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.

tonight's headlines:

  • repairs on Government Bridge are done for this week, but there'll be more next week,
  • why the Salvation Army fell short of its goal for the Christmas campaign,
  • and in his state of the state address, the Illinois governor called for tax and spending cuts.

Cloudy tonight with a low around 19. Sunny on Thursday, with temperatures falling to 15 by late in the day. 

Knox College

For Knox College, it's a two-fer. This year's commencement speaker is a comedian AND and graduate of the college.

Instacart Opens in QC

Jan 31, 2018

An internet-based grocery delivery service is expanding to the Quad Cities. Instacart officially opens for business here Wednesday, allowing people to order online, and have groceries delivered to their home.

tonight's headlines:

  • utility companies in Iowa are trying to decide how to pass their tax savings on to customers,
  • treatment not jail is the focus of a new drug program called "Safe Passage,"
  • and an NFL traveling exhibit designed by a QC company opens in Davenport this weekend.

Cloudy and breezy tonight with temperatures rising to near 35. Partly sunny Wednesday, high 46. 

Safe Passage Begins

Jan 30, 2018

A new program to help drug addicts will stress treatment instead of arrest and jail. Tuesday police and the sheriff's department in Rock Island County, and the Robert Young Center announced "Safe Passage."

tonight's headlines:

  • a veteran of the Bettendorf Police Department will probably be its next chief,
  • for the third time in seven years, RAGBRAI will end in the Quad Cities this summer,
  • and a Galesburg woman will attend the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Clear tonight with a low near 12. Increasing clouds on Tuesday, with a high near 34. 


Davenport continues its efforts to stabilize a low income neighborhood where there have been many vacant lots. This weekend it will hold open houses on East 6th Street for three new homes that are part of the Urban Homestead Program.

Moline Fire Department

Some residents of Moline are being warned to prepare for possible flooding. Ice jams in the Rock River near the I-74 bridge are causing the level of the river to rise. 

Residents of Illinois should soon start paying less for their electricity and natural gas. The Illinois Commerce Commission, which regulates public utilities, has ordered 22 companies to reduce their rates or show why they shouldn't have to.

tonight's headlines:

  • Government Bridge will be closed for 3 days next week, and the following week, for repairs,
  • and Scott Community College celebrates the opening of its new downtown campus.

Cloudy tonight with gusty south winds, low near 35. Sunny on Saturday with a high around 47.