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.

The fatal shooting of a Davenport man last month was justified.

Rhythm City Land Plan

Sep 3, 2014
submitted / Rhythm City Casino, Scott County Casino LLC

Plans for a 110 million dollar land-based casino are now in the hands of Davenport city staff. Tuesday night, officials from the Rhythm City Casino presented details of their project to Davenport's Planning and Zoning Commission. General manager, Mo Hyder, says the 40-acre site is at the southwest corner of Interstate 80 and I-74.

Jim Wozniak has decided to gamble "big" on the fall election. Today the candidate for the Illinois House announced he's resigning from his job as an assistant state's attorney in Rock Island County.He's running as a republican in District 71 which is now represented by democrat Mike Smiddy of Hillsdale.Wozniak says he gave his two week notice to the state's attorney's office to show he's 100 per cent committed to going to Springfield. The 71st district includes parts of Rock Island, Henry, Carroll, and Whiteside counties. 

New help is available in the Quad Cities for children with special needs. An organization called The Homestead has opened an autism center, in Davenport.The Homestead CEO Steve Muller says the center on Utica Ridge Road opened in July and now serves about a dozen children. The Homestead already operates several other autism centers in Cedar Rapids and the Des Moines area.

The Quad Cities River Bandits set a record this season. Following the final home games of the regular season over the weekend, attendance per game surpassed the previous record by about 400.

Jumers Crossing Update

Aug 29, 2014

This week on Midwest Week, Steve Elliott, reporter for the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, talks with Herb Trix about Rock Island's controversial development project. It's tied up in a court challenge with the village of Milan, and nearby residents.

Another Traffic Headache

Aug 29, 2014

Another road construction project will begin tying up traffic in downtown Moline. Today (tues), a contractor will begin working on River Drive between 19th and 23rd streets. This week, the Illinois Department of Transportation says the work should not significantly affect traffic. But, next Monday (9/8), River Drive and the ramps to and from I-74 will be closed.

Some new evidence may help solve the death of Emilio Perez.

Run With Carl

Aug 28, 2014

An annual fundraising run for college scholarships will end this weekend. After 20 years, organizers of the Run With Carl have decided Monday will be the last one.  Spokeswoman Jamie Lange says the race was started by the Schillig family to honor their son Carl, an avid runner, who was killed in a car accident. Since the first race in 1995, up to 14-hundred people have participated each year to raise money for college scholarships for graduates of Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high schools.  She says the family decided the 20th year would be a good time to end the Run With Carl. 

As the new school year starts, students at North Scott High School are learning how to dodge demolition and construction. Work started this month on the next phase of renovations - the administrative offices, media center, and main entry. Director of Operations, John Netwal, says that follows updating of the locker rooms, wrestling rooms, and bathrooms in the 57 year old building.Netwal says this work at the high school is the latest project included in the updated master plan adopted two years ago.

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