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Residents of Illinois should soon start paying less for their electricity and natural gas. The Illinois Commerce Commission, which regulates public utilities, has ordered 22 companies to reduce their rates or show why they shouldn't have to.

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On Tuesday, January 30th, NPR News will offer live special coverage of President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address and the Democratic Party response. And you can hear it live on WVIK beginning at 8 pm. 

Government Bridge Closing

Jan 26, 2018
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The Government Bridge will be closed for several days both next week and the following week for repairs. / MidAmerican Energy, posted on the IUB website

Utilities in Iowa agree their customers should reap the benefits of corporate tax cuts. This afternoon, the Iowa Utilities Board held a workshop featuring presentations from several companies, including MidAmerican Energy and Iowa American Water Company. This month, the corporate tax rate dropped from 35% to 21%.

Tom Specketer, VP and CFO of MidAmerican Energy, told the utilities board the company estimates it may save around $99 million on its federal tax bill. And Specketer said the utility already has a way to share the savings with customers.

The political action committee associated with the progressive advocacy platform announced Thursday its endorsement of Illinois State Sen. Daniel Biss for Governor of Illinois. / MidAmerican Energy website

Customers of MidAmerican Energy and the Iowa American Water Company may get a break on their bills.

During a workshop tomorrow, the Iowa Utilities Board will hear from several companies about the effects of the new federal tax law.

Army Corps of Engineers

The mayors of Davenport and Dubuque met with President Trump Wednesday to talk about the Mississippi River and its possible inclusion in a future federal infrastructure bill. Frank Klipsch and Roy Buol were members of a delegation from the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.

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The City of Muscatine hopes Iowa lawmakers don't outlaw automatic traffic cameras. 

City spokesman, Kevin Jenison, says the district court upheld an Iowa DOT order for Muscatine to stop ticketing speeders using Automated Traffic Enforcement near U.S. Highway 61 and University Drive. The city is appealing.

John Hitchcock, who has worked for the Moline Police Department for 26 years, will be sworn in as Police Chief on Tuesday night.