News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

A surprise gift will help Habitat for Humanity build another new home in the Quad Cities. An anonymous donor, from another state, has pledged 60,000 dollars to honor Pope Francis for his commitment to social justice, and in the donor's words, "re-invigorating the Catholic Church."

After using borrowed meeting sites for the last year, a local congregation has found a new home. This weekend, the Metropolitan Community Church will dedicate its new church in Davenport.

UnityPoint Health

Uninsured residents of the Illinois Quad Cities can get help signing up for health care. Today and tomorrow, local groups are holding events to kick off the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

WVIK Staff

Despite major changes, SouthPark Mall in Moline will still be the site for this year's annual community dinner hosted by Mr. Thanksgiving. Today Bob Vogelbaugh invited everyone to his Thanksgiving feast, which will be held where the Old Navy store used to be. He also requested donations to help pay for the huge meal.This is Vogelbaugh's 44th year hosting the holiday dinner. But, he says it took until last spring for him to realize this is his calling. 

WVIK Staff

Veterans, their families, and other local residents gathered on Arsenal Island today for the annual Veteran's Day ceremony in the National Cemetery. It included speeches, placing of a wreath, and an honor salute.  One of the speakers was Iowa Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack, who shared his personal connection to Veteran's Day. 

Lieutenant General Michael Tucker also honored veterans who have "given the ultimate sacrifice for their country." 

submitted / City of East Moline

East Moline is east of Moline. That, we know. But how exactly did East Moline get its name?

City of Davenport

National Cemetery

A dozen employees have spent the past month preparing the National Cemetery on Arsenal Island for Veterans Day. It will host the annual ceremony Tuesday afternoon. 

USA Network/David Greedy

A young woman from the Quad Cities is now part of a national media campaign to promote tolerance. Today, USA Network and Mediacom awarded 19-year-old Rock Island native, Jasmine Babers, with its 2014 Characters Unite Award.

Student Hunger Drive (Facebook)

Once again, teenagers have been working hard to feed Quad Cities residents in need. Last night at the Finale Rally, the Student Hunger Drive announced 17 area high schools collected 478,000 pounds of food for the River Bend Food Bank in Davenport.