An interfaith group representing more than 20 congregations unveiled two platforms on Sunday to stop the destructive effects of urban sprawl and address inequities in the criminal-justice system.
Quad Cities Interfaith presented the plans to several hundred people at a "Proclaim Jubilee" gathering at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.

It was meant to be a bonus for consumers - faster Internet connections at the same price - but some people got significantly less than they were promised, and a few local Internet providers aren't happy about it, either.

Is Crime Back?

The refrain has gotten pretty old, to the point that most people react with indifference. Crime is down. Crime falls even more. Crime drops again.
That's true nationwide, in Illinois and Iowa, and in the Quad Cities.

The Davenport City Council last week tentatively approved a $3.7 million incentive package for Sentry Insurance to relocate from Moline, claiming that without the deal the company might have left the Quad Cities altogether.

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration and eight other states, is studying the possibility of a high-speed Midwest rail system. State DOT Director Mark Wandro has said he wouldn't recommend the state spend the money to establish a line between Des Moines and Omaha because it wouldn't break even financially.

The Iowa Supreme Court has overturned a nearly $17 million award against BRK Brands, Incorporated, manufacturers of the First Alert smoke alarms, in a case involving the death of a three-year-old Davenport boy. Nathan and Jennifer Mercer had sued BRK Brands, claiming the BRK model 83R ionization smoke detector was defective and failed to go off in time when a fire, sparked by a faulty baby monitor, killed their three-year-old boy Bradley and severely burned their 18-month-old son Travis in January 1993.

Four community meetings last week revealed a strong public sentiment: The City of Davenport should sell the property it owns at 53rd and Eastern but ensure that the new owners develop the land responsibly and create green space.

It's the business of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau to package, and in its first year running the Quad Cities Marathon, that's exactly what it's doing.
The bureau, in organizing the third edition of the marathon, worked with arts and business organizations to build the race into a community-wide event that stretches for four days.

U.S. Representative Jim Leach (R-IA) is the sponsor of bill HR 3886, the International Counter-Money Laundering and Foreign Anti-Corruption Act of 2000. Despite the title, one provision gives U.S. Treasury officials the specific power to impose "Know Your Customer-style regulations on U.

The City of East Moline has passed a historic-preservation ordinance to promote the protection of historic and architectural character, as well as the resources of the city. A Historic Preservation Commission has been formed to guide and define these goals and consists of seven appointed members who are residents of the city.

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