Jack Daily News Archives for 2018-06

Pre-Holiday Weekend a Busy One for State Police in Rock Island

The Illinois State Police were very busy during a roadside safety check Friday night, June 29th into early Saturday, June 30th. According to a release from the state police, a roadside safety check in the area of Illinois Rte 92 and 34th Street in Rock Island led to 22 citations and a pair of warnings for drivers. Among the 22 citations were 7 alcohol or drug related citations, 8 driver's license warnings, and multuple safety belt violations. The Illinois State Police are reminding drivers that there will be stepped up enforcement throughout this pre-holiday weekend and through the 4th of July, next Wednesday. 

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Exelon Announces New State of the Art Expansion in Cordova

Exelon Corporation wants the Quad Cities to know that the plant isn’t going anywhere. Despite having been on the verge of closing last year when owners found the plant to be underperforming; the company is now hailing the fact that Exelon is staying. Part of the effort to let people know they aren’t leaving was a grand opening on Thursday night for Exelon’s new Expanded and Modernized Professional Learning Center. In a press release, Exelon stated that the Learning Center was emblematic of the commitment Exelon is making to stay open and stay in Cordova. 

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City of Davenport Releases Red White and Boom Flood Map

One of the most popular spots to watch the annual Red White and Boom fireworks as part of the 4th of July Celebration. Davenport Police have released a new map of downtown, showing fans where they can go for a good vantage point of the fireworks. The map highlights Modern Woodman Ballpark as an alternative area to gather to watch the massive two state fireworks extravaganza. Check out the new flood map of downtown Davenport here. As for the flood, the crest is set for Sunday evening with water slowly crawling back into the banks of the Mississippi as the week goes on. 

 

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Moline Police Make Arrest in Early Morning Stabbing

A Moline man was arrested early Friday morning after a fight ended in a stabbing. According to a release from the Moline Police Department, 32 year old Jameaal D. Lovelady of Moline got into a fight at approximately 2:32 Am on Friday morning and before the fight ended, he'd pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the man he was fighting with. The victim of the stabbing suffered only minor injuries and was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Unitypoint Trinity in Rock Island. Lovelady stands charged with Aggravated Battery and as of this writing remained in the Rock Island County Jail. Moline Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the altercation in question to contact the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140 or contact Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-950.

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Quad City Times Editorial Staff Calling on Davenport Police to Investigate Bike Path Death

The Quad City Times is calling upon Davenport Police to investigate the death of Ruth Morris. Ms. Morris died on Saturday morning while walking the bike path in Davenport when she struck by a bicyclist. While emergency medical professionals arrived at the scene to initiate live saving procedures, the Times claims that no members of Davenport law enforcement were on scene, no witnesses were interviewed and no evidence gathered as to what actually took place. The Times Editorial Board did state that even by the account of Morris' son that his mother's death was nothing more than a tragic accident, the editorial staff argued that an investigation may turn up information that could make the bike paths safer and that such results make an investigation valuable and necessary. 

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Red White Boom Viewing Areas Effected by Flooding

Due to the rising waters of the Mississippi, planned viewing areas for the annual Red White and Boom celebration are changing. According a release from the City of Davenport, flood waters have risen to 14.89 feet and it is expected that the flood crest may happen Sunday with water at a level of 16.9 feet. This means that spots that had traditionally been viewing areas for Red White and Boom may not be available due to flooding. Updated viewing areas for Red White and Boom are expected to be released today on the City of Davenport website. 

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Davenport to Weigh Making West Central Park a Three Lane Road

The City of Davenport will hold a meeting on Monday night to discuss potential plans to make West Central Park into a three lane road. According to a release from the City of Davenport, the idea, if approved, would make West Central Park a three lane road between Harrison Street and Division Street. This means there would be an eastbound lane, a westbound lane and a turn only lane. Should the idea move forward the change to West Central Park could begin to take place by mid-July with the restriping of the streets taking place after current pavement improvements on West Central Park are completed.


 

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Senator Tammy Duckworth in Galesburg Today

Senator Tammy Duckworth will be holding mobile office hours in Galesburg this afternoon. According to a release from Senator Duckworth's office, the Senator will meet with constituents at the Galesburg Public Library at 40 East Simmons Street from 2 Pm to 4 Pm this afternoon. Among the topics Senator Duckworth will be addressing are Veterans Affairs requests, Social Security Questions and Federal Grant questions. Duckworth released this statement as part of the event: “Reaching as many Illinoisans as possible and talking about their concerns is one of my top priorities as Senator, and making my team available in every corner of the state will help.” Senator Duckworth then added “These Mobile Office Hours in Galesburg will help hardworking families learn about federal resources available to them, cut through red tape and get the timely replies they deserve. We look forward to hosting accompanying mobile office hours across Illinois in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

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WWE Superstar Seth Rollins Returning to Davenport Tonight

The world knows him as Seth Rollins but when the former WWE Intercontinental Champion and World Heavyweight Champion returns to his hometown in Davenport, he's just Colby. Colby Lopez/Seth Rollins is returning to his hometown tonight for an appearance at Modern Woodman Ballpark where the Quad City River Bandits are playing host to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. It's Black & Brave Wrestling Night at Modern Woodman Ballpark and while Colby won't be wrestling, he will be on hand to help raise funds for K9 Kindness this week's We Care Wednesday charity for the River Bandits. As for Seth Rollins, he's currently locked in a feud with opponent Dolph Ziggler and his partner Drew McIntyre with a match at the WWE Pay Per View Extreme Rules a likely upcoming event. 

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Report: Illinois Kids are Counting on Accurate Census

Illinois is doing better at improving the lives of children than in past years, according to the new 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

At the same time, the report warns progress could be undermined by a 2020 Census under-count. The annual snapshot of child well-being says an estimated 150,000 Illinois children live in areas deemed by the census as "hard-to-count."

The KIDS COUNT manager at Voices for Illinois Children, Anna Rowan, says if children are missed, the state could lose out on funding that provides critical supports for a healthy start in life.

"We're talking about Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, Head Start grants, and grants for Title I schools and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program," Rowan says. "These are all vital programs for child well-being. "

Bright spots for Illinois, she notes, include low rates of uninsured children and the expansion of preschool programs. The state ranks 22nd overall, ahead of neighboring Midwestern states Indiana and Missouri, but far behind such top-five states as Minnesota and Iowa.

Rowan is convinced there are areas where Illinois could do better for its kids.

"Where we continue to struggle is in the area of economic security for our families," she explains. "More than 500,000 children in Illinois live in poverty, and almost one in three Illinois children lives in a household with a high housing-cost burden."

Laura Speer, the Casey Foundation's associate director for policy reform and advocacy, adds the Census needs to fully fund state and local outreach, and broaden the group of people and organizations who can reach hard-to-count areas and encourage participation.

"There is a lot of fear of whether or not the information in the census might be used against families," Speer warns. "So, it's important to make sure that groups like childcare providers, churches, schools and libraries are places where people feel safe to fill out the census form. "

The report notes the under-count of young children has worsened with each census since 1980, and in 2010 had a national under-count of one million children under age five.

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ISP Announce Results Of OREP

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Rock Island County during June. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up.

Violations Enforcement Activity
Safety Belt Citations  19
Child Restraint Citations  0
Total Citations  33
Total Written Warnings  12

Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by
neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply
“buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Illinois State Police Release Rock Island County Enforcement Numbers

The Illinois State Police have released the Alcohol Counter-Measures-Enforcement numbers for the month of June, thus far in Rock Island County. According to the ISP District 7 numbers, 44 people have been cited for violations in June. These include 1 Driving Under the Influence Citation, 1 Alcohol/Drug Citation, 2 Seatbelt Violations, 1 Registration violation, 4 Drivers License offenses, 19 Citations with Arrests, and 12 Written Warnings.

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Rock Island County Integrity Task Force Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Moline

An officer involved shooting is under investigation in Moline. According to Moline Police the incident occurred at approximately 12:35 Am in the 3300 Block of Avenue of the Cities. Officers arrived on the scene of a reported burglary in the area and encountered the suspect attempting to flee the scene. The suspect and Moline Police exchanged gunfire and the suspect was hit. Moline Firefighters took the suspect from the scene to UnityPoint in Rock Island where at last report the suspect was undergoing surgery. The Rock Island County Integrity Task Force has taken on the investigation of the shooting and as of early this morning a section of Avenue of the Cities, the alleyway from 31st to 34th street has been closed to traffic while investigators gather evidence. No other details have been released at this time.

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Screening of "The Mask You Live In" To Be Held June 23rd


Local youth to take part in activities about toxic cultural expectations that lead to violence and discussion about alternatives

 June 23rd  5-8pm 1540 W 12th St, Davenport, IA 52804

Brought to you by Treasure Box, a local 501©3, Starting at 5pm the Re-fl3x dance troupe will be performing followed by an opportunity for youth to grab refreshments. At 6 pm a local poet will be doing an introduction for the film then participants will watch the film (approximately 60 min runtime) followed by a discussion led by Brean Woods about the film and what youth can do to make better choices. This event is part of community engagement.

Prizes and approximately 20 professional mentoring opportunities will be drawn as raffle prizes at the conclusion of the event.

More information about the event can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/366008733920281/
 

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Iowa Work Force Has Received An Apprenticeship Grant

Organizations are invited to submit proposals to Iowa Workforce Development to receive funding to grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa.

 

Iowa Workforce Development was recently awarded an additional $1 million ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to strengthen and grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa. The grant is focused on expanding opportunities in healthcare and advanced manufacturing, the fastest growing and largest employment sectors in the state, as well as increasing the participation of women, youth, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.

 

Organizations may apply for funding in five areas: Quality Pre-Apprenticeship; High School Registered Apprenticeship; Healthcare Sector Registered Apprenticeship; Advanced Manufacturing Sector Registered Apprenticeship; and Pilot Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

 

Gov. Kim Reynolds encourages organizations to apply for the funding to further grow Iowa's Registered Apprenticeship footprint.

 

"Increasing the number of Registered Apprenticeship Programs and Registered Apprentices will help us close Iowa’s skills gap and help Iowans pursue rewarding careers and good-paying jobs," Gov. Reynolds said. "Healthcare and manufacturing are critical to Iowa's economy, and it is vital we have the skilled workers for these jobs. Registered Apprenticeship growth is an important strategy to help our state reach its Future Ready Iowa goal of having 70 percent of its workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025."

 

The funding proposals are due to Iowa Workforce Development by 1 p.m. on Friday, July 27. The full Request for Proposal (RFP) and  the guidelines for submitting a proposal is available online for the following programs:

 

Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Recognized Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Programs may apply for a $10,000 award to focus on career pathways to create or provide on-going support of a Quality Pre-Apprenticeship program. The funds can be used for creation of curriculum, supportive services, participant support costs, outreach, and staff costs for developing and operating the program. Each Quality Pre-Apprenticeship program must have at least one Quality Pre-Apprentice or 10 percent of Quality Pre-Apprentices, whichever amount is greater, hired by a Registered Apprenticeship program by Oct. 31, 2020. Total funding available is $150,000.

 

High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs: High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs may apply for a $15,000 award. This award may be used to start or to support a current High School Registered Apprenticeship Program. The funds can be used for Related Training Instruction, supportive services and a Registered Apprenticeship coordinator. Total funding available is $145,000.

 

Healthcare Sector Registered Apprenticeship Program: This funding is to be used to grow at least 200 active Registered Apprentices in the healthcare sector. The funds can be used for Related Training Instruction, supportive services, stipends to apprentices or sponsors to incentivize retention, a Registered Apprenticeship coordinator and travel. Total funding available is $150,000.

 

Advanced Manufacturing Registered Sector Apprenticeship Program: This funding is to be used to grow at least 200 active Registered Apprentices in the advanced manufacturing sector. The funds can be used for Related Training Instruction, supportive services, stipends to apprentices or sponsors to incentivize retention, a Registered Apprenticeship coordinator and travel. Total funding available is $150,000.

 

Pilot Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program: This funding will be used to provide a pipeline of at least 200 active pre-apprentices to Registered Apprenticeship Programs with a focus on underrepresented populations. The funds can be used for creation of curriculum, supportive services, participant support costs, outreach, and staff costs for developing and operating the program. Extra points will be awarded for programs targeting healthcare and advanced manufacturing sectors and programs that have a statewide presence. Total funding available is $125,000.

 

Iowa Workforce Development received an initial $1.8 million ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant received from the U.S. Department of Labor in November of 2016. The additional $1 million in funding ends on Oct. 31, 2020.

 

Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development, said the additional funding can serve as a springboard for organizations to start a new program or support an existing program.

 

"More and more employers from diverse industries are finding a Registered Apprenticeship allows them to recruit, train and retain workers to build a workforce that meets their needs," Director Townsend said. "We are excited to receive this additional funding that we can share with organizations who are committed to growing Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, helping us to meet the Future Ready Iowa goal."

 

Registered Apprenticeship Programs help recruit, train a skilled workforce and retain talent. There are currently more than 1,000 apprenticeable occupations in industries that include energy, information technology, healthcare, financial services, transportation, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage preparation, and the building trades.

 

Iowa employers and job seekers can explore Registered Apprenticeship opportunities at earnandlearniowa.gov. The website helps employers understand how a Registered Apprenticeship Program works, the value it brings to their business, the resources available to help them set up a program and has a form to complete to receive more information.

 

Job seekers who are interested in exploring Registered Apprenticeship opportunities are encouraged to visit the website and fill out an online form to connect them to a local IowaWORKS Center. In addition IowaWORKS Center staff can help with resume preparation, cover letter assistance and mock interviews. 

 

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Flash Flood Watch In Effect Through Friday Morning

Flash Flood Watch
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
347 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...Periods of Heavy Rain Today and Tonight...

.Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this morning will
become more widespread this afternoon and evening as a very humid
air mass remains over eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.
Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour could produce flash
flooding in urban areas, and near smaller rivers and streams. More
prolonged high water levels are also possible as the ground
becomes saturated.

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/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
Delaware-Dubuque-Jones-Jackson-Clinton-Scott-Jo Daviess-
Stephenson-Carroll-Whiteside-Rock Island-Henry IL-Bureau-Putnam-
Including the cities of Manchester, Dubuque, Anamosa, Maquoketa,
Clinton, Davenport, Bettendorf, Galena, Freeport, Mount Carroll,
Sterling, Moline, Rock Island, Geneseo, Princeton, and Hennepin
347 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

The National Weather Service in Quad Cities has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Illinois and Iowa, including
  the following areas, in Illinois, Bureau, Carroll, Henry IL,
  Jo Daviess, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, and Whiteside. In
  Iowa, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones, and Scott.

* Through Friday morning.

* Slow moving showers and thunderstorms and multiple rounds of
  storms may produce heavy rain over already saturated ground.
  Peak rainfall rates may reach 1 to 2 inches per hour. Total rain
  amounts will vary considerably, but an additional 2 to 4 inches
  are possible in the heaviest bands, with isolated higher amounts
  not out of the question.

* Those near smaller rivers, streams, and low-lying areas should
  be prepared for dangerous flash flooding and more prolonged high
  water levels. Urban flooding is also a threat. Remember never
  to drive through flooded roadways. There were many reports of
  stalled vehicles in the Quad Cities on Wednesday from people
  attempting to cross through flood waters.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that flash flooding is possible.
Monitor forecasts and take action if flash flood warnings are
issued or flash flooding develops.

&&

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Uttech/RP Kinney


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Flood Warning
Flood Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

.Updated flood information on the Wapsipinicon and Rock Rivers.

River forecasts include past precipitation and forecast rainfall for
the next 24 hours.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an
alternate route. Turn around, don`t drown.

&&

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/JOSI2.2.ER.180620T1600Z.180624T0600Z.000000T0000Z.NO/
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice...

The Flood Warning continues for
  The Rock River near Joslin.
* Until further notice.
* At  3:45 AM Thursday the stage was 13.0 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast, Rise to 15.6 feet Sunday morning, then begin falling.
* Impact, At  15.0 feet, Water affects residences in the Thompson
  addition.

&&

LAT...LON 4152 9032 4169 9002 4163 8999 4148 9027


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Flood Warning
Flood Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

.Updated flood information on the Wapsipinicon and Rock Rivers.

River forecasts include past precipitation and forecast rainfall for
the next 24 hours.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an
alternate route. Turn around, don`t drown.

&&

ILC073-161-220146-
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/MLII2.2.ER.180622T0000Z.180624T1200Z.000000T0000Z.NO/
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice...

The Flood Warning continues for
  The Rock River at Moline.
* Until further notice.
* At  4:30 AM Thursday the stage was 11.7 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* No flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast, Rise above flood stage this evening and continue rising
  to 13.9 feet Sunday morning.
* Impact, At  14.0 feet, Major Flood Stage. Water affects South Shore
  Drive and North Shore Drive in Moline west of the 27th Street
  bridge. Water limits access to homes on South Shore Drive east of
  the I-74 bridge. Water also affects portions of 60th Street south
  of John Deere Road.
 

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Moline Police Asking for Tips in Suspicious Death Investigation

Moline Police are asking for tips from the public related to a suspicious death. 23 year old Taylor Kirklin of Moline was found in the front yard of a home in the 2600 block of 16th street on June 18th at 5:05 Am. Moline Police had been called to the scene for a welfare check when they discovered Kirklin’s body. The case is a criminal investigation and Moline Police are asking anyone with any information about Taylor Kirklin’s death to contact Moline Police or Quad Cities Crimestoppers. Specifically, investigators at the Moline Police Department are searching for information regarding Kirklin’s whereabouts leading up to his death on the morning of the 18th. If you have any information regarding the death of Taylor Kirklin of Moline please contact Moline Police at 309-524-2140 or Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500. 

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More Than 2 Million ITINs To Expire This Year; Renew Soon To Avoid Refund Delays


With more than 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2018, the Internal Revenue Service today urged affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications soon to beat the rush and avoid refund delays next year.

In the third year of the renewal program, the IRS has increased staffing to handle the anticipated influx of W-7 applications for renewal. This third wave of expiring ITINs is expected to affect as many as 2.7 million taxpayers. To help taxpayers, the renewal process for 2019 is beginning earlier than last year.

“Even though the April tax deadline has passed, the IRS encourages people affected by these ITIN changes to take steps as soon as possible to prepare for next year’s tax returns,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “Acting now to renew ITIN numbers will help taxpayers avoid delays that could affect their tax filing and refunds in 2019. The IRS appreciates the help from partner groups across the nation sharing this information with those with expiring ITIN numbers.”

Under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, ITINs that have not been used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three consecutive years will expire Dec. 31, 2018. In addition, ITINs with middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82 will also expire at the end of the year. These affected taxpayers who expect to file a tax return in 2019 must submit a renewal application as soon as possible.

ITINs are used by people who have tax filing or payment obligations under U.S. law but who are not eligible for a Social Security number. ITIN holders who have questions should visit the ITIN information page on IRS.gov and take a few minutes to understand the guidelines.

Once again, the IRS is launching a nationwide education effort to share information with ITIN holders. To help taxpayers, the IRS offers a variety of informational materials, including flyers and fact sheets, available in several languages on IRS.gov.

The IRS will continue to work with partner groups and others in the ITIN community to share information widely about these important changes.  

Who should renew an ITIN

• Taxpayers whose ITIN is expiring and who need to file a tax return in 2019 must submit a renewal application. Others do not need to take any action. ITINs with the middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82 (For example: 9NN-73-NNNN) need to be renewed even if the taxpayer has used it in the last three years. The IRS will begin sendingthe CP-48 Notice, You must renew your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file your U.S. tax return, in early summer to affected taxpayers. The notice explains the steps to take to renew the ITIN if it will be included on aU.S. tax return filed in 2019. Taxpayers who receive the notice after taking action to renew their ITIN do not need to take further action unless another family member is affected.

• ITINs with middle digits of 70, 71, 72, 78, 79 or 80 have previously expired. Taxpayers with these ITINs can still renew at any time.

• Spouses or dependents residing inside the United States should renew their ITINs. However, spouses and dependents residing outside the United States do not need to renew their ITINs unless they anticipate being claimed for a tax benefit (for example, after they move to the United States) or if they file their own tax return. That’s because the deduction for personal exemptions is suspended for tax years 2018 through 2025 by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Consequently, spouses or dependents outside the United States who would have been claimed for this personal exemption benefit and no other benefit do not need to renew their ITINs this year.

Family option remains available

Taxpayers with an ITIN that has middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82, as well as all previously expired ITINs, have the option to renew ITINs for their entire family at the same time. Those who have received a renewal letter from the IRS can choose to renew the family’s ITINs together, even if family members have an ITIN with middle digits that have not been identified for expiration. Family members include the tax filer, spouse and any dependents claimed on the tax return.

How to renew an ITIN

To renew an ITIN, a taxpayer must complete a Form W-7 and submit all required documentation. Taxpayers submitting a Form W-7 to renew their ITIN are not required to attach a federal tax return. However, taxpayers must still note a reason for needing an ITIN on the Form W-7. See the Form W-7 instructions for detailed information.
There are three ways to submit the W-7 application package. Taxpayers can:
• Mail the Form W-7, along with original identification documents or copies certified by the agency that issued them, to the IRS address listed on the Form W-7 instructions. The IRS will review the identification documents and return them within 60 days.
• Work with Certified Acceptance Agents (CAAs) authorized by the IRS to help taxpayers apply for an ITIN. CAAs can authenticate all identification documents for primary and secondary taxpayers, verify that an ITIN application is correct before submitting it to the IRS for processing and authenticate the passports and birth certificates for dependents. This saves taxpayers from mailing original documents to the IRS.
• In advance, call and make an appointment at a designated IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center to have each applicant’s identity authenticated in person instead of mailing original identification documents to the IRS. Applicants should bring a completed Form W-7 along with all required identification documents. See the TAC ITIN authentication page for more details.

Avoid common errors now and prevent delays next year

Federal tax returns that are submitted in 2019 with an expired ITIN will be processed. However, certain tax credits and any exemptions will be disallowed. Taxpayers will receive a notice in the mail advising them of the change to their tax return and their need to renew their ITIN. Once the ITIN is renewed, applicable credits and exemptions will be restored and any refunds will be issued.

Additionally, several common errors can slow down and hold some ITIN renewal applications. These mistakes generally center on missing information or insufficient supporting documentation, such as name changes. The IRS urges any applicant to check over their form carefully before sending it to the IRS.
As a reminder, the IRS no longer accepts passports that do not have a date of entry into the U.S. as a stand-aloneidentification document for dependents from a country other than Canada or Mexico, or dependents of U.S. militarypersonnel overseas. The dependent’s passport must have a date of entry stamp, otherwise the following additionaldocuments to prove U.S. residency are required:
•               U.S. medical records for dependents under age 6,
•               U.S. school records for dependents under age 18, and
•               U.S. school records (if a student), rental statements, bank statements or utility bills listing theapplicant’s name and U.S. address, if over age 18.

IRS continues to encourage more applicants for the Acceptance Agent Program to expand ITIN services

To increase the availability of ITIN services nationwide, particularly in communities with high ITIN usage, the IRS is actively recruiting Certified Acceptance Agents and accepting applications year-round. Interested individuals are encouraged to review all CAA program changes and requirements and submit an application to become a Certified Acceptance Agent.

For more information, visit the ITIN information page on IRS.gov

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Bettendorf Releases Fourth of July Schedule

Bettendorf’s 4th of July festivities kick off on Tuesday, July 3 with a free outdoor concert featuring Country Singer Adam Cunningham. Adam’s high energy stage presence and gritty, soulful voice gained the Nashville singer fans nationwide. Adam, who is originally from Grandview, IA, was a contestant on Season 13 of The Voice, finishing in 6th place.

 

Music begins at 5:00 p.m. with local Classic Rock Band Hap Hazard, followed by the Army Band at 7:00 p.m. Adam will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. The concert will be held on the west stage near 18th Street on Spruce Hills Drive.

 

Food and beer will be available to purchase. Coolers are allowed at the concert.

 

No fireworks or shuttle service on Tuesday, July 3.

 

4th of July Parade

Bettendorf’s 4th of July parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of 23rd Street and State Street. The procession will go east on State Street, around McDonald’s to Grant Street, west on Grant Street to 16th Street, turning south on 16th Street, east on State Street, and ends at 21st Street. For more information, contact Don Wells at 563-210-0465. The parade is directed by the Greater Bettendorf Community Foundation.

Parade Marshal

This year’s grand marshal is Mark Smith, CEO of Hand in Hand of the Quad Cities. Hand in Hand is a non-profit organization that has been serving the Quad Cities since 2000 by creating fun, inclusive learning experience for children and young adults with special needs. Mark is one of the founders of Hand in Hand, along with his wife Vinnie and Dave and Joanie Steil. The program was started so those with special needs or disabilities could be afforded the same opportunities as other children.

 

4th of July Festival Schedule

Beginning July 3 through July 5, Spruce Hills Drive will be closed from 18th Street to Cumberland Square Drive. Access to Cumberland Square businesses will be on Spruce Hills Drive near Azteca and 18th Street.

On Wednesday, July 4, crafts, food, amusement rides, and music will be held on Spruce Hills Drive.

Opening ceremony begins at noon.

Melodrama will sing the National Anthem during the opening ceremony. Melodrama is a vocal harmony group put together by Sarah Hepner of the QC Rock Academy. These Bettendorf Middle School girls have been practicing and performing together for over a year and enjoy covering a variety of musical genres.

Mayor Gallagher and City Council will serve FREE ice cream at the hospitality tent from noon until 2:00 p.m.

Arts/crafts, food, and beverage booths will be available.

The Quad Cities Optimist Fishing Derby at Middle Park Lagoon from noon until 2:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

Quad City Skydiving Center’s Parachute Team shows throughout the day, including evening.

T.J. Regul, The Quad City Magician, will offer fun on the spot performances from Noon-6:00 p.m. near petting zoo.

Jim and Carol Bowe will perform at 6:00 p.m. at the Bill Bowe Memorial Band Shell, 1645 23rd Street. The Bettendorf Park Band will play at 7:30 p.m.

Amusement Rides

Amusement Rides, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Ticket sales stop at 6:30 p.m.)

 

Ticket prices for rides are: single ticket/$1 or 12 tickets/$10 (socks are required on rides)

 

Miller’s Farmland Petting Zoo - 1 ticket per person

 

Petting Zoo Choo Train - 3 tickets per person

 

Zip Line - 5 tickets per person

 

Wipe Out – 3 tickets per person

 

Double Lane Castle Waterslide – 3 tickets per person

 

Sports inflatables, bouncers, slides, and obstacle course - 1 ticket per person

 

Band Schedule for Wednesday, July 4

    East Stage Near Teske’s

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.    Spike

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.      VanderVeer

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.      Corporate Rock

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.      Moonshine Run

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.    North of 40

 

    West Stage Near 18th Street

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.    Soul Storm

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.      The Night People

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.      Crooked Cactus Band

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.      Hap Hazard

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.    Bugeye Sprite

Shuttle Service

Bettendorf Transit Service will provide transportation to the festival from Bettendorf High School. Shuttle service begins at Noon and ends at 9:00 p.m. No shuttle service during the fireworks. No shuttle service on Tuesday, July 3.

 

Fireworks

Fireworks will be held at Middle Park at dusk on Wednesday, July 4. Rain date for fireworks and the Park Band only is Saturday, July 7. There will be no fireworks on Monday, July 3.

J&M Displays, the company presenting Bettendorf’s fireworks, will offer a free app to sync patriotic music with the fireworks display. Available on iOS and Android, the app allows people attending the fireworks to hear music that goes along with the show right from a mobile device. To download the J&M Displays app, go to the App Store on a smart phone or tablet. You can also download the app from the QR Code. On July 4, once you are in the app, click on AVAILABLE EVENTS, then click on the BETTENDORF SHOW, and wait for the fireworks to begin. The app will need an active data connection during the fireworks display in order to function.

Sponsors

Tri-City Electric Co.                                                          Freedom Sponsorship

UnityPoint Health, Trinity                                               Freedom Sponsorship

Isle                                                                                    Star Spangled Banner Sponsorship

Build to Suit                                                                     Red Sponsorship

University of Iowa Community Credit Union                 Red Sponsorship

US Adventure RV                                                             Red Sponsorship

Barton Solvents, Inc.                                                       White Sponsorship

K&K Hardware                                                                 White Sponsorship

Ascentra Credit Union                                                     White Sponsorship

Town Square Media                                                         White Sponsorship

Rivermont Collegiate                                                       Blue Sponsorship

RIA Federal Credit Union                                                Blue Sponsorship

Bettendorf Business Network                                         Blue Sponsorship

 

Sponsor Levels

Freedom Level $5,000 +      Star Spangled Banner Level $2,500 +

Red Level  $1,000 +             White Level $500 +                               Blue Level $250 + 

 

Residential Fireworks in Bettendorf

Last year, the City of Bettendorf updated the ordinance for fireworks within the city limits.  Consumer fireworks are restricted to July 3 and July 4 from 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. each day. Residents are allowed to shoot off fireworks on their own property or have permission from the property owner. Individuals may not shoot off fireworks on public property, streets, or in city parks. This includes Middle Park during the fireworks display.

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

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

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chief Keith Kimball at kkimball@bettendorf.org or 563-344-4020.

Sky Lanterns are Prohibited

Sky lanterns are prohibited in the City of Bettendorf under the International Fire Code.

 

Sky Lanterns, or as they are sometimes called, Floating Lanterns, Wishing Lanterns, and Celebration Lanterns are airborne paper lanterns with a small candle or fuel cell that when lit, heats the air in the lantern making it rise. They are known to travel up to several miles from where they were released. If a sky lantern lands on a roof or on a combustible surface while it is still burning, it could ignite and cause a fire.

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Bettendorf to Hold Townhall to Discuss Community Center

The City of Bettendorf has announced a town hall meeting to discuss the future of the Herbert D. Goettsch Community Center, Life Fitness Center and Splash Landing. The meeting is scheduled for 7 Pm on Thursday, June 28th at Bettendorf City Hall, in the City Council Chamber. Anyone interested is invited to attend and voice their opinion the future and the needs of these locations. The meeting is part of a larger ongoing project, The Parks Facilities Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study being conducted by Perkins + Will. You can follow the progress of this project by going to BettendorfRecCenterStudy.com. 

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Paul Rudd The Catcher Was a Spy Coming to the Putnam Museum

Paul Rudd is coming to Davenport…. Sort of. The star of Ant-Man and the Wasp has another movie coming out called The Catcher Was a Spy. This based on a true story film features Rudd as Moe Berg, a real life professional baseball catcher who became an American spy in World War 2 Germany. The Catcher and the Spy has yet to reach a nationwide theatrical release however, it will be showing on Tuesday, June 19th at the Putnam Museum in Davenport as part of a new series of movies at the Putnam. The Putnam museum is partnering with the New York Film Critics Circle for a series of shows that will feature smaller, independently released movies that will be accompanied by a live on location interview with NYFCC member and critic, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone and the stars of the movie. In the case of The Catcher Was a Spy, the interview subject will be star Paul Rudd who will be live with Mr. Travers via satellite to several theaters around the country including The Putnam Museum on their National Geographic Giant Screen. Tickets to attend are $10 and include the movie and the interview which will take place prior to the film, beginning at 7 Pm. Kim Findlay of the Putnam Museum told Jack Daily News that The Catcher Was a Spy is the first in a series of 10 features that will include interviews with movie stars, and key movie personnel and host Peter Travers called The New York Critics Series. Tickets can be purchased via the Putnam Museum website or at the Putnam prior to the show. Doors open Tuesday night, June 19th at 6:30 Pm.

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Lee Brice Headlining John Deere Classic Charity Concert

The organizers of the John Deere Classic have announced that country music superstar Lee Brice is helping raise funds for John Deere Classic charities. The John Deere Classic is returning to Deere Run the week of July 9th to the 15th and Lee Brice, with opening act Lewis Brice, will be performing a benefit concert for John Deere Classic Charities on July 11th at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf as part of the festivities leading up to the tournament that weekend. If you want to help raise money for John Deere Classic Charities and see Lee Brice in concert find the John Deere Classic Facebook page and your special code. You will enter the code for the chance to buy tickets which are available currently for the price of a $125 donation to JDC charities. 

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Rodney Carrington Returning to the Quad Cities

Comedian Rodney Carrington is returning to the Quad Cities this October. According to a release from the Adler Theater, the popular comic has booked a show at The Adler on October 12th at 7 Pm. Carrington is on tour to support is new comedy album “Here Comes the Truth.” Tickets for Rodney Carrington at the Adler Theater, October 12th, go on sale this Friday, June 22nd at 10 Am at the Adler box office and ticketmaster.

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Bishop Hill Opens An Artist Cooperative: The Bishop Hill Creative Commons

When you first walk in the front door of Bishop Hill’s newest business your eyes are drawn to the wide array of art on every wall. Knowing this was the quilt shop, one should not be surprised that there are quilts, modern and traditional quilts, as well as small and large geometric barn quilts. There are both watercolor and acrylic paintings of flowers and roosters, hummingbirds and historic buildings. Your nose catches the scent of hand-made soaps, and there is a gleaming display case of hand-burnished copper jewelry. You see traditional wheat weavings and colorful aprons. Looking closer you see the intricate wood burning and painting on gourds. Books, half-open, have every single page folded to reveal a word or a flower in the pattern formed by the paper folding. You might notice a few rows of chairs set up for the Summer Songwriter Series of Concerts at the Commons. And everywhere there is the air of enchantment and inspiration.

The Bishop Hill Creative Commons at 309 Bishop Hill Road has its grand opening during the village’s annual Midsommar event this Saturday June 23rd.

 

 According to their founder, storyteller and author Brian “Fox” Ellis, “The Bishop Hill Creative Commons is a collective of visual and performing artists dedicated to the promotion of community and creativity. There is an art gallery displaying the work of both traditional folk arts and modern art. We are hosting concerts, storytelling, and theatre, as well as workshops for adults, families and the home schooled community.”

 

“Our motto is ‘Where Creativity and Inspiration meet to…’ and we let you fill in the blank,” says Fox, adding “we want everyone who comes through our doors to feel inspired; that they can be a part of our creative community. The Commons is focused on building community by nurturing creativity.”

His partner is John Taylor, best known for his Cà d'Zan House Concerts in Cambridge, Illinois, and his heroic efforts in spearheading the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series. Taylor is well known in the regional music scene and has helped transform the old Village Smithy Quilt Shop into one of the area’s premiere concert venues. He has already booked a Summer Songwriter Series featuring local and regional musicians every other Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm. The line-up includes: Matt and Christina June 30th, Lewis Knudsen July 14th, Chris Stevens July 28th, Corie “Cow” Weisenberger August 11th. Daniel Watkins on August 25th will start at 6:00. They are currently booking a fall schedule of national and international touring bands. All of the concerts are for all ages and family friendly.

 

Taylor says, “As a collective we can do more together than if this were owned by just one artist. It is about building community.” He encourages you to like their Facebook page to keep up on the concert series. He also said, “We still have a few spaces open if you want to join our artist cooperative.”

 

Fox added, “Our first children’s art class will be June 28th at 10 am.” It will be lead by Jelena Todorovich, a Bishop Hill native and graduate of the Art Institute in Chicago. They are planning weekly art classes and workshops in creative writing. They have already hosted their first wedding and have three more planned. Fox told us this is now the largest room available for special events in Bishop Hill. “Bishop Hill has a rich tradition of arts with the Handverk Galleri and the Prairie Arts Center, it really is a place where the arts thrive. The Commons is excited to be a part of this vibrant arts community and we invite everyone to come participate in making every day an inspiring day.”

For more information stop in or visit: facebook.com/bhcommons.

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Moline Police Investigate Shooting Incident

On June 18th, 2018, at approximately 02:30AM, Moline Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 2400 block 16th Street, Moline. 

A Moline Police Officer was in the area, heard several shots being fired and observed two vehicles fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed.

Moline Police attempted to pull one of the vehicles over but the vehicle did not stop, increasing its speed as we pursued the vehicle. The vehicle then turned off its lights and was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph and out of an abundance of caution to the public the pursuit was discontinued.

Additional officers located a vehicle with several bullet holes in it in the parking lot at The Belgrade, 2431 16th Street, Moline.

A short time later, Moline Police were advised a male, a 28-year-old Chicago resident, arrived at Genesis East Hospital in Davenport with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The victim’s injuries were not considered life threatening.

If anyone has any information regarding the shooting they are asked to call Moline Police Criminal Investigations at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.
 

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QC Crime Stoppers Seeks Tips In Homicide Case

Quad Cities Crime Stoppers is now offering a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to arrest of the person(s) responsible for the Jason Roberts Homicide. 
The Davenport Police Department is looking for your help to identify and arrest the person(s) responsible for the murder of Jason Roberts.
Davenport Police responded to a disturbance/shots-fired call about 2:06 a.m. near 800 W. 4th Street, where they found Jason Blair Roberts, 46, suffering from life-threatening injuries after being shot.  Officers provided first-aid services to the gunshot victim until medical personnel arrived on the scene, which is close to Lafayette Park, two blocks north of the foot of the Talbot Memorial (Centennial) Bridge.  Medic EMS transported Roberts to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street; he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Due to the support of private donations from the community and the maximum amount payable by QC Crime Stoppers, the reward amount has doubled over the past 48 hours, from $5,000 to $10,000.
If you have any information regarding the Jason Roberts homicide, please contact Davenport Police Department or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities where you can remain anonymous.
If you have information concerning this crime, call the tip line at 309-762-9500 or visit the free app P3 Tips and submit the information anonymously.  All tips are anonymous and if your information leads to the arrest of the person believed to have murdered Jason Roberts, you’ll receive a cash reward of up to $10,000.

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Applications Still Available For The 2018 Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest

 

 Applications remain available for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest. They can be found at mvfair.com or may be picked up at the fair office, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport.

 

The deadline for their return is July 1, 2018.

 

The winner of the contest will reign during the fair, which is being held July 31 to Aug. 5, and will assist with various fair activities during the week. The winner also will represent Scott County and the Mississippi Valley Fair at the Iowa State Fair’s queen competition. The Iowa State Fair takes place Aug. 9-19.

 

This year’s Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at Keppy Hall. The queen will be crowned during the fair at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, in the Variety Tent.

 

Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 21 years of age on Aug. 9, 2018, the first day of the Iowa State Fair. Contestants must reside in Scott County or an adjoining county and have never been married or had children. Additional contest rules can be found on the application form.

 

Contestants will be judged on the following:

A – Personality, attitude, appearance and awareness.

B – Leadership and citizenship, contribution to community.

C -- Overall appearance, charm, poise.

Each contestant must also be a member of at least one service organization in her community, such as a church group, FFA, 4-H or Girl Scouts.

The new queen will receive a sash and crown plus a $750 scholarship sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Fair Board.

Contest superintendents are Jeantee Keppy and Joan Martz. For additional information, call Keppy at (563) 370-5011 or Martz at (563) 528-1496. The Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest also has a Facebook page.

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Governor Bruce Rauner is announcing agriculture grants

Governor Bruce Rauner is announcing 16 million dollars in agriculture grants for Illinois communities. The grants include five million dollars for educational programs through the University of Illinois extension service. Another five will be split between all 92 county fairs in Illinois. The final six million will go to soil and water conservation districts across the state.

 

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It's Hot Hot Hot

It is going to continue to be a hot one outside. There is a heat advisory out for the Quad City area ending on Sunday Night at 7pm. If you have to be outside for any reason, you need to make sure to have plenty of water to stay hydrated. If your place is too hot to handle, try going to a store to cool down.

 

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Salmonella linked to Honey Smack cereal

The CDC is investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smack cereal. 73 cases from 31 states have been confirmed so far, including one in Illinois. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning usually show up 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food and include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Some people affected have had to be hospitalized.

 

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Applications are still available for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest

Davenport, Iowa (June 14, 2018) – Applications remain available for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest. They can be found at mvfair.com or may be picked up at the fair office, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport.

 

The deadline for their return is July 1, 2018.

 

The winner of the contest will reign during the fair, which is being held July 31 to Aug. 5, and will assist with various fair activities during the week. The winner also will represent Scott County and the Mississippi Valley Fair at the Iowa State Fair’s queen competition. The Iowa State Fair takes place Aug. 9-19.

 

This year’s Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at Keppy Hall. The queen will be crowned during the fair at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, in the Variety Tent.

 

Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 21 years of age on Aug. 9, 2018, the first day of the Iowa State Fair. Contestants must reside in Scott County or an adjoining county and have never been married or had children. Additional contest rules can be found on the application form.

 

Contestants will be judged on the following:

A – Personality, attitude, appearance and awareness.

B – Leadership and citizenship, contribution to community.

C -- Overall appearance, charm, poise.

Each contestant must also be a member of at least one service organization in her community, such as a church group, FFA, 4-H or Girl Scouts.

The new queen will receive a sash and crown plus a $750 scholarship sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Fair Board.

Contest superintendents are Jeantee Keppy and Joan Martz. For additional information, call Keppy at (563) 370-5011 or Martz at (563) 528-1496. The Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest also has a Facebook page.

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IL Unemployment Rate Decreases

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +8,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The April job gain was revised down slightly from its initial report to show a smaller gain. (+2,500 jobs versus +4,700 jobs).

Job growth stabilized in the March to May period posting average monthly gains of +4,600 jobs over this three-month period, about the same as the 6-month average monthly gain of +4,500 jobs between December 2017 to May 2018.

“Through the first five months of the year, jobs are growing faster than each of the past two years,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “More than half of the year-to-date gain of nearly 28,000 jobs is coming from those sectors with higher-than-average wages.”

“Since Governor Rauner took office, Illinois has added 192,700 jobs and the unemployment rate has fallen 1.7 points,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We’re seeing increases in job creation, retention, and investment due to the implementation of a pro-business climate. Our work certainly continues as we look to build upon these results to generate opportunity and success for all Illinoisans.”

In May, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were Education and Health Services (+3,500); Government (+2,600); and Financial Activities (+2,100). The industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Information services (-900) and Leisure and Hospitality (-800).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +60,200 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in May: Government (+13,800); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+11,100); and Financial Activities (+10,400). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines were: Information Services (-3,900) and Mining (-300). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +1.0 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.6 percent over-the-year gain in May, but it was the largest over-the-year gain in nearly a year.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.5 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for May 2018, which dropped to 3.8 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.6 percentage points from a year ago when it was 4.9 percent. The Illinois jobless rate last stood at 4.3 percent in September 2006.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -2.9 percent from the prior month to 278,800, down -12.2 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was about unchanged over-the-month, but it was up +0.1 percent over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment.

An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine,  IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL), which recently showed 55,668 posted resumes with 200,555 jobs available.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

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Crime Stoppers Need Your Help

The Davenport Police Department is looking for your help to identify and arrest the person(s) responsible for the murder of Jason Roberts.


Davenport Police responded to a disturbance/shots-fired call about 2:06 a.m. near 800 W. 4th Street, where they found Jason Blair Roberts, 46, suffering from life-threatening injuries after being shot.  Officers provided first-aid services to the gunshot victim until medical personnel arrived on the scene, which is close to Lafayette Park, two blocks north of the foot of the Talbot Memorial (Centennial) Bridge.  Medic EMS transported Roberts to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street; he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.


Due to the support of private donations from the community and the maximum amount payable by QC Crime Stoppers, the reward amount has doubled over the past 48 hours, from $5,000 to $10,000.
If you have any information regarding the Jason Roberts homicide, please contact Davenport Police Department or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities where you can remain anonymous.
If you have information concerning this crime, call the tip line at 309-762-9500 or visit the free app P3 Tips and submit the information anonymously.  All tips are anonymous and if your information leads to the arrest of the person believed to have murdered Jason Roberts, you’ll receive a cash reward of up to $10,000.

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Red, White and Boom is going to be HUGE!

 2018’s Red White and Boom is sure to be a memorable one. On July 3, the Independence Day celebration will bring one of the Midwest’s largest fireworks displays to the Quad Cities, along with live music and a variety of other activities. Red White and Boom –celebrating America’s birthday– is guaranteed to be a source of patriotic family fun.

 

Red White and Boom will host a unique fireworks display on the Mississippi River. Two dueling barges will be firing off the celebratory display on the river beginning at 9:30 p.m. Red White and Boom has joined with Townsquare Media’s 97x, to broadcast the music for the fireworks. The music and firing sequences are downloaded into a computer controlled launch pad, allowing the fireworks to be launched at specific times, accentuating the display.

 

Family friendly activities will begin starting at 5 p.m. for both Schwiebert Park and Modern Woodmen Park. The VanderBOOM! Viewing area is located in LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport, and will also be open to the public at 5 p.m. River City 6 will provide the entertainment for LeClaire Park starting at 7 p.m.

 

Modern Woodmen Park will feature kid friendly activities provided by the River Bandits, the USO and Davenport Park and Rec.  Live music by Rude Punch and the 34th Army band, Sidewinder, will be going before and after the fireworks.

 

Activities at Schwiebert Park include inflatables, food vendors and a beer garden sponsored by Bent River Brewery. COUNTRY Financial is presenting The Country Couch Potatoes at 5 p.m., followed by the Metropolitan Youth Program Drill Team of Rock Island with Smooth Groove starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

Modern Woodmen and Schwiebert Park, will both host ceremonies with a proclamation highlighting the Rock Island Arsenal, those who are serving and those who have served in our nation’s military.

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A Taste On The River Set For June 22

The American Red Cross A Taste on the River is just over a week away and in addition to a new name, this updated version of Picnic on the River will include some fun new twists.

A Taste on the River is Friday, June 22, 2018 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island. Yoyo y Yo kicks off the festivities and the Dani Lyn Howe Band will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy culinary delights from local chefs as they compete for the title of A Taste on the River Top Chef. Guests can take part in the game hub, which will include a giant Jenga, bags toss and putting green. Guests can bid on unique items and experiences featured in the silent and live auctions including the “Velie Dinner,” a Chicago weekend with private condo accommodations and tickets to Hamilton, and much more.

There will be a $25 “Wine Pull” hosted by Bob “The Wine Guy” Mitchum, with bottles of wine ranging in value from $25 to $75.  Guests can also participate in a $20 craft beer growler “pull” or gift card “pull” for coffee cards and various restaurant certificates. 

Tickets for A Taste on the River are $50 and available at redcross.org/ATasteontheRiver or by calling 309-743-2166. Tickets will be available at the event, but advance tickets are encouraged.

A Taste on the River benefits the American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois. Funds raised at the event help to support disaster relief, services to our military members and their families, and preparedness education for youth and adults.

This year, the Fund-A-Cause will support the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which helps families in our community be better prepared for home fires and gives financial assistance to those families that suffer a devastating home fire.

“The Home Fire Campaign funds the installation of free smoke alarms to area families and home fire safety information including how to create a home fire escape plan,” said Trish Burnett, Interim Executive Director, American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois. “In supporting the Home Fire Campaign, you are also helping the Red Cross provide critical services to local residents after a devastating home fire – including a safe place to stay, food, clothing and health services.”

A Taste on the River is presented by McLaughlin Motors, and the event committee is chaired by LuAnn Haydon and Lori Bippus.

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Crime Stoppers Of The QC Seeking Tips On The Jason Roberts Homicide Case

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities is offering a cash reward of up to $5000 for information leading to arrest of the person(s) responsible for the Jason Roberts Homicide. 
Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities and the Davenport Police Department are looking for your help to identify and the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Jason Roberts.
Davenport Police responded to a disturbance/shots-fired call about 2:06 a.m. near 800 W. 4th Street, where they found Jason Blair Roberts, 46, suffering from life-threatening injuries after being shot.
Officers provided first-aid services to the gunshot victim until medical personnel arrived on the scene, which is close to Lafayette Park, two blocks north of the foot of the Talbot Memorial (Centennial) Bridge.  Medic EMS transported Roberts to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street; he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
If you have any information regarding the Jason Roberts homicide, please contact Davenport Police Department or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities where you can remain anonymous.
If you have information concerning this crime, call the tip line at 309-762-9500.  All tips are anonymous and if your information leads to the arrest of the person believed to have murdered Jason Roberts, you’ll receive a cash reward of up to $5,000.

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Alzheimer's Specialty License Plate Available in Illinois

Specialty license plates supporting the Alzheimer’s Association are now available in Illinois. Illinois residents can now order their ENDALZ plate through the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

These purple End Alzheimer's or ENDALZ plates will raise awareness and necessary funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s. More than 220,000 people are currently living with Alzheimer's disease in Illinois, and that number continues to grow.

The plate has a white background and features ENDALZ, as well as the Alzheimer’s Association's signature color purple and Association logo.

“It’s incredible to see these Alzheimer’s Association purple plates starting to show up on Illinois roads,” says Jen Belkov, Vice President of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. “Alzheimer’s Association specialty license plates will help raise dementia awareness, while also providing a steady source of additional revenue, so the Association can continue to offer the care and support that individuals and families facing Alzheimer’s disease throughout Illinois desperately need.”

To order your plate, visit cyberdriveillinois.com and click on "Pick-a-Plate", then "Specialty Plate". There is an additional annual fee of $25, of which $23 will go to the local Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. For information on the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter visit: www.alz.org/illinois.

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The Rising Star Stage Returns To The IL State Fair This Year

After the successful first year of the Rising Star Stage in 2017, it is returning to the Illinois State Fair. This FREE stage features a different up and coming music act each night of the fair from 7-8 pm. The Rising Star Stage is located on Central Avenue, just east of the Shed.

“We are thrilled to bring the Rising Star Stage back in 2018,” says State Fair Manager Luke Sailer. “This stage gives fairgoers the chance to see artists who are soon to be big names in the music industry for FREE. Last year Ashley McBryde played the Rising Star Stage and this year she is opening for Luke Combs on the grandstand.”

Logan Mize will perform on Thursday, August 9. Mize hails from Kansas and has been doing whatever it takes to reach his goals. His latest record, Come Back Road, debuted in the top 20 Billboard Country Albums ad reached No. 2 on the iTunes Country Charts. This album features the hit song, “It Ain’t Always Pretty.”

Friday, August 10 will feature Walker Country. The sister duo is signed to Warner Music Nashville. The Indiana natives make performing a family affair as their dad plays lead guitar. Typically playing country music, the duo adds some soulful and southern rock flair to their music.

The Howlin’ Brothers will be the rising star on Saturday, August 11. The old-time country/string band trio infuses blues and bluegrass in each show. They mix traditional country music with the sounds of a slide banjo, harmonica, and fiddle. Rolling Stone Magazine called one of their albums “a rip-roarin’, hootenanny on wax that puts a rocked-out spin on old-timey bluegrass.”

Performing on Sunday, August 12 is Ivory Layne. An old soul who began songwriting at just six years old, made the move from North Carolina to Nashville to pursue music. The title track from her second EP, “Something’s Gonna Happen” helped her land two global ad campaigns.

Monday, August 13 will be slightly different featuring a Fall Football Preview with Josh Whitman. Whitman serves as the Athletic Director for the University of Illinois. In addition to getting the inside scoop on the Fighting Illini, this program will also feature a preview of the upcoming high school football season with insight provided by the coaches in the CS8 Conference along with Sports Radio 1450 personalities.  This program will begin at 6 pm.

Wayland will take on the Rising Star Stage on Tuesday, August 14. The rock group was formed in 2010 and has seen widespread success. Their newest album Rinse & Repeat, features the hit “Through the Fire” which has reached into the 20s on Billboard Mainstream Rock. Inspiration comes from many places, but you are guaranteed to hear some crunchy guitar riffs and pounding drums in their songs.

Wednesday, August 15 will feature Brandon Lay. His first single “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers” perfectly describes Lay’s upbringing. Originally from Tennessee, he wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on his upcoming album including his latest hit, “Yada Yada Yada.” Lay is currently opening for Kenny Chesney on his 2018 tour.

On Thursday, August 16 Bishop Gunn will be on the Rising Star Stage. The group has been doing non-stop touring, festivals, and opening for other acts recently. The Mississippi natives named their first album Natchez, which also happens to be their hometown. Listeners can expect to hear a mix of rock and roll, soul, and blues from these guys. In May 2018, Rolling Stone Magazine listed them as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know”.

Performing on Saturday, August 18 is Ryan Griffin. Being named a SiriusXM Highway Find has confirmed this Florida native is on the right career path. Incorporating soul and R&B in to his music has led him to create his Sake of the Summer EP that includes hits, “Back Seats & Burnt CDs,” and “Woulda Left Me Too.”

Central Illinois natives, Broseph, will close out the fair on Sunday, August 19. Another way to say brothers or best friends, it’s obvious that the band name fits this group. They have a Top 40 single with “Right Where She Wants Me,” and a Top 60 single with “Fill ‘Em On Up.” Critics say each and every Broseph show is packed with energy and leaves fans wanting more.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Illinois State Fair, August 9th – 19th, in Springfield, IL.

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Food Vendors Must Register With Health Dept



    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Environmental Health Division notes that most local community calendars from the Memorial Day holiday to the Labor Day observance will feature many community events.  Summertime is outdoor activity time. It's the season for community activities, festivals, and events, family reunions, backyard barbecues and other friendly get-togethers.

    Therefore, the Health Department would like to remind area residents that if you are preparing to serve food to the Public through an event that is serves food on less than three consecutive days and/or no more than 12 intermittent days in any calendar year that you are required to register with the Health Department so that we can better assist you in the sanitation standards of food preparation.

    Dorothy David, Environmental Health Services Director with the Henry and Stark County Health Department, states, "The aim of this registration is not to dictate but to educate.  We really want local food handlers to have the latest and most up-to-date information on food safety.  By registering with the Health Department local food vendors can have the Health Departments staff's expertise and guidance at their disposal."

    David adds, "Offering this education to local event food vendors really is a win-win for everyone.  Food vendors can be confident in the food they prepare and serve, and local residents can rest assured that food purchased at local events is safe."

    The staff of the Health Department urges everyone to practice good food handling habits before, during and after warm weather meals.  Please remember to send your completed food registration forms if you are serving to the public.  Help make summertime fun, delicious and safe.  For more information on the Health Department's Food Program visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.
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IRS Says File By June 14 To Avoid Penalty



WASHINGTON —Taxpayers who owe tax and file their federal income tax return more than 60 days after the deadline will usually face a higher late-filing penalty. For that reason, the Internal Revenue Service urges affected taxpayers to avoid the penalty increase by filing their return by Thursday, June 14.

Ordinarily, the late-filing penalty, also known as the failure-to-file penalty, is assessed when a taxpayer fails to file a tax return or request an extension by the due date. This penalty, which only applies if there is unpaid tax, is usually 5 percent for each month or part of a month that a tax return is late.

If a tax return is filed more than 60 days after the April due date -- or more than 60 days after the October due date if an extension was obtained -- the minimum penalty is either $210 or 100 percent of the unpaid tax, whichever is less. This means that if the tax due is $210 or less, the penalty is equal to the tax amount due. If the tax due is more than $210, the penalty is at least $210.

The late-filing penalty does not apply to the more than 135 million taxpayers who met this year’s April 18 deadline to file their individual tax return. It also won’t apply to the estimated 14 million taxpayers who asked the IRS for a six-month extension of time to file, as long as they file by Oct. 15, 2018. Though a tax return claiming a refund is also not subject to penalty, the IRS reminds taxpayers that, by law, they only have three years to file for the refund.

For those who did not file or request an extension, the IRS recommends filing by June 14 to avoid a penalty increase. The late-filing penalty will stop accruing once the taxpayer files.

In addition, the IRS urges taxpayers to pay what they owe to avoid additional late-payment penalty and interest charges. The late-payment penalty, also known as the failure-to-pay penalty, is usually    ½ of 1 percent of the unpaid tax for each month or part of a month the payment is late. Interest, currently at the rate of 5 percent per year, compounded daily, also applies to any payment made after the original April 18deadline.

After a return is filed, the IRS will figure the penalty and interest due and bill the taxpayer. Normally, the taxpayer will then have 21 days to pay any amount due.

Taxpayers can use their online account to view their amount owed, make payments and apply for an online payment agreement. Before accessing their online account, taxpayers must authenticate their identity through the Secure Access process.

Penalty relief may be available

Taxpayers who have a history of filing and paying on time often qualify to have the late filing and payment penalties abated. A taxpayer usually qualifies for this relief if they haven’t been assessed penalties for the past three years and meet other requirements. For more information, see the First-Time Penalty Abatement page on IRS.gov.

Even if a taxpayer does not qualify for this special relief, they may still be able to have penalties reduced or eliminated if their failure to file or pay on time was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. Be sure to read the penalty notice carefully and follow its instructions for requesting this relief.

Payment options

Many taxpayers delay filing because they are unable to pay what they owe. Often, these taxpayers qualify for one of the payment options available from the IRS. These include:

•         Installment Agreement – An installment agreement, or payment plan, allows a taxpayer to pay over time. Individuals who owe $50,000 or less in combined tax, penalties and interest can request a payment plan using the IRS’s Online Payment Agreementapplication. Those who have a balance under $100,000 may also qualify for a short term agreement. The agreement can usually be set up in minutes and requesters receive immediate notification of approval. To reduce the chance of default and avoid having to write and mail a check each month, select the direct debit option for making these payments. For other ways to set up a payment plan, visit Payment Plans, Installment Agreements.

•         Offer in Compromise — Some struggling taxpayers may qualify to settle their tax bill for less than the amount they owe by submitting an offer in compromise. To help determine eligibility, use the Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier tool.

Special filing deadline rules apply to members of the military serving in combat zones, taxpayers living outside the U.S. and those living in declared disaster areas. For those who qualify, these special deadlines affect any penalty and interest calculations. Visit IRS.gov for details on these special filing rules.

Check withholding

Taxpayers who owe tax for 2017 can avoid having the same problem for 2018 by increasing the amount of tax withheld from their paychecks. For help determining the right amount to withhold, use the Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov

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ISP Announce Results Of Nighttime

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey, announces the results of a Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrol in Rock Island County during June. These NITE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

 

Violations Enforcement Activity
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations  2
Other Alcohol/Drug Citations  2
Occupant Restraint Offenses  3
Registration Offenses  3
Driver’s License Offenses  2
Insurance Violations  2
Total Citations/Arrests  23
Total Written Warnings  27

 

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in
Illinois. Over half of all fatal crashes in Illinois occur at night. The NITE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous impaired drivers from the road and making sure everyone is buckled up. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Iowa Workforce Development Honored for its College Student Retention Report Research

It was announced that Iowa Workforce Development's Labor Market Information (LMI) Division will receive an Applied Research Award from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for its report on college student retention, Retaining Iowa's Talent: Post-Graduation Location & Employment Plans, published in Fall of 2017.

 

The award is given for policy analysis supporting state initiatives by the C2ER 58th Annual Conference and LMI Institute Annual Forum.  IWD was the only organization recognized in this category. Labor Market Economists Katie Lippold and Dana Barrer were lead researchers on the report.

 

"The Labor Market Information Bureau of Iowa Workforce Development is second to none and has been working very hard the past few years to provide timely, accurate and meaningful information in support of our partners including the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Department of Education and Future Ready Iowa," said Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development. "We are appreciative of the recognition from C2ER because the staff of the bureau are certainly deserving of such public recognition for their superior work. The Labor Market Information Bureau is committed to providing quality, data driven analysis and information that assists business and industry and economic developers around the state continue to grow Iowa's economy growth."

 

The college student retention report is based upon an online survey distributed by email to college students across the state of Iowa. More than 8,600 students responded to the survey, representing 35 community colleges, state universities, private institutions and career/technical schools across the state. Forty-six percent of the students who responded said they are likely to stay in Iowa following graduation or upon program completion. Of those who are planning to remain an Iowan, 47.7 percent expect a starting wage of $22.75 per hour or $47,320 per year or higher.

 

More than one-fourth or 26.7 percent of students report they are likely to leave Iowa following graduation or upon program completion; slightly over 50 percent of these students are from Iowa. In addition, 27.3 percent of students reported that they are unsure where they will locate.

 

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IL Home Sales Up in April

 Spring homebuyer demand pushed Illinois home sales into positive territory in April while median prices continued to outpace the year before, according to Illinois REALTORS®.
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2018 totaled 14,478 homes sold, up 1.9 percent from 14,202 in April 2017.
The statewide median price in April was $210,000, up 5.0 percent from April 2017, when the median price was $200,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.
"April traditionally marks the beginning of the spring selling season, and this year we saw sellers reap the benefit of tight housing inventories in many areas of the state," said Illinois REALTORS® President Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign. "Although we saw many more properties on the market in April, the surge is nowhere close to meeting consumer demand."
The time it took to sell a home in April averaged 54 days, down from 61 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 51,527 homes for sale, a 10.4 percent decline from April 2017 when there were 57,537 homes on the market.
According to the data, home sales in the Champaign-Urbana MSA (Champaign, Piatt and Ford counties) totaled 258 units, a 14.2 percent increase while the median price was up 4.8 percent to $147,225; in the Metro East MSA (Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties) sales increased 4.3 percent to 794 units sold and the median price rose 6.5 percent to $133,075; and in the Peoria MSA (Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Stark and Woodford counties) sales were up 18.8 percent to 448 units sold and the median price climbed 12.7 percent to $133,000.
The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.47 percent in April 2018, an increase from 4.44 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In April 2017, it averaged 4.05 percent.
In the nine-county Chicago Metro Area, home sales (single-family and condominiums) in April 2018 totaled 10,535 homes sold, up 2.1 percent from April 2017 sales of 10,315 homes. The median price in April 2018 was $250,000 in the Chicago Metro Area, an increase of 3.3 percent from $242,000 in April 2017.
“The Illinois and Chicago housing markets continue their modest upward trends,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “While the effect of rising mortgage interest rates has yet to be felt, consumer sentiment remains strong. For Illinois, job growth remains way behind the national rates and this sluggishness is reflected in the more muted growth of housing sales and prices.”
According to the data, fifty (50) Illinois counties reported sales gains for April 2018 over previous-year numbers, including St. Clair County, up 21.2 percent with 320 units sold; DuPage County, up 4.2 percent with 1,280 units sold; and Cook County, up 1.4 percent with 5,780 units sold. Fifty-nine (59) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Sangamon County, up 17.1 percent to $137,000; Lake County, up 4.4 percent to $250,500; and McLean County, up 3.3 percent to $154,950.
The city of Chicago saw year-over-year home sales increase 0.1 percent with 2,649 sales in April, compared to 2,647 a year ago. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in April 2018 was $309,950 up 4.2 percent compared to April 2017 when it was $297,500.

“Overall closed sales in April closely mirror last year’s numbers, but the median sales price continues to rise,” said Rebecca Thomson, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and principal of Thomson Real Estate Group. “Buyers need to act quickly with fewer homes to choose from and shorter market times.”
Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 27 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of May 7, 2018 for the period April 1 through April 30, 2018. The Chicago Metro Area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.
Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 47,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.
Find Illinois housing stats, data, the University of Illinois REAL forecast and more atwww.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.       
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IRS Advises Workers to Double Check Their Withholding Status

 The Internal Revenue Service urges two-income families and those who work multiple jobs to complete a “paycheck checkup” to verify they are having the right amount of tax withheld from their paychecks.

The IRS Withholding Calculator can help them navigate the complexities of multiple employer tax situations and determine the correct amount of tax for each of their employers to withhold.

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will affect 2018 tax returns that people file in 2019, makes checking withholding amounts even more important. These tax law changes include:
• Increased standard deduction
• Eliminated personal exemptions
• Increased Child Tax Credit
• Limited or discontinued certain deductions
• Changed the tax rates and brackets

Individuals with more complex tax profiles, such as two incomes or multiple jobs, may be more vulnerable to being under-withheld or over-withheld following these major law changes. The IRS encourages a “paycheck checkup” as early as possibleto help taxpayers check if they are having the correct amount withheld for their personal financial situations.

If a taxpayer needs to adjust their paycheck withholding amount, doing so earlier gives more time for withholding to take place evenly throughout the year. Waiting means there are fewer pay periods to make the tax changes – which could have a bigger effect on each paycheck.

The tax law changes generally don’t affect 2017 returns that people are filing in 2018. The changes affect 2018 returns, which taxpayers will file in 2019.

Withholding Calculator
The Withholding Calculator is the easiest, most accurate way for taxpayers with these complicated tax situations to determine their correct withholding amount. The tool allows users to enter income from multiple jobs or from two employed spouses. It also ensures that these taxpayers apply their 2018 tax deductions, adjustments and credits only once – rather than multiple times with different employers.

The calculator will recommend how to complete a new Form W-4 for any or all of their employers, if needed. If a couple or taxpayer is at risk of being under-withheld, the calculator will recommend an additional amount of tax withholding for each job. Taxpayers can enter these amounts on their respective Forms W-4.

To use the Withholding Calculator, taxpayers should have their 2017 tax returns and most recent paystubs available.

The calculator doesn’t request personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, address or bank account numbers. The IRS does not save or record information entered in the calculator. Taxpayers should watch out for tax scams, especially via email or phone, and be especially alert to cybercriminals impersonating the IRS. The IRS doesn’t send emails related to the calculator or the information entered.

Withholding Calculator results depend on the accuracy of information entered. Taxpayers whose personal circumstances change during the year should return to the calculator to check whether their withholding should be adjusted.

Adjusting Withholding
Employees who need to complete a new Form W-4 should submit it to their employers as soon as possible.  Employees with a change in personal circumstances that reduce the number of withholding allowances must submit a new Form W-4 with corrected withholding allowances to their employer within 10 days of the change.

As a general rule, the fewer withholding allowances an employee enters on Form W-4, the higher their tax withholding. Entering “0” or “1” on line 5 of the W-4 means more tax withheld. Entering a larger number means less tax withholding, resulting in a smaller tax refund or potentially a tax bill or penalty.

More information:
• Withholding Calculator Frequently Asked Questions
• Tax Withholding
• Tax Reform page on IRS.gov

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Multi-State outbreak of Salmonella linked to live poultry

The CDC is investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to live poultry. There have been at least 124 cases of salmonella poisoning from backyard flocks across the country this year. The best way to prevent contamination is to thoroughly wash your hands after being around the birds.

 

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The NEW Red Ribbon Cash Instant Lottery ticket is now available

The latest Red Ribbon Cash Instant Lottery ticket is now available. Red Ribbon Cash costs three dollars to play and offers a top prize of 50 thousand bucks. Previous versions of the ticket have raised more than seven point six million dollars.100 percent of the proceeds going towards HIV and AIDS research, prevention, and education.

 

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Davenport Police needs your Help to find a wanted man

The Davenport Police are asking the public’s help to find 41-year-old Francisco Cardona. Mr. Cardona has a warrant out for his arrest for two counts of second degree Sexual Abuse. He is a Hispanic man, 5 foot 5 inches, around 150 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair. If you have any information about him, contact Crime Stoppers or submit a Web Tip.

 

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MIDWEST WRITING CENTER TO HOST 13th ANNUAL DAVID R. COLLINS WRITERS' CONFERENCE

What: The David R. Collins Writers’ Conference
 
When: Thursday, June 28 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
 
Where: McCarthy Hall, St. Ambrose University (518 W. Locust St) Davenport, IA (and other locations)
 
The Midwest Writing Center (MWC) is thrilled to announce that the annual David R. Collins Writers’ Conference will return to St. Ambrose University on June 28, 2018.
 
Attendees will hone their craft in intensive three-day workshops, but will also have the option to participate in book pitches, 1-on-1 manuscript critiques, luncheons, a faculty reading and open mic, and a keynote address featuring a screening of MOTIONPOEMS Season 8. 
 
This year’s conference offers five workshops, led by a litany of accomplished faculty members:
 
  • “Intimacy Issues: Writing the Not-So-Personal Personal Essay” with Lyz Lenz
  • “Revving the Machine of Desire: How to Write a Compelling Novel Opening” with Amy Hassinger
  • “Mixology: Fresh Poetry from Source Material” with Lauren Haldeman
  • “Pop + Fizz: Digital Storytelling with Comics + Video” with Lauren Haldeman
  • “Hooking Up: Rethinking the First Few Pages of our Fiction and Nonfiction Narratives” with Keith Lesmeister
 
Complete course descriptions as well as bios for the Conference’s distinguished faculty are available on the MWC website: www.mwcqc.org/events-opportunities/david-r-collins-writers-conference/.
 
Paradisiac Publishing and MWC Press will be hearing manuscript pitches during the Conference; if you are interested in scheduling a pitch session, please contact the MWC in advance; 10-minute sessions are $20. Additionally, for a $35 fee, all faculty members will be offering a limited number of 30-minute 1-on-1 critique sessions. These fill up quickly, so don’t delay in signing up if you’re interested.
 
To supplement the Conference, the MWC will be hosting a number of events that will be free and open to the public:
 
DRC Conference Keynote Address, featuring MOTIONPOEMS Season 8 “Dear Mr. President” – Thursday, June 28, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Figge Art Museum (225 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA 52801) | Light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar available.
DRC Conference Social Mixer – Friday, June 29, 5:30-7 p.m. at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201) | Join other conference attendees, local writers, and some conference faculty to enjoy a drink and talk about the conference or writing in general. Drinks are available for purchase.
Faculty Reading and Book Signing – Friday, June 29, 7-9 p.m. at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201) | Listen to conference faculty reading their work and then, the mic will be opened up for reading by conference participants. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
 
The David R. Collins Writers’ Conference offers quality writing instruction at affordable prices with a dash of Midwest hospitality. Register today through PayPal at the MWC website (www.mwcqc.org/events-opportunities/david-r-collins-writers-conference/drc-conference-registration/), over the phone (309-732-7330), or via email (mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org).

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Congratulations to Highway Construction Grads


Black Hawk College congratulates the recent graduates of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP).

Those students are James Anderson of Coal Valley, Kelly Mooney of Davenport, Xavier Rodriguez of East Moline, Kelvin Shears of Moline, and Jordan Copeland of Moline.

Luis Rosas of Moline, Andres Carmona of Davenport, Briannon Aldeman of Rock Island, Matthew Leemans of Galva, Nick Kirzeder of Milan, and Jordan Gosa of East Moline.

Joseph Winkel of Colona, Colin Gilman of Moline, Austin Stone of Galva, Jarred Alexander of Moline, John Monzon of Moline and Erik Jones of Andalusia.

Six students had perfect attendance for the 13-week program – Carmona, Copeland, Gosa, Leemans, Rosas and Stone.

Rodriguez and Jones left the program early to accept apprenticeships.

To see pictures from the training and graduation, visit Black Hawk College on Facebook at www.facebook.com/blackhawkcollege.

The 450-hour program aims to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working on Illinois Department of Transportation highway construction projects. There is no cost to participants who are accepted into the program.

The next HCCTP begins Monday, Aug. 13 with orientation sessions June 20, June 21, June 26, June 28 or June 29. For more information, visitwww.bhc.edu/hcctp.

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RME Celebrates 14th Anniversary

The River Music Experience celebrates its 14th Anniversary this Friday (June 8th, 2018) by hosting a block party featuring live music from local and touring bands.

Music starts at 4:30 p.m. with The Ellis Kell Winter Blues All Stars, followed by King of the Tramps, and the night ends with indie rockers Desert Noises.

"If Desert Noises doesn't sound familiar to you yet, it won't be long... the Utah-based group has brought their winsome melodies and thunderous instrumentals to stages all over the country," Paste wrote about Desert Noises.

"Desert Noises has played around town before, and we're really excited to bring them in for one of our favorite events of the year," Kate Dale, RME's Director of Entertainment, said.

The Anniversary block party is a special version of RME's summer concert series, Live@Five. Second Street between Main and Brady Street will be closed for the evening and RME's neighbors Woodfire Grill and Viva will also sell concessions at the event.

"We normally have 300-400 people attend and everyone has a great time. It's really hard to beat free music outdoors for all ages," Dale said.

More information and a full schedule for Live@Five can be found on the RME's website, rivermusicexperience.org.

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ISP Make Arrest in Fatal Accident Case

 Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the arrest of a suspect who was involved in a crash on I-90 that killed a 3-year-old child on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

A preliminary investigation of the crash indicates Matthew Munz, 49, of Zionsville, Indiana, was the driver of a black Ford Fusion traveling westbound on I-90 at mile post 47 near Huntley, Illinois. Munz failed to stop for a red Ford Taurus that had become disabled in the middle lane of traffic, striking that vehicle in the rear. The crash resulted in critical injuries to the front seat passenger of the red Ford Taurus and the death of a 3-year-old child, who was seated in the back of the vehicle. Illinois State Police Investigations assumed the case and conducted an extensive investigation which yielded evidence showing Munz was unlawfully using his cellphone moments prior to the crash.

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office approved two counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Communication Device against Munz, both Class 4 Felonies. An arrest warrant was obtained for Munz with a bond of $10,000.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Munz surrendered himself to Illinois State Police District 15 Investigators. Munz posted his required bond and is scheduled for a court date on July 13, 2018, at the Kane County Courthouse in St. Charles, Illinois.
 

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Adler Theatre Marquee Lighting Ceremony

 A ceremony to mark the initial lighting of the recently installed marquee and blade on the historic Adler Theatre. Will be on Tuesday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Adler Theatre, 136 East Third Street, Davenport, IA 52801. The RiverCenter Adler Theatre, a City of Davenport facility managed by VenuWorks, is a 100,000 square foot multiple use facility that includes two large exhibit halls, ten breakout rooms, executive boardroom and the historic Art-Deco Adler Theatre.  

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Red Cross Smoke Alarm Program Exceeds Goals


Over the course of just a few weeks in April and May, more than 30,900 volunteers and thousands of partners from across the country joined the American Red Cross to Sound the Alarm against home fires by installing 103,400 free smoke alarms in communities at high risk for fires.
In the Central and Southern Illinois Region, more than 560 volunteers and partners joined the Red Cross to Sound the Alarm by installing 1,909 free smoke alarms and making 767 homes safer.
“The results surpassed our expectations and we are grateful to the volunteers, community partners and donors who contributed to the tremendous success of Sound the Alarm,” said Lyn Hruska, Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “The impact of 1,909 new smoke alarms and having so families learn about home fire safety and create a home fire escape plan – it will make a difference.”
Every day, seven people are killed and another 36 are injured because of home fires. Tragically, most of these deaths occur in homes that don’t have working smoke alarms. Sound the Alarm is part of the multi-year Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, launched in 2014 to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries in this country by 25 percent. Since 2014, Red Cross volunteers and partners have installed more than 1.2 million smoke alarms and reached more than a million children through preparedness programs.
“The Home Fire Campaign is already credited with helping to save 431 lives including 17 lives in the Central and Southern Illinois Region,” added Hruska. We will build on this momentum and continue to reach more families and communities with lifesaving preparedness information in the months and years ahead.”
This work was made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners: Almost Family, Delta Air Lines and International Paper. The Home Fire Campaign and Sound the Alarm events are supported locally by State Farm, Ameren Illinois and WQAD.
In a typical year, home fires kill more people in the United States than all other natural disasters combined. They are the most common disaster people face in this country – and are the majority of the nearly 64,000 disasters the Red Cross responds to every year. However, a recent Red Cross survey showed most people are overconfident and underprepared when it comes to home fire safety. The details of this survey are available here.
WHAT YOU CAN DO To help save lives, the Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps:
1. Practice fire drills at home. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home and the Red Cross urges every household to create a fire escape plan and practice it until everyone can escape in less than two minutes.
2. Check smoke alarms monthly. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year, if your model requires it.

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Bustos Welcome's Honor Flight From Peoria

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos greeted more than 70 veterans from Peoria’s Honor Flight at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday. The veterans she welcomed were primarily veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Congresswoman Bustos has welcomed more than 30 Honor Flights to Washington since being sworn into office.

 

“It was a true honor to thank Peoria’s veterans for their service and sacrifice to protect our nation,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Welcoming Honor Flights to our nation’s capital is one of the most meaningful parts of my job and today was truly special. Honor Flights play an important role by giving our veterans an opportunity to come out to Washington and visit the memorials that were built in their honor. It was humbling to thank all of these incredible American heroes.”

 

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization committed to bringing our nation’s veterans to Washington, D.C. Veterans across the nation travel together according to region in order to have the opportunity to view our country’s memorials. In particular, senior veterans are given priority when planning visits and flights are fully paid for by donations from organizations and individuals.

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Paving River Drive will reduce to one lane

Starting on Wednesday, River Drive at Federal Street will reduce to one lane of traffic. The Davenport crews will be paving the road as part of the sewer and pavement improvements. Starting on Thursday, River Drive will change to two lanes of traffic. As long as the weather holds up, River Drive should be back to four lanes on Tuesday, June 12th.

 

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Master Bee Keeper Program Launched in the QC

Crandall Farms, Inc. and IowaWORKS in Davenport, together with the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship, launched the Master Bee Keeper Registered Apprenticeship Program. 


A Registered Apprenticeship is employer-driven training combined with on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction. The program allows the Registered Apprentice to earn a paycheck from day one. The Crandall Farms, Inc., Master Beekeeper Registered Apprenticeship will be a three-year program working with a variety of educational institutions.

"Over the last few years I recognized that I needed a more structured approach to training future employees on both the business and the art of beekeeping,” said Phil Crandall, president of Crandall Farms, Inc. “IowaWORKS and the U. S. Department of Labor are a great fit to help us achieve our goals of staying abreast of the current problems facing every beekeeping company."

Crandall hired Benjamin Westerman, who has a Bachelor of Science in biology and wildlife ecology and conservation from Northwest Missouri State University. 

“Benjamin has a diverse academic background, and I am excited to bring him into the Crandall Farms family,” Crandall said.  “He found the opportunity listed on the iowajobs.org website and contacted us.”

Registered Apprenticeship Programs help recruit, develop skilled workforce and retain talent. There are currently more than 1,000 apprenticeable occupations in industries that include energy, information technology, healthcare, financial services, transportation, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage preparation, and the building trades.

Iowa employers and job seekers can explore Registered Apprenticeship opportunities at earnandlearniowa.gov. The website helps employers understand how a Registered Apprenticeship Program works, the value it brings to their business, the resources available to help them set up a program and has a form to complete to receive more information.

Job seekers who are interested in exploring Registered Apprenticeship opportunities are encouraged to visit the website and fill out an online form to connect them to a local IowaWORKS Center. In addition IowaWORKS Center staff can help with resume preparation, cover letter assistance and mock interviews.

Gov. Kim Reynolds was appointed to President Trump's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The mission of the task force is to promote Registered Apprenticeship programs in sectors where programs are insufficient. Growing Registered Apprenticeship opportunities will help Iowa reach its Future Ready Iowa goal of having 70 percent of its workforce achieve education or training beyond high school by 2025.  

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IRS Issues Notice On State And Local Tax Deductions

 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued a notice today stating that proposed regulations will be issued addressing the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax purposes. Notice 2018-54 also informs taxpayers that federal law controls the characterization of the payments for federal income tax purposes regardless of the characterization of the payments under state law.

 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limited the amount of state and local taxes an individual can deduct in a calendar year to $10,000. In response to this new limitation, some state legislatures have adopted or are considering legislative proposals allowing taxpayers to make payments to specified entities in exchange for a tax credit against state and local taxes owed.

 

The upcoming proposed regulations, to be issued in the near future, will help taxpayers understand the relationship between federal charitable contribution deductions and the new statutory limitation on the deduction of state and local taxes.

 

Taxpayers should also be aware the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service are continuing to monitor other legislative proposals being considered to ensure that federal law controls the characterization of deductions for federal income tax filings.

 

The limitation imposed by the TCJA applies to taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017 and before Jan. 1, 2026.

 

Updates on the implementation of the TCJA can be found on the Tax Reform page of IRS.gov.

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ISP SEIZE 136 POUNDS OF ILLEGAL DRUGS

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 announced the arrests of two individuals for drug trafficking resulting from traffic stops June 1, 2018. The following incidents were initiated by troopers observing traffic violations. Once contact was made with the occupants of each vehicle, probable cause was developed


to search, resulting in the following:


?88 pounds of Cannabis, June 1, 2018 @ 11:50 pm, at Casey’s in Geneseo
o Aleksandar Kania, M, 21, Plainfield, IL (Cannabis Trafficking and Other

Criminal Charges, Transported to Henry County Jail)


?48 pounds of Methamphetamine, June 1, 2018 @ 8:30 pm, I-88 E/B MM 46 (2
miles east of Sterling/Rock Falls Exit)
o Perla N. Perez-Gonzales, F, 27, El Cajon, CA (Methamphetamine
Trafficking, Transported to Lee County Jail)

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ISP Releases May Enforcement

Illinois State Police District 7 announced that during the month of May 2018, Troopers handled 1799 calls for service and assistance. Of these calls, 215 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

 

Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 308 drivers arrested for speeding and 102 cited for seat belt violations. Driving under the influence arrests totaled 18. Troopers issued a total of 740 traffic citations and 760 written warnings to motorists during the month.


District Seven Troopers handled 48 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There were 2 fatal crashes handled by District 7 Troopers.

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IEMA Encourages Families To Prepare For Extreme Heat, Severe Weather And More


As families begin to plan their annual summer vacations, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reminding Illinois residents that with the right tools and a little preparation, summertime can be safe, fun, and relaxing.
Each year in the U.S., an average of 37 children die from heatstroke after being left in locked cars. Heat can be more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. Parents should develop a routine that will ensure the backseat is always checked before the car is locked, such as putting a purse, cell phone or other needed item in the back seat or consider opening the car’s back door every time the car is parked.
Summer’s extreme heat can also lead to heat-induced illnesses, including heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  Remember to check in on family, friends, neighbors, the elderly and pets to ensure they are safe.  When extreme heat strikes, limit your time outdoors, seek air conditioning and drink plenty of water.  If your home does not have air conditioning, you should familiarize yourself with your community’s cooling centers.
Warmer temperatures also bring an additional threat for severe weather.  The month of June is home to National Lightning Safety Awareness Week.  This is a great time for families to learn how to reduce their risk while enjoying the great outdoors.  Remember, if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat.  Seek shelter as quickly as possible because no place outside is safe when a thunderstorm strikes.
The best way to protect you and your family is to monitor the weather when planning or attending outdoor events.  It is critical for people to have multiple ways to receive notifications and updated information about severe weather warnings.
“Whether you’re relaxing by the pool, taking in a ballgame, or traveling away from home, severe weather can strike at any time so it is important that you are aware of your surroundings,” said Acting Director William Robertson.  “There are a variety of ways you can be alerted to critical, lifesaving information, no matter where you may be – including: NOAA weather radios, weather apps for your smart phone, television and radio broadcasts, the internet, and outdoor warning sirens.”
For more information on how to plan and prepare for an emergency, including a list of state and local resources, check out our website at www.ready.illinois.gov.

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ISP Announce Memorial Day Weekend Statistics

Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the results of the Memorial Day Weekend enforcement campaign.  The official reporting period for the Memorial Day Weekend enforcement was May 25 - 28. During that time, Troopers issued 5,924 traffic citations and 5,206 written warnings.  Troopers also made 109 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests, wrote 815 seatbelt citations, and assisted 1,304 stranded motorists. 

The ISP also participated in a Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E) nationwide campaign which ran from May 21 - 28.  Operation C.A.R.E. is a multi-agency endeavor aimed at reducing the number of traffic crashes through strict enforcement and an increase in police visibility. During this time period ISP Troopers across the state issued 10,316 traffic citations and made 143 DUI arrests.  Troopers also wrote 1,055 distracted driving citations, 1,998 seatbelt citations, and 7,579 speed citations during this same time period. 
“I am very proud of the hard work displayed by the men and women of the Illinois State Police,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz.  “I am confident their enforcement efforts resulted in lives being saved,” he added. 
As the summer approaches, the ISP wants to remind motorists to avoid the “Fatal 4 Violations”; DUI, speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, and distracted driving. 
 

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A massive gambling expansion bill in Illinois

A massive gambling expansion bill in Illinois won’t be called for a vote as the spring legislative session wraps up, but supporters says they will work on it over the summer. There just wasn’t enough time to get all the kinks worked out of a measure that added new casinos, slot machines at racetracks and more. They may also discuss topics not included in the original bill such as fantasy sports betting.

 

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Bustos and LaHood Partner To Support Peoria Ag Lab

 In April, Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) wrote a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture asking them to end a functional hiring freeze at the Peoria Ag Lab. Specifically, several research positions had been left unfilled as a result of the proposed closure of the lab in the last two Presidential budget proposals. However, Bustos and LaHood worked together to oppose the closure, and support funding for the Ag Lab in the Congressional budget each year.

 

Today, Bustos and LaHood received a response from USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky that they have authorized the Ag Lab “to hire 7 scientists and 5 support staff” for critical positions.

 

“The Ag Lab is essential, not just to the success of the Peoria region, but also to the future of American agriculture,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I’m proud that our work will lead to several new jobs being filled at the Ag Lab. While I appreciate the Department of Agriculture moving forward with new hiring, we still need long-term assurances from the Trump Administration that fighting to save the Ag Lab doesn’t become an annual tradition.”

 

“The great minds that continue to bring forth innovative research to help grow our agricultural economy have been vital to the Ag Lab’s continued success over recent decades,” stated LaHood. “I am happy to learn that our work has led to bringing several new jobs for the Ag Lab so that further critical agriculture research can move forward with the support of additional scientists and staff. I am glad that the Trump Administration recognizes the value of the work done at the NCAUR and I look forward to continuing to support the Ag Lab in Peoria.”

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Silvis School Board Meets Tonight

SILVIS SCHOOL DISTRICT #34

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Northeast Junior High School
June 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING AGENDA
1.  Call to Order/Roll Call

2.  SEA/Silvis Negotiated Contract

3.  Executive Session:  (5 ILCS 120/2(c)(2) Collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their   
     representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees.

4. Return to Open Session

5. Approve SEA/Silvis Negotiated Contract, 2018-2021, as presented.

6. Forum/Other Matters

7. Adjournment

The next regular meeting will be at 6:00 pm on May 20, 2018, at Northeast Junior High School.

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Lawmakers want to help curb the state's opioid epidemic

In Illinois, patients needing pain medications may have another option besides addictive opioids. If you’re prescribed opioids for pain, you can get medical marijuana instead under a bill passed by Illinois lawmakers. Law makers hope this will help curb the state’s opioid epidemic. The Governor will need to sign the bill for it to become law.

 

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The Davenport Police need your help

The Davenport Police needs the communities help to find Davario Dewayne Talley. Mr. Talley also goes by Rio. Mr. Talley shot his own brother in the leg and should be considered to be armed and dangerous. If you notice Mr. Talley, contact the Davenport Police or you can also submit a tip at Crime Stoppers.

 

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Bettendorf Water Main Break UPDATE

On last Friday morning, a water main broke causing the I-74 Bettendorf off ramp to be temporarily been blocked. Motorists were asked to find alternative routes while the crew were cleaning up the mess from the water main break. As of last night, the crews were able to clean up the mess and motorists are able to use the I-74 Bettendorf off ramp again.

 

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IowaWORKS Location, Schedule Update

Several IowaWORKS office changes will be occurring in the coming weeks, including the closure of Expansion Offices in Clarion, Humboldt, Manchester, Mt. Pleasant, New Hampton, Oelwein, Pocahontas, Waukon, and West Union; the relocation and adjustment of the hours of operation of the Satellite Offices in Fort Madison and Webster City; and new hours of operation at the Expansion Office in Keokuk.

 

“These shifts aim to better align our IowaWORKS resources with needs and office traffic patterns across the state,” said Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development. “They also expand on local partnerships allowing us to reduce costs and increase access to the resources job seekers and employers need in the areas where services are most in demand.”

 


The follow list details scheduled system adjustments:

 

Clarion Expansion Office

Closure

Last day at Iowa State University Wright County Extension Office will be June 29.
Office was open by appointment on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Fort Madison Satellite Office

Move & Schedule Update

Current location is at 933 Avenue H.
First day at new location inside the Fort Madison Public Library at 1920 Avenue E will be July 2.
New hours of operation will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and  1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Humboldt Expansion Office

Closure

Last day at Iowa State University Humboldt County Extension Office will be June 27.
Office was open by appointment only Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Keokuk Expansion Office

Schedule Update

Hours of operation have been reduced from Tuesdays and Thursdays to Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.


New Hampton Expansion Office

Closure

Last day at New Hampton Economic Development will be June 26.
Office was open on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Manchester Expansion Office

Closure

Last day at Manchester Regional Education Partnership will be June 15.
Office was open on the fourth Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Mt. Pleasant Expansion Office

Closure

Last day at the Southeastern Community College location was May 11. Office was open Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Oelwein Expansion Office

Closure

Last day at Northeast Iowa Community College, Regional Academy for Math and Science Center Center will be June 14.
Office was open the second Thursday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Pocahontas Expansion Office

Closure

Last day at Pocahontas County Upper Des Moines Opportunity office will be June 26
Office was open by appointment only on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Waukon Expansion Office

Closure

Last day at North Iowa Community College Center will be June 25.
Office was open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Webster City Satellite Office

Move & Schedule Update

Last day at 403 Elm Street will be June 18.
First day at new location inside the Upper Des Moines Opportunity office at 711 Seneca St. will be Thursday June 21.
New hours of operation will be Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


West Union Expansion Office

Closure

Last day at West Union Chamber of Commerce will be June 28.
Office was open on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


IowaWORKS, a proud partner of the American Job Center network, connects job seekers to opportunities and employers to workforce solutions by providing job seeker services such as employment searches, resume and cover letter assistance, mock interviews and workforce training. Businesses can receive worker recruitment services.

 

For more information on IowaWORKS, visit iowaworks.gov.  

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Authorities Make Arrests In Drug Homicide Case


On April 18th, 2018, at approximately 01:50 AM, Moline Police and Fire responded to The Residence Inn, 4600 53rd Street Moline in reference to an unresponsive male.

On arrival, police and fire personnel located Kyle P. Medinger, a 33-year-old East Moline resident suffering from an apparent opioid overdose.

Kyle Medinger was transported to Genesis Hospital-Illini Campus for treatment and was later pronounced deceased.

Rock Island County Coroner’s office completed an autopsy and it was revealed Kyle Medinger died from an opioid overdose. 

As a result of the investigation, Moline Police obtained arrest warrants for Drug Induced Homicide for the following persons: David C. Flores, a 33-year-old Rock Island resident, Ashley M. Gengler, a 31-year-old Milan resident and Ajayi M. McIntyre, a-39 year-old Rock Island resident.

David Flores was arrested on May 22nd, 2018 in Moline. Ashley Gengler was arrested May 22nd, 2018 in Milan and Ajayi McIntyre was arrested May 22nd, 2018 in Rock Island.

Each of the subjects remains in the Rock Island County Jail on $250,000 bond on drug induced homicide charges.

The case was investigated with the assistance of Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Milan Police Department, Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Rock Island County Coroner.
 

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Bustos Responds To Trump Tariff's

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to impose aluminum and steel tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Earlier in the month, news broke that China, in response to President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs against them, has canceled several shipments of soybeans from the United States and is buying “record amounts of Russian soy.”

 

“President Trump might be a master showman and he sure knows how to get headlines, but he keeps making impulsive decisions that are hurting hardworking families across the heartland,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Agriculture is our main economic driver so it was devastating when thousands of farmers recently learned China has stopped buying our soybeans because of President Trump’s last round of trade sanctions. Instead of trying to repair the damage he just caused, President Trump opened up a new front in his trade war and there’s no question there will be very real consequences for hardworking Americans.

 

“Hardworking families deserve a President who is more focused on creating good-paying American jobs than figuring out what he can fit in a tweet.”

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Henry County Health Board Meets On June 6

 
     The Henry County Health Department would like to announce the quarterly

meeting of the Henry County Health Board will be held at   6:30 p.m. on

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018  at the Henry County Health Department office,

Kewanee, Illinois.

     The Health Board Finance Committee will hold a meeting at 5:45 p.m. on

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Henry County Health Department office,

Kewanee, Illinois.
 

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