University of Illinois campus on Moline riverfront pursued

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MOLINE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Moline have been pursuing the possibility of bringing a University of Illinois school of engineering to riverfront land for at least six months, according to newly obtained records.

The Quad City Times reports that the city already has a college of engineering just a mile away — at Western Illinois University’s Quad-Cities riverfront campus.

But Mayor Stephanie Acri has raised enrollment concerns and talked about bringing other programs to the Quad-Cities.

The Quad-City Times and Dispatch/Argus learned through an open records request that the land that will be vacated by the demolition of an Interstate 74 bridge was being considered as a possible site for the University of Illinois program.

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