News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

WIU photographer Larry Dean.

How to help college students, and others, who are not getting enough food will be the focus of an event Friday in Moline. Western Illinois University will host the second annual Food Insecurity Conference.

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Four people from the Quad Cities will provide food, water, and other assistance to people affected by flooding in Freeport. Flooding on the Pecatonica River has closed roads and forced residents out of their homes. 


Members of the Sikh community in the Quad Cities are hoping to keep up the pressure on local and state authorities after one of their members was the victim of a possible hate crime. In January, a driver for Uber, Gurjeet Singh, says a customer held a gun to his head and said "who are you loyal to ?" and "I hate turban people."

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For this week’s Big Story in the Quad-City Times, reporter Alma Gaul takes a look at urban revitalization in Davenport. She tells it through the story of a family familiar to the city—a family that made an investment Gaul says few would be willing to make: fixing up a seemingly forgotten home in a less-than-celebrated part of town.

The annual winter Stand Down for Homeless Veterans will be held Thursday in Davenport. / City of Rock Island

Crime in Rock Island has hit a 26-year low. This week, Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen presented last year's crime statistics to the city council.

A local musician working to restore an old church in LeClaire into a recording studio was badly injured in a fall.

Mikey Loy of the Penny Serfs discussed his band's latest album and his restoration work last week on WVIK's Talking Art podcast. Days after the interview aired, Loy fell 15 feet while refinishing the church's ceiling. 

Rock Island Housing Authority

Affordable housing in Rock Island is getting a face lift. Sunset Heights on Martin Luther King Drive/9th Street in Rock Island is undergoing a 12 million dollar renovation. 

Dr. Christopher Whitt has worked as a change maker in the Quad Cities community for over a decade. He recently accepted the opportunity to take on the role of the inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Joy and Gaye Shannon were new to the Quad Cities when they became students at Rock Island High School in the early 1970s. 

It was a time when political tension and unfair treatment of African American students persisted in schools. In 1972, this angst resulted in a week of unrest at Rock Island High School — often referred to as the Rocky riots.