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Posted on: June 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Update Rock Island - June 26, 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.

The City wants your input on the downtown rebuilding project

Members of the public are invited to provide feedback on $7 million in proposed rebuilding plans for downtown Rock Island during a community meeting Tuesday, June 27. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 226 17th Street, Rock Island. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Get a preview of streetscaping and placemaking improvements throughout the downtown Rock Island Historic District. Plans include reconstruction of the 2nd Avenue pedestrian mall, construction of a dog park on 21st Street, parklets for outdoor dining, public art installations, pop-up vendor stalls, landscaping, decorative lighting, and more.


You are invited to the Hauberg Estate carriage house grand opening

Come by the Hauberg Estate, 1300 24th Street, and help celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated carriage house on Friday, June 30 from 1 to 7 p.m. The Friends of Hauberg board of directors has re-imagined the 8,000 square-foot Carriage House. The first floor is now complete and includes the Auto House event and classroom space, the Carriage Haus Bar and the Hauberg Stables Gift Shop. 


Celebrate the 4th of July in Rock Island

The annual Red, White & Boom Independence Day festival and fireworks takes place July 3 at Schwiebert Riverfront Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. Enjoy music, food trucks and vendors until fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be shot in sync to music broadcast on 97X from two barges in the middle of the Mississippi River.


Do you know a person or organization that deserves recognition?

Nominations for the 36th annual Citizen of the Year awards are now open. Each year, people in the community have an opportunity to submit a nomination for those who have made selfless contributions of service to the City of Rock Island. There are eight categories available for nomination: Individual; Youth; City Employee; Professional; Education; Veteran; Organization, Church or Non-Profit; and Business. 


Nomination forms can be accessed on the City’s website at or contact Community Engagement Manager Sarah Hayden at The deadline is July 10th. 

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