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Quad Cities Mayors Working Together to Reduce Plastic Pollution in the Mississippi River

October 14th, 2021
Davenport Mayor Mike Matson

Local officials, citizen scientists, and community organizations will gather on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Jetty Park in an effort to combat plastic pollution along the Mississippi River. The initiative is being directed through the leadership of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) and the mayors of the Mississippi River, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme  and the University of Georgia. This is the second pilot phase of the Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative in which local data collection efforts will occur throughout the... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Covid-19 Numbers Continue To Decline, But State Remains On High Alert

October 13th, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Covid-19 Numbers Continue To Decline, But State Remains On High Alert

BREAKING NEWS: New Iowa covid-19 numbers show a positive trend, but are still on “high alert,” with over 1,000 daily new cases for the eighth week in a row — a significant increase over summer’s 100 per day average. October numbers for Iowa are down 23 percent from September, with hospitalizations falling 10 percent over the past two weeks. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 598 Iowans are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, with 150 patients in the UCU. Only 55 percent of all Iowans are vaccinated, which is driving the continued spread, as most... Read More

Iowa DOT Holding Public Meetings For I-80 Expansion Options

September 14th, 2021
Iowa DOT Holding Public Meetings For I-80 Expansion Options

The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting to discuss the Interstate 80 corridor study in Scott County. The I-80 study includes evaluation of potential capacity expansion options on I-80 and related improvements at the interchanges along the corridor. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input and discuss alternatives along the corridor from approximately 3.5 miles west of the I-280 interchange, east to the Southwest 35th Street overpass. The Iowa DOT is providing two meeting formats for the public meeting: in-person and an at your own pace virtual meeting. In-person... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Gov. Reynolds Slams Biden Covid Plan, Says ‘Enough Is Enough!’

September 10th, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Gov. Reynolds Slams Biden Covid Plan, Says 'Enough Is Enough!'

BREAKING NEWS: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ripped into President Joe Biden’s new covid-19 mitigation plan, calling it “dangerous” and saying “enough is enough!” Biden’s new vaccine requirement was announced yesterday, requiring all government employees to be vaccinated and companies with 100 employees or more to require workers to get vaccinated or tested for the virus every week. Companies violating the policy could be hit with heavy fines. There’s no timetable yet on when the mandates will come into effect. “It’s about protecting yourself and... Read More

Will Iowa Be Forced To Comply With Federal Mask Mandates And Covid Restrictions?

September 1st, 2021
Will Iowa Be Forced To Comply With Federal Mask Mandates And Covid Restrictions?

Will Iowa residents, schools and businesses be forced by the federal government to comply with mask mandates and other covid-19 restrictions? This is the big question as a battle royale shapes up between Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, the Biden administration’s Education Department, and the Iowa Supreme Court, headed up by a Republican judge who was appointed by Reynolds in 2018. This week, Iowa was nailed with a civil rights investigation by the Biden administration’s Education Department over Gov. Kim Reynolds’ move to ban mask mandates. The federal government investigation levels the charge... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Ripped By Biden Education Department Over Covid Mask Rules

September 1st, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Ripped By Biden Education Department Over Covid Mask Rules

BREAKING NEWS (UPDATED): Iowa has been slammed with a civil rights investigation by the Biden administration’s Education Department over Gov. Kim Reynolds’ move to ban mask mandates. The federal government investigation levels the charge that Iowa, and Gov. Reynolds’ actions, “create an unsafe learning environment for students with disabilities who are at heightened risk of severe illness from covid-19.” Iowa is one of five states to get hit with the investigations, the other four being Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah. “We’re advocating for... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Governor And Supreme Court Clash Over Masks, Will New Restrictions Hit Iowa?

August 31st, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Governor And Supreme Court Clash Over Masks, Will New Restrictions Hit Iowa?

BREAKING NEWS: As the covid-19 delta variant rips through Iowa, a fierce battle is raging between Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Supreme Court over mask mandates and further mitigations. On Friday, the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, Susan Christensen, whom Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed in 2018, signed an order making masks mandatory in public areas controlled by the court ruling — regardless of vaccination status —  clashing with Reynolds’ state law banning mask mandates in public schools and other public areas. Christensen based her order on recommendations... Read More

BREAKING: CDC Issues New Eviction Moratorium, Saving Illinois Renters At Last Minute

August 5th, 2021
BREAKING: CDC Issues New Eviction Moratorium, Saving Illinois Renters At Last Minute

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois renters worried about the expiring eviction order at the end of July got a reprieve today from the CDC, which issued an order halting all evictions in areas of “substantial” and “high” covid transmission rates until at least October. Much of Illinois is in the “substantial” zone. Locally, Rock Island County is in the “substantial” zone and Scott County is in the “high” zone, meaning the entire Quad-Cities area and surrounding rural areas are covered. The CDC released the following statement today: CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky today signed... Read More

BREAKING: Quad-Cities Evictions Halted: CDC Stops Evictions In Areas With ‘Substantial’ And ‘High’ Covid Transmission

August 5th, 2021
BREAKING: Quad-Cities Evictions Halted: CDC Stops Evictions In Areas With 'Substantial' And 'High' Covid Transmission

BREAKING NEWS: Quad-Citians worried about the expiring eviction order at the end of July got a reprieve today from the CDC, which issued an order halting all evictions in areas of “substantial” and “high” covid transmission rates until at least October. Rock Island County is in the “substantial” zone and Scott County is in the “high” zone, meaning the entire Quad-Cities area and surrounding rural areas are covered. The CDC released the following statement today: CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky today signed an order determining the evictions of... Read More

Have A Happy And SAFE Fourth Of July By Following Smart Fireworks Precautions

July 2nd, 2021
Have A Happy And SAFE Fourth Of July By Following Smart Fireworks Precautions

It’s Independence Day weekend, and as such, as you may have heard — literally — people will be lighting off a lot of fireworks! We at QuadCities.com encourage everyone to celebrate in a fun and safe manner, and to emerge from this weekend with all of your fingers and toes intact. We asked our friends at Genesis Health Center about last year’s numbers in regard to injuries, and they noted that they saw more folks coming in with accidents. “Last year 2020, Genesis Medical Center-Davenport saw we had an increase of firework injuries as compared to the last few years with... Read More