This fall, the city councils of Sterling and Rock Falls met in a rare joint session to give final approval to a merger of their two fire departments.
Gary Cook is the Chief of the new Twin City Joint Fire Command. He says the merger was the logical end result of an organic process, one that’s been going on for some time.
“Our automatic aid agreement was signed 15 years ago. So we had since worked forward from that point. We’re polishing what we’d already been doing. We’re just taking to another level and making it better.”
Four months before the primary election, a group of Illinois business owners got to ask the GOP candidates running for Illinois governor about jobs, the economy, state finances, and pension reform. The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum Wednesday in Moline.
One of the biggest challenges the next governor will face is how to stabilize the state's finances. Illinois Senator Kirk Dillard says Illinois has a spending problem and must "get a handle" on its Medicaid plan.
Officials in Indiana will vote today on whether to approve a controversial tollway that could run through Northeast Illinois. The 47-mile Illiana tollway would run from I-55 in Will County to I-65 in Lake County, Indiana. Chicago area planners in October approved funding the portion that runs through Illinois. But opponents say it will destroy farmland and existing neighborhoods.