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BREAKING: Sangeetha Rayapati Defeats Stephanie Acri In Hotly Contested Moline Mayoral Race

April 6th, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: In a race marked by divisiveness and strife, with a flashpoint of dark money fliers featuring misspelled accusations sent out to voters, Sangeetha Rayapati has defeated Stephanie Acri for Moline Mayor. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rayapati had 61 percent of the vote to Acri’s 39 percent. with 6, 319 votes cast. Acri won the mayoral race in 2017 as a write-in over incumbent Scott Raes after Raes challenged her candidacy and the candidacy of then-challenger Bob “Mr. Thanksgiving” Vogelbaugh over them allegedly misnumbering their applications. At the time,... Read More

Will Acri’s Mistake Open The Door For Rayapati In Moline’s Mayoral Race?

April 1st, 2021

Stephanie Acri apparently has a very short memory. It was just four years ago, that previous Moline mayor Scott Raes was set to pretty much cruise to re-election. He’d done a pretty good job as mayor, voters seemed to like him, and there didn’t seem to be much reason to switch leadership for the city. Then Raes made the monumentally huge mistake of contesting the candidacy of one of the most popular men in the Quad-Cities, “Mr. Thanksgiving,” Bob Vogelbaugh (as well as Acri’s candidacy) over a ridiculous technicality that they didn’t number the pages in their... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Renew Moline Unveils First Public Art and Placemaking Plan for City

March 26th, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Renew Moline on Friday publicly released a 102-page Public Art and Placemaking Plan, which will be considered by the Moline City Council at its meeting next Tuesday, March 30. The plan lays out three strategies that will help shape the future of public art in downtown Moline and creates a strong foundation in the city to support public art. “Public art in Moline importantly shows a vibrant, growing economy and is reflective of a community emerging from the challenges of the last year,” Mayor Stephanie Acri said in a Friday release. “We are looking forward to seeing the plan and... Read More

BREAKING: Moline Mayor Intensifies Concerns Over WIU Quad Cities Campus

March 8th, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri wants to break up with Western Illinois University, but the public riverfront campus wants more time to work things out. Last month, new WIU president Guiyou Huang wrote to Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker  about ongoing discussions regarding a potential transfer of the WIU Quad-Cities campus to another state institution. Huang became president Jan. 1, 2021. At that point, Western has not been included in the discussion, he noted, copying Mayor Acri and Quad Cities Chamber president/CEO Paul Rumler. She responded that she’s had concerns about the impact of... Read More

Quad-Cities Chamber President Agrees Change Needed at WIU-QC Campus

February 19th, 2021

Paul Rumler, president/CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber, is among concerned local leaders who want the state of Illinois to consider another public institution to replace Western Illinois University on the Moline riverfront. “The best intentions started with great promise, and then in the last few years, it’s fizzled,” he said Friday, noting negatives in WIU enrollment, marketing and change in leadership. There have been well-publicized discussions among Western’s Board of Trustees, dating back two years, and faculty senate, questioning the value of the Moline campus, he said. “You’ve... Read More

New WIU President and Moline Mayor to Discuss How to Keep Q-C Campus

February 19th, 2021

Just over six weeks into his new job as Western Illinois University president, Guiyou Huang wrote to Gov. JB Pritzker this past Tuesday, Feb. 16, about ongoing discussions regarding a potential transfer of the WIU Quad-Cities campus in Moline to another state institution. To date, Western has not been included in the discussion, he noted, copying Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri and Quad Cities Chamber president/CEO Paul Rumler. Acri responded that she’s had concerns about the impact of WIU in Moline and she’s scheduled to meet again with Huang on March 2. “In our conversation in my office this... Read More

Civic and Art Leaders Welcome Bright New Installation on Moline Riverfront

October 21st, 2020

MOLINE – Brandon Nees squinted into the sun Wednesday morning at the dilapidated, vacant Spiegel building, and all he saw was bright, boundless possibility. That’s partly because the 25-year-old Davenport artist, who graduated from Moline High School, painted the word “possibility” in big turquoise block letters across seven plywood panels – among nine colorful 7.6-foot-by-6.75 feet panels he created for a $10,000 public mural on the boarded-up ground floor of the city-owned Spiegel building off River Drive (200 20th St.) in downtown Moline. “It’s amazing,” Nees said of the finished... Read More

Flemish Fun Continues at 7th Annual Fall Belgian Fest!

September 8th, 2019

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the biggest and best celebration of Belgian heritage takes place right here in the Quad Cities! Take a trip to the heart of Moline, Illinois this weekend for this year’s Fall Belgian Fest! The 7th Annual Fall Belgian Fest is happening on Sunday Sep 15 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Stephens Park (7th Street and 15th Avenue Moline). Free admission to all. The Fall Belgian Fest, formerly known as the Fall Flemish Fest, is sponsored and organized by the Center for Belgium Culture. Bill Cornelis, the Vice President of CBC and organizer of the Fall Belgian Fest shares,... Read More

Have Some Flemish Fun at the 6th Annual Fall Belgian Fest!

September 14th, 2018

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the biggest and best celebration of Belgian heritage takes place right here in the Quad Cities! Take a trip to the heart of Moline, Illinois this weekend for this year’s Fall Belgian Fest! The 6th Annual Fall Belgian Fest is happening this Sunday Sep 16 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Stephens Park (7th Street and 15th Avenue Moline). Free admission to all. The Fall Belgian Fest, formerly known as the Fall Flemish Fest, is sponsored and organized by the Center for Belgium Culture. Bill Cornelis, the Vice President of CBC and organizer of the Fall Belgian Fest shares,... Read More