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Young Student Injured in Moline

This morning a young student was hit and then pinned under a vehicle close to the John Deere Middle School. The student was initially taken to the Hospital, but was then taken to a Peoria Hospital for further observation. The student should be released later today.

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Fast Pitch Competition

The University of Illinois Extension is holding an informational meeting on January 23rd at 6pm about the 6 County Fast Pitch competition.

The competition is open to residents in Henry, Stark, Mercer, Henderson, Knox or Warren Counties.    

Kathy Albert is the Executive Director of the Kewanee Economic Development Corporation and she says the competition will help to provide entrepreneurs with the resources they need…

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The competition is somewhat similar to what’s seen on Shark Tank and consists of presentations made to judges during confidential sessions for a chance to win a portion of prizes that include cash, advertising and professional small business consultation.

Needless to say, but for some people, considering the start of a small business might be a bit daunting and it keeps those folks straddling the fence.

Ms. Albert advises those people to strongly consider taking the next step…

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An informational session will be held on January 23rd at the Henry and Stark County Extension office at 358 Front Street in Galva.

There is no cost to attend and Ms. Albert says just show up at the meeting for further information…

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Applications to enter the competition are due by January 31st with practice sessions set for February 12th and the final contest on March 14th.        

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Friday Morning Accident In Moline

Today at approximately 0745 hours, Moline Police and Fire responded to the intersection of 12th Street and 21st Avenue in reference to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.

 

Several callers to 911 advised that the pedestrian was pinned under a vehicle.

 

Prior to the arrival Moline Police and Fire, bystanders reportedly lifted the vehicle off of the injured pedestrian.

 

A female/juvenile was transported to Unity Point-Rock Island and later transferred to OSF-Peoria for treatment of what are considered non-life threatening injuries at this time.

 

The roadway was shut down for a period of time while Moline Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Division investigated.

 

The traffic crash is under investigation and no charges are pending at this time.

 

Moline Police are asking anyone with information regarding the crash or events leading up the crash to contact Moline Police Department at 309-797-0401. 

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Birth Defects Prevention Month

 

    The WIC and Case Management staff of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments, are joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that preventing infections before and during pregnancy can protect babies from being born with birth defects. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The theme for 2018 is “Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection.”  With this theme special emphasis is focused on the importance of preventing infections before and during pregnancy that can increase the risk of having a baby with a birth defect.

     The Health Department is encouraging healthcare professionals, educators, social service professionals, and the general public to support this effort.  Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States.  We know that not all birth defects can be prevented. But, we also know that women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by preventing infections before and during pregnancy, managing health conditions, and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant.

     Heather Aldred, WIC and Case Management Nurse with the Health Department notes, “Although not all birth defects can be prevented, many steps can be taken to increase a woman’s chance of having a healthy baby. It is important to prevent those infections that can increase the risk of birth defects and other health problems for mothers and babies.

Here are some helpful tips for pregnant women or women who may become pregnant:

Get vaccinated.

? Get the flu shot and the whooping cough vaccine.

? Become up-to-date with all vaccines before getting pregnant.

Prevent insect bites.

? Use insect repellent.

? Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside.

? Consider avoiding travel to areas with Zika virus.

Practice good hygiene.

? Wash your hands often with soap and water.

? Avoid putting a young child’s cup or pacifier in your mouth.

Talk to your healthcare provider.

? Ask about how you can prevent infections, such as Zika virus.

? Discuss how to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

       By following these “Prevent to Protect” guidelines, women can reduce the risk of having a child with a birth defect and also reduce their risk of pregnancy complications such as early pregnancy loss, prematurity and stillbirths.”

     There are many different kinds of birth defects including congenital heart defects, cleft lip or palate, defects of the brain or spine, and a variety of genetic syndromes such as Down syndrome. Some have only a minor or brief effect on a baby's health and some have life-threatening and/or life-long effects.

    More than 120,000 babies born with a birth defect (approximately 1 in 33 live births) are reported each year in the United States.

    "Most people are unaware of how common, costly and critical birth defects are in the United States, or that there are simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of birth defects" adds Aldred.  "The health of both parents prior to pregnancy can affect the risk of having a child with a birth defect.  Diet, life-style choices, factors in the environment, health conditions and medications before and during pregnancy all can play a role in preventing or increasing the risk of birth defects."

    Aldred concludes, "Small steps like visiting a health care provider before pregnancy and taking a multivitamin everyday can make a big difference. Also, women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant can take control of their health to improve their chance of a healthy pregnancy.  Good habits include regular physical activity, about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, or more.  Healthy eating means having a balanced diet, low in fats, with at least 5 or more servings a day of fruits and vegetables.  A woman should talk to her healthcare provider about making healthy changes for a successful pregnancy."

    For more information on the Health Department WIC and Case Management services call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 (Henry) or (309) 852-3115 (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.

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Health Dept Offers WIC Program

     The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff reminds area residents that they offer the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Food Supplemental program.  The WIC program promotes the health of our local children and mothers, by providing free groceries to participants; and creating healthier families by encouraging healthy eating and lifestyles.

 

      Sandy Sommer, Director of Clinical Services with the Health Department, states, “We are thrilled to announce that WIC Services are now available to local families ‘without borders.’  Which means, if you reside in a neighboring county; but actually live closer to one of our WIC locations in Kewanee or Colona, we can serve your WIC needs!” 

 

     In addition, the Health Department has expanded WIC hours in order to be more convenient to working families and school children participating in the program.

 

     Sommer adds, “We also want to stress that WIC benefits area available to eligible children up to the age of 5, pregnant women, infants, postpartum and breastfeeding women.”

 

    The Health Department WIC and Casemanagement staff encourages healthy pregnancies, babies, children and families through their services. The WIC Supplemental Food Program offers supplemental foods and nutrition education to residents who meet certain nutrition and economic guidelines.  In addition, clients may receive healthy food items such as milk, formula, eggs, and cereal; fruits, vegetables, juices, whole grain breads and tortillas.

 

    Sommer concludes, "Our WIC and Casemanagement staff feel it's important that all area residents and families have the information and encouragement to make healthy decisions; not only for themselves but for their entire family. Thereby, hoping future generations are more healthy and active."

 

   For more information on the Department's WIC and Casemanagement services call the Department at (309) 852-5272 (Kewanee) or 792-4011(Colona) 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. For more information you can also visit www.fns.usda.gov/wic.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

    

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Danger At Intersections

Intersections are a fact of life for drivers of all vehicles on a daily basis but that is also an area of driving that gets abused far too often.

Safety Expert Doug Sommer from Pekin says it all starts with the very definition of the term intersection…

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Sommer adds that unregulated intersections are potentially the most dangerous of all…

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Doug also notes that the risk increases particularly in the rural area’s when vehicles are travelling at a high rate of speed…

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RME In Davenport To Host Winter Wine Experience

Join us for the 9th Annual Winter Wine Experience, presented by Dimitri Wine & Spirits and sponsored by Estes Construction, a wine tasting and fundraiser! 

Winter Wine is the kick off for RME's Annual Appeal, and helps fund all of the music and educational programming at RME. In 2017, RME's outreach grew by over 30% and we reached 15,000+ area students. We want to keep growing, but we can't do that without support from amazing community members like you.

 

There will be wine from around the globe for tasting, hors d'oeuvres, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and live music. This year in our silent auction you can bid on a year pass to every Redstone Room show in 2018, rounds of golf at great local courses, amazing packages from local casinos and hotels, and so much more.

 

 

Winter Wine Experience

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

$45 in advance / $55 at the door


 

Wine Tasting: 6-8pm

Redstone Room Cocktail Party: 8-10pm

Age Restriction: 21+

Music from: Kellen Meyers Trio & Songbird Quartet

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IL Department on Aging Announces 2017 Senior Hall of Fame Inductees

 

The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is proud to announce the 2017 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame inductees. These individuals are being honored for the meaningful contributions they have made in performance, education and community service.

“It is a true honor to recognize older adults across the state that have made a significant impact on their community,” said Jean Bohnhoff, Director of IDoA. “Our 2017 inductees are dedicated individuals whose contributions reflect the agency’s principles of respecting yesterday, supporting today, and hoping for tomorrow. We thank them for their commitment and generosity.”

The 2017 Senior Illinois Hall of Fame inductees are:

Helen Hawkins, 87, of Granite City, is the 2017 inductee for the Community Service Category. Hawkins has consistently shown tremendous support for community-based programs in her area. She has chaired special projects for the organizations she is a member of such as the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, AmVets Ladies Auxiliary, and VFW Women’s Auxiliary in addition to many others. Hawkins has shown her commitment to her community by providing aid to victims of area flooding, improving cemetery grounds, and supporting our troops away from home.

Lou Henson, 85, of Champaign, is the 2017 inductee for the Education Category. Former University of Illinois Basketball Head Coach, Henson spent over 41 years of his career motivating young adults in academics and competitive excellence. Among his many accomplishments over the years, Henson was named as a Sports Illustrated top 20 Coach, ESPN National Coach of the year, and was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Notably, Henson founded the nationally known student run organization, Orange Krush. The Orange Krush Foundation collects the membership entry fees from all members and in turn allocates this money into the community to deserving groups such as soup kitchens, children's homes, and after-school programs.

Carol Schempp, 73, of Springfield, is the 2017 inductee for the Performance / Graphic Arts Category. As a Senior Olympian, Schempp prides herself on her commitment to health and the promotion of well-being for individuals of any physical ability. She uses her fitness skills to promote safety and wellness amongst her peers, such as volunteering as a life guard. Schempp is an advocate for exercise and encourages others to recognize the importance of having a regular fitness regimen at any stage of life.

The Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame was created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1994 to honor Illinois residents ages 65 and older for their personal achievements in four separate categories. Since then, 104 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame including the 2017 inductees. Inductees will each be presented with an award during individual ceremonies being held in their hometowns.

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Moline Foundation Offers Scholarships to Students In Moline

 

 

The Moline Foundation Announces the Lee McAllister Memorial Scholarship Award Deadline

The Lee McAllister Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by his family. This scholarship honors his desire to help young people pursue education and become productive members of their community.

Each scholarship award will be $1,000 for the academic year. Scholarship funds may be applied to any component of the school's comprehensive fee, at the discretion of the financial aid office. The potential for future personal achievement by the final candidates will be evaluated by the selection committee. Only completed applications will be considered.

Requirements: Applicants should apply online at www.molinefoundation.org. All scholarships must be submitted by midnight on Friday, March 16, 2018. All reference letters need to be mailed to The Moline Foundation 1601 River Drive, Suite 210, Moline, Illinois 61265 with a postmark on or before March 16, 2018.

Scholarship Candidates Must:

be a graduating high school senior from Moline High School.

intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree on a full-time basis planning to major in education.

demonstrate financial need, presented through the scholarship application and information confirmed by the financial aid office of the selected college (available at the time of interview).

demonstrate the potential for future personal achievement, abilities, school and community activities and strong academic record.

have achieved high school scholastic performance with a GPA of at least 2.75.

submit a transcript, two letters of reference and a brief essay (200 words or less) on “Why are you entering the field of education?”

All applications are online on The Moline Foundation website: www.molinefoundation.org or contact Linda Daily, ldaily@molinefoundation.org, or Jen von Kaenel, jvonkaenel@molinefoundation.org, or call (309) 736-3800 if you have further questions.

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RME Kicks of it's 2018 Annual Apeal with Winter Wine Experience

The 9th Annual Winter Wine Experience, presented by Dimitri Wine & Spirits and sponsored by Estes Construction, a wine tasting and fundraiser! Winter Wine is the kick off for RME's Annual Appeal, and helps fund all of the music and educational programming at RME. In 2017, RME's outreach grew by over 30% and we reached 15,000+ area students. They want to keep growing, but they can't do that without support from amazing community members like you. There will be wine from around the globe for tasting, hors d'oeuvres, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and live music. This year in their silent auction you can bid on a year pass to every Redstone Room show in 2018, rounds of golf at great local courses, amazing packages from local casinos and hotels, and so much more.


Winter Wine Experience
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
$45 in advance / $55 at the door

Wine Tasting: 6-8pm


Redstone Room Cocktail Party: 8-10pm
Age Restriction: 21+
Music from: Kellen Meyers Trio & Songbird Quartet

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Traffic Changes Due to Captain's Table Fire

River Drive will be closed until late this afternoon due to the fire at the Captain’s Table.Traffic is being rerouted at 41st Street and 55th Street along River Drive. At this time only residents who live in the affected area 4100 block River Drive to 5400 block River Drive are allowed in the area and the fire department requests all residential traffic enter at the 41st Street side.

 

We will update this as it progresses but at this time the fire department expects to be on scene for the next several hours.If you have any further questions regarding traffic please contact 563-349-2800, all inquiries regarding the fire should be directed to Moline Fire Department.

 

 

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IRS Tax Info

The tax filing season is upon us and many folks will be filing taxes either on their own through the computer program free file, or they will be seeking the help of a professional to prepare the return.

Michael Devine with the IRS office in St Louis says tax professionals need to be certified and tax payers need to be aware of that…

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Devine also notes that scammers purporting to be with the IRS are getting more savvy all the time.

He says citizens need to be alert for a new form of scam…

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Devine says yes, it may take a little time on the phone to contact the IRS to verify, but that amount of time will pale in comparison to having your account hacked by the scammers…

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Pink In The Rink Set For February 10th


NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative is teaming up with the Quad City Mallards for the first annual Pink in the Rink! This very special event will celebrate all who have been impacted by cancer and include organizations such as NormaLeah, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, Pink Pajama Party of the Quad Cities and American Cancer Society. Wear your favorite teal shirt to celebrate and represent our teal sisters!The Quad City Mallards take on the Fort Wayne Komets Saturday, February 10th at 7pm. Tickets are discounted at $15 each with $5 supporting NormaLeah and our early detection education programs. Order today by calling Devin at 309-277-1327 and mention NormaLeah for the discount! Tickets must be purchased before Wednesday, February 7th. Everyone who purchases a ticket in advance will receive one entry into a raffle to win an autographed hockey stick from the Mallards team! Additional entries can be purchased that night along with our exclusive Bling4Cancer jewelry. On Wednesday, February 7th from 9am-9pm, all are invited to the Tax Slayer Center to Paint the Rink Pink! This is a wonderful opportunity to honor someone impacted by cancer as their name will be painted on the ice and played on Saturday night!Interested in volunteering at the event? Contact us at 309-794-0009.

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Durbin blasts President Trump's alleged comments about Haiti, Africa

llinois Senator Dick Durbin says President Trump said things that were "hate-filled, vile and racist." during bipartisan immigration talks. He also says the Commander in Chief isn't being truthful when he denies using an expletive to describe Haiti and African nations
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Senator Durbin., speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in Chicago, also took issue with the President's choice of immigration terminology....
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Durbin says his hope of getting a bipartisan agreement approved by the White House died yesterday.

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RI-Milan School Board Special Meeting

The Board of Education of the Rock Island-Milan School District No 41 will hold a special meeting to discuss the superintendent search process as follows:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

6:00 p.m.

Administration Center Room 23

(2101 Sixth Avenue, Rock Island)

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University of Illinois Extension 21st Annual Nursery School


 

Shake off the winter doldrums at Nursery School, the Quad Cities’ premiere gardening symposium! Produced by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners from Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties, Nursery School offers something for everyone, from the novice to the most experienced gardener. Local and regional horticulture experts share tips, pointers, ideas and information you can put to work!  The 21st annual event will be held at Augustana College in the state of the art Gerber Center at 3435 9 1/2 Ave., Rock Island, IL.  This year the lessons start earlier with the first session at 8:15 a.m.

FREE SHUTTLE FROM CENTENNIAL HALL   For the best parking, take our free shuttle bus from the Centennial Hall parking lot: 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island from 7:30– 8:45 AM & 3:15 - 4:30 PM

 

REGISTER EARLY & SAVE
Registration fees are $45 through January 31, 2018.  They increase to $55 on February 1.  You must register by February 11—no walk-in registration will be accepted.

Your fee includes the keynote session and lunch, four additional classes, handouts, access to the Nursery School vendor area, morning coffee and tea, and a tote bag you can fill with catalogs, brochures and money-saving coupons from local businesses. 

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Attention all fans of Girls Scouts cookies!

Starting on the 19th, the girl’s scouts will be selling their famous cookies. This tradition has been around for over 100 years and proceeds help the Girl Scouts with their activities. Of course Thin Mints, Savannah Smiles, and Tagalogs will be available!

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Governor Bruce Rauner is meeting with small business owners around the state

Governor Bruce Rauner is meeting with small business owners around the state about their concerns and suggestions. Governor Rauner says small businesses are the backbone of the Illinois economy and the state needs to help them thrive and expressed concerns about worker’s compensation abuse and fraud and high property taxes in Illinois.

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Shots fired outside of the Quad Cities on I-80

On last Thursday, Charles Johnston was taken into custody and is being held in the Cedar County Jail in Tipton, Iowa. Mr. Johnston was shooting at vehicles traveling westbound on I-80 close to the rest area around the 265-mile marker. Charles Johnston has been charged with attempted murder and assault on a peace officer with a dangerous weapon.

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Interesting Weather for this Weekend

This weekend will be a cold one and will end with small snow showers. Do not worry though, because the snow will be light, fluffy, and should be easy to clear! We are excepting one to three inches through Monday morning. 

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Bustos Releases Hope From The Heartland Reports

Rep. Cheri Bustos released an extensive “Hope from the Heartland” report which was developed over the last several months. Based on conversations that Bustos and Professor Robin Johnson of Monmouth College had with 72 Democratic state and local officials who have been successful in rural and Midwestern communities, this report shares the direct wisdom, insight and strategy of true survivors who have withstood tough election cycles for Democrats. The report focused exclusively on rural and blue-collar communities from eight states that played a key role in President Donald Trump's election - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

While some of the opinions expressed in the report may run contrary to some of the different elements within the Democratic Party, the report underscores the importance of staying focused on jobs and the economy if Democrats hope to regain power this November. That starts by listening and then turning these lessons into action in both Washington and State Capitals.

But, the message delivered by the participants in their report was clear, “Don’t give up on the Heartland.”  The feeling was unanimous, Democrats can earn these votes back with a more disciplined approach to winning races in the Heartland and by bringing the wisdom of rural working-class voters to national debates.

“If Democrats want to compete and succeed in rural America, we need to listen and learn from the leaders who are getting it done,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I launched the ‘Hope from the Heartland’ project because Democrats have already won the big cities and, if we’re serious about winning back majorities, we need to start by winning back the trust of the hardworking men and women in small towns across our country. We went into this project with an open mind and an invitation to the participants to speak their minds openly and honestly. While I don’t agree with all of the comments we received, this report reconfirms my deeply held belief that Democrats must keep our eye on the ball by spending each and every day addressing the very real economic challenges facing families who are struggling and feel like Washington has left them behind. There’s a heck of a lot more that unites us than divides us as Americans and, if Democrats can keep our focus on these core values, then we’re going to have a strong 2018 – and much more importantly - be in position to deliver a better future for all Americans.”

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Bettendorf Police Seeking Leads in Jan 9 Burglary

The Bettendorf Police Department is actively seeking the public’s assistance with a residential burglary incident.

 

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at approximately 5:36 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 5200 block of Taylor Avenue, Bettendorf, reference a burglary to a residence where the homeowner was present. The suspect brandished a firearm and forced his way into the home. After an altercation inside, the suspect fled on foot. The suspect was described as a white male in his early to mid-30’s, approximately 5’8” tall, and 175 lbs.  He was wearing dark pants, a black jacket, and stocking cap. 

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Jeff Buckles, Bettendorf Police Department, at 563-344-4039.

 

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Shots Fired Call

On Thursday January 11, 2018 at approximately 12:47 PM Davenport Police responded to Devine Creations (700 W 3rd Street) reference to a report of shots fired. Officers arriving in the area located an adult male (26 years old from Davenport) who had suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was transported to Genesis Medical Center.Preliminary information indicated that there was a dispute within the business between two subjects which led to a gunshot being fired. Both subjects fled the business. The victim was not directly involved in the dispute. No other injuries have been reported.
Officers and Detectives are investigating the incident. No further information is available at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Officers Need You Help with a Residential Burglary in Bettendorf

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at approximately 5:36 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 5200 block of Taylor Avenue, Bettendorf, reference a burglary to a residence where the homeowner was present. The suspect brandished a firearm and forced his way into the home. After an altercation inside, the suspect fled on foot. The suspect was described as a white male in his early to mid-30’s, approximately 5’8” tall, and 175 lbs.  He was wearing dark pants, a black jacket, and stocking cap. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Jeff Buckles, Bettendorf Police Department, at 563-344-4039.

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IL Dept of Insurance Files Appeal in D.C.

Jennifer Hammer, the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI), has asked the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. to require the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to honor its statutory and contractual obligations to Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company (LLH) under the federal Risk Corridor Program. LLH, now in liquidation because of CMS’ breach of its obligations, was a cooperative start-up health insurer providing affordable health insurance to Illinois residents lacking access to  government-provided or employer-provided health insurance.

Since 2014 CMS has refused to pay LLH approximately $128 million to which it is entitled under the federal Risk Corridor Program, even though CMS has consistently recognized that liability as an  obligation of the federal government. As a result, the IDOI was forced to put LLH into liquidation in September 2016, causing 50,000 Illinoisans to lose their health insurance with three months still left in their policy year.

Today a three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from lawyers representing both LLH and the federal government. The Court of Appeals is expected to issue a written ruling within the next few months.

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UPDATE: Deceased person found at the Flying J

The name of the deceased person found at the Flying J parking lot is Chuck Olivier, age 47, of Denham Springs, Louisiana. This investigation is being treated as a homicide. Based on preliminary investigation there is no imminent threat to public safety. An autopsy is being scheduled. There is no additional information that can be released at this time.

 

Original Release: January 8, 2018
On Monday January 8, 2018 at approximately 11:57 AM Officers were dispatched to the Flying J, 8200 Northwest Boulevard reference to an unresponsive person in a vehicle. Shortly after arriving on scene medical personnel pronounced the subject deceased. Detectives are investigating the incident. No further information is available at this time. Updates will be sent out when more information becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Temporary No Parking for Downtown Davenport

Public Works crews will be picking up snow piles in downtown Davenport between 12am, Thursday, January 11 and 6am, Thursday, January 11.  A Snow Emergency is NOT being declared, rather Temporary No Parking will go into effect at the locations snow piles are to be removed, as noted on the map below.  Vehicles parked in Temporary No Parking spots will be towed if parked illegally in Temporary No Parking areas.

 

As an alternative to on-street parking, residents and visitors to downtown Davenport may park for free in any one of the city’s three parking ramps beginning at 5pm, Wednesday, January 10 through 7am, Thursday, January 11.

 

Residents may see work occurring along Duck Creek and the recreational path between Hickory Grove and Jersey Ridge Roads over the coming months.

 

The work being performed is the first phase of the Duck Creek South Interceptor Rehabilitation Project and includes cleaning and inspecting the sewer main located along the south side of Duck Creek. The contractor will be using the bike path for access, but the path should remain open for use during this phase.

 

Later this spring, the contractor should begin mobilizing for next phases which includes sewer lining and manhole rehabilitation.  The entire project will not be complete until the fall of 2019.

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Grassley Names New State Director

 

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today announced that Carol Olson, of Des Moines, will join his staff this month as State Director.

In this position, Olson will represent Grassley and oversee the work of regional directors and constituent service specialists in Grassley offices statewide, including Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo. She will be based in Des Moines and start January 22.

“My state staff is vitally important to making the process of representative government work,” Grassley said. “Carol’s leadership will help to continue their tradition of outstanding casework services and direct liaison with community leaders in every county in Iowa along with the larger cities. Carol has a record of effective and dedicated public service, and it’s wonderful to put her experience and commitment to work for my Senate offices in Iowa.”

Olson has been Deputy Secretary of State for Elections in Des Moines for the last three years. She had the same role for Secretary of State Paul Pate from 1995 through 1998. Olson previously worked 12 years for Thrivent Financial where she managed member engagement throughout Iowa.

Other work experience includes leading the Iowa State Senate Republican Staff as Staff Director. Olson was a Legislative Assistant in Washington for Grassley from 1987 through 1991. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato.

Olson is an active member of the Lutheran Church and mentors young women in the Miss America and Miss Iowa programs. She and her husband Lew raised two daughters in Des Moines.

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Rock and Roll Bingo Hits the QC in Feb



Nu Zeta Sorority presents Rock n Roll Bingo of the Quad Cities on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Walcott American Legion, 121 W. Bryant Street, Walcott, IA 52773. Doors will open at 6:00 pm with Bingo starting at 7:00 pm. The cost is $10 for a bag of Bingo chips ($5 for each additional bag). Bingo card is free with purchase of chips. Happy Joe's Walking Tacos will be available for purchase for $5 each. Desserts will also be for sale. Snacks are allowed, but drinks must be purchased at the venue. Contact Trudy at (563) 340-9881 to reserve your table today!

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QVH Under Focus of Lawmaker Panel

In order to get more answers as to why Legionella bacteria remains a problem at the Quincy Veteran’s home the Illinois House and Senate held a joint committee hearing on the matter. In 2015, 12 people died of Legionnaires disease and in October another person died of Legionnaires. Erica Jefferies the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says that they have taken multiple steps to address Legionella bacteria in the water system.

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Jefferies says that despite all of those steps they still do have Legionella bacteria in the home’s water system but they know about it because of the increased testing efforts.

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Monday Accident in Bettendorf

On Monday, January 8 at approximately 10:38 p.m., Bettendorf police and fire were dispatched to I-80/Middle Road for a single vehicle/pedestrian accident.

 

The pedestrian was on the side of the road near his broken down vehicle when another vehicle traveling eastbound struck him. The pedestrian was taken to Genesis East.

 

The driver of the vehicle was ticketed for speeding.

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Sen Grassley To Kick Off Annual 99 County Meetings

 

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley will begin holding meetings with Iowans in every county this year starting on Friday, January 12 in Harrison County and Saturday, January 13 in Sac County.  ­­­

 

These meetings will kick off Grassley’s 38th year of holding meetings in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties. Grassley has held at least one meeting with Iowans in every county, every year since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980.

 

“Representative government is a two-way street, and it requires continued dialogue between elected officials and the people they represent,” Grassley said. “I look forward to events and meetings where I have the opportunity to listen to Iowans’ comments and concerns and respond directly to their questions.”

 

These town meetings are open to the public and media.  

 

Details below:

 

Friday, January 12, 2018

 

Harrison County

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Logan Community Center

108 W 4th Street

Logan

 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

 

Sac County

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Loring Hospital Education Room

211 Highland Avenue

Sac City

 

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Be A Tourist In Your Own Backyard Weekend

This year the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend in January kicks off a year-long discount program with the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (QCCVB).

 

The year-long program in the Quad Cities uses the V.I.V. wristband.  V.I.V. stands for Very Important Visitor.  It started as a summer discount program last year, and is expanding to all year in 2018.

 

During Be a Tourist Weekend on January 12-15, show the discount on your smartphone at the over 30 participating businesses or print the coupon page from the website.  Then receive a free V.I.V. wristband to use on future specials and discounts in the Quad Cities throughout 2018.  Check out all the specials at www.QCviv.com.

 

Marvel at all the Quad Cities has to see and do!  “With Monday, January 15 a holiday for many, that weekend is a great time to be a tourist in your own backyard and enjoy an affordable hotel stay,” says Joe Taylor, President/CEO of the QCCVB.  “People don’t have to travel far during the winter or spend a lot of money to have a great and affordable weekend getaway.”

 

The free V.I.V. wristbands will also be available starting January 12, 2018, at the QCCVB Visitor Centers.  The visitor centers at 1601 River Drive, Moline, Ill., and inside the RiverCenter South building at 2nd & Perry Street in Davenport, Iowa, are open during the week.  There is also one at the Quad City International Airport.  Call 309-277-0937 for more information. 

 

“Our visitors don’t have to worry about carrying around paper coupon books and remembering codes anymore,” says Molly Otting Carlson, QCCVB vice-president of destination development.  “The V.I.V. Wristband is an easy way for visitors to have an affordable stay in the Quad Cities.”

 

Be a Tourist Special Events Include:

Come and learn about Charles Deere’s 1872 home and its life as home to his descendants until 1976. As a special feature, the curator shares her favorite stories and artifacts in the house, including a special tour through the basement.  Free tours begin at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on January 12-15 from the Deere-Wiman House at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, Ill.  www.butterworthcenter.com

 

Icestravaganza returns for its sixth year on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Freight House, 421 W. River Dr. in Davenport, Iowa, with over 10 interactive ice sculptures created on-site, live music, ice princess guests, kids’ activities, extended Farmers Market hours, and an after-hours tasting event.  Icestravaganza has two very special sisters making an appearance this year during the kid’s activities from11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Icestravaganza tasting event from 6-8 p.m. features Front Street Brewery craft beer and signature cocktails from Mississippi River Distillery and will feature a bar made of nothing but ice!  Visit www.DowntownDavenport.com for more information.

 

Reserve your spot on a free tour at Isabel Bloom on Saturday, January 13 at 11:30 a.m. to see how these unique concrete sculptures are made at 736 Federal Street in Davenport, Iowa.  Guests on the tour receive 10% off on their entire purchase at the tour center gift shop.  Call 563-324-5135 to make your tour reservation.  Visit www.ibloom.com for more information.

 

Read-a-Latte - Winter Reading Kick-Off is Saturday, January 13 from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island.  Free Family Fun for all ages!  Register for the winter reading contests with the Rock Island Library, warm up with free coffee and cocoa, and pick up a prize.  End the winter blahs with games for all ages, crafts, yoga demos, sandcastles, a story trail in the Sun Garden, and more.  Visit www.rockislandlibrary.org for more information.

 

At the Tribute to Nirvana concert on Friday, January 12 at the River Music Experience, 129 Main Street in Davenport, Iowa, get $1 off drinks.  www.rivermusicexperience.org

 

Sunday, January 14 is a fun day full of sampling snacks, specialty foods, and beverages during the Taste of LeClaire in LeClaire, Iowafrom 12-4 p.m. with restaurants and shops offering samples.  Are you a nature lover?  Enjoy an eagle presentation at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 14 at the LeClaire Civic Center.  Visit www.visitleclaire.com for more information.

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

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The lawsuit against iPhone maker Apple could be heard by a jury of Illinoisans.

New lawsuits, including one in Illinois, are popping up against iPhone maker Apple for deliberately slowing down phones’ operating speeds.Five people are suing Apple in federal court in Chicago. They say the company deliberately slowed down the processing speeds with software updates in the months before a new model was released. The suit alleges Apple did this to nudge people into spending hundreds of dollars on new phones.An attorney for the plaintiffs, James Vlahakis, says those unassuming updates got a reputation for causing problems with the phones.

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Vlahakis’ office is getting calls from people from all over the world seeking to join the lawsuit.

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As with any case like this, the plaintiffs will have to prove that Apple purposely did something to harm them. That could prove to be a challenge.

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Red Cross Urges The Public To Be Prepared

— The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region has responded to 94 home fires in the past month. Tragically eight of the home fires had fatalities and 15 people, including 4 young children perished. Two of the fires occurred in multi-unit residences and the Red Cross opened shelters, due to the sizeable number of people displaced in those fires.

 

After a disaster, the Red Cross works with individuals and families to make sure they have safe shelter, food, emergency relief supplies, emotional support and healthcare. Red Cross volunteers continue to assist people affected by the recent home fires and in the past month they have helped 219 adults and 110 children.

 

“We’re deeply saddened for all who were impacted by these fires. It is heartbreaking for those families who tragically suffered the loss of loved ones,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “Winter is a high-risk time for home fires and we urge everyone to take steps immediately to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home.”

 

HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through itsHome Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Launched in October of 2014, the campaign has already saved many lives and installed hundreds of thousands of smoke alarms in nearly 10,000 cities and towns. Here in the Central and Southern Illinois Region, the Red Cross in collaboration with local fire departments and other community partners have installed more than 10,000 free smoke alarms.

 

SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE LIVES The Red Cross is calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: practice fire drills at home and check existing smoke alarms.

 

There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:

· If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.

· If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.

· Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.

· Practice the fire escape plan. What’s the household’s escape time?

 

People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire.

 

RED CROSS APPS People can download the all-inclusive Red Cross Emergency app which combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe. And there is a special mobile app -Monster Guard - designed for kids, teaching them to prepare for emergencies at home by playing an engaging game. Users can find the apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. They can become a Red Cross volunteer by contacting Laura.Streid@redcross.org. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 64,000 other disasters every year and most of these are home fires.

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Following Too Closely Law

One of the pet peeves that many motorists have is when another vehicle comes up from behind, and rides the tail end of the lead motorist and often times simply will not pass no matter the conditions.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says there is a specific law that addresses that situation…

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QC Farm Show To Be Held Mid-January

 

 

     Although this has been a challenging year for agriculture, you certainly wouldn't know it looking at the roster of exhibitors showing at the 27th annual QUAD CITIES FARM EQUIPMENT SHOW.  The show is January 14-16, at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL. 

 

     Show admission and parking are FREE.  Show hours are Sunday 10am-5pm,

Monday 9am-5pm and Tuesday 9am-3pm.  The QCCA Expo Center is located at 2621 4th Avenue in Rock Island, IL.  Take 5th Avenue and turn left on 26th Street to 4th Avenue at the QCCA Expo Center Parking lot.

More information is available www.quadcitiesfarmshow.com.

 

     Show Manager, Richard Sherman is in his 28th year of farm show management.  He stated, "It doesn't surprise me to see so, many ag companies exhibiting in the Quad Cities.  Area farmers have always found the show valuable and our attendance has been strong every year without fail."

 

     Sherman continued, "There's a lot of buying going on at this three day show.  The exhibiting companies get a great return on investment.  This show compares very favorably with other shows across the country."

 

     The 2018 show features over 200 ag companies exhibiting long line, short line, seeds, supplies, chemicals, livestock equipment, grain handling, storage buildings, replacement parts, trucks, seed tenders and outdoor power equipment. 

 

    New exhibitors include Mahindra Tractors represented by Birkey's Farm Store and Franzen Family Tractors.  Cove Equipment will be showing New Holland.  New technologies include the latest in specialized computer software and GPS systems.

Other new exhibitors include Titan West, Solar One, Hupp Toyota, Big River Equipment, Crop IMS, Schultz Inter-State Ag and Crop Tech.

 

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Upcoming Winter Carnival

The City of Bettendorf will host its second annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 20, 2108 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All activities are free and open to all ages.

 

Indoor Activities Include:

Library

·       Learn how to be Red Cross ready

·       Make no-sew hand warmers

·       Starts seeds

·       Demonstration on how to make quilt squares in the Log Cabin pattern

·       Tips on how to start podcasting

·       Identify fake news

·       Yoga for kids

Visit www.bettendorflibrary.com for a complete schedule of Library events.

 

Family Museum

$4.00 Admission for the Day

·       Dry ice demonstrations

·       Milk jug igloo making

·       Free hot cocoa

 

Life Fitness Center

Free Admission for the Day

·       Pom-pom hockey

·       Snowman bowling

·       Make snowy slime

·       Jingle bell toss

·       Pin the heart on Grinch

 

Outdoor Activities Include:

Faye’s Field

·       Ice painting

·       Snow games

 

Shuttle service will be available from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and will make the following stops approximately every 15 minutes.

·       Learning Campus, stopping in front of the Family Museum  

·       Palmer Hills Golf Course (cross country skiing)

·       Crow Creek Park (winter trails)

·       Life Fitness Center/Frozen Landing (ice skating & LFC activities)

 

For more information about the Winter Carnival, please call 563-344-4106.

 

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ISP Logo Contest

 Illinois State Police (ISP) will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2022.  In anticipation of the anniversary, the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation (ISPHF) is hosting a logo design contest open to active and retired ISP employees and the general public.

Currently the contest has generated just over 50 submittals from citizens across Illinois.  However, the contest will continue until March 1, 2018, and the ISP is expecting more logos for consideration.

The 100th anniversary logo will be used in making commemorative stars, patches, car decals, letterhead, challenge coins, yearbooks, apparel, web design, advertising, and collectible memorabilia.  

Logo design judging criteria will include professionalism, theme, color, integrity and nostalgia.

Logo Design Criteria:

Professional: This logo may be featured on websites, social media platforms and other mediums (stationary, pamphlets, pins, etc).  As a result, while we want the logo to be eye-catching, it must still be legible.

Theme: Logo must promote the 100th anniversary of the Illinois State Police.

Color: There are no limitations, and any colors may be used; however, the logo must look good in color (if any) or black and white.

Integrity: Logos cannot contain copyrighted material.  Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s).  Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published.  Logos must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.

Nostalgia: The logo should celebrate the past as well as the future of the ISP.  

Contestants are limited to a maximum of three design entries.

The ISP Logo design contest began on November 1, 2017, and ends March 1, 2018.  Designs should be submitted to: http://isphf.org/logo-contest

Paintings and drawings on canvas may be delivered to:
c/o ISPHF 100th Anniversary Logo Design Contest
ISP Public Information Office
801 S. 7th St., Ste. 1100A
Springfield, IL  62703

Logo design judging will be conducted by the 100th Anniversary Committee in April 2018.
The top three logo design winners will receive:
1st Place:  $500
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $100

Participants with accepted logo artwork will receive a specialized ISP patch card and a certificate signed by the Director of the ISP.

All logo design submissions will become the property of the Illinois State Police.

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IL Home Sales Up in November

 Illinois home sales remained largely flat while the statewide median price shifted slightly higher in November as the market moved into the traditionally slower holiday season, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in November 2017 totaled 11,604 homes sold, up 0.4 percent from 11,558 in November 2016.

The statewide median price in November was $185,000, up 4.2 percent from November 2016, when the median price was $177,500. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"The market is experiencing what appears to be a pretty typical seasonal slowdown in many areas of the state," said Illinois REALTORS® President Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign. "Illinois is poised to end the year in positive sales and median price territory, and the final quarter of 2017 should provide a steady push into the new year as more properties come onto the market after the holidays."

The time it took to sell a home in November averaged 58 days, down from 62 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 52,819 homes for sale, a 12.0 percent decline from November 2016 when there were 60,005 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.90 percent in November 2017, remaining unchanged from the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In November 2016, it averaged 3.77 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in November 2017 totaled 8,119 homes sold, down 1.6 percent from November 2016 sales of 8,253 homes. The median price in November 2017 was $225,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.1 percent from $214,000 in November 2016.

“While positive price changes and significant increases in the pending sales index continue to characterize the Illinois and Chicago economies, the declining inventory, along with the state’s anemic job growth, cloud the outlook for 2018,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois.

According to the data, fifty-three (53) Illinois counties reported sales gains for November 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Peoria County, up 17.5 percent with 201 units sold; Winnebago County, up 9.6 percent with 307 units sold; and Will County, up 7.0 percent with 792 units sold. Sixty (60) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including St. Clair County, up 21.3 percent to $139,460; Lake County, up 14.6 percent to $235,000; and Cook County, up 4.6 percent to $227,000.

The city of Chicago saw year-over-year home sales decline slightly in November 2017 with 1,923 sales, compared to 1,937 in November 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in November 2017 was $259,500, down 0.2 percent compared to November 2016 when it was $260,000.

"Today's numbers are reflective of both the seasonality of the market and the lack of clarity on the potential impact of tax reform,” said Rebecca Thomson, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and Vice President of Agent Development at @properties. “Sales prices seemingly stabilized in November, despite slight declines in inventory and market time, which reflects that pricing and demand are starting to level out, a trend that will likely continue into the new year.”

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 Dec. 7, 2017 for the period Nov. 1 through Nov. 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.

Find Illinois housing stats, data, the University of Illinois REAL forecast and a forecast looking ahead to 2018 at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.             

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Smoke alarm distribution effort underway

The State Fire Marshall's office is teaming up with the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance to spread smoke alarms to more homes in the new year. Under the “Be Alarmed!” program, free smoke alarms with sealed 10-year batteries and fire safety tips will be distributed through a number of fire departments around the state. The smoke alarms will also be provided no assembly required as fire department personnel will install the alarms in homes.

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Clement Hanson Scholarship App Deadline

The Clement T. Hanson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in December of 1985 by his family, following the death of Mr. Hanson. The Moline Foundation administers and invests The Hanson Scholarship Fund.

 

Each scholarship award will be $1,500 for the academic year (up to $6,000 total for four years). Scholarship recipients will be eligible for renewal in three subsequent years, based on continued financial need and scholastic achievement under the guidelines set by The Moline Foundation. The finalist candidate's potential for future personal achievement will be evaluated by the Scholarship Selection Committee, as determined by a personal interview.

 

Applicants should apply online at www.molinefoundation.org. All scholarships must be submitted by midnight on Friday, March 16, 2018. All reference letters need to be mailed with a postmark on or before March 16, 2018. Reference letters should be mailed to: The Moline Foundation 1601 River Drive, Suite 210, Moline, Illinois 61265.

 

?Scholarship funds will be distributed through the school financial aid office. Distribution will be one-half at the beginning of the school year and one-half at the beginning of the second semester. Scholarship funds may be applied to any component of the school's comprehensive fee, at the discretion of the financial aid office. Only completed applications will be considered.

 

Scholarship Candidates Must:

·        be a graduating high school senior or community college student preparing to transfer to a four-year college or university. 

·        live within Moline, Illinois School District No. 40 geographic boundaries for Moline-Coal Valley Public Schools.

·        intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree on a full-time basis with a minimum of 12 hours per semester.

·        demonstrate financial need, presented through the scholarship application, a personal interview, and information confirmed by the financial aid office of the selected college (available at time of interview). 

·        have achieved high school scholastic performance in the upper one-third of their class, or community college grade point performance of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent. 

·        submit a transcript and an essay about yourself. (200 words or less). 

·        ?submit two letters of reference.

 

All applications are online on The Moline Foundation website: www.molinefoundation.org or contact Linda Daily, ldaily@molinefoundation.org, or Jen von Kaenel, jvonkaenel@molinefoundation.org, or call (309) 736-3800 if you have further questions.

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Illinois Jobs Dip in November

 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent in November and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -1,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. October job growth was revised up to show a larger gain (+9,300 jobs) than initially reported (+3,400 jobs).

November’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 gains of +100 jobs per month from September to November, while the six-month trend shows an increase of +800 average monthly job gains from June to November. The 3-month was better than reported last month, though the 6-month change showed less strength.

“Illinois employment growth saw a lot of over-the-month ups and downs this past year.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “But payrolls overall have increased by about a half-percent over the year to date, which is an additional 23,900 jobs.”

“Our focus remains on creating a business-friendly environment that is conducive to opportunity,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “While we are still growing slower than the nation, Illinois is seeing the benefits of a pro-business administration that is committed to fostering innovation, attracting investment and creating jobs.”

 In November, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Professional and Business Services (+6,300); Manufacturing (+2,200); and Construction (+2,100). The three industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Government (-2,800); Financial Activities (-2,200) and Other Services (-2,100).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +25,900 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in November: Financial Activities (+13,600); Professional and Business Services (+9,500); and Education and Health Services (+7,400). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Government (-8,000); Leisure and Hospitality (-1,800); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-1,400). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.4 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.4 percent over-the-year gain in November.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.8 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for November 2017, which held at 4.1 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.9 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. At 4.9 percent, the Illinois jobless rate is -0.8 percentage points lower than January 2017.

The number of unemployed workers dipped -1.0 percent from the prior month to 313,800, down -16.2 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force increased 0.3 percent over-the-month and declined by -0.9 percent in November over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine,  IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL), which recently showed 86,141 posted resumes with 166,021 jobs available. 

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More cold air for Illinois next week

There’s a reason it’s been bitterly cold for much of Illinois. DTN ag meteorologist Bryce Anderson details the atmospheric conditions……
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Wind chill advisories and wind chill warnings were set to expire throughout much of the state on Tuesday. 

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Health Dept Offers Survival Strategies

 

 

    The Henry and Stark County Health Department offers area residents some important winter survival strategies.  These safety tips can help us all to get through the New Year Happy, Healthy, and Safe.

 

    On the road.  Use your low beam headlights when driving through fog or snowstorms.  They will actually provide better visibility than high beams. And be prepared for breakdowns with emergency flares, warm blanket, first-aid kit, white cloth to signal distress, cat litter, flashlight, snow shovel, empty gas can, and for long trips, food and water.

 

    At home.  Carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas and a by-product of combustion, is an invisible killer.  Possible sources include: wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, kerosene, gas or oil heaters and furnaces.  For your protection: Assure proper ventilation, have these devices inspected and consider installing carbon monoxide detectors.

 

    Under the sun.  Sunburns aren't limited to summer.  Fact is, sunlight in winter can burn, especially when reflected off ice or snow.  So when skiing or otherwise enjoying the outdoors, wear sunglasses that protect your eyes against ultraviolet light, and spread sunscreen on exposed skin, including your lips.

 

    Overexposed.  Watch for frostbite or hypothermia, and seek help without delay if you suspect either.  Danger signs for frostbite: redness, tingling, stinging pain or small white patches on the skin.  For hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, sleepiness, shallow breathing.  Remember, alcohol increases loss of body heat, so avoid its use when you plan to be outdoors for a long time.

 

    For more information on the Emergency Preparedness Services of the Henry and Stark County Health Department call (309) 852-0197 (Main Office), (309) 792-4011 (Colona Office), visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.  Funding for this program was provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

 

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IEMA Encourages People to 'Resolve to be Prepared'

 

Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, blizzards and other disasters across the U.S. in 2017 highlighted the importance of being prepared for all types of emergencies. As the New Year begins, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout Illinois are encouraging people to ‘Resolve to be Ready’ for emergencies in 2018. The agencies will offer support throughout the year to help people attain the goal of better preparedness for themselves and their families.

Each month, the agencies will provide information on various preparedness or safety topics, including severe and winter weather, earthquakes, radiation, school and campus safety, cyber security and more. 

One of the first steps toward emergency preparedness is having an emergency supply kit stocked with basic survival items that are critical during an emergency, such as:

· One gallon of water per person per day (a minimum of a three-day supply)

· At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

· First aid kit

· Battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries

· Items for children, seniors, pets, and household members with health or medical needs

 

Disasters often occur with little notice, so it’s also important to have multiple ways to receive critical information 24/7, such as through NOAA all-hazards weather alert radios, Wireless Emergency Alerts enabled on most smartphones, mobile device apps, TV, radio and the Internet.

IEMA maintains the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov), a one-stop location for preparedness information on a variety of hazards.  In addition to information on how to prepare for emergencies, the Ready Illinois website also provides guidance on what to do during and after a disaster. A list of the 2018 monthly preparedness topics is also available on the Ready Illinois website.

Preparedness information is also available through the Ready Illinois Facebook (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/ReadyIllinois) pages.

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Funeral Services announced for the Family of a Mobile Home Fire in Davenport

Funeral Services will be held tomorrow for the family who passed away from the mobile home fire on December 21st. Two of the children were revived, but they were taken off life support. Fire officials said they do not know what caused the fire, but did say the home did not have any working smoke alarms. Interim Davenport Fire Marshall Jim Morris did say that Davenport has a program offering free smoke detectors to its residents.

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Upcoming Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching

 

The Lee Womack Scholarship Fund is intended to provide funds to deserving students graduating from Moline High School who plan to obtain a college degree in Education.

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2018.

 

Requirements: Applicants should apply online at www.molinefoundation.org. All scholarships must be submitted by midnight on Friday, March 16, 2018. All reference letters need to be mailed to The Moline Foundation 1601 River Drive, Suite 210, Moline, Illinois 61265 with a postmark on or before March 16, 2018.

 

Scholarship Candidates Must:

·        be a current graduate of Moline High School, Moline, Illinois. 

·        have maintained and provide proof of cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the first seven (7) semesters of high school. 

·        provide proof of class rank and a transcript of seventh semester courses. 

·        intend to major in Education. A preference will be given to students majoring in Special Education. 

·        have been involved in a service oriented activity or organization in his or her school, community or place of worship. 

·        submit a transcript and an essay to the Selection Advisory Committee stating why they want to obtain a degree in Education (or Special Education), their goals, and how they feel this would be an asset to themselves and the community. (200 words or less). 

·        enroll on a full-time basis with a minimum of 12 hours per semester. Proof of major and class schedule will be required.

·        ?submit two letters of reference, one from Moline High School faculty members, administrators or counselors, and one from an individual (not related to the applicant) in the community. 

All applications are online on The Moline Foundation website: www.molinefoundation.org or contact Linda Daily, ldaily@molinefoundation.org, or Jen von Kaenel, jvonkaenel@molinefoundation.org, or call (309) 736-3800 if you have further questions.

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 Counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. 

 

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Davenport Police Department to partner with Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

Davenport, IA - The Davenport Police Department has taken a pledge to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Davenport youth.

 

Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 91%. By participating in the program, the Davenport Police Department has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate even more this year.

 

In the near future, Davenport police officers will be conducting compliance checks on local establishments as part of the I-PLEDGE program. Underage customers under the supervision of Davenport police officers, will enter establishments and attempt to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products. Clerks who make the illegal sale will be cited on the spot.

 

Criminal penalties for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to a minor include a $100 fine for the first offense, a $250 fine for the second offense and a $500 fine for the third and subsequent offenses.

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An update to the Christmas fire in Blue Glass

An update to the Christmas fire in Blue Glass, the authorities have released all the names of the family members who passed away from the fire. Larry and Rose Loose and their sons Steven and Michael Loose passed away from their injuries. Michael was removed from the home, but did pass away at the hospital. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Genesis Has The Scoop On Safe Shoveling

The blanket of white may be attractive from the inside, but eventually the snow must be moved. Heavy snowfall is not an invitation to suddenly start a strenuous exercise program. An estimated 1,200 people in the United States die each year of coronary artery disease during and after major snowfalls. Moving heavy snow can also place additional stress and strain on backs and joints. 

 

Shoveling can be made even more physically strenuous by cold air, which makes it harder to work and breathe. “People need to recognize that snow shoveling is a strenuous cardiovascular workout and they need to be cautious,” said David Dierks, D.O., Genesis emergency department physician. 

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A winter weather storm is in effect in the Quad Cities

A winter weather storm is in effect in the Quad Cities. The cities of Davenport and Rock Island have declared a snow emergency from now until Saturday December 30th at 8AM. As a reminder, residents are advised to park off street and parking on snow routes are prohibited. 

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Genesis Releases Popular Baby Names For 2017

 

 

Charlotte, Isabella and Liam were the most popular names of babies born at Genesis BirthCenters in 2017.

 

There were 15 baby girls who went home from Genesis BirthCenters with the name Charlotte and 15 more with the name Isabella. Nationally, Amelia/Emilia topped the list of popular baby names for the second straight year, according to www.babynames.com. At Genesis BirthCenters, Amelia was No. 3 with 12 baby girls named Amelia.

 

Liam continued to be a popular name for baby boys nationally and at Genesis.  Seventeen baby boys went home from Genesis with the name Liam.  Nationally, Liam came in No. 5 for popularity.

 

The top five names for girls born at Genesis were Charlotte and Isabella (15 each); Amelia (12); Olivia (11); and, Harper and Emma (10 each).

 

The top five for boys born at Genesis were Liam (17); Elijah (13); Henry and Jackson (12) each; and, William and Oliver (11 each).

 

Olivia has become a traditional naming favorite at Genesis. In the past seven years, Olivia was most popular name three times (2015, 2014, 2012) at Genesis and No. 2 in 2013 and again last year before falling slightly this year.

 

The top five girl names nationally in 2016, according to www.babynames.com were Amelia (Emilia), Charlotte, Aria, Violet and Nora. For boys, the most popular names nationally were Oliver, Declan, Henry, Theodore and Liam.

 

2 – Genesis Most Popular Baby Names

 

As always, a few babies born at Genesis in 2017 will have names they are unlikely to share with anyone in their school classes. Among the unique birth names at Genesis in 2017 were Aarantza (girl); Dajerminyah (girl); Spoorthi (girl); Tzipporah (girl); Karmoneyo (boy); Souleymane (boy), and Banjougou (boy).

 

Genesis BirthCenters have tracked popular birth names since 2006.

 

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2017

At Genesis BirthCenters

 

1. Tie, Charlotte and Isabella 15; 3. Amelia 12; 4. Olivia 11; 5. tie, Harper and Emma (10); 7. tie, Scarlett and Ava (9); 9. tie, Evelyn, Avery and Ella (7).

 

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2017

At Genesis BirthCenters

 

1. Liam (17) 2. Elijah (13); 3. Tie, Henry and Jackson (12); 5. Tie, Oliver and William (11); 7. Tie, Theodore and Owen (10); 9. Leo (9); 10. Tie, Hudson and Lucas (8).

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Winter Outlook For Illinois

The latest predictions for the balance of winter point to a cold weather pattern.

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel hedges his bets when it comes to precipitation but says it appears that the cold temps will be a reality for much of this winter…

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Davenport Police Need Your Help

The Davenport Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in identifying the individual who is a person of interest in a bank robbery that occurred at Northwest Bank and Trust (1400 W. Locust Street) on 12/12/17 at approximately 12:07PM.If you have information about the identity of this individual, please call 563-326-6125. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app “CrimeReports by Motorola” in reference to

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Stan Woods Scholarships Applications Available

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

The Stan Woods Scholarship application is now available online. The $1,000 scholarship is based on community involvement and leadership, academic achievement and an essay.

 

Stan Woods was born on May 21, 1940. He married Janet Harrelson on June 8, 1968 in Little York, Illinois. He died February 7, 2011. He was the father of Mitchell and Scott (wife, Rachel) and grandfather to Logan and Abigail Woods.

 

Stan was a teacher/guidance counselor and Dean of Students for the Moline School District for 38 years, retiring in 2000. His enthusiasm for life, his love for learning, and a genuine compassion for students were a part of Stan's daily life at Moline High School. Some of his many activities at Moline High School included leadership for Share Joys, National Honor Society and Natural Helpers.

 

Students who would like to apply for the Stan Woods Scholarship Fund should apply online at www.molinefoundation.org. All scholarships must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday, March 16, 2018. All reference letters need to be mailed with a postmark on or before Wednesday, March 16, 2018. Reference letters should be mailed to: The Moline Foundation, 1601 River Drive, Suite 210, Moline IL 61265.

 

Scholarship candidates must:

·        be a graduating senior from Moline High School.

·        have maintained and provide proof of cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the first seven (7) semesters of high school. 

·        have been involved in a service-oriented activity or organization in his or her school, community or place of worship.

·        enroll in college on a full-time basis. (with a minimum of 12 hours per semester). Proof of major and class schedule will be required. 

·        submit a transcript and an essay (200 words or less) "Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live and give an example of one or more specific projects that have benefited from your involvement."

·        submit two letters of reference; at least one from Moline High School faculty members, administrators, or counselors, and one from an individual (not related to the applicant) in the community. 

All applications are online on The Moline Foundation website: www.molinefoundation.org or contact Linda Daily, ldaily@molinefoundation.org, or Jen von Kaenel, jvonkaenel@molinefoundation.org, or call (309) 736-3800 if you have further questions.

 

 

 

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BHC Named Military-Friendly For Eighth Consecutive Year

 

 

Black Hawk College has been named a 2018 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media for the eighth consecutive year.

 

The college was first designated a Military Friendly® School in 2011 but serving veterans is not a new mission.

 

When Black Hawk College conducted its first classes in September 1946, 73 percent of the 239 students were World War II veterans.

 

Seventy years later, serving veterans and military students remains a high priority for Black Hawk College.

 

“We are constantly looking for new ways to better serve our veterans, military students and their families,” said Marceia Duhm, coordinator of career and veterans services and Veterans Administration school certifying official (SCO) at Black Hawk College.

 

“Transitions are never easy for anyone, and the transition from the military to civilian life can be particularly difficult for our military and veteran students.

 

“We strive to assist them as they make that transition into college a little less stressful,” Duhm said.

 

This semester, more than 220 BHC students are receiving veterans’ benefits.

 

Through the Lane Evans Veterans Resource Center at the Quad-Cities Campus, the college provides resources and referrals and encourages military students and veterans to be active in the college and their communities.

 

“The entire Black Hawk College family is proud to provide support for those needing a little direction and encouragement as they transition from the military to college and civilian life,” Duhm said.

 

Another source of support and camaraderie is the Military Students and Veterans Club, a chapter of Student Veterans of America. The club collaborates with other veterans organizations to host conferences in the community and coordinates an on-campus donation drive to send care packages to troops serving overseas.

 

Military Friendly eligibility is based upon data collected from the federal departments of Education, Veterans Affairs and Defense. That data – degree transfer, advancement, graduation and/or job placement – is supplemented with responses from colleges that participate in the Military Friendly® Schools survey.

 

The survey covers:

· Academic policies and compliance

· Admissions and orientation

· Culture and commitment

· Financial aid and loan repayment

· Graduation and career outcomes

· Military student support and retention

 

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Medical Society President says anti opioid legislation closes doors to abuse

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed legislation that will require prescribers with an Illinois Controlled Substance License to use a database that records patient prescription history. The database is designed to prevent addicted patients from using multiple doctors. Illinois Medical Society President Dr. Hector Ramirez says the legislation closes other doors in the medical industry.
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The Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program database allows physicians to check previous patient prescriptions and requests for controlled substances. 

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Orientations in January For Highway Construction Training

 

Interested in working in highway construction?

 

A new session of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at Black Hawk College begins Monday, March 5.

 

The 13-week program aims to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working on Illinois Department of Transportation projects.

 

The intensive training is 36 hours per week. There is no cost to those who are interviewed and accepted into the program.

 

Eligible candidates must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or GED, have a valid driver’s license, be interested in the construction trades, and be drug-free.

 

Interested students MUST attend one of these orientation sessions:

· Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.

· Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m.

· Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.

· Friday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

 

To register for orientation, go to www.bhc.edu/hcctp or contact Paul Fessler at 309-796-5729 or fesslerp@bhc.edu. (Please note – Black Hawk College will be closed for the holidays Dec. 22-Jan. 1.)

 

The HCCTP is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

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IL Population Shrinks

 

 

Illinois is no longer the fifth-largest state in the U.S., according to data released Dec. 20 by the U.S. Census Bureau. That title now belongs to Pennsylvania.

Census officials confirmed Illinois lost its spot as the fifth-largest state in the wake of Pennsylvania's modest population growth.

Illinois shrank by 33,700 people from July 2016 to July 2017, the worst decline of any state in the U.S. in raw terms. In percentage terms, Illinois saw the third-worst population decline in the nation. That brought the 2017 population estimate for Illinois to 12,802,023 people.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania saw modest population growth of 18,400 people over the same time. And that was enough to overtake Illinois as the fifth-largest state in the country. The Census pegged Pennsylvania’s population at 12,805,537.

 

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Grassley Urges Updated DEA Regulations

– Sen. Chuck Grassley joined a bipartisan letter today urging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to update regulations and guidance related to the partial filling of Schedule II controlled substances. Doing so would give prescribers and pharmacists additional clarity about the new provisions of federal law and other steps that can be taken to better address the nation’s opioid crisis. The letter was penned by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R- W.Va.) and joined by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over the DEA. Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) also signed the letter.

 

More than 33,000 Americans died from opioid-related drug overdoses in 2015, and prescription painkillers continue to be a major contributor to the epidemic.

 

“Outdated DEA regulations, which include a different definition of ‘partial filling’ from the definition provided in CARA, have led to significant confusion on the part of pharmacists and prescribers,” wrote the Members of Congress. “These health care providers are critical partners in the fight against the opioid epidemic but are reluctant to move forward with implementation of the law or to proactively implement programs to partially fill initial opioid prescriptions until the DEA updates its regulations.”

 

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 70 percent of people who misuse prescription painkillers got them from a friend, relative or doctor. Encouraging prescribers and pharmacists to embrace partial fill policies for their patients would help reduce the number of opioids that are misused in homes and communities across the country.

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Unemployment Rate in Iowa Drops in November

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 2.9 percent for November. The last time the rate was this low was in December 2000. The state’s jobless rate was 3.5 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in November.

 

"Following two months of losses, Iowa businesses displayed growing confidence in the economy in November and added 6,300 jobs to their payrolls," said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. "Manufacturing is vital to our state’s economic security, and job creation has been especially strong within Iowa’s factories. Compared to last year, no sector has added more jobs to the Iowa economy than manufacturing. This growth has no doubt contributed to the state’s falling unemployment rate which now rests at 2.9 percent."

   

The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 49,100 in November. The current estimate is 10,700 lower than the year ago level of 59,800. 

 

The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,637,600 in November. This figure was 2,000 higher than October and 2,100 higher than one year ago.  

 

Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment

 

Iowa businesses added 6,300 jobs in November, rebounding from losses accrued during the prior two months. Private sectors were responsible for all of the job growth with the largest growth being in service industries. This is welcomed news as over the past two months private services were responsible for much of the job loss. Goods producing industries have now trended up for three consecutive months with hiring within Iowa’s factories offsetting construction sector losses. Government trended down slightly (-400) and is nearly unchanged versus this time last year.

 

Professional and business services added the most jobs in November following losses in September and October (+2,500). Within this super sector, administrative and support services gained 2,000 jobs to fuel most of the monthly growth. Manufacturing gained 1,700 jobs and was fueled by hiring in durable goods factories (+1,600). This is now the third consecutive month of growth for manufacturing which has unmistakably trended up throughout the year. Financial activities rebounded from a slight decline last month and gained 1,500 jobs in November. Finance and insurance was responsible for most of the growth although real estate and rental industries contributed 300 jobs. In total, seven of ten private super sectors added jobs in November. Overall, losses were slight and limited to other services (-700), construction (-400), and information (-100).

 

Over the past twelve months, Iowa establishments have gained 22,700 jobs (+1.4 percent). During that time, no sector has added more jobs than manufacturing (+9,200). Nondurable goods factories are up 5,000 jobs and durable goods are up 4,200 jobs. Healthcare and social assistance has advanced by 5,700 jobs and has fueled all of the growth in the education and healthcare super sector. The financial activities sector experienced two months of declines in August and September, but has since rebounded and is now up 4,400 jobs versus last year thanks to this month’s gain. Losses have been dominated by construction (-6,100) which has trailed last year’s mark for much of the year and has been steadily trending down following record levels last year. Other services are down 1,400 jobs over the past twelve months and information has pared 1,000 jobs. 

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Is Microsoft REALLY calling you?

If you have ever received a called from Microsoft about your computer being infected with a virus? If so, please listen to some tips I have. Microsoft will NEVER call you about a device. Ask the rep on the phone if you can call them back on the official Microsoft phone number and then ask for their extension number. If they refuse, hang up OR tell them you are running Linux boxes. I like to mess with them until they FINALLY give up.

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Bookmark 'Getting Around Illinois' for Latest Winter Road Conditions

 

As the official start of winter approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation reminds travelers to visit and bookmark the newly redesigned GettingAroundIllinois.com for continually updated information on road conditions.

“The new-and-improved GettingAroundIllinois.com is a great resource any time of the year, but especially during winter when road conditions can quickly change,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Illinois has the third-largest highway system in the nation, so we know it is important to provide the public with a convenient way to access information they know they can trust.”

Available on your computer or mobile device, the website includes the ability to identify and zoom in to a location, travel route or destination. Road conditions are recorded by IDOT plow drivers out in the field and relayed through GettingAroundIllinois.com through a cloud-based system.

The site’s winter road conditions map averages more than 2 million visitors during snow-and-ice season. Recent updates to this map include more detailed reports of snow coverage and a color scheme that aligns with map technology used by surrounding states, creating a more seamless travel experience for motorists.

“Visit GettingAroundIllinois.com before making the decision to drive this winter,” Secretary Blankenhorn said. “By planning ahead before every trip and practicing safe driving habits on the road, we can make this the safest winter yet.”

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The city of Davenport holiday closure schedule

City of Davenport will observe Christmas Eve & Christmas Day as holidays on Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th. All City of Davenport offices & the Public Works Center will be closed. Police Department front desk and records office will be closed.

 

Library Main, Fairmount and Eastern branches will be closed.

 

River’s Edge facility will be closed on Sunday, December 24th & Monday, December 25th and open normal business hours (7a-7p) on Tuesday, December 26th.

 

Vander Veer Conservatory will be closed Monday, December 25th and open on Tuesday, December 26th from 10am-4pm.

 

Adler Theatre box office will be closed Monday, December 25th.

 

CitiBus service on Sunday, December 24th will end after the last completed trip closest to 3:00pm - service will not end in the middle of a route. No CitiBus service on Monday, December 25th. Normal operating hours on Tuesday, December 26th.

 

Compost Facility will be closed both days. Reminder – Compost Facility is now closed on weekends.

Solid waste collection will be one day late all week with Monday collection occurring on Tuesday, and Friday collection on Saturday. Please refer to the solid waste collection calendar for the holiday schedule and additional information.

 

Residents may set out 3 extra bags of garbage next to their carts, without stickers, on their garbage day during the period of Tuesday, December 26th – Saturday, December 30th.

 

If you have questions, please contact Tiffany Thorndike at (563) 888-2066 or tthorndike@ci.davenport.ia.us

 

Please visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com for additional City news and events.

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Another Fire in the Quad Cities

Yesterday morning at 10:42 a.m., Bettendorf Fire was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2007 Tanglefoot Road. The fire was contained to the main floor bathroom. The fire was out at 10:55 a.m and there were no injuries. There is no damage estimate at this time, but the fire is under investigation.

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Illinois SNAP Computer Glitch

There was a computer glitch that caused thousands of Illinois residents to lose their SNAP benefits; frequently known as food stamps. The Illinois Department of Human Services announced on Thursday that the benefits have been restored as of Friday.

 

 

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Davenport Fire crews are investigating an overnight fatality fire

Davenport Interim Fire Marshal Jim Morris confirms that along with one adult, two children died in the Thursday night fire at the 5 Seasons trailer park. Four children were removed from the scene and transported to Genesis Medical Center East Rusholme Street where two of the children were pronounced dead. The other two children were transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in critical condition. Fire investigators have determined that there were no working smoke detectors present and that may have delayed alerting occupants of the home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Names and ages are being withheld pending notification of all the family.

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Van Arsdale Scholarships

The Hazel Van Arsdale Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in honor and memory of Hazel Van Arsdale to continue the importance of music in elementary and secondary education. Hazel Van Arsdale was an elementary school teacher in Moline School District No. 40 who encouraged her students to appreciate music and participate in music education and activities. One $1,000 scholarship is given to a high school senior annually who is an active participant in vocal and/or instrumental music through their education in the Moline-Coal Valley Public Schools and who plans to attend a four-year college or university with a major or minor course of study in education and/or music. This scholarship is based on financial need, potential for future personal achievement, and a brief essay. The funds will be paid directly to the educational institution. Only completed applications will be considered.

 

Applicants should apply online at www.molinefoundation.org. All scholarships must be submitted bymidnight on Friday, March 16, 2018. All reference letters need to be mailed with a postmark on or beforeMarch 16, 2018. Reference letters should be mailed to: The Moline Foundation 1601 River Drive, Suite 210, Moline, Illinois 61265. Scholarship candidates must:

·        be a graduating senior of Moline High School, Moline, Illinois and an active participant in vocal and/or instrumental music. 

·        live in the boundaries of Moline School District No. 40.

·        have maintained (and provide proof) of a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the first seven (7) semesters of high school.

·        provide proof of class rank and a transcript (including complete list of courses and grades received, rank in class, and grade point average) of seventh semester courses. 

·        have been involved in at least one service oriented or musical activity or organization in his or her school, community or place of worship. 

·        submit a transcript and an essay to the Selection Advisory Committee explaining your personal educational goals and why music has been important to you growing up, (200 words or less).

·        enroll in college on a full-time basis with a minimum of 12 hours per semester.

·        submit two reference letters. One of the letters must be obtained from the Department Chair of the Instrumental or Vocal Music Department at Moline High School.

 

All applications are on The Moline Foundation website at: www.molinefoundation.org or contact Linda Daily,ldaily@molinefoundation.org or Jen von Kaenel, jvonkaenel@molinefoundation.org or call (309)736-3800 at if you have further questions.

 

About The Moline Foundation

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 Counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. 

 

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Holiday Eating Tips

    The staff of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments asks, "Do you wish you could make the holidays "lite."  After all, the holiday season seems to be a food fest.  No wonder so many people have to make New Year's resolutions to lose weight.

 

    To prevent the weight and keep the cheer, we're passing on some of the best holiday advice we know.  Going to a holiday party without gorging yourself?  Do you think that's a contradiction in terms?  If so, think again.

 

    Here are some ways to live it up without over-indulging .  * Try not to go to a cocktail or dinner party thirsty and famished.  * Have a large glass of water or low-fat milk and a piece of good wheat bread or crackers before you go.  * Head for the veggies and go light on the dip.  * Eat slowly and chew your food; this allows the "appestat" - the fullness control in your brain, to catch up to what's really happening in your stomach.  * Dilute wine and punch with club soda.  * Throughout the evening, alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  * Be the last in line at the buffet.  You'll be less likely to have seconds.  * Don't hover over the food table or at the bar - you're much more likely to eat and drink too much.  * And, put down your fork from time to time and join in the good conversation that usually abounds during celebratory meals.  Taking time to talk slows down the feasting and keeps you from gulping down food.

 

    After all this good advice, what you do if you haven't been able to resist the temptation to overindulge in the bird and all the trimmings? Well, don't hesitate to loosen your belt or take off your girdle.  This helps to prevent indigestion caused by acidic stomach juices backing up into the esophagus.  Lying down flat or a nap after a heavy meal may cause similar problems.  However, if you do end up with heartburn, a dose of antacid, sold in any drug store usually puts an end to your discomfort.

 

    Remember that although holiday feasting is an accomplishment, much of the joy of the season comes from reuniting with friends and family, reminiscing, catching up on news, and enjoying good conversation.  So put the emphasis on the company and not the food, and have a happy and healthy holiday season.  For more information on healthy holiday eating visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com  or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Department or Follow Us on Twitter.

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Illinois Is Shrinking

The state of Illinois is shrinking. Not the size of the state but the number people living in it. According to new data from the US Census Illinois lost more residents than any other state in America. There are 33,000 fewer people in Illinois in 2017 as compared to 2016. The fall pushed Pennsylvania ahead of Illinois to become the 5th most populous state. The fastest growing state is Idaho and five of the six states gaining the most residents are out west. 

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New Fireworks Laws In Bettendorf

The City of Bettendorf recently changed the ordinance for fireworks within the city limits. Consumer fireworks are restricted to December 31 beginning at 10:00 p.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m. on January 1. Fireworks are also restricted to July 3 and July 4 from 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. each day.

Fireworks outside of the approved dates and times will not be allowed and the offender is subject to a fine. The fines are as follows: first offense $250.00, second offense $400.00, and third or more offenses $625.00. Both adults and minors are subject to fines for violating the fireworks ordinance.

 

If fireworks are being used at a residence and the person responsible for setting off the fireworks does not come forward, the homeowner will be cited for Disorderly House, 5-5A-7 of the City Code, with a fine up to $625.00.

 

Sky Lanterns and Chinese Lanterns are illegal in the City of Bettendorf.

 

This ordinance will be strictly enforced by the Bettendorf Police Department.

 

Questions concerning fireworks can be directed to Chief Phil Redington at 563-344-4044 or predington@bettendorf.org.

 

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AAA: Record-Breaking 107 Million Americans to Celebrate Holidays Away From Home

‘Tis the season to spend with family and friends, and this year Americans are traveling in record numbers. AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from Saturday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 1. This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year.


2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. Since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent. Across the board this year, travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend – Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving – and we project the same for the year-end holiday period.

In Illinois, over 5.5 million people will be traveling for the holiday weekend, which is a 2.3 percent increase from 2016. Of those travelers, 5.1 million will be driving (up 2.3 percent from 2016) and 303,000 will be flying to their destination (a 3.1 percent increase from 2016). Gas prices across Illinois are on average $2.51, down from $2.72 last month and up from $2.28 a year ago.

In Indiana, 2.4 million people are expected to travel, which is up 3.2 percent from 2016. Of those travelers, 2.2 one million are expected to travel by auto (3.2 percent increase) and about 130,000 by air (4 percent increase). In Indiana, gas prices are on average $2.48 per gallon, down from $2.59 a month ago and up considerably from $2.18 this time last year. The average price nationally for gas is $2.45.

"Overall, our research shows that Americans are doing better than last year and want to go somewhere for the holidays," said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, AAA Travel. "Whether they are going home or visiting a new destination, Americans have more money to finance their travel plans, thanks to a stronger economy and growing consumer confidence.

"Depending on where your travels take you, consider using a travel agent to plan your final trip of the year," Evans continued. "Of course, winter weather can be unpredictable, and cause unexpected issues like flight delays or cancellations. If that happens to you, the right travel insurance plan will help offset out-of-pocket expenses."

By the Numbers: 2017 Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast

· Automobiles: The majority of travelers - 97.4 million - will hit the road (a 3 percent year-over-year increase).

· Planes: 6.4 million people will travel by air, a 4.1 percent increase and the fourth year of consecutive air travel volume increases.

· Trains, Buses, Rails and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 2.2 percent to 3.6 million

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QC area lawmaker joins call for hearings into Quincy Veterans' Home

A Quad City area state lawmaker joining the call for examination of care practices at the Quincy Veterans’ Home. State Representative Mike Halpin says there have been 13 resident deaths at the facility.
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Halpin is calling for legislative hearings to examine current safety standards and the quality of care provided to retired service members at Illinois’ four veterans’ homes. According to an investigative report by WBEZ, the Quincy Veterans’ Home experienced three outbreaks of legionella bacteria in the last three years, which led to the deaths of 13 veterans and infected more than 60 others at the facility.
Additionally, Halpin supports exploring options for Quincy home veterans to reside at Hope Creek Care Center in the Quad Cities until the situation can be resolved.

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Bustos Responds to Tax Plan

 

Mr. Speaker,

 

Since Donald Trump became the leader of the Republican Party, they said they would start standing up for America’s workers.

 

There were promises to stop outsourcing and bring millions of manufacturing jobs back home.

 

But the two big items on Paul Ryan’s agenda have been cutting your healthcare, and a tax scam that is a direct attack on America’s middle-class.

 

It raises taxes on 86 million middle class households.

 

It hands 83 percent of its benefits to the wealthiest one percent.

 

And perhaps worst of all, it’s a job killer that will help big corporations move jobs overseas.

 

They claim it does the opposite, but why are they trying to ram this thing through so fast?

 

Because they know that in the fine print are new loopholes that make it easier for companies to shift our work out of America and pay less taxes.

 

Sure, this bill will create jobs – it will create them over in China and Mexico and Malaysia.

 

Mr. Speaker, this tax scam is a huge broken promise.

 

We can do better.

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