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.

Click It or Ticket

May 21, 2018
Illinois State Police

As Memorial Day approaches, and the summer driving season officially begins, a new effort is being made to remind us about the importance of seat belts. Monday police agencies across the country began participating in a "Click It or Ticket" campaign. 


After much study and planning, the Salvation Army is going to change how it helps the homeless in the Quad Cities. Monday Army leaders announced instead of operating an emergency homeless shelter, they will help families stay in their apartments and homes.

Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission

A member of the Illinois General Assmbly from the Quad Cities wants to help expand passenger rail service in this part of the country. State Representative Mike Halpin from Rock Island has just been appointed to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission. 

Hearland Alliance

While other states have begun to recover since the great recession, Illinois has not. That's the conclusion of the latest annual study of poverty in the state by the Heartland Alliance, a Chicago-based non-profit that focuses on human rights, housing, health care, and employment.

Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

Today's headlines:

  • it was another strong quarter for Deere and Company,
  • an arrest for a murder in Bellevue on Christmas 2016,
  • and the Muscatine library closes for a month so it can move to a new site.

Cloudy skies today, with a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 69.

State of Illinois

On Midwest Week, with just a couple weeks left in the spring session, what has the Illinois General Assembly accomplished so far.

City of Muscatine

The Musser Public Library in Muscatine will close for a month, starting Friday night, and move several blocks to the former headquarters of HNI Corporation. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

Today's headlines:

  • the Dixon High School shooting suspect has been moved from hospital to jail,
  • one expert worries about the impact of expanded sports gambling,
  • and Rock Island County hires a new administrator.

It should be sunny today with a high near 78, and east winds at 10-15 mph.

Rock Island County

After a long national search, Rock Island County has officially hired a new county administrator. Wednesday  night, the county board voted unanimously to approve a contract with Jim Snider.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Today's headlines:

  • preservation groups discuss ways to save the Rock Island County courthouse,
  • another old warehouse in downtown Davenport has become apartments,
  • and an app to help Clinton County residents remember where they vote.

Sunny today with a high near 84, and light east winds.