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GMQC Road Trip Photo Scrapbook

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OGLESBY, Illinois- We have collected a bunch of pictures from year two of the Good Morning Quad Cities Road Trip, thanks to Shabbona Creek RV. Here are some of the pictures of the trip so far, categorized by date, from beginning to end. To see the diary of our television live shots, click here. To see how to win a trip to the Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, click here.


Friday, May 18: Brandon Green and I bought our food at Walmart, and let’s just say…the two of us are carnivores…

We also like water and LaCroix Sparkling Water?


Sunday, May 20: We packed (lightly I may add) and jumped in the Shabbona Creek RV.

Brandon’s driving…I’m definitely not.

And I’m driving him nuts at the same time…


Monday, May 21: We start doing our live shots, and we took photos of ourselves:

And after our morning live shots…it’s time for Brandon to go to sleep…and for me to bother him again.


Tuesday, May 22, we take a shot of the historic Starved Rock at the park. (It’s where that flag is way in the distance).

Fareway: Chicken Caesar Salad Steak Sandwich

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Caesar Salad Sandwich

* 1 lb top sirloin steak

* 1/2 cup Caesar dressing

* 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce

* 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

* 4 hoagie rolls



Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick strips. Reserve 2 tablespoons dressing. Pour remaining dressing in medium bowl. Add beef; toss to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1/2 of beef; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove from skillet; keep warm. Repeat with remaining beef.

Toss lettuce with reserved dressing and 2 tablespoons cheese in medium bowl. Divide evenly over bottom of each roll. Top with beef; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Close sandwiches.

Iowa’s Maddie Poppe wins American Idol

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CLARKSVILLE, Iowa -- Clarksville native Maddie Poppe made history Monday night, becoming the first Iowan to become an American Idol.

Maddie outlasted 23 other contestants to take the title. She made her final performances Sunday night along with the other two finalists, Caleb Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett. Americans voted for their favorite, and Maddie collected the most votes.

She wins a recording contract and a $250,000 cash prize.

Maddie broke down in tears at the announcement of her victory, and sang her new single, "Going Going Gone."

People in her hometown gathered at Pete and Shorty's to watch the finale. They say they've known she was a star long before the cameras and lights.

Dan Doty said he's known Maddie for awhile because she's friends with his daughter. He said, "we knew she was very talented even as a young kid you know seventh, eighth grade."

Tanner Fenneman said he remembers the first time he heard Maddie sing. "I remember when her and her sister sang it was like wow these girls can sing. And turns out they can."

Young Tanner Lorenz predicted her win before the finale began, saying, "Maddie Poppe is the next American Idol."

And Aidan Doty said, "she's a good singer and all of Clarksville, Iowa loves her."

Mike Kramer said the sky is now the limit for Maddie. "Really fun to watch. A heck of a journey and proud of her."

This article was originally published on KCRG.

Ready for changes? Foggy, then sunny, then hot

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We will have patchy dense fog through 10am today before skies become mostly sunny. Temperatures will top out around 80 degrees again today with tolerable levels of humidity. Winds will be fairly light today into tonight which could allow more fog to form.

Mostly sunny skies are expected for Wednesday with temperatures in the 80s. Temps could near the 90 degree mark by Friday and Saturday. However, we could have some cooling rains and thunderstorms. There may even be some prospects for severe weather Friday-Sunday. But it appears all of this will be out of our system by Memorial Day.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

WQAD Sports May 21st

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- 2017 John Deere Classic Champ, Bryson DeChambeau Returns For Media Day.

- Chasson Randle Wins Euro Championship

- Steamwheelers Clinch A Playoff Spot With The Help Of A Familiar Face.

- Geneseo Gets Big Playoff Win

- River Bandits Lose A Close One

Davenport School Board rejects proposal to close a high school, looks to rural schools instead

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DAVENPORT--  Five out of seven board members in the Davenport School District agree that Superintendent Art Tate’s Vision 20/20 plan should not include closing North, West or Central high Schools.

Instead the board is looking towards schools on the rural schools outside Davenport’s city limits, to save money.

Board members agree that looking to consolidate Walcott, Blue Grass and Buffalo elementary schools would make more sense.

“We have three buildings that are barely at 50 percent compacity.  I propose we close Blue Grass Elementary,” says board member Julie DeSalvo

In the last 10 years the district has lost about 1,000 students and it expects to lose 600 more in the next five years. The decrease in student enrollment and tighter budget restriction is causing the district to make the hard cuts.

These latest discussions regarding the Vision 20/20 plan comes less than six months before the district has to present the plan to the School Budget Review Committee.

Parents speak out against Vision 20/20 plans to close a Davenport school

In addition to a school closing, the plan also calls for transportation and class schedule changes as well.

“There are a lot of dominos that are going to fall no matter what decision we make. We need to make sure that we’ve checked on all those dominos and we’re not going to have unattended consequences,” says board member Allison Beck.

Vision 20/20 plan: pushing back school start times

School administrators plan to review the most recent school closure proposal and present the board with a more detailed plan in about two weeks.

YOUR HEALTH: New, more effective glaucoma treatment

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MIAMI, Florida – Ryan Hilliker was born with a rare disorder called Sturge-Weber Syndrome.

"I came out I was half red so there was a little bit of shock there."

In addition to the trademark port-wine stain, Ryan was diagnosed with glaucoma in his right eye.

"The bottom 50 percent of the eye is just darkness, it`s blindness.'

"Glaucoma is an eye disease," explained optometric physician Dr. Nathan Klein.  "It's typically when the pressure in the person's eye gets too high.'

Now for the first time in 20 years there's something new on the market.

It's called Vyzulta by Bausch and Lomb.  Doctors say it works by using two pathways to increase the drainage of fluid in the eye.

Doctors say one drop of Vyzulta a day is showing a dramatic difference.

"We saw an additional 20 percent decrease in pressure after a week and a half," said Dr. Klein.

When Michael Sibble was diagnosed with glaucoma it kept him up at night.

"Being blind and can't see my kids, I didn't sleep for like a month."

But since taking Vyzulta, his eye pressure went from 17, near the high end of a normal range, to just 13, which is considered normal.

Ryan also saw a dramatic drop in just days.

"With Vyzulta, the difference was in a five day period a massive drop in pressure from 23 to 14."

Saving his sight so he too can watch his kids grow up.

Vyzulta was just approved by the FDA.

'With Vyzulta, it's actually working on both drains," said Dr. Klein who explained most other drops work on only one of the two different mechanisms for liquid outflow in the eye.

"This is causing that pressure to come way down and stay way down," explained Dr. Klein.

He said when patients were using an eye drop called Prostaglandin, they were only seeing between 20% and 30% reduction in the pressure.

"Often that`s not enough," he added.  "With Vyzulta we're getting much better results, 30% to 40% with the
same single drop, both eyes in the evening."

Some drug store chains are offering a special deal through the Vyzulta website.

If you have insurance, a two month supply will cost about $30.  Without insurance, it's about $70 for a two month supply.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at


Proposed ferry could help Sabula and Savanna residents cope with bridge closure

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SABULA, Iowa -- A little relief might finally be on the way for the beleaguered residents of Sabula and Savanna, who have been unable to cross the Mississippi between their two towns since March.

The closure means what was once a few-minute trip between the Iowa and Illinois side now involves a 30-mile plus detour through Clinton and Fulton. The bridge connection was supposed to be restored in May, but unexpected construction issues mean there will be no connection until later this fall. That news has caused considerable consternation among business owners and residents in both towns, which rely on cross-river commerce and services.

Now, Iowa DOT leaders say they have found a contractor that can provide a free ferry service until construction wraps up around Labor Day.


The US has had 57 times as many school shootings as the other major industrialized nations combined

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(CNN) — School shootings are a reality in America, an average of one a week just this year alone.

But how does the US compare with other countries in the world?

That’s difficult to ascertain because very little research exists to quantify that.

For the purposes of this analysis, we followed the criteria below –

The scope: First, we looked at the G7 countries — the countries with the largest advanced economies in the world.

The countries are Canada, the US, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, the UK.

The time period: From January 1, 2009 to May 21, 2018.

The definition: The parameters we followed in this count are –

  • Shooting must involve at least one person being shot (not including the shooter)
  • Shooting must occur on school grounds
  • We included gang violence, fights and domestic violence (but our count is NOT limited to those categories)
  • We included grades K through college/university level as well as vocational schools
  • We included accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met

The analysis: For US stats, CNN reviewed media reports and a variety of databases including those from the Gun Violence Archive and Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. For international stats, we looked at local and national media reports.

The caveat: Reporting on non-fatal school shootings is not always available. There may be additional school shootings with injuries that did not make it into the newspaper or digital publications, and therefore aren’t counted in databases that rely on media reports. This is true for shootings in the US and overseas.

What we found:

There have been at least 288 school shootings in the United States since January 1, 2009.

That’s 57 times as many shootings as the other six G7 countries combined.

Broadening out the list

Next, we wanted to broaden our list out to include some countries that were mentioned in a few of the viral posts that were going around this weekend.

In some of the incidents, the casualty count is very high (the Peshawar siegethe Kenya attack). But when it comes to the frequency of attacks, the US still leads by a wide margin.


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