Lawmaker leads effort for veterans

Just about every politician considers veterans essential. The question is, will VA employees get that distinction in a government shutdown? Thursday, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, whose district includes Whiteside County, led an effort to protect veterans in the event of a “politically induced” shutdown. She wrote a letter, signed by 36 of her […]

Sequester hits local Head Start program

MOLINE — Head Start programs in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties are being cut back because of the sequester, or cutback in federal funding. In Moline, a Head Start program that used to run five days per week for 36 children from low-income backgrounds now is running four days per week and for one […]