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  • Last Bix Finisher Inspires The Crowd

    Last Bix Finisher Inspires The Crowd

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:08:16 GMT
    In less than three hours, Toni Wendler finished the 2014 Bix 7 race. She was born with Spina Bifida, but doesn’t stop her from reaching her goals.More >>
    In less than three hours, Toni Wendler finished the 2014 Bix 7 race. She was born with Spina Bifida, but doesn’t stop her from reaching her goals.More >>
  • PV Superintendent Says Ineligible Runner Was Aware Of Eligibility Requirements

    PV Superintendent Says Ineligible Runner Was Aware Of Eligibility Requirements

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:47:16 GMT
    Pleasant Valley Girls' track team has been stripped of its 2014 Class 4A state title after one of its members was ruled ineligible by the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union Board.PV Superintendent Jim Spelhaug tells KWQC there is “no question or confusion” that the team member involved and her family knew of the state's eligibility requirements.In April, PV’s star runner, Kaley Ciluffo explained why the 800 meters is her event.It's basically like two 4400'sput together which, that's why i...More >>
    Pleasant Valley Girls' track team has been stripped of its 2014 Class 4A state title after one of its members was ruled ineligible by the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union Board.PV Superintendent Jim Spelhaug tells KWQC there is “no question or confusion” that the team member involved and her family knew of the state's eligibility requirements.In April, PV’s star runner, Kaley Ciluffo explained why the 800 meters is her event.It's basically like two 4400'sput together which, that's why i...More >>
  • 2014 BIX 7 Race

    2014 BIX 7 Race

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 23:37:58 GMT
    The Bix 7 is a tradition for area families and world class runners every year. Many runners and walkers challenge themselves on this course. While some are participating for the first time, others say they haven't missed a year on the course or the sidelines. They say it's as much about the race as it is the atmosphere and being a part of something this big."I did the quick Bix last year and this year. The other times I've run or limped the Bix," said Jamie Snyder, who is a Bix 7 participant....More >>
    The Bix 7 is a tradition for area families and world class runners every year. Many runners and walkers challenge themselves on this course. While some are participating for the first time, others say they haven't missed a year on the course or the sidelines. They say it's as much about the race as it is the atmosphere and being a part of something this big."I did the quick Bix last year and this year. The other times I've run or limped the Bix," said Jamie Snyder, who is a Bix 7 participant....More >>


The Illinois Quad Cities are seeing the lowest unemployment numbers in the state right now.  In Rock Island county,  it's 7.9 percent, down from last years 8.2 percent.  In Scott County, the rate is 5.4 percent.  Mercer county is at 6.5 percent.  Both small improvements from last year.  We spoke with officials at the Chamber of Commerce today who say those numbers are a reflection of business coming,  developing and staying here in the Quad Cities.

"We regularly go out and ask our businesses to compare their workforce here with places they might operate elsewhere and we get high marks for productivity," said Tara Barney with the Chamber of Commerce. "We've got constant hiring going on. We have big companies here that are creating and looking for full time talent, day in, and day out.

Barney also tells us the Quad Cities unemployment numbers in the past two years haven't changed much.  She says it's a good thing...and credits our area manufacturing companies  that are always looking to expand and hire employees.

Not every county in our area saw positive employment numbers.  Henry county is at 7.3 percent unemployment - a .6 increase from last year.  Whiteside county stands at 8.8 percent unemployment -  up .2 percent.
Compared to national numbers, the Bureau of Labor says unemployment is at a five-year nationwide low,  at 7 percent.
 

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