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On Wednesday May 4, 2016 at approximately 2:24 AM Davenport Police responded to 2100 Rockingham Rd in reference to shots fired call. The residence was struck several times. No one was injured in the incident. Officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of Locust and Lincoln Ave. and identified the occupants as Joseph Heck and Thomas Alcala. A search warrant was executed on the vehicle and officers recovered a handgun and ammunition.
Preliminary investigation indicates this incident stems from a possible domestic issue. As a result of the investigation the following people were arrested:

 

 Joseph Heck, age 35 of Davenport was charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and Operating
While Intoxicated.
 Thomas Alcala, age 50 of Davenport, was charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon.

 

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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The Davenport Community School District is hosting a special event at 3:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 4) at Madison Elementary School, 116 East Locust St. (corner of Brady Street & Locust). Entrance is on the North side of the building off the parking lot.

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance will present the “Friend of Afterschool” to Congressman Dave Loebsack, 2nd Congressional District. The award is given to the elected official who has been most influential in advancing afterschool issues in public policy. Congressman Loebsack is a long-time member of the Afterschool Caucus in the House of Representatives and has been an advocate for afterschool programming since his first term. Last year he introduced the Rural Education Bill which created a which created a rural afterschool grant program. He is also a long-time supporter of 21st Century Community Learning Centers and afterschool STEM programs.

Steve Mielenhausen is the principal at Madison Elementary, a full-service community school and 21st Century Community Learning Center site.  As principal at Madison he took on the goal to make sure any student who wanted to be in the afterschool or summer program could participate without barriers. With the introduction of  the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, which he helped bring to Madison, the program went from serving 15 students per day to over 65 students each day. He has provided leadership in integrating the programming into the school by helping staff recognize the importance of the program to Madison students and families. The program has full access to all areas of the school and over 40% of the teachers in the building work in some capacity within the program offering academic enrichment, intervention or homework help. The Principal of the Year Award recognizes a school principal who is a strong advocate of out-of-school-time programs in their building and believes in the importance of school and after school connections to student success.

 it’s late in the day for some,  but they hope you’ll join them to honor two people who have been recognized at the State level for their leadership in afterschool programs.
 

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The future of a downstate youth detention center is still very much in doubt. Tuesday a panel of lawmakers voted not to close the Kewanee Youth Detention Center. Young offender advocates and the Governor have advocated for its closure. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted 6-5 to keep it open. The recommendation is advisory only. The Dept. of Juvenile Justice noted during the hearing that there are 1,000 beds in the system and less than 450 kids. The center was built in 2001 and is the newest center in the state. 

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Walter D. Laud will be patching pavement on 52nd Avenue between 16th Street and 7th Street in the west bound lane beginning Monday, May 2, 2016, weather permitting.  West bound lane will be closed to traffic. Projects estimated completion date is Friday May 27, 2016. (end of business day).
 
Walter D. Laud will be patching pavement on 52nd Avenue between 16th Street and 7th Street in the west bound lane beginning Monday, May 2, 2016, weather permitting.  West bound lane will be closed to traffic. Projects estimated completion date is Friday May 27, 2016. (end of business day).

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SPRINGFIELD – The minutes and hours following a disaster can be scary and stressful for anyone. Emergency preparedness, such as a home emergency supply kit and a plan for how family members will communicate in a disaster, can ease post-disaster stress. For households with members who have disabilities, functional needs or may need assistance during an emergency, disaster preparedness can be a matter of life or death. 

 

Throughout May, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of disaster preparedness for people with functional and access needs.

 

“Illinois is susceptible to many types of hazards, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, and ice storms, that can create dangerous situations, particularly for those who may need some type of assistance,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We have information that can help people and their caregivers take actions to help them stay safe during and after a disaster.”

 

Joseph said the Ready Illinois website offers a guidebook with preparedness tips for people with visual, cognitive or mobility impairments; people who are deaf or hard of hearing; those who utilize service animals or life support systems; and senior citizens. The guide, Emergency Preparedness Tips for Those with Functional Needs, is available atwww.Ready.Illinois.gov

 

For each functional need, the guidebook provides a list of supplemental items for a disaster kit, tips on developing an emergency plan, suggestions on how to be better informed about community emergency planning and a checklist of preparedness activities. 

 

The Ready Illinois website also offers more than two dozen preparedness videos in American Sign Language on such topics as what to do before, during and after tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding, how to build an emergency supply kit, and what to do if you’re instructed to evacuate.

The videos were developed in collaboration with the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.

 

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SPRINGFIELD – The minutes and hours following a disaster can be scary and stressful for anyone. Emergency preparedness, such as a home emergency supply kit and a plan for how family members will communicate in a disaster, can ease post-disaster stress. For households with members who have disabilities, functional needs or may need assistance during an emergency, disaster preparedness can be a matter of life or death. 

 

Throughout May, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of disaster preparedness for people with functional and access needs.

 

“Illinois is susceptible to many types of hazards, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, and ice storms, that can create dangerous situations, particularly for those who may need some type of assistance,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We have information that can help people and their caregivers take actions to help them stay safe during and after a disaster.”

 

Joseph said the Ready Illinois website offers a guidebook with preparedness tips for people with visual, cognitive or mobility impairments; people who are deaf or hard of hearing; those who utilize service animals or life support systems; and senior citizens. The guide, Emergency Preparedness Tips for Those with Functional Needs, is available atwww.Ready.Illinois.gov

 

For each functional need, the guidebook provides a list of supplemental items for a disaster kit, tips on developing an emergency plan, suggestions on how to be better informed about community emergency planning and a checklist of preparedness activities. 

 

The Ready Illinois website also offers more than two dozen preparedness videos in American Sign Language on such topics as what to do before, during and after tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding, how to build an emergency supply kit, and what to do if you’re instructed to evacuate.

The videos were developed in collaboration with the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley has received hundreds of letters and calls from Iowans, the majority from patients, with concerns about the Obama Administration’s proposed rule to test new models on how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs.  The number of letters and calls is expected to increase as more people learn of this policy.  This is an unusually high number of contacts over a single Medicare issue.  Grassley joined fellow Finance Committee Republicans in calling on the Administration to withdraw the rule.  Committee Democrats have called for revisions to the rule.  Grassley made the following comment.

 

“Iowans are worried about access to medicine and an abrupt change in the way they’ve been getting treatment. Some patients may no longer be able to receive their treatment at their doctor’s office. They would have to go to the hospital, where they’d face higher copayments each time they are seen.  Rural patients would be hit especially hard because some doctors who treat patients at outreach clinics in rural areas would no longer be able to provide the service.  I talked with a doctor who was seeing patients at a clinic in Waterloo that day.   Under the proposed rule, those patients might have to drive to the doctor’s office in Des Moines several times a week if they want to continue to receive medicine from him.  Traveling to see a doctor is a hardship for those who are battling cancer, arthritis and other serious illnesses.   The proposal creates different access based on where a Medicare beneficiary lives.  That’s unfair.

 

“The agency proposed this rule without offering evidence that these changes will improve health care or reduce overall health care costs. Mandatory participation in and the scope of this proposal create a change in policy, not simply a demonstration or pilot.  Policy changes that affect millions of Americans should be made in an open and transparent process, not behind closed doors by a few unelected, unaccountable people.  The agency proposed this change with little to no input from the affected patients and doctors.  Letters to discard this policy went unheeded.  The Obama Administration should abandon the proposal and go back to the drawing board.”

 

 

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One person was injured in a shooting on 2nd street in Davenport. According to Davenport Police the shooting occurred just after 1 Pm Monday afternoon in the area of 1100 West 2nd Street. Davenport Police received a call about the shooting that stated that a male victim had been taken from the scene to Trinity in Rock Island with what was described as a non-life threatening injury. An investigation of the scene found a residence in the area had been struck as well. The investigation revealed that the shooting came after a verbal altercation escalated to one person pulling a gun. Davenport Police say that a suspect vehicle and multiple suspects had been spotted in the area of 100 West 35th Street. No word on whether arrests were made. The investigation of the shooting is ongoing. 

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It’s another recommendation to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, but will it be another effort snuffed out by the Governor’s administration. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board on Monday added two recommended illness or conditions to a previous list of 10 conditions that should make a patient eligible for a medical marijuana card. This week the panel acted by adding type 1 diabetes and panic disorder. That’s in addition to the previous recommendations including post traumatic stress disorder and autism. The board and others aren’t hopeful any changes will come to the pilot program – the board’s suggestions are routinely turned down in the final approval process. The Illinois Department of Public Health has the final say so over what conditions are added. Right now the program recognizes fewer than 40 ailments.

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Following her perfect score on last night's Dancing with the Stars last night, UFC star Paige Van Zant was my guest on Mid Morning in the Cities on Tuesday. Paige talks about the difference in training for UFC vs Dancing with the Stars, making friends with her competitors and the week to week drama that is Dancing with the Stars. Paige Van Zant was our guest on the Tuesday edition of Mid Morning in the Cities on Rewind 93.9. 

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SPRINGFIELD-The Governor’s Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has awarded the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) a special grant to conduct ten Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) classes statewide. Illinois is one of only four states, along with Texas, Florida and Nevada, to receive such funding.

 

The ARIDE program trains law enforcement officers to detect impairment caused by more than just alcohol. The advanced training will help officers identify drug-impaired drivers that otherwise could have been pulled over but not arrested because warning signs were missed.

 

“We are thankful for the opportunity to expand this crucial training throughout our state,” said Priscilla Tobias, director of IDOT’s Office of Program Development and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative from Illinois. “This funding will greatly increase law enforcement’s ability to spot drug-impaired driving and, in turn, reduce instances of crashes and fatalities caused by impaired driving on our roads.”

 

The total grant amount received by each state is $20,000. In a cost-saving effort, IDOT has partnered with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to establish mobile classrooms to teach the ten classes throughout the state that will train up to 25 officers per class.

 

The ARIDE curriculum was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with input from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.

 

Since 2009, the ARIDE program in Illinois has trained almost 900 local law enforcement officers and Illinois State Police troopers to better detect drug-impaired drivers and keep them off the road.

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Spring cleaning?  Don’t forget the QCSO.  The Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s (QCSO) Volunteers for Symphony (VfS) aren’t done yet with this season.  Even after one of the most successful seasons in QCSO history VfS still has the energy to put on its 33rd Annual Second Fiddle Sale, the Quad Cities biggest and best rummage sale.  The sale is June 15-18 at the former Moline Public Library at 504 17th Street.

Donations that support area youth music education reaching 10,000 students each year begin with “You Drive, We Unload” on Saturday, May 14 from 8:00 a.m. – noon.  The first 100 to drop off donations will receive 50% off coupons for up to two Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops:  The Eagles Greatest Hits tickets.  The donation drive continues May 24-June 11 Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Virtually any items are accepted except for entertainment centers and electronics, console TVs, skis and ski equipment, mattresses, cribs, car seats, treadmills, large appliances, pianos and organs, pool tables and anything with propane or household cleaners.

The sale begins with the Preview Party on Wednesday, June 15 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  For $10 you get first pick of the best items.  New this year - book your ticket online in advance and save $2.00.  The Preview Party ticket includes food and beverage and the first pick of the best items.

The sale continues with free admission Thursday, June 16-Saturday, June 18, Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – noon.  On Saturday all items are half price all day.

“This is a fun event that everyone enjoys and has stood the test of time.  We are delighted about how the community donates some of the best items and I’m particularly proud of the amazing hard work and dedication of our volunteers who pull this off,” commented Benjamin Loeb, QCSO executive director.

The 33rd Annual Second Fiddle Sale welcomes and appreciates donations and the sale is a reliably fun day out for everyone in the family.  All donation drop offs and sale events are at the former Moline Public Library, 504 17th Street, Moline, IL.

Complete information and tickets for the Preview Party are available at www.qcso.org.
 

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Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results

 

East Moline, IL (05-02-2016) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Saturday, April 30, 2016 and early morning hours of Sunday, May 01, 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

4

Occupant restraint offenses

2

Driving under the influence arrests

6

Other alcohol/drug arrests

14

Total citations

36

Total written warnings

6

                                                                                

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

Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality.

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After a major weather incident like the tornado that hit Stanton in southwestern Iowa last week, water, food and shelter can suddenly be in short supply, and volunteers from faith-based and community organizations usually rally to help their neighbors. 

But the goal of Senate File 492 on Gov. Terry Branstad's desk is to better coordinate emergency relief efforts

Tiffany Keimig, director of training and technical assistance for the Iowa Community Action Association, says when help is needed quickly, figuring out how and where to get it can be confusing.

"There's obviously lots of folks in Iowa that are doing work around disaster response and recovery," she says. "But this would help get a statewide system and that, when Iowans experience disaster, they know where to turn."

The legislation gives the Iowa Department of Human Services the authority to coordinate case-management services, or hire local groups to do that, and allocates money from the state's Economic Emergency Fund. 

The services would be activated whenever the governor makes a disaster proclamation for a specific area. 

The bill says the agencies that help people need formal working relationships that outline their responsibilities. Keimig says they also need people who are able to step in and work with survivors.

"A case manager would help the family, no matter what their income," says Keimig. "Know what resources are available for them, help them identify what unmet needs they have."

Keimig says it's especially important to have people working directly with victims to get their lives on track after they've lost their home, or are without utilities or running water.

"Which is overwhelming anyway, let alone in times of a disaster, when an individual or family's life has been turned upside-down," she says.

The bill was passed just before the state Senate adjourned, leaving the governor 30 days to sign it. 

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Three people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash near Walcott on Monday afternoon. According to the Scott County Sheriff's Office, 79 year old Joseph Staner of Cascade, Iowa, failed to yield at a stop sign at 295th Street and 60th Avenue causing his Ford 250 to collide with the Ford Escort driven by 26 year old Michael Lafrenz of Wheatland, Iowa. Lafrenz and three passengers in his vehicle, 18 year old Danika Schnede, 17 Katelyn Paul and 19 year old Joshua Wenger were injured in the crash with one of the female passengers having been trapped in the vehicle and eventually airlifted to the University of Iowa where she is said to have suffered non-life threatening injuries. Neither Mr. Staner or his wife, 77 year old Rosemary Staner were injured in the crash. Mr. Staner was cited at the scene for failure to yield. The Scott County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the crash. 

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Actress and Author Marilu Henner and her husband Michael Brown were my guests on Mid Morning in the Cities on Monday. Michael is 15 year cancer survivor and the book "Changing Normal" chronicles the journey from old friends who become a loving couple and are struck not long after when Michael discovers he has cancer. In the book Marilu discusses how she helped Michael through this extraordinary challenge with love and advice and support including helping him change his diet and find alternatives to the extreme surgical option sought by Michael's first physician. Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were my guests on the Monday edition of Mid Morning in the Cities. 

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MOLINE, Ill. (April 25, 2016) – The Quad City Mallards’ annual end-of-season equipment sale will open exclusively to Mallards season ticket holders next Wednesday, May 4, and to the general public next Thursday, May 5, and Saturday, May 7, in the iWireless Center lobby, the Mallards announced today.

The sale will run from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. for season ticket holders on May 4 and will be open to all from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on May 5 and from1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on May 7
 
An array of items will be on sale with prices ranging from $5 for autographed name plates and $10 for signed pucks to $400 for game-worn Mallards jerseys.

Also among the autographed items available are sticks, helmets, gloves and both game-worn and game-ready jerseys. A wide selection of used equipment- including helmets, pants, gloves and elbow pads- will also be on sale at a significant discount during this once-a-year event.

Mallards 2016 Equipment Sale
Wednesday, May 4, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.*
Thursday, May 5, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

*- exclusive to season ticket holders

Mallards 2016-17 season tickets are now available. Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings of the walk-up ticket price and receive a host of exclusive benefits. For more season ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.  

About the Quad City Mallards
One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007; in the International Hockey League in 2009-10; and in the Central Hockey League from 2010 through 2014. The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record. In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched. The iWireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club. For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to www.myqcmallards.net. Fans can also follow the M

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AFP-Illinois Poll Finds Illinoisans Overwhelmingly Support Property Tax Freeze
Results show 80 percent of people in favor of freeze in many districts

NAPERVILLE, IL - Americans for Prosperity - Illinois released a poll this week showing that 80 percent or more of Illinoisans in many legislative districts are in favor of a property tax freeze. The survey also asked about the likelihood of supporting a lawmaker who opposes a property tax freeze; results showed that voters are more likely to oppose a legislator who does not support a freeze.

State Director David From had the following to say:

"The message is indisputable - Illinoisans from all regions of the state, no matter which political affiliation, strongly favor a property tax freeze. Our elected leaders need to listen to their constituents and take the first step in alleviating the crushing property tax burden by freezing property taxes. The Illinois Senate has an opportunity in the coming weeks to pass legislation to do just that. They should honor the wishes of the voters and pass the freeze. Taxpayers have heard enough talk over the past few years, now is the time for action that provides real relief."

Last week the Illinois House passed a bipartisan property tax freeze with a 71-vote majority; AFP-IL urges the Illinois Senate to now to do the same and pass HB 696. As property tax bills continue to rise, Illinois can't afford it anymore. Illinoisans have the second-highest property taxes in the nation, and pay more in property taxes than they do in income taxes.

Over the past 18 months, Americans for Prosperity - Illinois has made passage of a property tax freeze their highest legislative priority. AFP has mobilized thousands of legislator contacts by constituents while running TV and internet ads, and direct mail to dozens of legislative districts. 

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Miller Trucking and Excavating will be performing sewer replacement on 53rd Street between 34th Avenue and Coal Town Road beginningMonday, May 2, 2016, weather permitting.  Road will be closed to traffic. Projects estimated completion date is Thursday May 5, 2016. (end of business day).
 

 

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Bicycles are a way to get around virtually pollution-free, to stay fit and simply have fun and meet new people.

Carl Voss, who's been riding for more than 40 years, is the founder of the Des Moines Bike Collective, a nonprofit group promoting cycling. 

He says throughout the month of May, the calendar is packed with events for riders of just about any age. 

"This is one activity you can do throughout your life," says Voss. "Eight to 80 age group is our target group. "

He's organizing weekday "meet up" rides specifically for bikers who are 50-plus.

As a rider in that group, he says more people of his generation, and even older, can get involved, without having to dress for the Tour de France.

"You don't have to get 'kitted out' which is a bike term with Lycra shorts and a colorful jersey," says Voss. "You can wear whatever clothing is in your closet."

Events throughout Iowa include "Bike to Work" gatherings, workshops catering to women riders, and "Mountain Bike Mondays."

Bike Month is also about getting more riders on the roads to promote safety, both for cyclists and motorists. 

Seth Johnson manages the Des Moines Bike Collective. 

"How can we raise the awareness that there are cyclists on the road and how to be aware of them," says Johnson. "Also how to be safer riders."

He says a great way to improve rider safety is by more people embracing "pedal power." 

"A lot of us just have a bike sitting in our garage, you know. All it needs is a little bit of attention and a little bit of love, and it's ready to go," he says.

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New research shows only a fraction of a percent of juvenile arrest records in Illinois get expunged, which could be a public safety risk. 

Juvenile justice advocates say heavy-handed state laws make it almost impossible for young people to erase a record through the expungement process. 

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission report shows that for every 1,000 juvenile arrests, only three records are ever destroyed, and that includes arrests that did not lead to a conviction. 

Carolyn Frazier, a lawyer and assistant professor with the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, says those records are also shared with employers and landlords.

"This widespread sharing of juvenile records harms individuals with records and jeopardizes the public safety by creating obstacles to employment, housing and education," says Frazier.

The report also notes that Illinois lags behind other states, which criminalize the improper sharing of juvenile records.

The commission recommends several changes state lawmakers could make, including getting rid of expungement fees, which sometimes can cost more than $300 per arrest. 

Commission chair George Timberlake says changes like that would fall in line with recent state laws that will reduce the number of kids in prison and set up community rehabilitation services.

"But Illinois' treatment of juvenile records is clearly out of step with those principles," says Timberlake. "And we need revise our weak confidentiality and restrictive expungement laws that have become barriers to rehabilitation of young lives and a threat to the safety of our communities."

Other suggestions include making the sealing and expunging of these records automatic, a move that's already been adopted in 12 other states.

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Last night the Quad City Mom's Blog hosted Bloom and welcomed more than 150 new and expecting moms. Camye Halvorson joined me for a look back at Bloom and a quick overview of the latest posts on the Quad City Mom's Blog. 

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Linda Cook from the Quad City Times joined me for our weekly Mid Morning at the Movies look at the week's new movies including Key & Peele in "Keanu" and Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson in "Mother's Day." One of them is one of the best movies of the year and the other is among the worst. 

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Suspect in Custody - First Degree Murder

 

Chief Jeff VenHuizen announces that on April 28, 2016 at 2045 (CST), Kire G. Carr was arrested without incident in Columbus, Ohio with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service.  The arrest warrant had been obtained on Wednesday April 27, 2016 for Carr, charging him with First Degree Murder, with a $1,000,000 bond. Details regarding extradition are still pending at this time.

 

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On April 27, 2016 at 1354 hours the Rock Island Police Department received a 911 call reporting shots fired inside of a residence in the 500 block of 20th Avenue.

 

Upon arrival, Officers located Jescie J. Armstrong inside the residence. Armstrong had sustained an apparent gunshot wound and was transported from the scene by the Rock Island Fire Department to Unity Point, Rock Island, where they later succumbed to their injuries.

 

The Rock Island Police Department is asking anyone with  information related to this case to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.   

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WASHINGTON – The Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House Armed Services Committee early this morning includes bipartisan provisions of the Army Arsenal Revitalization Act and the Make It At Home Act authored by Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02). The provisions of these bills included in the committee-passed NDAA will help ensure the long-term success of the Rock Island Arsenal and the more than 6,000 hard working men and women who work on Arsenal Island.

“Today is a great day for the more than 6,000 hard working men and women who have made the Rock Island Arsenal an economic engine for our community and a vital national security asset for thousands of brave Americans serving in our Armed Forces,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “I’d like to thank Congressman Loebsack for his steadfast partnership in working to strengthen the Quad-Cities community and Congresswoman Duckworth for her work on the Armed Services Committee to include our legislation in this year's national defense authorization. By cutting through red tape to make the Rock Island Arsenal more competitive, we're helping ensure a brighter future for families in the Quad-Cities community.”

“Keeping our country safe and promoting manufacturing and job growth should be among our top priorities in Congress, and I’m proud to work with Representatives Bustos and Loebsack to do so,” said Congresswoman Duckworth. “American workers have the talent, skill and capability to produce high-quality goods at facilities like the Rock Island Arsenal. I’m pleased my amendment passed the Armed Services Committee, inserting our bipartisan language to increase production at our nation’s arsenals and depots, reduce our over-reliance on foreign goods in sensitive weapons systems and enhance our nation’s readiness in this year’s NDAA.”

“The Rock Island Arsenal not only supports the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, but is a critical piece of the Quad Cities economy. As a former member of the House Armed Services Committee, I remain committed to ensuring the Arsenal has the resources it needs to remain strong,” said Congressman Loebsack. “The Arsenal is vital to the Quad Cities economy and we must continue to work together to secure and strengthen its future. I am proud to have worked with Congresswomen Bustos and Duckworth on this legislation. The legislation plays a critical role in equipping our troops and spurring economic development in the Quad Cities region and I will continue to advocate for the Arsenal and its workforce.”

Language for the amendment came from the bipartisan Army Arsenal Revitalization Act and the Make It At Home Act. The specific amendments passed yesterday would:

Give the Arsenal more flexibility in the rates it charges customers. Army arsenals need the tools to keep themselves viable and competitive. The amendment creates a 2-year pilot program in which arsenals will be able to adjust their labor rates throughout the year based upon their workloads and other factors instead of charging a fixed rate, which is often non-competitive.

Require the Department of Defense to identify critical defense items currently being manufactured in foreign countries and develop a plan for bringing that work back to U.S. arsenals and depots to help meet critical skill requirements.

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WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced the Boosting America’s Exports (BAE) Act, which will strengthen the economy and create good-paying American jobs by assisting small and medium sized businesses to help them increase their exports. The original co-sponsors of the bill included Representatives Anne Kuster (NH-02), Jim Himes (CT-04), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Don Beyer (VA-08), Jared Polis (CO-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-6), Bill Foster (IL-11), and John Carney (DE-AL).

“Small businesses create two out of every three new jobs, and when I sit down with small business owners, I often hear about how difficult it is for them to break into new markets,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I'm introducing the Boosting America's Exports Act to help small businesses and startup entrepreneurs reach their full potential by identifying opportunities to export American- made products to consumers around the world while creating good-paying jobs here at home. By building an economic environment that helps businesses grow and succeed, we'll strengthen working families in communities across Illinois.”

You can watch Rep. Bustos speaking on the floor of the House about the Boosting America’s Exports Act by clicking here.


For small business men and women, the prospect of entering a new foreign market can be a daunting and time consuming challenge. Today, reports show that tens of thousands of American businesses never get the help needed to expand into new markets. While export assistance centers do exist to assist with this kind of work, many small businesses aren't aware of them or the services they can offer.

The BAE Act provides American businesses with the help and guidance that will allow them to expand into foreign markets by:

1.   Directing the U.S. Commercial Service to design metrics and set goals relating to new-to-exporting firms served by the agency’s programs.
2.   Increasing resources for export assistance centers so that they can conduct outreach to non-exporting firms, enhance collaboration with state and local export promotion programs, and hire additional trade specialists and administrative staff as needed.
3.   Instructing the Undersecretary of International Trade to conduct an assessment of whether export assistance centers are optimally located in order to reach small- and medium-sized businesses and present a plan to Congress on under-performing locations to close and new locations to open.

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The Moline Historic Preservation Commission, in conjunction with Moline Centre and the City of Moline, is proud to announce the roll out of a new Self-Guided Heritage Walking Tour in Moline Centre on Saturday, May 14th, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Moline Centre has worked closely with members from the Historic Preservation Commission and the City of Moline to create an interactive web-based information system that will allow individuals to take a self-guided historic tour of downtown Moline. You will be able to access the tour through your smart phone via QR codes that will be available on kiosk posters, postcards as well as the Moline Centre website. (http://www.molinecentre.org/about/history)
“Curt Roseman, Barb Sandberg, and I had discussed opportunities to get more people engaged and informed about the depth of Moline Centre’s rich history.  After reaching out to a few other parties we determined that we could best accomplish this goal by hosting the information through a web site.  In partnering with City of Moline’s GIS specialist, Todd Green, we have developed a means of having this historical information by simply scanning a QR code, or going to the Moline Centre website.  We feel that this has been a really cool process to merge history with modern technology”, as stated by Adam Holland, Moline Centre Director.
Guided walking tours will be offered during the celebration beginning at 10:00 a.m. Anyone interested in these tours should meet at the kiosk located on the corner of River Drive and 15th Street near the John Deere Pavilion. Additional tours will leave at 10:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Tours will take approximately one hour.  During this time you will journey back in time and enjoy historic re-enactments along the circuit. Actors will recount the history of each designated location with narratives such as the printing of a Belgium newspaper at Model Printers; the family business at Lagomarcino’s; painted China by Mattie Poole at her former store; a librarian working at the Carnegie Library; and drummer Louie Bellson, recollected by local drummer Josh Duffee. 

In addition, an architectural scavenger hunt has been planned.  Prizes will be awarded in two categories; one for those 12 years and under and another to the general public. (In the event of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the winners.)  Scavenger hunt applications will be available during the week of May 7th at City Hall, Lagomarcino’s, the Moline Public Library and The Planning Center.  Online forms are available at www.molinecentre.org/events/heritage-walking-tour-rollout, and will also be obtainable during the walking tour.  Entries must be turned into Lagomarcino’s by 5:00 p.m. that evening in order to qualify.

Barbara Sandberg, a member of Moline’s Historic Preservation Commission, states “Moline’s Downtown Commercial Historic District qualified for the National Register Designation due to its overall architectural integrity and for its contribution to the commercial history and development of our city.  Once vacant buildings have now found new life as restaurants, pubs and businesses.  Upper floors are now sporting much sought after living space.  Newly designed streetscapes offer a safe and attractive atmosphere, drawing families and visitors back downtown.  Historic Preservation and Economic Development have brought the downtown back to life.  Come join us May 14th in downtown Moline where Everything Old is New Again”!

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Miller Trucking and Excavating will be performing sewer replacement on 53rd Street between 34th Avenue and Coal Town Road in Moline, will begin Monday, May 2, 2016, weather permitting.  Road will be closed to traffic. Projects estimated completion date is Thursday May 5, 2016. (end of business day).

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Stephanie Erb of Boone has experienced trials no mother should have to face.

Her son Hunter was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects when he was just three days old. After several open-heart surgeries. doctors determined Hunter had a very rare disorder that narrows the veins to his heart. The family was faced with the choice of enjoying whatever time they had left with Hunter or going to Boston Children's Hospital for an experimental treatment. Because of public support for the American Heart Association's research, Erb said, life-saving treatment options were available to Hunter -- and now, at age 4, he's doing well.

"He was on an experimental chemo drug for these pulmonary veins, and because of that he's now here," she said. "Having been all across the country with him as a parent, you don't realize how important raising money and doing that research is until you're faced with it. Through the money that people donate, our son is now here."

Today is the first-ever Inspired Giving Day in Iowa, and more than 800 businesses and other organizations are encouraging Iowans to donate to help the American Heart Association build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Heart disease is the number one killer in Iowa, taking the lives of more than 6,800 people in 2010. Erb said it's a problem that can affect people of all ages and all walks of life.

"Whether it's a congenital heart defect, whether it's stroke, heart attack -- everybody in this world has been touched by some sort of heart issue or other issue touching a family member," she said. "Even if you donate $5 or take the time to read our story, I think it will really change people's opinions on why we donate."

The American Heart Association is providing more than $10 million to fund 41 research studies in the state, training people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advocating for public policies that improve health outcomes for Iowans.

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                                                         Moline Police Department               Printed

 

                                                                                                                                                              4/28/2016 10:58:15AM

                                                    Incident Report Summary for Public

 

2016‑004680                   On 4/23/2016  08:03 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 2800 Block of  47 ST

                                MOLINE at approximately 17:30 P.M. 4/22/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                V‑(Business, Agency, Organization)  MEYER LANDSCAPE AND                                         Report by  :                                        HANEY, C. A.

                                DESIGN

Offense/s Listed:       CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

 

 

2016‑004683                   On 4/23/2016  09:13 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 1900 Block of  12 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 09:13 A.M. 4/20/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: F Age:  17)                                        Report by  :                                        DUFAULT, M. L.

 

Offense/s Listed:       RUNAWAY/MINOR REQUIRING AUTHORITATIVE INTERVENTION

 

 

2016‑004684                   On 4/23/2016  10:02 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 1600 Block of  6 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 22:00 P.M. 4/22/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: M Age:  28)                                        Report by  :                                        FRIEDLAND, A. J.

 

Offense/s Listed:       LOST ARTICLES

 

 

2016‑004687                   On 4/23/2016  10:46 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 2400 Block of  18 AVE.

                                A MOLINE at approximately 10:46 A.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: F Age:  62)                                        Report by  :                                        MOODY, P. J.

 

Offense/s Listed:       ATTEMPTED SUICIDE BY DRUGS

 

 

2016‑004688                   On 4/23/2016  11:34 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near  16 ST. & 8 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 11:34 A.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                     VALLADARES, P. N.

 

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

 

 

2016‑004689                   On 4/23/2016  12:19 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 900 Block of  19 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 12:19 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: F Age:  78)                                        Report by  :                                        MOODY, P. J.

 

Offense/s Listed:       ACCIDENT ‑ HIT AND RUN

 

 

2016‑004691                   On 4/23/2016  13:20 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 3600 Block of  AVENUE

                                OF E CITIES MOLINE at approximately 13:20 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: B Sex: F Age:  27)                                        Report by  :                                        HANEY, C. A.

 

Offense/s Listed:       DOMESTIC BATTERY

 

 

 

2016‑004693                   On 4/23/2016  14:35 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 1500 Block of  24 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 19:00 P.M. 4/22/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: F Age:  28)                                        Report by  :                                        BEAUDRY, D. .

                                Victim ‑ Juvenile

Offense/s Listed:       BURGLARY ‑ RESIDENTIAL

 

 

2016‑004696                   On 4/23/2016  15:53 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 4500 Block of  16 ST

                                MOLINE at approximately 15:53 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: M Age:  25)                                        Report by  :                                        HOOVER, N. W.

 

Offense/s Listed:       DISORDERLY CONDUCT

 

 

2016‑004698                   On 4/23/2016  16:13 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 2400 Block of  31 ST CT

                                MOLINE at approximately 16:13 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: F Age:  36)                                        Report by  :                                        YUVAN, J. G.

 

Offense/s Listed:       DOMESTIC BATTERY

 

 

2016‑004699                   On 4/23/2016  15:37 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 900 Block of  42 AVE.

                                DR MOLINE at approximately 15:37 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police

 

                                V‑(Business, Agency, Organization)  TARGET                                        Report by  :                                        HENNIGAR, C. J.

 

Offense/s Listed:       POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE                                POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

 

 

2016‑004700                   On 4/23/2016  16:49 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 2000 Block of  1 ST A

                                MOLINE at approximately 16:49 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                V‑(Business, Agency, Organization)  JEWEL                                        Report by  :                                        BEAUDRY, D. .

 

Offense/s Listed:       THEFT ‑ RETAIL OVER $300 (FELONY)

 

 

2016‑004703                   On 4/23/2016  17:24 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 1800 Block of  4 ST

                                MOLINE at approximately 17:24 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                                  FOODY, S. M.

 

Offense/s Listed:       MISD DRIVING W/SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSE

 

 

2016‑004705                   On 4/23/2016  17:42 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 4500 Block of  49 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 17:42 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                V‑(Business, Agency, Organization)  MEDIACOM                                        Report by  :                                        MCNABB, R. E.

 

Offense/s Listed:       MO ALARMS

 

 

2016‑004706                   On 4/23/2016  17:57 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 5900 Block of  JOHN

                                DEERE RD MOLINE at approximately 17:57 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline

 

                                V‑(Business, Agency, Organization)  FARM & FLEET                                        Report by  :                                        FOODY, S. M.

 

Offense/s Listed:       THEFT ‑ $500 AND UNDER

 

 

 

2016‑004707                   On 4/23/2016  18:15 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 100 Block of  I74

                                AVE.ENUE OF E CITIES MOLINE at approximately 18:15 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                            BEAUDRY, D. .

 

Offense/s Listed:       ACCIDENT ‑ HIT AND RUN

 

 

2016‑004708                   On 4/23/2016  18:33 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 4500 Block of  16 ST

                                MOLINE at approximately 18:33 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: M Age:  62)                                        Report by  :                                        HOOVER, N. W.

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: M Age:  53)

Offense/s Listed:       RECKLESS CONDUCT                                                                      CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

 

 

2016‑004711                   On 4/23/2016  19:41 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 1500 Block of  JOHN

                                DEERE RD MOLINE at approximately 19:41 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                                 YUVAN, J. G.

 

Offense/s Listed:       ASSIST OTHER POLICE DEPARTMENT                                          CANNABIS ‑ < 2.5 GRAMS

 

 

2016‑004712                   On 4/23/2016  20:30 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 6900 Block of  27 ST

                                MOLINE at approximately 20:30 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                                GENISIO, J. R.

 

Offense/s Listed:       CANNABIS ‑ > 2.5 GRAMS, < 10 GRAMS

 

 

2016‑004715                   On 4/23/2016  21:36 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 200 Block of  17 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 21:36 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ (Race: W Sex: M Age:  34)                                        Report by  :                                        TUTTLE, B. M.

 

Offense/s Listed:       THEFT ‑ $500 AND UNDER

 

 

2016‑004716                   On 4/23/2016  22:12 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 2900 Block of  11 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 22:10 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                   SCHUMACHER, J. W.

 

Offense/s Listed:       DISORDERLY CONDUCT

 

 

2016‑004717                   On 4/23/2016  20:59 P.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 3400 Block of  44 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 20:59 P.M. 4/23/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                Victim ‑ Juvenile                                        Report by  :                                        DOBOSZ, J. L.

 

Offense/s Listed:       NEIGHBORHOOD TROUBLE                                                           ASSAULT

 

 

2016‑004718                   On 4/24/2016  01:06 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 1600 Block of  5 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 01:06 A.M. 4/24/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                                 TUTTLE, B. M.

 

Offense/s Listed:       MISD DRIVING W/SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSE

 

 

 

2016‑004719                   On 4/24/2016  01:17 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 1200 Block of  5 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 01:17 A.M. 4/24/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                             KLUEVER, J. .

 

Offense/s Listed:       POSSESSION OF DRUG EQUIPMENT

 

 

2016‑004721                   On 4/24/2016  03:20 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 4000 Block of  AVENUE

                                OF E CITIES MOLINE at approximately 03:20 A.M. 4/24/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                        PATTERSON, M. J.

 

Offense/s Listed:       FTA/CONTEMPT OF COURT                                                             OPERATION OF UNINSURED MOTOR VEHICLE

 

                              DISOBEYED TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE

 

 

2016‑004722                   On 4/24/2016  03:11 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 4200 Block of  11 AVE.

                                A MOLINE at approximately 03:11 A.M. 4/24/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                               HUGHES, A. J.

 

Offense/s Listed:       FTA/CONTEMPT OF COURT

 

 

2016‑004723                   On 4/24/2016  03:27 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 1500 Block of  15 ST

                                MOLINE at approximately 03:27 A.M. 4/24/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                V‑(Business, Agency, Organization)  CASEYS                                        Report by  :                                        TUTTLE, B. M.

 

Offense/s Listed:       MO ALARMS

 

 

2016‑004724                   On 4/24/2016  04:04 A.M. a report that the following incident occurred at/near 2400 Block of  4 AVE.

                                MOLINE at approximately 04:04 A.M. 4/24/2016.  This report was filed with the Moline Police Dept.

 

                                                                                                                                     Report by  :                                                                                                                                                                 TUTTLE, B. M.

 

Offense/s Listed:       DUI UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL

 

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On April 27, 2016 at 1354 hours the Rock Island Police Department received a 911 call reporting shots fired inside of a residence in the 500 block of 20th Avenue.

 

Upon arrival, Officers located a victim inside the residence. The victim had sustained an apparent gunshot wound and was transported from the scene by the Rock Island Fire Department to Unity Point, Rock Island, where they later succumbed to their injuries.

 

An arrest warrant has been obtained for Kire G. Carr of Rock Island, charging him with First Degree Murder, with bond being set at $1,000,000. Carr is not currently in custody and he is to be considered armed and dangerous.

 

The Rock Island Police Department is asking anyone with  information related to this case to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.   

 

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Craig Calcaterra from NBC Sports Radio and Hardball Talk joined me for this MMC Extra on the biggest stories from the opening month in Major League Baseball. Are the Cubs the biggest story so far? Or is it the southsiders? What about how bad much of the National League is? Craig Calcaterra from Hardball Talk and NBC Sports Radio talking baseball in this Mid Morning in the Cities Extra for Thursday, April 28th. 

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On April 27, 2016 at 1:45pm the Rock Island Police Department received a 911 call reporting shots fired inside of a residence in the 500 block of 20th Avenue.

Upon arrival, Officers located a victim inside the residence. The victim had sustained an apparent gunshot wound and was transported from the scene by the Rock Island Fire Department to Unity Point, Rock Island, where they later succumbed to their injuries.

An arrest warrant has been obtained for Kire G. Carr of Rock Island, charging him with First Degree Murder, with bond being set at $1,000,000. Carr is not currently in custody and he is to be considered armed and dangerous.

The Rock Island Police Department is asking anyone with  information related to this case to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.  

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The Quad Cities Chamber and regional economic development partners were recognized today with the Professional Developers of Iowa’s (PDI) Best Single Project Award. The award recognizes the work done to retain Kraft Heinz and attract their new investment in the region.

The PDI Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Awards program recognizes the efforts of local and regional economic development initiatives in supporting growth and expansion of existing Iowa companies.

“This was a significant and complicated project, and one we were able to successfully navigate because our region was ready,” says Tara Barney, CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “All of the right partners were at the table to prepare a competitive package. Additionally, having a newly certified site ready for the company was a deciding factor, and one that was years in the making. The Chamber’s economic development staff, along with partners at the City of Davenport, Scott County, Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corporation, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Economic Development Authority and MidAmerican Energy worked together adeptly to attract the new Kraft Heinz investment to the Quad Cities region.”

In November 2015 Kraft Heinz announced they would build a new state-of-the art $200 million facility in the Quad Cities. The company considered hundreds of sites before choosing the 70 acre parcel in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center that was recently designated by the State of Iowa as a certified site.

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Michael Weston is one of the stars of the new series Houdini & Doyle debuting Monday night on Fox and he was my guest on Mid Morning in the Cities on Thursday. Weston plays legendary magician Harry Houdini opposite Stephan Mangan as Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the series which posits their legendary friendship as also crimefight partnership. I have seen the first episode and the show is terrific fun. Michael Weston was my guest on the Thursday, April 28th edition of Mid Morning in the Cities. 

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Shawn Lee, age 38 of Davenport, has been arrested in conjunction with two bank robberies. Lee is being charged with two counts of Robbery 2nd Degree for the incident at US Bank on April 27, 2016 and for the incident at Northwest Bank and Trust on April 25, 2016. The Davenport Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of
Investigation are coordinating the follow up into both incidents.

 

Original Release
On Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 3:21 PM Davenport Police were dispatched to US Bank (3624 Division) reference a robbery. The suspect is described as a male white, 5’07”, and thin build. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the incident. Investigation is being conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division. No other information is available at this time. Additional information will be released when available. 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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Learn about Sustainable Diets, GMOs, Organic, Fair Trade, Reducing Food Waste, Local Producers and more on April 26 at 5:30 pm at U of I Extension in Milan, IL

On Tuesday, April 26, University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator Kristin Bogdonas and Nina Struss, dietitian from Milan Hy-Vee will lead a program on local foods and sustainable diets.  It will take place at Rock Island County Extension, 321 W 2nd Ave. Milan, IL from 5:30 – 7 p.m. They will lead a discussion on some of the hot topics like GMOs (genetically modified organisms), organic, fair trade and what it means to adopt a lifestyle that emphasizes sustainable living and reducing food waste.  As part of the program, participants will sample some fair trade foods, sprouted grain bread and other local products.  They will also get step-by-step instructions on how to “sprout at home” and sample homemade alfalfa sprouts.  They can taste a cookie made from cricket flour as they hear about how insects are one of the most sustainable forms of protein in the world.  They will meet local producers Chad and Nieko Summers of Healthy Harvest Urban Farms, owners of the area's newest locally-grown grocery store opening soon in downtown Rock Island.  Hear their story of how their life and health have been altered by eating and growing organic foods.  Register for the program at University of Illinois Extension’s Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties website http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call(309) 756-9978.  The cost is $5 per person.  University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact (309) 756-9978.

 

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WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that her bipartisan bill to improve care for children born with opioid addiction has passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Bustos' bill, the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act (H.R. 4978), now moves toward full consideration by the House.

 

“As a mother, I can't think of anything more important than helping our children get off to a healthy start which is why we have to do more to help babies born with addition to drugs like heroin,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Heroin addiction has ravaged too many families in communities across Illinois and we must all do our part to address this crisis. I’m proud that my bipartisan legislation passed out of Committee, because as more children are born into the world experiencing withdrawal symptoms every year, the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act will lead to improved treatment and care for babies who have been exposed to opioids during pregnancy.”

 

Last week, Congresswoman Bustos introduced H.R. 4978, the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act with Congressman Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va). This legislation will expand our knowledge of care of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), including the prevalence of NAS in the United States, the number of NAS babies covered by Medicaid, the settings for care for NAS babies, and access to care for NAS babies under state Medicaid programs. The bill also directs the Government Accountability Office to identify any federal obstacles to care for NAS babies.

 

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WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley will hold three town meetings in southwest and south central Iowa on May 5 and May 6 as part of his annual 99-county meetings.  

           With these meetings, Grassley will continue his long-standing practice of holding constituent meetings in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties.  Grassley has held a meeting in every county, every year since he was first elected to serve in the U.S. Senate.  His question-and-answer sessions are open topic and cover whatever subjects those attending choose to raise.

 

May 5 and May 6 Grassley will be in Bedford, Mount Ayr and Leon. 

 

“Representative government is a two-way street.  I’m one half of the process and the people of Iowa are the other half.  You can’t have representative government without dialogue between elected officials and the people we represent,” Grassley said.  “I appreciate the opportunity to hold town meetings, answer questions and take comments.”

 

Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after each meeting to answer questions from local reporters.  These town meetings are open to the public and media. 

Grassley’s town meeting schedule for May 5 and May 6 is as follows: ­

Thursday, May 5

Taylor County 
3:45-4:45 p.m.

Taylor County Farm Bureau

Meeting Room

607 Pollock Boulevard

Bedford

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters. 

 

Friday, May 6

Ringgold County 
8:00-9:00 a.m.

Ringgold County Courthouse

109 West Madison Street

Mount Ayr
*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

Decatur County 
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Leon Community Center

203 NE 2nd Street

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On Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 1354 hours the Rock Island Police Department received a 911 call reporting shots fired inside of a residence in the 500 block of 20th Avenue.

 

Upon arrival, Officers located a victim inside the residence. The victim had sustained an apparent gunshot wound and was transported from the scene by the Rock Island Fire Department to Unity Point, Rock Island, where they later succumbed to their injuries. At this time the victim’s identity is not being released.

 

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.  

 

 

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780 Athletes Compete in USA Gymnastics Apr. 30-May 1
This weekend the USA Gymnastics Region 4 Championships return to the Quad Cities after a long absence from a competition hosted in the area.  (Note: This is not the same group as last weekend.)

The USA Gymnastics includes tumbling, trampoline, and double mini (another type of trampoline).

783 athletes (ages 5 to 43 yrs.) are competing on Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1 at the RiverCenter in Davenport.  Athletes competing in this year’s event are from the following 10 states:  Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota.

There will be plenty of action at any time of the day during sessions 1, 2, 4, 5.  **See attached schedule.**
The highest level athletes are called Elite and are shown on the schedule in YELLOW in the age group columns.  These athletes are some of the best in the country and compete both nationally and internationally.  A number of World Medalists are competing in those sessions.

Find more information at www.usagttregioniv.com under Regional Championships tab.

The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau assisted is bringing the USA Gymnastics Region 4 Championships here.  The estimated economic impact of this event for the local economy is $225,000.

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The Epilepsy Foundation of the Quad Cities will hold their very first "Purple Dash" 5k this Saturday on the campus of Augustana College beginning at 9 Am. Registation is $30.00 and the proceeds will be used to benefit CamPossible, a summer camp for kids with Epilepsy. I spoke with Monta Ponsetto from the Epilepsy Foundation of the Quad Cities on this Mid Morning in the Cities Special. Sign up, take part and donate to the Epilepsy Foundation of the Quad Cities at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=123782

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Thursday across the country and right here in the Quad Cities is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and Women's Connection of the Quad Cities has teamed with the Boys and Girls Club of the Quad Cities to encourage people to bring kids to the workplace. Elesha Gayman, the Executive Director of Women's Connection, joined me on Mid Morning in the Cities Wednesday to discuss the value of exposing young kids to unique workplaces. 

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On Monday April 25, 2016 at approximately 2:59 PM Davenport Police responded to Northwest Bank & Trust Co. located at1454 West Locust Street in reference to a robbery. Suspect is described as a male white, 5’6/160 lbs. The suspect entered the bank and implied a weapon and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the incident. Investigation is being conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division. 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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The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is starting an artist-in-residence program based in VagnHall Galleri, located in the Prairie Arts Center in Bishop Hill, Illinois.  The purpose of this program is to provide artists with the opportunity to create and explore their work independently, using historic Bishop Hill as their inspiration.  The duration of the residency is one to six months. This program supports emerging and established artists.  Joint and group applications will be considered.  Applications are invited from primarily visual artists; however, proposals from artists practicing other forms, such as writing, music, poetry, etc., will also be considered.  For more details, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net. 

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Heroin addiction and use continues to climb in Illinois and experts say that it cuts across all economic and social barriers. Now a group comprised of doctors, law enforcement and recovering heroin addicts is asking for a law curb addition to prescription pain pills. Pending legislation in the Illinois House would require crush proof pills to be covered by insurance plans in Illinois. Dr. Michael Rock says that when pills produced with O.A.D.P.s, a formulation that prevents pills easily being crushed, are given to patients they can stop many addicts from using the pills to get high.

A county coroner calls the addition of abuse deterrent properties in opioid pills a key tool in the battle to keep people alive.

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Cinda Edwards, Sangamon County Coroner says in there is a clear need to mitigate heroin and opioid overdose deaths. Edwards says those abuse deterrent properties helps to stand in the way of potential deaths.

Dr. Michael Rock says adding deterrents to the pills can impact the cycle of abuse and addiction.

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WASHINGTON – The Senate today passed a bipartisan amendment offered by Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon to restore wind energy research funding for fiscal year 2017 to the level provided for the current fiscal year. The measure allocates an additional $15.4 million to wind energy research from within existing research programs at the Department of Energy, so it does not increase overall spending.

 

“Wind energy is popular wherever it’s given a chance,” Grassley said.  “New technology enables all kinds of renewable energy to advance.  Research funding promotes the next wave of development.  Wind energy deserves fair treatment among government support for different energy sources.  This amendment gives wind energy the attention it deserves.”

The amendment passed 54-42 as part of Senate consideration of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2028).

Grassley is the author of the original production tax credit for electricity from wind and has successfully worked to renew the tax credit ever since.  Late last year, he secured a long-term, five-year extension and phase-out of the tax credit, intended to give the industry certainty for investments and job creation.  Grassley notes that the wind energy industry is the only energy industry that has proposed a phase-out of its tax benefit, unlike many longstanding industries like oil and gas that have permanent tax benefits. 

Grassley’s statement in support of his amendment follows here. 

 

Floor Statement of Sen. Chuck Grassley

Amendment on Funding for Wind Energy Research

Delivered Monday, April 25, 2016

 

I’m pleased to join Senator Merkley in offering amendment #3812 regarding funding for wind energy research. 

 

This is a straightforward amendment.  It simply restores funding for wind energy research to the level provided for last year -- $95.4 million. 

 

The underlying bill provides $80 million, so the Merkley-Grassley amendment will increase funding by just $15.4 million. 

 

These additional funds will come from within the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program.

 

There is no cost to this amendment.  It does not raise overall spending levels. 

 

It simply redirects $15 million from other renewable and efficiency programs to wind energy research. 

 

This funding will allow the Department of Energy to continue the advancement in wind technologies and innovations. 

 

These advances have greatly increased the competiveness of wind and facilitated rapid growth in wind energy across the county. 

 

In Iowa, wind energy now accounts for more than 30% of the state’s total electricity supply. 

 

Wind supported 88,000 jobs in 2015, an increase of 20 percent from 2014. 

 

Wind was also the number one source of new generating capacity in 2015 – greater than natural gas and solar.

 

Some of my colleagues oppose wind energy and federal policies that support this clean and renewable energy. 

 

They argue we shouldn’t pick winners or that wind is a mature industry. 

 

Don’t kid yourself. 

 

Wind, while nearly mature, is just an infant compared to the federal dollars and incentives provided for fossil and nuclear energy. 

 

It’s amusing that some of the strongest opponents of wind energy are the biggest proponents of other, much more costly, programs for mature, traditional energy sources.

 

For example, the 100 year-old oil and gas industry continues to benefit from tax preferences that benefit only their industry that result in the loss of more than $4 billion annually in tax revenue. 

 

Nuclear energy is another great example.  The first nuclear power plant came online in the United States in 1958 – 58 years ago. 

 

Nuclear receives special tax treatment including a production tax credit. 

 

Nuclear also benefits from Price-Anderson, federal liability insurance, that Congress provided as a temporary measure in 1958.  This temporary measure has been renewed through 2025. 

 

Nuclear energy has also received more than $74 billion in federal research and development dollars since 1950. 

 

This bill includes over $1 billion for nuclear research.  This is an increase of $71 million, or 7.3 percent over fiscal year 2016 levels. 

 

Fossil Energy Research and Development is allocated $632 million in this bill, equal to 2016 levels. 

 

Even prominent conservative advocacy groups have called for the nuclear and fossil energy funds to be cut or eliminated altogether.

 

Again, this amendment will simply provide level funding for wind energy research, by providing an additional $15 million. 

 

This is not new money, so there is no score. 

 

I urge my colleagues to support the Merkley-Grassley amendment.

 

 

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- Illinois mayors and firefighters have united in an effort to protect public interests in the form of support on common sense legislation, SB 3070, which reinstates the Public Duty Rule, a longstanding principle that has rightfully protected local governments and their employees.

 

"The only focus in emergency response should be the well-being of those in need," said AFFI President Pat Devaney. "Our responders have one priority, and it shouldn't be impeded by those who wish to profit over the misfortune of others."

 

Since the public duty rule was overturned in January 2016 by the Illinois Supreme Court, public safety providers have concerns about the negative consequences that would result from frivolous legal action and forgone legal protection against some of the most needed members of any community - law enforcement, emergency medical personnel and firefighters.

 

The public duty rule, a rule of law dating back to the 1800s, existed for the purpose of protecting governmental entities and their employees from costly and burdensome litigation that could be imposed by citizens who receive local services, such as police and fire protection. The idea being that public entities owe a duty to the public at large, and not any one individual. This meant that first responders could prioritize their responses based on available resources without the fear of lawsuits when a service didn't meet expectations. It's also important to note that the public duty rule only protects these entities in matters pertaining to pre-scene events and/or care, not events occurring after the public safety employees have arrived.

 

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in Coleman v. East Joliet Fire Protection District (2016) that the public duty rule is no longer viable in Illinois.

 

In their decision, the justices struck down the public duty rule because (1) the application of the public duty rule has been inconsistent; (2) the application of the rule is incompatible with the legislature's grant of limited immunity in cases of willful and wanton conduct; and (3) the legislature's enactment of statutory immunities has rendered the rule obsolete.

 

Illinois law now considers that a governmental entity and its employees owe a specific duty of care to individual members of the general public and can therefore be sued for a failure to deliver this specific level of care.

 

As a result, more tax dollars will be diverted away from essential public purposes.

 

Despite the Illinois Supreme Court opinion, the public duty rule is still of critical importance to local governments. The Illinois Municipal League (IML), the statewide organization representing all 1,297 communities throughout Illinois, is asking the General Assembly to restore the broad protections previously provided by the common law public duty rule by codifying it into statute.

 

"First responders need legal protection to prioritize their actions based on resources available," said Brad Cole, IML Executive Director. "Abolishing the public duty rule exposed local governments to costly litigation. At a time when budgets are already stretched thin, this money is better spent on actual services that benefit the community."

 

The Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, which represents first responders statewide, supports the legislation as a means to stop frivolous and costly lawsuits that divert resources needed to protect our communities.

 

"First and foremost, our members are committed to the health and safety of the millions of Illinoisans we serve," said Devaney. "The legislation simply clarifies what was established many years ago in the origins of common law. There will be no negative impact on the way we respond to the needs of our communities. In fact, the only threat to our response would be of the numerous lawsuits that otherwise would take advantage of a legal loophole that needs to be closed."

 

Both Cole and Devaney said the legislation will enable public safety employees, firefighters and emergency medical personnel to effectively respond to calls without fear of frivolous legal action.

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    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that April is STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) Awareness Month.  Sandy Sommer, RN Director of Clinical Services, notes, "With an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occurring every year in the US, it is clear that STDs remain a widespread health threat in this country."

 

    Sommer adds, "In addition, STD infections cost the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone.  And it's America's youth that is shouldering the substantial burden of these infections.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of all new STDs in the country occur among young men and women aged 15 to 24."

 

    Sommer notes, "With all these disturbing statistics it is obvious that STD Awareness Month is an opportune time to remind area residents that the Health Department offers confidential:"

 

~ STD Testing for Males and Females

~ Treatment of STDs

~ Contraceptive Supplies

~ Preventative immunizations against such STDs as Hepatitis B and HPV ~ Counseling, Education, and Referral

~ Expedited Partner Treatment

 

    Testing and knowledge of infection are vital to reducing the incidence and spread of STDs.  Because many infections have no symptoms, those at risk need to get tested and find out if they are infected.

 

    There are many actions you can take to protect yourself and others from STDs:

   

    * Abstinence - The most reliable way to avoid infection with an STD are to abstain from sex or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.

 

    * Correct and consistent use of condoms - Consistent use of latex condoms reduces the risk of HIV and other STDs.  (Supplies are available through the Health Departments Kewanee and Colona offices.)

 

    * Screening - Getting tested and treated for STDs can protect you from serious health consequences caused by STDs. (STD Testing available at the Health Department.)

 

    * Immunizations - Receiving recommended Hepatitis B and HPV immunizations can almost completely prevent infections covered by the vaccines.

 

    Adds Sommer, "Though the subject of STDs may not be a comfortable healthcare issue to discuss, we want people to remember the Health Department is a source of confidential testing, treatment, and education.   And we are literally just a phone call away.  People should know we offer the tools and services people need to stay healthy."

 

    The clinic accepts medicaid payments and private pay.  A sliding fee scale, based on the client's income, has been established to assist low-income families to obtain services.  In addition, grant funds are available for those who meet certain eligibility requirements.

 

    For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 (Main Kewanee Office) or 792-4011 (Colona) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com.  You may also find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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Illowa Vintage Camper Rally

Camp out for the weekend near the Mighty Mississippi River at the KOA in Rock Island, Illinois, and show off your beautiful Vintage Camper!  Just minutes from I-280, I-74, and I-80, and eastern Iowa, and located half way between Des Moines Iowa and Chicago Illinois.

 

DATES: Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1, 2016

 

TRUE VINTAGE CAMPERS ONLY PLEASE!  1970, 1960, 1950, 1940 and older, if there are any still out there.  This is a family event!  Dogs are welcome too, and there's a dog park across the street from the KOA.  We will have nightly campfires and potlucks! 

 

VINTAGE CAMPER TOUR will be held Saturday afternoon for the public on Saturday, April 30 from 1-3 p.m.  Entry Donations accepted at the office and 100% goes to KOA Kids Care Camp.  www.koacarecamps.org

 

RESERVATION for CAMPING: Please call the KOA direct 309.787.0665 and ask for the Vintage Rally spaces. Camping is $25 per night per unit. We will be in a great area at the campground and will be placing 3 - 4 campers on their huge pull-through spaces. Each camper will have electric and water hookups.  Rock Island / Quad Cities KOA 2311 78th Avenue West, Rock Island, IL  61201.  www.rockislandkoa.com

 

RALLY FEE: Rally Fee is $20 per adult; kids are free. Included in fee is Saturday evening grill out and Sunday Breakfast.

For more details, please contact Pam Fisher, Rally Host, pam@vintagecamperlifestyle.com or 309.738.7380.

www.vintagecamperlifestyle.com

 

 

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Ameren Illinois prepared for Mother Nature’s challenges

 

When a major storm threatens to disrupt the power system, Ameren Illinois co-workers are not only on the scene promptly, they are frequently there before the outages even occur.

Like a military operation, Ameren Illinois plans ahead for emergency situations and it has skilled linemen, gas workers and field personnel who are trained to handle whatever Mother Nature throws their way. However, working to restore power after a major storm is a complex task.

“The safety of our customers and employees is our first priority during a restoration effort,” said Ray Riddle, Director of Division Operations covering East St. Louis and St. Clair County. “We must respond safely and efficiently to restore electric and natural gas service to our customers, who depend on us.”

When the damage is widespread or outages affect a large number of customers, that’s what creates the complexity of the restoration efforts.

“We have a very well-defined storm plan that details roles and responsibilities,” Riddle said. “When we activate our state-level emergency operations center (EOC) in Decatur, it is staffed around-the-clock to direct service restoration, logistical support and communications across our entire service territory.”

Riddle said the plan starts with communicating with key stakeholders.

“We immediately connect with hospitals, police and fire departments, and local emergency officials to determine whether these critical facilities have power,” Riddle said. “Restoring service to vital community resources is a priority. Customers can rest assured that we work to get everyone restored as quickly and safely as possible.”

 

Preparing for Mother Nature’s Wrath

 

Ameren Illinois regularly participates in drills to stay prepared, including last summer’s earthquake preparedness training exercise in Springfield.

“We try to stay as active as we can in being ready for any situation that can cause an extended an outage,” Riddle said. “For example, we have a very sophisticated weather-tracking system that is monitored 24-7. If severe weather is imminent, our EOC will alert key personnel to get equipment ready, charge laptops and mobile devices and fuel our fleet to be ready to roll.”

Alerts also give Ameren Illinois workers the chance to tell family members they may be away from home for a few days and allow time to pack.

“If the weather forecast is severe enough, we will move first responders to the expected area of damage the day before, so we’ll be ready to hit the ground running,” he said. “That includes the linemen to the people who are supporting our logistical needs, such as meals, lodging and supply materials – all of those kinds of things.”

Getting the Power Back on

Ameren Illinois participates in the electric industry’s mutual assistance network through Edison Electric Institute, which means they are available to help with emergencies in other parts of the country like Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, and can also count on help from other utilities. Following the winter storm that hit the Metro East on February 24, crews from several states assisted Ameren Illinois in its the restoration.

“We recently went to Chicago to assist a company with their restoration effort,” Riddle said.  “It’s not unusual for us to provide resources, as well as accept them when we need them. The real key is being able to bring in a large number of resources in a quick manner. It’s all about being able to get the lights back on as safely and as quickly as we can.”

Riddle said identifying damage rapidly, particularly downed wires, is crucial. That allows the EOC to quickly determine how many linemen it will need and how much material, such as poles and wire, to get to the scene.

Ameren Illinois has storm trailers stocked and ready to go that can be moved anywhere in the state in a timely fashion.

“Those trailers have all the basic materials we need to get a large number of poles, structures, wire and hardware up in the air in a relatively short period of time,” Riddle said. “We even have a team that handles lodging, food and laundry. We really have all the facilities to handle logistics for a large restoration.”

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MOLINE, IL, April 26, 2016 — American Red Cross volunteers responded to a multi-unit home fire on the 300 block of 20th Ave. West in Milan, Illinois. The fire occurred on Monday, April 25, 2016. After a home fire, Red Cross volunteers ensure that everyone affected has a safe place to stay, food, clothing and emotional support. We are currently assisting four adults and three children.

In the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois area annually on average, more than 185 families receive assistance after a disaster threatens to destroy their lives. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois Chapter assisted 198families after a disaster.

Red Cross volunteers on the scene were members of your local Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night.

The American Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 66,000 disasters each year. The majority of these are home fires. You can change that by following 2 simple steps. Step 1: Practice your 2 minute drill. Make sure you and your family can escape a home fire in under 2 minutes. Step 2: Test your smoke alarm monthly to ensure that you and your family are alerted as soon as a fire is detected. To learn more, visit redcross.org/prepare.

To make a financial donation to the Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can visit redcross.org/csil, call (309) 743-2166 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 (to make a $10 donation).

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Girls and boys of all races and economic circumstances in Iowa get a first look at options they might not otherwise consider for their future on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Elesha Gayman is executive director of Women's Connection, a Davenport group that aims to inspire, educate and connect women of all ages and backgrounds. She says tomorrow, the group is helping teach young people about the workplace.

"It's an important thing to see kind of what work is, and the different things it can contain," she says. "You get in your mind what you think a factory is like, or what you think a bank is like. But really, the day-to-day work is so much different."

Gayman says her group is working with Boys and Girls Clubs to show kids opportunities in the workplace, even if they're not headed to work with a biological parent, by pairing them up with an adult for the day.

Some of the kids participating come from challenging circumstances. But Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Executive Director Carolyn McKecuen says it's her job to make sure they get the same opportunities as other kids. 

"We've got kids from battered women's shelters, we've got kids that don't have houses that are living on the streets," says McKecuen. "But they're getting to go to a workplace this year."

For other kids, it's become old hat. Valerie Wilberding, a soil conservation technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Osage, Iowa, has been bringing her 8- and 10-year-old son and daughter into the field with her to test the soil for a couple of years. She says they're hooked.

As Wilberding puts it, "They've been saying, 'Is it our turn to come in yet?' Or, 'Can we go to the office with you today?' 'Do we get to go out and help you?'" 

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day falls annually on the fourth Thursday of April, and celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year.

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Starting next week, thousands of people with disabilities and the home healthcare workers who assist them could be affected by Illinois' new overtime-pay policy. 

On May 1, the state begins enforcing a strict 40-hour workweek limit on home-care providers. 

Advocacy groups in Illinois argue the move bypasses new federal rules that extend overtime protections to these workers. 

Adam Ballard, organizing and policy manager for Access Living, says the policy essentially allows the state to avoid paying overtime, which has consequences not only for caregivers, but for the people who rely on those services.

"For people who have live-in personal attendants, those kind of workers often go over 40 hours a week," says Ballard. "It becomes a huge problem for families in that situation, where there's actually a live-in attendant who's often, but not always, a family member of some kind."

But Illinois' Department of Human Services says overtime cuts are needed, as the state can't afford any extra payments due to the months-long budget impasse.

Ballard says he sympathizes with the state's need to rein in spending on some services or create more revenue to balance the budget. But he also believes scaling back on home-care for some of Illinois' most vulnerable residents isn't the way to go.

"The bigger picture is, our state, in order to have a just budget that works for everyone," says Ballard. "Especially in this program, is to find real revenue solutions, where people who can afford to pay more in taxes are paying more in taxes."

Groups including Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to make last-minute changes to the overtime policy this week, before it goes into effect.

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A sober-living residence program for college-age adults is expanding in Illinois. The so-called sober dorm is slated to open in early July on Chicago's north side. 

The privately-funded recovery home will be run by the Rosecrance Health Network. This comes on the heels of a Roosevelt University report that shows the Chicago area has more heroin-related emergency room visits than any other major city.

The area is also home to the third-largest number of college students in the U.S. Rosecrance Chief Operating Officer David Gomel says the clean-living dorm is intended to help students who are already trying to manage substance abuse problems.

"The program will have academic coaching and counseling, recovery coaching and counseling, and then more traditional therapy or counseling to help the young men and women get through this kind of challenging time, most [are] pretty early in their recovery process," he says.

Support for sober dorms is growing. According to a Chicago Tribune analysis, nationally at least two-dozen universities now have comprehensive addiction-recovery programs, including drug-free residences.

Illinois has been cutting local funding for substance abuse treatment programs at a time when addiction experts argue the state is becoming a national epicenter for heroin abuse. Gomel says for some students a drug addiction can derail their life goals, and the sober dorm could help them avoid that.

"They have a safe place to come back to that they know is drug and alcohol free, that they know has paid professionals there to help them, and a team of colleagues, of peers, who are all in the same boat pushing for the same goal."

The Rosecrance facility will house 30 young adults up to a year and a half for $2,500 a month.

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DAVENPORT, IA (Monday, April 25, 2016) – David Feherty will bring his Live Off Tour to the Adler Theatre on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets ($53.50 & $169 VIP) will go on sale Monday, May 2 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.  A VIP ticket includes a 30 minute pre-show reception, guaranteed seat within the first 10 rows, a signed copy of Feherty’s newest book, meet & greet photo taken with Feherty, and a beverage ticket.

A former professional golfer on the European and PGA Tours, David Feherty is a current writer and broadcaster with NBC Sports and the Golf Channel.  Hailing from Northern Ireland, Feherty turned professional in 1976 and spent most of his playing career in Europe, where he won five times and finished in the top ten twice in the European Tour’s Order of Merit, placing tenth in 1989 and eighth in 1990.  He spent 1994 and 1995 playing mainly on the PGA Tour in the U.S.  His best result on the tour was a second place finish at the 1994 New England Classic.  Feherty represented Ireland in international competition and captained the victorious 1990 Alfred Dunhill Cup team.  Feherty played for Europe on the 1991 Ryder Cup team.

In 1997, Feherty retired from the tours and became an on-course reporter and golf analyst.  Feherty is a contributor to Golf Magazine and has his own column in the back of the magazine called Sidespin. He is also The New York Times and Booksense bestselling author of four books: A Nasty Bit of Rough, Somewhere in Ireland a Village Is Missing an Idiot, An Idiot for All Seasons and David Feherty’s Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup. On June 21, 2011, Feherty premiered his own weekly primetime talk show called Feherty on the Golf Channel.

In 2014, Feherty decided to take his act on the road and travel across North America for his new live show Feherty – Live Off Tour.  His cutting edge style is full of great stories from behind-the-scenes, a show you don’t want to miss.

“David Feherty’s one man show: uncensored, unhinged, and worth the price of admission. It really was stupendous!” – Golf Digest

“David Feherty was uproariously funny. It was two hours of zaniness and madcap story-telling. People were coming out of their seats with laughter!” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For more information on David Feherty’s – Live Off Tour, please visit:  www.FehertyOffTour.com · www.AdlerTheatre.com

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Natasha Lee is the mother of Samuel, a now healthy and thriving two year old who was born premature. With the help of the March of Dimes Samuel is recovering and meeting his growth goals after having been born only 1 pound and kept in the NICU for more than 180 days. That experience is what Natasha and her family will bring as they join Saturday's March for Babies with the March of Dimes taking place on Arsenal Island beginning at 9 Am. There is no cost to walk though donations are being collected and encouraged. The goal is to raise more than $155,000 for families, like Natasha's, whose children are born premature and need costly care. Natasha Lee was my guest on Tuesday's Mid Morning in the Cities on Rewind 93.9 WYEC. 

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The month of April is noted among other things as cancer control month and Henry County Health Dept Public Information Director RaeAnn Tucker says not all cancers can be controlled, but there are some steps to take to try and keep the odds in your favor…

Ms. Tucker says there are some other steps to keep in mind as well…

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley will join National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson for a public forum in Iowa to discuss what taxpayers want and need from the IRS to comply with their tax obligations. 

 

The public forum will be held Thursday, May 5, at 8:30 a.m. Central at the Montgomery County Family YMCA, 101 E Cherry St, Red Oak. Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.

“The National Taxpayer Advocate is the taxpayer’s liaison to the IRS,” Grassley said.  “I encourage as many Iowans and Nebraskans as possible to attend this forum and express views about what the IRS should do to help taxpayers meet their tax obligations.”

 

Grassley has a long record of increasing taxpayer rights, services and accountability at the IRS.  He served on thebipartisan National Commission on Restructuring the IRS, which completed a yearlong audit of the IRS and released its final report in 1997.  The report was the basis of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, which mandated Local Taxpayer Advocates in every state.  Grassley is former chairman and currently a senior member of the Finance Committee, with exclusive Senate jurisdiction over the IRS.  The committee just passed additional reforms Grassley drafted to promote taxpayer rights.

 

From the National Taxpayer Advocate:

 

Building on initiatives already implemented, the IRS for the past two years has been developing a “Future State” planthat envisions how it will operate in five years and beyond. It is continuing to develop a path for how it gets from its “Current State” to the “Future State,” including refinements to the vision along the way. A central component of the plan is the creation of online taxpayer accounts as a convenient but non-exclusive channel through which taxpayers will be able to obtain information from and interact with the IRS.

 

In the National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress, Olson expressed concerns about whether the IRS’s “Future State” plan adequately addresses taxpayer needs. To further public awareness and dialogue, she announced plans to hold a series of public forums around the country. The objective of the public forums is to ensure the “Future State” plan will better reflect the needs and preferences of U.S. taxpayers as they seek to comply with the tax code.

 

The forum will feature an invited panel of representatives from the small business and local taxpayer communities, including:

·         Varel Bailey (President | Bailey Farms, Inc. | Anita, IA)

·         Tamara Borland (Director | Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Iowa Legal Aid | Des Moines, IA)

·         Alvin LaMar (Enrolled Agent | Iowa Farm Business Association | Iowa Falls, IA)

·         Kristy Maitre (Tax Specialist | Agricultural Education & Studies, Iowa State University | Ames, IA)

·         Wendy Smith (VITA Program Coordinator | United Way of Wapello County | Ottumwa, IA)

Members of the public will also have an opportunity to speak.

Local Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) staff will be available to talk with attendees about unresolved tax issues and help determine if their situation qualifies for TAS assistance. TAS generally is unable to assist taxpayers with return preparation questions, but can provide assistance to taxpayers who have already filed their returns with the IRS for the current or past years and are experiencing problems that meet its case-acceptance criteria.

 

 

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Nursing Home Violations for 2016 First Quarter

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act were cited during the first quarter of 2016. An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result.

The Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators can be found on IDPH’s website and contains additional information about the violations.

January
Asbury Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation, a 75-bed skilled care facility located at 212 Airport Road, North Aurora, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to supervise residents at high risk for falls, identify potential risks for falls, and implement interventions to prevent falls, which resulted in significant injuries. The facility has requested a hearing on IDPH’s actions and a status conference is scheduled for May 11, 2016.

Ballard Respiratory and Rehab, a 231-bed skilled care facility located at 9300 Ballard Road, Des Plains, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to implement a resident’s plan of care for fall prevention, modify the plan of care after a fall, and provide supervision, which results in injuries. The facility has requested a hearing on IDPH’s actions and a pre-hearing conference is scheduled for April 21, 2016.

Marigold Rehab, a 172-bed skilled care facility located at 275 E. Carl Sandburg Drive, Galesburg, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to protect a resident from abuse by a staff member. The facility did not request a hearing on IDPH’s actions.

Presence Cor Mariae Center, a 134-bed skilled care and shelter care facility located at 3330 Maria Linden Drive, Rockford, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to provide medication to a resident as ordered by a physician, which contributed to the resident having a stroke. The facility requested a hearing on IDPH’s actions, a settlement was reached, and the fine was reduced to $14,433.25.

Sharon Health Care Elms, a 98-bed skilled care facility located at 3611 N. Rochelle, Peoria, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to follow a fall procedure policy, resulting in significant injuries. The facility has request a hearing on IDPH’s actions and a status conference is scheduled for May 17, 2016.

February
Aria Post Acute Care, a 198-bed skilled care facility located at 4600 N. Frontage Road, Hillside, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to implement interventions to prevent falls, follow a fall procedure policy, and conduct a fall risk assessment after a fall, which resulted in significant injuries. The facility did not request a hearing on IDPH’s actions.

Heritage Health-Mt. Zion, a 75-bed skilled care facility located at 1225 Woodland Drive, Mt. Zion, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to provide supervision to a resident dependent upon staff and known to unsafely get up and move around, which resulted in significant injuries. The facility has requested a hearing on IDPH’s actions and a pre-hearing conference is scheduled for April 27, 2016.

Lutheran Home, an 85-bed skilled care facility located at 6901 N. Galena Road, Peoria, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to follow fall interventions in a resident’s care plan, which resulted in significant injuries. The facility has requested a hearing on IDPH’s actions and a pre-hearing conference is scheduled for April 27, 2016.

Providence Palos Heights, a 193-bed skilled and intermediate care facility located at13259 S. Central Avenue, Palos Heights, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to supervise a resident at risk for falls, which resulted in significant injuries. The facility did not request a hearing on IDPH’s actions.

Stevens House, a 16-bed intermediate care facility located at 2182 Windish Drive, Galesburg, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $6,250 for failure to implement and communicate about an eating plan for a resident with unsafe eating habits, resulting in the resident choking. The facility has requested a hearing on IDPH’s actions and a status conference is scheduled for May 10, 2016.

Wesley Village, a 73-bed skilled care facility located at 1200 E. Grant Street, Macomb, has been cited with an “A” violations and fined $25,000 for failure to have a resident with complicated feeding problems fed by licensed or approved staff, which resulted in the resident choking. The facility requested a hearing on IDPH’s actions and a pre-hearing conference is scheduled for May 3, 2016.

March
Good Samaritan Flanagan, a 60-bed skilled care facility located at 205 N. Adams Street, Flanagan, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to implement safe transfer methods and fall interventions, which resulted in a broken hip of a resident. The facility did not request a hearing on IDPH’s actions.

Illini Heritage Rehab and HC, a 60-bed skilled care facility located at 1315 Curt Drive, Champaign, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to implement and maintain fall interventions, resulting in one resident with a fractured spine. The facility did not request a hearing on IDPH’s actions and pay the automatically reduced $16,250 fine.

Lutheran Home, an 85-bed skilled care facility located at 6901 N. Galena Road, Peoria, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure of staff to report the sexual abuse of a resident by another staff member and allowing that staff member to remain through the end of the shift. The facility requested a hearing on IDPH’s actions and a pre-hearing conference is scheduled for April 27, 2016.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The spring market is in swing with steady gains in March median prices and modest growth in statewide home sales even as the housing supply is low for the season, according to the Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in March 2016 totaled 11,900 homes sold, up 1.9 percent from 11,676 in March 2015.

The statewide median price in March was $172,000 up 4.3 percent from March 2015 when the median price was $164,950. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"Consumers this spring will be challenged to find just the right property from a diminished pool of homes to choose from," said Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews, GRI, broker-associate with Charles B. Doss Co. in Aurora. "Based on increasing median prices and average days on market, it's clear if they do find the home of their dreams they are going to have to move quickly and be prepared in some instances to pay more in the face of heightened competition."

The time it took to sell a home in March averaged 77 days, down from 85 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 58,613 homes for sale, a 12.3 percent decline from March 2015 when there were 66,852 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.70 percent in March 2016, up from 3.66 percent during the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In March 2015 it averaged 3.76 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single family and condominiums) in March 2016 totaled 8,386 homes sold, up 0.8 percent from March 2015 sales of 8,317 homes. The median price in March 2016 was $210,000 in the Chicago PMSA, up 4.0 percent from $202,000 in March 2015.

“March recorded the usual monthly surge in sales in both Chicago and Illinois,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “However, median prices did not change very much with the major source of growth in prices coming from increases in the prices of foreclosed properties. Consumer sentiment nationally seems to reflect some uncertainties about the direction of the economy, no doubt exacerbated by vagaries of the election cycle.”

According to the data, forty-six (46) Illinois counties reported sales gains for March 2016 over previous-year numbers, including Kendall County, up 38.2 percent with 210 units sold; Peoria County, up 15.9 percent with 204 units sold; Madison County, up 12.0 percent with 290 units sold; and Lake County, up 6.0 percent with 741 units sold. Fifty (50) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Winnebago County, up 33.2 percent to $99,900; Sangamon County, up 15.2 percent to $137,000; Will County, up 6.7 percent to $189,900, and Cook County, up 2.9 percent to $215,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 3.4 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in March 2016 with 2,099 sales, down from 2,173 in March 2015. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in March 2016 was $268,500, up 3.3 percent compared to March 2015 when it was $260,000. 

“Intense buyer interest during the first months of the year further reduced the already low number of properties which were on the market," said Dan Wagner, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and senior vice president for government relations at the Oakbrook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. "With more properties coming on the market as consumers embrace the spring selling season, we should see inventories better able to meet significant buyer demand. Homes are selling faster than they were last year, so consumers need to act quickly if they are interested in buying.”

Sales and price information is generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of April 7, 2016 for the period March 1 through March 31, 2016. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 44,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Illinois REALTORS® is celebrating 100 years of ethics, advocacy and education this year and April 25 marks the day the association was officially founded in 1916.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.    

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CHICAGO– Students and families in Illinois are facing significant challenges as the state’s now ten month budget delay has held up funding for higher education, including most funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the state’s largest need-based grant program for college students. Even with passage of a recent stopgap funding measure, there is still significant uncertainty. And that uncertainty has left many students—particularly low-income college students—wondering how they will pay for college if MAP funding is not fully restored. As students look to find other funding to go—or stay—in school, there’s perhaps no more important time to get money-smart.  In addition to providing free workshops during Money Smart Week® (April 23-30), the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) offers free financial literacy resources and tools to help students and families learn how to manage their personal finances, and make informed financial choices about colleges, student loans and more.  

“Over the last ten months we have heard about students having to make very difficult decisions about college—whether they can continue to attend without MAP funding, switch to being part-time students, transfer to another institution or will need to take on student loans,” said  Eric Zarnikow, executive director of ISAC. “Our ISACorps team members, who are available across the state for in-person assistance, as well as our free online tools, can help provide students and families with the information they need to help them make these critical decisions.”  

For Financial Literacy Month (April) and Money Smart Week, ISAC has aggregated some of its most popular free  financial literacy tools and resources on the Financial Literacy page of its newly redesigned ISAC Student Portal:

  • Learn about everything from credit cards to budgeting to making smart choices about student loans with the tools available through ISAC’s partner, SALT™ Money. SALT also offers a Repayment Navigator tool to track student loans and compare repayment plans.

  • As financial aid award letters start to arrive from colleges this month, use ISAC’s online tool to compare them.

  • Play the online FinAid game to see how much you know about financial aid.

  • Sign up for ISAC College Q&A, a free text messaging service that allows you to text questions about the college-going and/or financial aid process, and get answers from ISAC counselors sent directly to your phone.  

  • Search for an ISACorps member or a free workshop to get in-person assistance with the college-going and financial aid process. 

In addition, students can go from learning about money to making it by checking out more than 3000 job listings on the Student Portal’s new Summer Position/Internship Job Board, which is updated daily.

For more information on Money Smart Week events and resources on just about every aspect of personal finances, visitwww.moneysmartweek.org. Visit the ISAC Student Portal Financial literacy page at www.isac.org/studentportal-FinancialLiteracy for free tools and resources and to find your local ISACorps member.  

About ISAC

The mission of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is to help make college accessible and affordable for students throughout Illinois. ISAC provides comprehensive, objective, and timely information on education and financial aid for students and their families--giving them access to the tools they need to make the educational choices that are right for them. Then, through the state scholarship and grant programs ISAC administers, ISAC can help students make those choices a reality. www.isac.org

 

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On Monday, April 25, 2016 around 3:33 AM Davenport Police responded to the Mother Hubbard’s located at 300  Division St. in reference to a robbery. Suspect is described as male black, 5’8/130 lbs. The suspect jumped the counter and assaulted the clerk. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and pack of cigarettes. No serious injuries were reported.  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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On Sunday, April 24, 2016 at approximately 10:45 PM officers reported hearing gunshots in the area of 3rd and Pine St. Responding officers observed a likely suspect vehicle leaving the area and attempted a traffic stop in the area of Elmwood and McKinley. The vehicle did not stop and a momentary vehicle pursuit followed which ended in the 2100 block of W 1st St. the occupants ran from the vehicle which was still in gear, it then crashed into a parked car causing minor damage. Salvador Garcia, Sergio Garcia, and Juan Garcia-Vasquez were arrested in the area. A .22 caliber rifle was recovered from the vehicle. No damage or injuries reported due to the shots fired incident.
Preliminary investigation showed the shots fired incident Stemmed from an attempted arson call at 1300 Warren St. Salvador Garcia, Sergio Garcia, and Juan Garcia-Vasquez had poured gasoline on a parked vehicle and were making an effort to light it on fire when they were chased off. They reportedly were being chased by subjects in a SUV in the 2700 block of Rockingham when the vehicles crashed affecting both vehicles and a utility pole.
Davenport Police Detectives and Davenport Fire Department Investigators conducted follow up and the following subjects were arrested in relation to this incident:
- Salvador Garcia, age 19 of Davenports was charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Arson 3rd Degree, Eluding, Failure to Maintain Control, No Insurance and Interference with Injury
- Sergio Garcia, age 18 of Davenport, was charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Arson 3rd Degree, Intimidation with a Weapon, Interference
- Juan Garcia- Vasquez, age 33 of Davenport, was charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Arson 3rd Degree, Interference with Injury
These incidents remain under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.
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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Jesse White Announces 12th Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

Entry forms are now available; Deadline is June 30th

 

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced today that entry forms are available for the 12th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.

 

“We created the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition to promote creative writing and provide an outlet for talented writers,” White said. “Great poems have the ability to enrich and enhance our lives, and I am looking forward to celebrating talented poets with this year’s competition.”

 

The competition is named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate

Gwendolyn Brooks, and is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and Kevin Stein, who succeeded Brooks as Illinois Poet Laureate.

 

The competition is open to Illinois residents age 18 and over. Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2016. Cash prizes will be awarded for first ($500), second ($300) and third place ($100). Winning poems will be submitted for possible publication in the “Ninth Letter,” “RHINO” and “Quiddity” journals and “Poetic License Press” publications. Winners will read their poems at a ceremony later this year at the Illinois State Library in Springfield. It should be noted that due to the budget impasse, the winners of the 2016 Emerging Writers competition will not receive their award money until a Fiscal Year 2017 budget is approved.

 

Forms and other information may be found at http://illinoiscenterforthebook.org. For more information, contact Illinois Center for the Book Coordinator Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065 or bmatheis@ilsos.net.

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 With spring cruising in and motorcycle season shifting into top gear, Illinois riders are eager to enjoy warm weather on the open road again. Before taking the first ride of the season, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to take necessary steps to ensure their safety and “Gear Up – Ride Smart.”

 

 

 

The annual campaign urges riders to take precautionary measures before getting back on their bikes. Motorcyclists are encouraged to conduct a pre-ride safety inspection of their bike and refresh their riding skills with a motorcycle training class.

 

 

 

Proper safety gear is essential to safe riding. Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear the right safety equipment and accessories, including high-visibility (Hi Viz) clothing, eye protection, gloves, jackets, pants, boots and a U.S. DOT-approved helmet, at all times.

 

 

 

“While most motorcycles are only on the road for part of the year, they account for almost 15 percent of all traffic fatalities” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said. “By choosing the proper safety equipment and brushing up on their skills, riders can do their part in making 2016 even safer for motorcycles on Illinois roads. The message is simple: Gear Up – Ride Smart.”

 

 

 

Illinois is one of two states that offer free motorcycle training classes to licensed residents. Since the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program (CRSTP) started in 1976, more than 400,000 riders have learned the basics of motorcycle riding or taken advantage of the opportunity to learn more about motorcycle safety.

 

 

 

The program is available throughout the state for all skill and experience levels. Classes are formulated for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders to teach them how to safely operate a motorcycle and sharpen their knowledge and riding skills. CRSTP is paid for by Illinois motorcyclists through a portion of their license and registration fees. For more information and to register in IDOT’s motorcycle safety courses, click here.

 

 

 

"Motorcycle season is upon us, and with it comes increased need for rider safety," said ISP Director Leo Schmitz. "Alcohol remains the number one contributing factor for motorcycle crashes. We can't stress enough the importance of refraining from drinking alcohol when riding a motorcycle. We encourage riders to participate in a motorcycle safety refresher course, to wear high visibility clothing and a helmet. The proper mind set and the proper gear can assist in preventing a traffic crash, and it can also protect you if you are involved in one."

 

 

 

Alcohol contributes to approximately 40 percent of motorcycle fatalities. The “Don’t Drink and Ride” campaign reminds motorcyclists to never mix alcohol with riding. DUI offenders are subject to penalties including fines, suspension of driving privileges and possible jail time.

 

 

 

Other Gear Up- Ride Smart Statistics:  

 

 

 

•           Three percent of total vehicle registrations are motorcycles, yet motorcycle fatalities account for more than 14 percent of all vehicle fatalities.

 

•           About half of motorcycle rider fatalities occur in crashes involving just the motorcycle. About 40 percent involve motorcycle riders who had been drinking.

 

•           Motorcycle fatalities decreased from 155 in 2013 to 119 in 2014. The number increased to 146 in 2015, according to preliminary data.

 

•           Motorcyclists need to be properly licensed and continue training, especially after a new bike purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this video for useful tips on how to stay safe this riding season. To learn more about IDOT’s motorcycle safety initiative, please visit www.startseeingmotorcycles.org.

 

 

 

For additional riding tips, visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation,

 

 

 

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SPRINGFIELD– A shortage of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may be on the horizon in Illinois, according to a recent study conducted by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) – Illinois Center for Nursing.  The voluntary 2015 LPN Workforce Survey also finds that LPNs, in comparison to RNs, are a more racially diverse group, clustered in the urban areas of Illinois.  The survey was completed by nearly 22% of the total LPN population in Illinois.

 

“Similar to last year’s RN survey findings, the LPN workforce in Illinois appears to be aging with an insufficient population of younger nurses in the replacement pipeline,” said Bryan A. Schneider, IDFPR Secretary.  “While not yet at crisis level, this survey should serve as a clarion call to our nursing workforce planners that a potential shortage is on the horizon.  This is particularly important as LPNs play a key role in our nursing homes, extended care facilities and home care settings.”       

 

Of the respondents polled, one-third of all LPNs (ages 55 to 65 years or older) intend to retire within the next five years.  LPNs, in comparison RNs, are a racially diverse group with 25% of respondents indicating African American heritage, while those of Hispanic/Latina heritage comprise the highest percentage of the younger age groups at 8%.  Illinois LPNs are most heavily centered in urban areas, with Cook County accounting for 26.4% of the population.   

 

“Certainly a looming issue for policy makers is the growing use of home and community-based services by the US elderly population,” said Maureen Shekleton, PhD, RN, Illinois Center for Nursing Advisory Board Chairperson. “When you account for the data as a whole – workplace setting, age and intent to retire; clear implications exist for Illinois workforce planning groups as they strive to balance future demand with workforce capacities.”

 

Conducted during the 2015 Illinois LPN licensure renewal period, the workforce survey was structured to capture data on the demographics, education, workplace settings and state distribution of LPNs in Illinois.  Over 85% of individual LPNs completed licensure renewal via IDFPR’s online platform.  The survey was completed by 6,613 LPNs.

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University of Illinois Extension-Rock Island County is pleased to announce that one of its 4-H volunteers, Emma Hoke of Milan, IL was awarded the 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Senior Division for Northwest Illinois 

On April 13, 2016, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presented 25 Illinoisans and 5 businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol.  The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.  University of Illinois Extension-Rock Island County is pleased to announce that one of its 4-H volunteers, Emma Hoke of Milan, IL was awarded the Senior Division award for Northwest Illinois. 

For 46 years Emma Hoke has participated as a volunteer for the 4-H youth development program in Rock Island County and before that as a ten year 4-H member. Her special contribution has been leading the 4-H Handy Buds special needs group. The group gives special needs people of all ages a place to socialize, make crafts, learn about nutrition, and make a snack. She has brought together special needs group homes to join her 4-H group. The group homes have a limited budget, and this gives them an activity that is affordable for the residents. The Handy Buds group has existed for 36 years. For the past several years, the group has 25-30 people who attend each month. Emma plans and coordinates each meeting, sets up the meeting room to accommodate wheel chairs, works with Extension staff to determine the snack and helps to lead the activities during the meetings. Her enthusiasm is endless and her contributions have lifted many people who needed a great day for themselves. With her leadership and service she has received the Friend of 4-H award, Handy Bud Volunteer award, Lois Mitchell award and Outstanding Lifetime 4-H Volunteer award.

“These 30 awardees represent the work that 2.51 million Illinoisans do each year,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director.  “The work these individuals and businesses do make the lives of thousands better through volunteer efforts including helping the homeless, youth education and assisting needy veterans. We are honored to have the opportunity to highlight their service.”

 

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards focus on five areas: Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Conservation, Disaster Preparedness/Response, Health, and Veterans’ Affairs. Individual awards in each of the commission’s five service regions (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central and Southern Illinois) are presented in three categories: youth ages 18 and under, adult ages 19-54 and seniors ages 55 and older.  Additionally, National Service Awards are presented to one Senior Corps and AmeriCorps member in each region.  This year marks the third time that the Business Volunteer Engagement Awards will be presented in each region.

 

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Children who have at least one parent that has spent time in prison may also have fewer opportunities in life, according to a report released today. 

About 186,000 children in Illinois are struggling with emotional and financial problems as a result of having an incarcerated parent. 

That's one of the findings in the Annie E. Casey Foundation report. It also notes that while lawmakers and activists have focused on making changes to mass-incarceration policies, many times the needs of children are overlooked. 

Leslie Helmcamp, policy analyst for Voices for Illinois Children, says the state doesn't have a solid support system for these kids, and that could have long-term negative effects.

"Children may suffer from mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety," says Helmcamp. "It can hamper their long-term educational goals and achievements. It's really important to have those supports to counter the emotional toll that it takes on a child."

The report also says the issue can have the same effects on children as abuse or domestic violence. Nationally, about 5 million young people have been separated from a parent because of a prison sentence. 

The foundation suggests several changes states can make to ease the burden on families. Illinois already has put some of those ideas into practice, including a law that puts restrictions on when employers can ask about an employee's criminal background. 

But, Scot Spencer, associate director for advocacy and influence with the Casey Foundation, says there are more steps Illinois lawmakers could take.

"State and local governments should provide incentives for housing authorities and private landlords to lift restrictions on people with records," he says. "So families can remain in or access safe and affordable housing."

Additionally, the report notes that African-American and Latino kids are much more likely to have have a parent incarcerated than their white peers.

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More jobs are being created but at the same time more people are out looking for them. Unemployment is on a uptick but jobs are coming along with it. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says that the state added jobs in more than half of the metro areas in the state. The best place to be right now is in Champaign Urbana where the unemployment rate is 5.8 percent. Cities with a heavy blue collar influence still lag the state in job creation, Decatur, Peoria and Rockford all have rates above 7.5 percent.

Carbondale: 7
Chicago: 6.6.
Quad-Cities: 6.5
Decatur: 7.9.
Elgin: 6.8.
Kankakee: 7.7.
Lake County: 6.5.
Peoria: 7.7
Rockford: 7.7
Metro East St. Louis: 6.8
* Statewide: 6.8; 6.

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This weekend the U.S. Trampoline & Tumbling Association (USTA) returns to the Quad Cities to host the Northern Illinois State Championship after a long absence from a competition hosted in the area.

The USTA includes power tumbling, trampoline, and double mini (another type of trampoline).

900 athletes (ages 3 yrs. to college) are competing on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24 at the Rock Island High School Fieldhouse.  Some of these athletes have competed at the Worlds level.  This meet is a qualifier to the national meet in June in Knoxville, Tenn.

The meet runs 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days.  The highest level athletes go from 8:30 a.m. to around 11 a.m. each morning (Saturday on trampoline, Sunday for tumbling) and Saturday at 1 p.m. on the double mini. 

The meet is hosted by the QC Xtreme Booster Club.

The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau assisted is bringing the USTA Northern Illinois State Championship here.  The estimated economic impact of this event for the local economy is $150,000.

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Champaign, IL, April 22, 2016— State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced the addition of two new Mississippi River

Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) projects in Illinois for fiscal year 2016.   The two watersheds that were chosen

are Clinton Lake and Upper Macoupin Creek watersheds, located in parts of DeWitt, Macoupin, McLean and Piatt Counties.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will manage the initiative by making financial and technical assistance

available to eligible farmers for improving water quality in the priority watersheds.  Producers can apply for funds from

NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to assist in installing conservation practices such as cover crops,

streambank and shoreline protection, nutrient management, grassed waterways, terraces, and water and sediment control

basins on their land.  To compete for funding in 2016, applications must be submitted by one of the three application cutoff

dates of May 20, June 17 and July 15, 2016.  Producers are encouraged to apply for financial assistance at any time

throughout the year, as NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis.

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The Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority unanimously voted today to retain Impression Sports and Entertainment to secure a new naming rights partner for the venue. The venue's current partnership with iWireless will expire in July of 2017.

Impression Sports & Entertainment ("Impression") specializes in providing our clients with full service sponsorship sales representation and sales-related consulting, and is regarded as one of the top sponsorship sales representation firms in North America.  The company is most often engaged to sell high-profile sponsorship platforms including venue naming rights and major title sponsorship or entitlement platforms. 

Based in Denver, Colorado, Impression's most recent multi-million, multi-year sponsorship agreements include securing 10-year naming rights agreements in Greenville (Bon Secours Wellness Arena) and Indianapolis (Farmers Insurance Coliseum), securing the primary jersey sponsorship for the Colorado Rapids (Transamerica), and title sponsorships for the Cactus Bowl (Motel 6), the Independence Bowl (Camping World), the Bahamas Bowl (Popeyes), and the Tangerine Bowl (Russell Athletic).  Over the past five (5) years, Impression has secured over $48MM in sponsorship agreements for our clients.

For more information on Impression Sports & Entertainment, please visit www.impressionsports.com.
"We are thrilled to be working with Impression Sports & Entertainment to identify a new naming rights partner", says arena Executive Director, Scott Mullen, "They come to us with a proven track record of success and a great reputation in the industry."

Impression Sports and Entertainment President Chris Foy said, "Impression Sports & Entertainment is honored to be selected to lead the naming rights sales process.  Our company's enthusiasm for this project stems from the ongoing success of the venue, the Mallards and the strong corporate culture within the Quad Cities and its surrounding areas.  We can't wait to get started."

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April 20, 2016 - iWireless announced that it will not extend its sponsorship of the iWireless Center in Moline, IL. The ten-year partnership will end in July 2017.

"iWireless is proud of our partnership with the Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority and the iWireless Center, which enhanced our presence in the Quad Cities area during the past 10 years," said Craven Shumaker, President and CEO of iWireless. "Looking forward, we will focus on other opportunities to serve customers in all of our markets."
The sponsorship dates back to 2005, when iWireless acquired naming rights and changed the venue name from The Mark of the Quad Cities to the iWireless Center.

"We appreciate the staff and patrons of the iWireless Center, and all that we gained from this valuable sponsorship," said Shumaker. "We look forward to our remaining time as the sponsor of the iWireless Center."

"Our incredible partnership with iWireless over the past decade has been mutually beneficial," states iWireless Center Executive Director, Scott Mullen. "It has allowed us to continually reinvest in building improvements that keep our venue among the top mid-size arenas in the country while helping iWireless build its brand recognition on both a regional and national level. We are very fortunate to have had such a tremendous partner and we will enjoy the remaining 15 months we have together while we continue to evaluate future corporate sponsorship opportunities."

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BETTENDORF: Resurfacing of Spruce Hills Drive from 18th Street to Middle Road is anticipated to begin on April 28 and be completed by mid May, weather dependent.  The project involves constructing an asphalt overlay on the existing concrete pavement, adjusting storm sewer inlets and painting new pavement markings and striping on the overlay.  The existing concrete pavement in this area was extensively patched last fall in preparation for this work.

 

During this time, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.  Driveways will be closed for short periods of time while the new asphalt paving is being laid in front of them, but will be reopened that same day as soon as the material has sufficiently cooled to allow traffic on.  At least one entrance to Cumberland Square will be kept open at all times.

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

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BETTENDORF: Due to construction activities at the Isle of Capri Casino, the Mississippi Riverfront Trail users will experience some detours in the vicinity of the Isle of Capri Casino and parking garage. Cyclists and pedestrians must use caution in these areas. Beginning Sunday, April 24 until approximately the first week of June, cyclists will be redirected to an on street route in these areas and must be aware of the mixed use between automobiles, pedestrians, and cyclists on various portions of the trail.

Please contact City Hall at 563-344-4113 with any questions.   

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