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Posted on: March 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Update Rock Island - February 27, 2023

Update Rock Island is a segment at city council meetings given by Mayor Mike Thoms focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.

Your participation is needed

The City is seeking residents to serve on the newly-formed Rock Island Downtown Alliance board of directors. The board was created to help manage the Special Service Area, formed as a means of improving the downtown district and surrounding areas. Board members will consist of two downtown residents; three downtown business owners; six downtown property owners; and one downtown non-profit owner, director or leader.


The City is also seeking two residents to serve on the Beautification Commission, one resident to serve on the Arts Commission and several residents to serve on the newly-created Community Development Commission. Contact City Hall if interested in any of these roles. 


Calling all antique and vintage decorators and collectors

The annual Spring Antique Spectacular is this weekend from Friday through Sunday at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue in Rock Island. This is a great opportunity to find a wide range of quality antiques and vintage collectibles as you shop among dozens of vendors selling items from around the world. collectibles


Join us at the Grand Opening Celebration of the Watts-Midtown Library Branch

Both the Rock Island Public Library and the Rock Island YMCA will host open houses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11. The Rock Island Public Library invites the public to drop in during event hours for refreshments, fun activities, tours and a complimentary giveaway. Meet the staff or renew your library card, sign up for the library's PALS volunteer corps and enjoy activities for the family. 


Are you interested in learning about historic preservation?

A regional workshop for the Statewide Historic Preservation Plan will be held at Hauberg Estate on March 7th from 3 to 5 pm. The Illinois State Historic Preservation Office and the planning team are hosting the workshop to meet with stakeholders face-to-face and have discussions regarding current preservation needs and issues. The workshop will help inform planning for Illinois’ historic and cultural resources over the next 10 years. To register for the workshop, go to

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