MAYOR'S LETTER

We welcome you to Rock Island, Illinois! The first city of the Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities, settled over 160 years ago, Rock Island prides itself on preserving neighborhoods built during our rich and colorful past within a community enthusiastically embracing the future. We are home to a healthy and diverse business community of professionals, service centers and industry which work in partnership with a progressive local government to factor positive growth and change. Our public and private schools - from elementary through college levels - win national recognition for excellence. Downtown Rock Island is home of "The District" - the arts and entertainment center of the greater Quad City metropolitan area of over 350,000 people.

The quality of life here - to live, to work and to enjoy yourself - is outstanding. We look forward to welcoming you, your family, and your business to our community

May the pages that follow serve as an invitation to join our commitment to "preserving the past, while being dedicated to the future."

Mark W. Schwiebert

Mayor

Overview

The Quad Cities area is emerging as a favorite destination lot visitors from all over the Midwest in fact, from all over the nation. Besides the fair of festivals and special events year round the excitement of riverboat gambling….the parks and outdoor recreational attractions….the array and variety of shopping….the hundreds of tempting restaurants... the fine museums….the cultural amenities…..and everything else that makes Rock Island and the Quad Cities so appealing to so many, there's something more: history

Rock Island is the oldest of the Quad Cities. It was once the site of one of the largest American Indian settlements in North America, the western-most battle of the Revolutionary War was fought here, the first rail crossing of the Mississippi River took place at Rock Island, and the city has the oldest public library in the state.

The city also boasts a proud architectural history Buildings in Rock Islands many historic neighborhoods - Broadway, Highland Park, the downtown area and man), others - have been preserved or renovated, affording residents and visitors to Rock Island a glimpse into this historic city's rich heritage and culture.

The city, Its citizens, and several community groups have worked together For more than a decade in an effort to re0talize Rock Island's older historic structures and neighborhoods. The Rock Island City Council adopted 3 Preservation Ordinance in 1984 to establish the Rock Island Preservation Commission and procedures for designating local landmark properties and historic districts. The commission is made up of nine appointed citizens with expertise in historic preservation and/or related fields,

Homes and commercial buildings have been renovated and restored to original pristine condition and design. Neighborhood associations have been formed to help homeowner- renovate their homes and enhance city-wide preservation efforts. Business owners too, have used preservation to help create a unique and historic arts and entertainment venue in the downtown known as "The District".

You'll find handsome examples of some of America's finest architectural styles, Queen Anne, Italianate, Foursquare, Second Empires, Art Deco , Renaissance Revival, Romanesque, Greek Revival, Art Moderne, Colonial Revival…. the list goes on and on. A walking tour through any of Rock Islands historic areas presents a fascinating, up-close view of times past.

Through the pages of the Rock Island Profile we invite you to learn more about the city's past, as well as its present and future. The city has so much to offer - whether you're a visitor or resident, you'll find Rock Island an exciting place to be!

 

GOVERNMENT

Rock Island operates under a council-manager form of government. There is a elected mayor and seven elected aldermen. The city manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the city, Council meetings, open to the public, are held in City Council Chambers at City Hall located at 1528 3rd Avenue, the first four Mondays oealthy and safe place for people to live. The department has an Elderly Services Officer who provides special services to the city's elderly. It supports a CAPE (Community Assisted Police Enforcement) program that targets services in areas of special law enforcement needs. The city also provides the DARE program in Rock Island schools.HISTORYBefore European Settlers arrived in the 1830s, Rock Island - at the junction of the Rock and Mississippi Rivers - was the site of numerous Sauk and Fox Indian Villages. The great Sauk warrior Black Hawk lived here when the U.S. Army secured the upper Mississippi for white settlers. Ft. Armstrong, built in what is now Rock Island, served as both a trading post and military installation, attracting more white settlers and eventually leading to the fall of Black Hawk and migration west by the Sauk and Fox Indian nations. The Hauberg Indian Museum at Black Hawk State Historic Site houses archives and artifacts collected by turn-of-the-century Rock Island resident John Hauberg. They are displayed in life-like dioramas depicting the Sauk and Fox Indians' daily life throughout each of the four seasons.Growth of the Ft. Armstrong post came about due to its strategic location in a shallow area of the Mississippi River. This allowed riverboats large and small access to the growing community in and around Ft. Armstrong. Within a few years, the trading post became a thriving and growing frontier river town of several hundred families. The original city plat was filed on July 10, 1835 and named Stephenson, it was renamed Rock Island in 1841.Rock Island's economy prospered in 1850 when the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad (the first to be robbed by Jesse James) built the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi. The railway brought industry to Rock Island: lumbering, pottery, manufacture of farm implement and railroad supplies, among others.River towns of the mid-19th century were known to be raucous, often unrefined and even downright rough-and-tumble communities, and Rock Island was no exception. River boats brought all kinds of new settlers, from gamblers snake-oil salesmen and carpetbaggers to families, industrialists and young entrepreneurs. And all had a hand, in one way or another, in contributing to the development of Rock Island into a robust center of commerce, industry, wealth and residence. The legacy of those earliest settlers remains today, evident in the city's still exciting attractions and leisure activities, still standing elegant homes and storefronts.Near the bustling downtown, some of the residential neighborhoods, which are being revitalized today include grand homes dating to the 1850s. These elegant structures were mostly custom-built for and by the community's wealthiest citizens smaller houses were also built and sold to local citizens, almost in the same manner as modern-day "tract" or production housing developments. Even the simplest homes, though, were built of the era's finest quality, materials: virgin american lumber, stained glass, solid brass, gas and electric lighting fixtures of etched glass. Most importantly, homes were constructed wit expert craftsmanship and attention to detail from the foundation to the rooftop. Most of these neighborhoods' historic homes which are still standing are architecturally intact; many have undergone extensive interior and exterior renovation, in efforts to restore them as closeto their original condition as possible, preserving for generations to come a took at generations past.Location & TransportationRock Island is the southwest "corner" of the Quad Cities area in western Illinois on the Mississippi River, 165 miles west of Chicago and midway between Minneapolis and St. Louis. The city of Rock Island is situated at the convergence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers.Rock Island's strategic location makes it accessible via land, air and water. "RiverWay" is the name given the 30-mile Mississippi River corridor of the Quad Cities. In the fast decade, efforts have been underway to redevelop the river's edge in the RiverWay region following the guidelines of the Quad City Waterfront Master Plan. This plan outlines the concepts and methods of implementation for growth and development of the RiverWay region, Businesses, developers, artists, conservationists, and citizens are working together to help preserve the natural resource of the Mississippi River and enhance the riverfront as a vibrant center of tourism and commerce.U.S. Highway 67 runs north and south near the city's western border from the Mississippi River. It intersects interstate 280 on the west side of Rock Island and 67 at the Centennial Bridge to Davenport. State Route 5 running west through Moline connects to interstates 80 and 88. Several other interstates, federal and state highways run through and around the Quad Cities.Freight rail transportation is provided by the Burlington Northern- Santa Fe, I&M RailLink and the Iowa Interstate Railroad.Rock Island and the Quad Cities is served by the Quad City Municipal flights by American, TWA, United Airlines, and others. Airport in Moline, offering More than half of the 50 local barge terminals on the Mississippi River are served by rail and interstate highway for convenient transportation of goods to and from Rock Island. The Quad Cities is a U.S. Customs Port of Entry and a designated Foreign Trade Zone in both Illinois and Iowa. International trade services include computerized paired port systems, customs bonded motor carriers, customs house brokers and international freight forwarders, and container freight terminal. The smaller Rock River, which flows south and then west to the Mississippi at Rock Island, is navigable for recreation only.HomesRock Island and the Quad Cities area is cited as one of the 25 most affordable housing markets in the nation among 173 metro markets, in a survey by the National Homebuilders Association. The ACCRA Cost of Living index also indicates the Quad Cities as one of the lowest-priced housing markets among all national metro areas (90.4 with a base average of 100), and a lower-than-average composite cost of living (96.2).

The average home sale price in Rock Island is $64, 100, compared to $87,900 in St. Louis and $147,000 in Chicago. Housing is available in every price range, from starter homes and condominiums to mid-range newer homes to elegant, meticulously preserved mansions throughout the city's historic neighborhoods to new housing divisions.

NEIGHBORHOOD"S�

There are a number of historic, architecturally significant neighborhoods identified in Rock Island, many containing landmarks and structures listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The diverse styles of the city's historic residential architecture span a time period from the early 1800s through the late 1970s.

Following established ordinances and guidelines, the Rock Island Preservation Commission works closely with home owners who want to restore, renovate, alter or repair their residences, to ensure preservation of the city's designated historic neighborhoods.

The commission has published "tour books," available at City Hall, for each of these neighborhoods. Each describes a suggested route for walking or driving through neighborhoods, and details the history and architectural style of significant structures and landmarks.

The oldest residential area in Rock Island is the area just west of downtown platted as the Old Town Addition and Chicago Addition. As a "mixed use" area, it was, and still is, a blend of Stately mansions, row houses, commercial and government buildings. The prominent style is Italianate.

The Broadway Historic Area, south and east of downtown Rock Island, features the largest concentration of the city's landmarks. From 7th to 9th Avenue, buildings date back to the 1860s when the area first began to develop, south of 9th Avenue from about 1880 to 1910. Many of the homes here were built for prominent local business people of the era who worked downtown. A wide variety of architectural styles is represented, especially in the Spencer Place/15th Street area on 6th and 7th Avenues where homes were constructed between 1856 and 1930, the majority in the late 1800s. The main Broadway thoroughfare is 20th Street, along which the grand homes of some of the city's most prominent citizens were built from 1870 to 1910.

The Longview Historic Area, west of 17th Street, was developed in the 1890s. Homes here range from the more modest, on smaller lots, to the glorious Colonial Revivals, Queen Annes, Victorians and Vernaculars. The neighborhood is characterized by Queen Anne style dwellings and/or cottages notably influenced by the Queen Anne style.

Highland Park, bounded by 20th and 24th Streets and 16th and 18th Avenues, was platted in 1895 and was Rock Island's first recognized historic district. Several homes were designed and built by renowned architect George Stauduhan, including his own (at 1608 21st Street) which is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Foursquares, Colonial Revivals, Craftsmans and Dutch Revivals are the predominant styles.

The Ketstone Neighborhood is situated between the Mississippi River and 14th Avenue from 38th to 45th Streets and encompasses six sub-areas: Columbia Park, Fairview, Edgewood Park, Brooks' Grove, College Heights and Parkview. These areas were primarily settled beginning in the 1890s and continuing through the 1940s by the city's "working class" citizens, so homes, schools and churches are more modest in scale but nonetheless architecturally significant for the wide variety of styles built during Keystone's hall-century of development. Homes in this area primarily feature. Four Square, Queen Annes, Gothic Revival, Prairie, Craftsman Tutor, Venacular, Cape Cods, Spanish Revival, Bungalows, and Early Ranch.

The Western Downtown area has historically been dominated by public use, commercial and government buildings. The layout of the streets run parallel to the Mississippi River. The Centennial Bridge was built in 1940 and changed the physical appearance of the area, yet many historic structures, daring back to the mid-1870s, remain standing and are still in use today.

In 1917, developer and architect Olaf Cervin and Ben Hom saw a need for affordable housing for the families of Rock Island Arsenal's nearly 13,500 employees. Cervin and partner Ben Hom secured a contract from the federal U.S. Housing Corporation (a forerunner of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) to build 400 homes in Rock Island, Moline and East Moline, 200 of which were built between 15th and 18th Avenues and 39th and 41st Streets in Rock Island in the winter of 1918. The designs we simple cottages and bungalows yet followed Cervin's philosophy of quality and durability, many homes feature architectural detailing borrowed from a number of turn-of-the-century styles.

SHOPPINGAt the heart of downtown is The Great River Plaza, a two block walking plaza featuring the renovated business district. Unique gifts or rare treasuresThe Plaza boutiques, galleries, and stores have it all for shoppers and browsers In fact, with its night life, restaurants, frequent special events, and opportunities to tour some of Rock Islands historic structures and landmarks. The Downtown Plaza may be a full days outing for the entire family!

Several large malls and plazas are located throughout the Quad Cities, many anchored by major national department stores. The area's two regional malts are NonhPark Malt in Davenport and SouthPark Mall in Moline, both with 175+ stores and restaurants. Northl'ark is Iowa's largest mall and recently added Pocket Change Park, a children's entertainment center with rides and a three-story "soft play" area, SouthPark is the largest downstate mall in Illinois. Antique America Mall in Davenport features 22,000 sq.ft. and more than 150 antique dealers.

The Great Paver Plaza, home of "The District" also features live theatre, improvisational comedy, and the regions best live music and dance clubs. Rock Island boasts a wide variety of food and beverage establishments to cater to almost any taste. In addition to the coffeehouses and brew pubs in "The District," a number of outstanding restaurants offer ethnic, fast food, or casual dining to entertain business associates or get togethers with friends.

 

Business & Industry

Fifteen percent of the nation's population resides within a 300-mile radius of the Illinois Quad Cities, making it an ideal market for virtually every, product and service

The area is recognized worldwide as a major industrial and manufacturing center. Some of America's largest corporations are headquartered and/or have facilities here:

Deere & Company, 3M, Eagle Food Centers, Jewel Food Stores, Oscar Meyer, Case IH, MidAmerican Energy Company, ALCOA, and Ralston Purina to name a few. Rock Island has 11 of the 50 largest employers in the Quad Cities. Among these are the Rock Island - Milan Schools, employing over 1,200 people; Eagle Food Center; Rock Island County, Watts Trucking; Augustana College, The City of Rock Island, Thomas Proestler - Food Distributor; Jumers Casino in Rock Island, Modern Woodmen of America -Insurance; and Norcross Safety Products.

Tourism is also "big business" in Rock Island. Its myriad historic, recreational,

leisure, cultural and gaming amenities attract thousands of visitors each year. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on food, lodging, services and entertainment as well as shopping in historic downtown Rock Island. The city's dedication to renovation and restoration of the downtown, as well as the surrounding historic neighborhoods, has worked to draw visitors from throughout the Midwest.

Businesses are attracted to Rock Island for its low commercial/industrial lease rates and land costs. New office space downtown averages $16/sq. ft., retail space $8/sq. ft., and industrial space $2-$6/scf ft. Industrial land cost per acre averages $20,000; construction costs approximately $25/sq.ft. Southwest Rock Island has nearly 200 acres currently available and suitable for residential and commercial development.

The Rock Island Depot, originally built in 1901 at 31st and 5th Avenue by the Rock Island Lines Railway served thousands of passengers and shippers until 1980. The depot was placed on the National Register of Historic

Places in 1982 and declared a local landmark by the Rock Island Preservation Commission in 1987. Unused, the structure fell into disrepair until the city purchased the property and building in 1994 and invested nearly $650,000 to renovate the depot to its original exterior design, including adding the clock tower which was removed in the 1930s. Original brick, wood trim and roof tiles were salvaged from the former adjacent freight house which was demolished in 1997.

The city hopes to lease or sell the restored depot to be used for commercial, professional and/or retail space.

RECREATION

Much of both residents' and visitors' leisure time is spent in, on or around the Mississippi River. The "shining river," as Mark Twain once called it, is one of the nation's greatest waterways, and recreational opportunities abound in its gently flowing waters and along its lush riverbanks.

The Mississippi River Visitors Center and adjacent Lock and Dam 15 at the west end of the Rock Island Arsenal provide a fascinating took at the geography ecology and history of the Upper Mississippi River. May through September, you can stand out on the observation deck to watch huge towboats pushing barges that are nearly half a mile in length. Credit Island Park, on a small island in the Mississippi, features a golf course and hall fields; here, bird watchers often spot eagles in the fall and winter.

The public launch ramp at Sunset Park provides access to both the Rock and Mississippi Rivers for power boating, canoeing, pleasure cruising, water skiing, fishing, sailing and watching or riding the grand riverboats that still make their way up and down the Mississippi,

There's more recreation ashore, beginning with the more than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails along the Quad Cities riverfronts. The Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island is a 204- acre wilderness park and museum with more than four miles of hiking trails and picnic areas. The Rock Island Arsenal, Browning Museum, and Colonel Davenport House offer further looks at the history of the region. The National Cemetery on Arsenal Island has more than 15,000 graves, almost 2,000 of which hold Southerners imprisoned on the Island during the Civil War. The area also has a golf course and four-mile bike trail.

Longview Park has a conservatory flower garden, ice skating pond, frisbee golf, greenhouse, swimming pool and play grounds. Snow skiers can hit the slopes in nearby Andalusia at Snowstar, which has 20 acres Of Slopes for beginning to expert skiers. The Quad Cities Classic is an annual PGA tour event, hosted by one of the 20+ public play golf courses in the Quad Cities. Rock island is home to two challenging Courses, Highland Springs and Saukie.

Rock Island's Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for providing leisure opportunities to community residents. More than 300 year round recreational programs attract nearly 100,000 participants of all ages and interests. It oversees 26 community parks and recreational facilities. including play parks, Saukie and Highland Springs golf courses, Ben Williamson Park, home to the Backwater Gamblers Ski Shows, the state-of-the-art Rock Island Fitness and Activity Center, Great River Bike Path, Alan A. Campbell Sports Complex, Hauberg Estates and more.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

There's also plenty to see and do along the riverbanks of the "Mighty Mississippi" in Rock Island. The city has undergone a renaissance in recent years with extensive restoration and renovation of homes and storefronts along the riverfront, such as in the Broadway and downtown historic areas. It's a step back in time as you stroll along Broadway's residential streets and shop through downtown Rock Island, the area known as "The District" and the hub of arts and entertainment for the Quad Cities.

The Great River Plaza is a comfortable, walker-friendly plaza surrounded by historic architecture and a casual ambiance. Downtown, you can enjoy a Broadway musical, mystery comedy or children's play at the Circa 21 Dinner Theatre, now in its 21st year of professional production…visit the Quad City Arts Center, home to the area's visual arts and featuring live performances throughout the year... stroll through the Quad City Botanical Center, one of the largest in the Midwest... take part in the gaming excitement of Jumers Casino Rock Island Riverboat a, he Boatworks... enjoy live music and poetry readings at All Kinds of People... shop for antiques, gifts, clothing, music, books, jewehy, firmiture and much more... sit back with a good book and sip fresh- roasted lava at one of the cozy coffeehouses... bring your friends and tap your toes to the sounds of live bands at a downtown bar-and-grill, or dance the night away at one of the local night clubs... or dine at one of the dozen or so restaurants offering a world of tempting cuisines. Whatever your tastes, simple or eclectic, you're bound to find an afternoon or evening of fun in Downtown Rock Island. Make it a weekend and stay over at the channing Victorian Inn, Potter House, Top-O-The-Morning bed-and-breakfasts, or the Plaza One Hotel.

The Quad City Symphony, founded in 1915 and one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the country, performs its Sunday Series at Centennial Hall on the campus of Augustana College. The Augustana Centennial Art Gallery features both permanent and visiting collections of fine art. The Genusius Guild presents classical drama each summer in an open-air theatre in Lincoln Park, sponsored by the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department.

 

 

RECREATIONAL EVENTS

The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, better known as "The District", hosts many festivals throughout the year. The summer kicks off with the Quad Cities Criterium bicycle and in-line skating races on Memorial Day. June brings Gumbo Ya Ya, a Mardi Gras celebration with cajun food and zydeco music, and Rhythm & Food Festival which features the newest music and a variety of ethnic and American food. Take a trip to the Caribbean in August to Ya Maka My Weekend/Boonoonoonoos with reggae music, a children's village and sand volleyball contest. Erin Feis, an Irish folk festival, is held in September. Laser lights streak the sky during Halloween with Laser Light

Fright Nights. For more information on these events, please contact "The District" at (309) 788-6311.

During Labor Day weekend, residents and visitors flock to downtown Rock Island for the annual Rock Island Argus Gran Prix, where lightening-fast go-karts race through the streets. The event, hosted by "The District", also features nightly entertainment, art and craft show, food fairs and is culminated with an exciting Labor Day Parade beginning on 18th Avenue. The Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show performs free from May through September at its home site on the Rock River, and at Sunset Park. The Rock Island Summer Fest Committee sponsors the Summer Fest in July which features free entertainment and an old-fashioned carnival, From May through August the Rock Island Parks & Recreation sponsors musical performances in Lincoln and Longview Parks.

The Star of Bethlehem program at the Augustana College Planetarium, held each Christmas season, describes the what the fabled Wise Men may have seen in the heavens 2,000 years ago as they journeyed to the birthplace of Christ. The nation's only bistate St. Patricks Day Parade. It begins in Rock Island and crosses the Mississippi River into Davenport, Iowa and features dozens of bands, floats and costumed Irish families.

EDUCATION

The mission of the Rock Island-Milan School District is to provide an education based upon excellence while recognizing the individual differences and needs of children. District teachers, administrators and support staff are dedicated to providing an environment that enhances the development of self-esteem, responsibility, critical thinking, and good communication skills for their students. Partnerships with community organizations are encouraged.

Nearly 7,000 students attend the District's 1b elementary, middle and senior high schools. The voters of the community recently by a margin of 4-1, passed a referendum to allow the District to continue to upgrade its facilities. The schools are equipped with technology following a locally formulated plan, Computer aided drafting, modular technology programs and television production augment the use of computers in the classroom tabs. Year round programs are in place at Horace Mann and Grant Elementary schools, which offer nine-to-ten week sessions with a two-to-three week break between each session.

The students of the District excel in many ways. The high school has traditionally produced more National Merit Scholarship finalisits than other Quad City high schools. Unique programs are cited in many of the schools drawing attention from throughout the region and state.

The schools are staffed on a ratio of 20:5 students per teacher. Thus classes are kept small enough for interaction between the child and teacher. On the average teachers in Rock Island have more experience than their counterparts statewide. At the teacher recognition banquet each year, teachers from Rock Island receive a significant number of the "Master Teacher" awards given.

Various sports teams, clubs and other extra-curricular activities are available to students. These programs further enhance the educational experiences while allowing participants to develop their unique interests, talents and skills.

There are four private schools in Rock Island serving students in grades K-12. These schools offering quality educational opportunities combined with religious study are: Alleman High School, Immanuel Lutheran School, and the Jordan Catholic Schools, serving students K-4 and 5-8 at two campuses.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Augustana College in Rock Island is the oldest college of Scandinavian origin in the U.S., founded in 1860 by graduates of the universities of Uppsala and Lund in Sweden. It is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. in 1949 Augustana became a Phi Beta Kappa institution, and today is ranked among the top 60 small liberal arts colleges in America,

Augustana "invented" the work-study program adopted by the federal government in the 1930s and is now in place nationwide. In the 1970s, Augustana created one of the first international career internship programs; today, one in three students travels abroad, as an intern or a part of foreign study program.

The faculty-student ratio is a low 13: 1, and nearly 90 percent of the faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree. Many are actively engaged in research projects and students are encouraged to assist faculty in projects of interest and/or pursuant to the field of study.

The beautiful, 115-acre campus is home to the Fryxell Geology Museum, John Deere Planetarium, Carl Gamble Observatory, and Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center. The recently built library holds one of the finest small-college collections, with more than 375,000 items. In addition, the Augustana College Art Gallery regularly exhibits arts by students and faculty as well as national works and selected works from the colleges collection of more than 1,200 pieces.

Black Hawk Community College in Moline has an enrollment of 10,000 full- and part- time students. it offers numerous courses of study in liberal arts, business, vocations, technology and more.

The Quad Cities Graduate Study Center in Rock Island is a consortium of 11 public and private institutions of higher learning in Illinois and Iowa:Augustana College, Bradley University, Illinois and Iowa State Universities, Illinois University, St. Ambrose University, the Universities of Illinois and Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and Western Illinois University - Moline. All of these institutions of higher education are within a short drive of Rock Island, offering four-year degree programs in hundreds of courses of study.

Institutions in nearby Davenport include American Institute of Commerce, Marycrest International University, The Palmer College of Chiropractic, founded in 1897 by the "father" of modem chiropractic, David D. Palmer, and St. Ambrose University.

 

 

HEALTH CARE

Rock island is served by eight hospitals in the Quad Cities area, nine immediate care facilities, numerous medical clinics and nursing facilities, and hundreds of physicians and dentists with local practices.

Trinity Medical Center's West Campus, in Rock Island, is a 650-bed regional hospital offering a comprehensive range of medical, wellness and surgical services. It houses a state-of-the-art cancer unit, Level II trauma Center, bum and reconstructive care unit, women's health and maternal care centers, and community center for mental health and chemical dependency care. Trinity is the only children's hospital in the region, and offers the latest in treatment, plus compassionate care, for young patients.

The hospitals community outreach includes a parish nurse program, health screenings and needs assessment, physician referral, and charitable contributions to a number of local health services.

The Trinity College of Nursing is located at the hospital's East Campus in Moline. It offers two- and four-year degrees in nursing, and general education courses both at the main campus and at Black Hawk Community College and Western Illinois University. The Trinity Schools of Allied Health offer advanced medical education and training.