Herb Trix

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.

While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS.

Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.

Herb resides in Moline with his wife Diane, and their dog Augie.

Illinois and Iowa will work with four other states to study the availability of “alternative fuel” along Interstate 80.

They’ve received a federal grant, and will each contribute some of their own money, to figure out where electric vehicles can be charged and where compressed natural gas is available.

Herb Trix reports. 


He's a familiar face in politics but now he lives in a different state. On Monday, former Illinois Congressman Bobby Schilling announced his candidacy for Iowa's Second District seat in Congress. 

Illinois National Guard soldiers from the western and central parts of the state are being called up to help fight flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. They're members of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery, based in the Quad Cities (Milan), with units in Galesburg and Springfield.

Already at a high level, the Mississippi River is expected to reach even higher levels by late next week.

Truth and justice were the themes for Kamala Harris during a campaign stop in Bettendorf . On Sunday afternoon a crowd of about 800 turned out to hear one of the many democrats competing for next year's presidential nomination.

Despite being less than the president wanted, the bills to keep the federal government open will provide border security. That's according to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos from Moline and Illinois' 17th District. 

Some residents of Mercer County are worried about the possible impact of a proposed new hog-raising operation. So they've organized, and are trying to stop it. 

Bustos Gets Top Committee

Jan 11, 2019

Another promotion for Cheri Bustos. The 17th District Congresswoman from Moline has been chosen to serve on the Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in the House.

Bald Eagle Watches

Jan 7, 2019

Bald eagle watching begins this weekend along the Mississippi River.

The next governor and lieutenant governor of Illinois visited the Quad Cities Monday afternoon. For J.B. Pritzker and Juliana Stratton it was the final day of a statewide thank you tour following their win in the November election. Herb Trix reports.


When two agencies of the US Department of Agriculture move out of the Washington DC area next year, they might come to the Quad Cities. The chamber of commerce has applied to host the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service, with a total of more than 600 jobs.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos wants to move up in the leadership of the Democratic Party in the House. The 17th District congresswoman from East Moline announced Monday that if Democrats win a majority in the midterm elections, she will run for Assistant Democratic Leader, the number four position in House leadership.

Bruce Rauner versus corrupt Democrats from Chicago—that's how Illinois Governor Rauner described the choice between him and his Democratic opponent, JB Pritzker, during a campaign stop in the Quad Cities Monday. 

Now that the US has imposed tariffs on many Chinese products, China has retaliated with a 25 per cent tariff on American soybeans. And that has farmers and local officials worried, especially along the Mississippi River where 5 of the top ten soybean producing states are located.

While other states have begun to recover since the great recession, Illinois has not. That's the conclusion of the latest annual study of poverty in the state by the Heartland Alliance, a Chicago-based non-profit that focuses on human rights, housing, health care, and employment.

On Midwest Week, with just a couple weeks left in the spring session, what has the Illinois General Assembly accomplished so far.

Recipes for Re-enactors

Apr 11, 2018

Dave Flowers has turned his two hobbies into a book. The resident of Aledo is a Civil War re-enactor who likes to cook, and he's just published "Voices from the Kitchen: A Collection of Antebellum and Civil War Era Recipes from Period Recipe Books."

Vietnam War Veterans Day

Mar 30, 2018

"Your service will not be forgotten." That was the message Thursday during a ceremony for National Vietnam War Veterans Day in the National Cemetery on Arsenal Island.

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Unopposed in Tuesday's GOP primary, Bill Fawell is preparing to start his campaign for Congress in earnest next month. He'll run against Democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos in Illinois' 17th District.

He's also working on the first bill he'll propose if elected. Fawell believes federal agencies like the EPA and Department of Education have too much power, and he wants to return this power to the states where it belongs.

Quinn Campaigns in QC

Feb 15, 2018

A former Illinois state treasurer, lieutenant governor, and governor is running for one of the few statewide jobs he hasn't held. Pat Quinn, one of the eight democrats running for attorney general in next month's primary, began a trip across the state in Rock Island Thursday morning.

Paintings by some of the best-known artists will visit the Quad Cities later this year. For three months, beginning in October, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport will host "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950."

Raoul Campaigns in QC

Jan 4, 2018

Two months before the primary, one of the democratic candidates for Illinois Attorney General is visiting the Quad Cities. 

Hoping to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, members of Congress have introduced a bill that would allow victims to take their cases to court.

Big Rebound for Deere

Nov 22, 2017

Deere and Company is recovering from three years of a global farm recession and weak construction markets. Wednesday the company reported higher sales and profits for its just-completed fiscal year.

After being battered for three years in a row by a global farm recession and weak construction markets, this year should be a welcome improvement for John Deere. The maker of farm and construction equipment based in Moline is scheduled to release its report Wednesday for the fiscal year that ended October 31st.

Deere Returns to Cuba

Nov 8, 2017

John Deere "green" could soon start making an appearance in farm fields in Cuba. Last week, the company announced an agreement to sell tractors to the Cuban government. 

On Midwest Week, human service programs in Illinois try to decide whether they should continue to accept state funding.

A Quad Cities area man has joined a possible rebellion within the Illinois republican party. State Representative Jeanne Ives from Wheaton might challenge Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's primary, and she's chosen as her lieutenant governor running mate, Rich Morthland.

Deere Wins Trademark Case

Oct 17, 2017

Deere and Company has won a trademark dispute with a South Dakota company that makes agricultural sprayers. A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled FIMCO Incorporated, and its brand of Ag Spray Equipment, cannot use John Deere green and yellow on its products.

The war against lead in Galesburg is expanding. As the city continues to replace old, home water service lines made of lead, some local and state agencies are joining forces to remove other sources of lead in homes.

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