Spectators watch the Red, White and Boom fireworks show celebrating Independence Day on Monday in Davenport. The annual Red, White and Boom celebration featured the largest fireworks show in the Quad-Cities fired from two barges in the Mississippi River. Spectators watched from both the Iowa and Illinois riverfronts.


Thumbs up to the Red, White and Boom committee and local governments for quality Fourth of July programming.

Monday night's Red, White and Boom was, per usual, a stellar fireworks show for onlookers in either Iowa or Illinois. It's a good example of pooling shared resources, too. One mustn't discount the amount of planning and work volunteers do to pull the entire thing together.

On Tuesday, Bettendorf hosted its Independence Day parade and programming, another good show, complete with live music and plenty of patriotic color. 

Thumbs down to Illinois lawmakers in the General Assembly who couldn't be bothered to show up.

The House had an opportunity Wednesday to end two years of budgetary chaos by overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto. The Senate already had done so the day before, on July 4th no less. But fewer than half of House members bothered to show up.

Yeah, it's a holiday week. But, honestly, the veto override was probably the most pressing issue in years, and it took the House two days to muster a quorum. 

Thumbs up to BettPlex, which is now under construction.

Ground was broken this week on the massive project that will bring a state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor sports facility to Bettendorf.

BettPlex could be a boon for the city's out reaches. It's projects such as these that spur investment for years to come.