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Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

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Clinton man charged with sexually abusing teen girl

He was arrested Tuesday.

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Reactions to Gov. Pritzker's budget plan

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled a $52.7-billion state budget in a Wednesday address. The fiscal year 2025 budget (for the year starting July 1) "is responsible and balanced while providing record investments in child care and early childhood education, fully funding a $350 million increase in EBF for K-12 schools, making college more affordable through another year of record scholarship funding, and investing in workforce development," the governor wrote Wednesday in an introductory letter. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (OurQuadCities.com) "This budget helps lift people out of poverty through enhanced support for basic necessities, housing, healthcare, and other critical social services. It further strengthens our infrastructure and creates jobs through the sixth year of Rebuild Illinois, our multi-year infrastructure program." "Building on our record of five balanced budgets and nine credit upgrades, the proposed FY25 budget will further our work to uplift and invest in Illinois’ working families," Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton said. "Budgets bring hard decisions, but Governor Pritzker is particularly good about centering compassion in his leadership. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs into law the Paid Leave For All Workers Act as Illinois House Speaker pro-tem Jehan Gordon Booth, left, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, second from left, and Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, right, watch on March 13, 2023, in Chicago. Illinois became one of three U.S. states to require employers to offer paid time off for any reason starting in January of 2024. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) "The proposed FY25 budget will give more children access to pre-school, more students can attend college tuition- and fee-free, and more entrepreneurs can pursue their dreams," she said. "The proposed budget also addresses an endemic issue for Black women – maternal mortality. The new Birth Equity Initiative proposes $23 million to invest in decreasing pregnancy-related deaths in Black women through community-centered approaches. Our administration’s commitment to Illinois’ financial health goes hand-in-hand with our dedication to healing communities across the state." State Rep. Gregg Johnson (D-Rock Island), issued the following response to Gov. JB Pritzker’s State of the State address on Wednesday: State Rep. Gregg Johnson (D-Rock Island) “In coming months, I will work with my colleagues to craft a responsible budget that continues the progress we have made getting our fiscal house in order. This budget is investing in our kids by putting hundreds of millions into public classroom funding and expanding college scholarships to build a better future for all Illinoisans. “Paying down short-term and mid-term debt - and making above and beyond pension payments - will ultimately save taxpayers billions and make Illinois stronger," Johnson said. "The framework we heard about today has made me confident in these goals.” State Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) said: “I would have liked to have heard the Governor say more about fiscal responsibility and belt-tightening as a responsible way to address the state’s $775 million deficit. Instead we heard more of the same: more taxes and more spending. The Governor continues to send millions of dollars to Chicago to help fight homelessness and provide free medical care to undocumented immigrants, but we have the same needs here in Western Illinois. Illinois State Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) “I was also hoping to hear more about fixing the mismanagement and dysfunction at state agencies, relieving local property tax burdens and taking on our pension debt," Swanson said. "These have all been priorities of House Republicans for years, but we heard minimal details about these topics in the Governor’s speech today.” “Stability and growth in Western Illinois starts with a fair budget for everyone. That’s why we have to provide necessary services for residents and businesses alike so they can plan for the future," said State Sen. Mike Halpin (D-Rock Island). "The governor’s budget is a good start, but we need more for Western Illinois. State Sen. Mike Halpin (D-Rock Island) “My top priorities will continue to be additional funding for higher education, child care services, infrastructure upgrades and veterans," he said. "We have made a good start on these issues in recent years, but there is always room for us to improve. “As we go through the budget process over these next few months, I will work overtime to ensure that communities in our part of the state get a fair shake. I’m confident that we can get it done, because that’s what our residents deserve.” QC Chamber statement The Quad Cities Chamber applauded Pritzker for a continued commitment to balanced budgets, which creates stability and certainty for businesses and residents. "The Chamber sees areas for opportunity and collaboration as the State deliberates on final budget allocations and particularly in our focus areas of workforce and business and economic growth," according to a Wednesday Chamber statement. Quad Cities Chamber president/CEO Peter Tokar III "We appreciate Governor Pritzker’s continued focus on workforce and talent development through investment in child care, K-12 schools and higher education. Access to and affordability of child care remains a barrier to employment for many Illinois residents, and continued growth in the Smart Start program will make a meaningful difference in expanding the employable labor force," the Chamber said. The Governor discussed the need to create pathways for permanent housing. The Chamber is actively supporting legislation to increase construction of middle-income housing, introduced by Senator Mike Halpin this year. "This is one way to create a depth of housing options across the state and stabilize rents while driving new housing investment," the Chamber said. "We urge additional emphasis on making Illinois a great place for business. Lowering real and perceived regulatory and tax barriers will unlock investment in the Quad Cities region," it said. The Governor’s budget makes changes that both increase and decrease tax impacts on businesses by: Extending the sunset on caps for Net Operating Losses and increasing that cap to $500,000 (Increase) Capping the retail discount on sales tax collections for retailers (Increase) Increasing sports wagering taxes (Increase) Increasing the franchise tax paid in capital to a $10,000 exemption (Modest Decrease) Read the Chamber’s Illinois Legislative Agenda. Education impact Illinois Education Association (IEA) president Al Llorens said by email: “We were encouraged to hear the governor hopes to increase the amount of money spent on early childhood education by an additional $150 million. High school students walk down a hallway. (AP Photo/Matt York) “We know that educating students earlier helps students succeed in both school and in life. We appreciate the governor noting that ‘Teachers are the single most important investment we can make in our schools.’ As a result of that belief, he intends to add $45 million to shore up the teacher pipeline. This is good news and we hope he considers our proposal to pay student teachers (HB 4652) a stipend for their work in the classroom as part of that plan," Llorens wrote. "While we would like to see the state’s Evidence Based Funding model fully covered, we do appreciate the additional $350 million proposed toward it. “This money is absolutely essential, especially when you consider 80 percent of the public schools in our state are underfunded. And, the additional $30 million proposed for higher education is a step in the right direction to cut down on student debt and make education more accessible for all Illinoisans, though we acknowledge that much more is needed to shore up Illinois’s long-underfunded higher ed systems.” To see highlights of the 2025 budget and Pritzker’s remarks, click HERE.


City of Silvis and city workers’ union to go to mediation amid contract dispute

The City of Silvis and its city workers’ union will go to mediation on Thursday in an effort to resolve a contract dispute.

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New Henry County wind farm creates jobs, energy

A new wind farm is creating jobs and clean energy in Henry County, Ill. Avangrid, Inc. has announced that Midland Wind has reached commercial operation in Henry County. The 106 MW wind farm is the company’s fourth wind farm in Illinois. The new wind farm increases the total capacity in the state to over 600 mw. It reached commercial operations in December 2023. “We are proud to have achieved this milestone with Midland Wind, which is now operational and delivering power,” said Pedro Azagra, Avangrid’s CEO. “Our fourth completed renewable energy project in Illinois, Midland Wind is an example of our commitment to accelerating a clean energy transition. We look forward to continuing our efforts in developing green energy solutions while supporting Illinois communities.” The farm’s 25 turbines will generate nearly 400,000 MWh of renewable energy, enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 37,000 homes. That’s more homes than the populations of Geneseo, Cambridge, Orion and Kewanee combined. Work at Midland Wind supported over 200 jobs, most of which were local. Operating and maintaining the wind farm will support several permanent jobs that will stay in the community for the life of the project. The wind farm is estimated to contribute over $25 million in property taxes to support area school districts, fire districts and libraries. For more information on Avangrid and its clean energy projects, click here.

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LIVE TV6 Investigates Talks: How a rural school combats bus driver shortage

Bus driver shortages are not uncommon, but one school district is being creative to get students where they need to be.

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Davenport attorney nominated for U.S. Attorney

A Davenport attorney has been nominated by President Joe Biden to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. David C. Waterman has been an attorney at the law firm of Lane & Waterman L.L.P., in Davenport, since 2020. He was previously an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida from 2016 to 2020. Davenport attorney David C. Waterman is a litigation and white collar associate at Lane & Waterman. “I am honored by the President’s nomination to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. I look forward to the confirmation process,” Waterman said in a Wednesday email. A Wednesday announcement from The White House said that all the U.S. Attorney nominees are “extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.” “These choices also continue to fulfill the President’s promise to ensure that the nation’s courts reflect the diversity that is one of our greatest assets as a country—both in terms of personal and professional backgrounds,” the announcement said. This will be President Biden’s 46th round of nominees for federal judicial positions, bringing the number of announced federal judicial nominees to 224. David Waterman served as a law clerk for Judge Michael J. Melloy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 2015 to 2016, for Judge Mark W. Bennett on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa from 2014 to 2015, and for Judge John A. Jarvey on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa from 2013 to 2014. Waterman received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2013; his M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge in 2010; and his B.A., summa cum laude, from The George Washington University in 2009.

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Davenport man faces attempted-murder, other charges after assault

A 29-year-old Davenport man faces attempted-murder and other charges after police allege he struck, then shot, a victim with a pistol late Sunday, court records show. Ralondo Nelson II faces felony charges of attempted murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, willful injury- causing serious injury, assault while participating in a felony - serious injury, going armed with intent, possession of a firearm by a felon and an aggravated misdemeanor charge of use of a dangerous weapon in the commission of a crime, court records show. Ralondo Nelson II (Scott County Jail) Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, Davenport Police responded to the 4300 block of North Ripley Street for a report of a robbery and gunfire, arrest affidavits say. Officers found a victim with a gunshot wound who was transported to a hospital. Officers allege that, while he was armed with a 9mm pistol, Nelson's intent was to "use it against the victim without justification." He "forced the victim inside his apartment and then committed an assault by striking the victim in the back of the head with the pistol, which caused a large laceration," arrest affidavits show. After the assault, police say, Nelson shot the victim, "causing a high likelihood of his death that required emergency medical treatment and subsequent surgery," affidavits say. Police also allege Nelson stole personal property belonging to the victim from inside his apartment. Nelson has multiple felony convictions, police say in affidavits. Nelson, who was arrested on a warrant, is being held in Scott County Jail on a total $101,000 cash-only bond. He is set for a preliminary hearing March 1 in Scott County Court.

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Eldridge couple produces badges of honor nationwide

Eric Long and his wife Kathy are driving five hours from Eldridge today, to Minnesota on a mission they’d rather not have to fulfill. Kathy and Eric Long of Metal4Valor, at the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 (photo by Jonathan Turner). They are bringing large, handcrafted metal badges (made at their company, Premier Metal Art, 1018 E. Iowa St., Eldridge), to the police and fire departments in Burnsville, outside Minneapolis, to honor two officers and a firefighter recently killed in the line of duty. Two police officers and a firefighter who responded to a domestic situation at a suburban Minneapolis home were killed early Sunday during a standoff by a heavily armed man who shot at police from the home where seven children were also inside. The suspect is dead, and another police officer was injured in the shooting in a neighborhood in Burnsville, Minn., a city of about 64,000 people near Minneapolis. St. Paul Police Officer Anthony Buckley places a badge on a police vehicle that has become one of three memorials in front of the Burnsville Police Department in Burnsville, Minn., Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. Two Burnsville police officers, Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, and Burnsville Fire Department first responder paramedic, Adam Finseth, were shot and killed early Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, and a third officer, Adam Medlicott, was injured at a suburban Minneapolis home in an exchange of gunfire while responding to a call involving an armed man who had barricaded himself inside with family. (Photo by Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via Getty Images) Eric and Kathy Long founded Metal4Valor, which became a registered nonprofit organization in December 2023. They have made 32 badges made for the families of fallen first responders (including police, fire, EMS and K-9s) in 26 states, including five of them this past weekend. Eric formerly worked for a sheriff's department in southwest Iowa, and was in the Eldridge Police Explorers group in the late '80s as a high school student. They made their first custom-fabricated metal badge in late 2021, when their now 24-year-old son who's a Scott County Sheriff's Deputy graduated from police academy. Eric Long during the Metal4Valor display Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 in Eldridge, Iowa (photo by Jonathan Turner). "Kathy -- her and her team make the incredible pieces that get sent all around," Eric said Wednesday morning at a press conference at the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department. "She's the driving force behind it as well." They customize the badges with the individual names and badge numbers. "We saw how many police officers and firefighters passed away in the line of duty each year," Eric said. "It's really driven home the reality of the sheer number of first responders losing their lives in the line of duty." "An epidemic" "This is almost an epidemic on a daily basis," he said. "We have five pieces that are going to be delivered today, two of them shipped out tonight to Tennessee and Virginia." "It was almost overwhelming to realize how often this was happening. You don't hear about it every day and when you are seeing that happen, it's very humbling," Kathy Long said. "You know this is happening every single day." "People aren't aware and this is one way to get more people to be aware," Kathy said. "The family has a piece that honors their loved one." Kathy and Eric Long have a 24-year-old son (also named Eric) who is a Scott County Sheriff's Deputy (photo by Jonathan Turner). They wanted to recognize all first responders (not just law enforcement), since "they're all giving the ultimate sacrifice," she said. "We just did one for a volunteer firefighter who lost his life. That's huge to me -- that's someone who's volunteering their time." Premier usually takes 7-10 days to make each badge, following notification of a death. Kathy said they try to respond on a timely basis, to get them out quickly, and many are displayed by families at the hero's funeral. "Each one is different, is handmade. It is neat to see all the different ones, how they come out, how we make them, to exactly what they wear," she said. "That's our challenge. We enjoy doing it. It's unfortunate the reason why we're doing 'em." Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and President Joe Biden reached out to the family of fallen Loudoun County firefighter Trevor Brown, offering their heartfelt sympathies. The 45-year-old volunteer firefighter died last Friday (Feb. 16, 2024) while investigating a 500-gallon underground propane tank that was found to be leaking before it exploded. Ten other firefighters and two residents of the Sterling home were hurt. Retired Davenport police chief and Metal4Valor board member Paul Sikorski speaks at Wednesday's press conference (photo by Jonathan Turner). "The sole mission of Metal4Valor is to honor first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities across this nation," Paul Sikorski, retired Davenport police chief and board member of Metal4Valor, said Wednesday. "Supporting the fallen, as well as supporting, loving and embracing grieving family members is done so symbolically using these badges, all made here in Eldridge." "We will never take for granted the sacrifices our brave men and women first responders make for us," Sikorski said. Several members of area law enforcement attended Wednesday's event, including from Scott County Sheriff's Department, and police departments from Eldridge, Bettendorf, Buffalo, and Walcott. Metal4Valor board members include retired first responders, active first responders, family members, and local business and community members. Anniversary of K.C. badge Eric Long recalled that they delivered two badges to the Kansas City Police Department a year ago, on Feb. 21, 2023, for a police officer and his K-9 killed in a traffic accident. On Feb. 15, 2023, a Kansas City officer and his K-9 partner died in a crash that also killed a pedestrian. Last year, they met the family of the fallen Kansas City officer, spending about an hour with them. The Longs worked with retired Bettendorf Police Officer Bruce Schwartz to form Metal4Valor as a nonprofit, with its own board. Premier made its first memorial badge for the Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Weist, in April 2022. Deputy Nick Weist, 34, was killed in the line of duty April 29, 2022 (Knox County Sheriff’s Office). The 34-year-old Knox County deputy was killed in the line of duty April 29, 2022, on U.S. 150 in Henry County, on his way home from a shift. Kathy Long said the badge they did for him was displayed by his family at the funeral. The number of law enforcement professionals nationwide who died in the line of duty in 2023 decreased 39% compared to the previous year, according to preliminary data provided by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), the leading authority on officer fatalities. Representatives of several area law enforcement agencies attended the Wednesday morning event in Eldridge (photo by Michael Frachalla). As reported in their official 2023 End-of-Year Preliminary Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report, the NLEOMF data shows that 136 federal, state, county, municipal, military, tribal, and campus officers died in the line of duty in 2023, representing a 39% drop compared to the 224 officers who died in the line of duty in 2022. Metal4Valor has made badges for an officer in Algona, Iowa (killed Sept. 13, 2023), and a fallen K-9 in Des Moines. Eric said their work has become a passion and a mission. "It's not just us -- it's every one of our board members," he said. "Everyone is taking turns delivering." One note of appreciation came this past December, from a sibling of Preble County (Ohio) Sheriff's Deputy Josh Hamilton, 34, who was killed in a car crash. 10-year-old Mikaelah Hamilton, with a Metal 4 Valor badge made in honor of her father, the late sheriff's deputy Joshua Hamilton. "I am just messaging to let you know how much we appreciate the absolutely beautiful star badge that you sent to us after the passing of my brother deputy Josh Hamilton! This will be a keepsake for his daughter Mikaelah for the rest of her life!" the Metal4Valor website says. "My parents & I greatly appreciate the love and support, no words can express what the star badge means to us!" Metal4Valor is seeking donations to support the cause, and they're hosting a trivia night March 9th at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds' Keppy Hall in Davenport. To donate, visit their website HERE.

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Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon raises fund for school programs

Bowlers from around the Quad Cities will be hitting the lanes for a good cause this weekend. The annual Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon will be Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24. Over 130 teams of five bowlers have signed up to support JA. The Bowl-A-Thon is the organization’s largest fundraiser and takes place in seven communities throughout Junior Achievement of the Heartland’s 24 counties during February and March. The event is estimated to raise over $140,000 to help support JA learning experiences provided to local schools. The Quad Cities JA Bowl-A-Thon will be held at three Quad Cities bowling alleys with shifts from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.: TBK Bank Entertainment Center, 4850 Competition Drive, Bettendorf Friday, February 23 from 5:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, February 24 from 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. Bowlmor Lanes, 2952 N. Brady Street, Davenport Saturday, February 24 from 1 – 8 p.m. Highland Park Bowl, 4204 Avenue of the Cities, Moline Saturday, February 24 from 2 – 5 p.m. For more on the JA Bowl-A-Thon, click here. For more information on Junior Achievement, click here.

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Indiana lawmakers vote to lift state ban on happy hours

Selling alcoholic beverages at a reduced price — or hosting a happy hour — has been banned in Indiana since 1985 as part of an effort to reduce drunk driving.

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'Broadway on Broadway' brings show tunes to Monmouth College

Fans of musicals don’t have to travel to New York City to hear their favorite music; they can hear selections from classic musicals at Monmouth College's third annual "Broadway on Broadway" event. The Monmouth College Chorale and Wind Ensemble are hosting the concert on February 23 at 7 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, 700 E. Broadway. The event is a fundraiser for the group’s upcoming spring break trip to Greece. Admission is $5 and free for students; larger donations will be accepted.Not all the music in the concert has vocals; two selections will be instrumentals. Kelsey Moersfelder '24 of Huntley, Ill., will play "My Favorite Things" for violin and piano from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”, while Becca Nielsen '27 of Galesburg and her father will play "Edelweiss."Faculty members will also perform. Computer science professor Logan Mayfield will sing "Bring Him Home" from “Les Misérables,” and English professor David Wright will sing "Unexpected Song," from Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Song and Dance.” Other songs that will be performed include "Maria" from “West Side Story,” and several contemporary songs, such as "Loser Baby" from “Hazbin Hotel.” Some of the performances will feature explicit language.Music professor Tim Pahel leads the Monmouth College Chorale, an auditioned and touring collegiate vocal ensemble. The Chorale has performed in almost half of the U.S. states (including a concert at Carnegie Hall) and tours internationally every four years, including stops in Spain, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic."These students get the opportunity to perform in different spaces and environments around the nation, which boosts their camaraderie and enthusiasm for music," said Pahel.The Monmouth College Wind Ensemble is a traditional and selective ensemble for wind and percussion musicians. It is open to any student by audition. The band has toured nationally and internationally and will accompany the Chorale on its trip to Greece in March. For more on the Monmouth College Chorale, click here. For more information on the Monmouth College Wind Ensemble, click here.

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Walk-In Wednesdays hiring events back at Genesis

Genesis Health System is hiring! The first Genesis ‘Walk-In Wednesday’ hiring event this year will be on Wednesday, February 28 from 3-6 p.m. Human Resources representatives from Genesis will be at the main entrances of both Genesis Medical Center – Davenport (1227 East Rusholme Street) and Genesis Medical Center - Silvis (801 Illini Drive) to meet applicants and hold on-the-spot interviews for all open positions, including clinical and non-clinical. This interview process makes it easier for job seekers and employers to find the perfect fit. Some applicants may complete the interview process and receive an on-the-spot conditional offer. Walk-In Wednesdays started in February 2023. Since then, 385 job hunters have attended and 121 of them were hired. For more information or to RSVP, click here. RSVPs are not required and walk-ins are welcome.

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American Queen Voyages shuts down, cancels all cruises

A familiar summer sight in the Quad Cities won't be traveling the Mississippi River this year. The American Queen, the largest passenger steamboat in the world often seen squeezing through Locks and Dam 15 at the Government Bridge or under the Centennial Bridge in Rock Island, has been shut down -- along with the rest of its parent company's fleet. The American Queen passing under the Centennial Bridge in Rock Island serves as the backdrop of a Quad Cities River Bandits game at Modern Woodmen Park in September 2015. (Ryan Jaster, OurQuadCities.com) "American Queen Voyages has made the difficult decision to shut down. Despite great efforts by our team, crew and partners, American Queen Voyages unfortunately has been unable to rebound from the effects of the pandemic," a statement on a website directing customers to refunds said. "The overnight cruise industry was especially affected by changes in travel preferences and, as a result, AQV has become financially unsustainable. We are therefore shutting down the business, and all future AQV cruises have been cancelled." The company operated four boats. The American Countess and American Duchess joined the American Queen on the Misssissippi River, while the American Empress traveled on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Click here for information about refunds. The American Queen passing through the Quad Cities in 2019. (OurQuadCities.com file photo)

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QC airport flies high in January, despite weather

The Quad Cities Airport saw the most passengers in January since the pre-pandemic January 2020, despite winter storms that resulted in system-wide cancellations. January 2024 saw a 7 percent increase of total passengers over January 2023, with American Airlines making the biggest jump in passengers inbound and outbound of the Quad Cities. American Airlines increased their market share by 12 points (37% of all January flights, compared to 25% in 2023), thanks to daily service to Charlotte that began Dec. 20, 2023. Since December 2023, American Airlines now offers nonstop flights to Charlotte, N.C., out of the Quad Cities International Airport. (QC International Airport) “An overwhelming number of regional airports still have fewer flights today than prior to the pandemic, including MLI, but January’s activity shows that as airlines add capacity back to our market, we can fill planes,” Ashleigh Davis, public relations and marketing manager at the Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, said in a Wednesday release. “Demand in the Quad Cities is strong, particularly for American Airlines’ new daily service to Charlotte. We hope this will give airlines confidence to continue investing in our market.” The 45,309 total passengers in January is the highest since 2020, compared to the following years: January 2023: 43,092 January 2022: 38,613 January 2021: 23,531 January 2020: 54,033 The QC airport experienced growth prior to the pandemic. However, the extended global decline in travel caused the biggest disruption to commercial aviation in its history. As a result, the looming pilot shortage was exacerbated by early retirements and resignations, some regional carriers folded, new strategies were deployed, and new carriers emerged, the airport release said. Delta, which used to have the largest market share in the Quad Cities, retired all 50-seat aircraft in their fleet and took a unique approach to recovery compared to other legacy carriers. In addition to strong traffic in January, typically one of the slowest air travel months of the year, Allegiant Air also extended service to Phoenix/Mesa throughout the summer. For the past several years, it was a seasonal offering, pausing service between May-October. “In addition to working with our current airline partners to advocate for increased frequency and service, we believe there is opportunity for new airline partners to enter our market as well,” said Davis. “Airlines decide when and where to add service but we are continually evolving our approach to advocacy and data collection so we can tell the best possible story about our region and travel needs.” For more information, visit the airport website HERE.

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Learn about the history of the Pullman Porters at documentary screening at Rock Island Public Library

Learn about Black history at a free documentary screening on the legacy of Pullman Porters at the Rock Island Public Library. The library will screen the Chicago Stories documentary, “Pullman and the Railroad Rebellion” on Monday, February 26 at 2 p.m. at the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street. The documentary highlights the civil rights legacy of the Pullman Porters, Black railroad workers who organized for better working conditions in the 1920s. (Pullman Porter at Union Station, Chicago, Illinois, 1944. Library of Congress public domain collection) George Pullman changed long-distance rail travel with his luxury sleeping cars. When success didn’t trickle down to the workers who built, operated and staffed the cars, they went on strike. The first major strike failed, so Black Pullman sleeping car workers later organized a union of their own, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids. Their efforts helped create a Black middle class and civil rights movement that altered the course of American history. For more information on upcoming programs at the Rock Island Public Library, click here, call (309) 732-READ, or follow them on their Instagram and Facebook pages. Click here to learn about the Pullman Porters.


Tower work may cause outages for KWQC

Tower work at the KWQC tower may cause outages to some viewing areas.

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Black History Month | Marking its origin, impact and the importance of celebrating

A look back at the history and origin of Black History Month, as well as the importance of celebrating. Plus, see how Black Americans have impacted the world.

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WATCH: rural hospitals closing; are local ones in danger?

Hundreds of hospitals in rural areas nationwide are at risk of closing for good. Chartis, a healthcare advisory services company in Chicago, says 141 rural hospitals across the U.S. have closed their doors since 2010 and another 453 are in trouble. The stability of a rural hospital depends on the number of years it has operated without profit and the amount of net patient revenue. Ted Rogalski, Genesis Medical Center administrator for the Aledo and Dewitt hospitals, says the fate of rural hospitals depends on where they’re located and how they treat their Medicare patients.  Watch the video above to learn more about rural hospitals and if local ones are in danger of closing.

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Rock Island residents can use a new public works app to make their lives easier

The city started using the SeeClickFix app around the beginning of November, and currently has just over 2,000 users.

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Chicago man charged in connection with Clinton liquor store robbery

The robbery happened in April, police said.

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Davenport man charged in shooting, robbery Sunday

A Davenport man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, in connection with a shooting and robbery on Sunday, according to court records.

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3 Things to Know | Quad Cities morning headlines for Feb. 21, 2024

Mayor Bob Gallagher is preparing for the annual Bettendorf State of the City address, and East Moline is looking for input on their ongoing revitalization project.

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Rock Island residents have new digital resources to help road crews maintain roadways

In addition to pothole repairs residents can also report graffiti and overgrown trees. People living in Davenport and Bettendorf can also use the app.

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Interim Eldridge police chief sworn into permanent position

Eldridge has a new police chief — Andrew Lellig — who was sworn in at Monday night's city council meeting.

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Geneseo officer receives statewide award

Geneseo detective Jamie Shoemaker has been named Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) Executive Institute's 2024 Women in Criminal Justice Female Officer of the Year.

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Davenport notebook: Humane Society tentative agreement, new fire station, ice rink, and gun violence stats

Davenport resolved funding dispute, at least temporarily, with the Humane Society, began operating new fire station and ice rink, and the police chief gave an update about gun violence.

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Five men arrested on multiple charges stemming from car theft at Walcott gasoline station

Five men have been arrested on multiple charges stemming from a car theft in October in which they allegedly threw a woman from her vehicle and drove away in it.

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Pending Death Notices for the Quad-Cities; Feb. 21, 2024

Diane K. Lambert, 87, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024. Arrangements are pending at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

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Davenport woman charged for allegedly peddling meth

A Davenport woman has been arrested for allegedly trafficking in meth.

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Pending Death Notices for Muscatine; Feb. 21, 2024

Robert K. Wilkins, Sr, 93, formerly of Bennett, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024, Cedar Manor Nursing Home, Tipton. Arrangements are pending with Fry Funeral Home, Tipton.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

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Julian Assange's U.S. Extradition Appeal Hearing in U.K. Day 1 of 2

Regarding Julian Assange's adjudication status for U.S. alleged crimes related to Wikileak's publishing U.S. government whistleblower's disclosures of U.S. government war crimes, it's been over three years since U.K.'s District Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s extradition decision was issued in January 2021. Baraitser actually rejected the U.S. government's demand for Assange's extradition on the basis that there was a “substantial risk” of suicide if Assange was subjected to U.S. jail or prison conditions. However, in 2021 Baraister also rejected all of Assange’s other arguments against extradition. February 20, 2024 Assange's legal defense team Barristers Mark Summers KC and Edward Fitzgerald KC presented in the U.K. appeals court seven grounds for challenging the ruling.If the High Court accepts some or all of the appeal grounds as being at least “arguable” they will set a future date for Assange’s appeal to be heard. But if the High Court judges reject the defense arguments, Assange will have exhausted all of his domestic avenues of appeal.Crimes exposed by the WikiLeaks publications that are central to this case include “torture,” “[extraordinary] rendition,” and “drone strikes” that killed scores of civilians.


Design firm presents early concepts for Moline riverfront

The firm was chosen by council late last summer and has been seeking public input for designing the area near the I-74 bridge.

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Palmer Hills Golf Course to open Wednesday

Palmer Hills Golf Course will be open this week thanks to the warm weather we’ve had recently.

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Iowa Senate passes ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’

The Iowa Senate passed a bill Tuesday that Republicans say will better protect people’s religious freedom, while Democrats say it could allow people to discriminate. It’s called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Milan business giving back to community after death of teen

The owner Finn's Sweet Treats is donating a portion of proceeds to the teen's funeral expenses.

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City of Moline discusses potential of new fire station

The new station would replace the current central station in downtown Moline.

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Unionized Silvis city workers picket outside city hall

Workers are negotiating a new contract with the City of Silvis.

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Iowa has 2nd-highest cancer rate in the nation, new report finds

The state also leads the Midwest for rates of alcohol-related cancers.

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Union workers with the City of Silvis hold informational picket

Workers say they've been negotiating with the City of Silvis for a new contract since March 2023.

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17-year-old dead after being hit by Amtrak train

Illinois State Police are investigating the crash.

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Portion of Galesburg building damaged in fire being demolished

City officials said the fire caused structural damage to the building's top floor.


Crews to work on Moline 16th St.

Beginning next week, a complete closure for southbound traffic will begin on 16th St., from 19th Ave., to 23rd Ave.

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Controversial religious freedom bill passes Iowa Senate

A controversial bill regarding religious freedom passed the Iowa State Senate. Democrats say the Republican effort could violate the Iowa Civil Rights Act, and all Democrats voted against the change. The bill would make it more difficult to intervene in situations where people feel their religious freedoms are being violated. The legislation would make the Federal Religious Restoration Act state law, which is a piece of legislation the LGBTQ community opposes. They say it would make it easier for businesses to deny services based on sexual orientation or gender identity using religious freedom as the reason. Republicans point to other states that have this law already. The bill still needs to be passed through the Iowa House for Governor Kim Reynolds to sign it into law.

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Peoria hospital 1 of 10 across US offering liquid biopsy site

OSF Healthcare Cancer Institute in Peoria was named one of 10 sites across the U.S. to offer early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

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17-year-old fatally struck by Amtrak train

The Amtrak was traveling on the tracks when the crash occurred. The boy, from Burlington, Iowa, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Quad Cities Youth Conference underway

Over 900 students filed into the RiverCenter for the first day of the 38th annual Quad Cities Youth Conference, a yearly conference that’s geared towards helping youth develop the skills they need to live in a “complex world.”

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How to vote for Modern Woodmen Park for best ballpark

Before you know it, it'll be time to head back to the old game, and the Quad Cities River Bandits' home of Modern Woodmen Park is up for best minor league ballpark once again. President and CEO Dave Heller made a short stop at Our Quad Cities News to tell us what's ahead for the River Bandits and how you can vote for Modern Woodmen Park for best minor league ballpark. To vote, click here.

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Portion of Galesburg building damaged by fire to be demolished

City officials said demolition work on the building's top level began on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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Is winter over? Here's what meteorologists say.

As the weather starts to warm up in the usually frigid month of February, many are wondering if winter is over. We asked two meteorologist for their opinions.

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Want to hit the golf course? QCA course opens soon

It looks like Punxsutawney Phil's prediction for an early spring might be right. As spring approaches, people are eager to step foot onto the green again. One QCA golf course is taking advantage of the early warmup. Golfers will have the chance get to back out and swing this Wednesday when Palmer Hills Golf Course in Bettendorf opens for the 2024 golf season. Maintenance Crews for the golf course were outside Tuesday afternoon making last minute touches for their early opening on Wednesday.  (Michael Frachalla, OurQuadCities.com) Normally, the golf course opens in March, depending on the weather but this year the weather provided a warm welcome. "The maintenance crew is busy out on the golf course right now picking up some sticks, some winter clean up stuff, putting tee markers out, trash cans, putting flags, cups, all that," Palmer Hills golf professional Jon Waddell said. "People are just really anxious when the golf season starts and for us to get it started early for them this year, there all the more excited." (Michael Frachalla, OurQuadCities.com) Kim Kidwell, Bettendorf's Director of Culture & Recreation, says opening early is not just great for golfing fans, but it is also a chance for some early season golf revenue for the city. "The longer we can stay open for a season, the better," Kidwell said. "You never know how much rain you are going to have later on in the season. We always try to get open as early as possible and stay open as late as possible. We're just really excited to get things open. Last year, we had 40,000 rounds of golf played so were hoping to top that this year." Palmer Hills will also have a first tee program this year. First Tee - Quad Cities is a youth development organization that gives kids the opportunity to get involved with golf. First Tee already has partnerships with other cities like Davenport and Moline, and Kidwell is excited to add Bettendorf to the mix. (Michael Frachalla, OurQuadCities.com) "That's an awesome addition for this season, and as soon as weather gets like this, people are itching," Kidwell said. "They are itching to play golf. They've been cooped up. It's been cold. It's the winter. Football is over. It's like, 'Okay we need something to do.' It's just exciting to be open and ready to go."  The driving range for the golf course will be ready to go on Friday.

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Is winter over? Here's what meteorologists have to say.

As the weather starts to warm up in the usually frigid month of February, many are wondering if winter is over. We asked two meteorologists for their opinions.

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Police: Woman accused of killing another with car had blood alcohol level more than twice legal limit

Police say a woman accused of killing another woman with her car in LeClaire had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit. Molly Vance appeared in court for her preliminary hearing. An investigating officer testified her blood alcohol level was 0.18; the legal limit is 0.08. The officer also testified Vance was unable to maintain her balance and that Vance's car hit and killed Leslie Preisser outside the Riverview Roadhouse Bar and Grill. Molly Vance (Scott County Jail) Vance is charged with vehicular homicide and OWI (Operating While Intoxicated). She is free on bond.

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2024 Jefferson Awards: Supporting those battling pancreatic cancer through the Ohl Strong Fund

Peggy Ohl began the Ohl Strong Fund following her husband Brent's passing in 2016 from pancreatic cancer.

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City of Silvis issues statement on anticipated city workers picket

The City of Silvis issued a statement on an informational picket that’s anticipated to take place at Tuesday night’s city council meeting involving city workers who are upset over their contracts.


‘We want to win’: Modern Woodmen up for ‘Best Minor League Ballpark’

Modern Woodmen Park is up for the USA Today’s “Best Minor League Ballpark.”

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Iowa has the 2nd highest rate of new cancers in the U.S., new University of Iowa report says

Compared to other states, more Iowans drink than residents of other states. That may be why Iowa has the fourth highest incidence of alcohol-related cancers.

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2024 Jefferson Awards: Supporting those battling pancreatic cancer through the Ohl Strong Fund

Peggy Ohl began the Ohl Strong Fund following her husband Brent's passing in 2016 from pancreatic cancer.

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Macomb Police K9 officer Mac retires

Mac was deployed over 300 times in his 5 years of service.


Portion of Galesburg East Main Street building to be demolished following fire, officials say

After a fire broke out Monday morning at a Galesburg building, city officials are now giving an update, saying that a portion of the building is set to be demolished due to structural concerns.

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Foreigner: The Farewell Tour, March 3

Performing locally in the band's official farewell tour, one of the most enduring and successful rock outfits in music history makes a long-awaited appearance at the Vibrant Arena at the MARK with the Moline venue's March 3 hosting of Foreigner, the chart-topping, multi-platinum-selling musicians responsible for such iconic hits as “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Hot Blooded,” "Feels Like the First Time," and the number-one smash “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

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Demolition of top level of Galesburg building after fire

The top level of a building on Galesburg’s Main Street will be torn down starting tonight, Feb. 20. At 10:07 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, Galesburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 149-151 E. Main Street. As previously reported, fire personnel encountered smoke and fire from the third story, on the north and east sides of the structure. Galesburg Fire Department was able to successfully gain control of the fire, and damages to the structure are estimated at $160,000, according to a city release Tuesday. Upon an assessment of the building following the fire, the city closed the nearby sidewalks and roadways as the structural integrity of the top floor was compromised by the fire. At that time, the property owner and property management company made the decision to apply for an emergency demolition permit through the State of Illinois, to demolish the top level of the building for safety purposes. It is anticipated the contractor will begin the demolition work tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 20. For the safety of pedestrians and motorists, the city will continue to keep the nearby sidewalk and roadways closed while the work is underway, the city said. Removal of the top level of the building is anticipated to resolve the structural integrity issues in order for the building to be further assessed. The Galesburg Fire Department and city Community Development Department will continue to collaborate with the private property owner of the downtown building to address the fire damage and provide assistance with evaluation of the building and next steps.

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Quad City Symphony Orchestra Masterworks V: “The Fauré Requiem,” March 2 and 3

With the title of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's fifth Masterworks concerts of the 2023-24 season coming from the program's final, thrilling composition, The Fauré Requiem will be presented at Davenport's Adler Theatre and Rock Island's Augustana College on March 2 and 3, the ensemble and guest vocalists Sarah Shafer and Quad City native Nathaniel Sullivan performing beloved works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Gabriel Fauré.

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Iowa has the 2nd-highest cancer rate in the country, new University of Iowa report says

High rates of binge drinking in the state were cited as one of the contributing factors.

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Ian Munsick, March 1

With the country singer/songwriter praised by Holler Country for its sound that "feels uber-modern while never straying too far from the timeless, fiddle-driven folk music of his rural upbringing," 30-year-old sensation Ian Munsick headlines a March 1 concert event at Davenport's Capitol Theatre, his most recent album White Buffalo also hailed by Entertainment Focus as a work that “juxtaposes the old, cinematic stories of country music with modern sounds and massive choruses.”

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Two southeastern Iowa 8th graders named National STEM Champions

Addison Hohl and Caedon Newton are two of just 200 students across the country to be named champions in the 2024 National STEM Challenge. They go to the same school.

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Chase Matthew, March 2

With the Capitol Theatre's March 2 headliner lauded by AllMusic.com as a "Nashville county artist who mixes gritty songwriting with modern, beat-driven production," Chase Matthew makes his Davenport debut on March 2, the 26-year-old artist known for his passionate vocal performances and his eclectic mix of musical influences that blends country with classic soul, contemporary R&B, and a dash of funk.

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“The Fragility of Time,” March 3

Composed by James Romig and performed by Matt Sargent, the stunning, hour-long composition for solo guitar The Fragility of Time will be presented at Davenport's Figge Art Museum on March 3, the afternoon performance marking the first time that Romig’s new and engaging work will be presented in a museum environment.

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Iowa 8th graders crowned national STEM champs: Caedon Newton

Newton will join fellow Central Lee Middle School student Addison Hohl at the National STEM Festival in Washington D.C. in April.

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Students from the greater QC area learn about relationships, mental health in annual conference

The 38th annual Quad Cities Youth Conference takes place this week, with Tuesday being for area middle schoolers. High schoolers will be in attendance tomorrow.

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Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, March 5

Lauded by NPR as a group that "skillfully combines Southern gospel funk, soul, and Texas blues," which added that its bandleader's "raw and emotional vocals are reminiscent of James Brown," the touring artists of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears headline a March 5 concert event at Davenport's Redstone Room, the musicians also praised by Medium as an outfit that "does an excellent job getting the crowd to dance."

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“F. Chopin: A Birthday Celebration Performance,” March 6

Held in honor of the 1810 birth (on March 1) of the legendary Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period, the concert event F. Chopin: A Birthday Celebration Performance will be held at Moline's The Sound Conservatory on March 6, this unforgettable evening filled with mesmerizing piano performances and enchanting melodies played by the venue's musician/instructors Alex Gilson, Clara Nielsen, Paul Mizzi, and Andrzej Kozlowski.

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The Way Down Wanderers, March 3

Lauded by Rolling Stone, in 2019, as "#1 of 10 New Artists You Need to Know," and currently touring in support of their most recent album More Like Tomorrow, the Americana musicians of The Way Down Wanderers return to Davenport's Redstone Room for the first time in nearly two years, their soulful March 3 set sure to demonstrate why Rolling Stone Country raved about their “intricate, hypnotic rhythms,” and why BestNewBands.com wrote, “Their live show is full of energy and just a damn good time.”

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Rock Island man accused of killing girlfriend pleads not guilty

David McAdams claimed the body of 43-year-old Victoria Tillotson was in a car 5 days before he told Moline Police about the shooting, claiming it was accidental.

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Songwriter Sessions, March 1

Held as part of the unique concert series held in Davenport's intimate and cozy Redstone Room, the March 1 Songwriter Sessions event will find fans of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, Elton John, and other singing/songwriting greats treated to a seated evening of tunes hosted David G. Smith, with additionally winning performances delivered by local talents Amber Sweeney, Jason Carl, and Chloe Finch.

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post doom romance, March 2

Performing pieces from their recent release titled prairie transmissions, experimental musicians Mykel Boyd and seah (Chelsea Heikes) bring their outfit post doom romance to Rock Island venue Rozz-Tox on March 2, the artists, as stated in their online biography, "feeling their way through life. Inspired by the writings of Carl Jung and a shared love of sound, plants, water, quiet beauty, books and travel."

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Four miles of fun at Frosty Four Fun Run

We may be experiencing some unseasonably warm temperatures lately, but some frosty fun still awaits! Becky Lovich with the Bettendorf Trails Committee joined Our Quad Cities News with more on the Frosty Four Fun Run. For more information, click here.

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“Revolutionary Artist: The Prison Fantasies of David Alfaro Siqueiros,” March 2 through June 9

With the exhibit's artist known for his large public murals using the latest in equipment, materials, and technique, as well as for being one of the most famous of the "Mexican muralists," Revolutionary Artist: The Prison Fantasies of David Alfaro Siqueiros will be on display at Davenport's Figge Art Museum from March 2 through June 9, this lithograph series on loan from the Deere & Company collection for an intimate exhibition on view in the Lewis Gallery.

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Iowa 8th graders crowned national STEM champs: Addison Hohl

Hohl will join fellow Central Lee Middle School student Caedon Newton at the National STEM Festival in Washington D.C. in April.

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Clinton faces big gas and electric rate hikes

Alliant Energy's planned increase in electric and gas rates will be 13-20% for all rate classes (residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal), to be phased in over two years beginning in October 2024. Alliant’s residential rates are already almost the highest in the state of Iowa and third highest in the Midwest, according to a city of Clinton release Tuesday. On Oct. 23, 2023, the city of Clinton passed a resolution opposing the magnitude of Alliant Energy’s proposed electric and gas rate hikes. The resolution was filed with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) on Oct. 27, 2023. To date, 68 communities in Alliant’s monopoly service territory have submitted similar resolutions to the IUB, the Tuesday release said.  The Clinton City Council also voted on Jan. 23, 2024 to join the CEDI Coalition. The Clean Energy Districts of Iowa (CEDI) formed the CEDI Coalition to help communities have a greater voice before the IUB. To date, 39 communities have voted to join the coalition. Alliant’s proposal to raise electric rates is the third and largest rate increase request in seven years. Clinton’s resolution encourages all citizens and ratepayers in the city to voice their perspectives and concerns to the Board by submitting comments and objections by email to customer@iub.iowa.gov or by mail at Iowa Utilities Board, 1375 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319-0069. All communication should reference Docket RPU-2023-0002 in the subject line of the email or letter.

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Exhibition Celebration: Rock Island Art Guild, March 7

On March 7, area art lovers are invited to celebrate the recent opening of the 43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition at Davenport's Figge Art Museum alongside some of the exhibition's featured regional artists, with guests able to share in the excitement as this year's prize winners are announced.


Teen struck by train in Henderson County

The incident is under investigation.

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Moline Parks and Recreation hiring for summer, updated Riverside Riverslide swimming pool

In April of 2023, Moline Parks and Recreation officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of an almost $6.8 million dollar project that was announced in early February of 2023. Now, city officials say the improvements are almost completed at Riverside Riverslide, formerly known as Riverside Family Aquatic Center, and the parks and recreation department is looking for people who are interested in working at the facility this summer.

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“Who Are the Marcuses?”, March 3

Lauded by the Alliance of Women Journalists as a "must-see" that is "fascinating and eye-opening," director Matthew Mishory's Who Are the Marcuses? enjoys a March 3 screening at Davenport's Figge Art Museum as the sixth and final presentation in River Action's 2024 QC Environmental Film Series, this special showing hosted by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities described by the Jewish Journal as "a story about wealth, generosity, innovation, and Israeli pragmatism."

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Antique Spectacular Vintage Market Quad Cities, March 1 through 3

One of the area's most eagerly anticipated sales events returns to Rock Island's QCCA Expo Center March 1 through 3, as Melting Pot Productions, Inc. presents this year's pre-spring 2024 Antique Spectacular Vintage Market Quad Cities, allowing hunters of vintage goods an all-weekend opportunity to shop for a wide range of quality antiques.

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“Sweet Treats: German Influence on the QC Candy Industry,” March 3 through May 19

With special attention paid to Roddewig Schmidt Candy Company, Velma Chocolates, and other former Quad Cities institutions, Davenport's German American Heritage Center will, from March 3 through May 19, explore different candy manufacturers in our area in the exhibition Sweet Treats: German Influence on the QC Candy Industry, demonstrating how the Quad Cities were once home to numerous candy manufacturers of German heritage popular both locally and regionally.

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Silvis city workers expected to picket over contract

City workers upset about their contracts are expected to picket at a Silvis City Council meeting. Members of Local 1234 Council 31 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) are planning an informational picket outside of city hall. Union leaders say they are asking for a fair contract, and they've been working without a contract for close to a year. They claim the City of Silvis wants to increase worker's contributions to healthcare without giving them raises that cover the cost. Our Quad Cities News reached out to Silvis Mayor Matt Carter for comment and are waiting to hear back.

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“Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live!”, March 7

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the off-Broadway sensation, the nationally touring comedy Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live! lands at Davenport's Adler Theatre on March 7, with the show's original writer Eric Cable and director Mindy Cooper back to inject new life into the script, ensuring its relevance and resonance with audiences on 2024.

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Moline Police: Woman's body was in car 5 days after allegedly being shot by boyfriend before being discovered

David McAdams, 35, claimed the body of 43-year-old Victoria Tillotson was in a car five days before he told Moline Police about the shooting.

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Apply to work at new Moline Riverslide

With the $6.8 million worth of upgrades and improvements almost completed at Riverside Riverslide, Moline Parks and Recreation Department is looking for people interested in working at the facility this summer. A rendering of the new splash pad at Riverside Riverslide, 3300 5th Ave., Moline. The benefits of choosing to work at Riverside Riverslide (3300 5th Ave., Moline) include: Certified lifeguards -- $16 per hour Management/Leadership – $16 to $18 an hour  Cashiers/Food Prep – $15 an hour Free certifications (paid time to complete the certifications) Recruitment incentives Staff recognition program Riverside Riverslide (to open Memorial Day weekend) will have many new features, including three new water slides, a lazy river, splash pad, new shade structures, updated concessions, nighttime lights, a shared park shelter and family restrooms. One of the new features at the Riverside Riverslide, to open in Moline this Memorial Day weekend. You can continue to check the Moline Parks & Recreation website and Facebook page to stay up to date on the progression of the Riverside Riverslide project. The partnership between Moline Parks and Recreation and Two Rivers YMCA will continue when the new facility opens this May. Two Rivers YMCA members will have full access to the improved Riverside Riverslide as part of their membership, with no additional cost. Apply for one of the positions on the city website HERE. For more information, contact Amanda Bolt, Recreation Coordinator-Riverside Riverslide, at abolt@moline.il.us or 309-524-2427.


Rock Island man pleads not guilty in fatal Moline shooting

A Rock Island man charged in the shooting death of Victoria Tillotson in Moline pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

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Teachers can find jobs at Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency job fair

New and current teachers can learn more about job openings at area schools at a career fair in Bettendorf. The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is hosting a Teacher Job Fair on Monday, February 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. at its Bettendorf office, 729 21st Street in Bettendorf. The event is free for all prospective and current teachers and administrators who are looking for jobs during the 2023-2024 school year. Attendees should bring copies of their resumes and can speak with representatives from 18 Illinois and Iowa school districts who have a variety of open positions, including: Physical Education teachers Art teachers Math teachers Special Education teachers Elementary teachers Band teachers Spanish teachers Reading teachers Social Studies teachers STEM teachers Coaches, and more For more information or to register, click here.


Police: Keokuk man facing murder charge after father died from January fight

A man is now facing a murder charge after his father died from injuries in a fight in January, according to police.

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Deere Q1 income down from last year

John Deere earnings are down 11% compared to this time last year.

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East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman to give 2024 State of the City address

Mayor Freeman will highlight the city's achievements from 2023 and also give a look at upcoming plans.

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REVIEW: Mysterious Moline play unlike anything you've seen

The stars literally have aligned for a new QC theatrical experience – a kind you likely have never seen before. It should not be missed. The unique immersive mystery, “The Stacks,” will hold its world premiere Feb. 22-March 2 at the Sound Conservatory in downtown Moline (504 17th St.). "The Stacks" will run at Sound Conservatory in Moline from Feb. 22 to March 2. Created by QC actor/director Ben Gougeon and written by Gougeon and Alexander Richardson, with art direction by Dominic Ramirez, the 75-minute show takes place over three floors of the newly relocated music academy at the former 1903 Carnegie Library, and the audience will move through the space in an attempt to solve the fictional unsolved murder of 19-year-old Samantha Hawkins. “The Stacks” invites audiences to the creepy, tense night of Sept. 25, 1957, when the body of Sam Hawkins is found in a small Catholic school library (St. Bernard College). The play takes place simultaneously on multiple floors and in multiple rooms, and as the story unfurls, audience members can decide where to go and what to see, look for details embedded with the set and props, and “choose their own adventure,” ensuring that everyone’s journey is unique, and each visit is different. The upper-level stacks at the former Moline Public Library, 504 17th St. Each character has a specific track and tells a different perspective of the story. Guests can choose to follow one actor or move around to different scenes in an attempt to discover what really happened to Hawkins. You even get a mock college library card at the evening's start and are cautioned not to interact with the mesmerizing actors. “The Stacks” characters are: Kira Rangel, the present-day investigator Anya Giordano, the victim Sam Hawkins Jean Tegtmeyer, the friend Alice Sylvie, the frenemy Titus Jilderda, the boyfriend Bradley Robert Jensen, a college professor Eric Teeter, another professor Jeremy Mahr, the janitor The story of “The Stacks” is seen through the eyes of a present-day investigator, who has come to the old library to try to solve the 67-year-old cold case. As they explore the library stacks, the ghosts and events of the fateful evening come to life around them and stories of students pushing against the status quo, forbidden love, jealousy and zealotry swirl into a frenzy that results in Hawkins’ demise upstairs at the climax of the play. Kira Rangel is a present-day investigator, who questions "ghosts" from 1957 about an unsolved murder at a small Catholic college library. Immersive theater differentiates itself from traditional theater by removing the stage and “immersing” audiences within the performance itself. This can be accomplished by using a site-specific location – such as the stacks of the former Moline Carnegie library -- allowing audiences (who will not be seated but can move freely) to interact with their surroundings, and giving the audience agency in how they choose to follow the show, transforming them into “active observers.” In addition to the events that play out, the show’s art director, Dominic Ramirez, and his team have transformed the formerly empty rooms and stacks of the library into a stunning, explorable art installation in and of itself, with nine different spaces within the library that contain clues and references that add to the depth of the characters and the audience’s experience.  A sprawling, stuffed landscape I was lucky enough to witness a preview performance of this groundbreaking new play Monday night, and it was among the most awkward, uncomfortable, and electrifying nights of theater I’ve ever had. I literally didn’t know what to expect, other than I knew we wouldn’t be seated and we could follow the characters around, pretty much eavesdropping on the various sets of action – like invisible characters ourselves. Jean Tegtmeyer, a current Augustana College sophomore, plays The Friend in "The Stacks." That was both tremendously freeing as an audience member, but also tremendously confusing and frustrating. Be forewarned – this is not a handicapped-accessible venue, and in addition to the two levels of library stacks, the basement level is reachable on one side down a very narrow set of stairs, to a cold collection of rooms I’m pretty sure no one who used the library before had seen. The challenge “The Stacks” presents is how to take all the action in, which is literally impossible during one performance (fans of the genre or this stellar production team should try to see it more than once). There are scenes unfolding simultaneously at several locations across the three floors at Sound Conservatory – which took over the long-vacant library this past November. The brilliant creative team -- Ben Gougeon (creator/writer/director), Alex Richardson (writer), and Dominic Ramirez (art director) – has conjured a moody, atmospheric, intense tale, complemented by first-rate acting, often in low voices and dimly lit settings. Eric Teeter is a college professor in "The Stacks." The difficulty for audiences comprehending everything includes only being able to see snippets of conversations and not knowing the back stories of any of these 1957 characters, compounded also by a frequent clanging sound (on purpose) in the 121-year-old building. That also makes it very hard to care about any one of them. Honestly, there's plenty of conflict and emotional performances packed into “The Stacks,” but I failed to grasp why anyone would have a motive to kill poor Samantha, whose obituary is read by the investigator at the play’s end. Much of the credit for the intriguing nature of “The Stacks” is due to Ramirez, a St. Ambrose theater and graphic design alum, who created the fascinatingly authentic look of the show. He has seen an influential show in New York City more than a dozen times, which inspired both him and Gougeon to bring immersive theater here. One of the lower-level settings in the 1903 former Carnegie library building. Gougeon’s first experience with immersive theater was seeing Punchdrunk's "Sleep No More" in 2014 at the McKittrick Hotel in New York. The experience (which opened in 2011 and has run continuously, scheduled to close this March 31) is a retelling of Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy "...through a darkly cinematic lens. The story unfolds through an awe-inspiring blend of acrobatic choreography, film noir soundtrack, and countless rooms of densely detailed atmosphere,” according to that show synopsis. The rooms in “The Stacks” are similarly densely detailed, as the stacks are strewn with books and are not neatly in rows, and there are tons of props galore that reveal haunting scenes. One on the upper level is a private confessional (filled with small electric candles) where audience members are guided one by one to hear a confession from one of the characters – I heard the infidelity of the boyfriend, and from the object of his fateful affection. The dimly lit confessional room on the upper level. Each character except the investigator reveals a confession during the course of the play, and those were perhaps the most exciting, unusual scenes for me. Stewards (who don't speak) guide audience members in and out of this room. The rooms in the janitor’s basement level are amazingly stuffed with clues and period details – including shelves with old typewriters; a dark room with many hanging photos and negatives, and a women’s-themed room, with Tide ads, hanging dresses, paper clothes mock-ups, a lamp on the floor with a copy of “The Second Sex,” and I unfortunately didn’t get to see a scene in either of those settings. One of the basement level rooms in "The Stacks." Fortunately for audiences, the actors are looping scenes (doing them more than once) for people who may miss them the first time around. Another eerie, memorable aspect to the show was in two sung Latin chants by the cast (fitting for the Catholic college) -- first a "Kyrie Eleison" ("Lord have mercy") and later the Confession and Forgiveness (at the start of the Catholic Mass), which floated over a spoken Hail Mary prayer. Jean Tegtmeyer, left, with Alice Sylvie (an Augie sophomore) in the dark room of "The Stacks." The multi-talented Bradley Robert Jensen doubles here as costume designer; Roger Pavey Jr. is assistant director/stage manager; Jacqueline Isaacson is intimacy coordinator, and Ron May and Sound Conservatory owner Andrzej Kozlowski served as music consultants. A Sound investment Like me, Kozlowski said after the preview that he’d never seen immersive theater before. Part of the basement he likened to "something out of a 'Saw' movie; it was creepy." Titus Jilderda plays The Boyfriend. "I've experienced something I never experienced and I've had the incredible opportunity to be here during rehearsals," Kozlowski said Monday night. "It's crazy -- experiencing it is one thing, but knowing the amount of precision that has to go into the timing, it's been, wow. Picture an orchestra playing the same piece in different parts of the building, and they have to somehow stay together. It's hard enough getting an orchestra to play together as a group." Titus Jilderda, left, and Bradley Robert Jensen in "The Stacks." "It's really cool to see -- before we tear out the stacks, to see it used as a library," he said, noting all the stacks were empty before the production brought in the voluminous number of props. "It's just wild. I think it's a really cool way to say bye to this library, to have this happen here, the first of its kind." After the March 2nd closing of “The Stacks,” Sound Conservatory plans to take out all the stacks to create a new 210-seat performance hall, with a 24-foot-highl ceiling. The two-level stacks at Sound Conservatory will be removed to create a new performance hall in April. There will be a mezzanine level with about 80 seats, with stairs on each side, and 130 seats on the main floor. Kozlowski will work with Rexroat Sound on the sound design for the space, which he hopes to have ready by an April 13 concert. Sound Conservatory is hosting one concert each month, through June 2024 so far. They had about 130 people for last month's Mozart birthday celebration concert (where the pianos are currently displayed), and ticket sales for upcoming concerts are going well, Kozlowski said. For an all-Chopin birthday program March 6 (the Romantic composer was born March 1, 1810), Alex Gilson (who teaches at Sound Conservatory) will play all four impromptus. Kozlowski will perform the “Heroic” Polonaise, in A-flat major, Clara Nielsen will play a Nocturne in G major, and the Variations for Flute and Piano in E major will be from flutist Paul Mizzi and Kozlowski. The concert will feature a piano tuned to the specifications during Chopin's time. Sound Conservatory opened in the former 1903 Carnegie library in downtown Moline in November 2023. Performances of “The Stacks” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, Feb. 22-24, and Feb. 29, March 1-2. Tickets are $25, or $10 for students and seniors, available HERE. There is a $50 ticket price meant for the production to recoup all its costs.

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City of East Moline to hold open house on downtown revitalization plans

The City of East Moline is planning to revitalize its downtown area and will be holding an open house event to discuss proposed improvements.

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Moline water service project on 16th Street starts Feb. 26

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Twelve Illinois community colleges have received grants to implement virtual reality (VR) training in recruiting and workforce training programs. The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has awarded $766,000 to the community colleges to introduce VR equipment into existing Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs statewide. Colleges will be able to buy VR hardware and software to recruit and teach students in a variety of industrial workforce training programs, including healthcare, criminal justice, manufacturing and HVAC. Individual grant amounts were awarded based on college program and equipment needs. Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg will receive $89,509 to bring VR to their recruitment and welding programs. “The Illinois Community College System is constantly looking to stay at the forefront of workforce development,” said ICCB Executive Director Brian Durham. “This funding will not only help recruit students who want access to the latest technology but also provide new cutting-edge training opportunities to better position them for success in their chosen career fields.” "This funding brings new perspectives to community colleges around the state through VR technologies that will enhance and explore new avenues of hands-on learning in our schools," said bill sponsor and State Senator Javier Loera Cervantes (D-Chicago). "VR programs have been utilized in many industries and have so much potential for growth in the future that implementing these programs in our community college system can give Illinois students a competitive advantage in their education and beyond."

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Friday accident near Preemption, Illinois, leaves 1 dead

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