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Rock Island Names Its Citizens Of The Year

September 29th, 2021
Rock Island Names Its Citizens Of The Year

Each year, people in the community have an opportunity to submit a nomination for Rock Island residents who have made selfless contributions of service to the community. Rock Island High School dean Andy Campbell was chosen for the category of Education, RIHS coach Thurgood Marshall was chosen for the category of Individual, and RIHS student Riley Jones was chosen for the category of Youth. On September 27, they were honored at the city council meeting. Here’s what their nominations said… Thurgood Brooks  Born and raised in Rock Island, Thurgood Brooks is a passionate and dedicated... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Thurgood Brooks Considering Run For Illinois State Representative

September 8th, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: Thurgood Brooks Considering Run For Illinois State Representative

EXCLUSIVE: Thurgood Brooks, who recently led the charge to pass The Resolution to improve relations between police and the Rock Island community, is considering a run for lllinois State Representative for the 72nd District, which includes the Quad-Cities. The current representative, Mike Halpin, announced today he would be leaving the seat to run for State Senate. Brooks, who was narrowly defeated in the Rock Island Mayoral election earlier this year, has been extremely active in the community, from his work as a football coach with Rock Island High School to his various charitable projects and... Read More

Rock Island Passes Thurgood Brooks Resolution To Improve Police And Community Relations

August 25th, 2021
Rock Island Passes Thurgood Brooks Resolution To Improve Police And Community Relations

By unanimous vote, Monday night the Rock Island City Council passed “The Resolution,” an initiative to improve police and community relations in Rock Island. Thurgood Brooks (former Mayoral candidate and one of the authors of “The Resolution”) presented his revised initiative to the Rock Island City Council during the public comments section of the meeting. The presentation highlighted the progress of this initiative to the Rock Island City Council and residents. After several rounds of discussion with city officials since June 2020, “The Resolution” was adapted and revised... Read More

Brooks Presenting Initiative To Improve Police And Community Relations Tonight In Rock Island

August 23rd, 2021
Brooks Presenting Initiative To Improve Police And Community Relations Tonight In Rock Island

Monday August 23rd at 6 p.m. at 1528 3rd Avenue in Rock Island, Thurgood Brooks (former Mayoral candidate and one of the authors of “The Resolution”) will be presenting his revised initiative to the Rock Island City Council during the public comments section of the meeting. The purpose of “The Resolution” is to improve police and community relations in Rock Island. This public presentation by Thurgood Brooks will be highlighting the progress of this initiative to the Rock Island City Council and residents. After several rounds of discussion with city officials since June 2020, “The Resolution”... Read More

BREAKING: Thurgood Brooks Presenting Initiative To Improve Police And Community Relations Tomorrow

August 22nd, 2021
BREAKING: Thurgood Brooks Presenting Initiative To Improve Police And Community Relations Tomorrow

BREAKING NEWS: Monday August 23rd at 6 p.m. at 1528 3rd Avenue in Rock Island, Thurgood Brooks (former Mayoral candidate and one of the authors of “The Resolution”) will be presenting his revised initiative to the Rock Island City Council during the public comments section of the meeting. The purpose of “The Resolution” is to improve police and community relations in Rock Island. This public presentation by Thurgood Brooks will be highlighting the progress of this initiative to the Rock Island City Council and residents. After several rounds of discussion with city officials since June... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Should Rock Island Sell Its Water? An Uncut, Uncensored Q and A With American Water

August 13th, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: Should Rock Island Sell Its Water? An Uncut, Uncensored Q and A With American Water

EXCLUSIVE: There’s been a wellspring of controversy over the past few months as the Rock Island Mayor and City Council have contemplated selling the city’s water and sewer systems to a private company, American Water. On July 26, American Water gave a presentation to the city government officials pitching them the potential sale. After that, the council and mayor had their regularly scheduled meeting, at which there was a full house of local residents protesting against the sale, not just to American Water, but to any private company. In addition, the American Federation of State, County... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: What’s Next For Rock Island Mayoral Candidate Thurgood Brooks?

July 26th, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: What's Next For Rock Island Mayoral Candidate Thurgood Brooks?

EXCLUSIVE: Rock Island Mayoral candidate and community organizer Thurgood Brooks lost in a surprisingly close election to incumbent Mike Thoms earlier this year. Since then, Brooks has been working to put together a commission to increase communication between law enforcement and citizens, working on various community initiatives, and contemplating his political future after an impressive debut. In an exclusive and candid conversation, Brooks spoke with me for the first time since being narrowly defeated for the top political spot in the city in my latest episode of my podcast, QCUncut. We talk... Read More

YWCA Quad Cities Race Against Racism Racing on May 22nd

May 11th, 2021
YWCA Quad Cities Race Against Racism Racing on May 22nd

A dozen outstanding Quad Citizens will be honored as part of the YWCA Quad Cities 3rd-annual Race Against Racism on May 22, presented by IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union. A special recognition ceremony will be held at the post-race party at Lindsay Park Yacht Club, Village of East Davenport. The race started in 2019, featuring a 5k run/walk and a 1-mile fun-run; however, the most important part of this event is honoring individuals who are standing firmly and intentionally against racism and doing this through their words, choices and actions, according to a Tuesday YWCA release. “At YWCA Quad... Read More

BREAKING: Mike Thoms Narrowly Wins Re-Election For Rock Island Mayor

April 6th, 2021
BREAKING: Mike Thoms Narrowly Wins Re-Election For Rock Island Mayor

BREAKING NEWS: In a surprisingly clean-fought yet vigorously challenged campaign, Mike Thoms has won re-election for Mayor of Rock Island over energetic and impressive challenger Thurgood Brooks. According to official results, Thoms won 52-48 percent with a little over 5,000 votes cast. This is Thoms’ second term. He won over a number of challengers in an open field in 2017 after then-mayor Dennis Pauley decided not to run for a third term. The Thoms/Brooks contest was marked by its vigorous intellectual and political debate, with the more centrist Thoms facing off against a decidedly more... Read More

Mike Thoms And Thurgood Brooks Showcase The Best Rock Island Has To Offer

April 4th, 2021
Mike Thoms And Thurgood Brooks Showcase The Best Rock Island Has To Offer

I got two election fliers in the mail the other day. Being that we’re only a few days away from the April 6 election, and the mayoral race in Rock Island is, from most reports, closely contested between incumbent Mike Thoms and challenger Thurgood Brooks, this is not surprising. But what has been pleasantly surprising is the positive nature of this campaign. While the Moline mayoral race slides around in the mud, with a bunch of slanderous and poorly spelled fliers by a dark money group peddling lies about Stephanie Acri’s challenger, Sangeetha Rayapati, the two men vying for Rock Island’s... Read More