French Modern-004

Figge Art Museum Board President Dee Bruemmer announces the exhibition, French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950, which is scheduled to open on October 9, 2018 and run through January 6, 2019.

Kevin E. Schmidt, Quad-City Times

Thumbs up to Moline City Council for its quick response to a tragedy at John Deere Middle School.

Parents flooded council chambers this week, pleading for stop signs and other measure to slow traffic near the school. They were compelled to do so after a student was recently struck at the intersection of 12th Street and 21st Avenue.   

Often, bureaucracy gets in the way of action, though. Governments tend to study things and mull things and debate things. By and large, fact-finding is an appropriate exercise. But the City Council realized this wasn't one of those moments, moving immediately to install rolling stop signs near the school.

Their urgency was appropriate. 

Thumbs down to Illinois' continued budgetary dysfunction.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a Democrat and critic of Gov. Bruce Rauner, said this week that the state recently spent $1 billion on late fees on its debt. That's an astounding number, one created by a years' worth of half-measures and gimmicks.

Even worse, state agencies are ignoring a recently passed law requires agencies to report debt monthly, a common sense approach, as opposed to the annual reporting that preceded it. But, as of this week, some $2.5 billion in bills had yet to be reported, Mendoza said.

Lawless and irresponsible, eh? Not the best combination. 

Thumbs up to the Quad-Cities fine arts scene, which rolled quite the 2018 program.

Figge Art Museum will host pieces from modernist greats, with names like Monet, Matisse and Renoir, starting in October. Other arts organizations, such as Quad-City Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Quad-Cities, unveiled synergistic programs riffing on the quintessentially French theme.

The Quad-Cities punches well above its weight on the arts front. Exhibitions such as this one were made possible by a new $1 million endowment, funded by a slew of local non-profits and art supporters.

Program organizers called the exhibition "world class." Usually, we would consider such a phrase hyperbolic marketing. But not so in this instance.

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