MOLINE, ILLINOIS (April 9, 2020) — To meet the needs of people living in western Illinois dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, four local funders have announced a Rapid Response Fund with immediate assistance of $325,000 distributed this week.

WASHINGTON DC (April 9, 2020) — US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the first state, Michigan, has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA), signed by President Trump, which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS (April 9, 2020) - VanDerGinst Law PC is spearheading an initiative called "Masks of Love" to help address the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community. During this crisis, a number of workers have experienced loss of employment, and as a result face an uncertain financial future.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 9, 2020) — The Iowa Economic Development Authority recently announced that 500 small businesses have been awarded a total of more than $10 million in grants through the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant program. The program has a total of $24 million available to allocate, the additional grant recipients to be notified through additional rounds this week.

ANKENY, IOWA (April 9, 2020) — A report released by the Iowa Department of Revenue shows biodiesel-blended fuel represented 69.9 percent of the total reported sales of on-road diesel last year in Iowa. Furthermore, blends of 11–20 percent biodiesel (B11–B20) made up most of those sales.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 9, 2020) — The number of initial claims in Iowa reported by the US Department of Labor, filed between Sunday, March 29, and Saturday, April 4, was 67,334. There were 64,187 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 3,147 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.

The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 92,962.

WASHINGTON DC (April 8, 2020) — Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA), a longtime advocate for inspectors general and government oversight across political party and administration, today led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling on President Trump to provide a detailed written explanation for his decision to remove an inspector general.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 8, 2020) — After extensive deliberation, the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles is saddened to announce the ​cancellation of all remaining in-person activities for the remainder of the 19-20 season.


FAYETTE, IOWA (April 9, 2020) — For 1,857 minutes starting Thursday, April 16, Upper Iowa University (UIU) is providing an opportunity to alumni, faculty, staff, and other friends of the University to "Celebrate UIU Day" and make a positive impact in the lives of current and future UIU students.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 9, 2020) — On April 8, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, April 9, as a “Day of Prayer” in Iowa, urging Iowans to “unite in prayer” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, inviting Iowans to participate in the 59th Annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast, which is offered entirely online this year.