WVIK News Focus


The WVIK Newsroom and reporters from partner stations in Illinois and Iowa produce News Focus stories. These detailed features are longer than regular newscast stories and are frequently broadcast during Morning Edition at 6:43, 7:43, and 8:43 a.m. and All Things Considered at 4:44 p.m.

Scott County Waste Commission


Last summer, the Scott County Waste Commission started single-stream recycling. But lithium and re-chargeable batteries are not on the list of things to "Go All In" (that's the name of the ad campaign to promote the program).

A brown and cream-colored owl perches on a tree branch with green leaves in the background.
submitted / TPC Deere Run Maintenance Operations

TPC Deere Run is known for more than hosting the John Deere Classic every summer. It's also known as an outdoor classroom, a training ground for firefighters, and for environmental stewardship.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Mayors who live along the Mississippi River are asking the federal government to spend nearly $8 billion dollars on its infrastructure. 

A map shows a highlighted area on part of the campus with the library on the north & the site where the new art museum will be built to the south.
http://www.iowaregents.edu/media/cms/0616-pf03-pdf6EA1D0D8.pdf / Iowa Board of Regents

As art from the University of Iowa tours Europe, the leadership at the art museum in Iowa City has changed. More than eight years after the Iowa River flooded the old art museum, former Congressman Jim Leach is serving as Interim Director.  Michelle O'Neill reports that former UIMA Director, Sean O'Harrow, can't think of a better person to be at the helm, as the university begins the process of building a new art museum.


Closeup of the trailer court - the levee is to the right of the first white line along the edge of the trailer court property.
Photo of submitted image / Carbon Cliff Barstow Fire District

The fire station in Barstow may be at a higher risk of flooding because of damage to a dirt levee. That's according to the president of the Carbon Cliff Barstow Fire District.

But Michelle O'Neill reports the land-owner, Rock Island County, has no plans to fix it, and a state agency agrees.

formal portrait of Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson, a republican
http://fxgallery.com/il-senators-and-representatives-2016.html / Illinois Senate

Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson is confident the senate can compromise and pass a budget.

But Michelle O'Neill reports the Moline lawmaker is not sure what will happen in the Illinois House.


State Senator Neil Anderson says the 100th Illinois General Assembly has just started. And he has high hopes. Everyone is fed up with not having a budget. And it appears that senators finally realize they need each other, need to work together, and compromise is necessary.

Screenshot from election coverage by The Des Moines Register
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/09/donald-trump-won-iowa-pitch-perfect-message-iowans-desperate-change/93553216/ / The Des Moines Register

Since the election, republican party leaders in the Midwest have been answering a lot of questions about why so many people voted for Donald Trump.

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill talks with three GOP officials, starting with the chair of the Iowa Republican Party.

photos of Mike Smiddy (D) & Tony McCombie (R)

In northwestern Illinois, Savanna Mayor Tony McCombie is trying to unseat Hillsdale State Representative Mike Smiddy.

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill reports on the hard-fought, 71st District race for the Illinois House.

two formal portraits, on left a white man with glasses and graying hair, on the right a white woman with blonde, curly hair

A Rock Island attorney and a Moline business owner are competing to represent residents of Illinois House District 72. That's Pat Verschoore's seat. The Milan democrat will retire after the fall veto session.

Before democratic candidate Mike Halpin went into private practice, he worked for Congressman Lane Evans, helping constituents deal with government agencies.

Republican candidate Brandi McGuire runs Skiles Driving School and founded a non-profit to help people with epilepsy. On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill reports.

submitted / Waste Commission of Scott County

Davenport and Bettendorf residents have more than doubled the amount of paper, plastic, and metal they recycle. About a month ago, the Scott County Waste Commission began single-stream recycling.  

On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill talks with the commission's director, Kathy Morris who's thrilled with the new, "Go All In" system.