Bettendorf is the latest city to join a statewide program to fight drug abuse. A medication drop box has been set up in the lobby of the police department for people to dispose of unwanted drugs safely.
The combination of rain, warm temperatures, and ice jams means flooding is possible along the Rock River. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Rock, near Joslin, which is upstream from the Quad Cities.
The Illinois Audubon Society has bought most of a large nature preserve in Lee County. Earlier this month it finalized the purchase of 395 acres of the former Green Wing Environmental Laboratory from Augustana College - for 2.1 million dollars.