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Western Illinois University began offering classes in the Quad Cities in the late 1960s. After years of hosting classes in various locations, the university opened a riverfront campus in Moline in 2014.

QC Leaders Question WIU

Feb 22, 2021

Community leaders in the Quad Cities are worried about Western Illinois University and its future plans for the campus in Moline.

Mayor Stephanie Acri says she's learned from meetings with university leaders of their ambitious plans to raise enrollment, but she thinks those plans are focused on the main campus in Macomb.

"When I look at the strategy I see some components of some kind of feeder courses for finishing at Macomb and then some adult courses, but that's not our vision, that's not our vision for that campus."

Rich Egger

Tri States Public Radio has confirmed that a top administrator at Western Illinois University is no longer with the school. Dr. Joe Rives was Western's Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Initiatives & Vice President for Quad Cities. He oversaw the Quad Cities campus.