News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.


Bettendorf's new winter recreation attraction will open Tuesday night. "Frozen Landing" is an ice skating rink that used to be in downtown Moline, was bought by Bettendorf this fall, and is now set up on the parking lot of the Splash Landing aquatic center.

light yellow house with a small porch
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The Quad Cities chapter of Habitat for Humanity will celebrate Christmas a little early, and dedicate a new home tomorrow near Five-Points in Davenport. After taking homebuyer classes, and working at least 500 hours on this and other Habitat projects, the new owners will receive the keys to the home at 1651 West 17th St.

This is the 98th home built by Habitat in the Quad Cities. It was supported by Thrivent Builds, the Scott County Housing Council, Quad City Bank & Trust, and St. Paul Lutheran Church. The dedication ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Trees for Troops

Dec 1, 2016

Starting Thursday , free Christmas trees will be available for active duty soldiers, including the Guard and Reserve. It's an annual program sponsored by Fed-Ex, the Christmas Spirit Foundation, and the Rock Island Arsenal Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program.

Rhythm City Riverboat Casino parked on the Missippippi River
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A fixture on the Davenport riverfront for many years will leave Friday. The Rhythm City casino boat is scheduled to depart around midday.

Bob Vogelbaugh with Vicki Birsell-Baker who has helped him serve almost every year
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Mr. Thanksgiving and his volunteers are preparing to serve turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and pie to more than 2,000 people. On Thursday, Bob Vogelbaugh will host his 46th annual dinner at South Park Mall in Moline.

Miss. Valley Fairgrounds

A long-time employee of the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport will be the next general manager. Following a nationwide search, directors decided to promote maintenance manager Shawn Loter to succeed Bob Fox who's retiring.

MetroLink's Jennifer Garrity listens as Bob Vogelbaugh talks about his annual dinner.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

People who live in the Illinois Quad Cities can get a free ride and a free turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Tomorrow at noon is the deadline to make a reservation for MetroLink to pick up those who want to go to Mr. Thanksgiving's annual meal at SouthPark Mall in Moline.

An invitation to "not attend" with RSVP or donation card
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A fundraiser without any guests turned out to be a success. This Fall, Friendship Manor mailed hundreds of invitations to its first "No Show Gala."

Return of the Red Kettles

Nov 18, 2016
Two people hold a large sign depicting a red kettle with $815,000 as goal.
submitted / Salvation Army of the Quad Cities

The local Salvation Army hopes Quad Cities residents will give a total of $815,000 through the end of the year. That's the goal it announced at Saturday's Mallards game at the iWireless Center in Moline.

Waste Commission of Scott County

Recycled plastic will help hundreds of children keep warm this winter. Tuesday 700 fleece jackets made from recycled water bottles arrived in the Quad Cities - a gift from Keep America Beautiful to one of its local affiliates, the Waste Commission of Scott County.