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Aggravated Battery/Great Bodily Harm/Peace Officer


On September 21, 2017 at 1817 hours the Rock Island Police Department received a 911 call for an unknown problem. The telecommunicators re-contacted the original caller who advised that it was a domestic disturbance call.


Officers were dispatched to 219 21st Street to investigate the domestic call. The first officer arrived on scene and immediately went to the apartment where he encountered Cartier J. Leflore.  As the officer investigated the original complaint, it was determined that Leflore had committed Domestic Battery and at this time the officer attempted to place Leflore under arrest. Leflore then proceeded to resist and batter the officer, rendering the officer unconscious. Leflore disarmed the officer of his taser and fled the scene. He was located shortly thereafter by responding officers in the area of 23rd St / 3rd Av. where he was taken into custody after the arresting officers deployed their tasers to subdue Leflore.


Leflore was charged with the following:


            Ct. 1 Aggravated Battery/Great Bodily Harm/Peace Officer – Class 1 Felony


            Ct. 2 Aggravated Battery – Class 2 Felony


            Ct. 3 Disarming a Peace Officer – Class 1 Felony


Leflore is currently in custody at the Rock Island County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond 10% applies.


The Officer was transported to the hospital for facial and head injuries and kept overnight for observation.  The Officer has since been released and will be remain off work until he recovers from his injuries.


It's Not Too Early To Get A Flu Shot


As soon as the influenza (flu) vaccine is available in your community, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated.  Because of concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine worked during the past two flu seasons, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending people get a flu shot and not the nasal spray.  Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.

“We recommend people get a flu shot by the end of October, if possible.  It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Therefore, it’s better to be vaccinated before flu viruses start circulating.”

The flu season typically begins in October and peaks between December and March.  The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness.  Serious cases of flu can result in hospitalization or death. 

Getting a flu shot can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.  The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, especially those who may not be able to be vaccinated, such as babies under six months.  Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people.  Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting you and those around you against flu viruses.

Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes.  People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

On average, it’s about two days after being exposed to the flu before symptoms begin.  However, you can pass the flu to someone roughly a day before you start experiencing those symptoms, and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C’s: clean, cover, and contain.

• Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water.
• Cover – cover your cough and sneeze. 
• Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with the flu.  Many observational studies have found that in addition to lessening the duration and severity of symptoms, antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications.  Because it is important to start antiviral medication quickly, high-risk patients should contact a health care professional at the first signs of influenza symptoms, which include sudden onset of fever, aches, chills, and tiredness.

To find a location to get a flu shot in your community, check with your health care provider or local health department.  You can also use the online Vaccine Finder.


Health Dept Offers DOT Physicals


    The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff reminds area residents their Clinical services program is offering area drivers low cost DOT Physicals.  Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and by special arrangement and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

      The Health Department notes that the Department of Transportation requires some drivers to get regular physicals to make sure they can drive safely. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; you drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

     Sandy Sommer, RN Clinical Services Director with the Health Department notes, “If you want to comply with federal law, a qualified medical examiner must complete your DOT physical form.  Our Nurse Practitioner, Josefina Foreman is a Certified DOT medical examiner.”

     DOT Physical participants should expect the examiner to review their health history and ask the participant to list the medications taken on a regular basis. During your DOT physical, the examiner will also do the following:

Check your pulse and blood pressure

Perform a vision test

Observe your general appearance

Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears

Listen to your heart and lungs

Check for spine deformities

Perform a neurological exam

Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities

Perform a hernia check

     Sommer adds, “If you are seeing a provider and are on medication for sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, depression and other mental health issues, and seizures.  Participants need to obtain a “Clearance Letter” from the provider of care and bring to their appointment.

    Please note, appointments for DOT Physical, which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office.  For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.


Booster Seat Safety Efforts This Weekend

Illinois Transportation officials and Triple-A are marking Naitonal Child Passenger Safety Week with nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks throughout the state. Most of them will take place on National Seat Check Saturday. IDOT's Rich Brauer.....
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The focus of the car-seat safety checks is eight car seat mistakes. IDOT Occupant protection coordinator Jessi Hopkins talks about the issue that tops the list...
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You can find out about car safety seat checks near you at BuckleupIllinois.org.
IDOT says other mistakes include: Not adjusting the harness snugly against the child. Not securing the car seat in the vehicle properly. Forgetting to register the car seat for recall notifications. Having toys or other items unsecured in the vehicle. Not using the lower anchors/LATCH system as approved. Not using the top tether on a forward-facing car seat. Moving to the next car seat or booster seat too soon.


Quad Cities Chamber to Host Cyber-Security Town Hall


With cyber-crime damage costs predicted to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021, the Quad Cities Chamber will bring together industry, business, and community leaders in a panel format to discuss the growing importance of cyber security to the region's businesses and their operations. The Cyber-security Town Hall: Protecting Your Business Against the Growing Threat of Cyber Crime will be held from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, at The Current Iowa hotel, 215 N. Main St., Davenport. 


The town hall will include an hour-long panel conversation led by regional subject matter experts to help area businesses understand the growing cyber-security threat to industry supply chains.  The panel will cover what’s important on the cyber-security landscape now, why businesses should care, what steps they should take to assess their cyber-security readiness and how to move toward implementation.


Additionally, the town hall will address new Department of Defense (DoD) guidelines surrounding cyber-security going into place at the end of the year that will significantly impact any company that does business with the DoD. Through the new guidelines, companies that either do direct business with the DoD, or provide a product or service to a company that does business with the DoD, will be required to meet new cyber-security standards. Those that don’t will potentially incur major fines or lose contracts with the DoD.


“With the presence of the Rock Island Arsenal as well as manufacturers that provide products for the DoD, there are a good deal of businesses in the Quad Cities that will be impacted by new cyber-security regulations,” said Mike Coughlin, Executive Director of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub. “This town hall will help businesses understand the new requirements as well as get an overview on the latest threats and preparedness options.”


After the panel discussion, attendees will continue the conversation at one of five different small-group discussions led by individual moderators.  Topics will appeal to a broad range of cyber security experience from novice to IT professionals.


Panelists scheduled for the event are:

·       Special Agent Steve Telisak, FBI

·       Beth Tinsman, CEO & Founder, Twinstate Technical Services

·       Greg Price, Vice President of Defense Programs, Trowbridge & Trowbridge, LLC

·       Josh McIntyre, Associate, Lane & Waterman Attorneys At Law (moderator)

This program is presented by the Quad Cities Chamber's Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, which is funded, in part, by the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment Program.


While there is no cost to attend, registration is required as seating is limited.  Register online at www.quadcitieschamber.com/events.


Kids and Cops Holiday Shopping Fundraiser



On September 23rd, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm the Moline Police Department will be holding a cookout fundraiser at Wal-Mart in Moline.


The cookout event raises money for the annual Kids and Cops Holiday Shopping event, which is held in December of each year.


The Kids and Cops Holiday Shopping event is where Moline Police Officers take 60 Moline students shopping for Christmas presents for them and their families.


The event is sponsored by Wal-Mart who donates supplies for the cookout.


Moline Officers will be standing near the entrances of Wal-Mart accepting donations that go to support the event in December.


There will also be a concession stand where grilled food and other items will be for sale with all proceeds going to the event.


Please stop by and join the Moline Police Department as we work together to ensure our students have an enjoyable holiday season.  


Durbin attacks latest "Trumpcare" plan

Senator Dick Durbin is speaking out against the latest version of what he calls Trumpcare. Durbin accused his Republican colleagues of trying to ram through the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare without sufficient analysis.....
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Durbin says there is opposition from the medical community to the latest concept, Cassidy-Graham....
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Durbin is also calling for extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides health insurance coverage for more than nine million children and pregnant women nationwide. 


Funding Announced For QC Airport

 U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and Senators Dick Durbin and TammyDuckworth today announced $3,294,751 in federal funding for the Quad City International Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation.


$2,974,751 of the funding will pay for the rehabilitation of the lighting systems for Runway 9/27 and Taxiway H that have both reached the end of their useful lives and require rehabilitation to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions. The additional $320,000 will fund an update to the existing airport master plan study to show current and future needs of the airport.


“By making investments in the Quad City International Airport, we’re helping generate a stronger economic environment in our community,” said Bustos. “For any business to succeed, it needs access to quality and reliable transportation options. That's why it's so important to continue fighting to deliver these job-creating federal dollars to improve the Quad City International Airport. I want to thank Senators Durbin and Duckworth for working with us to make the Quad-Cities a great place to live, work and raise a family.”


“Quad City International Airport is a critical transportation link for central Illinois, and this funding will help the airport continue to serve residents and visitors safely, securely, and efficiently,” said Durbin. “I will continue working with Senator Duckworth and Congresswoman Bustos to invest in the growth of the airport and the Quad Cities region.”


“As a pilot, I know how important all airports are to communities across the state of Illinois,” said Duckworth. “This funding will help ensure the Quad City International Airport has the resources it needs to make necessary improvements and support local job growth. I look forward to continuing my work with Senator Durbin and Congresswoman Bustos to improve Illinois’s airports and support economic development throughout the region.”


Broadway to add Historic Signage with Trivia Night Fundraiser

ROCK ISLAND, IL: The Broadway Historic District will host a Trivia Night Fundraiser at 7 PM on Friday, Sep 22, at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Rock Island. All proceeds from ticket sales will be used to add historic signage to the neighborhood. Tickets are $10 per person or $80 per team and can be purchased on Broadway's website at www.broadwaydistrict.org/trivia

About the Broadway Historic District: Broadway is an active 19th century neighborhood in the heart of Rock Island, Illinois, known for its historic homes, innovative preservation activities, and front porch socializing. The Broadway neighborhood became a National Historic District in 1998 and has appeared in Midwest Living and This Old House magazines.


Tuesday Accident In Coal Valley



What:                           Personal Injury, Lane Blockage

Where:                         I-74 West at Mile Marker 9 (Coal Valley)

When:                          9-19-17 @ 1:15 PM

Vehicle(s):                   Semi Truck and Trailer

Drivers:                          Jaimes Giovanni, 24, Male, Cicero, IL

Preliminary:                Troopers came upon a single semi-truck crash/rollover on the roadway. Driver crossed onto the right shoulder West bound, hit the guard rail and lost control causing the truck to roll on its driver’s side. Rescue units from Coal Valley and Colona responded. Henry County Sheriff Deputies, Colona PD and Illinois Department of Transportation responded to assist with traffic control.

East bound traffic was shut down for a short time for Life Flight to land. Driver has been flown to St. Francis in Peoria for serious injuries. No update on driver’s condition. All lanes were open at 4:00 pm.

Charges:                     Pending investigation. 


Ameren Introducing Drones Into Everyday Operations

Ameren Illinois now utilizing drone technology as part of their operations. The utility's Riley Adams says the drones are being used on every day jobs like inspections of power poles across the state.
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Ameren continues to seek ways drones can be best used in every day operations and they've already proven to be useful to their staff in emergency situations and power outages.


New State Law Allows Hunters in Illinois to Use Crossbows During Archery Seasons


Hunters in Illinois may use crossbows during archery hunting seasons, including the Illinois Archery Deer Season and the Illinois Fall Turkey Archery Season beginning on Oct. 1.


Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 2893, which amended the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting seasons in Illinois.


Illinois law previously allowed the use of crossbows for archery hunting by persons age 62 or older, and those persons with disabilities who qualified for a crossbow permit issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  In addition, the previous law allowed certain youth hunters to use crossbows, and allowed all archery hunters to use crossbows beginning the Monday after the second firearm deer season.


The 2017-18 season dates for archery deer and fall turkey archery hunting in Illinois are Oct. 1, 2017 through Jan. 14, 2018.  Archery seasons will be closed Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3 during the Firearm Deer Season in those counties open to firearm deer hunting.


Aramark Community Day On Wednesday

Aramark Building Community Day is a single day of company-wide volunteerism devoted to helping people and families succeed. On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Aramark will spend the day at Arrowhead Youth and Family Services (aka Arrowhead Ranch).  Aramark’s team of volunteers will spend the day erecting a garden shed as well as preparing and serving a lunch for the Quad City community on Arrowhead’s Coal Valley campus.  Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon and is free to the public.   Please join Aramark and Arrowhead for lunch and learn how you can help to support the mission of motivating youth at risk to become responsible young men and women by providing the highest quality counseling, education and social services to youth and their families.

Arrowhead is located at 12200 104th, Coal Valley, IL 61240.  For more information visit our website www.arrowheadyouth.org or contact Mary Davidson at (309)799-7044 x270 or email, mdavidson@arrowheadyouth.org


Rauner Returns From Trade Trip

The Governor returned from an overseas trip that took him to Japan and China to reinforce trade relationships and to build new ones. Bruce Rauner says today that he didn’t want to travel overseas until the state had a budget. Rauner says though he heard plenty about Illinois troubles but there are companies that are looking to the bright spots that Illinois has to offer.

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Rauner says he touted the benefits of the state’s transportation network. 


Unemployment Slightly Up In Iowa

 Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.3 percent for August. The state’s jobless rate was 3.7 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent in August.


“The economy showed some minor improvements in August,” said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director.  “Iowa businesses have steadily added jobs since April and advanced by 2,300 jobs this month with job gains continuing in healthcare, trade, and other services and the labor force participation rate remained at 68.4%.” 


The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 55,200 in August. The current estimate is 7,800 lower than the year ago level of 63,000.  


The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,627,800 in August. This figure was 300 lower than July and 9,000 lower than one year ago.   


Visit Dozens of Schools Sept. 28 at College Night at BHC


 Black Hawk College will host the 46th Annual College Night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, in the gym in Building 3.

 In one evening, students can visit with representatives from dozens of colleges and universities. Admission is free!

 High school students, college students, parents and grandparents can get information on:

·        Admission requirements

·        How to apply

·        Tuition costs

·        Financial aid

·        Housing options

·        Majors

·        Transfer options


For a list of participating schools, go to www.bhc.edu/collegenight.

For more information, call 309-796-5341 or email info@bhc.edu.


Moline Police Execute A Drug Bust

On September 14th, 2017 at approximately 0130AM, Moline Police conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 280 just west of I74.


Moline Police Officer Schwigen, who is trained in interstate drug trafficking and interdiction conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 Cadillac Escalade out of California, for a violation of Illinois Vehicle Code.


Moline Police Officer Schwigen, met with the occupants of the vehicle, Terry D. Woody, 28 years old, and Julienn D. Walker, 32 years old, both residents of Ohio.


Officer Schwigen was advised the two subjects had flown from Ohio to Los Angeles, then rented a vehicle and were driving back to Ohio.


Illinois State Police K9 Sergeant Veryzer arrived on scene and conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle, and the K9 alerted on the vehicle to the presence of narcotics. Illinois State Police K9 Sergeant Veryzer assisted with the search of the vehicle and the investigation.


A search of the vehicle found 2 kilograms of black tar heroin wrapped in bundles and concealed in the spare tire of the vehicle. The amount of heroin seized equates to approximately 10,000 individual doses of heroin.


The black tar heroin has a street value of over $600,000, which was destined for the Ohio area.


The heroin epidemic is sweeping across the nation, resulting in over 30,000 deaths annually according to National Center for Health Statistics.


Julienn Walker and Terry Woody are currently in the Rock Island County Jail charged with Controlled Substance Trafficking and their bonds are set at $500,000 each.




American Red Cross Is Offering Expedited Training

The American Red Cross continues to provide critical services to residents in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia as thousands of people remain in shelters in need of a safe place to stay, food, health services and emotional support. Red Cross volunteers are on the ground across the affected areas and more volunteers will be needed to deploy in the coming days and weeks.

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region is recruiting new volunteers to assist with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. To expedite the process, the Red Cross is offering Just In Time—a special fast track training for those interested in deploying to help with the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts. The training session will be offered in several locations over the coming weeks. Just In Time participants will be eligible to deploy following the successful completion of the required training and a background check.

Saturday, September 16 – County EMA Office Building, 311 Miracle Ave., Effingham, IL
Saturday, September 16 – Red Cross Office, 311 W. John H. Gwynn Jr., Ave., Peoria, IL
Saturday, September 23 – Red Cross Office, 3000 N. 23rd St., Quincy, IL
Saturday, September 23 – Children’s Safety Village, Univ. of IL Springfield, 4521 S. 11th St., Springfield, IL                                                    
Saturday, September 23 – I Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 S. 1st St., Champaign, IL
Saturday, September 30 – Red Cross Office, One Westport Court, Bloomington, IL
Saturday, September 30 – Red Cross Office, 2674 North Main St., Decatur, IL
Saturday, September 30 – Red Cross Office, 1100 River Drive, Moline, IL
Saturday, September 30 – Community of Christ Church, 100 W. Deyoung St. Marion, IL
Saturday, October 7 – Red Cross Office, 311 W. John H. Gwynn Jr., Ave., Peoria, IL
Saturday, October 7 - Children’s Safety Village, Univ. of IL Springfield, 4521 S. 11th St., Springfield, IL 

The training session is free, but registration is requested. All sessions are from 8:00am to 5:00pm. To register, contact Laura.Streid@redcross.org or 309-662-0500 ext. 7428. Please specify which location when you register.      

How to Help
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Irma by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


Model A's In QC Next Week

The Great Annual Model A Ride Around Iowa (GAMARAI) tour stops in the Quad Cities on September 18-20, 2017. 


35 Model A’s start Monday in Altoona, visiting the Amana Colonies while finishing the day at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Davenport.  Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent visiting various sites in the Quad Cities.  On Thursday, the tour drives to Muscatine and Iowa City.


People can see the Model A cars in the evenings at the La Quinta, or they will be at the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire on Tuesday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m.


This is the 22nd annual GAMARAI tour, sponsored by the Central Iowa Model A Club.  The tour has become a nationally-recognized tour with participants coming from all over the Midwest including Texas.


Ford manufactured more than 5 million Model A’s from 1928 through 1931.  The cars typically travel between 42 and 50 miles per hour and will cover up to 500 miles during the tour.


“This is not a car show, but rather a tour for the enjoyment of the participants,” says Clarence Cory.  “However, it is a traveling museum with no two cars quite alike so often residents are very interested in the cars.”


Duckworth disappointed with failure to update authorization of military force

Wounded combat veteran and Senator Tammy Duckworth believes her successors in the battlefield in the war on terror deserve a new game plan. She is expressing disappointment over her colleagues failure to plan a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. She says the current plan, which was enacted with the start of the nation's war in Afghanistan, the longest war in the country's history, is outdated....
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Critics say the authorization is too broad and paved the way for the Iraq War as well as the battle against ISIS in Iraq and Syria without sufficient Congressional input. 


September Is Food Safety Month

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Environmental Health Division announces that September has been designated National Food Safety Month.  This year’s theme for National Food Safety Month is “The Culture of Food Safety”!  Join us as we explore how to protect your family, guests, and community from foodborne illness.


     Dorothy David, Environmental Health Director with the Health Department states, “This year we will focus on a food safety activity conducted by everyone.  Whether it's off to school or work, millions of Americans carry "bag" lunches.”

     David notes, “Food brought from home can be kept safe if it is first handled and cooked properly. Always remember, perishable food must be kept cold while commuting via bus, bicycle, on foot, or in a car. After arriving at school or work, perishable food must be kept cold until lunchtime.”

     Why keep food cold?  Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly in the "Danger Zone" — the temperatures between 40 and 140 °F (4.4 °C and 60 °C). So, perishable food transported without an ice source won't stay safe long. Here are safe handling recommendations to prevent foodborne illness from "bag" lunches.

     Begin with Safe Food - Perishable food (refrigerated), including meat, poultry and eggs, must be kept cold at all times. Eggs should be purchased cold at the store and kept cold at home. In between store and home, transport perishable food as fast as possible when no ice source is available. At home, refrigerate perishables promptly. Food should not be left out at room temperature more than 2 hours — 1 hour if the temperature is above 90 °F (32.2 °C).  Prepackaged combos are sometimes packed for lunch. These combos often contain perishable foods such as luncheon meats, cheese, and cut fruit that must be kept refrigerated, even though they may be cured or contain preservatives.

     Keep Everything Clean - Before beginning to pack lunches, make sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next item. A solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water may be used to sanitize surfaces and utensils. Keep family pets away from kitchen counters.

     Don't Cross-Contaminate - Harmful bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, utensils, and countertops. Always use a clean cutting board. When using a cutting board for food that will not be cooked, such as bread, lettuce, and tomatoes, be sure to wash the board after using it to cut raw meat and poultry. Consider using one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for meat and poultry.

     Packing Lunches - Pack just the amount of perishable food that can be eaten at lunchtime. That way, there won't be a problem about the storage or safety of leftovers. After lunch, discard all leftover food, used food packaging, and paper bags. Do not reuse packaging because it could contaminate other food and cause foodborne illness.  It's fine to prepare the food the night before, but pack lunch bags right before leaving home. Freezing sandwiches helps them stay cold. However, for best quality, don't freeze sandwiches containing mayonnaise, lettuce, or tomatoes. Add these later.  Insulated, soft-sided lunch boxes or bags are best for keeping food cold, but pack at least two ice sources with perishable food in any type of lunch bag or box you use.

     Keeping Cold Lunches Cold - Prepare cooked food, such as turkey, ham, chicken, and vegetable or pasta salads, ahead of time to allow for thorough chilling in the refrigerator [40 °F (4.4 °C) or below]. Divide large amounts of food into shallow containers for fast chilling. Keep cooked food refrigerated until time to leave home.

     To keep lunches cold away from home, include at least two cold sources. You can use two frozen gel packs (not smaller than 5x3-inches each) or combine a frozen gel pack with a frozen juice box or frozen bottle of water. Freeze gel packs overnight. When packing your bag lunch, place them on top and bottom of the perishable food items to keep them cold. Of course, if there's a refrigerator available at work or school, store perishable items there upon arrival. If you place your insulated bag in the refrigerator, leave the lid or bag open so that cold air can keep the food cold.

     Some food is safe without a cold source. Items that don't require refrigeration include whole fruits and vegetables, hard cheese, canned meat and fish, chips, breads, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, mustard, and pickles.

     Keeping Hot Lunches Hot - Use an insulated container to keep food like soup, chili, and stew hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime to keep the food hot — 140 °F (73.9 °C) or above.

     Microwave Cooking/Reheating - When using the microwave oven to reheat lunches, cover food to hold in moisture and promote safe, even heating. Reheat leftovers to at least 165 °F (73.9 °C), making sure to use a food thermometer to be sure a safe temperature has been reached before consuming the food. Cook frozen convenience meals according to package instructions.

     For more information on food safety contact the Health Department at (309) 852-0197 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.



Moline High School Students Supports Gilda's Club


Moline High School Superfans, a student run organization have joined the City of Moline in our ‘Pink Patch Project’ fundraising event for Gilda’s Club for their annual ‘Pink Out’ event against Quincy on October 6th at Browning Field.


The Moline High School Superfans are a student run organization that attends sporting events in a planned out theme.  The Superfans are responsible for energizing the crowds and supporting the athletes on the field or court.


The Moline High School Superfans tout themselves as the 6th Man, meaning they provide a potentially helpful role in the game and help sway momentum towards Moline.


The Moline High School Superfans are asking everyone to join in the ‘Pink Out’ event and wear a pink shirt to the game. They have joined forces with the City of Moline to provide a place to purchase a pink shirt, while helping raise money for Gilda’s Club.


Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities provides support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer and they do it free of charge.


QC Custom Tees has designed a special edition t-shirt with a City of Moline logo, a Moline Police Department logo and  Moline Fire Department log, available in men’s, women’s and children sizes as well as long sleeve. The shirts will be available for order through September 22nd, 2017.


We will have a special pickup on September 29th and September 30th from 8:00AM to 12:00PM at the Moline Police Department. Those picking up will need to show their proof of purchase or have an ID.


The shirts can be ordered online by visiting: https://cityofmolinefundraiser.itemorder.com/sale


State Police report decline in Labor Day Weekend Fatalities

Illinois State Police say there was a steep drop in fatal traffic crashes over the Labor Day weekend this year compared with last year. State police released figures Tuesday showing five fatal traffic crashes this year, compared with 19 last year, and five fatalities this year compared with 23 in 2016. State police handled nearly 200 crashes during the holiday weekend. Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz says it was one of the safest Labor Day travel weekends in the last six years.


IL Fall Trout Season Begins In October

The 2017 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season will open onSaturday, Oct. 21 at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.  

Two weeks prior to the fall trout opener, the Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season will open at nine sites (locations marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below) on Saturday, Oct. 7.  Fly fishing anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch and release trout beginning Oct. 7 at those nine sites. No trout may be kept during the fly fishing period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular fall trout season beginning Oct. 21

The Illinois catchable trout program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. For the fall season, the IDNR stocks approximately 80,000 rainbow trout into bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted. 

No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens at 5:00 a.m. on Oct.21 (not all sites are open at 5:00 a.m. on opening day). Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations. 

All anglers – including those using fly fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 21 – must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout. 

Illinois fishing licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. For a location near you, check the IDNR website at this link:


Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov, or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). 

NOTE: Not all fall trout sites open at 5:00 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location prior to the season. For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. 

The 54 locations that will be open for Fall Trout Fishing Season are listed below.

2017 Illinois Fall Trout Locations
(*) Denotes Sites Open for Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Early Season 

Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway 
Cook County: Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District 
Cook County: Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District 
Cook County: Busse Woods North, Cook County Forest Preserve District 
Cook County: Green Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

Cook County: Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Cook County: Wolf Lake, Wm. Powers Conservation Area 
DuPage County: Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest preserve District 
Jo Daviess County: Apple River, Apple River State Park (*) 
Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee 
Kankakee County: Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park (*) 
Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area 
Lake County: Banana Lake, Lake County Forest Preserve District 
Lake County: Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park 
LaSalle County: Illinois and Michigan Canal, Lock 14 
McHenry County: Spring Grove Hatchery Pond 
Ogle County: Pine Creek, White Pines Forest State Park (*) 
Rock Island County: Prospect Park

Warren County: Citizen’s Lake 
Whiteside County: Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls 
Will County: Lake Strini 
Will County: Van Horn Woods 

Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park Lake (*) 
Cass County: Gridley Lake at Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA (*) 
Christian County: Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District 
Coles County: Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston 
Douglas County: Villa Grove West Lake 
Hancock County: Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park (*) 
Macon County: Rock Springs Pond 
Macoupin County: Beaver Dam Lake 
McDonough County: Argyle Lake 
Morgan County: Morgan Lake, Nichols Park, Jacksonville (*) 
Sangamon County: IDOT Lake, Springfield (*) 
Sangamon County: Southwind Park Pond, Springfield 
Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond, Springfield 
Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville 
Tazewell County: Mineral Springs Park Lagoon 
Vermilion County: Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area 

Bond County: Greenville Old City Lake 
Crawford County: Crawford County Conservation Area Pond #6 
Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond 
Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake 
Madison County: Highland Old City Lake 
Marion County: Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Park 
Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis 
Randolph County: Derby Lake, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta 
Randolph County: Randolph County Lake 
Saline County: Jones State Lake Pond 
St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Recreation Area main lake 
St. Clair County: Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis 
St. Clair County: Willow Lake, Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area (*) 
Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park 
Wayne County: Sam Dale State Fish and Wildlife Area Trout Pond 
Williamson County:  Devil’s Kitchen Lake



Relief Effort To Houston On Thursday

Valley Construction has led an effort throughout the Quad Cities to help residents in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey by collecting supplies in order to fill two semi-trailers to deliver to the Houston area. 


The men and women of the Rock Island Police and Fire Departments, The Rock Island Police Benevolent & Protective Association – Unit #3, The Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge #57, and The International Association of Fire Fighters Local #26, have all teamed up to purchase over $1,800.00 in supplies to be donated towards the relief effort.


Please join us on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 1:30 pm, in the front parking lot of the Rock Island Police Department where we will be loading the supplies onto the Valley Trailer.



Missing Person Case In Bettendorf

On May 26, 2017 the mother of David Allen McAllister, age 22, filed a missing persons report with the Bettendorf Police Department where they both reside. David was last seen by his mother on May 10th and the last known contact anyone had with him was the next day, May 11th. It has been four months now since there has been any known contact with David. David may have been experiencing personal issues at the time of his disappearance. He was possibly last seen in the area of Vander Veer Park, Junge Park, or 35th Street @ Harrison Street, Davenport.


David is described as a white male, age 22, 5’9”, and 160lbs., medium dark blonde hair and blue eyes with various tattoos and it is unknown what clothes he was last wearing.


This missing persons case is being investigated by the Bettendorf Police Department. If anyone has any information regarding David’s whereabouts, or has had recent contact with him, or has any information relevant to this case please call the Bettendorf Police Department at 563-344-4015.


See attached Missing Persons Flyer from the Q.C. Missing Persons Network.


No further information at this time.


Upcoming Dogtoberfest Event

 Bring your best friend to Dogtoberfest, Sunday, October 1, 2017, from noon-3:30 p.m. Enjoy the festivities at the new location, the Crow Creek Dog Park, 4701, Devil’s Glen Road, Bettendorf. 

·       Free doggie bags for the first 150 households

·       Raffle and Live Auction

·       Food trucks/beverages (including beer and wine) will be available for purchase

·       Admission is free

·       Games and prizes for the dogs too, including Doggy Musical Chairs, and Best Pet Tricks

Proceeds will benefit the Crow Creek Dog Park. 

Rain date is Sunday, October 8, 2017.


Ameren Crews Headed To Florida

Crews from Ameren IL are on the way to Florida to help restore power to that storm ravaged area.

Brian Bretsch with Ameren says they are sending quite a contingent to help out…

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Bretsch adds that those crews will likely be in the southeastern part of the country for at least the next couple of weeks or so…

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AETA Working Farm Show This Coming Weekend

The 56th annual Antique Engine and Tractor Association Working Farm Show will be held this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 15-17 at the showgrounds north and slightly west of Geneseo.

Phil Jordan is the President of the Association and he says this year’s show will feature the Oliver Tractors…


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As always, there will be a parade each day at one o’clock and Mr. Jordan says admission is very reasonably priced…

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Further information on the website at www.ae-ta.com


QC Tourism Bureau To Hold Their Annual Meeting

The Quad Cities’ tourism industry gathers on Wednesday, September 20 for the annual meeting of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Both state tourism representatives will make brief presentations.  The meeting will be a fun combination of speakers, videos, and awards.  The keynote speaker is Augustana College President Steven C. Bahls.


Award Recipients:

Each year, the QCCVB recognizes those individuals that have successfully brought meetings, conventions, and events to the Quad Cities area in the past year.  Together these events had a local economic impact of $4.6 million.

·        2017 PDGA Amateur & Junior Disc Golf World Championships – July 2017 – 1,200 attendees, Economic Impact: $800,000

·        Thru the Stones Convention – December 2016, Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf – 500 attendees, Economic Impact: $72,000

·        2017 Iowa State USBC 100th Annual Tournament – February-May 2017 – 10,000 attendees, Economic Impact: $3.6 million

·        Illinois Pipe Trades Convention – May 2017 – iWireless Center – 350 attendees, Economic Impact: $117,000


Former director of the Moline Parks & Recreation Department, Milt Hand served on the QCCVB board from 2004-2008 (serving as chair 2006-07), and the board of the Quad Cities Sports Commission.  The Milt Hand Good Sport Award is going to:

·        Steve Tappa, Sports Reporter for the Dispatch/Argus


Community leader Jim Graham was a former member of the QCCVB Board of Directors from 2000-2009.  The QCCVB named an award in his honor and it goes to an individual or organization that exemplifies Jim’s dedication to this community.  This year, the Jim Graham Community Award is going to:

·        Q2030 Initiative


The QCCVB is recognizing six outstanding partners this year who have gone above and beyond to support the QCCVB and contributed to the tourism experience in the Quad Cities.

·        Celebration River Cruises

·        Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse

·        Fairfield Inn Moline

·        John Deere Pavilion

·        Quad Cities Marathon

·        Twilight River Cruises


Reservation for the Annual Meeting can be made by September 13 atwww.visitquadcities.com/partners




Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz recognizes the achievement of Trooper Gary “Joe” Anderton for winning a gold medal during his participation in the 2017 World Police and Fire Games.  Trooper Anderton competed in and won the gold medal in the 170 – 179.9 Submission Grappling weight class.  Submission Grappling is similar to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The 2017 World Police and Fire Games were held in Los Angeles, California, August 6-16.  This biennial event drew over 8,000 first responder athletes from 70 countries who competed in 65 events. Trooper Anderton was the only American in his competing class and defeated a Brazilian military police officer to bring home the gold. 

“ISP officers are required to maintain minimum physical fitness standards.  Trooper Anderton has gone the extra mile to exceed those standards and exemplifies achievement through high personal goals and effort,” stated Director Schmitz.  “Trooper Anderton’s commitment to physical fitness is exemplary, and the efforts he put forth in training for this event are to be commended.  I am proud of his accomplishments at the Police and Fire Games and honored to have him as a member of the ISP,” continued Director Schmitz. 

Along with being a 2017 World champion, Trooper Anderton also won a gold medal in the same event at the 2015 National Police and Fire Games.  Trooper Anderton is one of a very small number of athletes who has been both a National and World Submission Grappling champion in the Police and Fire Games.

Trooper Anderton is a 19-year veteran of the ISP and is currently assigned to the Academy Alcohol and Substance Testing Section.


Health Dept Offers Info On Head Lice

    It's that time of year again.  When yellow school buses, cross guards and children carrying book bags abound.  Therefore the Henry and Stark County Health Departments would like to remind area residents of the facts pertaining to head lice and how to treat it.


    Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1-2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.


    The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:


     * Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).


     *Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.


     *Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for

5-10 minutes.


      *Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.


      *Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.


     *Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.


    Although head lice are difficult to see, they are easy to recognize.  One sign is a persistent itch of the scalp, often accompanied by infected scratch marks.  Closer inspection, aided by a hand lens will reveal small silvery eggs attached to the hair shaft.


    Head lice infestations among children and adults are common.  Lice are unbearably itchy and highly contagious; they require immediate, thorough treatment.  Alas, there are no non-toxic products for killing lice, but there are effective over-the-counter products such as Nix and Rid.  But if you do use one of these preparations, follow the instructions exactly.  Delouse clothing, bedding and combs according to directions; as well as, head and body. 


   Remember to take all possible steps to protect other members of your household, and to notify people who might have been exposed through direct bodily or household contact, and to prevent re-infestation.


    To help control a head lice outbreak in a community, school, or camp, children can be taught to avoid activities that may spread head lice.  


Family Fun Nights Return To The Putnam

–School is in session, leaves are beginning to turn and Family Fun Nights are back at the Putnam Museum and Science Center beginning Friday, September 15. These themed evenings are an opportunity for the whole family to experience the museum and science center at night, as well as interact with Putnam educators through various activities.

“We love seeing families make Family Fun Nights a tradition,” says Octavia Houtekier-Boyd, Vice President of Education, “Themed evenings make learning fun and allow parents to create great memories with their children.”

Family Fun Nights occur every 3rd Friday of the month beginning in September. These nights are scheduled to run through April, 2017 from 5-8:30pm. The first half of the schedule, including activities for each night, is listed below.

Activities in the Grand Lobby during Family Fun Nights are free to the public. General museum admission applies to experience the museum and science center and attend the movie.

Family Fun Night Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 15: Travel back to the time of the dinosaurs as you explore the Putnam fossil collection and outdoor Dino Dig! Movie: Flying Monsters 3D

Friday, October 20: Have you ever wondered what is beyond the stars?  Join us to find out the answer and more! While you are here check out our Discovery Dome and learn about the stories behind the stars. Movie: Hidden Universe 3D

Friday, November 17: Chemistry can be fun! Learn about atoms and molecules, acids and bases, chemical reactions and more with activities and science experiments happening throughout the Grand Lobby. Movie: Mysteries of the Unseen World

Family Fun Nights will continue January – April with the schedule being released at a later time. For more information or admission prices, please call 563-324-1933 or visit Putnam.org.

Family Fun Nights are generously sponsored by the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union.



Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Join us on select Monday evenings for live
music and dancing during Music on the Mississippi, sponsored by Black Hawk College.
Concerts will run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and take place at Ben Butterworth East Shelter, located
at Ben Butterworth Parkway and 55th Street. Please bring your own lawn chairs. Admission is
free and Roy’s All Fed Up hot dog vending will be on site.
September 11 Coupe De Ville
September 18 The River City 6
September 25 Los Mocambos
About Moline Parks and Recreation
Our Department is responsible for the management and daily operations of all Parks and
Recreation facilities, including 23 parks, more than 700 acres of parkland, over 16 miles of
bicycle/pedestrian trails, Riverside Family Aquatic Center, Greenvalley Sports Complex, two
municipal cemeteries and more. In addition, we offer numerous programs in the areas of sports,
rentals, and special events. For more information about Moline Parks and Recreation visit our
website (www.molineparks.com), Facebook (facebook.com/molineparks), Twitter


Health Dept Warns of Poison Ivy


    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents that as many of us take advantage of the summer months to increase outdoor activities; exposure to local flora may result in an increased risk of encountering one of nature's less desirables, poison ivy.


    The most common consequence of poison ivy exposure is the development of poison ivy rash.  Poison ivy rash is easily distinguished.  The skin is red and blisters are formed in a linear pattern.  Swelling may occur, and there may be acute itching.


    Allergy to the plant develops after one or repeated contacts with the plant.  The first attack may not begin for 7-10 days after the first contact.  The rash then appears and continues to spread for a week or more.  Subsequent attacks develop within 2-3 days and run a faster course.


    Direct contact with the plant, or contact with something which has contacted the plant is usually necessary to produce an attack.  In smoke the allergen travels but a few feet, if at all.  Following contact or suspected contact, thorough bathing with plenty of soap may remove the plant juices and prevent an attack, but only if the bathing is done within hours or so after exposure.


    The blister fluid does not contain any of the allergen, nor does it promote any spread of the rash.  Cool, wet dressings along with anti-itching medication control the symptoms fairly well and give the quickest recovery.  Skin undergoing an allergic reaction and skin which is inflamed and oozing is easily sensitized to other contact allergens.


    As one grows older, sensitivity usually decreases very markedly.  Also, after several attacks, the person himself may learn to recognize and avoid the plant.  As sensitivity to poison ivy and its close relatives is the most common form of contact dermatitis, learning to recognize these plants may prevent an uncomfortable and agonizing, although preventable, condition.


    So keep tips in mind and enjoy all the great fun this time of year has to offer.  For more information on outdoor safety visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or Find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Department or Follow Us on Twitter.


Moline Police Urging The Public To Lock Their Car Doors


The Moline Police Department is joining a nationwide social media campaign known as #9PMRoutine which reminds everyone to lock your vehicles, secure your valuables and lock your residences at 9 pm each evening.


This year the Moline Police Department has received 153 reports of burglary to motor vehicles and in 145 of the incidents the vehicles were unlocked when they were burglarized.


The Moline Police Department would like to remind everyone to secure your valuables in your home and do not leave them unattended in a vehicle.


The Moline Police Department reminds everyone to remove firearms from their vehicles and secure them inside the residences, never leaving them unattended in a vehicle. There are several incidents each year in which firearms are stolen from unlocked vehicles, those firearms are then often used in crimes.


By joining in the #9PMRoutine, you lock your vehicles each night, secure your valuables and lock your residence prior to going to bed.  In doing so, we eliminate the opportunity for burglars who often seek easy, unlocked targets.


So please join us in our campaign to eliminate opportunities for burglars and complete the 9 pm routine.


The Moline Police Department will provide updates via social media to remind everyone to participate. Look for us on Facebook at Moline Police Department and on Twitter @MolinePolice. 


Putnam Explorers & Explorers Jr. Workshops Returning to Putnam September 9th



August 24, 2017 (Davenport, Iowa) – Putnam Explorers and Explorers Jr. workshops are returning to the Putnam Museum and Science Center beginning September 9. These workshops are intended to highlight topics in a fun and interactive way for multiple ages and meet monthly to provide informal enrichment activities.


“Each season our Explorers and Explorers Jr. participants have an opportunity to discover the museum and the exhibits from a unique behind-the-scenes perspective,” says Octavia Houtekier-Boyd, Vice President of Education. “Each workshop provides an adventure that enhances learning and sparks their imaginations through fun activities.”

Classes will meet the first weekend of the month: Explorers Jr. (Pre-K* – 1st Grade) on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and Putnam Explorers (Grades 2 – 5) on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required for all programs as there are a limited number of reservations available. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m.


IEMA Joins Nationwide Campaign to Encourage Disaster Preparedness


September is National Preparedness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with emergency management agencies throughout the state and across the U.S. to encourage people to spend a few moments during the month on disaster preparedness.


The campaign’s theme Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can. urges people to set aside time to discuss emergency plans with family members and develop a plan to stay safe when disaster strikes. The goal of this annual preparedness push is to increase personal and community disaster preparedness throughout the U.S.


“We never know when the next disaster will strike, but there are actions we can take to be better prepared for the unexpected,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “As we are seeing with Hurricane Harvey, even an expected weather event can have unexpected devastating consequences.” 


Throughout September, IEMA will offer tips and information on how to develop a family emergency communication plan, assemble an emergency supply kit, as well as ways to receive critical emergency warnings.


IEMA offers disaster preparedness information on the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov), a one-stop resource for detailed information about what to do before, during and after disasters. 


In addition, throughout September IEMA will post daily preparedness tips on the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (@ReadyIllinois).


During disasters, IEMA uses the Ready Illinois website, Facebook and Twitter pages to provide critical information about the incident, including shelter locations, road closures, safety information, photos and more.


The Night People to Play Farewell Concert

The Night People, a local Quad Cities music group for over 50 years, were inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on September 3, 2017.  This prestigious designation was in recognition of their influence and contribution to the area music scene.  Over the 50 plus years the band has been together, they have opened for many prominent national and international music acts, most notably for Jimi Hendrix at The Col Ballroom in August 1968.


To commemorate this honor and say "thank you" to the community for their continuous support, the original members, featuring Rob Dahms, Mike Stroehle, Kenny White, Rich Collignon and Gary Pearson, will perform a "Farewell" concert on Saturday, November 25 in the Mississippi Hall at the RiverCenter.  Proceeds from this performance will support the Adler Theatre’s marquee renovation project. The RiverCenter was the site of the very first reunion on November 23, 1984.  


Although the band continues to play in the area, it’s rare for all the original members to get together.  This is the last time fans will be able to see all of the original members together on stage.  The concert will be a showcase of music that influenced the group, from the early rock and roll era, the Beatles and British Invasion, and the modern era.  The band will also be joined on stage by some very special guests.


Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  VIP tickets are $27.



Open House at Clinton Nuclear Plant Wednesday

A few decades ago, there was concern across Central Illinois when Illinois Power built a nuclear plant in Clinton, just a few years after the incident at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear plant. Some were worried about nuclear power safety, others cost overruns. Now, 30 years after the plant started pumping out power atomic style, the plant's current owner is throwing a public celebration of the plant's anniversary. Exelon is hosting a community open house tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m.. Visitors will learn more about the plant and can take a tour of the plant's control room simulator


Overdoes Awareness Day

– Today, on International Overdose Awareness Day, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is raising awareness of an alarming trend in opioid overdose deaths.  Recent analysis of Illinois death records shows that overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, have increased more than any other category of opioids.


“While fatal overdose deaths involving opioids have increased in Illinois during the past five years, the number of deaths involving synthetic opioids has increased even more dramatically,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah., M.D., J.D.  “It is important that we raise awareness and recognize this growing problem and work together to prevent these deaths and the devastating pain family and friends experience.”


In a major undertaking, IDPH analyzed the literal text section of Illinois death records to identify specific substances contributing to drug overdose deaths.  The most striking result was the large increase in the number of deaths involving fentanyl, and opioids similar to fentanyl, which lead to a 910 percent increase in synthetic opioid overdose deaths between 2013 and 2016.  Additional analysis of death record data, including the types of opioids (oxycodone, heroin, carfentanil, etc.) can be found in the latest edition of the Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin.  These data provide health professionals, law enforcement, and health care providers a more complete understanding of the opioid crisis and help identify strategies to combat it.     


Thousands of people die each year from drug overdoses and they come from all walks of life.  International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.  It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or were injured as a result of drug overdose.


Take the time to learn the signs and symptoms of overdose and how you might be able to help.


You can find Educational Resources – Overdose Prevention Materials on the Illinois Department of Human Services website. 


IDOT Hiring Help for Winter Operations


In preparation for winter, the Illinois Department of Transportation is filling temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this winter. These seasonal employees will be hired for both full-time and on-call work schedules. The deadline to apply is Sept. 13.


The department's annual “snowbird” program requires employees to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-and-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays and nights. Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical, vision testing, and drug and alcohol screening also are required.


Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. For additional information, including details on pay and the potential for benefits, please visitwww.idot.illinois.gov.


Ghost Tales at the Colonel Davenport House on September 30


Kick off the Halloween season as the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation presents "Ghost Tales" with spooky stories told by local storytellers on the grounds of the Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017.


Admission for this family-friendly event is $6 for adults; $4 seniors; and 12 and younger/active military are free.  Enjoy the refreshments for sale.  Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Come before the main event to get a complimentary guided tour of the Colonel Davenport House beginning at 5:30 p.m. 


Attendees age 16 and older must show U.S. photo I.D. since the Island is a working military facility.  Please enter through the Moline gate.  For more information, visitwww.davenporthouse.org.


Americorps Funds Now Available

 The Serve Illinois Commission (Serve Illinois) today announced that funding is available for agencies interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in the state.  AmeriCorps members serve their communities by improving education and health care, protecting public safety, safeguarding the environment, providing disaster relief, and promoting civic engagement.


“Each year, AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to get things done in their communities,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Members work with disadvantaged youth, veterans and their families, people with disabilities, the homeless, and many other individuals who need a helping hand to succeed.”


Serve Illinois administers the AmeriCorps state programs in Illinois and is charged with enhancing and supporting community volunteerism.  Serve Illinois is funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and currently supports 39 AmeriCorps programs throughout the state.


AmeriCorps members receive student loan deferment and training.  Full-time members are also eligible to receive a modest living allowance and health insurance.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.  If the member is 55 or over, they may transfer the education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child.


Serve Illinois will host mandatory webinars in September and October.  Webinar details and information about the application process are available atwww.Serve.Illinois.gov.  Applications are due by December 1, 2017.  Funded programs will begin their work in July or August of 2018.


New in Theaters in the Quad Cities 09-01-17

It's a rare week when there are not big name new movies in theaters but this Labor Day weekend Hollywood has left us without a major, well-known new movie. That said, there are still good options to get you to the theater including a buzzy little indie movie, a television premiere on the big screen and an all time classic celebrating a milestone anniversary. Here's the rundown... 


Tulip Fever is the weekend's only 'New' movie. Set in the Netherlands in the 17th century, during the period of the tulip mania, an artist (Dane DeHaan) falls for a married young woman (Alicia Vikander) while he's commissioned to paint her portrait by her husband (Christoph Waltz). The two invest in the risky tulip market in hopes to build a future together. The film, adapted from a popular novel of the same title by Deborah Moggach. The film was given an R-Rating for some rather graphic sexual content that was even shown in a recent online trailer for the film. My review of Tulip Fever will be going up here on Sunday. 


For fans of Marvel comics and especially fans of ABC's Agents of Shield, InHumans is debuting on IMAX this weekend in Davenport. The one week presentation features a cut of the first two episodes of the series that tells the story of a group of super-powered beings who live hidden on the Moon and away from the prying eyes of humanity. However, after some palace intrigue our heroes wind up on Earth and on the run. ABC will premiere InHumans on September 29th but if you want to see it before it debuts and see it on the biggest of big screens, InHumans is showing on IMAX at Cinemark 53rd and IMAX through next week. My review? I didn't think it was very good but I am also not a fan of either the comic or of Agents of Shield of which the show is a spin-off. My lack of connection to the series made the show hard to enjoy, especially the first episode which was rather insufferable. That said, the action picks up in the second episode and things do seem intriguing by the end of the two episode theatrical presentation. The 8 episode series will begin running on ABC September 29th. 


And finally, the main reason to go to the theater this weekend is the 40th Anniversary of one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Steven Speilberg's legendary alien movie turns 40 this year with a new documentary and an improved print of the film that you can see for one week only at Cinemark in Davenport. For those who don't know, Close Encounters stars Richard Dreyfuss as an Indiana Water and Power employee who has an encounter with an alien ship that compels him to find where and when the aliens are coming to Earth. Melinda Dillon joins Dreyfuss as a mother whose very young child was taken by the aliens while she also has visions of where the aliens will be coming. Legendary French filmmaker Francois Truffaut plays the lead scientist who will be in charge of making first contact with the aliens. The film has all of the classic, childlike wonder of director Steven Speilberg's big family adventures with a hint of the suspense he brought to his classic Jaws. Most memorably for me though, John Williams' remarkable score. The film uses music to connect humans and aliens and hearing it blasting from movie theater speakers is something I highly recommend. Experience Close Encounters of the Third Kind on the big screen beginning today. It's a can't miss movie for anyone who loves science fiction. 


IL National Guard Enroute To Texas

Seven Illinois National Guard Airmen and one C-130 cargo airplane from the 182nd Airlift Wing will depart for Dallas, Texas today.

The Airmen are expected to support the federal Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery effort for the next 3-4 days.

Members of the media who wish to report on the departure should be at the wing, 2416 S. Falcon Blvd., Peoria, Illinois 61607 by 10:45 a.m.

"I'm proud that we are able to play a part in supporting the nation and the people of Texas," said Maj. Gen. Richard J. Hayes Jr., the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard.

The aircraft is capable of transporting personnel and relief supplies in and out of Texas from across the country.

For information related to the crew, aircraft, mission and to gain access to the base, contact the 182nd Airlift Wing at 309-633-5119 or 309-633-5100.

View Online: http://readme.readmedia.com/Illinois-National-Guard-to-Aid-in-Hurricane-Relief/15078096


Salvation Army Responds To Hurricane Harvey



In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. To date, The Salvation Army has deployed 71 mobile feeding units to Texas.  Twenty-nine additional units are on standby to support the state of Louisiana if Harvey's rains cause severe flooding there and additional feeding units are on standby across the country to help if needed. As of Tuesday evening, August 29, 18,483 meals; 17,204 snacks, and 16, 640 drinks have been provided.   



Four Salvation Army shelters have opened their doors to those evacuating their homes – Harbor Light Center for men, Sally’s House for women, Family Residence and Conroe Red Shield Lodge. Salvation Army units are ready to move in and serve those in need. Other locations remain on standby to serve.



The Salvation Army is helping with rescue efforts in Galveston County and the Center of Hope  chapel and classrooms have been made available to shelter people on Galveston Island. In Texas City, Captains Patrick and Jennifer Jones continue to support sheltering operations at the Vincent Community Center that already is housing more than 100 people.



Service continues in the Corpus Christi area where an Incident Command Team from Oklahoma and Arkansas began service on Monday. Seven mobile kitchens from that team, in addition to units from Laredo, McAllen, Corpus Christi and Dallas Fort Worth are serving.  The Salvation Army McAllen mobile kitchen continues to serve meals, snacks and hydration to residents seeking assistance and to first responders.


The cities of Rockport and Aransas Pass found themselves directly in the path of Hurricane Harvey and sustained significant damage. A Salvation Army team from Oklahoma has established service in Rockport while a second unit will continue to provide support in Aransas Pass.



The City of Dallas is preparing a shelter at the Dallas Convention Center and The Salvation Army will assume the responsibility of feeding those who stay there.



Additional units remain staged in San Antonio preparing for deployment as areas become accessible.



Kerrville team serving meals at two local shelters. Temple Corps has opened an emergency shelter. Two mobile kitchens from Austin serving at a shelter in Seadrift, Texas. Lubbock mobile kitchen served in Belton, outside Temple.


To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555.


We are currently Not accepting Gifts In Kind Donations at this time.  


Upcoming John Bloom Arts Festival

5th annual John Bloom Arts Festival

Saturday, September 16, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DeWitt’s Lincoln Park (by the downtown water tower)

512 – 10th Street, DeWitt, Iowa

Local artists and vendors have their creations for sale

Food and children’s art activities also available in the park

Free admission

Sponsored by the DeWitt Area Fine Arts Foundation


Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District Hosts Annual Fall Tree Sale

Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District is once again hosting a Fall Native Tree Sale to promote conservation—including backyard conservation.  Consider planting native trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers to promote diversity and increase wildlife and pollinator habitat on your acreage or in your backyard.

Rock Island County SWCD is taking orders for three gallon containerized trees, conservation grade, through September 15th.  Pick up is Thursday, October 19th and Friday, October 20st at the SWCD office located at 3020 1st Ave E, Milan.  Orders from outside Rock Island County are welcome.

Bucks Unlimited Oak Spotlight - This premium-quality, fast-growing swamp white oak selection out-produces acorn production of other oaks by as much as two to one! This special oak also gives:
• Earlier flowering and fruiting
• Greater survivability of seedlings (nearly 96% in field trials!)
• Faster growth on a variety of sites
• Superior mast production of a wildlife-preferred food source acorn
Above are all important points because acorns are a key component of the diets of nearly all wildlife, including deer, waterfowl and upland game birds.

The tree order form is available at www.rockislandswcd.org or call to have one mailed.  For questions contact the SWCD staff at 309-764-1486, Ext. 3. Rock Island County SWCD is a local unit of government.  Sales benefit Rock Island SWCD’s mission of providing services to enhance, protect, conserve and promote the soil, water, and related resources in Rock Island County.


Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

 The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and nearly 200 local Illinois law enforcement agencies are urging motorists to celebrate Labor Day responsibly as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. Police will be out in force during the heavily traveled holiday weekend conducting roadside safety checks and impaired-driving patrols to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries.

“To achieve our goal of zero fatalities on Illinois roads, alcohol- and drug-impaired driving must stop,” said Priscilla Tobias, director of IDOT’s Office of Program Development. “Please, if you are on the road over the Labor Day weekend, drive sober and buckle up, every trip you take.”

Last year’s Labor Day weekend was the deadliest in five years. Twenty-three people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois; seven of those 23 individuals died in a crash involving at least one driver who tested positive for alcohol.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday weekend,” said Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Police officers and other emergency responders will be out working to keep our citizens safe. If you see an emergency vehicle, remember it’s the law to slow down and move over if you can do so safely.”

To avoid a tragic crash or an impaired driving arrest during this Labor Day weekend, remember to:

• Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys. 
• Call a taxi, use a ride-sharing service or mass transit, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely if you are impaired.
• Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt. It is your best defense in a crash.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown began Aug. 21 and runs through Sept. 5. It is supported with federal highway safety dollars made available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and supported by the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois.


BHC Closed Sept. 4 For Labor Day



All Black Hawk College facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. The college will re-open and classes will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.



New Locomotives Serving Amtrak Riders in Illinois



The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that new locomotives are now serving Amtrak customers in Illinois, a major step toward replacing the fleet that operates on passenger rail lines throughout the Midwest. As part of its commitment to providing safe, convenient, cost-effective and reliable options for the traveling public, IDOT is overseeing the production of the new locomotives, which ultimately will result in a smoother, faster and safer experience for riders in multiple states.

“We are proud to have led the effort to bring these attractive, modern locomotives to Illinois and our other state partners,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said. “Passenger rail customers will benefit the most by enjoying a ride that’s more reliable and more comfortable as they travel between our state’s great communities, institutions and attractions.”

Illinois has received 12 locomotives that are being put into revenue service on Amtrak routes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Missouri, including the Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg service between Chicago and Quincy, the Hiawatha service between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Saluki/Illini service between Chicago and Carbondale, and the Lincoln Service between Chicago and St. Louis.

A total of 33 will be delivered by January, with California and Washington receiving additional units as well. Approximately 2.6 million passengers ride Amtrak in the Midwest each year, with more than a million of those riders in the hub state of Illinois. The new fleet of locomotives, which will be owned by the states and leased to Amtrak, is branded “Amtrak Midwest.”  

“Our individual Amtrak Midwest routes are made even stronger by being a part of a network of connecting trains, stations and reservation systems, which are a product of our state partners working together under the Amtrak umbrella,” Amtrak Senior Director Michael Franke said. “These locomotives will power that Amtrak Midwest brand, bringing even better service to our customers.”

Manufactured by Siemens in Sacramento, Calif., the new fleet offers numerous advantages over the locomotives currently used by Amtrak, such as lower maintenance costs, reduced fuel consumption and quieter operation.

Powered by a Midwest-made 4,400 horsepower Cummins QSK95 diesel engine, the locomotives will be able to operate at speeds up to 125 mph, with faster acceleration and braking for better on-time reliability. They meet all of the latest safety regulations and feature better traction for improved performance.

They also are the first higher-speed passenger locomotives to meet the highest federal environmental standards, meaning a 90 percent reduction in emissions and a two-thirds reduction in fuel consumption compared to the previous locomotives that are more than 20 years old.

Purchased through $216.5 million in federal funds, the locomotives are just one part of a larger effort to improve passenger rail service in Illinois and the Midwest. Foremost among these are the improvements being made on the Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor, which includes rebuilt tracks, new or upgraded stations in six communities, and crossing and signal improvements that will lead to improved safety, reliability, speed and convenience.

Visit www.idothsr.org and www.amtrak.com for more information. 


City of Moline supports Gilda's Club


The City of Moline, Moline Fire Department and the Moline Police Department are joining forces with Gilda’s Club to support those who are affected by cancer.


As public employees we get to serve our community in a variety of ways, including building/repairing infrastructure, delivering the highest quality water, responding to emergency police/fire calls to ensuring that our parks are beautiful to enjoy.  We want to use our public platform to show support for those who are affected by cancer and let them know we are with them in their fight against cancer.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and during that month City of Moline employees will be wearing a special edition shirt to show our support for those who are affected by cancer.


The City of Moline will make the shirts available to the general public and every penny raised will go to Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities.


Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities provides support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer and they do it free of charge.


QC Custom Tees has designed a special edition t-shirt, available in men’s, women’s and children sizes as well as long sleeve. The shirts will be available for order through September 22nd, 2017.


The t-shirts will come in three different designs, a City of Moline logo, Moline Fire Department logo and Moline Police Department logo.


We will have a special pickup on September 29th and September 30th from 8:00AM to 12:00PM at the Moline Police Department. Those picking up will need to show their proof of purchase or have an ID.


The shirts can be ordered online by visiting: https://cityofmolinefundraiser.itemorder.com/sale



East Moline, IL - The Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer and the last chance for people
to get out and enjoy the warm weather. The holiday weekend is one the busiest driving periods and
millions of motorists are expected to hit the roadways nationwide. Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7
Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, is reminding motorists to make safety their number one priority
while driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Troopers will focus their attention on the primary factors that contribute to fatal traffic crashes. Driving
under the influence (DUI), speeding, distracted driving, and not wearing seat belts, known as the “Fatal
Four,” are the four primary causes of fatal traffic crashes. Troopers will patrol Illinois roadways watching
for and enforcing the “Fatal Four” violations.
There will be additional emphasis on DUI offenses over the holiday weekend. The “Driver Sober or
Get Pulled Over” campaign began on August 21st and runs through September 4th. The ISP will have
additional troopers out on the roadways and at roadside safety checks watching for impaired drivers.
Troopers will also be watching for those who fail to slow down and move over. Illinois law requires
motorists to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching
a vehicle on the side of the road displaying rotating or flashing lights. This now includes motorists who
are stopped on the shoulder with their emergency flashers on.
“Courtesy is a must this weekend,” stated Captain Victor Markowski. “It is as simple as moving over for
a stranded motorist, allowing a vehicle to merge, increasing your following distance, or simply following
the traffic laws. To ensure a safe and happy weekend please slow down, limit your distractions, buckle
up and designate a sober driver.”
Motorists can expect increased traffic volume and should plan to allow extra time when traveling to their
destinations. Voluntary compliance to traffic laws will assist in making Labor Day travels a safe and
enjoyable experience for everyone.


Ghost Tales at the Colonel Davenport House on September 30

Kick off the Halloween season as the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation presents "Ghost Tales" with spooky stories told by local storytellers on the grounds of the Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Admission for this family-friendly event is $6 for adults; $4 seniors; and 12 and younger/active military are free.  Enjoy the refreshments for sale.  Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Come before the main event to get a complimentary guided tour of the Colonel Davenport House beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees age 16 and older must show U.S. photo I.D. since the Island is a working military facility.  Please enter through the Moline gate.  For more information, visit www.davenporthouse.org.


Documentary premiere of "East Meets West"

The premiere screening of the documentary "East Meets West: The First Railroad Bridge to Cross the Mississippi River" is Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Figge Art Museum's John Deere Auditorium in Davenport. The film will be shown twice, at 5 and 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar will be available.

Produced by Heritage Documentaries, a local non-profit organization, it is directed by Julie Wine Johnston with videography and editing by Denise Hollmer.

The 51-minute documentary tells the story of the bridge that first connected Rock Island to Davenport in 1856, including how Henry Farnam led the effort to build the railroad and the bridge; the dramatic collision with the steamboat Effie Afton just two weeks after the bridge was completed; and Abraham Lincoln's successful defense of the railroad's right to cross the river in the trial that followed. The bridge was not only a symbol of conflict but a crucial link to the transcontinental railroad and settlement of the West. Both locally and nationally, its historic importance cannot be overstated.

The doc features interviews with Lincoln historian Douglas Wilson and esteemed historian and author Douglas Brinkley as well as bridge engineer and historian Bill Ashton, and Rock Island Arsenal historians George Eaton and Paul-Thomas Ferguson, intertwined with stories from local residents with family connections to this significant site of U.S. westward settlement that came almost 20 years before the bridge in St. Louis. River Action, which is supporting the premiere of the documentary, also granted use of footage from a video promoting their first bridge reconstruction project.

Douglas Brinkley said, "If I were to pick the symbol, to put my thumb on a map of where that connection between East and West began, it was not at the arch in St. Louis (that's for Lewis and Clark history). The real beginning of connection east and west was the bridge that connected Rock Island, Illinois, with Davenport, Iowa."

The Figge Art Museum’s galleries are open free of charge until 9 pm on August 31, and on all Thursday nights. The museum is located at 225 West 2nd Street in Davenport.


Highway Use Tax Return Due Aug 31

The highway use tax return for big semi’s is due on August 31st.

Michael Devine with the IRS says this applies to the big rig’s only…

listen here 

Devine adds that penalties and fines are likely if the deadline is not met…

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Home Care Job Fair Set For August 30

     The Home Care Division of the Henry County Health Department announces they will be holding a special Homecare Assistant Job Fair in Colona.  The Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, August 30th from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Colona Public Library, 911 1st St., Colona, IL.     

     Janell Steffen, Referral Coordinator with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments’ Home Care Division, notes, “If you are someone who has a passion for helping others – this job fair is something you should attend. We are looking for caring individuals to work in assisting the elderly and disabled in their homes with meal preparation; housekeeping; laundry; personal care; shopping and errands.        

     Interested persons should have reliable transportation.  Full and part-time positions are available, and training is provided.  We are looking for Caregivers in Henry County.. 

      For more information on the August 30th  Homecare Assistant Job Fair you may call the Henry County Health Department Home Care Division at (309) 852-0492 or at 800-868-9454 or visit their website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or Find Us On Facebook or Follow Us On Twitter.


Home Prices up In July

 Illinois homes sold faster and for more money in July, but lower housing inventory drove year-over-year sales lower, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in July 2017 totaled 15,677 homes sold, down 4.3 percent from 16,375 in July 2016.

The statewide median price in July was $210,000, up 5.8 percent from July 2016, when the median price was $198,500. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"For more than two years, Illinois' housing market has seen decreases in the number of homes for sale on an annual basis," said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Orland Hills. "This chronic lack of inventory is making the market challenging for all buyers, but particularly for those looking to purchase a more modestly-priced home."

The time it took to sell a home in July averaged 47 days, down from 53 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 60,541 homes for sale, a 12.6 percent decline from July 2016 when there were 69,262 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.97 percent in July 2017, an increase from 3.90 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In July 2016, it averaged 3.44 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in July 2017 totaled 11,322 homes sold, down 4.9 percent from July 2016 sales of 11,905 homes. The median price in July 2017 was $248,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 4.4 percent from $237,500 in July 2016.

"The concerns this month center on the continuing low inventory rates and the potential dampening of demand caused by real income growth failing to keep pace with rising house prices” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois. “Housing affordability is once again becoming a concern, especially for those seeking to enter the housing market.”

According to the data, thirty-four (34) Illinois counties reported sales gains for July 2017 over previous-year numbers, including DeKalb County, up 19.0 percent with 150 units sold; St. Clair County, up 14.4 percent with 334 units sold; and Sangamon County, up 1.4 percent with 280 units sold.  Fifty-three (53) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Madison County, up 11.9 percent to $143,750; Lake County, up 6.9 percent to $254,990; and Cook County, up 4.0 percent to $258,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 5.7 percent year-over-year home sales decline in July 2017 with 2,621 sales, down from 2,780 in July 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in July 2017 was $301,000, up 3.8 percent compared to July 2016 when it was $290,000. 

“We’re in a market where even the first-time homebuyers are sophisticated and educated, and they are willing to seek out the most appropriate home for their financial situation, rather than make a rash or imprudent decision,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “Our continued decline in the days on the market until a sale reflects the fact that properties priced appropriately are selling rapidly. In Chicago, inventory isn’t as restricted in certain price ranges; there continues to be plenty of opportunity at different price points, particularly for move-up buyers.”

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 Aug. 7, 2017 for the period July 1 through July 31, 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 and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.  


Regional Media Names New General Manager

Regional Media, also known as Virden Broadcasting Corp. announced that it has elevated Senior Account Manager Anthony Sturtevant to the position of General Manager.

Mr. Sturtevant will oversee Hog Country 102.5 WJRE, NewsTalk 1450-100.1 WKEI, My102!, Quad Cities Jack FM KQCJ, along with multiple digital properties.

"I am very excited and honored to accept this position at Regional Media.  I look forward to serving the community and surrounding communities in the future!” Said Mr. Sturtevant.

Anthony Sturtevant is a Kewanee native that graduated from Kewanee High school in 1983.  Anthony then served 5 year in the United States Army.  He has 3 children Anthony, AJ, and Aleah.  Anthony has 15 plus years of sales management and customer service experience including he past 18 months with Regional Media. Anthony has shown strong dedication to the Regional Media brand and the communities it serves.

In making the announcement, President of Regional Media Mr. Ford said, “We are incredibly thrilled to elevate Anthony to a General Manager position. With our longstanding history and commitment in the area, we feel that the community is in great hands with Mr. Sturtevant!”

"At Regional Media, our Executive team always prefers to promote within. With strong roots in area, and over 15 years of strong sales and management experience, the best ingredients for success are there." Comments Regional Media Vice President Jason Gilbraith

Regional Media also plans to announce a new radio station coming to the Tri-County area in the next few months.

Regional Media, is one of the largest and one of the most diversified broadcasting companies in Illinois and Iowa with affiliations with many local communities. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.RegionalMedia.info


'Go All In' Program Success



The results are in! One year ago the Waste Commission of Scott County launched the single stream recycling program, Go All In. Recycling in the Quad Cities is up over 250 percent in just one year. Thank you Quad Cities for making Go All In a national success story!


The Go All In program has benefited the community and environment in many ways. Recycling creates jobs and gives old material new life, thus reduces the drain on natural resources. This year through single stream, residents have saved 47,671,921 kilowatt hours of electricity. That is enough electricity to power the homes in Eldridge, LeClaire and Buffalo for one year. Recycling is truly making a difference in the community. The program is showing an 82 percent participation rate that has created big economic benefits to our community.  The Go All In recycling program has added nine jobs with an additional eleven jobs starting on September 1st for a new second shift! Thanks to residents, this program has become a tremendous success and the community and environment are continuing to benefit from the recycling efforts. 


Let’s celebrate this amazing one year success! Residents are encouraged to visit goallinqc.org for additional information and to see more of the incredible accomplishments that have been made. Come check out the Scott Area Recycling Center by scheduling a tour at goallinqc.org. Test out your recycling smarts by playing an interactive educational game and enter for a chance to win an aluminum bike. Way to go Quad Cities - celebrate your success!


The Commission is an inter-governmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com. For more information about recycling, residents may call (563) 388-1450 or visit goallinqc.org.



Energy Assistance Begins October 1st

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Assistance announced today that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning October 1, 2017.


LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families, in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. Applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies around the state. These agencies will begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis from the elderly and people with disabilities starting on October 1, 2017.


Customers must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance including:


· Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application.

· A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly).

· A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information.

· Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members.

· Proof that their household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD); or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.


A single-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up to $1,508; a two-person household up to $2,030; a family of three can earn up to $2,553; and a family of four can earn up to $3,075. Benefits are paid directly to energy vendors on behalf of eligible households. The exception is households whose heating costs are included in their rent. These households must provide proof that their rent is more than 30% of their income in order to qualify for LIHEAP benefits. 


Disconnected households and families with children ages 5 or under (includes all children who are not yet 6 years old, that is, up to 5 years and 364 days old) can begin applying for LIHEAP assistance beginning November 1, 2017. Individuals not eligible for priority enrollment can apply beginning December 1, 2017.   LIHEAP applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis until May 31, 2018 or until funding is exhausted.


The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) program is a similar bill-payment assistance program and applications will be accepted starting October 1, 2017 for LIHEAP eligible households who are customers of one of the following utilities: Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, and Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas utilities. Under PIPP, eligible households pay a percentage of their income towards their utility bill, supplemented by a monthly state benefit. Participating households are eligible for a reduction in outstanding bills for every on-time payment they make.  PIPP applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis until December 31, 2017 or until funding is exhausted.


For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program, go to www.liheapIllinois.com.


Upcoming Davenport Festival

) The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) is eager to launch its new festival,Alternating Currents, featuring headliner Ben Folds. On August 25 and 26, 16 venues across downtown Davenport will host a wide variety of live music, film screenings, comedians, and visual arts. Patrons can expect 100+ performances, film-screenings, and art events; people are encouraged to travel from venue to venue and discover all downtown has to offer.  While some events are ticketed, 12 of the venues offer free programming all weekend indoors and outdoors.  Artist bios, screening info, event descriptions, schedules, tickets, and festival details can be found at www.alternatingcurrentsqc.com.  


“The incredible growth of downtown Davenport and the Quad Cities provided us the opportunity to host this diverse, exciting, and creative festival,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director, DDP.  Downtown will be bursting with energy, and whether you’re familiar with this style of fest or the acts we’ve booked, just come downtown; I’m certain you’ll discover something new to love.”


The Adler Theatre is selling tickets to Ben Folds, as well as festival Weekend Passes for select venues. The $15 Weekend Pass gives the ticket holder priority access for all music performances at Daytrotter, Redstone Room at River Music Experience, and Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel. The pass can also save music fans money if planning to attend multiple shows; access to concerts at each of these select venues is $5 per show without the pass.


Free kid-friendly programming will be featured on the Genesis Family Stage on Saturday afternoon at the River Music Experience Courtyard.  Parents are also encouraged to bring kids to the Quad-City Arts Chalk Art Festival and OMG Becky Fest Handmade & Vintage Festival all weekend.  Numerous concerts and movies are also family-friendly; please see the Alternating Currents website for detailed band and movie bios, and please consider age-restrictions at certain venues.


Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, is non-profit organization focused on the strategic growth and beautification of historic downtown davenport. It proudly helps drive Q2030: A Regional Action Plan, to increase talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all. Alternating Currents is a product of DDP that supports Q2030 by providing a signature event for Quad Citizens to celebrate its creative culture.  


World Of Dance Coming To The Adler

WORLD OF DANCE is the preeminent global dance brand, combining the world’s largest international urban dance competition with the largest digital platform for dance driving more than 30 million monthly views. WORLD OF DANCE is now the inspiration for the new television dance competition of the same name airing on NBC with Jennifer Lopez. What began in 2008 as a single event has become a continent-spanning, tour de force of human spirit and sick dance moves.


WORLD OF DANCE LIVE will take the Adler Theatre stage on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($35, $45, $65) will go on sale Friday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-745-3000


The WORLD OF DANCE Tour attracts YouTube stars, industry icons, and tens of thousands of fans to events in more than 25 countries, spanning the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. No animosity. Just pure, awe-inspiring movement.


Iowa Unemployment Remains Unchanged

 Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.2 percent for July. The state’s jobless rate was 3.7 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate decreased slightly to 4.3 percent in July.


“Iowa’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.2 percent while Iowa businesses continued to expand payrolls in July,” said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. “This month’s gain is the third consecutive increase for nonfarm employment and was fueled by hiring in manufacturing industries. Factory jobs have been the backbone of this state’s economy for many years and recent hiring has provided evidence that demand may be increasing for our state’s goods.” 


The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 54,400 in July. The current estimate is 9,300 lower than the year ago level of 63,700. 


The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,628,100 in July. This figure was 4,300 lower than June and 8,500 lower than one year ago.  


Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment

Total nonfarm employment increased for the third consecutive month in July, gaining 1,600 jobs. Since April, 10,700 jobs have been added with most of the job gains being in private services. Government shed jobs this month (-500) following a larger than expected increase in June. Altogether, government trails last year’s mark by 2,400 jobs, while total nonfarm employment is up 15,900 jobs.


Manufacturing added the most jobs this month (+1,800) and has gained jobs in each of the last three months, adding 5,000 jobs during that span. The majority of those gains have been in durable goods factories, although nondurable goods factories have also experienced strong job growth since April. Among durable goods firms, jobs have been added in fabricated metal products and agricultural and construction machinery shops. Within nondurable goods factories, animal slaughtering and processing along with food manufacturing have fared the best. Other gains this month included trade and transportation (+1,600), leisure and hospitality (+1,200), and education and health services (+600). Losses this month were concentrated in construction (-2,300) due to staff reductions with projects completing early this year. Smaller losses included other services (-600) and professional and business services (-400).


Annually, healthcare remains a driving force in job growth in Iowa and has added 6,900 jobs over the past twelve months even after this month’s slight decline. Finance and insurance was flat this month but still remains up 4,300 jobs since last July. In fact, most sectors have shown signs of growth versus last year including manufacturing (+1,800) following the recent hiring boon since April. Those few sectors that are down annually were construction (-4,400), regressing from last year’s record pace as large-scale industrial projects ended, and information services (-1,200) due to structural changes within the industry.



Bank Robbery In Bettendorf

On August 23, at approximately 2:34 p.m., Bettendorf police were dispatched to a bank robbery at Great Southern Bank, located inside HyVee, 2900 Devils Glen Road.


A male suspect approached the counter and demanded money from the teller. The suspect did not display a weapon but inferred that he had one. The suspect obtained an undetermined amount of money and left on foot heading east.


Riverdale Heights Elementary, Hopewell Elementary, and Pleasant Valley High School were on locked down for approximately 20 minutes.


There were no injuries.


The description of the suspect:

·       white male

·       white goatee with facial hair  

·       Mid 40’s-early 50’s

·       approximately 6ft tall

·       Clothing description: blue jeans, light blue t-shirt with stripes, tan ball cap, wire rim glasses, and light color do-rag covering his hair

The Bettendorf Police Department is requesting anyone with information regarding this crime to call 911.



Le Claire Resident Wins Several Illinois National Guard Marksmanship Awards

Spc. Derrick Stoddard of Le Claire, Iowa, an infantryman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment based in Bartonville, Illinois, won several awards, including the individual multi-gun champion, during the 2017 Illinois Army National Guard's Adjutant General Match at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, Aug. 20.

Stoddard was also a member of the champion pistol team. Following the competition, he was honored as a member of the "Governor's Twenty," which recognizes the top twenty marksmen in the Illinois Army National Guard.

The Adjutant General Match is a week-long competition, which allows servicemembers from the Illinois Army National Guard to compete for the honor of the state's top marksman. The competition tests proficiency and marksmanship with a variety of weapons including the M9 pistol, M4 Carbine Rifle and M500 shotgun. This year more than 75 individuals and 17 teams from across the Illinois Army National Guard competed.


25th Anniversary of Tammy's Death Ushers Retesting of DNA Evidence

25th Anniversary of Tammy’s Death Ushers Retesting of DNA Evidence


JOLIET, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are seeking the public’s assistance for information regarding the kidnapping and murder of Tammy J. Zywicki.  August 23rd marks the 25th anniversary of Tammy’s death, and her case remains active as the FBI and ISP continue exploring new leads, examining 200 items of evidence, and retesting items with modern DNA technology.


Some of Tammy's personal property are known to be missing, including a Cannon 35mm camera and a Lorus brand musical wrist watch which played the tune “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” with a green umbrella on its face and a green band.  Also taken from Tammy was a red and white soccer patch monogrammed with “St. Giles Soccer Club, Greenville, South Carolina.”    


Tammy was reportedly last seen with her car on Interstate 80 at mile marker 83 in LaSalle County, Illinois, between 3:10 and 4:00 p.m. on August 23, 1992.  She departed Evanston, Illinois for college in Grinnell, Iowa, where she was expected to arrive that evening.  Later that day, Tammy’s car, a 1985 White Pontiac T1000, was found by an ISP Trooper and marked as being abandoned.  On August 24, 1992, the vehicle was towed by the ISP.  On that same evening, Tammy’s mother contacted the ISP and advised that her daughter had not arrived at college.  On September 1, 1992, Tammy’s body was located along Interstate 44 in rural Lawrence County, Missouri, which is located between Joplin and Springfield, Missouri.  She had been stabbed to death.  It was also reported that a truck tractor semi-trailer was seen near Tammy’s vehicle during this time period. The truck driver was described as a white male between 35 and 40 years-of-age, over six feet tall, with dark, bushy hair.


The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the identification of the individual or individuals responsible for this crime.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the ISP at (815) 726-6377, or the FBI Chicago Field Division at (312) 421-6700.  Callers can remain anonymous.


American Red Cross And Sport Clips Teams Up

Feel good, do good and look good this September by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.


“We are excited to continue the Saving Lives Never Looked So Good campaign and partnership with Sport Clips this September,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We are grateful for Sport Clips showing its support of the Red Cross and saying ‘thank you’ to those helping save lives through blood donations.”


Those who come out to give blood or platelets Sept. 1-30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email several days after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2017, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.


“Sport Clips is proud to support the blood collection efforts of the Red Cross on a national level,” said Amanda Palm, corporate communications manager of Sport Clips. “There is always a need to maintain the blood supply in our country, and a free haircut is a simple way we can thank donors for their lifesaving donation.”


Donors are urged to make an appointment to donate using the free Blood Donor App, online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross and Sport Clips encourage donors to use the hashtag #SavingLivesLooksGood to share their new looks and invite others to give.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities






9/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Skyline Center, 2600 N 4th Street







Mount Carroll

9/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 301 Clay Street






8/31/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Patrick's Church, 201 First Street



9/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church South Campus Building, 302 N. State Street



8/23/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

8/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

9/13/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

9/15/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kewanee High School, 1211 East 3rd Street






9/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley Street



9/1/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ashton-Franklin Center High School, 611 Western, PO Box 329



8/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. 3rd Street

8/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Illinois Department of Transportation, 819 Depot

9/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Brethren, 215 North Court






9/19/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave.



8/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Alexis Community Center, 204 W. Palmer Ave.






8/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

9/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street



8/30/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Morrison Resthave, 408 Maple Avenue

9/21/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 200 West Lincolnway


Rock Falls

9/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street

9/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street



9/19/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kune's Country-Buick Chrysler Showroom, 2502 Locust



9/14/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Street, PO Box 336


How to donate blood

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


Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.


About the American Red Cross:

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


About Sport Clips Haircuts

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 10 in its “Franchise 500.” There are more than 1,600 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a “2016 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Sport Clips provides “haircuts with heart” through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has given $5 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and Furniture Row Racing’s Erik Jones, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com


Grassley Co-Sponsors Hearing Aid Legislation

 Sen. Chuck Grassley welcomes the signing of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act into law.  Grassley was the lead co-sponsor of the bipartisan measure, which will make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter to Americans with mild to moderate hearing impairment.

“I’ve heard from Iowans and others around the country in support of this provision,” Grassley said.  “Consumers are interested in new hearing aid products to improve their quality of life at an affordable price.  The more products available, the more consumers will be able to find something they can afford that works for them.”

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act became law as part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act.  The bicameral measure requires the FDA to write regulations ensuring that the new category of over-the-counter hearing aids meets the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling and manufacturing protections as all medical devices, providing consumers the option of an FDA-regulated device at lower cost.

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 received endorsements from leading organizations representing seniors, consumers and hearing health professionals, including the AARP, the Gerontological Society of America, the Hearing Loss Association of America, Consumers Union, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, the American Federation of Teachers, the Consumer Technology Association, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, the Niskanen Institute, the R St. Institute, and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology.

Approximately 48 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, including two-thirds of adults between the ages of 70 to 79, yet only a small share of Americans with hearing loss -- around 14 percent -- use hearing aids, primarily due to the products’ high cost. Hearing aids are not covered by Medicare or most private insurance plans, and out-of-pocket costs for a single hearing aid average $2,400, far out of reach for many consumers.


Bettendorf Walk and Roll Event

The Walk and Roll Event will be held on Sunday, August 27 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. beginning at Devils Glen Park Shelter #2, 1101 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf.


1:00 p.m.– Youths receive FREE Ice Cream Coupon (first 50 participants!) Families receive Walk and Roll Participation Certificates!


1:15 p.m. – Take off! Go at your own pace and as far as you would like!


The event consists of a short family-oriented relaxed walk, run, or ride on the trails in Bettendorf. A volunteer will be there to greet participants at the start and join you for fun on the trails!!  Walk and Roll is a great opportunity for individuals of all ages who would like to enjoy spending time outdoors and a get a little exercise.


The event is sponsored by the Bettendorf Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BBPC). This is a city-led committee of employees, business leaders, educators, and residents.  The mission of BBPC is to promote and support a safe and active lifestyle for the community.


Bettendorf was recently awarded a Bronze Level Designation by the League of American Cyclists.  As part of an effort to continue to expand usage of trails in Bettendorf, the committee is hosting Walk and Roll events and other similar events throughout the year.


For more information on BBPC and other activities, visitwww.bettendorf.org/bbpc.


Registration for this event is not required.


IA Unemployment Taxes To Decrease

 Beginning January 1, Iowa employers will see unemployment insurance taxes decrease an average of 25 percent on 2018 wages. The decrease is a result of the strength of the unemployment insurance trust fund, unemployment contributory wages and target levels of the unemployment insurance contributory wages. Yearly rates are determined by a formula.


“This shift is a clear signal that the integrity of our unemployment insurance trust fund is solvent and strong,” Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Director Beth Townsend said. “A decrease in taxes to employers is a positive factor that can contribute to economic growth in the state.”


Gov. Kim Reynolds also praised the stability in the unemployment insurance trust fund.


“With our unemployment insurance trust fund consistently in the top 20, Iowa is well positioned to support our workforce and enable our employers to continue to grow their businesses,” she said. “Maintaining a low tax rate for employers will help attract new employers to the state.”


In 2018, Iowa’s employers will be in Table 7 of 8 possible tables (with 8 being the most favorable). Iowa law requires IWD to establish the tax table that will be used to determine the unemployment tax rate for eligible employers each year.



IL Crews Help Fight Western Fires

The Illinois Wildland Fire Crew, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), assisted with wildland firefighting efforts during a recent two-week deployment, assisting with fire fights in Idaho and Montana. 


On July 17, 20 members of the Illinois crew joined fire crews from Pennsylvania, Vermont and West Virginia that were deployed to the Northern Rockies Dispatch Center and were immediately assigned to work the Powerline Complex fire in west-central Idaho. This lightning-caused fire involved approximately 23,000 acres of grass and open timber burning actively in very steep terrain along the Snake River, including the deepest canyon in North America, with steep slopes, loose rocks, and summer temperatures ranging from 30 degrees at night to 105 degrees during the day.  Given the hazardous terrain and conditions, firefighter safety, as always, was the crew’s top priority.


The Illinois crew and counterparts from one of two Pennsylvania crews worked to build and secure 1.5 miles of critical hand-hewn fire line on steep, rugged terrain.  The line tied into a previous fire line and the Snake River. The fire teams then backfired from that line to hold the advancing fire front. Using this backfiring method, along with two days of aerial ignitions, the total burn area was held to about 45,000 acres.


The Illinois crew was released from the Powerline Complex on July 25 and reassigned to the Meyers Fire near Phillipsburg, Montana.  This 3,300-acre lightning-caused fire was in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest south of Missoula. Illinois crew members were engaged in widening and improving a dozer trail firebreak near several Forest Service cabins and private summer homes.  The work involved removing ladder fuels (small 3-ft. to 10-ft. trees), felling 50-ft. to 90-ft. lodgepole pine and subalpine fir, as well as clearing dead and downed trees off the line. As the summer wears on, fuel drying continues to hamper fire containment. This critical line will serve again as a backfiring line to burn out around the residential area and nearby campground. 


Wildland fire crew deployments are planned for approximately 18 days in duration. The Illinois crew returned home safely on August 2.  The Illinois crew consists of IDNR personnel, as well as Illinois-based firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local fire department firefighters. All expenses of the deployments are covered by the U.S. Forest Service through an interagency agreement with the IDNR Division of Forest Resources. 


“The knowledge and leadership gained for our Illinois wildland firefighters on these types of deployments is extremely valuable, and helps to better prepare us should we need to respond elsewhere, or right here in Illinois,” said Tom Wilson, IDNR State Forester.  “We hear all the time from our federal partners and local officials at the scene of these wildland fires how much they appreciate the hard work and dedication of our Illinois crew.” 


Illinois Interagency Wildland Fire Crew members deployed this summer include:


Tom Wilson – IDNR Forestry

Tom Gargrave – IDNR Forestry

Dave Griffith – IDNR Forestry

Ben Snyder – IDNR Forestry

Chris Bickers – IDNR Fisheries

Rich Lewis – IDNR Planning

Ray Geroff – IDNR Natural Heritage

Jacob Shurpit – IDNR Land Management

Brad Semel – IDNR Natural Heritage

Bryan Eubanks – IDNR Wildlife

Phil Cox – IDNR Private Lands                                                        

Curt Timmer – Firefighter, Freeport

Curt Martin – Firefighter, Fox Lake

Alan O’Brien – Firefighter, Lake Villa

Jesse Riechman – U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Dan Reuscher – U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Jonny Walker – U.S. Forest Service

Hugo Goulet Papazian – Contract Administrator

Cody Langen – Contract Administrator

Toby Warren – Contract Administrator


Sen Grassley Says Epipen Settlement is Disappointing

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa has been investigating the cost increases for EpiPen to consumers and whether the taxpayers have been shortchanged under EpiPen’s misclassification under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program.  He made the following comment today on a settlement announced between the Justice Department and EpiPen maker Mylan over the misclassification.  The case is a False Claims Act qui tam, or whistleblower, case.  Grassley authored the qui tam amendments to the False Claims Act that the Justice Department credits with helping to recover more than $53 billion to the U.S. Treasury.


“There are serious problems here.  It looks like the settlement amount shortchanges the taxpayers.  The government’s own watchdog said the taxpayers may have overpaid for EpiPen by as much as $1.27 billion over 10 years.  The Justice Department doesn’t say how it arrived at $465 million for a similar time period.  Did the Justice Department consider the inspector general estimate?  If not, why not?   


“Another problem is why CMS and Mylan did nothing about the misclassification until a lawsuit forced them to act.   CMS provided records to the Judiciary Committee that show CMS had concerns about how EpiPen was misclassified years ago, yet Mylan failed to correct the classification, and CMS failedto require the company to fix the problem.  The agency failed the taxpayers, and the Obama Administration allowed the problem to go on for years. 


“The settlement is a disappointment.  The agencies that are supposed to look out for taxpayers should not be pulling their punches.  A company got away with overcharging the taxpayers for a long time.  If there’s any good news, it’s that EpiPen will be classified the right way going forward.  That should have been done years ago.  It’s too bad it took a lawsuit to force the right decision.  Thank goodness for the False Claims Act that made this possible.” 


Weekend Fire In Bettendorf

 On Saturday, August 19 at approximately 7:00 p.m., Bettendorf Fire was dispatched to a structure fire in the 1800 block of Sutton Place. When firefighters arrived, fire was burning through the roof of a two story apartment complex.


The fire was under control at approximately 7:55 p.m. and was extinguished at approximately 9:00 p.m. Firefighters monitored a few hot spots overnight. All occupants of the six apartment complex were displaced. Red Cross assisted in finding accommodations.


There were no injuries to any of the occupants. A firefighter sustained minor injuries.


The building suffered extensive damage.  There are no damage estimates at this time.


Riverdale Fire, Rock Island Arsenal, and Davenport Fire were also on scene.


The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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