Quad Cities

Western Illinois University officials say the school's water bottle refilling stations have kept more than 1 million plastic bottles out of landfills.

Illinois climate and weather experts say the state saw drier and warmer than normal conditions during September.

Weather experts say data show Illinois had a cool and rainy May this year. Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature during May was 61.9 degrees. That's eight-tenths of a degree below normal.

Western Illinois University wants to do more to help the Quad Cities area create new  businesses and expand existing companies. In January, the university opened its second Small Business Development Center on its riverfront campus in Moline. WIU also opened a new, International Trade Center.

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will hold its 26th Anniversary Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday. Each year, the department honors soldiers from the state killed in the first Gulf War. 

Hundreds of people who own John Deere stock will come to the Quad Cities tomorrow. Michelle O'Neill reports the company's annual meeting will be held at World Headquarters in Moline.

Shareholders will elect twelve directors, including the newest one, Alan Heuberger. He's Senior Manager at BMGI, a consulting firm specializing in strategic problem-solving. Shareholders will also vote on other routine items such as Deere and Company's accounting firm and executive compensation.

A local hospital now has another option for patients with anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

Genesis Health System held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning for its new, Behavioral Intervention Unit at its west campus in Davenport.


Quad Cities residents gathered at Augustana College over the weekend for a community celebration and musical tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cheerleaders, a pep band, and hundreds of happy Exelon workers welcomed Governor Bruce Rauner to northwest Illinois today (wed). At Riverdale High School in Port Byron, he signed the bill that will keep open nuclear power plants in Cordova, near the Quad Cities, and Clinton in central Illinois. Illinois Public Radio's Herb Trix reports. 

Rauner congratulated the General Assembly for approving the Future Energy Jobs Bill. 

In a few years, companies hiring mechanical engineers will have more applicants. Michelle O'Neill reports this morning in Moline, Western Illinois University's President, Jack Thomas, announced it will offer a degree in Mechanical Engineering in January.

"This is about economic empowerment for women. We just dress it up in a suit." That's the idea behind Dress for Success Quad Cities, according to founder and director, Regina Haddock. 

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger campaigned in the Quad Cities Wednesday, alongside candidates for state senate and house. Munger asked for support for her "No Budget, No Pay" bill, that would stop Illinois lawmakers from being paid, until a full, balanced budget is passed.

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A Davenport church will soon start growing fruit and vegetables, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Third Missionary Baptist Church kicked off the project as part of a deal between the National Baptist Convention and the USDA. 

The Baseball Hall of Fame is launching a nationwide tour with the Quad Cities as its first stop. The "We Are Baseball" Tour opened in Davenport Sunday. 

This summer, Quad Cities residents can enjoy a new exhibit of photographs at the Figge Art Museum. David Plowden: An American Master features more than 70 images he recently gave to the museum in Davenport.

There's good news for thousands of retired members of the Teamsters Union. The Treasury Department has denied a request from the Central States Pension Fund to cut their benefits.

Treasury appointed Kenneth Feinberg to study the request, and Friday announced his decision, saying the application was rejected because quote "it used flawed investment assumptions, did not distribute the cuts equally among members, and because the notice sent to members was overly technical."

An effort to help the homeless and others in need in the Quad Cities has had such a successful year, for the first time, it's going to hold a second distribution. 

Illinois Commerce Commission Defends Clean Line Position

Dec 3, 2015

This week, the Illinois Commerce Commission defended its decision to grant a Texas-based company status as a public utility. On Tuesday, a lawyer representing ComEd, farmers, and landowners was the first to speak during oral arguments before the Third District Appellate Court, followed by lawyers for the commission and Rock Island Clean Line. Illinois Public Radio's Michelle O'Neill reports the company must also obtain public utility status from the Iowa Utilities Board before it can build a high voltage power line from northwestern Iowa to northeastern Illinois. 


There's still six months to go until the Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball tournament, but organizers are already becoming familiar with the tournament's new home. Yesterday, MVC officials stopped in the Quad Cities, to promote the tournament next March. 

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CHICAGO (AP) — Exelon Corp. has until Oct. 1 to decide if it'll close its unprofitable Quad Cities nuclear plant, and is still pushing state lawmakers for a fix. The company says the two-reactor plant in Cordova is losing money because of high costs of moving electricity along transmission lines shared with wind power and increased competition from lower-cost natural gas-fired plants.

Hoping to highlight the pro football history of the Quad Cities, a group of dedicated volunteers will play a 1920's style game this weekend. 

John Deere Classic hosts media day

Jun 1, 2015

The countdown has officially begun for the John Deere Classic, which will be next month in the Quad Cities. This morning, the tournament hosted media day for reporters, photographers, and others to learn about what's new this year. 

Career Fair for People with Disabilities in Quad Cities

May 12, 2015

Twenty five local companies will recruit new employees this week in Moline. The Quad Cities Corporate Partners and Disability Employment Network will host the 22nd Annual Career Fair for People with Disabilities.  

Just two days after his formal announcement, Doctor Ben Carson brought his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination to the Quad Cities. 

Governer Quinn visits Quad Cities

Oct 16, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

Christmas has come early to the Quad Cities. Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn came to town to announce the state will provide low interest loans to both Moline and Rock Island for major upgrades to their water and sewer systems. 

Secretary of the Army visits Quad Cities

Oct 7, 2014

A top federal official hopes to bring more jobs to one of the largest employers in the Quad Cities. Today, Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, toured the Rock Island Arsenal and met with state and local leaders. 

Writers gather in the Quad Cities for conference

Jun 24, 2014


  For three days every year, writers gather in the Quad Cities to learn about poetry and prose. This week, the Midwest Writing Center will host its annual David R. Collins Writers Conference.  IPR's Renata Sago talks with beginning novelists and professional poets who hope to find inspiration and hone their skills.  

10 state erosion conference held in Quad Cities

Apr 28, 2014

This week, engineers, contractors, and municipal workers from ten states will meet in the Quad Cities to learn how to prevent erosion and improve water quality. Tuesday through Thursday, two chapters of the International Erosion Control Association will hold a joint conference called, "Great Connections." Brian Stineman, Davenport's Natural Resources Manager, expects more than 200 people to attend the workshops, field trips, and other sessions.

Quad Cities business at center of court battle

May 14, 2013

Can the state of Illinois grant a permanent property tax exemption to a private, for-profit business ? That's the question for a court battle getting started in the Quad Cities. IPR’s Herb Trix reports: 

Bustos, Loebsack tour defense contractor

Feb 19, 2013

  To show their opposition to sequestration, and its possible impact on eastern Iowa and western Illinois, two members of congress toured a defense contractor in the Quad Cities Tuesday. Dave Loebsack from Iowa's 2nd district and Cheri Bustos from Illinois' 17th worry that automatic federal spending cuts, due to take effect next month, could affect hundreds of jobs in their districts.  Loebsack agrees the federal budget should be cut, but it should be done carefully.