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The Village of Rapids City

Located at the upper end of the Rock Island Rapids, Rapids City grew around the site of a grist and saw mill. Laid out in 1838 and incorporated in 1875, the village boomed during the 1870's through the 1880's. Because of neighboring coal mines during this period, grocery and dry goods stores, a blacksmith shop, a restaurant, hotel, millinery and shoe store provided services for miners, farmers, and their families. Charles Shuler operated the Rapids City Coal Mining Company during the 1880's.

Modern day Rapids City is located in the eastern portion of the Quad City metropolitan area along the banks of the Mississippi river in northwestern Illinois. It is a part of Rock Island County and is situated where Interstate 80 crosses into Iowa. Rapids City's land area equals 960 acres with a perimeter boundary just under 6 miles. The current population of 960 citizens is growing due to increased housing starts in new subdivisions.

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Rapids City Junior Women's Club volunteer project

Rapids City Junior Women's Club volunteer project

News and Events

09-12-2023 Board Agenda

17th Street project updates can be found on Axiom Consultants website linked below.

17th Street Hill will be closed to all traffic just after 7th Avenue A to 5th Avenue effective June 21st, 2023. All residents below the hill will still be able to access 17th Street at this time. All businesses will be open and accessible during this time of construction.

Detour signs will be posted and all the necessary response agencies, school system, etc. have been notified to prevent any delay in response times should the need arise. Speed limits on all detour routes are expected to be followed. If lack of respect for the speed limits in the detour zones occurs the Rock Island County Sherriff's Officers will monitoring all detour routes to ensure speed limits are being obeyed.

Should you have any concerns or questions about the closure please feel free to contact the Village Office at 309-496-2321.

2023 Rate Incease Notice

Spring Newsletter

• Village Board Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm. At this time the meetings are being held upstairs at Village Hall located at 1204 4th Avenue. All meeting attendees are required to wear a mask when medically tolerable to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All meeting agendas will have a link to attend open meetings virtually via Zoom.

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Your Annual Water Quality Report is now available at www.ilrwa.org/CCR/RapCity.pdf.

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