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Larson scores first SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series victory

Jeff “Bone” Larson captured his first SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series feature win Saturday, at Maquoketa Speedway. Larson took the race lead just before the hallway point, when race leader Jake Neal suffered a flat tire which forced him to pit. Larson held off Davenport winner Justin Kay for the victory. Andy Eckrich finished third, followed by Charlie McKenna and Nick Marolf. Marolf set the pace in qualifying with a time of 14.556 seconds. Late Model heat race wins went to Andy Eckrich, Jason Hahne, and Kay. Jeff Aikey won the B-Main. Ryan Duhme zipped past front row starters Ray Cox Jr. and Steve Johnson to grab the lead in the IMCA Modified feature. Ryan would lead the rest of the way to the checkers. Travis Denning survived to finish second. Mitch Morris was third, followed by Bryce Garnhart and Tyler Madigan. Shane Paris won the IMCA SportMod main. Brandon Jewell led early in the race, but lost the lead after a lap seven restart. Paris was able to fend off Jarrett Franzen and Jacob Arp in the final laps to secure to the win. Franzen and Arp finished second and third. Logan Veloz took fourth, just ahead of Jake Morris. Scooter Dulin dominated the IMCA Stock Car main. Scooter led all fifteen laps en route to the win. Brandon Vorbeck started fourth, but finished second. Richard Nelson, Jerry Miles, and Kile Vohringer finished third through fifth, in that order. Randy Lamar took the “W” in IMCA Hobby Stock action. Andrew Burk looked to have the race in hand, but a flat tire would send him to the pit area. Lukas Short followed Lamar to the checkers. Dawson Bowling, Brycen Wilson, and Sheldon Hunter finished third through fifth respectively. Trent Lebarge captured both the heat and feature in the Sport Compact class. Dustin Munn took second with Rob Haring Jr. third. Munn and Lebarge had close battle going until the final lap. Logan Jones and Henry Hess completed the top five. The SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series concludes the 3-race Memorial weekend swing Sunday, May 29th. East Moline Speedway will be the venue. Results: Maquoketa Speedway May 28, 2022 SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series Qualifying: Nick Marolf - 14.556 seconds Heat #1: 1. Andy Eckrich; 2. Andrew Kosiski; 3. Spencer Diercks; 4. Luke Pestka; 5. Nick Marolf; Heat #2: 1. Jason Hahne; 2. Jeff Larson; 3. Jeff Tharp; 4. Luke Goedert; 5. Gary Webb; Heat #3: 1. Justin Kay; 2. Jake Neal; 3. Jonathan Brauns; 4. Bryan Moreland; 5. Charlie McKenna; Semi #1: 1. Jeff Aikey; 2. Logan Duffy; 3. Gary Webb; 4. Curtis Glover; 5. Kyle Krampe; Feature: 1. Jeff Larson; 2. Justin Kay; 3. Andy Eckrich; 4. Charlie McKenna; 5. Nick Marolf; 6. Spencer Diercks; 7. Matt Ryan; 8. Luke Goedert; 9. Dave Eckrich; 10. Todd Cooney; 11. Jonathan Brauns; 12. Jeff Aikey; 13. Bryan Moreland; 14. Logan Duffy; 15. Gary Webb; 16. Curtis Glover; 17. Kyle Krampe; 18. Darrel DeFrance; 19. Curt Schroeder; 20. Jeff Tharp; 21. Jake Neal; 22. Jason Hahne; 23. Luke Pestka; 24. Andrew Kosiski; Modified Heat #1: 1. Bryce Garnhart; 2. Mike Garland; 3. Ray Cox Jr.; 4. Charlie Mohr; 5. Brendan Driscoll; Heat #2: 1. Tyler Madigan; 2. Travis Denning; 3. Mitch Morris; 4. Ryan Duhme; 5. Steve Johnson; Feature: 1. Ryan Duhme; 2. Travis Denning; 3. Mitch Morris; 4. Bryce Garnhart; 5. Tyler Madigan; 6. Mike Garland; 7. Stephan Kammerer; 8. Brendan Driscoll; 9. Anthony Guss; 10. Steve Johnson; 11. Charlie Mohr; 12. Ray Cox Jr.; SportMod Heat #1: 1. Jake Morris; 2. Brndon Jewell; 3. Daniel Carpenter; 4. Jacob Arp; 5. Cole Stichter; Heat #2: 1. Logan Veloz; 2. Jarrett Franzen; 3. Shane Paris; 4. Jesse Bodin; 5. Bob Silaggi; Feature: 1. Shane Paris; 2. Jarrett Franzen; 3. Jacob Arp; 4. Logan Veloz; 5. Jake Morris; 6. Brandon Jewell; 7. Daniel Carpenter; 8. Rayce Mullen; 9. Josh Marth; 10. Randy Butterbrodt; 11. Cole Stichter; 12. Jesse Bodin; 13. Bob Silaggi; Stock Cars Heat #1: 1. Jacob Ellithorpe; 2. Keith Feller; 3. Lane Vohringer; 4. Jerry Miles; 5. Rick Schriner; Heat #2: 1. Scooter Dulin; 2. Brandon Vorbeck; 3. Richard Nelson; 4. Kile Vohringer; 5. Chase Zaruba; Feature: 1. Scooter Dulin; 2. Branson Vorbeck; 3. Richard Nelson; 4. Jerry Miles; 5. Kile Vohringer; 6. Trevor Tucker; 7. Kodey Miles; 8. Jacob Ellithorpe; 9. Rick Schriner; 10. Austin Vorbeck; 11. Keith Feller; 12. Michael Heister; 13. Mitch Current; 14. Lane Vohringer; 15. Chase Zaruba; Sport Compacts Heat #1: 1. Trent Lebarge; 2. Jamie Wood; 3. Dustin Munn; 4. Rob Harding Jr.; 5. Henry Hess; Feature: 1. Trent Lebarge; 2. Dustin Munn; 3. Rob Harding Jr.; 4. Logan Jones; 5. Henry Hess; 6. Jamie Wood; Hobby Stocks Heat #1: 1. Sheldon Hunter; 2. Andrew Burk; 3. Lukas Short; 4. Brandon Schnieder; 5. Dylan Said; Heat #2: 1. Randy Lamar; 2. Logan Gustaf; 3. Brycen Wilson; 4. Matt Bennett; 5. Dawson Bowling; Feature: 1. Randy Lamar; 2. Lukas Short; 3. Dawson Bowling; 4. Brycen Wilson; 5. Sheldon Hunter; 6. Sylan Flogel; 7. Brandon Schnieder; 8. Dylan Said; 9. Matt Bennett; 10. Andrew Burk; 11. Logan Gustaf;  Larson scores first SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series victory MAQUOKETA, Ia. (May 28, 2022) – Jeff “Bone” Larson captured his first SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series feature win Saturday, at Maquoketa Speedway. Larson took the race lead just before the hallway point, when race leader Jake Neal suffered a flat tire which forced him to pit. Larson held off Davenport winner Justin Kay for the victory. Andy Eckrich finished third, followed by Charlie McKenna and Nick Marolf. Marolf set the pace in qualifying with a time of 14.556 seconds. Late Model heat race wins went to Andy Eckrich, Jason Hahne, and Kay. Jeff Aikey won the B-Main. Ryan Duhme zipped past front row starters Ray Cox Jr. and Steve Johnson to grab the lead in the IMCA Modified feature. Ryan would lead the rest of the way to the checkers. Travis Denning survived to finish second. Mitch Morris was third, followed by Bryce Garnhart and Tyler Madigan. Shane Paris won the IMCA SportMod main. Brandon Jewell led early in the race, but lost the lead after a lap seven restart. Paris was able to fend off Jarrett Franzen and Jacob Arp in the final laps to secure to the win. Franzen and Arp finished second and third. Logan Veloz took fourth, just ahead of Jake Morris. Scooter Dulin dominated the IMCA Stock Car main. Scooter led all fifteen laps en route to the win. Brandon Vorbeck started fourth, but finished second. Richard Nelson, Jerry Miles, and Kile Vohringer finished third through fifth, in that order. Randy Lamar took the “W” in IMCA Hobby Stock action. Andrew Burk looked to have the race in hand, but a flat tire would send him to the pit area. Lukas Short followed Lamar to the checkers. Dawson Bowling, Brycen Wilson, and Sheldon Hunter finished third through fifth respectively. Trent Lebarge captured both the heat and feature in the Sport Compact class. Dustin Munn took second with Rob Haring Jr. third. Munn and Lebarge had close battle going until the final lap. Logan Jones and Henry Hess completed the top five. The SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series concludes the 3-race Memorial weekend swing Sunday, May 29th. East Moline Speedway will be the venue. Results: Maquoketa Speedway May 28, 2022 SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series Qualifying: Nick Marolf - 14.556 seconds Heat #1: 1. Andy Eckrich; 2. Andrew Kosiski; 3. Spencer Diercks; 4. Luke Pestka; 5. Nick Marolf; Heat #2: 1. Jason Hahne; 2. Jeff Larson; 3. Jeff Tharp; 4. Luke Goedert; 5. Gary Webb; Heat #3: 1. Justin Kay; 2. Jake Neal; 3. Jonathan Brauns; 4. Bryan Moreland; 5. Charlie McKenna; Semi #1: 1. Jeff Aikey; 2. Logan Duffy; 3. Gary Webb; 4. Curtis Glover; 5. Kyle Krampe; Feature: 1. Jeff Larson; 2. Justin Kay; 3. Andy Eckrich; 4. Charlie McKenna; 5. Nick Marolf; 6. Spencer Diercks; 7. Matt Ryan; 8. Luke Goedert; 9. Dave Eckrich; 10. Todd Cooney; 11. Jonathan Brauns; 12. Jeff Aikey; 13. Bryan Moreland; 14. Logan Duffy; 15. Gary Webb; 16. Curtis Glover; 17. Kyle Krampe; 18. Darrel DeFrance; 19. Curt Schroeder; 20. Jeff Tharp; 21. Jake Neal; 22. Jason Hahne; 23. Luke Pestka; 24. Andrew Kosiski; Modified Heat #1: 1. Bryce Garnhart; 2. Mike Garland; 3. Ray Cox Jr.; 4. Charlie Mohr; 5. Brendan Driscoll; Heat #2: 1. Tyler Madigan; 2. Travis Denning; 3. Mitch Morris; 4. Ryan Duhme; 5. Steve Johnson; Feature: 1. Ryan Duhme; 2. Travis Denning; 3. Mitch Morris; 4. Bryce Garnhart; 5. Tyler Madigan; 6. Mike Garland; 7. Stephan Kammerer; 8. Brendan Driscoll; 9. Anthony Guss; 10. Steve Johnson; 11. Charlie Mohr; 12. Ray Cox Jr.; SportMod Heat #1: 1. Jake Morris; 2. Brndon Jewell; 3. Daniel Carpenter; 4. Jacob Arp; 5. Cole Stichter; Heat #2: 1. Logan Veloz; 2. Jarrett Franzen; 3. Shane Paris; 4. Jesse Bodin; 5. Bob Silaggi; Feature: 1. Shane Paris; 2. Jarrett Franzen; 3. Jacob Arp; 4. Logan Veloz; 5. Jake Morris; 6. Brandon Jewell; 7. Daniel Carpenter; 8. Rayce Mullen; 9. Josh Marth; 10. Randy Butterbrodt; 11. Cole Stichter; 12. Jesse Bodin; 13. Bob Silaggi; Stock Cars Heat #1: 1. Jacob Ellithorpe; 2. Keith Feller; 3. Lane Vohringer; 4. Jerry Miles; 5. Rick Schriner; Heat #2: 1. Scooter Dulin; 2. Brandon Vorbeck; 3. Richard Nelson; 4. Kile Vohringer; 5. Chase Zaruba; Feature: 1. Scooter Dulin; 2. Branson Vorbeck; 3. Richard Nelson; 4. Jerry Miles; 5. Kile Vohringer; 6. Trevor Tucker; 7. Kodey Miles; 8. Jacob Ellithorpe; 9. Rick Schriner; 10. Austin Vorbeck; 11. Keith Feller; 12. Michael Heister; 13. Mitch Current; 14. Lane Vohringer; 15. Chase Zaruba; Sport Compacts Heat #1: 1. Trent Lebarge; 2. Jamie Wood; 3. Dustin Munn; 4. Rob Harding Jr.; 5. Henry Hess; Feature: 1. Trent Lebarge; 2. Dustin Munn; 3. Rob Harding Jr.; 4. Logan Jones; 5. Henry Hess; 6. Jamie Wood; Hobby Stocks Heat #1: 1. Sheldon Hunter; 2. Andrew Burk; 3. Lukas Short; 4. Brandon Schnieder; 5. Dylan Said; Heat #2: 1. Randy Lamar; 2. Logan Gustaf; 3. Brycen Wilson; 4. Matt Bennett; 5. Dawson Bowling; Feature: 1. Randy Lamar; 2. Lukas Short; 3. Dawson Bowling; 4. Brycen Wilson; 5. Sheldon Hunter; 6. Sylan Flogel; 7. Brandon Schnieder; 8. Dylan Said; 9. Matt Bennett; 10. Andrew Burk; 11. Logan Gustaf; 

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Real estate transactions for May 29, 2022

Following are seller, buyer, property description and price of property. Note: price is an estimate based on revenue stamps that are bought from the county.

Saturday, May 28th, 2022

WQAD.com Veterans buried in unmarked graves in Davenport's City Cemetery identified WQAD.com

Veterans buried in unmarked graves in Davenport's City Cemetery identified

The Davenport City Cemetery has new headstones for two Civil War veterans who were previously unidentified, thanks to the research of a group of volunteers.

WQAD.com Veterans buried in unmarked graves in Davenport's City Cemetery identified WQAD.com

Veterans buried in unmarked graves in Davenport's City Cemetery identified

The Davenport City Cemetery has new headstones for two Civil War veterans who were previously unidentified, thanks to the research of a group of volunteers.

WQAD.com Iowa Arborists Association holds annual tree climbing competition WQAD.com

Iowa Arborists Association holds annual tree climbing competition

Climbers gathered at Duck Creek Park in Davenport to complete challenges like tree rescues, speed climbing, and an obstacle course for the annual competition.

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Temps to climb to 90 by Monday, but cool front moves through Tuesday

Temperatures for Memorial Day will feel more like the first day of summer as the mercury will climb to about 90 degrees for a high, 12 degrees above the normal of 78 degrees.

WQAD.com Bettendorf Community School District offering free meals for children in June and July WQAD.com

Bettendorf Community School District offering free meals for children in June and July

The cafeteria at Neil Armstrong Elementary School will be open for breakfast and lunch for all children on all weekdays this summer.

WQAD.com Police searching for 19-year-old suspect in May 22 Rock Island shooting WQAD.com

Police searching for 19-year-old suspect in May 22 Rock Island shooting

Police are searching for Terrionce C. Kitchen, who is now wanted for the shooting death of a 19-year-old man in Rock Island on May 22.

WQAD.com Crews battle house fire in Davenport Saturday WQAD.com

Crews battle house fire in Davenport Saturday

Davenport firefighters battled a house fire at a single-family home on Saturday afternoon

WQAD.com Crews battle house fire in Davenport Saturday WQAD.com

Crews battle house fire in Davenport Saturday

Davenport firefighters battled a house fire at a single-family home on Saturday afternoon

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Youth bowling leads to more college scholarship opportunities

A Storm Youth Championships official estimates that 42 bowlers will receive a grand total of $15,000 at the end of the competition

OurQuadCities.com Playhouse announces youth workshops and performance opportunities OurQuadCities.com

Playhouse announces youth workshops and performance opportunities

Timber Lake Playhouse in Mount Carroll, the leading professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, will bring back their on-campus workshops and performance opportunities for area youth of all ages, including the High School Internship Program which provides paid internships for four area high school students. The Playhouse will provide paid apprenticeships for area teens interested in pursuing careers in the theatre. Four teens will be chosen to work alongside TLP’s artistic and administrative teams performing a variety of tasks in all aspects of running a theatre. Interested teens should send a letter or email of application stating their intention and outlining any specific skills they have. A series of performance workshops for youth ages 7 – 12 begins with the Children’s Theatre Performance Workshop, featuring Kid Detectives, with a focus on acting and PopStar Party, with a focus on singing and dancing. This workshop runs June 20-25 with a public performance on Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Frozen, Jr.” will be produced as a part of a two-week workshop for youth ages 7 – 12. The workshop runs July 11-22 from 1-4 p.m. for two weeks. A public performance of “Frozen, Jr.” will be on Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Script Writer’s Workshop runs June 13-17 and is open to kids ages 7 to 18. Young writers will work with TLP’s education staff to develop a script that will be used in performance of the Kid Detectives workshop. TLP will also host a Children’s Theatre Workshop for youth ages 4 through 12. This workshop is on July 2 and is a three-hour introduction to theatre skills. It includes attendance at the July 2 matinee performance of TLP’s “Annie”. The High School Showcase is open to all high school students. This is a five-day immersive experience, which will feature training in acting, dance and music, improvisation, playwriting and auditioning for schools and professional shows. Students will leave the workshop with a monologue, vocal cut, a dance piece and other audition material that can be used for auditions and college applications. Audition material will be recorded and students will receive a video link to their performance for their professional reel. The workshop includes daily lunch and a ticket to TLP's production of “We Will Rock You.”  Students interested in the TLP Internship Program should submit a letter of application stating their interest and any unique skills. All TLP applications may be submitted by mail to Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll, IL 61053-9269 or via email to admin@timberlakeplayhouse.org. Applications for the apprenticeship program are being accepted until all positions are filled. TLP is also offering high school students an opportunity to perform at the playhouse. All area high school students to audition for their summer musicals, including “Annie” (June 30 – July 10), “Legally Blonde” (July 14 – 24), and “We Will Rock You” (August 11 – 21). Actors may try out for one or more of the shows. Student technicians are also encouraged to apply. “We are very excited to open up the opportunity for our local high school students to come and work with our professional Resident Company this season,” says Paul Stancato, TLP Artistic Director. Each show has a two-week rehearsal period and includes 12 performances. If cast, performers and crew must be available to commit to the whole rehearsal and performance period. “Our hope is to create a more inclusive environment,” said Stancato, “where our local teens can work with and learn from professional actors working in the industry today.” Anyone interested in performing at TLP or working on a technical aspect of a production can click here to find out the dates and information about each production. Students wishing to audition should prepare a 32-measure karaoke version of a song they love to sing. There will also be a dance combination taught. Technicians should submit a resume and a letter of application, stating which shows they would like to work. Contact the Box Office at (815) 244-2035 to schedule an audition. Information for all Timber Lake Playhouse workshops, shows, events and workshop registration are available online here or by calling the Box Office at (815) 244-2035. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

WQAD.com Thousands of flags placed at graves at Rock Island National Cemetery WQAD.com

Thousands of flags placed at graves at Rock Island National Cemetery

The annual tradition at Arsenal Island brought out more than 100 community members to cover 28,000 grave sites.

OurQuadCities.com EICC narrows chancellor search to four finalists OurQuadCities.com

EICC narrows chancellor search to four finalists

After an extensive national search, the Eastern Iowa Community College District (EICCD) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce four finalists for the position of District Chancellor. A search committee comprising college faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public, began interviewing semifinalists in May, recommending finalists to the board. The Chancellor Search was extended in April after three of the four finalists withdrew to accept other positions. The extension opened up opportunities for additional highly qualified candidates to apply for the position, resulting in an outstanding group of candidates.  The finalists include: Ellen Bluth, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, EICCD, Davenport, IA; Thomas McDonnell, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE; Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly, D.H.Ed., previously served as Provost at Logan University, Chesterfield, MO, current Co-Owner and Coach of KLP Coaching in St. Charles, MO; Sonya Williams, Ph.D., Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer at College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL. Current EICCD Chancellor Dr. Don Doucette announced last October that he will retire in June. Doucette has served as the district’s chancellor since 2011. The four finalists will be invited to participate in public forums the week of June 6 throughout the district, which includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. They also will be interviewed by the EICCD Board of Trustees, who will make the final selection. The appointment is expected to be announced in late June. Open Forum Schedule Ellen Bluth, Ph.D. Monday, June 6, 2022 Link to join virtually: https://zoom.us/j/95227973851 Tuesday, June 7, 2022 Survey Feedback Link (for all forums for Dr. Bluth): Survey Feedback Link (for all forums for Dr. Bluth): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chancellor-finalist-forum-bluth Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly, D.H.Ed. Tuesday, June 7, 2022 Link to join virtually: https://zoom.us/j/95670082880 Wednesday, June 8, 2022 Survey Feedback Link (for all forums for Dr. Paddock-O’Reilly): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chancellor-finalist-forum-paddock-oreilly Sonya Williams, Ph.D. Wednesday, June 8, 2022 Link to join virtually: https://zoom.us/j/95179091816 Thursday, June 9, 2022 Survey Feedback Link (for all forums for Dr. Williams): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chancellor-finalist-forum-williams Thomas McDonnell, Ed.D. Thursday, June 9, 2022 Link to join virtually: https://zoom.us/j/95418834348 Friday, June 10, 2022 Survey Feedback Link (for all forums for Dr. McDonnell) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chancellor-finalist-forum-mcdonnell If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to the college’s ACCT Search Consultant: Daniel LaVista, Ph.D., ACCT Search Consultant, dan_vista@yahoo.com, (804) 426-5444 (mobile.) Additional information regarding the finalists: Ellen Bluth, Ph.D., is Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) in Davenport, IA. She previously served as Executive Director of Resource Development and Innovation at EICC. Dr. Bluth earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA; a Master of Business Administration from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA; and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Thomas McDonnell, Ed.D., is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE. He previously served as Dean of Humanities and Visual Arts at MCC. Dr. McDonnell earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Northcentral University in San Diego, CA; a Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL; and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly, D.H.Ed.,is Co-Owner and Coach of KLP Coaching in St. Charles, MO. She previously served as Provost at Logan University in Chesterfield, MO. Dr. Paddock-O’Reilly earned a Doctor of Health Education from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, MO; a Master of Social Work from Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN; a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN. Sonya Williams, Ph.D., is Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer at College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. She previously served as Dean of the Arts and Sciences Division at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL. Dr. Williams earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomical Sciences and Cell Biology/Neurosciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, OK; and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. For more information visit eicc.edu/chancellor

OurQuadCities.com BLS and IDES release encouraging employment data OurQuadCities.com

BLS and IDES release encouraging employment data

The unemployment rate decreased over the year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in April, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Jobs were up in nearly all metro areas. “The continued positive trajectory of Illinois’ economy is encouraging,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “IDES and the Pritzker Administration are committed to supporting businesses and job seekers as they innovate, grow, and connect all across Illinois.” The metro areas that had the largest over the year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were Bloomington (+5.4%, +4,800), Rockford (+5.2%, +7,200), Springfield (+4.6%, +4,800) and Chicago (+4.6%, +162,200). The Danville metro area saw no change in total nonfarm jobs. Industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Leisure and Hospitality (14 areas)Manufacturing (13 areas)Other Services (12 areas)Retail Trade (11 areas)Government (11 areas each)Professional and Business Services (10 areas)Transportation (nine areas)Warehousing (nine areas)Public Utilities (nine areas)Education (nine areas)Health Services (nine areas) The metro areas with the largest unemployment rate decreases were Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights (-2.9 points to 4.1%), Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL (-2.1 points to 3.7%), and Rockford (-1.5 points to 7.7%). The unemployment rate decreased over the year in 93 counties, increased in seven and was unchanged in two.

OurQuadCities.com New exhibit opens June 2 at art center OurQuadCities.com

New exhibit opens June 2 at art center

Selections from the series “The Sanctuary of the Sun: Seasons and Time” will be on exhibit in the historic house at the Muscatine Art Center June 2 through Sept. 11. The artist William Havlicek describes his series as “a poetic eulogy to Iowa’s seasonal changes, ochre harvests, russet woods and silent streams.” "Sanctuary of the Sun #2" In the early 1970s, Havlicek, a Cedar Rapids native, had one of his first museum shows at what was then known as the Laura Musser Museum. While he currently lives in California, the artist has deep roots in Iowa. He also explains that “Iowa has left deep roots in me.” The implied landscape forms and colors that are the foundation of Havlicek’s work originated in the eloquent Iowa landscape. The title for the exhibition was taken from Psalm 19 and its sacred celebration of the sun and the life that flourishes under its radiant light. After graduation from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Havlicek enrolled at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) where he earned a BFA degree in painting. During his junior year of college, he completed a foreign exchange program in Haarlem, Netherlands at Atelier ’63, an international Dutch art program that attracted celebrated artists such as Eva Hesse. The year in Holland planted the seed for an area of interest that eventually resulted in the book, "Van Gogh's Untold Journey," published in 2010, and an upcoming three-volume set Havlicek is co-authoring about Van Gogh's sister-in-law Johanna Van Gogh Bonger and her key role in bringing his art and letters to the world. After graduation from MCAD, Havlicek was drafted and worked as an Army psychiatric orderly at Tripler Military Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. While on leave, he toured Japan and the Hawaiian Islands. He attended the University of Hawaii at its renowned East/West Center, taking courses in Asian and Islamic art and studying the superb collection at the Honolulu Academy of Art. Following his military tour, Havlicek enrolled in graduate school at the University of Iowa, earning MA and MFA degrees in painting and art history. As a student, he lived in Kolona, Iowa, in an Amish community and worked part-time as a field hand. His studio was located on the second story of a 19th-century farm house and was immersed in the constant change of seasons on view through the tall windows opening onto massive clouds, wild flowers, dense thickets, and woods. Graduate school also afforded professional participation in group shows at Laura Musser Museum, Des Moines Art Center, The University of Iowa Art Museum, and Cedar Rapids Art Museum. Academic life at MCAD, the University of Iowa, and later a doctoral program at Claremont Graduate University meant learning from prominent art historians and artists including Josef Albers, Harold Rosenburg, Roberto Matta, Christo, Esteve Vincente, and many others. A dissertation, and later a book, on Van Gogh were the fruit of Havlicek’s doctoral studies. A full-time professorship at Laguna College of Art and Design and a key role in their Summer Abroad Program afforded absorbing hours in great European museums and helped clarify his vision as an artist. Havlicek’s exhibition history spans over 40 years with numerous group and one-man shows in: Santiago, Chile; New York; cities in California; cities in Iowa; Tennessee; Hawaii, Washington State; Minnesota; Bermuda, etc. His work has earned major commissions, reviews, and multiple articles. His paintings are included in over 100 collections both public and private. The public is invited to meet Havlicek on Thursday, June 2, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge for the reception and to visit the exhibition during regular museum hours through September 11, 2022. The Muscatine Art Center is at 1314 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

OurQuadCities.com Jo Daviess among top 5 counties for turkey harvest OurQuadCities.com

Jo Daviess among top 5 counties for turkey harvest

Turkey hunters harvested a preliminary statewide total of 13,701 wild turkeys during the 2022 Illinois Spring Turkey Season. This year’s preliminary harvest total compares with the 2021 statewide turkey harvest of 13,613. A total of 81,903 permits were sold this year compared to 83,240 in 2021. The statewide preliminary total includes the 2022 Youth Turkey Season harvest of 1,258 birds, which compares with the 2021 youth harvest of 1,304 turkeys (the record for youth season harvest). The statewide record total harvest for the spring turkey season was set in 2006 when 16,569 turkeys were harvested. Spring turkey hunting was open in 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties. The 2022 season dates were April 4-May 5 in the South Zone and April 11-May 12 in the North Zone. The Youth Spring Turkey Season was March 26-27 and April 2-3 statewide. The top five counties for spring wild turkey harvest in 2021 were Jefferson (422), Jo Daviess (416), Pike (368), Randolph (315), and Pope (312). A table shows county preliminary harvest totals for the 2022 Illinois Spring Turkey Season and 2021 comparable harvest totals:  County20222021  ADAMS300278  ALEXANDER140155  BOND125130  BOONE8773  BROWN196221  BUREAU169150  CALHOUN216185  CARROLL159131  CASS212211  CHAMPAIGN2220  CHRISTIAN4339  CLARK200213  CLAY212225  CLINTON9785  COLES3046  CRAWFORD189178  CUMBERLAND5564  DEKALB1510  DEWITT3650  DOUGLAS107  EDGAR9580  EDWARDS9279  EFFINGHAM113129  FAYETTE215269  FORD1116  FRANKLIN208184  FULTON247245  GALLATIN/HARDIN221202  GREENE124140  GRUNDY6153  HAMILTON212241  HANCOCK271254  HENDERSON137133  HENRY103107  IROQUOIS8479  JACKSON281280  JASPER130136  JEFFERSON422428  JERSEY173146  JODAVIESS416354  JOHNSON242223  KANE1 0  KANKAKEE4445  KENDALL109  KNOX202225  LAKE106  LASALLE95110  LAWRENCE130143  LEE9085  LIVINGSTON3032  LOGAN3328  MACON2126  MACOUPIN261225  MADISON205192  MARION310338  MARSHALL/PUTNAM104105  MASON143134  MASSAC10498  MCDONOUGH118124  MCHENRY10198  MCLEAN6063  MENARD7275  MERCER183187  MONROE135141  MONTGOMERY145152  MORGAN100127  MOULTRIE3021  OGLE191155  PEORIA126113  PERRY219231  PIATT411  PIKE368356  POPE312276  PULASKI101113  RANDOLPH315295  RICHLAND123109  ROCK ISLAND164157  SALINE117113  SANGAMON91104  SCHUYLER192185  SCOTT8270  SHELBY129132  ST CLAIR129127  STARK1217  STEPHENSON206155  TAZEWELL7072  UNION211265  VERMILION130131  WABASH4041  WARREN4649  WASHINGTON138135  WAYNE262302  WHITE143182  WHITESIDE130107  WILL6274  WILLIAMSON269288  WINNEBAGO151144  WOODFORD6066  Total1370113613      

OurQuadCities.com Centennial Club to be celebrated in June OurQuadCities.com

Centennial Club to be celebrated in June

Friendship Manor is hosting a celebration for those in their new Centennial Club this June. Twelve residents are in this elite group, consisting of residents who have all reached their 100th birthday. The most mature member is 105 years old. “There are so many things we can learn from our seniors, but especially those who have seen a hundred or more years of life. Just imagine all of the things you accomplish in a decade alone and multiply that by ten! It is amazing to even consider turning 100 and these residents of ours have done just that. We can’t wait to celebrate their lives,” said Friendship Manor CEO, Ted Pappas Jr. Resident Services Director Nancy Mann was inspired to create the group by a photo she heard about on TV. “I had heard about a group picture on the Today Show of some residents over 100 from another senior center, I knew that we had a few that were a hundred plus so I did some research and found that we actually had 12. Then my mind starting churning and decided to have a celebration for them. I think this might become an annual event for us.” The event will kick off with a lunch held by Pappas for the centenarians in the Manor’s 1209 Bistro, followed by a reception for the residents and their families in the Manor’s outdoor event tent. A special cake has been designed by Mann, with the help of the team at Olde Towne Bakery, a favorite among residents. The cake will feature portraits of the current Centennial Club members. For this inaugural Centennial Club event, Friendship Manor will be presenting an award to each of the members. This event is not open to the public, but Friendship Manor encourages the community to follow them on Facebook and to congratulate their honored residents once the event is posted on their page.

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RME unveils One Sound Piano Project

River Music Experience has unveiled its creative place-making program: One Sound. The One Sound Piano Project has strategically placed 10 artist-designed pianos in iconic Quad-City locations for the public to interact with, bringing more music, art, and interaction to our community’s public spaces, a news release says. “Music is a universal language. Regardless of what we all may disagree on in a divided society,the joy of music is something we all have in common,” said Tyson Danner, RME executive director. “One Sound brings people in our community together through music. Whether it's children playing in a park and having their first musical experience with one of these pianos or a practiced musician getting a chance to play in public, we’re excited to see the interaction that comes with the One Sound project.” The River Music Experience will unveil its summer 2022 program, OneSound Piano Project, on May 27 in East Moline. One Sound is an initiative to put the soundtrack of today into the hands of our community by providing them with not only the idea of but the means to engage in creativity, and break down social barriers through music, the release says. This project builds community and long-term relationships with local businesses, local government, and organizations that go beyond the program. Piano in Runners' Park, Moline. (contributed photo.) “One Sound will add another artistic element to our already thriving creative community in the Quad Cities,” said John Langworthy, One Sound program director. “It is going to bring people together in public spaces who may have never thought to interact with one another.” In January of 2022, Langworthy put out a call for 10 artists to design and paint 10 pianos to be scattered across the Quad Cities. The artists selected for the project were Atlanta Dawn, Karen Blomme, Abigail Kongkousonh, Lisa Mahar, CarolynKreuger, Regan Hatfield, Ella Crockett, Amber Abel, Nicholas Frey and Heidi Sallows. Piano at Antique Archaeology, LeClaire. (contributed photo.) Pianos are at Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley; in Arts Alley, Rock Island; Freight House Farmers’ Market, Davenport; Quad-City International Airport, Moline; Runners' Park, Moline; Antique Archaeology, LeClaire; Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island; Mercado on Fifth, Moline; Vander Veer Botanical Park, Davenport; and Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf. Piano at Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley. (contributed photo.) Outdoor pianos will be in place until Labor Day weekend, with indoor locations remaining until next May, the release says. Partial support for the program comes from Supporting Program Sponsors Quad City Arts and West Music. Site sponsors include Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission, Respect Abilities and East Moline Main Street Association, Pierce’s Promise, and Northwest Bank and Trust. ●Freight House Farmers’ Market (Davenport)●Quad City International Airport (Moline)●Runner’s Park (East Moline)●Antique Archaeology (LeClaire)●Quad City Botanical Center (Rock Island)●Mercado on Fifth (Moline)●VanderVeer Botanical Park (Davneport)●Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center (Bettendorf)Outdoor pianos will be in place until Labor Day weekend, with indoor locations remaining untilnext May.Partial support for the program comes from Supporting Program Sponsors Quad City Arts andWest Music. Site sponsors include Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission, RespectAbilities & East Moline Main Street Association, Pierce’s Promise, and Northwest Bank andTrust.###River Music Experience is a local non-profit working to activate the power of music.By connecting everyday people with the opportunity to engage in music, they are amplifying therole music plays in our community

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Kwik Star Criterium races through Village of East Davenport on Monday

The 55th annual day of racing gets underway on May 30 at 9 a.m. after taking a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

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QC man sentenced to 10 years for gun-related incident

A 29-year-old Davenport man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon. Ryan Michael Shumaker was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for possessing a firearm as a felon, a news release says.Shumaker pleaded guilty to the offense in January 2022. At the change-of-plea hearing, he confirmed that on Jan. 1, 2021, he pistol-whipped a woman in a hotel room at the Quality Inn and Suites in Moline, causing a laceration to her head, the release says. Shumaker returned to the hotel a few hours later and began pounding and kicking on the hotel room door. Moline police officers arrived and found Shumaker outside the hotel room door. They told him to stop, and he ran. Before attempting to hide from officers inside his car in the parking lot, Shumaker tossed a Ruger SR9C 9mm pistol in the snow behind his car, the release says. He had obtained the firearm and 30 rounds of ammunition to serve as protection during a crack-cocaine purchase. Shumaker’s firearm had an extended magazine and an obliterated serial number, the release says.At the time of the offense conduct, he had previously been convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary. At the sentencing hearing, Chief U.S. District Judge Darrow described Shumaker’s crime as “incredibly serious conduct” and noted that he placed several individuals at risk of suffering serious bodily harm.   The statutory penalties for possession of a firearm by a felon are up to 10 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.Moline Police investigated the case with assistance from the Rock Island Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyssa Raya represented the government in the prosecution.  

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Girl Scout GLAMP registration starts June 1

All women ages 21 and over are invited to spend 24 hours relaxing, laughing and having fun outside with their girlfriends, and new friends, at the annual GLAMP fundraiser for local Girl Scouts. GLAMP will take place at Camp Liberty, near Davenport, on September 17-18, with an optional Friday night sleepover and pizza party on September 16. Registration opens on June 1, with limited availability to select sessions like horseback riding, canoeing, archery, zip-lining, and hiking. Optional upgrades include massages, raffle tickets and wine pull tickets. Whether attendees plan to hang around the fire with a glass of wine or decide to test their outdoor skills, they can choose how to enjoy their GLAMP weekend. Activities and accommodations are designed for women with all levels of outdoor experience. Registration includes a light lunch on Saturday, a sit down meal on Saturday night, a grab and go breakfast on Sunday and all beverages. Overnight lodging is available in modern cabins or traditional platform tents. GLAMP takes place September 17-18 at Girl Scout Camp Liberty, located at 4415 295th Street, New Liberty, IA. Call 800-798-0833 or email Info@GirlScoutsToday.org with questions. Funds raised by the GLAMP weekend enable local Girl Scouts to attend their own camps and outdoor activities at Camp Liberty. Over the years, GLAMPers have raised more than $50,000 to send Girl Scouts to camp. Click here to register.

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'Dangerous fugitive' sought in connection to fatal Rock Island shooting

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (WHBF) -- Rock Island Police said they are searching for a "dangerous fugitive" in connection to a fatal shooting last Sunday in Rock Island. Additional charges: 2nd dead from I-74 bridge accident An arrest warrant was issued for Terrionce C. Kitchen for first-degree murder following the shooting death of 19-year-old Dasavion Foster. Foster was found around 2:55 p.m. May 22 in the 1000 block of 15th street. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Kitchen is described as being 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rock Island Police Department at (309) 732-2677 or Crime Stoppers at (309) 762-9500or using the P3 Tips app.

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Couple earns ARCONIC Leadership Award

The ARCONIC (previously ALCOA) Leadership Award has been presented annually by ARCONIC and the Scot Community College Foundation since 1985. Nominees are considered for their contributions to the community, exemplary leadership, and dedication to Scott Community College. This year’s ARCONIC Leadership Award was presented on May 18 to Dennis and Lynn Quinn for their commitment to supporting student success through contributions for student assistance and access to transportation to class, a news release says.  The Quinns have gifted support that has provided free bus transportation for SCC students and funding assistance for SCC students for technology, text books, tools, testing fees, physicals, inoculations, and honors society membership fees.  Their support has made possible the successful completion of college for hundreds of students at Scott Community College, the release says.  “The Quinns truly wanted to make their gift impactful at the college. They met with our college staff and listened carefully to the obstacles our students face that inhibit their college completion. They heard stories of why students drop out of college. Stories about the lack transportation to get to class, the inability to afford child care, the struggle with food insecurity, the lack of means to purchase the needed technology or tools for their course work," said Lysa Hegland, director of operations and resource development for Scott Community College. "It is because of these stories that the Quinns funded support to provide free bus service to all SCC campuses using the QC area bus systems. They also provide funding to the Quinn Assistance Fund that helps students with technology, text books, tools, testing fees, physicals, inoculations, and honors society membership fees. Their support has made a lasting impact on the college, our students, and ultimately our community. Their receipt of this leadership award is truly fitting," Hegland said.

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Symphony plans major fundraiser, free pops concert

Two major events are scheduled for the Clinton Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, June 4, a major fund-raising event, “A Symphonic Affair,” will be held. On Sunday, June 5, the annual free outdoor Pops Concert will be held on Clinton’s riverfront. The dual events mark the close of the symphony’s 68th year and the beginning of the 69th season. The fundraiser returns after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic. It is has been an annual social gathering, and provides a significant part of funding for the organization. Held at Rastrelli’s Tuscany Center, the evening will include entertainment, a lavish buffet, auction items donated by area businesses and residents, and announcement of activities for the coming season. The event is from 6-9 p.m., and admission is by reservation at $50 per person, or $360 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by telephone at 563-357-4758, by mail to CSO, P.O. Box 116, Clinton IA 52732, or here. Sunday’s Pops Concert is at 6:30 p.m. in the music shell in Riverview Park, and will feature the 50 musicians of the orchestra led by conductor Brian Dollinger. The music this year will include music from Broadway and motion pictures as well as patriotic tunes. Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center will have activities in the park starting at 5:30 p.m. Rain site for the concert, if needed, is under the U. S. Bank. Clinton Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1954. Musicians are from a wide area of Eastern Iowa and Northwest Illinois, and the orchestra performs indoor concerts during the season in auditoriums in Clinton, Morrison, and Sterling. Conductor Brian Dollinger is completing his 14th season with the orchestra. The orchestra seeks additional members for its volunteer board of directors as well as hiring a part-time person for business management. Interested persons may contact board president Bill Zickau at wzickau@mchsi.com, or any member of the board. Clinton Symphony Orchestra Association is a non-profit arts organization.

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Foundation approves $230,000 in grants to 43 nonprofits

The Moline Foundation Board has approved $230,000 in grant funding for 43 area non-profit organizations. The Moline Foundation accepted applications for capital and program expenses.  Samuel McCollum, Executive Director / Founder of STEAM on Wheels said “This support will help implement a STEAM program at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center during the 2022-23 school year. The 32-week curriculum will use emerging technologies to expose all students to STEAM in unique ways that encourage learning, improve academic outcomes, and prepare them for successful careers. As Frederick Douglas said, 'It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.' Jennifer Kingery, Fundraising Chair and Board member of Playcrafters Barn Theater said “We are extremely grateful to The Moline Foundation for their assistance toward our fundraising campaign to replace our aging roof. Last year, their grant provided us much-needed seed money and now this 2022 award puts us within arm’s length of having the project fully funded. We have high hopes patrons and fans of our nearly 100-year-old community theatre will take us over the goal line to pay off this most essential need.”  Grants approved include: Abbey Foundation - $5,000, capital improvements.                                                                          Association of Fundraising Professionals, $2,500, program support.                                           American Red Cross of Quad Cities, $3,500, home fire prevention and relief.                                             Argrow’s House of Healing and Hope, $7,500, client support services.                                                Bethany for Children and Families, $7,500, teen programming.                                                   Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, $5,000, programming support.                                       Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities, $2,500, gun buy-back program.                                                     Dress for Success, $2,500, Career Connections Program.                                                                          EveryChild, $5,000, prevention services.                                                                                          Family Museum of Arts and Sciences, $2,500, Thomas and Friends Summer Programming.                                                Figge Art Museum, $2,500, Big Picture Outreach.                                                                              First Tee Quad Cities, $2,500, program support.                                                                          Friends of Hauberg Civic Center, $4,000, capital support.                                                         Genesius Guild, $2,500, "Midsummer Night's Dream" production cost.                                                                                German American Heritage Center, $1,000, programming support.                                                     Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, $3,000, technology upgrades.                                                                      Gigi’s Playhouse, $2,500, technology upgrades.                                                                               Habitat for Humanity, $7,500, low-income homeowners support. Heart of Hope Ministries, $3,000, capital project support. Humility Homes and Services, $5,000, rapid rehousing program.                                                        Jamieson Community Center, $5,000, Mercer County Senior Services.                                                             Living Proof Exhibit, $2,500, program support.                                                                           Mercado on Fifth, $10,000, capital improvements - new community center.                                                                               Midwest Writing Center, $2,500, young emerging writers internships.                                                                    Moline 150 , $15,000, sesquicentennial celebration support.                                                                                        Moline Township, $2,500, summer concert series.                                                                               NEST Cafe, $8,500, food cost.                                                                                           Playcrafters Barn Theater, $8,000, roof replacement.                                                                   Prairie State Legal Services, $4,000, program support.                                                               Pregnancy Resources, $2,500, Safety First car seat program.                                                                         Quad Cities Open Network, $2,500, QCON program support.                                                                Quad Cities Senior Olympics, $1,000, program support.                                                              Quad Cities Youth Conference, $2,500, program support.                                                           Quad City Botanical Center, $3,500, Ability Garden.                                                               Quad City Symphony Orchestra, $2,500, youth ensemble.                                                        River Bend Food Bank, $25,000, Expanding to End Hunger Campaign. Second of three commitments.                                                                      SAL Family and Community Services, $10,000, Milan facility playground improvements.                                                STEAM on Wheels, $10,000, Martin Luther King Jr. Center programs.                                                                              Truth First Film Alliance, $2,500, "Resurrecting Forest Grove" production.                                                                   Two Rivers YMCA, $10,000, summer camp.                                                                               Wilson Middle School, $1,500, family reading program.                                                                       Youth Service Bureau of Rock Island County, $4,000, program support.                                   YouthHope Christian Friendliness, $7,500, HVAC repairs.                                                     

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Mobile home tax bills are due in Rock Island County

Rock Island County Treasurer Louisa A. Ewert announced the mailing of 1,551 county mobile home tax bills totaling $128,484.00.

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Births for Saturday, May 28, 2022

GENESIS BIRTHCENTER DAVENPORT

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Kay wins at speedway Friday night

Justin Kay of Wheatland had to run down race leader Nick Marolf to capture the victory in the SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series feature at Davenport Speedway. The win earned Kay a cool $5,000 top prize. Justin started in the seventh position. After a late race caution, Kay would go around Marolf on the high side on lap twenty-seven, a news release says. The two leaders would duel back and forth in the final laps with Kay holding a .072 second lead at the checkers Finishing behind Marolf was “Hollywood” Jason Hahne in third, Luke Goedert fourth, and Andy Eckrich fifth. Late Model heat race wins went to Jeff Aikey, Charlie McKenna, Goedert, and Marolf. Fast time in qualifying was set by Jake Neal, with a time of 14.728 seconds, the release says. Travis Denning led all twenty laps of the Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified main. However, it was not an easy victory. Spencer Diercks was challenging for the lead the first half of the race with Matt Werner applying the pressure late in the event. Werner was a car-length back at the checkers for second. Denny Eckrich came from the fourth row to take third. Diercks and Mitch Morris rounded out the top five. Tyler Soppe led flag to flag in IMCA SportMod action. The win was Soppe’s first at Davenport this year. Shane Paris would get to Soppe’s bumper, but no closer. Third went to Ben Chapman, who started eighth. Logan Veloz finished fourth, while Jake Morris started 14th and drove to a fifth-place finish. Koehler Electric Street Stocks saw Jeff Struck Jr. capture his third feature win of the season. Struck led thirteen of the fifteen laps. Robert Cottom finished second with Jesse Owen third. Early race leader Landen Chrestensen took fourth, ahead of Frank Waters. Jake Benischek dominated the QCjeeps.com Sport Compact main. Shawn McDermott beat out Cyle Hawkins for second. Matt Mackey and Dustin Begyn finished fourth and fifth respectively. Jeremiah Hurst roared through the field in the Nostalgic Stock Car Racing Club feature. Matthew Hirst took second and Jeff Walker third. Saturday, May 28th, the SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series travels up Hwy. 61 to the Maquoketa Speedway. Exciting racing action returns to Davenport Speedway next Friday, June 3rd. All five weekly classes will be competing. SportMods will also run their make-up feature from an earlier date. Results: Davenport Speedway                                                                                                                May 27, 2022 SLMR Hoker Trucking East Series Qualifying: Jake Neal 14.728 seconds Heat #1: 1. Jeff Aikey; 2. Dave Eckrich; 3. Justin Kay; 4. Spencer Diercks; 5. Jonathan Brauns; Heat #2: 1. Charlie McKenna; 2. Andy Eckrich; 3. Andrew Kosiski; 4. Logan Duffy; 5. Jeff Larson; Heat #3: 1. Luke Goedert; 2. Jason Hahne; 3. Kyle Krampe; 4. Curt Schroeder; 5. Gary Webb; Heat #4: 1. Nick Marolf; 2. Chad Holladay; 3. Joe Beal; 4. Curtis Glover; 5. Luke Pestka; Semi: 1. Jeff Tharp; 2. Andrew Kosiski; 3. Gary Webb; 4. Bryan Moreland; 5. Tegan Evans; Semi: 2. 1. Jonathan Brauns; 2. Matt Ryan; 3. Tim Simpson; 4. Curtis Glover; 5. Darrel DeFrance; Feature: 1. Justin Kay; 2. Nick Marolf; 3. Jason Hahne; 4. Luke Goedert; 5. Andy Eckrich; 6. Spencer Diercks; 7. Jeff Larson; 8. Charlie McKenna; 9. Matt Ryan; 10. Jeff Tharp; 11. Jeff Aikey; 12. Andrew Kosiski; 13. Jonathan Brauns; 14. Dave Eckrich; 15. Curt Schroeder; 16. Todd Cooney; 17. Kyle Krampe; 18. Chad Holladay; 19. Tim Simpson; 20. Logan Duffy; 21. Darrel DeFrance; 22. Joe Beal; 23. Gary Webbb; 24. Jake Neal; IMCA Modifieds Heat #1: 1. Mitch Morris; 2. Jeff Larson; 3. Denny Eckrich; 4. Dustin Smith; 5. Tony VonDresky; Heat #2: 1. Matt Stein; 2. Mitch Way; 3. Charlie Mohr; 4. Chris Zogg; 5. Austin Blume; Heat #3: 1. Spencer Diercks; 2. Travis Denning; 3. Jeremy Gustaf; 4. Matt Werner; 5. Stephan Kammerer; Feature: 1. Travis Denning; 2. Matt Werner; 3. Denny Eckrich; 4. Spencer Diercks; 5. Mitch Morris; 6. Charlie Mohr; 7. Chris Zogg; 8. Brunson Behning; 9. Dustin Smith; 10. Mitch Way; 11. Jeff Larson; 12.Matt Stein; 13. Austin Blume; 14. Jeremy Gustaf; 15. Craig Crawford; 16. Bob Dominacki; 17. Skyler Harroun; 18. Franky Manso; 19. Tony VonDresky; 20. Stephan Kammerer; 21. Donovan Lodge; 22. Derek Wilson; (1-DNS) IMCA SportMod Heat #1: 1. Shane Paris; 2. Ben Chapman; 3. Brandon Jewell; 4. Doug Burkhead; 5. Todd Dykema; Heat #2: 1. Kevin Goben; 2. Ryan Walker; 3. Tyler Soppe; 4. Austin Stamm; 5. Jake Morris; Heat #3: 1. Logan Veloz; 2. Aaron Hitt; 3. Brad Salisberry; 4. Kasey Williams; 5. Matt Speidel; Feature: 1. Tyler Soppe; 2. Shane Paris; 3. Ben Chapman; 4. Logan Veloz; 5. Jake Morris; 6. Kevin Goben; 7. Todd Dykema; 8. Ryan Walker; 9. Brandon Jewell; 10. Austin Stamm; 11. Barry Bates; 12. Brad Salisberry; 13. Rayce Mullen; 14. Cole Stichter; 15. Kasey Williams; 16. Trey Grimm; 17. Bryan Ritter; 18. Randy Farrell; 19. Rance Powell; 20. Jered Staver; 21. Justin Schroeder; 22. Don Hatfield; 23. Aaron Hitt; 24. Matt Speidel; 25. David Engelkens; 26. Doug Burkhead; 27. Jesse Bodin; 28. Henry Carson; 29. Eddie Holden; 30. Brandon Gilbraith. Street Stocks Heat #1: 1. Robert Cottom; 2. Frank Waters; 3. Jake Lund; 4. Daron Oberbroeckling; 5. Shad Murphy; Heat #2: 1. Jesse Owen; 2. Jeff Struck Jr.; 3. Trevor Tucker; 4. Landen Chrestensen; 5. Jeff Walker; Feature: 1. Jeff Struck Jr.; 2. Robert Cottom; 3. Jesse Owen; 4. Landen Chrestensen; 5. Frank Waters; 6. Shad Murphy; 7. Trevor Tucker; 8. Jeff Walker; 9. Daron Oberbroeckling; 10. Travis Stewart; 11. Rick Schriner; 12. Kody Johnson; (1-DNS) Sport Compacts Heat #1: 1. Cyle Hawkins; 2. Dustin Begyn; 3. Mark Burgess Jr.; 4. Trent Lebarge; 5. Dustin Munn; Heat #2: 1. Jake Benischek; 2. Shawn McDermott; 3. Matt Mackey; 4. Jimmy Dutlinger; 5. Jack Fitzgibbon; Feature: 1. Jake Benischek; 2. Shawn McDermott; 3. Cyle Hawkins; 4. Matt Mackey; 5. Dustin Begyn; 6. Trent Lebarge; 7. Dustin Munn; 8. Gary Schlieper; 9. Chase Hixson; 10. Skyler Harnish; 11. Mark Burgess Jr. ; 12. Jack Fitzgibbon; (1-DNS) Nostalgic Stock Car Racing Club Heat #1: 1. Matthew Hirst; 2. Mark Claeys; 3. Jeff Adams; 4. Tanner Gerard; 5. Shawn Welge; Heat #2: 1. Jeremiah Hurst; 2. Jeff Walker; 3. Andrew Hamburg; 4. Cruz Birkhofer; 5. Terry Mattly; Feature: 1. Jeremiah Hurst; 2. Matthew Hirst; 3. Jeff Walker; 4. Cruz Birkhofer; 5. Terry Mattly; 6. Jeff Adams; 7. Tanner Gerard; 8. Pat Tuttle; 9. Andrew Hamburg; 10. Mark Claeys; 11. Austin Honts; 12. Shawn Welge; 

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Memorial Day observances in the QCA

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, and here are some opportunities across the QCA to honor the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the armed forces: 🎖️ Sunday, May 29, 2:00 p.m. - Colona Memorial Day Parade 🎖️ Monday, May 30, 8:00 a.m. - State of Iowa Official Memorial Day Recognition, livestreamed on Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook page 🎖️ Monday, May 30, 9:00 a.m.- Scott County Historical Society Memorial Day Service, Historic Summit Church 🎖️ Monday, May 30, 10:45 a.m. - Memorial Day Ceremony, Rock Island National Cemetery 🎖️ Monday, May 30, 11:00 a.m. - City of Silvis Memorial Day Observance Ceremony, Hero Street Memorial Park Did we miss any Memorial Day services or observances? Let us know!

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Thousands of flags placed at graves at Rock Island National Cemetery

The annual tradition at Arsenal Island brought out more than 100 community members to cover 28,000 grave sites.

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Prosecutors: Chicago woman admitted smothering daughter, 8

Prosecutors say a Chicago woman smothered her daughter with a plastic bag on her eighth birthday while the girl screamed “Momma, stop."

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QC community honors fallen military with flag planting

Hundreds of volunteers came to the Rock Island Arsenal Friday afternoon for an annual placing of flags at the Rock Island National Cemetery.

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Brown withdraws from Senate District 35 race

Joe Brown has released this statement on his candidacy for Senate District 35 in eastern Iowa:  "After serious consideration and deliberation with my family, I have decided to withdraw from the Senate District 35 race," the statement says. "This is not the right time for me to pursue running for office. I look forward to spending more time with my family and I will continue my fight to ensure every child has access to a great public education as a private citizen." 

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River Music Experience installing 10 pianos throughout QCA

The additions are part of the "OneSound Piano Project" aimed at adding musical connections to QC spaces that don't normally have music in them.

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Ukrainian server ‘grateful’ for community’s support

The QCA community raised enough money to cover Johnson's mother’s travel expenses from Ukraine to the United States.

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In bear-barren state, Iowa officials issue bear safety tips

Black bears are native to Iowa, but it’s been more than 100 years since the state has had a resident bear population.

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Lawsuit: 13-year-old’s hands up when shot by Chicago police

Police Supt. David Brown has said the fleeing teenager turned toward the officer before the officer fired.

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QC man sentenced to 5 years in prison

A 28-year-old Moline man has been sentenced to five years in prison. Zachary Ryan Inman was sentenced on Thursday to five years’ imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for possession of ammunition as a felon, a news release says. According to the evidence presented at sentencing, law enforcement agents responded to a domestic disturbance at a Moline apartment building. There, Inman was found hiding in a closet. Witnesses at the sentencing hearing testified that during the incident Inman battered his girlfriend, threatened her, and brandished a gun, the release says. A gun was not ultimately located but when booked at the Rock Island County Jail, agents found ammunition in Inman’s pocket, the release says. At the sentencing hearing, Chief U.S. District Judge Sara L. Darrow stated that Inman’s actions should be considered in crafting his sentence. Chief Judge Darrow emphasized the danger that Inman’s actions posed to the community, his criminal history, and the need to protect the public. Inman entered a plea of guilty to the offense in August 2021. The statutory penalties for felon in possession of a firearm are a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment and a maximum three year term of supervised release. The Moline Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Mathew represented the government in the prosecution.  

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Backwater Gamblers kick off 2022 season Memorial Day weekend

Over one hundred members have been practicing on the Rock River since May 1.

WQAD.com Illinois Department of Public Health warns against West Nile Virus this summer WQAD.com

Illinois Department of Public Health warns against West Nile Virus this summer

The IDPH says typically four out of five people infected with the virus will not show any symptoms.

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River Music Experience installing 10 pianos throughout Quad Cities area

The additions are part of the "OneSound Piano Project" aimed at adding musical connections to QC spaces that don't normally have music in them.

WQAD.com FDA predicts nationwide baby formula could end in July WQAD.com

FDA predicts nationwide baby formula could end in July

Abott says the new formula should be available around June 20.

WQAD.com QC Mississippi River boating season kicks off with opening of Auxilary Lock and Dam 14 WQAD.com

QC Mississippi River boating season kicks off with opening of Auxilary Lock and Dam 14

The lock will open this weekend and remain open every weekend until Labor Day.

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Muscatine 13U baseball team hosts lemonade stand for Uvalde families

The Purple Muskies showed their love and support in a lemonade stand on Friday with all proceeds going towards the Kindness Duck Project.

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Mercado On Fifth launches bigger and better market season

The community celebration features children’s activities, Mexican food and culture along with and unique vendor items. The market is now open every Friday evening through September 30.

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Muscatine 13U baseball team hosts lemonade stand for Uvalde families

The Purple Muskies showed their love and support in a lemonade stand on Friday with all proceeds going towards the Kindness Duck Project.

WQAD.com CDC: Knox, Fulton counties listed at 'High Community Level' for COVID-19 WQAD.com

CDC: Knox, Fulton counties listed at 'High Community Level' for COVID-19

Data as of May 26 shows Knox and Fulton counties were among 15 counties in Illinois at "High Community Levels" for COVID-19, according to the CDC.

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Hy-Vee Donates $100,000 to Families Impacted by TX School Shooting

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OurQuadCities.com Linda Cook reviews 'Downton Abbey: A New Era' and 'Top Gun: Maverick' OurQuadCities.com

Linda Cook reviews 'Downton Abbey: A New Era' and 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Take a trip to Downton Abbey for a royal visit from the King and Queen of Great Britain, and then take to the skies as Maverick returns for more action in the skies. Film critic Linda Cook reviews 'Downton Abbey: A New Era' and 'Top Gun: Maverick.' You can catch all of Linda's movie reviews here.

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Mercado on Fifth ready to welcome Quad-Cities to Moline for record-breaking market season

Mercado on Fifth opens May 27 with its biggest season yet — more vendors, sponsors every week and an amazing lineup of Latin music.

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Youth team raises money for Uvalde families

The Muskie 13U baseball team in Muscatine held a lemonade stand to raise money for the families affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX. Proceeds will go to the Kindness Duck Fund to benefit the families, and their goal was $1,000. Donations may also be sent via Venmo to @lemonadekindnessduck.

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Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix seeks volunteers

Now in its 27th year, the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix will welcome domestic and foreign kart racing teams to Rock Island for a thrilling weekend of high-speed racing and after-hours partying September 3-4. The Grand Prix is the biggest weekend event of the year in Rock Island and businesses and race fans from around the Quad-Cities benefit from the boost to the economy and exposure. This weekend of thrills and excitement could not happen without the dedication and hard work of an organizing committee that represents nearly every city in the QC region. The committee is always looking for new members, new ideas and new energy, whether from individuals or groups. Race fans, retirees or individuals/groups looking to contribute to the quality of life in the Quad-Cities are welcome to join the fun. Whether it’s contributing to the overall project or just taking on one aspect, there’s a place for everyone. Limited opportunities exist for groups with members high school age and older who are raising funds for their organizations and can help with track setup and tear down. There are also opportunities for groups interested in helping to expand the festival atmosphere by adding their own events while benefiting from the attendance and helping grow it. They would join groups like the Quad City Camaro and Tesla Clubs’ Car Shows, the Bradley University racing team, the Quad City Storm and street performers. Some sponsorship opportunities are still available. The next meeting of the Grand Prix Organizing Committee is Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Salon 2 at the Holiday Inn, Rock Island. For more information or to volunteer, email rockislandgrandprix@gmail.com. For more information on the race, click here.

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Galesburg woman found guilty of possession of methamphetamine charge

A sentencing hearing for Lindsay Hillary is set for Aug. 11.

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Vietnam veteran gets overdue homecoming

Veterans from the QCA traveled to Washington, D.C., to see historic sites on the 53rd Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Local 4's Blake Hornstein introduced us to an area marine who finally got the homecoming he deserved from Vietnam. For more information on the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, click here.

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Bettendorf's first 'Zip Code baby' part of city-wide celebration

Addilyn Elizabeth Gosselin was born Friday at UnityPoint Health-Trinity's BirthPlaceCenter in Bettendorf - giving her the honor of being the city's first Zip Code Baby.

WQAD.com Spend your summer poolside! Here's where you can take a dip this summer in QC WQAD.com

Spend your summer poolside! Here's where you can take a dip this summer in QC

Summertime is here! Beat the heat poolside at these Quad Cities area parks.

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Crews battle early morning mobile home fire

Fire crews battled a blaze early in the morning May 27. The Davenport Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire in the 5100 block of North Fairmount Street at approximately 5:44 a.m., utilizing five apparatus and one command vehicle for a total response of 16 personnel. The first fire truck on scene reported heavy fire from the underside of the mobile home. Crews quickly extinguished the fire from the outside, and a second line was pulled into the home to extinguish some of the contents. (Google Maps) There were no injuries reported, and one person was displaced from the home. Red Cross was notified to assist the home owner with immediate needs. Mid-American assisted on scene with controlling of gas and electric. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Any additional information related to this incident will be released by the Fire Marshal.

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Mississippi River rises above 13 feet in Davenport; S. Concord Street closed

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Crews respond to a Davenport mobile home fire Friday

The fire department reported no injuries at the scene.

WQAD.com 'Party like it's 5-27-22': Bettendorf marks Zip Code Day with citywide celebration WQAD.com

'Party like it's 5-27-22': Bettendorf marks Zip Code Day with citywide celebration

May 27, 2022, is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for the City of Bettendorf, whose zip code (52722) perfectly aligns with the date.

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QCA area pools set open Memorial Day weekend for summer season

Quad Cities area pools are set to open for the summer season Saturday, the Memorial Day weekend.

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Signing day for future education majors

Rock Island High School hosted a signing day May 26, but instead of being about athletics, it was about the future of teaching. Signees are headed to college to pursue degrees in education. These students have already been working in the field through Rock Island High School's education internship program to gain real-world experience. For more information on the program, click here.

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2nd person has died as result of I-74 bike path crash

Anthony Castaneda is the second person to die as a result of injuries sustained in the May 22 incident on the I-74 bike and pedestrian path.

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2nd person dies as result of I-74 bike path crash

Anthony Castaneda is the second person to die as a result of injuries sustained in the May 22 incident on the I-74 bike and pedestrian path.

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Aledo’s 30th annual Rhubarb Fest is June 3-4

Rhubarb Fest is a whole lot more than just delicious pie. It’s two days full of fun in historic downtown Aledo. This is a focus on the line up of live entertainment that will fill the park with music.

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Second Victim Dies After Last Weekend’s I-74 Bridge Incident

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Secretary of State office closures for Memorial Day

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. • Offices and driver services facilities operating on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule will be closed on Saturday, May 28 and reopen for business on Tuesday, May 31. • Offices and driver services facilities operating on a Monday through Friday schedule will be closed on Monday, May 30 and reopen for business on Tuesday, May 31. Secretary White has extended all driver’s license, ID card and learner’s permit expiration dates to July 31. This extension does not apply to commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and CDL learner’s permits. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023. Illinois drivers can visit the Secretary of State’s website for online services, including checking eligibility to renew their driver’s license online, applying for a duplicate driver’s license, renewing license plate stickers or locating the nearest driver services facility.

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Lemonade stand to benefit Uvalde families

The Muskie 13U baseball team in Muscatine is holding a lemonade stand to raise money for the families affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX.  The stand will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1922 Ashford Avenue in Muscatine. Proceeds will go to the Kindness Duck Fund, to benefit the families. Donations may also be sent via Venmo to @lemonadekindnessduck.

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Second victim dead from I-74 bridge accident

A second victim is dead from injuries sustained from an accident on the pedestrian walkway of the I-74 bridge. According to a release from the Moline Police Department, Anthony M. Castaneda, 18, of Moline died from his injuries after being struck by a vehicle. Castaneda was pronounced dead May 26 by the Johnson County medical examiner. Castaneda is the second death from an incident May 22. Chhabria A. Harris, 46, of East Moline, is being held on $2-million bond on 10 charges, surrounding her drunk driving in an SUV on the 14-foot-wide path between Bettendorf and Moline. Officers found three victims who had been struck by a vehicle that drove through the walkway. One victim, Ethan L. Gonzalez, 21, of Moline, was declared dead at the scene. A third unnamed victim remains in critical condition. QC woman charged in accident on I-74 walkway Following the accident, officials found Harris in East Moline, where she was seen getting out of a white Cadillac Escalade SUV, matching witness’s statements from the 1-74 bridge accident. Harris was taken to Unity Point on suspicion of driving under the influence. She was released from Unity Point and taken into custody by Moline Police Officers. Formal charges were filed Monday, May 23. Harris’s first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7. 10 counts against driver in I-74 walkway accident The Moline Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into this matter and will continue to work with the Rock Island County State’s Attorney on this event. Additional charges are expected.

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Channel Cat sets sail on new season this weekend

It's the first time riders will be able to see the finished billion-dollar I-74 bridge. It's the last time riders can get up close to the old, green I-74 bridge.

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Second person dies from injuries after crash on I-74 pedestrian bike path

A second man died Thursday from his injuries after being hit by an SUV on the I-74 pedestrian bike path Saturday, according to police.

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Local Quad Citians are coming to terms with high gas prices for Memorial Day weekend

According to AAA gas in Illinois is ten cents higher than the national average at $4.59.

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Downstate lawmakers question rising Ameren energy prices

Ameren customers can expect a $58 increase from June to September. They will also pay $49 more during the non-summer months.

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Artworks by students from eight colleges featured at the Figge

Art students from eight area colleges and universities will have their artwork on view in the Figge’s second-floor Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery beginning Saturday for the 12th installment of the College Invitational. Participating students hail from eight area colleges and universities, including Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Clinton Community College, Knox College, Monmouth College, Scott Community College, St. Ambrose University, and Western Illinois University. Art professors from each of the participating colleges selected the top works from their school to be included in the exhibition. The exhibition features the works of more than 40 student artists working in a variety of techniques including, drawing, watercolor, collage, clay, ceramics, digital art and mixed media. “I’m amazed by the incredible works coming from these institutions,” said Studio School and Education Galleries Coordinator Brian Allen. “It’s really exciting to be able to showcase the local talent from these students so our visitors can experience it first-hand.” College Invitational is sponsored by Alan C. Marin and will be on view through Aug. 28. The Figge Art Museum is at 225 West Second St., Davenport.

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Channel Cat sets sail on a new season Friday

See something for the first time, and something for the last time.

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Century-Old Iowa Girl Scout Cabin Will Officially Be Demolished

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Hand in Hand opens permanent, accessible space for People with Purpose program

Hand in Hand will unveil the new People with Purpose Clubhouse to the program participants June 1.

OurQuadCities.com Linda Cook review: 'Top Gun: Maverick' soars with fun OurQuadCities.com

Linda Cook review: 'Top Gun: Maverick' soars with fun

It’s not even the weekend yet, and this sequel audiences have waited more than 30 years for is already taking off. “Top Gun: Maverick” is a sequel to the iconic 1986 movie “Top Gun,” which catapulted Tom Cruise to fame. The sequel has just enough sameness, and nostalgia, to keep viewers entertained. It starts off with the familiar Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone.” Other nods to the first film come thick and fast in the dialogue and characters. Once again, Cruise stars as Maverick, a top Navy pilot who is assigned to train a group of Top Gun graduates, and select a handful for an incredibly dangerous mission. One of the trainees, Rooster (Miles Teller) gets cross-ways with Maverick immediately. Rooster is the son of Maverick’s late friend Goose (I love the way he resembles Goose in temperament and looks.) The tension between the two is obvious from the get-go. This time, Cruise’s love interest is played by Jennifer Connelly, who plays a character who exists only in a brief mention in the original film. Maverick still breaks the rules and loves to grandstand while his superiors try to keep him in line. Meanwhile, Maverick must come to grips with his past, and even comes face to face with that past when he visits Iceman (Val Kilmer,) who now is an admiral. It’s an action-packed popcorn movie, just like the original was. It may be the biggest box-office hit Cruise has yet. If you feel the need for speed, better get going to the theater. You won’t be disappointed. 3 stars Running time: Two hours and 11 minutes. Rated: PG-13 for intense action, foul language and weapons violence. At Cinemark, Davenport; Regal, Moline; and Palms 10, Muscatine. Watch the trailer here.

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Bison Bridge project partners with universities

The Bison Bridge Foundation has announced a partnership with the University of Illinois and Iowa State University. Both universities’ Departments of Landscape Architecture have committed to partnering with the non-profit organization, designed to foster student learning and engagement with the design and implementation of a park setting atop the repurposed I-80 bridge over the Mississippi River. Students from Iowa State have visited the proposed site of the project, and both schools will send students to the QCA in June for a meeting with members of the Bison Bridge team to discuss design ideas and the overall goals of the Bison Bridge project. The Bison Bridge team formed in 2019 and is comprised of experts from across multiple industries, garnering support and attention from lawmakers, business owners, private citizens and interest groups. Both schools' departments are looking forward to assisting with the project as a way to provide students with opportunities to put what they've learned in school to work on a real project. “It’s a super cool, once in a lifetime project, and we’re excited our students will have the chance to be involved with it moving forward," Tom Neppl, professor of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State, said. "Many are from Iowa or Illinois, and for a project of this vision and scale to be taking place in their home state is a unique opportunity as well.” “By integrating infrastructural and ecological systems, the Bison Bridge provides a proof of concept for a path forward where human development isn’t at odds with natural systems, but rather they mutually benefit each other," Conor O’Shea, assistant professor in the University of Illinois’s Landscape Architecture Department, wrote in an official letter of endorsement on behalf of the university. "The University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture is excited to partner with the Bison Bridge Foundation and for our faculty and students to collaborate in developing the project.” Chad Pregracke, founder and president of Living Lands & Waters, credits the success of his river cleanup operation to the thousands of volunteers and partners he has worked with over the years. “The more people who get involved, the better," Pregracke said. “I am thrilled to work with students from Iowa State and University of Illinois. We are determined to create a one-of-a-kind destination. A park and pedestrian crossing over the Mississippi River will be the kind of attraction that makes home better for locals and draws people from all over the world." For more information on the Bison Bridge project, click here.

OurQuadCities.com PV teacher, WIU-QC alum named Iowa Teacher of the Year OurQuadCities.com

PV teacher, WIU-QC alum named Iowa Teacher of the Year

Iowa Teacher of the Year Sara Russell started her career in teaching as a high school special education teacher at Benton Community in Van Horne, IA, but eventually made her way to the Quad Cities to work at Pleasant Valley High School. She worked as a career center advisor at first, taught for a semester at the district's alternative high school, and finally, for the last 16 years, has been a member of the social studies department. She’s also served as a teacher leader in her building, helping to develop and deliver professional development. Russell’s career path shifted after hearing she had won Iowa Teacher of the Year in October 2021. She’ll serve as an ambassador over the next year for education, and the importance of education being courageous, compassionate and collaborative. “Next school year will be the first time in 20 years that I will not be in a traditional classroom,” said Russell. Although Russell was able to gain knowledge of and experience through her career as an educator, her time as a student at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities is something she often reflects on. “While I have always considered myself a life-long learner, my classes at WIU-QC have sparked an ever greater love of learning, and love for the power of education. Because of my time at WIU-QC, I became a better thinker, writer and, I hope, human.” “Professor Andrea Hyde was my favorite professor at WIU-QC,” said Russell. “Not only did I have the opportunity to take a number of classes from Professor Hyde, but she also served as my advisor and the chair of my master’s thesis committee. Hyde continues to inspire students to explore how education can positively transform society and the significant role that educators play in that transformation. I found that I could immediately apply the concepts we learned in class one day to my own classroom, now in my career.” Russell encourages current Leatherneck students to face their fears head on in order to grow. “One piece of advice I would give current WIU students is to be courageous. Try something new and be open to new experiences, challenges and ideas. No one is immediately successful at everything they try, but through struggle, you experience the most growth.”

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Black Hawk College closed for Memorial Day

All Black Hawk College facilities will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The college will reopen Tuesday, May 31. Summer classes for Black Hawk start Monday, June 6. For more information, click here.

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Parents continue to voice frustrations over behavior at Bettendorf Middle School as ‘incident’ occurs at high school

After a workshop addressing student behavior, parents in the Bettendorf Community School District still want more to be done.

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Bettendorf School Board responds to middle school safety concerns

Less than 24 hours after hearing suggestions from parents, the school board provided an update with some possible solutions.

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Bettendorf School Board responds to middle school safety concerns

Less than 24 hours after hearing suggestions from parents, the school board provided an update with some possible solutions.

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Clinton County Board of Supervisors approves controversial solar project rezoning

After 8 months, the Clinton County Board of Supervisors has made a decision on the Hawkeye Solar Project, a project that will use more than a thousand acres of farmland outside of Grand Mound.

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Clinton County Board of Supervisors approves $250M solar farm project Thursday night

The project headed by Ranger Power is expected to begin construction in the fall.

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Destination Illinois: Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest

In Destination: Illinois, join us as we discover must-sees in the Land of Lincoln. This week, it's the Wildlife Discovery Center, a living museum and biological station at historic Elawa Farm in Lake Forest. Julian Crews takes us for a wild trip to the Wildlife Discovery Center. For more information on the Wildlife Discovery Center, click here.

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Illinois judges appointed in 13th Judicial Circuit

Justice Robert L. Carter and the Supreme Court of Illinois have announced the appointments of Todd L. Martin and Geno J. Caffarini as Resident Circuit Court Judges in the 13th Judicial Circuit. Martin is being appointed to fill the LaSalle County vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Joseph P. Hettel to the Third District Appellate Court. The appointment takes effect on Aug. 2 and will conclude on Dec. 2, 2024. “I am incredibly humbled and thankful to the Supreme Court and Justice Carter for the opportunity,” Martin said. “I look forward to serving the 13th Judicial Circuit.” Caffarini is being appointed to fill the Bureau County vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Marc P. Bernabei, effective August 14, 2022. The appointment takes effect on Aug. 15, and will conclude on Dec. 2, 2024. “I am very honored and humbled by this appointment and thank Justice Carter and the Illinois Supreme Court for this opportunity,” Caffarini said. “I look forward to serving the people of Bureau County and the 13th Judicial Circuit in this new role.” Martin has a 28-year law career and has served as LaSalle County State’s Attorney since his election to that post in 2020. He had previously served for a number of years in the LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office as Chief Deputy State's Attorney, County Attorney, and Assistant State’s Attorney. He additionally has worked in private practice at Herbolsheimer, Lannon, Henson, Duncan & Reagan, and at his solo private practice of the Martin Law Office. Martin earned his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University and earned his Juris Doctor from the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. His affiliations include the LaSalle County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Caffarini has served as Bureau County State’s Attorney since a 2015 appointment and won elections in 2016 and 2020. He had previously worked as an Assistant State's Attorney first at the LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office and then the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1987 to 2009. From 2009 to 2015 he was an associate attorney at Anthony C. Raccuglia & Associates with a primary focus on civil litigation and personal injury/worker's compensation. Caffarini earned his Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University and received his Juris Doctor from the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a member of the Bureau County Bar Association. The 13th Judicial Circuit includes Bureau, Grundy, and LaSalle Counties.

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Parents pack Thursday school board meeting

On Thursday night, dozens of parents are attending a Bettendorf School Board meeting where Bettendorf Middle School is on the agenda. Concerned parents pack the room Thursday at the Bettendorf School Board (photo by Kennedy Cook.) Parents say they are angry about the conditions at the middle school. This is after a meeting Wednesday where parents expressed concerns about student misbehavior there. Teachers and parents who say unruly students are taking over Bettendorf Middle School earlier expressed their anger during the Bettendorf School Board meeting May 12. At that time, they said the administration hasn’t stepped in to handle students with behavioral problems. Teachers shared stories about students who curse at them, skip class, start fights and throw food around the cafeteria.

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MCVSD introduces an online summer-learning program for incoming kindergarten students

The program consists of 20-minute lessons five days a week, and the program slows down when students need more time to master a specific area.

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AAA estimates nearly 40 million travelers during Memorial Day weekend

Chicago beaches officially open tomorrow and businesses are stocking up and getting ready to welcome large crowds.

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Rock Island High School students make commitments to future careers in education

Rocky High's education internship program gives students hands-on experiences at QC schools to get a head start on becoming the next generations of teachers.

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Step inside a turtle resort: How researchers are trying to save Illinois' ornate box turtle population

In northern Illinois, roughly 80 tiny turtles live in a 19-acre enclosure. They hibernate underground, forcing biologists to track them with radio transmitters.

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Wells Elementary students raise $900 for Bethany for Children & Families

Myrikal and Tinley raised the money by organizing a "Penny War" fundraiser for the school.

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National Weather Services recognizes Quad Cities as ‘StormReady’

Scott and Rock Island County are prepared when severe weather strikes.

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Past SOAR scholarship winner recovers from shoulder injury first year in college

Abida Diasso won one of the SOAR scholarships by The Sedona Group and WQAD News 8 in 2021.

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Quad City counties recognized as 'StormReady' communities

Scott and Rock Island counties officially are "StormReady" based on increased efforts in severe weather preparedness.