News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Benjamin Payne / WVIK

"It's all yours," said Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri, as she officially opened the new bridge to Sylvan Island.

News headlines for the morning of December 21, 2017:

Benjamin Payne / WVIK

After being shut off from pedestrian access for more than four years, Sylvan Island in Moline has a new bridge.

Sales of a special coin will benefit families of police officers injured or killed on the job. Tuesday members of a local group of officers, firefighters, and corrections officers gave a check for 1,000 dollars to the local chapter of COPS - Concerns of Police Survivors.

Augustana College

An Augustana College student died Monday night in a bicycle accident that occurred in Holland, Michigan, according to authorities.

Bethany for Children and Families

Thanks to a midwestern chain of furniture stores, 35 families in the Quad Cities will receive a new bed for Christmas. Monday Slumberland Furniture Stores of Davenport and Moline delivered new mattresses, box springs, and frames to Bethany for Children and Families in Moline.

Dr. Christopher Whitt first met criminologist Dr. Amber Beckley over a decade ago when they were both members of the Black Graduate Students Association at the University of Maryland. 

Today, Beckley is a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow. She splits her time between Duke University and Stockholm University in Sweden.

Jennifer Ewoldt

On Midwest Week, what can we learn from a farm in Scott County?

Jared Johnson / WVIK

Katey Irwin Kiley invited her mother, Rosemary Irwin, of Austin, Texas, to the studios of WVIK to ask why she and her husband chose to move to Davenport over Rockford and Kansas City in the 1960s.

BettPlex Announces Naming Rights

Dec 15, 2017

A sports complex under construction in Bettendorf has announced a naming rights agreement. The BettPlex will now be called TBK Bank Sports Complex.