More than $70 million in public money will be spent in Illinois to promote the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Is this a good use of money?
The national and international media have gone gaga over the pending arrival of the royal baby, who will be third in line to the British throne. What's your take?
Rolling Stone's decision to dedicate its cover to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnev -- the photograph makes Tsarnev resemble the rock stars typically found on the cover of Rolling Stone -- has led some stores to refuse in advance to sell the issue. What do you think of the magazine's decision?
Fareway has decided not to build a grocery store at the former Audubon School location in Rock Island, a plan neighbors opposed. Do you think the decision to not build the store is a plus or a minus for the city?
Some of the world's best golfers are flocking to the Quad-Cities for the John Deere Classic.
Republican Bobby Schilling will try to retake the 17th Congressional District seat from Democrat Cheri Bustos, who defeated him in 2010.
How fair was the media in covering the presidential election?
What grade would you give the news media for its coverage of the past election?
Which of the following is your favorite summer food commonly found at fairs and festivals?
What did you think of Q-C area TV stations' weather coverage Thursday night?
Which of the following was the biggest news in the Quad-Cities in 2011?
A majority of adults say President Barack Obama does not deserve a second term but are evenly divided on whether he will win re-election next year, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Do you think President Obama will be elected to a second term in office?
How likely is it Congress will take significat action on spending cuts and federal debt before the 2012 elections?
How would you rate Congress on its leadership during the recent economoic troubles?
How would you rate President Barack Obama on his leadership during the recent economoic troubles?
What's the right time to put up Christmas decorations?
The Green Bay Packers are off to a 7-0 start, the only undefeated team in the NFL. What chance does the Pack have to finish the season undefeated after their final game Jan. 1 against Detroit?
Halloween question: Do you believe in ghosts?
World stock markets have been up and down a lot lately based in part on European debt problems. Financial leaders are working to hammer out a deal to avert an overseas financial crisis, which likely would have an impact on U.S. markets. How confident are you a deal will get worked out and Wall Street will remain relatively stable this week?
The Texas Rangers are within one win of their first World Series title. Can the St. Louis Cardinals still save the Series?
Mike Boland is challenging incumbent Mike Jacobs for a seat in the Illinois Senate. Whom do you think will win the nomination and represent Democrats in the general election?
The winner in the Democratic primary will face Republican Bill Albracht in the general election. Whom do you think voters will pick?
A new poll has Herman Cain ahead of Mitt Romney and other candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination. What do you think about Cain's chances to win the nomination?
The White House has asked the Supreme Court to rule whether the Obama health-care overhaul is constitutional. How do you think the court will rule?
Republicans hoping to become their party's presidential nominee have held several debates. How much attention have you paid so far?
Midway into September and night temperatures are dipping into the 30s. What does that say about the coming winter?
Thursday President Obama delivered a speech calling for $450 billion in various measures to spur job creation and lift the economy. What grade would you give the speech itself (the language, the delivery, the degree to which the speech engaged and inspired you)?
What grade would you give the proposals put forth in the speech?
How do President Obama's proposals make you feel about the economy in the coming year or two?
Thursday President Obama will present his new jobs program and domestic agenda to a joint session of Congress. What is your opinion about how to fight the 9.1 percent unemployment rate?
How confident are you in President Obama's leadership on economic issues?
How long will it take authorities to apprehend Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's fugitive former leader?
It's been 15 years since Trudy Appleby disappeared. Do you think authorities will ever learn what happened to the missing Q-C girl?
Do you think President Obama will win a second term in the White House?
How concerned are you about the economy in the wake of recent bad news on Wall Street?
Grade Congress and President Obama's performance in handling the recent debt-ceiling crisis. How would you grade them?
Which party is more responsible for the federal debt?
Hot enough for you?
Congress and the president are working on a plan to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and address runaway deficits. What do you think is the single most important solution?
If increasing taxes is part of the solution, which of the following options do you think is most important:
Do you think the Orlando, Fla. jury was correct in finding Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee?
Have higher food prices put a crimp in your household budget?
Do you plan to go see a fireworks display over the Independence Day weekend and holiday?
Now that Wisconsin has lifted its ban, Illinois is the only state where it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon. What do you think?
Prospective presidential candidates are beginning to gear up for the 2012 election. How much interest do you have in following campaign coverage in the news at this stage of the game?
The Rock Island County clerk has sworn in John Haan as a Cordova village trustee after Mayor Bob Van Hooreweghe refused to do it and vetoed attempts to have either the village board or village clerk seat him. Was Mayor Van Hooreweghe right to refuse to swear in Mr. Haan?
Do you own a Kindle, Sony Reader, iPad or other digital book reader?
If no, do you think you'll ever own a digital book reader?
Who's the Most Fantastic Father of the Quad-Cities?
Do you think small firecrackers and similar fireworks should be legalized in Illinois and Iowa to celebrate the Fourth of July, as they are in Wisconsin and Missouri?
Do you plan to participate in the Bix 7, the Quad Cities Marathon, the Firecracker Run or any other running events this summer?
We've had a cold, snowy winter and a cool, rainy spring. What's your prediction for the summer?
The Oprah Show broadcast its final program Wednesday. What's your reaction to Oprah's departure from the daily television landscape?
The tornado season has already seen several devastating storms, including Sunday's killer twister in Joplin, Mo. How concerned are you about a tornado damaging your community?
Federal regulations will cause regular lightbulbs -- deemed energy inefficient -- to disappear from stores in January. They will be replaced with compact fluorescents, which contained toxic mercury vapor that is released when they break, or LEDs, which cost $40-$50 each. Are you stocking up on "old style" lightbulbs or eager to embrace a "greener" but more-expensive lifestyle?
What do you think of the law Congress passed in 2007 requiring lightbulbs to be more energy efficient?
A standard 100-watt lightbulb costs less than $1. A comparable compact fluorescent is about $8. One company plans to begin selling a $75-watt LED bulb for $40. What's your take on the economics of energy efficiency?
Have you ever given money to a panhandler at one of the Interstate 74 exit ramps or at other Quad-Cities intersections?
Would you ever give money to a panhandler soliciting from motorists at intersections?
Do you think panhandling at traffic intersections should be restricted?
The summer road-work season is upon us, as you know, if you've been on the Interstate 74 bridge, in downtown Moline, or other places in the Quad-Cities where streets and bridges are under construction. How good a job do public officials do coordinating road construction to minimize the impact on traffic?
When work needs to be done on a major street or bridge, how should crews be scheduled to work for the duration of the project?
The White House has been considering releasing a photograph of Osama bin Laden after he was killed. Should a picture be released?
If a picture is released, should news organizations -- newspapers, websites, television stations -- share the image with the public?
Did you get up early to watch any of the royal wedding?
Former Rock Island County state's attorney Jeff Terronez was sentenced to two years probation and fined $2,500 for supplying alcohol to a minor. What do you think?
Is nuclear energy a safe source of power?
Standard & Poor's cut its outlook on the triple-A rating of U.S. debt to negative, saying the path from large deficits remains unclear. What's your intuition about the economy?
Are you going to plant a garden this year?
The federal government may "shutdown" due to a budget impasse between Democrats and Republicans about where to cut. How big a deal is a shutdown?
How important are the cuts in the federal budget lawmakers are debating?
I think the federal government needs to spend...
Should Hillary Clinton challenge President Obama to be the Democratic candidate in the 2012 presidential election?
If Clinton runs for the Democratic presidential nomination, what do you think it will do for the Democrats' chances in the general election?
Should the United States be involved in military actions in Libya?
Britain is gearing up for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton that will take place Friday, April 29. How interested are you?
President Obama has instructed federal prosecutors to lay off medical marijuana users and suppliers, if they comply with state regulations. Do you favor easing medical-marijuana laws?
Do you think marijuana should be legalized?
Do you think all drug use should be decriminalized?
How much do you expect spring flooding -- expected to be significant -- to impact your daily routine?
Should NPR give up public funding?
Should the death penalty be abolished in Illinois?
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has issued a letter saying the Illinois State Police must disclose the identities of people with Firearm Owners Identification cards. What do you think?
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has locked horns with union members and supporters over a proposal to eliminate collective bargaining for most government workers. Walker says the change is needed to cope with a $3.6 billion deficit without having to lay off 12,000 state and local workers over the next two years. Union backers say Walker is trying to break the union. What do you think?
If Walker's bid to limit collective bargaining fails, what do you think will happen?
Oil is nearing $100 a barrel due to unrest in the Mideast and speculation. With gas prices above $3 per gallon in the Quad-Cities, how high do you expect local gas prices to go?
How much do potholes bother you?
The Daytona 500, the first race in the new NASCAR season, is Sunday. Are you planning to watch any of it?
Have you ever been to the Daytona 500?
Forecasters say serious flooding is possible in the Quad-Cities this spring. How bad do you think flooding will be?
Now that the "big melt" has started, is winter really over?
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned and turned the country over to the military. What's your reaction?
Do you think Egypt is likely to be taken over by a radical Islamic government, like the one in Iran?
Did you watch the Super Bowl?
The commercials are a highlight for many watching the Super Bowl. What did you think of this year's commercials?
How deep was the biggest drift in your driveway or yard after the big storm?
How much snow do you think the Quad-Cities will get in the Tuesday-Wednesday storm?
Do you think the Illinois Supreme Court was correct in ruling Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff, should stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago after having his residency challenged?
Did you watch the State of the Union speech Tuesday evening?
Is it a good idea for Rock Island schools to cut some, but not all, sports programs to help balance the budget?
Did the Illinois Legislature do the right thing last week when it voted to increase state income taxes?
How important to you is news about weather that might delay or cancel school and complicate travel and other activities in and around the Quad-Cities area?
Which version of "True Grit" is better, the original starring John Wayne, or the new movie with Jeff Bridges?
Do you support the legislation Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, sponsored to have Amazon.com and other online businesses charge Illinois residents 6.25 percent retail sales tax on transactions and forward the revenue to the state?
Did you make any New Year's resolutions?
If you make New Year's resolutions, do you tend to keep them?
Which political party has the best chance of expanding its influence in 2011?
Which political party has the most to lose in 2011?
Which political party do you think will win the White House in 2012?
What do you think the biggest story in the Quad-Cities was during 2010?
Do you have a Facebook account?
Rock Island is considering raising taxes to meet costs. Regardless of where you live, which reaction below comes closest to expressing your opinion about how local governments should deal with red ink today?
How is your Christmas shopping coming along?
Do you intend to do any shopping online this Christmas?
What do you think of President Obama's call to freeze federal wages for two years?
Have discounts and sales influenced your post-Thanksgiving Christmas shopping?
Have you seen the new Harry Potter movie?
Do you plan to see the new Harry Potter movie while it is still in the theater?
If you don't plan to see the new Harry Potter in the theater, or are unsure about whether you'll see it in the theater, do you plan to see it after it comes out on DVD?
How many times do you expect to see the new Harry Potter movie, whether in the theater, on DVD or TV?
Now that GM is out of bankruptcy and selling stock again, do you plan to buy any as an investment?
Do you plan to go shopping on "Black Friday," as the day after Thanksgiving is called, the busy traditional start to the Christmas shopping season?
When do you put up Christmas lights and decorations?
Are you satisfied with the outcome of Tuesday's election?
How would you describe your attitude about the nation and the economy following the election?
Do you plan to vote in this election?
Did you vote early?
Sherrard girls' basketball and softball players are threatening to sit out the season over their coach's dismissal. Do you think that is a good idea?
We're less than two weeks from the election. Who is going to win the 17th District congressional race?
Has the economy impacted your charitable giving in the past year?
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to approve higher concentrations of ethanol for newer vehicles, raising the maximum blend of the corn-based fuel with gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. What's your take on ethanol?
The Quad-Cities have experienced a rash of bank robberies in recent days. What do you think is behind the hold-ups?
Apple will begin making a new version of the iPhone for use on the Verizon Wireless network late in 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports. AT&T has had exclusive distribution of the iPhone since its 2007 debut. Are more people likely to switch to Verizon once it begins selling iPhones?
Are you likely to change to Verizon once it begins selling iPhones?
Are you currently a Verizon customer?
Are you likely to buy a Verizon iPhone?
A group of former Air Force personnel speaking at the National Press Club this week said they had personally witnessed UFOs while serving in the military. Do you believe in UFOs?
Have you ever seen a UFO?
Rich Whitney, the Green Party candidate for Illinois governor, wants to legalize marijuana and tax it as a way to help the state get rid of its deficit. What do you think?
What is your favorite way to communicate in cyberspace, with e-mail or text messages?
How many e-mails do you write or respond to daily?
How many text messages to you get in a typical 24-hour period?
An economic panel says the recession officially ended in June of 2009, though unemployment remains high. What's your take on the economy?
Henry County has decided to limit red ink to $500,000 next year through furloughs and layoffs, if necessary. What should city, county and state governments do when they spend more money than they bring in?
How many years should a governmental body -- local, county, state or federal -- be allowed to operate in the red before being required by law to balance the budget?
The Bears won their first regular-season game Sunday after officials declared that Lion Calvin Johnson's leaping grab in the end zone was an incomplete pass. (A clip of the play can be seen on YouTube here.) Did the officials get it right?
President Obama is proposing another round of federal stimulus, this one involving spending $50 billion on roads, railways and runways. What do you think?
What do you think of the job President Obama, Congress and the Federal Reserve are doing to help steer the economy?
Labor Day traditionally marks the end of the summer season. So how was your summer?
What do you like best about the fall?
Candidate Bobby Schilling his challenged U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, to four public debates throughout the district. Hare has accepted, but wants two TV-studio debates "moderated by an agreed upon neutral party." What do you think?
Roger Davis, the Green Party candidate for Congress, wants to be included in the debate. What do you think?
Do you have a cell phone?
If you have a cell phone, do you have a "smartphone" (a cell phone that gets e-mail, has a Web browser and runs other applications)?
If you have a cell phone, do you have a land-line telephone in your home?
Do the drug busts resulting from traffic stops on Interstate 80 indicate a potential infringement of personal freedom?
Do (or did) your children walk to school?
Should U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, accept the challenge from Bobby Schilling, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 17th District, to meet for a series of debates before the November election?
Should federal prosecutors retry former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on the 23 corruption charges for which the jury in his recent trial were unable to reach a verdict?
Do you think Blagojevich's conviction of lying to FBI agents will be overturned on appeal?
The 2010 Farmersí Almanac is predicting the winter will be dry (have less-than-normal snowfall) but be bitterly cold. What's your prediction?
Hot enough for you?
Which local city do you think does the best job getting streets repaired quickly and efficiently?
Which local city do you think does the poorest job getting streets repaired quickly and efficiently?
Deliberations in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial entered their ninth day Monday. Do you think the time it is taking the jury to reach a verdict makes it more or less likely Blagojevich will be acquitted?
Which statement best describes how often do you ride the Channel Cat?
How do you think the economy is faring?
What word do you think best defines the state of the economy in Illinois and the United States today?
Students in many local districts will be heading back to class in a few weeks. At one time schools waited until after Labor Day to resume class. What do you think of starting class earlier in August?
The jury today (Wednesday) begins deliberations in impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial. Whether guilty or innocent, how soon do you think the jury will return a verdict?
Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce members will vote this week on merging the two business organizations. What do you think?
Gov. Pat Quinn came to Moline to announce $15 million in funding for a new MetroLINK transit district bus maintenance center on part of the old Farmall plant. The money comes from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, using funds raised by selling bonds that will be paid off with tax revenue. The total project is $32 million, with $7 million from the federal government and $10 million from MetroLINK bonds. The service has outgrown its current facility, built in 1983. What do you think?
If the election were tomorrow, who do you think would win in the 17th congressional district, Bobby Schilling or Phil Hare?
Impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has been insisting for months he would testify at his corruption trial, but when the time came he flip-flopped and decided not to take the stand. Are you surprised?
Do you think Blago should have testified in his own defense?
The defense rested its case without calling any witnesses, claiming the prosecution had failed to prove its case against Blago. Do you think the jury will decide to convict or acquit?
The Moline City Council is voting whether to spend $993,000 to buy property downtown for a proposed Amtrak station. What do you think?
The new Apple iPhone has come under fire from Consumer Reports about reception problems. The general issue is nothing new for the iPhone. There have been complaints about AT&T's service and the iPhone dropping calls since the phone -- which otherwise has gotten rave reviews -- came on the market. What's your take on the situation?
For iPhone users: How do you rate your service?
The Quad City Mallards have new owners who plan to keep the teamís name the same and continue to play at the i Wireless Center. The new team CEO says the Mallards ďare a long way from where they once wereĒ in their heyday. What impact will the new ownership have on the team and fans?
Quarterback Brett Favre, 40, is being his usual coy self about whether he will return to the Vikings for a 20th season with the NFL. Most Minnesota fans expect Favre to play. What do you think?
The prosecution in former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial is expected to rest its case this week. Based on what youíve read about the evidence, what verdict do you anticipate?
Golf is at the forefront of many Quad-Citians' minds this week with the John Deere Classic in full swing. How big of a golf fan are you?
Where do you think LeBron James will pick to play basketball next season?
If you were out and about on the Fourth of July, you probably heard the bang and pop of firecrackers, bottle rockets and other Independence Day fireworks that are, of course, illegal on both sides of the river in the Quad-Cities. Should small firecrackers and the like be legalized in Illinois and Iowa, as they are in Wisconsin and Missouri?
Violent crime is hardly rare in the Quad-Cities. One of the latest examples came late Thursday, when a 15-year-old girl was shot in Rock Island. The girlís injuries were not life threatening, and a suspect has been arrested. Who needs to do more to reduce shootings, stabbings, beatings and similar crimes?
What do you think is the root cause of violence in the Q-C?
Motorcyclists must wear helmets in most states, but not in Iowa and Illinois. Should lawmakers require people on motorcycles to wear helmets?
Though the Cold War is supposedly over, U.S. law enforcement officials this week charged 11 people for involvement in a long-running Russian spy operation.
The Supreme Court has overturned gun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, saying the Second Amendment trumps local efforts to restrict firearm ownership.
Television ratings have been high for World Cup soccer games. Have fans in the United States decided they like soccer?
How do you rate BP's response to the Gulf oil spill?
How do you rate the White House response to the oil spill?
Who's the Most Magnificent Mom of the Quad-Cities?
Which of the Quad-Cities has the most eyesores?
Which of the Quad-Cities is doing the most to clean up its eyesores?
Tiger Woods is back on the links preparing for the Masters, his first tournament after the five-month layoff that followed a car crash, revelations about extramarital affairs and a stint in a rehab clinic. Is the controversy over?
Some folks are miffed about the Davenport city manager sending out a routine holiday closure notice that referred to Good Friday as "Spring holiday." Though Davenport's Civil Rights Commission has recommended the city rename the holiday in the interest of diversity, there has been no official change. What do you think Davenport should call the day, which is a holiday for city employees?
Illinois lawmakers have given the initial nod to a four-day school week for schools in cash-strapped districts. School days would be longer under the plan, maintaining the number of instructional hours. What do you think of the idea?
Democrats in the House of Representatives passed the health bill Sunday, 219-212, without a single Republican vote. What's your reaction to the bill?
What do you think of Congress?
How do you rate the winter of 2009-2010, which officially ends with the arrival of spring on Saturday?
President Barack Obama has chosen Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova to reach the NCAA Final Four, and has chosen Kansas to win the title. Of these four teams, which one do you think will win?
It's taken a while to sort out, but state Sen. Bill Brady has been declared the Republican nominee for governor. In the fall he'll face Gov. Pat Quinn, who took over the state's top job when Rod Blagojevich resigned. Who do you think will win the race?
Who would you vote for if the election were today?
Winter has been hard on area streets, turning some roadways into chuckhole slalom runs. What's your take on this season's pothole crop? In general, potholes this year are:
How much repair does the street where you live need?
Temperatures are expected to get into the mid-30s on Sunday. What's your prediction for the rest of the winter?
Republicans and Democrats sit down this week for a bipartisan health summit, a few days after President Obama unveiled his revised version of the health-care legislation stalled in Congress. Do you think the summit will result in hammering out a compromise bill both parties can support?
Do you think the summit is a sincere bid to reach bipartisan agreement on health care, as some observers say, or a political gambit for President Obama's supporters to gain the upper hand, as other observers say?
Do you think health-care reform should remain on the front burner in Washington, or be set aside while national leaders address unemployment and the economy?
Do you believe Tiger Woods' apology? (Pick one based on your gender.)
The 2010 Winter Olympics are getting underway in Vancouver. How much of the games do you intend to watch?
Now that Scott Cohen has withdrawn as the Democratic Party's candidate for lieutenant governor over domestic abuse reports, East Moline Rep. Mike Boland thinks the party should tap him as the candidate. Boland finished fourth in the six-way primary. Meanwhile, party bigwigs are considering people beyond those who ran in the primary, including Tammy Duckworth, Department of Veterans Affairs assistant secretary. Who do you think should be the party's candidate for lieutenant governor, a job that pays $117,800 year and has few official duties?
Given the state's deficit, does Illinois need a ceremonial position that pays $117,800 per year?†
Rock Island is considering charging residents $2 per month for garbage collection to help avert a $1.2 million deficit in the new fiscal year. What do you think of that?
Toyota, which last year surpassed GM as the world's largest automaker, has stumbled over problems with sticky gas pedals. How big of an issue do you think this is for Toyota's reputation?
President Barack Obama's proposed budget has a record-breaking $1.6 trillion deficit. Is federal overspending a big problem or part of the economic solution?
How would you grade President Obama on his first State of the Union speech?
President Obama is scheduled to deliver his first State of the Union address at 8 p.m. tonight. Do you plan to watch?
TV night owls are awaiting the shakeout in NBC's "Tonight Show" debacle. The network plans to move Jay Leno back into the 10:35 p.m. slot, where he hosted the top-rated program before NBC moved him to a prime-time venture that has failed to engage viewers, and has irked network affiliates with falling ratings at 9 carrying over to their lucrative 10 p.m. local news shows. NBC wants to move Conan O'Brien, the current "Tonight" host, 30 minutes later, following Leno. O'Brien is refusing to do a later show and demanding a multi-million dollar settlement. Who do you want to see at 10:35 on NBC?
Who is getting the raw deal?
The 2009-10 winter is off to a roaring start, with arctic temperatures and plenty of snow. Do you plan an escape to a warmer part of the country sometime before warm weather returns?†
Elijah Reid's double-murder trial is underway in Rock Island, with Reid facing a possible death penalty if convicted. Do you support the state having a death penalty?
Some analysts think the 2010 election will be an uphill battle for Democrats due to voter dissatisfaction over the health-care bill, unemployment, continuing economic woes and President Obama's leadership. What do you think?
New Year's is a time when people traditionally make resolutions intended to help make the future better than the past. Do you intend to make any New Year's resolutions for the coming year?
The federal government is taking over the Thomson Correctional Center 40 miles from the Quad-Cities to house about 100 war-on-terror prisoners now held on a military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The purchase is expected to create between 3,000 and 3,800 jobs, half from the area. What do you think?
A new Rasmussen presidential tracking poll says 24 percent of voters strongly approve of Barack Obama's performance, while 42 percent strongly disapprove. How do you rate the job President Obama has been doing?
With temperatures dipping, some people find themselves battling thermostat wars at home and in the office. Do you find yourself in frequent skirmishes with children, spouses, roommates or coworkers over setting the thermostat?
How do you personally prefer to set the thermostat?
The Q-C is girding for the first big snow storm of the season, predicted to hit Tuesday night. How accurate are forecasters when it comes to predicting major storms?
Do you think the media -- TV, radio, newspapers, news Websites -- sensationalize potential storms?
Director Roman Polanski, 76, has been on the lam since 1978, when he fled to France on the eve of being sentenced for having sex with an underaged girl. He was arrested in Switzerland recently, but is about to be released on house arrest while authorities decide whether to extradite him to the United States.
Now that Thanksgiving is past, the official Christmas shopping season is at hand. Santa is making his list and checking it twice. The question is, have you been naughty or nice?
The Interstate 80 bridge between Hampton and LeClaire will be closed part of next summer for repairs. How much of an inconvenience will that be to you, your family and your coworkers?
The "official" start to the Christmas shopping season begins the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27. Do you plan to shop on "Black Friday"?
Have you started your Christmas shopping already?
Some people think bars in The District should close at 2 a.m., instead of 3 a.m. Others say bars need to stay open later because they depend on income from traffic after taverns close in Iowa. What do you think?
The Obama administration is thinking of taking over the Thomson Correctional Center, 40 from the Quad-Cities, and using it to house prisoners captured during U.S. anti-terrorism operations, now being held at America's military base in Cuba. What do you think of the plan?
Moline police are stepping up enforcement between now and Nov. 29, using a $34,000 grant to run checks for seat belts and other infractions. Some Quad-Cities Online commenters thinks this is an intrusion on personal liberty. What do you think?
Sunday the 4-4 Bears lost to the Cardinals, 21-41. Should coach Lovie Smith be handed his walking papers if the team continues to have a mediocre season?
World leaders are in Germany to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Do you think the world is more secure since the Soviet Union's collapse?
How do you rate the Quad-Cities? Give us your impressions of life here in the Q-C.
Security from crime
Streets and highways
Cultural opportunities (concerts, museums, festivals, plays, etc.)
Leadership and government
Sports (pro, amateur, recreation)
In the first elections since Barack Obama became president and Democrats solidified command over Congress, voters elected Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey, two offices presently held by Democrats. Some believe the vote indicates that public sentiment is moving toward the GOP for next year's midterm elections. Others disagree. What do you think?
How do you rate the way President Obama and the Democratic Congress are running the country?
At President Obama's behest, Democrats in Congress have rolled out a sweeping, 1,990-page health-care bill that includes an option of government-run insurance. Democrats say the bill will "lower costs for every patient" and not add to the federal deficit. Republicans say it is a government takeover of health care and will limit choice, increase costs, decrease quality and expand the deficit. What do you think?
How important is a good football program to the typical high school student's educational (social and academic) experience?
The White House and Fox News are on less than friendly terms. A White House official said Fox is "opinion journalism masquerading as news." On the other hand, some say the other networks are too quick to follow the White House's lead. Fox, for its part, say its coverage is "fair and balanced." What do you think?
When it comes to covering presidents, do you thing the press generally covers both Democrats and Republicans with the same degree of skepticism?
A new Pew poll reports the number of Americans who believe in global warming is down 20 percent in the past three years, from 77 percent in 2006 to 57 percent. Do you believe in global warming?
H1N1 has hit the Quad-Cities. Do you think you'll come down with it, or some other strain the flu, this season?
How careful are you (frequent hand washing, not touching face, etc.) about avoiding the flu?
Have you gotten a flu vaccine this year?
U.S. Rep. Phil Hare is endorsing Pat Quinn for governor. Do you think Quinn should be elected to a full term?
After the cool, wet summer, some folks are looking at things like the number of acorns and the size of squirrels' tails and predicting a cold, snowy winter. What's your forecast?
Moline is considering eliminating or reclassifying up to 11 jobs to balance the city budget in 2010 and maintain the present tax rate. What do you think?
Initial shipments of H1N1 vaccines are heading out to health-care workers. What are your plans when it comes to getting vaccinated?
Which city do you think will be chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games?
Moline recently joined other local cities that ban leaf burning. Have you noticed an improvement in air quality in the Quad-Cities since municipalities started the bans?
The I-80 bridge over the Mississippi needs $10.5 million in repairs to make it save to reopen all four lanes to traffic (one lane in each direction currently are open). The Illinois Department of Transportation says the bridge is in "critical condition." Would you drive across the I-80 bridge?
If leaves from a neighbor's tree falls in your yard, whose responsibility is it when it comes time to rake?
The Senate this week voted to withhold grant money from ACORN, the advocacy group, after employees in several offices were caught on camera appearing to advise a couple pretending to seek advice on setting up a prostitution business. Various investigations are pending. (Seven senators stuck with ACORN, including Illinois' Sens. Dick Durbin and Roland Burris.) Do you think ACORN's funding should be cut, pending the outcome of the investigations?
The Moline Public Library will be closed Sunday, beginning Oct. 4, as part of the effort to have city departments cut back to reduce the projected $2 million deficit in 2010. Do you think public libraries need to be open Sunday?
What grade do you give President Obama for his address to Congress on health care legislation?
How did President Obama's speech affect your over-all view of his health care plan?
President Obama will make a nationally televised address to Congress tonight on health care legislation. Will you watch his address?
President Obama is putting on the full-court press to get Congress to approve legislation remaking the American health care system, before the August recess.
Based on what you know about the proposed health care legislation, what grade would you assign to President Obama's plan?
President Barack Obama this week gave students a televised pep talk about education. Though not the first president to give such a speech, critics accused Obama of overstepping his authority. Some school districts decided not to provide students access to the midday talk. What do you think?
Illinois public employee union officials, local mayors and state politicians are calling for a state tax increase. What do you think?
Illinois is increasing the tax on drinks, candy bars and personal grooming and hygiene products from 1 to 5 percent to ease the state's money woes. Merchants say multiple tax rates will cause confusion and require programming cash registers to accommodate different tax rates. What do you think?
Have you had enough rain this summer?
Should bicycle riders be required by law to wear helmets?
Brett Favre has agreed to come out of retirement yet again to play as quarterback for the Vikings. What do you think?
There are signs the Obama administration is retreating from the public option in its health-care initiative. Are you in favor of a government-run health insurance option?
Moline alderman are thinking about charging residents $50 for curbside leaf vacuuming.
Congress is debating whether there should be a taxpayer-funded "public option" in health care insurance. What do you think?
The Illinois Department of Transportation has agreed to pay to move the historic Moline train depot, if the city will buy a site and come up with the cash to install utilities and mechanical systems and bring the structure up to code. The city, which is operating with an annual deficit of around $900,000, does not yet know how much it would cost to take the deal.
Rock Island students head back to school today with other area districts not far behind. Schools traditionally used to open after Labor Day. Given the earlier start dates and the move in some places to go to a year-round schedules, what do you think is the best model for school calendars?
Congress is scrambling to OK an additional $2 billion for the "cash for clunkers" subsidy program after car buyers went through the initial $1 billion in less than a week. What do you think?
Rock Island-Milan School District board members Tuesday voted to hire the superintendent's wife -- who retired this year from the district -- as a consultant to help develop curriculum for $30,000. The school board president said she was the best candidate for the contract.
Moline is considering taking out $4 million in bonds to pay off $2 million in existing One Moline Place debts and cover another $2 million developer Mike Shamsie owes Northwest Bank. In return, the bank will finance tearing a derelict Trinity Medical Center nurses dormitory on the site. Shamsie, who owes the city $912,929, will turn over the property to the city.
New home sales in June posted the fastest increase in more than eight years. Do you think the economy has hit bottom and now is on a rebound?
More than 1,000 people received hepatitis A vaccinations Monday in the wake of an outbreak linked to an infected employee at a restaurant. By law, the lab diagnosing hepatitis A is required to notify the county when a case is discovered, and the county in turn has another 24 hours to alert state health officials. The state said it wasn't notified of the original June 17 outbreak until July 13. The restaurant has since closed, been sanitized, and reopened.
It's been 40 years since man first walked on the moon. How important do you think manned space exploration is -- be it to the moon, Mars or beyond?
It's been a cool summer on top of a long, cold 2008-09 winter. Given the talk about global warming -- which many believe is either an iron-clad scientific certainty or something between fuzzy logic and a hoax -- what do you think?
A courthouse drawing has decided that Dennis Pauley is the winner over David Levin in the tightly contested Rock Island mayor's race. What do you think?
A Wednesday drawing will decide the winner of the Rock Island mayor's race, which has been tied since a recount disqualified some ballots. Dennis Pauley, sworn in as mayor after the April election, says he won't appeal the outcome of the drawing. David Levin hasn't said whether he might appeal.
Gov. Pat Quinn is laying off 2,500 of the state's 58,000 employees as Illinois remains in budget gridlock. About 1,000 of those laid off will be prison employees. Locally, the East Moline Correctional Center will lose a third of its staff. Meanwhile, the state plans to release 6,000 prisoners early. What do you think?
I think Gov. Quinn's plan to lay off 1,000 Department of Corrections workers and grant early releases to 6,000 inmates is:
Some legislators are questioning whether Gov. Pat Quinn -- who became governor when Rod Blagojevich was impeached -- has the leadership skills to get the state out of its $11.6 billion deficit hole. How do you rate Quinn since taking over the state's top office?
The state is operating without a budget. Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a proposal that would have freed up $2.3 billion for human services. Layoff notices have started to go out for workers serving the developmentally disabled. Legislators reconvene July 14, and if a budget isn't passed then, more state services could be interrupted.
The Quad-Cities is about to get its third hockey team, according to news reports. What's your reaction? Will the third time be a charm?
A judge has sentenced swindler Bernard Madoff, 71, to 150 years in jail for stealing $13 billion from investors. His lawyer had asked for a 12-year sentence.
Who is the Most Fantastic Father of the Quad-Cities?
Fiat today finalized its takeover of Chrysler, a deal the U.S. government brokered. The agreement calls for the Italian carmaker to own from 20-35 percent of Chrysler and the UAW 55 percent. What do you think the prospects are for Chrysler under Fiat's management?
State Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline, is calling for resignations at the University of Illinois after it was reported lawmakers used their clout to get admission for under-qualified applicants. Boland himself came under fire in 2007 after giving three legislative scholarships worth $17,536 to the child of a supporter who had made nearly $16,000 in campaign donations.
President Obama says he's doing everything in his power to get the economy turned around. What's your take on the recession?
Who is the Most Magificent Mom of the Quad-Cities?
Should Roland Burris be allowed to be seated on the U.S. Senate?
Which of the names proposed for Rock Island's new school do you like best?
Should President Bush commute former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's prison sentence?
Who won Tuesday night's presidential debate?
Will you watch Tuesday night's presidential debate?
If you won't watch the debate, why not?
If you will watch, what do you hope to see?
Cubs or VPs: What will you watch tonight?
Who won the vice presidential debate?
My favorite Paul Newman movie is:
Should Moline ban leaf-burning?
Should Friday's debate between John McCain and Barack Obama be delayed?
What should be done with Moline's downtown library?
Should Iowa 'adult' businesses be allowed to add gambling machines?
Should the driving age be raised from 16 to 17?
Should preachers endorse candidates from the pulpit?
Re: Sarah Palin's speech Wednesday:
I watched, and I thought:
Should Gov. Rod Blagojevich seek a third term?
Top leaders of about 100 of the nation's best-known universities and colleges say America should lower the 21-year-old age limit on alcohol consumption. That's:
If the drinking age is lowered, it should be:
Barack Obama's proposal to tax oil companies to pay for $1,000 energy rebates is:
On its efforts to restore power after the July 21 storm, Mid-American Energy deserves:
Should Congress follow President Bush's lead and approve off-shore drilling?
Iran's latest missile test means:
Iraq's prime minister wants to set a timetable for the U. S. to get out. That's:
Barack Obama says that, if elected he'd expand faith-based programs. That makes me:
Should Illinois restrict school cafeteria choices?
U. S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich wants to impeach President Bush. That is:
Should President Bush pardon George Ryan?
My favorite Sydney Pollack movie is:
Davenport's seatbelt enforcement efforts are:
Should Hillary Clinton drop her presidential candidacy?
Is Jimmy Carter's personal diplomacy helping Mideast peace efforts?
Is a temporary halt to the federal gas tax a good idea?
Should cities provide police traffic control for the annual Bi-State Motorcycle Awareness Council ride?
Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to provide for voter recall of state officials?
I predict that on June 1, 2008, gasoline in the Q-C will cost:
Should Illinois rewrite its constitution?
Should marijuana be legalized for medicinal use?
Re: the Illinois primary election Tuesday, I'm:
If I get a federal tax rebate, I'm:
A fire department plans to raise money with a coyote hunt.
State Rep. Mike Boland of East Moline says he may run for Governor. I:
In visits to Illinois bars, restaurants since Jan. 1, I've:
I received a gift card for Christmas and I've:
My Christmas shopping spending this year will be:
Is performance-based pay for teachers a good idea?
Shoud high schools be drug-testing students?
Should Moline give final approval to a smoking ban in some city parks?
Should Al Gore enter the presidential race?
Were Illinois lawmakers right to require a 'moment of silence' at the start of each school day?
Should Blackwater hired guns be subject to criminal law?
How far will the Cubs get in post-season play?
What should Moline do to balance its budget?
Which fictional hero would you want with you in a pinch:
Of the finalists in the 're-name The Swing Contest" I like:
Should an Iowa district court ruling permitting same-sex marriage be overturned?
I voted for Rod Blagojevich in 2006 and:
If the Republican primary where held today, I'd vote for: