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Thursday, September 21st, 2023

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Resident jumps to safety from Galesburg fire

A resident was forced to jump out of a second-story window to avoid a morning fire in Galesburg yesterday. The Galesburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 900 block of Mulberry Street on September 20 at 4:28 a.m. Their response included all three stations and the 11 personnel on duty. When they arrived, they found flames showing from the outside of a two-story home. Battalion Chief Dave Farrell established command while the Brooks Street Station Fire Crew quickly extinguished a fire in a stairwell.A resident of the home jumped out of a second-story window because of the smoke and flames. The interior and exterior of the home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage, but no injuries were reported by residents or fire personnel. Damage estimates are still being calculated. The fire is being investigated by Galesburg Fire Department investigators.


Theo’s Java Café re-opens with ‘soft opening’

Theo’s Java Café, a neighborhood coffee shop since 1993 has re-opened its doors with a ‘soft opening’ after the business closed for nearly two years, back in October 2021.

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Joel Moore elected to American Organization for Nursing Leadership Board of Directors

The Chief Nursing Officer at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport will soon have input on nursing leadership nationwide. Joel Moore, MSN, RN was elected to the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Board of Directors by the group’s membership. He will serve a three-year term, beginning January 1, 2024. He’ll represent Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota and North Dakota as a board member for Region Six. Moore has worked in nursing for 24 years and spent 15 of those years as a nurse leader.                                                          (Genesis Medical Center) The AONL is a national professional organization founded in 1967 with over 11,000 nurse leaders who work in hospitals, health systems, academia and other areas. It has influenced nursing leadership through professional development, advocacy and research that improves nursing leadership practice and patient care. AONL is an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. Moore ran on a platform of well-being and belonging for nurses. “These are challenging times in health care, our nursing workforce is fragile and the pressures felt by our nurse leaders are immeasurable,” he said. “Now, more than ever, connecting with one another is essential. The community of nurse leaders that AONL has built is exactly that opportunity to connect with each other as, together, we reshape our profession.” For more information on AONL, click here.


Moline firefighters respond to fires in two homes Wednesday night

A home in Moline is fully engulfed in fire, Wednesday night.


Illinois man charged in Kewanee with exposing himself to girls

Police say the incident happened Monday.

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More showers in the forecast

Plan on more clouds and rain chances through the weekend in the Quad Cities. Heading out the door this morning we will stay mostly dry but look for precipitation chances to increase heading into the afternoon. Showers will move from east to west with the best chance for rain east of the QC. Highs will be in the 70s to lower 80s with daily rain chances. The best chance for wet weather now looks to fall on Sunday.

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The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Project NOW join together to host block party

The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Project NOW to host a block party as a way to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.


Former East Moline firefighter sentenced to federal prison in child porn case

He pleaded guilty in May.

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3 Things to Know | Quad Cities morning headlines for Sept. 21, 2023

John Deere is laying off 225 workers from their East Moline facility, and road closures are expected for Bettendorf Homecoming parade.

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Writer's Guild of America are meeting back with major studios to discuss contracts

On Wednesday guild members and studios in Hollywood met up to negotiate contracts. Writers have been on strike since July, and want higher pay and job insurance.

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Altoona man wins big, taking home title of Masterchef

After season 13 of Food Network's Masterchef series, Grant Gillon from Altoona, Iowa takes the title. Gillon said it was an honor to represent the Midwest.

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Project Now, Hispanic Chamber of the Quad Cities hosting public block party Thursday afternoon

Join in the fun as the Quad Cities celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerse Office in Moline.

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Weekend Rundown with WLLR | Sept. 21, 2023

There are many family-friendly events going on this weekend, and we've brought in Dani Howe from WLLR to break it down.

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Keeping on top of sleep can make all the difference in a child's education

University of California studied students between the ages of 10 to 21 to gauge sleeping habits. They noted a lack of REM sleep reduced overall energy levels.

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City of Davenport kicking off early voting this week

Early voting will contribute to the Oct. 10 Davenport primary election. Doors open at the Scott County Admin Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the week.

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QC Botanical Center debuting new exhibit Thursday morning

This new exhibit will reside in the Jaycee Commons Trending Garden and will bring new life to the garden. The unveiling of the exhibit is scheduled after 11 a.m.

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US government allowing citizen access to free COVID tests

The Biden Administration has put forth funding to allow Americans to receive another set of at-home COVID tests.

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Rock Island Sheriff's Office warning citizens of recent scam calls

Scammers are tricking residents by spoofing the sheriff's office phone number, and ask callers for banking information.

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Bettendorf schools holding annual Homecoming parade Thursday evening

18th Street in Bettendorf will be closed between 5:45 to 7 p.m. for the Bettendorf High School Homecoming parade.

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Ongoing UAW strike prompting auto manufacturers begin plant layoffs

Roughly 3,000 UAW auto workers from Illinois to Michigan are being laid off amid ongoing strike

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Investigation ongoing after overnight house fires in Moline

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday night fire crews were dispatched to a home on 13th Street that was fully engulfed in flames. This fire did spread to a nearby house.

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Repairs underway for Cleveland Rd. overpass in Colona, Illinois

The beams holding the bridge were damaged back in January after a crane got stuck. Lane closures can be expected, and work will finish in about mid-October.

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Trump visits Maquoketa, campaigning at fairgrounds to hundreds of supporters

The former president's stop at the Jackson County Fairgrounds is one of five trips to Iowa planned through the end of October.

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Births for UnityPoint Health-Trinity Bettendorf


Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

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John Deere workers react to being laid off from Harvester Works factory

Workers react to news that they will be laid off indefinitely when production resumes October 16th at the Harvester Works factory.

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DEVELOPING: Moline home fire, Moline Fire Department officials say no injuries reported

A home in Moline is fully engulfed in fire, Wednesday night.

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Former President Donald Trump makes surprise visit at Bettendorf eatery

After speaking in Maquoketa and Dubuque, former President Donald Trump made a surprise visit at Treehouse Pub and Eatery in Bettendorf. Dozens of people showed up inside and outside of Treehouse to see the former president.

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Trump visits Maquoketa, campaigning at fairgrounds to hundreds of supporters

The former president's stop at the Jackson County Fairgrounds is one of five trips to Iowa planned through the end of October.

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Firefighters attacking Moline house fire

A house in Moline is engulfed in flames. Firefighters are trying to bring the blaze under control at the home near the intersection of 13th St. and 11th Ave. The call came in around 9:20 p.m., and it's not clear if anyone is inside the home or how the fire started. There are downed power lines in the neighborhood, so everyone is urged to steer clear of the area. We will keep you updated as more information comes in.

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Months of hard work coming to (fruit)ion: Mammoth watermelon slice transported to riverfront in Muscatine

The watermelon comes in at 40-foot long, 26-foot tall, 16,000-pounds. It was created by local businesses, painted by a local artist and paid for through donations.

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DEVELOPING: Moline home fully engulfed in fire

A home in Moline is fully engulfed in fire, Wednesday night.

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Overlooked dangers of working with livestock

Working in agriculture can be very rewarding, but it's also one of the most hazardous jobs in the world. Many farmers don't consider their livestock to be dangerous, but as Local 4's Linsey Tobin reports, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure to keep thousands from getting hurt every year in animal-related incidents.


World’s largest watermelon sculpture makes its home in Muscatine park

The World’s Largest Watermelon was delivered to Riverside Park, Wednesday morning.

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ISU Extension & Outreach: AnswerLine

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach offers a resource called AnswerLine and Human Sciences Specialist Beth Marrs with ISU answers questions about the resource.

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Traffic alert: QC road closures ahead through weekend

Both Davenport and Bettendorf will have road closures ahead through the weekend. Some streets and trails in Davenport will be closed for Sunday, September 24's TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon. Anyone who goes to the Freight House Farmers' Market will need to access the market from Ripley St. The American Serenade will dock at River Heritage Park. Parking will not be available at that park for anyone planning to watch the marathon. 2023 TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon Bettendorf road closures map (City of Bettendorf) Sunday's marathon will also close streets in Bettendorf, expected to be from 7:00-10:30 a.m. for runners to cross the the I-74 bridge from Illinois to Iowa along the bike and pedestrian path. Police officers and volunteers will direct cars through as quickly as possible. Participants in the full marathon will take the following route: North on 17th St. to Mississippi Blvd. West on Mississippi Blvd. to Kimberly Rd. North on Kimberly Rd. to Lincoln Rd. East on Lincoln Rd. to 14th St. South on 14th St. to Alcoa Ave., then back North on 14th St. to Lincoln Rd. East on Lincoln Rd. to 23rd St. South on 23rd St. to Central Ave. West on Central Ave. to 18th St. South on 18th St. to Mississippi Blvd. South on 17th St. to George Thuenen Bridge Cross Bridge to Mississippi River Trail and head toward Davenport 2023 Bettendorf Homecoming Parade road closure map (City of Bettendorf) Additionally, Bettendorf's homecoming parade September 21 will follow a different route than usual because of construction at Middle Park. The parade will run from 5:45-7:00 p.m., and the city will close 18th St. from the Bettendorf Middle School entrance to Bettendorf High School's north parking lot entrance. The parade will start at the middle school, head north on 18th St. and end at the high school.


Fallen Algona police officer laid to rest

A fallen Iowa police officer will be laid to rest on Wednesday.

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Hawthorne Indoor Municipal Pool announces reopening

A ribbon cutting took place Sept. 19, to celebrate the reopening of the Hawthorne Indoor Municipal Pool.

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QC teacher invests in futures of her students

A seventh grade teacher in East Moline works primarily with students who grew up with Spanish as their first language, and it's her goal to make sure they get a quality education. Local 4's Diana Reyes Rodriguez has her story in this edition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Watch: Time lapse of Muscatine's mammoth melon taking a train ride to the riverfront

The roughly 5 mile journey took the train about half an hour to complete. Dozens of watermelon watchers came out to spot the giant fruit roll by.

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Project NOW to offer energy assistance program LIHEAP

Illinois Congressman Eric Sorensen announced a plan to cut costs for working families. His plan includes strategies to lower energy prices by reforming the electric grid. Sorensen said that would reduce power outages and lower energy costs. Project NOW announced the start of its energy assistance program LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). The program helps income-eligible families pay their electric bills.Project NOW had more applicants last year and is determining how much help will be needed this year. Households must be at 150% or lower of the federal poverty line to get the benefit. The program will start taking applications October 2. For more information, click here.

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Former President Donald Trump makes QCA campaign stop

Your Local Election Headquarters is tracking campaign 2024, and former President Donald Trump brought his campaign to the QCA. Trump stopped in Maquoketa, addressing his second-place finish in the Iowa Caucuses in 2016 to Texas senator Ted Cruz. Trump blamed his previous campaign team for that and promised a better organization in Iowa this time. Trump's campaign stop comes as a new Emerson College national poll released shows him with a 47-point lead over his closest opponent, Ron DeSantis. That's his largest lead in an Emerson College poll since June of 2022.

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Army kicks off child care pilot program for reserve soldiers

The program from Upwards will help soldiers find child care during drill weekends, battle assemblies, and emergency deployments.

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Watch: World's largest watermelon is moved to downtown Muscatine

The 40-foot long, 26-foot tall, 16,000-pound metal watermelon landed on the riverfront Wednesday morning.

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Previous owners of Davenport Hotel denied dismissal in collapse lawsuit

Parkwild Properties and Waukee Investments are previous owners of the building and are listed as defendants in one collapse-related lawsuit.

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QC women's mentorship group names new boss

The QC mentorship organization Lead(h)er will have lots to celebrate at its 7th birthday bash Saturday at Moline’s Mercado on Fifth. Not only will it give out its annual “Girl on Fire” awards, it will welcome its new executive director, Hannah Howard of Muscatine. Her first day in the new job (succeeding Megan Brown-Saldana) was Monday, September 18, 2023. Hannah Howard comes to Lead(h)er after working at the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry for two years and four months. “We are so excited to have Hannah take on this role. Her energy, community engagement experience, and fantastic communication skills make her a great fit,” Anika Martin, Lead(h)er board president, said in a Wednesday news release. “We can’t wait for our match community and all of our community partners to get to know her.” Howard – a 2013 Iowa State University graduate -- brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector. She most recently served as the director of business services and community development for the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Hannah is passionate about advancing the organization's mission to empower women in the Quad Cities area, according to Wednesday’s release. “I am thrilled to lead an organization that fuels career and community engagement for women,” Howard said. “I am passionate about this organization because I personally experienced the power of mentorship as a mentee in the Strike A Match mentoring program. I look forward to serving the women of the Quad Cities through my new role and connecting with our wonderful community partners.” Howard was a former mentee in the Strike a Match mentoring program. Lead(h)er’s Strike a Match Mentoring Program is an 18-month, volunteer-based program that equips QC working women with tools to achieve their personal and professional goals. To welcome and get to know Hannah Howard, Lead(h)er invites the community to join them at their annual Birthday Party event on Saturday, Sept. 23, hosted at Mercado on 5th from 5 to 8 pm. Enjoy an evening of fun and games to celebrate 1,100 women served with individualized membership. Further event details and ticket information can be found at the Lead(h)er website HERE.

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Where and when can I vote early for the Davenport Primary?

Early voting has started for the Davenport Primary. Ballots can be cast on the first floor of the Scott County Administrative Building, located at 600 W. 4th St., Davenport. Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Early voting will be available until Monday, October 9. The Davenport Primary is Tuesday, October 10.

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Veterans tour nation's military monuments on Honor Flight

News 8's Jenny Hipskind was able to fly with the veterans and document what the trip meant to them.

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Davenport man sentenced to 250 months in prison on meth charges

A Davenport man was sentenced Tuesday to over 250 months, 20 years, in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine and for distribution of over 50 grams of methamphetamine.

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Live Interview: Mammoth metal melon makes its way down to Muscatine riverfront

The giant melon was transported down to the Mississippi Riverfront Wednesday morning.

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Live Look: Trump campaigns in Maquoketa during his return to Iowa

Former President Donald Trump returned to Iowa on Wednesday despite facing legal battles over the 2020 election.

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John Deere announces indefinite layoff for over 200 workers

The layoffs go into effect on Oct. 16.

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Early voting opens for Davenport city primary election

All Davenport voters can cast their vote at the Scott County Auditor's Office starting Sept. 20.

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Live Interview: News 8's managing editor talks about her experience on the 58th Hy-Vee Honor Flight of the Quad Cities

News 8's Managing Editor Jenny Hipskind was able to tag along with 80 veterans on Tuesday's Honor Flight.

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QC man's name to go in international towing museum

The name of a Milan man will be added this month to the Wall of the Fallen at the International Towing and Recovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mark Muske, 52, of Milan was killed in an accident on I-80 in Bettendorf April 17, 2023, while doing his job. A tow truck operator, he responded to a disabled tour bus on the side of the interstate about 2 a.m. on April 17, near Bettendorf’s Middle Road exit. While preparing the casualty for tow, he was struck and killed by a passing motorist failing to obey Scott’s Law. Mark Muske, 52, of Milan, was killed in an accident on I-80 April 17, 2023. Muske was operating a tow truck and attempting to hook up to a bus that was unoccupied on I-80 at mile marker 302. Muske was struck and killed by a 2015 Jeep Patriot, according to an investigation by Iowa State Patrol officers.  “This has had a huge impact to the Tegeler Wrecker and Crane team he worked so hard for, but more importantly, the hardship his 2 boys Ian and Noah are having to face,” says a GoFundMe page established to help Muske’s family (which has raised over $10,000). “The boys relied heavily on Mark’s support and as a father he was always there for them.” Mark Allen Muske was born Jan. 4, 1971, in Franklin Grove, Ill. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War. He had a long career as a truck driver and tow truck operator and truly loved his career and co-workers, according to his obituary. He most recently worked for Tegeler Wrecker and Crane (formerly Berg’s Towing & Recovery). Aside from working, he enjoyed Star Trek, listening to Coast to Coast AM, and spending time with his family, especially his beloved granddaughter, Ada. The mission statement of the Wall of the Fallen (which started in 2006) reads: “To honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, to generate public awareness of the dangers involved in the towing and recovery industry and to permanently record and commemorate those involved in fatalities in the towing and recovery industry.” For more information on the museum, click HERE.


SCAM ALERT: Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office warns of ‘spoofed’ calls

The Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of a new scam alert involving ‘spoofed’ calls.

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Augustana College hosts naturalization ceremony for new citizens.

90 immigrants from 19 different countries officially became citizens at the event.

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91 new American citizens naturalized at Augustana College

It was a proud day for dozens of people in the QCA as they became American citizens. A naturalization ceremony for the Central District of Illinois at Augustana College saw 91 immigrants from 18 countries take their Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America. The ceremony also recognized winners of an art and essay for students in the area. Students lead The Pledge of Allegiance and musical performances.

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What's the future for steel plant employees displaced from fire?

Following a blaze at the Bettendorf plant, almost 100 employees of Sivyer Steel are in the dark about their futures with the company. Most of the workers affected by the fire will have to file for unemployment benefits and look for a new job to make ends meet. Local 4 News spoke with the president of United Steel Workers Local 105 about the challenges members are now facing.

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Scammers pretend to be from Rock Island Sheriff's Office, looking for personal, banking information

There’s a new scam looking for sensitive information going around, and the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to know about it. Rock Island County Sheriff Darren Hart said in an email that scammers are calling residents using a “spoofed” number that identifies itself as coming from the Sheriff's Office. The scammers attempt to get personal information, such as personal or bank information, by claiming to be members of the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office. Hart said in the email that his office will not try to collect personal or banking information over the phone. He warns residents not to provide any information of this type over the phone to anyone. Anyone who has friends or family members who may be susceptible to this type of call is urged to make them aware of this scam so they can avoid it. Residents who have questions about scams can call the Sheriff’s Office at (309) 794-1230.

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Theo’s Java Café reopens with ‘soft opening’, grand opening set for October

Theo’s Java Café, a neighborhood coffee shop since 1993 has re-opened its doors with a ‘soft opening’ after the business closed for nearly two years, back in October 2021.

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Funeral held for Algona officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty

Officer Kevin Cram was 33 years old.

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Are moving stacks of cardboard boxes art?

If you don’t think stacks of cardboard boxes are art, think again. The Figge Art Museum’s latest exhibit is a site-specific installation opening Saturday, Sept. 23, from renowned Swiss artist Zimoun. He transformed the third-floor gallery into a “mesmerizing realm of moving cardboard towers accompanied by an orchestra of captivating sounds,” according to a Figge release. Visitors will be able to walk amid the animated columns and experience the evocative sounds generated through friction, vibration, and resonance. The installation incorporates over 80 towering stacks of cardboard, each reaching a height of 16 feet. What makes this exhibition extraordinary is that each of these cardboard columns are set in motion mechanically, creating a dynamic visual and auditory experience, the museum release says. As visitors explore the space, they will encounter a symphony of sounds, including scratching, scraping, rubbing, and clicking, filling the entire gallery. “We are so excited to invite the community into this immersive art experience where visitors will encounter a remarkable convergence of visual and auditory elements, reminding us of all of the boundless possibilities that art can offer,” said Figge executive director Michelle Hargrave. This installation challenges our boundaries of perception. Using cardboard boxes, Zimoun crafts an environment where sound and sight playfully interact. As visitors walk around the gallery, a myriad of rhythms and auditory illusions unfold, prompting visitors to think about what it is that they hear. Every visit to the installation promises a unique experience as the sounds, motion, and orientation of the boxes within the towers change. What you see is what you hear in this dynamic installation. The Swiss artist Zimoun will be at the Figge Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. to give a free talk on his third-floor installation. The distinctiveness of Zimoun’s work lies in its simplicity of construction and the complexity of the soundscape it produces, the Figge said. “Despite its intricate mechanics, Zimoun’s installation is environmentally conscious. It uses minimal electricity and features components designed for reusability and recyclability and generates little to no waste during construction and operation,” the release says. “It is a testament to the artist’s commitment to sustainable art practices.” Zimoun lives and works in Bern, Switzerland and has exhibited his work internationally in institutions, including the Museum Haus Konstruktiv Zurich, Museum of Contemporary Art MAC Santiago de Chile, and Kunstmuseum Bern, to name a few. His innovative approach to combining visual and auditory elements has garnered acclaim from both art enthusiasts and engineers alike. In addition to his installation compositions, Zimoun is known for creating purely sound works that explore microscopic sounds and noises. These recordings are often designed for multi-channel sound systems, immersing listeners in three-dimensional auditory experiences. The Figge exhibit will be on view through Feb. 4, 2024. The artist will give a free talk at the museum (225 W. 2nd St., Davenport) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. It will be preceded by a free member reception at 5 p.m. For more information on the Figge, click HERE.

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4 Your Money | Market Deciding

The stock rally that started last fall has gotten choppy recently. David Nelson, CEO of NelsonCorp Wealth Management, shares what he thinks market participants are thinking and how it may affect viewers’ investments.

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Have you seen these suspects? Crime Stoppers wants to know!

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities wants your help catching two fugitives.  It’s a Local 4 News exclusive. You can get an elevated reward for information on this week’s cases: ISAIAH ROBINSON, 22, 5’10”, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. Wanted on six warrants out of Rock Island County and Scott County: failing to appear in court and violation of his probation on charges of cannabis trafficking, two charges of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, several counts of aggravated fleeing/eluding and domestic battery. DARRYL SMITH JR., 20, 5’8”, 175 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. Wanted in Rock Island County for aggravated battery with a firearm.  He is accused of shooting a man in the back, causing very serious injuries.  Smith is also wanted for failure to appear in court on a charge of aggravated fleeing/eluding and two counts of failure to appear on a charge of driving suspended. Isaiah Robinson (L) and Darryl Smith Jr. (Crime Stoppers) You have a week to contact police for an elevated reward. Call the tip line at (309) 762-9500. All tips are anonymous.

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John Deere announces indefinite layoff for over 200 workers

The layoffs go into effect on Oct. 16.

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Deere announces layoffs at Harvester Works, East Moline

Layoffs have been announced at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline. An email from the company said that staff at the plant were told today that about 225 production employees will be laid off indefinitely, as of October 16. Employees were informed about the layoffs by factory leadership during meetings at the factory. John Deere Harvester Works currently has about 2,300 total employees, with about 1,975 of them working in production and maintenance jobs.  While the company has hired hundreds of employees in the area in recent years, they have maintained that each Deere factory balances the size of its production workforce with the needs of the individual factory to optimize the staff at each facility. ​​​

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'Thakkar Noir' comic coming to Davenport

Tomfoolery On Tremont will present stand-up comedian Tom Thakkar this Sunday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., at the Renwick Mansion, 901 Tremont Ave., Davenport. Thakkar is a comedian you may have seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, “Comedy Central’s Stand Up Presents,” “This Week at the Comedy Cellar,” “Conan,” and as the host of Comedy Central’s “Stand Up with Tom Thakkar.” Thakkar performed on The Tonight Show on NBC in October 2021. He spent the first half of 2020 writing sketches and jokes for SyFy’s “The Movie Show,” and before that, he was the co-host of “You Up with Nikki Glaser” on SiriusXM. Currently, he hosts the podcast “Stand By Your Band,” and when the world isn’t shut down by a pandemic, he does stand-up all around country and all around New York as a regular at The Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, New York Comedy Club, Stand Up New York, and more, according to his bio. Other credits include Just For Laughs, Doug Loves Movies, This Might Help with Matt Braunger, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Stand Up Show with Jon Dore, and First Nations Comedy Experience. Tickets for Sunday’s show (doors open at 6 p.m.) re  $15 in advance, available HERE. For more about Tomfoolery on Tremont, click HERE.

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Army pilot program helps soldiers with child care

National child care network "Upwards" will help reserve soldiers find child care during drill weekends, battle assemblies, and emergency deployments.

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John Deere Harvester Works announces indefinite layoffs

John Deere Harvester Works has announced indefinite layoffs coming in October.

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After 70 years, Moline Foundation changes name

The Moline Foundation has been growing for 70 years, and on Wednesday morning, the nonprofit literally grew its name. A 70th-anniversary breakfast celebration at Moline’s University Club announced that while its mission remains the same, it is rebranding as Moline Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) with the new tagline, “Your Giving in Action.” With 102 partner funds, more than $49 million in grants have helped the vital work of area nonprofits over seven decades, including over $1.5 million in 2022 for fiscal partnerships, community grants, nonprofit partner funds and scholarships.    The new name more accurately represents the geographic region served, as the foundation supports individuals and organizations in the counties of Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Henderson and McDonough in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. “Some of the challenges we faced with the name that we had, was that people thought maybe we only served Moline or only supported Moline,” MRCF president/CEO Paul Plagenz said Wednesday. “We’re more of a regional presence so we wanted to make sure that that was in there.” Foundation president/CEO Paul Plagenz The MRCF is not a private, corporate foundation but an accredited Community Foundation offering the traditional type of funds -- such as non-profit partner, donor advised, scholarship, field of interest, designated, and fiscal sponsorships. Adding the word “Community” helps further define the function of the MRCF.             “We're not a private foundation,” Plagenz said. “We're not one of those and we are a community foundation offers a lot of different funding options for donors.” Though founded in Moline, with a significant number of donors from Moline, the foundation’s regional focus in areas far beyond Moline’s borders has been over the past 20 years, he said.  The new tagline “Your Giving In Action”  was chosen to encourage and invite more people to get involved in changing our community through philanthropy. After the Moline Foundation was founded in 1953, Junior Achievement was one of its first grant recipients. In 2022, the foundation awarded JA of the Heartland $60,000 for its new Inspiration Center (above), to be built at the Vibrant Credit Union Corporate Center, 6600 44th Ave., Moline. The MRCF Board on Wednesday announced a Community Challenge Match of $70,000 for those who establish a new endowment fund. This match is 50 cents on every dollar with a maximum match per new fund of $25,000.                 “Everyone is passionate about something in our community,” Plagenz said. “Ask yourself, what cause, or change would I like to see happen. Then let’s talk about how your giving can be put into action.”                  Founded in 1953, MRCF receives and administers charitable gifts for citizens in a six-county region including Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Henderson and McDonough counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. Examples of 2022 grant recipients are: The new East Moline Public Library The new Junior Achievement Inspiration Center in Moline A new Ballet Quad Cities studio in downtown Moline It has granting cycles in the fall and spring, with its fall grants to be announced in mid-October. Its office is at 1601 River Drive, Suite 210, Moline, and phone number is 309-736-3800.

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Bettendorf Police announce Quad Cities Marathon weekend road closures

A local tradition, the Quad Cities Marathon, will take place on Sunday spanning across four cities, including Bettendorf. Because of that, Bettendorf police say there will be some road closures.

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Davenport man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for distribution, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine

A Davenport man will spend the next 20 years in federal prison after he was convicted of distribution and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Shawn Eric Durrah Jr., 33, was sentenced on September 19 to 250 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine and for distribution of over 50 grams of methamphetamine. According to public court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, Durrah was identified through a law enforcement investigation as someone who had been distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in and around the Quad Cities metro area for several years. Investigators discovered that Durrah was involved in a drug trafficking organization that was distributing not only methamphetamine but also fentanyl and marijuana. While Durrah was involved in the drug conspiracy, he possessed and sold guns to others, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa said. Durrah will be required to serve five years of supervised release after completing his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement and the Davenport Police Department investigated the case.

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Pippi & Daniel, September 24

On September 24, a lauded singer/songwriter and gifted pianist/composer will combine their talents at Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre when Pippi Ardennia and Daniel Leahy perform the perfect amalgamation of soul, jazz, blues, gospel and R&B in the afternoon concert Pippi & Daniel, the eclectic, stylistic composers and performers sharing their favorite original compositions and the standards they most love.

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Bettendorf police announce Bettendorf Homecoming Parade road closures

Homecoming week has arrived for Bettendorf High School. This year, the Bettendorf Bulldogs will face off against Dubuque Hempstead. With that, several road closures will be in effect for drivers in Bettendorf while the high school has their annual homecoming parade on Thursday.

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Kewanee church to host service for Polish bishop

Holy Trinity Parish Polish National Catholic Church in Kewanee will hold a Memorial Service and Gathering for Bishop Jerry Rafalko, who passed into eternal life on July 13, 2023, at age 68. The service will take place on Oct. 21, 2023 at 5 p.m. at Holy Trinity PNCC, 716 N. Tremont St., Kewanee, for the longtime Pastor of Holy Trinity PNCC, Hospice Chaplain for OSF Healthcare, and Bishop of the Western Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church since Sept. 14, 2020. Bishop Jerry Rafalko passed away July 13, 2023. A gathering will take place following the service (approximately 6 p.m.) at VFW Post 8078, located at 200 W. 5th St., Kewanee.  “We will be honored to host all of those who loved Bishop Jerry, and hope to have a worthy memorial in his honor,” Father John Cramer, current pastor of Holy Trinity PNCC, said Wednesday in a news release. "He was well-known throughout the Illinois Quad Cities metro area." The gathering will be an open-house style, with some refreshments, including Polish Sausage and slider appetizers. All are welcome to attend the service, gathering, or both. Holy Trinity PNCC has been a part of Kewanee since 1928. Jaroslaw Rafalko was ordained to priesthood June 8, 1980 in Bialystok, Poland, and appointed Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish PNCC in Kewanee in 1990, according to his obituary. Rafalko was elected Bishop of the Western Diocese PNCC Oct. 25, 2019, consecrated as Bishop at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Cathedral, Scranton, Penn., on Sept. 14, 2020, and installed as Bishop at All Saints Cathedral Parish in Chicago, on Oct. 3, 2020.

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Damaged bridge beams getting replaced in section of I-80 in Illinois

Starting Sept. 21, Illinois DOT workers will be on site replacing damaged portions of I-80 bridge between Dixon and Colona.

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Silvis lifts boil order

The City of Silvis has lifted the boil order that was in place for the 600 block of 12th Street to Crosstown Avenue, including Seventh Avenue Court. Residents in the area can resume using water as normal without having to boil it first.

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Clinton streets closed for water main project

A water main project in Clinton means some streets in town will be closed. Iowa American Water is installing a water main in the city. To accommodate the workers, South 18th Street at Fifth Avenue south to Eighth Avenue South will be closed for about three weeks. A detour will be in place at Fifth Avenue South from South 16th Street to Eighth Avenue South. Call Iowa American Water at (563) 242-9102 with questions.

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Bettendorf High to induct three into Hall of Honor

Bettendorf High School on Friday, Sept. 22 (during Homecoming week) will honor three outstanding graduates as new members of the school’s Hall of Honor during a ceremony at BHS Commons. The 2023 Hall of Honor Inductees are: Jack F. Deere, Jr., Class of 1963 Jeffrey McDaniel, Class of 1986 Julianna Venker Skluzacek, Class of 1966 “I am extremely excited to be a part of a tradition that honors the accomplishments of our alumni in their respective fields,” Bettendorf High principal Kristy Cleppe said in a Wednesday news release. Jack Deere “How these three individuals have taken their experiences from the Bettendorf Community School District and forged their paths is a testament to the opportunities our district creates and provides for our students,” she said. “We welcome these individuals back to Bettendorf High School to celebrate their accomplishments as a district and as a community. Please join us in honoring these individuals.” Bettendorf High established the Hall of Honor Recognition Program in 1992 to honor graduates who have achieved a notably high level of performance in their career or profession, influenced the lives of others in some positive manner, and achieved a place of distinction in the area of public or community service. Jeff McDaniel Nominees must have:• Graduated from Bettendorf High School more than 10 years prior to the induction• Achieved outstanding success in his or her career• Made a significant contribution to the community or to society• Demonstrated distinction in professional, public, and/or community service• Demonstrated a positive influence on the lives of othersPlaques are presented to each individual at the induction ceremony during Homecoming week every other year. The engraved plaque containing a photo and citation for each nominee is posted on permanent display at the high school, 3333 18th St., Bettendorf. Julianna Venker Skluzacek Among the many professional and accomplishments of this year’s inductees: Jack Deere was financial advisor at Merrill Lynch (1990-2009), was manager of the Merrill Lynch office in Cedar Rapids, and was previously Superintendent of Schools in DeKalb, Ill., 1986-90. Jeffrey McDaniel is an attorney and president of the Rock Island-based Brooks Law Firm, P.C. Julianna Venker Skluzacek is founder and artistic director of The Merlin Players, a professional theater company in Faribault, Minn. (south of the Twin Cities).

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Bettendorf announces street closures ahead of BHS Homecoming parade, Quad Cities Marathon

Two events in Bettendorf this week will take drivers on different routes through town. The Bettendorf Homecoming Parade takes place on Thursday, September 21 on a new route due to the construction of The Landing at Middle Park. The city will close 18th Street from the Bettendorf Middle School Entrance to the Bettendorf High School north parking lot entrance from about 5:45-7 p.m. The parade route will start at Bettendorf Middle School, travel north on 18th Street and end at Bettendorf High School. The Quad Cities Marathon route crosses four cities, including Bettendorf. On Sunday, September 24 from about 7-10:30 a.m., several roads will be closed once racers cross the I-74 Bridge from Illinois to Iowa via the bike and pedestrian path. Runners will travel east on State Street until they reach the intersection of 17th Street/George Thuenen Bridge. Runners who are not involved in the full marathon turn south and cross the George Thuenen Bridge to access the Mississippi River Trail and head towards Davenport. Runners doing the full marathon will follow this route: North on 17th Street to Mississippi Boulevard West on Mississippi Boulevard to Kimberly Road   North on Kimberly Road to Lincoln Road East on Lincoln Road to 14th Street South on 14th Street to Alcoa Avenue North on 14th Street to Lincoln Road   East on Lincoln Road to 23rd Street   South on 23rd Street to Central Avenue   West on Central Avenue to 18th Street   South on 18th Street to Mississippi Boulevard South on 17th Street to George Thuenen Bridge   Cross bridge to Mississippi River Trail and move towards Davenport Drivers who must cross one of these routes will be moved through as quickly and safely as possible by police officers and event volunteers. For more information on the Quad Cities Marathon, click here.

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QC benefits from new IL funding for housing

Several municipalities in the area will benefit from $19 million in new funding from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) to support affordable housing and community revitalization efforts across Illinois. Awarded under the Strong Communities Program (SCP), the initiative will provide funding to 68 units of local governments and land bank authorities for the acquisition, maintenance, rehabilitation, and demolition of abandoned residential properties in their communities. The program is designed to support local revitalization efforts and attract further investment in communities that may lack the resources needed to tackle vacant, abandoned and deteriorated properties. The QC area grants are: Galesburg -- $562,000 Kewanee -- $163,000 Moline -- $417,000 Monmouth -- $212,000 Rock Island -- $268,000 “My administration is committed to investing in communities across the state, especially those that have been historically underserved,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in a Wednesday release on the program. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker participates in a debate with Republican gubernatorial challenger, state Sen. Darren Bailey, at the WGN9 studios, Oct. 18, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) “Thanks to the Strong Communities Program and the Illinois Housing Development Authority, this $19 million in funding will directly support local governments in their infrastructure restoration efforts. With a central focus on affordable housing developments, we’re investing in our most important resource – our people – for years to come.” “Every Illinoisan deserves stable and affordable housing. Thanks to Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority, we are leading with compassion and improving our communities,” said Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton. "This $19 million investment will bolster our neighborhoods and ensure Illinois families have a place to call home." SCP was created in 2020 in response to the Illinois Community Revitalization Task Force that was created by the Illinois General Assembly to help address vacant and abandoned residential properties. This round of SCP provides grants up to $750,000 each to help Illinois municipalities, counties and land banks address local affordable housing needs and community revitalization efforts. The program aims to return vacant residential properties to productive and taxable use through rehabilitation and provide funds for demolition in cases where properties are beyond repair and negatively impacting neighboring residences. As a result, SCP will help to increase property values, create jobs, help reduce crime, generate additional tax revenue, and attract further community investment. The Illinois Housing Development Authority has approved $19 million in new funding throughout the state. “Vacant and abandoned properties continue to be a strain on local budgets and resources in communities throughout Illinois, which is why IHDA created the Strong Communities Program to assist local governments with their neighborhood revitalization efforts,” IHDA executive director Kristin Faust said. “Through the Strong Communities Program, IHDA seeks to help communities transform these properties back into positive, revenue-generating assets for neighborhoods.” SCP program funds reimburse applicants for costs related to the acquisition, rehabilitation and maintenance of abandoned residential properties and may also include reimbursements for tree, shrub and debris removal, lot treatment and greening and other reasonable construction costs associated with returning vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties to productive use. “Investing in affordable housing uplifts our community and boosts our local economy,” said State Sen. Christopher Belt (D-Swansea). “We are taking strong strides toward revitalization and attracting investments in the communities that need it most. Cahokia Heights residents deserve sustainable, livable housing options and this funding will help the area continue to grow.” The grants are funded by the Rebuild Illinois capital plan and will leverage IHDA’s ongoing state and federally funded initiatives to increase property values, create jobs, help reduce crime, generate additional tax revenue, and attract further community investment in underserved communities around the state. A total of $30 million in grant funding has been awarded through over two application rounds.

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Muscatine police investigate suspicious object in Riverside Park

Once the area was cleared, police said officers reopened the park to the public Tuesday night.

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'He was selfless': EM community mourns loss of a servant

Rev. Kenneth L. Porter led a rocky but fulfilling life, and his recent death at age 61 is leaving a huge hole in the Quad Cities community. After battling kidney disease for 25 years, the beloved East Moline man passed away from pneumonia Sept. 11, 2023 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. A big Dallas Cowboys fan, Kenneth Porter passed away at 61 on Sept. 11, 2023. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1501 6th Ave., East Moline. Rev. P. Wonder Harris will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the church. Memorials may be made to the family. “KP or Rev” was “a genuine soul, truly devoting his life to others and doing God’s work,” Porter’s obituary says. “The smile that KP wore was there even thru his health struggles. He was a true warrior thru surviving kidney transplants, kidney cancer and dialysis.” Porter was born Sept 20, 1961 in Paris, Tenn., the oldest of 11 children to Thomas Lee and Johnnie Ruth Porter. He attended United Township High School in East Moline and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1983.  Kenneth Porter was a popular comedian in the '70s while at United Township High School. He was a true comic in high school (he attended through 1979) and he won the UT spring talent shows three years in a row, specializing in impersonating celebrities. A high school story about him said he was influenced by comedy legends Richard Pryor and Steve Martin. “I say Richard Pryor and Steve Martin are my idols because we have something in common – they’re crazy and I’m crazy,” a teenage Porter said then. Porter doing stand-up comedy. “He never graduated, but he is the smartest man in the world for not graduating high school,” his son Aaron Shivers said Tuesday afternoon. “He went through senior year, but he had to take care of his siblings, he told me. He was the smartest man in the world, when it comes to anything. He knew everything.” “He taught everybody – me and my friends – he taught us how to be men,” Shivers said (who was 1 when Porter married his mother, Audrey Shivers, in 1990). “Even the ones who didn’t have a dad. My friends, a lot of ‘em didn’t have a dad.” “He coached us in life,” Shivers said. “Just my decision making – making the right decisions, because it could affect me later on. He embodied that when it comes to me, being a man, doing everything you’re supposed to do in life. Seeing him doing all this, not only did he lead by action, he definitely coached me through life. He taught all of us how to be men.” Aaron Shivers, left, with Porter and Aaron's son Levi. “He taught me about football -- that’s why I was pretty good in school at football around the Western Big 6 as a running back because of him,” Shivers said. “He helped me get my degree in business and be better than him. He pushed me. He coached me my siblings and my friends and the whole community through life.” The 34-year-old has performed comedy and music, and that was all because of his dad. Kenneth Porter (right), his wife Audrey and their four children. He was also impressed by Porter wearing many hats over his life. He loved music (The Temptations, Gladys Knight), drag racing and the Dallas Cowboys. Porter and Shivers went to see the NFL team beat the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in December 2014. Three careers Porter worked as a housing inspector for Greater Metro Area Housing Authority in Rock Island County, from 1986 to 1999, then served on the board from 2019 on. He was employed at MetroLink as a bus driver from 1999-2017. Porter enjoyed doing shuttle service for the John Deere Classic this past July. Porter (who was a Metro bus driver 18 years) with his granddaughter Lailah. After growing up at Mt. Zion, Porter was ordained in the ministry June 3, 2000, became the church assistant pastor and presided over many weddings and funerals. He was an East Moline interim alderman in 2022 and unsuccessfully ran in the April 2023 election. Porter’s great uncle, Crotis Teague (1926-2008), was a longtime alderman. “His favorite part was just helping people,” Porter’s wife Audrey said Tuesday. “He did a lot of home visits, if someone lose a loved one. He was there for them.” “He was the East Moline comfort blanket,” Shivers said. “He was constantly ministering,” Porter’s youngest sibling Lanelle Brown said. Her granddaughter had a baby sister and that baby died before her 2nd birthday from a heart defect, and Porter left from dialysis and did that baby’s funeral. “It just speaks to his character. He was selfless, larger than life.” Porter was ordained as a minister in 2000 and served as Mt. Zion's community outreach pastor. “He was on a mission from God,” Audrey said of how he provided such comfort in times of grief. “He was on fire for God.” “He was a perfect bridge, to talk to people that needed something,” Shivers said. “A lot of people, they don’t know who to look to or what to look to. He made it, even if you don’t believe. He was gonna give you something to believe in.” “He wasn’t gonna speak anything but the Bible,” Audrey said. “He’s never gonna say anything that wasn’t in the Bible.” Shivers said Porter wasn’t preachy, but more personal with people. “I feel like I got his spirit and I’m trying to step up more,” Brown said of carrying on her brother’s legacy, noting he was a role model. “He had more energy than I did and he was sick,” Audrey said. Porter especially liked to speak as Martin Luther King, Jr., and would often recite the “I Have a Dream” speech around the federal King holiday every January. “He moved a lot of people,” Brown said. Brown said one of their siblings said: “Now we have to step up and take that role, because we counted on him to have that.” She called him the family’s “security blanket” and protector, a key role he served for the East Moline community. “Hearing all these stories, I knew he was great for us – his wife and his kids and grandkids, but this man was like phenomenal for the community,” Brown said. “It’s more than a cliché, that we lost someone great.” Shivers said a lot of his friends were touched by his dad leading their wedding. Porter presided over the 2018 wedding of Kelin Soliz and his wife. His close friend Kelin Soliz posted on Facebook the day Porter died (with his 2018 wedding photo): “From basketball coach to a friend and role model, even lucky enough to have your words of blessing on my wedding day! May you rest in peace and watch over all of us!” “He was preaching at funerals – when people are mourning deaths, that is hard to do,” Audrey said. Brown said he lent his comic touch to those sad events, to lighten the mood. “He was always going inside, taking care of people and comforting people,” Shivers said. “He knows how hard death was. He taught me about death at an early age, because of his kidneys. He would say, ‘Everybody got their time.’” Porter took part in the church’s 106th anniversary party in early August. Battling kidney disease Shivers was also impressed with how his dad handled his kidney disease, which he battled for 25 years. Both of his kidneys failed, had dialysis treatment, and Porter had his first kidney transplant when he was in his early 40s (donated from one of his brothers). That organ failed after 15 years and he was on dialysis again. KP had a second kidney transplant in Madison, Wis., in 2021. Porter battled kidney disease 25 years and had two kidney transplants. He kept his positive attitude throughout it all because he “was a man of God,” his wife said. “It was amazing,” Shivers said. “I don’t know how he did it.” After 2021, Porter didn’t have to do dialysis, but he developed pneumonia, which is how he died on Sept. 11. The day after the downtown Davenport building collapse (May 29), Porter was the only clergyman to go down and calm the protestors, Brown said. “They were all emotional and angry,” Audrey said. Audrey was most impressed by what he did Labor Day weekend, when they went to a car show in LeClaire (he loved Mustangs and Corvettes). Porter noticed a single mother with eight kids at the McDonald’s, after her car had broken down on the I-80 bridge on her way back to Detroit. Porter loved Corvettes, Mustangs and drag racing. “That’s where he saw her and said, ‘This is out of place’,” Audrey said. “They stood out. He noticed that and he was a person that always gonna go and talk. He bought everyone their meal. He called me and said, ‘I’m gonna try and help her.’” Porter paid for the mom and her family to stay in a hotel two days until her car was fixed and Audrey took her to Walmart to buy groceries. “He stayed with the car until it got fixed,” she recalled, noting it was just a week before he passed. “He gave her gas money and money to go to Detroit. That was the last thing of what he was passionate about. It was like his last assignment.” “This was him in a nutshell, what he always does,” Shivers said. Porter took Brown to her first colonoscopy on Aug. 31, and told her if anything would happen to him, to help take care of Audrey. “I feel so honored too,” Brown said. She was nervous to get that colonoscopy and he eased her mind, she said. “It was an important conversation. He had a message.” “He had sickness for 25 years, and he was always there when people were nervous about surgery,” Shivers said. “He was a big advocate for kidney failure, making sure people got their checkups. He was 25 years of being sick.” Aaron Shivers (center) in one of his favorite photos with his parents. “I feel comforted by, not only did we know he was great, but all this community and all this support is a re-affirmation,” Brown said. “He did everything he was supposed to do, and more,” Shivers said. “I’m just very, very thankful for what he did. He was a pillar in the community.” Brown said that since he died, who does she call? “He was just my person. I feel that loss; it’s really weird right now,” she said. “We have to lean on family and support mom,” Shivers said. Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife, Audrey Porter, mother, Johnnie R. Brown, grandmother, Brooksie M. Teague, his children Devar, April (Luciano), Ashley, Rashaad, and Aaron; siblings Victoria, Anthony, Thomas Jr., Richard (Julie), Anitra, Michael, Lanelle, Princeton (Shaquana), Elden (Taquoya), Erland (Lavonda), and nine grandchildren. To view his arrangements and to leave a memory, click HERE.

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QC Fuel locations in Moline closing up shop

This week the two QC Fuel locations are for sale after a medical emergency forced the locations to close. The Bettendorf location will remain open.

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Steel Panther rocks the Rust Belt in December

Steel Panther is bringing their version of cheer to the Rust Belt this holiday season. The On The Prowl Winter Holidaze Tour 2023 kicks off a 12 city tour this December in Cleveland before making its way to the Rust Belt in East Moline on December 3. The band is touring in support of their latest album, “On the Prowl” and Seattle rockers Moon Fever are the opening act. After the North American leg of the tour, they’ll play dates throughout South America. Sporting big hair (wigs) and plenty of leather, singer Ralph Saenz ("Michael Starr"), drummer Darren Leader ("Stix Zadinia"), bassist Travis Haley ("Lexxi Foxxx") and guitarist Russ Parrish ("Satchel") have been bringing crowds to their feet worldwide for years. They signed with Universal Republic in 2008 and released “Feel the Steel” in 2009. They released their first concert LP, “Live from Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage,” along with their first full length feature film, which blended comedic antics with a glam-folk garage concert. For more information on the band, including tickets and VIP experiences, click here. Learn more about the band here.

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3 Things to Know | Quad Cities morning headlines for Sept. 20, 2023

A Davenport man died after being hit by a truck, and Daylon Richardson has a hearing this afternoon in court. Also Muscatine is investigating a strange object.

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IDOT starts work on I-80 in Colona September 21 to repair bridge damage

It’s Colona’s turn to do road work before cold weather comes. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that repairs to a bridge that takes westbound Interstate 80 over Cleveland Road at the Colona interchange (exit 7) in Henry County will start on Thursday, September 21, weather permitting. The work will replace bridge beams that were damaged back in January when the bridge was struck by a truck that was carrying a crane on Cleveland Road. The right lane of westbound I-80 in the area of the bridge has been closed since the incident. There will be daily lane closures on Cleveland Road from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and traffic will be controlled using flaggers and signage. The project is expected to be completed by 3 p.m. on Friday, October 13. Drivers can expect delays and should allow extra time driving through the construction area. Use alternate routes when possible to avoid the area. Drivers should pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey posted speed limits, avoid using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment. For IDOT District 2 updates, click here.

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“Resurrecting Forest Grove,” September 23

With the event held in celebration of the building's 150th anniversary and the decade-long rehabilitation of historic Forest Grove School Number Five, Kelly and Tammy Rundle of the Moline-based Fourth Wall Films will premiere their new documentary Resurrecting Forest Grove at Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center on September 23, a Q&A with the filmmakers and other film participants set to follow the afternoon's two screenings.

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Davenport in-person early voting starts today for the city primary election

Voters in Davenport can beat the lines at polling places by voting in person in the city’s primary election starting today. Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins says Davenport voters can begin casting their ballot today on the first floor of the Scott County Auditor’s Office. “Absentee ballots are ready and available for the Davenport City Primary Election,” said Tompkins. “Since there is a mayoral primary, every eligible voter in the City of Davenport can vote.” All eligible Davenport voters can vote early at Scott County Auditor’s Office starting today and running through Monday, October 9. The office is located at the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 West Fourth Street in Davenport, and voting takes place on the first floor. Office hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office will be open on Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Election Day, November 7, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters should use their regular assigned voting locations. Voters who don’t know where their polling location is can call the Auditor’s Office at (563) 326-8631 or use the Precinct Finder.

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What are the different cloud classifications?

There are 10 basic types.

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Augustana welcomes Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Dr. Corey D.B. Walker

Augustana College is bringing back a lecture series that hasn’t been offered since the college transitioned to semesters a few years ago. The college is hosting a free lecture from Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Dr. Corey D.B. Walker on Monday, October 2 at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall, located inside Denkmann Memorial Building, 3520 Seventh Avenue in Rock Island. Dr. Walker’s presentation is titled, "'On Earth As It Is': On Ethics and the Environment in the Age of the Anthropocene." The lecture is open to members of the public. Dr. Walker is the first PBK Visiting Scholar that Augustana has hosted since moving from trimesters to semesters in 2019. Dr. Walker is the Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities. He is affiliated with the Department of English and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program at Wake Forest University. He calls himself "a scholar committed to a broad and inclusive vision of human flourishing." "Today, we face an existential threat to the very future of humanity as a result of human-induced climate change," said Dr. Walker. "This existential threat to human life on the planet forces us to confront the necessity for deliberate and committed action to create new forms of sustainable human community." For those who can’t attend in person, the presentation will be livestreamed here.

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Funeral for Officer Kevin Cram scheduled Wednesday morning

Kevin Cram was killed in the line of duty following an altercation with a suspect. Cram was a 10 year veteran of the police force, and was 33-years old.

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St. Ambrose ranked one of best psych programs in U.S.

St. Ambrose University in Davenport is being recognized for having one of the best online psychology programs in the nation. CounselingPsychology.org, which advocates for mental healthcare, has just published its list of the best academic programs and SAU is ranked number four for the best online bachelor's degree program in psychology for 2023. The rankings were determined through a multifaceted assessment process that encompassed several key criteria. These criteria were selected to evaluate the overall quality, impact, and effectiveness of programs, ensuring a fair and accurate representation of each program's strengths. You can learn more about the methodology used HERE. “This recognition is a testament to Saint Ambrose University's faculty, staff, and students who contribute to making this program one of the best in the country,” Elizabeth Norris, outreach coordinator for CounselingPsychology.org, said in an email. The top three ranked programs are Chaminade University of Honolulu, Rider University in New Jersey and Regent University in Virginia.


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OurQuadCities.com Tiskilwa man arrested on indecent exposure charges in Kewanee OurQuadCities.com

Tiskilwa man arrested on indecent exposure charges in Kewanee

A Tiskilwa man has been arrested and charged with indecent exposure after Kewanee Police say he exposed himself to two girls. A news release from the department says that on September 18th at about 3:19 p.m., officers with the Kewanee Police Department were called to the 600 block of E. First Street to investigate a report of indecent exposure. During the investigation, officers discovered that two girls were walking on the sidewalk when they passed by a white Ford 4-door sedan that was parked on the side of the road. The driver of the vehicle then exposed himself to the two girls as they walked by, the release said. The girls immediately reported this incident to an adult, who contacted the Kewanee Police Department. The suspect was described as an older man with long white hair and a long white beard. Officers arrived in the area shortly after the call to Kewanee Police Department was made and found a vehicle and driver matching the description provided. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of S. Tremont Street. During the investigation, officers learned that the vehicle’s driver had been arrested in November 1999 for a similar incident in Princeton, Illinois. After an initial investigation, the driver of the vehicle, identified as Daniel N. Carlson, 56, of Tiskilwa, Illinois was arrested on one count of public indecency. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a sentence of up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500, in addition to mandatory court assessments. Kewanee detectives believe there might be unreported incidents involving this suspect. If anyone has information on this case or any other similar incidents, call Detective Sergeant Michael Minx at (309) 853-1911 or email mminx@cityofkewanee.net.

OurQuadCities.com Prospect League - including Clinton team - sets attendance records OurQuadCities.com

Prospect League - including Clinton team - sets attendance records

The Prospect League carries significant momentum into the 2023 off-season powered by new total attendance records set during the summer, a news release says. More than 575,000 fans attended games during the 2023 season, setting new all-time overall and average attendance highs. This season’s attendance marked the largest year-to-year increase in league history and was best among all summer collegiate leagues. “The attendance surge this season proved that fans seek the quality baseball, family-friendlyentertainment, and fun atmosphere provided by the Prospect League,” said first-year Commissioner David Brauer. The Prospect League saw growth across multiple areas while achieving new attendancestandards in 2023: ● Overall Attendance Record: The Prospect League’s 17 teams drew a record 575,294 fans during the 2023 season, the first time the Prospect League eclipsed the half-million attendance mark. The Clinton LumberKings led the league in total attendance for the third consecutive season with 80,904 fans, the 13th-highest figure in all of summer collegiate baseball. Clinton Lumberkings (Prospect League) ● Highest Total Attendance Percentage Growth in Summer Collegiate Baseball: The Prospect League saw a total attendance increase of more than 23% this season compared to 2022. That jump was the largest in all of summer collegiate baseball, besting the West Coast (15%), Northwoods (12%), and Appalachian (10%) Leagues. The Prospect League achieved the fourth-highest overall attendance in summer collegiate baseball, finishing ahead of the Cape Cod, Coastal Plains, and Appalachian Leagues. ● Largest Year-to-Year Growth in League History: 109,347 more fans attended Prospect League games in 2023 than during the 2022 campaign. That increase was the largest jump in league history and boosted per game average attendance by nearly 200 fans from 1,041 (in 2022) to 1,234 (in 2023). The Springfield Lucky Horseshoes enjoyed the league’s largest team increase with 10,645 more fans this season. ● Fans Turn Out in New Markets: New in 2023, the Thrillville Thrillbillies and Jackson Rockabillys each made significant marks on the Prospect League’s attendance growth. The Thrillbillies, based in Marion, Ill., drew 63,070 fans during their inaugural season, the second-highest total in the Prospect League and the 18th most in summer collegiate baseball. The Rockabillys, in Jackson, Tenn., drew 46,949 fans, fifth most in the Prospect League and 38th overall in summer collegiate baseball. ● 10 Teams Increased Average Attendance: Ten of the Prospect League’s 15 returning teams recorded average attendance increases over the previous season. The Alton (Ill.) River Dragons, Burlington (Iowa) Bees, Cape (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) Catfish, Champion City (Springfield, Ohio) Kings, Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings, Danville (Ill.) Dans, Illinois Valley (Peru, Ill.) Pistol Shrimp, Normal (Ill.), CornBelters, O’Fallon (Mo.) Hoots, and Springfield (Ill.) Lucky Horseshoes all achieved higher per game figures this summer. Both Cape and Illinois Valley saw record jumps in total and average attendance during their fourth Prospect League seasons. ● Prospect League’s First Half-Millionth Fan: The Prospect League recognized its initial half-millionth fan this season. Tracey Glenn from Cape Girardeau, Mo., attended the Cape Catfish game on the night the league topped 500,000 total fans. To celebrate the milestone, Glenn received a prize pack including a special Half-Millionth fan jersey. Along with the rise in support for summer collegiate baseball nationally, the Prospect Leaguelooks forward to continued growth thanks to its dedicated fans responsible for the multipleattendance milestones achieved in 2023, the release says. “The League, our individual teams, and each of our players are deeply appreciative of the tremendous fan support shown in our markets. Smashing attendance records with significant growth league-wide illustrates an appetite for our product among avid and casual fans alike. We are confident this momentum will carry forward as the Prospect League continues to give fans more in 2024,” said Brauer.

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Delmar business sees more foot traffic after building mini golf course

The Ice Cream Derby in Delmar, Iowa opens new mini golf course

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Trump to campaign in eastern Iowa

Former President Donald Trump is visiting eastern Iowa on Wednesday.

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Bettendorf Awarded Bike Friendly City Again

Bettendorf has kept its status as a bike friendly community.

OurQuadCities.com SCWPro: 20+ years of bumps and brawlers OurQuadCities.com

SCWPro: 20+ years of bumps and brawlers

SCWPro, also known as Scott County Wrestling, officially ran its first show back in 2003, and from there, the professional wrestling group could've called it all a success. Or after its second show. Or after its first year. You get the picture. Instead, SCWPro has pushed forward, showcasing up-and-coming and established wrestling talent to provide live entertainment for the whole family across the Quad Cities and beyond. Marek Brave, SCWPro Hall-of-Famer and Head Trainer at the Black & Brave Wrestling Academy (along with SCWPro alum Colby Lopez (known as Seth Rollins in World Wrestling Entertainment), takes us on a journey of 20 years (and beyond!) of classic and innovative mat action that makes the organization so special. You can keep up with the latest news and shows from SCWPro on Facebook, X/Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.