Quad Cities Women’s March aims to get women to the polls

ROCK ISLAND-- Thousand's nationwide are marching including here in the Quad Cities.

"Bring an open heart and an open mind you're going to hear stories from people you might have not heard otherwise," said Laura Rodriguez, Quad Cities Women's March organizer.

On the anniversary on the First Women's March in D.C hundreds turned out  at Schweibert Park for the Quad Cities Women's March.  From young to old with signs in hand both women and men advocated for their beliefs.

"It's important as African American women, as women in general, as women that are leading the household in this day and time because if we don't fight for our rights who else will," said Tee Leshoure, President of African American Lesbians Proffessionals Having a Say (AALPHAS) organization.

Local activists spoke out on issues such as racial and gender inequality, immigration reform, LGBTQIA, environmental issues and more.

"While it is called a women's march, we have worked very hard to make it so it represents people from all different communities," said Carrie Clark, Quad Cities Women's March organizer.

They're reasons to march are different but they all have one goal in mind to get more women to the polls. Booths were setup for people to register from both sides of the river.

From Schweibert Park they marched to the County Clerk's Office.

"I feel like as the daughter of an immigrant, daughter of a U.S Army Veteran, as a mother of a special needs child, as a retail worker, I'm directly impacted (...) it's personal for me," said Laura Rodriguez, organizer and local activist for the Quad Cities Democratic Socialists of America.

Since the first women's march activists say they've seen people coming forward for change.

"We won't go away we'll continue to fight each and every year if we have to show up in thousands of numbers in millions of numbers we will show up," said LeShoure.

Overall marchers hope to continue the movement and making sure their voices are heard.

"We won't go away we'll continue to fight each and every year if we have to show up in thousands of numbers in millions of numbers we will show up, we will be there we will continue to fight we won't go away," said LeShoure.


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Bob Mitton Wrestling invite

Orion wins the 35th Annual Bob Mitton Wrestling Invite.  This wrestling invite is a good preview to the post season as many of these wrestlers will face off again in the regional and sectional meets.

Klondike Derby teaches Boy Scouts importance of preparedness, teamwork

ANDALUSIA -- More than 100 Boy Scouts were in Andalusia for their Annual "Klondike Derby" on Jan. 20.

The annual event teaches scouts how to treat Hypothermia, to build campfires, and how to rescue someone who is stuck in a frozen lake.

Organizer's of the event say that the goal is to create fun ways to teach the young men about very important life skills.

"The whole day is geared toward those activities and its meant to be a fun activity, but also a secondary benefit and a major aim, is to make sure that the boys learn how to, as they say in scouting, be prepared." said Tom Erwin, Klondike Derby organizer.

Boy Scouts also participated in fun activities like log-sawing and practiced finding north without a compass.



Annual cookie rally inspires confidence in local Girl Scouts

Girl Scout cookie season is here, and local Girl Scouts are ready to make some sales!

Dozens of young ladies learned about the basics of business today at the Annual Cookie Rally.

They learned about money management, goal setting and other skills essential to building confidence as they prepare to knock on your door and dazzle you with their best sales pitch.

"We're hoping they just gain some confidence in their own ability to know about something and talk to somebody about it and all of those things that hopefully better in whatever they choose to go to in the future." said Audrey Adamson, a Service Unit Director with the organization.

The event also had the very important "unofficial cookie taste tests."

Sales start now and will continue until March.

Chicago West: Kim and Kanye announce new daughter’s name

(CNN) After days of anticipation, Kardashian-West fans finally know the name of one of the most famous newborn babies in the world.

Reality T.V. star Kim Kardashian West took to Twitter on Friday to announce the name of her third child that she and husband, Kanye West have welcomed into the world.

Kardashian West announced the birth of the baby girl on Tuesday using her website and social media platforms. The celebrity couple did not announce a name until Friday. Many of the celebrity couple’s fans anxiously awaited the name of their newest child to be announced because of the unique names the couple has chosen in the past.

Chicago West. https://t.co/3MyLwcIzTh

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 19, 2018

Chicago joins older siblings North, 4, and Saint, 2.

“We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care,” Kardashian West wrote shortly after the baby’s birth.

It is believed that Chicago West is named after her fathers hometown. Kanye was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1977.  The rap artist received an honorary doctorate from School of the Art institute of Chicago in 2015.

Looking like a dreary end to the weekend

It was so nice to see highs in the 40s earlier today! Thanks to cloud cover moving in tonight, we won’t be getting too cold. Overnight lows will be in the upper 30s, but watch out for some patchy fog and drizzle.

The dreary weather will continue into Sunday as scattered showers pass through throughout the day. We’ll remain mild in the mid 40s. More rain will be on the way Sunday night into Monday morning, and it could be heavy at times. In fact, a few storms aren’t out of the question. Temperatures will remain in the 40s into Monday morning.

The rain will lighten up by Monday afternoon, and highs will be in the low 50s. However, much cooler air will filter in that night. A brief change over to snow is likely into Tuesday morning, but accumulations look minimal at this point. We’ll be back in the mid 30s by Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

A look at the potential effects of the government shutdown

(CNN) — In the final moments leading up to Friday’s midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services.

So what happens next? Here’s a breakdown of what will happen if the government remains shut down.


Thousands of federal employees will be placed on furlough — meaning they won’t report to work Monday. Whoever works for agencies and departments that are considered nonessential, including agencies that pay out small business loans and process passport requests, will cease to work effective immediately until Congress is able to agree on a bill for the federal budget.

The employees in these departments would be placed on “furlough.” In previous shutdowns, everyone who stayed home was paid retroactively after an agreement was reached in Washington.

At the peak of the 2013 government shutdown, about 850,000 employees were furloughed per day, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

White House

The White House said Friday that 1,056 members of the Executive Office of the President would be furloughed, and 659, considered essential, would continue to report to work.

Furloughed staff will still be expected to report to duty on Monday, the White House said in a contingency plan posted to its website Friday. But they can stay for no longer than four hours to engage in “shutdown activities” like setting out-of-office messages or explaining how to carry out functions to colleagues who are not furloughed.


The military is considered essential and will still report for duty. However, the troops — including those in combat — will potentially not be paid during a shutdown.

If the shutdown goes on for weeks, about 1.3 million active-duty military will be expected to work potentially without pay. The military is currently paid through February 1.

In addition, many civilian Department of Defense employees will not be working during the shutdown, including instructors at military academies and maintenance contractors.

Special counsel

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team will continue to operate, a Justice Department spokesperson told CNN.

“All employees with the Special Counsel’s Office are considered exempt and would continue their operations in the case of a lapse in appropriations,” the spokesperson said.

National parks and gun permits

If you had plans for a vacation to visit any national parks, zoos or museums, some of those may be closed.

The popular panda cameras at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington will be turned off, according to a statement from the Smithsonian Institution. Visitors will still be able to visit the National Zoo, as well as Smithsonian museums, over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the Smithsonian tweeted that its museums, research centers and the National Zoo would be open on Monday and would provide updates as to the future as soon as they knew.

The shutdown will also affect the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, meaning if you wanted a gun permit, you’ll have to wait until the shutdown is over.

TSA, air traffic control and mail services

Essential services, such as Social Security, air traffic control and the Transportation Security Administration, will continue to be funded even if some employees of those agencies are not.

The US Postal Service won’t stop serving residents — you’ll still get your mail.

DC city services

In 2013, the shutdown especially affected residents of Washington. But this time around, Mayor Muriel Bowser vowed that services in the city will continue, unlike last time.

“Washington, DC, is open,” Bowser said in a statement published Friday. “DC government will continue to provide services to our residents, the services they expect and deserve, uninterrupted.”

National Mall

Bowser also said the city plans to help the federal government maintain the National Mall.

“I’ve called on my agencies, where we are able, to step in for the federal government,” she said during the news conference. “The National Mall is operated by the National Park Service, and there are many other National Service Park properties throughout Washington, DC … we will step in and ensure litter and trash are picked up along the National Mall to keep nation’s front yard clean of debris.”

Women’s marches across the nation show the movement still has momentum

(CNN) -- One year after women took to the streets in droves to protest President Donald Trump's inauguration, marchers are gathering again in cities across the country and around the world in sharp rebuke to Trump's presidency and in continuation of a still-growing international movement.

This second year of the Women's March also comes in the middle of the #MeToo movement, which has shed light on sexual misconduct and ushered in social change in a wide bevy of industries. It also comes months ahead of the midterm elections in the United States, in which progressive women hope to turn their activism into victories at the ballot box.

In Washington, where one year ago hundreds of thousands of women clad in pink hats took to the streets and vowed to resist Trump's presidency, Heather Tucci said she didn't want to stay on the sidelines.

"Before Trump, I was content to sit back and watch the government just go by me, now I'm not," Tucci, from Harford County, Maryland, told CNN. "It is dire that we do something because it is just ridiculous what is happening to this country, what people think about us around the world and just undermining the basic fundamentals of humanity and the constitution and what democracy should stand for."

Kelley Robinson, Planned Parenthood's national organizing director, told CNN that it's "nothing new for women to be involved in elections," but said that many women who marched last year had been spurred to run for office themselves.

"It's a time where we're not just showing up, folks are saying that, 'Hey, we actually need to be sitting in those chairs,'" Robinson said. "You know, so everyone who was out in the airports rallying last year and marching in the streets, many of them are now sitting in state legislatures across the country. It's a powerful moment that we're in."

That movement, Robinson added, "is evolving into something more powerful every single day."

The protests did not go unnoticed by the White House. On Saturday, Trump tweeted that it's "a perfect day for all Women to March."

Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018

Marchers gathered across the country and around the world hours after much of the United States federal government shut down after members of Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending measure, casting uncertainty over much of the nation. Marchers, however, stayed the course.

One of the largest demonstrations unfolded Saturday in Los Angeles.

Kathleen Whitehead and her 13-year-old daughter, Casey Feldman arrived early to that march. Feldman carried a green sign that said, "Respect Existence or Expect Resistance."

"The battle against women and health care is killing us," Whitehead told CNN. "It is 2018. I am 46 years old. My mother had to do this battle. Why do I, why? We have gone the wrong way"

Gioconda Aviles came to the Los Angeles march with her two 9-year-old twin daughters.

"I think women are more empowered this year," Aviles, who attended the march last year as well, told CNN. "I can't believe we have the President we have. I'm Latina, pushed to get Latinos to vote. Clearly we didn't do a good job. I think we need to make the difference in 2018."

June Williams and her husband, Carlos, said their motivations for marching have shifted since the inaugural Women's March.

"Last year was, we were angry that a person can get into office with his record and past," Williams said of Trump. "Hey, there's a lot of us who don't agree. He's not our President. This year for me, it's about equal status for women. Without people getting out and voting, look what happens."

In New York, Maura O'Meara, 47, of New Paltz, organized a group of women from the Hudson Valley area to travel to New York City together to participate in the March. She said her motivations for marching are largely the same as last year, when she traveled to DC, but have gained new urgency.

"We haven't been quiet since last year. We've been up and out trying to fight for the rights of women and the vulnerable," she said. "I actually have more hope now."


Muscatine Police officer injured in a car crash involving a tractor/trailer early Saturday morning

MUSCATINE--   A Muscatine Police officer was transported to the hospital after being involved in a car accident early Saturday, January 20.

According to a press release from the Muscatine Police Department, the accident happened on the 2700 block of University Drive, near the Foam Rubber Products Warehouse, between a Muscatine Police squad car and a tractor/trailer.

The tractor/trailer is owned by Don Hummer Trucking Corporation.

The officer was taken to Trinity Muscatine ER and faces non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi did not report any injuries at the scene of the crash.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash.