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Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

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East Moline residents give feedback on revitalization project

An open house public meeting was held Wednesday to seek input on a project aimed to revitalize the greater downtown area of East Moline.

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Bettendorf mayor holds annual state of the city address

Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher held his annual state of the city address at the Waterfront Convention Center.

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Refunds and local impacts from American Queen Voyages shutdown

The cruise line, which made stops in the Quad Cities, shut down on Feb. 20.

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East Moline hosts first open house for input on downtown revitalization plan

The extensive project is funded by a $24 million federal grant and looks to connect key areas of downtown.

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East Moline hosts first open house for input on downtown revitalization plan

The extensive project is funded by a $24 million federal grant and looks to connect key areas of downtown.

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Iowa lawmakers hold public hearing on AEA overhaul proposal

Legislators heard from nearly three dozen people who spoke about what impacts the bill could have.

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University of Iowa using AI to help academic advising

Engineering students can use the program to inquire about majors and minors.

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Mother and 4 children injured in car crash in Carroll County

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said that two of the children have life-threatening injuries.

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Man life-flighted, suffers 'significant burn injury' after accident at Galva ethanol plant

Officials say a contractor at Big River Resources was using a power tool in an area "thought to be free of ethanol" when residual product ignited.

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East Moline showcases plans to revitalize downtown

East Moline leaders showed off their latest plans to revitalize the city's downtown with the most detailed look so far. The primary goal is to build a strong connection to the development along the riverfront, and as Our Quad Cities News reporter Victoria Frazier found out, connection, growth and thriving in the community are the names of the game for the project and what residents want to see.

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Crews respond to crash on Highway 67 in Milan

Crews responded to a crash on Highway 67 in Milan near Castle Junction Storage and Quad Cities Gymnastics Academy, Wednesday night.

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Quad Cities nonprofit honors Minnesota first responders killed in the line of duty

Metal4Valor is also sending hand-crafted badges to the responders' families.

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Davenport sinkhole swallows car

A car was swallowed into a sinkhole in Davenport.

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Man life-flighted, suffers 'significant burn injury' after accident at Galva ethanol plant, officials say

Officials say a contractor at Big River Resources was using a power tool in an area "thought to be free of ethanol" when residual product ignited.

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Portion of City of Silvis under boil order

Some City of Silvis residents are under a boil order.

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Teamsters protest Iowa bill that could decertify public unions

Thursday about a hundred union members circled the Iowa Statehouse blowing their horns. They protested proposed legislation they say will gut public sector unions.

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QC, That’s Where: A passion instilled through 3 generations at John Deere

John Deere is in the business spotlight as a part of QC, That’s Where, a new partnership with Quad Cities Chamber and Visit Quad Cities.

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The green and yellow, John Deere in the Quad Cities

John Deere is in the business spotlight as a part of QC, That’s Where, a new partnership with Quad Cities Chamber and Visit Quad Cities.

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QCA career center receives state grant to help trade job market

The American Job Center in Rock Island will benefit from grant funding to develop its career programs. Sarah Cleveland is the Business Services Manager for the American Job Center. "We need trades in our community," Cleveland said. "They build our hospitals and our streets. They are what gives us our community." The American Job Center will use $195,000 in grant funding from the state of Illinois to improve services for people interested in trade jobs through pre-apprenticeship programs. "I think this is a big deal for both the job-seeker and the local trades," Cleveland said. "The point of the program is to provide skills training for individuals and transition services into DOL apprenticeships." Lori Warren is Program Director for the American Job Center. She says younger people are becoming more interested in the trades recently. "I think people are starting to realize that you can get a good job," Warren said. "You can have good skills and a good future and not have gone to college. I do think that there are some young people today that are choosing that path because there is a good market for it. It's good, honest work, and you work hard, you get the great benefits that come from it." Warren says the money will help job applicants find employment, join unions and help the job center transition employees. "We work with historically marginalized populations," Warren said. "We really try to make the best choices so that they can provide for their families or make a change for their future." Cleveland says the funding will go a long way in helping trade job candidates find and retain their jobs. "This program is going to be able to enhance our job seeker's ability to get into the building and construction trades," Cleveland said. "It's going to enhance the number of apprenticeships within those programs." The American Job Center is getting part of the grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The money is being divided among 36 organizations. According to the American Job Center's website, "the One-Stop career resource center provides free access to computers with internet, printers, copiers and scanners. In addition, eligible job seekers are provided with high-quality career services, education and training scholarships and supportive services to obtain skills for high quality in-demand occupations. Businesses are provided with sustainable no-cost and low-cost strategies to recruit, hire, train and retain the skilled workforce businesses need to thrive." For more information, click here.

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Economist: 2023 'would go down as the worst year for pork producers ever' in Iowa

On average, Iowa pork producers lost $32 dollars per hog last year. That's $5 more in losses compared to 1998, the previous worst year on record.

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1 person airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after ‘industrial accident’ at ethanol plant, officials say

Crews responded to an “industrial accident” at a chemical plant in Galva Wednesday afternoon. One man sustained significant injuries and was air lifted to a trauma center to receive care, according to first responders.

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Economist: 2023 'would go down as the worst year for pork producers ever' in Iowa

On average, Iowa pork producers lost $32 dollars per hog last year. That's $5 more in losses compared to 1998, the previous worst year on record.

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Boil order in effect in Silvis

The area between Seventh Avenue and John Deere Parkway is under a boil order for at least 24 hours, according to city officials.

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American Queen Voyages cancels all future cruises due to company shutting down

All future cruises have been canceled.

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QC Chamber reacts to Gov. Pritzker's State of the State

Leaders praised the governor's commitment to "a balanced budget."

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Quad City International Airport had busiest January since 2020

January 2024 saw a 7% increase in passengers flying out of Quad Cities International Airport compared to January 2023. It was the busiest January since 2020.

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Boil order in effect in Silvis

The area between Seventh Avenue and John Deere Parkway is under a boil order for at least 24 hours, according to city officials.

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Gov. Pritzker proposed $53B budget includes funds for migrants, quantum computing and schools in 2024 State of the State Address

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker outlined a $52.7 billion state spending plan with more money for the migrant crisis, education and quantum computing on Wednesday.

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Silvis boil order issued

The city of Silvis on Wednesday afternoon issued a boil order from 7th Avenue to John Deere Parkway, including the TPC golf course.

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Cause of Galesburg fire undetermined

The investigation into a Monday Galesburg fire continues. Galesburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 149 E. Main Street on Feb. 19, 2024, at 10:07 a.m. The structure has two businesses on the first floor, and residential units on the second and third floors. The fire was successfully extinguished, and the city continues to investigate the cause of the fire, according to a city release Wednesday. Galesburg Fire Department (galesburgfire.com) “We are saddened by the loss of two pets, but very thankful that action was taken swiftly and effectively by the Fire Department, resulting in no human lives being lost,” City Manager Eric Hanson said. “The city continues to investigate the cause of the fire, as well as communicate daily with the property management company to ensure the needed demolition and/or repair of the structure is handled as safely as possible.” Based on further investigation, fire department personnel have identified the room of origin on the third floor of the building. The third floor includes one apartment unit, and a large open space. Three people were in the third-floor apartment unit at the time of the fire, and all self-evacuated. One occupant self-transported to the hospital and was treated for smoke inhalation. All tenants from the second-floor apartments also made it out of the building safely. While the room of origin is clearly defined, officials have been unable to determine the cause of the fire at this time due to the amount of damage and instability of the structure, the city said. Fire officials have interviewed and will continue to stay in contact with the three individuals who were known to be in the involved apartment at the time of the fire. The fire cause is undetermined at this time, and the investigation remains open. The city had previously received complaints from the tenants in one unit on the second floor of the building regarding the condition of the property managed by Macomb Rentals, and owned by 61401 Galesburg, LLC. The city investigated the complaints through multiple rental inspections and provided the building owner/management company with the findings of those inspections and requested corrections. The unit which was the subject of prior complaints was not the unit in which the fire originated and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Efforts by the property management company to remediate the complaints were ongoing. City building officials evaluated the property on the afternoon of the fire, as well as the morning after to stay abreast of the building condition and public safety. Based on those inspections, as well as inspections by the contractor hired by the building owner, it was determined the structural integrity of the building was compromised due to the weight of the water and fire damaged roof, and support beam. At that time, the property owner and property management company made the decision to apply for an emergency demolition permit through the State of Illinois, in order to demolish the very top portion of the building for safety purposes. The removal of the roof and top portion of the building does not impede or interfere with the remaining components of the fire investigation and was necessary to stabilize the building for the safety of the surrounding area.  “The most important factor in any fire is the safety of the occupants and firefighters battling the blaze,” said Fire Chief Randy Hovind. “It is certainly unfortunate that this fire occurred, for the occupants, the downtown business community, and our community as a whole. We are grateful no lives were lost, will move forward with a full investigation, and take what we can from this fire to plan for the future.” The downtown building has been stabilized, and the next steps are currently being analyzed and determined by the property owner, 61401 Galesburg, LLC. The city will continue to communicate with the property owner to ensure the safety of nearby streets and sidewalks, and provide assistance as needed to further a quick and safe resolution to the fire damaged building downtown. The city will continue to keep apprised of the building condition throughout the process, as well as the associated impacts on the downtown community.

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Garth Brooks invites Travis Kelce to sing ‘Friends in Low Places’ at his honky-tonk grand opening

Taylor Swift’s boyfriend and arguably one of the best tight ends in NFL history has been invited to the opening of a country music legend’s honky tonk and bar to sing one of the most popular country songs of all time.

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Wold change of venue for OWI set for Henry County, Iowa

The OWI case involving landlord Andrew Wold has been moved to Henry County, Iowa, according to an order from the Supreme Court of Iowa. Andrew Wold (Scott County Jail) Wold, 42, owned the downtown Davenport apartment building that collapsed in Davenport on May 28, 2023, killing three people and injuring others. Dozens lost almost everything they owned once the building was demolished. Bettendorf Police arrested Wold on Nov. 22 on a charge of OWI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated). Earlier this month, a judge granted his request for a change of venue from Scott County. Wold faces a serious misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and, in a companion case, speeding. Andrew Wold (Scott County Jail) The test for whether a court should grant a change of venue motion is whether a “reasonable likelihood” exists that the defendant could not receive a fair trial in the county where the trial is to take place. Media attention, court documents say, “has spiraled into other matters outside of the collapse.” “Indeed, a Google search for ‘Davenport building collapse’ returns 1,440,000 results, and a search for ‘Andrew Wold’ returns 3,390,000 results,” court documents say. When a motion for change of venue is granted, the prosecution continues in the county where the action is transferred, according to court records. District Associate Judge Korie Talkington has been assigned to preside over the case, according to court documents filed Feb. 7. The trial location has been changed from Scott County in the Seventh Judicial District to Henry County in the Eighth Judicial District. Wold-change-of-venue-district-7-to-district-8Download Pretrial conferences - meetings between attorneys and the judge to work out details of a case - were set for Wednesday afternoon, but will continue on March 20 in Scott County Court because of "additional time needed for plea negotiations or discovery," according to court documents.

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City of East Moline holding open house on downtown revitalization plans, Combine Steakhouse says they’re closed Wednesday night

The City of East Moline is planning to revitalize its downtown area and will be holding an open house event to discuss proposed improvements on Wednesday evening. A nearby restaurant says they’ll be closed for the evening because of the event.

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Is our early spring weather bringing early spring allergies?

One local allergist says while trees might be budding earlier than normal, he doesn't expect pollen-driven allergies to pop up until the end of March.

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Quad City International Airport had busiest January since 2020

January 2024 saw a 7% increase in passengers flying out of Quad Cities International Airport compared to January 2023. It was the busiest January since 2020.

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American Queen Voyages going out of business, cancels all future cruises

The Mississippi River cruises included stops in the Quad Cities.

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Is our early spring weather bringing early spring allergies?

One local allergist says while trees might be budding earlier than normal, he doesn't expect pollen-driven allergies to pop up until the end of March.

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Following fire, tenants and city officials speak out as portion of Galesburg building begins demolition

Demolition is underway for a portion of a building that caught fire Monday morning. Previous tenants and city officials are now speaking out as the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Meet the nonprofit trying to build the country's deepest pool in North Chicago

The nonprofit Diveheart is planning a 130 feet diving pool for those living with disabilities and veterans with PTSD.

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Bettendorf mayor delivers 2024 State of the City address

Mayor Bob Gallagher focused on entertainment, infrastructure and cost of living during Wednesday's address.

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Learn about estate planning at the Rock Island Public Library

Preparing for the future can seem intimidating and scary, but the right preparation can help. Attorney James Greenwood spoke with Our Quad Cities News about the upcoming Introduction to Estate Planning sessions offered through the Rock Island Public Library February 29 and March 7. For more information, click here.

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Eldridge nonprofit sending handcrafted badges to family of Minnesota first responders killed in action

Retired Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski is a board member of the nonprofit.

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Bettendorf offers State of the City Address

Bettendorf Mayor Robert Gallagher delivered the annual state of the city address. Gallagher said the city is in a strong position, despite a drop in tax revenue from the state.He says Bettendorf is working to solidify its budget for the next fiscal year after changes to the property tax law in Iowa, adding the city council is considering a slight increase to the tax rate to compensate for that loss in the budget. Gallagher also reported Bettendorf got a 90% satisfaction rating from its residents. Mayor Gallagher said Bettendorf is sticking to five goals: Being financially sound and offering quality services Have orderly growth and quality development Support the riverfront Grow current businesses and attract other businesses Be a premiere place to live in the Quad Cities To watch the address, click here.

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Chicago men face charges after Walcott carjacking

Five Chicago men who, Scott County Deputies allege, took a car from a driver last year at a Walcott gas station face multiple felony charges, court records say. Carlos Albento, 26; Yovani Alfanzo-Rivas, 32; Carlos Gomez, 19; Jordan Medina, 26; and Anyel Marron Segora, 19; all face felony charges of second-degree robbery, first-degree theft, controlled substance violation, and drug stamp violation; and a serious misdemeanor charge of person ineligible to carry dangerous weapons, court records show. Jordan Medina, Carlos Gomez, Yovani Alfanzo-Rivas, Carlos Albento, Anyel Marron Segora (Scott County Jail) The Walcott incident Deputies say in arrest affidavits that on Oct. 17, 2023, about 5:44 a.m., the five grabbed a victim in a silver Nissan Versa with Colorado license plates, forcing the victim from the car and taking possession of it at the Pilot gas station, 2975 N. Plainview Road, Walcott. A search warrant was conducted on two other cars in which all five were occupants on this same day when the vehicles had been impounded by Iowa State Patrol at 5:15 a.m., according to affidavits. During the execution of the search warrant, officers found about two pounds total package weight of marijuana in separate bags, drug paraphernalia, a Ruger LCP .380 automatic pistol, and a Sundance Industries .25 automatic pistol concealed in the vehicles, affidavits show. All five were being held Wednesday in Scott County Jail. Court records show they are set for a preliminary hearing March 1 in Scott County Court.

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Transmission line monopoly back on agenda at Statehouse after Pritzker’s veto

‘Right of first refusal’ controversy returns after last-minute bill and governor’s veto.

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Davenport man sentenced to four years for felon in possession of a firearm

A Davenport man has been sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Charles H. Perdue II, 25, was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of supervised release on February 14, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of Illinois. At the sentencing hearing before Chief United States District Judge Sara L. Darrow, the government said that on May 10, 2023, Perdue was stopped in the vicinity of 12th Street in Rock Island by Rock Island Police officers. Perdue had previously been convicted of felony offenses in Cook County, Ill. and Scott County, Iowa. Officers knew Perdue had an outstanding warrant from Scott County for a probation violation for another weapons offense. Officers found a Glock 23 Gen5 firearm with an attached laser/flashlight in Perdue’s backpack during a search. The firearm was loaded with an extended magazine and 27 rounds of live ammunition. Perdue has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in July 2023.  Perdue pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm on October 11, 2023. The penalty can be up to 15 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of not more than $250,000, the release said. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings law enforcement and communities together to reduce violent crime and gun violence. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy to strengthen PSN, based on creating trust and legitimacy in communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring, determining enforcement priorities and measuring results. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rock Island Police Department investigated the case and Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Aguilar represented the government in the prosecution.

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Meet the nonprofit trying to build the country's deepest pool in North Chicago

The nonprofit Diveheart is planning a 130-foot diving pool for those living with disabilities and veterans with PTSD.

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Quad Cities International Airport sees busiest January since 2020

QCIA saw its busiest January since 2020 with American Airlines seeing the largest gains of inbound and outbound passengers of the Quad Cities.

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Construction work begins on Central Park in Aledo this spring

Aledo is getting ready to spruce up one of their parks. The city awarded the construction phase of the Central Park Plaza Project to Centennial Contractors of the Quad Cities. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the bid, one of five bids submitted, at its February 20 meeting. “We are excited to move into the next phase of this project,” said Chris Hagloch, mayor of Aledo. “This is just the first phase in realizing the long-term vision for Downtown Aledo, Central Park and the eventual Aquatic Center.” Construction is expected to begin this spring and work should be completed by spring 2025. The project’s overall budget is $4.7 million, including $3 million in grant funding awarded to Aledo from the Rebuild Illinois Downtown and Main Street Capital grant program. Residents and visitors should be ready for traffic impacts during the project. The Central Park parking lot will be closed this summer for the duration of construction. There will be single-block road closures along SE Second Avenue and SE Second Street. Traffic will be routed through College Avenue and Main Street, which will stay open. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation while we complete this work,” said Michael Chausse, Aledo City Administrator. “We are actively working with event organizers for all of Aledo’s summer events to ensure as little disruption as possible and look forward to another successful festival season.” The Central Park Plaza project is among several projects in the Aledo Community Improvement Plan. The Plan will add a pedestrian walkway between Second Avenue and Main Street and create a new Market Plaza space in the Central Park parking lot. The new Market Plaza will have lighting and power options for vendors and improve overall traffic flow for events in downtown Aledo. For more information on Aledo, click here.

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Clinton man charged with sexually abusing teen girl

He was arrested Tuesday.

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Reactions to Gov. Pritzker's budget plan

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

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

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

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New Henry County wind farm creates jobs, energy

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

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

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

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Davenport attorney nominated for U.S. Attorney

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

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Davenport man faces attempted-murder, other charges after assault

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

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Eldridge couple produces badges of honor nationwide

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

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

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

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Indiana lawmakers vote to lift state ban on happy hours

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

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'Broadway on Broadway' brings show tunes to Monmouth College

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

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Walk-In Wednesdays hiring events back at Genesis

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

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American Queen Voyages shuts down, cancels all cruises

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

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QC airport flies high in January, despite weather

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

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

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

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Tower work may cause outages for KWQC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chicago man charged in connection with Clinton liquor store robbery

The robbery happened in April, police said.

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Davenport man charged in shooting, robbery Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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Interim Eldridge police chief sworn into permanent position

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

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Geneseo officer receives statewide award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Davenport woman charged for allegedly peddling meth

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

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Pending Death Notices for Muscatine; Feb. 21, 2024

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

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

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

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Design firm presents early concepts for Moline riverfront

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

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Palmer Hills Golf Course to open Wednesday

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

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Iowa Senate passes ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’

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

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Milan business giving back to community after death of teen

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

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City of Moline discusses potential of new fire station

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

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Unionized Silvis city workers picket outside city hall

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

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

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

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Union workers with the City of Silvis hold informational picket

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

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

Illinois State Police are investigating the crash.

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Portion of Galesburg building damaged in fire being demolished

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

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Crews to work on Moline 16th St.

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

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Controversial religious freedom bill passes Iowa Senate

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

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Peoria hospital 1 of 10 across US offering liquid biopsy site

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

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17-year-old fatally struck by Amtrak train

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

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Quad Cities Youth Conference underway

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

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How to vote for Modern Woodmen Park for best ballpark

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

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Portion of Galesburg building damaged by fire to be demolished

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

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Is winter over? Here's what meteorologists say.

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

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Want to hit the golf course? QCA course opens soon

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

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