Barb Ickes

We don't know why, how or to what extent school officials may have "dropped the ball," because they aren't publicly acknowledging the existenc…

A lone desk remains in one of two old toll-takers' offices that were built into an Interstate 74 bridge pier. The pair of offices are directly…

Big Story: Columnist Barb Ickes introduces the first in an occasional series on "Off Limits Places."

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With any big production, it's the behind-the-scenes work that makes things look good.

Big Story: In the winter, the crew of Living Lands & Waters, led by Chad Pregracke, is hard at work, preparing for a busy spring cleanup season.

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Three months after Robert Moldenhauer, widely known as "The Can Man," was struck and killed while crossing a Moline street, the driver is bein…

Big Story: QC Times staffers have been compiling city and county records in response to targeted Freedom of Information Act requests to demons…

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Barb Ickes

This is a straightforward, factual account of action taken by the Bettendorf School Board. Where is the "spin," cubsfan? I submit you are confusing your personal feelings about these people with the facts that are available under a taxpayer funded gag order of an agreement.

Barb Ickes

And shame on you, Klaatu, for dismissing serious mental health issues that are claiming our teens and veterans so that you can try to make a misguided political point.

Barb Ickes

The way I understand it, the point of assuring Tahigwa is publicly accessible, Girl Scouts can continue to offer their programming there, including camping.

Barb Ickes

The Council has been reasonably specific about plans to finance Camp Liberty, including specific public uses for the lodge.

Barb Ickes

Addendum: I should have said "..veterans may have been treated poorly." Thank you, Bettaxpayer. You are correct.

Barb Ickes

Counselor: It's more than "sad" and "unfortunate." We DO have a mental-illness emergency, and the question we need to answer is whether we're sufficiently responding to it. Brandon's case leaves considerable doubt. It would appear, as a counselor, you may be looking for y…

Barb Ickes

I wrote about Brandon, and I continue to write about Brandon, because I most certainly DO care. It's always "mainstream news" when veterans are treated poorly. If you have a story to share, you're welcome to call me: 383-2316.

Barb Ickes

I don't think he's going to answer.

Barb Ickes

When I've seen evidence of "repetitive abuse of Bettendorf taxpayer money," I'll report it. Disclosing the specifics of the principal's wrongdoing is hardly "diminishing" the conduct. If lying was "OK" with me, it wouldn't be in my column.

Barb Ickes

Legit question. The re-audit has produced some policy and procedural revisions the Board is in the process of implementing. It disclosed some significant holes in several areas of district conduct and record keeping. That seems worthwhile.

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