•The Great American Thing (September 17 through January 1): Through film clips, postcards, advertisements, vintage photography, period furniture, and approximately 130 works of art, the Figge Art Museum examines the first generation of American artists, exploring their process of finding an authentic voice for American art.
Listening to Lisa Lockheart describe what's new at this year's Celtic Highland Games of the Quad Cities is a little overwhelming. Keep in mind: We're just talking about additions to the event (now in its seventh year), not the things that are staying the same.
MEMORANDUM DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Date: August 11, 2005 To: Mayor and City Council Levee Improvement Commission Davenport Riverfront Task Force From: Charles Heston Subject: Riverfront Organization After the July 26, 2005 joint meeting between the City Council and the Levee Improvement Commission, Tom Engelmann asked me to make a proposal.
When budget cuts hit Rock Island Clean & Beautiful, the organization did something unusual: It engaged the artistic community for a public-art project. Sure, the 20 artistic catfish that have been gracing various sites in the Quad Cities are a fundraiser, but they're also part of a larger vision to make the Quad Cities a more visually appealing place.
"The only red tape you'll find in Rock Island is the one you cut at your grand opening," says the new marketing campaign for the city. Some bar owners in The District of Rock Island view things a little differently.
(Editor's note: This is the first of a monthly series discussing various Quad Cities' marketing efforts.) There is a marketing axiom stating that marketing can't make you something you're not.
Progress on a new Western Illinois University campus on the Moline riverfront is at a standstill until officials can obtain the funding needed to do the initial architectural and engineering design required before construction can begin.
A special levy that will fund the operational costs of two new branch libraries in Davenport is expected to produce a cumulative surplus of more than $791,000 by 2013. But library and city officials say the surplus is necessary to protect the city budget from absorbing a greater portion of construction costs, which would likely force cuts in city services.
When the first draft of Davenport's new comprehensive land-use plan was presented to the public in March, it was intended as a springboard for public discussion. Since then, the committee in charge of the document has released a set of 144 recommendations.
Talk radio has long been dominated by conservative voices, but progressives are finding some friendly places on the radio dial. The Air America network was launched last year, and local AM station 1270 changed its format several months ago to carry its programming.

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