Rendering of new $9-million Ascentra Credit Union headquarters proposed for part of city's Town Square block. Source: Legat Architects

An architectural rendering of one of three retail/commercial buildings proposed for the northwest corner of Forest Grove and Middle Roads, Bettendorf, part of the sports complex under construction at that same location.

A Great Blue Heron rests on a log in the Mississippi River above Lock & Dam 15, Davenport on a foggy fall morning.

Construction work on support piers for the new Interstate 74 bridge between Bettendorf and Moline now is under way.

State gambling revenues up slightly for fiscal 2015; but Bettendorf Isle casino continues downward slide

Iowa gambling revenues for fiscal year 2015 increased slightly thanks to a new casino property in Sioux City, but the decade long decline in admissions and revenues continued at Bettendorf's Isle of Capri riverboat.

Revenues for the fiscal year were down 2.4 percent to $68.5 million, while admissions at the Bettendorf casino dropped more than 8 percent to 848,000 gamblers during the 12-month period.

Greece's economic lesson: In hard times you can't cut your way back to prosperity

I’d like to apologize to the people of Greece.

I’ve been pretty hard on them over the years. I’ve made fun of their freewheeling spendthrift habits, their unwillingness to pay their taxes, and their early retirement ethos.

When they were given membership in the Euro zone, I made fun of that too, or at least of the rest of Europe’s willingness to cast its lot with the Greeks. “That’s like going mountain climbing with your safety rope tied to the town drunk,” I said.

Blackhawk Bank seeks rezoning for new branch; proposed site has history of neighbor concerns

Blackhawk Bank & Trust wants to rezone land in Bettendorf to pave the way for a new branch facility at Middle and Belmont Roads, a highly visible corner with a long history of neighborhood concerns about commercial development.

May inspection of Cricket Hollow Zoo prompted suspension; appeal keeps findings confidential

The federal inspection of Cricket Hollow Zoo in May found something troubling enough to temporarily suspend the facility's license, but exactly what prompted the closure won't be known until an appeal of the findings is complete later this month.

Obama's 'Amazing Grace': He left Charleston funeral as a black man who happened to be president

If Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech is the 20th century equivalent of Abraham Lincoln’s magnificent Second Inaugural — and I think it is — then what President Barack Obama gave us in Charleston, South Carolina is our century’s Gettysburg Address.

He gave a marvelous eulogy that was powerful and eloquent. He was moving without resorting to sentimentality.

Cricket Hollow Zoo license temporarily suspended by USDA; reasons for shutdown remain unknown

Federal officials have suspended the license of Cricket Hollow Zoo, the "roadside" zoo near Manchester, Iowa, which has been cited repeatedly for animal welfare violations over the past five years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) June 16 placed the zoo under a 21-day suspension. No explanation was given for the suspension, and calls and emails to USDA officials were not immediately returned. The suspension is to expire today, July 7.

Bettendorf LED light manufacturer two years behind in loan repayment; job training funds frozen

The Florida promoter who convinced local economic development officials he would bring manufacturing jobs from China to Bettendorf hasn't made a payment in nearly two years on the $107,000 loan he received from the Bi-State Revolving Loan Fund, the economic development arm of the Bi-State Regional Commission.

LEDs America made payments totaling $31,000 on the job development loan, but its last check was in September 2013, leaving an unpaid balance of $76,000, according to Bi-State officials.

Lee pays off Berkshire Hathaway debt early; lays off eight St. Louis Post-Dispatch news employees

In an interesting coincidence involving Lee Enterprises' largest newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Davenport-based media firm announced it had paid off debt related to acquisition of that paper in 2005, while confirming today (6/26) it was laying off eight St. Louis newsroom employees.

Latest sewage bypass lasted four days and totaled 18.4 million gallons pumped into Mississippi River

Bettendorf pumped 18.4 million gallons of untreated sewage mixed with storm water into the Mississippi River over a four-day period earlier this month after heavy rain and high water clogged the main interceptor along the riverfront and flows overwhelmed the treatment capacity of the Davenport/Bettendorf sewage treatment plant.

Pumps along the riverfront operated from June 14 through June 18, transferring back-up in the sewer lines into storm water pipes that empty into the river.

As Davenport simmers over gambling give-aways; similar questions should be raised in Bettendorf

As the Davenport City Council contemplates how it ended up paying millions in site work for its new land-based casino, Bettendorf aldermen also should be asking questions about its development agreement with the Isle of Capri Casino.

Revisions to that agreement in 2007 allowed Green Bridge Company (owned by the Goldstein family) to wiggle out of a pledge to create $27 million worth of riverfront development on land adjacent to the casino.

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