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Midwest Week

Midwest Week

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A Friday feature at 6:50 PM, during All Things Considered, that reviews the major stories with the reporters who covered them.

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Episodes

New Scandals for Illinois General Assembly

Nov 8, 2019 545

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On Midwest Week, serious legal problems for two members of the Illinois General Assembly, and why that may affect us, downstate.

What's a Vacant School Worth ?

Nov 1, 2019 537

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On Midwest Week, the Davenport School Board agrees to sell a former school, but not to the highest bidder.

Shrink Smart

Oct 25, 2019 532

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On Midwest Week, how small towns can survive and thrive, as jobs and people move away.

When I-74 Was Built in Moline

Oct 18, 2019 557

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On Midwest Week, a look back 50 years when work began on a tremendous change for Moline and Quad Cities.

Courting Iowa Democrats

Oct 11, 2019 516

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On Midwest Week, as the Iowa Caucuses approach, which candidates are spending the most time in Iowa and what issues are they focusing on.

Iowa Needs More Minority Teachers

Oct 4, 2019 526

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On Midwest Week, Iowa needs minority teachers, but has trouble recruiting them.

The River Bandits Survive the Flood

Sep 27, 2019 547

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On Midwest Week, how the long spring flood affected the Quad Cities River Bandits and a look back at their mostly successful season.

Niabi Tries for National Accreditation

Sep 20, 2019 530

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On Midwest Week, why the Niabi Zoo is trying to earn national accreditation.

Population Shifting in the Quad Cities

Sep 6, 2019 541

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On Midwest Week, a look at population trends in the Quad Cities ahead of next year's national census.

Michael Nunn Comes Home

Aug 30, 2019 545

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On Midwest Week, after serving time in prison, a Quad Cities man who was once one of the top boxers in the world, has returned home.

What's Up at WIU ?

Aug 23, 2019 533

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On Midwest Week - a spring and summer of major changes at Western Illinois University, including top administrators and the board of trustees.

Hotel Construction Boom in the QC

Aug 16, 2019 543

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On Midwest Week, a look at one sector of the economy that's booming in the Quad Cities - many new hotels have opened in recent years, and more are on the way.

Andrews Trial

Aug 2, 2019 519

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On Midwest Week, the recent trial of a 13 year old boy who took a gun to school last year.

JDC Wrapup

Jul 26, 2019 550

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On Midwest Week, who is Dylan Fritelli and why we should remember him along with Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.

Mississippi Valley Fair - 99 or 100 Years Old

Jul 19, 2019 530

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On Midwest Week, a major annual summer event in the Quad Cities may be 100 years old this year.

Iowa Candidates Gearing Up for 2020

Jul 12, 2019 545

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On Midwest Week, even though the presidential campaigns are well underway in Iowa, candidates in the important state races are just getting started.

Recreational Marijuana Coming to Illinois

Jul 5, 2019 529

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On Midwest Week, Illinois prepares for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The Flood's Over, Now What ?

Jun 28, 2019 545

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On Midwest Week, the Great Flood of 2019 is over, so what did we learn ? And how might we deal with the next one ?

Spending by Aldermen Questioned

Jun 14, 2019 537

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On Midwest Week, Rock Island may change some of its rules for how aldermen spend their discretionary city money.

Summer Theater Preview

Jun 7, 2019 509

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On Midwest Week, from small experimental shows to musicals with large casts on big stages, it will be a busy summer once again for local theaters.

Emergency Dispatch Upgrade for the QC

May 31, 2019 485

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On Midwest Week, local officials work on plans for a regional, emergency dispatch system for the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities.

Closing Days of Ill. Leg. Session

May 24, 2019 535

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On Midwest Week, taxes, the budget, and sports betting are just a few of the major issues still facing the Illinois General Assembly, with just one week to go in the spring session.

A Busy Year for the Iowa Legislature

May 17, 2019 552

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On Midwest Week, property taxes, sports betting, and how to nominate judges were were just a few of the issues covered by this year's session of the Iowa legislature.

New Members of the QC Sports Hall of Fame

May 3, 2019 542

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On Midwest Week, two top athletes and a sports writer will be honored this weekend.

The Davenport Schools "Fix" Special Education

Apr 26, 2019 552

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On Midwest Week, the Davenport School District tries to fix its special education programs, and make sure its new superintendent can start working.

Storm First Season Wrapup

Apr 19, 2019 539

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On Midwest Week, hockey returns to the Quad Cities for another season but with a new team and a new league.

Should Police Body Camera Video Be Released ?

Apr 12, 2019 544

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On Midwest Week, four years after a police shooting in Burlington, the fight over which details should be released to the public, and which shouldn't, isn't over yet.

Should Police Body Camera Video Be Released ?

Apr 12, 2019 544

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On Midwest Week, four years after a police shooting in Burlington, the fight over which details should be released to the public, and which shouldn't, isn't over yet.

New Hope for Sandburg Mall

Apr 5, 2019 540

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On Midwest Week, after being vacant for about six months, a shopping mall in Galesburg may soon have a new owner, and could re-open.

New Hope for Sandburg Mall

Apr 5, 2019 540

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On Midwest Week, after being vacant for about six months, a shopping mall in Galesburg may soon have a new owner, and could re-open.

GPC Lawsuit Settled In Muscatine

Mar 29, 2019 530

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On Midwest Week, what may be a one-of-a-kind environmental lawsuit has been settled in Muscatine.

GPC Lawsuit Settled In Muscatine

Mar 29, 2019 530

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On Midwest Week, what may be a one-of-a-kind environmental lawsuit has been settled in Muscatine.

Job Cuts and Layoffs at WIU

Mar 15, 2019 540

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On Midwest Week, Western Illinois University tries to deal with serious financial problems.

Job Cuts and Layoffs at WIU

Mar 15, 2019 540

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On Midwest Week, Western Illinois University tries to deal with serious financial problems.

Deere Home Update

Mar 8, 2019 537

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If we're patient, there's hope a historic landmark in Moline will be renovated.

Deere Home Update

Mar 8, 2019 537

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If we're patient, there's hope a historic landmark in Moline will be renovated.

Pritzker's First Budget

Mar 1, 2019 552

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On Midwest Week, in his first budget the governor of Illinois proposes some new revenue and new spending.

Pritzker's First Budget

Mar 1, 2019 552

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On Midwest Week, in his first budget the governor of Illinois proposes some new revenue and new spending.

State Inspects Davenport Schools

Feb 22, 2019 544

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On Midwest Week, the state makes an "unprecedented" inspection of the Davenport schools.

State Inspects Davenport Schools

Feb 22, 2019 544

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On Midwest Week, the state makes an "unprecedented" inspection of the Davenport schools.

Iowa Legislative Session Update

Feb 15, 2019 560

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On Midwest Week, Iowa legislators debate school funding, gun permits, university tenure, and judicial appointments.

Iowa Legislative Session Update

Feb 15, 2019 560

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On Midwest Week, Iowa legislators debate school funding, gun permits, university tenure, and judicial appointments.

Trying to Improve Child Care in the QC

Feb 1, 2019 536

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On Midwest Week, why a group of agencies and organizations in the Quad Cities is trying to find solutions for a child care crisis.

Trying to Improve Child Care in the QC

Feb 1, 2019 536

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On Midwest Week, why a group of agencies and organizations in the Quad Cities is trying to find solutions for a child care crisis.

Davenport Citibus Looks for More Riders

Jan 25, 2019 547

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On Midwest Week, local and national changes in public transit, and how they're affecting Davenport Citibus.

Davenport Citibus Looks for More Riders

Jan 25, 2019 547

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On Midwest Week, local and national changes in public transit, and how they're affecting Davenport Citibus.

Hope Creek Problems Continue

Jan 18, 2019 544

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On Midwest Week, Rock Island County struggles to keep its nursing home open.

Hope Creek Problems Continue

Jan 18, 2019 544

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On Midwest Week, Rock Island County struggles to keep its nursing home open.

A Historic Home is Saved

Jan 11, 2019 555

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On Midwest Week, a tale of two buildings in Rock Island - one has been saved and is being fixed up, while the other has been torn down to make room for something else.

A Historic Home is Saved

Jan 11, 2019 555

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On Midwest Week, a tale of two buildings in Rock Island - one has been saved and is being fixed up, while the other has been torn down to make room for something else.

Upgrade Underway at Quincy Veterans Home

Dec 21, 2018 530

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On Midwest Week, over the next 20 years, the state of Illinois plans to spend 250 million dollars to upgrade the Veterans Home in Quincy.

Upgrade Underway at Quincy Veterans Home

Dec 21, 2018 530

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On Midwest Week, over the next 20 years, the state of Illinois plans to spend 250 million dollars to upgrade the Veterans Home in Quincy.

School Funding Questions

Dec 14, 2018 519

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On Midwest Week, local voters say "yes" to one school funding question, but "no" to another.

School Funding Questions

Dec 14, 2018 519

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On Midwest Week, local voters say "yes" to one school funding question, but "no" to another.

Days Numbered for RI County Courthouse ?

Dec 7, 2018 545

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On Midwest Week, can the Rock Island Courthouse be saved even as the date nears for possible demolition ?

Days Numbered for RI County Courthouse ?

Dec 7, 2018 545

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On Midwest Week, can the Rock Island Courthouse be saved even as the date nears for possible demolition ?

Has Iowa Gone Purple ?

Nov 30, 2018 568

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On Midwest Week, why Iowa voters this year seem to be happy with Des Moines but unhappy with Washington.

Has Iowa Gone Purple ?

Nov 30, 2018 568

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On Midwest Week, why Iowa voters this year seem to be happy with Des Moines but unhappy with Washington.

Illinois Midterm Wrapup

Nov 16, 2018 557

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On Midwest Week, a wrap-up of the statewide races in Illinois from the midterm election.

Illinois Midterm Wrapup

Nov 16, 2018 557

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On Midwest Week, a wrap-up of the statewide races in Illinois from the midterm election.

Winemaking Grows in Iowa

Nov 9, 2018 541

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On Midwest Week, the growing business of making wine in Iowa.

Winemaking Grows in Iowa

Nov 9, 2018 541

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On Midwest Week, the growing business of making wine in Iowa.

Hockey Returns to the QC

Nov 2, 2018 562

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On Midwest Week - it's a different team and a new league, with new owners and new players - but hockey has returned to the Quad Cities for another season.

Hockey Returns to the QC

Nov 2, 2018 562

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On Midwest Week - it's a different team and a new league, with new owners and new players - but hockey has returned to the Quad Cities for another season.

Illinois Veterans Home Update

Oct 26, 2018 559

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On Midwest Week, three years after the first deaths were reported from Legionnaire's Disease, the state of Illinois is still trying to figure out what to do at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

What's Become of the Savanna Army Depot ?

Oct 19, 2018 553

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On Midwest Week, a former testing and storage site for bombs and munitions in northwestern Illinois is now teeming with wildlife.

Liggins' Third Trial - What Happened

Oct 12, 2018 506

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On Midwest Week, Stanley Liggins' third trial for the murder of a 9 year old girl ended in a mis-trial.

Bail Reform in Illinois

Oct 5, 2018 547

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On Midwest Week, thanks to a new state law, bail reform comes to the Illinois Quad Cities.

Reynolds v. Hubbell

Sep 28, 2018 548

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On Midwest Week, a look at the fall campaign in Iowa, with important races on the ballot for governor, congress, and the state legislature.

Rauner v. Pritzker

Sep 21, 2018 567

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On Midwest Week, early voting starts soon for the November election, and the key race in Illinois this fall is for governor.

Looking Back at the River Bandits 2018 Season

Sep 14, 2018 551

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On Midwest Week, even though they didn't repeat as champions of the Midwest League, the Quad City River Bandits had a good season.

Channel Cat Tourists Learn about I-74 Bridge Project

Sep 7, 2018 495

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On Midwest Week , a local agency is helping teach people about construction of the new I-74 bridge. Michelle O'Neill's guest is Jack Cullen, reporter for the Quad City Times. More information about the I-74 bridge construction project (including webcam images) is online HERE . And MetroLINK says the Channel Cat Water Taxi will continue operating on Saturdays and Sundays through October 14th, weather permitting.

Trying to Live on the Minimum Wage

Aug 31, 2018 543

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On Midwest Week, is it possible to live on the minimum wage ?

Can Illinois Be Fixed ?

Aug 24, 2018 570

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On Midwest Week, once again the AARP is soliciting suggestions from Illinois residents on how to improve their state.

Midwest Week: How Suicide Affects Those Left Behind

Aug 17, 2018 548

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On Midwest Week, suicide and stories of people who've dealt with the suicide of a loved one.

Goodbye RI County Courthouse

Aug 10, 2018 550

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On Midwest Week, now that the Rock Island County Board has voted to demolish the courthouse, what happens next, and when might demolition occur.

Record Flood of 2008 - Ten Years Later

Aug 3, 2018 540

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The record flood for the Quad Cities was 1993, but for Cedar Rapids and eastern Iowa it was 2008 - and ten years later restoration and replacement work is still going on.

Kim Wins JD Classic

Jul 27, 2018 553

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On Midwest Week, the John Deere Classic helps boost the career of another young player.

The Flood of 1993 - A Look Back

Jul 13, 2018 539

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On Midwest Week - sandbags, President Clinton, and Bon Jovi tickets - remembering the record-setting flood of 1993.

Indoor Football Returns to the QC

Jun 30, 2018 570

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On Midwest Week, after a nine year absence, indoor football makes a successful return to the Quad Cities.

Autumn Steele Case Goes On and On

Jun 15, 2018 554

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On Midwest Week, a settlement has been reached in a long-running fatal shooting case from southeast Iowa involving police, the victim's family, the state, and when police video should be released to the public.

Summer Theater Preview

Jun 8, 2018 559

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On Midwest Week, once again there'll be a wide variety of theater choices this summer - large and small shows, musicals, mysteries, and premieres.

Postville 10th Anniversary

Jun 1, 2018 491

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Ten years ago, Iowa made national headlines when federal agents raided a packing plant in the far, northeast corner of the state.

Suicide and Guns in Downstate Illinois

May 25, 2018 545

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On Midwest Week, suicide in downstate Illinois and the important role that guns play.

Illinois General Assembly Progress Report

May 18, 2018 530

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On Midwest Week, with just a couple weeks left in the spring session, what has the Illinois General Assembly accomplished so far.

Iowa Legislature Ends Long Session

May 11, 2018 531

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On Midwest Week, why the Iowa legislature went way beyond its expected adjournment date.

The QC Sports Hall of Fame

May 4, 2018 536

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On Midwest Week, the newest members of the Quad City Sports Hall of Fame - from wrestling, basketball, and football.

Contract Agreement Possible at WIU

Apr 27, 2018 545

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After threatening a strike, the faculty and staff union at Western Illinois University may soon sign a new contract.

New Assessment for Pre-trial Release

Apr 20, 2018 524

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Iowa experiments with a new way of assessing criminal defendants, designed to allow more people to be released while their cases progress.

Play Ball !

Apr 13, 2018 556

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The new season has started for the Quad Cities River Bandits, and the rest of the Midwest League.

QC Airport Looking for Revenue

Apr 6, 2018 552

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On Midwest Week, some major decisions are coming up for the board of the Quad City Airport, including hiring a new director and where to find new revenue.

RI County Facing Key Decisions

Mar 30, 2018 543

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The Rock Island County Board faces some key decisions in the coming months - on finances, the future of the courthouse, and hiring a new administrator.

The Illinois Primary

Mar 23, 2018 552

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On Midwest Week, a look at this week's Illinois primary election - who won and why.

The End of Hockey in the QC ?

Mar 16, 2018 560

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On Midwest Week, with the season nearly over, the Quad City Mallards learn they, and the team, will not return in the fall.

Illinois Primary Preview

Mar 10, 2018 554

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On Midwest Week, where can you turn for help in deciding who to vote for in the Illinois primary election ?

Still No Cure for Legionnaires' Disease at Veterans Home

Mar 3, 2018 552

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Despite a lot of money and effort, Legionnaires' disease continues to affect residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

The Rauner Budget

Feb 24, 2018 554

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On Midwest Week, a closer look at Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's budget address, as he faces what could be a tough battle in the primary election.

Arena Footballl Returns to the QC

Feb 17, 2018 567

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On Midwest Week - a new version of the Quad City Steamwheelers has started practicing and will play its first game next week.

Midwest Week: Ives Challenges Rauner

Feb 10, 2018 551

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On Midwest Week, the upcoming republican primary for governor of Illinois.

Midwest Week: Iowa Legislature Progress Report

Feb 3, 2018 549

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One month into this year's session, what has the Iowa legislature accomplished so far ?

Midwest Week: Justice Department Joins S.E. Iowa Trials

Jan 27, 2018 568

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On Midwest Week, why the U.S. Department of Justice got involved in a recent trial in southeast Iowa.

Midwest Week: Big River Magazine

Jan 20, 2018 548

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What started as a monthly newsletter of several pages about the upper Mississippi River, has become 25 years later, a glossy full-color magazine running to 50 pages or more.

Midwest Week: New Use for Ashford Campus

Jan 13, 2018 555

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Students may soon return to a closed college campus in Clinton, but they'll be younger and from China.

Midwest Week: Davenport in Court

Dec 23, 2017 569

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The city of Davenport is now involved in two long and costly, court cases.

Midwest Week: Explaining Farming to an Urban Audience

Dec 16, 2017 567

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On Midwest Week, what can we learn from a farm in Scott County?

Midwest Week: QC Airport Tries to Boost Traffic

Dec 9, 2017 512

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After recently setting records, passenger traffic has been falling this year at the Quad City Airport. And it's "fighting back" with an advertising campaign and a trip calculator.

Midwest Week: Early NFL Star From Clinton

Dec 2, 2017 546

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One of the best players in the early days of the National Football League grew up in Clinton and played for the University of Iowa. And there's a re-newed effort to add him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Midwest Week: Mayor Re-elected

Nov 18, 2017 501

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Muscatine residents showed their support last week for the mayor, in her long battle with the city council.

Midwest Week: General Assembly Finishes Veto Session

Nov 11, 2017 544

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On Midwest Week, a very busy veto session is now over for the Illinois General Assembly.

Midwest Week: More Funding Cuts for Ill. Service Providers

Nov 4, 2017 514

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On Midwest Week, human service programs in Illinois try to decide whether they should continue to accept state funding.

Midwest Week: The United Way Makes Major Changes

Oct 27, 2017 493

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Hoping to produce more measurable results, the United Way has implemented a new way to fund local agencies.

Midwest Week: Challenging Times for RI County

Oct 20, 2017 514

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On Midwest Week, hiring a new administrator, finding new revenue, and putting together next year's budget are just a few of the challenges facing Rock Island County this fall.

Midwest Week: Look at Henry County to Understand the Election

Oct 14, 2017 544

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On Midwest Week, to understand the 2016 election, look no further than Henry County, Illinois.

Midwest Week: Iowa's Budget Deficit

Oct 6, 2017 540

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Midwest Week: Heroin Hits Western Illinois

Sep 29, 2017 546

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On Midwest Week, what happens after heroin comes to Galesburg.