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The city of Rock Island will soon be receiving $27.5 million from the federal government in Covid relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. We have yet to receive guidelines on what the money can be spent on besides some broad categories. Hopefully, those guidelines will be here by May 10 or 11 as required.

The Biden administration signed into law the American Rescue Plan on March 11, and notified the City of Rock Island to expect $27.5 million. A total of $13.7 million will be in our checking account by May 10. The second payment will be later.

I love the Quad Cities. That’s why I live here. But there is an opportunity right now that will absolutely put us on the map, and we cannot pass it up. I’m talking about the Veterans Memorial Pier proposal.

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Bridge washing on Interstate 80 over the Mississippi River in the Quad-Cities will begin Sunday, April 18, weather permitting, the Illinois Department of Transportation said Wednesday. 

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Luka Garza was honored with the Naismith Award, the highest award in all of college basketball. We were disappointed that this topic wasn't featured more prominently and didn't include a picture.

We’ve all heard the phrase, "children are our future" for a reason — because it’s true. Having spent the past few decades advocating locally and nationally for high-quality early childhood education as a social worker, and now as part of SAL Family & Community Services (SAL) and Skip-A-Long Child Development Services (SKIP), I know the profound impact early childhood education has not just on individuals, but entire communities.

Recently, I read Rock Island was getting a nice infusion of money representing many millions from the COVID relief package that was recently passed. For a micro-second I was amused at the comment that some of our leaders were trying to figure out what to do with the money. This feeling faded quickly when I looked across the street from my house at the deeply neglected sidewalk and street.

Great cities are created when residents are informed, vote and are involved to make a positive difference in their community. Elected city officials listen to the people they represent, make responsible policy and pass reasonable budgets. The mayor represents the city, keeps the council focused on city goals,and supports staff in accomplishing them.

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