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.

Cash for Your Old Appliances

Sep 22, 2014

  You can now get cash for your old appliances. MidAmerican Energy is offering free pick-ups for old refrigerators, freezers, and window air conditioners, and will pay for each one.  By calling a toll-free number, customers can have a recycling company haul away appliances that are no longer being used and receive a cash rebate. MidAmerican will pay 50 dollars for recycled refrigerators and freezers, and 25 dollars for air conditioners.  MidAmerican spokeswoman, Ruth Comer, says the new recycling program makes sense environmentally and economically.  

Thomson Prison Job Fair

Sep 19, 2014

If this week's job fair is any indication, the federal Bureau of Prisons will have no trouble finding employees for its new prison in Thomson, Illinois. Village president, Vicky Trager, says about 12-hundred people showed up for the three-day fair at the prison in Carroll County. And she's heard from bureau officials, including the warden, they're very pleased with the turnout.

Trager says anyone who would like to apply for a job can do so online at usajobs.gov. Then search for either Thomson Illinois or by its zip code ( 61285 ). Then click on "US citizens."

Academically, the United Township School District is making good progress, but finances will be a huge challenge in the months ahead. That was the message last night from Superintendent Jay Morrow to a community forum. He says graduation rates have reached all-time highs in the past couple of years - at just over 90 per cent - compared to ten years ago when UT struggled to graduate 80 per cent of its seniors.


Homecoming weekend at Saint Ambrose University will include an extra celebration this year. Saturday morning, the college will mark the completion of exterior renovations to Ambrose Hall. Mike Poster, vice president for finance, says the goal of the 5.6 million dollar project was to put the historic elements back on the first campus building, dating back to 1885.

The project also included replacing more than 500 windows, some original to Ambrose Hall, to help save money on energy. 

And for the first time, there's a clock on one side of the tower. 

Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Sep 19, 2014
WVIK News / WVIK News

Homeless veterans in the Quad Cities are receiving food, medical tests, and other services this weekend. The group called Bridging the Gap, is holding its 16th annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.

For the 5th year, residents of Dubuque are invited to help celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. The Dubuque International Day of Peace Festival begins Friday and lasts for a week.One of the planners of the festival, Art Roche, says Sunday will be the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. The goal is to remind us that there are alternatives to war. 

Roche says the first Day of Peace in Dubuque had just one event, but since then it's grown to a variety of events and activities around the city, with many sponsors. 

This week on Midwest Week, a look back at the just-completed season of the Quad Cities River Bandits - on and off the field.Herb Trix's guest is Steve Batterson, sports writer for the Quad City Times.

Smithsonian Exhibit at Rock Island Library

Sep 17, 2014
WVIK Staff

Quad Cities residents can now visit a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, celebrating sports. "Hometown Teams" is now on display at the Rock Island Main Library. The interactive exhibit combines national and local sports footage, photos, and memorabilia. This is the sound from one of the videos.  

Television screens, ipads, flip-books, and links to apps are included in each "Hometown Teams" display. Visitors can even smell the food from one Pittsburgh ball park, by squeezing a fake mustard bottle. 

East Moline

A private company will probably take over garbage collection in East Moline next year. Monday night, the city council gave its preliminary approval to signing a seven-year contract with Republic Services.City administrator Cole O'Donnell says privatization has been discussed in recent years but aldermen did not want to lay off any city workers. Now though, four people have retired from the Public Works department, and that's how many employees it takes to collect trash. So all current workers can keep their jobs. 

Davenport Open Checkbook

Sep 16, 2014

Davenport's "checkbook" is now online and accessible to anyone. Finance Director, Brandon Wright, says this week, the city began using some new software that makes it possible to look up, and see details, of the hundreds of checks written by the city each week.

Wright says payroll information is also accessible - by job title or by the employee's name, and by regular pay versus overtime.