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Mercer GOP pledges to improve county's perception

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ALEDO — Mercer County is dying and urgently needs a transfusion, according to a "Republican Pledge to Mercer County." During a Tuesday news conference by the Mercer County Republicans, Mercer County Board member Ted Pappas, R-Sherrard, joined…

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Moline prepares for new residential infill development

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MOLINE — The city is preparing for a new residential development and asked aldermen Tuesday to approve an engineering contract with Shive-Hattery for design of the infrastructure. Sitting as the committee of the whole, aldermen gave preliminary…

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Murder-suicide near Dixon, IL

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Two people are dead after a murder-suicide near Dixon, IL.  It happened this afternoon at the Woodland Shores Subdivision on Joliet Way.A 27-year-old man allegedly stabbed his 71-year-old grandmother to death, according to Lee County Coroner Jesse Partington.  The 27-year-old man then stabbed himself.  The grandmother died at home, her grandson later died at KSB Hospital.It would have been the grandmother's birthday Wednesday.  The Lee County Sheriff's Department is still investigating.

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Rock Island/Milan schools working to improve education

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They say kids are the future, and at Rock Island/Milan Schools they strive to build dreams through a top quality education, but the district faces a number of challenges. Superintendent Mike Oberhaus gave the 19th state of the schools address Tuesday. Dream builders. Every child, every day, every way. That's the motto in the Rock Island/Milan School District. "So we want to be able to work collaboritively together, we want to be problem solvers, we want to think critically, we want to be able to use technology effictively to solve problems," said Oberhaus. But building dreams is…

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Wozniak steps down to pursue full-time campaigning

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Jim Wozniak , a Rock Island County assistant state's attorney is leaving his job to focus full time on his campaign. Wozniak is the Republican candidate running for state representative of Illinois district 71. Wozniak has been working under state's attorney John McGehee for several years, but says he needs to step down to better serve the people in the area, as he hopes to become a full time politician. "The people of Illinois, and district 71, they're hurting,” said Wozniak. “They're hurting for jobs, there's college graduates that can't find work, property values keep g…

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KWQC LogoTemporarily Laid-Off Employees At Deere Feel "Uncertain" About Job Call Backs

Temporarily Laid-Off Employees At Deere Feel "Uncertain" About Job Call Backs

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Today is the first day 190 John Deere Seeding and Cylinder temporary laid-off employees can call in for unemployment. Those positions were put on hold, with a call-back date in October. But many say this time, they're feeling more uneasy than ever before...

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Crews start construction on River Drive

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Attention drivers:  a major construction project got started Tuesday in Moline. Crews have started working on River Drive from 19th to 23rd Street. It's part of a $6.9 million project to replace pavement, water mains, and sewers. One important note: starting next Monday, River Drive and ramps to and from I-74 will be closed. Traffic will be re-routed to the 7th Avenue interchange. The project is scheduled to be done by December 5th. …

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Happy hour is a Sunday afternoon nap

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To the best of my knowledge: — It's darn near impossible to describe the joy you feel when your luggage is first off the plane. — Every woman's dessert order starts with, "No, no,…

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Illinois prisons dealing with power outage issues

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Illinois prisons across the state are dealing with power outage issues.The Department of Corrections is investigating to decide whether prisons are prepared for emergencies.Last month, an outage at a downstate prison at Vandalia allowed prisoners to attack a guard.  Other prison power outages allowed similar incidents, like one at East Moline correction center in 2012. The department says all but two of the state's prison facilities have backup generators. Some are pointing to a lack of funding as part of the problem. …

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Moline looking to provide ambulance service for Coal Valley

Moline is looking into the possibility of providing ambulance service to Coal Valley Fire Protection District. It's still open for discussion at Moline's City Council meeting Tuesday night. City leaders will be considering adding ambulance service to Coal Valley. Coal Valley's fire protection service hasn't had their own ambulance in 15 years. Instead, Genesis Health Systems has been providing the service for coal Valley the past eight years. But now, the three-year contract is up and Coal Valley is looking for a possible alternative.  Having ambulance service is  something …

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One killed in LaSalle County house explosion

An elderly woman is killed in an explosion at a LaSalle County home. It happened Monday night in Streator when the home went up in flames. Streator is about 30 miles northeast of Peoria. An 82-year old woman who lived in the home that exploded was killed in the blast. Her body has not yet been recovered. Her son was in the back of the house and he survived the explosion. Neighbors who live blocks away said their homes were rattled by the blast. Three firefighters who responded to the initial 911 call were hurt, but have since been treated and released from hospitals.

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Medical marijuana applications begin in Illinois

Starting Tuesday patients with qualifying conditions are beginning the application process for medical marijuana. It's a milestone leading patients closer to legal use. But not everyone can apply quite yet. The Illinois department of health expects a lot of people to sign up, so they split the application process up. Last names starting  with A-through-L began applying today. "People can start filing for their applications and we can help people going through the process," said Claudia Lennhoff, Champaign County Health Care Consumers.   Champaign County Health Care C…

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"Now Hiring" Sign Goes Up At Thomson Prison

The “now hiring” sign has been hung up on the front door of the Thomson Prison in Illinois.The prison is holding a three-day job fair to help fill hundreds of well-paying positions in administration, health services, and inmate programs, just to name a few.Communities around Thomson say the opportunities can't come soon enough."Now we have a warden and the first 300 are about to be hired,” said Sen. Dick Durbin.Sen. Durbin and other Illinois lawmakers are touting the planned re-opening of the...

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Police: Man assaults wife, daughter

A Bettendorf man was arrested last month for abusing his wife and injuring his daughter.

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Sister throws cell phone, strikes child

Two Bettendorf sisters were arrested last month for fighting and endangering children present during a domestic altercation.  …

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WQAD LogoHoliday Pops changes venues, crosses the river

Holiday Pops changes venues, crosses the river

The Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra announced that the Holiday Pops concert be changing venues this year. The concert, which is usually held at the i-Wireless Center in Moline, will be at the Adler theater in Davenport with three different show times. For Holiday Pops tickets and showtimes, click here. Sara Morby, Director of Marketing for the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, said the move will make it easier for families with young children to attend the concerts. “We’ve already had a lot of calls from patrons who are very excited to be able to pick between three different showtimes…

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WQAD LogoVictim’s dad: “My son is in the grave, and he is out having a good time.”

Victim’s dad: “My son is in the grave, and he is out having a good time.”

A Scott County driver banned from drinking as part of his probation appears to be caught on social media partying in a bar. And the family of the man he killed says, enough is enough. Cody Lantau, 21, plead guilty in 2012 to homicide by vehicle. Lantau struck and killed his friend, 17-year old Will Schwener, at an outdoor party after a night of drinking and smoking synthetic marijuana. Lantau was sentenced to 5 years probation and was barred from consuming or possessing alcohol during that time. On Saturday night, deputies were called to the Long Grove Tap in Long Grove, Iowa and according to …

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WQAD LogoIowa pheasant hunters in for a good year

Iowa pheasant hunters in for a good year

The state’s annual count recorded the highest number of pheasants in Iowa since 2008. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has worked with Pheasant Forever chapters to identify and enhance habitat for pheasant and quail across the state.  The statewide average pheasant count for 2014 rose to 17.4 birds per 30-mile route. “This is good news for Iowa’s beleaguered game bird and better news for small town businesses selling gas, food and hunting supplies,” said a statement from the DNR. Pheasant count coordinator Todd Bogenschutz said a record low 40,000 hunters pursu…

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QC Times LogoU-Haul employee pinned by vehicles suffered "massive" leg trauma

U-Haul employee pinned by vehicles suffered "massive" leg trauma

A U-Haul employee who was pinned between two vehicles Friday while attempting to help a customer pull her car onto the back of a trailer at the business in Bettendorf suffered "massive lower l……

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QC Times LogoMuscatine County's WWII veterans tell their stories

Muscatine County's WWII veterans tell their stories

MUSCATINE — As the passage of time removes many of the veterans of World War II from the scene, one area resident is working to record their memories before it's too late.

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Naked man breaks into Davenport home

A Davenport woman awoke early this morning to find a naked intruder in her home.Police say around 2 A.M., forty-eight year old Paul Schmertmann entered a house in the 4700 block of Coventry Court through an unlocked front door.The victim was asleep, along with her boyfriend and son, when officers say she felt Schmertmann touching her.  Police were able to arrest the naked Schmertmann without incident, and no one was hurt.Schmertmann is charged with felony burglary, and misdemeanor assault with intent to commit sex abuse and indecent exposure.  He is currently in the Scott County Jai…

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Summer Makes Another Surge

The pleasant weather of late will get much warmer in the days ahead as we monitor our next round of wet weather. The A/C shouldn’t be a factor tonight as mostly clear skies combined with very little wind should easily drop temperatures near 60 degrees. Here comes summer again.  These next couple of days warmer winds return out of the south sending daytime highs around the mid 80s Wednesday to around 90 by Thursday.  In this transition of temperatures might squeeze out a few showers in the process with the coverage expected to be widely scattered.  Added humidity will make Thursday mor…

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2014 Volunteerism Conference

Submitted press release Northwest Illinois & Mississippi Valley Directors of Volunteers in Agencies Announces Open Registration for Bi-State Volunteerism Conference Davenport, IA – September 2nd, 2014 … Registration is open for the…

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Heritage Tractor Parade & Show Sept. 6

Press release submitted by Wendy Artman JOHN DEERE PAVILION HOSTS QCA HERITAGE TRACTOR PARADE AND SHOW SEP. 6, 2014 Event Adds Agricultural History to East West Riverfest Lineup (Moline, Illinois) –To…

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KWQC LogoThomson Prison Gets Ready To Hire With Job Fair

Thomson Prison Gets Ready To Hire With Job Fair

The Federal Bureau of Prisons just announced it will be holding a job fair for a variety of jobs at the U.S. Penitentiary in Thomson, Ill. And it's not just prison guards that are needed. …

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Is it no longer safe to recline your airplane seat?

NEW YORK — Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers.

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Genesis Women's Conference focuses on health topics

Press release submitted by Genesis Medical Center DAVENPORT, Iowa – August 29, 2014 – Genesis Medical Center will present a women's health conference on Friday, Sept. 12. The conference at the Radisson QC Plaza…

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WQAD LogoDeaths reported in connection with recalled bean bag chairs

Deaths reported in connection with recalled bean bag chairs

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment More than two million bean bag chairs were recalled after two children reportedly suffocated and died when they got inside the chairs. “The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened and children can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads,” said a statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Non-refillable bean bag chairs are supposed to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. A 13-year-old boy from Texas and a three-year-old girl from Kentucky each di…

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WQAD LogoCustodian gets $1.58 million settlement after scoreboard falls on her

Custodian gets $1.58 million settlement after scoreboard falls on her

A local custodian, injured when a scoreboard fell on her at a grade school, was reportedly awarded the largest injury settlement in Bureau County, Illinois history. Karen Erwin was working as a custodian at Leepertown Grade School when a basketball scoreboard fell on her as a Daktronics employee was removing it from the wall in October 2006, according to attorney David Olivero. “The scoreboard weighed in excess of 200 pounds and caused Mrs. Erwin to suffer a closed head injury,” said a statement from Olivero.  “As a result of her injuries, Mrs. Erwin received extensive medic…

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QC Times LogoWho's in the news? Nicole Jensen

Who's in the news? Nicole Jensen

Nicole Jensen, a graduate of Davenport West High School, has been crowned College Miss Majorette of America at the National Baton Twirling Championships. She competed against 51 other college ……

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WHBF LogoDixon Library could get some Crundwell settlement money

Dixon Library could get some Crundwell settlement money

The City of Dixon will consider tonight whether or not to allocate some of the money from the Rita Crundwell settlement should go to the Library.The Library is hoping for $1.2 million for repairs and renovations.  The library was originally built in 1901, with an addition constructed in 1969.  The last time the building was refurbished was in 1994.The project would replace the roof, windows, and update the building's lighting.  Insulation would be added to the original section's attic, which has never had any, and the building's heating and cooling systems would be replaced.The…

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IONSQC Community Group will meet Sept. 11

Press release submitted by IONSQC The Institute of Noetic Sciences Quad Cities (IONSQC) Community Group will meet on Thursday September 11, 6:30 p.m., at the Bettendorf Library. The program will feature Dr. Steve Spyrison who…

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WQAD LogoPolice say Iowa man threatened to kill neighbor over music

Police say Iowa man threatened to kill neighbor over music

An Iowa City man faced criminal charges after he allegedly threatened to kill his neighbor during an argument over music. Police were called to an altercation at an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Highway 6 East around midnight Monday, September 1, 2014. Witnesses told police that 63-year-old Terrill Wiges was yelling at neighbors and involved in a confrontation with another man over the music the man was playing. Witnesses reported Wiges put a knife to the victim’s throat “and asked him if he was ready to die,” according to an affidavit from police. The police affidavit said Wige…

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Bustos accepting applications for military academy nominations

Bustos accepting applications for military academy nominations: Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominatio……

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QC Times LogoIllinois starts accepting medical marijuana requests

Illinois starts accepting medical marijuana requests

CHICAGO — Thousands of patients in Illinois will be able to apply for special ID cards allowing them to use medical marijuana under a new state law.

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Bettendorf Public Library shows off renovations

The Bettendorf Public Library will conduct a ribbon cutting for its recent renovations at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8. Mayor Bob Gallagher, City Administrator Decker Ploehn and Library Board Pre……

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Thanks, Silvis, Moonlight Parade was awesome

Thanks to the Moonlight Parade Committee for giving me the honor of being grand marshal of the Aug. 23 parade. Donna Thurman and her committee did an excellent job with the activities, and the fabulous crowd had…

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WQAD LogoFast food workers plan nationwide protest over wages

Fast food workers plan nationwide protest over wages

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15 a hour resumes later this week. Union organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday in 150 cities nationwide. Restaurants that they say will be affected include McDonald’s, Burger King , Wendy’s and KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands. The action would be the latest in a two-year effort to get employers to pay them a minimum wage of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation. Nancy Salgado, a 27-year-old single mother of a 3-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, plans to …

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4-H archery club begins Sept. 12

4-H archery club begins Sept. 12: The 4-H Shooting Sports Archery SPIN Club will meet at 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 12, at the Rock Island Conservation Club’s indoor range, 2421 Big Island Road, Milan.

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WQAD LogoApartments evacuated when Black Hawk College students become sick

Apartments evacuated when Black Hawk College students become sick

Emergency responders evacuated residents after several young women became ill at the Villas student housing at Black Hawk College. Police, firefighters and emergency medical responders were sent to the apartment complex in the 6600 block of 34th Avenue after four girls were reportedly coughing and vomiting there just after 10 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014. One of the ill students was taken to a local hospital. Crews initially feared the building might have had a carbon monoxide issue, but nothing showed up on their monitors. Residents were allowed to return to the building after about a half-…

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Fall writing workshop focuses on novels

Fall writing workshop focuses on novels: Registration is open for the Midwest Writing Center’s sixth fall writing workshop series. This year’s focus will on the novel.

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WQAD LogoHow scammers are getting your money by posing as IRS agents

How scammers are getting your money by posing as IRS agents

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — When 32-year-old Seila So received a call from a man with a deep voice claiming to be an IRS agent, she froze in her tracks. Then he told her she owed $30,000 in back taxes. He said the IRS had been trying to contact her for months, and this was her last chance to pay. He explained that the local police were ready to arrest her if she didn’t immediately fork over the money. The first thing that came to mind was a notice she had received from the IRS years ago saying she owed several thousand dollars — but she had immediately paid up. Maybe she had actua…

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Brett Greenwood Run 3 for 30

Press release submitted by Katie Wilson On September 9th 2011, former Pleasant Valley and University of Iowa football player, Brett Greenwood, collapsed during a routine workout. Brett developed an abnormal heart rhythm which caused his…

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Muppet Mania at the Scott County Library

Muppet Mania at the Scott County Library: The Scott County Library in Eldridge will screen the movie "Muppets Most Wanted" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. Participants will complete a craft proj……

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Free computer training at Colona Library

Free computer training at Colona Library: The Colona Public Library has received a grant to offer free computer training. The six-week courses will be offered in a variety of subjects from bas……

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RI Co NAACP Community Celebration and Resource Fair

Press release submitted by Ametra Carrol RI Co. NAACP Will Host Community Celebration and Resource Fair The Rock Island County NAACP Community Celebration and Resource Fair hosted by the Religious Affairs Committee…

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RI Library presents history of Quad-City auto racing

RI Library presents history of Quad-City auto racing: Area racing writer and organizer Roger Ruthhart will provide an overview of the history of auto racing in the Quad-Cities in the program "……

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WQAD LogoIllinois begins accepting medical marijuana applications

Illinois begins accepting medical marijuana applications

Qualifying patients and caregivers were allowed to submit applications to receive and administer medical marijuana in Illinois as of September 1, 2014. The first clinic offering medical marijuana prescriptions in Illinois opened shortly after Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act on August 1, 2013. State rules said qualifying patients whose last name begins with letters A through L can apply between September 1 and October 31, 2014. Qualifying patients whose last name begins with the letters M through Z can apply between November 1 and December 31, 2014. Start…

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American Legion Freedom Walk slated for Sept. 6

Press release submitted by Milan American Legion The sixth annual Freedom Walk will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6 at the American Legion, 515 W 1st Ave., Milan. The 1…

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R.I. Conservation Club picnic, open to the public

Press release submitted by Sue Pienta Rock Island Conservation Club Annual Picnic - Open to the Public Saturday, September 13 11-4 p.m. This is a FREE event for everyone! …

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WQAD LogoKraft recalls American cheese slices

Kraft recalls American cheese slices

Kraft Foods voluntarily recalled thousands of cases of American Singles cheese because it was not stored at the proper temperature. A recall notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the company was voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of packaged American Singles Pasteurized prepared cheese product, because a supplier did not store one of the ingredients in the product in accordance with Kraft’s standards, and that could lead to premature spoilage or food-borne illness. The affected product was produced at the Kraft facility in Springfield, Missouri. The company had not receiv…

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Dover Court closes in Davenport

The Davenport Public Works Department reports that Dover Court will be closed effective immediately between Birchwood Avenue and Hillandale Road for about one month for street reconstruction.

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Lecturer to discuss instability in Africa

Lecturer to discuss instability in Africa: Augustana College will host "Myth of the African Past," a talk by Dr. Allen Isaacman, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at in the Wilson Center, 3520 7th……

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Galesburg, IL To Remove More Ash Trees

The Galesburg City Council will look at a contract to get rid of more ash trees. The emerald ash borer arrived in Galesburg in 2013 and the city has had some problems removing trees.

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NAACP hosts its annual Freedom Fund Banquet

The Metro-Com NAACP branch 4019 will have its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, 518 West Locust St., Davenport. This year’s theme……

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Award-winning poet leads poetry, memoir workshop

Award-winning poet leads poetry, memoir workshop: Acclaimed author Alex Lemon will lead a writing workshop, called “The Most Beautiful Frankenstein,” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the M……

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Illinois woman rescued after a day stuck in mud

CARMI, Ill. — White County officials have rescued a woman who spent more than a day trapped in mud near the Little Wabash River.

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SPECTRA poetry reading series returns to Rozz-Tox

SPECTRA poetry reading series returns to Rozz-Tox: The SPECTRA Reading Series will start its fall season with acclaimed young poets Adam Clay, Alex Lemon and Tyler Mills at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept……

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Genesis Health System hosts trauma conference

Genesis Health System hosts trauma conference: Genesis Health System will be host a trauma conference Friday, Sept. 19, to educate emergency medical service professionals on the essential comp……

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WQAD LogoPlanning and Zoning Report: New Davenport Casino to be Seven Stories Tall

Planning and Zoning Report: New Davenport Casino to be Seven Stories Tall

The Davenport Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on plans for a new casino on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Casino Developer Dan Kehl wants to put the new Rhythm City Casino near the I-80 and I-74 interchange. It will also be near Veterans Memorial Parkway. Crews are building a Veterans Memorial Parkway bridge over I-74. Back in March, Mayor Bill Gluba said that Kehl and local developer Rodney Blackwell planned on working together for the new project. The planning and zoning commission report shows that the new casino will be seven stories tall. It also shows that develope…

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WQAD LogoLast 90s of the season could come this week

Last 90s of the season could come this week

We probably aren’t done with the 90-degree temperatures here in the Quad Cities, however the likelihood of seeing 90s goes down with each September day. On Thursday, we’re forecasting an even 90 degrees for a high temperature, and looking back at previous Septembers, we do see some 90s, so it’s too early to tell if this will be the last one. The last 90-degree day of the summer season usually occurs on September 7th, but we have seen 90-degree temperatures clear into October. There have been a few cool Summers with the last 90 degree day coming in the early part of August. So…

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New architect presents plans for Davenport Central HS

Renovations at Davenport Central High School are finally moving forward Tuesday after hitting a major road block over the summer.Upgrades to Central's auditorium and pool were supposed to start in June, but when the already 23 million dollar project came in 5 million dollars higher than expected, the school board decided to cancel the contract and head back to the drawing board."It just happened that the bids came in higher than everybody expected," says Ralph Johanson, President of the Davenport School Board.In June, the school board decided in a 6 to 1 vote to end its contract wi…

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QC Times LogoUnion members tout organized labor in annual parade

Union members tout organized labor in annual parade

Under sunny skies, the 31st annual Labor Day parade in East Moline kicked off Monday, with many of the union participants saying working people are in need of greater protections and opportunities.

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QC Times LogoPV friends make it big with online T-shirt biz

PV friends make it big with online T-shirt biz

Bettendorf natives Matt Ingleby, Paul Friemel and T.J. Mapes never imagined they’d produce a million-dollar idea when they became friends at the former Blackhawk Junior High in the mid-1990s.

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QC Times LogoRun with Carl leaves 20-year legacy

Run with Carl leaves 20-year legacy

He could have been the 35-year-old man, smiling, laughing with relief as he crossed the finish line.

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QC Times LogoEstes Construction co-founder dies at home

Estes Construction co-founder dies at home

Loretta "Lori" Estes, who with her husband founded Estes Construction in Davenport and championed the cause of bringing more women into the trade, died Monday in her Pleasant Valley home. She was 76.

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Road work continues on John Deere Road

Road work continues on various parts of John Deere Road in Moline, according to an update from Edward Coryn, project manager, McCarthy Improvement and Foley Construction.

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QC Times LogoGala celebrates 40 years for United Neighbors

Gala celebrates 40 years for United Neighbors

In its long and distinguished history as a Quad-City social services agency, United Neighbors Inc. never has held a fundraiser. Until now.  …

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QC Times LogoA foggy start then mostly sunny

A foggy start then mostly sunny

A good September, and Tuesday, to all. Patchy dense fog through daybreak and mostly sunny skies and a high temperature near 80 degrees are on tap for the Quad-Cities today.

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WQAD LogoThe Pledge from Miss Ballard’s class at Roosevelt Elementary

The Pledge from Miss Ballard’s class at Roosevelt Elementary

Kindergarteners from Miss Ballard’s class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Roosevelt Elementary School in Moline. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here. …

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QC Times LogoOlde Towne Moline reflects cultural history

Olde Towne Moline reflects cultural history

More than a century ago, there were no specific plans to create a Belgian-based business district in Moline despite the influx of immigrants who settled in the community.

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Today in history for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year. 1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when…

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Monday, September 1st, 2014

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Quad Citians celebrate the 4th on Labor Day

Months in the making: last night, the Red, White, and Boom fireworks finally went off without a hitch.Flooding washing out the fireworks on July 3rd so why not hold a bit of Americana on Labor Day and everyone we talked with and there was large crowds said it was well worth the wait."They were awesome absolutely excellent I'm glad they put it off the weather was perfect."They were frickin awesome""It was fun better than last year."The only negative comments concerned the length of the show.  It lasted about 16 minutes rather short compared to …

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Boom arrives late, but still proves spectacular

ROCK ISLAND -- A belated Red, White & Boom! still packed riverfront parks Monday with hundreds of people looking for fireworks, music and fun. Flooding on the Mississippi River earlier this year caused the cancellation of the…

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KWQC LogoSoybean Disease Appearing In Local Farm Fields

Soybean Disease Appearing In Local Farm Fields

A wet summer and spring has brought back a disease to local soybean fields. Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome causes bean plants to die early, before the plant has been able to fully grow its soybeans.

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WQAD LogoRed, White and Boom fireworks get a Labor Day redo

Red, White and Boom fireworks get a Labor Day redo

Thousands of Quad City residents celebrated the unofficial end of summer with a bang Monday night, as Red, White and Boom fireworks marked the end of the Labor Day weekend. Traditionally held on July 3rd, organizers were forced to cancel the Red, White and Boom festivities and fireworks this year due to flooding on the Mississippi River. The event was rescheduled for Labor Day, though, allowing crews to launch the fireworks off a barge in the river as planned. “They couldn’t do it on the Fourth of July, so I think it’s great that they postponed it and are actually doing it,&#…

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Car crashes into Rock Island home after police pursuit

A police pursuit ended with a car crashing into a Rock Island home Monday night.   Police say a little after 5 Monday afternoon a car was stolen from the Circle K at 1027 18th Avenue in East Moline.A teenage girl allegedly stole the car and sped away through Moline. Her ride ended as she lost control and crashed into the front porch of this house at the corner of 6th Avenue and 43rd Street in Rock Island. Witnesses say she tried to run away, but her injuries caused her to quickly fall to the ground. The young woman was taken to the hospital. There were people inside the home a…

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Airplane show begins in Galesburg

A bit of history flying into Galesburg this week The 43rd annual Stearman Fly- In taking off Monday at the Galesburg airport. Dozens of the famed World War Two planes are on display. People are able to get an up close look at the planes with some pilots even offering rides. Many of the pilots come from all over the country every year to this event. They say owning a Stearman is being part of a brotherhood, and flying one is truly a one of a kind experience. The planes there is a lot of history to them it’s quite a deal to be sitting there flying specially its about a 5 hour flight f…

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Clinton county offices reopen Tuesday

It's a move six years in the making.  Clinton County Offices are moving to a new DeWitt location in hopes of providing more reliable and expanded service to the area.  And they reopen for business Tuesday morning. The county offices are moving just down the road along 11th street in DeWitt, but the move will combine different offices under one roof.  What used to just be a sheriff's office will now also include all services provided by the treasurer’s office, such as car registration, and property tax payments.  The new building cost around 1-point-4 million d…

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Trains, planes, automobiles roll into Geneseo on Thursday

GENESEO -- There's something "old" and something "new" at Geneseo's ninth annual "Trains, Planes & Automobiles" celebration, which runs from Thursday through Saturday. The celebration gets underway Thursday when the Geneseo Airport pilots host the National…

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QC Times LogoFireworks light up the Quad-Cities on a different holiday

Fireworks light up the Quad-Cities on a different holiday

Amy Mundisev was happy Monday night that two of her three kids got a nap in before she took them to Red, White & Boom. The Eldridge family came to Davenport's LeClaire Park to catch the fi……

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I-80 lane closure starts Tuesday

A road closure could be affecting your commute starting Tuesday. Starting Tuesdsay and going through Thursday there will be a  lane closure on I-80 going eastbound from mile marker 3.5 to 4.5.  That's in Rock Island County. I-DOT workers are doing some patching work.

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You can apply for medical marijuana in IL starting Tuesday

Starting Tuesday some Illinois residents can start to apply for medical marijuana State agencies will start taking applications from patients or their registered caregivers with last names beginning with letters ‘A’ through ‘L.’ Other patients will have to wait two more months to apply. The Illinois Public Health Department doesn't have a good estimate on just how many applications will come in. To apply, just go to http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/mcpp/Pages/default.aspx starting Tuesday.

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Elected Officials Celebrate Labor Day By Honoring America's Workers

Tonight, the Red, White and Boom fireworks that were canceled over the Fourth of July are expected to go off in just a few hours.Many have been waiting to see the show tonight, now they'll get to celebrate Labor Day with some Fourth of July style.

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Showers gone before Boom begins

Today's scattered showers through the Quad-Cities will pass before the Red, White and Boom fireworks show begins tonight.

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Red White and Boom launches on Labor Day

Just a few hours until a dazzling display explodes over the Mississippi. The long awaited Red White and Boom fireworks will light up the sky Monday,  flooding forced the annual 4th of July celebration to reschedule to labor day. "We were ready to go when we had to cancel because of flooding." A booming Quad Cities tradition more than a decade old. "The show is always amazing it's always incredible," said Andrew Chesser. Threatened to go under thanks to the mighty Mississippi. But organizers were determined to keep this dazzling tradition alive. "It's nice t…

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Iowa's largest solar farm saves farmers money

Farmers in Kalona, Iowa  are tapping into new energy efficient technology. Iowa's largest solar farm is open for business and farmers are seeing the benefits. Almost 3000 panels standing on four acres of land. That's what brought dozens of farmers including Dean Miller out here. "It's going to create electricity to run our grain dryers, for drying grain, electricity for pumping water for live stock or whatever you use electricity for," said Miller. Those are some of the benefits from what is now Iowa's largest solar farm. It will generate  enough energy to power ab…

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Run With Carl 2014 marks last year

An annual Labor Day tradition had runners lacing up their shoes one last time. Monday morning, the final  Run With Carl got underway. It began back in 1994 to commemorate the life of Carl Schillig, a 15 year old who died after being hit by a car. But after 20 years, race officials  say they wanted to end on a high note. Richard schillig/co-race director (richard schillig) "It was an emotional decision to make this our last,” said Richard Schillig, co-race director. “But at some point we need to step out and let somebody else take over Run With Carl. So as far a…

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30th annual Labor Day parade takes place in Rock Island

Crowds turned out Monday morning for the 30th annual Rock Island Labor Day parade. Over 100 floats, cars and people paraded through the streets of Rock Island near the high school. This year's theme: 30 years of Community Pride. Six marching bands, including Western Illinois, Alleman, Rock Island, and Sherrard showed up for the event. But spectators recognize the parade means more than just entertainment. "It's freedom to work in the U.S.A and lots of choices,” said Carol Bailey, Moline resident. “We have many gifts here in this country." The first Rock Island …

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WQAD LogoDry Days Ahead

Dry Days Ahead

With the exception of an isolated shower early, skies for the rest of the night will remain high and dry as the cool front sinks even farther south overnight.  Lows tonight will drop around the lower 60s under partly cloudy skies. A beautiful September day come Tuesday with mostly sunny skies and afternoon highs just over the 80 degree mark. Surface ridge will hold its ground across the Midwest keeping skies rain-free until we enter the 2nd half of our shortened work week. Warmer air streaming northward will lead to warmer 80s both Wednesday and Thursday.  This will also lead to a better cov…

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KWQC LogoCancer Survivor Getting Wish To Meet Chicago Bears

Cancer Survivor Getting Wish To Meet Chicago Bears

A Fruitland man recovering from a rare form of bone cancer is getting his wish.The Kids Wish Network is sending Zach Painter to Chicago's Soldier Field where he and his family will watch Sunday's Bears game and meet the players. The trip signals the end of a tough year for the cancer survivor who celebrated his 20th birthday on Friday.“Bears are my favorite team,” said Zach. “Since I've been little, all I do on Saturday and Sunday is watch football.”Zach is a football fanatic, just ask him. L...

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East Moline's 31st Labor Day parade

It was a beautiful day outside and hundreds of Quad Citians celebrated at the Quad City Labor dayparade.Crowds of all ages were excited to see all different types of floats, even the Oscar Myer wiener madean appearance. More than sixty area unions, community non-profits, businessesand elected officials participated in the event. Families we talked to say it'sa fun way to celebrate hard working men and women while having some fun."I love watching the kids get the candy. It's one of my favorite things or the pencils orwhatever it is that they give out. It's just a nice piece for kids to lo…

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47th Annual Labor day picnic

$8.25 that's what the minimum wage is in Illinois, but is that enough?Monday, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and the Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee celebratedtheir 47th annual "Salute to Labor" to honor working men and women.Democrats say it’s time to pay workers more. Durbin’s message is loud and clear. He wants to raise the minimum wage up to 10 dollars somethingthat locals we talked to agree."It's hard. It's hard to pay bills, tuition, school and we gotta put clothes on our back and myown," said Donte Farrow, Rock Island resident. Farrow knows all…

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Labor Day Celebrations

Many kicked off their Labor Day celebrations at local parades.

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QC Online LogoDurbin, Bustos slam Schilling for work with program they back

Durbin, Bustos slam Schilling for work with program they back

HAMPTON - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., joined Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, on Labor Day to hammer Republican Bobby Schilling about working for a company that helps foreign nationals invest in the U.S. in return for visas. …

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QC Online LogoHere comes the 'Boom

Here comes the 'Boom

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there's still a little unfinished business to attend to -- namely, the annual Red, White & Boom! fireworks celebration. Cancelled in July due to flooding, the pyrotechnics are back…

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WHBF LogoGovernor Quinn takes on minimum wage challenge

Governor Quinn takes on minimum wage challenge

Governor Pat Quinn continues to push for a raise in the state's minimum wage Starting Sunday, the governor is taking on the Minimum Wage Challenge living on just $79 for the week. Thats the estimated amount of someone working fulltime on the minimum $8.25 an hour, after housing, transportation, and taxes. Quinn wants to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. …

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WQAD LogoRun with Carl crosses its final finish line

Run with Carl crosses its final finish line

The rainy morning didn’t dampen runners’ spirits for the 20th anniversary final Run with Carl in Bettendorf on Labor Day. The race originally started as a memorial for 15-year-old cross-country runner Carl Schillig, who was killed in 1994 after crossing a street and getting hit by a car. The following year, the Schillig family created the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund. Through race fundraising, every year one graduating senior from Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf high school receives a $4,000 scholarship to help with college funds. The Schillig family said even though the race will…

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QC Times LogoDurbin, Bustos hit Republicans on jobs policies

Durbin, Bustos hit Republicans on jobs policies

Illinois Democrats were talking tough Monday about defending American jobs at the Rock Island County Party's annual "Salute to Labor" picnic at Illiniwek Park in Hampton.

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WHBF LogoProject NOW helping residents pay utility bills

Project NOW helping residents pay utility bills

If you need help paying utility bills, Project Now is looking to help. As part of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, disabled and elderly (over 60) residents in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties can apply for a payment plan on utilities. Assistance will be available through May 31, 2015 or until funding is gone. To make an appointment, call your local Project NOW office on or after September 2nd. Project NOW Office Locations: Rock Island Office- 309-793-6391 Henry County- 309-852-4565 Senior Center- 309-788-6335 Moline Officer- 309-764-8092 Mercer County- 309-582-264…

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