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Small Businesses in Illinois struggle to pay rent

Mike Thoms, candidate for State Senate in Illinois’ 36th District released a statement on the business environment in Illinois: “Small businesses across the country struggled to pay their August rent, but that is especially true here in Illinois. Record-breaking inflation is hitting everyone, and our small businesses aren’t immune to that,” Thoms said.  “The rising …

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Rock Island-Moline metro area sees largest percentage increase in July job growth

Mike Thoms, candidate for State Senate in Illinois’ 36th District released a statement on the Quad Cities’ economic growth: “As our state economy continues to rebound, the Quad Cities regional economy is leading the way in job growth, adding 1,400 jobs from this time last year,” Thoms said. “In Rock Island we’re doing our part …

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Illinois’ Economy Struggling to Recover, Lagging Behind Rest of Nation

Mike Thoms, candidate for State Senate in Illinois’ 36th District released a statement on the state of Illinois’ economy: “Illinois’ economy and our workers continue to suffer under the mismanaged economy of Mike Halpin and the Democrats in Springfield. The high taxes and burdensome regulations that have made doing business in Illinois harder are now …

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Thoms, City of Rock Island continue to support Police Department

Mike Thoms, candidate for State Senate in Illinois’ 36th District released a statement today on his support of law enforcement: “Ensuring our Police Department has the resources it needs, including an adequate number of officers, remains a top priority of mine as Mayor,” Thoms said. “As I continue to talk with residents of the 36th …

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Mike Thoms calls on Rep. Halpin to denounce the SAFE-T Act

Mike Thoms, candidate for State Senate in Illinois’ 36th District released a statement on Rep. Halpin’s support for Illinois’ SAFE-T Act: “When Mike Halpin cast the final vote that passed HB3653 into law, he became the leader of Illinois Democrats’ radical push to defund the police and make our communities less safe. The SAFE-T Act …

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Our Quad Cities: Rock Island, Chamber celebrate state funding for downtown

The Quad Cities Chamber, in partnership with the city of Rock Island, today announced that it’s been chosen to get a $3-million grant for downtown Rock Island revitalization. As part of the Rebuild Illinois (RBI) Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awarded …

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Our Quad Cities: Rock Island Mayor Thoms stresses importance of community to stop gun violence

Thanks for checking out this web extra from Jim Niedelman’s conversation with Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms. We ran out of time on “4 the Record” to bring you all of the conversation. This segment stays focused on gun violence, and specifically prevention from a law-enforcement perspective. “The pressure has been put on police officers,” …

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Our Quad Cities: Augustana and Rock Island partner to get the lead out of drinking water

In her first major initiative as new Augustana College president, Andrea Talentino on Wednesday announced an innovative partnership between the private liberal arts school and the city of Rock Island — to replace lead water service lines across the city. In the aftermath of the public health crisis in Flint, Mich., and other American cities, Illinois passed …

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Quad-City Times: Rock Island law enforcement agencies are working to solve violent crimes, get guns off the streets

With six criminal homicides in Rock Island this year — three in July alone — Rock Island Police Chief Richard Landi and Rock Island County State’s Attorney Dora Villarreal said Tuesday that they and their partners at the city, county, state and federal levels are doing everything possible to convict the criminals, get them lengthy …

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