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ROCK ISLAND \u2014 Last March, Hannah Demarest of Bettendorf got a new heart in a Chicago transplant, to cure her hypoplastic left-heart syndrome.

The 23-year-old Pleasant Valley alum didn\u2019t lack for heart before the long-awaited operation. She and her friends with Penguin Project Quad Cities have shown it to the world.\u00a0

\u201cI feel much better,\u201d said Demarest, who plays Lioness in the new Penguin production of \u201cLion King Jr.\u201d at Augustana\u2019s Brunner Theatre.

The show opens Friday and includes 45 area students with special needs, accompanied by shadow student mentors.

\u201cMy stamina wasn\u2019t there,\u201d she said of the birth defect that affects blood flow. \u201cAfter the transplant, my stamina skyrocketed.\u201d

\u201cThis girl\u2019s strong,\u201d said Kimberly Walljasper, 15, a Davenport North student, and her Penguin mentor for the third year. They started rehearsing in September and met twice a week at the Center for Living Arts, 220 19th St., Rock Island. Center co-owner Dino Hayz directs the show with his wife, Tina.

Since the transplant, Demarest is a \u201ccompletely different person,\u201d he said. \u201cShe\u2019s always been happy to be there, and sweet. Now, she\u2019s so energetic and happy to be there.\u201d

Her first Penguin year \u2014 2018\u2019s \u201cBeauty and the Beast Jr.\u201d was \u201cscary but good,\u201d Demarest said. \u201cI did my junior high production of \u2018Groovy,\u2019\u201d in 8th grade, noting she didn\u2019t know any theater in high school.

\u201cI like finding new friends and old ones,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s really good.\u201d

\u201cShe can really shine and have me as backup, so it\u2019s not as scary,\u201d Kimberly said. \u201cI\u2019m there for you; I got you.\u201d

Penguins who can soar

Named for the flightless bird, The Penguin Project was founded in 2004 by pediatrician Andy Morgan in Peoria, and grown into a national program with 43 chapters in 16 states, including six others in Illinois and another in Des Moines. It offers a supportive environment for young people, ages 11-22, with disabilities to explore creative talents.

Participation in the performing arts \u201chas therapeutic value by enhancing social interaction, communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem,\u201d according to penguinproject.org.

Jeff Coussens, chair of Augustana College\u2019s theater department, asked Dino Hayz to run the local program in partnership with the private liberal-arts college, the only such collaboration among Penguins nationwide.

The Penguin Project has literally grown as well. The first year (2017), there were 30 students (half with special needs) in \u201cAnnie Jr.\u201d That more than doubled to 76 in the second year, and 90 the past two years.

They\u2019ve expanded performances, from one weekend the first year, to two ever since, with six total performances. This year they sold out the 260-seat theater within a half hour.

Families are \u201cso excited to see their kids do something they never dreamed they\u2019d be able to do,\u201d Coussens said. \u201cWe remain one of the Quad-Cities\u2019 best-kept secrets. We don\u2019t even print posters anymore because we don\u2019t need them.\u201d

Due to demand, he\u2019s starting a second troupe, the Penguin Players, for ages 16 or older, who will perform \u201cGodspell Jr.\u201d in June at the center. \u201cThere\u2019s an overlap between ages of 17 and 22,\u201d Coussens said of the Penguin groups, noting artists have to choose between the two.

\u201cPart of the logic behind that is to keep our numbers where we are,\u201d he said of the main group. \u201cOnce they graduate out, they\u2019ve got no other program like that, so Penguin Players was started.\u201d

For the first time, Augie will simulcast the Penguin Project performances in Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Tickets for the simulcast cost $5, available at augustana.edu/arts/ticket-office or 309-794-7306.

Penguin Project - "Lion King Jr. "
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MINNEAPOLIS \u2014 A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince's family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months, suggesting family members have reached settlements with defendants including the Minnesota doctor who saw Prince in the weeks before his death and the Moline hospital that treated him for an opioid overdose seven days before he died.

The dismissals largely close one legal chapter in the superstar's legacy, even as efforts drag on to value and dispose of his estate once pegged at around $200 million.

Prince was 57 when he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose on April 21, 2016, without leaving a will. No one was criminally charged in his death and the source of the counterfeit pills that killed him remains unknown.

Prince's heirs filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a slew of defendants in April 2018, alleging they had the duty and opportunity to diagnose and treat Prince's addiction and prevent his death, but failed to do so.

But as early as last summer, plaintiffs began dismissing defendants.

Claims against Dr. Michael Schulenberg \u2014 a doctor who treated Prince in the weeks before his death \u2014 were permanently dismissed in November, along with claims against Schulenberg's former employer. Both sides agreed to the dismissals.

Claims against Walgreens, which filled prescriptions for Prince, and Trinity Medical Center, the Illinois hospital where Prince was treated for an opioid overdose a week before he died, were also permanently dismissed in August by agreement.

Attorneys in the case either declined comment or did not return messages to The Associated Press. But Henry Blair, a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, said the dismissal language \u2014 with agreement by defendants and plaintiffs \u2014 leaves him \"99.99% sure those are settlements.\"

A medical negligence claim against Howard Kornfeld, a California addiction specialist who was contacted by Prince's associates before he died, was dismissed by a judge in September, but remains alive on appeal. Prince's family says Kornfeld had a duty to advise Prince's associates that he should be immediately admitted for treatment. But the judge found no evidence that Kornfeld ever communicated with Prince or that a doctor-patient relationship was established.

An autopsy found Prince overdosed on fentanyl. Authorities said it was likely Prince didn't know he was taking the synthetic opioid that is 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Authorities said Schulenberg admitted prescribing the opioid oxycodone to Prince's bodyguard in the days before Prince died, knowing the drug would go to Prince. He disputes that allegation, although he paid $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation alleging the drug was prescribed illegally.

The bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, was deposed during the wrongful death litigation, but refused to answer nearly all of the questions, according to a transcript.

Meanwhile, Prince's siblings are still waiting to learn how much his estate is worth. Court filings several months after Prince's death suggested the estate was worth around $200 million before taxes. More recent filings suggest the estate and Internal Revenue Service have not yet agreed on its value.

Protracted litigation isn't unusual for big estates, even when there is a will. The fight between pop superstar Michael Jackson's estate and the IRS over valuing his estate continues in federal tax court, even though he died in 2009.

The lengthy proceedings are stretching some of the siblings' resources. In recent months, one of Prince's sisters, Tyka Nelson, sold a portion of her share of the estate for an undisclosed amount to Primary Wave, a music publisher that also holds interests in the estates of Whitney Houston and other musicians. Nelson wrote in an affidavit that she did that to \"realize some value from the Estate before the completion of the Estate administration.\" Nelson also appointed Primary Wave to act on her behalf with respect to her remaining share of the estate.

A brother, Alfred Jackson, also entered an agreement with Primary Wave before he died in August. Now, a separate case sorting out Jackson's estate is pending in Missouri, according to court documents.

One court filing says Primary Wave has invested millions to acquire an interest in the estate. Law firms have also issued attorneys' liens against the interest of some siblings.

Attorneys involved either declined comment or did not return messages. Attempts to reach some of the siblings were unsuccessful.

While no one is contesting Tyka Nelson's agreement with Primary Wave, three siblings say the company should not be recognized as an \"interested person\" with similar rights as the heirs in the estate as the case proceeds. Sharon, Norrine and John Nelson said in a court filing that they are stretched financially and that the case has \"cost the Estate millions of dollars, wasting far too much money on legal fees and other costs for far too long.\"

Susan Link, a Minneapolis estate attorney not involved in the case, said the sibling disagreements have stalled resolution.

\"If the beneficiaries are agreeing and working together in lock-step, it doesn't matter how much the estate is worth, you can get things done,\" Link said.

___

Associated Press writer Steve Karnowski contributed to this story.

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As we're all prone to doing from time to time, I found myself in Nebraska last weekend.

Wait, no. I don't mean I FOUND myself in Nebraska. I wasn't on a soul-searching mission to discover my true inner Cornhusker or anything. But I was in Nebraska for a visit. Well, technically a visitATION, but that was the bummer part of the trip. I'd rather talk about the weird part.

We had just crossed the state line when I saw the first sign. \"IT'S CHILI AND CINNAMON ROLL SEASON,\" said the friendly restaurant lettering.

The weirdness of what I'd read didn't really hit me until I saw another sign. \"CHILI AND FRESH CINNAMON ROLLS SERVED HERE!\" Well, that's just kind of odd. Why were all these restaurants advertising chili and cinnamon rolls simultaneously? Did some bakery in the area have a dramatic overstock on cinnamon rolls or something?

Eventually, we decided to find someplace to grab a quick bite to eat. And when you need a quick bite in Nebraska, there's really only one correct choice. If you want the true taste of Nebraska, you need to stop at a Runza. The iconic fast-food chain has 85 locations, and nearly all are in Cornhusker country.

The chain has few stores outside Nebraska, but for a short time, we had one in Moline. One of the first restaurants to set up shop in the late, great SouthPark Mall food court was a Runza. My best friend is from Nebraska, and when he discovered they'd opened a Runza here, it was the only time I ever saw him dance. Sadly, it was also one of the first food court failures.

Maybe the Quad-Cities just wasn't ready for the magic of a Runza sandwich\u00a0\u2014 a yeast-dough rectangle filled with ground beef, onions and cabbage. At Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, they sell over 10,000 every time the Cornhuskers take the field.

So there we were, waiting in line at Runza, when I spotted it. Combo #3: Chili and a cinnamon roll. A sign stuck to one of the windows proudly announced \"It's chili and cinnamon roll time!\" What the WHAT? And then it happened it front of my eyes. I spied a family gathered around a table full of chili bowls and plates of cinnamon rolls\u00a0\u2014 and I watched in horror as they eagerly tore off chunks of sweet glazed cinnamon roll, dunked them wholeheartedly in chili and wolfed them down.

I'm all for cultural differences among peoples. I enjoy trying different cuisines. I love chili. Lord knows I love a good cinnamon roll. I have absolutely no issues with the two sharing a plate in front of me. But to take the cinnamon roll and dunk it INTO the chili? That's a crime against nature.

Just then, a perky teenage Runza employee came to clean a nearby table. I proceeded to irritate her.

\"Soooo ... chili and cinnamon rolls. Is that a thing?\"

She looked at me as if I were crazy.

\"Because in Illinois, it's definitely not a thing.\"

Then she looked at me as if I were crazy and from Mars.

\"Of course it's a thing. What else would you eat with chili?\"

I could think of a dozen or so pairings less gross than cinnamon rolls\u00a0\u2014 but before I could comment, she was off, soon to be seen whispering to her co-workers while covertly pointing our way, assuredly telling them about the weirdos at table 13 who dare to eat chili without cinnamon rolls.

Upon getting back to Normalburg, I did some investigating. It turns out I'm not the only one astonished by this odd pairing. Internet sleuths long have tried to trace the origins of the exotic mash-up. The general consensus is that it started in Washington state as a \"logger's breakfast.\" Logging camps would take the leftover chili from the night before and dump it over cinnamon rolls for a calorie infusion to power their workers through the day.

As for Nebraska, the fad seems to have been spread by the trendiest of all people\u00a0\u2014 grade-school lunch ladies. Chili and cinnamon rolls as a combo showed up on Nebraska school lunch menus in the 1960s and spread regionally from there.

I wondered if anyone else outside of Nebraska knew of this peculiar pairing, so I posed it to the collective hive-mind of Facebook. Most of my friends found the idea pretty weird. Some said they grew up with it. But then other comments started drifting in that completely freaked me out.

\"That's nothing,\" a distant Facebook friend chimed in. \"I once had a roommate from Galesburg, Ill. He used to eat chili with peanut butter sandwiches and thought it was completely normal.\"

Um ... that's not normal? I grew up in Galesburg myself, and I spent most of my childhood being fed chili and peanut butter sandwiches on the regular by the fine folks at Community Unit School District #205. Just the other day, I heated up some chili, pulled out some Wonder bread, slapped on some peanut butter, and called it lunch. I've eaten chili with peanut butter sandwiches my entire life. Not once did I think it was weird. Its just how people eat chili\u00a0\u2014 isn't it?

Spoiler: It is decidedly not normal. And I had no idea. And now I've lost all sense of right and wrong, and I'm in an existential crisis. Thanks a lot, lunch ladies.

I'm thinking the moral of the story here can go two ways: Either (1) All of us are weird in our own way, whether it's our upbringing, our culture, or the state we call home, and maybe we should stop finger-pointing and just embrace our collective weirdness. Or (2) Grade-school lunch ladies were the original social influencers and are far more powerful than any of us ever realized.

Should my illustrious faux journalism career ever end, maybe that's how I'll spend my golden years\u00a0\u2014 working in a school cafeteria and devoting my life to making little kids think that insane food combinations are perfectly normal. If one day my column disappears, and then your child comes home from school asking for a sausage and banana pizza with extra mustard, my work will be done.

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Here's the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service.

It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 17 degrees with wind-chill values as low as -5 degrees. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 4 degrees and wind-chill values as low as -5 degrees.

Tuesday will be sunny with a high near 22 degrees. Wind-chill values will be as low as -5 degrees.

Tuesday night we'll see increasing clouds with a low around 18 degrees. South winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

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Best of the week: 9 things to do in the Quad-Cities

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A good, but frigid, Martin Luther King Day to all. Bundle up if you are heading out today. You'll wish you had.

Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

1. Wind chills in negative double digits

There's a chance of flurries between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. today with mostly cloudy skies. The high will be near 17 degrees with wind-chill values as low as -10 degrees.

Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 4 degrees and a wind-chill values as low as -5 degrees.

Tuesday will be sunny with a high near 22 degrees and wind-chill values as low as -5 degrees.

Tuesday night will see increasing clouds with a low around 18 degrees. South winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Photos: Snow moves through the area
Photos: Icestravaganza 2020

\u00a02. Lane closure on River Drive

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Road closure

There will be a traffic change on River Drive in Davenport beginning today. River Drive will be down to one lane in each direction between Perry and East 3rd streets for installation of a new sewer line. Traffic will be head-to-head in the two north lanes. Work is estimated to be completed by March 2.

3. Taylor Ridge woman held in connection with shot fired from deputy's gun

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Amber Summers

A Taylor Ridge woman is being held on $1 million bond in connection with an incident Friday, when a deputy's gun discharged during a struggle.

Amber Summers, 34, of Taylor Ridge, is being held in Rock Island County Jail on charges of disarming a peace officer and aggravated discharge of a firearm.\u00a0

Here's what happened, according to a news release from Rock Island County Sheriff's Department:

A deputy was dispatched about 3 p.m. to investigate a burglary in progress. When he arrived. he saw two people flee.\u00a0

The deputy chased them and caught up with a woman who resisted arrest. During a struggle, she tried to disarm the deputy, and a single shot was fired from his gun.\u00a0

Neither the woman nor the deputy was struck.

A male suspect remains at large.

The sheriff's department asks anyone with information about this incident to call the sheriff's office at 309-788-8988 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.

\u2022 Davenport symposium will examine impact of immigration raids and human trafficking

\u2022 Davenport West teacher arrested, charged with illegally recording women in his home

\u2022 Delta jet slides on taxiway at Q-C International Airport

\u2022 Muscatine woman sentenced to 18 months in prison for fraud

4. The Mississippi River is high, so why not raise the rollers?

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Lock & Dam 15 is seen as sea fog rolls up from the Mississippi River in Davenport, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

The Mississippi River is high. Again.

Already we're being warned of an \"enhanced risk\" of spring flooding. As a result, several readers have written to ask why the rollers at Lock & Dam 15 in Davenport/Rock Island aren't being raised to give the excess water a path out of town.

One reader accused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of maintaining extra-high river levels for financial reasons. The Mississippi River is being held back to an artificially high level, the reader said, because officials at the Corps don't want to blow their budget on dredging the silted-in areas of our pool.

While it's true that the Corps must, by Congressional order, maintain a channel depth of 9 feet, the agency is not creating flooding. And the Corps does raise the rollers when water reaches a certain depth.

The skeptics' point of view makes a certain amount of sense, though.

\"At some point, they do lift the gates, and it's a free-flowing river,\" said Jessica Brooks, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service, Quad-Cities. \"In fact, in this year's flood, the gates were up longer than ever.

\"But the gates aren't holding that much water back \u2014 not enough to impact flooding. People think that sounds intuitive, but it's not.\" Read more.

Photos: Inside Lock and Dam 15 roller gate houses
Photos: Government Bridge
Historic photos: Government Bridge

5. Ag community gathers for annual equipment show

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Jeff Dahl of Orion checks out a Ferris ISX 3300 with service technician Dennis Clemsentz during the 29th Annual QC Farm Equipment Show at the QCCA Expo Center on Sunday in Rock Island.

The ag community gathered inside of the QCCA Expo Center Sunday as the first day of the annual farm equipment show kicked off on a frigid winter day.

Children climbed equipment, most often finding a way to the driver\u2019s seat, while parents talked to sales people or other adults at the different booths on the floor of the expo center in Rock Island. Read more.

Photos: 29th Annual QC Farm Equipment Show

6. Trending headlines

Today's photo gallery: SAG Awards

A look at the red carpet as stars arrived Sunday\u00a0for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

Photos from the red carpet at the 26th annual SAG Awards
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Since January 2019, Moline has lost a number of executive staff members, including the city attorney, assistant city attorney, police chief, fire chief, city administrator, economic development director and finance director.

Some made the decision to leave themselves; others were asked to step down.

Despite a narrative of \"all is well\" from those who lead the city leaders, many on the outside, including me, are concerned with the city's direction.

''Our last two hires for city manager were not our best work,'' said Alderman Mike Wendt, Ward 3. \"We can all do better.''

The problem for the 42,000-plus who call Moline home?

It starts at the top.

It's apparent that you either do things Mayor Stephanie Acri's way, or you find work elsewhere.

In 2011, Acri, a razor-sharp mechanical engineer, accepted the alderman at- large seat on the Moline City Council, an appointment made by then-Mayor Don Welvaert.

Acri's full-time job is being the owner of the Rock Island-based Evans Premium Manufacturing Co., a firm that operates two shifts per day, six days a week, according to its website.

Acri is successful, and she is smart. That's not surprising, since I have yet to meet a dumb engineer. She is also shrewd and wants everything\u00a0\u2014 including much of what is written about Moline \u2014 to go through her. It's her way or no way.

After her appointment as alderman at-large, Acri, who has lived here since 1994, won election in 2013 to the same post. In 2017, she beat then-Mayor Scott Raes to became the city's first woman mayor.

It's a city she adores, she told me, and she credits it with helping her raise her three children as a single mother.

The good and the not-so-good aspects of Mayor Acri are one in the same: She loves to be in charge. If it wasn't that way, she would have stayed at her engineering post with Arconic and not started her own business. She never would have accepted Welvaert's invitation to join the city's council if she didn't want to lead. That goes double for wanting to be mayor.

You don't start your own company or run a city without having a want-to-be-a-leader ego and a measure of arrogant self-assurance. You must possess a degree of arrogance to be in charge in any setting.

As mayor, Acri wants to put her stamp on the city. You don't run for mayor if you don't have a vision of how you want things to be after your four years or more of service.

As a Moline alderman, Acri had ample time to survey the working landscape of the city she would someday lead.

In that period, I believe she noticed some senior staffers going through the motions. I think that like an assistant coach preparing to soon become the head coach or a vice president focused on becoming the company president, Acri formulated a plan that she thought would improve Moline when she became its mayor.

She has since aligned herself with like thinkers and doers on the city council, and they, at her urging, have voted to keep those staffers who check her boxes and discard those who do not.

\"She's got her thumb on everything,'' said one retired political veteran of Moline who wanted to remain anonymous.\"It's not what the mayor does. Remember, it's supposed to be city administrator-led, and they can't keep one. The mayor is part-time, $20,000 a year, and she is supposed to make everyone work together, not divide them.''

Alderman Wendt, whom I respect and have known since he was a teen playing high school quarterback, says I'm wrong about Acri.

\"She is diligent, precise, and she believes in accountability,'' Wendt, a Realtor-attorney, said in a recent sit-down with me. \"She is constantly occupied with doing what's best for the residents of Moline. She has a keen eye and a great business sense. She is also the first to admit if she makes a mistake or misunderstands something. She is absolutely the right person to make the city grow.''

Alderman David Parker, Ward 2, understands the concerns of the citizens he represents and knows there is work to be done on all fronts. He said Moline is going in the right direction, despite the staff turnover.

\"It is our duty to be good stewards of these financial resources, representing our residents and holding everyone accountable to high expectations,\" Alderman Parker said in a response to an email asking for comment about staff departures and the state of the city.

\"It is my belief that some employees believe that these expectations are no longer tolerable and have chosen to leave. It can appear that an unusual number of executive staff are leaving Moline, and it is something that should be feared by our residents.''

Alderman Parker believes Moline is on solid footing, having approved a balanced budget while lowering the property tax rate for the third straight year, despite costs and pension responsibilities.

He boasts about city projects like the new headquarters for the IH Mississippi Valley Credit union, the Axis Hotel, the Interstate 74 bridge, a $2 million grant for an expanded bike path system, and the city's commitment to sidewalk improvement.

I get that Moline has taken steps in the right direction, but for every two steps forward, it has taken three back in the eyes of those who care about what should be a vibrant quarter of the Quad-Cities.

I also believe the revolving administrative door will continue until Mayor Acri steps back and allows trained professionals to do their jobs.

Photos: Moline mayor Stephanie Acri
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\u201cParasite\u201d has officially infected this year\u2019s award season. Bong Joon Ho\u2019s Korean class satire became the first foreign language film to take top honors from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, setting itself up as a legitimate best picture contender to the front-runner \u201c1917\u201d at next month\u2019s Academy Awards.

The best ensemble win for \u201cParasite\u201d came over the starry epics \u201cOnce Upon a Time ... in Hollywood\u201d and \u201cThe Irishman.\u201d It was a surprise but only to a degree. \u201cParasite,\u201d up for six Oscars including best picture, has emerged as perhaps the stiffest competition for Sam Mendes' \u201c1917,\u201d which won at the highly predictive Producers Guild Awards on Saturday.

But \u201cParasite\u201d was the clear crowd favorite Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, where even the cast's appearance introducing the film drew a standing ovation. Yet until the SAG Awards, the many honors for \u201cParasite\u201d have seldom included wins for its cast, none of whom was nominated for an Oscar.

\u201cAlthough the title is \u2018Parasite,\u2019 I think the story is about coexistence and how we can all live together,\u201d said Song Kang Ho, one of the film's stars.

Because actors make up the largest percentage of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, their picks are closely watched as an Academy Awards harbinger.

But the last two years, the SAG ensemble winner has not gone on to win best picture: \u201cBlack Panther\u201d last year and \u201cThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri\u201d in 2018. And this year's front-runner, \u201c1917,\u201d more acclaimed for its technical acumen, wasn't nominated by the screen actors. If \u201cParasite\u201d can pull off the upset at the Feb. 9 Oscars, it would be the first foreign language film to do so.

Before the win for \u201cParasite,\u201d the SAG Awards were most notable as a reunion for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. They each took home awards and celebrated the other's wins.

Pitt is headed toward his first acting Academy Award for his supporting performance in \u201cOnce Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,\" and he added to his front-runner status with a win from the actors' guild. Along the way, his speeches have been full of one-liners, and he didn't disappoint Sunday. Pitt, who said he was nursing a flu, looked down at his award and said, \u201cI've got to add this to my Tinder profile.\u201d

He added: \u201cLet's be honest, it was a difficult part. A guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn't get on with his wife. It was a big stretch.\u201d The audience laughed and clapped, including \u2014 as the cameras captured \u2014 Aniston, his ex-wife.

Aniston later won an award of her own for best female actor in a drama series for the Apple TV Plus show \u201cThe Morning Show.\u201d \u201cWhat!\" she said upon reaching the stage. Aniston finished her speech with a shout-out to her \u201cMurder Mystery\u201d co-star Adam Sandler, whose performance in \u201cUncut Gems\u201d has gone mostly unrewarded this season despite considerable acclaim.

\u201cYour performance is extraordinary and your magic is real. I love you, buddy,\u201d said Aniston.

Backstage, Pitt watched Aniston's acceptance speech. After she got off stage, they warmly congratulated each other on their first individual SAG Awards.

Along with Pitt, all the Oscar favorites kept their momentum, including wins for Renee Zellweger (\"Judy\"), Joaquin Phoenix (\"Phoenix\") and Laura Dern (\"Marriage Story\").

As expected, Phoenix took best performance by a male actor. After individually praising each fellow nominee, Phoenix concluded with a nod to his Joker predecessor. \u201cI'm standing here on the shoulders of my favorite actor, Heath Ledger,\" said Phoenix.

Dern also further established herself as the best supporting actress favorite with a win from the actors guild. On her way to the stage, she hugged her father, Bruce Dern (part of the \u201cOnce Upon a Time ... in Hollywood\u201d ensemble).

Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued her awards sweep for \u201cFleabag,\u201d a winner at the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Waller-Bridge added a SAG win for best female actor in a comedy series and took a moment to reflect on the show\u2019s parade of accolades.

\u201cThis whole thing really has been a dream, and if I wake up tomorrow and discover it was just that, then thank you,\u201d said Waller-Bridge. \u201cIt\u2019s been the most beautiful dream.\u201d

\u201cThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel\u201d also continued its streak, winning best comedy series ensemble for the second straight year, along with Tony Shalhoub taking home the statue for best male actor in a comedy series. But accepting the ensemble award, the show\u2019s shocked Alex Borstein said she had voted for \u201cFleabag.\u201d

\u201cHonestly this makes no sense,\u2019 said Borstein. \u201c\u2018Fleabag\u2019 is brilliant.\u2019\u201d

Robert De Niro was given the guild's lifetime achievement award, an honor presented by Leonardo DiCaprio who, like De Niro, is a frequent leading man for Martin Scorsese. (The two co-star in Scorsese's upcoming \u201cKillers of the Flower Moon.\u201d) A raucous standing ovation greeted the 76-year-old actor.

De Niro, a fiery critic of Donald Trump, referenced the president in his remarks.

\u201cThere's right and there's wrong. And there's common sense and there's abuse of power. As a citizen, I have as much right as anybody \u2014 an actor, an athlete, anybody else \u2014 to voice my opinion,\u201d said De Niro. \"And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I'm going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power.\"

\u201cGame of Thrones\u201d closed out its eight-season run with wins for Peter Dinklage for best male actor in a drama series and for best stunt ensemble work. \u201cThe Crown\u201d took best ensemble in a drama series. And both \u201cFosse/Verdon\u201d stars \u2014 Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell \u2014 won for their performances in the miniseries.

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SPRINGFIELD \u2014 Don Harmon was elected Sunday as the next Illinois Senate president, becoming the first new leader of the Illinois General Assembly\u2019s upper chamber in more than a decade.

Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat who was elected by a 37-12 margin, will replace Sen. John Cullerton, 71, who last year announced his retirement after four decades in the General Assembly, including five terms as Senate president.

Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, began his career in 1979 in the House as a protege of House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has become the longest-serving speaker of a state House in U.S. history. Cullerton won a Senate seat in 1990 and won the Senate presidency for the first time in 2009.

Harmon assumes the top leadership post in the Senate at a time when Democrats hold a supermajority in both General Assembly chambers. The new Senate president needed support from a majority of the chamber\u2019s 59 members. Democrats currently hold 40 seats.

Harmon, 53, was elected in 2002 from the liberal Chicago suburb of Oak Park, and has been a staunch advocate of restrictions on firearms, earning him the ire of gun-rights advocates. His legislation to license firearms dealers in Illinois was rejected by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018 but a fresh version was signed in January 2019 by Rauner\u2019s replacement, Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Harmon was president pro tempore of the Senate, often wielding the gavel for floor sessions, from 2011 until Cullerton abolished the position last year, and briefly worked as chairman of the powerful Executive Committee.

Sunday's selection came down to Harmon and Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat. Both have been part of Cullerton\u2019s leadership team and have been campaigning furiously since Cullerton announced his retirement. Lightford, who is also chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, would have been the first woman to lead either chamber of the General Assembly.

\u201cI can\u2019t think of anyone else who would do a wonderful job leading our caucus,\u201d Lightford said Sunday as she rose to nominate Harmon for Senate president, following a closed-door caucus prior to the final vote.

The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that Democratic senators said Lightford and Harmon reached an agreement late Sunday afternoon in which Lightford conceded to Harmon but will maintain a leadership post.

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The ag community gathered inside of the QCCA Expo Center Sunday as the first day of the annual farm equipment show kicked off on a frigid winter day.

Children climbed equipment, most often finding a way to the driver\u2019s seat, while parents talked to sales people or other adults at the different booths on the floor of the expo center in Rock Island.

Jay Solomonson, 40, of Coal Valley, was there with his family. The former Orion High School teacher took a year off, working currently as a field advisor, before starting a job with Illinois State University in an ag education role.

He said it\u2019s important to stay current on the industry developments \u201cto make sure future decisions\u201d are informed.

The annual Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show, back for its 29th year, ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave. in Rock Island. Admission and parking are both free. The show also operates 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The event also comes on the heels of the U.S. and China signing off on the first phase of a new trade deal. But there hasn\u2019t been much of an uptick after the signing of that deal, leading to more uncertainty in the ag sector.

J.J. Nichting Company, based in Sigourney, Iowa, had several pieces of Case equipment on display for the show. Chris Hahn, a salesman for the company, said there was hope from the phase one deal in recent days, but \u201cfrom the looks of everything, I\u2019m not sure phase one is going to bring much,\u201d he said.

\u201cThere wasn\u2019t really much of a response to it.\u201d

Much like Moline-based Deere & Company, Case was showcasing precision ag equipment at this year\u2019s event, which is when farm equipment is outfitted with technology to allow operators to more precisely operate within their fields.

Echoing comments made by Deere officials, Hahn said there\u2019s a lot of older farm equipment still in use.

\u201cLast five years, a lot of guys that haven\u2019t traded (in equipment) as much as they used to,\u201d he said.

But that has led to a boost in part sales and technician calls. Part upgrades also help boost the trade-in value of aging equipment still in use.

\u201cWe always come in hoping to sell to someone, but it\u2019s about coming out for those interactions \u2026 the more we interact with them, the more we will eventually sell something to them,\u201d Hahn said.

Tara Mayhew, manager of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau, had a booth in the corner of the expo center. She said the local farm bureau was happy to see progress on international trade with the phase one agreement while awaiting for further details on the development.

Her display featured several informational items, such as a handout about the Women in Agriculture summit planned for March 27 at Jumer\u2019s Hotel and Casino in Rock Island.

Near the front entrance of the show was Vern\u2019s Farm Supply, based in Hooppole, Ill. Dan Butts, of Vern\u2019s, said he was hoping to learn more information on the phase one deal from farmers attending the show. He also said the company is \u201clucky to be able to be right in the doors\u201d greeting event attendees.

\u201cGrain drying is the hot topic right now because of the year we just had,\u201d he said.

A wet spring in 2019 triggered a late planting season and then crops absorbed more moisture during a wet September, which meant farmers would have to artificially dry out crop after it was taken out of the fields.

In addition to meeting new or existing customers, Butts wanted to reinforce grain safety, such as never entering a grain bin when it is being unloaded.

Vern\u2019s saw an uptick in business, both sales and service calls, during the 2019 harvest season. And while there were issues with the availability of propane in Iowa and Illinois for a time during the harvest, Butts said that may have helped Vern\u2019s to catch back up with business at times during a busy time for the business.

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Quad-Citians will brace themselves against the cold once again while bitter temperatures stick around for the beginning of the work week.

Meteorologist Brian Gross, with the National Weather Service, Davenport, said the high Sunday was 11 degrees.

On Monday, the high will be about 15, with dry, cloudy skies. Wind chills will be in the single digits above and below zero, he said.

On Tuesday, the high will be near 22 under mostly sunny skies.

Wednesday through Friday, temperatures will reach above-freezing, he said.

Photos: Snow moves through the area
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One Human Family of the Quad-Cities Area will present a free symposium \u201cImmigrants and Trafficking Among Us\u201d from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges\u2019 Urban Campus, 101 W. 3rd St., Davenport.

The event will feature presentations from speakers including:

The symposium will close with a panel discussion involving the presenters.

For more information, contact Nora Dvorak, one of the event organizers, at dvoraknora@gmail.com. To register, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1149027055301062/.

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