Brandon Ketchum's name is headed for the U.S. Congress.
The 33-year-old was thrice deployed in the War on Terror, returning home to Davenport to do battle with PTSD. As indicated in his straight-forward obituary, he lost that last battle.
When Brandon asked to be admitted to the psych ward at the VA hospital in Iowa City in July, he was told the unit was full. He drove back to Davenport, wrote a Facebook post that conveyed his profound disappointment in the VA and asked, "Why even try anymore?"
Then, he shot himself.
As a result of the outcry over Brandon's death and the estimated 20 suicides committed each day by U.S. veterans, Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, introduced a bill that would require the VA to offer emergency psychiatric help. The bill now is being reintroduced to the new Congress, and it has been renamed: Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act.
“The text of Congressman Loebsack’s legislation remains the same as last year’s bill," Loebsack spokesman Joe Hand said Tuesday. "After speaking with members of his family, Congressman Loebsack changed the title to the Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act to honor his life.”
Not everyone in the Ketchum family approved of the naming.
Although Brandon's brother, Brad, also a combat veteran, said he is pleased to see legislation protecting veterans like his brother, he would have preferred that Brandon's name did not headline the bill.
"I felt it was not appropriate to use just one veteran's name on it, since it is such a widespread issue," he said Tuesday.
Brandon's mother, Bev Kittoe, approved of the naming. Despite Brad Ketchum's position on the matter, he said he can appreciate that others are doing "what they think is right."
Loebsack and 38 other members of Congress co-sponsored last year's bill. Reintroduced this week, the measure seeks to ensure that no veteran seeking in-patient psychiatric care at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center is ever denied such care again.
“I am proud to reintroduce the Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act to ensure no veteran in crisis is ever turned away," Loebsack said in announcing the bill Monday. "This legislation would require VA Medical Centers to provide psychiatric care for any veteran that asks for it.
“Our veterans have sacrificed too much to ever feel alone when struggling with mental health issues. When these veterans reach out, we as a country owe it to them to answer their call. I am proud to help honor Sgt. Ketchum’s life by working to ensure our veterans get the care they are seeking.”
Meanwhile, Hand said, no new word has come from the office of the Inspector General for the VA, regarding an official review of Brandon's visit to the VA, along with the death of another Iowa veteran, Curtis Gearhart.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, has been demanding answers from the Inspector General, who finally responded in November that the investigation in Iowa City should conclude this spring — at least eight months after Brandon died.
Bettendorf School District officials are considering a calendar change for the 2017-18 school year that would add a week of vacation in October, extending school into the first week of June 2018.
A staff recommendation was on the Bettendorf School Board agenda for its Feb. 6 regular meeting, but the board did not vote on the calendar as planned.
A motion to accept the calendar was made to the school board, but died for lack of a second. Just five board members were present at the meeting — missing were President Gordon Staley and Scott Tinsman.
Bettendorf Superintendent Mike Raso said there is no date, yet, on when the board will again consider the calendar.
The sooner the better, Raso said, as planning needs to move forward into the next year.
"You can never have the perfect calendar," Raso said. The district began the calendar process in October.
This year's calendar is more complicated than usual in Bettendorf. For example, Neil Armstrong Elementary School, which had been on a year-round schedule, is going off that calendar to tie in with the rest of the district schools.
In addition, Bettendorf is adjusting the "early-out" times to be about 45 minutes later on each Wednesday of the month.
The district took a calendar survey, Raso said, to which 1,443 people responded. Most were parents and staff members in Bettendorf.
Almost half of the respondents — or 46.7 percent of them — preferred a week-long fall break. But 35.37 percent said they did not want a fall vacation at all.
There were 20.22 percent of respondents who suggested a shorter fall break — a four-day weekend.
The Rock Island-Milan School District has a fall break in its year-round calendar. According to spokeswoman Holly Sparkman, the approved calendar for 2017-18 offers two weeks off in the fall, two weeks in the winter, and two weeks in the spring, with eight weeks vacation in the summer.
Elsewhere, calendars for 2017-18 are finalized in Davenport and Pleasant Valley. The North Scott School Board will consider that district's calendar on Feb. 13.
IOWA CITY — Aaron Taylor understands why Iowa football fans might have been a little perplexed when the Hawkeyes’ offensive line won the Joe Moore Award this past season as the top line in college football.
The Hawkeyes did surrender 30 sacks during an 8-5 season, but Taylor said the collection of college offensive line coaches and former players and coaches who select the recipient view things differently than casual fans.
“The voters are people who are line-play junkies, people who have made their lives coaching and teaching linemen. They view things from a more technical perspective and that is where Iowa separated itself from the other finalists,’’ said Taylor, a six-year NFL veteran who earned all-American honors while playing at Notre Dame on a line coached by Moore.
Every offensive line coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision level has a chance to vote for the winner, viewing video clips each week to measure growth and overall consistency in play.
Taylor describes many of the electors as people who network regularly and frequently compare the play of lines in conversations following games each week.
“The flow and cohesion that Iowa displayed on the offensive line during the last three weeks of the season was beautiful,’’ Taylor said “The other two finalists (Alabama and Ohio State) may have had more physically gifted individual players, but they did not play together the way Iowa did during the final weeks of the regular season. Our final vote, it wasn’t all that close.’’
Taylor brought the mammoth trophy that was first presented to Alabama after the 2015 season to the Iowa football complex last week, unveiling to the entire Iowa team and to the linemen who earned the award named after the long-time college and high school coach during a team meeting.
The Hawkeyes will have ownership of the trophy until next season’s recipient is chosen.
Sitting on top of a base which makes the largest trophy in all of sports compare in size to a pipe organ, the actual Joe Moore Award is five feet wide and four feet tall and weighs in at more than 350 pounds.
It is topped by the likenesses of five players, each more than two feet tall.
Iowa linemen posed for pictures with the trophy which now sits in the Iowa Football Complex shortly after Taylor presented it to them.
Coach Kirk Ferentz, who was coached in high school by Moore, appreciates the meaning behind the award.
“I think the neatest thing about it quite frankly is that it’s all about teamwork,’’ Ferentz said. “It’s the only honor in college football that recognizes great teamwork and coach Moore would appreciate that.’’
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill proposed in the Illinois Senate would get rid of state symbols, such as the state bird, flower and state animal, among many others.
Republican Sen. Tom Rooney of Rolling Meadows proposed the bill, The State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/2kexA4g ) reported. He says too many state symbols has decreased the value of the "important" ones.
"I think that by overuse, the value of a state designation drops every time we add a new one," Rooney said. "I thought maybe, except a flag, a seal and a slogan and a state song, pretty much anything beyond that is something that's overused. Therefore, we need to push a little value back into these things."
Rooney's legislation would only keep the state flag, seal, motto and song.
"It's not my personal intention to insult anyone's work in the past," he said. "Just the accumulation of them is the problem, and the only way to fix that is scrub them out."
Republican Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview sponsored successful legislation in 2015 that was prompted by a group of fourth-graders at Chatham Elementary School to make sweet corn the official state vegetable. McCann defended the use of the various state symbols in a statement, saying he feels the state symbol bills grow organically within regions and communities throughout Illinois.
Two legislators are hoping to add more state symbols. Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, R-Leland Grove, introduced a bill that hopes to make shelter dogs and cats the state's official pet, and Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, is seeking to make corn the official state grain of Illinois.
He missed being around the wrestling room, being part of a team and the long, intense hours of training that it takes to succeed in a sport which challenges the body and the mind.
“Wrestling is who I am. It’s always been a big part of me,’’ Jones said. “It feels good to be back, doing what I love.’’
Jones is not only back doing what he does, he’s also doing it well for the Augustana wrestling program.
The Vikings’ 285-pounder from Moline carries a 29-1 record into Thursday’s College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Championships at Wheaton.
He is ranked eighth in the nation at the NCAA Division III level this season, seeing his first competition since winning an Illinois Class 3A state championship for Moline High School as a senior in 2014 and a Junior Nationals freestyle championship later that year.
Jones signed with Northern Iowa prior to the start of his senior season with the Maroons, but left the UNI program before competing in a single match.
He returned to the Quad-Cities, worked through through some health issues and eventually traded a part-time job at Hy-Vee for a return to college and to collegiate competition.
“You get to a point and you’re trying to figure out what you want to do with your life and going back to school and getting back into wrestling, it was the best thing for me,’’ Jones said.
“Getting back into the routine after a couple of years away has been a challenge, especially at first in the classroom, but it’s been good for me.’’
Once he decided to return to college, Jones weighed several options.
He ultimately decided to stay close to home and family and with his former coach at Moline, Todd Thompson, now on the staff at Augustana, joining the Vikings program made sense on a lot of levels.
“It’s the best thing for me,’’ Jones said. “I’ve got a lot of good support around me and I’m committed to making this work, in the classroom and on the mat.’’
Augustana coach Eric Juergens sees that commitment on a daily basis.
“When he comes in the room, it’s all about business. He’s not jacking around. He’s all about getting better and making the most out of every practice,’’ Juergens said. “He has pretty high expectations and he’s capable of big things.’’
Ultimately, Jones wants to become the Vikings’ first NCAA Division III national champion since Raphael Wilson won his third title in 1995, claiming the 142-pound crown.
“I’ve always set high standards for myself and that hasn’t changed now,’’ Jones said. “I want to win national titles. That’s the goal. I want to be part of a team that has success. I want to be the best wrestler I can become.’’
Jones has learned that he will have to earn that with each match.
“There are guys at this level who are very good wrestlers,’’ he said. “I’ve seen that this year. Wrestling is about match-ups and styles and that type of thing. You have to be ready to take on whatever the next guy is throwing at you.’’
Jones’ record includes eight pins, three technical falls, four major decisions, 13 decisions and one forfeit.
The only blemish this season came in the finals of the Matmen Invitational last month when he dropped a 5-4 decision to Augsburg senior Donald Longendyke, the NCAA Division III national champion at 285 in 2015 and the national runner-up in the weight class last season.
“It was a good match, but it was kind of eye opening for me, a reality check,’’ Jones said. “It showed me that there are guys at this level who can compete and guys who want it every bit as much as I do. If anything, I feel like I’ve come back tougher and I’ve tried to learn from it.’’
Juergens said the match should give Jones an idea of what it takes to compete against the best at the Division III level.
“There are good wrestlers in Division III and I think he has seen that this season,’’ Juergens said. “Going up against good competition, he’s been pushed and challenged to get better and if he wants to win a national title, which he is capable of, he understands that he will have to continue to work and get better.’’
Jones’ success at the high school and national levels growing up came in part because of the depth of his offensive skills, something somewhat unusual among heavyweight wrestlers.
He continues to work with Juergens and the Augustana staff to grow as a competitor, working on improving his snap down and go behind moves as the final month of the season begins, first with the CCIW Championships this week and the NCAA Division III Central Region tourney in Dubuque on Feb. 25.
“He has a lot of moves to use and work off of, more so than a lot of guys he faces, but he still has room to grow and improve and the thing I like is that he is willing to put in the work to make that happen,’’ Juergens said.
Jones doesn’t expect that to ever be an issue.
“I see this as a second chance and I’m not taking anything for granted,’’ Jones said. “I want to make the most of it. My goal is to win multiple national titles and every day, the work I put in is the work that will help me get there.’’
Funding mental health care in Scott County dominated Board of Supervisors’ budget session discussion at Tuesday’s special committee-of-the-whole meeting.
Community Services Director Lori Elam outlined proposed crisis services for fiscal year 2018 during the second year of the county’s contract with Robert Young Center in Rock Island. Those services to the estimated 1,600 to 1,700 patients seeking treatment every year include:
• Civil commitment mobile pre-screening, deploying a team of mental health workers and law enforcement officials to intervene at the patient’s location.
• Mental health service connections for the jails, ensuring newly released detainees have access to essential needs such as housing, food stamps and medications.
• Teams of officers trained in crisis intervention.
• Peer recovery specialists to help patients explore care options.
• Co-occurring assessment/treatment for patients with alcohol and substance abuse issues.
• Advisory groups by county consisting of law enforcement and officers of the court working to keep repeat, high-end users of the mental health care system out of hospitals and jails.
• Trauma informed care for health care personnel in hospitals.
• Transitional housing for patients in need of a temporary place to stay between hospitalization or incarceration and home.
Elam said the county needs $4.6 million to provide mental health care services, but the state-imposed tax levy cap covers only $3.3 million of the cost.
State legislators on the Ways and Means Committee are scheduled to hear reports Wednesday in Des Moines from county officials concerned about the need to raise the levy cap. Scott County is one of five counties in the Eastern Iowa Mental Health Fund managed by a regional fiscal agent. Clinton, Muscatine, Cedar and Jackson counties are included in the pool of Eastern Iowa mental health care funds.
“It’s a hot topic,” Elam told supervisors. “Too much work has been put into the regional plan to blow the lid off the program.”
Supervisors will review proposed the secondary roads department budget and capital improvement plans at the next budget session scheduled for 8 a.m. Feb. 14 in the board room at the county Administrative Center, 600 W. 4th St., Davenport.
A motorcyclist involved in a crash with a car Monday afternoon has died, Moline police reported Tuesday.
The victim has been identified as Terance Cavins, 36, of Moline. The cause of death was traumatic chest and abdominal injuries, according to Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson. His office continues to investigate the accident, along with the traffic division of the Moline Police Department.
The crash occurred at 4:05 p.m. at 7th Street and 35th Avenue. Moline police said a 1999 Pontiac was westbound on 35th Avenue and was crossing 7th Street when it collided with a Kawasaki ZX750 that was headed north. The car was driven by a 32-year-old male and was hit by the motorcycle in the front driver-side door.
Moline police said Cavins was taken to Trinity Rock Island by Moline Fire Department Ambulance. He died at the hospital.
The driver of the car suffered minor injuries.
Anyone who witnessed it is asked to contact the Moline Police Traffic Investigations Unit at 309-524-2210.
Republicans in the Iowa Legislature unveiled a wide-ranging proposal Tuesday to dramatically alter the state’s 43-year-old collective bargaining law, joining a battle that has been expected ever since the GOP gained full control of the Capitol after last November’s elections.
Lawmakers in both the House and Senate introduced bills that seek to limit the subjects that non-public safety workers can bring to the bargaining table, change arbitration rules, alter how unions are certified and eliminate the long-time practice of gathering union dues through payroll deductions. The bill also would make changes to the law relating to dismissal of public employees and eliminates certain seniority rights, although not for police officers and firefighters.
"This is a major update and modernization, recognizing that it’s been 40 years since we’ve addressed this, that we have a different Iowa, we have a different United States and that circumstances are different, and I think this more closely serves Iowa and today’s needs,” said Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, chairman of Senate Labor and Business Relations Committee.
Public employee groups and their supporters, who had scheduled a rally at the Capitol on Tuesday to oppose changes, immediately set in motion plans to mobilize supporters to fight back.
“I think it is” union-busting, Rep. Todd Taylor, D-Cedar Rapids, said after the House bill was introduced by Rep. Dave Deyoe, R-Nevada, chair of the House Labor Committee.
“The answer is right here,” he said, pulling a copy of the GOP platform out of his pocket. It states, “We call for legislation that would eliminate all public-sector unions.”
“That’s what their real goal is, how they’re doing it,” he said.
Unions said the breadth of the bill was shocking.
"I was not expecting the absolute trashing of my profession," said Tammy Wawro, president of the Iowa State Education Association.
Republicans denied they were seeking to kill unions, only to level a playing field they think has been tilted against state and local government and taxpayers. Deyoe said if they had wanted to kill unions, they would have eliminated the part of the code dealing with collective bargaining altogether.
Meanwhile, Drew Klein, the Iowa state director for Americans for Prosperity, urged lawmakers to pass the bill.
"As it stands, Iowa's collective bargaining system is a messy process that puts too much power in the hands of unelected bureaucrats," he said.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds also praised the proposal at a news conference Tuesday.
The legislation makes sweeping changes, and it appears Republicans will move quickly on it. Committees will take up the bills this week. Republican leaders said debate in the full House and Senate will be next week.
In some ways, the legislation essentially sets up two different systems. It makes little, if any, change to the law as it pertains to what items public safety employees, such as firefighters and police officers, can bring to the bargaining table. For non-public safety workers, however, the Republican proposal limits mandatory bargaining items to just “base wages and other matters mutually agreed upon.”
Currently, mandatory subjects of bargaining include such items as wages, hours, vacations, insurance, holidays, leaves of absence, shift differentials, overtime, supplemental pay and transfer procedures.
The broader list of items are maintained in the proposal for bargaining units that represent state patrol officers, police and firefighters.
Republicans said the rules are different for them because of the work they do.
"I don’t have a problem with that because those are the people who put their lives on the line every day," Rep. Gary Mohr, R-Bettendorf, said Tuesday.
Wawro objected to the different treatment.
"I don't know a teacher who wouldn’t put their life on the line for a child any day," she said, adding they often train to protect children.
The proposal also changes the rules for arbitrators, who settle disputes between labor and management.
The bill says that, for non-public safety employees, arbitrators should, where possible, consider wages and working conditions in comparable private-sector positions when settling disputes. Currently, the law says that arbitrators are to choose from the last positions offered by labor and management and to consider other public-sector practices.
This proposal prohibits an arbitrator from considering past collective bargaining agreements, and it forbids consideration of the ability of government to pay for benefits by raising taxes and fees. That's one of the criteria in the current law.
Critics of the current system say that arbitrators have too often favored unions, and they have long chafed at the idea that government’s ability to raise taxes is considered.
They have particularly said that governments need the power to rein in health care costs.
Government employers also could participate in a statewide health insurance pool proposed by Branstad that could save upward of $100 million a year in premium cost. But participation would be optional, Deyoe said. Critics of Branstad's idea have said they don't think his estimates of cost savings are realistic.
Union workers also say the law has worked to ensure good labor/management relations and they work closely with city governments and school boards to control costs. They also dispute the idea that arbitrators favor their side, saying they often give with one hand but take away with another.
(Reporters Rod Boshart, Erin Murphy and James Q. Lynch contributed to this report.)
DES MOINES — Iowans with disabilities or their family members are being offered a new tax-advantaged savings account that will allow them to set aside money to pay for qualified expenses without losing eligibility for federal assistance under a plan announced Tuesday by state Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald.
The savings plan, called IAble, was made possible by a 2014 federal act that authorized tax-advantaged investment accounts, similar to college savings programs, for disabled Iowans or their families to save up to $14,000 annually to cover expenses, such as assistive technology, housing, transportation, education and other costs, Fitzgerald said. In 2015, Iowa's version of the federal bill was signed into law, making the savings program possible, he said.
Iowa and 14 other states have formed a consortium that allows IAble to offer low costs and high-quality investment options to eligible individuals. Iowa taxpayers may deduct up to $3,239 in contributions from their adjusted gross income for 2017, and the earnings on investments are deferred for federal and state taxes if used for qualified disability expenses, he said.
Illinois is among the other states taking part in the consortium. Tuesday afternoon, Fitzgerald and Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs will be at Hand-in-Hand in Bettendorf to announce each state's program.
"Our new IAble program is a tax-advantaged plan designed to help persons with disabilities and their families save to achieve a better life experience," said Fitzgerald, who unveiled the program at a Statehouse news conference.
Already five Iowans have gone to the IAble.gov website and started savings plans. Accounts can be opened with as little as $25, Fitzgerald said, and account owners can access their accounts online at any time as well as make withdrawals from the website.
To qualify for the plan that allows accounts of up to $100,000, the beneficiary must have been diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26 or be blind and qualify for a federal assistance program. Eligible individuals can open one account for themselves or have an authorized individual start one on their behalf, Fitzgerald said.
One in a series of looks at the Iowa football program’s 2017 recruiting class, position by position:
Kyshaun Bryan, 5-10, 210, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
Ivory Kelly-Martin, 5-11, 195, Plainfield, Ill. (Oswego East HS)
KYSHAUN BRYAN: Played on three state championship teams, as a freshman and sophomore at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, and as a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. … Transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas for his senior season. … Rushed 107 times for 737 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior on a St. Thomas Aquinas team that ranked as high as fifth in the nation. … Rushed for 646 yards on 96 carries during his junior season at American Heritage High School. … Carried 96 times for 825 yards and seven scores as a sophomore on a state championship team at American Heritage.
IVORY KELLY-MARTIN: Was an all-state selection in Illinois as a junior and senior. … Split his high school career between Nazareth Academy, where he competed as a freshman and sophomore, and Oswego East. … Played on a state championship team at Nazareth Academy as a sophomore and at Oswego East as a junior. … Established an Illinois state title game record with a 96-yard touchdown run in 2015 with Oswego East. … Rushed for 1,360 yards and 22 scores and caught 19 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns last fall as a senior after gaining 2,036 yards and scoring 36 times on 190 carries in 14 games as a junior. … Was named the Southwest Prairie Conference offensive MVP last fall. … In addition to football, lettered in track as a sprinter and hurdler, wrestling and volleyball.
Coach Kirk Ferentz on Bryan:
“We started getting onto (Bryan) in December and evaluating him during the dead period (in recruiting). We did a lot of evaluation down in Tampa (while Iowa was at the Outback Bowl ). The next step was to get in front of him and try to learn more about him and the kind of person he is. He’s got an unbelievable mom and dad, tremendous people. He’s an impressive young man and we think he’s going to fit really well. His running style fits well with what we do.’’
Coach Kirk Ferentz on Kelly-Martin:
“Ivory is a different type of running back (compared to Bryan), but I think that’s good, diversity with the way they approach things.’’
Starter: Akrum Wadley, senior
Back-ups: Toks Akinribade, soph.; Marcel Joly, jr.
A good Tuesday to all. Enjoy this brief period of mild weather because come Wednesday you'll be wishing for it.
Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service. There's a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms before 8 a.m. We'll see widespread dense fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, the day will be breezy and cloudy with a high near 48 degrees. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
Tonight there's a 20 percent chance of snow after 4 a.m. Otherwise it will be mostly cloudy and blustery, with a low around 23 degrees. Northwest winds between 15 to 20 mph could gust as high as 30 mph.
Wednesday calls for a 40 percent chance of snow before 2 p.m. with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 28 degrees and a low around 12 degrees.
2. Dense fog advisory in effect until 8 a.m.
The National Weather Service in the Quad-Cities has issued a dense fog advisory for the region until 8 a.m. with fog lingering until mid-morning.
Drivers can expect visibilities of less than one quarter of a mile, and near zero in some locations. Use your headlights this morning and leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
3. Davenport man charged after standoff with police
One man faces charges after a standoff with police Monday night in west Davenport. The incident occurred at 9:32 p.m. when Davenport police were called to 2502 Rockingham Road for a domestic problem.
When police arrived they located an injured victim who was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Police say Kraig Korpak was armed with a knife and had barricaded himself in the house and refused to surrender to police.
After negotiations with police Korpak exited the residence armed with a knife and yelled threats to police. Less lethal was deployed to subdue Korpak. Korpak was taken into custody and was charged with domestic assault causing injury and interference with official acts with a weapon.
4. Davenport School board reiterates support for Tate
Davenport School Board members focused on creative protests Monday night, pulling from the teachings of Martin Luther King, Henry David Thoreau and others as they repeated their unanimous support for Superintendent Art Tate. Tate has openly broken state law in recent months by using district reserve funds to pay for programming costs. The district does not have the necessary spending authority to legally do this. Read more.
5. Ellingson emerging as Hawkeye stalwart
Brady Ellingson has been sitting there on the Iowa bench all season, quietly waiting for the right opportunity.
He has played in every game for the Hawkeyes but sometimes it was as few as five minutes and until recently never more than 19, even in the biggest blowouts. There were times in which he showed what he could do, such as a 23-point explosion against Savannah State, but those moments were rare.
Then star guard Peter Jok injured his back. And Brady Ellingson has emerged as a star. Read more.
6. Motorcyclist hospitalized after accident in Moline
A motorcyclist was hospitalized Monday with severe injuries after colliding with a car near the intersection of 7th Street and Valley View Drive in Moline, police said.
Authorities responded to the crash shortly after 4 p.m., and transported the male motorcyclist to Trinity Rock Island, Moline Police Sgt. Aron Burns said. The driver of the car suffered minor injuries.
As they cleared the scene, police blocked southbound traffic and rerouted drivers at the intersection of 7th Street and 34th Avenue, just north of Valley View Drive.