It was another year full of news in the Quad Cities. From COVID-19 to sports to crime, Local 4 was there to cover it all.

So, here are the most popular stories on in 2021 as determined by you, our loyal website readers and Local 4 News and Fox 18 News viewers.

Thank you for tuning in all year in record numbers last year. We look forward to you joining us even more in 2022.  

Top 10 news stories

  1. Capitol mob built gallows and chanted ‘Hang Mike Pence’
  2. Judge sentences mother to 10 years after toddler’s ‘horrific’ abuse
  3. ‘Don’t open the door’: Florida family catches men on video posing as utility crew
  4. Wanted: Have you seen these fugitives?
  5. UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich speaks out after losing job
  6. Breasia Terrell’s mother waits at scene after human remains found in Clinton County near Dewitt
  7. Some restaurant owners in Illinois decide to go back to take out
  8. 2nd suspect arrested in connection with theft from wallet dropped on casino floor
  9. Horned, shirtless man at the Capitol demonstration identified
  10. Pat Miletich says he lost job for attending U.S. Capitol riot

Top 10 weather stories

  1. Winter Storm Warning for the QCA
  2. Winter Storm Watch: Heavy snow coming Monday
  3. Winter Storm Warning: Heavy snow arrives New Year’s Day
  4. A look at rainfall totals over the past 24 hours
  5. Measurable snow for some this Monday
  6. Falling temps by the end of this week
  7. Snow Totals: Season’s first measurable snow finally arrives in QCA
  8. Snow & ice totals from New Year’s storm
  9. Wintry mess arrives in QCA today
  10. Another round of winter weather

Top 10 sports* stories

  1. Field of Dreams named ballpark of the year
  2. Rock Island native Chasson Randle signs with NBA’s Phoenix Suns
  3. Galesburg’s Jason Shay resigns from ETSU after anthem kneeling gets political
  4. Former Rock Falls star and Royals pitcher Jakob Junis is ready for the start of the 2021 MLB season
  5. High school football preview: Fulton Steamers
  6. Central DeWitt Girls heading to state for first time since 2011
  7. Iowa State’s Jamie Pollard announces he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer
  8. Photos: Field of Dreams game is epic in Iowa
  9. Pleasant Valley boys soccer is heading to state for first time in school history
  10. Pleasant Valley Football Player Excited to Honor His Uncle in Iowa Shrine All-Star Game

*Not including Hawkeye Headquarters stories. It has its own section below.

Top 10 4 The Record stories

  1. Illinois, Iowa close as states, far apart on pandemic approach
  2. One year of legal recreational marijuana in Illinois quiets fear mongering
  3. Darren Bailey set to compete for GOP nod in Illinois governor’s race with $1 million in coffers
  4. Iowa Republicans could push more tax reform, possibly drop state income tax
  5. Fourth round of direct stimulus payments to Americans pushed by Democrats
  6. Davenport pursuing ‘violence interrupters’ to stop deadly shootings
  7. Bettendorf mayor hopes more expansion near TBK gets clearer soon
  8. Deal on Watch Tower Plaza development possible within 2 months
  9. Illinois & Iowa approaches to COVID-19 Delta variant reinforce political division
  10. Thurgood Brooks plans team approach if elected Rock Island mayor

Top 10 movie reviews

  1. Linda Cook review: ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ is monumental
  2. Linda Cook review: ‘All the Queen’s Horses’ documentary tells Rita Crundwell story
  3. Linda Cook review: ‘Tom and Jerry’ isn’t for kids … or anybody else
  4. Linda Cook review: Bob Ross documentary depicts a good-natured artist betrayed
  5. Linda Cook review: ‘Power of the Dog’ is year’s best … so far
  6. Linda Cook review: Documentary reveals fascinating life of Val Kilmer
  7. Linda Cook review: ‘Stillwater’ is one of Matt Damon’s best performances
  8. Linda Cook review: New R-rated ‘Mortal Kombat’ isn’t for little kids
  9. Linda Cook review: ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ is a fitting ‘Sopranos’ prequel
  10. Linda Cook review: ‘The Unholy’ is standard horror fare

Top 10 Hawkeye Headquarters stories

  1. Fran McCaffery gives injury updates on Connor McCaffery and Jack Nunge
  2. Iowa commit reclassifies, will join Hawkeyes for upcoming season
  3. On Draft night, Tristan Wirfs was scared of Tom Brady after ignoring his message. Now they’re Super Bowl Champs
  4. Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp finish Summer League strong; get contracts
  5. How a friendship between Hawkeye Elvis and Frank Garza helped craft Luka’s legacy at Iowa
  6. Clark breaks program records as Iowa advances to Sweet 16
  7. Mulvey makes it official, signs with the Hawkeyes
  8. Hawkeye lineman named to most exclusive list yet
  9. Big Ten matchup between Iowa and MSU is now postponed
  10. Another rough game for Wieskamp, Spurs in NBA Summer League

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