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 Augie.

First Army Centennial

4 hours ago

One of the commands based on Arsenal Island is preparing to celebrate its centennial. First Army was formed in 1918, and its headquarters moved to the Quad Cities in 2011.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

8 hours ago

today's headlines:

  • the new list of endangered Ill. historic sites includes the RI County courthouse,
  • a strike may be avoided at Western Illinois University,
  • and the Quad Cities 43rd Honor Flight will travel to Washington DC today.

The forecast calls for a sunny sky with a high near 67. 

Landmarks Illinois

Just as Rock Island County moves closer to a final decision on the courthouse, a statewide group is trying to promote its preservation. Wednesday Landmarks Illinois released its annual list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in the state.


After seven months without a county administrator, the Rock Island County board may choose a replacement Wednesday night. The board is scheduled to interview James Snider in closed session, and then may come into open session to vote on hiring him.

University of Iowa

A former congressman who represented the Quad Cities for most of his 30 years in Washington will visit Augustana College Thursday. Jim Leach will give this year's Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lecture in Public Affairs, "What is Precedented and Un-precedented in American Politics."

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018

Today's headlines:

  • Davenport Schools Superintendent Art Tate wants to retire next year,
  • Rock Island County may have found its next county administrator,
  • and a local team travels to a national robot competition.

It should be sunny today with a high near 62 and light northeast winds.


A national search for a new Rock Island County administrator is nearly over. The county board may decide Wednesday night to hire James Snider from Freeport, Illinois.

Tate Announces Retirement

Apr 24, 2018
Davenport School District

A long career in education will end next year. Monday night, Davenport Superintendent Art Tate notified the school board that he wants to retire in June, 2019.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Apr 24, 2018

Today's headlines:

  • a proposal to let people vote on lowering their property taxes in Illinois,
  • Iowa legislators continue working on a tax cut bill,
  • and road construction closes Maquoketa Caves State Park.

Sunny today, with a high near 73.

Glen Gardner

A major tourist draw in eastern Iowa will be closed for the next four months. Re-construction of the road through Maquoketa Caves State Park will require the closing of the park, starting Monday (4/23) , and continuing into August.