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Whether you’re padding out a staycation or just looking for a family-friendly change of pace, add a summer lawn concert to your calendar. Join Amy Lowe at a free outdoor concert on the lawn at the historic Deere-Wiman House in Moline at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

Amy Lowe is an award-winning singer, songwriter, storyteller and teaching artist. Her contemporary style will remind many of artists such as Eva Cassady, Amy Rigby, The Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. She has a wonderful way of telling a story with music that reaches people of all ages. A talented musician with a powerful yet sweet voice, she injects songs and stories with passion, poignancy and feeling. For more information, visit her website: www.amylowe.org.

The 6:30 p.m. concert is open to the public; there is no charge for admission. Those who attend should bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating; picnic suppers are allowed. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the Deere-Wiman Carriage House.

Amy Lowe will also perform in free concerts at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 8 at Deere-Wiman. Those performances are for Quad City daycare centers and homecare providers only; reservations must be made in advance.

Music on the Lawn (Amy Lowe), 6:30 p.m., June 8 on the lawn at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline, Ill. Event funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. 2016 Programs at Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the William Butterworth Foundation created by Katherine Deere Butterworth to serve the community. For more information or to reserve free seats, call (309) 743-2701; www.butterworthcenter.com

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Quad Cities – Downtown Moline, Ill., hosts the finish line of the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Sunday, June 26, race organizers have announced.

The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, brings 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to downtown Moline to finish on River Drive for the $150,000 in prize money.

The race starts June 18 in San Rafael, Calif.  Along the 2,400-mile route, competitors travel parts of the Lincoln Highway in six states – California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Iowa and Illinois – in addition to a side trip to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore and the Badlands.

The Great Race, which began 33 years ago, is not a speed race, but a time/speed/distance rally.  The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day that detail every move down to the second.  They are scored at secret check points along the way and are penalized one second for each second either early or late.  As in golf, the lowest score wins.

Cars start – and hopefully finish – only one minute apart if all goes according to plan.  The biggest part of the challenge other than staying on time and following the instructions is getting an old car to the finish line each day, organizers say.

Details for June 26
The cars leave Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the morning, and the Great Race has a planned lunch stop at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The public is invited to view the cars while the racers stop for a special lunch before heading to downtown Moline.

The cars arrive at the finish line in Moline on June 26 starting at 2:15 p.m. at one-minute intervals for two hours.  Each stop on the Great Race is free to the public and spectators will be able to visit with the participants and to look at the cars for several hours.  It is common for kids to climb in the cars for a first-hand look.  The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau is helping with plans locally.

In addition to the Great Race finish line activities, local and regional antique car collectors will have vehicles on display including Velie automobiles that were manufactured in Moline from 1908-1928.

The Great Race has stopped in the Quad Cities area before, but this is the first time it’s had the distinction of being the finish line.

Located on the Mississippi River, Moline is part of the Quad Cities.  The Quad Cities is comprised of Moline/East Moline & Rock Island in Illinois; Davenport & Bettendorf in Iowa; and surrounding communities.

Who Drives the Great Race
Cars built in 1972 and earlier are eligible, with most entries having been manufactured before World War II.  In the 2015 Great Race, a 1916 Hudson Hillclimber won the event when it finished on the Santa Monica Pier.  That vehicle, driven by Fairport, N.Y., native Howard Sharp and navigated by his son Doug, will again be in this year’s event.  They won $50,000 for finishing first overall.

A 1916 Hudson Indy Racer, a 1916 Hudson Four Passenger Speedster, a 1916 Chevrolet Phaeton, a 1917 Peerless Racer, and a chain-driven 1918 American LaFrance Speedster are the oldest cars in the event.

The 2016 winners will again receive $50,000 of the $150,000 total purse.

Over the decades, the Great Race has stopped in hundreds of cities big and small, from tiny Austin, Nev., to New York City.

“When the Great Race pulls into a city it becomes an instant festival,” says race director Jeff Stumb. “Last year we had three overnight stops with more than 10,000 spectators on our way to having 250,000 people see the Great Race during the event.”

Great Race Stops
The overnight stops, in order, are Old Sacramento, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Elko, Nev.; Evanston, Wyo.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Rapid City, S.D.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; before finishing in Moline.

Lunch stops, in order, are Vacaville, Calif.; Gardnerville, Nev.; Austin, Nev.; Wendover, Utah; Rawlins, Wyo.; Lusk, Wyo.; Chamberlain, S.D.; Mason City, Iowa; and Walcott, Iowa.

History
The event was started in 1983 by Tom McRae and it takes its name from the 1965 movie, The Great Race, which starred Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk.  The movie is a comedy based on the real life 1908 automobile race from New York to Paris.  In 2004, Tony Curtis was the guest of the Great Race and rode in his car from the movie, the Leslie Special.

The Great Race gained a huge following from late night showings on ESPN when the network was just starting out in the early 1980s. The first entrant, Curtis Graf of Irving, Texas, is still a participant today.

The event’s main sponsors are Hemmings Motor News, Hagerty, Coker Tire, Reliable Carriers and Toyota.

For more information, go to www.greatrace.com

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CHICAGO –To help raise awareness about the escalating costs of higher education and the importance of saving for college with the help of Illinois 529 college savings plans, the Illinois Legislature has officially designated May 29th, 2016 as 529 College Savings Day.

 

To celebrate 529 Day, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced a tour of the state where he will meet with financial advisors to discuss how the state can help families save for college.

 

As a member of the College Savings Planning Network (CSPN), the Office of the Illinois Treasurer joins nationwide efforts to celebrate 529 College Savings Day.

 

“Our sons and daughters are taking on more debt to finance their educations,” Treasurer Frerichs said. “My office uses 529 Day to highlight the importance of saving for college.”

 

Treasurer Frerichs has scheduled meetings with financial advisors who sell the silver-rated Bright Directions College Savings Plan. The meetings will take place as follows:

 

1.      Wednesday, May 25 – Springfield, IL

2.     Wednesday, May 25 – Decatur, IL

3.     Thursday, June 2 – Crystal Lake, IL

4.     Thursday, June 2 – Lincolnshire, IL

5.     Thursday, June 7 – Peoria, IL

 

The Illinois 529 College Savings Plans are coming off of a record-breaking year where contributions have surpassed $1 billion. In 2015, the plans also surpassed 400,000 account holders; making the Illinois 529 pool top 10 in the country in terms of assets and accounts holders.

 

“We are always looking for ways to provide investors with the highest quality investment options for the best value,” Treasurer Frerichs said. “I am happy to see more families preparing for their children’s education by saving money.”

 

“More families are recognizing the increasing cost of tuition. The fear of long-term debt is creating a lot of anxiety. My office’s 529 plans help make saving for college easier,” Treasurer Frerichs said.

 

Treasurer Frerichs serves as the Trustee and Administrator for the three Illinois 529 College Savings Plans (Bright Start Direct, Bright Start Advisor, and Bright Directions). The plans are designed as “qualified tuition programs” under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. They are different than pre-paid tuition plans. Currently, more than 425,000 residents hold a Bright Directions or Bright Start account.

 

Money in a 529 college savings account can be used at eligible educational institutions, including public and private, two-year, four-year colleges and universities and certain technical and vocational schools.

 

For more information about the Treasurer’s Office 529 College Savings programs, visit www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

 

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WASHINGTON – The Senate today passed legislation championed by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to keep communities informed of the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders and to expand and protect the rights of sex assault victims.  The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act Reauthorization passed the Senate by a vote of 89-0.

 

“Too many kids are falling prey to sexual predators.  The names Johnny Gosch, Eugene Martin and Jetseta Gage bring heartbreak to Iowans.  And too many people have had to cope with the physical and emotional trauma of a sexual assault.  I introduced this legislation to help prevent future tragedies and ensure that victims have a good shot at justice. Today’s vote in the Senate reaffirms our commitment to protecting the rights of those who have experienced a sexual assault while helping communities across America work together to guard against future atrocities,” Grassley said.

 

The original Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which passed in 2006, established nationwide notification and registration standards for convicted sex offenders to bolster information sharing between law enforcement agencies and increase public safety through greater awareness.  The bill’s funding authorization expired several years ago

 

Grassley’s bill that was approved in the Senate today reauthorizes key programs in the 2006 act to help states meet the national standards and locate offenders who fail to properly register or periodically update their information as the law requires. Specifically, Grassley’s bill reauthorizes the Sex Offender Management Assistance Program, a federal grant program that assists state and local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to improve sex offender registry systems and information sharing capabilities.  The bill also extends the Jessica Lunsford Address Verification Grant Program, which makes available federal grants to states and localities to periodically verify the home addresses of registered sex offenders. Finally, the bill authorizes resources for the U.S. Marshals Service to aid state and local law enforcement in the location and apprehension of sex offenders who fail to comply with registration requirements.

 

Grassley’s bill also established new rights for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking offenses.  These provisions ensure that victims of federal crimes of sexual violence cannot be denied or charged for forensic exams, and that sexual assault evidence collection kits must be preserved without charge for the statutory limitation period or at least 20 years. It would authorize Justice Department grants to states that ensure that sexual violence survivors are notified of any applicable legal rights.  It also calls for the creation of a federal working group to develop best practices relating to the care and treatment of sexual assault survivors as well as the preservation of forensic evidence in sexual violence cases.  Finally, the Grassley amendment, which was developed with the input of victim advocates and other senators, would extend the statutory deadline by which many child survivors of human trafficking offenses can file civil lawsuits against their perpetrators.

 

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act is named for a six-year-old Florida boy who was kidnapped and murdered in 1981.  Adam’s father, John Walsh, collaborated with Congress to develop the 2006 law and this reauthorization bill.  Cosponsors of Grassley’s bill include senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.), among others.  The bill is also supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Rise, Shared Hope International, and Polaris.

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About 317,000 Iowans are family caregivers looking after loved ones at home who can't care for themselves. According to AARP, the trend continues to grow as the lengths of stays in hospitals continue to decrease.

Elaine Ryan, AARP vice president for state advocacy and strategy integration, is to speak today at the Governor's Conference on Aging and Disabilities.

"It used to be that the average hospital length of stay was maybe three, five days, maybe even a week," she said. "Now it might be a few days, and then families are asked to care for their loved ones at home."

Those under the care of family members often are part of the aging population, but Ryan said they're increasingly veterans returning from service.

"When you think about it, they might be returning in their 20s and that caregiving journey could be 40 or 50 years," she said. "So, it's a new phenomenon and a growing one across the country and in Iowa."

At the conference, Ryan is to speak about the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act. She said it would help provide instructions for the 65 percent of Iowa family caregivers who have to carry out complex medical tasks at home.

"Those kinds of tasks would have been performed by medical professionals 10 years ago," she said, "and now you have families on the front line of health care."

She also said the CARE Act would ensure more adequate lead time for families whose loved ones are about to be sent home.

Nationally, according to AARP, one in six people on Medicare who leaves a hospital returns in 30 days. Ryan said giving family caregivers the support and information they need would greatly help reduce those numbers.

"We hope that the CARE Act could help to address that cycling in and out of the hospital," she said, "so that there's some stability and peace of mind the family caregivers can care for their loved ones safely at home."

The CARE Act, has been introduced as House Study Bill 564 and Senate File 465. It has advanced in both the Iowa House and Senate, which currently are in recess, but has yet to be passed.

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The state's auditor general says the Illinois Lottery violated state finance law by prepaying $20 million to ensure it could participate in future multi-state lottery games even without a state budget. The lottery made two $10 million payments last June when it was clear lawmakers had failed to agree on a state budget that should have begun the next day. The Lottery Department disputes the findings and denies any laws were broken.

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Department of Labor Releases New Overtime Rules
19 MAY, 2016
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of a final rule amending the white collar overtime exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2016, increases the threshold salary for the exemption to $913 per week ($47,476 per year), the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region (currently the South). The new rule also increases the total annual compensation requirement needed to exempt highly-compensated employees (HCEs) to $134,004 per year and established a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every three years to maintain the levels at the above percentiles and to ensure that they continue to provide useful and effective tests for exemption.

The final rule amends the salary basis test to allow employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level.
The final rule makes no changes to the duties tests for both standard and HCE positions.

When does the final rule take effect?
The final rule will be published in the Federal Register and take effect December 1, 2016. Initial increases to the standard salary level (from $455 to $913 per week) and the HCE total annual compensation requirement (from $100,000 to $134,004 per year) will be effective then. Future automatic updates to those thresholds will occur every three years, beginning on January 1, 2020.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced today the agency will join a 20-state National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NTHSA) initiative known as the “Click It or Ticket, Border to Border Operation,” an initiative aimed at reducing traffic fatalities on our nation’s highways.

ISP Troopers will be doing their part to help address the 17 percent increase in Illinois traffic fatalities. From 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on May 23, the ISP will saturate areas of I-80 and conduct enforcement details to stop FATAL-4 violations: Speeding, DUI, Distracted Driving, and particularly Seat Belt compliance.

Seatbelts save lives. The simple act of wearing a seatbelt can reduce your chances of being injured or killed in a serious traffic crash. Seatbelt usage applies to every passenger in a vehicle, not just the driver. Always ensure children are properly buckled up. Remember, Click It or Ticket. Your choice can save a life.

“The Click It or Ticket, Border to Border operation lands just prior to the Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel periods of the year,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “Seat Belt compliance is one of the easiest and most effective life saving measures motorists can take to prevent a fatality. We want to remind motorists to buckle up, reduce speed, and remember to let a text wait,” he added.

Interstate 80 is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States, following Interstate 90. Interstate 80 spans 163 miles through Illinois and passes within 10 miles of Chicago.

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States working together for wildlife across landscape and regional boundaries is the focus for awarding Midwest states more than $2.2 million in grants through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The funds help conserve and protect Species of Greatest Conservation Need and will be distributed to five Midwest state fish and wildlife agencies: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“Projects financed by the State Wildlife Grants program help safeguard some of our nation’s most at-risk species,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “By strategically funding work that supports large-scale conservation efforts, we can help protect our nation’s native wildlife and wild places while potentially preventing the listing of certain species under the Endangered Species Act.”

Priority is given to large-scale cooperative conservation projects that implement strategies and actions to conserve species listed in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. All 56 states and territorial wildlife agencies have such plans, which proactively protect imperiled species. The funding will be matched by nearly $1.1 million in non-federal funds provided by states and their partners for projects that help protect species and the ecoystems on which they depend.

Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa Department of Natural Resources will use climate-smart conservation efforts targeting the wood turtle, the ornate box turtle and associated habitats. The partners will identify flood-safe zones as part of an adaptive management strategy to address increased flood severity and frequency in targeted areas. Previous actions supported by the State Wildlife Grant Program have shown success, with significantly decreased mortality at protected nest sites and new nesting documented at 50 percent of restored sites. The partners will continue management of existing nest areas, identify and protect new nest areas and monitor and share results of active management activities.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and university researchers, proposes to restore native mussels to watersheds in both states. The partners will target plain pocketbook and fatmucket mussels, with the likehood to benefit a variety of other species. Objectives include production of habitat suitability models, restoration of 50 acres of stream bank and upland habitat in Iowa, captive rearing and release of 25,000 mussel individuals in Nebraska and construction of a dedicated mussel propagation facility. Although the ultimate goal of the mussel reintroduction is to support natural recruitment of the native mussels at restoration sites, survival at these sites will serve as a measure of effectiveness during the project performance period.

Benefiting two bumble bee species, the monarch butterfly and the endangered Karner blue butterfly Michigan and Wisconsin DNR’s are parterning to restore and enhance grassland, prairie and savanna habitats. Management activities include prescribed fire, mechanical treatment, invasive plant control and seeding to increase known host plants of the targeted species. At least 850 acres of priority public and private lands will be restored and enhanced. Evaluation of management actions will determine the most effective methods for pollinator conservation in each state.

Restoring royalty to the prairies of Iowa and Nebraska for the regal fritillary and monarch butterfly will involve improving habitat quantity, quality and connectivity. Iowa DNR, Nebraska Game and Parks Department and their partners will evaluate effectiveness of proposed conservation actions by measuring impacts on regal fritillary and monarch butterfly populations at restoration sites. Requested funds will help restore and reconstruct prairies near existing prairie remnants that have a high potential for hosting the two target butterflies and other species of conservation need.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is partnering with Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a two-state effort focusing on the rattlesnake-master borer, a rare moth that is a Service candidate species. The partners will manage and restore high-priority prairies, glades and barrens/woodlands complexes identified in the Kentucky and Illinois Wildlife Action Plans as important habitats. A significant focus of the project will be the formation of fire strike teams, using prescribed fire to improve 5,500 acres to increase native plant diversity for the benefit of SGCN. The agencies propose to increase relative abundance of the rattlesnake-master borer moth by 20 percent from baseline levels.

“We appreciate the role state agencies and other partners play in protecting these imperiled wildlife species and their habitats,” said Paul Rauch, the Service’s Acting Assistant Director for the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program. “These partnerships are critical to conserving imperiled species.”

 

The complete list of 2016 SWG competitive projects can be found here:

http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2016/pdfs/SWG2016ProjectSummaries.pdf.

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The Emerald Ash Borer continues to decimate the ash tree population throughout Illinois and the Midwest.

Martha Smith with the University of Illinois Extension says unless treatment is applied in the very earliest stage of infestation, it is all but a lost cause and she notes that it may be some time before this ash tree destruction has been played out…

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BETTENDORF: The Bettendorf Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will go on as scheduled. Reading program dates are from May 31 – July 30. Registration is online only at this time. Visit the Library’s website at www.bettendorflibrary.comto register or to view a complete program schedule. 

 

All programs that were originally scheduled to be held at the Library will now be held at the Bettendorf High School. Room locations at the high school will be announced at a later date.

 

SHIIP sessions will not be available this summer, and the reading assistance dogs will not be available in June.

 

If you have questions concerning the Summer Reading Program, call 563-344-4175. You can also emailmlevetzow@bettendorf.org for adult programs and podell@bettendorf.org for children/teen programs. Please do not call Bettendorf High School.

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CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien was my guest on Mid Morning in the Cities on Monday to talk about the documentary The War Comes Home The New Battlefront. The doc, which aired late last year on CNN is being shown tomorrow night at Rave 53rd and IMAX in Davenport as part of a special presentation that will feature a roundtable discussion of PTSD and our treatment of soldiers returning home from war moderated live by Soledad O'Brien herself featuring activists, citizens and soldiers. Soledad O'Brien on the May 23rd edition of Mid Morning in the Cities on Rewind 93.9 WYEC. 

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Close to 90 percent of the Iowa children who are eligible for free meals during their summer break aren't getting them. 

Community groups run summer meal sites across the state, but the Iowa Department of Education says of more than 200,000 kids in need of the meals, only about 21,000 actually receive them. 

Stephanie Dross, an education consultant with the department, says lack of transportation is a big factor. 

"Getting kids to those meal-site locations over the summer months, those barriers occur both in rural and urban communities," says Dross. "And so, this is one of the largest challenges that we face."

Dross says many communities have come up with innovative solutions to get kids to the meals they need.

"A lot of our sponsoring organizations look to some of the local transit agencies to see if they can develop a relationship," says Dross. "That might look like a bus that runs within the community, that might pick up children for free."

The summer meal program is funded through the USDA, and facilitated by the Iowa Department of Education, which works with organizations at the community level.

In some cases, it's a matter of determining the right places to serve the free meals. Dross says the Iowa Department of Education has already come up with a few new ideas.

"We're looking to establish serving sites at farmers markets, because families and children are coming to the farmers markets to access some locally-grown foods," says Dross. "And we're also looking to see if we can make connections with medical facilities, because we know families are active and about with those."

She adds many more community groups could be getting involved.

"It might be a school district, it might be a private nonprofit, it could be a city entity," says Dross. "And these sponsors establish meal sites in the ares of high need and then, they're reimbursed via this USDA reimbursement for all of the meals served to children age 18 and under."

Organizations interested in becoming meal-site sponsors can find out more online at educateIowa.gov.

Families can call the Hunger Hotline to find out where meal sites are located in their area, at 866-3-HUNGRY. Or text the word "food" to 877-877.

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A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees. 

This comes just a few months after the Karam Foundation, announced that four high school-age Syrian refugee students were awarded scholarships to attend the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. this summer. 

Lilah Khoja, the Karam Foundation's advocacy coordinator, says it can be tough for refugee students to get into some American colleges, which is why the foundation is developing the new higher education scholarship program to help.

"There really isn't any way for them to indicate on the official paperwork that they were refugees who were recently resettled," she points out. "So, there's no way for colleges to really be able to tell why there are these gaps in this person's education, which, as you can imagine, puts them at a great disadvantage when they're applying to colleges."

Khoja says the new scholarships will be officially announced later this year. 

Meanwhile, the Refugee Processing Center reports that more than 130 Syrian refugees settled in Illinois in 2015. 

World leaders met in Vienna last week to call for a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war.

Khoja says Syrian refugees nationwide will be eligible to apply for the new scholarships. She points out that the war in Syria has become one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time, and that many of that country's young people are being denied a proper education, due to the violence.

"With everything that's going on in Syria, with the massive destruction and the loss of life, the last thing that we need is for students and children to grow up without having an education," she states. "Not having access to education leaves children vulnerable to exploitation. It leaves them vulnerable to child labor."

Khoja says the foundation has already partnered with several schools, including Nuvu, an innovative school for middle and high school students in Cambridge, Mass., and the American University Preparatory School in Los Angeles. 

People can donate to the scholarship fund or help sponsor a refugee family through KaramFoundation.org

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This May 16-30, the Moline Police Department will join the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies to implement the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) mobilization. Increased patrols will be out in force during this time issuing citations to anyone caught traveling unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children. We are determined to spread the message - seat belts save lives.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives from 2010 to 2014, and nearly 3,000 lives could have been saved in 2014 if all unrestrained occupants involved in fatal crashes had buckled up. In all, there were 9,385 people killed on our nation’s roadways in 2014 because they were not wearing their seat belts.

 

As we all know, Memorial Day weekend historically kicks off the summer season. It is a time of fun summer activities, but also a time of increased travel. Therefore, it is critical to remember the importance of seat belt laws and safety during the summer months.

 

“This year we are pairing increased patrols and zero-tolerance enforcement with education in an effort to make buckling up a habit for everyone throughout the year,” said Sgt. Chris Pickens of the Moline Police Traffic Investigation Division.

 

This message is particularly important for young adults, males and pick-up truck drivers because seat belt usage rates are lower and fatality rates are higher for individuals belonging to these groups. Everyone must buckle up every trip, every time. There are no exceptions to the rule.

 

It is also essential to buckle up at night. The most current statistics indicate an increase in fatalities during the nighttime hours due to lower seat belt usage. In 2014, about 42 percent of passenger vehicle occupants were killed at night because they were not wearing seat belts.

 

“It is our mission to make roadways safe for everyone, so be sure to buckle up every trip every time, both day and night,” said Sgt. Pickens. “Not just because it is the law, but so you and your loved ones arrive safely at your destinations - all year long.” 

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BETTENDORF: The Bettendorf Public Library appreciates the concern and offers of support in the wake of the facility closure due to a broken water pipe.  Due to unsafe conditions, only essential personnel are allowed on site.  Staff will communicate a need for volunteers, if necessary. 

 

Please watch the Library’s website, Facebook and Twitter, or the City of Bettendorf’s social media for information as it comes available.

 

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This weekend Rave 53rd and IMAX is launching DBOX seats, new seats that move with the movie. I tried out the new seats last night during a showing of The Angry Bird Movie and despite being disappointed in the movie, I was really impressed with the seats which were comfortable and fun. The seats moved with the action of the movie shifting from side to side, forward and back and vibrating but never too much, it was like a really good massage chair. You can see a demo of the new DBOX Seats below and this weekend you can see Captain America: Civil War in DBOX Seats. 

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This May 16-30, the Moline Police Department will join the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies to implement the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) mobilization. Increased patrols will be out in force during this time issuing citations to anyone caught traveling unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children. We are determined to spread the message - seat belts save lives.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives from 2010 to 2014, and nearly 3,000 lives could have been saved in 2014 if all unrestrained occupants involved in fatal crashes had buckled up. In all, there were 9,385 people killed on our nation’s roadways in 2014 because they were not wearing their seat belts.

As we all know, Memorial Day weekend historically kicks off the summer season. It is a time of fun summer activities, but also a time of increased travel. Therefore, it is critical to remember the importance of seat belt laws and safety during the summer months.

“This year we are pairing increased patrols and zero-tolerance enforcement with education in an effort to make buckling up a habit for everyone throughout the year,” said Sgt. Chris Pickens of the Moline Police Traffic Investigation Division.

This message is particularly important for young adults, males and pick-up truck drivers because seat belt usage rates are lower and fatality rates are higher for individuals belonging to these groups. Everyone must buckle up every trip, every time. There are no exceptions to the rule.

It is also essential to buckle up at night. The most current statistics indicate an increase in fatalities during the nighttime hours due to lower seat belt usage. In 2014, about 42 percent of passenger vehicle occupants were killed at night because they were not wearing seat belts.

“It is our mission to make roadways safe for everyone, so be sure to buckle up every trip every time, both day and night,” said Sgt. Pickens. “Not just because it is the law, but so you and your loved ones arrive safely at your destinations - all year long.”

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The driver and only occupant of the black Cadillac CTS was identified as 28 year old, Nicole R. Van Hamme, of Davenport. The involved semi-tractor trailer was owned and operated by Swift Transportation. The driver and only occupant of the semi was identified as 50 year old, Martin Zermeno-Tapia, of Grand Prairie, TX. No further information is being released at this time and the investigation is on-going and being conducted by the Davenport Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.

 

Original Release:
On Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at approximately 5:22 p.m. Davenport Police, Davenport Fire, Iowa State Patrol, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, and Medic EMS responded to a motor vehicle crash on eastbound Interstate 80 near mile marker 295. The crash involved a semi-tractor traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 in the right hand lane and a Cadillac CTS that ran into the rear of the semi-tractor trailer. The Semi-tractor trailer had been stopped on the interstate and had just started rolling slowly before the Cadillac struck the semi-tractor trailer. The semi-tractor trailer was stopped on the interstate due to a large amount of traffic attempting to merge onto eastbound Interstate 80 from northbound Highway 61. The driver of the Cadillac was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was un-injured.
Further information will be released pending notification of family. Investigation is being conducted by the Davenport Police Department, Traffic Safety Unit. 

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More than 2,600 athletes - plus their friends, families and thousands of spectators - are converging in Ames this weekend for the Special Olympics' Iowa Summer Games. The opening-ceremony crowd Thursday night filled Hilton Coliseum.

While the competitions are a main focus of the weekend, said Special Olympics Iowa chief executive Gary Harms, something else just as important is experienced by everyone as the athletes first enter the stadium.

"In the high-five line and the fist-bump line you see smiles, you see joy," he said. "You see the simplicity that is that which is involvement in Special Olympics Iowa."

Athletes competing in cycling, soccer, tennis, aquatics and track-and-field events this weekend are expected to draw sizable crowds at the games, which are free to the public. However, Harms said, a more recently added competition has really taken off.

"Bocce is a sport that has just become explosive in the Special Olympics world," he said. "Matter of fact, we've expanded it to two days."

Besides the athletes gaining valuable experience by competing, Harms said, everyone in Iowa can learn something from the Summer Games.

"The spirit of inclusion is alive and well in the state of Iowa," he said. "It needs to continue to grow. We have to educate and create awareness - but inclusion is what our athletes desire."

Harms said it's helpful to see beyond the athletes' so-called disabilities.

"Our friends with different abilities, just like you and I have different abilities, that's really all our friends who are defied as 'individuals with intellectual disabilities' have," he said. "You know, for example, we have people that will be swimming tomorrow. I swim like a rock."

The Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games continue today and Saturday in Ames.

More information is online at Special Olympics Iowa's website, soiowa.org.

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It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality.

May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As the climate gets hotter, concerned parents say, local air pollution and other irritants will trigger more asthma attacks in children.

Kelly Nichols, a field organizer for the group Moms Clean Air Force Illinois, said enacting the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, which would limit carbon pollution, is one way to also benefit asthma sufferers.

"The reduction in carbon emissions, I feel, has a huge impact on climate change," she said, "and the worse climate change gets, the more erratic the weather gets and the worse asthma and allergy gets."

Last month, 16 Illinois counties got failing grades for high ozone pollution from the American Lung Association. While carbon emissions and ground-level ozone are not known to cause asthma, health experts have said, they are triggers for asthma attacks.

Nationally, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation ranks Chicago among the top 10 most challenging places to live with asthma. Nichols argued that more state investments in renewable energy sources now can mean a greater chance of changing that down the line.

"You can't buy clean air, even if you live in a great neighborhood," she said. "So, it's something that everyone in Illinois needs to be aware of. Just because it seems OK, doesn't necessarily mean that it is."

Senate Bill 1485, the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, was introduced last year and currently is being considered by state lawmakers. 

More information is online at momscleanairforce.org.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

 

Look around you.  One out of every four people that you see will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.  Less than half will receive treatment.

 

In order to promote mental health and provide better understanding of mental illness, the Henry County Mental Health Alliance joins millions of Americans in supporting May as Mental Health Awareness Month.  By doing so the Alliance strives to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real.

 

Although the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions has come a long way, the level of stigma remains high.  This level of stigma is one of the major barriers to seeking treatment.  Until mental illness becomes as readily understood and accepted as physical illness like cancer and heart disease, the consequences will remain high.  Some of the consequences of lack of treatment include:

 

·         $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year

·         Mood disorders like bipolar and depression are the most common causes of hospitalization for persons aged 18-44

·         Individuals with serious mental illness face an increased risk of chronic medical conditions

·         Students with mental health conditions have the highest drop out rate

·         Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US

·         Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide

·         A significant number of inmates in prisons suffer from a mental illness

 

So, what can be done?  The most important step to reducing the stigma of mental illness is to speak out.  If you experience a mental illness, tell others about it.  Describe how it feels to live with a mental illness.  For others, learn all you can about mental illness.  Provide a non-judgmental listening ear when someone speaks about their experience with mental illness.

 

Mental illnesses are common and treatable.  Help is available.  We need to speak up early and in real, relatable terms so that people do not feel isolated and alone.  We need to help remove the shame and stigma of speaking out, so that more people can be comfortable coming out of the shadows and seeking the help they need.

 

Other steps you can take to promote mental health awareness include:

 

·         Become involved with the Henry County Mental Health Alliance.  The group meets the fourth Monday of every month at the Black Hawk East Community Education Center.

·         Join in the Mental Health Awareness Walk coming in the Fall

·         Advocate for mental health services with your State and Federal officials

·         If someone you love suffers from a mental illness, attend the monthly Family Support Group at the Health Department

·         Participate in community education and awareness events

 

So please, during the month of May, commit yourself to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, take steps to protect your own mental health, and advocate for the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions.

 

The Henry County Mental Health Alliance meets at the Black Hawk East Community Education Center.  The purpose of the group is to promote mental health awareness, advocacy, and education in Henry County.  The next meeting of the Alliance will be

May 23.  Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome.  For more information, contact Beth Smith at the Henry and Stark County Health Department at 309-852-0197.

 

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Following sold out shows and rave reviews in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA the world’s boldest and cheekiest magic show “The Naked Magic Show” is coming to the Quad Cities!

 

“The most entertaining show of the year.” - AUSSIETHEATRE.COM.AU

 

The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it.”

 

"It’s R-rated magic at its stunning best.” – THE GLOBAL GODDESS

 

This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants. This show proves just that.

 

“Definitely the hottest ticket in town.” - AUSTRALIAN ARTS REVIEW

 

Calendar listing information:

THE NAKED MAGIC SHOW

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | 7PM

Adler Theatre, Davenport

 

Reserved seat tickets ($29, $39, $49, $59, $79) go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and Ticketmaster outlets. Applicable fees may apply. The $79 ticket price includes a meet and greet with the magicians.  The show is for 18+ only.  For more information: AdlerTheatre.com.

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Distracted driving is a relatively new term that describes some of the driving habits in today’s world but another form of driving that can be just as dangerous is lax driving.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says lax driving is also a problem in today’s world…

Trooper Wilson says that’s when things got kind of nutty…

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Sen. Chuck Grassley today made the following comment on Obamacare.

 

“Obamacare came with the promise of lower health care costs and more health care options.  Those promises looked like pie in the sky then, but now they’re simply broken promises.   The number of plans in the vast majority of areas of the country are in single digits, sometimes the low single digits, as in Iowa.  We’re seeing requested rate increases in double digits, as one insurer is seeking in Iowa.   Farmers and small business owners that used to be able to help their employees with Health Reimbursement Arrangements can’t do that anymore.  That’s one more option off the table, despite promises, and it’s a big one.  I’ve heard from a lot of Iowans who are upset about it.  I don’t blame them.  It’s something I’m trying to fix, with strong support in the Senate and House of Representatives and from small business owners.   Congress needs to work toward a health care solution that offers both affordable and quality care.  It ought to be the product of a bipartisan consensus, because that will produce a stronger proposal than something rushed through on a partisan basis, and it ought to achieve what it sets out to accomplish.”   

 

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On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at approximately 9:47 PM the Davenport Police responded to Dunkin Donuts located at 1724 W Locust St. in reference to a robbery. Suspect is described as male, 5’7, thin build. The suspect dove thru the drive up window and approached a worker. The suspect implied he had a weapon, but no weapon was displayed. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the incident. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police
Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via our mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA.”

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After falling a few votes short last week the Senate has passed legislation that would raise the legal smoking age to 21. Supporters of the bill say that it makes it more likely that fewer people will start smoking. Senator Dan McConchie, a Lake Zurich Republican thinks this is just another step at limiting freedom of choice.

The bill passed 32-22, it still needs to be approved in the House. 

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On Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 – 7 pm, University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator Kristin Bogdonas and Nina Struss, dietitian from Milan Hy-Vee will lead their monthly Healthy Lifestyles that Last series on the topic of maintaining mental health.  It will take place at Rock Island County Extension, 321 W 2nd Ave. in Milan, IL. Understanding stress and its causes are an important part of mental health. At this month’s session you’ll explore different types of stress and the effects they have on the body.  You will also have the opportunity to sample foods that are excellent sources of nutrition for the brain and learn about which foods cause a stress response in the body. Everyone will receive flax and walnut samples to take home. Guest speakers at this session will be certified Transcendental Meditation (TM) teachers, Claudia and David Magill from Quad Cities TM.  They will tell participants about the positive effects TM can have on the brain and beyond.

The Healthy Lifestyles that Last class fee is $5 per person, all ages welcome. Register for the program at University of Illinois Extension’s Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties websitehttp://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call (309) 756-9978.  

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (05/18/2016)(readMedia)-- The Illinois Air National Guard hosted Polish Air Force representatives from the Air Operations Center – Air Component Command (AOC-ACC), Warsaw, Poland, during a five-day visit to units in the state that wrapped up May 16.

Poland is the partner country of Illinois under the National Guard's State Partnership Program. The Springfield-based 183rd Fighter Wing and the Peoria-based 182nd Airlift Wing held separate events for the delegation.

The Warsaw AOC-ACC is responsible for Poland's air defense on a daily basis. The center is also integrated with NATO's air defense network to provide a picture of Eastern Europe. The Deputy Commander of the AOC-ACC, Brig. Gen. Slawomir Zakowski, led the four-person delegation visiting Illinois.

Over the past three years, Springfield's 183rd Air Operations Group has collaborated on the center's effort to become a NATO certified AOC.

"We are here to obtain our American colleagues' assistance in this goal," said Zakowski.

"We were honored to host our friends and partners from the Warsaw AOC-ACC and we're committed to supporting their ongoing efforts towards NATO certification," said Col. Dan McSeveney, commander of the 183rd Combat Operations Squadron. "We held a local operational exercise during this visit to demonstrate our techniques for turning strategy into tactics. It gave them the opportunity to explore processes that might enhance their own operations."

The two units will collaborate again in June during the 10-day Polish military exercise Ankonda 2016. More than 30,000 troops from NATO and partner countries will participate. The Warsaw AOC-ACC will have command and control of approximately 100 aircraft.

"We are very glad that during this exercise our capability will be supported by our colleagues from the 183rd AOC," said Zakowski.

"Anakonda 2016 is an outstanding training opportunity for the 183rd AOC members. It's important that we develop the ability to integrate into a multinational command and control environment," said Col. Rick Yoder, commander of the 183rd Air Operations Group. "We have a long and successful history with Poland through the State Partnership Program and this exercise is just one more opportunity to train, exercise and integrate our efforts."

While in Peoria, the 182nd Air Support Operations Group demonstrated a combat simulator for tactical air controllers. The simulator allows Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) to practice coordinating airstrikes in support of ground forces.

The Polish delegation also received detailed briefings on the unit's Air Support Operations Center (ASOC), which is a part of the Theater Air Control System used to integrate close air support on the battlefield. The ASOC works closely with the AOC, which made the pairing of the Peoria and Springfield units ideal for the Polish Air Force visit.

The State Partnership Program is designed to foster enduring civil-military relationships that improve long-term international security while building partnership capacity.

PHOTO:Col. Dan McSeveney, left, commander of the 183d Combat Operations Squadron,discusses air operations with Brig. Gen. Slawomir Zakowski, center, and Col. Robert Weissgerber, right, from the Air Operations Center-Air Component Command, Warsaw, Poland, during a simulated battle exercise as part of an information and training exchange visit May 12 - 16, 2016, in Springfield, Illinois. Units of the Illinois National Guard are paired with Poland through the National Guard State Partnership Program (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Laura Fogerty/Released)

View Online: http://readme.readmedia.com/Illinois-Air-National-Guard-Hosts-Visit-From-Warsaw-Air-Operations-Center/13066530

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SHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has given preliminary approval for the City of Galesburg to receive up to $4 million in forgivable loans from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which receives its source funding from the Federal Government.

 

When Bustos first spoke with City officials, she urged them to begin the process of applying for these funds. Many officials expressed legitimate concerns about the potential impact a loan could have on the City’s budget, so Bustos reached out to the IEPA to discuss the possibility of providing forgivable loans. In response to her request, IEPA officials agreed to conduct a financial analysis of the City of Galesburg to determine whether these loans could be forgiven. Two weeks ago, in a conference call between Bustos and Galesburg City officials, Mayor John Pritchard confirmed that the city would move ahead with the IEPA’s financial analysis to determine loan forgivability.

 

And by working in partnership toward this shared goal, today the city of Galesburg has the opportunity to secure $4 million in funding to replace lead service lines in the community. Once the city completes their application and receives formal approval from the IEPA, they will receive these funds so we can get to work on a long-term solution to reduce lead content levels in the affected homes.

 

“All communities face challenges, but what makes a community great is whether its leaders are willing to work together to solve problems,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “That’s why I’m so proud to have helped the City of Galesburg receive preliminary approval for up to $4 million in federally funded assistance to replace lead service lines. Since the start, my focus has been on reducing lead exposure from all sources, including lead service lines. Once the city receives final approval, these funds will go a long way toward addressing this challenge. Our work isn't finished, but I'm very pleased that the City was open to our suggestion to do a financial analysis with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency so we can deliver these federal dollars to Galesburg. I look forward to the City completing their formal application so that we can start breaking ground to replace lead service lines across the community.”

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Small business day 2016  -  May 17, 2016  

 

GALESBURG, IL, May 17, 2016: Small Business Day at Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg was a huge success celebrating Entrepreneurship in West Central Illinois encompassing Henderson, Henry, Knox, Mercer and Warren Counties. Congratulations to the following winners of the Eagle Award for Entrepreneurship:

 

·       Woman-Owned Enterprise: Sue Sagmoen, “Heartfelt Gifts, Inc.”, Kewanee, IL.

·       Small Bus. Start-Up of the Year:  Justin Lipes, “The Tac Shack”, Monmouth, IL.

·       Small Bus. Success over 5 years: Grace and Alberto Alfano, “Alfano’s Pizza & Italian Cuisine”, Monmouth, IL.

·       Small Bus. Success over 10 years: Tom Campbell, “Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery”, Bishop Hill, IL.

·       Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Kevin Prow, “Baked”, Galesburg, IL.

·       Small Bus. Advocate of the Year:  Fletcher Ford, “Regional Media – Virden Broadcasting”, Kewanee, IL.

·       Small Bus. Financing Project of the Year:  Brett and Stephanie Paxton, “Paxton’s Corner Coop, Inc.”, Annawan, IL.

·       Small Bus. Exporter of the Year: Michael Fenneman, “LMT,Inc.”, Galva, IL.

·       Entrepreneur of the Year:  Ray and Ruth Whitehead, “Pegasus Manufacturing,Inc.”, Galesburg, IL.

·       Entrepreneurial Lifetime Achievement Award:  Dennis and Dianne Packee, “Reiman’s Harley Davidson”, Kewanee, IL.

For more information about next year’s Small Business Day’s Entrepreneurial Eagle Award Celebration, contact Carrie McKillip, Community Development, University of Illinois Extension, Galesburg, IL at 309-342-5108.

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More young children in Illinois are being poisoned by electronic cigarettes, according to the Illinois Poison Center

Last year, the Center received more than 80 calls related to children under age six who were exposed to the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. 

Danny Chun, director of corporate communications and marketing for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, says one reason for the uptick in calls may be young children mimicking parents who smoke. 

Chun says some adults may be unaware of the serious health risks that newer tobacco products pose to children.

"Children exposed to liquid nicotine are more than five times more likely to be admitted to the hospital, and two-and-a-half times more likely to have a severe medical outcome, than children exposed to traditional cigarettes," he points out.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made final a new rule allowing the agency to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. 

In 2014, Illinois lawmakers passed a measure requiring that all liquid nicotine containers be childproof. 

Still, Chun says the problem continues to grow as e-cigarettes become more popular.

"The Illinois Poison Center has seen the number of calls concerning young children and e-cigarettes more than triple since 2013," he stresses.

The Center says parents should consider not using e-cigarettes around small children, and treating e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine refills like any other hazardous product - storing them securely, and in places hard for young children to reach.

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Once again the Moline Police Department will join their Law Enforcement brothers and sisters throughout the State of Illinois in partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts for “Cop on a Rooftop”, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois. This event is held in conjunction with the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Moline Police Benevolent Officers are scheduled to cover the Dunkin’ Donuts rooftop at 3501 Avenue of the Cities from 5:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Friday the 20th to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Every person who donates will receive a coupon for a free donut good for Friday only. Make a donation of $10 or more and you will receive a free coffee mug!

In honor of the Special Olympics athletes and police officers supporting the rooftop event, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $15,000 to the Torch Run Fund.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 21,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family support.

The first Special Olympics games were held at Soldier Field in July, 1968; the program now is in more than 170 countries.

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Jeff Labreque from Entertainment Weekly was my guest on Mid Morning in the Cities on Wednesay. Entertaiment Weekly has released their annual Summer Movie Preview featuring Captain America: Civil War. Captain isn't the only major star of the summer however and Jeff and I spoke at length about the next big blockbuster X-Men: Apocalype, the summer's most talked about and controversial release, Ghostbusters, and several tiny gems to keep an eye out for at the multiplex. 

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Wading through the paperwork involved in getting government help to pay for child care can be overwhelming to already overworked parents. 

A new report by the Center for American Progress looks at how difficult it can be for low-income families to navigate an underfunded child care support system. 

The study is called "Jumping Through Hoops and Set Up to Fail." Its author, Judith Warner, says as child care costs keep rising, quality pre-K and after-school programs are out of reach for many working families. 

"You have to file a degree of paperwork that goes far beyond all those permission forms you normally file just for school," she points out. "And if things go wrong, your child loses a stable, good place in child care that brings them so many advantages."

The report takes a state-by-state look at child care costs. 

In Illinois, the figure is more than $22,000 a year for parents with an infant and a four-year-old. 

Warner says that often means having to look at cost over quality when it comes to child care.

Warner adds parents who qualify for assistance with child care expenses often aren't given a lot of help to navigate the system.

"You're dependent on people who may or may not lose your paperwork, and may or may not want to help you," she points out. "We are setting children up for lives of difficulty when we don't meet their most basic needs from the start."

The Center for American Progress report makes some recommendations, including less paperwork for parents and more child care funding. 

Last fall, the group also proposed a "High-Quality Child Care Tax Credit," worth up to $14,000 per child, based on family income. The money would be paid directly to a child care provider chosen by the parents.
 

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As one in seven people in Illinois continues to struggle with hunger, this weekend the state's letter carriers will be working to help. 

Saturday marks the 24th annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. 

The U.S. Postal Service is asking residents to set bags of non-perishable foods, cereal, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, next to their mailbox. 

Then carriers will pick them up and get the donated items to local food banks. 

Elise Foster, vice president for the local Branch 11 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, says they hold the food drive in May to help restock food shelves just before schools let out for summer.

"That's the only meal that some of these kids get throughout the summer," says Foster. "Because the schools are going to be closed. So, this our way in May that we can reach those food pantries that have seen the decline after Thanksgiving and Christmas when those food pantries go empty."

She says this weekend's food drive will help stock some Illinois food banks for about six months. 

Last year, the nationwide drive brought in about 71 million pounds of non-perishable food.

Foster says even though letter carriers will be pulling double duty this weekend, they're happy to be a part of the food drive. 

She says letter carriers have a unique understanding of the neighborhoods where they work.

"We are in the community every day and we see the need," Foster says. "So, we play a vital role in the community in that we can get the customers to give. We also get feedback from the pantries, and they look forward to every year, they want to make sure they're on the list to be the recipients of that food."

In addition to current active-duty letter carriers, some retired postal workers and local volunteers will be helping deliver the donations to local food agencies. 

Over the past 24 years, the drive has helped collect more than one billion pounds of food nationwide.

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Illinois lawmakers on Thursday will be considering a bill that opponents say would be a taxpayer bailout of one of the country's most profitable energy companies.

At issue is Senate Bill 1585, which would allow Chicago-based energy giant Exelon to mandate a surcharge on electric bills statewide. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and several groups, including AARP Illinois, oppose the bill. Julie Vahling, associate state director of advocacy and outreach for AARP Illinois, said the bill, as it's written now, would lead to higher rates for energy customers and could put a financial burden on seniors who are living on fixed incomes.

"For the aging population," she said, "oftentimes utility costs are some of the highest percentages of where household income goes."

Exelon's northern Illinois affiliate, ComEd, has argued that the new so-called "demand rate" charges are needed to keep at least three of its downstate power plants from shutting down. Vahling argued, however, that federal rules would keep the plants open if they're deemed essential to the state's power grid.

If lawmakers do approve the new demand rate structure, Vahling said customers could be figuratively left in the dark when it comes to their electric bills.

"There is no technology in a household right now that allows a consumer to monitor what their demand is," she said. "So, it's basically saying, 'Well, we're going to charge you for something that you can't really see or monitor on your own in real time.' "

Exelon said it could start closing a plant in Clinton as soon as this fall if it sees no relief from Springfield. The state's Senate Energy Committee is expected to discuss the rate-increase bill Thursday afternoon.

Details of SB 1585 are online at ilga.gov.

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Scams and attempted scams continue to be a problem in this area and often times, scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service are on the other end of the line.

Michael Devine with the IRS Office in St Louis says beware that type of call because it does not originate with the IRS…

  

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Wake up, wake up, wake up...it's the 1st of the month...so get up, get up, get up for a morning you won't forget!  MasterPeace Production and University of Illinois Extension Present...WAKE 'N SHAKE vol. 2.  All ages are invited to this morning meetup in celebration of Men's Health Month (ladies we want you there, too) on Wednesday June 1st at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island.  The event will feature local musicians, yoga, disc golf putting contest, and more!  The event begins with Ashtanga yoga led by Mystic Ben from 6:30 – 7:00 a.m.  Music will start at 7 and features a morning mix by local djs: Radent (7-7:50am) and MacSauce (7:50-8:40)!  You can take a spin to mix your own fresh smoothie on the University of Illinois Extension’s blender bicycle.  Relax with a chair massage from Mr. Chakra.  Test your skill at the Disc Golf putting contest sponsored by Iron Lion with a great door prize going to the morning’s winner.  Enjoy delicious coffee and breakfast foods for purchase from the Rozz-Tox menu.  Bring your own coffee mug for $1 off Intelligentsia house coffee and take advantage of Rozz-Tox being open early!  There is a $5 donation at the door to help cover event expenses.  All ages are welcome to attend. 


So come before work, before school, before whatever it is you are going to do on Wednesday June 1st anytime between 6:30-9:00 am. Get more information at University of Illinois Extension’s website:  web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or www.masterpeaceproduction.com. See you there!

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Kids age 11-16 can get trained to be a babysitter in a one-day clinic at Black Hawk College.

 

The new Babysitting Clinic will be Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Outreach Center in East Moline.

 

A second session will be offered Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

The clinic will cover what parents expect, how to handle emergencies, caring for and handling infants and young children, feeding techniques and diapering, age-appropriate toys and activities, tips for bedtime issues, basic first aid and how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.

 

Cost is $55 for either session. To register, call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223.

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Washington, D.C., May 17, 2016 -- Yesterday, the Council for Affordable Health Coverage awarded U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley its Affordability Champion Award for working to hold down health costs through bipartisan, commonsense solutions.

 

Senator Grassley's leadership on the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (H.R. 2911/S. 1697) is helping quash steep IRS penalties on employers who offer tax-free Health Reimbursement Arrangements to help their employees purchase health insurance. This reform could save small businesses up to $500,000 a year in futile, punitive fines while giving employees critical assistance to help better afford health costs.

 

"We commend Senator Grassley for allowing small businesses to provide help to their workers. It makes little sense to penalize employers who are trying to do the right thing for their employees," said CAHC President Joel White. "Getting this bill signed into law during a contentious presidential election year is a challenge, but thanks to Senator Grassley's tireless efforts, it is our hope that bipartisanship and common sense will ultimately prevail."

 

Many businesses with fewer than 50 employees -- which are not subject to the employer mandate to provide health insurance -- still want to aid employees with health costs. Without full-size HR departments for choosing health plans, these smaller firms have historically reimbursed employees for individually purchased health coverage via Health Reimbursement Arrangements.

But on July 1, the IRS deemed these arrangements impermissible, and announced fines on HRA-providing employers of $100 per day, per employee.

 

"I'm honored to receive this award," said Senator Grassley. "Facing these high fines, some small businesses likely will drop any help for health care benefits altogether.  For the sake of employees in Iowa and the rest of the country, we can't let that happen."

 

In addition to his work on the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act, Senator Grassley has championed other affordability priorities, including passage of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act, which removed benefit and marketplace requirements on small and mid-sized employers that would have driven up premiums and reduced access. This bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the Senate and House and President Obama signed it into law in the fall of 2015.

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Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.  This year’s official National Police Week dates are Sunday, May 15, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016.

 

The East Moline Police Department will hold a police memorial on Friday, May 20, 2016 in honor of East Moline Police Officer Richard Morton who was killed in the line of duty on May 25, 1969.  The Memorial will be held at the East Moline Fire Station # 2 located on Morton Drive and 19th Street at 11 am (weather permitting).  The public is welcome to attend.  

 

If you should have any questions or would be interested in doing a news article, please contact me at (309) 752-1552. 

 

Captain Thomas G. Reagan

East Moline Police Department

 

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Waste Commission of Scott County facilities will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, May 31. Waste Commission of Scott County facilities include the following:

•    Scott Area Landfill, 11555 110th Avenue, Davenport
•    Scott Area Household Hazardous Material Facilities, Davenport
•    Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 East 59th Street, Davenport

The Scott Area Recycling Center, 5640 Carey Ave., Davenport, remains closed for construction, which will allow for upgraded recycling operations. The facility is expected to re-open in summer 2016. While the facility is closed, the recycling drop-off bins on-site continue to be available to residents. In addition, residents with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or full medical sharps containers may drop them off at the adjacent Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, where they also may pick up new containers for sharps.

Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management for Scott County. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.

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BETTENDORF: The Bettendorf Police Explorers will host a bike sale on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the Bettendorf Police Department (back parking lot), 1609 State Street.

Over 50 bikes will be on sale.  All bikes must go.

Great Bikes!  Great Prices!

Questions, contact Officer Neil Chapman, nchapman@bettendorf.org.

 

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Dennis Harker from the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network was my guest on the Tuesday edition of Mid Morning in the Cities. QCMPN will be taking part in National Missing Children's Day on May 25th with a charity walk at Illiniwek Park beginning at 4 Pm. Money raised will benefit the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network as they bring the radKids program to the Quad Cities. RadKIDS teaches violence prevention to kids in grades K through 6th Grade and will also offer ID kits and fingerprinting as part of raising awareness for missing kids. Dennis Harker from the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network on Mid Morning in the Cities.... 

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                                                         Moline Police Department               Printed

 

                                                                                                                                                              5/16/2016 12:13:31PM

                                                    Incident Report Summary for Public

 

2016‑005491                   On 5/13/2016  07:41 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 2000 Block of  14 ST

                                MOLINE at approximately 07:41 A.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: F Age:  32)                                        Report by  :                                        NELSON, H. L.

 

Offense/s Listed:       BURGLARY ‑ FROM MOTOR VEHICLE

 

 

 

2016‑005496                   On 5/13/2016  12:11 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 3900 Block of  44 AVE.

                                DR MOLINE at approximately 12:11 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police

 

                                V‑(Business, Agency, Organization)  WALMART                                        Report by  :                                        STAHL, S. G.

 

Offense/s Listed:       THEFT ‑ RETAIL

 

 

2016‑005503                   On 5/13/2016  13:20 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 6400 Block of  44 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 13:20 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                V‑(Business, Agency, Organization)  MENARDS                                        Report by  :                                        NELSON, H. L.

 

Offense/s Listed:       THEFT ‑ RETAIL OVER $300 (FELONY)                                          CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

 

                              CRUEL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS

 

 

2016‑005509                   On 5/13/2016  14:03 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near  34 ST. & AVE.ENUE

                                OF E CITIES MOLINE at approximately 14:03 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                                  URBAN, J. .

 

Offense/s Listed:       ACCIDENT ‑ INJURY                                                                        FAILURE TO REDUCE SPEED TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT

 

 

2016‑005512                   On 5/13/2016  14:26 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 700 Block of  19 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 14:26 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                                 BROWN, E. .

 

Offense/s Listed:       ACCIDENT ‑ INJURY                                                                        IMPROPER LANE USAGE‑LANED ROADWAYS

 

                              DISOBEYED TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE

 

 

 

2016‑005513                   On 5/13/2016  14:35 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 5500 Block of  46 AVE.

                                DR MOLINE at approximately 14:35 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police

 

                                V‑(Business, Agency, Organization)  HERITAGE WOODS                                        Report by  :                                                                                                             OTT, J. A.

 

Offense/s Listed:       THEFT ‑ $500 AND UNDER

 

 

2016‑005514                   On 5/13/2016  15:12 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 3600 Block of  AVENUE

                                OF E CITIES MOLINE at approximately 15:12 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                                 OTT, J. A.

 

Offense/s Listed:       ACCIDENT ‑ OTHER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS     FAILED TO YIELD TURNING LEFT

 

                              VIOL CLASS 1ST DIV VEH/ MOTORCYCLE

 

 

2016‑005515                   On 5/13/2016  15:34 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near  60 ST. & JOHN DEERE

                                RD MOLINE at approximately 15:34 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                            BEAUDRY, D. .

 

Offense/s Listed:       FAILURE TO REDUCE SPEED TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT                                      ACCIDENT ‑ OTHER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS

 

 

2016‑005518                   On 5/13/2016  16:01 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 2000 Block of  11 ST

                                MOLINE at approximately 15:00 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: M Age:  30)                                        Report by  :                                        BIGGS, K. A.

                                Victim ‑ Juvenile

Offense/s Listed:       UNLAWFUL VISITATION INTERFERENCE

 

 

2016‑005522                   On 5/13/2016  18:22 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 3100 Block of  AVENUE

                                OF E CITIES MOLINE at approximately 18:22 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race:  Sex: F Age:  46)                                        Report by  :                                        BIGGS, K. A.

 

Offense/s Listed:       ACCIDENT ‑ HIT AND RUN

 

 

2016‑005523                   On 5/13/2016  18:34 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 1100 Block of  14 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 01:00 A.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: M Age:  30)                                        Report by  :                                        BROWN, E. .

 

Offense/s Listed:       THEFT ‑ $500 AND UNDER

 

 

2016‑005535                   On 5/13/2016  23:23 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 400 Block of  37 ST

                                MOLINE at approximately 23:23 P.M. 5/13/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: B Sex: M Age:  20)                                        Report by  :                                        TUTTLE, B. M.

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: M Age:  49)

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: M Age:  57)

Offense/s Listed:       CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY                                              DISORDERLY CONDUCT

 

 

2016‑005539                   On 5/14/2016  02:01 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near  14 ST. & 6 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 02:01 A.M. 5/14/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                                 VICTOR, S. A.

 

Offense/s Listed:       OPERATION OF UNINSURED MOTOR VEHICLE                           ILL USE OF OSCILLATING/ROTATING OR FLASH  RED/WHTLIGHTS

 

                              FAILED TO OBLITERATE POLICE MARKINGS

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Springfield, IL – Tickets for the highly anticipated 2016 Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts will go on sale on Saturday, May 21st at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. 

 

This year the fair will once again offer a discount ticket package, Country Concert Blowout This offer includes one track ticket to each of the all-star country performances.  “This package results in a 20% savings to the fairgoer,” said State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon.  “What’s great about this package is it can be split among friends, family members, and co-workers for additional savings.”  Only 500 tickets will be available for this package and this special offer ends July 31st.

 

Country Concert Blowout: $114                                                                  
Jake Owen
                                                                              
Dierks Bentley
                                                                        
Cole Swindell
                                                                         
Little Big Town

 

It’s important to note, this discount ticket package is only available for purchase by phone or in person at the Emmerson Building on the state fairgrounds.                        

 

Also available for purchase this year will be the StageSide Party ticket.  For an additional $30, fairgoers can attend a special StageSide party.  The party begins each night 2.5 hours before showtime.  Your ticket includes: all you can eat buffet, beer & wine for purchase, entertainment, early entry into the concert, and giveaways including a chance to win two (2) backstage meet and greet passes for that evening’s headlining artist(s).  This exclusive party is only available to 120 people each night. 

 

This year the StageSide party ticket will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster and in person at the Emmerson Building.

 

 

Illinois State Fair Ticket Office Hours:

 

May 23 – 31:                          Illinois State Fair office (Emmerson Building)
                                    In Person:  Monday – Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm

                                    By Phone: (217) 782-1979

 

Beginning June 1:      Grandstand Box Office
                                    
Monday – Friday
                                    8:00am – 5:00pm

 

Individual ticket prices for each of the shows at the 2016 Illinois State Fair are listed below:
 

Friday, August 12:  Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

Tier 3 – $20 / Tier 2 - $25 / Tier 1 - $30 / Track - $30 / VIP - $42

 

Saturday, August 13:  Meghan Trainor / Hailee Steinfeld / Common Kings
Tier 3 - $28 / Tier 2 - $33 / Tier 1 - $38 / Track $38 / VIP - $50

 

Sunday, August 14:  Jake Owen / Old Dominion

Tier 3 - $15 / Tier 2 - $20 / Tier 1 - $25 / Track $25 / VIP - $37 
 

Monday, August 15: New Odyssey
General Admission - $5

 

Tuesday, August 16:  Dierks Bentley / Tucker Beathard

Tier 3 - $42 / Tier 2 - $47 / Tier 1 - $52 / Track $52 / VIP - $64 
 

Wednesday, August 17:  KISS / The Dead Daisies
Tier 3 - $49   / Tier 2 - $54   / Tier 1 - $59   / Track - $59 / VIP - $74

 

Thursday, August 18:  TBA


Friday, August 19:  Cole Swindell / Kane Brown / LANco / Jon Langston

Tier 3 - $18 / Tier 2 - $23 / Tier 1 - $28 / Track $28 / VIP - $40

 

Saturday, August 20:  Little Big Town / David Nail
Tier 3 - $27 / Tier 2 - $32 / Tier 1 - $37 / Track $37 / VIP - $49

 

Sunday, August 21:  ZZ Top / Gregg Allman
Tier 3 - $34 / Tier 2 - $39 / Tier 1 - $44 / Track $44 / VIP - $54

 

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: “Called to Care”

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is celebrating National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week, May 15-21, 2016, and EMS Children’s Day, May 18, 2016, by recognizing the important contributions and dedication of EMS practitioners who provide day-to-day lifesaving services. Approximately two-thirds of all EMS providers in Illinois are volunteers, which reinforces this year’sEMS Strong theme, “Called to Care.”

“The men and women being honored during National EMS Week are true heroes who have acted selflessly to help people in need under distressing circumstances,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D. “Thousands of emergency workers in Illinois put their lives on the line every day, while others are Illinois residents who volunteer and have acted with courage to help fellow citizens avoid serious injury or even death. This week, the Illinois Department of Public Health honors these heroes and would like to say thank you for their courage, time, and dedication.”

Every year, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and others throughout the state send their nominations to IDPH for the annual EMS Hero Awards. The nominations are just a few of the many heroic acts people dedicated to saving lives do on a regular basis.

Following are this year’s recipients.

Brian Churchill, Lisa Churchill, and Lt. Bob Gotterman
Springfield, IL

On May 16, 2015, Brian and Lisa Churchill were at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport when they learned of a man unconscious and not breathing. Brian and Lisa started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while Transportation Security Administration Airport Police Lt. Bob Gotterman ran to get the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Brian and Lisa used the AED, which successfully restored the man’s heart rhythm. The fire department and ambulance arrived to take over care and transported the man to the hospital, where he recovered fully. Without the combined efforts of these individuals, the outcome may have been very different.

Marcus Jackson
Waukegan, IL

On October 12, 2015, the Waukegan Fire Department responded to a car accident where the driver was pinned in the car. After extricating the driver, Marcus Jackson, a firefighterparamedic, noticed air was not moving in the left side of the driver’s chest, which can indicate a collapsed lung. Jackson performed a needle decompression – inserting a needle into the driver’s chest to re-inflate the lung. Not only is the procedure difficult to perform, if the person’s lung is not truly collapsed, it could cause the lung to collapse. Jackson’s ability to recognize the collapsed lung and quickly perform the needle decompression helped save the driver’s life.

Brendan Gould
Barrington, IL

On February 6, 2016, 16-year-old Brendan Gould was home with his father and saw him collapse on the floor. Brendan immediately called 911 and was able to very calmly give the dispatcher information that emergency responders would need to respond to the call. The dispatcher then gave Brendan instructions over the phone on how to perform CPR. Brendan immediately started CPR on his father and continued until the first police officer and fire personnel arrived. Brendan’s quick action helped save his father’s life.

In Illinois, there are 64 EMS resource hospitals, 66 trauma centers, 8,052 individuals licensed as first responder-defibrillators, 36,722 emergency medical technicians (EMTs – 20,668 basic, 610 intermediate, 15,444 paramedic), 4,746 emergency communications registered nurses, 2,819 trauma nurse specialists, 389 pre-hospital registered nurses, and 3,012 emergency medical dispatchers providing 24-hour service to the people of Illinois.

Illinois’ EMS system also strives to integrate pediatric emergency care needs across a wide spectrum, recognizing that children have unique physiological responses to illness and injury. To honor those who work in adult and pediatric emergency care, Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed May 15-21, 2016 as EMS Week in Illinois and May 18, 2016 as EMS for Children Day in Illinois.

 

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East Moline, IL (05-16-2016) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Friday, May 13, 2016 and early morning hours of Saturday, May 14, 2016.  The detail was conducted at Illinois 92 east ¼ mile west of 34th Street, Moline, IL by ISP District 7 troopers.

            Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.  RSCs are designed to remove alcohol-impaired drivers, however, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken.  The following citations were issued at the safety check:

            Violations

Enforcement Activity

Registration offenses

1

Driver’s license offenses

5

Occupant restraint offenses

3

Driving under the influence arrests

4

Other alcohol/drug arrests

7

Total citations/arrests

22

Total written warnings

3

                                                                                

This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.                                                                        

Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality.

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Groups opposing the Bakken Pipeline say despite the latest push to start construction this week, the fight in Iowa is far from finished. 

Conservation and community groups claim the pipeline would pose environmental risks and hamper progress for renewable energy in the Midwest. 

While the Iowa Utilities Board approved the project in March, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not. 

Last week, Texas oil company Dakota Access requested the Iowa Utilities Board allow construction to begin today anyway. 
But Wally Taylor, legal chair for the Sierra Club's Iowa Chapter, says his group filed a response to that request yesterday.

"Dakota Access made a firm commitment that they would not begin any construction until they had all the authorizations, because they thought it was going to be a slam dunk to get the Corps authorizations," says Taylor. "And it hasn't been. They thought they'd have those by the first of the year, and they haven't."

Dakota Access has said getting started promptly on the 1,100-mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois is critical to avoid the construction stretching into the winter, and that delays are increasing the project's cost.

Dakota Access has argued it should be able to start the work because the Corps of Engineers controls only a small percentage of land for the pipeline's route through Iowa. 

However, Taylor says that would be nearly impossible. 

"Acre-wise, the Corps areas are not all that great," he says. "There's so many of them along the route, that there's no way Dakota Access could build the pipeline without the Corps' authorizations."

There are about 60 Army Corps of Engineers jurisdictional areas along the pipeline's 347-mile route through Iowa. 

Taylor adds even if construction is approved, there are other actions pipeline opponents could take. 

"We're going to appeal the Board's decision to grant the permit, and we will ask the court to issue a stay or temporary injunction," Taylor says. "We could also file a lawsuit against the Corps and ask for a stay or an injunction in federal court."

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Friday the 13th started with Moline Police Officers waiting for something bad to happen. It finally did at 1:20 PM at Menards, 6400 44th Avenue.

Responding Officers were met by a crowd of distraught employees and shoppers hovering over a young female German Sheppard, her brown and black lifeless body laid on blood smeared pavement.

What started as a retail theft investigation by store employees goes south quickly when the suspect jumped into his white van and rammed the lowered wooded gate in order to exit the lumber yard.

However, when the suspect opened the van door his German Sheppard jumped out of the vehicle. In the suspects haste to escape he shut the door on the dog’s leash, leaving her outside.

Despite the panicked yelling of employees and onlookers attempting to alert the suspect, what happened next was tragic. She was repeatedly run over by one of the van’s rear tires.

Police transported the Sheppard to the Rock Island County Animal Shelter where the micro chip revealed the dogs name was “Miley”. It also revealed the registered owner, our suspect.

Moline Police have obtained a warrant of arrest for Robert D. Vaughn of Silvis. White Male, 31 years of age. Date of Birth 02-09-1985. Vaughn is charged with a class 4 Felony Aggravated Cruelty. Bond has been set at $30,000.     

If you have any information of Vaughn’s whereabouts please contact Crime Stoppers 309-762-9500 a cash reward is offered for information that leads to his capture.
 

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Augustana College recently announced a new film program partnership that brings Fresh Films to campus on a permanent basis to create year-round learning experiences for teens and college students.

From July 9-15, local students ages 12-18 can get a taste of what Fresh Films Studio is all about. No previous experience is required — students will learn everything on-set at Augustana College as they work on creating episodes of a TV show. Students will rotate through all key filmmaking positions, building their tech skills and résumé. 

Applications are being accepted through June 15 at www.fresh-films.com.

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Civil Constructors will be placing protective shield under the 16th Street bridge beginning Monday, May 16, 2016, weather permitting.  15thStreet will be closed to traffic. Projects estimated completion date is Wednesday May 18, 2016. (end of business day).

 

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Students in the fifth grade and kindergarten at Jackson Elementary School will share a special experience this Friday, May 20 at 12:30 p.m. on the south playground at the school (1307 Wisconsin Avenue, Davenport). West on Locust Street, turn left onto Wisconsin Avenue. Jackson Elementary is on the left side of the road.
Jackson Elementary is an artsBASICS school.  Arts integration is encouraged where curriculum connections can be made.  Kindergartners  study plants and their life cycle as part of their science curriculum.  During this unit of study, their teachers read aloud The Sunflower House from the Treasures reading curriculum.  Fifth grade students at Jackson School had read the same book when they were in kindergarten.  This year, fifth graders reread the story and drew their ideas for a four foot circular mosaic mural for the Jackson library.  Kindergartners will plant a sunflower garden with the help of 5th grade students and hear the story for the first time.  These lessons, and the related activities, integrate science, language arts, music, visual arts and friendship across grade levels, which is the goal of artsBASICS schools.

The sunflower planting event  will provide good visuals and be an opportunity to see first-hand how various strands of the curriculum are integrated to provide a strong learning environment for students of all ages.
 

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Central High School student, Amen Gabre, has won first place in the Iowa Center for the Book Letters About Literature 2016 contest. Amen accepted her prize in Des Moines on May 6, 2016 and was recognized by the State of Iowa Libraries. Her essay was chosen as the high school winner from a field of 1900 entries and will now be considered for national recognition. Amen is a foreign exchange student from Ethiopia who has been in the Quad Cities for the past nine months. Read her winning letter at http://www.iowacenterforthebook.org/letters/winners/2016/amen-gabre.
Central High School’s A.J. Vieger and Grace Estes were also named finalists in the competition.
The contest is open to students in grades 4-12. The student writes a letter to an author explaining how that author’s work changed their way of thinking about the world of themselves. Letters can be written about work from any genre – a book, short story, speech, or poem.  There are three competition levels: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12.

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On May 15, 2016 at 3:59 pm, Scott Emergency Communications Center dispatched a single vehicle rollover accident in the area of 21445 Scott Park Road. Scott County Deputies’, Eldridge Police Department, Eldridge Fire Department, Medic Ambulance and MedForce all responded to the scene.

 

An Illinois plated Mercury SUV was traveling south on Scott Park Road, lost control and rolled over, the driver was ejected. The driver Kandy Allison (55YOA) was transported to Genesis Hospital then Flown via MedForce to University of Iowa Hospital. At this time she is in Intensive Care in Stable condition.
This accident is still under Investigation.

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Actor Freddie Highmore became a child star in a pair of co-starring roles opposite Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but the defining role of Freddie's young career is all about him. Taking on the role of Norman Bates in the Psycho television prequel Bates Motel has come to define Highmore's still very young career. Tonight Bates Motel will air its season 4 finale and in it we are likely to see one of the series defining moments as Norman Bates transitions further toward the Norman of the iconic Hitchcock horror film. Freddie Highmore was my guest on Mid Morning in the Cities on Monday. 

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Genesis Awards $118,000 in Nursing Scholarships

DAVENPORT, Iowa – May 13, 2016 -- The Genesis Health Services Foundation recently awarded $118,000 in scholarships at the annual nursing recognition event.

 

Five St. Ambrose University students working baccalaureate degrees in nursing received $10,000 scholarships. The five are Sydney Bender, a sophomore from Bettendorf; Alexandria Finn, a junior from Davenport; Tori Matzen, a junior from Orion, Ill.; Michaela Meyer, a junior from Muscatine; and Nolan Muhl, a sophomore from DeWitt, Iowa.

 

Genesis employees receiving $2,500 scholarships toward completion of their BSN degrees are Lindsey Burken, VNA/Hospice; Brian Campbell, emergency department, GMC, Davenport; Bobbie Derrick, intensive care, GMC, Davenport; Aaron Hartzler, surgical, GMC, Silvis; Kimberly Higby, Center for Weight Management, GMC, Davenport; Kelly Hornick, BirthCenter, GMC, Silvis; Michelle Martin, NICU, GMC, Davenport; Danielle Shima, surgical specialty, GMC, Davenport; and, Abigail Streitmatter, emergency department, GMC, Davenport.

 

Genesis nurses awarded MSN degree completion scholarships of $2,500 or $4,000 were Amy Anderson, cardiac stepdown unit, GMC, Davenport; Jennifer Brooks, patient care services, GMC, Silvis; Laura Carson, emergency department, GMC, Silvis; Ellen Davis, Wound Institute, GMC, Davenport; Jenna Lenz, surgical, GMC, Silvis; Angela Mecham-Ainsworth, emergency department, GMC, Davenport; Joel Moore, Cancer Care Institute, GMC, Davenport; Jessica Mueller, patient services, GMC, Davenport; Kim Nimrick, BirthCenter, GMC, Davenport; Jodi Ott, emergency, GMC, Davenport; and, Sherri Ulfig, administration, GMC, Silvis.

 

 “We’re very proud of all of our nurses who are continuing their educations for the benefit of the patients we serve,’’ said Jackie Anhalt, MS, MSN, RN-BC, chief  nursing executive, Genesis Health System.  “Studies have determined that patient

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care is safer and the outcomes are improved when nurses have the critical thinking skills gained from their continuing nursing education.’’

 

Genesis nursing scholarships are supported by the annual Genesis Foundation Pro-Am Challenge, as well as generous donations from employees, community members and local organizations.

 

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            WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today said that the General Services Administration (GSA) will begin posting on its website the reports it compiles on the travel of senior federal officials who use government aircraft.  Grassley was notified of the change yesterday.

 

            The policy change is in response to recent questions posed by Grassley to GSA administrator Denise Turner Roth.  In a letter to Roth, Grassley wrote, “Given that use of government aircraft is financed by the taxpayer, there is no reason why these reports should not be accessible on GSA’s website for public consumption.”

           

“This is a win for transparency and the taxpayers who are funding these trips.  Transparency leads to accountability, which is something the federal government could use a lot more of,” Grassley said.  “Taxpayers deserve to know when their federal officials are using and sometimes abusing the privileges of the office they hold and the trust that has been placed in them.  More agencies should learn from this type of transparency.”

           

Grassley said that the agency will begin posting travel reports that contain data and analysis on the number and costs of officials’ trips, agencies that submitted reports, costs by agency, and costs over time.  According to the GSA, the fiscal 2015 report will be published in the next 30 days.

 

Grassley has a long history of oversight of federal officials’ travel.  He began asking questions in 2008 about the use of the FBI jet by the Attorney General and other senior federal officials at the Justice Department.  Following a Grassley request,the Government Accountability Office found that two FBI Gulfstream V jets that were justified to Congress by the FBI as critical to counterterrorism operations were mainly being used for “non-mission” flights.  The 2013 report said that over a five year period between 2007 and 2011, the Justice Department spent $11.4 million of taxpayer money to fly the Attorney General and the FBI Director unrelated to the mission of their agencies. 

 

Grassley also requested updated information on the use of FBI jets for these non-mission flights.  New Justice Department data reveal that the FBI Director has taken 118 flights aboard FBI aircraft and the Attorney General has taken in 18 from Oct. 1, 2015, through March 4, 2016.  The cost to the federal government for these flights was almost $3.5 million.

 

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(Quad Cities) - Are you a lover of craft beer?  If so, you will find something at the inaugural Quad Cities Craft Beer Fest. The event will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016 on The Plaza at Bass Street Landing located at 17th Street and River Drive in Moline, Illinois.

 

“We selected a carefully curated and diverse lineup of 19 breweries from the Quad Cities and surrounding areas so that whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or new to the trend, there will be something for everyone,” says Adam Holland, Director, Moline Centre. “This festival is an opportunity to enjoy the region’s growing craft brew culture along the Mississippi Riverfront in downtown Moline.”

 

Tickets can be purchased on-line at qccbf.brownpapertickets.com or at the gate. General admission tickets include a sampling glass and 20 sample tickets.  Additional sampling tickets will be available for purchase on site. Festival hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available, and include entrance into the event one hour before general admission. Food from Bent River Brewing Company and Bass Street Chop House will be available for purchase.

 

For a list of breweries and more information on the fest, please visit http://www.molinecentre.org/events/quad-cities-craft-beer-festival.

 

About: Moline Centre is a division of the Quad Cities Chamber that advances economic development and beautification in downtown Moline.

 

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Economic change has meant more jobs requiring higher levels of skill and education and according to the Iowa Department of Education, there aren't enough people to fill those jobs. 

A new summer program for kids aims to get middle schoolers excited about STEM, which could close the "skills gap" and help them find jobs later in life. 

Megan Patton is project coordinator for the Kids College program offered at several Des Moines Area Community College locations. 

She says in order to grab their interest, students will be doing things not typically done in a classroom. 

"They're going to be doing weather balloons; they're going to be launching weather balloons," says Patton. "Another one is animation so they'll actually be able to create a character and a film that they'll get to bring home and show their friends and family."

The kids will also be working with 3-D printers, mock crime-scene investigations and video game design. 

A 2011 Iowa Department of Education report found students in many other states outperformed Iowa students in science and math. 

Patton says even though DMACC's program is about keeping it interesting and fun for the kids, they're also working to strengthen those numbers and prepare them for the future. 

"We are getting just bombarded with companies asking for our students," Patton says. "To keep these younger middle-school students engaged and thinking about STEM and about different career fields, that's just going to help our economy, you know, in the long run."

The Kids College camps are for students from 6th through 9th grades and start in early June, with registration through the end of this month.

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Sponsored by the Quad City Times, River Action, Sears Manufacturing Kiwanis Club of
Davenport, Mississippi River Fleeting, QC Bicycle Club, iHeart Media, WHBF TV, and
Y&J Enterprises.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Who.....Everyone
What.....Ride the River 2016
When.....Saturday, June 18 Packet Pick-Up at QC Times
Sunday, June 19, 2016 – FATHER’S DAY, 7am-4pm, QC Times start
Where....Both sides of the Mississippi River
Cost....Adults $10, $15 after May 15th; children $5 (15 and under)
Bike Bells Free! sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Davenport
Bell Helmets Available..... $10 for adult, $5 child with a Ride the River registration
New Trail this Year…Ride to Riverdale for a pancake breakfast, a pop-up park, games and
miniature golf!
Plus Drawing for one free year subscription to QC Times!

To register on line, go to www.riveraction.org or call 563.322.RIDE for a brochure.  Brochures are also available at bike shops, YMCA’s, and River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport.

Come join the fun on Father’s Day, June 179h!  Share a safe, fun and healthy activity with your kids, and learn about healthy choices at the Ride the River.

Plan your Father’s Day with a travel guide packed with ideas.  You’ll be surprised what kids can learn on Ride the River.  Take a boat ride from Bettendorf on the “Celebration Belle” (9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 12:00 noon) or cross to Illinois on the Arsenal Island Bike Bridge. Ride the bike trail through the Arsenal Island to Moline and back (all riders must wear helmets, and those 16 and older must show photo ID’s.)  Explore Brettun Black’s Store on the historic Hampton riverfront.  Have your picture taken among the Sunday in the Park figures at Credit Island, or get some pancakes at Sunset Marina.  Ride through the mister along the trail in Moline or challenge yourself to get cookies and lemonade in Cordova.  Plan a 20 mile loop route or a 30, 40, or 60 mile ride.

Let’s talk memories, nature, Mississippi River history, getting hooked on biking, learning fitness levels, healthy lunches, and connecting with family.  Proceeds go to riverfront trail development and continued  trailblazing in the Quad Cities.


Ride the River Needs Volunteers

The 23rd Annual Ride the River family bicycle ride is looking for volunteers for both Saturday, June 16th and the day of the ride, Sunday, June 17th.  Receive a free t-shirt, and many, many thanks!

Volunteers are needed in the following:  Saturday, June 18th Packet Pick-up, Sunday, June 19th Registration, Boat Landing (Leach Park), Traffic Control, Family Fair at Bass Street Landing, Sunday Afternoon Clean-up, Barge Loading, Barge Unloading and Monday Post Ride Detail.

River Action, a non-profit citizen’s action group promoting the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River, uses all the profits from Ride the River to continue its work of spearheading riverfront trail development.

For more information, call (563)322-RIDE or (563)322-2969.

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The Genesis Health Services Foundation recently awarded $118,000 in scholarships at the annual nursing recognition event.

Five St. Ambrose University students working baccalaureate degrees in nursing received $10,000 scholarships. The five are Sydney Bender, a sophomore from Bettendorf; Alexandria Finn, a junior from Davenport; Tori Matzen, a junior from Orion, Ill.; Michaela Meyer, a junior from Muscatine; and Nolan Muhl, a sophomore from DeWitt, Iowa.

Genesis employees receiving $2,500 scholarships toward completion of their BSN degrees are Lindsey Burken, VNA/Hospice; Brian Campbell, emergency department, GMC, Davenport; Bobbie Derrick, intensive care, GMC, Davenport; Aaron Hartzler, surgical, GMC, Silvis; Kimberly Higby, Center for Weight Management, GMC, Davenport; Kelly Hornick, BirthCenter, GMC, Silvis; Michelle Martin, NICU, GMC, Davenport; Danielle Shima, surgical specialty, GMC, Davenport; and, Abigail Streitmatter, emergency department, GMC, Davenport.

Genesis nurses awarded MSN degree completion scholarships of $2,500 or $4,000 were Amy Anderson, cardiac stepdown unit, GMC, Davenport; Jennifer Brooks, patient care services, GMC, Silvis; Laura Carson, emergency department, GMC, Silvis; Ellen Davis, Wound Institute, GMC, Davenport; Jenna Lenz, surgical, GMC, Silvis; Angela Mecham-Ainsworth, emergency department, GMC, Davenport; Joel Moore, Cancer Care Institute, GMC, Davenport; Jessica Mueller, patient services, GMC, Davenport; Kim Nimrick, BirthCenter, GMC, Davenport; Jodi Ott, emergency, GMC, Davenport; and, Sherri Ulfig, administration, GMC, Silvis.

“We’re very proud of all of our nurses who are continuing their educations for the benefit of the patients we serve,’’ said Jackie Anhalt, MS, MSN, RN-BC, chief  nursing executive, Genesis Health System.  “Studies have determined that patient
2 – Genesis Foundation Awards Nursing Scholarship

care is safer and the outcomes are improved when nurses have the critical thinking skills gained from their continuing nursing education.’’

Genesis nursing scholarships are supported by the annual Genesis Foundation Pro-Am Challenge, as well as generous donations from employees, community members and local organizations.

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This Saturday, May 14th Nelson Chiropractic is sponsoring a bike rodeo.  The Rodeo is for kids ages 5-10 it will be held at Cumberland Square in Bettendorf from 12-2pm.  This is a very Fun way to teach your children about bicycle safety.  It involves an obstacle course that kids will ride their bikes through the obstacle course.  The staff will be there to stop them so cars can go around.  It’s a great learning experience. You can go to quadcity.citymomsblog.com to register.  You want to get registered because you will receive a free T-shirt and you could possible win a new bike!!! 

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Quad City Times Film Critic Linda Cook joined me for our latest edition of Mid Morning at the Movies. This week Linda and I review the new movies "Sing Street," "Money Monster," and "The Darkness." One of those three is one of the best movies of 2016. Listen to this week's show to find out which one. Linda also revealed the "Friday the 13th" movie that chilled her to the bone, here's a hint, it's not the one you might think it is. 

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The Quad City Mom's Blog is teaming up with local businesses for a Bike Rodeo in Cumberland Square in Bettendorf Saturday. The Bike Rodeo and several new posts on the Mom's Blog were the topics of discussion in this week's Mid Morning in the Cities conversation with Camye Halvorson with the Quad City Mom's Blog. 

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC FOCUS GROUPS MEETINGS

 

The City of LeClaire will be hosting three public focus group meetings to collect input on behalf of the LeClaire Comprehensive Plan Update. Participants will be asked to provide input that will be instrumental in the refinement of LeClaire’s current Comprehensive Plan, goals and visions, and implementation strategies.  Discussion at each focus group meeting will be centered around a particular topic including the following:  natural resources and land use; economic development, housing, and transportation; and visions, goals, and objectives. Participants are invited to attend all three focus group meetings, but may attend only one based on availability and/or interest in one of the selected topics.  All three of the focus group meetings will be held at the LeClaire Fire Department, located at 201 N. 15th Street from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  Selected meeting dates and topics include:

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016     Natural Resources and Land Use

Wednesday, May 25, 2016     Economic Development, Housing, and Transportation

Thursday, June 2, 2016          Visions, Goals, and Objectives

 

Any and all business owner, residents, or other interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend these focus group meetings at the times and places mentioned above.  For further information, please feel free to contact Gena McCullough with Bi-State Regional Commission with any questions at (309)793-6302 ext. 146 or LeClaire City Administrator Ed Choate at (563)289-4242 ext. 1104.

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IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – The 10th Annual Bettendorf Rotary Lobsterfest will offer an evening of community spirit and robust dining, including a New England-style feast of lobster, corn on the cob, and more. And, the benefits of this event will go well beyond one evening. Funds generated by Lobsterfest annually provide the community with thousands of dollars in direct grants and scholarships.

Tickets are now available for this year’s Lobsterfest, which will take place 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA. Presenting sponsors are Triumph Community Bank and Abbey Carpet Gallery. Tickets cost $75 each, or $520 for a table of eight. To buy tickets, call (563) 445‐4264 or visit www.bettendorfrotary.com/tickets. The event is open to the public.

“One reason the community has stood with us each year is because people see the incredible assistance we've been able to provide,” said Kevin Kraft, President of the Bettendorf Rotary Club. “Whether it's funding to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, or provide educational materials to indigent children, there is much work that needs to be done. Also, a lobster boil on a starry June night under a tent happens to be a great way to raise money.”

“Each year, Bettendorf Rotary awards charitable grants up to $2,500 to worthy non-profits throughout the Quad Cities,” said Johanna Smith, Secretary of the Bettendorf Rotary Club. “For many of these organizations, this funding gives them an opportunity to fully pursue projects which otherwise may not have succeeded. This funding is integral to building stronger programs that take care of those who need assistance the most. Funds raised from the event also provide student scholarships. The event is truly a ‘party with a purpose.’”

Last year’s Lobsterfest proceeds funded $22,500 in grants, which went to 12 not-for-profit organizations serving the Quad Cities. Proceeds were also used to award $7,000 in scholarship funds to students from Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf High Schools, Rivermont Collegiate, and Scott Community College. Remaining funds raised went to the Bettendorf Rotary’s foundation for future charitable causes.

Below is an overview of the 2015 grant recipients, their projects, and the amount each received:

Asbury Methodist Church. Project: Garden Ministry. The Garden Ministry will provide fresh vegetables to those who do not have access to them. $2,500.

Bettendorf Public Library. Project: Outdoor Chess at the Library. ADA-accessible steel chess tables will be installed outside of the library. This project will include 10 chess sets for patrons to use during School Chess Club activities. $2,500.

Boy Scouts of America. Project: Kittan (Scott County) Day Camp. This five-day camp will provide boys in first through fifth grades with meaningful learning and leadership experiences. $1,500.

Child Abuse Council. Project: Stewards of Children: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. This funding will provide workbooks and supplies for sexual abuse prevention programming for Quad Cities adults. $1,500.

Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ. Project: Blessings in a Backpack. Edwards will coordinate with Eisenhower Elementary in Davenport to provide healthy weekend snacks for economically disadvantaged children. $2,500.

FROG: Fluent Reading Our Goal. Project: Expansion of Kindergarten Resources. This project will help provide summer volunteer tutoring and resources for kids who have completed kindergarten. $500.

From Cover to Cover. Project: Snuggle Up and Read Campaign. The campaign will promote literacy among at-risk children through book and blanket donations to kindergarteners and free book and literacy programs at Monroe Elementary. $2,000.

GiGi’s Playhouse – Quad Cities, LLC. Project: Literacy Tutoring Program. This program will provide one-on-one tutoring and customized materials for those with Down syndrome. $2,500.

Hope at the BRICK House, Inc. Project: After-School Program. This project will provide at-risk students in the after-school program with materials and resources to enhance academic performance and social skills. $2,000.

Scott County Family Y. Project: YMCA Fairmont Pines Summer Fun Club Program. This seven-week summer program will serve at-risk children from the Fairmont Pines Housing Complex. $2,500.

The 180 Zone (One Eighty). Project: Sports Camp Equipment. Equipment provided through this program will be used during Sports Camps by more than 1,000 local school kids. $1,000.

The Center. Project: Skate Shop. This program from Skate Church will teach students leadership skills. $1,500.

Chartered in 1957, the Bettendorf Rotary Club has more than 100 members. For more information, visit www.bettendorfrotary.com. Also, you can ‘Like’ the Bettendorf Rotary Club on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bettendorfrotary

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WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley has introduced legislation to ban packer ownership of livestock after seeing continued consolidation within the livestock industry.

 

“An effective and efficient marketplace is one where packers that control all harvest capacity of the industry do not also own a majority of the animals to be processed,” Grassley said.  “The fact of the matter is that the market continues to become less competitive.  It’s time to see if ending packer ownership of livestock will reverse that trend.”

 

Over the last several years, we’ve seen large companies joining forces to create new business giants in every sector of the economy, including agriculture.  Tyson has purchased Hillshire Brands and JBS purchased Cargill pork.  Smithfield, by far the largest pork producer in the world, was sold to the Chinese.  And, in the beef industry, packing plants have closed in West Texas and Denison, Iowa which further concentrated power in that industry. 

           

This means independent producers are seeing fewer choices of who to buy from and who to sell to.  More and more family farmers and independent producers are feeling the pressure and impact of concentration in agriculture.

           

Grassley’s bill contains four exceptions to the ban for:

1.     an arrangement entered into within seven days (excluding any Saturday or Sunday) before slaughter of the livestock by a packer, a person acting through the packer, or a person that directly or indirectly controls, or is controlled by or under common control with, the packer;

2.     a cooperative or entity owned by a cooperative, if a majority of the ownership interest in the cooperative is held by active cooperative members that own, feed, or control livestock; and provide the livestock to the cooperative for slaughter;

3.     a packer that is not subject to mandatory price reporting laws; or

4.     a packer that owns one livestock processing plant.

Grassley introduced similar versions of the packer ban in previous Congresses.  He has long-standing concerns about concentration in agriculture and the impact on the family farmer. 

 

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Results of a study show the Illinois River is getting cleaner. Scientists at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois say the reduction in the amount of nitrogen released into the river from Chicago and runoff from some farm fields represents a new milestone.
Illinois adopted a statewide Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy last year. Its ultimate goal is to help reduce the so-called dead-zone in the Gulf of Mexico caused by wastewater, excess fertilizer and other chemicals.


 

 

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          EAST MOLINE, IL (05-10-16) – Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of April 2016, Troopers handled 1575 calls for service and assistance.  Of these calls, 153 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

 

          Criminal activities during the month included 5 persons apprehended for being wanted on outstanding warrants and 31 arrested for other criminal offenses.

 

          Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 264 drivers arrested for speeding and 82 cited for seat belt violations.  Driving under the influence arrests totaled 41, while 22 apprehensions for other alcohol related offenses were recorded.  Troopers issued a total of 718 traffic citations and 555 written warnings to motorists during the month.

 

          Troopers and weight inspectors issued 85 citations for overweight loads and issued 171 written warnings for overweight violations.

 

          District Seven Troopers handled 37 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There was one fatal crash handled by District 7 Troopers. 

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The Quad Cities Chamber has launched a new social media initiative called Support Exelon Quad Cities. The Facebook page began just one day ago and over 2,500 Quad Citizens have already signed on to show their support of the regional employer.

Exelon has announced that it will retire the Clinton plant in 2017 and the Cordova plant in 2018 if the Illinois legislature and governor are unable to pass the Next Generation Energy Plan this year. The Next Generation Energy Plan is a bi-partisan bill supported by labor and the community that supporters indicate will save and create thousands of jobs, deliver clean energy, and jumpstart solar development in Illinois.

“We commend our Quad Cities delegation of elected officials for their support of this bill, and ask others within the Illinois state legislature to do the same,” says Jason Gordon, Vice President of Public Affairs for the Quad Cities Chamber. “Exelon is a key employer in the Quad Cities region and a leader in producing clean energy that is vital to Illinois and the economy.”

The Chamber and Exelon Quad Cities Generating Station encourage members of the community to voice their support for the Next Generation Clean Energy Plan.

To show support, people can:
1. Like, share, and comment at Facebook.com/supportexelonquadcities
2. Find the link to the Nuclear Powers Illinois page in the About section of the Facebook page and use it to contact their legislator.
“Exelon attracts and employs a highly skilled workforce in the region and is a valuable member of the Quad Cities’ community and economy,” says Bill Stoermer, Communications Manager for Exelon. “We thank the community for their support in encouraging legislators to pass this plan, and ask legislators to consider the voice of Quad Citizens when voting on the Next Generation Clean Energy Plan.”
The Quad Cities Generating Station produces enough electricity to power more than 1.5 million average American homes. The station’s annual payroll is approximately $75 million. It also supports 4,200 direct and secondary jobs in Illinois. Throughout the state, Illinois’ nuclear facilities contribute nearly $9 billion to the economy annually.

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Churches United of the Quad City Area is very grateful to The Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Charitable Trust for a $1,500.00 grant, in support of its Hunger Program in the Quad City Area. 

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community.  Its 136 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area.  As well as 26 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites, Churches United also operates Winnie’s Place, a shelter for women (with or without children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence.  For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at www.CUQCA.org.
 

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A reward is on the table for information leading towards finding a man wanted for shooting a police officer in the east central Illinois town of Mahomet. The FBI is offering $10,000 to help find Clint Pendleton of Bellflower. Reports have Pendleton spotted around Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. Pendleton is considered armed and dangerous.

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One of Illinois' largest gas providers is on the hook for more than $18 million over misleading statements about the costs of upgrading its aging pipe system. This comes after the former owners of Peoples Gas admitted to deceiving customers and state investigators. The company originally claimed the program would cost about $4.5 billion, while the actual cost was closer to double that amount. 

Jim Chilsen with the watchdog Citizens Utility Board said Peoples Gas used the deceptive practice to get state regulators to approve a merger with the gas companies current owners.

"We're hoping that this settlement, which totals about $18.5 million, that this is a warning to all utility companies; if you mislead state regulators, you're going to pay for it," he said. 

In a statement however, the gas company's new owners, WEC Energy Group, did not acknowledge any wrongdoing, but merely said it was focused on upgrading Chicago's natural gas infrastructure.

The settlement comes after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Citizens Utility Board filed false claims petitions with state investigators. Chilsen said Peoples Gas' customers already are paying some of the highest rates in the Midwest.

"So, the big question is, are the new owners of Peoples Gas, WEC Energy Group, ready to get down to the business of fixing this pipe replacement program, because it's been an absolute disaster for consumers," he said. 

The companies are set to pay out $10 million in refunds to gas customers. An additional $1 million will be paid to reconnect low-income customers whose service was recently shut off.

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