Western Illinois University is an economic driver in the region by employing hundreds of people and bringing in thousands of students to the campuses in Macomb and the Quad Cities. The University also strives to grow the local economy by lending a helping hand to entrepreneurs and small business owners through its Small Business Development Center.
With help from a private foundation, the auditorium at Moline High School will soon be transformed into a performing arts center. Monday night the board of education approved plans to renovate and expand the current facility.
Work on next year's budget for the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is nearly finished. Monday night trustees will hold a public hearing, and then vote on a proposal for Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine Community Colleges.
Western Illinois University wants to do more to help the Quad Cities area create new businesses and expand existing companies. In January, the university opened its second Small Business Development Center on its riverfront campus in Moline. Michelle O'Neill reports WIU also opened a new, International Trade Center.
A tuition hike and layoffs will be considered Thursday night by trustees of Black Hawk College. Last month, college president Bettie Truitt announced the elimination of 17 jobs, saying that would help keep tuition at an affordable level.
After about ten months of negotiations, and threats of a strike, teachers in the East Moline School District have a new contract. Thursday members of the East Moline Education Association ratified the tentative agreement that had been reached with the school board just one day earlier.