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Six attorneys have applied to fill a resident circuit court vacancy in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit created by the upcoming Jan. 30 retirement of Rock Island County Circuit Judge Lori Lefstein.

Originally appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court in June 1997, Lefstein most recently was retained in the Nov. 8, 2016, general election.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride is seeking public comment on:

Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. The process includes background checks by law enforcement authorities and the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Kilbride also plans a survey of all attorneys in the Fourteenth Circuit conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association on their opinions of the applicants\u2019 integrity, temperament, legal ability, management skills and other professional qualifications.

Kilbride will appoint a judicial screening committee with community representatives from the community, members of the legal profession and non-lawyers, to evaluate the information.

People can submit comments on the applicants by noon Feb. 5 to Judge Appointment Comments, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, 3101 Old Jacksonville Road, Springfield, IL 62704. Comments are limited to 250 words and must include contact information such as name and address.

The person appointed to fill the vacancy must be a Rock Island County resident.

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A man accused of threatening a woman with a gun in November in Moline has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to probation.

Freddie M. Bass, 19, Cordova, was arrested on Nov. 30 after it was reported a woman in a vehicle was threatened that morning by a man with a pistol in the 1900 block of 12th Street, Moline, according to authorities. Bass was subsequently charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Bass pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 11 and was sentenced at the same hearing to 24 months of probation and 180 days in the Rock Island County Jail, according to county court records. The jail sentence was stayed.

His plea was part of a deal with prosecutors, according to court records.

The incident happened near several schools and they were locked down briefly as a precaution while the report was investigated and Bass was arrested, according to the Moline police. Authorities do not believe there was any actual threat to the schools.

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MOUNT PLEASANT \u2014 It was payday for Mike Kennedy when the local Farm Service Agency opened its doors Thursday for three days of limited service during the nearly month-old government shutdown.

\u201cA check that needs signed is an activity we can do,\u201d said an employee in the Henry County office as Kennedy approached the counter.

After 27 days of a partial federal government shutdown, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency employees in 37 out of 97 offices in Iowa returned to work \u2014 without pay for now. The offices will be open again today and Tuesday during normal business hours.

Employees are available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and ensure the agency provides 1099 tax documents to borrowers by the IRS deadline. But they are not accepting new applicants under the trade mitigation program.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who announced the temporary reopening of about 1,000 of the 2,100 field offices nationwide, said the USDA is doing its best to minimize the impact of the funding impasse on America\u2019s farmers \u2014 a key constituency for President Donald Trump.

Producers need to be able to file their taxes timely,\u201d said Amanda DeJong, executive director for Iowa Farm Service Agency. \u201cUntil we have full appropriation, we\u2019re unable to do a lot of new 2019 business,\u201d she added, asking people to be respectful of the employees working under \u201ctight constraints and timelines.\u201d

Farmers who have loan deadlines during the lapse do not need to make payments until the shutdown ends, according to the USDA.

Kennedy, a corn and bean farmer from Yarmouth, receives a check every time he sells grain that has to be signed by a USDA employee before he is able to take it to the bank. He got the check Jan. 2, but just Thursday got it signed by Garry Movall, farm loan manager at the Henry County Farm Service Agency.

\u201cMy banker knows what\u2019s going on,\u201d Kennedy said.

Kennedy is a part of the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans program, which helped him buy the 40 acres he farms today and helps strengthen his operations.

Kennedy said he is more for Trump\u2019s reason for the government shutdown \u2014 to secure $5.7 billion for a border wall \u2014 than against it.

Keith Koresko agrees.

\u201cWe need a wall. All those immigrants coming here, they want our jobs,\u201d Koresko said. \u201cI hope the shutdown will be worth it.\u201d

Koresko stopped by the office to make a payment on his loan, which he found he wasn\u2019t able to do with only the limited services available.

Koresko lives on a farm in Salem, about 8 miles south of Mount Pleasant. He applied for a loan through the USDA in 2015 after the bank wouldn\u2019t loan him more.

\u201cI just couldn\u2019t make enough money,\u201d he said. \u201cWhat we got for our crops didn\u2019t pay for the machinery or a living.\u201d

He had been fighting the sale of his farm for 20 years. But in 2018, it was sold at auction.

\u201cIt\u2019s been tough this year. A lot of tears shed,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s too late for me. I\u2019ll be 82 years old in April, but I don\u2019t want to give up yet.\u201d

Duane Thomas and his son, Rick Thomas, who farm 5 miles north of Mount Pleasant, came into the office Thursday wanting to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program \u2014 but despite the office reopening that\u2019s not a service being offered to new applicants during the shutdown.

The program provides direct payments to eligible producers impacted by trade disputes.

\u201cAs you get closer to planting season, it\u2019s going to get worse,\u201d Duane Thomas said. \u201cWe need that tariff mitigation payment.\u201d

While the original deadline for producers to apply for bailout was Jan. 15, the deadline will be extended according to the number of business days the field offices end up being closed, according to the USDA.

Rick Thomas said the retaliatory tariffs affect their prices, with 60 percent of demand for U.S. soybeans coming from China.

He is also frustrated they cannot look up new government data about beef prices and soybean yields during the shutdown to make planting and selling decisions for the 2019 season.

\u201cWe haven\u2019t changed a lot yet,\u201d Rick Thomas said. \u201cWe don\u2019t base planting intentions on that too much.\u201d

Jerry Mabeus said the government shutdown has not been a big problem for him.

Mabeus came into the field office to turn in a form for multiple peril crop insurance, which provides coverage for naturally-occuring loss of production during a growing season.

\u201cI\u2019m hoping it gets over before spring planting,\u201d Mabeus said. \u201cWhen you get into the first of March, we\u2019ll start hurting.\u201d

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DES MOINES \u2014 Gov. Kim Reynolds will be sworn into office for a four-year term Friday morning and, weather willing, celebrate with two inaugural balls Friday night.

\u201cWe will get sworn in and go have a party, go have a ball,\u201d the governor said Thursday morning at the Capitol.

She will be sworn in at 9 a.m. in the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center before hosting an open house at Terrace Hill at noon and a reception in the Capitol rotunda at 2 p.m.

The activities started Thursday night with a worship service at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, \u201cwhich is, honestly, one of my favorite parts of the ceremony,\u201d Reynolds said.

She\u2019s hoping the weather \u2014 a winter storm is forecast for most of Iowa \u2014 won\u2019t interfere with the celebration of her inauguration as the first woman to be elected Iowa governor.

\u201cWe\u2019re in Iowa, so we\u2019re hardy,\u201d she said. \u201cIf I bought a dress, shoes and was ready to go, I\u2019d probably do everything I could, while being safe, to get to the ball. So hopefully it won\u2019t be too bad, and we\u2019ll have a good turnout.\u201d

Reynolds\u2019 election and inauguration mark a milestone for Iowa women, said former state Sen. Maggie Tinsman, a Bettendorf Republican who is a co-founder of 50/50 in 2020. The goal is for women to be hold 50 percent of the elected offices in Iowa in 2020.

\u201cWe are very, very excited to have a female governor,\u201d said Tinsman, who was at the Capitol on Thursday.

Reynolds, she said, has broken the \u201cglass ceiling\u201d for women in Iowa politics.

\u201cNow we have one female U.S. senator and two female congresswomen and now we just need to get 16 more (Iowa) House members and 14 more senators so we can be 50-50,\u201d Tinsman said.

Reynolds\u2019 progress from local elected official to the Legislature to lieutenant governor and now governor \u201csets a big example.\u201d

\u201cYou\u2019re the top leader for the state,\u201d Tinsman said. \u201cAnd when you have the top leader be a female, other women think \u2018maybe I could do that.\u2019

\u201cSo I think, all right, women, you have to realize that you can do this job. You can be a politician,\u201d she continued. \u201cIn fact, I\u2019ve told people I would like to change the word politics or the definition to women\u2019s business because women know how to bring people together and solve the problem. That\u2019s what politics is, problem-solving.\u201d

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The first 16 days of January were warm enough to keep the first half of the month warmer than normal, a whopping 8.1 degrees above normal, said meteorologist Tim Gross of the National Weather Service, Davenport.

But that is about to change as much colder air moves into the region coupled with 5 to 7 inches of snow falling Friday night into Saturday.

As of Thursday, Gross said there is a winter storm watch for Friday through Saturday but that will likely be upgraded to a winter storm warning with new model data available overnight Thursday into Friday.

\u201cThe forecast calls for 5 to 7 inches of snow, but this system will be different than the previous snow event in that this will be a drier fluffier snow,\u201d Gross said.

The problem will be the winds Saturday which are expected to be steady at 15-25 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph, which means there will be drifting snow with this system.

The high Saturday is expected to reach 24 degrees, but the mercury will drop considerably to 4 degrees overnight into Sunday. The high Sunday is expected to reach only 14 degrees, with an overnight low into Monday of 6 degrees. The high Monday is expected to reach the middle 20s.

\u201cIt is definitely going to be much colder than what we\u2019ve had,\u201d Gross said. \u201cPeople will be in for a shock when they walk out the door Sunday morning.\u201d

Wind chill indices will range from the single digits to below zero, he added.

Rural areas likely will be impacted more with snow drifts, particularly on east-west roadways since the wind will be coming out of the north, he said.

But it is not just the Quad-Cities or Iowa that will be feeling winter\u2019s chill. Temperatures throughout the entire Midwest will be below normal, Gross said.

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Landmarks Illinois is threatening to sue the Rock Island County Public Building Commission if demolition of the courthouse proceeds without the proper permits.

In a letter sent Thursday to commissioners, Landmarks Illinois President Bonnie McDonald said she was prepared to take legal action to ensure the commission follows historic preservation laws.

The letter was copied to Rock Island County Administrator Jim Snider and National Historic Trust Interim President Paul Edmondson.

\"Demolition of the old courthouse would be illegal at this time,\" McDonald wrote.

\"We hope there will be no need to do so, but Landmarks Illinois, along with appropriate other community members and organizations, is prepared to take legal action, if necessary, to assure compliance with the laws that protect historic resources,\" McDonald wrote.

Landmarks Illinois is the largest historic preservation advocacy organization in the state.

McDonald said Landmarks Illinois has been partnering with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization known \"to enforce compliance with preservation laws in Illinois courts.\"

McDonald's letter is in response to action taken by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), an arm of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The SHPO notified county officials in November that proposed demolition of the historic courthouse, built between 1895-97, is subject to state review according to the Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act.

Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Bob Appleman notified Mike Harnung of Missman Inc., in a letter dated Nov. 29, that demolition of the courthouse was not included in plans submitted to SHPO for approval in 2016 for construction of the Justice Center Annex, 1317 3rd Ave.

The letter from Appleman was copied to all county board members, Public Building Commission members and Rafael Gutierrez, chief of law enforcement for the IDNR.

\"The letter of compliance issued by SHPO dated Oct. 13, 2016, is hereby revoked,\" Appleman wrote.

The county approved transferring ownership of the courthouse to the Public Building Commission in July for the purpose of demolition. When construction of the annex was complete, all court functions moved from the historic courthouse to the annex.

Public Building Commissioner Clarence Darrow attempted to hold a vote at the commission's Dec. 13 meeting to delay demolition pending approval of a valid stormwater runoff permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

No other commissioner would support Darrow's motion, so no vote was taken.

Darrow said Thursday that he agrees demolition should be put on hold.

\"Until they get the necessary permit, they shouldn't demolish the courthouse,\" Darrow said. \"As I understand it, the city isn't going to issue a permit anyway. I would assume they can't proceed because they don't have a permit from the city of Rock Island. They won't get that permit until they get the permit from the state.

\"It sounds like they are at a standstill,\" Darrow said. \"I support (Landmarks Illinois) in what they are doing. Until the (commission) gets the permits, I don't think they should demolish the courthouse.\"

Public Building Commission Chairman Brent Ganahl could not be reached for comment.

Gilbane Building Co., project manager for the annex, submitted a permit request in December to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, notifying them of the stormwater runoff plan and stormwater pollution prevention plan for demolition of the courthouse.

Edward Cross, director of communications for Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said no decision has been made yet on granting a permit.

\"We will continue to review this matter and work with the other state agencies involved with the hopes of having a decision in the near future,\" Cross said.

Rock Island City Manager Randy Tweet confirmed during Monday night's city council meeting that the city has not issued a demolition permit for the courthouse because the state has not issued theirs yet.

Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms told city council members Monday night the city would follow the law.

County Administrator Jim Snider could not be reached for comment.

In her letter, McDonald said the courthouse contributes to the heritage of Rock Island County and is architecturally significant, and therefore, it should be preserved and adapted for re-use.

\"If acquired for private development, the old courthouse would be placed on the property tax rolls for the first time,\" McDonald said. \"Federal and state tax incentives make this an attractive private development project. Therefore, demolition is premature.\"

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The proposed Scott County Board of Health fiscal year 2020 budget is a 3 percent increase over last year's amended budget.

Deputy Director Amy Thoreson gave a brief presentation of the budget, which is slated at $6,752,170, Thursday during a Scott County Board of Health meeting. The new budget includes employee salaries, which an initial budget did not.\u00a0

\"For fiscal year 20, when you saw the budget last month, you saw it without salary figures,\" Thoreson told the board. \"The county waits until the open enrollment for health insurance is done and all those kind of things, some of the budget parameters in order to put those salary figures out.\"

Revenue will increase this year thanks to the passage of a food price increase, Thoreson said.

The 3 percent increase is almost entirely due to salaries, Thoreson said, with the rest of the expenses mostly flat. A salary study is being conducted to determine whether employee salaries are comparable in the labor market.\u00a0

Jail costs are one area of the health budget that has gone up.

\"The population is high. We have people who are incredibly expensive; sometimes something happens in the jail,\" Thoreson said. \"We have people who are pregnant, we have people who have Alzheimer's. We have people that have a heart attack. It's a small city and you never know what comes in... the cost is to assure that they get the care that they need.\"

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A proposed ordinance in Davenport would give local parking enforcement authorities the authority to use an old school tool for punishing people with several unpaid tickets: the vehicle locking device commonly known as the \u201cboot.\u201d\u00a0

The device, often bright yellow, clamps over the wheels of passenger vehicles, leaving them temporarily immobile until it is removed. The punitive method is often employed in major cities around the nation, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

Under the proposed Davenport law, a vehicle could be booted whenever its owner has five or more unpaid tickets. To get the boot off, the vehicle owner would have to pay back all fines owed plus an $80 removal fee.

Nicole Gleason, Davenport\u2019s public works director, told aldermen during a committee hearing this week that the proposed method aims to \u201caddress specifically those who are in arrears significantly on parking violations.\u201d

Another provision of the proposed ordinance would make all of the city\u2019s parking fines a flat $25, a change Gleason said would remove some of the confusion that comes with writing different tickets for various offenses. The city\u2019s parking fines currently range from $20 to $35.

Davenport\u2019s city code permits cars to be towed and impounded once drivers meet the five-ticket threshold. The proposed update now in front of aldermen would allow the city to boot the cars instead but also leaves the door open for a car to be towed at the city\u2019s discretion.

Taking too long to pay up could make things worse. In cases where no fees are collected for more than 30 days, the city could add another $30 fee. And the city would have the discretion to tow and impound any vehicle within 48 hours of it being booted.

The proposed ordinance is still in an early stage of the council\u2019s decision-making process. It goes to the council for its first reading Wednesday, where the measure must receive a majority of aldermanic support to move forward. That process repeats twice more unless aldermen pass a special motion to expedite the approval process.

The proposal also comes as some of the city\u2019s towing practices have been met with upset calls from area residents.

During a separate meeting this week, Gleason told city officials that 78 cars were towed away from the downtown area amid the last weekend storm. In periods of heightened snowfall, the city makes declarations to keep cars off main thoroughfares so snowplows have room to clear the streets.

Addressing recent complaints the city received, Gleason said the volume of tows was on par with other large events the city has previously witnessed. Whenever parking ticket appeals are filed, she added, the city provides information to sign up for the city\u2019s snow emergency alerts.

Snow emergency information and city alerts can be accessed at http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/cms/one.aspx?pageId=7361133

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The Scott County Sheriff\u2019s Office said this week the cause of a blaze that killed 59-year-old Cynthia Webb in her Blue Grass home in October has been ruled undetermined but accidental.

Deputy Ryan Strom, the lead investigator in the case, said there is \u201cjust no way to determine\u201d the cause due to the extensive amount of damage caused by the fire, which completely destroyed the home.

Foul play has been ruled out and the case is now closed, Sheriff Tim Lane said Thursday.

Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 13308 95th Ave., a one-story, single family home, at 6:08 p.m. Oct. 11.

Webb\u2019s body was found near a window in the master bedroom after the fire was out and firefighters were checking for hot spots, according to investigative reports.\u00a0

Strom said investigators believe that the fire started in the bedroom because it was the most damaged area.

An autopsy performed two days later at University Hospitals at Iowa City determined that Webb died of fire-related injuries and smoke inhalation.

A toxicology report showed that she had nicotine in her system, as well as therapeutic levels of prescription medication.

Investigative reports show that Webb had been admitted to a local hospital earlier that week for a medical issue. She was discharged and dropped off by a family friend the day of the fire, according to investigative reports.

Her husband, Gary. was delivering a trailer to Baltimore and had made it to Lima, Ohio, when he was notified about the fire, according to investigative reports.

Strom and Lane said the investigation wrapped up late last week once they received the official cause of death and toxicology report.

The fire also was investigated by the state fire marshal's office.\u00a0

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Bettendorf attorney Stephen Newport, accused of telling a former client that she could give him sexual favors in lieu of payment for his legal services, has been acquitted.

A Scott County jury on Wednesday afternoon found him not guilty of one count of prostitution, an aggravated misdemeanor, during a trial that began Monday in Scott County Court.\u00a0

It\u2019s the second time Newport, 66, has been tried on the charge. On Dec. 14, Judge Andrew Chappell declared a mistrial after the jury could not reach a unanimous decision.

That jury also found him not guilty of additional charges of third-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and indecent exposure.

Newport could not be reached Thursday for comment. Victoria Cole, one of his attorneys, said via email that \"it is very unfortunate these claims were not fully investigated\" and added she believed Newport would not have been charged had they been.\u00a0

\"It is also unfortunate it took so long, as well as two trials, for the truth to be revealed,\" she wrote. \"He and his family are now finally able to move away from this nightmare.\"

During his first trial, a 43-year-old Davenport woman and former client of Newport's testified the two met at his office on Jan. 19, 2018, to talk about her personal injury lawsuit slated to go to trial.

During the meeting, the woman alleged Newport exposed himself and placed her hand on his scrotum while fondling himself. He later asked for oral sex or for her to undress in front of him in lieu of payment, she said.

She reported the incidents Jan. 24. On Feb. 7, she made a recorded phone call to Newport in front of a Bettendorf police officer. During the call, Newport made statements that prosecutors say confirmed the woman's statement in regard to Newport requesting the sex act in lieu of payment of legal fees.

Newport, in an interview with Bettendorf Police Detective Bryan Payton on March 14, denied the woman's allegations. He also denied they met in his office on Jan. 19.

When asked about his statements on the recorded phone call, Newport said he was asking her a question about her statement about payment and sexual favors.

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The Davenport Public Works Department has declared a snow emergency from 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, through 6 p.m. Saturday, based on the National Weather Service forecast for several inches of snow.

Parking on posted snow routes is prohibited when a snow emergency is in effect, according to a news release from Jennifer Nahra, spokesperson for the city. Vehicles parked on posted snow routes will be ticketed and may be towed.

Residents and visitors may park free in any of the city\u2019s three parking ramps beginning at 5 p.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Sunday.

Roads will be slick at times.

\u201cWhat we have out right now is a winter storm watch for Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon,\u201d said Tim Gross, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Davenport. Meteorologists will consider the latest forecast models to determine whether to update the watch to a warning, he said.

Total accumulation will be from five to seven inches, he said. \u201cWhat\u2019s different about this system than the previous is there\u2019s going to be wind with this, with drier and fluffy snow. There will be drifting,\u201d he said.

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Attacking Trafficking, a local group that works to end human trafficking, will hold a prayer service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at St. Alban\u2019s Episcopal Church, 3510 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport.

In Davenport, January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Attacking Trafficking includes Quad-City faith groups such as members of the Diocese of Davenport and the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, united to end human trafficking and to offer help for survivors.

The service will feature a talk from a representative with Braking Traffik/Family Resources. Information about survivor services, Quad-City statistics and efforts to end human trafficking in the Quad-City area will be shared.

A Free the Girls bra drive will be held. Free the Girls is an international organization that helps survivors of sex trafficking achieve economic independence. The group collects new and almost-new bras to give to trafficking survivors, and to help them start their own businesses selling the bras.

For more information, go to Attackingtrafficking.org or email attackingtrafficking@gmail.com. Reservations are not required.

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