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state of Iowa

Collective bargaining, gun rights, and school funding are just a few of the issues debated by the Iowa legislature this year. And on Midwest Week, a look at what happened.  

John Brown Retires

Apr 26, 2017
Herb Trix / WVIK

A long career in local government and supervising elections is about to end. Wednesday Rock Island County Chief Deputy Clerk John Brown announced his retirement, effective on Friday.

Iowa Department of Transportation

If all goes according to plan, construction of the new I-74 bridge will begin this summer. Tuesday the Iowa Department of Transportation opened bids for the project connecting Moline with Bettendorf, across the Mississippi River.

WVIK News / WVIK Quad Cities NPR

A pilot project that's part of a larger pilot project in Davenport is ready to start. Later this week, cameras will be turned on and start recording along a section of Washington Street. 

Chelsea Beck/NPR

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter. Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions," and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward."

Rock Island County GOP

Republicans in Rock Island County have a new leader. Thursday night, members of the central committee elected Mike Steffen to replace outgoing county chair Bill Bloom.

Court Denies Blagojevich 3rd Sentencing

Apr 21, 2017
Screenshot of a graphic shows Blagojevich's release date is May 23, 2024.
Bureau of Prisons website / U.S. Bureau of Prisons

A federal court took just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, dashing one of the Democrat's last hopes of getting out of prison before he has served his full 14-year sentence for corruption. 

city of Davenport

A Davenport alderman has admitted lying to a federal grand jury last year. Tuesday 3rd ward alderman Bill Boom appeared in U.S. District Court in Davenport and pleaded guilty to making a false declaration before a grand jury. 

Family Law Experiment

Apr 18, 2017

An experiment is underway in eastern Iowa to change how divorce and other family law cases are handled by the courts. The goal of the pilot project is to speed up simple cases, allow more people to represent themselves, and give judges a more active role.

State Employees, Retirees to Rauner: Do Your Job

Apr 17, 2017
WVIK Staff

Around 50 protestors gathered in downtown Moline Monday afternoon to protest what they see as Bruce Rauner's failure to pass a budget.