News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

After a long weekend of eating and shopping, non-profits are asking people to think about charity.

Rick Miers taught social studies and history for 36 years–30 of them were spent at Rock Island High School. He discusses his career with Dave Geenen for The Great Quad Cities Listen.

A closeup of Mr. Thanksgiving who wears a white baseball hat and plaid shirt
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Mr. Thanksgiving is "showing the ropes" to his protege, while getting ready to serve turkey to thousands of people. Bob Vogelbaugh says third grader, Isaac Rumler, plans to become Mr. Thanksgiving Junior in four years.

Vogelbaugh says two weeks ago, Rumler's parents got a surprise when he unexpectedly told reporters about their son's plans. But the Moline man and former school board member has talked with the Rumlers since then, and they're okay with it.

Arconic New Furnace

Nov 21, 2017
Arconic Inc.

Arconic will invest more money in its Davenport Works plant.  The aerospace and industrial company plans to install a horizontal heat treat furnace.  It will create longer and thicker aluminum plate for aircraft wings, skins, and other structural components.

The Quad Cities has joined a national program to honor, and help, people who take care of wounded, ill, and injured veterans. "Hidden Heroes" supports military caregivers, is sponsored nationwide by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and already has chapters in more than 100 cities.

Madison Keys meets students from Rock Island High School's new women's empowerment group, the Rocky Riveters.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK

2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys returned home Friday to host an anti-bullying assembly at Augustana College in partnership with the non-profit organization FearlesslyGiRL.

Charles & Hudson / Flickr

In the next Quad-City Times 'big story,' Barb Ickes takes readers along on a Gold Key tour at John Deere Davenport Works.

City of Davenport

The Festival of Trees Holiday Parade is planned for this Saturday at 10 a.m.  The staging area will be on Third Street between Pershing Avenue and Iowa Street.  

Linda Johnson (top) interviewed Betty Pfau and Juanita Farmer.
Jared Johnson / WVIK

Sisters Juanita Farmer and Betty Pfau talk with Juanita's daughter, Linda Johnson, about growing up in Hampton, Illinois as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen. 

Elvia and Gregorio Aguilar (left) and their son, Greg Aguilar.
Courtesy of Greg Aguilar

Greg Aguilar and his mother, Elvia, recorded their Great Quad Cities Listen interview at the Boys and Girls Club in Moline during Mercado on Fifth.