The Rock Island Housing Authority (RIHA) announced January 7 that it has received Housing Choice Vouchers for the remaining 48 families residing at the Valley Homes public-housing complex in Rock Island, giving residents the ability to relocate to housing owned by private landlords.
As the River Music Experience prepares for its second director in its first year, the roots-music museum has established a new mission - one that focuses on entertainment as much as education. A new director is expected to be named as soon as this week and might start the job by February 1.
United Neighbors announced last month that it raised $200,000 for its Davenport Real Estate Affordable Mortgage (DREAM) program, including a $100,000 challenge grant from Wells Fargo. For each dollar raised by United Neighbors from April 6 through October 6, Wells Fargo donated one dollar to the program, which helps low- and moderate-income individuals purchase and fix up homes.
Davenport in August became the first among the Quad Cities to implement red-light cameras at intersections. The City of Davenport has red light cameras at five different intersections: Kimberly Road and Elmore Avenue; Kimberly Road and Welcome Way; Kimberly Road and Brady Street; West 35th and Harrison streets; and West Fourth and Division streets.
The Rock Island Housing Authority is building the first public housing in the Quad Cities in more than two decades. Six homes for low- and moderate-income people are currently under construction - at a cost of $1 million - and the authority has applied for funding for another six.
At first blush, the proposal from the Isle of Capri and the City of Bettendorf for financing an expanded hotel, a new parking garage, and a convention center seems ludicrous. Less than half of the money for the project would come from the casino, with the rest of the funding coming from the city and the Scott County Regional Authority (SCRA).
Scott County is a step closer to putting a new jail proposal before voters, and although it's less expensive and smaller than the one in a referendum rejected in 1998, it's not the most cost-effective option available.
Douglas Brinkley can trace his interest in the Vietnam war back to a crayon drawing of a combat scene he made as a six-year-old in 1967. It's just taken him a while to get around to writing a book about the conflict.
Starting next month, all police agencies in Illinois must begin tracking the race of drivers in traffic stops, but the four-year state study might not provide much information on whether racial profiling is a problem in the state.
Iowa's massive economic-development boost is starting to look a lot more modest. The Iowa Values Fund was originally pitched as a $500-million state investment focusing on three core areas: life sciences, information solutions, and advanced manufacturing.