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A heroin distribution investigation by the Scott County Sheriff\u2019s Department, Bettendorf Police and the Quad-City Metropolitan Enforcement Group has led to the arrest of a Davenport man on drug trafficking charges.

Matthew Charles Serra, 39, of 230 W. 3rd St., apt. 305, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin. Each charge is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Serra also is charged with failing to affix an Iowa drug tax stamp, a Class D felony that carries a five-year prison sentence, and possession of a controlled substance-first offence, a serious misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to one year.

According to the arrest affidavits filed by officers with the Scott County Sheriff\u2019s Department, at 10:16 a.m. Friday, authorities searched Serra\u2019s apartment.

Serra was found near the intersection of Harrison and West 3rd streets and taken into custody. According to the arrest affidavits, Serra was in possession of six individual bags of heroin, 10 prescription pill medications without a prescription, and a used syringe.

The prescription medications were clonazepam, used to treat anxiety and panic attacks, and alprazolam, a tranquilizer known by the brand name Xanax.

Inside Serra\u2019s apartment, at the time officers searched, were four people who admitted to officers they purchased heroin from Serra multiple times in the past, including that morning, according to the arrest affidavits.

Serra admitted to selling heroin to support his own habit, according to the affidavits.

He also is wanted in Rock Island County on felony theft charges that were filed by Rock Island County authorities Dec. 14. His bond on those charges is set at $25,000. Serra has a long history of theft and drug convictions in Rock Island County.

Serra was being held Saturday night in the Rock Island County Jail on cash-only bonds totaling $45,000.

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The Archer-Daniels-Midland, or ADM, grain processing plant in Clinton will undergo a $196 million modernization and expansion project to increase manufacturing capacity and help the century-old facility remain competitive.\u00a0

The Chicago-based ADM is planning to update its Clinton wet mill, a facility built in the early 1900s that ADM acquired in 1982, according to documents from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, which approved incentives for the project Friday.

The project will include an investment of $146.5 million in new machinery and equipment as well as a new $39.1 million building expansion. It also includes $2.8 million in site preparation and $7.8 million in other machinery and equipment.

The economic development authority's board approved $8.257 million in tax credits from its High Quality Jobs program. The project is expected to retain 42 jobs at a qualifying wage of $15.99 per hour.

\"ADM is a proud member of the Clinton community, with operations spanning corn processing, grain origination and storage, and river transportation,\" ADM spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said. \"We are solidifying our presence in Clinton by investing to rebuild our 100-year-old Clinton wet mill.\"

She said the mill is part of a corn processing complex that produces a wide range of products, including corn sweeteners and starches, beverage alcohol, corn oil, enzymes, ethanol, animal feed and other food ingredients.

The state assistance includes $7 million in an investment tax credit and $1.257 million in a sales, service and use tax refund.

State documents show ADM had considered closing the plant about 18 years ago because of its physical age and modernization needs. \"The corn wet milling process begins at the mill as it separates the corn kernel into its four individual components. Without the mill, none of the other operating departments can operate,\" the documents say.

\"We appreciate the support of the State of Iowa and the City of Clinton, and we look forward to calling Clinton home of our newest, most modern corn wet mill,\" Anderson said.

The plant employs more than 750 people, she added.

The city of Clinton has agreed to match the state award with a tax abatement, but the amount has not been determined.

Andy Sokolovich, the Clinton Regional Development Corp.'s existing industry manager, said the organization is \"excited to support ADM\" and thankful for the state's partnership. \"A wet-mill is the heart of their production process. As one of our largest employers, we are excited to share in their continued success,\" he said.\u00a0

Work on the modernization project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018 and be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

In a statement, Iowa Sen. Rita Hart, D-Wheatland, praised the investment by ADM. \"This is good news for Clinton. ADM has been in Clinton since 1982. Modernizing and automating the Clinton facility will help the company remain competitive and, hopefully, add more good jobs down the road.\"

Since 2003, ADM has received a total of about $19 million in state incentives for its operations in Clinton and Cedar Rapids. The projects created created a total of 181 jobs.

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A 15-year-old Park View teen is dead after a head-on crash Wednesday night.

The crash occurred at 5:08 p.m. in the 25000 block of\u00a0 162nd Avenue, just north of Eldridge, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses say a 2001 Toyota Rav 4, driven by a 15-year-old from Park View, was traveling north on 162nd Avenue when it crossed into the southbound lane.

The driver then attempted to steer back into the northbound lane when it collided with a southbound 2004 Ford F250, driven by an 18-year-old from Long Grove.\u00a0

The Toyota landed in the east side ditch on its roof. The Ford also went into the east side ditch and remained on its wheels. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and both vehicles air bags deployed.

The unnamed 15-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The teen was driving on a valid school license. He was a student at North Scott High School.

Superintendent Joe Stutting said Thursday that it was a \u201ctough day at North Scott.\u201d

\u201cOur district met first thing this morning,\u201d he said. \u201cOur first objective is in a crisis situation like this is to make sure that we\u2019re taking care of our students, our staff, and the families and the community. Right now, that\u2019s our primary concern and the actions that we\u2019re taking right now.\u201d

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Wayne Hean counted at least 20 adult coyotes on his Davenport farm.

\"I'm on the urban fringe,\" Hean said Thursday. \"I have houses and farms around me. These are urban coyotes. They're not very afraid of man. I've been treed by them.\"

Hean's family farm on Wisconsin Avenue in west Davenport is a 25-acre spread with plenty of prey to attract the wily predators. Besides the usual mice and rabbits, Wayne and Karen Hean are raising chickens, ducks and turkey, which also are favorites on a coyote's menu.

When the winter has been long, and snow offers sanctuary to otherwise easy prey, the coyotes head toward the Heans' barns and chicken coops, looking to make up for the shortage. A lack of water also will attract them to the livestock areas.

While some accounts of coyote conduct at the farm are far from typical, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, Hean says hungry coyotes will behave in unpredictable ways.

For instance, he said he heard a pack of coyotes \"yapping\" one night and went out to investigate \u2014 only to be a horrified witness to a fatal attack on a neighbor's German Shepherd, which was on a chain.

\"That would be very rare,\" DNR wildlife biologist Curt Kemmerer said of the attack on such a large dog. \"Even an attack on any pet would be rare.\"

But Hean said coyotes also tore up the lattice that covered the underside of his porch while trying to get at one of the family's outdoor cats. He says the animals have even turned on him, which Kemmerer said is exceptionally rare.

\"These are 35-to-40-pound dogs that are wild and territorial,\" Hean said. \"I've had to make them scared of me.\"

It's taken time and many tricks to find a way to do that. The necessity of managing the burgeoning population, though, keeps Hean in new ideas for controlling coyotes that catch on quickly.

\"The DNR said it's OK to hang dead coyotes on the fence as a way to warn the others,\" he said. \"That is not true. They eat their own, depending on how hungry they are.\"

And the more coyotes, the more competition for food.

The highest population came five years ago, Hean said, when the 20 coyotes nearly doubled, thanks to the three birthing dens on his property. He either shot or trapped a dozen that year, and he either asked the city to dispose of the carcasses or had a friend with a furbearer's license collect them.

Now, especially in winter, he runs trap lines. The snares often kill the coyotes; eight so far this year. When they don't, Hean finishes them off with a firearm.

Sound harsh? It is.

\"The first time I killed one, it was the hardest thing I did,\" Hean said. \"It really bothered me. It still does.

\"This is my family's farm, and we never even owned guns. As a kid, we didn't have the problems we have now. It's not my nature to kill animals. I had to learn to manage the population.\"

And he knows better than anyone what the coyote population is on his farm. The DRN does not officially keep track.

\"We don't take a formal census,\"Kemmerer said of Iowa's coyotes. \"We can get an idea of the trends by the trapping and harvest reports. The bow hunters do observation surveys for us, too, keeping diaries of animals they see.

\"We do know the coyote numbers are doing well across the state.\"

For Hean, \"pretty well\" is an understatement. And, as more timber-covered land in the area is lost to residential development, more coyotes will have to share dwindling rural land like the Heans'.

In fact, another predator recently found his way onto the farm. A trail camera captured an image of a bobcat on the Heans' property in mid-January.

As farmers have recognized since the beginning of time, it's possible to co-exist, but that often means taking serious control.

\"We're not going to get rid of the coyotes, and they serve a purpose,\" Hean said. \"With 20 of them in my back woods, though, we couldn't go back there. They are a lot of fun to watch, especially the pups. There's one adult that has a red color to him, and I just kind of let him go. You don't have to kill them all; just keep 'em out of the barns and the livestock.\"

He'd like to add sheep and goats to his menagerie, but he doesn't dare with so many coyotes. He figures it will take an 8-foot fence to keep them out.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of city folk in the Quad-Cities are spotting coyotes, too \u2014 even in proper neighborhoods. And that, Hean said, is one reason the bobcat's arrival is a good thing.

\"The bobcat will eat the coyote pups,\" he said. \"It's all about balance.\"

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Two people are dead and four others seriously injured in a five-vehicle crash\u00a0 that occurred at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday in the 13500 block of U.S. 67, the Rock Island County Sheriff\u2019s Department said.

The preliminary investigation shows that a northbound vehicle entered the southbound lane and struck a southbound vehicle head-on. The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene.

Three other vehicles became involved in the crash at or near the initial head-on collision.

Sheriff\u2019s deputies said that four people were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, while two other people declined additional medical treatment after being checked at the scene by paramedics.

The names, ages, and hometowns of those killed and injured will be released after families are notified.

The crash remains under investigation by the Rock Island County Sheriff\u2019s Department.

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Rock Island police have shut down the intersection of 11th Street and 18th Avenue after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle this evening.

It is not known how long the investigation will take.

The crash occurred at 7:16 p.m.

The victim, a 50-year-old man, was taken to Trinity Rock Island with what have been described as life-threatening injuries.

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March 11, 2002-February 14, 2018

PARK VIEW\u00a0\u2014 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, but with a steadfast belief in God's divine plan, that Scott and Mary Beth (Nelson) Madden return their oldest son, S.J., to God on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident.

S.J. (Scott James) was born at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, on March 11, 2002, to begin the Madden family. S.J. was a sophomore at North Scott High School and was looking forward to his 16th birthday.

S.J.'s short, earthly life was abundant and full, filled with happiness as he generously shared his many talents, skills, quick wit, heart-warming smile and contagious laugh. He was a natural ringleader for the neighborhood, organizing \"Star War\" battles, Nerf wars and jail break. He always looked forward to G'pa Camp every summer in northwest Iowa with his cousins, who were his first and forever best friends.

S.J.'s love of life was displayed in many varied arenas. Earning two National Music Gold Cups in piano gave evidence of S.J.'s musical talent. He was preparing to compete in March for his third National Music Gold Cup. He was a member of the North Scott Concert and Marching Band, playing trombone. S.J. was a member of the North Scott Bass Clef Chorus and Jazz Choir.

S.J. had the ability to adapt to any persona, as evidenced by his participation in a variety of theater productions: \"A Monster In My Closet,\" \"Dorothy in Wonderland,\" \"School House Rock,\" \"Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing\" and \"The Little Mermaid,\" with the role of Flounder. His final performance would have been this weekend in North Scott's production of \"The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,\" as Mr. Beaver. His acting ability earned him induction into the International Thespian Society 739 on May 22, 2017.

S.J. had a passion for learning, especially in the subject of history. He and friend Nathan competed in National History Day competitions, earning a state qualification berth in 2017 for their website. He received the President's Outstanding Academic Excellence in 2015 and 2016, Learning Lancer award during his junior high years, and continued academic excellence in his high school years.

On December 21, 2017, S.J. achieved the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program with the honor of an Eagle Scout.

S.J. was an active member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, where he was baptized and received his first Eucharist. He was a faithful member of the youth choir and a leader in the Faith Formation program as well as a Mass server.

S.J. played for the North Scott Team in the Dad's Club Soccer League and concluded with S.J. officiating matches and mentoring young, beginning players.

And we would be remiss if we did not mention S.J's love of \"Stars Wars\" and Legos. He was an avid collector\u00a0\u2014 and we do mean collector\u00a0\u2014 of both, and his imagination proved infinite.

S.J.'s quiet personality amassed a large circle of friends who will miss him greatly. He will forever be loved and remembered by his parents, Scott and Mary Beth; siblings, Seth and Charlotte; grandparents, Pete and Wava Madden and Dick and Anne Marie Nelson; aunts and uncles, Melissa and Mark Gross, Ric and Andrea Nelson, Traci and Culley Holm and Bruce and Jana Nelson; as well as 18 first cousins. Waiting to welcome S.J. in heaven are his paternal and maternal great-grandparents, James and Helen Madden, Leora and R.C. Holcomb, Bill Schany and Monica Schany.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Scott James \"S.J.\" Madden Jr., 15, a sophomore at North Scott High School, will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 19, 2018, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 16550 290th Street, Long Grove. Burial will take place in St. Ann's Cemetery, Long Grove. The family will greet friends from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the S.J. Madden Memorial Fund to benefit the Lancer Legacy Fund or St. Ann's Youth. Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed to the family by visiting S.J.'s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com .

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For Tahera Rahman, wearing a hijab has been part of her identity and, really, an extension of herself, since middle school, about the same time she began filling up notebooks with stories about her day and thought, \u201cMaybe, I\u2019ll be a journalist.\u201d

It didn\u2019t occur to Rahman, a Chicagoland native, that she would ever give up her hijab to be a TV news reporter. It didn\u2019t occur to her, until after she graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2013 with a journalism degree, that anyone would ever ask her to.

Rahman\u2019s journalism professors at Loyola and her mentors told her, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, that landing a reporting job would be hard for her, she said. During an internship with \"CBS Evening News\" in Chicago, a producer asked, \u201cIf you got your dream job at your dream network, but they wanted you to take off your headscarf, would you do it?\u201d

She quickly told him, \u201cNo.\u201d And he replied, \u201cWell, get ready to hear a lot of \u2018Nos.\u2019\u201d

Rahman remembers that conversation being \u201ca tough pill to swallow.\"\u00a0

For three years while working for a Chicago radio station and freelancing, she applied and was rejected for entry-level reporting jobs across the country.

\u201cIf it\u2019s one piece of cloth that is separating you from your dreams, that\u2019s tempting,\u201d Rahman said, noting many Muslim women choose not to wear hijabs. \u201cIt would be a lot easier if I took it off. I wouldn\u2019t get as much hate. People would still think my name sounds weird, but, you know, it\u2019s definitely not as weird as seeing someone who looks like me on TV.\u201d

For Rahman, 27, this piece of cloth means too much to take off. Even when people around her suggested she \u201cstick to radio\u201d or \u201cjust be an international reporter,\u201d Rahman knew she\u2019d regret not going after her dream.

\u201cI\u2019ve done everything I wanted to do in life wearing (my hijab) and I never felt it was a barrier for anything,\u201d she said. \u201cTaking it off might get me this job a lot quicker, but I don\u2019t think I should have to sacrifice who you are to do that. Especially not in America.\u201d

Rahman kept waiting and working toward the moment she could find her big break. It happened on Wednesday, when Rahman reported her first story, while wearing a green hijab, for WHBF, or\u00a0Local 4 News, the\u00a0Rock Island-based CBS affiliate\u00a0where she had worked as a producer since May 2016.

\u201cIt was nerve-wracking,\u201d Rahman said, about going on air for the first time. More so, she was \u201chappy and grateful.\u201d

\u201cI think it was 50 percent happiness and 50 percent relief,\u201d she said of getting hired.\u00a0

Two days later, Tiffany Lundberg, a Local 4 News evening anchor, shared Rahman\u2019s story with the world. The 4-minute segment, which introduced Rahman as the first full-time reporter who is a Muslim woman to wear a hijab on mainstream TV news in the United States, has since gone viral.

Lundberg\u2019s Facebook post about Rahman has been shared more than 7,000 times and the accompanying video now has nearly half a million views.

Making history

Rahman produced many of Lundberg\u2019s evening segments and soon shared her dream of being a reporter. After each \"No,\" Lundberg told her, \"Keep going.\"\u00a0

\u201cI had never seen (a reporter wearing a hijab) before and I was actually surprised about that,\u201d Lundberg said. \u201cBut if someone was going to break this barrier, I knew it would be her.\u201d

When Rahman got the job, Lundberg congratulated her friend and colleague. Then, her story radar went off.

\u201cAs a journalist, I knew it was important to tell people about this amazing thing she\u2019s doing,\u201d Lundberg said. \u201cWe\u2019re all so excited for her and proud of her, because she worked so hard to get here. I just thought we should celebrate that.\u201d

In reporting the story, Lundberg realized Rahman would be making history.

They consulted a Muslim American Women in Media Facebook group as well as Mariam Sobh, a journalist based in Chicago who is also one of Rahman's mentors. Sobh said she has been trying to get a TV reporting job for 15 years and has been \u201ctracking this issue\u201d for just as long.

\u201cWhat many people may not realize, because there have been lots of girls who \u2018aspire\u2019 or \u2018claim\u2019 the title of being \u2018first\u2019 hijabi this or that, there hasn\u2019t been anyone yet,\u201d Sobh wrote in a post about Rahman on the hijab fashion blog she founded.

\u201cPeople have told me,\u2018Well, no one\u2019s ready for this,\u2019\u201d Sobh said in a phone interview this week. \u201cWell, who is taking the poll that no one is ready for a Muslim-American reporter?\u201d

After learning Rahman got the job, Sobh thought, \u201cFinally, something is happening.\u201d

\u201cI hope this opens doors for other Muslim Americans or other people who don\u2019t fit the mold,\u201d she said. \u201cI think people have been waiting for this for a long time.\"\u00a0

'Why does it take Rock Island?'

When she applied at Local 4 News, Rahman shared with Marshall Porter, the station\u2019s general manager since 2008, that her goal was to be a reporter. On at least two occasions, Rahman applied \u2014 and was rejected\u00a0\u2014 for open reporting positions there.

Each rejection pushed Rahman to work harder. She often came into the station on weekends to practice putting stories together and shadow reporters.

At times, though, she considered giving up.\u00a0

While driving home from work one night, Rahman called her mother, who lives in Chicago, and, through tears, told her, \"I don't think I can do this anymore.\"\u00a0

Her mother's reply?

\"Are you kidding? You've worked so hard for this. You have to keep trying.\"\u00a0

In the application process, Porter said \u201cthere was never a discussion\u201d or concern about Rahman's hijab. When Rahman applied most recently, Porter said \u201cit looked like she had perfected her craft and she had learned and improved. We said, \u2018This is the best candidate and this is who should get the job.\u2019\u201d

\u201cIt was all about the job,\u201d he added. \u201cIt was never about the hijab.\u201d

At the time, he wasn\u2019t aware he had possibly hired America\u2019s first hijabi TV reporter.

\u201cI don't know why it took this long. Why wouldn\u2019t there be one already in a bigger city, like Chicago or Detroit?\u201d Porter said. \u201cWhy does it take Rock Island?\u201d

'Yeah, but my whole life is kind of hard'

Since Rahman\u2019s reported her first story on Local 4 News on Wednesday, the response hasn\u2019t all been positive.

On the station\u2019s Facebook page, people have written comments such as \u201cGoodbye Local 4 News\u201d or \u201cI\u2019m going to stop watching.\u201d

Rahman expected backlash.

\u201cI knew people were going to see me or find out about me being on air and it being different,\u201d she said.

She also knew this: \u201cAt the end of the day, if my story was good, if I had my facts right, there wasn\u2019t any justifiable insult that I would take to heart.\u201d

Over the years, she has figured out how to deal with strangers yelling slurs her way or \u201cjust staring because I'm different.\"\u00a0

\u201cAt a certain point as a Muslim-American woman, you grow a really tough skin,\u201d she said. \u201cYou learn to just move on.\u201d

That sense of perseverance is, after all, what got Rahman here.

\u201cWhen people would tell me how hard this would be, I understood it,\u201d she said. \u201cI also would think, \u2018Yeah, but my whole life is kind of hard.\u201d

Rahman said it \u201cstill seems surreal\u201d to be reporting each day, and, of course, it was worth the wait.

\u201cIf I was the 300th or the 30th or the 3rd, I still would\u2019ve wanted the job as much as I wanted it,\u201d she said. \"This is all I've wanted to do.\"\u00a0

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A space inside the Freight House marketplace near Davenport\u2019s riverfront will soon offer something new: A taste of Antonella\u2019s Ristorante & Pizza.

The Sicilian restaurant that has served pastas and pizzas in Davenport since 2002 is planning to open a second, more casual, location in the space formerly housed by the Quad-Cities Food Hub, which closed its doors in December.

The Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission, which rents out the city-owned Freight House, discussed a lease agreement with Antonella\u2019s during a Jan. 23 meeting.

The commission plans to approve the agreement at its next meeting, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, according to executive director Steve Ahrens.

The owners of Antonella's will then likely take possession of the 2,000 square foot space, about half of the main level that was formerly occupied by the Quad-Cities Food Hub, on March 1 with hopes of opening a quick service version of its restaurant, called Antonella\u2019s 2, in time for opening day of the summer farmers market in late April.

Ahrens said the restaurant will complement the other neighboring establishments inside the Freight House, including Front Street Brewery and Fresh Deli.

\"I think it's a perfect fit to offer this type of food service by an established restaurateur,\u201d Ahrens said, adding that Antonella\u2019s participated as a vendor at the farmers market for several years. \u201cIt will be well-received with what\u2019s already there, especially since it\u2019s a quick grab and go. People love that at the Freight House.\u201d

Antonia Vitale, who owns Antonella\u2019s and has grown up in the restaurant business, jumped at the opportunity to expand her business and accommodate customers who have a \u201cfast-paced lifestyle.\u201d

\u201cPeople are always in a hurry,\u201d she said. \u201cWe want to keep up with that.\u201d

The new spot will offer a similar menu of house-made pizzas and pastas, but with speedier service.

The Antonella\u2019s on West Third Street in downtown Davenport, which is typically more of a sit-down place, will remain open, Vitale said. The restaurant has been at that location since 2006, after originally opening on East Kimberly Road in 2002.

\u201cWe\u2019re not at all moving this location,\u201d Vitale said. \u201cWe want to stay here. We feel molded into the downtown.\u201d

Vitale, who was born in Venezuela, began working at Italian eateries well before she opened Antonella\u2019s with her business partner John Sgro. Her father Reno Vitale, who grew up in Sicily, Italy, has been making pizzas, as she says, \u201cthe right way,\u201d since 1971, when he opened his first restaurant in Carlinville, Illinois. Vitale, known in his restaurants as \u201cPapa Reno,\u201d opened Salvatore\u2019s in Muscatine in 1985.

\u201cWhat we do is authentic Sicilian Italian and it\u2019s very rare in the Quad-Cities,\u201d she said.

And Vitale said longtime customers as well as first-timers have noticed.

\u201cYou know how people ask, \u2018What\u2019s good here?\u2019 You don\u2019t say that here,\u201d she said. \u201cYou walk in and you say, \u2018That smells so good.\u2019\u201d

Vitale\u2019s motto for her restaurant used to be the \u201cbest kept secret in the Quad-Cities,\u201d until then-President Barack Obama stopped by for lunch in 2012 after a campaign rally.

Now she also mentions this motto: \u201cIn this business, family is everything.\u201d

Antonia Vitale certainly followed suit in the family business and she says her kids, Giovanni and Samanta Sgro, who are both 25, may do the same.

\u201cThey were born and raised doing this,\u201d Vitale said. \u201cWe do everything as a family.\u201d

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