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Posted on: March 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Update Rock Island - March 09, 2020

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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.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade - The 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:30 am, starting at 23rd Street and 4th Avenue in Rock Island.  Parade floats, bands, vehicles, and walkers will head through downtown Rock Island, across Centennial Bridge and continue its course through Davenport. The Grand Parade is the only bi-state St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the U.S. Visit for updates and more information. 

Post Parade Parties - After the St. Patrick’s Day Parade has concluded, stay in Rock Island and enjoy the post parade festivities. Some of the various outdoor festivities include Steve’s Old Time Tap at 17th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues beginning at 9:00 am. Daiquiri Factory will hold their annual Shamrock Shakedown on the downtown plaza from 9:00 am to 12:30 am, and Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap’s annual Paddy O’Party at 1228 - 30th Street will be from 12:00 pm to midnight. And new to festivities is Brandon’s Pub and Grill, who will have an outdoor tented event with live music from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm with the party continuing indoors until 12:30 am at 3008 7th Avenue. Be safe and enjoy all the festivities.

Tax Preparation Assistance - The MLK Center is a drop-in site for United Way’s VITA program. United Way is offering qualifying individuals and families free tax preparation assistance. These services will run through April 11, 2020. Hours are 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9:00 am - noon on Saturdays.

2020 Census – Beginning later this week, homes everywhere will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, please respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. Currently we have 58 non-profit organizations in the community who are actively working to guarantee everyone in our area gets counted. Kiosks will be popping up around the city for residents who need assistance in filling out the census online. A directory listing of these locations and their hours can be found at

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