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Heather Johnson, City of Davenport

Help is available for Davenport residents who may be having furnace problems during this extremely cold weather. As part of its year-round home re-hab program, the city offers loans for emergency furnace repairs.

Bob Vogelbaugh (left), At-Large Ald. Stephanie Acri (center) & 2nd Ward Ald. Dave Parker (right)
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Moline's Municipal Officers Electoral Board has set the agenda for next week's hearings about challenges to nomination papers.

After City Clerk Tracy Koranda recused herself on Monday, the next day, Rock Island County Chief Judge Walter Braud appointed Connie Mohr-Wright to replace Koranda on the three-member board. Mohr-Wright is the Supervisor in South Moline Township.

LInda Miller

A member of the Iowa legislature from the Quad Cities has resigned to take a new job. Thursday Governor Terry Branstad named State Representative Linda Miller from Bettendorf to be director of the Iowa Department on Aging. 

Township officials discuss emergency housing funding at Moline Township Hall.
Sam Dunklau / WVIK News

Rock Island County residents can get help paying their rent or mortgage. Today, Moline Township announced nearly $25,000 is available for Emergency Food and Shelter. The federal money will be distributed to residents of all the county's 18 townships.

Moline City Clerk Tracy Koranda (left), 6th Ward Ald. Kevin Schoonmaker (center) & 5th Ward Ald. Lori Turner get ready to begin this morning's electoral board hearing in council chambers.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A judge has filled an open seat on Moline's electoral board, and it will meet again later this week. During Monday's hearings about challenges to nominating petitions filed by several candidates, City Clerk Tracy Koranda recused herself from serving on the three-member electoral board.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the city announced Rock Island County Chief Judge Walter Braud appointed Connie Mohr-Wright as Koranda's replacement. She serves as Supervisor of South Moline Township. And the Moline electoral board will reconvene at 9 am on Friday.

It's expected to consider Mayor Scott Raes' challenges of nominating petitions filed by mayoral candidates, Bob Vogelbaugh and Stephanie Acri, plus Sonia Berg who's running for city council. It may also consider Dick Potter's challenge of Alderman John Zelnio's petition.

We'll have to wait to find out who will run for Moline mayor next year. This morning, the electoral board met to consider Mayor Scott Raes' challenge of nominating petitions filed by Bob Vogelbaugh and Stephanie Acri, who plan to run for mayor. Raes says they're not numbered as required by law.

Bob Vogelbaugh (left), At-Large Ald. Stephanie Acri (center) & 2nd Ward Ald. Dave Parker (right)
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Stephanie Acri and Bob Vogelbaugh say minor mistakes shouldn't prevent them from being on the ballot in next spring's mayoral election. This morning in front of Moline City Hall, the two candidates told reporters Mayor Scott Raes' challenges to their nominating petitions should be dismissed. He says Acri and Vogelbaugh failed to number each signature page, as required by state law.

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An old motel in downtown Bettendorf may soon be torn down and replaced by new apartments. This week, the city council gave its preliminary approval to a development agreement with Frank Levy and Twin Bridges Associates.


Cheerleaders, a pep band, and hundreds of happy Exelon workers welcomed Governor Bruce Rauner to northwest Illinois Wednesday. At Riverdale High School in Port Byron, he signed the bill that will keep open nuclear power plants in Cordova, near the Quad Cities, and Clinton in central Illinois. 

Cheri Bustos

Following her overwhelming re-election in a district won by Donald Trump, Democrats in the US House have promoted Cheri Bustos to a job in leadership. Monday night, they elected the congresswoman from East Moline to be one of three co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.


One month after the city administrator announced his retirement, Moline may hire a professional search firm to find a replacement. Tuesday night, alderman will consider hiring GovHR USA, based in Northbrook, Illinois, having used the same firm several times in the past when it was called the PAR Group.