Bill Lukitsch, Quad-City Times

Bill Lukitsch

Quad-City Times

Carbondale Township, IL, United States

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Past articles by Bill:

Davenport aldermen approve ordinance change aimed at illicit massage parlors

Davenport aldermen on Wednesday night adopted changes to a recent city ordinance aimed at curbing illicit massage parlors, closing a loophole that allowed three businesses to reopen after they had been shuttered by local law enforcement. City staff say the existing law has already rid Davenport of nearly a dozen businesses they say were trouble spots. The changes adopted Wednesday broaden the… → Read More

Davenport mayoral candidates react to recent spike in shootings

Davenport mayoral candidates Mike Matson and Rita Rawson condemned on Tuesday a series of recent shootings across the city, offering broad solutions for violent gun crimes and pointing to recent City Council-approved initiatives aimed at helping police investigate them. Four people have been shot since Thursday in a spate of gunfire that has launched six police investigations amid a year in… → Read More

In the 3rd Ward, Alderwoman Marion Meginnis competes for reelection against challenger Phil Armer

In Davenport’s 3rd Ward, voters will choose in two weeks whether to give Alderwoman Marion Meginnis another term or put first-time office-seeker Phil Armer in charge of representing their interests. Fewer than 600 of the ward’s registered voters participated in the primary election earlier this month where the citywide turnout was only about 9%. Meginnis was the top performer by far, receiving… → Read More

Update: Mike Matson, Rita Rawson win Davenport’s mayoral primary

Alderman Mike Matson and Alderwoman Rita Rawson emerged as the victors in Davenport’s mayoral primary Tuesday, outperforming four political outsiders for a shot at competing in the November general election. Matson had the best showing, capturing 33% of the vote to Rawson’s 23%, according to unofficial results. Both are forwarding individual visions for Davenport, the largest of the Quad-Cities,… → Read More

Mike Matson, Rita Rawson win Davenport’s mayoral primary

Alderman Mike Matson and Alderwoman Rita Rawson emerged as the victors in Davenport’s mayoral primary Tuesday, outperforming four political outsiders for a shot at competing in the November general election. Matson had the best showing, capturing 33% of the vote to Rawson’s 23%. Both are forwarding individual visions for Davenport, the largest of the Quad-Cities, as they chart a course for… → Read More

Davenport's primary election is Tuesday. Here's 4 things voters should know

On Tuesday, Davenport voters will pick the top two candidates for mayor and the 3rd, 4th and 5th ward city council representatives. Winners from that contest will advance to a runoff Nov. 5. Municipal elections are often low-turnout affairs, even when citywide offices are contested. The last competitive mayoral race four years ago resulted in a turnout of only 10% during the primary election.… → Read More

Big Story: Biden is the 2020 Democratic front-runner. But can he outshine his rivals in these southeastern Iowa counties that picked Trump in 2016?

Jan Logan made up his mind long before Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign made its first trip to Des Moines County last week. → Read More

Friends, family remember homeless Davenport man who drowned on Mississippi River

Pauly Domine was intelligent, handy, generous, hard-working and an overall good guy. He also struggled with alcoholism most of his adult life. → Read More

Lindsay Park Yacht Club has been taking out loans to dredge Davenport's marina. They say the Army Corps of Engineers is supposed to do that

Vice Commodore Dan Darland says the practice amounts to “throwing money in the water.” → Read More

St. Ambrose track scholarship will honor memory of Bix 'hostest with the mostest'

Marlene “Mari” Sekharan had one dying wish. → Read More

Davenport has filled 54,590 potholes in the last six months, but 500 blocks still have holes to fill

Potholes are still everywhere. → Read More

‘No freebies on enforcement’: As fireworks season approaches, Davenport leaders seek to thwart lawbreakers

With Independence Day fast approaching, Davenport leaders are issuing an early warning to people who celebrate with a bang: Follow the law. → Read More

With river rises predicted, Davenport rebuilds temporary flood barrier downtown

As weather experts with the National Weather Service predict the Mississippi River will rise over the coming days, Davenport’s public works department is rebuilding the temporary flood barrier downtown to → Read More

With river rises predicted, Davenport rebuilds temporary flood barrier downtown

As weather experts with the National Weather Service predict the Mississippi River will rise over the coming days, Davenport’s public works department is rebuilding the temporary flood barrier downtown to → Read More

‘This is who I am’: Former Democratic Iowa Sen. Rita Hart is running for Congress

Rita Hart says her family knows what to expect when she tells them: “‘Oh, come on! It’ll be fun.” → Read More

Gov. Kim Reynolds surveys flooding disaster in Davenport

Gov. Kim Reynolds toured the disaster site that is downtown Davenport on Friday, calling the scene “devastating” and pledging continued state assistance to help rebuild areas ravaged by the city’s → Read More

Scott County Supervisor Ken Croken exploring run for Congress

Newly elected Scott County Supervisor Ken Croken is weighing a run for the U.S. House seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack, saying he wants to bring “a more → Read More

Davenport plans to take over, repair, two Canadian Pacific-owned bridges

The Davenport City Council plans to take ownership of two Canadian Pacific Railroad bridges that have been closed for nearly a year, in return for a $1.9 million payment from → Read More

Bettendorf aldermen pass resolution opposing Iowa's proposed 'soft cap' on property taxes

Bettendorf aldermen have passed a resolution opposing a property tax cap that’s being championed by Republicans in the Iowa Legislature, contending the legislation would eventually force them to increase tax → Read More

Mayor axes 'unfitting' members of Davenport Civil Rights Commission

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch has removed four people from the city's civil rights commission in response to a months-long dispute over its membership, according to a news release from the → Read More