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Wednesday, December 6th, 2023

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Cook review: 'Anatomy of a Fall' is an intriguing mystery

“Anatomy of a Fall” is one of the most intriguing films of 2023. Sandra Hüller stars as Sandra, a woman accused of the murder of her husband, in a movie that’s part psychological thriller, part murder mystery and part courtroom drama.  The movie premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival, where it earned the coveted Palme d’Or. As the plot develops, it uncovers, layer by layer, the dynamics of a marriage and family, none of which are as simple as they first appear. At the beginning of the film, Sandra is a novelist who is being interviewed. But that stops after her husband Samuel continues to play loud music. Soon afterward, their son Daniel goes outdoors with his dog Snoop and finds Smauel dead in the driveway. At first it appears that Samuel was killed in a fall. But an autopsy reveals that Samuel’s head wound occurred before he hit the ground. Still … could the death have been a suicide? Why does Sandra have a bruise on her arm? Those questions, and many more, are just the beginnings of a plunge into the inner workings of a family whose secrets – or at least some of them – will be revealed along the way. Don’t expect to leave the theater with all the answers. You won’t, and that’s partially why this film has received so much praise. This is the kind of movie that’s perfect for a conversation afterward, and this theater is set up for that. Just how well do you know your friends or, for that matter, your family? Although this is fiction, it might leave you asking yourself those questions. 3 ½ stars Running time: Two hours and 30 minutes. At The Last Picture House, 325 E. 2nd St., Davenport. Rated: R for foul language, violence, and other adult material. In English and French, with subtitles. Watch the trailer here. For more information about The Last Picture House, visit here.

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

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Sean Hannity hosts town hall with Donald Trump in Davenport

Sean Hannity hosted a town hall with former president Donald Trump at the RiverCenter in Davenport Tuesday afternoon.

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Public hearing to be held for Maquoketa elementary school

A public hearing will be held Wednesday to discuss the fate of one Maquoketa elementary school.

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Moline City Council considering new Tax Increment Financing district

The TIF would be a small portion of 5th Avenue, across from the former Carnegie Library.

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A new furry friend on the force: K9 officer Shiloh sworn in during Moline City Council

Shiloh joined the department in November and was officially sworn in during Tuesday's meeting.

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Gilda's Club lights Blessing Tree

Any community member can sponsor a bow or ornament in memory of a loved one who passed away.

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A new furry friend on the force: K9 officer Shiloh sworn in during Moline City Council

Shiloh joined the department in November and was officially sworn in during Tuesday's meeting.

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Scott County Board of Supervisors present two-way conversion project for Downtown Davenport

The Scott County Board of Supervisors has received an update from engineers on the design process for the conversion of Davenport’s 3rd and 4th Streets from one-way to two-way traffic.

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New Family Museum, Bettendorf, exhibit will take families 'On the Road'

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YMCA plans to bring new urban soccer fields to downtown Davenport

Downtown Davenport is undergoing a transformation, as the astra furniture clearance center is being demolished, with plans to replace it with three urban soccer fields.

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Clinton LumberKings are Prospect League Organization of the Year

In a league-wide vote among all 18 Prospect League teams, the Clinton LumberKings have been recognized as the 2023 Prospect League Organization of the Year, according to a news release. The LumberKings have been members of the Prospect League since 2021 and have led the league in attendance each year, the release says.  (lumberkings.com) "What a great honor to receive the Prospect League Organization of the Year Award," stated LumberKings General Manager Ted Tornow. "It is even more special as it was voted on by our peers – many of whom could have easily won this award."  The LumberKings welcomed more than 80,000 fans to NelsonCorp Field this season with nearly a 6% increase in attendance from the 2022 season. "Our entire staff works very hard to provide our fans and guests with a great experience every time we open the gates. This award goes out to each and every one of them," said Tornow. The LumberKings are entering their 88th season in operation. They play their home games at NelsonCorp Field - a park that has been home for the Clinton franchise since 1937. Since the club's inception, more than 400 former Clinton players have gone on to reach the Major Leagues. For more information, visit here.

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Woman faces charges in Jo Daviess County crash

A 32-year-old Wisconsin woman faces charges after Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Deputies allege she was involved in a single-car crash late Saturday, according to a Tuesday news release. Kathryn Burbach, of Benton, Wisconsin, faces charges of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol, the news release shows. The Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Office 911 dispatch center received a report of a single-vehicle crash about 10:50 p.m. Saturday on West Council Hill Road just north of Council Ridge Road in rural Galena, Ill., the release says. Burbach was driving a 2015 Jeep Compass north on West Council Hill Road. deputies allege. She failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway on the west side of the road, according to the release. Deputies allege the Jeep collided with a fence, went airborne, rolled over and came to rest in a pasture. Burbach was taken to Midwest Medical Center by Galena EMS. She was the only person in the jeep. The incident remains under investigation. Galena Police, Ambulance and Fire crews, along with Guy's Towing, assisted at the scene.

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Quad Cities Community Foundation announces over $155,000 to nonprofits

The Quad Cities Community Foundation announced the recipients of its fall 2023 Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants including 10 local nonprofits having received over $155,000.

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The Gray Matters Collective starting veterans chapter

The Gray Matters Collective starting veterans chapter

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QCA MUSIC HISTORY: Denny Laine played Davenport in 2019

It was July of 2019 when the Quad Cities' own Kerry Tucker - of Douglas & Tucker and Einstein's Sister - joined a music legend onstage at the packed Redstone Room, Davenport, for "Mull of Kintyre." Kerry Tucker, left, and Denny Laine (Linda Cook, www.ourquadcities.com) Laine's wife, Elizabeth Hines, announced his passing early Tuesday. Laine was a founding member of the Moody Blues and later was a member of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles band Wings. Laine, 79, died from Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD,) according to social-media posts from his wife. Laine was known for such hit tunes as "Go Now" with the Moody Blues and "Mull of Kintyre" with Wings.

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Inspection reports reveal shocking conditions at some Quad-Cities nursing homes

Care facilities on both sides of the river have been fined tens of thousands of dollars so far this year.Medicare.gov ranks nursing homes based on reports Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Of the 27 facilities in a 25-miles radius of Davenport, more than a quarter received 1-star overall ratings.

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Moline announces new inspection program for rental properties in 2024

Currently, only large, multi-family rental complexes are subject to annual inspections. The city's new program will expand that to all rental properties.

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QC International Airport adopts the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Project

Hidden disabilities can be anything from hearing loss, dyslexia, speech impediments, epilepsy and much more.

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Have you considered a pre-natal doula? QC's EveryChild has been awarded $9,500 to help

EveryChild offers both pre and post-natal doula services. For some clients, it can come at no cost. Now with the grant, they'll be able to expand doula training.

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Check out this free end-of-life doula event in Davenport

End-of-life doulas can provide holistic, compassionate care for you and your loved ones as you navigate a death. One QC doula stops by The Current to explain more.

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Check out this free end-of-life doula event in Davenport

End-of-life doulas can provide holistic, compassionate care for you & your loved ones as you navigate a death. Now, check it out for yourself at a free event, Dec 9.

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4 Iowa care facilities added to federal watchlist of nursing homes

Four Iowa nursing homes have been added to the federal list of the nation’s worst care facilities: Embassy Rehab and Care Center in Sergeant Bluff; Harmony West Des Moines; the Ivy at Davenport; and Westwood Specialty Care in Sioux City.

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EveryChild in Moline awarded $9,500 to continue doula services

EveryChild offers both pre and post-natal doula services. For some clients, it can come at no cost. Now with the grant, they'll be able to expand doula training.

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Police identify victim, suspect vehicle in deadly hit-and-run in Lee County

40-year-old Patrick J. Yocum of Rock Falls was struck by a vehicle close to 9:30 p.m. Monday. Police are still looking for who is responsible.

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'5, 6, 7, 8!' | Regional Iowa dance teams compete in state competition

Many Quad City area teams came back with state championship titles, including Davenport Central, Pleasant Valley, Assumption and North Scott.

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Two former Bettendorf students identified as victims in fatal cedar Rapids crash

Casey Krager and Carter Cooper both graduated from Bettendorf in Spring 2023.

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Fort Madison bridge toll increasing in 2024

The toll will increase to $3 a car on Jan. 1.

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Quad Cities International Airport airport looking to increase accessibility

The airport will be training staff in how to best serve visitors who have an "invisible disability."

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Rock Island woman recovers after almost losing her legs in accident

A mother from Rock Island is recovering after almost losing her legs. Carmen Cabalerro-Anderson was involved in an accident on November 15 at the Family Dollar store on 11th St. in Rock Island. "My right leg was bent in and against the wall," Cballero-Anderson said. "When your teachers tell you to sit Indian-style, that's how my leg was behind the wall." Cabalerro-Anderson is recovering from the accident in a hospital in Iowa City. "My right leg is the worst leg," she said. "There was no viable tissue left on the leg after three surgeries. My ankles are crushed, I have pins in both of them. The right leg has the tendon and shin bone still good, but there's nothing covering the tendon." Cabalerro-Anderson said employees at Family Dollar and bystanders helped stop as much bleeding from her legs as they could, while paramedics arrived on scene. "There was a gentleman holding a blanket on my leg, trying to stop the blood," she said. "There was another one that was trying to call my mother. There was a woman that took my 8-year-old back in the parking lot and was trying to keep her occupied. They were all bystanders. Another gentleman had given me a belt to use a tourniquet." Through all of the pain that Cabalerro-Anderson has experienced, she has remained positive toward her recovery. "I went to talk to the guy at Family Dollar where the accident happened at," Dorothy Cotton, a family friend, said. "He talked to her on the phone; her attitude was so positive that he started to cry. He said, 'that's a super woman. When the accident happened, she wasn't screaming for herself; she was screaming for her kids.'" Cabalerro-Anderson says she will be in a wheelchair for awhile. "My kids and my family are at home, and I just need to get back to them," she said. "They are my motivation." A GoFundMe has been started by Cabalerro-Anderson's family. The funds will be used to pay medical bills and pay for a new house with wheelchair accessibility. Click here to donate.

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Scott County board considers Brady Street roundabout, fire-station traffic light

Two road proposals in Scott County - one involving fire-department access for crews in Davenport and another involving a roundabout on Brady Street - were among topics of discussion Tuesday at the Scott County Board of Supervisors Committee of the Whole meeting. Clay Merritt, director of engineering with the City of Davenport, told the board that a traffic light is being considered at the intersection of 4th and Scott streets, Davenport. "We want to ensure safe and secure access that when our fire personnel need to leave the station in a fast manner that they can do so with traffic not in the way," he explained., The traffic signal would be controlled from inside the fire station to stop traffic in the area, he said. An easement request to Scott County involves installation of signal poles at West 4th and Scott Streets to accommodate emergency vehicles at the Central Fire Station, the largest and most active station in the city, a memo says. If the easement request creates an "undue burden," the city can instead move forward with other placements that don't require the acquisition of any easements or right-of-way, according to a memo. Scott County Engineer Angie Kersten discussed plans for road and storm water reconstruction in the unincorporated Mt. Joy area north of 210th Street. Construction is planned for 2025 and is budgeted at $8.5 million from ARPA funding. (The ARPA, or American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, was signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $350 billion in additional funding for state and local governments.) The project involves a proposal for a roundabout at 210th and Brady Streets, she said, adding that roundabouts enhance safety. A roundabout is a compact circular intersection in which traffic flows counter-clockwise around a center island, with entering traffic yielding to other traffic. The board will consider action on the projects at a later date.

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Quad Cities and North Scott Hy-Vees to faceoff in 2nd Red Kettle Bell Ringing Competition

Quad Cities and North Scott Hy-Vees will be competing for bragging rights during Hy-Vee’s second annual Red Kettle Bell Ringing Competition.

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FBI warns about scams this holiday season

According to the FBI division in Springfield, scammers took nearly $267 million from almost 15,000 Illinoisans in 2022.

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Two QC teens dead after Cedar Rapids crash

Two teenagers from the Quad Cities were killed in a car accident in Cedar Rapids that claimed four lives Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. Cedar Rapids Police are investigating a two-vehicle, four-fatality accident that occurred Friday night at approximately 9:56 p.m. Police and Fire Department personnel were called to C Street SW near Edison Road for the report of a vehicle accident with trapped occupants and one car on fire, police said Tuesday. Upon arrival, police, fire and Area Ambulance crews began medical evaluations while firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. As a result of the accident and fire, four people are deceased.  They were identified Tuesday as 18-year-old Casey Krager of Davenport, 18-year-old Carter Cooper of Bettendorf, and 52-year-old Ruta Tekeste of Cedar Rapids. Also deceased is a 13-year-old boy from Cedar Rapids, police said. The investigation into this incident continues and no further information is available.

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Happy Joe's hosts parties for special needs programs

Happy Joe's Kids Foundation held the first of two dance party days for area special needs programs at the Vibrant Arena at The MARK. On the first Tuesday and Wednesday of December each year, the company holds the event, hosting two dance parties per day. Organizers said the event was able to raise $10,000 worth of books to gift to the attendees of the event. The dance party event serves between 1,300-1,500 patrons each year.

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Former President Donald Trump visits Davenport for Fox News town hall

News 8's Cesar Sanchez spoke with those who attended Tuesday's town hall. The Iowa caucuses are just a little over a month away.

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Happy Joe's hosting Christmas parties

There will be additional celebrations on Wednesday.

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Red Cross offers tips on how to stay safe while decorating for the holidays

Over the span of a week, the Red Cross assisted 16 people in Moline, Rock Island and Keokuk who've been impacted by fires.

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FBI warns about scams this holiday season

According to the FBI, scammers took nearly $267 million from almost 15,000 Illinoisans in 2022.

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Moline rolling out new housing inspection program for rental properties

All rental properties in the city will have to be licensed, with landlords paying a rental inspection fee.

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Former President Donald Trump in QCA for televised town hall

Former President Donald Trump is in the Quad Cities as part a town hall campaign event in Davenport. The town hall, which will be aired later on Fox News, is being mediated by Sean Hannity. Our Quad Cities News reporter Jackson Rozinsky has the latest from preparations for the event.

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Two from Quad-Cities among those killed in crash in Cedar Rapids Friday

Two 18-year-olds from the Quad-Cities were among four people who died in a crash on Friday in Cedar Rapids.

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QC foundation awards $155,164 in new grants

The Quad Cities Community Foundation on Tuesday announced recipients of its fall 2023 Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants. Ten local nonprofits have received a total of $155,164 to build and strengthen the systems, structures, cultures, skills, resources, and power that they need to serve their communities. “The Community Foundation is committed to the nonprofit sector in our region,” Kaleigh Trammell, the Community Foundation’s interim director of grantmaking and community initiatives, said in a Tuesday release. “We’re seeing nonprofits devote this funding to promoting equity in their organizations, improving technology, and extending their missions. All of these groups are building internal capacity to ensure that their programs continue to reach people in our community well into the future.” Kaleigh Trammell is interim director of grantmaking and community initiatives. Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants have been distributed to organizations involved in a variety of projects, including health, housing, and youth activities. The following nonprofits received fall 2023 Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants: Junior Achievement of the Heartland, Inspiration Center technology purchases—$19,910 Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities, scaffolding to improve safety, efficiency, and double our current capacity for home building—$20,000 Iowa Legal Aid, technology upgrades to improve Iowa Legal Aid’s program delivery—$17,324 Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, anti-racism training for Quad Cities area staff—$7,800 River Action Inc., Technology upgrades and planning to inform mission—$20,000 NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative, strategic planning and upgraded communications—$20,000 Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois - Quad Cities, strategic planning to improve strategy, mission, and program delivery—$10,000 McAnthony Window at St. Anthony Church, purchasing technology for the renovated St. Anthony school building—$11,435 WQPT - QC Public TV / Western Illinois University Foundation, industry training opportunities for staff development—$15,000 The Center, leadership development for succession planning—$14,495 Nonprofit Capacity Building grants are made from the Quad Cities Community Impact Fund, a permanent fund started by donors in the community so that the Community Foundation can respond to high-priority needs and opportunities in the Quad Cities as they arise. To support the fund, you can give online or contact Anne Calder, vice president of development. The next round of Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants will be awarded in spring. The pre-application form must be submitted via the online grant system by April 1, 2024.

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Craft named as UnityPoint Health-Muscatine public health director

UnityPoint Health-Trinity Muscatine announced it will have a new director soon. Jennifer Craft will begin as director beginning Jan. 2.

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Modern Woodmen to hold winter clothing donation drive

Modern Woodmen of America will be hosting a winter clothing donation drive-thru event to support SAL Community Services, a local nonprofit organization that provides resources, support and advocacy for low-income working families.

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Chabad Lubavitch to light 9 foot menorah in Bettendorf

Quad City residents are invited to watch as a giant menorah is lit in Bettendorf this weekend in celebration of Hanukkah. Chabad Lubavitch of the Quad Cities will celebrate the Festival of Lights at its public menorah lighting ceremony. They will light a nine-foot public Hanukkah menorah located on the corner of 18th Street and 53rd Avenue in Bettendorf at 5:30 pm on Sunday, December 10. That date is also the fourth night of the eight-day Festival of Lights. (Chabad Lubavitch ) The location of the menorah is significant because it’s located on property that Chabad bought as its future home. Traditional Hanukkah refreshments including latkes and doughnuts will be served. Hanukkah menorahs and candles will be available for participants to light at home. This is Chabad’s 18th annual outdoor public menorah lighting. It will follow the annual Parade of Light, where menorah-topped cars drive through the Quad Cities. The parade starts at Chabad’s current location, 2285 St. Andrews Circle in Bettendorf on Sunday, December 10. Vehicles should line up at 4 p.m. and the parade starts at 4:30 p.m. Hanukkah promotes the universal message that good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness. “Especially in times like this, when there is so much divisiveness, hate, and evil in the world, we must turn the tide and spread positivity, unity, love, and light,” said Rabbi Shneur Cadaner, director of Chabad of the Quad Cities. “The Hanukkah lights envelop us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of the community-wide celebrations organized by Chabad and held throughout the Chanukah Holiday,” he said. “Despite some hateful acts perpetrated on our people, which might make some people cower in fear, we stand tall and continue spreading acts of goodness and kindness. Not only do we not diminish our activities, we add more.” There are plans to install more menorahs throughout the Quad Cities. “Everyone is especially excited about Hanukkah this year,” said Rabbi Cadaner. “People are preparing to celebrate with family and friends, to fill their homes with the light of Hanukkah, and there’s a palpable joy. The public Hanukkah celebration is about sharing this light and joy with the broader community and the entire Quad Cities.” Events scheduled during Hanukkah include Hanukkah in Chocolate Land and a party at the Figge Museum on Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. For more information about Hanukkah and a local schedule of events, click here.

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UTHS junior gets prestigious D.C. visit

A junior at United Township High School in East Moline has been elected to Iowa’s State Career Association (SCA), and spent last weekend meeting Iowa legislators and attending the National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) in Washington, D.C. Edgar Lopez (second from right) of United Township High School visits the U.S. Capitol with Iowa high school students who are all part of the Iowa's State Career Association. Edgar Lopez of UT and seven Iowa high school students kicked off their trip in the nation’s capitol with a tour of the White House and special meet-and-greets with six Iowa legislators: ● U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley ● U.S. Senator Joni Ernst and staffers ● U.S. Rep. Zach Nunn, Iowa’s 3rd District ● U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Iowa’s 1st District ● U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, Iowa’s 2nd District ● U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, Iowa’s 4th District Following a day at the White House, Lopez attended NSLA for three days of skill-building, advanced leadership training, professional networking and activities related to effective communications, according to a Tuesday news release. The annual event is exclusive for top student leaders across 39 state affiliates of the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) organization. Approximately 350 of 45,000 JAG students are invited to attend each year. “This experience has brightened my perspective on what it means to be a leader,” Edgar Lopez said in the release. UTHS junior Edgar Lopez “I’ve learned that being a leader takes huge responsibility, and now I am representing 7,200 students across the state of Iowa. I want to show every student you can be a leader no matter who you are,” he said. The Iowa SCA is a four-chair student leadership team led and managed by iJAG, a statewide nonprofit organization who partners with Iowa and western Illinois schools to deliver in-class career development programming. Officers are elected annually by their iJAG peers at Iowa’s Leadership Development Conference (LDC). This November at LDC, the majority of 1,100 iJAG student attendees voted for Lopez to serve as an SCA officer next school year. Elected to serve as one of four officers for the Iowa State Career Association for the 2024 school year, Edgar began his duties by meeting with Iowa legislators at the White House and participating in an exclusive conference for top student leaders.

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Criminal probe into Davenport building collapse almost finished

Investigators will soon turn over their report to prosecutors, who will decide whether anyone will be charged with a crime

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2 Quad Cities young adults among those involved in deadly Cedar Rapids crash

Cedar Rapids police are investigating a two-vehicle, four-fatality crash that happened on Friday night around 10 p.m., involving two young adult victims from the QCA and two victims from Cedar Rapids. Wednesday, the identities of the deceased were released.

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4 Your Money | Debt-Free

We have talked often about higher mortgage rates and their impact on housing. John Nelson, Financial Planner at NelsonCorp Wealth Management, tells us what else has been impacted by these higher rates and what it means for the economy in general.

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Craft named as UnityPoint Health-Muscatine director

UnityPoint Health-Trinity Muscatine announced it will have a new director soon. Jennifer Craft will begin as director beginning Jan. 2.

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4 killed in Cedar Rapids crash, including 2 Bettendorf High graduates

Cedar Rapids police and fire personnel responded to a report of an accident with trapped occupants and a car ablaze. Two of the deceased were from the Quad Cities.

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Next sing-along 'Messiah' in Moline is Dec. 16

Opera Quad Cities is inviting the public to lift their voice and sing along with the beloved Handel’s “Messiah” in a free performance Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th St., Moline. The unique feature of this event is that all performers will be donating their talents (12 professional soloists, a volunteer chorus, professional instrumentalists, and the audience is invited to singalong on the familiar choruses), Opera Quad Cities past president Ron May said recently. The singalong for Handel's "Messiah" will be Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. in Moline. “When Augustana College ceased its annual performance of ‘Messiah’ after over 125 years of consecutive performances in the Quad Cities, many individuals were heartbroken that this tradition was coming to an end,” he said. Last year, in the same church, was the first sing-along “Messiah” Opera Quad Cities had presented since 2019. Like many cities across the globe, an annual holiday performance of this immortal oratorio is a necessity for many, May said. “It is a vehicle for music lovers to heighten their holiday spirits, especially if they participate in the performance itself.” Ron May with singer Bella Kuta. Opera Quad Cities picked up the performance tradition and updated this long tradition by adapting it as a showcase for local professional soloists and a chance for local singers to participate by singing along on the choruses. Like the very first performance in Dublin in 1742, proceeds will be donated to a local charity. The Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities is this year’s designated cause.   Since Handel debuted “Messiah” in 1742, it has resonated a powerful message for audiences around the world, May said. Past "Messiah" performers. “Various editions have surfaced with slight text variations but the essence of the work is always the same,” the 2023 program says. “Today, we offer our best efforts together. To sing…to celebrate this wondrous season…to support our local singers who strive to offer a worthy performance that all will enjoy, and to offer something artistic to our community.” In the first performance on April 13, 1742, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, “Messiah” was performed as a charity concert to support Mercer’s Hospital, and the Charitable Infirmary. Donations will be accepted following the Dec. 16 Moline performance that will be given to the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities.  Ron May, past president of Opera Quad Cities The program (conducted by May and accompanied by Gail Baldwin on piano) will be (including noted soloists): Overture – Piano “Comfort Ye My People” & “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted” -- Joshua Morey “And The Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed” – Chorus “But Who May Abide” -- Karmi Rivera “Behold! A Virgin Shall Conceive” & “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings” -- Catie Johnston, Chorus “For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth” -- Greg Etzel “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” – Chorus “There Were Shepherds In The Fields,” “And Lo! The Angel of the Lord,” “And The Angel Said Unto Them,” “And Suddenly There Was With The Angel” -- Rikka Stewart “Glory To God” – Chorus “Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion” -- Shelley Cooper “Then Shall The Eyes of the Blind Be Opened” & “He Shall Feed His Flock” -- Maureen Holmes “Come Unto Him” -- Becky Lee Hinton “Pastoral Symphony” – Piano “Thy Rebuke” & “But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul” -- Brent Behrens “Lift Up Your Heads” – Chorus “He That Dwelleth In Heaven” & “Thou Shalt Break Them” -- Eric Ashcraft “Hallelujah” – Chorus “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth”  -- Emmalynn Tully “Behold, I Tell You A Mystery” & “The Trumpet Shall Sound” -- Jonathan Schrader; Trumpet Obbligato, Lee Weimer “Worthy Is The Lamb. Amen” – Chorus For more information on Opera Quad Cities, click HERE.

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Henry County crash leaves 1 dead

The crash happened around 1 a.m. on Tuesday. The vehicle traveled into a ditch before striking a tree.

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Attorneys in The Davenport cases meet via Zoom to discuss logistics, filings

Attorneys for both sides in the legal cases against Andrew Wold and The Davenport building, among others, met via Zoom today before Judge Mark Lawson to discuss logistics for the pending cases. Attorneys discussed plans to form a steering committee to guide the case through the legal system and present a unified front. Five law firms are currently involved with the litigation and more may be added later. Among the items they discussed was a timeline to determine lead counsel and co-counsel in the cases. They discussed legal and logistical issues involved with setting up what they call a “master consolidated petition.” Judge Lawson said it should be up to the plaintiffs’ attorneys to set up the petition. Jeffrey Goodman, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said drafts have been circulated among the attorneys, but a concrete plan hasn’t been established. He said he sees the master petition as a unified complaint where the plaintiffs can address allegations. A short form addendum would contain references to alleged damages suffered by the plaintiffs. Brian Eldridge, another attorney for the plaintiffs, said he’s worked with cases of this magnitude before and agrees that the master petition is a prudent idea. “I think it will work very effectively in this case,” he said. Todd Noteboom, an attorney for the defendants, said he would be open to such a filing. “It would be useful for us to see what they have in mind,” he said. He believes all potential plaintiffs should file so discovery can begin in the cases. Goodman disagreed, saying it would be “inefficient” to wait to see who files before starting the case. There is a statute of limitations for this case, 18 months, and he said, “it’s unlikely that all cases would be filed before the deadline.” Part of the problem is that former residents of the partially collapsed building have scattered literally across the country and finding them could be difficult. Goodman said he represents 30 people who may become plaintiffs, while Jeff Ostrom, another plaintiff attorney, said he had 20 potential plaintiffs. Judge Lawson said he wanted filings to start as soon as possible but realized it could be difficult because not all of them are local. He and the attorneys discussed the intricacies of filing a master petition, since none of them could recall a similar situation happening in Scott County before. Attorneys for both sides expressed concern about the possibility of cases being severed after they are consolidated and if new plaintiffs would be bound by earlier rulings and filings. Jason O’Rourke, an attorney for the defense, said there were at least 25 plaintiffs who had attorneys on the Zoom call and others haven’t obtained legal counsel. He wanted to mitigate concerns about plaintiffs who file later, “so we have the largest critical mass of plaintiffs before discovery.” Martha Shaff, an attorney for Bi-State Masonry, expressed concerns over merging the case because not all plaintiffs are suing Bi-State. Goodman said clients could opt out of suing someone, like Bi-State, through a short form filing. There are Motions to Dismiss pending in some of the cases, but these will be placed on hold while the master plan is being filed. A hearing on class certification was moved to a later date. Judge Lawson said he was in favor of the master plan and keeping the other cases active. The attorneys and Judge Lawson discussed challenges in conducting discovery and hiring experts. Goodman said it was vital to focus on responsibility for the incident and determine if the defendants are “grossly uninsured.” He spoke in favor of conducting liability discovery first, before possibly hiring experts whose costs could eat away at funds that could be awarded to the plaintiffs. The judge asked the parties to decide on a timeline for discovery by the end of next week. The attorneys also discussed using a mediator to resolve the cases. The judge looked for clarification on his role in appointing a mediator. O’Rourke said the parties should work together on mediation, not have it enforced by the court. They discussed the need to know insurance coverage limitations for the defendants but said that information should be kept confidential. They expressed hope that all parties could agree on protective orders for insurance information. The plaintiffs’ attorneys have until December 8 to submit a proposed leadership structure to the court. They must have the master consolidated plan filed no later than December 15 and all newly added defendants must be served no later than January 12, 2024.

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Michael W. Smith: “Christmas Live in Concert,” December 18

One of the most significant forces in gospel, pop, and Christian rock returns to the Adler Theatre on December 18 when three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith brings his "Christmas Live in Concert" tour to Davenport, sharing the talents that have made the artist an international sensation and recipient of an incredible 45 Dove Awards.

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Jump: America's Van Halen Experience, December 16

Delivering two hours of classic rock alongside a selection of skits and one liners from live-show bootlegs between 1978 and 1984, the touring tribute musicians of Jump: America's Van Halen Experience headline a December 16 concert event at East Moline venue The Rust Belt, the bands lineup composed of a group of youngsters all born in the mid- to late 90s and early 2000s.

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Polyrhythms Trio + 2, December 17

Boasting musical director Manuel Lopez III on drums, Ronald Wilson on bass, and Corey Kendrick on piano, the Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series wraps up its 2023 schedule with a December 17 performance at Davenport's Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, with the Polyrhythms Trio + 2 delivering festive holiday cheer with the three band members playing alongside special guests Manny Lopez and James Culver.

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“A Nova Christmas,” December 15 and 16

An annually beloved holiday-music tradition returns to the area as the professional vocal ensemble the Nova Singers presents its latest pair of A Nova Christmas concerts, with exciting and moving arrangements of favorite carols, traditional melodies, glorious ballads, and fascinating songs from around the world performed December 15 at Davenport's St. Paul Lutheran Church and December 16 at Galesburg's First Lutheran Church.

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“Candlelight: Holiday Special Featuring 'The Nutcracker' & More,” December 15

Following the program's success in more than 100 cities worldwide, including in Moline this October and November, the live, multi-sensory musical experience known as the Candlelight Concerts series enjoys its third Quad Cities engagement at Moline's Spotlight Theatre, with the eagerly awaited December 15 event Candlelight: Holiday Special Featuring The Nutcracker & More treating guests to traditional seasonal tunes and works by some of history's most noted composers, among them Claude Debussy, Antonjo Vivaldi, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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WWE Live Holiday Tour Supershow, December 16

For World Wrestling Entertainment fans wanting to celebrate the holidays watching some the organization's fiercest talents in action, Moline's Vibrant Arena at the MARK will host the eagerly anticipated WWE Live Holiday Tour Supershow, its December 16 arrival boasting a sure-tio-be-thrilling Triple Main Event featuring WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth "Freakin'" Rollins versus Drew McIntyre versus Shinsuke Nakamura.

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Nate Bargatze, December 16

A 2022 Grammy Award nominee for the recorded version of his Netflix special The Great Average American, an hour of comedy that Paste magazine called “full of sharp observations and hilarious insights into regular life,” standup sensation Nate Bargatze returns to Davenport's Adler Theatre on December 16 with his national "The Be Funny Tour," the comedian also noted for his Comedy Central Presents and Prime Video specials and multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

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Ed Bassmaster, December 16

On December 16, famed YouTuber Edwin Rodriguez - better known by his stage moniker Ed Bassmaster - will bring his national tour to Davenport for two standup performances in the Rhythm City Casino Resort Rhythm Room, the comedian's YouTube channel boasting more than 2.7 million subscribers and running comedy videos where, as various characters, Bassmaster puts people into awkward situations or downright pranks them.

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“The Bremen Town Musicians,” December 16

With their show's creation supported in part by an Arts Dollars grant from Quad City Arts, the talents of West Liberty, Iowa's Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre bring their family-friendly gifts to Davenport's German American Heritage Center on December 16, the delightful presentation The Bremen Town Musicians accompanied by live music and held in conjunction with a finger-puppet-making workshop following the performance.

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Virtual Event: The Royal Ballet's “The Nutcracker,” December 16 and 17

Boasting sumptuous period designs, spellbinding stage effects, one of the world's most iconic scores, and some of the United Kingdom's fiercest dance talents, the 2016 performance of the Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker will be available for online viewing December 16 and 17 through the Rock Island and Silvis Public Libraries, the presentation of this holiday staple by Britain's flagship ballet company made possible by the statewide collaboration Illinois Libraries Present.

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“Tradition Interrupted,” December 16 through March 31

Featuring a fascinating selection of 23 artworks created by 12 artists from around the world, the Figge Art Museum's new Tradition Interrupted will serve as the Davenport venue's final exhibit to open in 2023, its December 16 through March 31 showcase in the Katz Gallery boasting works by creative talents who firmly believe that everyday objects have the power to evoke memories and inspire emotions.

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Moline to launch new rental housing inspection program in 2024

It’s part of a new rental housing licensing and inspection program adopted by the City Council at its Nov. 21 meeting.

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Man killed during hit-and-run in Lee County

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the person and vehicle responsible for the Rock Falls man's death.

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Man killed during hit-and-run in Lee County

The fatal incident occurred around 9:30 Monday night. The victim was found in the middle of the roadway by another person passing by the scene.

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1 dead after early morning accident in Henry County

The accident happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Police are investigating how the crash occurred, after finding a car had veered off the road and collided with a tree.

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Lee County Sheriff's Office needs help finding driver in fatal hit-and-run incident

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office needs your help to find the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run traffic incident near the intersection of Sterling Road and Walton Road on December 4 at about 9:29 p.m. on December 4th. An initial investigation showed that a 40-year-old man from Rock Falls was walking near the area and was struck by an unknown vehicle. A passerby found the victim in the middle of the roadway. The Amboy Fire Department took the victim to KSB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The roadway at the location was closed to traffic due to the nature of the investigation. Detectives from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and an accident reconstructionist were brought in to investigate. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public to find the person and vehicle responsible for this incident. Anyone with information should call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 284-6631 or Ogle-Lee Crimestoppers at 1-888-CAUGHT U (1-888-228-4488).

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Rail crossing closed in Knox County

A railroad crossing at Knox County highways 40 and 9 closed Monday afternoon.

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Former Clinton baseball manager elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

He is the first member of any Clinton team to enter Cooperstown.

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Changes for upcoming Black Box auditions

The date and time of the upcoming Black Box Theatre auditions have changed. Auditions for "Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story" will be Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the theatre, 1623 5th Ave., Moline. Auditions for "Jane Eyre: The Musical" are Sunday, Dec. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. and will be held at City View Celebrations, 701 12th Street, Moline. Those auditioning should bring music in your key, photo, resume and rehearsal and production conflicts. The breakdown is: "Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story," a musical by Stephen Dolginoff based on the lives of Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb, the infamous "thrill killers" who took Chicago by storm in the 1920s. Music direction is by Ron May, and director is Lora Adams. Black Box is seeking two 20-something men (Bari-Tenor), who must be comfortable with a same-sex kiss. The show will rehearse in January and be performed Feb. 9 to 24, 2024. "Jane Eyre: The Musical" has music and lyrics by composer-lyricist Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird, based on the 1847 novel by Charlotte Brontë. There will be doubling of roles except for Jane and Rochester. There are roles for females that look 12-15 years old. The BBT music direction is by Amy Trimble, and director is Lora Adams. "Jane Eyre" will begin rehearsal Jan. 22 and be performed March 15 to 30, 2024. You may submit audition by a video, however it must be received by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10 at theblackboxtheatre.com.

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Rock Falls man killed in hit-and-run crash Monday night

The man’s name has not yet been released.

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Cloudy and cool Tuesday ahead of a warmup

Warmer weather returns later this week.

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Sherrard senior takes on hidden disabilities

Megan Bowlyou has struggled with dyslexia over half her young life, but thanks to her beauty queen talents, she’s overcoming that and flying high. The poised, passionate 17-year-old senior at Sherrard High School is Miss Blackhawk Valley Teen 2024. She will compete for Miss Illinois Teen in June 2024; Megan turns 18 on June 18, and hopes to become Miss Blackhawk Valley. Sherrard High senior Megan Bowlyou is Miss Blackhawk Valley Teen 2024. Two years ago, when she became part of the Miss America opportunities program, Megan became an advocate for others and named her platform “Overcome T.H.AT.” (THAT is an acronym for The Hidden disAbilities Traits), to provide more resources and public awareness to the issue. Megan partners with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower, a global nonprofit. It works to support people living with non-visible disabilities in their communities by raising awareness, training businesses and sharing stories to help create a more inclusive, understanding society, according to its website. “That’s what I do in the Miss America organization – I talk about my story and having dyslexia, trying to encourage kids and other people to further their education, that you are capable of doing these things that might seem scary to you,” Megan said Monday in an interview with Our Quad Cities News. She has worked with the Quad Cities International Airport to adopt the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower to support and raise awareness for those living with a non-visible disability. Megan with her Hidden Disabilities lanyard at the QC airport art gallery. Passengers who have a disability that may not be immediately apparent can choose to wear a Sunflower laminated lanyard that will indicate to airport staff that they may need additional assistance or time. “Customer service is one of our core values and that includes making sure all of our passengers feel safe and confident while traveling,” said Ashleigh Davis, the QC airport’s public relations and marketing manager. “We are proud to join the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program in an effort to provide the highest level of service to everyone who comes to the airport.” “We are thrilled to have Quad Cities International Airport join the ever-growing Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network of airports and businesses around the U.S. and globally,” said Lynn Smith, regional director for Hidden Disabilities Sunflower USA. “Their core value of inclusivity for all passengers aligns perfectly with what the Sunflower stands for,” she added. A Hidden Disabilities Sunflower decal will be at each entrance to the airport, and airline employees may also wear a pin to signify the airport supports people with hidden disabilities. Wristbands may be available to passengers with non-visible disabilities in the airport’s administrative offices. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program is used at 230 airports around the world. Passengers should be aware that wearing a Sunflower identifier does not authorize special privileges or access to secure areas of the airport without being a ticketed passenger. The program is only intended to signal to others that additional assistance or time may be required. Passengers are encouraged to coordinate any special needs or requests with their airline. They can also contact TSA Cares to learn more about additional assistance options for the security screening process. Travelers who wish to wear the Sunflower can inquire about receiving a wristband through the airport’s administrative office on the far west end of the terminal. Other identifiers are available for purchase on the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower website HERE. The QCIA joins over 230 airports in 30 countries participating in the program. A full list of participating U.S. airports can be found HERE. Employees at the QC airport in Moline were recently trained in the Sunflower program. Airline partners, public safety officers, TSA and customer care agents at the Moline airport completed the recommended training, Davis said. The QC training consisted of a webinar that taught not only about the program but about types of hidden disabilities and how to assist people, which was proctored by someone with the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program, Davis said. Diagnosed at 7 Megan was diagnosed with dyslexia (a learning disability that affects reading, writing and spelling) when she was 7, and by the time she was in 3rd grade, was just reading at a kindergarten level. She struggled a lot in school, but after she worked with a resource teacher, she overcame it. “I worked every day and had a great advocate, once we found out what my problem was,” Megan said. Her individualized education plan (IEP) allows her to have extra time to finish tests and assignments in high school. Megan Bowlyou at the Quad Cities International Airport. “Growing up, I used it a lot,” Megan recalled. “My brain, it takes more time to process things. It really helps to be able to take my courses a little slower than other people. I don’t pick up things as fast.” “Every single day, it’s still a battle, but I’ve worked really hard to get where I am,” she said. Megan was inspired to get involved in the Miss America opportunities program by her older sister, 20-year-old Allie, who is actually Miss Blackhawk Valley. Megan is Miss Blackhawk Valley Teen. Last year, after she won the Mississippi Crown Teen competition, Megan’s mom found the Hidden Disabilities group and recommended it to her. She posts a “What’s Up Wednesdays” every week on her social media (@MissBlackhawkValleyTeen2024), addressing Hidden Disabilities topics, including other students about their IEP and other area residents with hidden disabilities (such as autism, ADHD, and anxiety). Megan, 17, will compete for Miss Illinois Teen in June 2024. Megan and Allie have attended returns of Honor Flights at the QC airport, and got invited to talk with people at QCIA about the Sunflower program. “This to be able to show that, yeah, I have something, and I would like some help,” Megan said. “I have trouble processing things really fast and need help with directions sometime.” Attending Bradley next year She will attend Bradley University in Peoria in fall 2024, and wants to become a high school history teacher. Megan plans to work to advocate for the Sunflower program at other airports around the state. Other Illinois airports that use it so far are in Rockford and Bloomington-Normal. Megan hasn’t flown by herself yet, but after she goes to college, this would be “a great tool I could rely on and fall back on in case I needed any assistance at all,” she said. “They have this they can fall back on, especially if they need help.” Megan will attend Bradley University next fall and plans to become a high school history teacher. “For the Moline airport, I think this is amazing. This is a great opportunity because we can include everybody,” she said. “It’s a connection the Moline airport can share with the community as they welcome all different kinds of guests.” “If you need help and need someone to acknowledge you, I think the lanyard is an amazing opportunity to be discreet about it,” Megan said. “Everybody at the airport is trained to acknowledge someone who is wearing the sunflower lanyard. If you need help and assistance right away, someone can see that and help.” She also plans to go to the State Capitol in Springfield early next year to work with getting Hidden Disabilities Sunflower into state and local government buildings. “So that people can feel more comfortable when they go into any government building,” Megan said. You can learn more about the Sunflower program HERE.

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Can your morning cup of coffee help predict the day's weather?

TV6 conducted a little experiment to find out if it's true.

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3 Things to Know | Quad Cities morning headlines for Dec. 5, 2023

Galesburg officials approving the purchase of five license plate readers, and Davenport outlining new flood plans. Gilda's Club raising annual "Blessing Tree".

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Sean Hannity to host town hall with Donald Trump Tuesday in Davenport

The town hall will start at 4 p.m. and will air at 8 p.m. on the Fox News Channel.

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Davenport Schools discuss plans for closed Buchanan elementary

Davenport Community School District held a special meeting with a public hearing regarding the sale of Buchanan Elementary School as well as a committee of the whole meeting where updates were given on the progress of Sudlow Intermediate and updated plans for the district’s turf fields.

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Farming in the Winter? New Technique in RI...Trump Townhall Tonight in DavenportImprovements to RI Park thanks to Grant

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Freight farm makes debut at the Quad City Botanical Center

Freight farm makes Quad City debut

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Local health officials give ways to boost your immune system this winter

Local health officials say you should consider boosting your immune system with some lifestyle changes this winter.

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Scott County board rejects Pleasant Valley school board race recount

Scott Co. Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to reject recount in the Pleasant Valley school board race.

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What is Krampusnacht? German holiday tradition comes to the QCA

A German holiday tradition is picking up steam in popularity here in the Quad Cities. December 5 is Krampusnacht, or the Night of the Krampus. In countries like Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Krampus is part of traditional holiday observances, as a horned creature that has become associated with St. Nicholas as a figure that will punish bad children, while St. Nicholas rewards those who have been good.  Dating back over two thousand years ago, the Krampus has gained popularity worldwide in recent years. Since the Middle Ages, Krampusnacht has been celebrated by revelers dressing up as Krampuses and wandering the streets or participating in parades in Alpine towns in a rite known as the Krampuslauf, or Krampus Run. During these events, Krampuses may dispense lumps of coal and bundles of birch known as ruten to children deemed bad, and a figure representing St Nicholas may dispense presents or treats to those who had been good. A man dressed as Krampus during a Krampus run, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)A Krampus during a traditional Krampus run, Saturday, Dec.1, 2018. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)A participant wearing a traditional Krampus costume and a mask performs during a Krampus run, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Gruber)A participant wearing a traditional Krampus costume and a mask during a Krampus run, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Gruber) In the Quad Cities, Krampus and Krampusnacht have gained in popularity, thanks in part to an increased love of horror films and the like. In a recent event at the Quad City Botanical Center, the German American Heritage Center hosted a workshop to make Krampus masks, while a performer dressed as Krampus posed for photos. Homemade Krampus masks (Brian Weckerly, OurQuadCities.com) For more information about Krampusnacht, click here. To learn more about German traditions and upcoming events from the German American Heritage Center, click here.

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No re-canvas in Pleasant Valley School Board race

The re-canvass, or second verification of the voting count, was rejected for the District #6 position as some board members disapproved of the recount process.

Monday, December 4th, 2023

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Construction on the Riverside Riverslide is on schedule

Moline city officials say the pool should reopen in May 2024.

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Scott County Board of Supervisors rejects re-canvass in Pleasant Valley school board election

Jameson Smith's six-vote victory over incumbent Tracey Rivera was upheld.

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Galesburg City Council approves purchase of five license plate cameras

The council voted to approve the purchase in a 5-2 decision.

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Scott Co. board rejects Pleasant Valley recount

Scott Co. Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to reject recount in the Pleasant Valley school board race.

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Galesburg City Council approves purchase of five license plate cameras

The cameras are expected to cost just shy of $20,000.

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Traffic Alert: Telegraph Road in Davenport

Telegraph Road will be closed between South Elsie Avenue and South Fairmount Street, according to crews.

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Traffic Alert: Silver Street and Main Street, Galesburg

Starting Monday, Silver Street and Main Street in Galesburg will partially close.

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QCA salsa shop hopes to become hot in retail

A company taking over the space of a former ice cream shop in East Moline is hoping to become a hot commodity. The owner of Lobos Salsa wants to use the space to expand in retail, and as Our Quad Cities reporter Michael Frachalla discovered, the business started at home has already shown tremendous growth.

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Davenport Schools discuss plans for Buchanan, updates on Sudlow, turf field masterplans

Davenport Community School District held a special meeting with a public hearing regarding the sale of Buchanan Elementary School as well as a committee of the whole meeting where updates were given on the progress of Sudlow Intermediate and updated plans for the district’s turf fields.

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Winner declared for District 6 seat for Pleasant Valley

Scott County election supervisors officially settled the controversy surrounding the election results for one of the Pleasant Valley School Board seats. They declared Jameson Smith the winner of the District 6 seat. A canvass summary a week after election night showed smith won the race over write-in candidate Tracey Rivera by six votes. The Scott County Auditor conducted a recount last week, and records indicated the three delegates assigned the recount determined there was a tie between the two candidates. Residents of the Pleasant Valley school district packed the December 4 Board of Supervisors meeting. The Board rejected the recount claims at the meeting inside the administrative building.

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Quad Cities bids farewell to legendary entertainment venue

After over five decades in the bar, restaurant, and nightclub industry, RIBCO’s owner, Terrence Tilka, is now announcing the end of an era.

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5v5 urban soccer may soon be coming to downtown Davenport

The Bittner YMCA still needs to get approval from the City of Davenport and gather bids for the project, but if all goes well, the Y hopes to break ground in April.

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Happy Joe's converting its popular pies into burgers

Some of the new menu items include a Taco Burger and a Mac N Cheese burger.