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Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

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Seeking peace and quiet: Moline looks to create 'Quiet Zone' for train whistles

Moline City Council on Tuesday voted to hire an engineering firm to determine what changes would have to be made at 11 crossings in order to silence train whistles.

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'It was not a job to Gary:' Transitions Mental Health Services CEO Gary Weinstein remembered for work in mental health services

Gary Weinstein died May 18 at the age of 65, leaving a legacy of care, kindness and instrumental work in the creation of connected mental health services in the Quad-Cities.

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QC rowers finish big at Junior Rowing Championships

The Y QC Rowing team won big at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships. Calling the Bass Street YMCA branch home and comprised of high school students across the Quad Cities who work together to compete nationally and internationally, the Y Quad Cities Junior Rowing team traveled to Bethel, Ohio, for the championships on William H Harsha Lake. The team sent 18 athletes in 21 entries, competing against 39 other teams from the region. Most events started with a time trial, where the top 7 times continued on to finals, while some raced in heats and head to head sprints where the top 2 or 3 continued on to finals.  Y QC Rowing girls' team won the Women’s Sculling Team Points Trophy for 9th consecutive year” Top row (L-R): Isabella Sels, Olivia Meskan, Elizabeth Tessen, Ela Ersan, Alexa Mueller, Sarah Brewer. Bottom row (L-R): Zoe Satterfield, Sophia Ramaraju, Erin Morley, Lily Collins, Prerna Vanga, Mahi Choudhary For the second time in as many years, the boys and girls won all three varsity races, most by wide margins. The girls also won the Women’s Sculling Team Point Trophy for the ninth consecutive year. The team also won two bronze medals in the Women’s 2nd Varsity 2x and Men’s U17 2x. Y Quad Cities Senior Class holding plaques for winning both Men and Women’s Varsity 1x, 2x, and 4x events” (L-R): Elizabeth Tessen, Ela Ersan, Keval Wagher, Tristan Wakefield “In the end, the whole team had a very strong showing," Andrew Castillo, Director of Y QC Rowing Operations, said. “I’m really excited about the performance of our four novice girls who did the Women’s U17 4x and U17 2x. It was a solid first Midwest's performance for them placing 5th overall in the 4x. Most of their competition had two or even three years in age on them, and we look forward to them returning going even faster in future years!” “I treasure every moment I spend with this amazing team," junior Erin Morely said. "Racing is the best way to spend a weekend, let alone with best friends!” Eleven Y QC Rowing boats qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida, in June. That event will host the top finishers from each regionals to compete. For full results, click here. For more on Y Quad Cities Rowing, click here.

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Alter Building honors active military and veterans

The Alter Building in downtown Bettendorf and its tenants will honor active military members and veterans as part of Zip Code Day on May 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the building’s East parking lot. Members of the public can watch flag-folding ceremonies and enjoy music, vendor booths, heavy equipment and military vehicle displays, prizes, giveaways and free coffee and breakfast. There will be a brief program featuring Bettendorf Alderman Greg Adamson, Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, Quad Cities Community Veterans Engagement Board, Seal Family Legacy, Mindy Smith (Elizabeth Dole Foundation Iowa Fellow), Vietnam Veterans of America #669 and VFW Post 9128. Entertainment will be provided by bagpiper Derek Grant and The Chord Busters. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. The Alter Building is located at 2117 State Street in Bettendorf.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

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Seeking peace and quiet: Moline looks to create 'Quiet Zone'

Moline City Council on Tuesday voted to hire an engineering firm to determine what changes would have to be made at 11 crossings in order to silence train whistles.

OurQuadCities.com Committee of the Whole approves refurbished Fire Fighters Memorial, water fountain/fill stations in parks OurQuadCities.com

Committee of the Whole approves refurbished Fire Fighters Memorial, water fountain/fill stations in parks

A refurbished Fire Fighters Memorial and new water fountain/bottle-fill stations soon may add to Moline amenities after unanimous votes of support Tuesday at the City Council Committee of the Whole session. Fire Fighters Memorial Stone Council members unanimously approved a resolution to use Foreign Fire Tax Funds up to $23,000 to refurbish the Moline Fire Fighters Memorial Stone as recommended and approved by the Foreign Fire Tax Board at the April 12 meeting. Over the last several years, according to city documents, the current Moline Fire Fighter Memorial site, on Ben Butterworth Parkway along River Drive has fallen into disrepair. Currently there is no public access to the names of the firefighters who have served the Moline Fire Department. There are about 130 names on the  memorial board at Central Fire Station, according to the Committee of the Whole agents, but it is not easily accessible and does not allow for frequent visits. The refurbishment will consist of replacing the small sign with a permanent memorial stone indicating the purpose of the site. In addition, all past members of the department will have their names engraved on a brick currently in the memorial site. From now on, when a firefighter passes away, the name will be added to the site in an ongoing process. The $23,000 will cover the cost of the granite and engraving of the memorial stone, documents say. What is the Foreign Fire Fund? The Illinois Foreign Fire Insurance Fund is distributed by the state of Illinois Muncipal League. The Municipal League collects insurance taxes from companies outside of the State of Illinois. That money is distributed to fire departments across the state for the needs of the departments as the department sees fit to compensate for what is not provided by the municipality. Water fountain/bottle fill stationsCouncil members also approved authorizing the parks & recreation director to buy water fountain/bottle fill stations from Most Dependable Fountains, Inc., for $102,551.87. The Parks & Recreation and Utilities staff sought recommendation on the use of unrestricted ARPA funding for Environmental Best Practices and the replacement of existing water fountains in the city's parks and trails to support water conservation and elimination of single-use plastic water bottles, city documents say. Water fountain/bottle fill stations will be installed by city staff. Unrestricted ARPA funding of $75,000 is allocated for this project. What are ARPA funds? The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021, provides for the distribution of federal fiscal recovery funding to states, tribal governments, metropolitan cities, counties, and non-entitlement units (NEUs) of local governments, which generally have populations below 50,000. Both measures were approved unanimously, and will be considered by the full council.

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WVIK, writing center make 2020 anthology available as podcast

WVIK, Quad Cities NPR and the Midwest Writing Center have teamed up to produce a new podcast that examines the tumultuous time that was 2020. "These Interesting Times," named after the MWC collection published in 2021, features 47 local writers reading their own pieces, based on their experiences weathering the global pandemic. “2020 was a disaster...” reads the back cover of the QC anthology. “In these moving and eloquent essays and poems, stories and artwork writers and artists of the Quad Cities report on the disasters of 2020. With humor, precision, and ruthless clarity, the artists in this collection present a stunning mosaic of the ruptures, beauties, gifts, and costs of this utterly unprecedented year. Each piece is a glimpse into what was happening inside our personal pockets of isolation and virtual realities.” “WVIK is committed to elevating the voices of Quad Citizens and 'These Interesting Times' is evidence of this commitment. I think listeners will enjoy these essays and stories and might even find commonalities between the experiences of these talented writers and their own lived experience,” WVIK station manager Jared Johnson said in a WVIK release. Ryan Collins, executive director of Midwest Writing Center, states, "While the year this anthology time capsules has passed, many of the issues that made it so challenging continue to be front and center in many of our lives. We are thrilled to partner with WVIK on this project to showcase so many voices from our community and their stories of perseverance—many of them publishing their writing for the first time—and to see those stories have a life beyond the page."  "These Interesting Times," funded by the Illinois State Library, will launch on May 25th with the release of an introduction and the first 3 episodes. Remaining episodes will be released one per weekday through June 30th on the WVIK app or wherever you listen to podcasts. "In These Interesting Times" will also be released on the APRIS system at a later date. The Midwest Writing Center is the only literary arts nonprofit organization in the Quad Cities. MWC assists writers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels to develop their craft, find audiences, and establish a writing community where they can learn and grow in a supportive environment. Through public readings, workshops, critique groups, contests, publications, and partnerships with other organizations, the center enriches the community with its emphasis on creativity, education, and self-expression through writing. For more information, visit www.mwcqc.org. For more on WVIK, visit its website.

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Another shooting at Davenport apartment complex leaves man injured

Just three days after a similar incident, another 26-year-old man was shot at Castlewood Apartments in Davenport.

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SOAR scholarship: Clinton student runs family business despite parent's cancer battle

Seventeen-year-old Mason French of Clinton is one of three high school seniors receiving a $5,000 SOAR scholarship from The Sedona Group and WQAD News 8 this year.

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Court documents: Mattress company owner accused of witness tampering

A 59-year-old Moline man who owns a Quad-City mattress company faces multiple charges – including tampering with a juror - after he was arrested on a Scott County warrant. John Wheatley is the owner/operator of L&W Bedding, with businesses in Moline and Bettendorf, according to the company’s website. He faces felony charges of suborning perjury and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony; four aggravated misdemeanor counts of tampering with a witness or juror; and a charge of conspiracy to commit an aggravated misdemeanor, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. Whoever “procures” another to commit perjury is guilty of subornation of perjury. According to arrest affidavits and the Scott County State’s Attorney’s Office, from May 10 to May 12, Wheatley offered $5,000 in cash and material items to a victim for her to lie to prosecutors at a trial in which the victim and a co-defendant were involved. Wheatley's co-defendant is Michael Alan Cruzen, according to the Scott County State’s Attorney’s office. Wheatley offered “goods and money” for the victim to not come to court to testify in an upcoming trial involving Cruzen, arrest affidavits say. Wheatley told the victim to “come in and pick up a mattress, as he (Cruzen) is paying for it.” Wheatley said he was acting on Cruzen’s behalf, affidavits say. Wheatley, arrest affidavits say, conspired with Cruzen to make offers of $5,000 cash and a new mattress for the victim to drop charges in a criminal case against Cruzen. “If he gave you 5 grand would that do the trick?" Wheatley said, according to arrest affidavits. Wheatley said he was acting on behalf of Cruzen. Criminal complaints have been filed against Cruzen for suborning perjury, witness tampering, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony and conspiracy to commit an aggravated misdemeanor. Wheatley, who was released on bond, is set for arraignment June 23 in Scott County Court. We do not know details of the trial in which Cruzen and the victim were involved. Local 4 News and www.ourquadcities.com will continue to follow the case.

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SOAR Scholarship: Clinton student runs family business despite parent's cancer fight

Seventeen-year-old Mason French of Clinton is one of three high school seniors receiving a $5,000 SOAR scholarship from The Sedona Group and WQAD News 8 this year.

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LIVE: IL Republican Primary Governor Debate

Illinois Republican candidates Senator Darren Bailey, businessman Gary Rabine and venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan meet for a one-hour debate Tuesday, May 24 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Livestream courtesy of WGN.

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Local law enforcement laced up running shoes to raise money in Iowa Special Olympics Torch Run

Runners ran more than six miles from Bettendorf to Davenport in the annual Torch Run to raise money for the Special Olympics.

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WQAD reporter attempts the FBI's physical fitness test

News 8's Shelby Kluver made the trip to Springfield, to see if she has what it takes to become a law enforcement official.

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Rock Island's Arts Alley awarded more than $450K

The State of Illinois awarded the QC Chamber and City of Rock Island the grant to help turn Arts Alley into an urban art gallery, event venue and family destination.

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WATCH: WQAD reporter attempts the FBI's physical fitness test

News 8's Shelby Kluver made the trip to Springfield, to see if she has what it takes to become a law enforcement official.

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Rock Island County courts severely backlogged with felony cases

Chief Judge Frank Fuhr said the county has over one and a half times the pending felony cases they had before the pandemic.

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Baby-formula company helps QC family whose daughter has allergy

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Downtown Rock Island awarded a $267k grant for Arts Alley

Quad Cities officials predict the grant will lead to economic growth opportunities in and around Arts Alley.

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Scott County Regional Authority gives $1.7M to QC organizations

The City of McCausland, Community Health Care Inc., and Medic EMC received the largest grants of $75,000 each.

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Rock Island County Courts severely backlogged with felony cases

Chief Judge Frank Fuhr said the county has over one and a half times the pending felony cases they had before the pandemic.

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New Rock Island city manager sworn in

At the May 23, 2022 Rock Island City Council meeting, Todd Thompson was officially sworn in as the new city manager. Thompson comes with extensive experience, previously serving as the city manager in Galesburg, where he held that position since January 2011, according to a city release Tuesday. Prior to holding the position in Galesburg, he was city manager of the city of Mexico in Missouri. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration, both from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Thompson has experience with economic development and budget and financing, as well as over twenty years as a senior-level manager. Additionally, he is a veteran of the United States Navy and an Illinois native. The city selected Thompson from an experienced and talented pool of candidates presented by GovHR USA of Northbrook, Ill. “We are excited to welcome Todd Thompson to the Rock Island community,” said Mayor Mike Thoms. “His experience and expertise will help move the city of Rock Island forward.” “I am honored to serve the city of Rock Island as its city manager,” said Thompson. “Rock Island is a fantastic community and I am eager to work closely with the Mayor, City Council, staff, residents, and businesses to address the Council's goals and priorities, and achieve results for the community."

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A QC Arts Alley to get major upgrade with a major state of Illinois grant

Arts Alley, a public alleyway at 1719 2nd Ave., Rock Island, will get a major overhaul and revitalization with the help of a $267,181 grant for the Quad Cities Chamber and city of Rock Island from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The city has committed about $200,000 for Arts Alley, among $1.5 million in downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue for downtown infrastructure improvements. Additional matching funds for the $535,000 Arts Alley project come from the Doris & Victor Day Foundation, Quad City Arts, Rauch Family Foundation, Rock Island Arts Guild and the Rock Island Community Foundation. Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms speaks in Arts Alley on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (photo by Jonathan Turner). “It takes a collaborative effort to make these things happen,” Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms said Tuesday in a press conference on the site, next to Quad City Arts, 1713 2nd Ave. Upon final review and approval by the Rock Island City Council, the project is expected to begin this fall and finish in 2023. The city and chamber also have submitted a $3-million state grant to spread needed improvements throughout downtown. “These types of statewide grant programs are extremely competitive, so it’s exciting to see the state of Illinois recognize and support our ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown Rock Island through this award,” said Jack Cullen, downtown Rock Island director for the QC Chamber. “Arts Alley is a unique but underutilized shared space,” he said, “and this funding will allow us to turn it into a vibrant urban art gallery, event venue and family-friendly destination for both Quad Cities residents and visitors.” A rendering of the planned new entrance to Arts Alley, next to the Quad City Arts Center in downtown Rock Island. Improvements to Arts Alley will include new signage, lighting, professional murals, interactive art installations, spaces for live performances and film screenings, new pavement, landscaping and a heating component to make it accessible throughout the year. Other planned improvements downtown include Great River Plaza (the pedestrian mall on 2nd Avenue), bettering the connections between the riverfront and business district, a proposed dog park by Illinois Casualty Company, and enhancing the overall look and feel of downtown, Cullen said. For Arts Alley, new rentable vendor stalls will provide a platform for entrepreneurs and small business owners to sell their products during seasonal pop-up programs, starting during the November-December holidays, Cullen said. Created in the '90s The city created Arts Alley in 1994, to fill a gap left by a demolished building and to establish a colorful pedestrian gateway between the riverfront and Rock Island’s arts and entertainment district. Jack Cullen, downtown Rock Island director for the QC Chamber, speaks Tuesday in Arts Alley, which has long been home to public art (photo by Jonathan Turner). “What we’re wanting to do with this project is take it to the next level and create a tourist attraction and destination for the Quad Cities and downtown Rock Island,” Cullen said. He displayed colorful renderings of what the newly redesigned areas will look like, and encouraged people to submit comments online about them. “We want the artists community and the general public to be helping us out, because we want the Quad Cities to be excited about coming to this space,” he said. The project also aims to pay homage to artist and Rock Island native Irma Rene Koen (1883-1975), who operated a studio and arts/crafts shop in the building that was there in Arts Alley, he said. “Her story has never been part of the Arts Alley story, because she didn’t gain much notoriety in the Quad Cities,” Cullen said, noting she left in the ‘40s and spent the rest of her life in Mexico. But Koen’s art has been exhibited all over the world, and was the subject of a Figge Art Museum exhibit in 2017. “We were very excited, working with local historian Dr. Cynthia Empen, who has unearthed a lot of the research about Irma,” Cullen said. “We’re really excited about making that connection in Arts Alley for the community.” He plans an interactive art installation to pay homage to Koen, including a circa 1912 painting of 2nd Avenue downtown. Activating public spaces Quad City Arts executive director Kevin Maynard said this project represents what his nonprofit is about – “activating public spaces through art, and about putting artists to work,” he said. It’s also special since Quad City Arts shares a wall with Arts Alley. Quad City Arts executive director Kevin Maynard speaks Tuesday, May 24 in Arts Alley, as Mike Thoms and Jack Cullen look on (photo by Jonathan Turner). “We’re going to have some beautiful murals and some artists’ pop-up vendor stalls, and spaces for pop-up performances,” Maynard said. Quad City Arts will help in the process to find the right artists for Arts Alley. They’re working with the Chamber, Visit Quad Cities, and the public, he noted. Arts like this help drive businesses and visitors to the downtown, Maynard said. “People will go out of their way to see public art,” he said, noting two-thirds of all tourism is driven by art. “Cultural tourists also spend twice as much money.” Less than a block south of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, Arts Alley is in the core of the nationally designated Downtown Rock Island Historic District. Alleyway neighbors include Quad City Arts Center’s gallery and retail store and Icons Martini’s bar and event venue. “An enhanced Arts Alley will benefit all of Rock Island,” Maynard said. “It will boost civic pride and be the catalyst for a true revitalization of Downtown Rock Island by increasing foot traffic to surrounding Downtown businesses, which will lead to increased interest in business locating in Rock Island and more events happening in Arts Alley.” Renderings of the refurbished Arts Alley were on display at Tuesday's press conference at 1719 2nd Ave., Rock Island (photo by Jonathan Turner). Nicole Watson-Lam, owner of nearby Ms. BriMani’s Hair & Beauty Supply and The Urban Reserve, a new luxury event suite, is excited to see the investment in Arts Alley just a few steps away from her building and businesses. “My life is invested in my building and businesses, and I want to see them thrive,” said Watson-Lam, who also serves as vice chair of the Downtown Rock Island Steering Committee managed by the Chamber. “The Chamber’s partnership with the city and the work we’re doing with the Steering Committee is offering a starting point to better Downtown Rock Island and showing that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.” Wins for city and region Dave Herrell, president/CEO of Visit Quad Cities and board chair for the Illinois Council of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (ICCVB), applauded the state’s investment, calling it “a win for Rock Island, a win for the region and a win for the arts community that is so critically important to our destination development efforts and energy.” Dave Herrell is president/CEO of Visit Quad Cities. “We’re going to activate this space in a very meaningful way,” he said. “It’s something that’s going to effectuate change with our creative energy, which is one of our core pillars as a destination. Hopefully, we can realize a legacy within our arts and culture space, which is so critically important.” “It’s time for Rock Island to be more,” Herrell said. “There’s amazing bones in Rock Island. It’s got a fabulous story and I think it’s all our responsibility to continually tell that great story of Rock Island.” Arts and culture has to be prioritized in the QC, he added. “There is an amazing amount of artistry in our region and we all need to remember – these people need to be loved. We need to tell their stories, do whatever we can do support them.” In early 2021, the city contracted with the QC Chamber to provide downtown place management services. Jack Cullen, director, downtown Rock Island, has been meeting with business and property owners, the Downtown Rock Island Steering Committee as well as Streamline Architects to envision the project and its full potential. Planned improvements also align with developments called for by members of the public in the City’s Downtown Revitalization Plan. To see renderings of Arts Alley and other downtown plans, click HERE. To provide public input on the Arts Alley project, click HERE.

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Signals point to a warm end to May

Over the next week or so we will slowly see our temperatures move upward, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend! Through most of this week, we will remain cooler due to the setup of high pressure on both coasts and a deep pocket of low pressure bringing with it cooler temperatures. As the upper-level pattern progresses forward and to the East, a building ridge of high pressure will develop on the Southern edge of the Rockies. As the ridge builds and moves into the midwest, we will see temperatures rise to 5 to 10 degrees above normal for the end of May!

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Following fatal incident, Iowa DOT installs temporary barriers on I-74 bike path

The Iowa Department of Transportation, Bettendorf, and Moline are installing barriers to the I-74 bike path while a permanent safety solution is being determined.

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Following fatal incident, Iowa DOT installs temporary barriers on I-74 bike path

The Iowa Department of Transportation, Bettendorf, and Moline are installing barriers to the I-74 bike path while a permanent safety solution is being determined.

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Shooting in Monmouth leaves 1 dead; police still searching for suspects

Romel Gilliam, 26, of Milan died from injuries sustained in Monday night's shooting on South 9th Street in Monmouth.

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Police: 1 injured in shooting at Castlewood Apartments

Police ask to avoid the Castlewood Apartments area if possible at this time.

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Levitt AMP Galva Music Series free Sunday concerts kick off Sunday

Some of the best live music in our entire region during the summer months is enjoyed during the free Sunday concerts at Wiley Park in Galva, Illinois.

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Quad Cities International Airport showing signs of recovery, but still below 2019 passenger levels

While demand is high, airlines are grappling with high fuel prices and staffing shortages that are creating roadblocks to full recovery.

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LIVE: 14 students, teacher killed in shooting at Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, governor says

Abbott says 14 children and one teacher were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio.

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Police presence at Castlewood Apartments

There was a heavy police presence at Castlewood Apartments in Davenport on Tuesday afternoon, May 24, after a report of gunfire. There are no reports of injuries at this time. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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Volunteers needed for placement of flags at RI National Cemetery

The Rock Island National Cemetery needs volunteers to place American flags at the headstones of fallen service members in honor of Memorial Day. Work to place the flags will begin at 4 p.m. on May 26, rain or shine. Volunteers should plan to arrive early due to the extraordinary support from the Quad Cities area, which will result in high traffic into the Cemetery. In the event of severe weather, flag placement will be at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 27. All volunteers need to show up inside the cemetery to receive flags and instructions. For more information, call 309-782-2094. Hot dogs will be served to participants and volunteers at the conclusion of the flag placement. Flag removal begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, weather permitting.

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Bailey, Rabine, Sullivan to face off Tuesday in Illinois Republican Primary Governor Debate

Illinois is at a crossroad ahead of the primary election on June 28. Inflation, a surge in crime, the Covid-19 pandemic and the possible end of Roe v. Wade are just some of the issues facing residents across the state.  Tuesday, three Illinois Republicans hoping to unseat Governor JB Pritzker will face-off in a debate on WGN.State senator Darren Bailey, businessman Gary Rabine and venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan will meet for one hour starting at 7 p.m. These three candidates have met WGN’s eligibility requirements. Candidate Richard Irvin was also invited to participate, but declined. The debate will air on WGN-TV in Chicago along with nine other Nexstar and mission stations across the state plus a partner station is Southern Illinois.  It will also be livestreamed on the WGN9+ streaming app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV; as well as WGNTV.com/Live; the WGN-TV News mobile app; and broadcast on WGN Radio. How to Watch: The Illinois Republican Primary Governor Debate7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday WGN-TV in ChicagoWCIA-TV (CBS) in ChampaignWMBD-TV (CBS) in Peoria/BloomingtonWQRF-TV (FOX) in RockfordWCIX-TV (MyNetworkTV) in Springfield/DecaturWHBF-TV (CBS) in Rock Island-MolineKPLR-TV (CW) in St. Louis, MOKLJB-TV (FOX) in Rock Island/Moline, IL, WAWV-TV (ABC) in Terre Haute, INWYZZ-TV (FOX) in Peoria/BloomingtonWSIL-TV (ABC) in Carterville, IL.  From the economy to crime to education, the pandemic and more each candidate will have 30 to 60-seconds to answer the question given to them.  The candidates will also be given time for rebuttals and clarification, at the host’s discretion. Illinois primary Election Day is June 28. Early voting is already underway. The winner of the republican gubernatorial primary will face JB Pritzker in November. To register to vote, please visit https://ova.elections.il.gov/

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4 Your Money | Technology

CEO of NelsonCorp Wealth Management David Nelson joins us today to look at the growth in the technology stock market.

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Riverside Family Aquatic Center opens for season May 28

Riverside Family Aquatic Center, located at 3300 Fifth Avenue in Moline, will open for the 2022 pool season on May 28 at 12 p.m. Built in 2004, Riverside Family Aquatic Center offers a zero-depth entry pool, a lap pool and an SCS interactive water playground. Lifeguards are always on duty to help ensure a safe environment. Concessions are available on site and no outside food or beverages are allowed. In addition to daily admissions, Riverside Family Aquatic Center also offers swim lessons, private rentals, and birthday party packages. More information can be found here. Open swim hours are daily from 12 – 5 p.m. Evening swim hours are Wednesdays and Fridays, June 15 - July 29 from 6 - 8 p.m. General Admission is $5 per person, children three and under are $1 and family admission is $20 for a maximum of five people. Evening swim admission is $3 per person. Beginning on Opening Day, Two Rivers YMCA members will have full access to Riverside Family Aquatic Center as part of their membership, with no additional cost. In the event of inclement weather, pool closure information will be available on Facebook or by calling 309-524-2428. Dates to remember: Family Discount Days: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25Waterful Wednesdays: June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 12, 20, 27Military Day: Monday, July 4Closing Date: Saturday, July 30 (short season due to construction)Doggie Dunk: Sunday, July 31

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Officials looking at changes to I-74 Bridge pedestrian path after SUV hits 3 people

The Iowa and Illinois DOTs and the cities of Bettendorf and Moline are implementing temporary measures including the placement of large concrete planters on the sidewalks and curbs.

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I-74 MS Bridge Project Has Responded to the Deadly Accident

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Drunk driver on bridge path had 31 prior cases in Rock Island County

The woman charged with killing a pedestrian early Sunday, May 22, on the new I-74 bike/pedestrian path has had 31 other cases against her in Rock Island County, dating back to 1994. Chhabria A. Harris, 46, of East Moline, is being held on $2-million bond on 10 charges, surrounding her drunk driving in an SUV on the 14-foot-wide path between Bettendorf and Moline. Police were dispatched to the pedestrian walkway on the new 1-74 bridge in Moline at approximately 1:56 a.m. on Sunday, May 22. Officers found three victims who had been struck by a vehicle that drove through the walkway. One victim, Ethan L. Gonzalez, 21, of Moline, was declared dead at the scene. The other two victims’ names have not been released. They remain in critical condition. Harris's criminal history dates back to Nov. 15, 1994 when she was 18 years old. Twenty-three of those 31 cases are traffic violations, one of which was a DUI on Jan. 17, 2014. The court records note two criminal misdemeanors and one felony. On May 22, 2022, Harris was driving under the influence of alcohol, and is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on June 7 at 8:30 a.m. to face the new charges. DOT taking other safety measures On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Transportation issued a statement, saying it was "deeply saddened by the tragedy that took place early Sunday morning and we are committed to preventing incidents like this from happening in the future." A view of the 4,000-foot-long, 14-foot-wide bike/pedestrian path along the new I-74 bridge (photo by Jonathan Turner). The 4,000-foot-long path was built to separate users on bike or foot from the vehicle traffic on the bridge, using concrete barriers and other safety features. "On Sunday, the driver involved in the incident was able to access the path at its entrance," in Bettendorf, the DOT said. The state is working with Moline and Bettendorf to take "immediate action to protect those using the path by implementing temporary measures, including the placement of large concrete planters on the sidewalks and curbs leading to the river bridge path, to create an additional physical barrier between the roadway and the path. "In addition, we will soon install new signage and pavement markings on the path to provide more visual cues for motorists," the Iowa DOT said. "Further solutions will be implemented as we gather more information about the incident and determine the best ways to help prevent future incidents, while balancing the need for emergency and maintenance vehicles to quickly and safely access the path." Two other pedestrians from the Sunday crash -- an 18-year-old male and a 22-year-old male, both of Moline -- are in critical condition, police said. The crash is still under investigation by the Moline Police Department Traffic Unit and the Criminal Investigation Division. Anyone with information is asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-797-0401.

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Quad Cities: Where life-work balance is in abundance

Content by Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Where can residents have a balanced lifestyle that is affordable for both families and individuals? QC, That's Where!

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Office phone number not working due to cut line

According to the Sheriff, the Office's phone number is currently not working properly after a fiber line was cut near Dekalb.

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Office phone is out

A fiber line has been cut in the DeKalb area, so if you call the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office at 815-772-4044, you will get a rapid busy signal, according to Sheriff John Booker. At this time, NO 911 services are impacted in Whiteside County. he said.

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Assault at Henry Co. Jail leaves staff injured; inmate faces new felony charge

The assault happened after midnight Saturday when jail staff attempted to remove Jeremiah Dean from a cell.

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Children in Morrison: wear a bike helmet, get free ice cream!

The Morrison Police Department's Helmet Incentive Program is now in its 14th season. The program, which started in 2009, is to promote bicycle safety among youth and is only possible through the continued partnership and support of the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill. The Helmet Incentive Program offers an incentive to those children (ages 3-16) who wear their helmet when bicycling. Police Chief Brian Melton explains, “Starting today and through the summer months, anytime a Morrison Police Officer observes a child between the ages of 3 and 16 safely riding their bicycle with their helmet on, the Officer will reward that child with a coupon for free ice cream at the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in Morrison.” “We hope this program continues to encourage parents and our youth to wear their helmets and practice bicycle safety when riding," he said in a Tuesday release. "We are very grateful to the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill and its staff for their continued support. Most importantly, we are excited about having the opportunity again this year! We hope to reward even more children this year, so wear your helmets and encourage others to do so as well."

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Swim Time! Rock Island’s Whitewater Junction is Opening This Weekend

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Ready for rhubarb? Annual Rhubarb Festival returns June 3-4 to Aledo

The Rhubarb Festival will feature homemade pies, rhubarb sampling, crafts, music, and more in historic downtown Aledo.

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Memorial Day observances in the QCA

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, and here are some opportunities across the QCA to honor the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the armed forces: 🎖️ Thursday, May 26, 4:00 p.m. - Memorial Day Flag Placement, Rock Island National Cemetery 🎖️ Friday, May 27, 10:00 a.m. - Community Memorial Day Recognition and Service, MercyOne Clinton Medical Center 🎖️ Sunday, May 29, 2:00 p.m. - Colona Memorial Day Parade 🎖️ Monday, May 30, 9:00 a.m.- Scott County Historical Society Memorial Day Service, Historic Summit Church 🎖️ Monday, May 30, 10:45 a.m. - Memorial Day Ceremony, Rock Island National Cemetery Did we miss any Memorial Day services or observances? Let us know!

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Courts stymie abortion bans in Iowa, other GOP-led states

Iowa is among GOP-controlled states that would be expected to ban abortion, except for state high court decisions recognizing the right under the state constitutions.

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National Cemetery at Arsenal to hold first Memorial Day event since 2019

The Rock Island National Cemetery will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30 at 10:45 a.m.; main parking will be at the Memorial Park parking lot off East Street across from Building 102. The keynote speaker will be Mike Sturch, commandant, Department of Illinois Marine Corps League, and national vice commandant. The Veterans Service Organization honor guard will be conducted by Moline American Legion 246 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299. The Center for Active Seniors Inc.'s Golden Tones Choir will perform musical selections through the ceremony. The National Anthem will be performed by Michelle VanOpdorp, with an invocation by Rev. Rich Hendricks, Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities. Additional speeches, a moment of silence, the playing of Taps, and a rifle volley, will also take place. This will be the first public Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery since 2019, according to a Tuesday release from Rock Island Arsenal. American flags at the Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island. There will be no parking at the cemetery for this ceremony except for individuals who are wheelchair bound. Parking for all others will be behind Memorial Park in the large lot. Buses will be transporting people from the parking lot to the cemetery and will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors should arrive early to ensure enough time to park their vehicles and be transported to the cemetery. Memorial Park is located off of the main Island road, Rodman Avenue at the corner of East Street. For more information, call 309-782-2094. Memorial Day represents a day of national awareness and reverence, honoring the military men and women who gave their lives in defense of the nation and its values, the release said. Memorial Day honors fallen service members while Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to publicly recognize living military veterans Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War Soldiers and a day to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, commander-in-chief, Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed May 30 as Decoration Day by General Order No. 11. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act moved Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May. The law took effect in 1971 at the federal level. In 2000, Congress established the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration operates 155 national cemeteries and 34 soldiers' lots and monument sites in 44 states and Puerto Rico. More than 5 million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA cemeteries.

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Law, lies, and a model wife entangle next Richmond Hill comedy

Richmond Hill Players continues their 2022 season with "Here Lies Jeremy Troy," a comedy by Jack Sharkey that will be performed Thursdays through Sundays, June 2-12 at the Barn Theatre in Geneseo.  Law clerk Jeremy Troy is up for a partnership when he is visited by an old school chum, Charlie Bickle, who lives by sponging off of his former classmates, according to an RHP synopsis. Discovering Jeremy’s law degree is a fraud, Charlie blackmails him into putting him up for the night, the very night the head of his law firm is coming for dinner. Jeremy’s wife walks out, and so a model is hired to play the wife’s part, but she is a dumb beauty whose attempts to help backfire. Then the situation becomes even more complicated when Jeremy’s wife unexpectedly returns.  An awkward dinner at Richmond Hill features Emmalee Hilburn, left, Patrick Kelly, Jim Harris, Matt McConville, and Elizabeth Shaffer. The Richmond Hill cast features Matt McConville (Geneseo); Patrick Kelly (Kewanee); Emmalee Hillburn (Hillsdale), Elizabeth Shaffer (Moline) and Jim Harris (Coal Valley).   Dana Skiles (Geneseo) directs the show. The staff includes stage manager Megan McConville, set builder Mike Skiles, lighting designer Jennifer Kingry, sound designer Larry Lord, tech booth operator Dana Skiles, crew person Colin McConville (all of Geneseo) and set builder Jim Skiles (Colona).   Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sundays are 3 p.m. matinees, with the doors opening at 2. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Richmond Hill box office at 309-944-2244 or by visiting the website at rhplayers.com. Late seating is not permitted; no one will be admitted to the theater after the show has started. Admission to all performances is $12. An audio description performance will be held Friday, June 3.  Richmond Hill also offers Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), which can be requested at the time that reservations are made.   

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Deadline approaching to register to vote in Henry County

Henry County Clerk/Recorder Barb Link reminds Henry County citizens who wish to vote in the June 28 General Primary Election that May 31 is the last day to register to vote.  Any registered voter who has changed their address must do so in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election.  Residents may register to vote or change their address at the County Clerk’s office in Cambridge, at their local City Clerk’s office or any library.  Voters may also obtain a mail-in voter registration form at any Post Office in Henry County or by clicking here.  For more information, please contact Ms. Link at (309) 937-3493.

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Milan man killed in Monday shooting

On May 23, 2022 at 7:02 p.m., Monmouth Police responded to a shooting in the 300 block of South 9th Street. A victim, Romel Gilliam, 26, of Milan, was found at the scene and was transported to OSF Holy Family Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said in a release. This is still an active investigation and Monmouth Police are attempting to locate several suspects. If anyone has information pertaining to this incident, contact the Monmouth Police Department at 309-734-8383 or Warren County Crime Stoppers at 309-734-9363. There is no further information available at this time, police said.

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Halpin leads passage of new scholarship for kids of fallen veterans

More Illinois families will benefit from a scholarship program to help children of fallen veterans get a college education, under the leadership of State Rep. Mike Halpin. Halpin, D-Rock Island, led the push in the Illinois House this spring for Senate Bill 3762, which has been signed into Illinois state law, according to a Tuesday release. The legislation allows legally adopted dependent children under the age of 18 when they were adopted, and step-children under the age of 18 at the time of marriage to be eligible for the MIA/POW Scholarship. The scholarship program covers tuition costs for education at state universities and public community colleges. It includes the cost of schooling equal to four years, including summer semesters, and can be used for application feeds, placement and proficiency exam fees, term fees, and graduation fees. Halpin said the change is a common-sense improvement to a great program that shows Illinoisans appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans and their families. “The pain of losing a loved one on the battlefield is unimaginable, and it’s our obligation to recognize these families for enduring these hardships by making it as easy as possible for the next generation to pick up the pieces,” he said. “This change will allow more loved ones to have the support they need to get a college education in remembrance of veterans who died for our freedoms. I hope all Illinois families who qualify will take advantage of this opportunity.” The law goes into effect immediately. For more on the MIA/POW scholarship program, click HERE.

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Next Galva summer music series starts next weekend

The Galva Arts Council is excited to welcome Dawson Hollow and Josh Gilbert Band to the area this Sunday, May 29, to kick off the 2022 Levitt AMP Galva Music Series. Every Sunday through August 7th, except for July 3rd, this family-friendly concert series will bring free live music to Wiley Park in Galva, Ill. All of the concerts start at 6 p.m. and end shortly after 8 p.m., featuring two acts per night. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating on the lawn. A variety of food vendors will be on-site and guests are welcome to bring in outside food as well. Within listening distance from the stage is a playground area and basketball courts. Restrooms are available on-site. Street parking is available around the park and neighboring streets. Those needing assistance with seating should contact Tina at 309-853-7537 to make arrangements. The five siblings of the band Dawson Hollow. The street running through the park will be closed during concerts. Those with golf carts/UTVs are asked to keep their vehicles on the perimeter of the audience to prevent blocking the view of guests and minimize the risk of accidents while driving through the park. Dawson Hollow is an American indie folk-rock band formed in 2016 by five siblings who have been touring, writing and making music together since 2001. Dawson Hollow’s unique brand of entertainment fuses the cinematic colors of pop, nostalgic string elements of Americana and iconic 5-part blood harmonies, according to the bandbio. Based out of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Dawson Hollow’s high energy performances offer supporting lyrics that carry a hopeful undertone. Now adding their voice to “The Chosen's” 2021 Christmas special, Dawson Hollow has performed over 3,000 shows collectively and have amassed millions of streams on Spotify. Currently, the band is working on a new EP called "Covers" that offers fresh spins on some of the band’s favorites. The first single from “Covers," the band’s take on “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers was released in October of 2021. The Josh Gilbert Band Packing a Southern rock/pop, blues and Americana sound and positive, family-friendly message, some describe Josh Gilbert Band as an upbeat tempo with a splash of John Mayer Trio and a kick of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Hailing originally from Chattanooga, Tenn., Gilbert has toured across the U.S. and Canada for over 12 years, with over 1,000 performances to date. The 2022 Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is supported by many community sponsors, donors, and volunteers, and the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at www.GalvaMusic.com.

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'We're all 1, fellow soldiers, fellow marines' | 8 women board historic 53rd Honor Flight

The 53rd Honor Flight left for D.C. at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and will return Tuesday night to the Quad Cities.

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QC Airport continues passenger climb, still faces challenges in fuel, staffing

Travel continues to improve at the Quad Cities International Airport, as April 2022 traffic reached more than 48,000 passengers, compared to 36,594 in 2021 and a pandemic-era low of 2,734 in April 2020. “It’s hard to imagine that two years ago, we hit rock bottom with the pandemic, bringing in just under 3,000 passengers,” Ashleigh Davis, the airport public relations and marketing manager, said in a Tuesday release. “There are new challenges airports and airlines are facing coming out of the pandemic, but we are glad that our lowest point seems to be behind us.” Industry-wide, demand for leisure travel is meeting or even exceeding 2019 levels, the airport said. Business travel is starting to return, with analysts predicting full recovery by 2023. While demand is high, airlines are grappling with high fuel prices and staffing shortages that are creating roadblocks to full recovery. The Moline airport saw a total of 48,439 passengers last month, compared to 58,125 in April 2019. The QC Airport still hasn't seen direct service from Delta to Detroit. Many airlines have yet to restore their full network, instead focusing their limited resources in areas with the highest demand. At the QC Airport, this is evident with the Delta Air Lines route to Detroit still suspended. The route had been successful prior to the pandemic, but Delta is focusing its recovery efforts at other major hubs like Atlanta. In general, service to Detroit across many Delta-served airports has been slow to return. The airport has not been given an update on when service might be restored. QC Airport leaders have been engaging with airline representatives in an effort to restore frequency of existing routes and explore appetite for new routes. The health and growth of the region are major components of these conversations as airlines seek data that supports why certain routes may be a good fit for their network. Resource constraints aren’t the only watch-out for this summer. With fewer planes flying and rising fuel costs, seats are coming at a premium and costs are being passed to passengers. “The cost of airfare is going to give many passengers sticker shock especially for those that have traveled over the past couple of years,” said Davis. “There are still some good fares with traditionally ultra-low-cost-carriers like Allegiant, but passengers need to prepare themselves for higher costs across most airlines.” For more information, visit the airport website.

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Semi jackknifes on Highway 92, closes road for early Tuesday morning commute

A semi-truck jackknifed, shutting Highway 92 between G40 and Highway 61 for a couple of hours early Tuesday morning.

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Summer Learning Path gives pre-K students a head start on learning

Leaders in the Moline-Coal Valley School District are providing a free, flexible, research-based learning solution designed to help parents and caregivers prepare their pre-K students for school this fall. The registration deadline for the Waterford Upstart Summer Learning Path is June 6. Families with children entering kindergarten in the 2022-23 school year may sign up here or call 888-982-9898. “Our goal is to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in their educational journey. The Waterford Upstart Summer Learning Path can help sharpen skills making our early learners better prepared to begin kindergarten," said Dr. Brian Prybil, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Teaching and Learning.  Waterford.org is a national education nonprofit organization with a mission to achieve universal literacy through equity, access and parent empowerment. The Summer Learning Path is an in-home, personalized learning solution. Students spend 20 minutes a day, five days a week building reading skills. The program slows down when students need more time to master a content area. There is a math-and-science component families can use if they choose. The program comes with a coach offering tips to facilitate academic instruction offline. “My favorite aspect of the program — what I call the secret sauce — is the way adults are encouraged to engage in their child’s learning. It builds confidence in both caregiver and child. And when families are involved in a child’s education, research shows the child does better,” Waterford.org national spokesperson Kim Fischer said. The Summer Learning Path, a condensed version of the full-year Waterford Upstart program, was created at the start of the pandemic to give children an academic boost when school buildings were shuttered. “We just want kiddos reading and learning with confidence from the moment they enter the classroom,” Fischer said. Research shows that the average Waterford Upstart graduate enters kindergarten reading at nearly a first-grade level and maintains those gains through fourth grade. “That’s why we want families with children entering kindergarten all the way to third grade to enroll in Summer Learning Path. It works,” Prybil said.

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Teen charged in death of Fairfield teacher requests change of venue, evidence suppression

One of the two teens charged in the death of a Fairfield Spanish teacher wants a change of venue and evidence suppressed.

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Another group of Veterans prepare for the 53rd Honor Flight of the Quad Cities

Hy-Vee officials say since so many women boarded there will be a special ceremony at the Women’s Memorial.

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53rd Honor Flight guardian: Giving back to vets is the 'right thing to do'

The 53rd QC Honor Flight is breaking its own barriers, with more women than ever before taking the flight Tuesday to Washington D.C.

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Navy Veteran Gina Zolli is 1 of 8 women aboard historic 53rd Honor Flight to DC

The 53rd Honor Flight has more women on board than ever before.

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Police: 1 dead after shooting in Monmouth

Monmouth police said this is an ongoing investigation.

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Historic Honor Flight takes off Monday at Quad Cities International Airport

Nearly 100 veterans are heading Tuesday to Washington D.C. for the 53rd Honor Flight.

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Monday night shooting in Monmouth leaves 1 injured

The shooting occurred just after 7 p.m. Monday on the 300 block of South 9th Street, according to Monmouth police.

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July trial date set for man charged with Knox County Sheriff deputy death

A trial date was set for July 5 for 22-year-old Daylon Richardson.

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Whitewater Junction opens for the season on Saturday

Whitewater Junction is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 28, for the summer season!. Whitewater Junction is a zero-depth to nine feet deep pool featuring four water slides, a tot slide, splash features, and fun for the whole family, a news release says.  Upcoming events throughout the summer include: Back to Pool Bash on Wednesday, June 1 from noon until 5 p.m. in celebration of the beginning of summer break, including a live DJ and games. Celebrate 4th of July on from noon until 5 p.m. Monday, July 4 with patriotic games. The last event of the season will be Back to School Bash from noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, giving the kids one last day to play at the pool before school starts.     Whitewater Junction hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Toward the end of the summer, Whitewater Junction will be open weekends only from Aug. 15 through Sept. 5. Admission is $9 for ages three and up. Children two and under are admitted free with a paid adult.  Evening swim special is Monday-Friday from 5-8 p.m. for $6, Discounted passes are available for purchase. For more information, call 309- 732-7946.  Whitewater Junction is at 17th Street and 18th Avenue in Rock Island. Visit here or call 309-732-SWIM (7946) for more information.

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Rotary plans Memorial Day services

Cambridge Rotary will hold Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Cambridge Community Hall, 125 N. East St., Cambridge. Here's the program, according to a news release: : "This is My Country" - Cambridge School BandWelcome - John Taylor. president, Cambridge Rotary ClubPledge of Allegiance - John Taylor, president, Cambridge Rotary ClubOpening prayer - John Knueppel, pastor, First Baptist Church of Cambridge"God Bless the U.S.A." - Cambridge School BandMemorial Day address - Major Ian Black, logistics officer, U.S. Army Materiel CommandClosing prayer - John Knueppel, pastor, First Baptist Church of Cambridge"Star Spangled Banner" - Cambridge School Band"Taps" - Cambridge School BandService at Veterans’ Memorial ParkColor Guard - Orion American Legion, Post #255 Black assumed duties as a Materiel Integrator for the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, in July 2021. He commissioned in the U.S. Army in 2007 from the Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and graduated Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. During his 14 years of service, MAJ Black’s assignments include 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 403d Army Field Support Brigade, Camp Humphreys, Korea; Distribution Management Center, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Illinois; 73d Ordnance Battalion and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Detachment, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; and 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. MAJ Black’s deployments and combat tours include deployments in 2008 and 2010 to Afghanistan as a platoon leader and Battalion S4 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, a deployment to Korea in 2017 as the Executive Officer, Army Field Support Battalion – Korea, and a deployment to Iraq in 2020 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve as the J4 for Special Operations Task Force – Syria. His military education includes the Quartermaster Basic Course and Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Fort Lee, Virginia; and is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. He holds an advanced degree from the U.S. Command and General Staff College. Black’s awards and decorations include: five Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Black is married and has three children.

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Mississippi Mist interactive fountain opens for season

The riverboat smokestack-themed jets of the Mississippi Mist interactive fountain cascaded for the first time this season, bringing back to life one of the featured activities on the Muscatine riverfront. Residents can enjoy the beauty of the Mist on a walk along the trail, cool off in the fountain on a warm summer day, and view the spectacular light show in the evening, a news release says. The Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department opened the riverfront splash pad for the 2022 season on Monday after weeks of cleaning the system and testing the water quality. The splash pad is under the same state regulations as the Weed Park Aquatic Center, the release says. The Mississippi Mist will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The splash pad is not attended by a lifeguard and children must be accompanied by adults. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 563-263-0241.

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Public invited to 103rd Memorial Day service

The public is invited to attend one of the oldest continuous observances of Memorial Day west of the Mississippi River, at the 103rd Annual Memorial Day Service at Historic Summit Church, on Utica Ridge Road, 21980 210th Ave., Davenport. The service will be held on Monday, May 30, at 9:00 a.m. It is a tradition that started at Summit Church in 1919, with Sunday School Superintendent Sally Walker, who wanted to honor WWI veterans from the church. Now, a collation of the Scott County Historical Society, the Carl Jacobsen Post #639 of the American Legion & Auxiliary, Eldridge, and the Edward W. Knapper Post #6174 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eldridge, honor all Scott County veterans who have served from the Civil war to the present. The service will consist of an honor guard presenting the U. S. flag, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance led by a veteran, the singing of patriotic songs, listening to patriotic speeches, and reading of a roll call of Scott County veterans.  After the service, the group will move into the adjoining cemetery for a 21-gun salute to all veterans past and present.    After the tribute, everyone is invited to remain and enjoy fellowship and refreshments at the historic country church.

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Mid-week rain before holiday heat

Clouds have arrived again to start Tuesday, and the rain is following before long. Scattered showers are possible today, most likely during the afternoon & evening west of the QC. Widespread rain comes along after midnight into Wednesday morning. From then on, rounds of scattered showers and storms will be around on-and-off through Wednesday into Thursday. Rainfall amounts look to be around 0.5" to 1". Totals in thunderstorms could be higher. Once this system is gone, temperatures will be climbing. By the Memorial Day weekend, highs will be in the 80s. Most of the holiday weekend looks dry, but a couple rogue thunderstorms can't entirely be ruled out yet.

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Quad Cities Heart Walk encourages health, wellness, community

"We know that if we walk just 150 minutes per week, it makes an incredible difference in quality of life," Heart Walk Event Chair Scott Naumann said

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Police: 1 injured after shooting in Monmouth

The shooting occurred just after 7 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of South 9th Street, according to Monmouth police.

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Negotiations stall between CNH and UAW in Burlington

Negotiations between United Auto Workers and Case-New Holland fell through after multiple days at the bargaining table last week.

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5,000 miles away from home during a war: Ukraine man works in US while his family stays behind in Odesa

Yaroslav Yaroslavskyi is one of the migrant workers recruited by a woman in Muscatine. He was one of the few workers able to leave Ukraine.

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Police receive RDA award to buy patrol-vehicle laptops

Eldridge Police have announced the department has received a $31,825 grant from the Regional Development Authority to buy new Toughbook laptop computers and docking stations for their patrol vehicles. "With this strategically funded initiative, the officers at the Eldridge Police Department will be better equipped to perform their patrol tasks by collecting and sharing vital information among all law enforcement entities and the Scott Emergency Communications Center," a news release says. In the release, the department thanks President/CEO Matt Mendenhall and the RDA board. "Without this award, it would have taken us many years to replace the extremely outdated, nearly nonfunctional computers that we are equipped with now," the release says.

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Officials identify man killed in crash between LeClaire and Princeton

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man killed in a vehicle crash Saturday night between LeClaire and Princeton.

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Sterling man arrested for aggravated battery

A man was arrested following a fight that injured a person in Sterling.

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QC man pleads guilty in 4-year-old's death in Indiana

An Eldridge man accused in the death of a 4-year-old boy in Indiana has pleaded guilty to a charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Level 1 felony. Dylan Andrew Diericx will be formally sentenced on June 24 in LaGrange County Court, his bail bond agent told Local 4 News on Monday night. The bail bond agent, who asked that her name not be used, said the prosecutor and the defense attorney agreed Monday to 32 years for the charge, which carries the possibility of a 40-year sentence. Diericx, who has been out on bond since last year, continues to work as a truck driver, she said. "My job is to keep track of him while he's free," she said. "He contacts me every single day." A Level 1 felony 'is the highest felony you can get," she said. The incident and charges Our sister station WANE reported last year the LaGrange County Prosecutor’s Office filed preliminary charges against Diericx, alleging one count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Level 1 felony. It was Aug. 19, 2021, when Shipshewana Police were called to 345 Van Buren St. for a young boy unresponsive and in critical condition. He was taken by helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital, where he ultimately died. The prosecutor’s office released a brief statement on the arrest. According to a probable cause affidavit, the boy was the son of Diericx’s girlfriend, and Diericx said they were engaged in “horse-play” in the cab of a semi when the child was injured. Diericx told investigators that he had tossed the boy on the bunk in the sleeper of his semi, and the child hit his head on a “fixed object,” the affidavit said. The boy then began convulsing and went unconscious, Diericx said, according to the affidavit. According to the affidavit, the boy’s injuries were not consistent with that explanation. The child suffered “fractures to his clavicle and shoulder blade, bruises and abrasions on the right and left side of his face, bruises on his forehead, laceration and blunt force trauma to the back of the head, bruises to genitalia, injury and bleeding from the victim’s anus, cuts to his arm, a busted lip and burns around his mouth and on various parts of his body,” the affidavit said. A Level 1 felony in Indiana is typically punishable by 20 to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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Warm-up coming for holiday weekend

Tired of the cooler than normal temps? If so, we have some good news for you over the holiday weekend. Highs are set to soar into the 80s starting Saturday! The normal high right now is 76°. Things look warm for most of Memorial Day weekend, and there's just one chance for rain. That chance for rain falls on Monday.

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Community calls for barriers after man killed on I-74 bike path

Citizens shared their reactions in the wake of the fatal incident on the I-74 Bridge pedestrian path, and many are calling for additional safety measures.

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Kwik Star donates to Project Echelon Racing

The Kwik Star Criterium will donate $1,000 to Project Echelon Racing. The donation ceremony will be held justbefore the Ford Pro Men’s race at 4:20 on Memorial Day. Founded by pro cyclist Eric Hill, Project Echelon educates, equips, and empowers veterans and their families through physical activity and self-discovery, while also engaging the community to build a network of support for those who have served in the armed forces, a news release says. Eric and his Project Echelon Racing team will compete at the Ford Men’s Pro Race on Memorial Day to promote their veteran’s-oriented mission. "Being a team founded in the Midwest, racing Memorial Weekend in Iowa has always been special. Memorial Day is a day we reflect on and remember the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is also a day where we celebrate their lives and honor the freedoms they have afforded us," Hill said. "For Project Echelon, using our love for cycling to share our mission and honor their memories is an honor. To receive recognition by the race promoters on this day is certainly humbling.” said Hill. “Project Echelon’s veteran focus is a great fit for our Memorial Day races. They are very deserving of our support” said Tom Schuler, Kwik Star Criterium Race Director. The Kwik Star Criterium started as the Moline Criterium in 1965 and has evolved over the years, eventually landing on Memorial Day in 1975. Since then, it has joined with other area races to form the Iowa Memorial Weekend Cycling Classic. For more information, email jwhjkh@gmail.com or erhill88@gmail.com.

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Davenport Mayor Matson makes infrastructure, business, public safety the focus of State of the City address

Matson's 2022 address focused on Davenport's continued efforts to improve infrastructure, neighborhoods, public safety, and business development.

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Davenport Mayor Matson makes infrastructure, business, public safety focus of State of the City address

Matson's 2022 address focused on Davenport's continued efforts to improve infrastructure, neighborhoods, public safety, and business development.

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SOAR scholarship: Tipton student bounces back after breaking neck in family pond

Eighteen-year-old Cody Koch of Tipton is one of three high school seniors receiving a $5,000 SOAR scholarship from The Sedona Group and WQAD News 8 this year.

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Man charged with killing Knox County deputy makes 1st court appearance with lawyer

Daylon Richardson, 22, faces several charges related to the incident that left Knox County Deputy Nicholas Weist, 34, dead.

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Weekend shooting has city leaders focused on gun-related crimes

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Iowa’s only peer run respite house getting permanent home

The current location is on the grounds of Genesis Hospital in DeWitt.

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SOAR scholarship: Tipton student recovers after neck injury

18-year-old Cody Koch of Tipton is one of three high school seniors who are receiving a $5,000 SOAR scholarship from The Sedona Group and WQAD News 8 this year.

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Tools for Teachers: Jordan Catholic teacher of 45 years wins $200 for her classroom

Seventh-grade teacher Debbie Marlier was awarded a $200 gift card that she will use for her classroom.

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Tools for Teachers: Jordan Catholic teacher of 45 years wins $200 for her classroom

Seventh-grade teacher Debbie Marlier was awarded a $200 gift card that she plans to give back to her class with some end-of-year celebrations.

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SOAR scholarship: Tipton student bounces back after breaking neck in family pond

Eighteen-year-old Cody Koch of Tipton is one of three high school seniors receiving a $5,000 SOAR scholarship from The Sedona Group and WQAD News 8 this year.

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Davenport artist remembered as talented, generous man

Davenport tattoo and mural artist Frank Hoffmaster died in the early morning hours of May 20. Family members recall a man whose talent and generosity touched people in the Quad-Cities and all over the world.

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Vanished QC: Missing Chicago woman has QC ties

A $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward is being offered for the whereabouts of a missing Chicago woman who has ties to the Quad-Cities. The family and friends of Sheena Gibbs, 40 – she was born Nov. 16, 1981 - continue to spread the word about her disappearance. (contributed photo.) The last time anyone communicated with her - which was by text to a friend - was Nov. 8. She lived in Rogers Park.Sheena's mother and other relatives live in Davenport. She stayed with a family member in September of 2021 in Davenport, then returned to the Chicago area. Sheena is 5’9” tall, and weighs about 180 pounds, with black, shoulder-length hair. Sheena, a graduate of Northwestern University, is a cancer survivor and social-justice activist. She worked at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she scheduled COVID-19 tests. Her case is classified as a high-risk missing person. Poster for Sheena Gibbs, a missing Chicago woman with Quad-City ties. In an Instagram message, her family pleads for help: “Our family desperately needs your help! Hopefully the private investigator who is working this case can uncover some information that the Chicago Police Department has not. We’re counting on you to help us get there by your continued contributions. We love Sheena and want her found!” Her aunt, who is the sister of Sheena's mother, has experienced the loss of a child. "I feel that no parent should ever have to lose their child," she told Local 4 News. "The problem is she doesn't know what happened to her child." If you know of any information that could help police find Sheena, please call the Chicago Police Department Area 3 SVU at 312-744-8266; or call BAMFI at 877-97-BAMFI – the Black and Missing Foundation, Sheena’s case is featured in a number of missing-persons websites and social media sites. Visit Sheena Gibbs’ gofundme here.

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Sunday Rock Island shooting results in death of 19-year-old

The 19-year-old man died in the hospital due to injuries from a shooting Sunday in Rock Island.