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WQAD LogoDeaths reported in connection with recalled bean bag chairs

Deaths reported in connection with recalled bean bag chairs

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Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment More than two million bean bag chairs were recalled after two children reportedly suffocated and died when they got inside the chairs. “The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened and children can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads,” said a statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Non-refillable bean bag chairs are supposed to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. A 13-year-old boy from Texas and a three-year-old girl from Kentucky each di…

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WQAD LogoCustodian gets $1.58 million settlement after scoreboard falls on her

Custodian gets $1.58 million settlement after scoreboard falls on her

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A local custodian, injured when a scoreboard fell on her at a grade school, was reportedly awarded the largest injury settlement in Bureau County, Illinois history. Karen Erwin was working as a custodian at Leepertown Grade School when a basketball scoreboard fell on her as a Daktronics employee was removing it from the wall in October 2006, according to attorney David Olivero. “The scoreboard weighed in excess of 200 pounds and caused Mrs. Erwin to suffer a closed head injury,” said a statement from Olivero.  “As a result of her injuries, Mrs. Erwin received extensive medic…

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Dixon Library could get some Crundwell settlement money

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The City of Dixon will consider tonight whether or not to allocate some of the money from the Rita Crundwell settlement should go to the Library.The Library is hoping for $1.2 million for repairs and renovations.  The library was originally built in 1901, with an addition constructed in 1969.  The last time the building was refurbished was in 1994.The project would replace the roof, windows, and update the building's lighting.  Insulation would be added to the original section's attic, which has never had any, and the building's heating and cooling systems would be replaced.The…

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IONSQC Community Group will meet Sept. 11

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Press release submitted by IONSQC The Institute of Noetic Sciences Quad Cities (IONSQC) Community Group will meet on Thursday September 11, 6:30 p.m., at the Bettendorf Library. The program will feature Dr. Steve Spyrison who…

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WQAD LogoPolice say Iowa man threatened to kill neighbor over music

Police say Iowa man threatened to kill neighbor over music

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An Iowa City man faced criminal charges after he allegedly threatened to kill his neighbor during an argument over music. Police were called to an altercation at an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Highway 6 East around midnight Monday, September 1, 2014. Witnesses told police that 63-year-old Terrill Wiges was yelling at neighbors and involved in a confrontation with another man over the music the man was playing. Witnesses reported Wiges put a knife to the victim’s throat “and asked him if he was ready to die,” according to an affidavit from police. The police affidavit said Wige…

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Bustos accepting applications for military academy nominations

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Bustos accepting applications for military academy nominations: Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominatio……

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Illinois starts accepting medical marijuana requests

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CHICAGO — Thousands of patients in Illinois will be able to apply for special ID cards allowing them to use medical marijuana under a new state law.

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Bettendorf Public Library shows off renovations

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Bettendorf Public Library shows off renovations: The Bettendorf Public Library will conduct a ribbon cutting for its recent renovations at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8. Mayor Bob Gallagher, City ……

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Thanks, Silvis, Moonlight Parade was awesome

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Thanks to the Moonlight Parade Committee for giving me the honor of being grand marshal of the Aug. 23 parade. Donna Thurman and her committee did an excellent job with the activities, and the fabulous crowd had…

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WQAD LogoFast food workers plan nationwide protest over wages

Fast food workers plan nationwide protest over wages

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15 a hour resumes later this week. Union organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday in 150 cities nationwide. Restaurants that they say will be affected include McDonald’s, Burger King , Wendy’s and KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands. The action would be the latest in a two-year effort to get employers to pay them a minimum wage of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation. Nancy Salgado, a 27-year-old single mother of a 3-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, plans to …

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4-H archery club begins Sept. 12

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4-H archery club begins Sept. 12: The 4-H Shooting Sports Archery SPIN Club will meet at 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 12, at the Rock Island Conservation Club’s indoor range, 2421 Big Island Road, Milan.

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WQAD LogoApartments evacuated when Black Hawk College students become sick

Apartments evacuated when Black Hawk College students become sick

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Emergency responders evacuated residents after several young women became ill at the Villas student housing at Black Hawk College. Police, firefighters and emergency medical responders were sent to the apartment complex in the 6600 block of 34th Avenue after four girls were reportedly coughing and vomiting there just after 10 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014. One of the ill students was taken to a local hospital. Crews initially feared the building might have had a carbon monoxide issue, but nothing showed up on their monitors. Residents were allowed to return to the building after about a half-…

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Fall writing workshop focuses on novels

Fall writing workshop focuses on novels: Registration is open for the Midwest Writing Center’s sixth fall writing workshop series. This year’s focus will on the novel.

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WQAD LogoHow scammers are getting your money by posing as IRS agents

How scammers are getting your money by posing as IRS agents

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — When 32-year-old Seila So received a call from a man with a deep voice claiming to be an IRS agent, she froze in her tracks. Then he told her she owed $30,000 in back taxes. He said the IRS had been trying to contact her for months, and this was her last chance to pay. He explained that the local police were ready to arrest her if she didn’t immediately fork over the money. The first thing that came to mind was a notice she had received from the IRS years ago saying she owed several thousand dollars — but she had immediately paid up. Maybe she had actua…

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Brett Greenwood Run 3 for 30

Press release submitted by Katie Wilson On September 9th 2011, former Pleasant Valley and University of Iowa football player, Brett Greenwood, collapsed during a routine workout. Brett developed an abnormal heart rhythm which caused his…

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Muppet Mania at the Scott County Library

Muppet Mania at the Scott County Library: The Scott County Library in Eldridge will screen the movie "Muppets Most Wanted" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. Participants will complete a craft proj……

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Free computer training at Colona Library

Free computer training at Colona Library: The Colona Public Library has received a grant to offer free computer training. The six-week courses will be offered in a variety of subjects from bas……

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RI Co NAACP Community Celebration and Resource Fair

Press release submitted by Ametra Carrol RI Co. NAACP Will Host Community Celebration and Resource Fair The Rock Island County NAACP Community Celebration and Resource Fair hosted by the Religious Affairs Committee…

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RI Library presents history of Quad-City auto racing

RI Library presents history of Quad-City auto racing: Area racing writer and organizer Roger Ruthhart will provide an overview of the history of auto racing in the Quad-Cities in the program "……

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WQAD LogoIllinois begins accepting medical marijuana applications

Illinois begins accepting medical marijuana applications

Qualifying patients and caregivers were allowed to submit applications to receive and administer medical marijuana in Illinois as of September 1, 2014. The first clinic offering medical marijuana prescriptions in Illinois opened shortly after Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act on August 1, 2013. State rules said qualifying patients whose last name begins with letters A through L can apply between September 1 and October 31, 2014. Qualifying patients whose last name begins with the letters M through Z can apply between November 1 and December 31, 2014. Start…

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American Legion Freedom Walk slated for Sept. 6

Press release submitted by Milan American Legion The sixth annual Freedom Walk will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6 at the American Legion, 515 W 1st Ave., Milan. The 1…

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R.I. Conservation Club picnic, open to the public

Press release submitted by Sue Pienta Rock Island Conservation Club Annual Picnic - Open to the Public Saturday, September 13 11-4 p.m. This is a FREE event for everyone! …

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WQAD LogoKraft recalls American cheese slices

Kraft recalls American cheese slices

Kraft Foods voluntarily recalled thousands of cases of American Singles cheese because it was not stored at the proper temperature. A recall notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the company was voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of packaged American Singles Pasteurized prepared cheese product, because a supplier did not store one of the ingredients in the product in accordance with Kraft’s standards, and that could lead to premature spoilage or food-borne illness. The affected product was produced at the Kraft facility in Springfield, Missouri. The company had not receiv…

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Dover Court closes in Davenport

The Davenport Public Works Department reports that Dover Court will be closed effective immediately between Birchwood Avenue and Hillandale Road for about one month for street reconstruction.

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KWQC LogoGalesburg, IL To Remove More Ash Trees

Galesburg, IL To Remove More Ash Trees

The Galesburg City Council will look at a contract to get rid of more ash trees. The emerald ash borer arrived in Galesburg in 2013 and the city has had some problems removing trees.

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Illinois woman rescued after a day stuck in mud

CARMI, Ill. — White County officials have rescued a woman who spent more than a day trapped in mud near the Little Wabash River.

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WQAD LogoPlanning and Zoning Report: New Davenport Casino to be Seven Stories Tall

Planning and Zoning Report: New Davenport Casino to be Seven Stories Tall

The Davenport Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on plans for a new casino on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Casino Developer Dan Kehl wants to put the new Rhythm City Casino near the I-80 and I-74 interchange. It will also be near Veterans Memorial Parkway. Crews are building a Veterans Memorial Parkway bridge over I-74. Back in March, Mayor Bill Gluba said that Kehl and local developer Rodney Blackwell planned on working together for the new project. The planning and zoning commission report shows that the new casino will be seven stories tall. It also shows that develope…

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WQAD LogoLast 90s of the season could come this week

Last 90s of the season could come this week

We probably aren’t done with the 90-degree temperatures here in the Quad Cities, however the likelihood of seeing 90s goes down with each September day. On Thursday, we’re forecasting an even 90 degrees for a high temperature, and looking back at previous Septembers, we do see some 90s, so it’s too early to tell if this will be the last one. The last 90-degree day of the summer season usually occurs on September 7th, but we have seen 90-degree temperatures clear into October. There have been a few cool Summers with the last 90 degree day coming in the early part of August. So…

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New architect presents plans for Davenport Central HS

Renovations at Davenport Central High School are finally moving forward Tuesday after hitting a major road block over the summer.Upgrades to Central's auditorium and pool were supposed to start in June, but when the already 23 million dollar project came in 5 million dollars higher than expected, the school board decided to cancel the contract and head back to the drawing board."It just happened that the bids came in higher than everybody expected," says Ralph Johanson, President of the Davenport School Board.In June, the school board decided in a 6 to 1 vote to end its contract wi…

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QC Times LogoUnion members tout organized labor in annual parade

Union members tout organized labor in annual parade

Under sunny skies, the 31st annual Labor Day parade in East Moline kicked off Monday, with many of the union participants saying working people are in need of greater protections and opportunities.

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QC Times LogoPV friends make it big with online T-shirt biz

PV friends make it big with online T-shirt biz

Bettendorf natives Matt Ingleby, Paul Friemel and T.J. Mapes never imagined they’d produce a million-dollar idea when they became friends at the former Blackhawk Junior High in the mid-1990s.

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QC Times LogoRun with Carl leaves 20-year legacy

Run with Carl leaves 20-year legacy

He could have been the 35-year-old man, smiling, laughing with relief as he crossed the finish line.

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QC Times LogoEstes Construction co-founder dies at home

Estes Construction co-founder dies at home

Loretta "Lori" Estes, who with her husband founded Estes Construction in Davenport and championed the cause of bringing more women into the trade, died Monday in her Pleasant Valley home. She was 76.

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Road work continues on John Deere Road

Road work continues on various parts of John Deere Road in Moline, according to an update from Edward Coryn, project manager, McCarthy Improvement and Foley Construction.

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QC Times LogoGala celebrates 40 years for United Neighbors

Gala celebrates 40 years for United Neighbors

In its long and distinguished history as a Quad-City social services agency, United Neighbors Inc. never has held a fundraiser. Until now.  …

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QC Times LogoA foggy start then mostly sunny

A foggy start then mostly sunny

A good September, and Tuesday, to all. Patchy dense fog through daybreak and mostly sunny skies and a high temperature near 80 degrees are on tap for the Quad-Cities today.

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WQAD LogoThe Pledge from Miss Ballard’s class at Roosevelt Elementary

The Pledge from Miss Ballard’s class at Roosevelt Elementary

Kindergarteners from Miss Ballard’s class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Roosevelt Elementary School in Moline. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here. …

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QC Times LogoOlde Towne Moline reflects cultural history

Olde Towne Moline reflects cultural history

More than a century ago, there were no specific plans to create a Belgian-based business district in Moline despite the influx of immigrants who settled in the community.

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Today in history for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year. 1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when…

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Quad Citians celebrate the 4th on Labor Day

Months in the making: last night, the Red, White, and Boom fireworks finally went off without a hitch.Flooding washing out the fireworks on July 3rd so why not hold a bit of Americana on Labor Day and everyone we talked with and there was large crowds said it was well worth the wait."They were awesome absolutely excellent I'm glad they put it off the weather was perfect."They were frickin awesome""It was fun better than last year."The only negative comments concerned the length of the show.  It lasted about 16 minutes rather short compared to …

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Boom arrives late, but still proves spectacular

ROCK ISLAND -- A belated Red, White & Boom! still packed riverfront parks Monday with hundreds of people looking for fireworks, music and fun. Flooding on the Mississippi River earlier this year caused the cancellation of the…

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KWQC LogoSoybean Disease Appearing In Local Farm Fields

Soybean Disease Appearing In Local Farm Fields

A wet summer and spring has brought back a disease to local soybean fields. Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome causes bean plants to die early, before the plant has been able to fully grow its soybeans.

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WQAD LogoRed, White and Boom fireworks get a Labor Day redo

Red, White and Boom fireworks get a Labor Day redo

Thousands of Quad City residents celebrated the unofficial end of summer with a bang Monday night, as Red, White and Boom fireworks marked the end of the Labor Day weekend. Traditionally held on July 3rd, organizers were forced to cancel the Red, White and Boom festivities and fireworks this year due to flooding on the Mississippi River. The event was rescheduled for Labor Day, though, allowing crews to launch the fireworks off a barge in the river as planned. “They couldn’t do it on the Fourth of July, so I think it’s great that they postponed it and are actually doing it,&#…

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Car crashes into Rock Island home after police pursuit

A police pursuit ended with a car crashing into a Rock Island home Monday night.   Police say a little after 5 Monday afternoon a car was stolen from the Circle K at 1027 18th Avenue in East Moline.A teenage girl allegedly stole the car and sped away through Moline. Her ride ended as she lost control and crashed into the front porch of this house at the corner of 6th Avenue and 43rd Street in Rock Island. Witnesses say she tried to run away, but her injuries caused her to quickly fall to the ground. The young woman was taken to the hospital. There were people inside the home a…

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Airplane show begins in Galesburg

A bit of history flying into Galesburg this week The 43rd annual Stearman Fly- In taking off Monday at the Galesburg airport. Dozens of the famed World War Two planes are on display. People are able to get an up close look at the planes with some pilots even offering rides. Many of the pilots come from all over the country every year to this event. They say owning a Stearman is being part of a brotherhood, and flying one is truly a one of a kind experience. The planes there is a lot of history to them it’s quite a deal to be sitting there flying specially its about a 5 hour flight f…

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Clinton county offices reopen Tuesday

It's a move six years in the making.  Clinton County Offices are moving to a new DeWitt location in hopes of providing more reliable and expanded service to the area.  And they reopen for business Tuesday morning. The county offices are moving just down the road along 11th street in DeWitt, but the move will combine different offices under one roof.  What used to just be a sheriff's office will now also include all services provided by the treasurer’s office, such as car registration, and property tax payments.  The new building cost around 1-point-4 million d…

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QC Online LogoTrains, planes, automobiles roll into Geneseo on Thursday

Trains, planes, automobiles roll into Geneseo on Thursday

GENESEO -- There's something "old" and something "new" at Geneseo's ninth annual "Trains, Planes & Automobiles" celebration, which runs from Thursday through Saturday. The celebration gets underway Thursday when the Geneseo Airport pilots host the National…

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QC Times LogoFireworks light up the Quad-Cities on a different holiday

Fireworks light up the Quad-Cities on a different holiday

Amy Mundisev was happy Monday night that two of her three kids got a nap in before she took them to Red, White & Boom. The Eldridge family came to Davenport's LeClaire Park to catch the fi……

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WHBF LogoI-80 lane closure starts Tuesday

I-80 lane closure starts Tuesday

A road closure could be affecting your commute starting Tuesday. Starting Tuesdsay and going through Thursday there will be a  lane closure on I-80 going eastbound from mile marker 3.5 to 4.5.  That's in Rock Island County. I-DOT workers are doing some patching work.

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You can apply for medical marijuana in IL starting Tuesday

Starting Tuesday some Illinois residents can start to apply for medical marijuana State agencies will start taking applications from patients or their registered caregivers with last names beginning with letters ‘A’ through ‘L.’ Other patients will have to wait two more months to apply. The Illinois Public Health Department doesn't have a good estimate on just how many applications will come in. To apply, just go to http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/mcpp/Pages/default.aspx starting Tuesday.

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KWQC LogoElected Officials Celebrate Labor Day By Honoring America's Workers

Elected Officials Celebrate Labor Day By Honoring America's Workers

Tonight, the Red, White and Boom fireworks that were canceled over the Fourth of July are expected to go off in just a few hours.Many have been waiting to see the show tonight, now they'll get to celebrate Labor Day with some Fourth of July style.

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Showers gone before Boom begins

Today's scattered showers through the Quad-Cities will pass before the Red, White and Boom fireworks show begins tonight.

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Red White and Boom launches on Labor Day

Just a few hours until a dazzling display explodes over the Mississippi. The long awaited Red White and Boom fireworks will light up the sky Monday,  flooding forced the annual 4th of July celebration to reschedule to labor day. "We were ready to go when we had to cancel because of flooding." A booming Quad Cities tradition more than a decade old. "The show is always amazing it's always incredible," said Andrew Chesser. Threatened to go under thanks to the mighty Mississippi. But organizers were determined to keep this dazzling tradition alive. "It's nice t…

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Iowa's largest solar farm saves farmers money

Farmers in Kalona, Iowa  are tapping into new energy efficient technology. Iowa's largest solar farm is open for business and farmers are seeing the benefits. Almost 3000 panels standing on four acres of land. That's what brought dozens of farmers including Dean Miller out here. "It's going to create electricity to run our grain dryers, for drying grain, electricity for pumping water for live stock or whatever you use electricity for," said Miller. Those are some of the benefits from what is now Iowa's largest solar farm. It will generate  enough energy to power ab…

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Run With Carl 2014 marks last year

An annual Labor Day tradition had runners lacing up their shoes one last time. Monday morning, the final  Run With Carl got underway. It began back in 1994 to commemorate the life of Carl Schillig, a 15 year old who died after being hit by a car. But after 20 years, race officials  say they wanted to end on a high note. Richard schillig/co-race director (richard schillig) "It was an emotional decision to make this our last,” said Richard Schillig, co-race director. “But at some point we need to step out and let somebody else take over Run With Carl. So as far a…

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30th annual Labor Day parade takes place in Rock Island

Crowds turned out Monday morning for the 30th annual Rock Island Labor Day parade. Over 100 floats, cars and people paraded through the streets of Rock Island near the high school. This year's theme: 30 years of Community Pride. Six marching bands, including Western Illinois, Alleman, Rock Island, and Sherrard showed up for the event. But spectators recognize the parade means more than just entertainment. "It's freedom to work in the U.S.A and lots of choices,” said Carol Bailey, Moline resident. “We have many gifts here in this country." The first Rock Island …

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WQAD LogoDry Days Ahead

Dry Days Ahead

With the exception of an isolated shower early, skies for the rest of the night will remain high and dry as the cool front sinks even farther south overnight.  Lows tonight will drop around the lower 60s under partly cloudy skies. A beautiful September day come Tuesday with mostly sunny skies and afternoon highs just over the 80 degree mark. Surface ridge will hold its ground across the Midwest keeping skies rain-free until we enter the 2nd half of our shortened work week. Warmer air streaming northward will lead to warmer 80s both Wednesday and Thursday.  This will also lead to a better cov…

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KWQC LogoCancer Survivor Getting Wish To Meet Chicago Bears

Cancer Survivor Getting Wish To Meet Chicago Bears

A Fruitland man recovering from a rare form of bone cancer is getting his wish.The Kids Wish Network is sending Zach Painter to Chicago's Soldier Field where he and his family will watch Sunday's Bears game and meet the players. The trip signals the end of a tough year for the cancer survivor who celebrated his 20th birthday on Friday.“Bears are my favorite team,” said Zach. “Since I've been little, all I do on Saturday and Sunday is watch football.”Zach is a football fanatic, just ask him. L...

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East Moline's 31st Labor Day parade

It was a beautiful day outside and hundreds of Quad Citians celebrated at the Quad City Labor dayparade.Crowds of all ages were excited to see all different types of floats, even the Oscar Myer wiener madean appearance. More than sixty area unions, community non-profits, businessesand elected officials participated in the event. Families we talked to say it'sa fun way to celebrate hard working men and women while having some fun."I love watching the kids get the candy. It's one of my favorite things or the pencils orwhatever it is that they give out. It's just a nice piece for kids to lo…

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47th Annual Labor day picnic

$8.25 that's what the minimum wage is in Illinois, but is that enough?Monday, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and the Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee celebratedtheir 47th annual "Salute to Labor" to honor working men and women.Democrats say it’s time to pay workers more. Durbin’s message is loud and clear. He wants to raise the minimum wage up to 10 dollars somethingthat locals we talked to agree."It's hard. It's hard to pay bills, tuition, school and we gotta put clothes on our back and myown," said Donte Farrow, Rock Island resident. Farrow knows all…

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Labor Day Celebrations

Many kicked off their Labor Day celebrations at local parades.

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QC Online LogoDurbin, Bustos slam Schilling for work with program they back

Durbin, Bustos slam Schilling for work with program they back

HAMPTON - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., joined Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, on Labor Day to hammer Republican Bobby Schilling about working for a company that helps foreign nationals invest in the U.S. in return for visas. …

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QC Online LogoHere comes the 'Boom

Here comes the 'Boom

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there's still a little unfinished business to attend to -- namely, the annual Red, White & Boom! fireworks celebration. Cancelled in July due to flooding, the pyrotechnics are back…

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WHBF LogoGovernor Quinn takes on minimum wage challenge

Governor Quinn takes on minimum wage challenge

Governor Pat Quinn continues to push for a raise in the state's minimum wage Starting Sunday, the governor is taking on the Minimum Wage Challenge living on just $79 for the week. Thats the estimated amount of someone working fulltime on the minimum $8.25 an hour, after housing, transportation, and taxes. Quinn wants to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. …

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WQAD LogoRun with Carl crosses its final finish line

Run with Carl crosses its final finish line

The rainy morning didn’t dampen runners’ spirits for the 20th anniversary final Run with Carl in Bettendorf on Labor Day. The race originally started as a memorial for 15-year-old cross-country runner Carl Schillig, who was killed in 1994 after crossing a street and getting hit by a car. The following year, the Schillig family created the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund. Through race fundraising, every year one graduating senior from Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf high school receives a $4,000 scholarship to help with college funds. The Schillig family said even though the race will…

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QC Times LogoDurbin, Bustos hit Republicans on jobs policies

Durbin, Bustos hit Republicans on jobs policies

Illinois Democrats were talking tough Monday about defending American jobs at the Rock Island County Party's annual "Salute to Labor" picnic at Illiniwek Park in Hampton.

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WHBF LogoProject NOW helping residents pay utility bills

Project NOW helping residents pay utility bills

If you need help paying utility bills, Project Now is looking to help. As part of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, disabled and elderly (over 60) residents in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties can apply for a payment plan on utilities. Assistance will be available through May 31, 2015 or until funding is gone. To make an appointment, call your local Project NOW office on or after September 2nd. Project NOW Office Locations: Rock Island Office- 309-793-6391 Henry County- 309-852-4565 Senior Center- 309-788-6335 Moline Officer- 309-764-8092 Mercer County- 309-582-264…

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Man cited for motorcycle accident

Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to West Wachter Road about ¼ of a mile east of Eagle Ridge Drive after a motorcycle crossed into oncoming traffic. Around 7:03 Sunday evening, Buster Howard, and his passenger Brittany Battaglia were traveling west, when Howard failed to reduce speed while entering a curve. He then crossed into oncoming traffic, went off the shoulder, and overturned into a ditch. Both were transported to Midwest Medical for treatment. Howard was treated and released, while Battalia was flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital for further treatment. H…

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Man injured by boat motor propeller

Folks are being reminded to stay safe on this Labor Day Holiday. One man is now suffering from a leg injury after a boating accident Saturday. 33-year-old Matt Peterson was injured after he fell from his boat, Saturday around 6:30 PM. He suffered a serious leg injury from the boat motor propeller after falling into the Mississippi River west of Fairport. He was taken to the hospital in Davenport by ambulance, and later airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City. The incident remains under investigation.

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WQAD LogoStorm chance: Highest on Illinois side of the river today

Storm chance: Highest on Illinois side of the river today

Thunderstorms were heavy during the predawn hours of our Labor Day. But as the day wears on, a cold front will spark new storm activity. The front will push through the Quad Cities around noon. Drier conditions are expected for Eastern Iowa as soon as late-morning. However, as the front moves into Western Illinois where the instability is a bit greater, a few strong storms may form. Large hail and damaging wind will be possible for cities like Monmouth, Galesburg, Kewanee, and LaSalle-Peru. The temperature/humidity combo will be a little more comfortable today. Drier conditions are expected th…

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QC Times LogoPow Wow honors Native American legacy, veterans

Pow Wow honors Native American legacy, veterans

Feet that marched and fought on foreign soil danced Sunday afternoon in Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island.

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QC Times LogoLeClaire housing development picks up steam

LeClaire housing development picks up steam

A year ago July, heads turned at the Scott County building department when a single company bought more than 100 building permits for new homes to be built in LeClaire in perhaps a year's time.

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Red, White and Boom is back

The fate of a QC tradition was up in the air this year after some flooding in July, but Monday, Red, White and Boom is back!"For Labor Day, this is the one and only, and it's going to be the big daddy of all fireworks displays." Ken Croken, Chairman of Red, White and Boom committee.Every year, the fireworks are set off on a barge in the river in between Davenport and Rock Island, but when the Mississippi hit major flood stage in early July, organizers tried to put the show on from the centennial bridge.Then, that fell through, too.Now, Quad Citians can enjoy the tradition on Monday,…

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Music Guild starting a youth chorus

The Quad-City Music Guild is establishing the QCMG Youth Chorus for singers in grades 3-8. …

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Quad-Cities claims two pizza inventions

One invented the "taco pizza" and one gave the Quad-Cities a style all its own.

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John Looney house offers bit of notorious history

John Looney's notorious, bloody past undoubtedly qualifies him for the title of the Quad-City's most famous gangster.

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Quiz: How much do you know about Labor Day?

Labor Day is all about honoring the U.S. labor force. Take this quiz and see how much you know about the facts behind the day! Take Our Survey…

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Today in history for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not…

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Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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WQAD LogoIllinois leans on Lunt in win

Illinois leans on Lunt in win

Wes Lunt played well in his debut with the Illini.  Lunt threw for 285-yards and 4-toucvhdowns in the 28-17 win over Youngstown State. This is the fourth straight year Illinois has won their season opener.  The Illini will welcome Western Kentucky to Champaign next Saturday.

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WQAD LogoIowa building momentum after week 1 win

Iowa building momentum after week 1 win

The Iowa Hawkeyes got good production from their running backs against Northern Iowa.  Jake Rudock threw for 250-yards and 2-touchdowns.  Derrick Willies had one catch for 46-yards. Clinton alum David Johnson had 203 yards receiving and a touchdown in a loosing effort.  …

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WQAD LogoThe Score Sunday – North Scott football and Bettendorf Volleyball on set

The Score Sunday – North Scott football and Bettendorf Volleyball on set

A look back at week 1 of the high school football season. North Scott Lancers talk about their win over Pleasant Valley.  A recap of Sterling Newman and Rockridge in our FCA game of the week.  We take a look ahead at some of the big matchup for week two with Matt Coss and Steve Tappa.  Bettendorf volley girls talk about their win over rival Pleasant Valley.

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KWQC LogoDr. Danger Returns To Local Speedway After Last Year's Scare

Dr. Danger Returns To Local Speedway After Last Year's Scare

Greg "Dr. Danger" Carpenter is back at the Jackson County Speedway one year after a death-defying stunt nearly proved to be his last. The star of the American Daredevils TV series took on the same track in Maquoketa, IA, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. …

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WQAD LogoHow Davenport coaches are helping prevent concussions on the football field

How Davenport coaches are helping prevent concussions on the football field

Rising Knights Youth Football Program is taking the extra step this season by requiring all of its coaches to be “Heads-Up” certified. Heads-Up certification trains football coaches on equipment fitting, heat and hydration, heads up tackling, and concussion recognition and awareness. “We’ve been having youth tackle football for over forty years and we are the premier league in the Quad Cities. We want to maintain that, we want to keep the integrity of what we do,” said Rising Knights Football  Commissioner, Tim O’Neil. In 2009, more than 248,000 children we…

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WHBF LogoSevere T'Storm Watch Issued - August 31

Severe T'Storm Watch Issued - August 31

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe T'Storm Watch for all of our Iowa counties until 4am.  The biggest threat from these storms will be strong winds.  so far this evening areas around Des Moines (central Iowa) have been hit hard with strong and damaging winds.  The good news for those of us in the Quad Cities - the storms will continue to die down as the get closer to the Mississippi River.  Areas in Iowa though need to be weather ready and aware tonight, the best chances for severe storms and strong winds will be in NE and Eastern Iowa.  Chief Meteorolog…

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KWQC LogoDevelopers Hope To Turn Old Schools Into New Apartments

Developers Hope To Turn Old Schools Into New Apartments

It will be new life for a few old schools in Clinton and historic buildings in Davenport if a handful of developers have their way.Community Housing Initiatives is looking to transform the Roosevelt Administration Center, a former elementary school, into mixed income housing, by creating 16 spacious apartments there.

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WQAD LogoProtesters plan to halt St. Louis traffic on Labor Day

Protesters plan to halt St. Louis traffic on Labor Day

Protesters in Ferguson reportedly unveiled a plan to halt highway traffic across the St. Louis area on Labor Day. The plan was reportedly unveiled at a peaceful march called the “National March on Ferguson” Saturday, August 30, 2014. More than 1,000 people took part, marching to the spot where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed on August 9, 2014 before heading to a Ferguson park. The march shut down a major avenue in St. Louis, according to a report by KTVI. KTVI reported that at Saturday’s march, organizers asked everyone involved to drive onto the highways around…

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Iowa law forgives driving instructors with criminal records

Parents, do you know who is teaching your teen to drive? You maybe surprised.At least ten driving instructors licensed in Iowa have criminal records or driving infractions in their past.  But they've been allowed to keep working thanks to a forgiving state law.At least three driving instructors have drunken driving convictions, two have assault convictions and four have more than a dozen driving citations and other infractions.Ever since 2010, state law has been more forgiving to driver's ed instructors who are involved in accidents or have multiple moving violations on their records.Nat…

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Pow Wow brings drums, dancing to Black Hawk State Historic Site

The Black Hawk State Historic Site is holding their 74th annual Pow Wow Labor Day weekend. It's drums, singing, and dancing, all to pay tribute to Native Americans of the past and celebrate the culture of today. The authentic Native American food and historic dance are ways to educate families about the tribes that called the the Quad Cities home hundreds of years ago and the cultural ties still felt today. "The Native American is still here," says director Conrad Brown. "The Black Hawk State Historic Site used to be our homeland. We're coming home and enjoying each other's c…

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Seventy-one-year-old racer competes in Rock Island Grand Prix

The Rock Island Grand Prix raced into the District this weekend, closing streets for two days of pedal-to-the-metal go cart racing. High speeds and big crashes comprise a sport that's not for the faint of heart.  But the story of one racer shows if it's something you want bad enough, the only thing stopping you, is yourself. "I change my number every year so that it reflects how old I am at the time I'm racing here," says Albert Cram.  That number this year is 71.Albert just retired from a long career as a plastic surgeon.  But his career as a cart driver hasn't been…

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Grand Prix fans get close to the racers

ROCK ISLAND -- Who knows — perhaps kart racer Connor Lund got the energy for a come-from-behind day-opening win Sunday from greeting and signing autographs for kids such as Kimberly Badgley's young daughters. The 20th edition of…

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Red, White, and Boom fireworks information

Red, White, and Boom will kick off Monday night, Labor Day, at 8:30 pm.  The fireworks will be shot off from a barge in the Mississippi River, in between Davenport and Rock Island. "I think you'll find a higher level of showmanship in this year's fireworks display,” said Ken Croken with the Red, White, and Boom committee. Ken Croken with the Red, White, and Boom committee said this year's show, is being put together by a prestigious, Chicago-based pyrotechnics company. Quad Citians didn't have a chance to see this new show back in July, when flooding caused it to be postpon…

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Thrill of a lifetime

BETTENDORF -- She clutched the NFL football as if an oncoming linebacker was there to strip it from her, politely declining to pass it about the room. Kate Dwyer, it should be noted, is as generous and…

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WQAD LogoBettendorf volleyball looks to state championship three-peat

Bettendorf volleyball looks to state championship three-peat

The Bettendorf volleyball team is looking toward a state championship for the third year in a row. With three division one level seniors gone from the team, these athletes know the role they need to fill, and are up for the challenge. “We’re going to work hard in the gym,” said head coach Diane Lichtenberg. “I feel like I have a different team, losing six seniors, but I think I have a very good team, I mean skilled team; I’m very excited about it.” The athletes said with the missing seniors, they’re accepting the position of leadership on the team. “We’re just going into it k…

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QC Online LogoHate your job? At least you're not laboring at these places!

Hate your job? At least you're not laboring at these places!

On a holiday created to honor all working men and women, readers share stories about some of the worst jobs they ever had. After all, what better way to celebrate the work you do now than to…

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Davenport woman injured in ATV rollover

A Davenport woman was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when the all-terrain vehicle she was driving rolled over south of Calamus, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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Local labor unions building on strengths

Beyond the summer-ending barbecues, today is the day set aside to honor America's workers. From its beginnings in the late 19th century, the day has been closely associated with the labor movement and unions. That point is…

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KWQC LogoCelebrating Labor Day Pioneer Style

Celebrating Labor Day Pioneer Style

Families came out to enjoy the long weekend in old-time style at Pioneer Village's annual Labor Day celebration in Long Grove, Iowa. Music, food, games and crafts from the pioneer days were all on display to teach kids how people lived long ago.

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WQAD LogoTiming Labor Day’s Storms

Timing Labor Day’s Storms

2:30am – Strong storms are affecting the Quad Cities Metro. These storms are in a weakening phase and will remain below severe limits. Still, some torrential rainfall and lightning will be possible for the next hour or so as they move east. Original Post: No problem with the outdoor plans on this eve of Labor Day as the summer winds easily shot temperatures well into the 80s.  Skies will remain quiet even during the evening hours before getting a bit bumpy by sunrise. Cool front approaching from the west will bring a broken line of showers along with a few thunderstorms come Labor Day m…

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KWQC LogoRock Island Grand Prix Brings In Profit To The District

Rock Island Grand Prix Brings In Profit To The District

The streets of Rock Island turned into a high-speed race track today. It's a labor day tradition in the QCA. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rock Island Grand Prix. Racer entries were down this year for the race...

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Newspaper holiday hours set

Office hours for this newspaper have been adjusted in observance of today's Labor Day holiday. All offices will be closed today and will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday. The Circulation office and drive-up window will…

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