Powerball ticket sold in Iowa is worth $1 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in Iowa is worth $1 million.

Iowa Lottery officials say the ticket matched the first five numbers in Saturday’s drawing, so it earned a $1 million prize even though it fell short of the jackpot.

The ticket was sold at a Kum & Go convenience store in Colfax, Iowa.

No one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing, so the jackpot will grow to roughly $440 million for Wednesday.

2018 starts with record cold in parts of the Midwest

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the central U.S. as 2018 began Monday, breaking century-old records, icing over some New Year’s celebrations and leading to at least two deaths attributed to exposure to the elements.

The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories covering a vast area from South Texas to Canada and from Montana and Wyoming through New England.

Dangerously low temperatures enveloped much of the Midwest, yet didn’t deter hundreds of people from ringing in the new year by jumping into Lake Michigan.Despite sub-freezing temperatures and a warning of potential hypothermia from the local fire chief, throngs of people took part in the annual tradition in Milwaukee, warming up later with chili or heat from a beach fire pit.

A similar event was canceled from the Chicago lakefront, where the temperature dipped below zero as thick white steam rose from the lake Monday morning. Organizers said the arctic blast made jumping into the lake too dangerous.

“I’m not happy about it. But I was down by the lake and, gosh, if you were dropped in there, it’d take you 10 minutes to get out,” Jeff Coggins, who helped organize the thwarted Chicago event, told WBBM-TV.

Instead, would-be Chicago plungers had their pictures taken while jumping on the frozen beach — in their swimsuits.

Temperatures plunged below zero elsewhere in the Midwest, including in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where the mercury dropped to a record-breaking minus 32 (-36 Celsius). The previous New Year’s Day record had stood for 99 years.

In Nebraska, temperatures hit 15 below zero (-26 Celsius) before midnight Sunday in Omaha, breaking a record low dating to 1884. Omaha officials cited the forecast in postponing the 18th annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular that draws around 30,000 people.

It was colder in Des Moines, Iowa, where city officials closed a downtown outdoor ice skating plaza and said it wouldn’t reopen until the city emerged from sub-zero temperatures. The temperature hit 20 below zero (-29 Celsius) early Monday, with the wind chill dipping to negative 31 degrees (-35 Celsius).

Indianapolis Public Schools canceled classes for Tuesday on all its campuses due to the predicted sub-zero temperatures. Students had been scheduled to return from winter break.

In northeastern Montana, the wind chill readings dipped as low as minus 58 (-50 Celsius). And in Duluth, Minnesota, a city known for its bitter cold winters, the wind chill dipped to 36 below zero (-38 Celsius).

Plunging overnight temperatures in Texas brought rare snow flurries as far south as Austin, and accidents racked up on icy roads across the state. In the central Texas city of Abilene, the local police chief said more than three dozen vehicle crashes were reported in 24 hours.

It’s even cold in the Deep South, a region more accustomed to brief bursts of arctic air than night after night below zero. Frozen pipes and dead car batteries were concerns from Louisiana to Georgia as overnight temperatures in the teens were predicted across the region by Monday night.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said two bodies found Sunday showed signs of hypothermia. They included a man in his 50s found on the ground in an alley and a 34-year-old man. Police believe the cold weather also may have been a factor in the death of a man in Bismarck, North Dakota, whose body was found near a river.

We need YOUR QUESTIONS for the Quad Cities Chamber

MOLINE- Thursday, January 11, we are having Breakfast With…Kristin Glass, the Interim CEO and Vice President of Member Services at the Quad Cities Chamber.

Glass has been Interim CEO since former CEO Tara Barney resigned in July of last year. Barney served as the Chamber’s CEO since its formation in 2010.

We’ll ask Glass about who the Chamber’s looking for to replace Barney, whether she’s interested in the job, and what development projects the group is working on for 2018. We’ll be inside the Hy-Vee Market Grille on the Avenue of the Cities. The restaurant opens at 6 a.m.

If you have any questions/comments for Glass, fill out the form below:


This Breakfast With…comes after our conversation with Santa Claus just before Christmas and Moline’s Planning and Development Director, Ray Forsythe.

To see all our “Breakfast With…” conversations, click here.

Crash on I-80 bridge near LeClaire leaves eastbound traffic blocked

LECLAIRE, Iowa — Traffic cameras are showing a backup on I-80 near LeClaire.

A crash between Exit 306 and the Mississippi River Bridge has left eastbound traffic blocked.  For westbound drivers, one lane is open.  The crash was reported around 7 a.m. Tuesday, January 2nd.

Google is reporting a 14 minute delay as of 7:27 a.m.

Another crash on I-74 has left traffic blocked for Illinois-bound drivers.

Here’s where the minimum wage is going up in 2018

(CNN Money) — Across the country, many Americans will ring in 2018 with a raise.

On December 31 and January 1, the minimum wage will go up in 18 states and about 20 cities and counties, according to an analysis by the National Employment Law Project.

In some cases, the increases put employees closer to a $15 an hour minimum wage, or what workers’ rights advocates call the “living wage.”

In New York state, the minimum wage for fast food workers outside New York City will rise from $10.75 to $11.75 over the weekend. It will hit $15 an hour by July 2021.

Nyiasha Colon, a 20-year-old who works at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Rochester, New York and currently makes $11.50 an hour, said she’s looking forward to the increase, even if it’s small.

“There’s things out here that are expensive, and you can’t afford [them],” said Colon, who recently joined the Fight for $15 movement to lobby for higher wages. “I don’t have a coat for the winter or boots for the winter, and I take the bus.”

In some areas, wages are going up, but remain closer to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Congress hasn’t voted to raise the minimum wage in more than a decade.

In Missouri, for example, the minimum wage will rise from $7.70 an hour to $7.85 an hour in 2018, a slight uptick said to account for inflation.

Here’s where workers will see their pay rise in the new year, and how much they’ll begin to make.

Alaska$9.84 an hour

Albuquerque, New Mexico$8.95 an hour

Arizona$10.50 an hour

Bernalillo County, New Mexico: $8.85 an hour

California: $11 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees; $10.50 an hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees

Colorado: $10.20 an hour

Cupertino, California: $13.50 an hour

El Cerrito, California: $13.60 an hour

Flagstaff, Arizona: $11 an hour

Florida: $8.25 an hour

Hawaii: $10.10 an hour

Los Altos, California: $13.50 an hour

Maine: $10 an hour

Michigan: $9.25 an hour

Milpitas, California: $12 an hour

Minneapolis, Minnesota: $10 an hour for businesses with more than 100 employees

Minnesota: $9.65 an hour for businesses with annual gross revenue of $500,000 or more; $7.87 an hour for businesses with annual gross revenue of less than $500,000

Missouri: $7.85 an hour

Montana: $8.30 an hour

Mountain View, California: $15 an hour

New Jersey: $8.60 an hour

New York: $13 an hour for standard New York City businesses with 11 for more employees; $12 an hour for standard New York City businesses with 10 or fewer employees; $11 an hour for standard workers in Long Island and Westchester; $10.40 for standard workers in the rest of New York state; $13.50 for fast food workers in New York City; $11.75 for fast food workers in the rest of the state

Oakland, California: $13.23 an hour

Ohio: $8.30 an hour

Palo Alto, California: $13.50 an hour

Rhode Island: $10.10 an hour

Richmond, California: $13.41 an hour

San Jose, California: $13.50 an hour

San Mateo, California: $13.50 an hour for standard businesses; $12 an hour for nonprofits

Santa Clara, California: $13 an hour

SeaTac, Washington: $15.64 an hour for hospitality and transportation employees

Seattle, Washington: $15.45 an hour for businesses with 501 or more employees that don’t offer medical benefits; $15 an hour for businesses with 501 or more employees that do offer medical benefits; $14 an hour for businesses with 500 or fewer employees that don’t offer medical benefits; $11.50 an hour for businesses with 500 or fewer employees that do offer medical benefits

South Dakota: $8.85 an hour

Sunnyvale, California: $15 an hour

Tacoma, Washington: $12 an hour

Vermont: $10.50 an hour

Washington state: $11.50 an hour

I-74 reopens after crash in Illinois-bound lanes

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MOLINE, Illinois — A crash has blocked traffic on Interstate 74.  It happened early Tuesday morning, January 2nd.

Officials closed down the Illinois-bound lanes of I-74 and are diverting traffic to State Street on the Iowa side; this is according to a spokesperson from the Moline Police Department.

BREAKING: I-74 Bridge in the Quad Cities is one of the busiest crossings of the Mississippi River and multi-car accidents are happening due to black ice. Use alternate route! @iowadot pic.twitter.com/R4hDvDLSBA

— EricSorensen (@ERICSORENSEN) January 2, 2018


Traffic cameras from the Iowa Department of Transportation show emergency vehicles on scene on I-74 near 5th Avenue.

As of 7:42 a.m. the Iowa Department of Transportation reported the roadway was reopened to traffic.

Stay with News 8 for updates on this crash. Click here to see traffic cameras, anytime. 

Quad City Youth Outreach Ministry holds 5K race during sub-zero temperatures

MOLINE-- Despite freezing temperatures, 65 runners crossed the finish line in Moline for the YouthHope New Year’s Resolution 5K run Monday, January 1.

“That’s the good thing about running everybody pushes each other and I think we’re going to be doing that times a thousand today,” says Nick Cunningham.

The money raised from the race will help fund YouthHope programs for children from low income families. These programs include food pantries, tutoring services and summer programs.

“We want to teach (the kids) about authentic relationships and educate them and empower them,” says Hannah Carr, race coordinator.

Through registration and sponsoring the event was able to raise about $11,000, which was still about $4,000 short of their goal.

“We’re a little low on our goal because the registration is down because of the extreme cold, but it is still a blessing and we want people to be a part of it,” says Carr.

Runners say the worst part of the run was closer to the starting line.

“That first half mile, especially since that wind was hitting you, I was like this is crazy,” says runner Steve Peterson.

First place male and female winners were Phil Young and Elizabeth Floersch.

Brutal cold continues… Wind Chill WARNING through Tuesday

A very brutally cold New Year’s Day it has been as temperatures will struggle to reach 0 degrees. Wind chills today are  expected to be dangerously cold through the rest of the day and again overnight into Tuesday morning.  Wind chills for the rest of the day will range between -15 to -30  before dropping between 25 to 45 degrees below zero tonight into Tuesday morning.

As far as actual temperatures, lows tonight will drop as lows as the minus teens before climbing in the single digits on Tuesday.  We’ll briefly reach over 10 degrees on Wednesday before another frigid push of arctic air sends temperatures back in the single digits for the rest of the shorten work week.

It won’t be until we enter the weekend when upper teens on Saturday inch up to the 20s on Sunday.  That transition will lead to some light snowfall.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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My Favorite Teacher Contest – Official Rules

My Favorite Teacher Contest   – Official Rules



Sponsor will conduct the My Favorite Teacher Contest (“Contest”) substantially as described in these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Contest constitutes Student’s (defined below) full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.   The Contest is intended for play in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Contest area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:  Student entrants must be a legal U.S. resident and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Contest Area”). The Contest Area includes the Illinois counties of Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren, and Knox, and the Iowa counties of Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. The entrant must also currently be a student in kindergarten – 12th grade at a public or private school located in the Contest Area (“Student”).

The teacher nominated by the Student (the “Teacher”) must currently be teaching (at the time of nomination and at the time the prize is awarded) in a public or private grade school, middle school, or high school located in the Contest Area.

A Student may nominate his or her current Teacher or a Teacher the Student has had in the past.

Employees of WQAD News 8, Tribune Media Company, Blackhawk Bank & Trust, and Western Illinois University (collectively, the “Sponsor”), employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate as either the Student submitting the entry or the nominated Teacher.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

  1. Contest Period: The Contest begins on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. CT and ends on Tuesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT (the “Contest Period”).
  2.  Contest Entry:  There are two ways to enter—online and by mail. All entries must include an essay by the Student about “What makes this Teacher so outstanding?” (the “Essay”). To enter online, visit the contest section of WQAD.COM and accurately complete the online entry form, including the Essay. The Essay must be in English. Please note that online entries may submitted only by Students who are 13 or older. If a student under the age of 13 wishes to enter online, the Student’s parent or legal guardian must submit the Student’s entry on behalf of the student. If the parent or legal guardian submits the entry, the Essay must nonetheless be entirely the work of the Student. WQAD will not accept online entries submitted by Students who are under the age of 13.

To enter by mail, print the entry form located in the contest section of WQAD.com and mail the complete entry form to the following address:

My Favorite Teacher Contest
3003 Park 16th Street
Moline, Illinois  61265

Mailed entry forms must include the following information: Student’s name, address, phone, current school and current grade, Teacher’s name, Teacher’s school, and teacher’s grade. Emailed or hand delivered entries must be received by the end of the Contest Period (1/31/18).

Mailed entries must be postmarked by the end of the Contest Period (1/31/18) and received by mail no later than 5 p.m. CT on February 2, 2018.

Limit one entry per Student, regardless of method of entry. Do not submit the Student’s email address in any entry, whether online or by mail.

  1. Submitted Materials: By submitting an Essay, the Student (and the parent or legal guardian who submits an entry on behalf of Student) represents and warrants that the Student has all rights necessary to submit the Essay, and that the Essay is the Student’s own original creation, has not been previously published, does not violate the rights of any other person or company (including but not limited to privacy and copyrights), does not defame, libel, or slander anyone or any entity, does not contain inappropriate, offensive, indecent, vulgar, obscene or profane content, and in no other way violates any applicable laws, as determined by Sponsor. The Essay must not portray any dangerous activity; must not disparage a Teacher, school, school employee, or Sponsor; must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, lewd, pornographic, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the Essay is created. Essays that do not comply with these Official Rules or the foregoing representations and warranties will be disqualified, and Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time that in Sponsor’s opinion does not comply with these Official Rules. Each Student (and the parent or legal guardian who submits an entry on behalf of Student) agrees to indemnify, defend and hold Sponsor harmless against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, claims, debts, investigations, fines, penalties, costs, expenses and settlements (including attorneys’ fees and costs of litigation, settlement, judgment, interest and penalties) arising out of or related to a breach of the foregoing representations and warranties. By submitting an entry, each Student (and the parent or legal guardian who submits an entry on behalf of Student) grants to the Sponsor a world-wide, perpetual, non-revocable, royalty-free license to publish his/her Essay as well as derivative works based thereon through all media, now known or hereafter devised, in any manner related to the Contest, without prior notice, approval or compensation. Students otherwise will retain all rights to their respective Essays.


  1. Selection and Notification of Winners: After the close of the Contest Period, a panel of judges from Sponsor will judge the submitted, eligible Essays and select five winning Essays The judges will select the winners based on the following criteria: communicating how the Teacher goes above and beyond to impact the lives of his or her students, communicating specific examples showing what the Teacher did to impact the Student’s life, and the level of Student’s appreciation. If there is a tie for the fifth winning position, the judges will re-judge the tied Essays to determine the winner.

Five winners will be selected and the Sponsor will attempt to contact the winning Teacher’s school to make arrangements to film a surprise visit from the Sponsor and winning Student sometime during 2/6/18 and 3/9/18 (the “Prize Event”).  News stories announcing the verified winning Students/Teachers will take place the week of March 12, 2018 and air one per day Monday – Friday during Good Morning Quad Cities (4:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.).

Winning Students (and the Teachers they nominated) will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected by applying the criteria set forth above to all remaining eligible, non-winning entries if: (a) the Student or the winning Teacher’s school cannot be contacted/does not respond within 48 hours of Sponsor’s first notification attempt; (b) winning Student or Teacher does not fulfill the eligibility requirements; (c) winning Student or Teacher does not adhere to the Official Rules; (d) required documents and/or required identification are not provided by winning Student or Teacher by deadline established by Sponsor; and/or (e) prize notification is returned as undeliverable, refused or declined. WQAD may film and broadcast the Prize Event (defined below) in the winning Teacher’s school. Each school shall be responsible for securing permission from any student, staff, or faculty member recognizably depicted in the video package. All students within the classroom may be required to return a waiver form and/or permission slip signed by a parent or guardian prior to the date of the Prize Event. If a Teacher or School is not willing to cooperate or the principal of a winning Teacher’s school is not otherwise willing to allow his or her school to appear on-air, that winning Student and Teacher will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be determined as set forth above, time permitting. Winning Student and Teacher must conform to generally accepted broadcast standards (determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor) and dress appropriately for school in order to participate in the Prize Event.

  1.  Prize: Each Teacher will receive a personalized desk trophy, a basket of logo items from Blackhawk Bank and Trust including a $25 VISA Gift Card and a blanket from Western Illinois University – Quad Cities. Approximate retail value (“ARV”) = $125. Total ARV of all Teacher prizes = $625.

Each winning Student will receive a gift basket of promotional items from Blackhawk Bank and Trust including a $50 VISA Gift Card and promotional items from Western Illinois University – Quad Cities..  ARV = $125. Total ARV of all Student prizes = $625.

  1.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:  Only one winner per household. Winners are subject to verification by WQAD of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). Winning Students and Teachers (and parents or legal guardians of Student winners who are minors) will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below and each must do so within seven days of the date Sponsor sends such documents to winning Student and Teacher.  Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for any prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. All properly claimed prizes will be awarded, provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received.
  2. Publicity Release: By participating in the Contest, each Student (and the parent or legal guardian who submits an entry on behalf of Student) acknowledges that his/her entry in the Contest constitutes that Student’s consent (and the consent of the parent or legal guardian who submits an entry on behalf of Student) to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions) in connection with the Contest, each winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.
  3. Taxes: Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to WQAD News 8, and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsor at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Each winner must provide Sponsor with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before any prize will be awarded.  Sponsor will have the right, but not the obligation, to require any winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  4. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by Students, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, (b) the Contest or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Contest becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Contest is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, Students (and parents/legal guardians who enter on behalf of Students) represent that the Student is eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Contest.  Any Student (or parents/legal guardians who enters on behalf of the Student) who attempts to tamper with this Contest in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Contest will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Student at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. If a dispute arises regarding compliance with these Official Rules, Sponsor may consider, in its sole discretion, data reasonably available to Sponsor through information technology systems in Sponsor’s control, but Sponsor will not be obligated to consider any data or other information collected from any other source. Sponsor and their advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prizes received by the winner, no Student will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Contest.  Sponsor will have the sole discretion to administer the Contest and interpret and apply the Rules.  Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Contest, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  5. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, Students (and the parent or legal guardian who submits an entry on behalf of Student) agree: (a) to the Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which will be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless WQAD, Tribune Media Company, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Contest and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Contest-related activity; and (c) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.
  6. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (d) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (e) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest; (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Contest, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries which are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by Student.  Any expenses incurred by the Student during the entry process, including but not limited to postage, are the sole responsibility of each Student and the Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.
  7. In Case of Dispute: By entering the Contest, Students (and the parent or legal guardian who submits an entry on behalf of Student) agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or prize awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any Student be permitted to obtain any award for, and Student hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. Some states do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you in whole or in part. All Students (and the parent or legal guardian who submits an entry on behalf of Student) agree, by participation in the Contest, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in Illinois, which will be the exclusive fora for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Contest. Illinois law will govern this Contest, without regard Illinois’s choice of law rules.
  8. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL by 3/31/18.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at http://www.wqad.com.
  9. Names of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL, or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after 3/16/18. Requests must be received by no later than 60 days after the end of the Contest Period.
  10. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Contest and Contest website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsors.


  1. Sponsor: WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265; Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455; Blackhawk Bank & Trust, 223 West 4th Street, Milan, IL 61264.



My Favorite Teacher 2018

WQAD News 8 is proud to partner with Blackhawk Bank & Trust and Western Illinois University –  Quad Cities for this year’s My Favorite Teacher Contest.

This contest is open to all students (K-12) & active teachers within the WQAD News 8 viewing area.  Each entrant must submit an essay explaining who his/her favorite teacher is/was and why that particular educator is so outstanding.

All the entries will be judged by a panel of educators and representatives from our sponsors and five  “My Favorite Teachers” will be chosen.

The five winning teachers will be featured on Good Morning Quad Cities (4:30 a.m. – 7 a.m.) and News 8 at 5P during the week of March 12-16, 2018.

Click here to download an entry form.

Entry forms may be delivered in person to WQAD  News 8, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, Illinois or mailed to the following address:

My Favorite Teacher Contest
WQAD News 8
3003 Park 16th Street
Moline, IL   61265

Deadline for entry is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

For complete contest rules, click here.

Please note that online entries may submitted only by Students who are 13 or older.  If a student under the age of 13 wishes to enter online, the Student’s parent or legal guardian must submit the Student’s entry on behalf of the student. If the parent or legal guardian submits the entry, the Essay must nonetheless be entirely the work of the Student. 



Local organist retires after almost 40 years

EAST MOLINE, Illinois-- Almost every Sunday morning Lucille Perley warms up the organ before the morning service at St. John's Lutheran Church.

She's been playing the organ at the church for more than 40 years.

"I was fifteen when I played my first worship service and I never wanted to get off the bench after that," said Perley.

Her mother encouraged her to play at a young age when she started learning piano.

"She would say things like 'Oh I can't wait until you're good enough to play the organ in Church and I said no never," said Perley

But after watching a woman play at her small town church she tried it out and got hooked.

"The holy spirit zapped me. That's really what happened," said Perley.

But after almost half a century of playing, Perley said it's time to give up the bench.

"I think I'm still playing well and I don't want to be the old lady that somebody has to shove off the bench," jokes Perley.

She's giving up her seat as well as her position as the Director for the adult choir.

"My choir has the most dedicated hardworking people," said Perley and is what she will miss the most after she retires.

Her last day was on New Years Eve, but church members wouldn't let her go without a party.

A reception was held after the service to honor for her time.



Davenport homeless shelter offering extended hours due to the cold

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Volunteers are needed to help keep a Davenport homeless shelter open for extended hours due to the extreme cold.

King’s Harvest Homeless Shelter will be open continuously through the morning of Monday, January 1st, when another shelter opens up.

“Our friends in the street simply cannot bear this brutal cold with colder temperatures expected overnight,” said volunteer Jason Santana.

Santana said volunteers are needed to help out at the shelter, which is located at 824 West 3rd Street in Davenport.

They are also looking for donations of snack foods and drinks for guests and volunteers.

Anyone with questions can contact the shelter at 563-570-4536.

Wind Chill Warning will be in effect late this evening

Happy New Year’s Eve! The end of 2017 is wrapping up with some brutal cold. Highs today will be a few degrees above zero with wind chills around -15 to -30. A Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect until 9 PM tonight. After 9, we’ll be under a Wind Chill Warning for the possibility of wind chills below -30! It’s imperative you bundle up if you’re heading out tonight! Frostbite can occur within 10 minutes if you have exposed skin. Our actual lows will be around -15.

New Year’s Day will be brutally cold  with highs a little below zero. Wind chills will remain around -15 to -30 throughout the afternoon, and the Wind Chill Warning will last into Tuesday morning. Once again, wind chills below -30 will be possible.

At least we’ll warm up into the single digits on Tuesday and the lower teens by Wednesday.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham