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IDOT Seeks Feedback on 2017 Freight Plan


The Illinois Department of Transportation has released its 2017 Freight Plan, which outlines the state’s strategy for facilitating the successful and efficient movement of goods. Public comments will be accepted through Nov. 30.

“Illinois serves as the transportation hub of North America. It’s important we have a reliable infrastructure system to support the freight industry, which moves nearly $3 trillion of goods into, out of and through Illinois each year,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The efficient movement of goods is a key driver for our state’s economic prosperity.”

Freight in Illinois is moved by truck, rail, water and air. The 2017 plan examines road congestion, the importing and exporting of goods, workforce trends and other factors that impact effective movement of freight. The plan highlights the existing system of freight traffic and envisions potential improvements in the future.

Illinois’ freight system transports more than 1 billion tons of freight per year, valued at $2.97 trillion. More than 450 million tons of freight are moved by rail alone, representing more than $1.6 trillion. The Freight Plan also accounts for cargo origins and destinations both domestic and abroad. Goods from Illinois travel across the globe, from Asia to Europe and Africa to South America.

The public can view the plan in its draft form and provide comments by visiting www.idot.illinois.gov/home/freight_plan_feedback


Bustos At Augustana College Today

Friday at 9:00 AM in Rock Island, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) will host her fourth annual Economic Summit at Augustana College. Attendees will include business leaders, economic development planners, educators, labor leaders and community leaders. This year’s theme is regional collaboration – encouraging communities to work together and pool their resources to invest in projects that will lead directly to job creation.


The speaking program begins at will start at 9:05 AM.


Congresswoman Bustos will speak at 9:10 AM


The keynote address will be at 9:20 AM. It will be delivered by Frank Fiorenza, a Rockford native who has been the Village President of Potosi, WI, population 675, since 1993. He spearheaded the village’s effort to revitalize itself by bringing back its historic craft brewery, which has driven Potosi and the surrounding communities to become destination tourism spots.

There will be three panel discussions:


· Opportunities and Challenges to Partnering with Education to Address Workforce Readiness;

· Coordinating to Improve Our Region’s Infrastructure; and

· Resources Available for Businesses and Communities


A media availability for Congresswoman Bustos and Mr. Fiorenza will take place at 9:50 AM.


The event will conclude at 12:30 PM.


Bettendorf Police Department's Angel Tree for Seniors

The Bettendorf Police Department is partnering with CASI to benefit home-bound seniors. Visit the Bettendorf Police Department, 1609 State Street, and pick an ornament from the Angel Tree. The ornament will have a name of a senior and their need this holiday season.


Please return the gift with the ornament to the Police Department by Saturday, December 9, 2017. Please do not wrap the gifts. Bettendorf police officers will personally deliver each gift before Christmas.


Turkey Thawing Tips

    It's that time of year again - Thanksgiving.  And the staff of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note as cooks across the country ready themselves for this annual feast day, it's important to remember that if you don't eat the skin, and if you skim the fat from the gravy, turkey makes a healthy feast.  However, preparing this bird does bring with it some special concerns. 


    So to better guarantee that your Thanksgiving holiday is a healthy one, the Health Department offers up some helpful "Turkey Tactics."  Most poultry now comes with a safe handling label - read it.  If the bird is frozen, defrost it in the refrigerator, if possible.  Here are refrigerator thawing times for various size turkeys:


* 8 to 12 pound turkey takes 1 to 2 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* 12 to 16 pound turkey takes 2 to 3 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* 16 to 20 pound turkey takes 3 to 4 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* Pieces of a turkey, such as a half or quarter will take 1 to 2 days thawing time in the refrigerator


     Dorothy David, Director of Environmental Health Services notes, "If the beast is huge and you're short of time, submerge it (in its plastic wrapping) in potable running water at a temperature of 70 degrees fahrenheit, with sufficient water velocity to agitate and float off loose food particles with the overflow."


     If you have a small bird and a large microwave, you can safely defrost it that way.  Roast the turkey as soon as it is thawed.  Any poultry can have salmonella and other bacteria.  After handling poultry, wash your hands and utensils that have come in contact with the raw meat.


     Do not thaw the turkey on the kitchen counter.  A frozen turkey thaws from the outside in.  As the surface warms, bacteria multiply.  While thawing, the surface bacteria could multiply to dangerously high levels. One cannot rely on cooking to destroy all bacteria.  In addition, some food poisoning bacteria produce toxins that can't be destroyed though cooking.


     Use a meat thermometer.  Cook to 170 to 175 degrees in the thickest part of the breast, 180-185 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh, and 160-165 degrees in the stuffing.  "Slow cooking" overnight is not safe because bacteria have time to multiply.


     Don't stuff a bird early.  Stuff it only when ready to put it in the oven.  If you refrigerate a large stuffed uncooked turkey, the stuffing may not chill fast enough, allowing bacteria growth.  Cooking the stuffing separately is safer.


     For more information on food safety, call the Health Department Environmental Health Division at (309) 852-0197 or 792-4011 (Henry) or852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.



Why We Need the Great American Smokeout


About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.


Moline Police Looking For Hijack Suspect


The Moline Police Department is requesting the community’s assistance obtaining information on those responsible for an Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking that occurred on November 11th, 2017 in the 3600 block 25th Street.


Shortly before midnight on November 11th, two adults, a male and female were exiting their vehicle when they were approached by 3 adult males who were brandishing firearms.


The suspects demanded the vehicle and during the ensuing struggle, the suspect struck the victim several times with a firearm.  During the struggle the firearm discharged one time, narrowly missing the male victim.


The suspects were able to get control of the victim’s vehicle, a gray 2005 Volvo SUV and fled the area.


On November 14th, 2017 at approximately 7pm, Moline Police and Fire were dispatched to the 1100 block of 15th Street A and found the stolen 2005 Volvo SUV fully engulfed in flames.


The investigation revealed that unknown subjects threw a Molotov Cocktail into the vehicle and fled the area southbound on foot.  Shortly after the fire a darker vehicle was observed leaving the area and was described as being similar to a Chevrolet Camaro. 


The Moline Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding these incidents to contact the Moline Police Criminal Investigation Division at 309-524-2140 or if you want to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500


Life's a gift

The American Red Cross invites community members to help save lives by giving blood at the  Quad Cities Holiday Blood Drive Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Building, 1100 River Dr., in Moline. Those who come to donate will receive a free Red Cross drawstring bag, while supplies last.

The Red Cross is continuing to celebrate 100 years of serving the residents of the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois by hosting a holiday blood drive. In June, the blood drive sponsored on behalf of the 100th year celebration collected nearly 40 percent more donations than expected. The upcoming drive is also anticipated to collect a plentiful amount of livesaving donations.

Nancy Roseman realizes the mission of the Red Cross. Roseman has been a Red Cross volunteer in her community for nearly 12 years working with the disaster recovery team and recently became a blood drive coordinator. 

Sixteen years ago, Nancy’s daughter, Deb Muth, was diagnosed with a rare type of hodgkin’s lymphoma. During her treatment, Muth received blood products frequently. In 2015, Muth experienced a reoccurrence of cancer requiring the need for additional blood products. 

Nancy waited three days for platelet donations to arrive at the hospital for her daughter. It was then she realized the importance and timely nature for the need of blood donations. “I felt so helpless in the hospital,” said Roseman. “It was a matter of life and death. Blood donations do help save lives.”

The winter months can be among the most challenging times of year for the Red Cross to collect enough blood donations. Many donors are busy with holiday activities, and inclement weather can force the cancellation of blood drives. Additionally, some donors become temporarily ineligible because of seasonal illnesses.

Blood donors of all types are needed. Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Moline Foundation Announces New Scholarship Opportunities



After a trial launch last year, the Local Scholarship Hub from Career Cruising Quad Cities (CCQC) has returned for high school students planning to pursue further education at a trade/technical school, college, or university. The Local Scholarship Hub is available at www.CareerCruisingQuadCities.org with updated information for 2018 scholarship opportunities including a direct link to thirty-eight Moline Foundation scholarships.


“The Moline Foundation and its donors understand the importance of a post-secondary education. We also know that continuing education can be expensive,” said Joy Boruff, President and CEO of The Moline Foundation.  “To assist with education, The Moline Foundation awards over $50,000 annually to area students through our scholarships.”


The deadline to apply for The Moline Foundation scholarships is Friday, March 16, 2018.


The CCQC Local Scholarship Hub also links directly to dozens of other scholarship opportunities available to students throughout the Quad Cities region.  Many of the scholarships are currently accepting applications. Additional scholarship information and deadlines will be updated on the Hub as they become available.  For school-specific scholarships, the Hub also has direct links to webpages at seventeen area high schools with hundreds of scholarship opportunities.


“Career Cruising Quad Cities started as a pilot program at Rock Island High School with funding from The Moline Foundation,” said Boruff.  “It was such a success that we expanded to 24 middle and high schools in 11 Illinois school districts and Black Hawk College two years later.” 


Boruff also noted that CCQC currently serves over 50 schools in Rock Island County, Illinois and Scott County, Iowa.


“Pleasant Valley schools joined in 2013 and soon after Davenport Community Schools, Bettendorf, Assumption, and North Scott Schools enrolled giving over 36,000 students access to career exploration throughout the Quad Cities region,” said Boruff,


The Career Cruising Quad Cities program incorporates information from local employers and professionals to help students learn about companies and careers in their own community.


“Employers can provide a Company Profile and volunteers can serve as on-line Career Coaches to answer students’ questions about their career or industry,” said Kirk Marske, Director for Career Cruising Quad Cities.


Employers and volunteers can also offer Work-based Learning Activities such as job shadows and company tours.  Educators can access CCQC’s “on-line speakers’ bureau” – a database of guest speakers for the classroom and representatives for informational career fairs.


In addition to the Local Scholarship Hub, students using CCQC can also log into www.CareerCruising.com to access a comprehensive database of national scholarship opportunities.  Career Cruising software even has a tool to help identify high-probability scholarships for students based on their personal criteria.  Students may also access detailed information about the entire financial aid process in Career Cruising.


Career Cruising Quad Cities has been helping students explore their career interests with comprehensive on-line resources and connections to local employers and professionals since 2007.  Administered by Junior Achievement of the Heartland in partnership with The Moline Foundation, Career Cruising Quad Cities continues to help sixth through twelfth grade students throughout the region.


The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts for all citizens in a seven-county region including Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren, Henderson and McDonough in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa.


Learn more about Career Cruising Quad Cities, register to volunteer, and access the Local Scholarship Hub atwww.CareerCruisingQuadCities.org.  For more information about the work of The Moline Foundation and their scholarships, go to www.molinefoundation.org.




IowaWORKS to host Registered Apprenticeship Fair



National Registered Apprenticeship Week is November 13-19. As part of a national and State of Iowa initiative,  a Registered Apprenticeship Fair will showcase opportunities in the Quad-City area from 2-4:30 p.m.,Thursday, November 16, at IowaWORKS – 902 W. Kimberly Road, Suite 51 – Davenport.  

Occupations represented at the fair include:  the Local Unions -- Insulators #81; Iron Workers Training #111; Carpenters #4 and #166; Electricians #145; Millwrights #2158; Plumbers and Pipefitters #25; Sheet Metal Workers #91; and Roofers #32. Unique occupations represented include the culinary and information technology programs offered by Eastern Iowa Community College.  


The Registered Apprenticeship Fair is FREE and is open to job seekers, high school and college students and those seeking to change their career path.


For additional information call 563-445-3200 Option 1. 


Thanksgiving Fires Can Be Deadly

While Thanksgiving tops the charts for family and friends coming together to enjoy food and one another’s company, it’s also the leading day for U.S. home cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) latest “Home Fire Involving Cooking Equipment” report, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving Day in 2015 as on any other typical day of the year; the day before Thanksgiving represents the second-leading day for home cooking fires.

Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 170,200 home structure fires involving cooking equipment, which resulted in 510 civilian fire deaths, 5,470 civilian fire injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Unattended cooking was, by far, the leading contributing factor in these fires and fire fatalities.

In that same five-year period, cooking equipment was involved in almost half (47%) of all reported home fire incidents. Cooking fires caused 20% of home fire deaths, and was the source of nearly half (45%) of the reported home fire injuries. In terms of direct property damage, 17% of damage resulting from cooking fires.  

“At Thanksgiving, when people are cooking multiple dishes and entertaining guests, it’s easy to get distracted,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “These distractions may prompt them to walk away from the kitchen or forget something is cooking on the stovetop or in the oven. These factors can all increase the likelihood of a cooking fire.”

Fortunately, Carli notes, there are many simple steps you can take to greatly reduce the risk of cooking fires on Thanksgiving and beyond. Following are NFPA tips and recommendations for cooking safely:

· Stay in the kitchen when cooking to keep a close eye on the food, especially when frying and sautéing with oil.

· Use a timer to keep track of cooking times, most notably when cooking a meal that takes a long time like roasting a turkey, baking a roast or simmering. Check the stove or oven frequently. Consider putting timers in different rooms so that you can hear them over music, football games, and party chatter.

· Stay alert and focused when cooking. To help minimize the risk of injury, avoid cooking when drinking alcohol or if you’re sleepy.

· Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers and towels away from the cooking area.

· Kids should stay 3 feet away from stovetops, as well as from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, or gravy could cause serious burns.

Frying turkeys at Thanksgiving has become more popular in recent years. However, NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers, as they can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property due to the extensive amount of hot oil used with fryers. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to look instead for grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys.

Additional tips and resources can be found on NFPA’s Thanksgiving webpage. General cooking safety information including safety tip sheets, infographics, videos and more can be found on NFPA’s Cooking Fire Safety Central webpage.

The “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment” report also provides home fire cooking statistics for other holidays such as Christmas, Christmas Eve, and the New Year.


Don't Miss Lighting on the Commons

The annual Lighting on the Commons will kick off the holiday season in downtown Moline this Saturday, November 18. Spend the afternoon on the John Deere Commons. Festivities begin at 3:30 pm and culminate with a lighting ceremony and fireworks beginning at 6:00 pm. Admission to the event is free.

Back again this year are horse-drawn wagon rides, children's activities, refreshments, live music and entertainment. Santa Claus will also be in town for the event.

AND, stick around for the Mallards game immediately following the event. Patrons attending the Lighting on the Commons can buy an adult ticket and get a kids ticket free for the November 18th game.

The Lighting on the Commons brought to you by the City of Moline, John Deere, Moline Centre Partners, The Radisson on John Deere Commons, The TaxSlayerCenter, and MetroLINK.

For additional information visit www.lightingonthecommons,com or www.taxslayercenter.com.


LeClaire Fall Events



Join the Mississippi River Distilling Company and Cody Road Cocktail House “Cocktail Cruise!” If you've been to the Cody Road Cocktail House, you know how exciting and somewhat overwhelming the giant wall of cocktail choices can be. They always have 20 different feature cocktails on the menu. It's a tough choice because they are all delicious! Once you've tried one and you love it, then it's hard to veer off from a home run and try another. They want to encourage you to take a tour of all the cocktails on the menu. Each of the 20 cocktails will be numbered on the “Cocktail Cruise” card. Order each cocktail and have your card stamped. Fill it up and get free stuff and discounts in their store. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information.


Now thru November 19: Please join Isabel Bloom for their annual Great Gift Givers Customer Appreciation Celebration! FREE Gingerbread Kids ornament with $55 purchase plus Artist Signings, drawings, and refreshments. Visit their website for details: ibloom.com


Sign up by November 14 to save $10!

Saturday, December 2, 10am: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k Run/Walk. Sign-up right away to guarantee your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k sweatshirt! Cost is $30 by November 14 and $40 November 15 thru December 1. https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127227


Friday, November 17, 8-11pm: Green Tree Brewery has live music by Greg and Rich Acoustic Duo.


Saturday, November 18, 7pm: Trivia Night in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center (127 S. Cody Road). Tables of 8; $10 per person. Mulligans are $10 and a double down is $10. Snacks will be available for purchase. Participants may bring snacks, wine, beer and soft drinks. Doors open at 6:30pm; Trivia starts at 7pm. Door prizes; 50-50 raffle. Call or email your reservation in advance to Debbie, 563-349-4403, smith5grand@gmail.com


Saturday, November 18, 8-11pm: Green Tree Brewery has live music with Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show.


Tuesday, November 21: Green Tree Brewery hosts the QC Mallard’s Booster Club Euchre Tournament. All are welcome!


Wednesday, November 22: Cocktail Cinema at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House - Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Showing at 7pm and 9pm.


Wednesday, November 22, 8-11pm: Green Tree Brewery has live music with Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show.


Friday, November 24: Cody Road Uncommon Double Barrel Release Party at Mississippi River Distilling Company & Cody Road Cocktail House.


Friday, November 24, 7:30-10:30pm: Green Tree Brewery has live music by Jordan Danielson and Jeff Spradley.


Saturday, November 25: Shop Small Saturday. Join in the fun and do some holiday shopping while supporting local businesses! Take a selfie outside of one of these businesses, post it on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us - #visitleclaire #leclaireshopsmall, then come to the LeClaire Information Center (LIC) at 117 South Cody Road and show us your post. You will receive a small gift from us for Shopping Small in LeClaire! Participating businesses are Antique Archaeology, Aunt Hatties, Bela, Decades, First Central State Bank, Green Tree Brewery, Grasshoppers, LeClaire Olive Oil Co., Mississippi River Distilling Company, The Shameless Chocoholic, Two Gems Boutique, Wide River Winery Tasting Room, and Unique Creations & Sassy Pants Boutique.

Shop Small Saturday Specials!

Green Tree Brewery has great gift sets available for the craft brew aficionado on your list!

Two Gems Boutique has holiday treats and multiple drawings all day for jewelry, gift certificates, and a variety of gift items.

Unique Creations & Sassy Pants Boutique has discounts on select shirts.


Saturday, November 25, 7-10pm: Green Tree Brewery has live music by Frankie Joe & Kinfolk.


Tuesday, November 28, 5-7pm: Join 129 for “Tuesday Tasting”. $15 for 10 wines. Call 563-729-1035 to reserve your glass!



Friday, December 1, 5pm-Midnight: First Friday. Fun food and cocktail sampling at the Mississippi River Distilling Co., wine tasting at Wide River Winery, live music at Faithful Pilot, restaurant specials, and some shops open late.

• Antique Archaeology is open until 6pm.

• Bela is open late with samples of drinks and food.

• Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits, 8-11pm: Live music.

• Mississippi River Distilling Company will have food and cocktail sampling and the Cody Road Cocktail House is open until midnight.


Friday, December 1: Faithful Pilot Holiday Wine Tasting at the Black Watch Room of Pebble Creek. There will be 5 vendors with 50+ wines to sample and small bites. $25 per person. Call 563-332-5072 to reserve your spot.


Friday-Saturday, December 1-3: Christmas in LeClaire Specials!

Green Tree Brewery has great giveaways during Christmas in LeClaire and a special prize for anyone who arrives in their ugly Christmas sweater on Saturday, December 2!

Two Gems Boutique has holiday treats and drawings all weekend long for some great prizes.

Unique Creations and Sassy Pants Boutique has the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who on Saturday from 11am-4pm, and the kids can make FREE reindeer food Saturday and Sunday.


Friday-Saturday, December 1-3: Christmas in LeClaire.

Friday, December 1

10-5 – Masonic Lodge – Cookie Sale, Soup, Sandwiches & Crafters.

10-8 – LeClaire Civic Center – Crafts, Silent Auction & Baked Goods. Author Blake Ross will be signing his books and prints. Author Tim Ayers will be signing his books from 10-noon. Jaan Hebrank will demonstrate her leather crafts from noon-4pm.

10-8 – Riverside 4-Square Church – Bake Sale & Family Activities. Kids can decorate their own cookies. Warming station with FREE coffee & hot chocolate.

11-4 – LeClaire Civic Center – South End – Santa’s Gift Shop! Kids can use “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” to shop for family & friends.

5-8 – Mississippi River Distilling Company – First Friday Open House – Free food & cocktail samples from our spirits made in LeClaire.

Saturday, December 2

8-10 – Happy Joe’s – Breakfast with Santa! Sponsored by the LeClaire Happy Joe’s and Blackhawk Bank & Trust. Kids - $4.50, Adults, $8.50.

10am - 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run! Line up across from Blackhawk Bank & Trust, 323 South 2nd Street, LeClaire. https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127227

10 - noon – Strolling Santas, downtown!

10-2 – LeClaire Information Center – Watch lace making demonstrations in our windows.

10-2 – Masonic Lodge – 2nd floor. PPALS Ministries presents “A Christmas Fun Festival” – Crafts, activities and snacks for kids.

10-5 – Masonic Lodge – Cookie Sale, Soup & Sandwiches and Crafters.

10-8 – Riverside 4-Square Church - Bake Sale & Family Activities. Kids can decorate their own cookies. Warming station with FREE coffee & hot chocolate.

10-8 – LeClaire Civic Center – Crafts, Silent Auction & Baked Goods. Watch as Master Carver Luke Travers creates wooden shoes from 10-4. Author Blake Ross will be signing his books and prints. Author Tim Ayers will be signing his books from 10-noon. Jaan Hebrank will demonstrate her leather crafts from noon-4pm.

11-4 – LeClaire Civic Center – South End - Santa’s Gift Shop! Kids can use “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” to shop for family & friends.

11-5 – FREE Trolley Ride with designated stops throughout the downtown.

12-3 – Mississippi River Distilling Company – Visit the WQAD Selfie Set on the patio.

2-4 – Strolling Santas & Christmas Characters from around the World throughout downtown.

3-5 – Granite Exact – Balloon Artist Jason Hamilton will be entertaining.

5-8 – Mississippi River Distilling Company First Saturday Event – Open House – Cooking with Spirits and Free Food Samples.

Sunday, December 3

10-4 – LeClaire Civic Center – Craft Show, Baked Goods, Silent Auction (bidding closes at 2pm). Author Blake Ross – signing his books & prints. Author Tim Ayers will sign his book from 10-12. Jaan Hebrank will demonstrate her leather crafts from 12-4.

11-4 - FREE Trolley Ride with designated stops throughout the downtown.

11-4 – LeClaire Civic Center – South End - Santa’s Gift Shop! Kids can use “Christmas in LeClaire Dollars” to shop for family & friends.

1-3 - Strolling Santas & Christmas Characters from around the World throughout downtown.

Great Shopping and Dining at our Unique Shops and Restaurants all Weekend!


Saturday, December 2, 10am: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k Run/Walk. Sign-up soon to guarantee your Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k sweatshirt! You must pre-register; no registrations the day of the race. Line up across from Blackhawk Bank & Trust, 323 South 2nd Street, LeClaire. https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127227


Saturday, December 2, 5pm-Midnight: First Saturday during Christmas in LeClaire.


Sign up by December 2 for the

Monday, December 4, 5:30pm: DIY Wood Sign Workshop at Bierstube in LeClaire. You MUST pre-register to attend. Come enjoy a great time and bring some friends! This is great for girls night out, couples date night, or just a relaxing night away. You will have a fun time and get to take home a wonderful piece that you made for your home or a gift. Choose from any of our designs or have them custom design something for you! Cost depends on size of the sign you pick. Prices range from $20-$85. Custom designs may cost $10 more for design time. Please check out the Gallery page on their website to see designs and prices - www.creativeexpressionsgalena.com


Saturday, December 9, 6-8pm: Riverside Church is excited to present Boss Baby, an interactive movie experience at 302 N. Cody Road. Your child will love when the movie comes to life with actions, tasks, and snacks. This is a free event! Kids 6 and under should have a guardian with them. Any questions, please call April 920-287-8851.


Bereskin Arts Gallery Holiday Art Exhibit

Bettendorf, IA (December 1, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.) Artwork from the "Art Meets the River" calendar will be on exhibit through the holidays at the Beréskin Gallery and Art Academy. The third year of the project features five local artists utilizing different art forms to further showcase the talent in the Quad Cities. "Many local artists use our environment as inspiration so it seemed fitting to represent different art mediums in the project." says project coordinator and artist Heid Brandt. "I would like to inspire the community to create and purchase local art and to be good stewards of the environment."


Contributing artists are Pat Bereskin, Brad Bisbey, Heidi Brandt, Dee Schricker and Robert Zeidler. Please see the attached for artist bios. The 2017 project received an Eddy Award from River Action. 2018 calendars and additional river-inspired work will be on exhibit and available for purchase during the exhibit. Proceeds from calendar sales will benefit River Action.


Meet Art Class Instructors and See Artist Demonstrations


Watch artists create, visit with class instructors, shop and enjoy refreshments at the Beréskin Gallery and Art Academy during a Holiday Open House in their new Bettendorf location. Give the gift of an art experience with special one-time discounts on select classes. Shop the unique jewelry, pottery, paintings and sculpture for the perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gift. Gift certificates are available for the budding artist on your list.


The exhibit and open house will be held on December 1st from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bereskin Gallery and Art Academy, 2967 State Street in Bettendorf. For additional information please contact Pat at the gallery, 2967 State Street, Bettendorfbereskinartgallery@gmail.com.


 Beréskin Gallery and Art Academy represents eight full time artists along with rotating guest artist exhibits. They offer classes for all ages and skill levels through the gallery and Mrs. B's School of Art. Their goal is to provide the community a warm and friendly environment conducive to collaboration and learning about art.


Davenport Police hosting a Promotion and Recognition ceremony

Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski is pleased to be hosting a Promotion and Recognition ceremony on Tuesday, November 14th , at 3:00pm in the Schaffer Lecture Hall of the police department. Chief Sikorski will be recognizing three officers that have been promoted in the past several months, welcoming several newer employees, celebrating three retiring officers, and presenting departmental awards to several officers. Please join us in recognizing these employees! Family, Friends and guests are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.


Davenport Police Dept. Gives Back

The Davenport Police Association will celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving through promoting service to others by serving the clients and staff at the Handicapped Development Center (Hickory Grove Campus) a Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday November 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

A very special guest (Santa Claus) will make an appearance at Noon.

All visitors must check in through the main entrance at the Handicapped Development Center.


IL National Guard Deployed to Afghanistan

The Illinois National Guard is sending a team of Soldiers to Afghanistan as part of a mission supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. The soldiers will train and work side-by-side with their Polish counterparts.

"We live in freedom today and every day because of the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers," Governor Bruce Rauner said. "These heroes stand in the face of danger to keep us safe. We honor that and look forward to their safe return home."

The Illinois contingency, which is known as The Bilateral Embedded Staff Team (BEST) A20, will advise and assist the institutions within the Afghan Ministry of Defense and Ministry of the Interior.

The Soldiers are from various parts of Illinois and were selected for the mission based on their training and skills. Their hometowns include: Normal, Illinois; Carterville, Illinois; McLean, Illinois; Springfield, Illinois; Homewood, Illinois and Lorton, Virginia.

A deployment ceremony was held at Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, on Thursday, November 9th. The soldiers will train for a brief time at Fort Bliss, Texas, before heading to the Middle East. They are expected to return to Illinois in the summer of 2018.

View Online: http://readme.readmedia.com/Illinois-National-Guard-deploys-Soldiers-to-Afghanistan/15158055


New Holiday Event in Moline

As the 2017 holiday season quickly approaches, Moline Centre, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber that promotes quality of life and economic growth in downtown Moline, is launching a new event to kick-off the season.


The Holiday Hop Presented by First Midwest Bank, is a free event taking place on Friday, November 17. It will feature an array of family-friendly activities, including screening of children’s holiday movies at Black Box Theatre and the Boys & Girls Club, live music, arts, crafts, in-house specials, food, refreshments and interactive games at over 40 businesses throughout the downtown, and appearances by Santa.


“We’re excited to offer Quad Citizens yet another opportunity to enjoy the excitement of the holiday season and support the local community,” says Adam Holland, Executive Director, Moline Centre Main Street. “Our local businesses are excited to meet and welcome people into their doors, and are planning a number of creative and fun activities to truly make this a memorable community event.”


For a complete list of participating businesses and activities, visit http://www.molinecentre.org/events/moline-centre-holiday-hop.



Abandoned Vehicle Auction

On November 16th, The Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Davenport Police Department will conduct an Abandoned Vehicle Auction. The auction starts at 10am. To participate in the auction, bidders must have a valid ID, $100 deposit, and must be 18 or older. Purchases are cash only! The vehicle auction listings are on the Scott county website.


Update to the Numerous Commercial Buglaries

Additional charges have been filed on Christopher Williams from the following commercial burglary investigations:
On Going Criminal Conduct
Burglary 3rd Degree for a commercial burglary which occurred on October 21, 2017 at Wide River Winery (1128 Mound St).
Burglary 3rd Degree for a commercial burglary which occurred on October 23, 2017 at Davenport Public Storage (5465 Tremont Ave.)
Burglary 3rd Degree for a commercial burglary which occurred on October 31, 2017 at Major Art & Hobby ( 201 E. 2nd St)
Theft 1st Degree and Burglary 3rd Degree for a commercial burglary which occurred on October 31, 2017 at Green Thumbers (3030 N. Brady St)
Theft 2nd Degree and Burglary 3rd Degree for a commercial burglary which occurred on November 2, 2017 at Motorcycle Specialties (923 W4th St).
Original Release – November 6, 2017
The Davenport Police have arrested two individuals in conjunction with investigations into numerous commercial burglaries. Both individuals are being held in the Scott County Jail.
Christopher Williams, age 47, of Davenport has been charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Theft 3rd Degree for a commercial burglary which occurred on October 27, 2017 at Midwest Radio Service (5915 N Brady St).
Erwin King, age 29, of Davenport has been charged in conjunction with two incidents. King is charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft 2nd Degree, and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree for a commercial burglary which occurred on June 11, 2017 at Cricket Wireless (902 W Kimberly Rd).
Additional charges of Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft 3rd Degree , and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree stem from a commercial burglary on June 13, 2017 at Cricket Wireless (422 E Locust St).
Detectives continue to work on these investigations for connection to other burglaries. Additional charges are pending.
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”.


Genesis Remembrance Tree

The holidays are a special time for family gatherings and remembering those who have passed.  The Genesis Remembrance Tree in Davenport will celebrate the memories of loved ones and focus attention on the continuing need for access to quality hospice care in the region.

The Genesis Remembrance Tree in Davenport will be illuminated in a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10 starting at 6 p.m. in Bechtel Park at River Drive and Iowa Street. This will be the 14th annual lighting of the Remembrance Tree.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Andy Burman and Eleanor Kiel.

Individual “light” sponsors are invited to make a donation of $10 in memory of loved ones.  All proceeds will benefit Genesis Hospice Care.  Since 2010, the Genesis Remembrance Trees have raised more than $64,000 for hospice care at Genesis. More than $10,000 has been raised already from the 2017 Remembrance Tree.

Genesis Hospice is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team to assist in managing symptoms, as well as enhancing the quality of life.  The common goal of all services is to provide the patient and family with comfort.

For information about how to honor the memory of a loved one, call (563) 421-6865 or go to www.genesishealth.com/tree.


Bettendorf Police Department's Pack-a-Police-Car Toy Drive

BETTENDORF, IA: The Bettendorf Police Department will host its third annual Pack-a-Police-Car Toy Drive on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Bettendorf City Hall parking lot, 1609 State Street.  This year they have partnered with Trimble Funeral Home to benefit Operation Toy Soldier. All toy donations go to the children of local active and non-active duty military families in need.


Last year, four squad cars were packed full of toys--please help the Bettendorf Police Department beat that record. Donations should include new and unwrapped toys or books.


Food and beverages will be available during the event thanks to donations from Dunn Brothers, Hy-Vee, K&K Hardware, and Pita Pit.


For those who cannot attend the event but wish to donate, donation barrels are located at the Bettendorf Police Department Street and at Pita Pit.  Donations can be dropped off anytime between now and December 2.


Questions concerning the event, call 563-344-4015, ext. 6114 or 309-764-1144.


Davenport Police need your help! Walgreens was robbed!

On Thursday, November 2, 2017 at approximately 12:12 A.M. Davenport Police were dispatched to a robbery at the Walgreens Pharmacy (1525 E Kimberly Rd). A subject entered the pharmacy area, displayed a gun and demanded prescription drugs. The subject fled the pharmacy on foot with unspecified items.


No 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”.


Here is a photo of the robber - 


Ascentra Credit Union Announces Branch Expansion

The Ascentra Credit Union is updating their branch located at 1710 West 3rd St. in Davenport.  The remodel will start November 16 and is expected to be completed in March 2018.

The branch will remain open during the construction, which will bring the look of the building up to the level of other Ascentra branches, making it a more representative extension of the organization.

The current space of this credit union branch will be maximized to be more open, functional, and inviting.

“The investment in this branch shows that we are committed to serving our members and all the people of West Davenport,” said Dale Owen, Ascentra President and CEO.  “We understand the importance of serving this area and look forward to being here for decades to come.”

Updates of the remodel and potential interruptions of any services will be communicated through Ascentra Credit Union’s Facebook page.

Photo Caption: A rendering of the Ascentra Credit Union branch located at 1710 West 3rd St. in Davenport, Iowa shows the finished exterior updates to the front entrance.  The branch will remain open during the construction, scheduled for completion in March 2018.


Road Closure Notice in Bettendorf

BETTENDORF, IA – Beginning Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Shoreline Drive just south of U.S. Highway 67 (State Street) will be closed for rail crossing repairs. During this time, traffic will be detoured to 62nd Street Court. The work is anticipated to last approximately 10 days and is weather dependent.


For more information, contact the Bettendorf Public Works Department at 563-344-4055.


Snow Blower Safety Tips: Keep Best Practices in Mind This Winter

Winter is on its way – and clearing driveways, sidewalks and parking lots is no small job. It’s important to get ready before flurries and heavier snows arrive.  The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is offering tips for safe and correct use of snow throwers, often referred to as snow blowers.


“Weather today is more unpredictable than ever, and you need to have your snow thrower serviced and ready to power up,” says OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser. “You want to have the right fuel on hand and review your owner’s manual now so you can use your equipment safely.”

Kiser says preparation is key and that home and business owners should consider the following tips:


Review your owner’s manual. Check your owner’s manual for safe handling procedures. If you lost your manual, you can look it up online (and store a copy on your computer so you have the manual available to reference in the future). Review how to operate the controls. You should be able to shut off your equipment quickly.

Check your equipment. The snow thrower should be completely powered off when you are checking it over. If you forgot to drain the fuel last winter before storing your snow thrower, drain the gas tank now. Adjust any cables. Check the auger.

Put your equipment where you can get to it easily. Move your equipment to a convenient and accessible location, so you can get to it easily when you need it.

Purchase your fuel. Often gas stations are closed after a storm. Be sure to use the correct fuel, as recommended by your equipment's manufacturer (for more information on fueling properly see www.LookBeforeYouPump.com). Fill up the fuel tank outside before you start the engine and while the engine is cold. Never add fuel to a running or hot engine.

Store your fuel properly. Place fuel in a fuel container and label it with the date purchased and the ethanol content of the fuel. Fuel that is more than 30 days old can phase separate and cause operating problems. It’s important to use fresh fuel in your snow thrower. Make sure fuel is stored safely and out of the reach of children.


Tidy the area you intend to clear with your equipment. Snow can sometimes hide objects. Doormats, hoses, balls, toys, boards, wires, and other debris should be removed from the areas you intend to clear. When run over by a snow thrower, these objects may harm the machine or people.


Plan to dress for winter weather. Locate your safety gear now, and place it in an accessible closet or location in your home. Plan to wear safety glasses, gloves and footwear that can handle cold and slippery surfaces.



KEY SAFETY TIP: Never put your hands inside the auger or chute. Use a clean out tool (or stick) to unclog snow or debris from your snow thrower. Your hands should never go inside the auger or chute.

Turn OFF your snow thrower if you need to clear a clog. If you need to remove debris or unclog snow, always turn off your snow thrower. Wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop before clearing any clogs or debris.

Only use your snow thrower in visible conditions. Never operate the snow thrower without good visibility or light.

Aim your snow thrower with care. Never throw snow toward people or cars. Do not allow anyone to stand in front of your snow thrower.  Keep children or pets away from your snow thrower when it is operating.

Use extreme caution on slopes and hills. Use caution when changing directions on slopes. Do not attempt to clear steep slopes.

Know where your cord is. If you have an electrically powered snow thrower, be aware of where the power cord is at all times. Avoid tripping. Do not run over the power cord.

Keep pets and children inside. Kids and pets may love to play in the white stuff, but it’s best to keep them inside your home and under supervision while you are using your snow thrower to clear a path or drive. Do not allow them to play in the snow as it is tossed out of the snow thrower’s chute.

More safety tips and information are available at www.opei.org.


The New National Touring Productions of the Sound of Music

DAVENPORT, IA A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, produced by NETworks Presentations, is making its Davenport  premiere on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Adler Theatre as part of a North American tour. THE SOUND OF MUSIC is part of the 2017-18 season of Broadway at the Adler Theatre presented by Lexus of Quad Cities.  Tickets ($43.50, $53, $68 ) will go on sale Friday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.  Group sales are available by calling 563-326-8522.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®–winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.


Ted Chapin, President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, says: “I waited for a moment when we could rediscover THE SOUND OF MUSIC as it was originally created. Because of the enormous success of the film, few were aware that it started life as a hit Broadway show—and a very big hit at that! The artists behind this production embraced what the authors wrote, looked at it all through modern eyes and, in so doing, found depth and resonance that has been recognized by critics and audiences across the country. It's like visiting an old friend but finding yourself surprised as well. It's also a reminder of why this show is such an evergreen."


The creative team for this new production includes direction by Matt Lenz, based on the national tour’s original direction by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia). Original choreography by Danny Mefford (Dear Evan Hansen, Fun Home, The Bridges of Madison County) has been recreated by Jonathan Warren, with music supervision by Andy Einhorn (Hello, Dolly!Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CinderellaThe Light in the Piazza). The design and production team is comprised of Tony Award® nominee Douglas W. Schmidt, set design (The Front Page, 42nd Street, Into the Woods); Tony Award® winner Jane Greenwood, costume design (The Little Foxes, 2014 Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), six-time Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz, lighting design (Long Day’s Journey Into NightAn American in ParisOnceAidaThe Coast of Utopia, The Glass Menagerie) and Shannon Slaton, sound design (Present Laughter, The Humans). Casting is by Stewart/Whitley.


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Bustos Urges Illinoisans to Review their Health Care Options

Open Enrollment for the individual health exchange market lasts from November 1st – December 15th

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) urged Illinoisans who receive their coverage through the individual market to review their health insurance options during the annual health exchange’s open enrollment period. Open enrollment lasts from November 1st until December 15th. Illinois residents should visit GetCovered.Illinois.Gov to find the coverage that is best for them.

“Over the next six weeks, Illinoisans have the opportunity to review their health care options and choose the plan that's best for them and their families,”Congresswoman Cheri Bustos said. “I urge anyone across our region who is ready to sign up for coverage or make changes their plans to visit GetCovered.Illinois.Gov before December 15th.”

Last year, 8 in 10 people nationally qualified for financial help with their premiums. Enrolling now will help protect families from unexpected medical costs, and secure access to free preventive health services guaranteed under the law.


There is free help available if a person has questions about signing up or wants to talk through their options with a trained professional.  Call 1-800-318-2596 or visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov.


Moline Police need your help

At approximately 08:30 am, the Moline Police Department was dispatched to check on a suspicious vehicle in the 1800 block of 18th Avenue A, Moline. The first responding officer made contact with two males at the vehicle and a struggle ensued with the driver, Austin D. Clenney, 20 year old, East Moline resident.


During incident, the officer and Clenney went to the ground and the officer was injured during the struggle. The officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment and has since been release. Clenney was able to break free and get to his vehicle, a 2010 Honda Sedan. Clenney fled the area in his vehicle.


A passenger, Mario Pena, 20 year old, East Moline resident, was captured after a foot pursuit and is in custody at the Rock Island County Jail. The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s office issued warrants for Austin with bond set at $75,000. Neither Clenney nor his vehicle has been located and we are asking the public’s assistance in locating them. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Moline Police or Crime Stoppers.


Time Change This Weekend

Nov 5, 2017 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 5, 2017 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning but darkness will come earlier in the afternoon as sunset will be one hour earlier than last week.  


7th Graders in RI Schools to Receive Chromebooks

 The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation provided a grant of $11,745 for the purchase of 75 Chromebooks that were used during Spring Forward’s Summer Enrichment Camps for children entering kindergarten through 7th grade at Frances Willard, Rock Island Academy, Earl Hansen, Longfellow, Center for Math and Science, and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools in Rock Island. 

The Chromebooks were also used at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (MLKCC) to support literacy instruction at their camp. More than 450 students were enrolled in camps and another 300 participated in Stepping Up for Summer Learning, a celebration of National Summer Learning Day.

“I look at it as one of those gifts to bridge the opportunity gap. Having those tools like the Chromebook helps level the playing field when it comes to learning,” says Dan McNeil, Spring Forward Director. “The intent was to have them for the summer, but knew we can use them for our after school programs, this year and beyond.”

The Chromebooks allow the camps to incorporate Skills Navigator, a technology application used by the Rock Island-Milan School District to help pinpoint discrete skill gaps to focus instruction and close achievement gaps. 

They are currently being used at after schools programs and may even be used at some sites for their family literacy programs for adult learners, making a bigger impact.

“It is an honor for us to help provide Spring Forward with this technology and see how Spring Forward is using them as tools to help learners beyond the summer camps,” says Jennifer Naeve, Chief Marketing Officer of Ascentra Credit Union. “This technology allows the instruction at these camps and after school programs to align with the Rock Island-Milan school district curriculum which ensures continued learning and success for each child.” 

For more information about the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation please visit ascentra.org/foundation



November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois


Chilly temperatures experienced across the state recently are a reminder that the cold, snow and ice of Illinois winters aren’t far behind. To help people prepare for potentially dangerous winter weather, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies will highlight winter weather preparedness throughout November.

“According to the National Weather Service, there hasn’t been a winter in Illinois without at least one winter storm in the past century,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “During the winter of 2014-15, we had nine winter storms. To ensure you and your family stay safe no matter how bad the weather is this winter, please take a few minutes now to prepare.”

Joseph said IEMA and the NWS developed a winter weather preparedness guide to help people understand winter weather risks, along with tips for staying safe at home, in the car and at school. It also includes lists of suggested items for home and vehicle emergency supply kits. The guide is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

“The past two winters across the state of Illinois have been rather mild with little snow and ice. That may not be the case this coming winter season.” said Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln. “People traveling need to be aware that most winter time traffic accidents occur with minor amounts of snow or ice, particularly when it has been a long time since we've faced those types of road conditions. The key is to just slow down to give yourself enough time and distance to stop your vehicle.”

Follow the Ready Illinois Facebook (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois) pages for winter preparedness tips through the season.


Moline Investigate Burglary


At approximately 2:00 PM, Moline Police Department was dispatched to residential burglary in progress on 10-block of Vale Court, Moline.   


Moline officers were advised by the victim the offenders had stolen a firearm and were running eastbound from the residence.


Due to the proximity of the residence to Hamilton Elementary School, the school was advised to be placed on lockdown and officers were dispatched to the school out of an abundance of caution.


Moline Police established a perimeter and the males were observed running through the woods a short time later.  The males were captured after a short foot pursuit and three firearms were recovered.


The entire duration of the incident lasted less than ten minutes before the offenders were in custody and the area was deemed to be secure.


As a result of the investigation, Benjamin R. Wynn, 28 year old, Milan resident and Travon B. Trice, 34 year old, Preemption resident were arrested for Residential Burglary and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.


Investigators will review the incident with Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s office tomorrow for criminal charges.


The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Moline Police Criminal Investigation Division at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500


State Fire Marshal Warns Illinoisans of Recall Notice for Kidde Fire Extinguishers

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today warns of an important recall notice for Kidde brand fire extinguishers. The company announced a recall of fire extinguishers with a plastic handle due to a failure to properly activate during a fire emergency.

The recall affects 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017. The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: extinguishers with plastic handles and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.

Affected consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement fire extinguisher. Contact Kidde toll-free at (855) 271-0773 or go to www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for additional information


Set Your Clocks Check Your Stocks


    The Henry County Health Departments' Emergency Services Division and the American Public Health Association (APHA) are encouraging the public to remember to make sure that their emergency preparedness stockpiles are up to date when they change their clocks on Sunday morning.


    This is all a part of the APHA's Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign.  RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion, states "The effort is designed to remind Americans to make sure that their emergency preparedness stockpiles have adequate food, water and supplies and ensure that nothing is missing or has expired.  The biannual campaign is also designed to encourage Americans who don't have an emergency stockpile to create one."


    The next clock change for daylight savings time is Sunday, November 5th, but the campaign will also be used in the Spring, when Americans change their clocks once again.  The Health Department and the APHA is also reminding people that they should check their smoke alarm batteries when changing their clocks.


    Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks is part of APHA's overall Get Ready campaign, which is working to help Americans prepare themselves, their families, and communities for pandemic flu, other emerging infectious diseases, and natural disasters like tornadoes and ice storms.


    For a list of what should be in an emergency stockpile, information on rotating stored food and water, stockpiling recipes and other materials, visit www.getreadyforflu.org/clocksstocks.




No Shave November


The Moline Police Department is once again participating in “No Shave November” to support Tudi’s Tribe, a local charitable organization that supports children and their families affected by cancer.


This year we are joined by the East Moline Police Department in our efforts to raise money for Tudi’s Tribe.


During the month of November, Moline Police Interim Chief Hitchcock has relaxed the policy regarding facial hair, and Moline Police Officers will be allowed to grow neatly trimmed beards and goatees.


Blaze Restoration has joined the Moline and East Moline Police Departments as the title sponsor of the fundraising event.


QC Custom Tees has designed a limited edition 2017 “No Shave November” shirt for the event, which will be worn by officers participating in the event.


Upon completion of the fundraising event, the Moline and East Moline Police Departments will have a check presentation at Blaze Restoration.


The Moline and East Moline Police Departments looks forward to another successful fundraising event and supporting Tudi’s Tribe. 


QC Receives Tourism Award

 The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 27 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry at a ceremony on October 26 in Sioux City during the 2017 Iowa Tourism Conference.


The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) won in the Outstanding New Event (Metro) category for Quad Cities Tourism Week that happened in May of this year.  The QCCVB hosted several events during Quad Cities Tourism Week for the public, partners, and elected officials about the positive impact tourism has on the Quad Cities economy.


“Receiving the best event award for Quad Cities Tourism Week was particularly appreciated because so many partners, like the Quad Cities Lodging Association, participated and made the event a great success for our community,” said Joe Taylor, QCCVB President/CEO.


DeWitt Chamber & Development Company won the Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative (Rural) category.

“The Iowa Tourism Awards recognize exceptional work by passionate tourism individuals and organizations,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “We appreciate our many partners who provide memorable traveler experiences and grow the state’s economy through their efforts.”
“These awards represent the best of the best in the state,” said Andy Milam, president of the Travel Federation of Iowa. “The award ceremony gives us a chance to celebrate their efforts.”
Awards to both metro and rural areas were made in 13 award categories.  In addition, conference attendees voted for the People’s Choice Award; nominees were the second-highest scoring nominations in 12 of the categories. 
The complete list of 2017 Iowa Tourism Award recipients:

Outstanding New Event
Quad Cites Tourism Week, Davenport (Metro)
Rhubarb on the River, Manchester (Rural; tie)
World Æbleskiver Major League Eating Contest, Elk Horn (Rural; tie)

Outstanding Attraction
The Alley Kadts, Oskaloosa (Metro)
Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park, Manning (Rural)
Outstanding Community
Council Bluffs (Metro)
Villages of Van Buren (Rural)
Outstanding Dining Business
Jefferson County Ciderworks, Fairfield (Metro)
Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ, Bellevue (Rural)
Outstanding Event
Loessfest, Council Bluffs (Metro)
Tri City BBQ Fest, Denison (Rural)

Outstanding Individual Leader
Rosemary Beach, Cedar Falls (Metro)
Bill Hillman, Shenandoah (Rural)
Outstanding Lodging Property
BlackHawk Hotel, Cedar Falls (Metro)
White Lions Bed & Breakfast, Winterset (Rural; tie)
Bridges Bay Resort, Arnolds Park (Rural; tie)
Outstanding Marketing Collaboration
GO Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids (Metro)
Chariton Area Chamber Main Street/Tourism Lucas County, Chariton (Rural)
Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative
Catch Des Moines, Des Moines (Metro)
DeWitt Chamber & Development Company, DeWitt (Rural)
Outstanding Promotional Material
GO Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids (Metro)
Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park, Manning (Rural)
Outstanding Retail Experience
Barn Happy, Cedar Falls (Metro)
The MARKKET, Edgewood (Rural)
Outstanding Social Media Execution
Catch Des Moines, Des Moines (Metro)
Villages of Van Buren, Keosauqua (Rural)
Outstanding Website
Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau, Council Bluffs (Metro)
People’s Choice Award
Okoboji Store in Okoboji
The annual Iowa Tourism Conference brings together nearly 250 industry representatives from across the state to network, attend educational sessions, and discuss emerging industry trends.
Tourism in Iowa generates more than $8.06 billion in expenditures and $466 million in state taxes, plus employs 67,400 people statewide.  The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  For more information, visit traveliowa.com, call 800.345.IOWA, or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.  Travelers can find additional travel inspiration on the Iowa Tourism Office blog,Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest boards, Instagram account, or You Tube channel.


Moline Police Investigate Second Shooting On Wednesday

At approximately 5:06 pm, Moline Police responded to the 2500 block of 5th Street, Moline in reference to a shots fired incident.  


Moline Officers were advised by numerous witnesses that a silver Ford Taurus and a gold Honda were chasing each other had high rate of speed. It was reported that the occupants of one of the vehicles were shooting at the other.


The vehicles continued to chase each other until the gold Honda crashed in the 400 block of 27th Avenue, at which point witnesses state three male/blacks in their early 20s fled the vehicle on foot.


Moline Police were assisted by the Rock Island Police and Silvis Police Departments as an extensive search of the area was conducted. The occupants of the vehicle were not located.


The silver Ford Taurus was not located and area hospitals were checked but we have not located any gunshot victims as of this press release.


During the incident an uninvolved resident’s vehicle was struck by a bullet and sustained damage.


There have been no arrests made at this time.


The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Moline Police Criminal Investigation Division at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500


Speaker Says Sexual Harassment Needs to Be Addressed

In a House committee meeting yesterday a victims’ rights advocate who lobbies the Illinois legislature says she was sexually harassed while trying to do her job. Denise Rotheimer says that she was harassed in person, over Facebook and via phone by Democratic Senator Ira Silverstein. The allegations were made during testimony as a committee considered enacting annual sexual harassment training for lawmakers, staff and lobbyist. Speaker of the House Mike Madigan says there also needs to be a task force to address the environment at the Capitol.

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Silverstein has said what Rotheimer is alleging is false. But he says if he offended her he will apologize.


Lower water levels on Mississippi River also stressing farmers this fall

Lower water levels on the Mississippi River causing concern for farmers shipping grain off to the export market. Jeff Adkisson is with the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois.
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With yields better than expected in many areas of Illinois this fall, farmers are also stressed about storage space with carryover crop from last year.


Shooting in Moline Early AM Wednesday


At approximately 12:10 AM, Moline Police responded to the 1400-block of 15th Street, Moline in reference to shots fired.


Upon the arrival of officers, witnesses identified a subject involved fleeing the scene and Moline officers detained the subject.


A short time later, Moline Police were notified a victim arrived at Unity Point in Rock Island with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper extremity.


The victim, a 41 year old male was treated for a non-life threatening injury and was later released from the hospital.


The investigation revealed the incident began over an argument and escalated into several subjects firing weapons, causing the injury to the victim.


As a result of the investigation, Moline Police arrested James W. Davis, 22 years old, Davenport resident.  Davis was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons and Unlawful Use of Weapons, both of which are felony charges. Davis’s bond is set at $40,000.


The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Moline Police Criminal Investigation Division at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500


TaxSlayer Christmas Tree Arrives Today

The TaxSlayer Center's annual Christmas tree is scheduled to arrive this Wednesday, Nov. 1st at approximately 1:45 p.m. The tree is being donated by Jeff and Pam Griffith of East Moline. The tree is approximately 30 - 35' tall and is a Douglas Fir. 


This holiday display has become a tradition in downtown Moline. The tree will contain approximately 30,000 lights and be lit on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the annual Lighting on the Commons ceremony to be held from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on the John Deere Commons.  

Additional information about Lighting on the Commons is available at www.lightingonthecommons.com.


Special Veterans Day Hours at the Colonel Davenport House


The Colonel Davenport House, located on the north shore of Arsenal Island, will be open for special hours on Saturday, November 11, 2017, for Veterans Day from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Admission is only $1.00 for adults and free for kids and active and retired military.


Guides will be available to answer questions.  The gift shop will also be open, selling Early American items like toys and candle molds, souvenirs, and books, including two that give information about Colonel George Davenport and his military service, new books about the Mississippi River, and Mississippi River mud t-shirts.

Colonel Davenport was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving for ten years.  He came to Rock Island in 1816 as a civilian who had a contract to supply rations to the soldiers at Fort Armstrong.  He supervised construction of the bake house, the first building on Arsenal Island.
During the Black Hawk War, Gov. John Reynolds of Illinois commissioned Davenport as an assistant quartermaster with the Illinois Militia.  This is how he got his honorary title of colonel.


About the CDHF

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is a nonprofit volunteer group that works to preserve Colonel George Davenport’s former home and share his story with the community.  The Colonel Davenport House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1833-1834 and is on the North end of Arsenal Island in the Quad Cities.  Colonel Davenport was the first permanent white settler in the Quad Cities and built the first house in the area.  The Foundation relies on volunteers to maintain and operate the house.  It is open for tours from May to October, Wednesday to Saturday from 12-4 p.m. 


Are You Prepared for A Zombie Attack?

Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse? The Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants you to be. On Halloween Patti Thompson with IEMA says they are using the light hearted approach to get people thinking about how they would survive a natural disaster or even zombies.

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Another thing to remember is to have enough food and water for a pet and keep back-up copies of important documents. With critical paperwork experts say leave a second copy away from home, storing it at work or with a relative in a different area.


Unemployment Down In September

Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in September in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and in all 102 counties, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in six of the metropolitan areas and decreased in eight.


“Seeing the rates drop across the board in all 102 counties is certainly encouraging.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “But the job growth in the Chicago Metro Area, while it has carried the state during this past year, still lags behind the growth in neighboring states.”


Illinois businesses added jobs in six metro areas, with the largest increases in: Kankakee (+2.3 percent, +1,000), Carbondale-Marion (+2.0 percent, +1,200), and Bloomington (+1.5 percent, +1,400). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.3 percent or +11,100). Illinois businesses lost jobs in eight metro areas, with the largest losses in: Danville (-1.1 percent, -300), Elgin (-0.7 percent, -1,900), Rockford (-0.5 percent, -700), and Champaign (-0.5 percent, -500).


The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Mining and Construction (10 of 14), Education and Health Services (8 of 14), and Leisure and Hospitality (8 of 14).


Not seasonally adjusted data compares September 2017 with September 2016. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.6 percent in September 2017 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in September 2017 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.


Say Boo To The Flu

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that it’s the season to say “Boo to the Flu;” and offers some suggestions on how to help keep germs away during the Halloween season.


     Trick or treat time is a prime time to reinforce the importance of clean hands.  It’s a season filled with tempting treats like candy apples, cupcakes, popcorn balls and lots of candy.  Take a few moments to talk to your children about the ways that they can scare away germs with good hygiene before trick or treating begins.


     RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion states, “This year celebrate Hallow-CLEAN.  Remind your children, family members, and co-workers to wash their hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.  When there’s no soap or water - reach for a hand sanitizer or wipe. 


     When should you wash your hands?

* When preparing food;

* Before snacks and meals;

* After using the restroom;

* After touching animals;

* When hands are dirty;

* and, When you or someone around you is ill.


      Tucker adds, "Keeping hands clean by washing them with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs that cause diarrheal and respiratory illness.  In addition, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season.”


      For more information on how to get through the cold and flu season; call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272(Kewanee) or 792-4011 (Colona) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com.  You may also find us on Facebook or Follow Us On Twitter.



Drive Sober on Halloween

Halloween parties now are as much for adult s as kids and those older ghosts and ghouls sometimes mix dress up with drinking. If those are your plans this weekend the Illinois State Police and the Department of Transportation wants you to beware that you better find a sober driver to bring you home.

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That’s IDOT’s Kelsea Gurski. Special enforcement activities will be going through the early morning hours of November 1st.


Bettendorf Releases Veterans Day Schedule

 A Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 1645 23rd Street. Mayor Bob Gallagher and Alderman Greg Adamson will be on hand, along with the commanders from the VFW, VVA, and American Legion. The guest speaker will be U.S. Army Colonel Bradley J. Cook from the Rock Island Arsenal.


City Hall will be closed on Friday, November 10.


There is no change in the collection schedule. Collection services, including garbage, recycling, bulky, and yard waste will be picked up on resident’s regular collection day.  Items should be placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m.


Normal schedule for transit buses on November 10. 


Library will be open 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 


Family Museum open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Normal class schedule.


Community Center offices will be closed.


Life Fitness Center will be open 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Palmer Hills Golf Course will be open, weather permitting.


Palmer Grill will be open 7:00 a.m. to sunset if good weather, otherwise 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



"Bushels for Hunger" Kicks Off 8th Year




This fall, farmers throughout the area will donate bushels of grain as a fundraiser for the River Bend Food Bank through the program “Bushels for Hunger”.  Farmers often bring harvested corn and soybeans to nearby grain elevators to be sold or for storage. When they unload the crop, the elevator clerk will ask if the farmer would like to donate bushels of grain to fight hunger. All of the grain donated will be sold and the money earned will be donated to the River Bend foodbank.


Mike Miller, President & CEO of River Bend Foodbank, stated, “There are 120,000 people who don’t have enough food to live an active, healthy lifestyle in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. That’s 1 in 8 people, and it’s 1 in 5 children. River Bend Foodbank distributes over 12 million meals annually to these people, and Bushels for Hunger has been an important supporter of these efforts, providing what we hope will reach 1 million meals this year. The program is an excellent example of how by working together we can solve hunger.”


“As a farmer, it’s hard for me to see people in our community wonder how they are going to get their next meal, it’s especially hard to see children and the elderly go hungry,” said Jeff Kirwan, Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Director. “Every day, I work to grow healthy, safe food. Today, I’m donating part of my harvest to make sure that food gets to people in need.”


“Bushels for Hunger is an important program because there are many families in need of help in the local area. With support from area farmers, this program can provide many meals to those within our communities who need help the most,” notes Chad Bell, Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Representative. 


According to Gary Hoff, University of Illinois Extension Taxation Specialist, the tax advantages of donating commodities far outweigh those for a contribution of cash.   A cash donation is made from the sale proceeds of the grain.  Therefore, the sale is reported on Schedule F and is included in both taxable income and self-employment income.”


The elevators participating in Bushels for Hunger are:  ADM Grain, Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CHS, Gold Star FS, Hillsdale Elevator, Michlig Grain, River Gulf Grain, River Valley Cooperative, and Rumbold & Kuhn.


The Bushels for Hunger program will continue until January 31st. To learn more about the donation, contact the Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Stark or Whiteside County Farm Bureau®.   


Congresswoman Bustos Comments About Tax Proposal

 As Washington continues moving ahead on a debate over tax reform, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos today issued a statement outlining what she would like to see in a tax reform package. However, this Thursday, Washington Republicans are expected to vote on a budget which would lay the groundwork for a billionaires-first agenda.


“Tax reform is long overdue, however it needs to be done in a way that puts hardworking families first,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While Paul Ryan is saying a lot of these same things in public, in private he wrote a budget that will hurt millions of hardworking families, seniors and small town Americans. I strongly disagree with the Washington Republicans' budget proposal that will give massive tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy while raising taxes on the middle-class and cutting a trillion dollars from Medicare and Medicaid. Because Speaker Ryan's budget adds more than a trillion dollars to the deficit, this plan intentionally sets Congress up for a budget shortfall which will inevitably lead to Washington Republicans demanding more cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, workforce training and job-creating infrastructure programs.


“Instead, we should be working across the aisle to cut taxes for the middle-class, bring down the cost of health care, help small businesses grow and expand workforce training programs to get more Americans into good-paying jobs. As Democrats, we have proposed a Better Deal to the American people that is built on a foundation of delivering better jobs, better wages and a better future for all. While I have deep concerns about the direction this Congress is moving in, I will continue reaching out to my colleagues in the Republican Majority to urge a bipartisan path forward that puts hardworking families ahead of the ultra-wealthy.”


Comedy Central Expands Film Production Footprint in Illinois


The Illinois FILM Office is pleased to welcome a new Comedy Central series to the growing list of productions that call Illinois home. South Side, a scripted workplace comedy set in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, has been ordered to series by the network. The show, whose pilot was filmed in Illinois, is written by south side natives, brothers Bashir Salahuddin and Sultan Salahuddin, along with Diallo Riddle.

“The expansion of Comedy Central’s footprint in Illinois is a natural fit with the legendary comedic talent pool represented in Chicago,” said Illinois FILM Office Director Christine Dudley. “We look forward to working with them on this new production which will highlight the diversity of our state and tap into our exceptional talent pool that rivals the rest of the country.”

Illinois recently welcomed Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for a week of filming. Last Thursday, the weeknight news parody wrapped filming at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago. The four- night, sold out roadshow was dubbed ‘Undesked Chicago 2017: Let’s Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold.’

“The dynamic culture, robust (Illinois Film) program, and deep pool of talented entertainment professionals makes Chicago an ideal production hub for Comedy Central,” said Comedy Central’s Senior Vice President of Production, Megan Ring. “The Daily Show remote production was a success on many levels and we’re so pleased everything has aligned to enable us to produce our new series, South Side, in Chicago, which will greatly add to the authentic look and feel of the Salahuddin brothers’ vision for the series.”

The film industry in Illinois continues to grow. A wealth of cast and crew members, diverse shooting locations and a competitive incentive program attract productions to our state. In 2016, Illinois’ film industry generated $499 million in estimated Illinois spending, a 51 percent increase over the previous year. The Illinois FILM Office worked with 345 television, commercial and film projects that generated 13,377 non-extra job hires over the course of the year.

The Office promotes Illinois as a production center for film, television, digital and commercial advertising, providing initial location services, and a guide of Illinois crew members and service providers. The Office also administers the state’s Production Tax Incentive program, which has been integral in growing a competitive film industry in Illinois. The 30 percent tax credit is awarded to productions for qualified expenditures on Illinois goods and services, including wages paid to Illinois residents. The goal of the Production Tax Incentive is to grow, sustain and provide economic and job opportunities for local vendors, cast, crew and filmmakers.   


Medicare Open Enrollment Underway

– The Illinois Department on Aging’s (IDoA) Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding seniors of the free counseling assistance available to Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers during Medicare Open Enrollment occurring October 15th through December 7th.

With over 300 SHIP offices across Illinois, the agency stands ready to refer clients to their closest site, which can schedule an appointment to assist them with open enrollment. Take advantage of the caring, expert counselors ready to help you make sense of the complicated Medicare system to make the best choices for your healthcare. “We’d urge seniors to make an appointment at their earliest convenience, because as during every open enrollment season, we anticipate it’ll be very busy with people seeking help,” said Sandy Leith, the SHIP program’s director.

During open enrollment, eligible adults can adjust Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage, move from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan - or vice versa - switch between Medicare Advantage plans, join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, or switch or drop existing drug plans; all of it can be overwhelming and confusing.

SHIP counselors work through the Medicare.gov system to help seniors and people with disabilities make the best choices for their individual situation. Contact SHIP, by calling 1-800-252-8966, weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information about SHIP, including a list of SHIP locations, visit the website, at: http://www.illinois.gov/aging/ship/Pages/default.aspx.

To compare 2018 drug and health plans on your own and to find out more about Medicare options, including preventive services now covered, visit the federal website, at: www.medicare.gov. or call Medicare, at: 1-800-633-4227. Medicare phone lines are open 24/7.

SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company, and counselors do not sell or solicit any type of insurance. SHIP counselors in the field ensure that seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare understand all of the options available to them, and which choices can save them money. Counselors educate and answer questions about all Medicare plans and options.


Halloween Safety Reminder

This Halloween, The Rock Island Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort and is giving a fair warning to holiday revelers: Keep the party off the road. 


“On Halloween, we urge you to beware of impaired driving,” said Chief Jeff VenHuizen. “Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs is deadly, it is illegal and it will get you pulled over and arrested this Halloween.”


According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, more than 300 people were killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes in each of the last three years in Illinois.  In 2014, 302 people lost their lives in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above. In 2015, that number rose slightly to 315 and remained the same in 2016. Just one DUI arrest could cost an estimated $18,000 or more and result in revoked driving privileges for up to a year.


The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign urges everyone to follow these simple tips to help keep our roads safe during Halloween:

·       Plan a safe way to get home before you attend a party.

·       Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.

·       Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

·       If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it is safe to do so.

·       If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.


The Halloween enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.



QC Crime Stoppers Has New Partnership


Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities is proud to announce that they have recently  partnered with the Texas-based company, Anderson Software, to provide a more seamless and efficient way for community members to offer information to help solve and prevent crimes or other serious or life threatening matters. Anderson Software leads the industry with its latest secure and anonymous tip acquisition and management solution, called P3 Intel. This partnership allows the Quad Cities area to foster a relationship between law enforcement and the public to proactively create a safer community.


Tips were previously accepted as SMS text messages using a short code and a dedicated keyword. Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities will now be accepting tips by phone, the web, and by way of the new, FREE P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms, greatly enhancing the mobile tip submission process. Still completely anonymous, tips submitted through the P3 mobile app, unlike SMS text tips, have no length limitations and allow images, video, and documents to be uploaded with the tip. Anderson Software’s sophisticated encryption processes obscure any and all identifying information and provide assured anonymity for tipsters.


Even without the app, there is still an easy and secure option for submitting tips from any PC or mobile browser by going to qccrimestoppers.com. Of course, tips are still welcomed through calling our hotline 309-762-9500. Using whichever method, once a person submits a tip, they will be given a TIP ID and password. With this information they can login at qccrimestoppers.com and submit follow-up information, engage in real-time chat/two-way dialogue, be informed of the outcome of the tip, and access any pertinent reward information.


Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities feels that utilizing Anderson Software’s P3 Tips program will enhance communications with the public, thereby building a safer and more trusting community in which everyone prospers. To further show our value of tipsters’ contribution to the community, tips leading to an arrest will result in a cash reward.


U of Il Extension Offers Scholarships

University of Illinois Extension unit 7 has two $2,500 ACES Scholarships to incoming freshman or transfer students to attend University of Illinois College of ACES. They will be awarded to students from the counties Unit 7 serves which are Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark. The deadline is December 1, 2017. Students can apply online at the web site: academics.aces.illinois.edu/scholarships/new-students . Click on "Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students scholarship application." In Step #2, select "Extension to ACES" scholarship.  If you have questions about the ACES scholarship program, contact the ACES Academic Programs Office at 217-333-3380.


September Real Estate Sales

 Homes sold quickly and at higher median prices in September, even as statewide home sales dipped slightly amid lower than normal housing inventory levels, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in September 2017 totaled 13,657 homes sold, down 4.0 percent from 14,223 in September 2016.

The statewide median price in September was $192,500, up 6.9 percent from September 2016, when the median price was $180,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"Sellers are definitely reaping the benefits of a market which in many areas continues to be dogged by tight inventories," said Illinois REALTORS® President Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI of Mahomet, co-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign. "Although the summer selling season is drawing to a close, interest on the part of many buyers does not seem to be waning as evidenced by the short time on average it is taking to complete a purchase.”

The time it took to sell a home in September averaged 51 days, down from 58 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 60,669 homes for sale, a 10.5 percent decline from September 2016 when there were 67,796 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.81 percent in September 2017, a decrease from 3.88 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In September 2016, it averaged 3.46 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in September 2017 totaled 9,634 homes sold, down 4.6 percent from September 2016 sales of 10,095 homes. The median price in September 2017 was $230,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.7 percent from $217,500 in September 2016.

“Housing inventory continues to dampen sales,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “This problem is reflected in the significant increases in the sales prices of foreclosed properties, increasing by over 15 percent compared to 5 percent for regular sales.”

According to the data, thirty (30) Illinois counties reported sales gains for September 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Kendall County, up 11.4 percent with 245 units sold; Peoria County, up 7.3 percent with 221 units sold; Sangamon County, up 3.9 percent with 267 units sold; and Champaign County, up 3.2 percent with 196 units sold. Sixty-three (63) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Rock Island County, up 22.4 percent to $112,000; DuPage County, up 10.0 percent to $265,000; and Cook County, up 6.3 percent to $238,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 3.7 percent year-over-year home sales decline in September 2017 with 2,309 sales, down from 2,398 in September 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in September 2017 was $275,000, up 5.8 percent compared to September 2016 when it was $260,000.

“Although the market has slowed somewhat from peak summer activity, it continues to push forward, with decreases in overall inventory and market time reflecting continued interest in investing in a home,” said Rebecca Thomson, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and Vice President of Agent Development at @properties. “Moving into the colder months, pricing properties correctly will continue to be the key to capturing serious buyer attention, and quick decision making and flexibility will gain greater importance as inventory declines.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Oct. 7, 2017 for the period Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2017. The Chicago PMSA, 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.

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Lead Poisoning Week



     The WIC, Case Management, Environmental Health, and Clinical staff of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that October 22-28th has been designated National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.  The Health Department joins with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention.

     This year's theme for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," underscores the importance of testing your home, testing your child, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning's serious health effects.

     Heather Aldred, RN Health Department Blood Lead Program Coordinator, states, "Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health."

     Aldred adds, "Illinois identified more than 8,300 children with confirmed blood lead levels greater than the intervention level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC. The major sources of this lead exposure to children included lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings.  Children can also be exposed to lead from additional sources including drinking water, take-home exposures from a workplace, and lead in soil."

     Lead poisoning is a preventable condition that can affect a child's ability to learn and develop normally.  Parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead in many ways.  Here are some simple things you can do to help protect your family:

 1)  Get your home tested.  Before you buy an older home, ask for a lead inspection.

 2)  Get your child tested.  Even if your young children seem healthy, get them tested for lead.

 3)  Get the facts.  Your Health Department can provide you with helpful information about preventing childhood lead poisoning.

     The easiest way to make sure your child is safe is by having them tested for lead poisoning at their doctor's office or the local health department by a simple finger stick.  Most children do not show any symptoms of poisoning, so testing is crucial.  Testing at ages one and two and treating the child as early as possible is the best way to prevent any developmental problems.


    For more information regarding lead poisoning, call the National Lead Information Clearinghouse at 1-800-424-LEAD.  To schedule a blood lead test at the Health Department's Main office call (309) 852-5272 or at the Colona Office call (309) 792-4011. You may also get more information by visiting our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us On Twitter.


IFB roundtable addresses energy creation on the farm

Generating energy from the farm will be a topic of conversation in Bloomington next week as the Illinois Farm Bureau hosts a roundtable on the subject. Eric Rund with Green Flame Energy in Pesotum will participate in the session. He grows a large warm-season Asian grass on his farm that has been studied in the European Union and is now used commercially there for bedding, heat, and electricity generation.
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The IFB Roundtable on Renewable Energy is Tuesday, October 31st from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the IAA Board Room at the IFB headquarters in Bloomington. The event is free and includes a German-style harvest-themed lunch. Other topics to be addressed at the roundtable include bio-digesters from manure along with wind and solar power.


Davenport Open House On Thursday

Please share with your audiences that on Thursday, October 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd Street, the City of Davenport will host a Main Street Landing – Riverfront Design Standards Open House.  The presentation will be at 5:30p.m.


As you know, in 2014 the City of Davenport updated its riverfront master plan called “RiverVision” which is focused on reconnecting downtown Davenport to the Mississippi River. To assist in moving this plan forward, the City has begun to identify site furnishings, lighting, pavement and other materials to help create a cohesive look for the space commonly known as Main Street Landing.

The City wants input from the public as two unique design pallets that will merge the “new with the old” are considered. The public is invited to help the City identify site furnishings like lighting, seating and paving for Main Street Landing.


Stay Safe This Halloween With NFPA's Fire Safety Tips

 Halloween is creeping up on us. The rush is on to find the perfect pumpkin, the spookiest costume, and the best candy for trick-or-treaters. However, along with all this excitement comes potential fire hazards related to seasonal decor and costumes. Fortunately, fire risks can be avoided by following the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Halloween safety precautions.

“Halloween brings out creativity in people of all ages. Children enjoy dressing up and going door-to-door collecting candy, and adults go all out decorating their homes with spooky accents,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The festivities, however, can be dampened if the proper safety measures are not put in place ahead of time and while out canvassing the neighborhood for treats.”

From 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 840 home structure fires per year that began with decorations. These fires caused an average of 2 civilian deaths, 36 civilian injuries, and $11.4 million in direct property damage, per year. Fire can start when candles are too close to decorations or when long, trailing costumes come into contact with candles.

To safely enjoy the Halloween holiday, NFPA has created a Halloween safety video that emphasizes preparedness and the importance of flame-resistant costumes and decorations. NFPA also offers parents and teachers tip sheets, kids’ activities, a pumpkin-carving template and more at the Sparky the Fire Dog® website. NFPA’s simple Halloween fire safety tip graphic is also great for sharing on social media so that people can enjoy a spooky and safe Halloween.

To ensure that your loved ones and home are free of fire this Halloween season, follow these safety guidelines:


· Refrain from having an open flame.

· Use battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in your jack-o-lanterns.


· Choose the right costume. Try to stay away from long or flowing fabric, and remain vigilant of extraneous costume pieces.


· Avoid flammable decorations including dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper that are highly flammable.

· Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.


· Remember to keep all decorations away from doors so that they are not blocking any exits or escape routes.

Smoke Alarms:

· Make sure all of your smoke alarms are working and up to date.


· Provide flashlights to children or have children carry glow sticks as part of their costumes.

· Make sure if a child is wearing a mask that the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out of them.


Bettendorf Bulldogs are the IAHSSA Class 4A District 7 Champions!

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The Bettendorf Bulldogs are the IAHSSA Class 4A District 7 Champions!


Illinois Jobs Decline in September

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.0 percent in September and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -10,800 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. August job growth was revised up to show a smaller decline (-2,600 jobs) than initially reported (-3,700 jobs).

September’s monthly payroll drop kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. While Illinois job growth has had its ups and downs since the beginning of the year, the 3-month trend shows average declines of -4,200 jobs per month from July to September, while the six-month trend shows a -400 per month average job loss from April to September. Both the 3-month and the 6-month changes are worse than reported last month.

“The Illinois economy continues to sputter.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Moving one step forward and one step backward, as we have done this past number of months, does little to build the positive jobs momentum that most other states have built during this recovery.”

“Illinois stands apart in terms of the assets and opportunities we have to offer business across industries,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We must continue to market our exceptional assets while implementing reforms that boost our economy and make us competitive on a national stage.”

In September, the two industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Financial Activities (+3,600) and Manufacturing (+1,100). The three industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-4,200); Education and Health Services (-3,400); and Leisure and Hospitality (-3,300).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +3,700 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in September: Financial Activities (+12,000); Education and Health Services (+9,600); and Professional and Business Services (+8,000). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-10,700); Government (-7,100); and Construction (-5,800). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.1 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.2 percent over-the-year gain in September.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.8 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for September 2017, which decreased to 4.2 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.8 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. At 5.0 percent, the Illinois jobless rate is -0.7 percentage points lower than January 2017.

The number of unemployed workers dipped -0.4 percent from the prior month to 321,700, down -14.5 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force remained about unchanged over-the-month and declined by -1.3 percent in September 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). IJL recently showed 62,795 posted resumes with 179,994 jobs available.


Area Manufacturers To Receive Training

Area manufacturers are invited to hear from international manufacturing experts Jack Harris, Steve Ray and Dan Nagy of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems during the Defense & Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Workshop being hosted by the Quad Cities Chamber on Thursday, October 26 from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Rock Island Arsenal – Joint Manufacturing Technology Center.


Guests will also take part in interactive small group sessions facilitated by representatives from Intelligent Manufacturing Systems where they will team up to identify ways to lower the risk of evaluating and adopting new technologies, and will identify actionable takeaway items that will enable them to improve their product and operations.


Groups will discuss technical challenges such as:


·       How to identify gaps in technology

·       Benefits of using new technology including data analytics, additive manufacturing, advanced robotics and more

·       Identify opportunities to collaborate with other area manufacturers

·       How to maximize the use of technology and R&D results

·       Share knowledge and best practices with industry peers


“Given the speed of technological change we’re currently experiencing, we’ve found the most effective way for companies to adapt is through collaboration. We’ll all learn and adapt at a faster rate by working together,” says Mike Coughlin, Executive Director, Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub. “Through this event, area manufacturers will build valuable connections and identify areas in which they can work together to benefit each other’s businesses.”


Newly installed JMTC commanding officer Col. Kenneth W. Letcher will kick the day off with a special address regarding JMTC’s mission and future plans, including how to engage with contracting opportunities at the Rock Island Arsenal.


While there is no cost to attend the event, registration is required.  Lunch is provided, and all attendees must provide a valid driver’s license at the security gate.  Registration is available at www.quadcitieschamber.com/events.


This program is presented by the Quad Cities Chamber's Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub and the Defense Industry Adjustment Program. Sponsorship support is provided by Northwest Bank & Trust Company.


Moline Police Continue to Work a 27 Year Old Cold Case



Today marks the 27th anniversary of the disappearance of Jerry A. Wolking, a 52 year old Moline resident.


Jerry Wolking was last seen leaving the residence of his girlfriend in Rock Island around 10:45 PM en route to his Moline residence.


Evidence gathered in 1990 showed that Mr. Wolking had made it back to his residence during the late night hours on October 18th, 1990 but failed to show up to work at John Deere the next day.


On October 21st, 1990, Mr. Wolking’s vehicle a blue/silver 1988 Chevrolet Suburban was located in long term parking at the Quad City Airport.


Moline officers located blood stains in Mr. Wolking’s vehicle and had mud stuck in the tires and under carriage.  During a cold case review in 2013, with the assistance of the University of North Texas the blood stains were identified as belonging to Mr. Wolking.


Evidence shows that Mr. Wolking was likely involved in an argument near his residence and then struck by his own vehicle. The suspect then placed Mr. Wolking into the rear of the Chevrolet Suburban and took him to an unknown location, as Mr. Wolking has not been seen since that date.


During the cold case review, several new witnesses came forward and advised Mr. Wolking was fearful of his girlfriend’s estranged husband, confiding in family members and co-workers that he was afraid he would be harmed by him.


In 2013, witnesses came forward and advised they had observed a vehicle they believed to be Mr. Wolking’s 1988 Chevrolet Suburban stuck in the mud in the early morning hours of October 19th, 1990. The witness observed the vehicle in a wooded area near the Poplar Grove addition in Moline, which is just east of Green Valley softball complex.


In 2013, with the assistance of the Augustana College Geology Department student Grant Wick and Dr. Michael Wolf, forensic testing was completed on the dirt and grass located on Mr. Wolking’s vehicle in 1990. The testing compared that to samples of dirt and grass from the Poplar Grove area and geologically they were similar.









In 2013, the Moline Police Department with the assistance of Canine Search Solutions out of Wisconsin conducted a search of the area where Mr. Wolking’s vehicle was believed to be observed.  The search of the area did not find anything of evidentiary value related to Mr. Wolking.


The Moline Police Department is asking individuals with information regarding Mr. Wolking’s disappearance to come forward and put this case to rest for Mr. Wolking’s family.



Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140 or those wishing to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.



Detective Michael Griffin #2008

Public Information Officer


Moline Police Department






Forbes List of Billionaires Includes Pritzker

Illinois has a very rich man as Governor but he’s not nearly as wealthy as a person that’s trying to run against him next November. Forbes magazine ranks Democrat gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker as 219th richest American, saying he’s worth $3.4 billion. Pritzker is among the richest people in Illinois, but hedge fund manager Ken Griffin is atop the state list. His personal wealth is pegged at $8.5 billion. 


Officers investigating a Homicide in Davenport

On Wednesday October 18, 2017 at approximately 12:32 AM Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of East 2nd Street reference to a shots fired call. Officers arriving on scene located one shooting victim who was transported to Genesis East Hospital. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, 29 year old Dimitrius Summers of Rock Island was pronounced dead.

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”.


GDL Program Reduces Teen Fatalities

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says the Graduated Driver's License has been a proven lifesaver for first time drivers. White believes stricter standards for younger drivers has played a lead role in cutting the number of teenage driver deaths by 51 percent in the past ten years. Illinois Transportation Department figures show that compared to 155 lives lost in that age group in 2007. That was the year before the graduated license program took effect. The graduated license program features nighttime driving restrictions, an increased required practice driving time with an adult before a teen can get a license and limits starting drivers to one passenger in the front seat. Cell phone use is prohibited, even with a hands free device, unless there is an emergency. 


Breast Cancer Awareness Month


    The Henry and Stark County Health Department is pleased to announce that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 


     Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.  About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. 


     The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2016 are:


·         About 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

·         About 61,000 new cases of carcinoma situ (CIS) will be diagnosed.

·         About 40,450 women will die from breast cancer.


    RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion, notes, “When considering facts such as these it's obvious that we, in the public health field, must emphasize the importance of early detection and screening.   Indeed, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Therefore, we would like to encourage women to partner with a friend or family member to remind each other to practice monthly breast self-exam and make annual clinical exam and mammogram appointments."


    The Health Department reminds area residents that their clinical services program provides annual physical exams to area women, including a breast exam and pap smear.


    The clinic accepts medicaid payments and private pay.  A sliding fee scale, based on the client's income, has been established to assist residents to obtain services.


    In addition the Health Department is always available for breast cancer prevention educational presentations for your group or organization.


     For more information on Department's Women's Health services call (309)

852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com. or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.


Mating Season Is Here, Don't Veer For Deer

 Autumn brings shorter days, cooler temperatures and a new set of driving habits for Illinois motorists. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources warn drivers to be vigilant during mating season as deer will be more active and visible throughout the state. The risk for deer vs. vehicle crashes greatly increases in October, November and December, especially at dusk and dawn. 

“Deer can dart in front of a vehicle in the blink of an eye,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “It’s instinctual to swerve out of the way, but in doing so, drivers could lose control of the vehicle and cause a more severe crash. If you’re attentive and watchful for deer encounters, these safety tips could make all the difference.”

Motorists are urged to follow these safe driving tips during mating season:

• Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to deer crossing signs.

• Scan the sides of the road for eye shine – the reflection of headlights in the eyes.

• Slow down if you see deer.  They travel in groups, so more are likely in the area.

• Prepare for the unexpected. Deer can stop in the middle of the road or double back.

• If a collision is inevitable, try to glance the vehicle off the deer and avoid swerving into the opposite lanes of traffic.

More safe driving tips can be viewed by clicking here.

Approximately 40 to 45 (actually 41%) percent of crashes in Illinois involving deer in 2016 occurred in October, November, and December – with November being the highest-risk month. 75 percent of all motor vehicle crashes involving deer happened in rural environments, with over 70 (actually 72%) percent of all crashes taking place at twilight or nighttime.
In 2016, there were 14,759 motor vehicle crashes involving deer in Illinois, over one thousand crashes less than the 2015 total. There were 14,248 crashes that resulted in damage to property or vehicles only, down from the 15,431 in 2015. Personal injuries tallied 581 in 2016 versus 628 in 2015 and 569 in 2014. The number of fatalities dropped, from eight in 2015 to five in 2016.

The top 10 Illinois counties for crashes involving deer in 2016:

1. Cook   439                                                            7.  Williamson  287
2. Madison  415                                                        8.  Rock Island  278
3. Will   389                                                               9.  Bureau    277
4. Sangamon  344                                                         Pike   277
5. Fulton  328                                                                 Lake   277  
6.   Peoria   311                                                       10.  Jackson  273      

“Deer-vehicle accidents can occur any time of year, but deer are especially active in the fall during their mating season,” said Wayne Rosenthal, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  “Motorists should be on the alert for deer near roadways during early morning and evening hours, especially near wooded areas, field edges and waterways.”

If you do hit a deer, pull off to the shoulder and turn on the hazard lights. Call 911 to report the accident so the appropriate law enforcement can assist. Do not get out of the vehicle to check on an injured deer or pull it from the road. You can visit the IDNR website for information on how to claim a deer that has been involved in a crash.


AFSCME questions recent Illinois Corrections decisions

AFSCME officials say safety at Illinois Correctional facilities needs some serious correcting. AFSCME, which represents corrections officers, reports inmate attacks on state employees have surged 51 percent since 2015. Two years ago, there were 541 assaults. AFSCME projects that number will hit 819 based on assaults so far this year. AFSCME Council 31's Anders Lindall believes the expansion of inmates eligible for minimum security accommodations has played a major role...
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Corrections officials say inmates are only transferred to lower-level security prisons when their progress and behavior warrants.


Upcoming Extension Webinar

An age-friendly community enables people of all ages to actively participate in activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. More communities are making commitments to become age-friendly - adapting their structures and services to the needs of their ageing populations. During this October 26th Age Friendly Community webinar, Wendy Bartlo, Center for Health, Aging, and Disability (CHAD) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the process they are using to help her community prepare for upcoming demographic shifts with regard to older adults.  Wendy completed her doctorate in anthropology and a pre-doctoral fellowship in gerontology at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she spent two years researching the lives of older adults in Detroit neighborhoods. This webinar will explore her research and the work she is doing to help move Champaign-Urbana into the AARP and World Health Organization's network of age friendly communities, as well as present her suggestions on what makes a community livable for residents of all ages.  This webinar is free, but pre-registration is required. Register online at University of Illinois Extension’s website: web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call your local Extension office Rock Island County (309) 756-9978, Mercer County (309) 582-5106 or Henry/Stark County (309) 932-3447.


Ten Years Brings Fewer Teen Driving Fatalities in Illinois and Iowa


This week marks the tenth anniversary of National Teen Driver Safety Week, And things look much different than they did ten years ago. Though it is tragic to lose even one young person in a car crash, in the United States the numbers have decreased nearly 43 percent in the past decade. In 2015, 4,308 teens were involved in fatal crashes compared to 7,500 in 2005*.

That information according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


In Illinois, the number of teens involved in fatal car crashes has gone down by 45%, 239 in 2005 compared to 132 in 2015. In Iowa, crashes are down 42%, 86 in 2005 compared to 50 in 2015.


Studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) attribute reductions in crash deaths to strong Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs. Nearly all states have substantially strengthened their GDL laws over the past twenty years. Strong GDL laws consist of: minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit, a six-month holding period, supervised driving requirement, nighttime driving restriction, passenger restriction, cell phone restriction, and a minimum age of 18 for an unrestricted license.



Roadwork In Moline Begins Today


16th Street between 23rd and 28th Avenue

Centennial Contractors will be patching pavement at 16th Street between 23rd and 28th Avenue beginning Tuesday October 17, 2017, weather permitting.  Project’s estimated completion date is the week of November 10th 2017.



City of Bettendorf Receives $150,000 Grant

The City of Bettendorf has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP).  REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect the Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. 15% of REAP is set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.


The grant money will be used for continuing restoration efforts of the natural areas at Forest Grove Park, 100-acre park site in northeast Bettendorf.  This is part of an ongoing project to enhance and restore the woodland and floodplain areas in this rapidly developing park. The first phase of the park was dedicated last fall. It is anticipated that at least some of the natural areas will be ready to be open for public access by the fall of 2018. These funds will compliment work being done by the City to help eliminate the many invasive species of plants, repair various areas of erosion, and enhance the wildlife habitat in this area. The park borders Forest Avenue to the south, I-80 to the north and is situated about ½ mile east of Middle Road in this rapidly developing section of Bettendorf.


In its 28 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting over 15,000 projects. REAP has funded these projects with $300 million in state investments, leveraging two to three times the amount in private, local, and federal dollars.  Collectively, these projects have improved the quality of life for all Iowans with better soil and water quality; added outdoor recreation opportunities; sustained economic development; enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures. Since 1991, Scott County has received over $5,000,000 in funds from the REAP program and the City of Bettendorf alone has received over $1,000,000 in REAP funds to assist with enhancing the City’s natural resources.


The City of Bettendorf takes great pride in providing great quality of life amenities for our citizens and this is another example of the diverse parks in Bettendorf that help make it a place people want to live in.



Bustos Comments On Trump Health Care Decision

“President Trump directly promised there would be ‘insurance for everybody’ and health care would be a ‘lot less expensive.’ His decision to take away funding that millions of Americans rely on to see a doctor is the very definition of a broken promise. There is no gray area here. When Americans see their health insurance bills increasing and lose access to quality care, it will be because of Donald Trump and Washington Republicans. I call on my colleagues in the Republican majority to stand up to President Trump and Speaker Ryan by working with us to stop the president from taking this action. Instead of sticking millions of Americans with skyrocketing health care costs, Republicans should work across the aisle to lower the cost of coverage and expand access to more Americans.”


Early Friday Morning Fire In Bettendorf

At 1:19 a.m. this morning, the Bettendorf Fire Department responded to a fully involved trailer fire at the Valley Trailer Court, 5425 Valley Drive.  Firefighters were notified that there was a man inside the trailer. They arrived on scene at 1:23 a.m. 


Crews made a entry into the trailerThe victim was located,removed, and transported to Genesis East.  The victim’s identity is being confirmed at this time.  The fire was under control at 1:37 a.m.and hotspots were extinguished at 2:11 a.m. 


The Iowa State Fire Marshal was notified and will assist in the investigation.


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