Herb Trix

News Director, Host All Things Considered and Midwest Week

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.

While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS.

Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.

Herb resides in Moline with his wife Diane, and their dog Sally.

Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Worried that they might lose an important incentive for economic development, the Illinois Quad Cities plans to re-apply to the state for an enterprise zone. Rock Island County and five cities have had one of these zones for nearly 30 years, and it's due to expire next year.

city of Muscatine

The state will help Muscatine pay for a new library, dog park, and bike trail. Last week, the Enhance Iowa Board approved 500,000 dollars for the Pearls of Progress Project.

Dr. Judith Kaur
Courtesy of Augustana College

A medical oncologist who's studied cancer among Native Americans has been honored by Augustana College. Thursday night, Dr. Judith Kaur received this year's Richard Swanson Humanitarian Award.

WVIK News

The Channel Cat Water Taxi will carry its last passengers of the year, this weekend. Operated by MetroLINK, the Channel Cat has carried nearly 44,000 people since Memorial Day.

On Midwest Week, to understand the 2016 election, look no further than Henry County, Illinois.

City of Davenport

A longtime member of the Davenport Fire Department has died. Fire Marshall Mike Hayman died Thursday afternoon after suffering what's called "a serious medical issue" late Wednesday night or early Thursday  morning.

tonight's headlines:

  • Their union says attacks against Illinois prison guards have jumped 50 per cent.
  • One of the democrats running for Illinois governor has dropped out of the race.
  • The Augustana College board of trustees has a new chair.
  • and in Moline, Lutheran and Catholic churches celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation.

The forecast for tonight: becoming partly cloudy, low 53. Tomorrow partly sunny, high 73.

WVIK News

Even though Augustana College has changed a great deal since he was a student, the role of trustees has not. That's according to John Murabito, the incoming chair of the board of trustees. 

Diocese of Davenport

A health expert, author, and human rights activist is this year's winner of the Pacem in Terris, Peace and Freedom Award. Widad Akreyi was born in the Kurdish region of Iraq, and as a child witnessed the genocidal campaign by Saddam Hussein against the Kurds in the late 1980's.

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