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Thursday, May 30th, 2024

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Bettendorf issues temporary phone numbers to departments after statewide phone issue

Bettendorf is issuing temporary phone numbers for some of its departments after a statewide landline issue caused by a water pipe break in Des Moines. A news release from Angie Sharp, the city’s Community Engagement Manager, lists temporary phone numbers for several departments. The release said the numbers should be used to contact the city until the issue has been resolved. The temporary phone numbers are: City Hall: (563) 271-0024 Police non-emergencies: (563) 205-0270 Fire non-emergencies: (563) 271-0878 Public Works: (563) 205-0759 Community Development: (563) 205-0818 Parks & Recreation: (563) 205-2097 Public Library: (563) 271-2718 Family Museum: (563) 205-0796 Palmer Hills Golf Complex: (563) 271-1457 For automated utility billing payments, call (866) 238-4046. Temporary email addresses for these departments can be found on the city’s website.

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Landline outage affects 911 calls in Iowa

People in Scott County may have trouble calling 911 from their landline phones due to an outage.

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2 QC area schools receive funding to buy clean running buses

School districts across Illinois, and two in the Quad Cities area, are receiving rebates to buy cleaner running buses. Twenty-eight Illinois school districts are receiving rebates worth a combined total of over $48 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2023 Clean School Bus Program (CSBP) rebate competition. The program is a $5 billion effort created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Its goal is to convert the nation’s school bus fleets to low- or zero-emission vehicles, like electric buses, while improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and driving the country’s move to zero-emissions transportation. Locally, Bureau Valley Community Unified School District 340 will receive $1,725,000 in rebate funding to buy five clean school buses. United Township High School District 30 will receive $840,000 in rebate funding to buy four clean school buses.  “No child should have to breathe diesel fumes on their way to school. These school bus grants represent a commitment to a healthier, greener future for our children,” said U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), who announced the rebates in a news release, along with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). “By transitioning to electric school buses, we are reducing harmful diesel pollution and investing in the sustainability of our communities. I am glad to see that 28 Illinois School Districts will receive more than $48 million in funding, and I encourage every Illinois School District to apply for the next round. This marks a significant step forward in our collective responsibility to provide a healthier and more environmentally conscious education system for generations to come.” “Transitioning to clean school buses puts Illinois on the path to healthier environments and it opens up new avenues for economic growth and job creation in our state,” said Duckworth. “With this federal funding, school districts across our state have significant support to make these advancements and create a safer and more sustainable future not just for ourselves but for our kids and generations to come.”

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Man charged after refusing to leave home during fire, police say

A man was charged after refusing to leave a house while crews fought a fire in Davenport Wednesday night.

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Downtown Bettendorf the place to be Saturday

The Downtown Bettendorf Organization will host “Be Downtown,” a free outdoor event, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 15th and State streets. Presented by Ascentra Credit Union and the Bettendorf Business Network, the family-friendly event will feature live music, pro wrestling, food trucks, multiple bags tournaments with cash prizes, children’s activities and more. Beginning at noon, live music will be provided in two-hour sets throughout the day by QC rock bands BTDT, Heads in Motion and Threat Level Midnight.   New this year is Honor Among Wrestling (HAW) pro wrestling, beginning at 2:05 p.m. Bettendorf-based Honor Among Wrestling will be part of Be Downtown. Verde will offer food and an outdoor bar for alcohol and other beverage sales. Food trucks will serve food from noon to 6 p.m.: Smokin' Goodness Wolfe It Down Pizza The K&K Family Fun Zone will run from noon to 6 p.m. and have bounce houses, bubble stations and a hands-on science experiment. Two bags tournaments will be held at 12 and 3 p.m. Bags will be run by 4-City Cornhole Club. Registration will be on-site 1 hour prior to each tournament. Each tournament will have cash prizes of $300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd place finisher. Players should download the Scoreholio app and get there early to register.  Be Downtown coincides with the city of Bettendorf’s 121st birthday. There be giveaways and a special appearance from Mayor Bob Gallagher to lead everyone in singing “Happy Birthday” to Bettendorf. The city will have a fire truck, police squad cars, snow plows and recycling trucks on display. Be Downtown (Downtown Bettendorf Organization) “Summer events in Bettendorf are part of what makes our city so much fun, and the Downtown Bettendorf Organization knows how to throw a party!” Jeff Reiter, Assistant City Administrator, said in a Thursday release. “We are looking forward to bringing out some of our awesome vehicles and equipment for kids and families to interact with, and we will have so many cool things to hand out that the kids are going to love! Be Downtown and Bettendorf’s birthday celebration are natural fits together, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of all the festivities.”  Parking for the event includes on-street parking on State and Grant Streets plus at multiple lots in downtown Bettendorf, including: 15th St. and Grant St. (TBK Bank building lot) available after 1 p.m. 18th St. and Mississippi St. (Asbury Methodist Church lot) 18th St. and Grant St. (City of Bettendorf lot) Bettendorf City Hall Street parking Motorcycle parking on 15th St. will be available Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The Be Downtown event lineup is: BTDT is a QC rock band formerly known as Been There Done That. 11 a.m. – Sign-up for Bags Tournament #1 Noon – K&K Family Fun Zone opens, food trucks open Noon – Bags tournament #1 Noon – BTDT 2 p.m. – BTDT 2:05 p.m. – HAW Pro Wrestling 3 p.m. – Bags Tournament #2 3:05 p.m. – HAW Pro Wrestling 3:10 p.m. – Threat Level Midnight 5:10 p.m. – Threat Level Midnight 5:15 p.m. – HAW pro wrestling 6:15 p.m. – HAW pro wrestling 6:30 p.m. – Heads in Motion 9 p.m. – Heads in Motion For more information, click HERE.

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Man accused of sexual assault, threatening with gun, choking victim unconscious

Chris Steven Thodos, 36, of Bettendorf, is charged with two Class B felony counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

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Arconic eaglet Clark dies

There’s sad news from the Arconic eagle nest. One of the eaglets has died. The Arconic Eagle Cam’s Facebook page says that eaglet Clark unexpectedly died yesterday. The video from the cam apparently shows that Clark choked to death on something. Arconic Eagle Cam The eggs for two eagles hatched in early April. The eaglets were named Caitlin and Clark, in honor of former Hawkeye standout and current Indiana Fever member Caitlin Clark earlier this month.

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Quad Cities Storm announces second head coach in franchise history

Quad Cities Storm announces the second head coach in franchise history.

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New $44M Catholic school coming to Bettendorf

The St. Joan of Arc Foundation has raised $17.5 million so far in its $44-million campaign to build a new Catholic school in northeast Bettendorf. The private foundation held a ceremonial groundbreaking and blessing of the earth on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, for the St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, currently being built at the corner of Criswell Street and Hopewell Avenue, planned to open in fall of 2025. Renderings for the new Catholic school in Bettendorf, expected to open in fall 2025. The foundation “has partnered with great companies: Russell Construction, Blackhawk Bank & Trust, Bray Architects and others who are committed to exceeding the expectations of this new Catholic school,” Makenna Verdon of the foundation said Thursday by email. Plans call for a state-of-the-art facility with infant care, preschool, two classrooms for each grade (K-8), designed for safety, collaboration and future growth. A place where children learn about their faith while receiving instruction in math, science, and language arts and so much more, according to a foundation release. The high school-sized gymnasium will seat 360 people. The heart of the school will be the chapel and the commons area with a Learning Stairs activities area. A rendering of the school's commons area. “Children are the future of our church and our community. We can’t think of a better way to grow the Catholic church and this community than with a new state-of-the-art school in Bettendorf that offers all children a faith-based Catholic education,” Andrea Sue and Brad Boeye, campaign co-chairs, said in a release. Katie Selden, principal of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bettendorf, spoke at the groundbreaking Wednesday, May 29, 2024 (photo by Makenna Verdon). Starting with Our Lady of Lourdes in 1917, then expanding north with the addition of St. John Vianney in 1967, the Bettendorf Catholic community has faithfully witnessed to Christ, the St. Joan of Arc Foundation website says. More recently, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. John Vianney have worked closely together in developing a master plan proactively to adapt to changing needs in the community. “Our aging facilities and membership; a shortage of priests; a growing, shifting population and recent changes to how our Catholic schools are funded bring both significant challenges and exciting opportunities,” the site says. Fr. Jason Crossen and Fr. Rich Adam take part in a ceremonial blessing of the earth for the St. Joan of Arc Catholic School groundbreaking in northeast Bettendorf May 29, 2024 (photo by Makenna Verdon). “After conducting a planning study last fall, our parishes have been working with diocesan leadership to set a course for action that will transform the Catholic landscape in our region. Our long-range vision is to build a new school and church at the northwest corner of Hopewell Avenue and Criswell Street and eventually seeing Our Lady of Lourdes and St. John Vianney becoming one parish.” To turn this vision into reality, the One Faith – One Family – One Future Capital Campaign was launched to provide funds to build St. Joan of Arc, a new Bettendorf Catholic school, with financing provided by Blackhawk Bank & Trust. The new $44-million school will be built on 30 acres at Criswell Street and Hopewell Avenue, Bettendorf. The new 79,990-square-foot school will include: State-of-the-art classrooms — Two each for grades K – 8 will be housed within a two-story, accessible building designed for safety, collaborative learning, and future growth. State-of-the-art classrooms, current technology, and other educational and activity spaces will enhance the learning experience for students, providing them the best possible environment in which to learn and grow. A dedicated STEM Lab, a fully-equipped Science Lab, an Art Room, a Music Room and a Performance Stage will provide a wide range of opportunities for students to explore, seek, and achieve their full potential. Curriculum support spaces for small groups and collaboration, including Collaboration Spaces, Learning Stairs, and an 8,000-square-foot Outdoor Learning Area, will help ensure students are well equipped to meet the challenges of the future and succeed in life. A high-school-sized gymnasium with wood floors, locker room facilities, and bleacher seating for 360 will provide students and our community ample space for physical activity during the school day, extracurricular sports, and a variety of school and parish events.  Facilities will include a 50,000-sq.-ft. playground. A separate wing, with a separate secure entrance, will provide Infant and Toddler care, a Nap Room, Early Childhood Learning, and four pre-K classrooms – two each for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds.  This wing will provide a desperately needed resource for young families. Before school and after school “Wrap Around” care will be available. In keeping with the Catholic Educational model, the school will have a Catholic Chapel that is accessible from the Commons area. A full-service kitchen, and a commons area that serves as the cafeteria and opens to the gymnasium, Library, and the Learning Stairs activities area, will accommodate all-school masses and other large group events including retreats and CEW weekends. Offices for the principal, the school nurse, and admin staff will be together in a separate administrative area with a reception lobby and secure entry.  The admin area will also provide for teacher work areas and lunchroom.  Offices for counselors and other educational support staff will be housed in the K – 8 wing, thus being more accessible to the students. To find updates on the building of the school, visit the foundation website HERE.

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Applications open for Hubbell-Waterman Foundation grants

QC area nonprofit organizations can apply for grants for programs focusing on education, social welfare and the arts. The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation is accepting applications for its 2024 grant cycle. The foundation offers grant funding to nonprofits in Scott County and Rock Island County. “The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation is dedicated to creating a growing, thriving, inclusive Quad Cities community,” said Robert VP Waterman Jr., chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “These grants represent a significant investment in that vision and the nonprofits that are working to improve our region.” The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation distributed grants worth nearly $2 million last year. The grants support projects and programs in three focus areas: education, social welfare and culture and the arts. Nonprofits working in one or more of these areas are encouraged to apply. Last year, grants were distributed to 72 area nonprofits, including Spring Forward Learning Center to support its educational programs, the Iowa Legal Aid eviction diversion program and Common Chord’s music mentorship program. Funding can be used for capital campaigns and capital acquisitions, operational and program grants. There are also multi-year program grants. The foundation funds larger, established institutions, smaller programs and newer organizations. “The grant parameters are designed to be inclusive and accessible,” said Waterman. “Our region’s nonprofit sector touches our lives in so many ways. Our grants support the wide range of work they are doing in the community.”  Applications for this year’s grants are due by August 15. Click here to submit an online application.

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Iowa 911 landline outage impacts Clinton County

A vast majority of the State of Iowa is experiencing a landline 911 outage Thursday morning, including Clinton County.

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Iowa statewide 911 landline outage reported

A temporary 911 outage for landlines was reported in Iowa, deputies say to use a cell phone in an emergency.

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4 Your Money | Still Growing

Recent reports show increasing concerns about economic growth here in the U.S. David Nelson, CEO of NelsonCorp Wealth Management, joins us to share the indicators he is watching closely and the implications for investors.

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3 Things to Know | Quad Cities headlines for May. 30, 2023

The autopsy on a body found in the Mississippi River will be performed, the police is looking to identify two men, and police is expecting to release more info.

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Landline 911 outage affects majority of Iowa, including Clinton County

Iowa residents who would normally call 911 from a landline need to use cell phones to contact authorities due to a statewide connection outage. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and Clinton County Communications emailed a news release on May 30 saying there is a landline 911 outage that is impacting a vast majority of the state of Iowa, including all of Clinton County. This temporary 911 outage only affects landlines. Residents who need to report an emergency or need an emergency response from law enforcement, fire or EMS should call 911 from a cell phone. All cell phone lines can make 911 calls. The cause of the 911 landline outage has been identified but there is no estimated time of repair. The Clinton County Sheriff's Office and Clinton County Communications will update residents when the 911 landline has been repaired and is back in service through social media and media outlets.

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Scream for new ice cream at Milan business

Wellington Toffee and More, at 400 4th Street West in Milan (inside the former Milan Train Depot), will now serve ice cream, in addition to their delicious homemade toffee. The ice cream is shipped in directly from Wisconsin, from the Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, a regional and family-owned company in Madison with a commitment to homemade and superior ingredients, according to a business release Thursday. Since 2022, their ice cream is made with milk and cream from pasture raised cows.  Wellington Toffee and More is at 400 4th St. W, Milan. Over 26 flavors of ice cream will be available, including fan favorites such as “Zanzibar Chocolate,” “Peanut Butter Cookie Dough,” “This @#^* Just Got Serious,” no-sugar-added “Cashews & Caramel” and dairy-free options “Electric Watermelon” and “Raspberry Lemon Ice.” Shakes, sundaes, floats and individual pints of ice cream will be available as well. Several toppings will be available, but exclusive to Wellington Toffee & More are several of their homemade toffee toppings including Lima Dulce, Cherry Crunch and Butt Naked. Wellington Toffee was founded in 2016, by Kevin Kellums and Stanley Thomas, with a simple idea of “toffee for good.”  Both Kellums and Thomas were motivated by their faith and wanting to make a difference in their local community and beyond, the company said. They have sold thousands of pounds of toffee since founding their company and have donated a significant portion of the proceeds to local, national and international charities. Now, they have expanded their menu and also offer “ice cream for good,” and will continue to donate part of their proceeds of ice cream sales to charities and missions. For instance, some of Wellington Toffee & More’s proceeds support children in Uganda, Africa, providing housing, schooling, food and more. After opening their Milan location for retail in 2023, they wanted to expand on their sweet treat offerings and started searching for a premium quality ice cream product to complement the high-quality toffee and confections they make. Most of the creative toffee flavors come from Thomas. One day, Thomas came to Kellums and said, “this time I have a cool idea.” To which Kellums replied, “what toffee flavor do you have in mind now?” “Not toffee, ice cream! Something high quality, comparable to our toffee,” said Thomas. Hours for Wellington Toffee and More are Thursday 3-8 p.m., Friday 3-8 p.m. Saturday 1-8 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m. They offer curbside pickup, which can be easily ordered from their website HERE.

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Davenport man arrested after refusing to leave fire

A Davenport man was arrested yesterday after police say he assaulted two officers during a fire at his home. The Davenport Police and Fire Departments were called to an address on Imperial Court for a report of a structure fire on May 29 at about 5:26 p.m. First responders encountered Joshua Musgrow, 33, who lives at the same address. According to the arrest affidavit, Musgrow is accused of physically resisting police officers by entering the fire and preventing firefighters from extinguishing the blaze. Officers told Musgrow several times that he must leave the building for his own safety, but he refused. He was still refusing to leave when officers began physically pushing him away. Joshua Musgrow (Scott County Sheriff's Office) Musgrow is accused of assaulting two police officers at the scene of the fire. The affidavit says he assaulted one officer with an elbow strike to the face and assaulted another by clenching his fists and making statements to assault officers. He was arrested and charged with two counts of assault on persons in certain occupations, a misdemeanor, and one count of interference with official acts, also a misdemeanor. He was released after posting bond.

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Gov. Reynolds to speak at Davenport conference

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will be a special speaker at a statewide business conference in Davenport next week. Gov. Reynolds is scheduled to talk Wednesday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the RiverCenter, as part of the 2024 Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Taking Care of Business Conference on June 4-6. Over 500 business leaders throughout Iowa are expected to gather for Iowa's premier business conference, bringing together industry leaders to learn, network and share ideas on how to grow and strengthen Iowa's business climate, according to a Thursday Visit Quad Cities release.   “On behalf of our board of directors and professional team, we are thrilled to host the Iowa ABI annual conference,” said Dave Herrell, president/CEO of Visit Quad Cities. “As the largest business organization in Iowa, working alongside ABI to create a positive environment for its members and showcase the Quad Cities regional destination is a privilege. The conference aligns with the momentum and energy in the QC as group business for tourism continues to drive meaningful results for our region’s visitor economy.”    The conference, hosted in downtown Davenport’s RiverCenter, boasts two days of networking opportunities, professional development and workshops focusing on a variety of topics such as crisis communication, cybersecurity, talent attraction and retention, artificial intelligence and more.   2024 Mainstage Speakers include:  Lesa France Kennedy is the executive vice chair of NASCAR and previously served as CEO of International Speedway Corporation, leading major development and revitalization projects in the motorsports industry.  Tommy Spaulding is the founder and president of Tommy Spaulding Companies, a bestselling author, and former CEO & President of Up with People, recognized globally for his leadership development work.  Frank Kelly is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in Wall Street and senior government roles, currently serving as Deutsche Bank's first Chief Political Strategist and involved in various philanthropic endeavors.   New to the programming this year is the announcement of the 2024 Coolest Thing Made in Iowa. Iowa-made products have been competing since early April to receive the honor. In addition to the conference activities, attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience unique offerings of the Quad Cities through various Community Experiences and Industry Tour outings. Organized by Visit Quad Cities, these outings are designed to showcase the best of what the QC region has to offer, from world-class golfing to engaging industry tours. Experiences include:  Golf at TPC Deere Run: Experience a best-shot tournament on a championship golf course.  Spirits and Sweets: An interactive mixology class at the J Bar followed by a chocolate-making demonstration at Chocolate Manor.  Iowa American Water: A walking tour of a water treatment plant.  Arconic: A tour of Arconic’s facility producing aluminum sheet and plate for various industries.  Quad Cities Treasures: A tour of Living Lands and Waters floating classroom and a tour of historic Arsenal Island.  John Deere: A factory tour of John Deere Davenport Works.  For more information on the conference, click HERE.

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The Environmental Protection Commission to hold company responsible for deadly fertilizer spill.

The spill left 15 hundred tons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer in the East Nishnabotna river. The company faces multiple fines after the accident killed thousands.

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Neal McCoy plays Rhythm City

Rhythm City Casino Resort presents country music legend Neal McCoy! According to a release, Neal McCoy has released fifteen studio albums and broke through in 1993 with back-to-back number one singles 'No Doubt About It' and 'Wink' from his platinum-certified album 'No Doubt About It.' He had two more platinum albums and a gold album into the late 1990s, along with six more top-ten hits. His musical success continued from there, with albums like 'That's Life,' 'XII,' You Don't Know Me' and more. Neal McCoy (Rhythm City Casino Resort) Neal McCoy plays Rhythm City Casino Resort in the Event Center Saturday, August 31 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available here or at The Market at Rhythm City, located at 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport. Presale kicks off Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m., and tickets go on sale Friday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. For more information, click here.

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How the Nishnabotna fertilizer spill is impacting multiple states

The spill killed almost 750,000 fish in Iowa, but the impact doesn’t stop there.

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AIM Muscatine County offers enrichment learning experience in West Liberty

Aligned Impact Muscatine County (AIM) through its partnerships with other local educators hopes to provide additional enrichment to local schools within the communities it serves through its new Classroom Enrichment Program.

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Iowa State Patrol: releases names from Sunday evening crash near Wilton that left one dead

The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of two people who were injured and one who was killed in a crash Sunday evening.

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Moline native joins Augustana police force

Augustana College, Rock Island, officials gathered May 14 to swear in Ryan Tone as a police officer for the Augustana College Police Department. From left, Augustana Chief of Police Tom Phillis, Officer Ryan Tone and Dean Wes Brooks. (Augustana College) Augustana Police Chief Tom Phillis and Dean Wes Brooks led the ceremony, which was attended by Tone’s family. “We are excited to add Ryan Tone to the Augustana College Police Department,” Phillis said. “Ryan comes to us with a wealth of experience which we'll use to further the law enforcement side of our mission.” Tone said he is excited to join Augustana's department. "I’m thrilled to be a part of Chief Tom Phillis’ public safety team at Augustana," the Moline native said. "Students come here to earn an excellent education – we keep them safe." After attending Moline High School, Tone graduated from Augustana in 1985 with a degree in public administration. He worked as a corrections officer for Scott County Jail before being hired by the Illinois State Police in 1986. He worked as a state trooper for several years and served on the Illinois State Police Drug Interdiction team code named "Valkyrie." The initiative removed illegal drugs and guns from the street and secured arrests of those involved. Tone was assigned to the FBI Federal Gang Task Force of the Quad Cities, where he worked on significant drug, gun and gang violence cases. Most recently, he served as police chief for the Village of Hampton. He is married to Pam, and the pair share two children and four grandchildren.

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Davenport chiropractor sentenced to three years in federal prison for PPP loan fraud

A Davenport chiropractor was sentenced to three years in federal prison for attempting to defraud the Paycheck Protection Program.

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Weekend Rundown with WLLR | May 30, 2024

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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Muscatine police chief is including Iowa DCI in a shooting incident

Officers with the Muscatine County Drug Task Force were serving a search warrant when the suspects fled the scene. More information will be released later Thursday.

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EICC expands commercial driver's-license program to Muscatine Community College

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) celebrated the expansion of its Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program to the Muscatine Community College (MCC) campus, according to a news release. The event, held in front of a new Great Dane semi-trailer adorned with EICC logos and images, marked a significant milestone for both the college and the community.  (Eastern Iowa Community Colleges) About 40 attendees, including EICC faculty, staff, local legislators, members of the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, and the public, gathered May 22 on the new DOT-approved training range. This range, along with four new tractor-trailer combinations and the expansion of Scott Community College’s truck driving program, was made possible by a $797,000 grant from Iowa Workforce Development and an additional $500,000 investment from EICC.  Lindsey Trumbull, membership and community development coordinator for the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry, kicked off the ceremony, highlighting the importance of such initiatives in fostering community development and economic growth.  Naomi DeWinter, president of MCC, highlighted the impact of the new program on the local community: “The vision of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is to change lives and build communities. What we are celebrating today is another addition to the Muscatine community that does just that, through access to a short-term training program in a high-demand field.” The expansion of the CDL program to MCC is set to meet the rising demand for CDL-trained professionals. Starting this summer, the new DOT-approved training range at MCC will be operational, with classes beginning on June 1. Students will gain hands-on experience behind the wheel of tractor-trailers equipped with modern Electronic Logging Devices.  Michelle Almandinger, board chair of the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and David Riggan from TanTara Transportation, also spoke to the crowd, expressing excitement about the program’s potential to bolster the local workforce and support regional businesses.  “In 2020, our industry was thrust into the spotlight, highlighting the crucial role of truck drivers,” Riggan explained. “This recognition allowed us to increase our rates and, in turn, raise wages. At TanTara, most of our truck drivers now earn between $80,000 and $115,000.” Tom Monroe, CDL - Truck Driving Program Manager at EICC, emphasized the program's commitment to safety and student success. “The CDL program at EICC has come a long way in its 50 years. We have a mission in training our drivers. We won’t put anyone out on the road unless we can go home and sleep at night, believing that they are going to be safe out there.” About EICC’s Truck Driving Program  EICC offers comprehensive CDL training programs that prepare students for the CDL A test in just seven weeks. The curriculum includes online learning, in-person classes, and over-the-road instruction, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for their careers.  For more information, visit here.

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Judge will review Davenport's closed session recordings dealing with settlements

A Scott County judge will review recordings and minutes of closed session meetings by the Davenport city council in fall of 2023 to decide whether the state auditor should have access to them.

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Pending Death Notices for the Quad-Cities, May 30, 2024

Patricia Dell Bronkema, 86, of Forreston, Illinois, died Sunday, May 26, 2024, at Harbor Hospice Home of Houston in Houston, Texas. Arrangements at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Fulton, Illinois.

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Jeff Bloemker answers survey while running for Scott County Supervisor

Jeff Bloemker is one of five Republicans running for two Scott County Supervisor seats.

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Incumbent Rita Rawson answers survey questions in Scott County Supervisors primary

Rita Rawson is one of five Republicans running in the Scott County Supervisor primary.

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Scott County Supervisor candidate Thomas Charles Nelson answers survey

Thomas Charles Nelson is one of five Republicans running in the Scott County Supervisor primary.

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Scott County Supervisors incumbent Ken Beck answers survey ahead of primary

Incumbent Ken Beck is one of five Republicans running for two seats on the Scott County Supervisors Board in the primary.

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Shots fired after police pursuit in Muscatine

Police say there's no threat to the public. Additional details are expected on Thursday.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

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Iowa’s Payton Sandfort to return for his senior men’s basketball season

Iowa standout Payton Sandfort withdrew from the NBA draft to return to Iowa men’s basketball for his senior season.

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Arconic Eagle Cam’s eaglet Clark passes away, officials say

This spring, Arconic Eagle Cam welcomed two baby eaglets and had the public’s help in naming the pair. The names Caitlin and Clark were selected for the baby eaglets. Wednesday, Arconic Eagle Cam officials posted some sad news that eaglet Clark had passed away.

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Scott County Humane Society says it's at risk of resorting to euthanasia

Shelter officials said they need to have 10 dogs placed by Thursday afternoon.

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Call for help: Humane Society of Scott County at capacity crisis

A capacity crisis at the Humane Society of Scott County could lead to some animals being put down. A post on the Humane Society's Facebook page says it will have to begin euthanizing dogs if ten of them do not leave by Thursday, May 30. Managers hope people will come to adopt a dog or look for their lost dogs. The Humane Society is also looking for foster families for kittens. For more information, click here.

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Early morning Coyne Center fire damages home, crews say

An early morning fire broke out in Coyne Center, Ill. damaging a home.

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Sherrard bus driver protects student during tornado

Rose Smith evacuated students from her bus and took them inside the old Coyne Center to shelter in place.

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Retiring Davenport pastor reflects on serving the community

It will be the end of an era at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Davenport as Peter Marty, pastor at the church for decades, is retiring. Our Quad Cities News' Eric Olsen spent a Sunday morning with Marty to reflect on his career and serving the community.

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McKinley Elementary School student named Safety Patroller of the Year by AAA

A sixth grader at McKinley Elementary, within the Davenport Community School District, was recognized for their leadership and commitment to safety by being named the Safety Patroller of the Year for the state of Iowa by AAA.

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Davenport 6th grader named School Safety Patroller of the Year

A sixth grader at McKinley Elementary School in Davenport got a big honor from the American Automobile Association (AAA) for the state of Iowa. Lucas Deters won AAA's School Safety Patroller of the Year for Iowa. Deters was one of McKinley's captains of safety patrols. He was responsible for organizing the other patrol members and reporting safety concerns to adults. His teacher nominated Deters for the award. Deters won the award based on his leadership qualities, safety knowledge and school and community involvement. For more information, click here.

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QCA school bus driver keeps children safe from tornado

Last Friday, a tornado hit Coyne Center while a school bus was transporting children. Thanks to the actions of one bus driver, all the students were kept safe during the harrowing experience.

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Two arrested in shooting incident in Columbus Junction

Two subjects were arrested Monday afternoon in Columbus Junction after the Columbus Junction Police and the Louisa County Sheriff’s office responded to reports of shots fired.

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Eldridge to build destination to live, work & play

Eldridge unveiled plans for a new commercial development to be built on the south end of the city where there's been a lot of growth over the last few years. As Our Quad Cities News reporter Linsey Tobin tells us, leaders in Eldridge are working to make Lincoln Landing a destination to live, work and play.

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Man wanted in connection to Tuesday night shooting in Sterling

​Police are looking for 24-year-old Daveon H. Lucas in connection to the incident. They say it was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.

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Construction underway on Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School

Officials say it's the first new Catholic school in Scott County in nearly 60 years.

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Shots fired after high-speed chase in Muscatine, officials say

Police say there is no active threat to the community.

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Animal Welfare Center, Milan, offers low-cost micro-chipping

In celebration of National Micro-chipping Month, the Quad City Animal Welfare Center (QCAWC) will offer micro-chipping services for a low cost of $10 throughout the entire month of June, according to a news release. This initiative aims to promote the importance of permanent identification for pets, ensuring they can be easily reunited with their families if they become lost. (qcawc.org) Micro-chipping is a simple, safe, and effective way to provide your pet with lifelong identification. Unlike collars and tags that can fall off or be removed, a microchip is a permanent form of identification and can be scanned by veterinarians, humane societies, and animal shelters. "We are dedicated to the well-being of all pets in our community," said Shayenne Stiegler, clinic manager at the QCAWC. "By offering affordable micro-chipping, we hope to increase the number of pets that can be safely and quickly returned to their owners if they become lost." For more information on how to take advantage of this special offer and to find the schedule for our drive-up and mobile clinics, visit here. The Quad City Animal Welfare Center (QCAWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter, medical care, and adoption services for homeless animals. It also offers community outreach programs, including low-cost spay/neuter services, vaccination clinics, and pet education resources. The Quad City Animal Welfare Center Adoption & Education Center is at 724 2nd W. Avenue in Milan. The Quad City Animal Welfare Center Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic is at 612 1st W. Street in Milan.

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Election 2024: Iowa primary voter guide

Early voting is underway ahead of next Tuesday’s primary election. This election gives voters the chance to decide what candidates will make it on the ballot in November.

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Muscatine County Emergency Management Agency: Avoid area of Highway 61 and Cedar, officer involved shooting, search warrant leads to shots fired, city officials say

Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., officers with the Muscatine County Drug Task Force begin the process of serving a search warrant on a residence located in the City of Muscatine, according to the media release. The subjects of the investigation fled the scene in a vehicle when approached by law enforcement, and led police on a high speed chase on Highway 61, around Muscatine.

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Step back in time: Grads revisit elementary roots

As they ready themselves to take their next steps into the future, some graduating high school students in Davenport took a steps back to where their education started. Our Quad Cities News photojournalist Mike Colón takes us to the halls of Wilson Elementary School as the graduating seniors go back to where it all began.

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Davenport sixth grader named AAA's 'School Safety Patroller of the Year' for Iowa

Lucas Deters wrote in his application essay that being a safety patroller helped him realize leadership is a life skill.

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Gunfire follows pursuit in Muscatine County

After a high-speed pursuit and gunfire, a Muscatine County incident remains under investigation, according to a news release. (muscatinecountyiowa.gov) About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers with the Muscatine County Drug Task Force began the process of serving a search warrant on a Muscatine residence. "The subjects of the investigation" took off in a car when law enforcement approached them, and by law enforcement, and led police on a high speed pursuit on Highway 61 around Muscatine, the release says. The fleeing vehicle was involved in a traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 61 and Cedar Street about 3:40 p.m. The suspects ran off, and, shortly afterward, "several gunshots were fired at the scene," according to the release. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.  In addition to the Muscatine County Drug Task Force, the agencies involved or lending support include the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, Muscatine Police Department, Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Muscatine Fire Department, and University of Iowa AirCare. "The situation was quickly contained and there is no active threat to the community," the release says. 

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Shots fired in conjunction with high-speed chase in Muscatine

An investigation is underway involving gunshots fired at the scene of a traffic accident following a high speed pursuit. According to a release from the City of Muscatine, on Wednesday May 29 at around 3:30 p.m., officers with the Muscatine County Drug Task Force were serving a search warrant on a residence in Muscatine. The suspects in the investigation fled the scene in a vehicle and led police on a high speed pursuit on Highway 61 around Muscatine. The suspects' vehicle was involved in a traffic collision at the intersection of Highway 61 and Cedar St. at around 3:40 p.m. The suspects fled on foot from the accident and several gunshots were fired at the scene. (Mike Colón, OurQuadCities.com)(Mike Colón, OurQuadCities.com) The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is conducting an investigation into the incident. Along with the Muscatine County Drug Task Force, the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, Muscatine Police Department, Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Muscatine Fire Department and University of Iowa AirCare are involved in the investigation. According to the release, the situation was contained, and there is no active threat to the community. The incident remains under investigation.

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Teen passed pistol to woman who fired shots during argument at riverfront park

According to arrest affidavits, Shebra Waters and Terry Waters were arguing with two other people when Terry pointed the pistol at someone. He passed the gun to Shebra, who then fired several times.

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Elle King, June 13

A four-time Grammy Award nominee who has earned trophies from the Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Elle King headlines a June 13 concert at Davenport's Capitol Theatre, her 2023 recording Come Get Your Wife hailed by Variety magazine as King's "most dynamic full album, one full of wonder, whiskey, spite, laughter, sensuality, religion, soul, and country-fried spirit."

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Alan Shepard Elementary School shows off $5.5 million expansion

Even though it's the end of the school year, Alan Shepard Elementary School in Long Grove is showing off its new $5.5 million expansion. Our Quad Cities News photojournalist Gabe Zwierzynski takes us on a tour of the impressive additions.

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Sebastian Bach, June 9

With his career accomplishments including acting as frontman for the hard-rock outfit Skid Row, a successful turn on TV's The Masked Singer, and fame as "the first heavy metal singer on Broadway” thanks to his leading role in Jekyll & Hyde, Canadian musician Sebastian Bach headlines a June 9 concert at East Moline's The Rust Belt, his 2024 album Child Within the Man lauded by This Day in Metal as "heavy and hard rock that old and new fans will undoubtedly enjoy."

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Fight led to 2 arrests after shooting at riverfront park

According to arrest affidavits, Shebra Waters and Terry Waters were arguing with two other people when Terry pointed the pistol at someone. He passed the gun to Shebra, who then fired several times.

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Man wanted in connection to Tuesday night shooting in Sterling

Police are looking for 24-year-old Daveon Lucas in connection to a shooting that left another man in serious condition.

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Marshall Charloff & the Purple xPeRIeNCE, June 8

Praised by Funkatopia for his “amazingly fluid guitar and great piano work” and “vocal work which he has nailed down to a science,” singer and multi-instrumentalist Marshall Charloff brings his ensemble the Purple xPeRIeNCE to Moline's Vibrant Arena at the MARK on June 8, the touring artists performing the signature stylings of Prince & the Revolution in a special concert free to ticket-holders for that evening's Quad City Steamwheelers game against the Frisco Fighters.

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Downtown Davenport Summer Kickoff Block Party, June 7

With the free event sponsored by Northwest Bank & Trust, Davenport's Common Chord is set to jump-start the warm-weather months with a Summer Kickoff Block Party on June 7, the outdoor celebration starting in the venue's courtyard with high-energy performances by local acts Einstein’s Sister, The Crew, and students from the QC Rock Academy.

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“Up Close with Dave Scholl,” June 8

Delivering an intimate evening of music at Moline's historic Butterworth Center followed by a season-closing cocktail reception, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra officially wraps up its 2023-24 season with the June 8 event Up Close with Dave Scholl, which finds the QCSO's principal bass performing alongside noted pianist Mio Nakamura.

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Missing East Moline man found dead in Mississippi River

A car, belonging to a man reported missing two months ago in East Moline, has been found by divers in the Mississippi River.

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Logan Springer & the Wonderfully Wild, June 8

Treating audiences to the sounds of heartland Americana steeped in an amalgamation of country and rock, and lyrically swinging from bluegrass to the blues, Logan Springer & the Wonderfully Wild perform at Quinlan Court on June 8 in the summer's first Big 9 Concert Series event sponsored by the City of Davenport and Common Chord, with gifted Midwestern musicians playing nine sets in various parks along Davenport’s nine miles of riverfront.

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Patrick Cantlay to play in John Deere Classic

The John Deere Classic announced a top 10 player commit to play in this year’s tournament.

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2 arrested after shots fired near Modern Woodmen Park Tuesday night

A spokesperson for the River Bandits said its Tuesday game was delayed for safety reasons but that the incident took place outside of the ballpark.

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Patrick Cantlay will hit the links in the 2024 John Deere Classic

The 8-time PGA Tour winner has never competed in the JDC before.

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No injuries reported in Coyne Center fire

No injuries were reported when a house caught on fire in Coyne Center. A neighbor reported smoke coming from a home on 116th Ave. Wednesday, June 29 around 6:30 a.m. Firefighters put the fire out in about 20 minutes. One person home at the time made it out safely. It's not clear how the fire started or how much damage there is to the home.

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Patrick Cantlay will hit the links in the 2024 John Deere Classic

The 8-time PGA Tour winner has never competed in the JDC before.

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QCA school bus driver saves students from tornado

A local bus driver is being recognized by her community and school district for her quick actions during severe weather. Rose Smith has been a bus driver for decades. A tornado touched down in Coyne Center Friday as kids were headed to school. Smith took a detour to shelter the students and arrived at a former school for safety. Smith says this situation has never happened to her before. "One little boy kept saying, 'oh, my God; we're going to die,'" Smith said. "I said, 'no, you're not. Miss Rose will take care of you.'" In a tough situation, Smith made sure to keep her kids safe. "They were pretty scared, but they all did a great job," Smith said. "It's my job to keep them kids safe, so I feel like they're my kids when they're on my bus. They're my responsibility. I did what I did because it's my job." Students on the bus that day were experiencing the same shock their own bus driver was. "We got hail and a lot of rain," Smith said. "I was jut trying to make it to Coyne Center, and then they told me to go to my building. I don't have a building in Coyne Center, or even a post office to go to and take shelter. I thought the best thing would be the former Coyne Center School." Students on the bus were happy that Smith was the driver and led them to safety. "I was feeling scared that we might die or something," Kayden Smith, a Sherrard 5th grader, said. "Once the notification came on my phone that there was an emergency for a tornado warning, I was scared and texted my parents to tell them about the tornado." "I'm just happy that she took us to a safe place in the building," said Jaxon Beaulieu, a Sherrard 5th grader. "My parents were a little on the scared side also, and I thank miss Rose because of her hard work and what she did for us to keep us safe," said Knox Driessens, a Sherrard 5th grader. Parents were informed by the school as the tornado was taking shape Friday morning, and the district received a lot of social media comments from parents. They detailed how thankful they are to have Smith as a bus driver. "She deserves some credit, and she deserves the recognition," Dr. Carl Johnson, Superintendent for the Sherrard School District, said. "We teased her a little bit on Friday at our luncheon about that, and just typical Rose she smiled and said 'just doing my job.' But again, it's nice to know that the community recognizes when somebody is doing an outstanding job going above and beyond." Even after the rounds of severe weather, Smith credits the willingness and cooperation of the kids she oversees as the real reason everyone was safe and sound. "My kids were excellent," Smith said. "They must have a lot of training in school because they went right away in the hallways and sat down. They were quiet, and they were great."

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Free Throw, June 10

Touring in support of their 2023 album Lessons That We Swear to Keep, a recording that New Noise magazine said "does a remarkable job at helping listeners discover comfort within the chaos," the emo and indie-rock ensemble Free Throw headlines a June 10 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, New Noise adding that "the lyrical content is effortlessly intriguing, painting a picture of the difficulties of self-worth, regrets of possible wasted potential, as well as not being afraid of giving yourself a break."

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Check out some live music with dad at the 56th Annual Geneseo Music Festival June 14-16

​The annual event is open to all ages and will feature music performances, food vendors and family-friendly activities.

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Davenport seniors visit former elementary schools to celebrate graduation

The "Senior Walk" tradition started about five years ago.

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Cookies, anyone? How Illinois researchers turned plastic into 3D-printed food

A team at SIU has successfully turned plastic and other waste into printable food. They say it will help astronauts, as well as pollution and hunger here on Earth.

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Jeanie B! & the Jelly Beans, June 12

As part of the "Music on the Lawn" concert series sponsored by Moline's Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, the popular children's-music talents of Jeanie B! & the Jelly Beans will perform three family-friendly concerts on the historic Deere-Wiman House lawn on June 12, with Time Out Chicago raving that "Jeanie B's music is one of the best things to happen to children in Chicago this decade!"

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Lucinda Williams, June 11

Touring in support of her 2023 recording that inspired Americana Highways to rave that "music this impressive is a testament to the vitality of her rock 'n' roll heart," Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams headlines a special June 11 concert event at Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn, with both the artist and her self-titled 1988 album lauded by the Village Voice's Robert Christgau as "gorgeous, flawless, brilliant."

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Artists, entrepreneurs transform cicadas from ick to in demand while building community

Cicadas seem to be everywhere these days. They’re crawling up from the ground and will soon be singing from the treetops all over Illinois as the life cycles of two broods coincide for the first time in more than two…

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Them Coulee Boys, June 8

Currently touring in support of their 2023 release Ten Years Tall, an EP filled with re-recorded staples from the band’s first two albums as well as a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” the Midwestern bluegrass artists of Them Coulee Boys return to Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn for a June 8 headlining engagement, their previous album release Namesake described by Folking as "a wonderful dream of a record."

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Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, June 7

A Grammy-winning musician whose style, according to All About Jazz, "borrows from the fabric of reggae, blues, jazz and pop to provide a totally enjoyable experience," Terrance Simien and his musical outfit the Zydeco Experience headline a June 7 concert event at Maquoketa's Discovery Park, the bandleader performing with Danny Williams on keyboards, Stan Chambers on bass, Ian Molinaro-Thompson on drums, Michael Christie on trumpet, Revon Andrews on trombone, and 2024 recruit Noah Boshra on saxophone.

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Muscatine County Emergency Management Agency: Avoid area of Highway 61 and Cedar, officer involved shooting

The Muscatine County Emergency Management Agency posted to Facebook with an update saying to avoid the area of Highway 61 and Cedar.

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QC Pride Festival returns to Schwiebert Park

For the third year, the Quad Cities Pride Alliance is holding the Quad Cities Pride Festival this weekend, set to take place at the beautiful Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island. This vibrant celebration of diversity and inclusion will be held from Friday, May 31 to Saturday, June 1, offering a dynamic lineup of entertainment, activities, and community engagement. The hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, and noon to midnight Saturday, with $10 admission each day. With a packed entertainment lineup each day, the headliners are: Friday Night: Ada Vox, renowned for her powerful performances on "Queen of the Universe" and "American Idol," will take the stage to dazzle the crowd with her extraordinary talent. Saturday Night: Elliott With 2 T's, a standout star from "RuPaul's Drag Race," will headline with a show-stopping performance sure to captivate and entertain. The festival will feature an array of drag shows, live bands, and diverse entertainment acts throughout both days. Attendees can look forward to an eclectic mix of music, dance, and theatrical performances that celebrate the spirit of Pride. In addition to the entertainment, the festival grounds will host a variety of food vendors offering delicious fare to satisfy all tastes. Local businesses and community organizations will also be on hand, showcasing their products and services, providing information, and engaging with festival-goers. This is a perfect opportunity to support local enterprises and discover the richness of the Quad Cities community. A scene from the 2023 Pride Fest at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, Rock Island. "We are incredibly excited about this year's Pride Festival," said Daniel Gleason, president of Quad Cities Pride Alliance. "Our goal is to create a welcoming and joyous space for everyone to celebrate love, acceptance, and the vibrant diversity of our community. With amazing headliners like Ada Vox and Elliott with 2 T's, we know this will be a festival to remember." Quad Cities Pride Alliance is dedicated to promoting equality, visibility, and understanding for the LGBTQ+ community in the QC region. Through events, outreach, and advocacy, the organization works tirelessly to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all individuals. QC Pride is hosting the annual QC Unity Pride Parade June 1, starting at 11 a.m. at 2nd and Iowa streets in Davenport, heading down 2nd Street to the Centennial Bridge, crossing over to Illinois, down 3rd Avenue and heading to the entry way of the Quad Cities Pride Festival at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, located at 101 17th St., Rock Island. Enjoy candy, music and creativity at this family-friendly event. Parade entry is free. To register or for more information, click here. Grand marshal and host excited Elliott With 2 T's (who is based in Las Vegas) and the Rock Island-based Chad Rose (who performs as drag queen Bentley Balenciaga) are the grand marshals for the parade and Balenciaga is host for the two-day festival. Elliott With 2 T's, left, and Bentley Balenciaga will be grand marshals of the QC Pride Parade and are co-cruise directors for the Big Gay Cruise. "I'm super excited," Rose -- who has performed drag around the world for six years -- said Wednesday. She is a two-year member of the Pride Alliance board and also is co-cruise director (with Elliott) of the Big Gay Cruise, with Royal Caribbean. "I've always been in love with the art form," Rose said of drag, noting she's participated in the Pride Fest pride pageant in 2019, and won first place in 2021. She called Bentley an "old school" drag queen -- with lots of glitz and feathers, big hair, big boobs and a big personality. A scene from the 2023 Pride Fest at Schwiebert Park. "I'm very much an extrovert -- it's an amplification of my own persona," she said. "People are more forgiving when I'm performing. I can be more cutting in my comments. If I'm not in drag, it's just mean." Doing the Pride Parade and Pride Fest is important to give back to the community, Rose said. Her full-time job is working from home for the virtual call center Alorica. Rose also will perform at a Pride Fest after-party Saturday night 11 pm. to 2 a.m. at The Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Those tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. The Big Gay Cruise is a five-day cruise not only for the LGBTQ+ community, but their allies, Rose said. This October, it will leave from Galveston, Tex., and next February, leaves from Miami, Fla. With much anti-LGBTQ sentiment across the country, Rose said "it's important to focus on the positive...Love is love." As Bentley, she will perform at Pride events June 15 at Bass Street Landing, Moline, and June 30 at UP Skybar, downtown Davenport. For more information about the 2024 Quad Cities Pride Festival, including the full schedule of events and ticket information, click HERE.

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All Iowa Reads Virtual Author Events, June 11 and 12

On June 11 and 12, a trio of gifted, award-winning authors will take place in a pair of virtual conversations hosted by the LeClaire Community Library, with fans of child and young-adult fiction invited to a Tuesday-evening audience with Diane Wilson of the All Iowa Reads selection The Seed Keeper, and a Wednesday-evening online chat with Celia Perez and Samira Ahmed of All Iowa Reads choices Tumble and Hollow Fires.

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Geneseo Christmas in June: The Last Lighting

The city has used the same tree for several decades, but the tree's declining health is leading to its replacement with an artificial tree.

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“The Butterfly Effect: Why Do We Feel Empathy with the Victims of War, Hunger, Terror, & Natural Disasters?”, June 9

In the latest program in the German American Heritage Center's popular "Kaffee & Kuchen" series, Dr. Danuta Hutchins will refer to her book Torn Out Memories while sharing her experiences as a child living under the Nazi occupation of Poland and during the Warsaw Uprising, with June 9's The Butterfly Effect: Why Do We Feel Empathy with the Victims of War, Hunger, Terror, & Natural Disasters? finding Hutchins relating her personal trauma to the terrors suffered by the victims of 9/11 attacks.

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Humane Society of Scott County hits ‘breaking point’ dogs facing euthanasia, center says

The Humane Society of Scott County is seeking the public’s help in housing animals, immediately.

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Cookies, anyone? How Illinois researchers turned plastic into 3D-printed food

A team at SIU has successfully turned plastic and other waste into printable food. They say it will help astronauts, as well as pollution and hunger here on Earth.

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DNC in Chicago will lose some luster as Democrats plan to virtually nominate President Joe Biden before convention

Less than three months before the Democratic National Convention comes to Chicago, the event is already losing a significant portion of its celebratory luster as national Democrats on Tuesday said they plan to virtually nominate President Joe Biden and Vice…

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2024 Iowa Arts Festival, June 7 through 9

A tradition of 40-plus years that has attracted more than 25,000 people each summer to downtown Iowa City, the Iowa Arts Festival, from June 7 through 9, will showcase a wide array of visual artists from local and national levels, and also feature a beverage garden, a variety of culinary delights, children’s activities, and thrilling live-music performances, including a Saturday-night set with Grammy-winning festival headliner Terrance Simien.

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“The Iowa State Fair,” June 13 through September 8

In the latest Musser House Galleries exhibit at the Muscatine Art Center, rides, contests, animals, refreshments, delighted patrons, and more will be showcased in Iowa artist Kurt Ullrich's The Iowa State Fair, a collection of gorgeous and evocative black-and-white images that truly evince the wonder of this annually awaited outdoor tradition.

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Geneseo Christmas tree gets final holiday hurrah at Last Lighting

While summer is quickly approaching, there will be some tidings of comfort and joy this weekend. Geneseo's Christmas tree's health has been in decline for a few years, and now the city is looking to give it a proper sendoff. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Zack Sullivan dropped by Our Quad City News with more information about Geneseo's Last Lighting ceremony with the tree. For more information, click here.

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Southern Photography Exhibition Celebration, June 13

Held in conjunction with the venue's new exhibit Reckonings & Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Do Good Fund, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will host a special Southern Photography Exhibition Celebration on June 13, with curator Dr. Jeffrey Richmond-Moll introducing the exhibition and sharing fascinating insights on his curatorial process.

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Genesius Guild's “Medea,” June 8 through 16

For its season-opening production at Rock Island's Lincoln Park, the Quad Cities' venerated classical-theatre organization Genesius Guild will present the return of Euripides' timeless Greek tragedy Medea from June 8 through 16, the one-act play's director Michael Callahan planning to deliver “an intense 90 minutes that you will, I promise, never forget.”

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56th Annual Geneseo Music Festival taking place Father's Day Weekend

​The annual event is open to all ages and will feature music performances, food vendors and family-friendly activities.

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“Tarzan: The Musical,” June 7 through 16

Praised by USA Today as a Broadway hit of "uncynical warmth and charm," the Tony-nominated Tarzan: The Musical swings into Moline's Spotlight Theatre for an area-debut run from June 7 through 16, this theatrical adaptation of Disney's Oscar-winning animated film boasting magical stagecraft and delightful tunes including "Two Worlds," "Strangers Like Me," and 1999's Academy Award champion ""You'll Be In My Heart."

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Court records reveal new details in Moline double homicide

Police believe contents of two phones found in the basement of a house where two people were killed have evidence.

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Man wanted in connection to shooting that left man in serious condition, Sterling Police Department says

Daveon H. Lucas, 24, is wanted for aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm on a Whiteside County arrest warrant, according to a media release from SPD. Lucas is wanted in connection to the shooting incident that happened on Tuesday night where a 28-year-old man was shot.