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Downtown Rock Island Getting Ready For a $7 Million Renaissance

December 21st, 2021
Downtown Rock Island Getting Ready For a $7 Million Renaissance

Rock Island City Council further demonstrated its commitment to Downtown revitalization on Monday when it voted to put $2.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds toward a proposed $7 million project that would modernize and enhance the city’s historic center of commerce and culture. That money will be supplemented with about $1.5 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District revenue the City earmarked for Downtown infrastructure improvements, and potentially, up to $3 million from the State of Illinois Rebuild Downtowns & Main Streets Capital Grant Program. “I am excited... Read More

Chamber, Business Leaders Provide Update On Efforts To Revitalize Downtown Rock Island

October 12th, 2021
Chamber, Business Leaders Provide Update On Efforts To Revitalize Downtown Rock Island

The Quad Cities Chamber on Monday presented a progress report to Rock Island City Council on efforts to explore the creation of a new public-private place management organization supported by sustainable funding to deliver special services that enhance public spaces, encourage investment and improve overall quality of life in Downtown Rock Island. In addition, updates were provided on plans to modernize the Downtown core, including the Great River Plaza and Arts Alley. Jack Cullen, the Chamber’s Director for Downtown Rock Island, introduced the core place management services called for by the... Read More

A Night Out At The Clubs Post-Covid Proves Some Things Never Change

September 10th, 2021
A Night Out At The Clubs Post-Covid Proves Some Things Never Change

As an entertainment writer, part of my job entails periodically going out to hit the local scene and check out what, if anything, is new and exciting, especially now that things have been opened up again, and hopefully will remain so (damn Delta variant!) However, a night out at the bars, clubs and haciendas isn’t only recreational. Sometimes it can be educational as well. Here are some of the observations I made, after a recent night’s cogent examination of the local night life: Birds aren’t the only ones with mating moves: You can pretty much scan the crowd and see who’s... Read More

RIBCO’s Terry Tilka Talks About His Life In The Music Business

September 1st, 2021
RIBCO's Terry Tilka Talks About His Life In The Music Business

The following article is part of QuadCities.com’s partnership with local music website The Echo. For more, check out theechoqc.com! Echo: How did you get started promoting shows?  Terry: It’s not just promoting shows. It was learning the business side. I worked on the south side of Chicago when I was 15 stocking shelves in liquor stores. I drove a beer truck when I decided I was going to college to get out of Gary, Indiana. I came here and put myself through college bartending for four years. I picked the brains of a lot of guys in this business to learn it. I owned my first bar and restaurant... Read More

Yeee Haw! Ride On Down To Cody Road At Rock Island’s Billy Bob’s

May 30th, 2021
Yeee Haw! Ride On Down To Cody Road At Rock Island's Billy Bob's

Saddle up! Country music’s Cody Road will be ridin’ in to Billy Bobs in the District, downtown Rock Island! Show starts at 7 tonight, pard’ners!    Read More

Rock Island Should Go Back To 3 a.m. Closing For Downtown

March 1st, 2021
Rock Island Should Go Back To 3 a.m. Closing For Downtown

Imagine it’s Super Bowl Sunday, pre-covid. You’re in your home, minding your own business, watching TV, having a couple beverages with a number of friends, having a good time. Across the street, you see lights on in your neighbors’ houses. You see cars out front. They have guests too, and all of you are enjoying a weekend night. Suddenly, the evening is split by the flashing lights and squeal of two police cars, and an ambulance in tow, roaring down your street and pulling up to your neighbor’s house. Everyone is looking out the windows to see what’s going on. You all see your neighbor... Read More

Rock Island’s Hickey Brothers Closing Its Doors Permanently Tonight

November 21st, 2020
Rock Island's Hickey Brothers Closing Its Doors Permanently Tonight

The light on Hickey Brothers Cigars & Hookah Lounge is being snuffed out. This weekend will be the last in operation for the Rock Island fixture, which has been a part of the downtown for over two decades, according to a social media post. The business, owned by local entrepreneur Michelle Royal, had been struggling this year due to covid and the various restrictions put in place to combat the spread of the virus. On Nov. 3, they made an announcement on Facebook and started a funding drive to stay open, however, it unfortunately fell short. The announcement read as followed: Its with a... Read More

Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Petitioning Illinois to Reclassify It As Restaurant To Help It Stay In Business

November 2nd, 2020
Rock Island's Circa ’21 Petitioning Illinois to Reclassify It As Restaurant To Help It Stay In Business

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse was denied by the state of Illinois to be re-classified as a restaurant, and the 43-year-old local institution will petition the state a second time, to help it stay in business. On Monday, because of new dining restrictions put into place by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, Circa is being forced to close its doors Saturday after the final performance of “Savannah Sipping Society,” and will stay closed until January. “It was such a difficult decision,” Brett Hitchcock, director of audience development, said Monday night. “You pour your heart and soul and life savings... Read More

A Sad Farewell To The 2020 Season From Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Owner Denny Hitchcock

November 2nd, 2020
A Sad Farewell To The 2020 Season From Rock Island's Circa '21 Owner Denny Hitchcock

Circa ’21 owner Denny Hitchcock sent out the following letter tonight to Circa ’21 subscribers and patrons. It’s a sad farewell to the holiday show and the rest of the shows throughout 2020. Here’s hoping Circa is back better than ever and we’ll have a healthy country and season in 2021! Here’s the letter from Denny in its entirety: Dear Loyal Guest, With the closure of Rock Island County by Governor Pritzker at midnight Tuesday, we have made the difficult decision to close our doors for the holiday season. The holiday productions of “Winter Wonderland”... Read More

Circa ’21 in Rock Island To Close Again Until January

November 2nd, 2020
Circa ’21 in Rock Island To Close Again Until January

With the closure of indoor dining throughout the state, by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse has made the difficult decision to close its doors for the holiday season. The Rock Island theater’s planned productions of “Winter Wonderland” and “Seussical” will be moved to the end of the 2021 season instead. Circa has, however, received special permission from Springfield to remain open until this Saturday to finish the current run of “The Savannah Sipping Society.” “This was a terribly difficult decision,” Brett Hitchcock, director of audience development,... Read More