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Adriana McBride of Davenport liked the atmosphere of people with different voices coming together in one setting for a purpose.

She was not alone Saturday as more than 300 people, mostly women, gathered at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island for the 2018 Quad-Cities Women's March.

It was one of many held across the globe after the first-ever such event was held one year ago with a mission of solidarity on President Donald\u00a0Trump's first day in office in 2017,

This year, the theme locally was encouraging participation in the community, according to local organizers. However, by listening to speakers and reading dozens of signs in the crowd, there was more one than one agenda in play.

One of those speakers was Brandy Donaldson of Rock Island, who is vice president of ALPHAS, or African-American Lesbian Professionals Having A Say.

She told the crowd about one of her favorite quotes from American poet and civil rights activists, Maya Angelou.

\u201cStand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up Straight.\u201d Donaldson went one to explain in her own words.

\u201cThe days of us women sitting dormant \u2026 and people speaking for us, those days are over.\u201d she said.

Another organizer, Cici Reece of Moline, said many local groups and individuals planned this event.

\u201cWe came together honoring last year's event,\u201d she said. \u201cWe want to keep the movement going, to make sure our voices are not going away.\u201d

The crowd kept swelling in size as the event continued with temperatures in the 40s.

While another organizer, Laura Rodriguez, said this was not an anti-Trump rally, there were anti-Trump signs, among a myriad of topics covered in the signage.

That includes one that read: \u201cNot usually a protester, but \u2026 jeez.\u201d Another said: \u201cWe deserve better,\u201d and another: \u201cA woman's place is in the resistance.\u201d

There also were posters in favor of protecting all human rights, the fight against racism, better health care and in support of Planned Parenthood.

\u201cWe want to transform our message into action,\u201d said Rodriquez, of Moline, with Quad-City Democratic Socialists of America. \u201cVoting is not enough. You have to join in your community. It is time to step out in the community. Nobody is going to fix your problem for you.

\u201cThere is a lot of anger and nobody knows what to do with it.\u201d

Latrice Lacey, director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, preached a message of teaming up with others for strength.

\u201cIt is the importance of strong alliances and having allies,\u201d she said. \u201cThis is an inspiring thing to see, people who are like-minded and want to see change in the community.\u201d

The crowd included plenty of men.

\u201cMy wife and I are here to support women's movements,\u201d said Rock Island Alderman James Spurgetis. \u201cWe are all evolving and on a learning curve to make our society a better one.\u201d

Rodriquez said a big thrust of the event was to get people to the polls to register and vote. A table was set up to register people in Rock Island County. There also was a ceremonial march to the Rock Island County Clerk's office a few blocks away to drive home the point to register.

\u201cIt is inspiring to see people coming together and just having open discussions,\u201d McBride said.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Democrat Fred Hubbell led their respective races for governor in fundraising for 2017, according to reports filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.

Reynolds, a Republican, raised $3.7 million, far exceeding her Republican rival, former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett, who raised about $844,000.

She ended the year with $4.1 million in the bank, compared with nearly $579,000 for Corbett.

Reynolds got a big assist from the Republican Governors Association, which contributed $1.3 million to her campaign.

The fundraising reports were due on Friday.

In the Democratic primary, Hubbell raised nearly $3.1 million, followed by union leader Cathy Glasson and state Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines.

Hubbell, a Des Moines businessman, ended the year with $1.2 million in the bank after spending just over $1.8 million.

Hubbell has been more aggressive than his rivals with mail and television advertising so far in the campaign.

Glasson, who is president of the Service Employees International Union, Local 199, raised $1.3 million and reported having about $729,000 at the end of the year.

Most of her contributions came from SEIU and its affiliates across the country. Together, they donated $1.1 million to Glasson\u2019s campaign, as well as the bulk of $258,000 in in-kind contributions her campaign received. The union also made a $500,000 contribution to Glasson in early January.

Boulton reported raising nearly $1.1 million and ended the year with $481,375. He\u2019d spent nearly $600,000.

Former Iowa Democratic Chair Andy McGuire raised $677,584 for the year and ended it with just over $255,000. She spent about $422,000.

John Norris, a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and longtime aide to Tom Vilsack, reported raising just over $302,000. He had $144,081 in the bank at the end of the year.

Former Iowa City Mayor Ross Wilburn raised $8,624 and had $107 in the bank at the end of the year, according to his report.

Jon Neiderbach, a former Des Moines school board member, did not raise any money, according to his report and had a small negative cash balance.

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There appeared to be bi-partisan agreement among Quad-City legislators Saturday that Iowa\u2019s shift to private management of Medicaid has stumbled. But while Democrats pushed to go back to a state-run program, Republicans who did speak on the issue resisted.

Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad made the change, which did not require legislative approval, in 2016. Since then, there have been reports of service cuts, providers not being paid and administrative confusion.

One of the three managed care companies also has dropped out, which meant that tens of thousands of Iowans had no choice and were shifted to different private insurer.

The issue came up at the first state legislative forum in Scott County this year. The forum, the first of three to be held this year, was at the Rogalski Center on the St. Ambrose University campus.

The forum was less heated than last year\u2019s, when they were packed with union employees fighting Republican cutbacks to the collective bargaining rights for public workers.

Still, there were pointed questions and responses on a range of issues.

State Rep. Gary Mohr, R-Bettendorf, agreed there are problems with the Medicaid shift. \u201cRight now, it\u2019s a mess,\u201d he said. But he argued the program, as it was, was not affordable.

A report from the state Department of Human Services last month predicted annual savings of $47 million this year, but that is far less than originally projected.

Democrats have introduced a bill this year to go back to state management. Rep. Cindy Winckler, D-Davenport, complained that administrative costs under private management amount to more than when it fell to the state.

\u201cThat is not cost savings,\u201d she said.

Rep. Monica Kurth, D-Davenport, said other states have reversed course when they weren\u2019t satisfied with the change.

However, Sen. Mark Lofgren, R-Muscatine, said that Jerry Foxhoven, who was appointed director of the DHS in June, is working to fix the problems.

Nearly 600,000 Iowans are covered by Medicaid, which is jointly financed by the state and federal governments.

Medicaid was just one of a raft of issues that arose at the forum, which was attended by about 175 people.

Sen. Roby Smith, R-Davenport, said lawmakers are close to passing a bill dealing with inequities in the state\u2019s school funding formula, which the Davenport school district has complained about.

\u201cWe\u2019re on the doorstep,\u201d Smith said.

Other topics Saturday included education funding, tax changes and water quality.

Karen Brei, of Bettendorf, urged action on the issue. \u201cWe need water quality today,\u201d she said.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has called on a water quality bill to be sent to her.

Last year, separate measures passed in the Republican-controlled House and Senate, but lawmakers could not agree on a single proposal.

Some Republicans have predicted a single bill will go to the governor fairly early this session.

A coalition of conservation and business groups are pushing for a 3/8th cent increase the state sales tax of 3/8ths to pay for conservation and water quality initiatives. Brei, who said she\u2019d like to see a moratorium on new confinement operations, said it could go up more than that.

The Republican legislation does not include the sales tax increase, and while it includes new funding critics say that it is not enough.

Saturday\u2019s forum was sponsored by a coalition of groups. The next forum will be held Feb. 10.

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Icestravaganza featured huge ice sculptures, savory and sweet foods, tasty beverages and live music at the Freight House in Davenport, and Quad-Citians were happy to hang out and enjoy the fun.

--Sean Leary

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Q. Several readers in recent weeks have asked when will Firehouse Subs in Davenport open?

A. For those who missed the answer in the Dec. 16, 2017, Ask the Times:

We contacted Firehouse Subs to find out. Natasha Wojcik, account manager at The Zimmerman Agency, Inc., responded:

\"The new Davenport, Iowa, restaurant location is set to open at the beginning of February. We will be sure to follow-up with the news release once the final opening is confirmed.\"

Q. I was at HomeGoods in Coralville, Iowa, over the holidays. Does HomeGoods plan to open a store in Davenport? If so, where? -- Christine

A. Several other readers also have asked about HomeGoods. We contacted them in October with a similar question.

At that time, Lisa Zahn, HomeGoods spokesperson, responded:

\"Although we appreciate your inquiry, HomeGoods has not announced a new store for Davenport, Iowa.\"

We contacted Lisa Zahn again on Jan. 18, 2018, for an update. She responded:

\"The initial statement still stands.

\"Although we appreciate your inquiry, HomeGoods has not announced a new store\u00a0for Davenport, Iowa.\" - Lisa Zahn, HomeGoods spokesperson

Q. We've been told for over a decade that they're going to add that turn lane. Your article did not mention a time frame. I can't imagine it will be in time for the Costco project. Can we get an update? -- Sue

A. We contacted the city of Davenport to find out. Nicole Gleason, Davenport public works director/assistant city administrator, responded:

\"The turn lane that will service Costco specifically will be added in July/August 2018 at the cost of the developer. The remainder of the left hand turn lane that will service 53rd from Elmore Circle to Brady Street is currently planned for completion by 2021. This project concept began one year ago when the City requested Surface Transportation Block Grant STBG grant funding and was subsequently awarded the funding from Iowa DOT in the summer of 2017. Due to the scale of this project it will take up to two years for design, bid and property acquisition and an additional two seasons for construction. I would recommend residents check the city website for updates on capital projects, as schedules this far out can change.\"

Q. When is the new Costco in Davenport expected to start building construction? Are road construction for the fiber optic cables and new turn lanes expected to start around that time? Any expected traffic delays during this time? \u2013 David

A. We contacted the city of Davenport to find out.\u00a0Nicole Gleason, Davenport public works director/assistant city administrator, responded:

\"At this time, Costco is expected to begin roadway improvements required for their development in spring of 2018 with anticipated completion mid-summer. There will be lane restrictions in the area during that time period but 53rd Street will not be closed to traffic. The City also has a reconstruction and widening project planned for 53rd Street that will likely start in 2019. During this project there will be utility relocations required due to storm sewer improvements.\"

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WASHINGTON \u2014 The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. The slide toward closure lacked for high drama: The Senate vote was all but predetermined, and since the shutdown began at the start of a weekend, many of the immediate effects will be muted for most Americans.

Senators, however, continued to negotiate early this morning, hoping to reach a deal.

Still, it comes with no shortage of embarrassment for the president and political risk for both parties, as they wager that voters will punish the other at the ballot box in November.

Social Security and most other safety net programs are unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority. Critical government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. But if no deal is brokered before Monday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed.

After hours of closed-door meetings and phone calls, the Senate scheduled its late-night vote on a House-passed plan. It gained 50 votes to proceed to 48 against, but 60 were needed to break a Democratic filibuster. A handful of red-state Democrats crossing the aisle to support the measure, rather than take the politically-risky vote. Four Republicans voted in opposition.

In an unusual move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allowed the roll call to exceed 90 minutes \u2014 instead of the usual 20 or so \u2014 seemingly accommodating the numerous discussions among leaders and other lawmakers. Still as midnight passed and the calendar turned, there was no obvious off-ramp to the political stalemate. Each party expressed resolve in its position \u2014 and confidence that the other would suffer the wrath of voters.

Even before the vote, Trump was pessimistic, tweeting, \"Not looking good\" and blaming the Democrats who he said actually wanted the shutdown \"to help diminish the success\" of the tax bill he and fellow Republicans pushed through last month.

Democrats balked on the measure in an effort to pressure on the White House to cut a deal to protect \"dreamer\" immigrants \u2014 who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally \u2014 before their legal protection runs out in March.

The president watched the results from the White House residence, dialing up allies and affirming his belief that Democrats would take the blame for the shutdown, said a person familiar with his conversations but not authorized to discuss them publicly.

Predictably, both parties moved swiftly to blame one another. Democrats laid fault with Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and the White House and have struggled with building internal consensus. Republicans declared Democrats responsible, after they declined to provide the votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate over their desire to force the passage of legislation to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation.

Republicans branded the confrontation a \"Schumer shutdown\" and argued that Democrats were harming fellow Americans to protect \"illegal immigrants.\"

Trump had brought Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to the White House Friday afternoon in hopes of cutting a deal. But the two New Yorkers, who pride themselves on their negotiating abilities, emerged without an agreement, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress continued to pass off responsibility.

\"We made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements,\" Schumer said upon returning to Capitol Hill. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told CNN that \"Not much has changed\" over the course of the day, but he predicted a deal would be reached by Monday, when most government offices are to reopen after the weekend.

Democrats in the Senate had served notice they would filibuster the government-wide funding bill that cleared the House Thursday evening. They were seeking an even shorter extension that they think would keep the pressure on the White House to cut a deal to protect the \"dreamer\" immigrants.

Trump first described his discussion with Schumer as an \"excellent preliminary meeting,\" tweeting that lawmakers were \"making progress - four week extension would be best!\" But that optimism faded as the evening wore on.

Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Trump told Schumer to work things out with McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. McConnell did not attend the meeting because he was not invited, a Senate GOP aide said.

Trump had been an unreliable negotiator in the weeks leading up to the showdown. Earlier this week he tweeted opposition to the four-week plan, forcing the White House to later affirm his support. He expressed openness to extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, only to reject a bipartisan proposal. His disparaging remarks about African and Haitian immigrants last week helped derail further negotiations.

Trump had been set to leave Friday afternoon to attend a fundraiser at his Palm Beach, Florida, estate marking the one-year anniversary of his inauguration but delayed his travel.

\"I think the president's been very clear: he's not leaving until this is finished,\" Mulvaney told reporters.

As word of the Schumer meeting spread, the White House hastened to reassure Republican congressional leaders that Trump would not make any major policy concessions, said a person familiar with the conversations but not authorized to be quoted by name.

On Capitol Hill, McConnell said Americans at home would be watching to see \"which senators make the patriotic decision\" and which \"vote to shove aside veterans, military families and vulnerable children to hold the entire country hostage... until we pass an immigration bill.\"

Across the Capitol, the House backed away from a plan to adjourn for a one-week recess, meaning the GOP-controlled chamber could wait for a last-minute compromise that would require a new vote. But it wasn't coming Friday night.

\"We can't keep kicking the can down the road,\" said Schumer, insisting on more urgency in talks on immigration. \"In another month, we'll be right back here, at this moment, with the same web of problems at our feet, in no better position to solve them.\"

The four-week measure would have been the fourth stopgap spending bill since the current budget year started in October. A pile of unfinished Capitol Hill business has been on hold, first as Republicans ironed out last fall's tax bill and now as Democrats insist on progress on immigration. Talks on a budget deal to ease tight spending limits on both the Pentagon and domestic agencies are on hold, as is progress on a huge $80 billion-plus disaster aid bill.

Before Thursday night's House approval, GOP leaders sweetened the stopgap measure with legislation to extend for six years a popular health care program for children from low-income families and two-year delays in unpopular \"Obamacare\" taxes on medical devices and generous employer-provided health plans.

A shutdown would be the first since 2013, when tea party Republicans \u2014 in a strategy not unlike the one Schumer is employing now \u2014 sought to use a must-pass funding bill to try to force then-President Barack Obama to delay implementation of his marquee health care law. At the time, Trump told Fox & Friends that the ultimate blame for a shutdown lies at the top. \"I really think the pressure is on the president,\" he said.

Arguing that Trump's predecessors \"weaponized\" that shutdown, Mulvaney said Friday the budget office would direct agencies to work to mitigate the impact this time. That position is a striking role-reversal for the conservative former congressman, who was one of the architects of the 2013 shutdown over the Affordable Care Act.

With no agreement by midnight, the government would begin immediately locking its doors. The impact would initially be spotty \u2014 since most agencies would be closed until Monday \u2014 but each party would be gambling the public would blame the other.

In the event of a shutdown, food inspections, federal law enforcement, airport security checks, and other vital services would continue, as would Social Security, other federal benefit programs and military operations.

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Ice may measure a foot thick atop some area lakes, lagoons and ponds\u00a0\u2014 solid for winter fishing\u00a0\u2014 but this weekend's wet, warm forecast will keep avid anglers on their toes.

If soil on the shore is exposed to the sun, ice near the bank could crumble, said \u201cCaptain\u201d Jon Hurt, who manages Croegaert\u2019s Great Outdoors, 4002 11th St., Rock Island. Before stepping out onto the ice, he stressed, anglers should drill test holes near the shore, a safety precaution they should continue taking every few feet they cover.

Temperatures will remain above normal for mid-January through the weekend, peaking mainly in the 40s during the day, the National Weather Service, Davenport, reports. Rain is expected Sunday night into Monday, but the precipitation may change to snow Monday night as it moves out of the region.\u00a0

\u201cRain is bad, but you need days of warm weather and sunshine to melt ice away,\u201d Hurt said. \u201cIt\u2019s not going to deteriorate in a couple of hours.\u201d

The unseasonable\u00a0spell could hinder a series of upcoming ice fishing tournaments in the Quad-Cities, all of which were canceled last winter due to lack of ice. Hurt is confident, however, \u201cthere\u2019s plenty of ice to survive this warm weather.\u201d

For the first time in three years, the Geneseo Izaak Walton League plans to host its public Ice Fishing Derby at 8 a.m. today on the Hennepin Canal. Registration begins early this morning with a \u201creally good\u201d breakfast, Hurt said. One Izaak Walton League representative said Friday there was 14 inches of ice on the bay that abuts their property.

\u201cIt would need to be 40-plus (degrees) for three weeks for it to be unsafe,\u201d said Victor Bianchetta, membership chairman.

\"Ice

Eric Wright, conservation officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, checks fishing conditions Friday at Lost Grove Lake. \"Conditions are good right now,\" he said. \"It's nice, solid, clear ice, but conditions can change.\"

Two other groups hope the clear, solid ice stays intact for their events scheduled for next Saturday, Jan. 27. Princeton Outdoor Adventures is promoting its Fargin Icehole Competition at Lost Grove Lake in rural Scott County, while the Rock Island Conservation Club has its Winter Fishing Tournament for members and their guests.

\"I just do it for fun,\" said Kevin Kernan, who organizes the public contest at Lost Grove Lake. \"It's an adventure.\"

He expects about 60 participants to register the night before at Go Fish Marina Bar & Grille, 411 River Drive, Princeton.

\"We encourage teams (of two),\" said Kernan, the owner of Duey's Corner Tap in Port Byron, Illinois. \"If something were to happen, you have another person there to help.\"

Pairs are allowed to catch a maximum of 30 fish, a mix of bluegills and crappies, each of which must measure at least 6 inches long. A weigh-in will follow the action, which goes from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The team with the heaviest haul wins. The angler who reels in the biggest fish will be awarded, too.\u00a0

As of Thursday, \"Ice conditions are still pretty good,\" at Lost Grove Lake, according to the latest fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. \"Don't look for them to be near as good by the end of the weekend.\"\u00a0

Hurt said below-freezing temperatures next week should keep the ice there strong.\u00a0

\"That\u2019s been our real hot spot in the Quad-City area,\" he said.

On a day off this week, Rudy Morgan, owner of R&R Sports in Bettendorf, tested the frozen waters at the 400-acre manmade lake. During his solo outing, he settled on a spot that stretched 30 feet below the surface. That depth, he said, makes it a unique destination for area anglers.

\"Ice

Eric Wright, conservation officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, uses a Humminbird Fishing System to locate fish Friday at Lost Grove Lake.

\"I've found a bunch of bluegills here, but they don't want to play,\" said Morgan, who sponsors the Fargin Icehole Competition.

Jeff Harrison, conservation officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, also made time for ice fishing on a day off this week at Lost Grove Lake. He is co-leading a fishing clinic there today for the Quad-Cities Women's Outdoor Club. Next weekend, he will work the tournament.\u00a0

\"It prevents cabin fever,\" he said of ice fishing. \"Plus, the fish taste wonderful when they come through the ice.\"

Fish caught during the winter months may pack more flavor because there is significantly less sediment in fresh water this time of year, Hurt said.\u00a0

On Saturday, Feb. 3,\u00a0Croegaert\u2019s Great Outdoors is co-hosting the Super Hole Ice Fishing Derby on Lake George at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City.\u00a0

Because of its depth \u2014 72 feet at its deepest point \u2014 Lake George often is the \"last one to get ice and first one to lose ice,\" said Hurt, who is maintaining a positive outlook.

\"I think we\u2019re going to have a good three weeks,\" he said. \"Hopefully, everybody stays safe.\"

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A large group of residents in LeClaire is afraid a change in the comprehensive plan to allow the development of a Kwik Star gas station and convenience store could be the first domino to topple the makeup of their neighborhood.

While the Planning and Zoning Commission issued a recommendation for the City Council to reject a Kwik Star at Cody and Eagle Ridge roads, there's still some skepticism that the City Council will not listen to the vast majority of residents who are opposed to the development.

\"They're going to create a tawdry circus of commercial franchises along the corridor that's at the front of our city,\" Gary Brecht said.

Kwik Trip Inc. submitted an application to rezone the property so that it can construct and operate a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week convenience store and gas station on the 3.3-acre property.

Initial plans included 16 gas pumps, which would effectively double the number in the city, and a 30-foot tall illuminated logo sign.

For the neighborhood that abuts the property, concerns center around fears that their property values will drop along with the safety concerns from having a high-traffic business on a road that's not suitable for one.

\"You're going to have accidents here, backups here, and it's not built for high-volume traffic,\" David Griffith said.

While the many in the neighborhood are retirees, Liliana Santillan bought her home recently.

Santillan made the purchase based on what's currently there, not for a commercial business that would almost be in her backyard.

\"I just bought this house seven to eight months ago,\" Santillan said. \"I didn't know any of this was going to happen. All of sudden there's a gas station and your property values are probably going to decrease.\"

If the City Council approves the rezoning, residents are concerned that nearby properties are going to want their properties rezoned and that would effectively create a commercial corridor.

At a recent City Council meeting, some property owners next to the proposed Kwik Star expressed interest in doing so.

When the Planning and Zoning Commission met last week, there was disagreement on whether rezoning the property would constitute spot zoning.

While a Kwik Star representative and Commissioner Ken Motz said it would not because there was an adjacent commercial use, Brecht said that was misleading.

Not only was the commercial use they referring to closed, it was not as intensive a use as the proposed development.

\"They're always hanging their hat on that it's not exclusively residential,\" Brecht said. \"All it is is a spa and it's been closed for (one) year.\"

The consensus in the neighborhood is that a Kwik Star is not appropriate for the property in question. After gathering more than 100 signatures for a petition, it appears others in LeClaire feel the same way.

\"We're doing as well or better than what we did in our own neighborhood,\" Griffith said.

In talking to residents outside the neighborhood, Santillan said she's heard concerns about what impact Kwik Star will have on existing businesses.

Besides fear that Kwik Star will cannibalize existing business at other gas stations and convenience stores, some also have mentioned changing LeClaire's image as a boutique town.

\"You're starting to bring in these huge commercial businesses and that's what people are not liking,\" Santillan said.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in front of the LeClaire City Council.

With the feeling of this development being forced upon the neighborhood, at least 10 property owners have hired attorney Mike Meloy to represent their interests.

\"We're counting on him to observe the whole process if it keeps going,\" Brecht said. \"He's going to make sure at every step it falls into what's legal. If there are any slip-ups, he's going to be on them.\"

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Tax reform, mental health, education funding and Medicaid challenges were among the issues on Quad-City business leaders' minds Friday as they met with the region's Iowa legislative delegation.\u00a0

Nearly 150 business and community leaders had the chance to meet with a group of 11 state senators and representatives at the annual legislative luncheon, sponsored by the Quad-Cities Chamber. After lunch at the Isle of Capri, Bettendorf, the legislators provided a brief look into the new General Assembly.

Asked to identify their top priorities this year, many of the elected officials offered the same issues as the business leaders. In addition, they pointed to the state's budget, school inequity, human services, water quality and Iowa's future workforce.

\"My No. 1 priority is the budget,\" said Rep. Phyllis Thede, D-Bettendorf. \"It's all things money. We can do nothing until we figure out the budget.\"\u00a0

For Rep. Cindy Winckler, D-Davenport, the focus is on education issues. \"If we want to grow our economy we need to fund education...\" she said, adding that 29 percent of the cuts proposed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds \"will impact education.\"\u00a0

The impact of federal tax reform on the state's financial house also rose to the top for legislators such as Rep. Gary Mohr, R-Bettendorf.

He said the state faces a windfall of $106 million of new money next year and $148 million the year after and \"We're looking for ways to give those $100 million, $150 million back to Iowans.\"\u00a0

The Quad-Cities Chamber also used the forum to outline its 2018 legislative priorities, which range from preserving important economic development tools to supporting workforce development and education, tax reform, transportation enhancements and funding to address adequate access to behavioral health care facilities.\u00a0

According to Henry Marquard, the chamber's government affairs director, the new transportation priorities include expanding Interstate 80 to six lanes from the Quad-Cities to Iowa City, connecting the region's future passenger rail to Iowa City, Des Moines and Omaha as well as pushing for funding for a future new six-lane I-80 bridge.\u00a0

He told the crowd that the chamber is working with elected leaders to retain economic development tools that drive growth and ultimately, the state's workforce. Among the chamber's concerns is any possible restrictions placed on tax increment financing, or TIF, in the state.

\"The fact is it is a vital tool for growing our economy and it's locally controlled. So we really hope that tool isn't taken from us or harmed,\" Marquard said.

The 2018 priorities also call for enacting tax reform. \"We do not support doing it in a way that reduces revenues (for the state),\" he added.

After the one-hour luncheon, Marquard said the luncheon is an opportunity not only to introduce legislators and business leaders, but to show chamber members \"what we're working on and doing on behalf of them.\"

The chamber will host its Illinois Legislative Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 9, at the Holiday Inn Rock Island. Cost is $20 for chamber members, $25 for non-members. To register, visit quadcitieschamber.com.

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DES MOINES \u2014 Iowa lawmakers looking to stay one step ahead of drones are drafting legislation to prohibit operation of unmanned aerial vehicles over jails and prisons.

Lawmakers are being spurred to action by reports that drones have been used to drop drugs, cellphones and other contraband inside prison grounds, said Rep. Jarad Klein, R-Keota.

Prison officials are concerned drones could be used to smuggle weapons into a prison.

While the Iowa Department of Corrections has reported no incidents, a spokesman said drones have been observed near or over prisons.

Klein acknowledges the ban on drones over prisons would be hard to enforce but said his aim is to give prosecutors a tool to use if the drone operator is identified and apprehended.

\u201cWe\u2019re not talking about having the prison guards in the towers being able to shoot these things down\u201d because that would violate Federal Aviation Administration regulations, Klein said.

His proposal, House Study Bill 518, received a lukewarm response from lobbyists at a House Public Safety subcommittee meeting.

Lobbyists representing insurance companies, news and movie companies, Google, airports and pilots all raised questions about its workability.

They suggested they could support the bill if it was amended to create exemptions for their use of unmanned aerial vehicles. A Department of Public Safety spokeswoman suggested there should be a carve-out for law enforcement.

Iowa is not alone in considering drone-related legislation. Last year, 38 state legislatures had such proposals, with 17 passing 23 pieces of legislation.

In some states, prison systems seek to install drone detection systems, and some officials predict that in the near future that will be a standard part of prison security.

The Department of Correction has looked into drone detection technology and will stay in touch with other state prison systems as it researches and tests such systems, spokesman Cort Overton said.

Klein has been the House\u2019s point person on drones since 2014 when legislation to prohibit using drones to film or record over someone else\u2019s private property. In that debate, one lawmaker called drones a \u201cnon-issue.\u201d

By the end of that session, Klein said, \u201cevery day legislators were dropping news articles on my desk\u201d relating to unmanned aerial vehicles. \u201cIt didn\u2019t take long before people said this is a serious thing.\u201d

Since then, drone sales have expanded as farmers, real estate agents, photographers and others have begun using them for commercial and personal use.

Klein, for example, owns a drone he uses for crop scouting at his southeast Iowa farm.

Klein also said the Legislature may look at limiting or prohibiting flying drones above critical infrastructure such as municipal water supplies.

\u201cThat\u2019s one of the things we\u2019ve talked about is where are the places we need to make sure are fully secured,\u201d he said. \u201cJails, prisons are easy ones, but how far do we go because we have more infrastructure that we need to be safeguarding.\u201d

Another concern is drunken droning.

The New Jersey Legislature recently prohibited operation of a drone by anyone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent \u2014 the same as the limit for operating a motor vehicle. Violators face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. The measure also bars flying a drone near a prison or in pursuit of wildlife.

Alex Murphy at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the agency\u2019s legal experts believe current law prohibiting hunting, tracking, following or harassing wildlife from an aircraft includes UAVs.

Federal rules already put limits on speeds, altitudes and distances from airports where drones can be flown.

Also, drone operators, even if they are not using them for commercial purposes, must register with the FAA and have basic licensure acknowledging the operator knows how high they can be flown, for example, Klein said.

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The new owner of the Hotel Davenport & Conference Center is exploring a number of options for redeveloping the hotel property at Brady and 53rd streets.

Located at 5202 N. Brady St., the hotel was purchased last fall by the hotel company Jay Shreeji 1 LLC.

Charlie Armstrong, a real estate broker with NAI Ruhl Commerical Co., said the Eldridge company is evaluating whether to keep the hotel and redevelop it, demolish it or repurpose it.

\u201cWe\u2019re seeing what kind of users we can get in there,\u201d said Armstrong, who is co-brokering the site with Ruhl\u2019s Chris Wilkins.

The hotel, which has now closed, sits on eight acres along 53rd Street, between Brady Street and Welcome Way. It was built in the early 1970s as a Holiday Inn and became a Clarion in 2006.

Armstrong said one idea is to anchor the site with a smaller hotel and convert the remainder into new retail or office space. The agents already have had interest in an outlot. \"Based on our success that will determine what decisions the owner makes,\" he said.

The redevelopment comes nearly a year after the hotel faced a number of fire, life safety and health code violations.

-- Jennifer DeWitt

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About 20 protesters met at the intersection of 2nd and Main streets on Friday and marched into the U.S. Bank building and filled the Davenport office of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst.

They demanded a clean bill for more than a half-million DACA recipients, and approval of the federal health insurance plan for children.

It was organized at noon on Friday by the Rev. Jay Wolin of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad-Cities.

Protesters called for a reinstatement of Iowa values in government, Wolin said, including decency, fairness and inclusiveness.

The minister rejects recent comments by President Donald Trump, and called the chief executive racist, for comments last week about the people of Haiti and African countries.

Wolin's family came from Lithuania in the early 1900s, escaping pogroms, he said.

Protesters were asking their representatives, like Sen. Ernst, to take a stand, said Margie Mejia-Carabello, with Quad-City Interfaith and Progressive Action for the Common Good. \"It's time for them to step up and challenge the president,\" she said.

The issues of immigration, and children's health insurance, don't need to be so partisan, Rabbi Henry Karp said. Not helping the young people involved in DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, would \"rip families apart,\" he said.\u00a0

\"These are not partisan issues, these are human issues,\" he said.

Ernst showed support for DACA and CHIP in a statement released late Friday.

\u201cAmerica is a nation of immigrants, and our diversity is our strength,\" she said. \"It\u2019s incredibly important that we find a fix for DACA recipients as they are so important to our communities and to our future. Many young, undocumented children were brought here through no fault of their own. Congress must work together in a bipartisan way to identify and pursue a measured approach that addresses DACA recipients\u2019 unique situation, but also respects the importance of our immigration laws, keeps our borders secure, and discourages future illegal immigration.\"

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