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ISP ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF OREP's

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Rock Island County during May. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up.

 

Violations Enforcement Activity
Safety Belt Citations  25
Child Restraint Citations  0
Total Citations  40
Total Written Warnings  8

 

Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by
neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply
“buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Law Enforcement Showing Zero Tolerance for Seat Belt Violations

As summer kicks off and travel increases, the Moline Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. The national seat-belt enforcement campaign will take place May 18 through 29, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. Click It or Ticket enforces seat-belt and car-seat use to keep all motorists safe.

 

“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Detective Michael Griffin, “It’s such a simple and effective way to protect yourself while traveling. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, we want to make sure people are doing everything they can to stay safe in the unfortunate event of a crash.”

 

Illinois has a 93.8% observed seat belt usage rate, but a disproportionate number of fatalities involve unbelted motorists and passengers.  Of the 1093 traffic deaths in 2017, where restraint use was known, 54% of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

 

Seat belt use drops even more in the evening hours between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. The Moline Police Department will be taking a no-excuses approach, writing citations day and night. Motorists caught not buckled up will be ticketed, and those caught driving impaired will be arrested. 

 

“Please help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction,” said Detective Michael Griffin. Seat belts save lives, and every vehicle occupant—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time.  Together, we can make zero fatalities a reality in Illinois.”

 

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.BuckleUpIllinois.org.
 

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Border to Border: Click It Or Ticket

 The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are teaming with up more than 160 law enforcement agencies throughout the state in the national “Border to Border” mobilization, sending a unified message that riding or driving without a seat belt will not be tolerated. Increased patrols and seat belt enforcement zones will be along major interstates, state border crossings and hundreds of well-traveled local roads starting now and extending through Memorial Day.
“Illinois State Police enforce seat belt and child restraint use year-round, said Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz “Increased enforcement around Memorial Day serves as a reminder to motorists that we take traffic laws seriously.”
With their counterparts in Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin, IDOT and ISP are enforcing seat belt laws through the national “Border to Border” effort.
Organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the initiative is bringing together the power of 10,000 agencies across the nation to reinforce seat belt use as the most effective strategy to avoid injury or death if you are involved in a crash.
Keep these tips in mind when traveling this summer:
• Buckle up.  Wearing a seat belt positions you in the vehicle safely, works with air bags to protect you and slows the body down to minimize injury.
• Sober up.  Alcohol and drugs inhibit your ability to operate a vehicle. Do not use them and then get behind the wheel.
• Slow down.  Speed drastically increases the risk of injury or death in a crash.
• Phone down.  Texting and talking on a cell phone is not only dangerous, it is illegal in Illinois.

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Davenport Optimists Support Miracle Field Project

This year Davenport Optimist Clubs have joined forces to support the City of Davenport’s Miracle Field Project.  The QC Morning Optimist Club and the Davenport Noon Optimist Club will be donating $50,000 toward the fundraising efforts.  The development of a baseball field and playground complex that will assist the youth in our community whom face mobility challenges is a project that each club deemed worthy of a significant contribution.

 

Mission, Vision and Purposes of Optimist International

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimist bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.

Vision:  Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Purposes: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

Both clubs raise funds through the Avenue of Flags program where the American Flag is displayed in numerous neighborhoods during Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.  Each club will be contributing $25,000 to the Miracle Field project; however it is just a portion of donations that each club makes throughout the year. The Davenport Noon Optimist Club will distribute an additional $88,500 in this current fiscal year. The QC Morning Club will donate an additional $88,000 to over 50 different organizations.

Numerous youth organizations participate in the flag program, and will earn $20 per flag that they distribute for the year. In addition, the remaining funds are distributed to many community organizations that work with our youth in the community. This includes Promise Awards and other scholarships for college bound students. Additionally, there are Youth Appreciation events in the Davenport Schools in which the most improved students in reading and math are acknowledged and awarded gift certificates. This program is in the Elementary and Middle school locations.  Other organizations that we support include The Friendly House, Quad City Arts, Scott County YMCA, Central High School Culinary and Music departments, Youth Hope, Camp Courageous, QC United and so much more.

 

On May 24, 2018 the Davenport Optimist clubs are inviting you to attend a NOW meeting, New Optimists Welcomed, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport.  We will be presenting our donation for the Miracle Field and will be hearing directly from those that will be impacted from this endeavor. This is an opportunity for youth organizations to inquire about route openings and for individuals/businesses to learn more about our organizations and the impact we can make in continuing to move our community in a positive direction.  There is no charge to attend. The club will provide an array of hors d’oeuvres.  Consider the Optimist Creed and you will find a group of individuals whose lives are impacted as much as the community we serve.

 

The Optimist Creed

Promise yourself…

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work for only the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of tomorrow.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

 

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BHC Closing at Noon May 25, Closed May 28 for Memorial Day

 

Due to utility construction, all Black Hawk College locations will close at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Friday, May 25.

Also, all college locations will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

The college will reopen Tuesday, May 29.
 

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Arrest Made in Shots Fired Case

Christian Jessee, 17, of Davenport has been arrested and charged with: Intimidation with A Dangerous Weapon and Willful Injury – Causing Serious Injury related to this investigation. Christian Jessee is being detained in the Juvenile Detention Center.


On Friday May 18, 2018 at approximately 1:04 AM Davenport Police Officers initiated a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in the area of 3800 Spring Street. During the preliminary investigation an illegal firearm was confiscated.


Detectives following up on this incident determined that the stop and identification of an occupant was related to the shooting incident on May 14, 2018 in the 2600 block of Central Park Ave.


On Monday May 14, 2018 at approximately 12:58 AM Officers responded to the area of 2600 W Central Park Ave reference to a gunshot victim. Preliminary information indicated that the victim was involved in a disturbance with another subject which escalated into shots being fired. Officers canvassed the area for additional information.


The victim was transported by Medic to Genesis Medical Center with serious injuries. The victim is an adult male from Davenport. No other injuries were reported. Detectives are following up on the incident. No further information is available at this time.


Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF NIGHTTIME

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey, announces the results of a Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrol in Rock Island County during May. These NITE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

 

Violations Enforcement Activity
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations  3
Other Alcohol/Drug Citations  3
Occupant Restraint Offenses  5
Registration Offenses  4
Driver’s License Offenses  10
Insurance Violations  3
Total Citations/Arrests  24
Total Written Warnings  45

 

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in
Illinois. Over half of all fatal crashes in Illinois occur at night. The NITE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous impaired drivers from the road and making sure everyone is buckled up. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

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Grassley Staff to Hold Office Hours in Eastern Iowa on May 23 & 24



Sen. Chuck Grassley’s regional director based in Cedar Rapids, Fred Schuster, will hold office hours in Johnson, Washington, Keokuk, Mahaska, Poweshiek, Iowa and Benton counties on Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24. Iowans are invited to stop by during the scheduled hours to seek assistance or share concerns on matters of federal policy.

Schuster’s schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, May 23

Johnson County
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
City Hall – 1st floor conference room
3 Quail Creek Cir.
North Liberty

Washington County
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Washington County Courthouse, Board of Supervisors Office
222 West Main St.
Washington

Keokuk County
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Keokuk County Courthouse, Board of Supervisors Office
101 S. Main St.
Sigourney

Mahaska County
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Mahaska County Courthouse, jury room, 3rd floor
106 S 1st St.
Oskaloosa

Thursday, May 24

Poweshiek County
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Poweshiek County Courthouse, basement conference room
302 East Main St.
Montezuma

Iowa County
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Courthouse Annex, upstairs conference room
970 Court Ave.
Marengo

Benton County
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Benton County Courthouse, basement conference room
111 E 4th St.
Vinton

Grassley’s offices in Iowa regularly help constituents contact federal agencies to resolve problems with Social Security payments, military service matters, immigration cases and other issues. His state offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.

“My top priority is serving the people of Iowa. Open office hours is one way of doing that,” Grassley said. “My staff helps Iowans resolve issues they may have with the federal government and I hope anyone experiencing problems will use this resource.”

Should constituents have any questions, please contact Grassley’s Cedar Rapids office at 319-363-6832.
 

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Iowa Unemployment Rate Remains Steady

 Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.8 percent in April. The state’s jobless rate was 3.3 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in April.

“Our historically low unemployment rate continues, presenting challenges for employers to find skilled workers while also creating opportunities for job seekers," said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. “In Iowa, stakeholders from across the workforce spectrum are having ongoing conversations about how to close the skills gap and reach the Future Ready Iowa attainment goal of 70% of Iowans having post-secondary education by 2025. Our partners in education, including K-12 school districts, private and regent universities, and community colleges are all focused on expanding training opportunities for Iowans to take advantage of current openings in high demand careers. Iowa’s business and industry partners are finding new ways to promote and grow work based learning opportunities in their facilities."

The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 47,000 in April from 47,300 in March. The current estimate is 7,700 lower than the year ago level of 54,700.

The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,627,200 in April. This figure was 1,000 higher than March and 1,000 higher than one year ago.

Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment
 
Iowa establishments scaled back staffing levels slightly in April, lowering total nonfarm employment down to 1,582,100 jobs. In total, 1,300 jobs were shed. All of the monthly losses were from private sectors as government added 400 jobs in April and is up 400 jobs annually.

Wholesale trade shed 1,100 jobs in April to lead all sectors. This loss is the second consecutive drop for this sector following gains to start the year. The decline also leaves this sector down 1,000 jobs versus last April. Health care and social assistance also pared jobs this month (-900). The monthly loss was the first since October and was partially due to staff reductions in continuing care and assisted living facilities. All other losses were small and included administrative support and waste management (-300), retail (-200), and construction (-200). Job gains were generally slight in nature in April and included a larger than expected seasonal increase in accommodations and food services (+400). Despite job losses to start the year, this sector remains substantially higher than last year’s mark. Smaller gains this month included finance and insurance (+200), educational services (+200), and management of companies and enterprises (+200). Transportation and warehousing advanced slightly in April and has expanded payrolls markedly since last year (+2,300).

Compared to last April, 10,300 jobs have been added to Iowa’s total nonfarm employment. Although hiring was flat in April, manufacturing has been responsible for most of the increase. Durable goods factories have advanced by 7,400 jobs compared to 2,700 jobs in nondurable goods shops. The finance and insurance industry has been responsible for 2,800 jobs added. This industry has added jobs in three consecutive months. Accommodations and food services have gained 2,800 jobs versus one year ago. This gain is welcomed news and represents some level of confidence from consumers willing to spend disposable income on recreational activities and eating and drinking establishments. Losses have been heaviest in the retail sector (-4,500) as brick-and-mortar businesses have been dealing with consumers’ increasing preferences for online shopping. Construction is down 2,500 jobs annually, but has made up some ground versus last year’s mark over the past few months.

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University of Illinois Extension Hot Line Now Open

Master Gardener’s Horticulture Hotline is Open Mon – Friday, 9 am – Noon
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners are on call to take your horticulture questions.  Call the Rock Island County Extension office at (309) 756-9978 to have your questions answered.  Master Gardeners are on hand Monday – Friday from 9 am – Noon now through mid- October. You can also fill out a question online at web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs.

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Davenport Fire Dept Searches For Missing Man On The Mississippi

Davenport Fire crews were called to the Davenport Sailing Club, 1225 E River Drive, shortly before 9:30 AM Saturday morning to assist with looking for an individual that was missing. Davenport Police officers were also on scene.

 

Davenport Fire District Chief Neil Gainey says the probability was high that the subject fell in the Mississippi River.  Crews from Davenport Fire, Bettendorf, Rock Island Arsenal, Moline, East Moline, Department of Natural Resources and Coast Guard all supplied boats and equipment to look for the individual.  The dive team from Big River rescue also assisted in the afternoon.

 

The subject was not found.  The family was on scene all day and fully advised of the efforts and results.

 

The individual is not being identified at this time.

 

Future searches will depend on weather and river conditions.

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Illinois Teachers may get an Increase

If you are a teacher in Illinois, there is some good news about your potential starting pay. A bill was passed on Thursday increasing the starting teacher pay to $32,000 starting in the 2018-2019 school year. The starting pay will gradually increase to $40,000 by 2022. The bill now moves to the house.

 

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Be Careful Around the Local Parks

A father from Silvis found a razor blade at the Phipps Prairie Park. The father noticed the razor blade in the slide moments before his two-year-old son was about to down the slide. The father promptly removed his child off the slide and contacted the authorities. The Silvis Police Officer and the father walked around the park to check for any other hazards and none were found.

 

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Jobs up and Unemployment down in Illinois

Some great news about unemployment in Illinois. The Illinois Unemployment rate dropped to 4.4% in April. In March, the unemployment rate was 4.6%. More than 4700 jobs were gained last month especially in the professional, business, and manufacturing services.

 

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Ameren Launches Smart Thermostat Initiative

Ameren Illinois has launched a "smart thermostat" initiative. The goal is to get 300,000 devices installed in residences and businesses. Ameren President and Chairman Richard Mark says the device helps save money and energy.
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He says there is no way the technology could be used to spy on residents. There are some discounts available, and some income-eligible customers can have a smart thermostat installed at no cost as part of the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. For more information, call 1-866-838-6918, of go to www.AmerenIllinoisSavings.com

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POWERBALL JACKPOT REACHES $306 MILLION

Players have the chance to win up to $306 million in Saturday’s Powerball drawing.

 

The winning numbers from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing were -- 17 - 19 - 21 - 22 – 51 – and the Powerball number was 19. While there was no jackpot winner in Wednesday night’s drawing, Illinois players won more than 28,500 prizes, ranging from $4 to $100,000.

 

Illinois residents, 18 and older, can purchase Powerball and all of the Illinois Lottery’s draw-based game tickets by using the Illinois Lottery’s mobile app. The free app (the first of its kind in the United States) is available for download on iOS and Android devices and offers any Illinois adult the chance to purchase lottery tickets on their smartphone. Players can also purchase their tickets online at illinoislottery.com and at nearly 8,000 retailers statewide.

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Bustos Slams Trump Trade War

– Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos responded to a Bloomberg News article published this morning about how China has tripled its purchases of soybeans from Russia while canceling several shipments of soybeans from the United States.

Bustos, who is a member of Democratic House Leadership and a member of the House Agriculture Committee, represents the 17th Congressional District of Illinois where corngrowers, soybean farmers and pork producers have been hit hard as a result of the trade war President Trump triggered with China. Soybean farmers are being hit especially hard since a quarter of Illinois’ crop is exported to China every year. If Illinois was its own country, it would be the fourth largest producer of soybeans in the world.

“As a candidate, President Trump stood at a podium in 2016 and promised to ‘end this war on the American farmer.’ Now that China is canceling the purchase of American soybeans while tripling their business with Russia, it’s clear that this is just one more broken promise,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “This so-called Farm Bill that Washington Republicans are racing to pass does absolutely nothing to help hardworking farmers across the heartland who are getting hit in their wallet by President Trump’s reckless and impulsive trade war. Instead of moving ahead with their Harm Bill, Washington Republicans should work across the aisle on a truly bipartisan Farm Bill that will grow our economy and strengthen all Americans – from the pasture to the plate.”

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IL Unemployment Down In April

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.2 percentage point to 4.4 percent in April and nonfarm payrolls increased by +4,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The March job gain was revised up from its initial report to show a slight gain. (+2,500 jobs versus -2,100 jobs).
Job growth improved in the February to April period posting average monthly gains of +7,500 jobs, an increase over the prior three-month period (November 20107 to January 2018) with average monthly gains of +1,700 jobs.
“Illinois’ unemployment rate decreased for the fourth month in-a-row to its lowest level since 2006,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “At the same time, online job postings on IllinoisJoblink are up nearly 8 percent from a year ago, so job opportunities have improved.”
“We continue to work to bring new opportunities to communities across Illinois,” said Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce Sean McCarthy. “By attracting new investment and working with existing employers on workforce needs, we are cultivating a competitive economy and business-friendly environment that will boost growth and ensure a better future for Illinois.”
In April, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Professional and Business Services (+2,700); Manufacturing (+1,600); and Leisure and Hospitality (+1,300). The industry sector with the largest payroll decline was: Government (-1,900).
Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +53,000 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in April: Leisure and Hospitality (+10,600); Manufacturing (+10,100); and Government (+9,700). The industry sector with the largest over-the-year declines was: Information Services (-3,300). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.9 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.6 percent over-the-year gain in April, but it was the largest over-the-year gain since June 2017.
The state’s unemployment rate is +0.5 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for April 2018, which dropped to 3.9 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.5 percentage points from a year ago when it was 4.9 percent. The Illinois jobless rate last stood at 4.4 percent in December 2006.
The number of unemployed workers decreased -3.5 percent from the prior month to 287,200, down -9.7 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force dipped -0.1 percent over-the-month, but it was up +0.1 percent over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment.
An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine,  IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL), which recently showed 57,112 posted resumes with 198,608 jobs available.

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New IDOT Safety Campaign Asks: Life or Death?

The Illinois Department of Transportation this week announced the debut of a multimedia safety campaign that asks the public to make a choice: Life or Death.

 

“Illinois is facing a crisis with more than 1,000 deaths on our roads each of the last two years. The sad fact is almost all of these deaths are avoidable,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The Life or Death campaign is a step in the right direction toward getting people to think about how the decisions they make in their day-to-day lives have deadly consequences.”

The new Life or Death campaign relies on a simple, direct approach. Using a single scene and key statistics, audiences are asked to stop and consider the seriousness of the issues on the state’s roads and how their actions play a role.

 

For the first time, an IDOT safety campaign will focus on prominent issues beyond the ongoing problems of impaired driving and unbuckled motorists. New messages and materials are being developed and aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities associated with motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, work zones and distracted driving.

 

Life or Death will run throughout the year on various media, including digital billboards, social media and online platforms, as well as traditional radio and TV safety messages. Central to the campaign is a new website, www.lifeordeathillinois.com, which will provide printable educational materials and links for the public to share their own Life or Death stories.

 

Life or Death was developed and produced on location in Illinois using actors and law enforcement from Illinois.

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U. T. Grad Serves In The U.S. Navy

 A 2015 United Township High School graduate and East Moline, Illinois, native is serving as part of the Pre-Commissioning Unit for the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116).

Fireman Dalton Descourouez is an electrician's mate assigned to DDG 116 in Bath, Maine.

As an electrician's mate Descourouez is responsible for maintaining electrical distribution systems onboard the ship.

“What I enjoy most about my job is the camaraderie with my fellow sailors and the knowledge gained from my job on a daily basis,” said Descourouez.

DDG 116 is currently undergoing tests and trials in preparation for delivery to the U.S. Navy from shipbuilder Bath Iron Works. Arleigh Burke class destroyers measure approximately 500 feet long and are powered by four gas turbines that allow the ship to achieve over 30 mph in open seas. Destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and ballistic missile defense, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute a variety of missions.

“Thomas J. Hudner Jr., a naval aviator who retired as a captain, received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman for displaying uncommon valor during an attack on his element leader, the first African American naval aviator to fly in combat, Ensign Jesse L. Brown,” said Cmdr. Nathan W. Scherry, commanding officer, PCU Thomas Hudner. “On 07 May 2012, Secretary Mabus announced that DDG 116 will be named in Captain Hudner's honor. Today, as the Navy's finest 300 Sailors crew the 66th Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, they do so with a tremendous amount of honor, pride, and sense of duty. We are extremely honored to be able to carry Captain Hudner's values and legacy forward so that they are never forgotten. We are proud to be able to carry out our missions in defense of our country's freedom and values, and humbled to be part of the Hudner family.”

Descourouez has carried lessons learned from his hometown into his military service.

“My family instilled in me that with motivation, I can do anything in life,” said Descourouez.

With a crew of over 300 sailors, each crew member’s job is important to the smooth operation of the ship. The jobs range from weapon handling to navigation.

Descourouez has military ties with family members who have previously served and is honored to carry on the family tradition.

“My grandfather, Alfred Descourouez, served in the Coast Guard for six and a half years and my father, James Descourouez, retired from the Coast Guard as a chief warrant officer,” said Descourouez.

Descourouez’s proudest accomplishment is being able to serve his country.

“It is of great honor and pride to be able to serve this great nation,” added Descourouez.

Close living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s newest ships, Descourouez and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy is of great purpose because not only do I get to my job, I have a way of giving back to my community,” said Descourouez.

The construction of the ship is over 98% complete. The ship is scheduled for commissioning in late 2018 in Boston, Mass. For more information about the commissioning, visit http://www.usshudnerddg116.org.

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Real Estate Buyer Demand Remains Strong

— Buyer demand is strong heading into the spring housing market, but lower inventory continues to be a drag, driving sales lower and median home prices higher in March, according to Illinois REALTORS®.
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in March 2018 totaled 12,455 homes sold, down 7.9 percent from 13,528 in March 2017.
The statewide median price in March was $199,000, up 4.8 percent from March 2017, when the median price was $189,900. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"Statewide sales numbers saw declines as buyers poised to enter the spring housing market were confronted with the reality that inventories dropped by double-digit percentages," said Illinois REALTORS® President Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign. "With demand still strong as evidenced by decreases in the time it takes on average to sell a home, the next few months could be marked by intense competition by potential homebuyers."

The time it took to sell a home in March averaged 65 days, down from 68 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 48,834 homes for sale, a 12.6 percent decline from March 2017 when there were 55,863 homes on the market.
Beginning this month, Illinois REALTORS® is breaking down housing data by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The federal government uses MSAs to group together counties which have close economic ties. Illinois REALTORS® MSA reports only include counties which are in the state. The additional data is being included to allow a fuller picture of the housing market in defined economic regions.
According to the data, home sales in the Bloomington MSA (McLean and Dewitt counties) totaled 204 units, a 2.9 percent decline while the median price was down 3.6 percent to $154,450; in the Metro East MSA (Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison and St. Clair counties) sales were down 0.9 percent to 679 units sold and the median price remained unchanged at $126,000; and in the Moline-Rock Island MSA (Henry, Mercer and Rock Island counties) sales were up 4.9 percent to 192 units sold and the median price climbed 15.1 percent to $107,000.
The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.44 percent in March 2018, an increase from 4.33 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In March 2017, it averaged 4.20 percent.
In the nine-county Chicago Metro Area, home sales (single-family and condominiums) in March 2018 totaled 8,848 homes sold, down 10.2 percent from March 2017 sales of 9,849 homes. The median price in March 2018 was $241,000 in the Chicago Metro Area, an increase of 4.8 percent from $230,000 in March 2017.
"Nationally, the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index rose, driven primarily by a sizable increase in the net share of consumers who think it's a good time to buy a home," said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois.
According to the data, thirty-four (34) Illinois counties reported sales gains for March 2018 over previous-year numbers, including Kankakee County, up 31.2 percent with 101 units sold; DeKalb County, 22.0 percent with 122 units sold; and Macon County, up 10.2 percent with 119 units sold. Forty-eight (48) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including McHenry County, up 6.8 percent to $212,500; Will County, up 5.9 percent to $222,450; and Cook County, up 5.6 percent to $252,500.
The city of Chicago saw year-over-year home sales decline 10.1 percent with 2,290 sales in March, compared to 2,546 a year ago. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in March 2018 was $314,000, up 6.4 percent compared to March 2017 when it was $295,000.
        
“Limited supply and high demand took center stage for the start of the Chicago spring housing market,” said Rebecca Thomson, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and principal of Thomson Real Estate Group. “While the number of closed sales slowed in tandem with the inventory crunch, the rise in median sales price and reduction of time it takes for a home to sell on average, points to competition for well-priced homes in good condition.”
Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 27 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of April 7, 2018 for the period March 1 through March 31, 2018. The Chicago Metro Area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.
Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 47,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.
Find Illinois housing stats, data, the University of Illinois REAL forecast and more atwww.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.       

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Law Enforcement Team Up Nationwide for Seat Belt Safety

Illinois State Police District 7 will participate in the two week Click It Or Ticket (CIOT) campaign to enforce occupant restraint laws across the nation through Memorial Day. The Illinois State Police will join more than a 1000 law enforcement agencies across the nation in the Border to Border Campaign that will kick off CIOT.

 

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IL State Fair To Host Corn Dog Kick Off

 Live music, free giveaways, and much more can be found at the inaugural Corn Dog Kickoff, hosted by the Illinois State Fair.  The June 9th event is being hailed as a kickoff to summer party with a focus on the upcoming Illinois State Fair.  The Corn Dog Kickoff will be staged at The Shed and Lincoln Stage, located on the east side of the Illinois State Fairgrounds along Central Avenue.
This free community event will be held from 9 am – 3 pm.  In addition to live music, your first taste of fair food, free giveaways, and fun activities, the Illinois State Fair Box Office will also be open that day from 9 am – 1 pm.  Attendees can purchase tickets to the fair’s Grandstand Summer Concert Series or our exclusive Stage Side pre-concert parties.
The Midwest’s most powerful up-and-coming band, Broseph, will be performing at the Corn Dog Kickoff from 12:00-2:30 p.m. on the Lincoln Stage.  Broseph hails from central Illinois, but made the move to Nashville where they frequently play at the Wildhorse Saloon and have had the opportunity to write with the some of the best in the industry. They recently opened for Steven Tyler, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, and more!  Their newest EP, “Let’s Do This” is sure to have something for everyone as Broseph’s influences range from Def Leppard to Shania Twain and Fall Out Boy to Nelly!
“With school out for the summer, many families will be looking for family friendly summer vacation ideas, and that’s what we offer here at the Illinois State Fair,” said Illinois State Fair Manager Luke Sailer.
“The purpose of the Corn Dog Kickoff is to introduce the community to the fun that can be had at our state and county fairs.  We have a great fair planned for our state’s bicentennial year.  With just 60-days until the start of the fair, now is the perfect time to give the community its first taste of this annual summer tradition.”
Also new this year, the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation will be hosting a 5K run and 3K walk in conjunction with the Illinois State Fair Corn Dog Kickoff.  The races will begin at 10:00 a.m. from the Shed.  The route, which is contained on the state fairgrounds, will take participants on the world’s fastest dirt track, through Conservation World, across Happy Hollow, and more before ending back at The Shed.  Registration is currently underway and costs $25 per race with a free t-shirt for those who sign up before May 23rd.  100% of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation.  Registration can be done online: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=129995
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Illinois State Fair, August 9th – 19th, in Springfield, IL.
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Pollinators Pallooza At The Putnam On Saturday

— The latest buzz in the world of pollinators will be available at the Putnam with the return of Pollinators’ Palooza on Saturday, May 19.
Hosted in partnership with the Iowa State University Scott County Extension Master Gardeners, the free event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.
Pollinators’ Palooza is preceded by a plant sale, featuring plants grown by Master Gardeners, beginning at 8 a.m. — before the Putnam opens — near the museum entrance. Funds from the plant sale will support the ISU Master Gardener program for scholarships, children’s activities and education.
Entering its second year, Pollinators’ Palooza aims to educate the public on the importance of pollinators in our environment.
“With the help of the Master Gardeners, Pollinators’ Palooza is a great opportunity for curious minds to come together to learn the importance of pollinators and check out the Pollinator Garden, which is in its second year and is an official Monarch Waystation,” said Kim Findlay, president/CEO of the Putnam.
Master Gardeners will staff a Hort Clinic where the public can ask questions about plants, insects, and wildlife in their own landscapes.
Other organizations will have exhibits with information as well as craft activities for children. The Davenport Public Library will have a mobile library where the public may renew library cards and check out books; the Friends of the Davenport Public Library will have used books on gardening and pollinators for sale. Other organizations participating include the FoodCorps, Illinois Master Gardeners, Nahant Marsh, Niabi Zoo, the QC Botanical Center, the QC Food Forest and River Action.
The event also features two showings of the “The Flight of the Butterflies 3D” at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. in the Putnam’s GIANT Screen Theater. Tickets are just $5 for adults and free for kids.
Adult educational presentations will take place throughout the day. Celebrity readers including children’s author Jill Esbaum, WQPT’s Mr. Scott (aka Scott Brouette), and Davenport Mayor Frank Kipsch, among others, will read books about nature and pollinators to children during these presentations.
The presentation schedule is as follows:
8 a.m. - Master Gardener Plant Sale begins outside near the Museum entrance
10 a.m. - Putnam opens and activities begin in the Grand Lobby
10:15 a.m. - Ron Fischer, Beekeeper: “The Buzz About Bees: A Look Inside a Beehive and Much More”
Celebrity Reader: Children’s author Jill Esbaum will read Honeybees
11:15 a.m. - Film: Flight of the Butterflies in 3D
Noon - Beverly Broughton, Master Gardener: “The Ruby-throated Hummingbird: A Tiny Dynamo”
Celebrity Reader: WQPT’s Mr. Scott (aka Scott Brouette), Assistant Director of Student Affairs
1 p.m. - Conza Borders, The QC Food Forest: “Looking at 4 Years of Growth and the Future”
Celebrity Reader: City of Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch
1:45 p.m. - Film: Flight of the Butterflies in 3D
2:30 p.m. - Ray Wolf, Master Gardener: “Gardening for Butterflies: Plants You Need and Butterflies You Will See”
Celebrity Reader: Quad City Botanical Center’s Educational Director Greg Wolf, along with his puppet friends, will read from his collection of big books
3:30 p.m. - Trish Wilger, Master Gardener: “The Monarchs Are Coming! What You Need to Know to Welcome and Sustain These Beautiful Garden Guests”
Celebrity Reader: TBA
4:15 p.m. - Matt Wilhelm and Matt Duncan: “Midwestern Silk Moths—Prettier Than Butterflies”

For more information, visit Putnam.org/pollinators or contact Faye Waterman at fayewaterman@gmail.com.
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IOWA WOMAN FEATURED IN NATIONAL ALLEGIANT AD CAMPAIGN

Allegiant this week launches Together We Fly™ a nationwide advertising campaign featuring an eastern Iowa woman. Cedar Rapids’ hometown airline is proud to include Paula Greve and her son, Nate Greve in their latest campaign.

 

Paula has flown with Allegiant on more than 60 nonstop flights to Florida to visit her son, who plays baseball for Barry University in Miami Shores. Convenient, affordable flights on Allegiant have given Paula the opportunity to watch her son play baseball and spend time with those who mean the most to her.

 

“We’re proud to offer Paula and other Iowa travelers nonstop, affordable flights to connect with loved ones,” said Scott DeAngelo, Allegiant chief marketing officer. “Her story is a clear representation of our commitment to be the hometown airline of Cedar Rapids, and we look forward to continuing our outstanding partnership with the eastern Iowa community.”

 

Together We Fly™ is focused on highlighting the real-life stories of the more than 80 million passengers that have traveled with Allegiant since 2001. The campaign will include national television commercials, national digital advertising and promoted social media posts featuring a variety of true stories told through the lens of actual Allegiant travelers from across the country.

“I am excited to share my experiences with Allegiant because they made it possible for me to consistently see my son play four years of college baseball 1500 miles from home,” said Greve. “Friendly employees and inexpensive, nonstop flights make flying not only a breeze, but actually enjoyable! Thank you, Allegiant!”

 

Allegiant has served the Cedar Rapids community for almost 14 years via The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID). Allegiant currently offers six nonstop, ultra-low-cost routes from CID: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and three Florida destinations: Fort Myers / Punta Gorda, Orlando / Sanford and Tampa / St. Pete.

 

Watch Paula’s story and download video here: http://gofly.us/ToZT30iauev

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Gov Rauner Proposes Harsh Sentencing For Certain Offenders

 Gov. Bruce Rauner today asked the Illinois General Assembly to reinstate the death penalty for mass murderers and those who kill law enforcement officers.

 

The proposal is part of a precedent-setting public safety initiative that the Governor unveiled in an amendatory veto (AV) of House Bill 1468 which also urges legislators to:

Extend the 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases in Illinois.
Ban bump stocks and trigger cranks.
Authorize restraining orders to disarm dangerous individuals.
Make judges and prosecutors more accountable by making them explain – on the record – why charges are reduced in plea agreements for violent offenders in gun cases.
Free up local revenue to hire resource officers and mental health workers to help intervene and prevent student violence before it occurs.

“Gun violence has rocked the nation and our state,” Rauner said. “This is a responsible, bipartisan approach to the problem that will help ensure the safety and security of our children, our peacekeepers, our families, and our communities in Illinois.”

 

“Few crimes are more heinous than purposeful killings of children and peacekeepers,” Rauner said. “We didn’t propose the death penalty lightly. We had to balance the need for safety and, in the end, we wanted to make it abundantly clear we have no tolerance for such atrocities in Illinois.”

 

Rauner’s changes to HB 1468 create a new category of homicide called “death penalty murder.” It would apply to offenders 18 and over that prosecutors charge with killing peace officers or two or more people without lawful justification.

 

Guilt beyond all doubt

 

Defendants would be tried using a higher standard for determining guilt. Death penalty murder suspects would have to be convicted by juries “beyond all doubt,” not just “beyond a reasonable doubt” required for guilty findings of other criminal offenses.

 

Appeals courts would have to apply the same standard and conduct an independent review of the evidence with no deference paid to a jury’s decision.

 

“We want to raise the standard because we recognize legitimate concerns about the death penalty,” Rauner said. “We are intent on avoiding wrongful convictions and the injustice of inconsistency.”

 

72-hour wait for all guns, not just hand guns

 

In the AV of HB 1468, the Governor extended the 72-hour waiting period to the delivery of all guns sold in Illinois, not just certain types of guns. Current Illinois law applies the waiting period only to handguns.

 

“In the case of school or other mass shooters, a 72-hour waiting period may provide just enough time for law enforcement or school officials to detect danger and take action to prevent delivery of a firearm. In the case of someone who is suicidal, that time could mean the difference between life and death,” Rauner said.

 

Bump stock, trigger crank bans

 

The AV also reiterated the Governor’s support for a ban on bump stocks and trigger cranks. “These accessories that in the wrong hands can be used to assemble weapons of mass destruction,” Rauner said. The language he suggested is identical to Senate Bill 2343, which has not yet moved in the legislature.

 

Public safety and legal experts agree these accessories are not firearms, so the ban is not an infringement of 2nd Amendment gun rights.

 

Disarm the dangerous: Gun Violence Restraining Orders

The Governor’s AV includes a Gun Violence Restraining Order Act to more quickly disarm those who are a danger to themselves and others. It is a reasonable balance between the Second amendment and other rights of gun owners and the public interest in preventing gun violence.

An emergency order, triggered by family or law enforcement could prohibit gun possession for 14 days with probable cause. A search warrant to seize owned firearms could be initiated only by law enforcement based on probable cause. A six-month order prohibiting possession of a firearm could be entered only after a full hearing based on clear and convincing evidence of danger.

“We need a streamlined mechanism to allow family members and others to flag the need to remove firearms from the hands of people who pose an immediate and present threat to the public or themselves,” Rauner said.

“At the same time, we must protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and ensure speedy resolution of the issue requiring clear and convincing evidence,” Rauner said.

“Catch and release” transparency

The AV asks the General Assembly to pass a Gun Crime Charging and Sentencing Accountability and Transparency Act. Rauner believes citizens, particularly victims and victims’ families, ought to know why charges are reduced in plea agreements for violent offenders in gun cases.

 

The Act requires prosecutors and judges to clearly state – for the record – the rationale for plea agreements, especially those that result in the release of habitual gun offenders. “We deserve to know how violent offenders are allowed back on our streets,” Rauner said.

 

School Safety: new resources to protect students

Finally, Rauner’s AV amends the County School Facilities Sales Tax statute to let school authorities use the revenue to hire school resource officers or mental health workers based on local determinations of need. It is drawn from the Governor’s Terrorism Task Force and has been favorably received by the Legislative Public Safety Working Group. The Working Group continues to meet and is expected to deliver additional recommendations.

“This is the kind of bipartisan public safety discretion that voters ought to have,” Rauner said. “This use of this sales tax revenue, provided it is approved by referendum, is a sensible step toward providing adequate security for our schools and giving more local control to our communities.”

 

More on Governor’s public safety initiatives

Rauner’s public safety package includes other substantive proposals that cover interstate gun trafficking countermeasures, increased state trooper deployments, and additional threat precautions and deterrents for Illinois schools.  The latter includes formation of regional threat assessment teams to help “harden” potential targets.

The package fulfills the Governor’s pledge to deliver a comprehensive public safety package as a response to the mass killings in Parkland, FL, last winter.

 

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Bustos Introduces Opioid Legislation

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos introduced the Preventing NAS and Protecting Babies Act which would improve treatment options for babies born with dependence on heroin or other opioids as a result of their mother's use while pregnant.

 

“As the opioid epidemic continues to sweep our country, the most vulnerable amongst us are far too often overlooked,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Every 25 minutes a child in America is born dependent on opioids. As a mother and a grandmother, I cannot think of anything more heartbreaking. That is why I am proud to continue serving as an advocate for these children and fight to ensure they receive the best possible care. We must continue to work across the aisle to combat this epidemic and ensure all of our children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

 

Background on the NAS and Protecting Babies Act:

 

The introduction of the Preventing NAS and Protecting Babies Act is a continuation of Representative Bustos’ work to help children impacted by NAS, which stands for neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition found in babies that results from the use of opioids during pregnancy. NAS can have profound health effects on newborn babies and Rep. Bustos has been a leader on addressing this issue. 

 

In 2016, Rep. Bustos passed the bipartisan NAS Healthy Babies Act, which required the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine therapies available for children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. The Preventing NAS and Protecting Babies Act puts in place recommendations on combating neonatal syndrome provided by the GAO as a result of her previous bill.

 

Her new legislation has been introduced as Members of the House of Representatives and Senate are working on a new package of bills to combat the opioid crisis. The measures being considered include a range of ideas that explore new ways to treat pain, prevent opioid abuse, and expand access to treatment for those suffering from addiction. 

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECK RESULTS

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey, announces the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held in Rock Island County from late night 05/12/2018 to early morning 05/13/2018. The RSC was conducted at US Route 67 at North Avenue, Milan, by District 7 officers.

 

Violations Enforcement Activity
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations  3
Other Alcohol/Drug Citations  6
Occupant Restraint Offenses  2
Registration Offenses  0
Driver’s License Offenses  4
Insurance Violations  2
Total Citations/Arrests  24
Total Written Warnings  3

 

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in
Illinois, and throughout the U.S., nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving.
RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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IL DCEO Announces Details of a Minority Program

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced today that applications for the 2018 Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) program are now open. Applications can be found online at www.illinois.gov/dceo and will be available until May 31, 2018.

“A main focus of the Rauner administration has been expanding our support for talented individuals and entrepreneurs in every community within Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We have made a lot of improvements to the program this second time around to better equip the participants with real-world knowledge and give them a leg up as they embark on the next phase of their business.”

The ADME Program is designed to nurture a business-friendly environment that supports and facilitates small business, with a focus on minority populations, to assist and lead entrepreneurs in long-term economic success. ADME offers start-up companies an exceptional level of support from subject matter experts, business professionals, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, participants will gain access to an array of services, including assistance with a business plan, one-on-one session with an attorney, a loan prequalification assessment for each borrower to assess loan readiness in advance of their completion of the program and the opportunity to pitch their business to banks, investors and microlenders during a demo day.

“In anticipation for our second cohort, the Department has hosted a number of ADME Business Workshops throughout the state,” said Derrick Champion, Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment at DCEO. “These workshops have been met with great excitement and have been a great recruitment tool for the ADME 2018 Cohorts.”

The Women’s Business Development Center along with the Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) network will administer ADME’s curriculum through the Department and will help facilitate investment opportunities through the Advantage Illinois program. Additionally, several community partners will help facilitate the program including Accion, CIBC BANK, Chicago Urban League and Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

The first ADME cohorts were held in 2017 in Rockford, Chicago and Peoria. The second year will continue to focus on minority communities, including women and veterans, in South Chicago, Quad Cities and Champaign region.

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Prescription Drug Take Back Day Termed A Success

 U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control today released the following statement regarding the success of the 15th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

 

“Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. It’s devastating the lives of individuals, families and entire communities. That’s why prevention efforts like National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day are so important,” Grassley said. “The success of this program shows America’s dedication to fighting this crisis and I’m confident the next Take-Back Day will show even greater results.”

 

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an effort to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs, was held on April 28.

 

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), it was the most successful event in its history. The DEA reported that nearly 6,000 pharmacies and other approved sites throughout the country collected and destroyed close to one million pounds of expired and unused prescription drugs, bringing the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to nearly 10,000,000 pounds.

 

Grassley, along with Sen. Joni Ernst, wrote about the devastating impact of addiction in Iowa and nationwide, as well as the importance of prevention efforts like National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, in a recent op-ed.

 

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs in 2015. The Iowa Department of Health reports that more than 200 hundred Iowans died from opioid misuse in 2017, a 300 percent increase since 2005.

 

In 2017, Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst requested that the U.S. Government Accountability Office conduct a study into drug take-back programs. The results found that many pharmacies and other eligible entities do not participate because of high costs and burdensome federal compliance regulations.

 

In response, Grassley and Ernst, along with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, introduced the bipartisan Access to Increased Drug Disposal (AIDD) Act, which would create a small-scale demonstration program in five states. Those states would be allowed to apply for grand funding from the Department of Justice, then would issue a detailed report on how the money was administered, who received it and how it impacted participation rates in drug take-back programs. 

 

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Garden Planting Season Here

The weather has finally turned and horticulture enthusiasts are now able to get out in their gardens and get planting. Master gardener at the University of Illinois Extension office, Candice Hart says the biggest question they seem to get this time of year is when can those warm-season vegetables go in? Hart indicates it's probably safe now, just be aware of the weather forecast.

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No-till gardening has taken off in recent years, but Hart says unless you're trying to improve your soil, it isn't always necessary.

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Your local University of Illinois Extension office serves as a great resource for planting questions.

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Gov. Reynolds announces IEDA, IWD partnership to conduct laborshed studies across Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a partnership between the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Thursday to conduct laborshed studies across Iowa. The studies will begin in July and will be conducted at no cost to communities.

 

The governor says these studies and the partnerships making them possible represent the kind of unique support Iowa is providing its economic developers and employers to unleash opportunity across the state.

 

“I strongly believe no other state is doing as much as Iowa to enable our economic development partners, our current employers and those companies considering investing here,” Gov. Reynolds said. “The partnership to provide these studies is a prime example of that. In Iowa, we’re continuing to build on our successes and do everything we can to power potential for Iowans.”

 

Under the new partnership, IEDA and IWD will finance a laborshed study for every county in the state, providing the data to local economic development organizations and partners for free. Studies will be conducted on a biennial basis, with half the state receiving the study in year one and the other half receiving the study in year two. Studies in existing economic development regions will be conducted together to allow for regional analysis.

 

“This new program will ensure all areas of the state have access to data sources on workforce characteristics, revealing meaningful insights into the availability of labor,” IWD Director Beth Townsend said.

 

Laborshed studies help both existing and new businesses understand labor availability within an area based on current commuting patterns. They depict the scope and scale of a community’s available workforce. They also answer questions about labor availability, as well as characteristics about available labor such as employment status, likeliness to change/accept employment, education level, wages, skills/experience, current and desired benefits and job search resources used.

 

“We could not be more excited to provide Iowa’s communities the most comprehensive labor data available in the marketplace through this partnership,” IEDA Director Debi Durham said. “We take pride in the benefits of doing business in Iowa, which will now include this valuable data on Iowa’s workforce.”

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Missing Persons Event Next Saturday

An event is being planned for next Saturday with the intent of finding missing persons. On May 19th from 10am-8pm, family of those who have disappeared are encouraged to come to either St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, or the Jennings State Office Building in Jennings, Missouri, to talk to law enforcement professionals about their cases.
Illinois State Police Lieutenant Abby Keller says they are encouraging anyone with a missing loved one to come to this event, even if a missing person's report has already been filed.

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Those attending are asked to bring any ID photos, X-Rays, dental records, or other identifying documents of the missing person. Biological family members will have an opportunity to provide DNA on site on behalf of their loved one. For more information, call 618-489-2005, or go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/STLMissingPersonsDay

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Early Morning Arrest in Moline

On Friday, May 11th at approximately 12:35AM, a Moline Police Officer was investigating suspicious subjects in the 700 block 23rd Street, Moline.

 

As the officer was investigating the subjects, he was able to determine they were providing false names. As the officer investigated further, one of the subjects fled on foot from the scene.

The officers on scene pursued after the subject on foot and as they were running, observed the subject drop a black 40-caliber handgun.

 

The officers were able to detain the subject, Randy J. Anderson, 21-year-old Davenport resident, within a short distance. While attempting to arrest Anderson, he began to batter the officer, ripping the officer’s uniform and attempting to remove the officer’s duty weapon from his holster.

The officers were able to place the subject into custody after a brief struggle.  Neither the officers nor Anderson were injured during the incident.

 

After reviewing the incident with the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office, Randy J. Anderson has been charged with the following crimes: 2 counts of Armed Violence, Disarming a Police Officer, Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer, Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Deliver Cannabis.

 

Anderson is in custody at the Rock Island County Jail on $250,000 bond.

 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Moline Police Criminal Investigations Division at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.
 

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Arrowhead Joins Rise Up Project Team

Arrowhead Ranch is joining the Rise Up Garden project this summer. Please join us on Saturday May 12, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. as we get the first plants in the ground for the season at Arrowhead’s Coal Valley campus located at 12200 104th Street, Coal Valley, Illinois.

 

Arrowhead Youth and Family Services (a.k.a Arrowhead Ranch) has a beautiful garden plot located on the Coal Valley campus, each year Arrowhead youth prepare, plant and harvest a variety of vegetables. All of the vegetables grown are served or given to the youth, their families and the staff. “There is a lot of growing done in the garden and it isn’t just the produce.  The youth learn so many things from the time the first seed is planted.  I am always amazed at the care and compassion shown toward the plants and their produce” said Mary Davidson, Marketing and Development director at Arrowhead. About a year ago, Arrowhead and Rise Up began talking about their similar programs and decided that working together was

 

The Rise Up Project was created 3 years ago.  “The goal was to instill in court referred youth a workforce and career development program.  We thought using basic gardening as a platform to put these youth in a setting where they can learn employment, interpersonal relationships and communication skills was ideal. The youth that are referred to us get to learn about themselves and also give to the community” said Jana Haskins, Unit Chief of the Juvenile Division of Rock Island County Court Services.  

 

The Rise Up Project interview process begins in April and the graduation is at the end of July.  “One of our goals is to have a farm stand on the corner near our campus in Coal Valley this July, giving the youth an opportunity to work with people in a customer service setting” Davidson added.The youth are required to attend 3 days a week (2 days in the garden and 1 day doing community tours), participate in all activities, complete tasks as assigned and work appropriately with all workers and staff. Financial stipends and bonuses are given to youth who follow the employment contract.

 

 

Thank you to the following collaborators; Rock Island County Court Services, 15th Avenue Christian Church, QC Career connections, Victor and Doris Day Foundation, Rock Island Community fund, Community fund of the Great River Bend, IL/WI Christian Churches, The National Benevolent Assoc., River Bend Food Bank, Tax Slayer Center, WIU, Augustana, Blackhawk, Scott Community College and many other community partners, volunteers and donors.

 

Please join us on Saturday, May 12, 2018 as we get together at Arrowhead, 12200 104th Street, Coal Valley, Illinois as we get the first plants in the ground. Planting times are 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  

 

For more information, please contact Mary Davidson at 309-799-7044x270 or email mdavidson@arrowheadyouth,org

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Live At Five Returns On June 1

The River Music Experience's Friday Live@Five series returns on June 1st for 2018 featuring Rude Punch.

 

Live@Five is a free concert series put on by the RME every summer, and each year it keeps getting bigger and better. Almost every Friday from June through September, RME hosts a free concert from 5-7 p.m. in the RME Courtyard off of 2nd St., next to Woodfire Grill.


 

"We're really excited about the lineup this year. We have a huge amount of variety between the artists," Kate Dale, Director of Entertainment, said, "from blues, rock, reggae, country, soul, and more."


 

Some of the other bands featured are The Candymakers, Whiskey Motel, and The Velies.


 

Concerts in the RME Courtyard have gone through a few different iterations, but the current one featuring free music on Fridays is sticking.


 

"It's really become a staple of downtown," Deb Powers, RME CEO, said, "a lot of people start their weekends off with Live@Five. They bring the whole family, maybe a few lawn chairs, and just enjoy the music."


 

A full schedule for Live@Five can be found on the RME's website, rivermusicexperience.org.

 

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Sewer Repair and Flood Update

Starting tomorrow,  Thursday, May 10, Locust Street will be closed between Warren and Gaines for an emergency sewer repair.  The work is estimated to be completed, and the road re-opened, sometime Saturday, May 12.  Motorists are advised to follow signed detour.

 

Flood Update Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 2:00 PM

 

The current Mississippi River level is 17.21ft, and expected to crest at 17.5ft on Friday, May 11th.

 

Due to arriving River levels, eastbound River Dr is being detoured at Division St to 3rd St, and westbound River Dr is being detoured at 4th St to Division St.  Eastbound Truck traffic will need to take River Dr to Division to Kimberly Rd due to construction and closures on various streets throughout the city, including Locust.

 

Staff is monitoring river levels, and will be implementing flood plan measures as appropriate to changing conditions.

 

The following flood measures have been or will be implemented based on current and predicted conditions.

 

Roads

  •  S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Wapello and Miller are closed between Railroad Ave and S Concord.
  • Beiderbecke will be fully closed by this afternoon.
  • Gaines St is closed south of River Dr.
  • River Dr as noted above. In addition, Myrtle, Perry, Pershing and Iowa are closed south of 2nd St. Additional north/south streets south of 2nd St may become closed tomorrow, Thursday, May 10th.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The riverfront recreational trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the road.
  • Water is impacting LeClaire Park.
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Appropriate flood control measures have been placed. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House and Freight House Farmer’s Market, and Union Station will remain open for business.

Events

  • here are no upcoming events that will be impacted

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been or will be set, and appropriate gates closed.

 

Public Works plan to issue another flood update on Friday, May 11th, as the river begins to crest.

 

Please be reminded not to: play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater. Flood currents can present hazardous conditions, not to mention the hidden dangers that can lie within the floodwater.  It can take just 12 inches of water to float a car, and 6 inches to knock you off your feet.  Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

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1400 Washington Street - Shots Fired/Search Warrant

On Thursday May 10, 2018 at approximately 4:21 AM Davenport Police responded to a Disturbance call in the area of 1400 Washington Street. The call was in reference to subjects arguing and possibly fighting in the street. Officers arrived on scene and initiated contact with an individual, who was possibly involved in the disturbance, near the intersection of 15th and Washington Street. While the officer was conducting an interviewing a male subject exited a residence (1427 Washington Street) and fired at least one round before running back into the residence.

 

Additional officers responded to the shots fired incident and established a perimeter around the residence. The Davenport Police Department’s Emergency Services Team, with tactical support from Bettendorf Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant on 1427 Washington St. Several individuals safely exited the residence and were detained as a part of this investigation. 

 

No report of injuries. Washington Street was blocked off for approximately two hours but is now open to normal traffic. Detectives are following up on the incident and no further information is available at this time.

 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Gov Rauner Allocates Funds To IDOT

 Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced a nearly $37 million investment to expand travel options and enhance the quality of life in communities throughout the state. The 54 projects approved through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification work and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level. 

“Investing in local infrastructure is a sure-fire way to improve safety and quality of life,” said Gov. Rauner. “These awards and projects will go a long way in making our great cities and communities even better places to work, raise a family and do business.” 

Made possible by federal funds administered by IDOT, ITEP awards are focused on improving bike and pedestrian travel, as well as other surface transportation improvements that promote alternative options for getting around your community. To be eligible, applicants must commit a local match of at least 20 percent to their project and demonstrate a plan to have their awards spent within four years.

For the latest funding cycle, IDOT received 218 applications for projects worth an estimated $252 million. The next call for projects will be during fall 2019 followed by a spring 2020 award announcement.

“By investing in our local communities, we are strengthening our state’s transportation system as a whole,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Each of these investments embodies our core mission at IDOT and brings us a step closer to our goal of a multimodal transportation system that benefits all residents of Illinois.”

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Young Writer Competition Applications Due May 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications for the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program Due May 12

For those young people in the Quad Cities who are passionate about creative writing and/or magazine design, the Midwest Writing Center offers the Young Emerging Writers (YEW) Summer Internship Program. This selective seven-week program is for talented graduating and continuing high school students, ages 15-19, interested in creating and publishing works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and or other forms. Students who worked on the school newspaper, school literary magazine or yearbook, or who just love writing or page layout and graphic design, are ideal candidates for YEW. The ultimate goal of the program is the development of intern writing abilities, editorial acumen, professional skills, and the production/distribution of The Atlas, a literary journal representing the strongest work produced and selected by the interns during the program.

 

Young Emerging Writer internships feature intensive seminars in poetry, narrative prose (fiction & nonfiction), and collaborative writing, among other kinds of creative writing, in a professional learning atmosphere. Interns will also learn about magazine design and layout, as well as gain editorial and copy-editing experience. The program culminates with the production of The Atlas, a high-quality literary journal featuring the best work produced by the interns over the course of the program. The journal will be released at The Atlas Launch Party, an open house where interns read from their selected works and the journal is made available to the public.

 

Twelve to fifteen interns will be selected for the program, based on their application forms, writing or design samples, and interviews. The writing and editing of stories, essays, poems, and/or plays at home is required, as are assigned readings and responding to work by other interns. Each intern will also receive a small stipend (no less than $150), a free full-conference registration the David R. Collins Writers' Conference at St. Ambrose University June 28-30 (a $265 value), a one-year membership to the Midwest Writing Center, and three copies ofThe Atlas, Vol. 13.

 

The 2018 YEW program schedule is as follows:

 

June 4-6, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
June 11-13, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
June 18-20, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
June 25-27, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
July 2-3, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
July 9-11, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
July 16-18, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

July 19: Public Reading at the Figge Art Museum, 5:30-8:00 p.m. 
August 15: The Atlas 13 Launch Party — 6:00 p.m., free & open to the public

 

Applications are now available at the MWC website at www.mwcqc.org/events-opportunities/youth-programming/young-emerging-writers-internship/. The deadline to submit an application is May 12th. Interviews will be conducted via phone. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Collins at (309) 732-7330 or via email at mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org.

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POWERBALL JACKPOT REACHES $233 MILLION

Players have the chance to win more than $230 million in tonight’s Powerball drawing.

 

The winning numbers from Saturday’s Powerball drawing were – 14 - 29 - 36 - 57 - 61 – and the Powerball number was 17. While there was no jackpot winner in Saturday night’s drawing, Illinois players won more than 25,000 prizes, ranging from $4 to $400.

 


The estimated jackpot for tonight’s drawing is $233 million.

 

Illinois residents, 18 and older, can purchase Powerball and all of the Illinois Lottery’s draw-based game tickets by using the Illinois Lottery’s mobile app. The free app (the first of its kind in the United States) is available for download on iOS and Android devices and offers any Illinois adult the chance to purchase lottery tickets on their smartphone. Players can also purchase their tickets online at illinoislottery.com and at nearly 8,000 retailers statewide.

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BHC Commencement Ceremonies Coming Up May 17, May 18

 

Black Hawk College will host commencement ceremonies Thursday, May 17 in Moline and Friday, May 18 in Kewanee.

Tickets are not needed to attend either commencement ceremony. Parking is free. Both commencement venues are handicapped accessible. There will be a sign language interpreter at both ceremonies.

Quad-Cities Campus Commencement

The Quad-Cities Campus Commencement Ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at the TaxSlayer Center in downtown Moline, 1201 River Drive.

Before the ceremony, flowers will be for sale in the lobby.

After the ceremony, family and friends are invited to attend the on-site reception honoring graduates.

 East Campus Commencement

The East Campus Commencement Ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Kewanee National Guard Armory in downtown Kewanee, 111 N. East St.

After the ceremony, family and friends are invited to attend the on-site reception honoring graduates.

 For more information, visit www.bhc.edu/graduation.

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IDNR Reminds Citizens To Leave Wild Animals Alone

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding Illinois citizens to leave baby birds and wild animals alone.

During the breeding season, well-meaning people may believe they are helping by taking possession of young wildlife such as young rabbits, fawn deer, baby birds and other animals that may appear to have been orphaned or abandoned. In nearly all cases, the birds and animals are still being fed and cared for by their parents, which likely stay away from nests or dens if people are present.

The Illinois Wildlife Code provides legal protection for wildlife. It is against the law to keep wild animals as pets, or to raise wild animals believed to have been abandoned.  Additionally, agency responses to incidents involving wildlife can be costly to taxpayers.  For example, in response to community concern about a young wild deer in McLean Co. this spring, IDNR and USDA Wildlife Services’ personnel and other costs totaled nearly $7,000 to investigate the matter, and to capture and relocate the deer to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Anyone with questions about care for possibly abandoned wildlife can contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. To learn more about potential wildlife conflicts, and keeping people, pets and wildlife safe, visit the Living with Wildlife in Illinois website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/

All wild birds, except the Rock Pigeon, European Starling, and House Sparrow, are protected by federal law. This includes protection of eggs, nests, and feathers. The IDNR works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect and manage birds in Illinois.

Some additional reminders about wildlife in Illinois:

• Birds often leave the nest before they can fly. These birds, known as fledglings, will live on the ground for a few days while they grow flight feathers, and you may hear them making noises calling for their parents. They do this so their parents will continue to feed them, and it doesn’t mean they are in trouble. Keep children and pets away.

• Do not attempt to rescue fawns. Fawns stay very still to conceal themselves until they are old enough to keep up with their mother. The mother will not stand near the fawns for fear of alerting predators to their presence. Leave fawns alone and the mother will return once you leave the area.

• It is illegal to feed wild deer. When deer congregate, it can facilitate the spread of disease and cause other unintended consequences.

• Wild birds and animals can become habituated to people when they are provided food. Do not leave pet food outside at night, clean up under bird feeders, secure the lids on garbage cans to keep raccoons and other wildlife out, and don’t feed Canada geese in urban/suburban areas. Nuisance animals can become dangerous to people.

• Handling wild animals can result in the handler being bitten. According to the Centers for Disease Control, wild animals that bite a person must be euthanized immediately to be tested for rabies.

The IDNR urges everyone to enjoy wildlife by observing, but not interfering, and by leaving wildlife in the wild.

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Bustos Announces Art Competition Winners

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced the winner and runners-up of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. On Saturday in East Peoria, Congresswoman Bustos held her third annual Art Competition Showcase, which allowed students to display their artwork in a gallery setting.

 

The first place winner this year is Patriece Grabyshak from Rock Island, whose submission “Beyond Words” will be displayed in the United States Capitol. The five runners-up are Julia White, who will have her artwork displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ Washington, D.C. office; Mea Blunt, who will have her artwork displayed in Bustos’ Rock Island office; Andrea Avalos, who will have her artwork displayed in Bustos’ Peoria office; and Gracie Olson and Anna Patterson, who will have their artwork displayed in Bustos’ Rockford office.

 

“I’d like to congratulate Patriece Grabyshak as well as all of the talented young artists from across the 17thCongressional District for all of their incredible work,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I look forward to seeing Patriece’s work in the U.S. Capitol every time I walk to the floor to vote. I also look forward to displaying the amazing artwork from our runners-up in our offices across Illinois. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Congressional Art Competition, it’s truly humbling to represent so many creative and accomplished high school students.”

The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school arts contest sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. One winning piece of artwork from each Congressional District is selected for display in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington for the next year.

 

The winner of the competition receives two airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork displayed in the Capitol. Runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Congresswoman Bustos’ Illinois offices and in her Washington, D.C. office for the next year. High school students from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District were eligible to submit their original artwork for consideration.

 

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1st Place – Artwork to be hung in the US Capitol:

 

· “Beyond Words” by Patriece Grabyshak, home-schooled in Rock Island, IL

· Congresswoman Cheri Bustos with winning artist Patriece Grabyshak

 

1st Runner-up – Artwork to be hung in Congresswoman Bustos’ DC office

 

· “A Day in the Garden” by Julia White of Canton High School, Canton, IL

· Congresswoman Cheri Bustos with 1st runner-up Julia White

 

Runner-up - Artwork to be hung in Congresswoman Bustos’ Peoria office:

 

· “A Marvelous View” by Andrea Avalos, Monmouth-Roseville High School, Monmouth, IL

· Congresswoman Bustos with runner-up Andrea Avalos

 

Runner-up - Artwork to be hung in Congresswoman Bustos’ Rock Island office:

 

· “Mango” by Mea Blunt, Monmouth-Roseville High School, Roseville, IL

· Congresswoman Bustos with runner-up Mea Blunt

 

Runner-ups - Artwork to be hung in Congresswoman Bustos’ Rockford office:

 

· “Ruggles” by Gracie Olson of Mercer County High School, Aledo, IL

· Congresswoman Cheri Bustos with runner-up Gracie Olson

 

· “Blossom” by Anna Patterson, Lena-Winslow High School, Lena, IL

· Congresswoman Bustos with runner-up Anna Patterson

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IDPH Confirms Mumps At Western IL University

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting four laboratory-confirmed cases of mumps among students at Western Illinois University (WIU).  IDPH has been working with the McDonough County Health Department and Beu Health Center at WIU to investigate and contain the cases.

“Western Illinois University, in partnership with the McDonough County Health Department, has done an excellent job of informing students on how to avoid contracting mumps and what they should do if they begin to have symptoms,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Because classes are ending this week, it’s important to share this information with the public so they can take precautions.  Mumps is contagious and can be spread person-to-person, unlike some other illnesses.” 

To date, all cases have been among students.  Students who received health care for symptoms were isolated to prevent the spread of mumps.  Individuals who believe they came into contact with someone who had mumps and begin experiencing symptoms should contact a health care provider before their visit to avoid infecting others.

Mumps is best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes. This is a result of swollen salivary glands.  The most common symptoms include:

·  Fever

·  Headache

·  Muscle aches

·  Tiredness

·  Loss of appetite

·  Swollen and tender salivary glands

Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after exposure, but this period can range from 12-25 days.  Some people who get mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and often they do not know they have the disease.  Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by:

·  coughing, sneezing, or talking;

·  sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils; and

·  touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

To avoid becoming ill, make sure your MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is up-to-date.  If you are unsure if you have received both doses, get vaccinated.  You can also take the following steps.

·  Wash your hands well and often with soap and water.

·  Do not share eating utensils and beverages with others.

·  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

·  Clean frequently touched surfaces with soap and water.

·  Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.

The MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps.  The vaccine is about 88 percent effective when two doses are administered correctly.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at four through six years of age.

For more information about mumps, visit the IDPH website.

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ISP Announce Results Of ACEP

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey, announces the results of an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrol in Rock Island County during May.These ACE patrols allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of
alcohol or drugs.

 

Violations Enforcement Activity
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations  0
Other Alcohol/Drug Citations  0
Occupant Restraint Offenses  1
Registration Offenses  6
Driver’s License Offenses  11
Insurance Violations  5
Total Citations/Arrests  17
Total Written Warnings  46
 
Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in
Illinois. There is one alcohol-related traffic fatality every 53 minutes in the United States. The ACE
program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous DUI offenders from the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.
 

 

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Flood Update

The current Mississippi River level is 16.26ft, and expected to crest at 17.8ft on Friday, May 11th.

Due to predicted levels, River Dr has been closed between Iowa and Perry Streets for installation of a flood barrier.  Additional lane reductions will be placed in various low points along River Dr as the river level rises. The detour for eastbound River Dr between Iowa and Perry is River Dr to Brady, to 3rd St, to River Dr, and the westbound detour is River Dr to 4th St, to Harrison St, to River Dr.

Staff is monitoring river levels, and will be implementing flood plan measures as appropriate to changing conditions.

 

The following flood measures have been or will be implemented based on current and predicted conditions.

 

Roads

S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Wapello and Miller are closed between Railroad Ave and S Concord.
Beiderbecke will be fully closed sometime tomorrow.
Gaines St is closed south of River Dr.
River Dr as noted above. In addition, Perry, Pershing and Iowa will be closed south of 2ndSt.
Recreation

Credit Island is closed.
The riverfront bike path between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the road.
Water has begun to impact LeClaire Park.
The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed.
 

Facilities

Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Appropriate flood control measures have been placed. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
The River’s Edge, the Freight House, and Union Station will remain open for business.


Events

There are no upcoming events that will be impacted at this time.

 

Other Measures

Pumps have been or will be set, and appropriate gates closed.

We do not plan to issue another flood update until Thursday, May 8th unless river levels change significantly.

 

Please be reminded not to: play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater. Flood currents can present hazardous conditions, not to mention the hidden dangers that can lie within the floodwater.  It can take just 12 inches of water to float a car, and 6 inches to knock you off your feet.  Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

 

Visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/flood for links to river levels and other flood related information.

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OSF HealthCare Named Best Employer in Illinois by Forbes


 

OSF HealthCare has been named one of the best employers in the country for 2018 by Forbes magazine, and was the highest ranked Illinois-based company earning the distinction.

OSF HealthCare is ranked 46th out of 500 large companies (those with 5,000+ employees). The Peoria, Illinois-based integrated health system is owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. OSF HealthCare employs nearly 21,000 Mission Partners (employees) in 126 locations, including 13 hospitals throughout Illinois and Michigan.

“Being recognized as number one in a state as large as Illinois with as many fine organizations is really quite rewarding,” said Bob Sehring, CEO, OSF HealthCare. “Being recognized by a national magazine such as Forbes really is confirmation of all of the hard work of our supervisors, managers, directors, VPs and above who really work every day in connecting with our Mission Partners to ensure that they are well connected to the Mission, to the work that’s at hand, that we communicate with them about strategy. So really it is a wonderful confirmation of all of the impact that that hard work as had.”

To come up with the list, Forbes partners with market research company Statista to identify the companies liked best by employees. Statista surveys 30,000 Americans working for companies with at least 1,000 employees. The surveys are anonymous and ask respondents to rank how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others on a scale of zero to 10. They were also able to nominate organizations in industries outside their own. The final list ranks the 500 large and midsize (1,000-5,000 employees) that receive the most recommendations.

OSF was the top Illinois employer out of the 33 that made the list. All but three were from the Chicago area. OSF HealthCare was the fifth highest ranked healthcare provider out of 25 that made the list.

CEO Bob Sehring hopes people see the recognition as testament to the efforts by OSF HealthCare employees to engage the communities it has been called to serve in transforming healthcare.

“We are, as an organization, we spread far and wide within Illinois but also up to Escanaba, Michigan. That is one of the particular challenges for organizations of our size is how do you communicate across that broad-spectrum, how do you communicate from inpatient to ambulatory to home care. And how do you connect it, not only to engaging the Mission Partners which is vitally important, but also to patient satisfaction. And, again, our Mission Partners across those broad communities really have just done a wonderful job in both areas.” 

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Lexus of Quad Cities 2018-19 Season of Broadway at the Adler Theatre!

 

 

The Adler Theatre and Jam Theatricals are proud to announce the Lexus of Quad Cities Broadway at the Adler Theatre 2018-19 Season!  The 2018-19 Season includes Something Rotten!, Noël The Musical, Kinky Boots, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Finding Neverland, and Chicago The Musical. In addition to the subscription series, there will be special add-on performances of Straight No Chaser and A Christmas Story.

 

Subscriptions to this exciting season are on sale now! Subscriber benefits include guaranteed same great seats to all season shows, as well as the chance to renew those seats from year to year. Subscribers also receive additional ticket discounts and the chance to purchase tickets to added shows before the general public. Tickets are received by mail to avoid box office lines and lost ticket insurance is included at no charge.

 

Offered this year is a Six-Show Subscription Series, which includes Something Rotten!, Noël The Musical, Kinky Boots, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Finding Neverland, and Chicago The Musical. Six-Show packages range from $225 to $400 depending on seating choice.

 

A Five-Show Subscription Series is also available, which excludes Noël The Musical. The Five-Show package ranges from $195 to $345.

 

Straight No Chaser and A Christmas Story can be added to any subscription package. Subscribers receive priority on seating and a chance to purchase tickets before the general public. Straight No Chaser tickets range from $35 to $55, depending on seating location. Ticket prices for A Christmas Story range from $37.50 to $70 depending on seating location.  For more information on becoming a subscriber to the Broadway at the Adler Theatre 2018-19 Season, please visit the box office, AdlerTheatre.com, or call 563-326-8522.

 

Season at a Glance

Something Rotten! · Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Straight No Chaser* · Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Noël The Musical ·Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM

A Christmas Story* · Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Kinky Boots · Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I · Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Finding Neverland · Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Chicago The Musical · Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:30 PM & Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM

* Denotes an add on performance

 

Adler Theatre (Presenter) The RiverCenter Adler Theatre, a City of Davenport facility managed by VenuWorks, is a 100,000 square foot multiple use facility that includes two large exhibit halls, ten breakout rooms, executive boardroom and the historic Art-Deco Adler Theatre.www.AdlerTheatre.com

 

Jam Theatricals (Presenter) is a Chicago-based entertainment company that presents and produces Broadway engagements throughout North America. Under the direction of co-founders Arny Granat and Steve Traxler, Jam Theatricals manages subscription seasons in 30 cities where they strive to bring the best of Broadway to the communities served. Current presentations include some of Broadway’ biggest blockbusters: Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera and many more. Jam Theatricals and its principals have produced nearly 50 shows on Broadway and are the recipients of nine Tony Awards® for producing Glengarry Glen Ross (Best Revival of a Play, 2005), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Best Musical, 2005), The History Boys (Best Play, 2006), August: Osage County (Best Play, 2008), Hair (Best Revival of a Musical, 2009), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Best Revival of a Play, 2013), All The Way (Best Play, 2014), Fun Home (Best Musical, 2015) and The Color Purple (Best Revival of a Musical, 2016). www.JamTheatricals.com

 

 

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United Education Foundation Awards $13,400 in Scholarships

The United Education Foundation is proud to announce its 2017-2018 Academic Achievement Award recipients.  At the Awards ceremony held on May 2 at United Township High School, first place recipients received cash awards in the amount of $750 and second place recipients received cash awards of $650.  Modern Language Award winners each received $700.

Categories  First Place Second Place 
Business Garrett Massa Sky Stoutt
English Nicholas Fedele Verenice Lachino
Fine Arts (Visual) Madeline Morrell Crysania Bush
Fine Arts (Music) Gage Tittle Reilly Bacorn
Mathematics Sarah Allen Ivan Poon
Modern Language-Spanish Anayeli Ramirez-Xique  
Modern Language-French Jules Materne Kokou Amegnran  
Science Samantha O’Donnell Mei Lin Zheng
Social Studies Clarice Brown Brittney Fitzpatrick
Vocational/Career Sarah Jones Calie Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United Education Foundation congratulates the 2017-2018 Academic Achievement award winners and wishes the students continued success in their future endeavors.
 
The United Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to enhance the educational experience for all students in the United Education Foundation partner schools (Carbon Cliff-Barstow, Colona, East Moline, Hampton, Silvis, and United Township).
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United Education Foundation, East Moline IL
 
Since 2010 when the United Education Foundation began sponsoring the Academic Achievement Awards, it has raised over $105,000 in donations for the awards and has awarded one hundred fifty (150) scholarships totaling more than $101,000.  The Foundation also recognizes outstanding eighth graders from each of its partner schools every year with its “Principal’s Choice” award.
 
For more information about the United Education Foundation or to make a donation, interested persons or businesses may contact Dr. Jay Morrow at 309-752-1611.
 

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ISP Announces April Activity

 Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of April 2018, Troopers handled 1448 calls for service and assistance. Of these calls, 158 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

 

Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 201 drivers arrested for speeding and 65 cited for seat belt violations. Driving under the influence arrests totaled 14. Troopers issued a total of 515 traffic citations and 553 written warnings to motorists during the month.


District Seven Troopers handled 26 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There was one fatal crash handled by District 7 Troopers.

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POWERBALL JACKPOT REACHES $215 MILLION

Players have the chance to win more than $200 million in Saturday’s Powerball drawing.

 

The winning numbers from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing were – 05 - 14 - 31 - 40 – 50 – and the Powerball number was 06. While there was no jackpot winner in Wednesday night’s drawing, Illinois players won more than 21,000 prizes, ranging from $4 to $100.

 

The estimated jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is $215 million.

 

Illinois residents, 18 and older, can purchase Powerball and all of the Illinois Lottery’s draw-based game tickets by using the Illinois Lottery’s mobile app. The free app (the first of its kind in the United States) is available for download on iOS and Android devices and offers any Illinois adult the chance to purchase lottery tickets on their smartphone. Players can also purchase their tickets online at illinoislottery.com and at nearly 8,000 retailers statewide.

 

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Grassley Comments On China Soybean Policy

 Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a family farmer, today released the following statement regarding reports of China halting all purchases of U.S. soybeans.

 

“Soybean farmers are my neighbors. Iowans who farm soybeans and other agricultural products form the backbone of Iowa’s economy. Soybean prices are low, and farmers are barely making ends meet. China is the largest consumer of U.S. soybeans, buying up nearly 60 percent of our soybean exports. If that market closes, it could be devastating for local communities across the Midwest. It’s also important to remember that when trade barriers go up, alternative sources of goods are found, and new trading relationships develop. A temporary setback could quickly develop into a permanent loss.

 

“The U.S. must stand up to China’s unfair practices. But as I’ve said before, if the federal government takes action on trade that directly results in economic hardship for certain Americans, it has a responsibility to help those Americans and mitigate the damage it caused. In the short-term, the Administration should be prepared to take action to help farmers if they are harmed by price collapses related to retaliation. In the longer-term, the Administration should help find alternative foreign markets.

 

“I plan on continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and with the Administration to address these issues.”

 

Grassley is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over patent, copyright and trademark policy, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy.

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IRS Highlights Small Business Week

 In recognition of National Small Business Week, April 29 to May 5, the Internal Revenue Service is highlighting several resources to help small business owners and self-employed individuals understand and meet their tax obligations. The new tax law changes enacted in December 2017 make it especially important for these groups to know about new provisions affecting them. 

 

During this week, the IRS will highlight various products including:

·         A series of news releases on various topics including the sharing economy, home office deduction, cybersecurity and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

·         Tax tips about business provisions under the new tax reform law. Topics will include tax law changes to depreciation rules and the employer credit for family and medical leave and how it benefits employers. Tax tips are written in plain language and can be subscribed to using the IRS’s Tax Tips email-subscription program.

·         Information for small businesses is also available through IRS social media channels including tax tips and other resources. Stay informed following the hashtag #IRSsmallbiz and help us spread these messages by sharing the @IRSnews, @IRSTaxPros and @IRSenEspanol tweets. 

 

Other small business resources

 

The IRS encourages business owners to check out other webinars on the IRS video portal. The portal haspresentations on a variety of small business topics. Business owners may also be interested in these sites:

· Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center  — an online resource featuring links to a variety of useful tools, including Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop, a downloadable tax calendar and common forms with instructions. The Center provides help on everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number online to information and tips about IRS audits.

· Self-Employed Individual Tax Center — a resource for sole proprietors and others who are in business for themselves. This site has many useful tips and references to tax rules a self-employed person may need to know.

· IRS YouTube Video Channel — watch videos for small businesses on the Small Business playlist.

· Online Learning and Educational Products  — a page with tools to help taxpayers learn about taxes on their own time and at their own pace. For example, the IRS Tax Calendar for Businesses and Self-Employed has important tax dates for businesses.

· E-News for Small Businesses —  a free electronic mail service that offers tax information for small business owners and self-employed individuals, including reminders, tips and special announcements.  

 

More information

 

Major tax reform was approved by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on December 22, 2017. The IRS has been working to implement its provisions and give information and guidance to taxpayers, businesses and the tax community as it becomes available.

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Spotlight Ribbon Cutting Ceremony On Friday

Spotlight Theatre and Event Center and Purpose, 1800 7th Avenue Moline, IL 61265, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 4 at 6:00pm to celebrate their grand opening! An open house will follow until 9pm. At 7:15, the theatre will do a few short productions for approximately 1 hour. The opening act is very cool! This event is open to the public to tour and attend. There will also be food and a cash bar.

*Spotlight Theatre and Purpose are 2 separate businesses operating in the same building.

 

**Directions: The ribbon cutting will be held at the front of the building closest to the 7th avenue and 18th street intersection, directly off of the 7th avenue I74 exit. Parking is available in the following locations: • The parking lot on the east side of the building has approximately (120 spots) • Off Street Parking is available on 18th Street and 8th Avenue • Bethany Homes building located at 1830 6th Avenue (50 spots) • Christ Church Cathedral 1717 8th Avenue (28 spot) • The Parking Ramp located at 17th Street and 6th Avenue - There will be a free shuttle running from this parking lot

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BHC Names New President

Black Hawk College is pleased to announce Mr. Tim Wynes has been selected as its next president. Wynes has been president of Inver Hills Community College since 2010 and was named president of Dakota County Technical College in 2013. He continues to serve both colleges. “Mr. Wynes credentials, experience, enthusiasm and demeanor convinced all of the trustees that he will work hard for our students and our college community,” said Richard Fiems, Board of Trustees Chair. “He is a professional educator as well as an extremely effective administrator. The Board looks forward to working with Tim to plan a course for the future of BHC.”

“I am humbled and honored to accept the opportunity to lead Black Hawk College,” Wynes said. “During my many trips to the area over the last eight years, I have observed Black Hawk flourish at both campuses despite the uncertainty of state funding and a roller coaster economy. During my two-day interview, I experienced an enthusiastic student body with faculty and staff who are dedicated to student success and goal completion.”

Wynes is a graduate of Cornell College in Iowa, holds a Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law and has completed graduate coursework in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. He practiced law in Joplin and Columbia, Missouri, before joining the University of Missouri Law School as an assistant professor of clinical law. At the request of Gov. Mel Carnahan, Wynes served as General Counsel and Director of Legal Services for the Missouri Department of Social Services from 1993-1996. He then became Executive Dean at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa until 2002 when he accepted the Chancellorship at Iowa Valley Community College District, serving in this role until 2010.

“The Black Hawk College Board of Trustees embodies the community spirit of a great community college. I look forward to engaging our region's leaders to continue to move Black Hawk forward in service to our students and constituents,” Wynes said.

In announcing the selection of Wynes, Board of Trustees Chair Richard Fiems said, “ The Board of Trustees wishes to thank the Pauly Group, Inc., members of the presidential search committee, and Dr. John Erwin for their guidance, support and assistance in the process of selecting the next president of the college.” Fiems also thanked everyone who expressed interest in the position, particularly the other three finalists. “We were very fortunate to have four outstanding finalists for the position.” The college conducted a nationwide search with the assistance of the Pauly Group, Inc., a search firm specializing in executive academic search consulting located in Springfield, Illinois.

Wynes is very familiar with the Quad-Cities and communities in the college districtHis two children are recent graduates of Augustana College in Rock Island and he and his wife Becky have relatives in the area. “We are excited to make northwest Illinois our home and are eager to become part of the community,” Wynes said.

Wynes has signed an offer acceptance confirmation until final contract terms are reached. He is expected to assume the role of president on or before July 1. The Wynes plan to relocate to the college district in the coming months.

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Phoenix Corporation of the Quad Cities

Phoenix Corporation of the Quad Cities, 1006 Rosehill Rd. Port Byron, IL 612754, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 4 at 4:00pm in celebration of their 30th anniversary and their new location! An open house, including refreshments, will follow.

 

Phoenix's hallmark projects in the past year have been subcontractor on the Savanna/Subula Bridge, Erosion Control/Gabion Baskets on Hero Street in Silvis, and the NEW I-74 Bridge Corridor. Phoenix received Subcontractor of the year by the Illinois Department of Transportation for the work completed on Hero Street and recently received DBE Contractor of the Year for 2017-2018.

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May Is BP Awareness Month

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month.  In recognition of this health observance the Health Department staff notes that one of three American adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension.  Yet, out of these 68 million people, only half have their condition under control.

 

    RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion notes, "Many may be surprised if your healthcare professional says you have high blood pressure, because it produces no obvious symptoms and can occur in an otherwise healthy person.  Although we do not yet know how to prevent high blood pressure, there are simple ways to control the condition by bringing blood pressure readings down to safe levels."

 

     First off, what is high blood pressure actually?  Well, as blood flows from the heart to the blood vessels, it creates pressure against the blood vessel walls.  Your blood pressure reading is a way of measuring this pressure and it tells you if the pressure is normal, high, or low.  Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension.  Blood pressure readings are given in two numbers, such as 120/80.  Although the average blood pressure reading for adults is 120/80, a slightly higher or lower reading (for either number) is not necessarily abnormal or unsafe.

 

    The blood pressure test is painless and takes only a few minutes.  The health professional should take several readings on different days before deciding if your blood pressure is too high.  All of these steps are necessary because blood pressure changes so quickly and is affected by many factors.

 

    The good news about high blood pressure is that for most people it can be controlled by drugs and sometimes by changes in daily habits.  The type and severity of a patient's high blood pressure, as well as his or her other medical problems, will determine which drug, or combination of drugs, is used.

 

    High blood pressure can lead to many serious conditions in older people, including stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure.  You can reduce your risk of developing these problems by getting proper treatment if a blood pressure test shows that you have high blood pressure.

 

    The Department reminds area residents that our Family Nurse Practitioners in Kewanee and Colona can help with the management of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. If you don't know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers; we have services that can help you see where you stand.

 

    The Health Department reminds area residents that free blood pressure screenings can be obtained at either of their office locations: Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee Monday through Friday during office hours 8:00am - 4:00pm and our Colona Office, 103 1st St., Colona on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during office hours 8:00am-4:00pm.

 

    For more information, call the Health Department at 852-5272 (Main), 792-4011 (Colona), or 852-3115 (Stark).  You can also visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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Six Incoming BHC Students Receiving $500 Scholarships

 

 

River Valley Cooperative recently awarded 10-$500 scholarships to students planning to attend a two-year college. Six of the recipients are incoming Black Hawk College East Campus students.

 

The BHC scholarship recipients are:

· Dalton Petersen of Muscatine, IA

· Payton Rose of Kewanee

· Bailey Roselieb of Annawan

· Mackenzie Steward of Oneida

· Kristen Vendevelde of Galva

· Connor Williams of Annawan

 

Applicants were eligible to apply by choosing a career path in an ag-related field, their academic achievements, community and school-related activities, understanding of the cooperative system within a community, and their commitment to teaching others about agriculture.

 

Students who continue to meet the requirements are eligible to renew the scholarship each semester for a maximum of $2,000.

 

River Valley Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative based in Davenport, Iowa, that serves eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

 

 

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Wyffels Hybrids supports local students pursuing careers in agriculture

Wyffels Hybrids is excited to announce it has developed a Scholarship and Work Program in coordination with Black Hawk College’s East Campus. Two $500 scholarships will be granted each semester to high school seniors or college students pursuing a two-year degree at Black Hawk College East in either Agribusiness Management or Agriculture Production.


Scholarships are available to students who live in Black Hawk College district and will be awarded based on achievement, demonstration of community and school involvement, knowledge of agriculture and the perceived ability to contribute to agriculture in the future. Recipients will be required to work at Wyffels in the Research or Production departments during semester breaks and during the summer between semesters.


“There’s no better place to begin earning a strong sense of responsibility, commitment, and perseverance than in an ag production career,” said John Wyffels, president of Wyffels Hybrids. “We are excited to support early career students who are curious to learn more about ag production and help equip them with some of the skills necessary to pursue their passion.”


The deadline for all applications is May 31st , 2018. For more information, visit www.wyffels.com/scholarship. About Wyffels Hybrids In 1946, Wyffels Hybrids was established with a vision to produce seed that could help friends and neighbors be more successful. That promise has resulted in significant growth and opportunity as Wyffels continues to build a team of employees who share that vision for the seed business, and passion for serving customers.

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BHC Part Time Teaching Positions Available

Learn about part-time teaching opportunities at Black Hawk College at the Adjunct Faculty Fair on Monday, May 7.

 

Visit with representatives from BHC’s college-credit (career and transfer), Adult Education and Professional and Continuing Education programs.

 

The fair will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 7 at the Quad-Cities Campus in the Health Sciences Center. Park in Lot 2 off 34th Avenue.

 

Attendees should bring:

· CV/résumé (minimum of five copies)

· Unofficial transcripts (if available)

 

For more information, contact Ken Nickels at 309-796-5048 or nickelsk@bhc.edu.

 

To see current job openings at Black Hawk College, go to www.bhc.edu/employment

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The Drifters To Appear At The Adler In October

The Drifters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters and The Platters will be together singing all of their hits at the Adler Theatre on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. Three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends on the same stage for one night only! With more than 94 charted records and 45 top 10 hits combined, you’ll hear favorites like “Under The Boardwalk,” “Stand By Me,” “On Broadway,” “This Magic Moment,” “Up On The Roof,” “Save The Last Dance for Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Poison Ivy,” “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “Magic Touch,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and many more.

 

Tickets ($42, $52, $62) will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

 

The Drifters: The history of rhythm and blues is filled with vocal groups whose names -- the Orioles, the Cadillacs, the Crows, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Coasters, the Penguins -- are held in reverence by fanatics and devotees. The Drifters are part of an even more exclusive fraternity, as a group that managed to carve out a place for themselves in the R&B firmament and also define that music, not only at its inception as a national chart phenomenon in the early '50s but also in the decade that followed. Their place in history is as complex as their role in it, by virtue of the fact that there are two distinct phases to their music and the continuity of their membership, and their extraordinary longevity -- only the Platters could claim as great a span of years as an active recording unit.

 

Cornell Gunter's Coasters: The Coasters were one of the few artists in rock history to successfully straddle the line between music and comedy. Their undeniably funny lyrics and on-stage antics might have suggested a simple troupe of clowns, but Coasters records were no mere novelties -- their material, supplied by the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was too witty, their arrangements too well-crafted, and the group itself too musically proficient. That engaging and infectious combination made them one of the most popular early R&B/rock & roll acts, as well as one of the most consistently entertaining doo-wop/vocal groups of all time.

 

The Platters: With classics such as "The Great Pretender," "Only You," and their rendition of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the Platters were one of the preeminent doo-wop groups of the rock & roll era. Under the guidance of manager and producer, Buck Ram, the Platters churned out hit after hit during the 1950s, bridging the gap between more traditional vocal-group stylings and the popular R&B grooves of the early '50s. Their sound was unique, marked by lead singer Tony Williams' powerful vocals and the feminine touch of singer Zola Taylor.

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Moline Police Send out Warning

The Moline Police Department has received complaints regarding subjects placing flyers from the National Alliance on parked vehicles.

 

The flyers contain derogatory and racially biased speech directed towards minorities. 

 

While the message contained in the flyers is protected under the First Amendment, we do not condone the spread of hatred or racially biased speech aimed to undermine the values of our society. 

 

If you find pamphlets for any group of which you do not agree with their message, we ask that you discard the item in your garbage.
 

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Officials Urge Childhood Immunizations

After two individuals with measles traveled through Chicago O’Hare airport earlier this year, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is asking parents to talk with a health care provider during National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28, 2018, to make sure their children are fully immunized.

“Children can suffer serious illness when exposed to diseases like measles, mumps, and pertussis,” said Director Shah.  “Although vaccines are among the most successful, safest, and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death, some people still chose not to be vaccinated.  That is why it is important that you protect your child against serious illness by having them vaccinated before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.”

Through on-time immunization, parent can protect infants and children from 14 vaccine- preventable diseases before age two.  Because of the success of vaccines, parents may not have heard of or seen the serious health effects caused by vaccine-preventable diseases, like polio.  While childhood immunization rates remain high, children in the U.S. can and sometimes do get diseases that some parents might consider diseases of the past.

In the 1950's, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease.  Today, many practicing physicians have never seen a case of measles due to the effectiveness of the vaccine.  However, even when diseases are rare in the U.S., they can still be commonly transmitted in many parts of the world and brought into the country by unvaccinated individuals, putting other unvaccinated people at risk.

The Vaccines For Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost for children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay.  The VCF program helps children get their vaccines according to the recommended immunization schedule.  More information about the VFC program and immunizations can be found on the IDPH website.

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Grassley Sentencing Reform Bill Will Fight Crime

 

 

Chuck Grassley is a Republican from Iowa, is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and sponsor of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

 

In the 1980s, with our nation facing an influx of drug crimes, Congress passed into law stiff penalties targeting all levels of offenders. The goal was to deter crime through harsh sentences. 

 

While well-intentioned, these policies came with a cost. Over time, prisons began to fill up with offenders of all stripes. Lower-level, nonviolent drug offenders were locked up alongside career criminal masterminds. Lengthy mandatory minimum sentences offered little flexibility for judges to take individual circumstances into account and left scant prospects for rehabilitation.

 

Taxpayers shell out more than $7 billion annually – roughly 25 percent of the entire Justice Department budget – just to house the ballooning federal prison population, almost half of which is serving time for drug crimes.

 

These policies have been in place for more than three decades now, and yet we are facing a new wave of drug crimes – this time with crowded prisons syphoning scarce resources away from other law enforcement priorities. It’s clear that the policies of the 1980s need a fresh look.

 

We need a more strategic approach to drug sentencing that focuses law enforcement resources on violent career criminals and drug kingpins instead of non-violent, lower level offenders. That is why I worked with several of my colleagues in the Senate to craft the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

 

This legislation is the product of years of thoughtful bipartisan deliberations and has earned the support of lawmakers, advocates and experts from across the political spectrum.

 

The bill is tough on crime and focuses law enforcement efforts on the worst criminals. But it also promotes fairness in sentencing, especially for lower-level, nonviolent offenders. Similar reforms at the state level have reduced crime, closed prisons and cut taxpayer costs. 

 

This bill strengthens important crime-fighting tools and aids in the fight against the opioid epidemic. It preserves cooperation incentives to help law enforcement take down serious criminals, and stiffens penalties for violent felons.

 

The legislation adds new mandatory sentences for federal domestic violence crimes and weapons trafficking to terrorists. And it supports the fight against the opioid epidemic through enhanced penalties for traffickers of the deadly drug fentanyl.

 

Judges have criticized the current sentencing guidelines because they sometimes require judges to impose harsh penalties that don’t fit the underlying crimes. Our comprehensive bill grants judges greater discretion at sentencing.

 

Mandatory minimum penalties would be preserved to ensure that criminals face clear consequences for their actions. But penalties would be lowered under the bill for lower-level, nonviolent offenders to give judges additional discretion at sentencing.

 

Judges would still be free to impose stiff criminal penalties, but they could also take into account individual circumstances to ensure that the punishment fits the crime. This approach would prevent prisons from being overcrowded with lower-level, nonviolent criminals serving unnecessarily long sentences.

 

In the interest of fairness, the bill would make these reforms available to some inmates who have already been sentenced under harsh mandatory minimum laws. Under the bill, an inmate with a minimal criminal history could request that a judge review his or her case to determine if the sentence should be reduced. Notably, violent and career criminals would not qualify for this relief.

 

Giving judges more discretion over sentencing has another benefit: it reduces the amount of taxpayer dollars that must be spent on prisons.

 

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. This frees up resources to pay for the prison reform programs that the Trump administration supports. These programs are designed to reduce recidivism and help prisoners return to the workforce.

 

Savings from our bill could also be used to support law enforcement efforts to fight the opioid epidemic and go after major drug importers and distributers. Without sentencing reform, Congress would have to appropriate additional funds for these programs, potentially adding to our growing budget deficit, projected to be more than $1 trillion by 2020.

 

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act has united policymakers across the political spectrum. It is co-sponsored by more than a quarter of the Senate, evenly divided among Republicans and Democrats.

 

The bill is also backed by a diverse array of groups including FreedomWorks, the American Conservative Union, Prison Fellowship, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, and Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration  – a group of more than 200 respected law enforcement officials from around the country. No other proposal enjoys the same level of bipartisan support. 

 

The notion that Congress can enact meaningful criminal justice reform by focusing solely on the back-end of the process without addressing the underlying disparities in prison sentencing is naïve and unproductive.

 

There will never be enough funding for back-end prison reform programs as long as there is a steady stream of new inmates with lengthy sentences disproportionate to their crimes. Instead of keeping lower-level, nonviolent inmates in prisons longer for no good reason, we must work to ensure that our limited resources are used to go after our worst criminals and to prevent inmates from committing new crimes when they leave prison.

 

President Trump has made his priorities on criminal justice reform clear. He wants effective tough-on-crime legislation that doesn’t overburden taxpayers. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act achieves those goals and more.

 

The bill recalibrates criminal sentencing to ensure that our harshest penalties are used on our worst criminals. It saves money through better sentencing policy and allows law enforcement to put this money towards law enforcement priorities like going after major drug criminals.

 

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would also reduce the number of prisoners who commit crimes once again after their release. It would help law enforcement officers do their job to keep communities safe while improving fairness in our justice system.

 

The bill proves that Congress can be tough on crime while enacting reasonable and responsible public policy. And, importantly, in an increasingly polarized political environment, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is the only proposal that has the votes necessary to become law.

 

I look forward to continuing to work with the Trump administration and my colleagues in the Senate and House on the important issue of criminal justice reform.

 

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Friday Night Accident

On Friday Night, the Moline Police department responded to reports of an accident near the Rock River. A white sedan reported lost control and went into the Rock River close to South Shore Drive near the I-74 bridge. The passengers were not injured. We will keep you up to date on further developments.

 

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The C.A.U.S.E.

What do you do with your unwanted prescriptions? The group known as The C.A.U.S.E., which stands for Coalition Advocating for Underage Substance Elimination, sponsors ways to dispose of medications. The program is free and anonymous. So far, they have collected more than 3700 pounds of unwanted presriptions.

 

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The Summer of Prospect

Moline’s Prospect Park will be receiving some upgrades this year. The park will be spending over four hundred thousand dollars. The upgrades will include the Grand Pavilion, new fishing pier, and new playground items. The Moline Parks and Recreation Department is calling these upgrades “Summer of Prospect”.

 

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Raising the age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois

Attention Illinois smokers. You will soon have to be at least 21 to buy tobacco products in Illinois. The measure will raise the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. The bill wants to reduce the number of smokers who get started in their teens. The bill now moves to the house.

 

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Moline Police Arrest Home Invasion Suspect

On April 26th, 2018, at approximately 04:00AM, Moline Police responded to the 3600 block Pine Ridge Court in reference to a home invasion.  

 

Moline Police were advised a male entered into the residence armed with a hammer, which he allegedly used to strike a female occupant of the apartment.

 

The suspect fled prior to police arrival, but was located a short time later at his residence in the 1100 block 37th Street, Moline where he was taken into custody.

 

The victim, a 31 year old female, who was previously in a domestic relationship with the suspect, was transported to Unity Point-Rock Island for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

Jose Chapol-Polito, 27 year old Moline resident, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Domestic Battery, bond set at $75,000.

 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Moline Police Criminal Investigations Division at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.

 

Respectfully,

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AAA Says Hit And Run Accidents Are On The Rise

 More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These crashes resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 - the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009. With the number of hit-and-run crashes on the rise, AAA is calling for drivers to be alert on the road in order to avoid a deadly crash and always remain on the scene if a crash occurs.
 
AAA researchers examined common characteristics of hit-and-run crashes and found that:

· An average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes occurred each year since 2006.

· Nearly 65 percent of people killed in hit-and-run crashes were pedestrians or bicyclists.

· Hit-and-run deaths in the U.S. have increased an average of 7.2 percent each year since 2009.

· Per capita, New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida have the highest rate of fatal hit-and-run crashes while New Hampshire, Maine and Minnesota have the lowest rates.

· In 2016 in Illinois, there were 69 hit-and-run crashes that involved at least one fatality; in Indiana in 2016, there were 45

“Hit-and-run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our analysis shows that hit-and-run crashes are a growing traffic safety challenge and the AAA Foundation would like to work with all stakeholders to help curtail this problem.”
 
The report found that most victims of fatal hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians or bicyclists. Over the past 10 years, nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths were caused by hit-and-run crashes, meanwhile just one percent of all driver fatalities in that same time period. To decrease the chances of being involved in a crash with a pedestrian or bicyclist, drivers should:

· Be aware: Pedestrians may act unpredictably and can walk into the path of travel at any point.

· Be cautious: Look out for small children and be alert to areas where there are likely to be more pedestrians. These include school zones, playgrounds, bus stops and intersections.

· Be patient: When trying to pass a pedestrian or cyclist, give plenty of space and keep them in your line of sight.

· Be vigilant: Drivers should always yield to pedestrians, even if they walk into the road from an area other than a crosswalk. 

“It is every driver’s legal and moral responsibility to take necessary precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian, bicyclist or another vehicle,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. “While no one likes being involved in a crash, leaving the scene will significantly increase the penalties for drivers- whether they caused the crash or not.”
 
Currently, every state has laws that make it illegal for a driver involved in a crash to flee the scene. State penalties vary depending on the type of crash (i.e. property damage, injury, serious injury or a fatality). If found guilty, drivers can face large fines, lose their license or spend time in prison. AAA encourages drivers to educate themselves about specific 
hit-and-run laws in their state and remain alert on the road to prevent crashes from occurring.
 
If a driver is involved in a crash, they should never leave the scene and follow the steps below:

1.    Assist the injured- Check for injured people and call 911.

2.    Be visible- Make sure that the scene is visible to approaching drivers. If possible, move vehicles out of the path of traffic, and use hazard flashers, flares, and reflective triangles. Find a safe place to remain until emergency services arrive, if needed.

3.    Communicate- Call the police and file a report. If the police do not come to the scene, you can file a report by visiting a local police department or your automobile insurance agency.

 
“By working together, we can bring awareness and identify potential solutions to reduce hit-and-run fatalities,” continued Mosher. “We can’t forget that cars can be deadly when they come into contact with pedestrians, cyclists or other cars. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to stay alert, be aware of our surroundings and always stay on the scene if involved in a crash.”
 
About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit
www.AAAFoundation.org.
 

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Stolen Vehicle Arrests Made

On Thursday April 26, 2018 at approximately 01:56 AM Davenport Police Officers were patrolling in the area of 1300 Vine Street when they observed a vehicle driving recklessly. When Officers attempted to initiate contact, the vehicle abruptly stopped and four subjects ran from the vehicle. Additional officers responded to the area and all four subjects were detained.


The investigation determined that the vehicle was recently reported stolen out of Rock Island, Illinois. One adult and three juveniles were all charged related to this incident. Derrion Rhoden, 19 of Davenport was charged with Theft 1st and transported to the Scott County Jail. The three juveniles: male, 14 years old from Rock Island; female, 12 years old from Davenport; and a female, 16 years old from Davenport were charged with Theft 1st and detained at the Juvenile Detention Center. No injuries or damage was reported.


Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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BHC sweeps NACTA Judging Conference for third straight year

Congratulations to Black Hawk College East Campus students and coaches for winning the 2018 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference Sweepstakes Award!

 

This marks the 10th time Black Hawk College has garnered the top prize at the national judging conference. BHC students brought home the Sweepstakes Award in 1981-85, 1989, 2009, 2016 and 2017.

 

The 2018 conference attracted more than 700 students and faculty members from colleges and universities across the United States. Students competed in 13 agriculture-related competitions.

 

Black Hawk College won by having the highest combined team score for two-year schools, scoring 6,895 points. The total was 266 points more than the second place team, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture from Curtis, NE. Iowa State University won for the four-year-schools.

 

“The highlight of the NACTA Judging Conference is seeing students compete in many difficult disciplines to accumulate points toward the sweepstakes award,” said Drew Cotton, coach and associate professor of horse science.

 

“The interdisciplinary approach toward a common goal is great preparation for their careers in agriculture.”

 

Black Hawk College competed in 11 of the 13 competitions and won five – Ag Sales & Communications, Computer Applications, Equine Judging, Livestock Management and Soils. BHC teams also took third place in three competitions – Agribusiness, Crops and Precision Agriculture.

 

Thanks and congratulations to the Black Hawk College coaches:

  • Aaron Callahan, coach of the Equine Judging Team
  • Drew Cotton, coach of the Ag Communications/Ag Sales Team and Agribusiness Team
  • Dr. Jeffry Hawes, coach of the Crops Team, Horticulture Team and Knowledge Bowl Team
  • Dan Hoge and Tyler Gradert, coaches of the Livestock Judging Team and Livestock Management Team
  • Andrew Larson, coach of the Soils Team
  • Jodee Werkheiser, coach of the Computer Applications Team and Knowledge Bowl Team
  • Gary Werkheiser, coach of the Precision Agriculture Team

The 2018 NACTA Judging Conference was hosted by Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE. 

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Weaver Legislation For High School Students Passes IL Senate

 High school students could soon be developing career skills designed by potential future employers, thanks to legislation filed by State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) that passed the Illinois Senate on April 24th.

This program is designed to allow high school students to develop the skills they will need for actual careers here in Illinois,” said State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria). “The idea is to offer our students a head start toward successful good-paying jobs.” 

Senate Bill 3226 directs the Illinois State Board of Education to set up guidelines that would allow high school students over the age of 16 to take part in registered vocational apprenticeship programs focused on industry-based occupational training. The programs would be reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Labor.

Students would be able to substitute successful completion of the registered apprenticeship program for certain high school courses or graduation requirements.

“This is especially important for students who will pursue careers that require further education after high school, but not necessarily a degree,” said Senator Weaver. “Right now most high school students can earn college credit toward their degrees, but that ignores a large number of specialized, technical careers. This program will offer the types of specific training and education that employers are looking for.”

This legislation passed the Senate unanimously and is now headed to the Illinois House for approval in that chamber.

SB3226 is one of a number of bills sponsored or cosponsored by Senator Weaver to improve educational opportunities for Illinois students. Some of the bills cover topics such as dual credit programs and legislation to help alleviate the current shortage of qualified teachers faced by many Illinois schools.

“We know that we need to give our students every opportunity possible to help them compete in an increasingly competitive global workforce,” said Senator Weaver. “I’m thankful that we’ve been able to find strong bipartisan support and cooperation for many of these ideas.”

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Three Candidates for Fire Chief to Interview Next Week

Out of an initial field of 27 candidates, three semifinalists will interview for the position of Davenport Fire Chief next week. The semi-finalists include one internal candidate and two fire service chiefs from the Midwest.


In alphabetical order, the semi-finalists are:


Michael Carlsten District Chief, Davenport, Iowa Fire
Donald Kaderabek Deputy Chief, Bloomingdale, Illinois Fire
R. Vance Swisher Deputy Fire Chief of Operations/Deputy Emergency Management
Director, Rochester, Minnesota Fire


Throughout the day on Monday, April 30, 2018 the three candidates will participate in several interviews with elected officials, department directors, fire department management and staff, and community stakeholders.


The public and media are invited to a Davenport Fire Chief Candidate Meet and Greet and Central Fire Station Open House, Monday, April 30, 6-8 PM at Central Fire Station, 331 Scott Street. This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates, one on one and hear their ideas for the future of Davenport Fire.


 

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