Body cam video shows man biting police K-9

RACINE, Wis. - A Wisconsin man faces charges after he allegedly bit a sheriff's office K-9  during his arrest last Monday.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office released body camera video of 44-year-old Leland O'Malley, who faces multiple charges from the incident.

Leland O'Malley

Officials say shortly before midnight on Monday, deputies responded to a man outside of a Town of Dover house. The caller said the man, later identified as O'Malley, would not leave and appeared to be intoxicated.

O'Malley was walking around the house banging on windows and doors yelling that he wanted to be let into the house to sleep.

"It appeared to me he was not in the right state of mind," said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.

Deputy David Fisher with his K-9 partner "Murphy," saw O'Malley pounding a window. The deputy ordered him to step away and O'Malley refused. The complaint says O'Malley also refused to "remove his hand from his pocket."

Body cam video of arrest of Leland O'Malley

"You can see on this video, he was clearly told this was going to happen. But he kept - kept advancing," Schmaling said.

Under the threat of the K-9 being released on him, O'Malley stepped forward, but then began to increase his speed toward the officer, ignoring his command to "stay back."

Believing O'Malley was going to assault him, Deputy Fisher released Murphy, who "took hold of the defendant's arm." O'Malley "wrapped his arm around the K-9's head" and appeared to "attempt to bite the K-9," twice.

Body cam video of arrest of Leland O'Malley

Deputy Fisher repeatedly yelled, "Stop fighting my dog!" before O'Malley complied.

Murphy was not injured in the incident. Sheriff Schmaling said he reacted exactly as he was trained to do.

"So here's the bright side. I don't have a deputy sheriff that's injured or killed. The dog is not injured. So this is a win-win," Schmaling said. "The suspect, we did not have to use another level of force to overcome his resistance."

O'Malley faces misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and striking a police animal.

Fire forces students and staff to evacuate Camanche High School

CAMANCHE, Iowa – Fire officials say that they responded to a fire today inside the auto shop department at Camanche High School.

The call came just before 11:30 A.M. on March 22, when the air handling system overheated, and the filtration system inside caught fire.

Upon arrival, fire fighters found heavy smoke confined to the plasma cutting room inside the school’s auto shop. They say the actual fire had burned itself out before they arrived on the scene.

The damage is estimated at $1,000 to the structure and $5,000 to the air handling equipment. The school was insured.

The department spent about 35 minutes at the school. They used positive pressure ventilation to clear the building of smoke and worked on smoke detectors.

The school’s students and staff evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Classes then resumed after the building was determined to be safe.

Davenport Police respond to three separate shots fired calls Thursday Morning

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Davenport Police say they responded to three shots fired calls on March 22, all before noon, and police say they don’t believe the incidents are related.

The first call came in at 8:47 A.M. in the area of 1400 Farnam Street. When officers arrived on the scene, they found casings, and determined that one house had been damaged by gunfire. Witnesses there reported a smaller red car as possibly being involved. Detectives are following up on that incident.

The next call was at 8:53 A.M. Police arrived on the scene at 3500 Rockingham Road. Officers say witnesses heard possible gunshots and described a man firing into the air while driving a light color pickup truck. No casings were located and no damage was found. Police are continuing to investigate that incident as well.

The third call was reported at 10:29 A.M. It happened near 800 East Kimberly Road. Officers arrived on the scene and canvassed the area. Witnesses described a male subject firing a gun out of a small silver four door sedan while traveling westbound on Kimberly Road. Officers did locate casings.

No injuries are reported in any of the shootings. Police are still investigating all three incidents.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125.

Man killed after angry driver plows into crowd of people outside LGBT nightclub in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas — At least one person is dead after an angry driver plowed through a crowd of people early Thursday outside an LGBT nightclub in Houston, according to police.

The incident happened at Judy’s Hamburger around 2:20 a.m. Investigators said the driver was jumped by a group of men before going to his car and ramming through the parking lot where the incident initially started.

There were several dozen people in the parking lot at the time, police said, and the suspect hit several innocent bystanders and multiple cars.

The vehicle finally came to a stop after pinning a person against a fence. That victim was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Th suspect was arrested at the scene and was also hospitalized with several injuries from the fight.

Man dies after bizarre accident at the movies

A British moviegoer has died after a freak accident that wouldn’t be out of place in a Final Destination film. Authorities say the customer was at Vue Cinema in Birmingham when his head became wedged under the electronic footrest of a reclining “Gold Class” seat, the Guardian reports.

Sources tell the Birmingham Mail that the man, who was at the cinema with his partner, was trying to retrieve a phone he had dropped between seats.

The man became trapped when the footrest shifted from the upright position, the sources say. The Mail‘s sources say the man panicked as the footrest clamped onto his head and his partner and others struggled desperately to break it away and free him.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service says the man suffered a cardiac arrest while trapped under the seat. He was hospitalized after emergency workers restarted his heart, but he died in the hospital a week after the March 9 incident.

The cinema company says it is investigating the incident. “We are committed to helping and assisting those involved and respect their wishes for privacy and no publicity,” Vue Cinemas said in a statement.


Winter Storm WATCH for portions of the area… Find out where the snow will fall

Winter Storm Watch in effect for Friday night into Saturday

No doubt today’s weather was the week’s best with plenty of sunshine and daytime reaching the lower 50s.

Clouds will on the increase as early as tonight as our well-advertised storm system slowly tracks in Friday night into Saturday.

We’ll first start off with a passing light rain shower or two later Friday into Friday evening before the rain coverage becomes more widespread that night.  Around midnight is when a change over to a wet snow takes over especially for the northeastern half of the viewing area.  This includes towns such as DeWitt, Clinton, the Quad Cities, Prophetstown, Morrison, Mount Carroll, Sterling-Rock Falls, Princeton, and LaSalle-Peru.  This will be a narrow band as far as snow accumulations go with 3-6″ likely, with an even smaller band within that which could exceed over 6 inches.  As you travel farther south and west of the Quad Cities, there’s a better chance of a rain/snow mix with little or no accumulation.

What makes this forecast challenging is any slight shift north of south of this band will change amounts drastically.  So, expect a few touch ups in the next 24 hours.  Bottom line, plan and prepare if you have to be out and about especially Saturday morning.

Drier skies return by Saturday evening resulting in brighter skies and highs in the lower 40s on Sunday.  Likely most of the snowfall would have melted by the beginning of the new week.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Michael Madigan’s political operation sued for alleged retaliation against sexual harassment accuser

CHICAGO (Illinois News Network) — A woman who filed a federal lawsuit against the Democratic Party of Illinois and House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political operations wants to find evidence of who knew of the alleged sexual harassment, when they knew about it, and how they handled it.

Former Madigan campaign worker Alaina Hampton filed the lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. She claims Kevin Quinn, a high-level Madigan political operative, made numerous unwanted sexual advances. After reporting it internally, Hampton’s attorney, Shelly Kulwin, said Hampton, who was successful enough to be a paid staffer, was then unwanted.

“So the notion that she would suddenly not be someone that they would have wanted to work on that campaign, immediately on the heels of her reporting this conduct, seems to us, in our view, to be strong circumstantial evidence,” Kulwin said Thursday at a news conference in Chicago.

Kulwin said he will seek additional evidence through the discovery process, including internal memos and text messages.

“Text message discovery, emails, and what did the defendants know and when did they know it,” Kulwin said. “That’s part of the case.”

The suit alleges that around August 2016, Quinn started the “severe and pervasive sexual harassment” with repeated calls, some late at night, dozens of text messages, including one telling Hampton she was “smoking hot.” The unwanted text messages continued on a regular basis despite Hampton repeatedly telling Quinn she wanted only a professional relationship, not a romantic or sexual one, according to the lawsuit and copies of text messages included in the court filing.

“U will not even permit me to buy you a beer,” Quinn asked via text at one point after being turned down several times.

“When you first asked, you phrased it in a way that pertained to work, I thought it was professional. I work closely with Marty often for political things, so I’m sure you can see why I would only want to have a professional relationship with you or anyone at the ward office,” Hampton responded in a text.

 “Why just a professional relationship?” Quinn asked.

“I won’t mix my professional life with my personal life,” Hampton said.

“Understood. If I were not involved with the ward would u grab a drink with me,” Quinn asked.

“I have always seen you in a supervisor role. I don’t see you in that way,” Hampton said.

In a later text exchange, Quinn wrote “I apologize. Not trying to big foot you . Just trying to do my job […] I apologize. Your a hotb beautiful smart women. Sorry for The interaction […] Here is the reality. I like you very much in so many 0ways. I think about you all the time. Please let me know you do not feel the same. Thanks[.]”

Hampton replied: “I need you to stop. I have dedicated a lot of time to this election cycle and I will continue to do so, but I need to be able to do my work without you contacting me like this. I’m not interested. I just want to do my work.”

In later texts, Quinn continued to ask to take Hampton out for a drink.

Madigan let Quinn go last month, the day after the Chicago Tribune interviewed Hampton for a story on her claims. Hampton said she personally told Madigan of Quinn’s behavior back in November in a letter.

“The pleading is being reviewed by counsel. However, I can assure you that the Democratic Party of Illinois and the Friends of MJM have not retaliated against Ms. Hampton in any way,” Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said in a statement after today’s news conference.

Madigan’s attorney said last month there was an internal investigation. Kulwin said he wants proof.

“Let’s see it,” Kulwin said. “What was this internal investigation that led you to conclude that everything was OK or not OK? What was your response to the investigation? Who participated in this investigation? Who was interviewed in this investigation? Because to our knowledge the investigation was a 40-minute chat in a Starbucks.”

While it’s not part of the lawsuit yet, Kulwin said the legal team is aware of people trying to dig up dirt on Hampton.

“There were questions raised about phone calls being made trying to dig up dirt on Alaina,” Kulwin said. “They were calling her male colleagues and asking what type of bars she goes to, who does she know, who does she have a relationship with. Outrageous stuff.”

The attorney said he plans to investigate those issues further.

“I can’t say it was directed by anybody yet,” Kulwin said. “I can’t say it was sponsored by anybody yet. We don’t know that at this time and I’m not saying that. We just know it happened and we know who did it, we believe, and we’re going to look into that during our case.”

While the Chicago Tribune said Hampton is seeking $350,000, Kulwin said that will be determined at a later date through the legal process.

“These type of lawsuits can help other women feel comfortable in coming forward,” Kulwin said. “And also hopefully will be instructive to employers not to engage in this conduct and to know how serious it is.”

Hampton said it’s been very difficult in dealing with the aftermath of her accusations being made public, but she is seeing some positive movement of more people coming out to tell their stories of sexual harassment.

“I have people reach out to me just as a support system because they have stories similar to mine,” Hampton said, “and I’m happy to be that person to listen to people who have a story to tell.”

Iowa Ag Secretary voices concerns about tariffs at 2018 Ag Summit


On a day when President Trump introduced new tariffs against China, Iowa's new Secretary of Agriculture warns that tariffs will hurt the farm economy.

Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig calls for markets to grow, not shrink.  It's a message getting a stronger voice at the 2018 Ag Summit at Cinnamon Ridge Farms.

"When you look at the ag economy and what's happening with prices, we know that we not only need to protect our markets but expand our markets," he said, on Thursday, March 22.

Along with low crop prices and high production costs, there are new worries that steel and aluminum tariffs will spark retaliation against Iowa soybeans and other exports.

"South America is already a huge competitor in the soybean market," said Jason Pruett, Farm Credit Services.  "They could certainly start selling to Mexico."

Summit host John Maxwell agrees and warns of a ripple effect across the state.

"How goes the ag economy, so goes Iowa," he said.

Maxwell wants to remind federal decision-makers that exports are huge for Iowa.

"We're all in it together," he continued.  "We all need to join together and work it out."

Whether from crops, combines or construction, tariffs take a toll on farmers.

"When they're talking about steel and everything like that, any time we build anything on the farms, that could definitely increase the prices on that as well," Pruett said.

At this summit, thinking globally is a way of life in rural Iowa.

"We produce way more than we can consume here," Sec. Naig concluded.  "That just means we have to move these products around the world."


Police video shows officers fatally shooting black man holding iPhone in own backyard

SACRAMENTO, California -- The Sacramento Police Department have released two body camera videos and one helicopter video from the night officers shot and killed 22-year-old Stephon Clark in the backyard of his grandmother’s home in Sacramento.

Two officers say Clark matched the description of someone reported to be breaking into vehicles in the neighborhood.

They yelled for Clark to show his hands, then shouted "gun, gun, gun" moments before fatally shooting him with 20 shots, according to police.

Police discovered that Clark was holding an iPhone, not a gun.

“It looked like a gun from our perspective," an officer can be heard saying in the body camera footage.

After backup arrived, the officers who fired were taken to the street, where someone says "Hey mute," and the audio cuts out. The video continues without sound for about two minutes as the officers talk.

The shooting has ignited questions by relatives, activists and others after it turned out he was holding only a cellphone.

Black Lives Matter Sacramento called it a police murder and demanded answers. City Councilman Larry Carr decried the loss of life and said police must provide timely information. Rev. Al Sharpton has pledged his support for Clark's family and said he would be in California to help them fight for justice, according to a statement from his organization.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said appropriate questions have been raised about the protocols for using force and rendering emergency aid during police shootings and they must be answered in the investigation.

"Based on the videos alone, I cannot second guess the split-second decisions of our officers,” Steinberg said in a statement. "The investigation must be completed. We need more information in addition to the video before we can render any final conclusions."

CLICK HERE to see the videos in their entirety on the Sacramento Police Department YouTube page [Viewer discretion is advised].

Clark was engaged and the father of his fiancee’s two sons, ages 1 and 3.

He routinely helped care for his grandparents at their home in south Sacramento, his cousin, Sonia Lewis, told Capitol Public Radio .

"He was at the wrong place at the wrong time in his own backyard?" Clark's grandmother, Sequita Thompson, told The Sacramento Bee . "C'mon now, they didn't have to do that."

Stephon’s brother, Stevante Clark, told HLN that his priority right now wasn't a possible lawsuit or body camera footage, but focusing on Clark's two young children.

"I just want to make sure his kids go to school, my mom is good, and he gets buried in a way where we don't have to worry -- the nicest funeral," he said.

"They said he had a gun. Then they said he had a crowbar. Then they said he had a toolbar. Now I'm asking you, you've got a nice job, you sound pretty smart. What is a toolbar?" he said.

Iowa youth coach who recorded boys changing clothes won’t get pre-trial release

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal magistrate won’t free before trial an Iowa youth basketball coach who’s accused of secretly recording some of his players undressing.

U.S. Magistrate Kelly Mahoney ruled that 42-year-old Greg Stephen didn’t pose a flight risk but did pose a danger to the community, after a video hearing Wednesday . Prosecutors had asked the judge to keep the ex-Iowa Barnstormers co-director in custody. Stephen was arrested last week on a charge of knowingly transporting child pornography.

Court documents say Stephen has acknowledged taking secret videos of three players disrobing in a hotel bathroom in Illinois in January. He’s told investigators he recorded the adolescents in an attempt to monitor their physical development.

A trial date hasn’t been set.

Chef Scott: Bangers and mash

BETTENDORF, Iowa – It's very British.  It's also a very old, traditional meal.

Chef Brad Scott knows a thing or two about Bangers and Mash.

"It gets its name from adding moisture to the sausage so when you hit the oil it bangs," says Chef Scott, the head of Scott Community College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center.

So let's get started:

1. In a bowl, add 1 cup of rolled oats to 1 pound of ground pork sausage
2. Add 1 pinch of dry mustard
3. Add 1 pinch of red chili flakes
4. Add Kosher salt
5. Add 1 pinch of black pepper
6. Add 1/4 cup of stout beer
7. Mix together with your hands
8. Add 1/4 cup corn oil to a hot pan
9. Make four quarter pound patties
10. Place on the pan once the oil is hot
11. Fry for 6 to 8 minutes per side, until crispy
12. Remove sausage from pan
13. Add 2 Tbsp of flour to pan, mixing with oil and sausage fat to make a roux
14. Add 1/4 cup per person of diced onions
15. Add 1 cup beef stock per person after the roux is dark and the onions carmelized
16. Stir into a consistent texture
17. Add patties to the pan
18. Add 1 cup of mashed potatoes per person to a plate
19. Serve two patties per person, ladling the roux over it

"And that is some rib-sticking food, old school style," says Chef Scott.


Census: Chicago area saw decrease in population last year

CHICAGO (AP) — New U.S. Census data show that Cook County saw a drop in population last year but still retained its status as the second-most-populous county in the U.S.

The Chicago Tribune reports that data released Thursday show Cook County lost more than 20,000 residents in 2017. Data also show that about 13,300 residents left the Chicago metropolitan area, which includes the city of Chicago, its suburbs and parts of Indiana and Wisconsin.

The metropolitan area has seen declines in population in recent years. It lost more than 11,000 residents in 2016 and nearly 3,400 residents in 2015.

The Census Bureau says the Chicago area remains the third-most-populous metropolitan area in the country. However the bureau says it was the only metropolitan area in the country’s top 10 to see a decrease in population rather than an increase.

Florida men – one dressed in bull costume – accused of trying to burn down house using Ragu sauce

DELAND, Fla. — Two Florida men are accused of breaking into their ex-boyfriend’s home and using Ragu sauce to try and burn it down, according to WKMC-TV.

Derrick Irving, 36, and John Silva, 28, were arrested on March 13th after allegedly breaking into the home and stealing several items, including a flat-screen television, window A/C unit and vacuum.

The victim called 911 after being alerted by security cameras of motion being detected in the house. He said a towel had been placed over one of the cameras.

Arriving deputies saw a red SUV leaving the area and conducted a stop. The two men inside the vehicle, later identified as Irving and Silva, said they were just picking up clothes from the home.

The victim told WKMC that Irving was wearing a bull costume.

The men initially denied the burglary, but when authorities went to the home, they found a burning pot of Ragu sauce and a washcloth near the stove’s burner which appeared to be in an effort to start a fire.

“He was trying to make it look like I left the stove on but who gets up 2 a.m. and fixes sketti,” the victim said.

Both were charged with unarmed burglary, grand theft and arson. Silva is behind held on a $25,500 bond while Irving is behind bars without bond.

Two guards hospitalized at Ft. Dodge prison amid concerns about corrections funding cuts

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Two correctional officers at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility had to be hospitalized following an attack by inmates on Wednesday, March 21.

According to a release from the Iowa Department of Corrections, the incident began when a single inmate attacked a guard. When a second officer tried to pull the attacker off, a second inmate joined the fray, and began kicking the officers, who had fallen to the ground attempting to restrain the first attacker.

Additional correctional staff rushed to the scene of the altercation and quickly restrained the attackers, the report stated.

Both officers were transported to a nearby hospital where they were treated and released for scratches and bruising.

This is at least the fourth attack on Iowa correctional facility guards in the past six months. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 has been complaining for months about what it calls “incompetent management, from the Governor to the Director of the Department of Corrections,” throughout the Iowa Department of Corrections that is putting officer’s lives and safety at risk.

In the current spending bill pending in the Iowa Legislature, the Iowa Department of Corrections will lose $3.4 million. Senator Chaz Allen, D-Newton, warned that Iowa prisons might grow more crowded while staffing would be reduced.

Iowa State’s unconstitutional attempt to ban marijuana shirts will cost taxpayers $1M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University’s unconstitutional crackdown on a pro-marijuana student group’s T-shirts will cost state taxpayers nearly $1 million in damages and legal fees.

Court documents indicate a judge approved $598,208 in attorney fees and costs on Wednesday. That amount is in addition to payments the state agreed to in January to settle the case including $75,000 each to Paul Gerlich and Erin Furleigh, the students who filed the lawsuit in 2014 and $193,000 to their lawyers for federal court appeals.

The $940,000 total doesn’t include work by the Iowa Attorney General’s office, which represented ISU administrators.

The costs stem from a politically-motivated attempt by university administrators in 2012 to block T-shirt designs that featured the ISU mascot and a marijuana leaf.

Judges found ISU administrators violated the students’ free-speech rights.

Moline man dies after being thrown from his vehicle in crash on I-74

MOLINE, Illinois — A Moline man who was thrown from his vehicle on the I-74 off ramp from eastbound John Deere Rd. was pronounced dead after being taken to an area hospital Thursday morning.

Police found the 21-year-old, whose name is being withheld until family is notified, lying in the I-74 roadway shortly after midnight on Thursday, March 22.

He was pronounced dead shortly after the Moline Fire Department transported him to UnityPoint Clinic.

He appeared to have had traumatic injuries from the crash, according to police.

Moline Police are asking anyone with information regarding the crash or events leading up the crash to contact Moline Police Department at 309-797-0401.



Toys ‘R’ Us liquidation sales start Friday

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The Toys “R” Us liquidation sales will start Friday, a company spokesperson told CNNMoney Thursday morning.

The iconic toy giant announced last week that it will shut or sell all of its 735 US stores, and the company said it expects the sales to start Thursday.

Shoppers looking to snag a bargain should act fast.

“It will be quick,” said Chuck Tatelbaum, a director with Tripp Scott, a Florida law firm, on how quickly the shelves will empty. “No more than 60 days, closer to 30 days.”

The more popular and favorite toys tend to move the fastest, and inventory is likely already slim.

“The [stores] haven’t gotten a lot of new inventory in the last month or two, so a lot of the popular things have probably already sold out,” said Tatelbaum.

Consumers with Toys “R” Us gift cards and Endless Earnings e-gift cards should also hurry. The retailer will honor these forms of payment until April 20. It will not accept coupons or other rewards starting Thursday.

Stores will accept returns on products purchased before the liquidation for the next 30 days. All purchases made during the store closing process are final sale, which means they cannot be returned or exchanged.

Consumers planning on going to the store for one last walk up and down the aisles to reminisce could face a different reality.

“People will go for one last time, but I am not sure it will translate into buying,” said Tatelbaum. “I think you are going to find a general malaise — not happy and joyful employees … this is going to be almost like a wake.”

The company has been posting job openings recently for temporary positions to help during the liquidation process.

But the store closings mean that around 31,000 employees will ultimately be laid off.

Iowa universities shoulder most of Republican-backed $35M midyear budget cuts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republicans finalized mid-year cuts of more than $35 million to the state’s $7.2 billion budget on Wednesday night.

The University of Iowa and Iowa State University will shoulder most of the cuts, at around $11 million, which means tuition increases for students.

A program that helps businesses expand will lose $10 million. An agency that oversees health services will see a reduction of $4.3 million.

Corrections will lose $3.4 million. Senator Chaz Allen, D-Newton, warned that Iowa prisons might grow more crowded while staffing would be reduced.

The budget for community colleges will be reduced by $500,000.

Despite Democrats’ warnings, Republicans say that the budget is fiscally responsible.

“Let me be clear: Iowa is in sound financial shape. Revenues are growing, just not as quickly as anticipated,” said Senate President Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines.

The spending reductions are needed to balance the state’s $7.2 billion budget for the fiscal year ending June 30 because of a shortfall in state revenue.

The GOP-controlled Senate voted 28-21 for the budget cuts through June. The Republican-majority House voted for the same plan Tuesday. It now heads to GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Read more on the cuts and what they could mean at The Des Moines Register.

Weekend snow could achieve “Winter Storm” criteria

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Friday night into Saturday

Even though today will be the best weather day of the week, a major system could dump several inches of snow on the area Saturday!

Precipitation will break out from west to east Friday evening in the form of rain. However, as a process called "dynamic cooling" takes place, rain will mix with or change to snow during the overnight hours. A few inches are possible by early Saturday morning.

Between Saturday morning and mid-afternoon, snow could be heavy at times. Hometowns with the highest likelihood of heavy snow include DeWitt, Clinton, Davenport, Betterndorf, Morrison, Sterling-Rock Falls, Princeton, and LaSalle-Peru. For areas south of the Quad Cities, there's a better chance of a rain/snow mix. Without a complete changeover to snow, accumulations will be slushy.

As far as snow accumulations go, 4-6" looks likely wherever the heavy snow band sets up. I'll let others put snowfall amounts on a map, but I really think the accurate forecast for amounts will not be determined until tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner thanks Quad City republicans voters after close election victory

MOLINE-- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is thankful he can make a victory speech right now, after challenger Representative Jeanne Ives questioned the incumbent governor’s conservative values.

“Very important victory last night in the primary it was a hard fought primary battle,” says Rauner.

Rauner stopped by the River House Bar and Grill, Wednesday, March 21, to thank the people who voted for them and attempt to mend the fences with republican voters who did not.

“Primaries are divisive. They are difficult, there are many emotional, divisive issues. Let’s focus on what we can agree on. What we can agree on is lower taxes, more jobs and term limits to end corruption,” says Rauner.

Some of those republicans he still needs to win over were eating just a few feet away.

Andrea Anderson is still upset about Rauner approving legislation that now provides state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions.

“It was very, very emotional for me…(and) a lot of people came to me and were really concerned about it,” says Anderson.

So the Governor is focusing on issues they agree on like rebuilding Illinois through tax reform, term limits and becoming more business friendly.

Both gubernatorial candidates have already spent $115 million, they are projected to spend around $300 million in while on the campaign trail by the general election.