today's headlines:

  • Deere will announce first quarter earnings today,
  • Governor Bruce Rauner proposes a major tax cut, 
  • and early retirements will help Bettendorf save money in next year's budget.

It should be cloudy today with areas of fog and a chance for rain. The high should be around 43. 

submitted / Bettendorf

Bettendorf aldermen have decided not to increase the property tax rate for next year. That's because enough employees plan to retire early which will help the city save money.

City Administrator Decker Ploehn says the city council held a budget meeting last weekend. Revenue has been coming in lower than forecast.


Five months after a fire severely damaged a school, it's time to accept bids for its restoration. This week, the Moline school board approved spending up to 4 1/2 million dollars at Franklin Elementary.

The annual winter Stand Down for Homeless Veterans will be held Thursday in Davenport.

today's headlines:

  • crime in Rock Island last year reached a 26-year low,
  • more cases of  Legionnaires' disease at the veterans home in Quincy,
  • and the "new" Steamwheelers are ready for their first season.

It should be sunny today with a high near 39. / City of Rock Island

Crime in Rock Island has hit a 26-year low. This week, Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen presented last year's crime statistics to the city council.


Almost a decade after the team disbanded and the league closed down, professional indoor football has returned to the Quad Cities. Tuesday, one day after practice began, the Quad City Steamwheelers held a ceremonial ribbon cutting to open their new office in downtown Moline. 

A local musician working to restore an old church in LeClaire into a recording studio was badly injured in a fall.

Mikey Loy of the Penny Serfs discussed his band's latest album and his restoration work last week on WVIK's Talking Art podcast. Days after the interview aired, Loy fell 15 feet while refinishing the church's ceiling. 

Today's headlines:

  • The federal tax overhaul helped boost profits for HNI Corporation,
  • With virtual reality you can explore the new I-74 bridge before it's built,
  • And this week NIU remembers the campus shootings 10 years ago.

It should be cloudy today with a high near 30, but with wind chills as low as zero.

Rock Island Housing Authority

Affordable housing in Rock Island is getting a face lift. Sunset Heights on Martin Luther King Drive/9th Street in Rock Island is undergoing a 12 million dollar renovation.