Welcome from the Mayor

Rock Island is located in the western most part of Illinois and is positioned between the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and the Rock River. We are a community rich in cultural diversity and steeped in history.

Rock Island was the first city in the Illinois / Iowa Quad Cities to be settled. Our city is known for its historic neighborhoods with homes dating back to the 1850's.

In Rock Island, we pride ourselves on preserving the past, while looking toward the future. Our public and private school systems are outstanding examples of educational systems. Rock Island has a Council/Manager form of local government that is very progressive and emphasizes new business and new ideas.

Rock Island is home to the Arts and Entertainment District, a center of activity for the residents of the entire Quad City area. Rock Island is a great place to live, work, and play. We have all of the amenities of a large city with the convenience of a small community.

I encourage you to visit Rock Island. You will like the area so much, you just may want to stay.

Mayor Dennis E. Pauley's signature

Dennis E. Pauley
City of Rock Island