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    I came here 31 years ago never expecting to stay. We fell in love with the Quad-Cities and raised our family here. Along the way I spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at least mentally working for the Small Newspaper Group and The Dispatch-The Rock Island Argus-QC Online because that’s the m…

      Many readers believe that newspaper editors spend every waking hour working with staff on stories and there’s no doubt that is a lot of what we do. But there are other things that are important to the community and the newspaper business that also command our time.

        On June 12, Douglas Maxeiner, Moline’s new city administrator, is expected to complete his transition from Wauconda, Ill., in the Chicago suburbs. It’s a trip I made in a more round-about way 30 years ago. There are many opportunities to compare and contrast the two communities.

          Daniel Healy, a fifth-grader at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline, will represent our region at Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 28 to June 3, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. More than 280 spellers will make the trip.

            If you were following the news, you heard about the data dump in advance of the French presidential election last weekend. The Russians were at it again and hacked into and leaked emails from the party of Emmanuel Macron, the left-leaning candidate who ended up winning the election. Along th…

            During this past week and into the next, we are presenting readers with the results of our most aggressive local election reporting campaign in recent history. As a result, many of you will know more about candidates in the April 4 school, village, city and township elections than you ever h…

            Across the Quad-Cities, led by the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce and major employers, efforts are being made to attract more young residents -- the millennials -- which are the future of most communities.

            Apparently, according to President Trump, as a member of the media I am the enemy of the American people -- the same people I have dedicated my life toward serving and informing.

            I received an email last week from a reader who said he was about to request a ballot for the Feb. 28 primary election when he realized he didn’t know much about the candidates whose names are on the ballot (and some whose aren’t).

            Perhaps you missed a small item on a recent Our World page reporting the city of Normal is seeking permission from the Illinois Attorney General to limit public speakers at council meetings to one appearance every 45 days. 


            Need gift ideas to help with the ladies in your life? This list will surely help you make the grade.

            We have some exciting plans in the works for this week that I thought important to share with our loyal readers first. Beginning Tuesday we will be making changes to the paper to make it more readable and to put more emphasis on our local content.

            Perhaps you saw the small item in our paper recently announcing that the Rock Island Arsenal Museum Gift Shop was closing. The gift shop was privately operated and separate from the museum, yet its closing seems to strike an ominous tone.

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