on the Rock Island County Board.

A four-month project to improve a busy intersection in Davenport is scheduled to begin on Monday (3/13/17). In four stages, contractors will widen Division Street, at Kimberly Road, and add turn lanes.

Illinois Secretary of State

Is there hope for an end to Illinois' long budget impasse ? Can the so-called "grand bargain" end two years of bickering between the governor and leaders of the General Assembly ?

Davenport Dept of Public Works

Besides reopening roads after minor flooding on the Mississippi River, Davenport's Public Works Department is preparing for snow.


Motorists who travel along John Deere Road better prepare themselves for delays and detours. On Thursday a two-year project begins to widen John Deere Road in Moline. 

As Illinois enters its 21st month without a real budget, several questions occupy observers of state government: Is the state Senate's "grand bargain" dead? If so, who killed it? Where do we go from here? And has anyone heard from the Illinois House of Representatives?

Drivers in Bettendorf will have to get used to finding alternate routes this year. Tuesday night the city council will hold a public hearing on the new budget, and it includes millions of dollars for major road, sewer, and storm sewer projects.

Rhythm City Riverboat Casino parked on the Missippippi River
WVIK News / WVIK News

The Iowa Supreme Court has decided it may review an open records case stemming from Davenport's attempt to buy the Rhythm City Casino. Late last week, the high court released a list of cases it has denied consideration, and a list of cases it might accept.