1. Watch the birdies
It's not over yet, but it's been a big week again for the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. PGA Tour golfers have been competing in the annual event since Thursday, but festivities got under way with clinics on Monday, the pro-am on Tuesday and many other activities. Besides the golf, it's a big week for area charities, with a big payout coming later from the Birdies for Charity program. Meanwhile, stay tuned later today as the champion takes home the trophy.
2. All about Bix
The Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive is getting ready to open in the lower level of the River Music Experience in Davenport, and our entertainment reporter, Amanda Hancock, got a sneak peek last week. She shared the story in Saturday's editions, explaining the artifacts that will be on display when the museum opens to the public on July 24.
3. Race is on
Speaking of Bix, the official training runs are over and next up comes the Quad-City Times Bix 7 race on July 29. The last Bix at Six was Thursday, attracting runners who are preparing for the real thing in a couple of weeks. The last of the qualifying rounds for the Brady Street Sprints, now sponsored by Genesis Orthopedic Hospital, also finished up Thursday. Don't forget to sign up for the big race at qctimes.com/bix7.
4. Special result
Marion Meginnis is preparing to take over the 3rd Ward seat on the Davenport City Council after winning a special election on Tuesday with 54.5 percent of the vote. Only 738 of 7,776 registered voters in the ward turned out, and Meginnis received 402 votes to 336 for Carlton Wills. Meginnis is expected to take part in her first meeting as an alderwoman on Wednesday.
5. Traffic delays
Road workers have run into problems reconstructing one of Davenport's major intersections. We learned last week that the project at West Kimberly Road and Division Street won't be done until sometime in October. The work originally was scheduled to be finished in September. Wet weather at the start of the project caused some delays, but the discovery of an unexpected gas main really set back the schedule.
6. Fixing the formula
Illinois lawmakers finally passed a budget, over the veto of Gov. Bruce Rauner. So that settled funding issues in the state, including for K-12 schools, right? Wrong. There's money in the budget for public schools, but legislators and the governor have to agree on a formula to distribute the money to the state's school districts. The House and Senate approved a formula, but they haven't sent it to Rauner, because he has threatened a veto. Superintendents told us last week that they're concerned about funding an entire school year if the formula dispute isn't resolved.
7. Off the rails
Speaking of Illinois, the state is considering asking for another extension on a $177 million federal grant for a Chicago-to-Moline passenger rail project. The grant was awarded in 2010, and at the time, officials said the service would be operating by 2013. Meanwhile, the project to create a train station in Moline has moved right along and is getting ready to open to trains that aren't ready to enter the station yet.
8. Housing debate
Three new homes are expected to be built on Davenport's East 6th Street after the City Council approved a resolution for the project on Wednesday. River Valley Homes will be building the homes in the 600 block of the street, and the project will be paid for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds. It wasn't without some debate, as the Scott County Housing Council questioned the use of resources. Now, a discussion has opened, and the city and housing council promise to continue talking.
9. Summer fun
It's summertime, but learning hasn't stopped. In fact, there was a lot of learning going on Thursday at the iWireless Center in Moline when the Stepping Up for Summer Learning event attracted 800 children. Summer programs from the Illinois Quad-Cities sent their young charges to the event, where they were treated to what officials said was one of the largest National Summer Learning Day programs in the country.
10. Online debut
If you haven't checked it out since Wednesday, be sure to head to qctimes.com. Our website has been revamped with a clean new look that showcases the latest stories and pictures produced by our reporters, photographers and editors. The new design is intended to make viewing and reading much better on cellphones and tablets, so be sure to check that out, too.