East Moline, Illinois

East Moline is a city in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. The population was 21,302 at the 2010 census.[3] East Moline is part of the Quad Cities,[5] along with the cities of Rock Island, Moline, and the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf. The Quad Cities has a population estimate of 381,342.[6]

East Moline
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Location of East Moline in Rock Island County, Illinois.
Location of East Moline in Rock Island County, Illinois.
East Moline is located in Illinois
East Moline
East Moline
Location in the state of Illinois
Coordinates: 41°30′43″N 90°26′07″W / 41.51194°N 90.43528°W / 41.51194; -90.43528Coordinates: 41°30′43″N 90°26′07″W / 41.51194°N 90.43528°W / 41.51194; -90.43528
CountryUnited States
CountyRock Island County
 • MayorReggi Freeman
 • City14.60 sq mi (37.81 km2)
 • Land14.60 sq mi (37.81 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation577 ft (176 m)
 • City21,302
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,414.33/sq mi (546.09/km2)
 • Metro
381,342 (134th)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code17-22073
InterstatesI-74, I-80, I-88, and I-280


According to the 2010 census, East Moline has a total area of 14.76 square miles (38.23 km2), all land.[7]

East Moline is located at 41°30′43″N 90°26′7″W / 41.51194°N 90.43528°W / 41.51194; -90.43528 (41.511940, −90.435203).[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)20,645[4]−3.1%

As of the United States Census taken in 2000,[9] there were 20,333 people, 8,510 households, and 5,369 families living in the city. The population density was 2,254.9 people per square mile (870.4/km2). There were 8,988 housing units at an average density of 996.7 per square mile (384.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.04% White, 7.34% African American, 0.35% Native American, 2.25% Asian, 7.47% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.15% of the population.

Of the 8,510 households 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 32.1% of households were one person and 14.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.97.

The age distribution was 24.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,836, and the median family income was $44,695. Males had a median income of $35,263 versus $23,607 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,245. About 11.6% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Police Misconduct AllegationsEdit

On February 24, 2019, police officers, named Jack Asquini, Jason Pena, Travis Staes, Ethan Bush, as well as two unidentified other officers, arrested a black college swimmer, Jaylan Butler, at gunpoint in an incident which has provoked a lawsuit from the ACLU.[10] Butler claims in the lawsuit that as he stopped to take a selfie next to a sign, police officers pulled up and held him at gunpoint, telling him not to move and to get down. The officers forced Butler to lay down on the snowy ground, restrained him with handcuffs, and knelt on his back.[11] After being informed that Butler was not the suspect the officers were looking for, the officers placed Butler in a police car, telling him he was being arrested for resisting arrest.[12] The lawsuit accuses the six officers of excessive force, assault, battery, false arrest and other counts.[13]

Inconsistencies in police statementsEdit

The East Moline Chief of Police, Jeff Ramsay, said in a statement that the lawsuit was without merit.[14] However, official exculpatory statements given by police officers contradict evidence in several ways. Officer Staes, in his response to the lawsuit, says that the claim that officers exited their car and pointed their weapons at Butler is false. However, Staes' police report from the night of the incident says that both he and Bush pointed their weapons at Butler to give him orders. Additionally, officer Bush says that a claim in the lawsuit that he was carrying a rifle is false. However, Bush's police report says that his body camera was accidentally turned off due to his "AR-15 sling making contact with the on/off switch". All officers deny the claim that one officer told Butler “If you keep moving, I’m going to blow your fucking head off.” However, Bush's police report does confirm that the officers threatened to shoot Butler. While all officers deny that they pressed their knee into Butler's back, Asquini's report admits that he did press his knee into a suspect's back while restraining him. And finally, while all officers deny that Butler was ignored when he said he wanted to file a complaint about being racially profiled, Bush's original report states that Butler said he would be filing a complaint. Despite this, in court documents Bush submitted a statement saying “Defendant denies that he was told Plaintiff [sic] by Plaintiff that he wanted to make a complaint.”[10]


Top employersEdit

According to the City's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[15] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 John Deere Harvester Works 2,000
2 Illini Hospital 700
3 East Moline School District No. 37 440
4 East Moline Correctional Center 270
5 4C Solutions 250
6 United Township High School 230
7 Jacobson Warehouse 200
8 Comprehensive Logistics 200
9 H.C. Duke & Son, Inc. 200
10 Aramark 150


Elementary schoolsEdit

Middle schoolsEdit

  • Glenview Middle School

High schoolsEdit

Special Education schoolsEdit

  • Black Hawk Area Special Education District (BHASED)

Notable peopleEdit

  • Charles F. Carpentier, businessman and politician, lived in East Moline. He served as mayor of East Moline.,[16] also served as Illinois Secretary of State
  • Laurdine Patrick, jazz musician, father of Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, was born in East Moline.
  • Mike Butcher, MLB pitcher, pitching coach.
  • Max Hodge, Television writer.
  • Spike O'Dell, radio talk show host who left the Quad Cities for Chicago in 1987. He went on to gain fame on WGN. 'Spike' attended McKinley Elementary, Glenview junior, and United Township highschool.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "City of East Moline". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  3. ^ a b East Moline (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau Archived July 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved on April 21, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ Visit Quad Cities. Visit Quad Cities. Retrieved on April 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011". 2011 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. April 2012. Archived from the original (CSV) on April 27, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ a b "Officers' Court Claims Contradict Police Reports In Detainment of Jaylan Butler". SwimSwam. July 10, 2020. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  11. ^ "Black College Swimmer Files Lawsuit Against Illinois Police Who He Claims Held Him at Gunpoint". Time. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  12. ^ Ickes, Barb. "Traveling teen mistakenly taken down by local police. ACLU has filed a lawsuit". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Ickes, Barb. "Quad-City police: Swimmer in ACLU lawsuit resisted arrest". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  14. ^ Cook, Linda. "East Moline police chief: allegations against officer 'without merit'". The Quad-City Times. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  15. ^ City of East Moline CAFR. (PDF). Retrieved on March 10, 2019.
  16. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1963-1964, Biographical Sketch of Charles F. Carpentier, pg. 76

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