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LeClaire Wins Money for RAGBRAI Beautification PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - City Shorts
Wednesday, 21 May 2008 02:08

The LeClaire RAGBRAI Committee has won $1,000 from Our Iowa magazine in its Best Bloomin' Towns in Iowa contest. Plans for LeClaire include beginning a "downtown makeover" with barrels along the main street with planted flowers. Barrels with wave petunias will be in place by early June. LeClaire is the ending point for this year's RAGBRAI ride. On Saturday, July 26, more than 15,000 cyclists will be riding from Tipton to LeClaire. For more information about RAGBRAI in LeClaire, visit (


Rock Island Unveils Online Bill Payment PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 May 2008 01:57

The City of Rock Island now offers customers the opportunity to pay bills online at the city's Web site ( Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard, or electronic check. No service fees are charged to customers. To get started, customers will need to have a utility bill handy, as a city account number and telephone number are needed to create an online account. Billing history, meter-reading history, usage history, service information, balance history, and water and sewer rates are also available through the service. For more information, contact the City of Rock Island customer service at (309) 732-2000 or ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Customer-service hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Quad City Arts Names New Director PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 May 2008 02:09

Carmen Darland Deann Thoms, president of Quad City Arts, last week announced the appointment of Carmen Darland as executive director of the organization. Most recently, Darland served 18 years as vice president of marketing for Heart of America Restaurants & Inns and was previously with Davenport Bank & Trust Company (now Wells Fargo). The Des Moines native currently serves on the boards of DavenportOne, Goodwill of the Heartland, and North Scott Educational Foundation. Quad City Arts serves six counties in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. For more information, visit (


Pianists Raise $31,000 for Ronald McDonald House PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 April 2008 01:52

Piano Celebration, hosted by Piano for a Richer Life, raised more than $31,000 for the Ronald McDonald House. This year, more than 400 local celebrities, student pianists, and piano enthusiasts performed at NorthPark Mall in Davenport on three Yamaha Conservatory grand pianos with a dual purpose: to raise funds to support the local Ronald McDonald House and to emphasize that piano study enhances brain development. Iowa City Ronald McDonald House serves the families of thousands of children suffering from critical conditions. The event took place on Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20.


Amtrak Release Iowa City-Quad Cities Rail Study PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 April 2008 01:49

Amtrak has released a study on behalf of the Iowa Department of Transportation concerning the feasibility of passenger-rail service from the Quad Cities to Iowa City on a route originating from Chicago. Annual ridership on the full route is estimated at approximately 187,000 passengers, based on two daily round trips and track improvements being made to allow maximum speeds of 79 miles per hour. The states of Iowa and Illinois would share the capital-investment costs, and the estimated annual Amtrak operating-contract expense of roughly $6 million. The estimated cost to upgrade the railroad infrastructure in this example is $54.9 million. Reports and maps concerning this study are available at (


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