Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of articles on new developments in Quad Cities-area downtowns. The City of East Moline is taking a two-pronged approach to re-building its downtown and riverfront areas.
It's the political season, and all sorts of interest groups are trying to assess which candidates are going to do the most for their agendas and constituencies. Quad Cities Interfaith, though, is trying to speak for populations that don't normally get much attention during campaigns.
The hullabaloo last week over the announcement that crime in Davenport rose nearly 16 percent in the first six months of 2002 ignores a more troubling trend in the city: Crime in Davenport has been on the rise since 1998, and the police department to this point can only guess at the causes.
For Gwen and Dorty Hennessey, the two Catholic nuns from Dubuque who received the Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) award from St. Ambrose University last Thursday for their service in promoting world peace, the wind knows no government.
When the Davenport City Council on Wednesday considers raising fares for the city's mass-transit service by 50 percent, it's doing so with the risk that the move could backfire. While the city has estimates on how much revenue the fare increase might generate, history and the size of the hike suggest that the benefit might not be enough to bring the service out of the red.
The Davenport Community School District (DCSD) has a way of lighting a fire under people to get involved. Unfortunately, the motivation is many times born of frustration, contempt, and good old-fashioned anger at the modus operandi of the DCSD.
An administrative law judge last week ruled that the Davenport Community School District board followed state guidelines in its controversial decision in April to close Grant and Johnson elementary schools. Parents, led by Alan Guard and Brenda Jordahl-Buckles, had appealed the district's January 28 and April 22 votes to close the schools.
We Care Weekend is in its 14th year, and much has changed in that time. AIDS went from being an epidemic in the United States to seemingly an afterthought in that time period, but even so, We Care has grown. The weekend in its first year raised $6,000 for the Quad Cities AIDS Coalition, and now it brings in $40,000 for AIDS Project Quad Cities.
MidAmerican Energy Company (MEC) sent notices to its customers on March 14, 2002, advising them of its intention to increase natural gas rates by an average of 4.3 percent, generating an additional $26.6 million for the company.
People who were hoping the Davenport Community School District board would have a revelation akin to Saul on the road to Damascus were sorely disappointed after the board's April 22 meeting. Instead of being blinded by the brilliance of sensible alternatives, the board replicated its 6-1 January vote to close Grant and Johnson elementary schools.