QCA.news - Quad Cities news and view from both sides of the river

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

OurQuadCities.com Coca Cola fans gathering for Bettendorf convention OurQuadCities.com

Coca Cola fans gathering for Bettendorf convention

Coca-Cola memorabilia collectors from around the world are heading to Bettendorf later this month. Over 500 collectors are gathering at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State Street in Bettendorf, on June 25-29 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club Annual Convention. "We are thrilled to host the Coca-Cola Collectors Club in the Quad Cities as they celebrate a milestone year," said Lindsey Row, Director of Public Relations and Communications at Visit Quad Cities. "Hosting this gathering of collectors who embody the spirit and nostalgia of one of the world's most iconic brands is an honor. We look forward to showcasing the hospitality and charm of the Quad Cities while they enjoy this special occasion." Members will show off their collections through various displays and seminars during the week-long event. The convention will feature traditional and silent auctions where members can buy and sell unique memorabilia. Visitors can sign up to become members of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club at the event. A swap meet will be held in the State Ballroom on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The public is invited to the swap meet. The convention ends with a members-only farewell banquet on Saturday night. "Each auction highlights different categories of collectibles, such as trays, signs, clocks, and posters. It's a fantastic way to enhance your collection," a spokesperson from the Coca-Cola Collectors Club said. Click here for more information on the Coca-Cola Collectors Club.

KWQC TV-6  Judge halts collapse lawsuits KWQC TV-6

Judge halts collapse lawsuits

The cases against the city of Davenport are on hold.

OurQuadCities.com OurQuadCities.com

1 dead in Galesburg motorcycle crash

One person is dead after a motorcycle crash in Galesburg last night, according to a news release from the Galesburg Police Department. Galesburg Police responded to the intersection of Cherry Street and Simmons Street on Wednesday, June 19 at about 7:19 p.m. in response to a motorcycle accident. When they arrived, they found the rider of a motorcycle on the pavement in the intersection. Medical staff responded to the scene to provide medical services to the victim. The victim was taken by ambulance to the OSF St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Room in Galesburg but died at the hospital. The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of family. An initial investigation shows that the victim was riding southbound on Cherry Street with another motorcycle. The two motorcycles became tangled up in the intersection, causing the victim to lose control and fall off. Investigators and crash reconstruction officers responded to process the scene. The incident is under investigation.

WVIK WVIK

The Last Picture House theater hosting Q/A with the director of A Quiet Place: Day One

The Last Picture House General Manager Jameson Ritter says the independent theater is selling tickets to the event this morning, June 20th, to the general public. The event is Saturday, June 29th at 6:30 p.m.

KWQC TV-6  Working out with the Steamwheelers prior to John Deere night KWQC TV-6

Working out with the Steamwheelers prior to John Deere night

Working out with the Steamwheelers prior to John Deere night

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Weekend Rundown with WLLR | June 20, 2024

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

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times

Muscatine County Sheriff's office locates 67 animals in house near Muscatine

No arrests have been reported after the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office discovered 67 animals in a residence just west of the Muscatine city limits.

Quad-City Times United Way of Muscatine to hold 10th annual Thanksgiving in July food drive Quad-City Times

United Way of Muscatine to hold 10th annual Thanksgiving in July food drive

Next month will see the return of United Way of Muscatine's annual Thanksgiving in July Food Drive. This community-wide food drive is scheduled to run July 14-19.

Quad-City Times MuscaBus names Magaly Hernandez as 2024 Driver of the Year Quad-City Times

MuscaBus names Magaly Hernandez as 2024 Driver of the Year

Magaly Hernandez is this year's MuscaBus Driver of the Year.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Fighter pilots take to the skies over Davenport for annual Quad Cities Air Show

News 8's Harrison Belsanti caught up with some of the people getting the fleet of F-22 Raptors ready for the upcoming show.

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times

Pending Death Notices for Muscatine, June 20, 2024 (copy)

Phyllis Hutmacher, 79, of Muscatine, Iowa, died Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Cremation will be directed by Cremation Society of the Quad Cities.

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times

Pending Death Notices for the Quad-Cities, June 20, 2024

PENDING

Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

KWQC TV-6  Staffing shortages force Fulton Police Department to cancel public engagement events this year KWQC TV-6

Staffing shortages force Fulton Police Department to cancel public engagement events this year

The Fulton Police Department announced last week they will no longer be able to participate in community events because of staffing shortages.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Steve Tappa, Quad Cities sports reporter, passes away at 58 years old

Two memorial baseball games will be held at Devils Glen Park on Friday, June 21.

KWQC TV-6 KWQC TV-6

Election 2024: How Iowa Democrats plan to win more statehouse seats

While the presidential election is taking up most of the headlines in 2024, Democrats are urging voters not to forget state legislative races.

KWQC TV-6  Davenport’s Skybridge closed due to heat, officials say KWQC TV-6

Davenport’s Skybridge closed due to heat, officials say

Effective immediately, the Skybridge is closed 24/7 due to the inability to cool the bridge to bearable temperatures, officials said. The bridge will reopen when the temperatures moderate and/or ample repairs are made.

KWQC TV-6  Common Chord celebrates 20 years of musical impact in the Quad Cities KWQC TV-6

Common Chord celebrates 20 years of musical impact in the Quad Cities

Common Chord, formerly known as River Music Experience, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Beloved Quad Cities sports reporter Steve Tappa passes away at 58 years old

Two memorial baseball games will be held at Devils Glen Park on Friday, June 21.

KWQC TV-6 Friends of MLK in Davenport holds ribbon cutting for MLK Park KWQC TV-6

Friends of MLK in Davenport holds ribbon cutting for MLK Park

To help celebrate the Juneteenth holiday, Friends of MLK in Davenport held a ribbon cutting for the new MLK park.

OurQuadCities.com Summer solstice to be earliest in 228 years OurQuadCities.com

Summer solstice to be earliest in 228 years

(NewsNation) — The summer solstice, falling on June 20, 2024, will be the earliest solstice in more than 200 years, thanks to a quirk in the Gregorian calendar. The solstice will be the earliest since George Washington was president, the French Revolution was in full swing and Jane Austen began writing 'Pride and Prejudice.' What is the summer solstice? The summer solstice occurs when the Earth reaches maximum tilt toward the sun. For the northern hemisphere, the 2024 summer solstice falls on June 20 at 4:54 p.m. ET. While it's often referred to as the longest day, the solstice is more precisely the most daylight, as all days have 24 hours. The exact amount of daylight depends on latitude, with extreme northern locations experiencing the midnight sun, where the sun never fully sets. The amount of daylight will remain roughly steady for a few days before it slowly begins to decrease until the winter solstice, which marks the fewest hours of daylight of the year. What does the solstice mean? The solstice also marks the start of astronomical summer. If the current heatwave has you feeling like summer is already here, that's because meteorological summer, which marks the three hottest months of the year, began at the start of June. The solstice is something that has been observed by humans since ancient times, with monuments like Stonehenge having been built to align with the sun on the summer and winter solstices. Even today, hundreds of people will gather at sites like Stonehenge to observe the day. In other places, the solstice is celebrated with bonfires and festivals like Sweden's Midsommar. Why is this solstice so early? The reason this year's solstice is the earliest since 1796 is because of the way the calendar is designed. The Earth doesn't orbit the sun in precisely 365 days, so the Gregorian calendar adds leap years every four years, inserting an extra day in the calendar to keep things on track. Here’s how to keep cool and stay safe during a heat wave But there's a quirk in how leap years are calculated. Years that begin with 00 are only leap years if the year is also divisible by 400. Over the course of 400 years, that means the planet loses three leap years, shifting time slightly and making things too fast by about 45 minutes. That means the solstice this year is about 45 minutes earlier than previous years. It's a trend that will continue until 2096, the solstice creeping earlier with each orbit around the sun until the calendar resets.

KWQC TV-6  Speak Out Against Suicide hosts ‘Lunch On Us’ KWQC TV-6

Speak Out Against Suicide hosts ‘Lunch On Us’

The non-profit organization, Speak Out Against Suicide, is satisfying hungry tummies all summer long. The group is working to not only end suicide but also raise awareness about food insecurity.

KWQC TV-6  Police: 3 teens arrested in ongoing shots fired investigation KWQC TV-6

Police: 3 teens arrested in ongoing shots fired investigation

As part of multiple ongoing shots fired investigations, Burlington Police Department said three arrests have been made.

OurQuadCities.com Clinton man sentenced to 255 years for giving drugs to, sexual abuse of, children OurQuadCities.com

Clinton man sentenced to 255 years for giving drugs to, sexual abuse of, children

A 47-year-old Clinton man was sentenced to 255 years in prison on Monday after a Scott County jury found him guilty of charges including sexual abuse and distributing drugs to a minor, according to court records. Daniel C. Jones (Scott County Jail) A Scott County jury found Daniel C. Jones guilty of prostitution, sexual exploitation of a minor, distributing drugs to a minor, lascivious acts with a child - fondling, lascivious acts with a child - solicitation, indecent contact with a child, and second-degree sexual abuse, according to court records, which say "The total sentence imposed is 255 years, with a mandatory minimum of 53 1/2 years before (Jones) shall be eligible for parole." A string of allegations with minors Police allege Jones unlawfully communicated via SnapChat and in person with offers of nicotine vaporizers, marijuana vaporizers, a cell phone, rides and money “as enticements for the victim to be alone with him” at which time he sexually abused a 13-year-old, according to arrest affidavits.   Police allege Jones unlawfully distributed marijuana to a juvenile on Dec. 26, 2022: “Security video footage from the victim’s residence shows a dark-colored SUV, consistent with a black GMC Yukon the defendant is known to drive, driving slowly by the victim’s residence a number of times on/about 12/26/2022 at approximately 2311 hrs,” affidavits show.   The victim’s parents located the marijuana shortly after the delivery and contacted the Bettendorf Police Department on/about Dec. 27, 2022 to turn the drugs over to officers. The victim was 14, arrest affidavits say. Police allege Jones sexually abused a 13-year-old at a Davenport residence after he claimed he wanted to give the victim a tour, affidavits say. During the incident, police allege, the victim told Jones, “No,” and asked him to stop but he did not, saying, “Come on,” “It will be fine” and “No one will know.”   Police allege Jones unlawfully distributed marijuana and drug paraphernalia to a 16-year-old in exchange for nude photographs on a weekly basis. Shortly after one delivery of the drugs/paraphernalia from Jones, the 16-year-old was stopped by Bettendorf Police and marijuana and paraphernalia were seized on or about Feb. 20, 2023.   Police allege at least one incident occurred in the back seat of Jones’ car while he was in the parking lot of a Bettendorf McDonald’s with a 13-year-old victim in 2022. The victim told him “No” and asked him to stop, but he did not, court records say.   Police allege Jones solicited nude photographs of a juvenile and threatened the victim’s family if the victim did not comply. In late 2022, at Veterans Memorial Park in Bettendorf, police allege Jones showed a black handgun to the juvenile victim, according to affidavits. This caused the victim to be fearful for the safety of the victim and the victim’s family. Police allege that in April 2023, Jones offered a 16-year-old the HBO documentary on the (Moonlite) BunnyRanch (a brothel in Nevada) and discussed the number of people the juvenile victim would have to sleep with to make the kind of money the victim wanted, affidavits show. Jones said the juvenile victim was attractive enough to “make big money.”   Police allege Jones offered to purchase sexual “services” from a juvenile victim in 2023, and paid the victim $300, court records say. Text messages show Jones offered the victim material items and services, such as money, nicotine vapes, help with rent, an iPhone, an iWatch, and hair extensions.   Police allege that in January of 2023, Jones arranged to meet a victim in a vacant Bettendorf apartment, affidavits say. He provided the victim money and marijuana as payment and offered material items for additional “services,” affidavits show.   Court records show seven victims were involved.

KWQC TV-6 KWQC TV-6

Dixon Police Department finds previously missing girl

The Dixon Police Department was asking for the public’s help in finding a girl who was reported missing by her family. Wednesday evening, police gave an update saying she has been found.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

QC community gathers to honor soldiers of the 108th United States Colored Troops at RI National Cemetery

The 108th United States Colored Troops arrived in Rock Island on Sept. 24, 1864. 50 soldiers from the regiment are buried at the cemetery.

OurQuadCities.com How Juneteenth was commemorated across the QCA OurQuadCities.com

How Juneteenth was commemorated across the QCA

Juneteenth recognizes the true emancipation of all remaining enslaved people on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday in 2021, and it's sometimes known as a second independence day, calling for a time of celebration and education. Our Quad Cities News reporter Gavin Waidelich takes us across the QCA to shows how the holiday was commemorated locally.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Quad Cities International Airport logs busiest month since 2019

Airport officials say over 59,000 passengers flew out of Moline during the month of May.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

QC community honors soldiers of the 108th United States Colored Troops at RI National Cemetery

The 108th United States Colored Troops arrived in Rock Island on Sept. 24, 1864. 50 soldiers from the regiment are buried at the cemetery.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Dozens of animals rescued from Muscatine property in animal neglect investigation, 2 found dead

Officials say the property was deemed unsafe for human occupancy due to the conditions inside.

OurQuadCities.com Paint-triotic mural comes to Rock Island OurQuadCities.com

Paint-triotic mural comes to Rock Island

Rock Island is getting a new mural thanks to the metro arts youth apprenticeship program. High school and college students are taking part in creating a patriotic mural including the American flag, an eagle, and poppies to pay homage to fallen soldiers. The mural will be located by the intersection of 4th avenue and 19th street. Sarah Robb (Sarah Robb | Quad City Arts - Artist Index) is in charge of teaching and guiding the apprentices. She has been part of the program for 18 years and has helped youth to express their creativity by working hard. She says the program teaches them about collaborating and persevering. It also teaches them to work within a timeframe and meet the criteria of a client. The apprenticeship program is a paid opportunity and has been going on since the summer of 2000. Applications will reopen in March of 2025 and anyone between the ages of 15 and 21 with a passion for art is encouraged to apply. Applicants will go through an interview process and be selected on a competitive basis. The program for this year will be going on until July 11th and as such the mural will be completed by then. People are encouraged to stop by and watch the progress being made or view the completed mural in July. To learn more about the Metro arts youth apprenticeship program, go to Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program - Quad City Arts

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Geneseo residents asked to conserve water

The use of lawn irrigation systems is only allowed two days per week.

OurQuadCities.com QCA young artists create new mural in Rock Island OurQuadCities.com

QCA young artists create new mural in Rock Island

Quad City Arts is nurturing the next generation of artists by hosting a Metro Arts youth apprenticeship program over the summer. One of the tasks for apprentices is to create a new mural in Rock Island. Our Quad Cities News photojournalist Gabe Zwierznski caught them in the act.

KWQC TV-6  Award-winning filmmaker Michael Sarnoski to attend The Last Picture House for celebration of ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ screening KWQC TV-6

Award-winning filmmaker Michael Sarnoski to attend The Last Picture House for celebration of ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ screening

The Last Picture House in downtown Davenport will hold a special event in celebration of “A Quiet Place: Day One.”

OurQuadCities.com Davenport suspects face felony charges for using deposit scam at QC banks OurQuadCities.com

Davenport suspects face felony charges for using deposit scam at QC banks

A 38-year-old Davenport man and a 64-year-old Davenport woman face felony charges after police allege they stole, or tried to steal, from Quad Cities financial institutions, according to court records. Charles Gryp faces felony charges of ongoing criminal conduct - unlawful activity, first-degree theft, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony and forgery, court records show. Deborah Hoffman faces felony charges of ongoing criminal conduct - unlawful activity, first-degree theft and forgery, court records show. Charles Gryp (L) and Deborah Hoffman (Scott County Jail) On Monday, March 4, 2024, Eldridge Police investigated "a check fraud and theft situation" with the First Trust and Savings Bank, and discovered there were about 12 financial institutions that Charles Gryp "either stole from or attempted to steal from," police allege in arrest affidavits. In affidavits, police say "(Gryp) would deposit checks from a closed account and withdraw the amount of the check upon depositing it. (He) would also deposit empty envelopes into a bank ATM, claiming money was in the envelopes and withdraw the amount he claimed was in the envelope." Gryp, police allege in affidavits, began this theft in November of 2023 and continued the theft pattern into March of 2024. "As of April 3, 2024, (Gryp) has written approximately $24,273.38 in bad checks to financial institutions," say affidavits, which show (Gryp) "was assisted in committing these crimes by Deborah Hoffman." Additionally, police say in affidavits that "Allegedly, (Gryp) was using checks owned by Deborah Hoffman without her permission; however, her actions proved to be different. Deborah Hoffman conspired and aided in the commission of this crime." Both Gryp and Hoffman were arrested on warrants, according to court records. Gryp, who has pleaded not guilty and was released on bond, is set for a hearing Aug. 27 in Scott County Court. Hoffman, who was released on her own recognizance, is set for a preliminary hearing July 5 in Scott County Court.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Quad Cities International Airport says May was busiest month in five years

More than 59,000 passengers flew out of Moline during the month of May.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Ogle County Sheriff releases body cam video from June 12 shooting, provides insight on what happened

In addition to releasing body cam footage, Ogle County Sheriff Brian Vanvickle identified the three first responders injured in the June 12 shooting.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

How to make your home more pollinator-friendly for National Pollinator Week

Iowa DNR Wildlife Biologist Stephanie Shepherd joined Shelby Kluver on The Current to share all sorts of tips for how to help the insects with their hard work.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Galesburg man arrested in connection to fatal June 7 shooting

19-year-old Chase Houlden Jr. has been charged with murder in connection to a June 7 shooting that killed 18-year-old Cam'ron Glass.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Dozens of animals rescued from Muscatine property in animal neglect investigation, 2 found dead

Officials say the property was deemed unsafe for human occupancy due to the conditions inside.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Bettendorf approves $2.4 million settlement for fatal I-74 pedestrian bridge incident

In May 2022, Chhabria Harris drove onto the path, running over three people and killing two of them.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Niabi Zoo animals keeping cool in hot weather

The zoo is providing ice blocks for its animals.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Princeton to host annual Arukah 4th of July Color Run

Lori Christopherson with the Arukah Institute of Healing joined Shelby Kluver on the Current to talk about the event.

KWQC TV-6 KWQC TV-6

Scott County road closed for bridge replacement

The project began on Monday.

OurQuadCities.com Day of praise and worship at Praise Festival OurQuadCities.com

Day of praise and worship at Praise Festival

Kinna's House of Love and special guests will be presenting a day of praise and worship. Kossi Liassidji spoke with Our Quad Cities News about the Praise Festival. For more information, click here.

OurQuadCities.com Learn the write stuff at QC conference OurQuadCities.com

Learn the write stuff at QC conference

The David R. Collins Writers’ Conference (formerly known as the Mississippi Valley Writers’ Conference) will return to the campus of Augustana College in Rock Island next week, Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29. It will feature stellar conference faculty (Chad Simpson, Darius Stewart, Sara Lupita Olivares, and Rebecca McKanna) leading three-day workshops, participating in a Community Conversation keynote event, a public reading, and a concluding luncheon. Registration is open now, via the Midwest Writing Center website or by calling the MWC office at 309-732-7330. They will continue to offer scholarships to students, veterans/active-duty service members, and those with financial need. This year’s conference offers four three-day workshops with established and talented faculty including: “Fictional Forms: Short Fiction Workshop” with Chad Simpson “Mining Memory with Lyricism: Crafting Memoir through Lyric Essay” with Darius Stewart “Obscured Environments: A Generative Poetry Workshop” with Sara Lupita Olivares “Revising a Novel Draft by Draft” with Rebecca McKanna (a Bettendorf native who last year released her first novel “Don’t Forget the Girl,” which was published by Sourcebooks Landmark. The book’s TV/film rights already have been optioned by Heyday Films.) Complete course descriptions as well as bios for the Conference’s distinguished faculty are available on the MWC website HERE. DRC Writers’ Conference Public Events Keynote Event: Community Conversation featuring Writers’ Conference Faculty Thursday, June 27, 6 to 8 p.m. at Figge Art Museum (225 W. Second Street, Davenport). A public reception starts at 6 p.m. and keynote event at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For this year’s keynote event, the conference faculty will start a conversation MWC will be continuing in a series of events throughout the year by responding to a simple question: Why is writing important? They will give their individual responses, to begin a conversation among themselves, and then attendees will be invited to join via Q & A. Conference Faculty Reading and Participant Open Mic: Friday, June 28 at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island). A social hour starts at 6 p.m., with faculty reading at 7 and participant open mic at 8 p.m. Free to the public. The public events will be available later on MWC’s YouTube channel. For more information on Midwest Writing Center, click HERE.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Colona police reminding residents to lock up their garages

Police said they've responded to four garage thefts since May 10.

KWQC TV-6  Officials: 67 animals rescued during animal neglect investigation KWQC TV-6

Officials: 67 animals rescued during animal neglect investigation

The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant in connection to an animal neglect investigation. As a result of the search warrant, 67 animals were rescued, officials said.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Fatal I-74 Bridge pedestrian crash: Bettendorf City Council approves $2.4M settlement

The City of Bettendorf has approved a $2.4 million settlement in connection to a deadly May 2022 I-74 Bridge pedestrian path crash that killed two people.

KWQC TV-6  How 4-H uses Experiential Learning Model to connect learning with prior knowledge and apply to new situations KWQC TV-6

How 4-H uses Experiential Learning Model to connect learning with prior knowledge and apply to new situations

Head, heart, hands and health are the four h’s in 4-H.

OurQuadCities.com Can you handle 'The Truth' at Black Box? OurQuadCities.com

Can you handle 'The Truth' at Black Box?

The Black Box Theatre in Moline will produce the U.S. premiere of an acclaimed dark comedy, “The Truth.” The Black Box will hold auditions for the play – described as a “brilliantly cruel comedy of the hypocrisies which hold society together” – on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1623 5th Ave., Moline. The 2016 play, written by French playwright Florian Zeller and translated by Christopher Hampton, will be performed at Black Box from Aug. 16 to 31, 2024. Black Box co-founder Lora Adams saw “The Truth” in London and thought it would be perfect for her stage, and after years of negotiating, she was awarded the license to produce and stage the play at the downtown Moline theater. The production will be directed by Bradley Robert Jensen with intimacy coordinator Jacqueline Isaacson. He is looking for four strong performers for the roles of Michel (male 40s to 50s), Alice (female 40s to 50), Laurence (female 40s to 50s), and Paul (male 40s to 50s). Actors must be able to do a subtle British accent and be comfortable with intimate staging. A 2016 Time Out review noted “The Truth” was the third play by the dazzling young French playwright Florian Zeller (“The Father,” “The Mother”) to be staged in London in less than two years – and the third to be translated by British writer Christopher Hampton. Florian Zeller attends the World Premiere of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" on May 8, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) “It’s a zippy, witty farce about ever-shifting layers of infidelity as experienced by two middle-aged Parisian couples. The play’s laughs are as sharp as Lindsay Posner’s ruthlessly swift and snappy production (90 minutes, no interval),” the review said. “Its comedy is playful but also barbed: one of the characters even asks, ‘I want to know what kind of play we’re in. Is it a comedy? Or a tragedy?’” Alice and Michel, both well-turned-out professionals, are pulling up their pants mid-afternoon in a hotel room. It turns out that Michel is good friends with Alice’s husband, Paul, and in turn Paul and Alice know Michel’s wife, Laurence. “They’re urban sophisticates doing the dirty with a surface elan, and they're all intricately connected, just as in Harold Pinter’s landmark 1970s adultery drama ‘Betrayal,’ a comparison that feels even more fitting when, as here, the play is performed in English with the refined accents of the haute-bourgeoisie,” the Time Out review said. Between the laughs, “The Truth’” plants “seeds of discomfort about why and how we lie to each other and ourselves. It makes a mockery of truth, making it appear more and more of an absurd idea with each new revelation.” "The Father" (2020) was Florian Zeller's directorial debut, co-written with Christopher Hampton, based on Zeller's 2012 play. Zeller directed his first feature film in 2019, “The Father” starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, which he co-adapted from his play. The film was honored with two Academy Awards and two BAFTA Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and for Best Actor. He completed his second film in 2022, based on his play “The Son,” starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Vanessa Kirby. The June 22 Black Box auditions will ask actors to read from the script. Rehearsals will begin on July 15. A complete schedule will be available at the audition.

KWQC TV-6  Knox County announces cooling center locations, heat safety tips KWQC TV-6

Knox County announces cooling center locations, heat safety tips

Knox County has several cooling locations to keep you and your family safe in the heat.

KWQC TV-6  Stolen vehicle caught fire during pursuit in Clinton County, deputies say  KWQC TV-6

Stolen vehicle caught fire during pursuit in Clinton County, deputies say

Clinton County deputies arrest the driver of a stolen vehicle after it caught fire during a pursuit, deputies say.

KWQC TV-6  Dixon Police Department searching for missing girl KWQC TV-6

Dixon Police Department searching for missing girl

The Dixon Police Department is asking the public for help in searching for a girl who was reported missing by her family.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

What to know ahead of the Quad City Air Show

Aerial performances will take off at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

KWQC TV-6  Burlington police investigating damages to new park equipment KWQC TV-6

Burlington police investigating damages to new park equipment

Do you know who damaged the new park equipment at Dankwardt Park?

WQAD.com WQAD.com

SUBMITTED: F-22 Raptor flying in for Quad City Air Show

Carrie Lee captured an F-22 Raptor flying in over Coal Valley for the Quad City Air Show.

OurQuadCities.com 4 Your Money | Innovation OurQuadCities.com

4 Your Money | Innovation

There are many topics that affect financial markets at different times of the year. Nate Kreinbrink, Financial Planner at NelsonCorp Wealth Management, is here to share the themes he is currently watching and what this data means for viewers’ investments.

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

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

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities wants your help catching two fugitives.  It’s an Our Quad Cities News exclusive. You can get an elevated reward for information on this week’s cases: JOHN FEY JR., 44, 5’3”, 114 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes. Rock Island County warrant for theft. Three Scott County warrants for sex offender verification violation 2nd or subsequent offense two counts and failure to appear in court on a sex offender verification violation. TIMOTHY GUSTAFSON, 35, 5’5”, 130 pounds, red hair, brown eyes. Moline Police Department warrant for possession of a firearm by a felon. John Fey Jr. (L) and Timothy Gustafson (Crime Stoppers) You have a week to contact police for an elevated reward. Call the tip line at (309) 762-9500. All tips are anonymous.

KWQC TV-6  Traffic alert:  Section of North Dearborn Street closed in Maquoketa KWQC TV-6

Traffic alert: Section of North Dearborn Street closed in Maquoketa

The road will be closed for seal coat work.

OurQuadCities.com OurQuadCities.com

Dozens of animals rescued in Muscatine

Sixty-seven animals were rescued in Muscatine yesterday after deputies conducted an animal neglect investigation. The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on a property just west of the Muscatine city limits on Monday, June 17 in connection with an animal neglect investigation. A total of 67 animals were removed from the property; the majority coming from inside the residence. It Takes a Village Animal Rescue & Resources (ITAVARR), based in Muscatine, Muscatine Police Department Animal Control and Muscatine County Zoning assisted with the incident. Two of the animals were found dead on the property. A necropsy will be conducted on them and the surviving animals will be checked and cared for by ITAVARR staff. The home where the animals were found has been posted as being unsafe for human occupancy due to the conditions of the interior. The investigation into this incident is ongoing and more details may be released later. 

OurQuadCities.com Hilltop Campus Village to have annual meeting OurQuadCities.com

Hilltop Campus Village to have annual meeting

The Hilltop Campus Village (HCV) will have its annual meeting on Thursday, June 20th, 2024. The Hilltop is marking its 15th year as an Iowa Main Street program and the meeting is a time for the HCV to highlight the impact that the organization has had on the neighborhood and where it plans to go in the future, according to a Wednesday release. It’s also a time for the Hilltop to celebrate its key partnerships with its stakeholders. Over the last 15 years, the neighborhood has been able to mark several major milestones:  431 building projects that have created $142 million in public & private investment. Over 100 businesses have been started in the neighborhood that created 246 full time jobs. Over $500,000 in charitable grant funding that helped Hilltop businesses and capital projects.  31,000 in volunteer hours contributed that have supported the neighborhood.  In last year’s meeting, the HCV’s theme was rebuilding and putting the organization back on track as a Main Street district. The Hilltop spent 2023-2024 finishing up projects, getting programming back on track, and thinking about where the organization, and neighborhood, are heading, executive director Brian Kramer said Wednesday. “In June of 2023, I had only been on the job barely a month and I was still learning the job. I spent a good portion of the last year finishing up projects, understanding and stewarding the organization’s relationships with stakeholders like St. Ambrose University, Palmer College, and the City of Davenport,” he said in the release. “And just inserting myself into the local community.” Since that meeting in June 2023, the HCV achieved the following:  Raised over $55,000 to support projects and operations  Supported 22 small businesses and entrepreneurs through workshops in partnership with the SBDC and Grow w/ Google  Completed Phase 1 of its building remodel  Received accreditation to be a National Main Street district  The annual meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at Rob Wolfe's workshop at 330 W. 5th St., Davenport. Looking forward to the future, the HCV is looking to make a major leap forward with its goals. Kramer said that his major goals include creating a master plan, advocating for Phase 1 of the city’s Fountain to Fountain plan, and identifying infrastructure features that will upgrade the appeal and safety of the neighborhood. “The Hilltop has been around for 15 years, and we have never formulated a master plan for the neighborhood,” Kramer said. “When trying to articulate the organization’s vision, and where it's going, a master plan will be a cornerstone for not only the Hilltop, but also for our stakeholders. “It will help in formulating what amenities our residents want to see, what capital projects are needed, and a document that will help articulate what our outcomes should look like,” he added. A master plan for the neighborhood is not to dictate, but to help coordinate and create a cohesive vision as to where the neighborhood would like to go, Kramer said. Part of the interior of Rob Wolfe's shop on West 5th Street, Davenport (photo by Jonathan Turner). The HCV annual meeting will be Thursday, June 20th, at 330 W. 5th St. in Davenport at Rob Wolfe’s workshop, starting at 5:30 p.m. As part of the annual meeting, new board members will be voted in.  For more information, click HERE.

KWQC TV-6  Remembering Steve Tappa KWQC TV-6

Remembering Steve Tappa

Many people in the Quad Cities are mourning the loss of longtime sportswriter Steve Tappa who passed away Tuesday.

OurQuadCities.com OurQuadCities.com

Project closes Scott County road for up to 14 weeks

Scott County is starting work on a new secondary road project. An email from the Scott County Secondary Roads Department says Z30/Wells Ferry Road will be closed a half mile north of Forest Grove Road. The road was closed on Monday, June 17. A bridge replacement project in the area is expected to keep the road closed for up to 14 weeks.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Dixon police looking for missing woman, asking for public's help

The Dixon Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a woman who has been missing since June 12.

KWQC TV-6 KWQC TV-6

Bettendorf Now Enrolling “Students” for 2024 Citizen Academy

Bettendorf citizens are invited to learn about their city's operations.

OurQuadCities.com Chalk art to cover Schwiebert Park this weekend OurQuadCities.com

Chalk art to cover Schwiebert Park this weekend

In its eighth year, the Quad Cities Chalk Art Fest will be back this weekend, June 22 – June 23, 2024 at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island.Inspiring and engaging for people of all ages, this free, two-day street painting festival brings together hundreds of local and regional artists that spend hours transforming the blank cement pavement into a museum of chalk art, while competing for cash prizes, according to Quad City Arts. The 8th Chalk Art Fest will be June 22-23 at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, downtown Rock Island. The festival starts at 10 a.m. on both days and goes until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors strolling by can see the wonderful works of art as they come to life, vote for their favorite, and even do some chalk art of their own, by taking part in the collaborative community piece.  A full line-up of live music, food trucks, concessions, craft brews, face painting, a bounce house, and a kid’s chalk zone area, are all part of the festivities. Over $1,800 in cash prizes will be awarded including a people’s choice and youth category award for ages 12-17. The “paintings” are temporary, lasting only until the next rainfall, so you’ll want to catch a glimpse before they are gone. The awards will be announced at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, June 23, with the following prizes:* 1st Place - $500  * 2nd Place - $300  * 3rd Place - $250  * Two Honorable Mentions - $100 each  * People’s Choice Award - $250  * Artists’ Choice Award (NEW AWARD!!) - $100  * Best 3-D - $50* Best Reproduction - $50 Youth awards (ages 12-17):* 1st Place - $150 + $200 in art supplies awarded to artists’ school.* 2nd Place - $100* 3rd Place - $50 Join in on the fun of creating some chalk with a design to be filled in by the whole community. For just a $5 donation, interested participants are given a set of chalk pastels to fill in a 2’ x 2’ square portion of a larger image. When finished, the larger piece will come to life as a complete work of art! Plus, participants get to keep their chalk, take it home and create a masterpiece of their own. Designed to celebrate artists coming together to share their creative talents with the community, this event is generously sponsored by: Morency Family Foundation, Nestlé Purina Pet Care, Metronet, The Big 106.5, City of Rock Island, Davenport Noon Optimists, Eye Surgeon Associates, and Blick Art Materials.  The schedule of events is: SATURDAY, JUNE 22 9 a.m. - Early check-in and start time for artists 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Event open to the public 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - DJ Mark Manuel/iHeart Radio 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Frankie Jo & Kinfolk 3:15-4:45 p.m. - Grupo Nuevo Estilo 5:15-7 p.m. - The Textures​ SUNDAY, JUNE 23 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Event open to the public Noon - 1:45 p.m. - QC Rock Academy 2:15 – 4 p.m. - Jordan Danielsen 4:30 p.m. - Awards Presented For more information, or to register as an artist, click HERE.

OurQuadCities.com OurQuadCities.com

Galesburg opens cooling centers

The City of Galesburg is responding to the recent heat wave by opening cooling centers, according to a news release from the city. Cooling centers are located at: YMCA Lobby - 1324 W. Carl Sandburg Drive, Galesburg. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. Knox County Housing Authority Shelter - 525/527 Iowa Court, Galesburg, Hours of operation are daily from 6 p.m. – 7 a.m. East Galesburg Fire Station - 411 S. State Street, East Galesburg. This shelter will be open 24 hours a day through Saturday. Oneida Fire Station - 210 N. Sage Street, Oneida. The shelter will be open 24 hours a day through Saturday. Wataga Fire Station - 310 W. Willard Street in Wataga. The shelter will be open 24 hours a day through Saturday. Click here for information on other cooling centers around the area. Click here for information on staying cool during heat waves. Click here for a Summer Survival Guide from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Galesburg man arrested in connection to fatal June 7 shooting

19-year-old Chase Houlden Jr. has been charged with murder in connection to a June 7 shooting that killed 18-year-old Cam'ron Glass.

WVIK The history of Juneteenth and its commemoration in the Quad Cities WVIK

The history of Juneteenth and its commemoration in the Quad Cities

Tracy Singleton is the festival organizer of the Quad Cities Juneteenth celebration, an annual event held the Saturday before Juneteenth, June 19th.

KWQC TV-6 KWQC TV-6

May was the Quad Cities International Airport’s busiest month since Dec 2019

The airport had over 59,000 passengers as the region continues to recover from COVID-19 disruptions

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Body cam video released, suspect charged after 3 first responders shot near Dixon, Illinois

In addition to releasing body cam footage, Ogle County Sheriff Brian Vanvickle identified the three first responders injured in the June 12 shooting.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Friends of MLK opening 'MLK Park' in Davenport on Juneteenth

The park was made possible by a Quad Cities nonprofit, Friends of MLK. It also received funding from the City of Davenport.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Quad Cities sports journalist Steve Tappa remembered by the community

Steve Tappa, 58, spent over 30 years covering Quad Cities sports for the Rock Island Dispatch Argus. He was involved in youth baseball programs before his death.

KWQC TV-6  Galesburg man arrested for murder, police say KWQC TV-6

Galesburg man arrested for murder, police say

The arrest was made in connection to an incident on June 7.

OurQuadCities.com Galesburg Police make arrest in shooting OurQuadCities.com

Galesburg Police make arrest in shooting

Police in Galesburg have made an arrest in the June 7 shooting of an 18-year-old man, according to a news release from the Galesburg Police Department. Chase Houlden Jr. was taken into custody on a Knox County arrest warrant for murder on Tuesday, June 18 and is in custody at the Knox County Jail. Chase Houlden Jr. (Galesburg Police Department) This arrest is the result of a shooting on June 7, 2024, at 949 E. South Street in Galesburg, which resulted in the death of Cam’ron Glass, 18 years old, of Galesburg, and the injury of Chase Houlden, 19 years old, of Galesburg. On June 7 at 11:12 a.m., the Galesburg Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the 900 block of E. South Street. When they arrived, they found a gunshot victim, later identified as Cam’ron Glass in the residence. Glass was pronounced dead at the scene with an apparent gunshot wound. Houlden was injured during the shooting incident and was hospitalized at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria before being arrested. The investigation into this case is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case should contact the Galesburg Police Department at (309) 343-9151 or the Galesburg Area Crime Stoppers at (309) 344-0044. Tips can submitted using the p3 mobile app or by clicking here on the Galesburg Police Department’s Facebook page.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

MLK Park in Davenport prepare to debut new historic destination

Friends of the MLK along with the city of Davenport are ready to reveal this $1.6 million project on Brady. This park serves as a historic landmark for the region.

KWQC TV-6  Geneseo mayor announces emergency water response KWQC TV-6

Geneseo mayor announces emergency water response

The City of Geneseo Mayor Johnson proclaims Tier 1 water response for residents.

OurQuadCities.com QC airport has best month since pandemic OurQuadCities.com

QC airport has best month since pandemic

The Quad Cities International Airport recorded its biggest single passenger month since the COVID pandemic in May, surpassing 59,000 passengers. The Moline airport saw 59,006 passengers last month, compared to 47,642 in May 2023, and the highest number since December 2019, according to a Wednesday airport release. The airport's resilience in the face of nationwide airline network changes and ongoing pilot shortages has been underscored by these encouraging figures, the release said. The Quad Cities airport in Moline saw its best passenger month in May 2024, since pre-pandemic in 2019. Leading the charge in year-over-year gains was American Airlines, which saw its numbers soar 68% to 22,522 passengers in May 2024, compared to 13,380 in the same month the year prior. American Airlines added a third daily departure to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) for the month of July, with plans to resume it in October after the traditionally slower months of August and September, the QC airport said. This is in addition to demand for Charlotte, N.C. slightly surpassing DFW for the first time since launching in December 2023. Ashleigh Davis, public relations and marketing manager for the airport, emphasized the pivotal role of local support in sustaining this momentum. “Local support is key to continued growth. Airlines look for consistent passenger demand when expanding their services,” she said. “It's a collective effort for our region to choose Quad Cities International Airport whenever possible for their travel needs.” A rendering of planned improvements at the Moline airport. The aviation landscape has evolved significantly post-pandemic, with lasting changes in travel behavior influenced by remote work flexibility and the blending of business and leisure trips, the airport said. This shift has redefined traditional metrics of airline recovery, making current activity levels crucial in signaling future demand. “We are optimistic about the upward trend in activity, which reinforces our message to airline planners that Quad Cities is primed for expanded flight options,” Davis added. For more information, click HERE.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Roots Recovered: Reclaiming Our Names

This documentary from 13News Now explores the growing interest African Americans have in discovering their ancestral names.

OurQuadCities.com OurQuadCities.com

Dave Attell coming to Davenport in October

Comedian Dave Attell is bringing his latest comedy tour to the Event Center at Rhythm City Casino on Saturday, October 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here or at The Market at Rhythm City, 7077 Elmore Avenue in Davenport. There will be a presale on Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. and general ticket sales start on Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. Dave Attell (Rhythm City Casino) Attell’s latest Netflix comedy special, “Hot Cross Buns” premiered in March to rave reviews. He is best known as the host of Comedy Central's cult classic, “Insomniac with Dave Attell.” He can next be seen in the Hulu series, “Life & Beth” with Amy Schumer, Michael Rapaport, and Michael Cera. He can also be seen on Netflix’s “Bumping Mics” with Jeff Ross and HBO’s “Crashing” with Pete Holmes. “Dave’s Old Porn” aired for two seasons on Showtime. His stand-up series, “Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground,” and his one hour special, “Road Work,” aired on Comedy Central. “Road Work” is airing on Paramount+.   His film work includes “Pootie Tang,” “Funny People,” “Scary Movie 4,” “Los Enchiladas,” “Train Wreck” and “I Feel Pretty.” He’s been on TV shows including “The Simpsons,” “Difficult People,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Arrested Development,” The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “The Jim Norton Show,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Louie,” “Ed,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Tough Crowd with Collin Quinn.” He was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Funniest People in America.” Attell appears at the Comedy Cellar in New York City when he’s not on the road. Click here for more on Dave Attell

OurQuadCities.com Opera QC returns with beloved 'Bohème' OurQuadCities.com

Opera QC returns with beloved 'Bohème'

Long before Jonathan Larson adapted the classic Giacomo Puccini opera “La Boheme” into his groundbreaking rock opera "Rent" (timed to "Boheme"'s 100th anniversary), the soaring, emotional Italian artwork was long beloved. Foo Chen Gui, left, as Rodolfo and Chad Sonka as Marcello in Opera Quad Cities' new production of "La Boheme," opening Friday, June 21. (photos by Missy Myers) Now, timed to the centennial of Puccini's 1924 death, Opera Quad Cities is presenting a new production of "La Boheme" June 21st & 23rd, 2024 at the Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center, 3333 18th St. The opera and its gorgeous music tells the story of poor seamstress Mimi and her bohemian artist friends, set in 1830 Paris. "We wanted to do a Puccini opera this year because it is the 100th anniversary since Puccini's death in 1924. Of all Puccini's beloved operas, La Bohème stands in a place of its own in terms of its ability to delight audiences with its story and music," director Michelle Crouch said recently. Director Michelle Crouch "This is the first time I've been involved in a production of it, which has been a great thrill. One of the delights and challenges of La Bohème is its need for a sizable chorus, including a chorus of children. In other operas, the chorus is more or less monolithic, but in La Bohème the characters have specific tasks and are busy acting in an independent way while they are singing," she said, praising Miriam Anderson and Chelsea Crumbleholme for preparing the children's chorus. "Act 2 is a real highlight for its joyful energy in the midst of a story that, spoiler alert, has a tragic ending," Crouch said. "Another of the challenges of this show is how prop heavy it is. Getting all of those props together in the first place, and then organized for four separate acts in a rehearsal space that is separate to our performance space has been very challenging. The singers need time to become comfortable and confident with using the props while they are singing. We have a terrific team of costumers who have been working very hard to costume this large cast, and I'm deeply thankful for that work." Foo Chen Gui, left, Chad Sonka, Caleb Hasselhuhn and Greg Etzel in "La Boheme." "Opera is the most deeply collaborative art form and learning how to work effectively with many team members who are each focused on a particular area of expertise and craft, all pulling toward great goal is one of opera's greatest gifts," Crouch said. "Exercising this kind of collaborative approach to a work points us to a way of living that is exciting and desperately needed in our world." Music director and conductor Nathan Windt said given Puccini's importance in the operatic world, Opera QC wanted to perform one of his. Mozart's “Don Giovanni” (in June 2023 at Moline’s Bartlett Performing Arts Center) was Opera QC’s first full production since 2019. Conductor Nathan Windt Windt has only seen “Bohème” in live performance; he’s sung in two other Puccini operas, and studied others, but this is his first chance to experience “Bohème” in-depth.  It’s a popular opera partly since it’s not very long (a little over two hours), "which makes it easy for first-time listeners and seasoned opera-goers; second, there are lots of memorable melodies in the opera, and even if you can’t whistle them as you leave the theater, the accessibility of melody is an important part of any musical genre; third, the characters are us.," he added. "That is to say, we’re not dealing with demons, dragons, magic potions, gods with horned-helmets, or even villains (it’s pretty remarkable that Bohème has no notable “bad guy”)—this opera is about six people (two couples and two friends) and how they’re living their lives," Windt said by email. "We rejoice in their triumphs, and after experiencing life with them for two hours (spoiler alert) we grieve with them.  Jonathan Schrader (center) and Shelley Cooper in "La Boheme." "As a conductor, Puccini is extremely challenging in his music, because he includes significant fluctuations of tempo, not unlike how we speak in day-to-day conversation," he said. "That’s what makes his operas feel so real: you feel like they’re singing in speech, so it becomes relatable. Giacomo Puccini -- whose famous operas include "Tosca," "Madame Butterfly" and "Turandot" -- died Nov. 29, 1924, at age 65. “Musically, that is challenging, because we can’t settle into a simple tempo—everyone has to listen to one another to make this piece work. The collaborative aspect of opera in general, and Puccini specifically, is both the challenge and the satisfaction. (This is why, in my opinion, Michelle and I work so well together, because we both understand and appreciate the collaborative aspects)," Windt added. The 23-year-old company believes in the “Quad Cities” aspect of its mission—meaning they intentionally perform on both sides of the Mississippi River. After two years at the Bartlett Center in Moline, "this is a great opportunity to bring our main stage performance to the Iowa side of the river, and we’ve had a positive experience with the facilities and staff at the Bettendorf PAC," Windt said. Chad Sonka in "La Boheme." Opera QC started in 2001, and over the years has done fully staged productions of major operas such as The Magic Flute (Mozart), La Boheme (Puccini), Cosi fan butte (Mozart), Carmen (Bizet), Rigoletto (Verdi), and The Medium (Menotti); Children’s operas: The Little Sweep (Britten), The Three Little Pigs ala Mozart (arr. Davis), and The Pied Piper (Francouer); Opera Highlights Concerts with orchestra; a Young Artist Competition for singers of various ages and experience; Vocal Valentine Celebrations, and other lectures and demonstrations for local civic organizations to de-mystify opera and make the art form more accessible. Performer profiles Foo Chen Gui as Rodolfo: Malaysian tenor Foo Chen Gui is a first-year master's student and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Iowa School of Music, majoring in vocal performance. Foo Chen Gui Gui’s recent achievements include winning first place and lieder prize at the Chin Yong Vocal Competition in Kuala Lumpur in 2023, winner of the National Operatic Singing Competition 2021 held by the Kuala Lumpur City Opera. " 'La Bohème' holds a special place in my heart. It is the first opera that I saw back in 2016 before I decided to pursue music," he said recently by email. "I still remember vividly how inspired I was by the music and the performers." Gui first performed the role at Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Mich. He loves the music, the relationships between the characters, and the timelessness of the opera. Foo Chen Gui as Rodolfo and Madalynn Baez as Mimi. “The biggest challenge of playing Rodolfo is the mindset of this opera being so popular, and people who love opera know this opera very well so it creates a certain level of pressure when preparing for this role," he said. "I had to remind myself to stay true to myself and the music, and have fun on stage.  “The team has been very welcoming since the day I went to audition! I always enjoy working with a team that shares the same level of passion in performing arts as I have, so I’m lucky to have a chance to work with them," Gui said. "Our conductor, Nathan Windt has also been extremely helpful in putting this large ensemble together, it is not an easy task but he pulled it off so perfectly. On top of that, I enjoy singing with the rest of the cast very much.” Caleb Hasselhuhn as Schaunard: Hasselhuhn is a DMA student in voice and opera performance and pedagogy with secondary areas in conducting and music education at The University of Iowa. He also works as the lead teaching assistant in voice at UI in addition to teaching voice at Coe College and Prairie High School. Caleb Hasselhuhn (right) with Greg Etzel in "La Boheme." Recent operatic credits include Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Chicago Summer Opera and Germont in “La Traviata” and Geronmio in “Il matrimonio segreto” with the UI Opera Theatre. He is looking forward to making his European debut later this summer with Saluzzo Opera Academy’s production of “Giulio Cesare” in Saluzzo, Italy. " 'La Boheme' is one of the quintessential works of the operatic canon, so I am excited to get to experience it from Schaunard's perspective," Hasselhuhn said. "It is beloved because of its mix of comedy, drama, and tragedy, which is reflective of everyday life." Greg Etzel, left, Foo Chen Gui, Chad Sonka and Caleb Hasselhuhn. “The biggest challenge has also been one of the most interesting aspects of this character in that you must develop how the character relates to the other characters on stage, which changes over the course of the show," he said. "The biggest satisfaction comes from all of the comedic moments that Schaunard has throughout the show.” Shelley Cooper as Musetta: Cooper is an Off-Broadway award winning actor/playwright/director, and Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at Augustana College. In Opera QC, she was last seen as Edith in the 2019 production of “Pirates of Penzance.” Shelley Cooper as Musetta. Her one-woman show, “La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas,” was featured Off-Broadway at United Solofest on Theatre Row in New York City (Best One Woman Show), as well as Solofest, Hollywood Fringe (Pick of the Fringe), Orlando Fringe (Best Individual Performance in a Drama). Her newest work “Jenny Lind Presents P.T. Barnum” won an L.A. Women’s Theatre Award, and has been an official selection for Solofest, Binge Fringe, Fort Worth Fringe, Orlando Fringe FestN4, and made its European debut in Austria. Shelley is a very active musical theatre/opera performer. "This is such an iconic role and has such an iconic aria, that I’ve felt a lot of pressure and impostor syndrome there for a hot second. I am slowly getting over it," Cooper said recently. “I’ve never sung the role, but one of the biggest thrills is getting to be on stage with them, and Nathan and Michelle are such wonderful leaders, it’s been such a joy. Everyone on stage has such big voices and that has been such a pleasure for me as well.” “I dreamed of playing this role when I was 21 years old,” Cooper said. “I learned it in a practice room in Hanover College in middle-of-nowhere Indiana, so that little Shelley Cooper dream coming true.” She said both Crouch and Windt have encouraged the singers to inject their own personalities into the roles, which has been beautiful. Cooper choreographed “Don Giovanni” and was a soloist for the 2022 Opera QC gala concert. Greg Etzel as Colline: Etzel has a master’s in voice from Western Michigan University. Etzel sang in the Opera QC gala concert in 2022, and was in the chorus for “Rigoletto,” and in “La Boheme” (in two small roles) when they did it the first time around 2004. Greg Etzel, right, with Chad Sonka (left) and Caleb Hasselhuhn. “Twenty years ago, this was my first contracted role,” he said of “Boheme.” “I have diligently been trying to re-plugged in, so the fact I was given a bigger, more expansive role for this thing is huge. The big aria that Colline does is a big deal.” “There is a humble check,” Etzel said of the powerhouse cast. Etzel – who also plays trombone – said his wife Laurel is the orchestra contractor and plays French horn in the ensemble of 25-plus. Last year, he played in the orchestra for “Don Giovanni.” Madalynn Baez as Mimi: Baez went to Wartburg College and moved to the QC to work as an engineer for John Deere (at Product Development Center in Silvis). She’s working on her master’s in vocal performance at North Park University in Chicago, planning to finish at the end of 2025. Madalynn Baez as Mimi. Baez was in the musical “Yeast Nation” at North Park, a prequel to “Urinetown.” She did some opera at Wartburg, including “Cosi fan tutte” and “The Consul.” “I feel like this cast and creative team are just a group of people that enjoy getting together and making really beautiful music, celebrating each other for what we can do together,” Baez said. “And I really love that. I’ve done operas in undergrad but this is my first contracted role, doing an opera with a full orchestra, on a stage.” “I’m really, really beside myself excited,” she said. “The music in this opera, Puccini is like ‘chef’s kiss,’ such beautiful, heart-wrenching music and I am so stoked I get to have this experience and share this experience with everyone.” Chad Sonka as Marcello: Sonka is from Ames, Iowa, an alum of Luther College (in voice), and he teaches voice and opera at Iowa State. “This opera is so iconic and there are so many wonderful versions out there, we are really fortunate to be living in a time when we can access all different versions very easily,” Sonka said, noting performers in theater aim to create “purple.” Chad Sonka as Marcello in "La Boheme." “A little bit of red, which is your character, and blue, which is you, and you make purple,” he said. “Making purple -- that’s what we do, through glorious singing, of course.” “Absolutely, we stand on the shoulders of who came before us, these great, great performances, but I say we use them to propel us forward, instead of looking back too much,” Sonka said. “There’s always a little bit of impostor syndrome when we open up our mouths – singing just inherently takes an ungodly amount of trust. “Trust in yourself, trust in your colleagues, trust in the conductor,” he said. “It takes a lot of trust and that’s kind of where my brain goes with that.” “Regional opera companies like Opera Quad Cities are really important,” Sonka said.  “Access to this kind of music and musical experiences for people who don’t have the funds to fly to New York City and see the Metropolitan Opera, or even go to Chicago, those can be really pricey endeavors.” “We’re all so thankful for a company like Opera Quad Cities,” he said. “It’s a great company to try out some of these bigger roles, in a safe, nurturing environment. You can really try on the clothes, and throw ‘em in the wash a couple times, then get to put them back on.” Making opera accessible Cooper has been part of the Opera QC library opera series (in Moline and Bettendorf), including one on how opera is funny (like “Barber of Seville,” “Marriage of Figaro,” “Yeoman of the Guard,” and “Touch of Venus”). “We just wrapped up the third season of those library outreach programs, and the whole point is to engage the audience more,” Etzel said. Opera QC did a recent fundraising program in May at Mississippi River Distilling in Davenport. Unlike last year’s “Don Giovanni” in English, “La Boheme” is in the original Italian. “Who wants to hear any of this in English? I do not,” Cooper said. “La Boheme” is a very good opera to relate to, since it is about ordinary people’s struggles, Baez said. “There’s a lot of old opera about kings and queens, dragons and whatever. This is one of them, where the vibes are a little different.” The 2023 Quad City Music Guild production of Jonathan Larson's "Rent" (1996), which is closely based on "La Boheme" (1896). “There’s a reason why Jonathan Larson could pick that same story up and it be a huge Broadway success,” Cooper said of the 1996 Pulitzer-winning musical, focusing on characters struggling with the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York's Lower East Village. “If you like ‘Rent,’ you’ll like ‘Boheme’,” Sonka said. “What I love about opera too is, you can engage with it on whatever level you’d like. I go to the opera for the voices, but because that’s what I’m there for. I want to hear freakish singing. A scene from Opera Quad Cities' "La Boheme," to be performed June 21 and June 23 at the Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center. “If that’s the kind of thing you love, come see it. If you want to see an incredibly relatable story of people existing, come for that,” he said. “If you love orchestral music, come for that. Opera is the total art, it has something for everybody.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23. Tickets ($30 for adults, $25 for seniors and free for students) can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the door.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Counting down to the John Deere Classic: Hole #7 - Timber Ridge

We are days away from the John Deere Classic and what better way to countdown than by showing each hole players will have to tackle at TPC Deere Run.

OurQuadCities.com OurQuadCities.com

Jordan Spieth to return to John Deere Classic

Jordan Spieth, three-time major champion and two-time winner of the John Deere Classic, has committed to play in this year’s John Deere Classic, July 3-7, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis. Spieth, 30, won his first PGA Tour title at the 2013 John Deere Classic at the age of 19 when he came from six shots behind in the final round, holed a stunning bunker shot on the 18th green that would get him into a three-man playoff and won it with a par on the fourth hole of sudden death (18th), defeating David Hearn and Zach Johnson, according to a tournament release, noting he became the youngest winner on tour since 1931 and put his PGA Tour career into high gear. Jordan Spieth of the United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort on June 13, 2024 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) On his fourth visit to the Quad Cities in 2015, Spieth already had won that year’s Masters and U.S. Open and he added his second John Deere Classic title with another playoff win with a par on the second hole of sudden death (18th) over journeyman Tom Gillis. Continuing his pursuit of the single-year Grand Slam, Spieth played in the British Open at St. Andrews but missed making a playoff by one stroke. Zach Johnson, the 2012 John Deere Classic champion, won the playoff. “We are thrilled to have Jordan Spieth back at the John Deere Classic,” tournament director Andrew Lehman said in the release. “Jordan is a favorite amongst Quad Citians and we expect thousands of them will be here to greet him and show their support.” Jordan Spieth plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort on June 14, 2024 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (Photo by Alex Slitz/Getty Images) Spieth’s history in the Quad Cities began in 2012 when he made the cut as an amateur playing on a sponsor exemption. In his 2014 title defense, he finished T-7. Spieth has a total of 13 PGA Tour victories, 18 runner-ups and 54 top 10s. He also won the Australian Open in 2014 and 2016. He has been a member of five Ryder Cup teams and four Presidents Cup teams. He currently is ranked 29th in the world and 54 in FedExCup points.  “I am really looking forward to returning to the Quad Cities and playing in the John Deere Classic,” Spieth said. “TPC Deere Run holds special memories for me, professionally and personally, and I can’t wait to return with my family to relive many of them and pursue another win.”  Sepp Straka, of Austria, holds the trophy after winning the John Deere Classic golf tournament, Sunday, July 9, 2023, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) The 53rd edition of the Quad Cities PGA Tour event will have an $8-million purse and Sepp Straka is defending champion.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

FBI issues alert to people after strong evolution of criminal scams

The FBI issues a warning after discovering a growth of scams with technology. The FBI says to be more aware of potential scams, as criminals can target anywhere.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Honoring the history and heritage of Juneteenth across the US

Juneteenth commemorates the day when slaves in Texas were freed. Leaders in Texas were the first to create legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

3 Things to Know | Quad Cities morning headlines for June 19, 2024

The coroner has identified the child who died at Lake Potter, and Burlington police are looking for suspects who vandalized Dankwardt Park.

Quad-City Times Nature Conservancy receives $400,000 from Stanley Environment Preservation Support Fund Quad-City Times

Nature Conservancy receives $400,000 from Stanley Environment Preservation Support Fund

This week, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine announced that a grant in the amount of $400,000 was awarded to the Nature Conservancy through the Richard H. and Mary Jo Stanley Environment Preservation Support Fund.

Quad-City Times Muscatine Habitat for Humanity to hold Best Cupcake in Muscatine bake-off Quad-City Times

Muscatine Habitat for Humanity to hold Best Cupcake in Muscatine bake-off

The first ever "Best Cupcake in Muscatine" Bake-Off is set for June 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Rendezvous Banquet Facility and Catering.

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times

East Moline reallocates reserve funding to align with priorities

On Monday June 17, East Moline's City Council approved a resolution to reallocate over $1.75 million to various projects and funds.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Planned Parenthood in Peoria reopens more than a year after firebombing

According to Planned Parenthood of Illinois, clinics have seen a 47% increase in abortion care patients since the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

First Presbyterian Church in Kewanee believed to have two incredibly rare stained glass windows depicting Jesus as a person of color

The windows were created in 1903.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

All 4 Cornell College professors stabbed in China are reunited with family or back to travelling

Cornell President Jonathan Brand released a statement to students and professors addressing the news on Tuesday.

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times

Wife of defendant in Davenport double homicide speaks on his mental state; he requests new attorney

Devon Braet's wife doesn't think he could have committed the Jan. 15 murders of Brian Goodwin and Amy Smith.

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times

Pending Death Notices for the Quad-Cities, June 19, 2024

Maureen T. Lemek, 89, of Davenport, died Sunday, June 16, 2024 at Ridgecrest Village, Davenport. Arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.

Quad-City Times Quad-City Times

Orion hears from water meter representative

The village of Orion is considering switching its water meter reading equipment to get more accurate readings for its 800 customers.

Quad-City Times Man accused of sexually abusing 5-year-old Quad-City Times

Man accused of sexually abusing 5-year-old

A 34-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 5-year-old child his significant other was babysitting, Davenport Police said.

OurQuadCities.com Tyler Erb makes history at Davenport Speedway OurQuadCities.com

Tyler Erb makes history at Davenport Speedway

Before the 2024 season, only two drivers had won four or more consecutive races to open the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. Tyler Erb has now made that a three-person club with his fourth-straight Feature win Tuesday night at Davenport Speedway, according to a news release.  Tyler Erb (photo by Tyler Carr) His company? National Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Famers Scott Bloomquist, who won four-in-a-row to start the season in 1990, and Billy Moyer Sr, who won six-in-a-row to start the 1994 Hell Tour.  “That’s pretty cool because Scott and Billy are two of the best ever,” Erb, 27, of New Waverly, Texas, said. “To be able to be in the same category on anything with them is very, very cool.”  Erb started fourth on the grid after winning his Heat Race and redrawing fourth-best of all the Heat winners. For the first time this season, Erb did not lead the most laps of the main event and was instead forced to battle strong competition to get the top spot in the caution-free contest.  He made his way to second after pole-sitter Daryn Klein slipped off the edge of the banking on the opening lap. Erb then went side-by-side with new leader Kye Blight down the front stretch but Blight dove underneath him in Turn 1 and retained the top spot.  (photo by Tyler Carr) Blight, the 31-year-old racer from Bunbury, WAU, began setting a torrid pace around the 1/4-mile oval. Blight ran into lap traffic inside the first 10 laps but maneuvered his way around the slower cars to keep a distance between himself and Erb.  But as the laps clicked off, Erb steadily gained on Blight with each circuit. On Lap 23, Blight was looking for a lane to get by Max McLaughlin, allowing Erb to pull even with him at the start/finish line.  Erb dove to the bottom side of Turn 1 and slid in front of Blight coming out of Turn 2 to capture the lead. From there, Erb ran away with the race, opening a gap of almost two seconds on Blight by the time the checkered flag waved.  “Kye was fast; his car was really good,” Erb said. “He was running as hard as he could possibly run, and I tried to just pace him. I tried not to get too crazy following him and make a mistake and drive over the cushion or something dumb.  “We just got into lapped traffic, and I made him have to move his line around, and I could tell I could still drive a little straighter and a little harder into the cushion.”  After each win, Erb has mentioned the positive vibes around his team and the role it’s played in the success he’s had so far.  “My crew is happy and working good,” Erb said. “My home life is good, and I guess that has something to do with it too and all that plays a role in being confident. (My team) is confident in me which is big. It’s real easy to get down on yourself; all racers do. We want to be good or the best and when they believe in you it makes you believe in yourself.  “I guess being a good person has helped into this too. I feel like I’m being a better person just in general.”  Now, Erb has a chance to become only the second driver to open the Summer Nationals with five-straight wins in the next race of Week 2 at Adams County (IL) Speedway.  UP NEXT  The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models next head for Adams County (IL) Speedway in Quincy, IL, racing alongside the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals.  Tickets will be on sale at the gate. If you can’t be there, you can watch it on DIRTVision.  RESULTS (view full result)

KWQC TV-6  East Moline holds another open house Tuesday for downtown revitalization project KWQC TV-6

East Moline holds another open house Tuesday for downtown revitalization project

Members of the public were able to get a look at the city’s ideas for the greater downtown area on Tuesday, and provide their own feedback.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

KWQC TV-6  United Way of Southeast Iowa receives grant to help address food insecurity KWQC TV-6

United Way of Southeast Iowa receives grant to help address food insecurity

United Way of Southeast Iowa has announced they were awarded a grant that could help address food insecurity in Burlington and 19 other communities they cover.

WQAD.com WQAD.com

Geneseo residents asked to conserve water

Starting Wednesday, residents are only allowed to use irrigation systems and sprinklers between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m.