Step into the past with Quad City Haunts & History Tours. You’ll discover that dead folks do tell tales as you explore the streets and haunts of Rock Island.

Join QC Haunts for their current walking tour of Rock Island, Gangsters & Ghosts.

If you think all the big-time gangsters of Illinois were in Chicago, then you haven’t heard about John Looney. In the early 1900s, Looney ruled an empire of booze, bribery, extortion, gambling, and prostitution … and he was responsible for at least six murders.  See Looney’s old haunts and some actual haunts along the way, including the old YMCA building where paranormal activity is the norm.

Tour participants will meet at 18th Street and 2nd Avenue in the District of Rock Island (near El Patron). Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased by going to

Here are the upcoming dates and times for Gangsters & Ghosts:

Wednesday Oct 30         6:30 p.m.

Thursday Oct 31              7:30 p.m.  (Veterans email for FREE admission)

Saturday Nov 2                6:30 p.m.

Monday Nov 4                 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Nov 9                4 p.m.

Monday Nov 11               6:30 p.m. (Veterans email for FREE admission)


Don’t miss this opportunity to witness history come to life during the time of gangsters and speakeasies when Rock Island, Ill., was vice lord John Looney’s town and prohibition didn’t matter.


Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.