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Biz owner cycles to Davenport, Iowa on coast-to-coast trip paid with profits from trading currencies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cory Maloy   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:00
Business owner and father cycles cross country to teach how easy it is to trade currencies by paying for trip on profits made from trading during trip
What:  Can someone actually pay for a family vacation across the U.S. simply from the profits of trading currencies? Shawn Lucas and his family are on a coast-to-coast cycling and road trip to prove just that.
Lucas, CEO and founder of Apiary Investment Fund (, arrives in Davenport, Iowa today during the fourth leg of a 100-day, 19 cities, 4,100 mile, coast-to-coast cycling trip called Pedals and Profits. He started from Cape of Disappointment, WA and will cycle to the Boston Harbor. During the trip he will teach and show people how easy it is to make an income from currency trading by paying for his entire trip from income he earns trading currencies each day of the trip.
Lucas’ 10 member family will travel with him via car and cycle.
When: Sept. 2
Where: Davenport, Iowa

Governor Quinn Invests $102 Million in High-Speed Rail Upgrades on Chicago-St. Louis Line PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:39

Funding Will Improve Capacity, Safety on Joliet-Dwight Segment

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $102 million investment from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program to improve system performance and reliability on a key segment of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail line. The investment will allow the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad to move forward with construction of a new bridge over the Kankakee River near Wilmington, as well as other safety and capacity enhancements along the busy corridor between Joliet and Dwight. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“This investment is going to put people to work and take us one step closer to completing the high-speed rail connection between Chicago and St. Louis,” Governor Quinn said. “None of this work on the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed line would be possible without the outstanding cooperation of the Union-Pacific Railroad. Investing in our Chicago-St.Louis line today will pay dividends to Illinois residents for years to come.”

The $102 million investment will build a second set of tracks between Mazonia and Elwood, including the new Kankakee River bridge to accommodate the increased capacity. The work, which will be performed by the Union Pacific Railroad and overseen by IDOT, will take place in 2016 and 2017. The $102 million investment, part of the $550 million the governor identified in Illinois Jobs Now! to improve passenger rail service across the state, will create or support 918 construction jobs.

Once completed, the improvements will eliminate about five minutes in travel time immediately and put the final upgrades in place between Joliet and Dwight in anticipation of the eventual double-tracking of the remainder of the Chicago-St. Louis corridor. This double-tracking will then allow more daily round-trips at increased 110-mph speeds.

“We value the public-private partnership between IDOT’s Bureau of Railroads, the Federal Railroad Administration and Union Pacific Railroad in making the rail corridor between Chicago and St. Louis the premier high-speed passenger corridor in the county,“  Union Pacific Railroad’s Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Wes Lujan said.

Today’s announcement pushes the state’s total commitment to the Chicago-St. Louis route to $358.8 million, with the remainder of the $1.7 billion project federally funded. Trains currently travel at 110 mph between Dwight and Pontiac. By the end of 2015, the trip between Chicago and St. Louis will be reduced to 5 hours from the current 5½ hours. When all of the improvements are finished in 2017, the trip will have been reduced even further to 4½ hours.

For more information on the high-speed rail project, visit


Governor Quinn Dedicates Jane Byrne Interchange PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:08

Governor Renames Circle Interchange in Honor

of Chicago’s First and Only Female Mayor to Date

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today formally dedicated the “Jane Byrne Interchange” in downtown Chicago in honor of the woman who shattered glass ceilings in both regional and national politics by becoming the first woman to govern a major American city. Also known as the Circle Interchange, the meeting point of most of the city’s major highways is being completely reconstructed as part of the state’s largest ongoing road construction project.

“Jane Byrne is a daughter of Chicago who went on to break barriers and become this city’s first and only female mayor,” Governor Quinn said. “While leading the city, she fought tirelessly for Chicago’s children and low-income communities. The Jane Byrne Interchange will help ensure that her legacy and lasting impact on the city of Chicago are never forgotten.”

Jane Byrne was born and raised in Chicago, attending St. Scholastica High School and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Circle Campus. She first served in Chicago city government as Commissioner of Sales, Weights, and Measures. Byrne was elected Mayor of Chicago in 1979 and served until April 29, 1983.

Byrne’s time as Mayor was marked by many firsts, including enacting the city’s handgun ban, a first for a major American city, and becoming the first Chicago Mayor to march in the Gay Pride Parade, setting an example of inclusivity for other cities across the country. Mayor Byrne initiated the now famous Taste of Chicago as well as the development of Navy Pier and the Museum Campus, producing long term growth and economic development for the city.

The Governor today designated the “Jane Byrne Interchange” by proclamation. The interchange contains interstates 90, 94 and 290, and is currently undergoing a four-year renovation by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The interchange connects the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower Expressways and the Congress Parkway, facilitating travel for more than 400,000 vehicles daily.

The interchange is a vital regional and local hub for commuters, businesses and freight movement, and the ongoing $420 million reconstruction project will address congestion and improve traffic flow in the area. The reconstructed interchange will reduce traffic delays by at least 50 percent and save drivers five million hours annually. The improved traffic flow will lead to a savings of 1.6 million gallons of fuel per year.

The interchange was constructed between 1958 and 1962, and has outlived its design life according to several performance indicators on safety, infrastructure condition and congestion. The interchange experiences an average of 940 crashes per year. In 2010, the Federal Highway Administration and the American Transportation Research Institute identified this joining of most of Chicago’s major highways as the number one bottleneck among highways crucial to the nation’s freight transportation system. Of the more than 400,000 vehicles that use the interchange each day, about 33,000 are trucks.


Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau ANNUAL MEETING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:00
Wednesday, September 17th
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
11:30 am Registration/Lunch & 12-1 pm Program

Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center
2021 State St. in Bettendorf

Keynote Speaker: David Gilbert, President/CEO 
Positively Cleveland
"From Customer Service to Community Awareness:
The New Destination Development"


Marvelous Welcome for EITA & Fishing Tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:37

EITA Meeting Held in Davenport

The Putnam Museum is hosting the general membership meeting of the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association on Wednesday, September 3rd.

To create the best possible welcome and to promote your business, the Putnam Museum will be pleased to distribute 100 of your promotional items or coupons to EITA members who attend that day.

The Eastern Iowa Tourism Association is the destination marketing organization for the 28 counties in eastern Iowa so hosting a meeting in the Quad Cities is a special marketing opportunity.

If you can provide promotional items or coupons, please contact Alice Loff at (563) 336-7296 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cabela's King Kat Tournament Fishing Rodeo

The Quad Cities is hosting the Cabela's King Kat Western Championship on Sept. 19-20.  As part of that tournament, there is a Kids Fishing Rodeo on Sept. 20 from 9-11 a.m. at Sunset Marina.  We are requesting prizes or gift cards for the kids.  Please contact Ryan Merritt at 309-736-6825 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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