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.

With the Iowa primary less than three weeks away, there's help for residents of Clinton County who may not remember where to cast their ballots. The county is once again offering a free app called "WhereUVote."

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018

today's headlines:

  • what money might be used to pay for the demolition of the RI County courthouse,
  • new traffic changes for downtown Moline,
  • and Rock Island helps a company expand and add jobs.

It should be sunny today, with a high near 83 and light northeast winds. 

Crawford Company

Thanks to growing interest in micro-brewing and brew pubs across the country, a Rock Island company is going to expand and add jobs. Monday night, the city council approved incentives for the Crawford Company to buy a vacant warehouse on 31st Avenue.

Whitey's Ice Cream

One of the best known Quad Cities businesses is celebrating its 85th anniversary this week. Whitey's Ice Cream first opened in 1933. 

Quad City Airport

Later this month, a new executive director will take over at the Quad City Airport. Tuesday morning, the Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Ben Leischner to replace Bruce Carter who's retiring after 19 years. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

today's headlines:

  • commissioners of the QC Airport consider hiring a new executive director,
  • Project NOW celebrates its 50th birthday,
  • and several of the state's most scenic locations are in northern and northwestern Illinois.

It should be cloudy today with a 30 % chance of showers, especially in the morning. High near 78.

A new leader for the Quad City Airport may be chosen on Tuesday. The agenda for the Board of Commissioners includes "to consider and approve hiring of Airport Executive Director."

A long fight against poverty in the Quad Cities is being celebrated this week. Tuesday is the 50th birthday of Project NOW which provides services in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties.

Illinois Top 200

Northern and northwestern Illinois are well represented among the ten most scenic locations in the state. The results are in from the latest voting by state residents during the Illinois Bicentennial celebration. 

National Weather Service

After cresting over the weekend, the Mississippi River has started to fall, but very slowly.