The Quad-Cities' recent weather may not know what season it is, but tourism leaders say its time to think about vacation. 

The Illinois Office of Tourism is joining Tuesday's celebration of National Plan for Vacation Day. Launched last year by the U.S. Travel Association's Project: Time Off, it's a day for encouraging Americans to plan their vacation days for 2018.

Cory Jobe, Illinois Tourism director, said the day is worth celebrating "because it's time for workers across Illinois to reclaim their vacation days."

Project: Time Off research shows more than half (51 percent) of Illinois workers fail to use all their time off — leaving nearly 23 million unused vacation days on the table. In Iowa, 53 percent of workers left behind their own 6.2 million unused vacation days.

Nationally, 54 percent of Americans failed to use all their time off and left 662 million vacation days unused.

According to the research, those unused days translate into an untapped economic benefit of $4.215 billion across Illinois and $1.129 billion in Iowa.

"Americans are a hard-working bunch, so much so that half of us leave vacation days on the table," said Joe Taylor, president and CEO of the Quad-Cities Convention & Visitor's Bureau. "That’s bad for our productivity, mental health and the economy."

Taylor said with resources at folks can "plan your getaway right here in the Quad Cities."

For more information on an Illinois getaway, visit

Shaw Interiors

closing in Davenport

Shaw Interiors, the lighting and design showroom of Shaw Electric, is closing its doors at 930 E. River Drive, Davenport.

In a brief letter on its website, Steve and Bob Shaw announced the closing "with heavy hearts." "It will be difficult not to be involved in helping you make your home better and brighter because we love it so much," they wrote.

The store's last day is March 2.

U.S. Bank ranked among

Fortune's Most Admired

U.S. Bank, with operations across the Quad-Cities, has been recognized as a 2018 World's Most Admired Company by Fortune magazine.

Fortune also named U.S. Bank as the world's most admired super-regional bank for an eighth consecutive year.

Among 680 companies across all industries, the bank ranked No. 1 in both Management Quality and Use of Corporate Assets as well as No. 2 in Value as a Long-term Investment, No. 5 in People Management and No. 6 in both Financial Soundness and Social Responsibility.

"It's an honor to be recognized among companies that are anticipating and shaping the future," said Andy Cecere, U.S. Bancorp's president and CEO. "With the world around us changing faster than at any time in human history, positioning our company for growth tomorrow means creating the future today."

Among its super-regional bank peers, U.S. Bank ranked No. 1 in eight of Fortune's nine attributes of reputation: Quality of Management, Social Responsibility, Innovation, Quality of Products/Services, People Management, Use of Corporate Assets, Financial Soundness and Long-Term Investment Value. Overall, U.S. Bank's reputation within its industry is the fifth-highest of any company in any industry on the list.

In the Quad-Cities, U.S. bank employs a total of 130 people at 11 local branches.

Mallards think pink

and support Komen

Admit it, who doesn't love a good fight at a hockey game? Next month the Quad-City Mallards take on a huge opponent as they join the fight against breast cancer. 

At the Feb. 9 and 10 games against the Indy Fuel and Fort Wayne Komets, respectively, the Mallards will raise funds for Komen Greater Iowa. Komen supporters can receive $1 off lower bowl tickets and a $5 donation will be made to Komen for each ticket purchased. The ducks also will donate proceeds from the jersey auction and Chuck-a-Puck dollars from Friday night.

Ahead of the action, fans are invited to stop by the TaxSlayer Center, Moline, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 7, to paint the name of a loved one affected by breast cancer on the ice. The pink painted names will remain on the ice for the games.

To redeem the offer, call the TaxSlayer at 309-277-1327 and mention Komen Greater Iowa or enter the code "Komen" and select a seat at

Free Chick-fil-A nuggets

to be served Monday

I know Quad-Citians love their restaurants and Chick-fil-A is no exception.

On Monday, the Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Quad-Cities, including those in Davenport and Moline, and in eastern Iowa will be celebrating local customers by giving away free 8-count nuggets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To receive a free order, visit your local restaurant and mention this offer. No purchase is necessary - but won't you want some waffle fries to go with that?

The giveaway also will be available in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Dubuque.

Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or