News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

A patient room in the new unit with a bed, chair, and two windows
submitted / Genesis Health System

A local hospital now has another option for patients with anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

Genesis Health System held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning for its new, Behavioral Intervention Unit at its west campus in Davenport.


A fire truck sits in front of a building with smoke pouring out of the roof as Rock Island firefighters try to put out a fire at Jake O's Grille on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island.
Todd Mizener / Dispatch & Rock Island Argus

Traffic on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island is still blocked between 24th and 30th streets due to a fire. Around 4:00 a.m., firefighters were called to Jake O's Grille in the 2900 block, next to the Virdi Eye Clinic.

Blackhawk Road had to be closed because the fire hydrants are located on the north side with the restaurant on the south. And the building is located close to the road without room for fire trucks in the parking lot.

New CEO for Vera French

Jan 30, 2017
Vera French

One of the principal providers of mental health services in the Quad Cities has a new leader. Last week, Richard Whitaker began working as chief executive officer of the Vera French Community Mental Health Center in Davenport. 

Nazir Kayali of Bettendorf talks with his family back in Syria nearly every day.

“Thank God the internet still works over there, so we always communicate texting each other or even calling each other sometimes,” he says.

On this episode, we're joined by a panel of producers and contributors of other podcasts to share their impressions of the case against Stanley Liggins:

Each Sunday, the Quad-City Times publishes "The Big Story," an in-depth report in the Sunday paper. WVIK previews these stories Thursdays during Morning Edition.

About a month ago, Dan Petrella, Springfield Bureau Chief for Lee Enterprises, wrote about the impact of the Illinois budget impasse, days before the stop-gap measure was set to expire.

This week, he's writing about the stalemate again, after the Illinois Senate has made some progress on a budget compromise.

"Barn Raisers" Premiere

Jan 25, 2017

The new documentary by Quad Cities film makers Kelly and Tammy Rundle will premiere this weekend. The Putnam Museum in Davenport will host a showing of "The Barn Raisers," the story of barns in the midwest.

Remembering Tom Kalshoven

Jan 20, 2017

A man who spent nearly two decades fighting hunger in the Quad Cities will be remembered this weekend. A memorial service is set for Saturday for Tom Kalshoven who died in December at the age of 85. 

Vic / Flickr

Each Sunday, the Quad-City Times publishes "The Big Story," an in-depth report in the Sunday paper.

This week, Ed Tibbetts writes about the local impact of the Affordable Care Act. 

Quad Cities residents gathered at Augustana College over the weekend for a community celebration and musical tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.