John Thodos

Three New Mayors

May 1, 2017

A changing of the guard in the Illinois Quad Cities. This week, three new mayors will be sworn in following the April election.


Work is finally, officially underway for the Bend of the Mighty Mississippi - the long awaited redevelopment of the former Case I-H plant site in East Moline. Ground was broken Thursday for a new Hyatt Hotel.


To help recover its costs for the development of the former Case plant property along the riverfront, East Moline will establish a special district. Monday night the city council will consider designating The Bend Business District.

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A veteran alderman in East Moline has decided to run for mayor. Monday morning, 7th Ward alderman Gary Westbrook officially began his campaign.

One year after East Moline decided to turn over garbage collection to a private company, the plan is still in limbo. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union has been blocking the change, and this week an administrative law judge ruled in favor of the union. 

AFSCME spokesman, Miguel Morga, says the union believes, and the administrative law judge agreed, that the city should have negotiated the change with the workers before trying to hire a private contractor. 

East Moline

East Moline will bring in some outside help to find a new city administrator. This week, despite receiving a lot of applications, the city council decided to start over and hire a professional search firm.

Mayor John Thodos says 19 people applied for the job. 

He and aldermen decided to hire a Chicago firm, Voorhees Associates - the same firm that's worked with East Moline before, and other local governments in this area.

Thodos says a key qualification for the new city administrator is he or she must "understand Illinois."

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East Moline residents will pay slightly more for trash pickup. Last night, the city council approved a fee increase of 20 cents per month.

Mayor John Thodos says earlier this year, the council decided to privatize garbage collection to save money. But the union filed a complaint with the Illinois Labor Relations Board which hasn't ruled on it yet.

Thodos says East Moline aldermen also delayed a vote on a hike in the sewer fee.

QC Downs Closing

Jan 12, 2015
Arlington International Racecourse

Forty years after it opened, and 20 years after live racing ended, a former harnes racing track in East Moline is finally going to close. Late last week, the owner of the Quad City Downs announced the off-track betting parlor will close on January 31st.