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Happy Joe's
2705 Happy Joe Dr.
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-332-8811

Harbor Light Hospice
1630 5th Ave, Suite 625
Moline, Il.
(309) 762-7488
(708) 942-0100

Hasty Tasty
2326 16th St.
Moline, Il.
309-764-6422

Heritage Natural Foods
1317 6th Ave
Moline, Il.
309-764-1912

Heartland Towers
1700 Hospital Rd.
Silvis, Illinois
(309) 792-6068

Hoerner's Blossom Shop
105 North College Avenue
Aledo, Illinois
(888)582-6383
(309)582-5529

Hon Company
Muscatine, Iowa
(319) 264-5035

Holy Cross Lutheran
4107 21st Ave.
Moline, Il.
309-764-9720

Home Hardware
1716 W 37th St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-391-1255

Howard Jewelers
2200 E 11st
Davenport, Ia.
319-323-0309

Hungry Hobo
485 42nd Ave Suite 2
East Moline, Il.
309-751-9750

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
4206 5th Ave
Rock Island, Il.
309-793-6200

Illini Tower
940 Crosstown Ave.
Silvis, Il. 61282

Illini Hospital
801 Hospital Rd., Silvis, Illinois
(309) 792-9363

Illinois Quad City Area Realtor Association
1587 37th Avenue
Moline, Illinois
(309) 757-5400

Illinois Quad City Area Realtors
1587 37th Ave
Moline, Il.
309-797-4158

Immanuel Lutheran
1923 5th Ave
Rock Island, Il.
309-786-3391

Immanuel Lutheran School
3300 24th St.
Rock Island, Illinois
(309) 788-8242

In A Kid's World Preschool & Child Care
1732 18th Ave
Rock Island, Il.
309-786-0583

Indian Bluff Apartments
3632 43rd St.
Moline, Il.
309-797-3692

Initial Staffing Services
2435 Kimberly Rd.
Suite 15 South
Bettendorf, Iowa
(319) 355-5212

Interim Personnel
1535 47th Avenue
Moline, Illinois
(309) 762-2210

Invisible Fencing of the Quad Cities
5202 38th Ave, Suite 2
Moline, Il.
(309) 797-1688

Johannes Bus Service
115 31st Ave.
Rock Island, Il.
800-728-7895

Jerrys Market
1609 17th St., Moline
764-0612


John Deere Pavilion

1400 River Dr.
Moline, Illinois
(309) 765-1000

Kelly Services
2001 52nd Ave, Moline, Illinois
100 E. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, Iowa
(309) 764-9889
(319) 388-9933

Kiddie Karrasel Academy Childcare Center & Preschool
328 N Cody Rd.
LeClaire, Iowa
(319) 289-3946

Killir Sports
1524 River Drive
Moline, Il.
309-797-5678

Kwik Tune Kwik Lube
1210 E Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, Ia
319-391-9888

Lagomarcino's
1422 5th Avenue
309-764-1814

Landmark Properties
1140 E 37th ST.
Davenport, Ia.
319-391-4220

LeClaire Apartments
421 19th St.
Moline, Illinois
(309) 762-2978

Little Needle Point Shop
830 State St.
Bettendorf, Iowa
(319) 359-6016

Lifestyle Kitchen & Bath
2406 E 53rd St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-359-4422

Mailboxes Ect
2934 Devils Glen Rd.
Bettendorf, Iowa
(319) 332-1675

Maid Rite
2700 5th Ave
Rock Island, Il.
309-786-2223

Maids, The
319-355-3111


Marycrest International University

1607 W 12th St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-326-9512


Maternal Health Center

4th Floor office Tower Duck Creek Plaza
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-359-6633

Metabolife
309-496-9930

Michael Blaser Gallery
1019 Mound St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-323-0041

Miller's Manor
2525 E. Kimberly Rd.
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-355-6405

Miracle Ear
NorthPark Mall
319-388-1691

Mississippi Valley Blood Center
3425 E Locust St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-359-5401

Modern Woodmen of America
1701 1st Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois
(309) 793-5630

Mount St. Clare College
400 North Bluff Blvd
Clinton, Iowa
800-242-4153

New Life Fellowship
2345 19th ST.
Moline, Il.
309-762-7314

North Hill Retirement Village
1451 20th Ave.
East Moline, Il.
309-755-1107

Nurse Midwives
2701 17th St.
Rock Island, Illinois
(309) 779-4272

Old Chicago
3030 Utica Ridge Rd.
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-355-9494

One Solution
800 36th Ave
309-736-0055

Peabody's Espresso Lounge
1711 5th Ave.
Moline, Il.
309-764-5282

Pfister & Sons
1125 Blackhawk Rd.
Rock Island, Il.
786-3693

Pickerman's Soup & Sandwich Shop
4659 44th ST.
Rock Island, Il.
309-786-9868

Pizza Hut
Cumberland Sq.
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-355-1838

Project Now Headstart
85 9th ST.
Silvis, Il.
309-792-4555

Putnam Museum of History & Natural Science
1717 W 12th ST.
Davenport, Ia. 319-324-1933

Quad City Blind Factory
1614 State St.
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-359-6545

QC Botanical
2525 4th Ave.
Rock Island, Il.
309-794-0991

Quad City Skin Clinic
3601 7th ST.
Moline, Il.
309-762-5501

Quad City Sports Center
700 W River Drive
Davenport, Ia.
319-322-5220

Quint City Baptist School
4823 Jersey Ridge Rd.
Davenport, Ia.
319-359-9494

RIA Federal Credit Union
4217 Utica Ridge Rd.
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-355-3800

RI Enterprises
1022 Mound St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-322-0803

Raynor Door
919 E 59th St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-391-9566

Rock Island County Council On Addictions
1607 John Deere Road
East Moline, Illinois
(309) 792-0292

R.S.C. Hurley Crane Service, Inc.
1521 47th Avenue
Moline, Illinois
(309) 762-1370

Reason's Locker Service
18510 206th St. W. Buffalo Prairie, IL
(309) 537-3424
800-772-4740

Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors
Moline
309-762-6295

Rusty's Auto Body & Towing
412 1st St.
Andalusia, Il.
309-798-5019

St. Johns Center for Early Learning
1450 30th Ave
East Moline, Il.
309-792-0755

Sacred heart Catholic School
408 E. 11 St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-326-6278

Sacred Heart Pedals
1602 13th St.
Moline, Il.
309-797-8279

Sable's Jewelry
908 15th Ave
East Moline, Il.
309-755-5412

Schurr, Joe
534 W 1st
Milan, Il.
309-756-7756

Schwender & Mougin Shoes
1614 5th Ave
Moline, Il.
309-764-5431

Sedona
612 Valley View Dr.
Moline, Il.
309-797-8367

Shive Hattery
1830 6th Ave
Moline, Il.
800-798-7650

Smile Awhile Pre-School
300 W 2nd Ave
Milan, Il.
309-787-6353


St. Ambrose

(319) 333-6270

St. Johns Preschool
1450 30th Avenue
East Moline, IL
(309) 792-0765

State Farm Insurance
Rick Lawson
1007 W 4th St.
Milan, Il.
309-787-4322

Stenzel Auction Service Inc.
14619 East 60th St.
Osco, Il.
309-526-8690

Sterling House
4040 E 55th St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-322-0000

Sunbeam Bakery
2330 Spruce Hills Dr.
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-355-9239

Sylvan Learning Center
1035 Lincoln Rd, Suite 307
Bettendorf, IA 52722
(319) 359-1001

Toy Box
2202 E 11st.
Davenport, Ia.
319-324-0101

Traynor's Antiques & Fine Furnishings
1852 16th St.
Moline, Il.
309-764-0969

Trinity Medical Ctr.
500 Jone Deere Rd.
Rock Island, Il.
309-779-5000

Trinity Lutheran Church
1330 13th St.
Moline, Il.
309-762-3624

Two Rivers YMCA
2040 53rd St.
Moline, Il.
309-797-3945

Unitarian
3707 Eastern Ave
Davenport, Ia.
319-359-0816

Wah Konsa
2358 Vermont Ave
Wilton, Ia.
319-785-6328

Wayne Montgomery Furniture & Interiors
1415 Brady St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-324-2176

Wild Birds Unlimited
3616 Eastern Ave.
Davenport, Ia.
319-445-3555

Wildwood Baptist
18717 Hubbard
East Moline, Il.
309-496-8387

Wintergreen Harbor Restaurant & Bar
Rt 92
Andalusia, Il.
309-798-2525

Wolfe's Village Bike Shop
1018 Mound St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-326-4686

Yen Ching
4707 16th St.
Moline, Il.
309-762-1200

Your Hearts Desire
2119 E 12th St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-322-0546

Zimmerman Pontiac
1740 5th Ave
Rock Island, Il.
309-788-9304

1st Baptist
1901 29thSt.
Moline, Il
309-762-4581

1st Presbyterian
1702 Iowa
Davenport, Ia.
319-326-1691

1st United Methodist
1820 5th Ave
Rock Island, Il.
309-788-9384

1st United Methodist Church
712 16th St.
Moline, Il.
309-764-6721

Abundant Life
1441 12th St.
Moline, Il.
309-797-1658

Accountemps
100 E Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, Ia.
319-445-0100

Addus Health Care
500 42nd St. #7
Rock Island, Il.
1-800-755-7922
(309) 788-1260

Advanced Accounting
404 Northwest Bank Tower
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-344-0544

All Staff
3401 16th St.
Moline, Il.
710 E. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, Ia.
309-762-0045
319-388-4751

American Dream Kitchen
1019 Mound St.
Davenport, Ia. 52803
319-323-2613

American Institue of Commerce
American Institue of Commerce

1801 E. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, IA 52807
(319) 355-3500 1-800-747-1035

Audiology Consultants
608 35th Avenue
Moline, Il.
(309) 762-2497

Augustana Red Shoes Preschool
639 38th St.
Rock Island, Il.
309-786-4686

Back Nine
1161 E. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, Ia.
319-388-0630

Bailey Hearing Aid Center
5030 38th Ave. Suite 18
Moline, Il.
(309) 764-8485

Barnett's House of Fireplaces
1620 5th Ave.
Moline, Il.
309-762-8030

Beltone
3850 Blackhawk Rd.
Rock Island, Il.
(309) 786-4004

Benders Restaurant & Bar
5400 27th St.
Moline, Il.
309-797-5375

Bethany Baptist
700 35th Ave.
Moline, Il.
309-764-3041

Bethel Assembly of God
3535 38th Ave
Rock Island, Il.
309-793-5000

Black Hawk College
6600 34th Ave
Moline, Il.
309-796-1311

Blades
17th St. & 5th Ave
Moline, Il.
309-764-5906
2482 53rd St.
Bettendorf, Ia.
319-332-4163

Baughman's Cottage
1105 Christie St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-324-8040

Boyd's Coin and Jewelry
2112 E 11th St.
Davenport, Ia.
319-322-7080

Bi-State Janitorial
2319 5th Avenue
Moline, Il.
(309) 762-5616

Q-C AREA TOWNS

Aledo
Aledo was founded in 1855 by Levi Willits, an early settler and New Boston businessman, and Judge John S. Thompson, one of Mercer County's first lawyers. Aledo became the Mercer County seat in 1857, luring the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad to send its locomotives through the city. The business environment blossomed and the area grew, later inspiring officials to call Aledo ``The City of Pride and Progress.''

  • Population -- 3,681
  • City hall -- 120 N. College; (309) 582-7241; fax, (309) 582-7242.
  • Mayor -- C.W. ``Red'' Stancliff.
  • Aldermen -- Ila Bertrand and Ethel Greer, Ward 1; Harold Brown and Don Greer, Ward 2; Jack Doherty and Curtis McCormick, Ward 3; Randy Mattson and Les Brown, Ward 4.

    The city council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at city hall.

  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911

  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 582-2331

    Fire -- 582-2208

    Ambulance -- 582-5301

Andalusia
Andalusia, an interesting old river town, was incorporated in 1884. Button-cutting from Mississippi River mussels and clams was a flourishing local industry during the 1920s and 1930s, but died out about 1945.

  • Population -- 1,052
  • Village hall -- 221 1st St.; (309) 798-2215.
  • Mayor -- Dan Crafton
  • Trustees -- Charles Capan, Ross Hitchcock, Tag Attebery, Dewey Flemming, Charles Wilder and Barbara Mansholt.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the village hall.

  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 794-9111
    Fire -- 798-2215


Andover

Founding father the Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury narrowly escaped death in the War of 1812, an experience that convinced him to become a minister. He founded Andover in 1835; his wife planned to join him in 1837, but she died before she could make the trip. The Rev. Lars Esbjorn, a Lutheran minister, came to Andover and founded the Jenny Lind Chapel in 1850, an invaluable treasure of Swedish-American culture.

  • Population -- 579
  • Village hall -- Box 228, Andover. (309) 521-8116
  • Mayor -- Donald Olson
  • Trustees -- Kenneth Carlson, Michael Meilke, Stephen Sayre, David Crippen, Dan Heiar and Brian Lough.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the village hall, located in the American Legion Building.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911

Bettendorf
Elias Gilbert settled in the German-American town of Lillienthal in 1850; the town was later renamed Gilbert in his honor. The name became Bettendorf in January 1903 after William and Joseph Bettendorf moved their iron-wagon factory, the Bettendorf Axle Co., there from Davenport. The majority of early residents raised onions in the rich bottomland along the Mississippi.

  • Population -- 30,976
  • City hall -- 1609 State St.; (319) 344-4000; fax, (319) 344-4012
  • Mayor -- Ann Hutchinson
  • Aldermen -- Norm Voelliger, 1st Ward; Joe Douglas, 2nd Ward; Debe LaMar, 3rd Ward; Rosemary Gordy, 4th Ward; Patricia Sundholm, 5th Ward; Tom McCutcheon and Mike Senneff, at large.
    The city council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 344-4015
    Fire -- 344-4125
    Ambulance -- LeClaire Ambulance Service, 289-4369, or Medic EMS, 323-1000.
Cambridge
Christened ``Cambridge'' on June 9, 1843, the village was built near Sugar Tree Grove and selected as the seat of Henry County in February 1843, after much argument in the state legislature. Cambridge was officially incorporated Dec. 31, 1853. The Henry County Agriculture Society was organized to plan the first county fair to be held in the courtyard in October of that year.
  • Population -- 2,124
  • Village hall -- 132 W. Center, Cambridge; (309) 937-2570; fax (309) 937-3955
  • President -- Bill Todd
  • Trustees -- Jolene Allen, Arlo Sloan, Catherine White, Dale Doubler, Larry McKinley and Carla Witter.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. the last Monday of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 937-3911
    Fire -- 937-3344

Carbon Cliff
Carbon Cliff got its name from the coal mines in the hills along what is now Illinois 84. The town existed for many years before being incorporated in 1907; church records date back to the 1850s. The village got its first telephone poles in 1909 and electric lights in 1912.

  • Population -- 1,492
  • Village hall -- 106 1st Ave.; (309) 792-8235
  • President -- Kenneth Williams
  • Trustees -- Donald Chapman, Mark Gast, Marc Fluegel, Myron James, Pam Lane and Joe Hollowell.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 792-2121
    Fire -- 792-2121

Coal Valley
The village was named for the coal mines being operated by Welsh miners in the area when the community was founded in 1856. In 1892, 28 residents signed a petition asking the town board to construct a town hall; work was begun in September and completed by Thanksgiving at a cost of $3,000, which was paid for by a benefit performance.

  • Population -- 3,527
  • Village hall -- 202 E. 23rd Ave.; (309) 799-3604
  • President -- Stan Engstrom
  • Clerk -- Deanna Burnett
  • Trustees -- Cliff Carlson, Julie Berg, Mike Bealer, Dan Longley, Anita Hatalsky and Mark Saelens.
    The village board meets at the village hall at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 799-5416
    Fire -- 799-5534

Colona
In the first merger of two equal partners into a new city in Illinois history, voters in the village of Colona and city of Green Rock approved creation of the new city of Colona, with about 5,000 residents, in a 1995 referendum. The two communities began operating as one city in 1997.

  • Population -- 4,849
  • City hall -- 100 E. 9th Ave. (309) 792-8628, 792-0571, or (309) 949-3140 (Geneseo Telephone customers)
  • Mayor -- Terry VanKlavern
  • Aldermen -- Novella Sconyers, Mike Murphy, Mary Jo Retherford, Larry Swemline, Earl Ash, Jim Vrban, Troy Dennison and Darrel Park.
    The city council meets at the city hall at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 792-0626 or 792-1511
    Fire -- 792-3231

Cordova
As in other river villages, Cordova's one-time pearl and button industry, lumber and shipping trade, lime-extraction and sand/gravel industries have declined and closed down. Cordova now offers the Cordova Raceway Park and the World Series of Drag Racing, along with great views of the Mississippi River.
  • Population -- 638
  • City hall -- Box 6, Cordova; (309) 654-2646; fax, 654-2620.
  • Mayor -- John Piatt
  • Aldermen -- Sandra Haglund, Bonnie Holt, Brian Plumb, Larry Dhooge, Bob Libey and Robert VanHooreweghe.
    The city council meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursdays at the fire station, 906 Main St.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911

Davenport
Antoine LeClaire paid $2,000 for the parcel of land he named Davenport in honor of his friend, Col. George Davenport, an English trader and ferryman. The town was a mecca for German immigrants, whose numbers grew from 60 in 1846 to 2,500 two years later. The first railroad bridge to cross the Mississippi was completed from Rock Island to Davenport in 1856.
  • Population -- 95,333
  • City hall -- 226 W. 4th St.; (319) 326-7711; fax, (319) 326-7722
  • Mayor -- Phil Yerington.
  • Aldermen -- Bob Tappendorf, 1st Ward; George Nickolas, 2nd Ward; Dan Vance, 3rd Ward; Ray Ambrose, 4th Ward; James Hayek, 5th Ward; Tom Carroll, 6th Ward; ``Barney'' Barnhill, 7th Ward; Ruth Reynolds, 8th Ward; Joe Seng and Bob Lank, at large.
    The city council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month in city-hall council chambers.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 326-7979
    Fire -- 326-7906

East Moline
East Moline was founded in 1895 by a group of investors, including members of the Velie and Deere families, and incorporated in 1907. In 1914 it annexed Watertown, a community founded in 1856 that was once an important coal shipping point. East Moline is now the home of Deere & Co.'s largest plant.
  • Population -- 20,147
  • City hall -- 915 16th Ave.; (309) 752-1599
  • Mayor -- William Ward
  • Aldermen -- Helen Heiland, 1st Ward; John Thodos, 2nd Ward; Joe Moreno, 3rd Ward; Carol Doose, 4th Ward; David Kelley, 5th Ward; Gary Kelley, 6th Ward; Crotis Teague, 7th Ward.
    The city council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month on the second floor of city hall.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 752-1570 (TDD 755-4127)
    Fire -- 752-1515 (TDD 755-4127)
    Ambulance: Illini Ambulance, 792-8634; Trinity Ambulance, 757-0353

Geneseo
Geneseo was settled in the early 19th century by a group of families who sought religious freedom and financial opportunity. They emigrated from Bergen and Geneseo in Genesee County, upper New York state. The name ``Geneseo,'' of Indian origin, means ``Pleasant Valley.'' The original town of 40 acres was recorded in Henry County on July 12, 1838.
  • Population -- 5,990
  • City hall -- 101 S. State St.; (309) 944-6419
  • Mayor -- Ed McCann
  • City-council members: Lowell Ewert and Robert Gillet, 1st Ward; Patrick Eberhardt and Robert Wachtel, 2nd Ward; Wayne Ludwig and Larry Swanson, 3rd Ward; Kevin Peterson and Susan Philhower, 4th Ward
    The city council meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 944-5141 (TDD 944-8333)
    Fire -- 944-5141
    Ambulance -- 944-5141

Hampton
Henry McNeil settled along the Mississippi River around 1827-28 and called the spot McNeil's Landing. It was one of the few save havens for steamboats amid the infamous Rock Island Rapids on the Mississippi. Joel Thompson settled in the area around the current 8th street, then on the border between McNeil's Landing and Well's Ferry. He requested a post office and asked to call the village Milan, but the government said that name already was in use in Illinois and officially declared the name to be Hampton on Feb. 1, 1838.
  • Population -- 1,601
  • Village hall -- 520 1st Ave.; (309) 755-7165
  • Mayor -- Scott Newberg
  • Trustees -- James Garrison, Glynn Johnson, Sandra Carmack, Janet Norin, Sean McKay and Jeanne McKay.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 755-4524
    Fire -- 755-6182

Hillsdale
The village celebrated its 125th anniversary in February 1996. Photo albums and scrapbooks trace village history back to 1870. For more historical information, call Moore Memorial Library, 658-2666.
  • Population -- 489
  • Village hall -- 603 Main St. (309) 658-2501; fax, 658-2442
  • Mayor -- Michael Waterman
  • Trustees -- Marcia Dillin, Brian Maraden, Susan Marsden, Sadie Bundy, Jane Lundquist and Helen Mahar.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. pm on the third Monday of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 658-2515
    Fire -- 658-2515

Milan
The Milan area was an Indian population center in the early 1800s. The present village grew around flour and paper mills that once flourished along the Rock River. In a recent 25-year span, the village tripled its population.
  • Population -- 5,831
  • City hall -- 321 W. 2nd Ave.; (309) 787-8500
  • Mayor -- Duane Dawson
  • Clerk -- Barb Lee
  • Trustees -- James Flannery, Jean James, Jerry Wilson, Tom Barker, Harry Stuart and Mark Herbert.
    The village board meets at 8 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month in the municipal building.
  • Emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 787-8520 (TDD 787-0202)
    Fire -- 787-1131

Moline
Moline celebrated its sesquicentennial in 1998; the city was first incorporated in 1848. The name, based on the French word ``moulin,'' or ``mill,'' was chosen because of the city's mills. They used water power generated by David Sears, who built a dam across a channel of the Mississippi River in 1837 at the foot of present-day 15th Street. That accessible power supply drew John Deere to the city to build his self-scouring steel plow.
  • Population -- 43,202
  • City hall -- 619 16th St.; (309) 797-0463
  • Mayor -- Stan Leach
  • Aldermen -- Dave Duran, D-1st Ward; Pat O'Brien, D-2nd Ward; Todd Franzen, R-3rd Ward; Bruce Peterson, I-4th Ward; Bill Adams, D-5th Ward; Jeff Stulir, D-6th Ward; Dick Parsons, R-7th Ward; Chuck Davis, D-at large.
    The city council meets at 7:45 p.m. the first four Tuesdays of the month on the second floor of city hall.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 797-0401
    Fire -- 792-0242

Oak Grove
Joseph Patrizi, who died in 1987, founded Oak Grove when he started a mobile-home park south of Milan. The Oak Grove name in the Quad-Cities can be somewhat confusing; Oak Grove and Milan share the same Zip code, and there is an Oak Grove housing complex in East Moline.
  • Population -- 626
  • Village hall -- Box 566, Milan. Mayor's home phone, 787-2804 (no office phone)
  • Mayor -- Richard Nowack
  • Trustees -- Kenneth Hoffman, Wallace Schroeder, Joe Zimmerman, Mardyne Davis, Tom DePaepe and Montie Montgomery.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 794-1230
    Fire -- 787-2459

Orion
The town of Deanington was founded in 1853 by Charles W. Dean. On Nov. 11, 1865, the name was changed to Orion as requested by a petition of citizens. The Bank of Orion was organized Jan. 1, 1889; the bank survived the Depression and was one of the first in Henry County permitted to reopen after the 1933 banking moratorium.
  • Population -- 1,821
  • Village hall -- 1202 4th St.; (309) 526-8139; fax 526-8444
  • Mayor -- William Larkins Sr.
  • Trustees -- Steven Begley, Melvyn Drucker, Kent Stenmark, Thom Sederquist, Matt Drucker and Terry Lough.
    The village board meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 526-3403

Port Byron
Port Byron was first settled in 1828 by brothers Thomas and Robert Syms, who lived in one of only two cabins on the Mississippi River between Fort Armstrong (Rock Island) and Galena. The town was registered with the government in 1832. One of the battles of the Black Hawk War occurred in the area, during which the few residents stayed in Fort Armstrong.
  • Population -- 1,345
  • Village hall -- 120 S. Main; (309) 523-3705; fax, 523-2710
  • Mayor -- Alicia Leonard
  • Trustees -- Jerry Baff, Jess Casillas, Jeanine Ingalls, Phillip Bruno, Jerry Connor and Judy VanPaemel.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 523-2230
    Fire -- 523-2511

Rapids City
The village was founded on July 15, 1856, as a coal-mining community. It is named Rapids City because it is at the head of the famous Rock Island Rapids, right where the Mississippi turns from a north-south to an east-west course. The rapids impeded river travel for years before the six-foot channel was blasted through the rock in the 1870s and the LeClaire lateral dam was built in 1906.
  • Population -- 932
  • Village hall -- 1204 4th Ave., (309) 496-2321; fax, 496-2321.
  • President -- Marjorie Dolan
  • Trustees -- Carol Archibald, Tom Gould, Cathy Grabau, Creighton Litt, Renee Long and Frances Taets.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from April through September, and 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month from October through March.
  • Emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 496-4524
    Fire -- 523-2511

Reynolds
Rufus Walker and Meigs Wait were responsible for giving the town its beginning back in 1876; they asked a coal-mine owner to consider a railroad route from Milan to Reynolds. The first settler in the area was James Robinson in 1833, who actually settled nearer to the present site of Edgington. The first building in town was the depot -- later it became the depot for the Rock Island Lines.
  • Population -- 583
  • Village hall -- North Williams St., (309) 372-4600
  • President -- Marvin Remrey
  • Trustees -- James Allen, Richard Curry, Ken Flack, Joseph DeMarlie, Walter Dixon and Frank Venable.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police and fire -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 794-1230
    Fire -- 372-4214

Rock Island
Once called Stephenson, the town became Rock Island when it was incorporated in 1841. Twenty years later it boasted of free education at five schools, cultural opportunities, hotels, gas lighting, nine churches, telegraph services, a volunteer fire department and a daily newspaper. In 1873 the Rock Island Public Library was founded, the first public library in Illinois.
  • Population -- 40,552
  • City hall -- 1528 3rd Ave.; 732-2000; fax 732-2055
  • Mayor -- Mark Schwiebert
  • Aldermen -- Terry Brooks, 1st Ward; David Conroy, 2nd Ward; John Bauersfeld Jr., 3rd Ward; Vernon Winter, 4th Ward; Evie White, 5th Ward; Beth Mayo, 6th Ward; Frank Forlini Jr., 7th Ward.
    The city council meets at 6:45 p.m. the first four Mondays of each month, except during July and August, when it meets on the second and fourth Mondays.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire, ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 732-2677 (TDD 732-2539)
    Fire -- 732-2800 (TDD 732-2539)

Sherrard
The village was incorporated in 1896. Sherrard boasted a large population when the town's coal mines were thriving, but when the coal played out, people moved away. Today many of the residents work in the Quad-Cities.
  • Population -- 697
  • Village hall -- 517 3rd St.; (309) 593-2415
  • Mayor -- Richard Sanders
  • Trustees -- Tony Rissetto, Sylvia Swegle, Paula Rath, Pete Guyton, with two vacant positions.
    The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire, ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency service:
    Police -- 593-2512
    Fire -- 593-2412

Silvis
Silvis traces its beginnings to 1906 and 1907, when the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad built its general line shop there -- the largest locomotive-repair shops in the world. They were soon joined by a rail-car repair yard. Silvis incorporated as a city in 1920.
  • Population -- 6,926
  • City hall -- 1040 1st Ave.; 792-4804 (mayor's office); 792-9181 (clerk's office).
  • Mayor -- Lyle Lohse
  • Aldermen -- John Hunt and Kitty Lopez, 1st Ward; William Fox and Mike Bare, 2nd Ward; Gene Leibovitz and Paul King, 3rd Ward; Jim Grafton and Bob Zesiger, 4th Ward
    The city council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month in council chambers on the second floor of city hall.
  • Emergency services:
    Police, fire and ambulance -- 911
  • Non-emergency services:
    Police -- 792-1841 (voice and TDD)
    Fire -- 792-1821 (TDD and voice)


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