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After years of planning, and going to court, Rock Island County is ready to build a new courthouse.

Chris Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, is the latest Democrat to announce a bid for Illinois governor.
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Chris Kennedy announced on Wednesday he will run for Illinois governor in 2018 in what's shaping up to be a crowded race for Democrats vying to take on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. 

Education, taxes, and transportation will be the main topics when business and government leaders from the Quad Cities make their annual trip to Des Moines. Wednesday and Thursday, the chamber of commerce will lead a delegation of about 35 people. 

On January 25, 2017, John F. Kelly was ceremonially sworn in as the fifth Secretary of Homeland Security by Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump and Secretary Kelly's family look on.
Barry Bahler / Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he wishes the rollout of President Donald Trump's travel ban had been delayed until he had a chance to prepare lawmakers for what was coming. Kelly's comment is the most direct acknowledgment by a high-level administration official that the rollout of Trump's executive order had been mishandled.

A refugee family arrives at the Quad City International Airport (luggage claim). / World Relief Moline

The local World Relief office is responding to questions from refugees now living in the Quad Cities.

Director Amy Rowell says the phone calls started when President Trump signed executive orders to ban refugees and immigrants. Rowell says the administration also cut in half the number of new refugees the US will accept this year. That means World Relief in Moline will help re-settle about half of the 225 people it expected.

Great River Development

East Moline is preparing to take the next step in the development of the former Case I-H plant property. Monday night the city council will hold a public hearing on the River Bend redevelopment project.

Tony McCombie writes a note on her first bill.
Tony McCombie / submitted

Tony McCombie has introduced her first bill in the Illinois House.

If it passes, the measure would help small municipalities during the budget impasse.

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Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

Closeup of the trailer court - the levee is to the right of the first white line along the edge of the trailer court property.
Photo of submitted image / Carbon Cliff Barstow Fire District

The fire station in Barstow may be at a higher risk of flooding because of damage to a dirt levee. That's according to the president of the Carbon Cliff Barstow Fire District.

But Michelle O'Neill reports the land-owner, Rock Island County, has no plans to fix it, and a state agency agrees.

The Bettendorf city council will have a lot of choices to fill a vacant seat. Tuesday was the deadline to file a resume with the city, and 16 were received.