News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

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Several local tourist attractions are offering package membership deals for the second year. The Quad City Botanical Center, Putnam Museum, and Niabi Zoo call the special deal a Fun Bundle.


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

WVIK previews these stories each Thursday during Morning Edition. 

This week, the Times is taking a look back several big stories from 2016. One of them, of course, is the Illinois budget impasse. Lacy Scarmana talked with Dan Petrella, Springfield Bureau Chief for Lee Enterprises newspapers, which includes the Quad-City Times.

Rhythm City Casino Resort

Owners of a Quad Cities casino played Santa Claus Friday. The Kehl Family and staff of the Rhythm City Casino Resort handed out more than 200,000 dollars to local charities.

submitted / Waste Commission of Scott County

"Two days after Christmas, my recycler said to me..." Holiday lights are recyclable, but don't put them in your recycling cart. Also, artificial Christmas trees are NOT recyclable, but can be re-used.

Here's Michelle O'Neill's final holiday recycling report.

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"Five days before Christmas, my recycler said to me..." most wrapping paper is NOT recyclable. Here's Michelle O'Neill with the first in a series of what can and can't be recycled over the holidays.

Lunardi's Restaurant

Fire severely damaged a Davenport restaurant early Thursday. The Quad City Times reports firefighters went to Lunardi's Restaurant about 4 am and found the kitchen fully engulfed in flames.

Kale Heating & Air Conditioning

Just two days after a call went out for donations to keep the heat on at a local homeless shelter, several local companies joined forces to help. On Saturday they delivered and installed a new heating unit for the men's dormitory at Christian Care in downtown Rock Island.

Cold Weather Safety

Dec 16, 2016

Even though frostbite and hypothermia get a lot of attention at this time of year, they're not the most common cause of injuries during the winter. Greater hazards include falls, car accidents, and faulty furnaces.

Employees at the Arconic Davenport Works will once again deliver baskets of food to people they know need a financial boost this Christmas. Friday night about 100 workers and their families will pack hundreds of boxes so they'll be ready to deliver Saturday.

Fire Safety at Christmas

Dec 13, 2016
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Be careful during the holidays. That was the reminder Tuesday from the Davenport Fire Department during its annual demonstration of how quickly our little mistakes at this time of year can turn deadly.


Thanks to the generosity of local residents and several clubs and agencies, some local children have received new bikes for Christmas. Bikes for Brains held its 15th annual bike give-away Monday at the King Center in Rock Island, and gave away 125 bicycles.