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Do you need some great holiday gift ideas?

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If you are looking for some unique gift ideas, head to downtown Geneseo.

There, you'll find Pegasus Fine Gifts. General Manager, Katie Andrios, appeared on WQAD News 8 at 11am on Tuesday, November 13th to show off some of her store's products, which could make great holiday presents for friends or family.

Click the video above to see what was featured.

Tax experts say Illinois millionaires could try to flout progressive tax

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(Illinois News Network) — J.B. Pritzker, Illinois’ next governor, promised higher taxes on the wealthy would provide for new state revenue to spend on everything from roads to schools, but some tax experts say other states have sometimes had trouble collecting from wealthier residents who own property and businesses elsewhere.

Pritzker, along with other Democratic lawmakers, have proposed changing Illinois’ Constitution to allow for graduated income tax rates that would require people who earn more to pay higher income tax rates.

If lawmakers succeed in taxing the state’s wealthy residents more, some could choose to move elsewhere. It’s relatively easy for well-to-do residents to declare a winter address in Florida as their main homestead, said Zach Gray with Wall Street Financial Group, a financial planning firm with locations in Bourbonnais, Bloomington, and other towns across Illinois. Such tax avoidance schemes have been problematic in other states, including New York.

“From what I have seen, it is a fairly simple thing to do,” Gray said. “I hate to say it, but I think it’s much more commonplace than we think.”

The Illinois Department of Revenue is responsible for making sure people pay their state taxes here. The department often audits residents who file taxes elsewhere. The most recent IRS data show more than 139,000 Illinoisans did just that in 2015 alone.

Illinois law defines a resident as someone living “in this State for other than a temporary or transitory purpose during the taxable year or who is domiciled in this State but is absent from the State for a temporary or transitory purpose during the taxable year.” The general rule is that people are taxed on the income they earn in a state. Intangible income, like investment earnings, is taxed in a person’s state of residence.

“Somebody running a hedge fund will get a modest salary of, say, $2 million, but the big thing is from their carried interest, which is intangible,” Forbes contributor Peter Reilly, a tax policy expert, said. “If the [Illinois] Department of Revenue gets aggressive, people who already have a place in Florida are going to say ‘screw this’ and they’ll register to vote in Florida and do a few other things, but they’re still doing business in Chicago.”

High tax states like New York and New Jersey aggressively pursue residents who try to dodge state taxes. Those states must prove the resident is in-state enough to qualify for taxation of income. Illinois, Reilly said, would likely have to do the same if the state started putting more of the income tax burden on the highest-earning residents.

Gray said he doesn’t know of anyone whose residency has been challenged, but knows of people who have switched their address or moved out of Illinois for tax savings.

“I literally had a conversation about this with one of my clients today,” he said. “They’re tired of a lot of the excessive taxation and they’re concerned about rising taxes and some of the things that have been proposed.”

One of the highest-profile residency revenue challenges in Illinois’ courts was over the Autonomous 3 Trust, an account owned by the Pritzker family founded in Illinois but moved to Texas, a state which has no income tax. The trust won the case in 2013 and didn’t have to pay Illinois taxes.

Reilly said the issue of domicile isn’t always clear. In court, it can come down to odd details like acquiring a resident hunting license in the state or if a former resident has their dog’s vaccination records licensed there. Statutory residence, however, is when revenue-seeking states like New York will seek to prove that an out-of-state resident had spent enough time in the Empire State to entitle themselves to part of their annual earnings.

“They’re going to tax you as a resident even though you’re domiciled someplace else,” he said. “The state where you’re domiciled is also going to tax you as a resident.”

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

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NEW YORK (AP) — CNN sued the Trump administration Tuesday, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta’s credentials to cover the White House be returned because it violates the constitutional right of freedom of the press.

The administration stripped Acosta of his pass to enter the White House following President Donald Trump’s contentious news conference last week, where Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he didn’t want to hear anything more from him.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said “this is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against his lawsuit.”

Trump has made CNN and its reporters a particular target of his denunciation of “fake news” and characterization of the media as an enemy of the people. CNN CEO Jeff Zucker, in a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly, called it a “pattern of targeted harassment.”

The White House initially contended it was Acosta’s refusal to give up the microphone that led to his banishment; CNN said it’s apparent the president didn’t like his questions.

“Mr. Acosta’s press credentials must be restored so that all members of the press know they will remain free to ask tough questions, challenge government officials and report the business of the nation to the American people,” said Theodore Olson, former U.S. solicitor general and one of CNN’s lawyers on the case.

The White House Correspondents’ Association backed the lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C., district court.

“The president of the United States should not be in the business of arbitrarily picking the men and women who cover him,” said Olivier Knox, president of the correspondents’ group.

CNN said Acosta was given no warning of the action, and no recourse to appeal it. Acosta traveled to Paris to cover Trump’s visit there this weekend and, although given permission by the French government to cover a news event, the Secret Service denied him entrance, the company said.

“Without this credential, a daily White House correspondent like Acosta effectively cannot do his job,” CNN’s lawsuit said.

CNN asked for an injunction to immediately reinstate Acosta, as well as a hearing on the larger issue of barring a reporter.

In an effort to prove the administration’s case last week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders distributed via Twitter a doctored video sped up to make Acosta’s physical actions toward the intern seem more threatening.

That wasn’t mentioned by Sanders in a statement Tuesday. She cited his refusal to yield to other reporters after he asked Trump two questions.

“The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional,” Sanders said. “The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor.”

Trump told Acosta at the news conference that “CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you work for them. You are a rude, terrible person.”

Acosta has been a polarizing figure even beyond the distaste that Trump and his supporters have for him. The Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank, editorialized last week that Acosta’s encounter with Trump at the news conference “was less about asking questions and more about making statements. In doing so, the CNN White House reporter gave President Donald Trump room to critique Acosta’s professionalism.”

Editor’s note: We will refrain from using any CNN-produced material regarding this story or its follow ups due to a conflict of interests.

Thanksgiving has a sweet tooth – this turkey is made out of ice cream

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — It’s not made out of turkey, but it may be even more delicious.

Baskin Robbins’ turkey ice cream cake is back to fill your seasonal self-stuffing needs. The creation is made up entirely of ice cream except the legs, which are sugar cones.

The cake is customizable, which means customers get to choose the flavors. The company just asks for 24 hours advanced notice.

Other fun, seasonal treats include their Harvest Fall Roll Cake, which is frosted with fudge to look like a log and topped with fall decorations.

Related: Sam’s Club offers discounts for Thanksgiving Day procrastinators

Sylvan Island temporarily closed

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MOLINE, Illinois -- Sylvan Island will be closed from Tuesday, Nov. 13 to Thursday, Nov. 15, according to a press release from Moline Parks and Recreation.

The island will be closed for officer tactical training, according to the release.

The closure Tuesday starts at dusk, so daytime activities can still take place. It will open back up on sunrise on Nov. 15. The island will not be open all day Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Any questions can be directed to Moline Parks and Recreation at (309)524-2421.

Scott County Humane Society to assist after rescue at suspected Puppy Mill

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WORTH COUNTY, Iowa -- Leaders with the Humane Society of Scott County say staff from their office will head to Worth County to provide expertise after more than 170 puppies were rescued from a suspected Puppy Mill on November 12.

Experts from all over the state will help medically examine, and work to better understand the puppies rescued.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)  says they were called to assist the Worth County Sheriff in rescuing the dogs.

More than 170 Samoyeds were found living in filthy, overcrowded and neglectful conditions, even lacking access to clean water.

After the rescue, the next step is to make sure the dogs are okay.

"The ASPCA has set up an emergency shelter to get these animals from (the suspected puppy mill) into a shelter environment." said Tim Rickey, Vice President of Field Investigations for the ASPCA.

Rickey says the shelter will have medical experts and behaviorists who will begin taking care of the animals "around the clock."

Once the puppies are healthy, Rickey says the ASPCA will have to resolve ownership through court, then place the dogs up for adoption.

Right now, officials say there are no plans to bring puppies back to the Quad Cities in the near future. The involvement of the humane society is to help assist with the sheltering efforts by providing medical and behavioral assistance.

The investigation is ongoing and at this point, no charges have been filed.

According to ABC affiliate KAAL, The owner of the suspected mill is listed online as Barb Kavars of Manly, Iowa

There are numerous complaints about the operation from buyers, dating back ten years.


Amazon to add headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia, report says

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After running a year-long competition that drew interest from hundreds of cities and a number of states, Amazon has reportedly chosen New York City and Northern Virginia to split duty as its second headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday that Amazon has picked New York’s Long Island City and Arlington County’s Crystal City neighborhoods, citing people familiar with the matter.

Amazon declined to comment to CNN.

The development projects, which could be announced as soon as Tuesday, promise to bring the cities a giant infusion of jobs and tax revenue, but are almost certain to draw fire from critics concerned about their impact on infrastructure and property values.

The search began in September 2017 when Seattle-based Amazon announced it would start accepting proposals for what quickly became known as HQ2.

This is a developing story

Protect your pipes against freezing this winter

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(This video is from January 2018)

Temperatures are dropping below freezing once again, and that means potential trouble for your water pipes. Here's what Iowa American Water says you need to know to protect your home this winter.

Related: Stutzke's Stats: Why cold weather drops tire pressure

Before the cold

  • Eliminate sources of cold air near pipes such as broken windows, drafts, crawl spaces and faulty or no insulation.
  • Know the location of your main water shut off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
  • Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap pipes in insulation - even newspaper or fabric could do the trick. Keep the meter lid tightly closed and let snow accumulate to insulate against cold air.
  • People in mobile homes should double check plumbing under their dwelling and follow above suggestions as needed.

When temperatures stay below freezing

  • If certain pipes are unavoidably vulnerable, keep a small trickle of water running over night. The cost of the water is much less compared to a broken pipe.
  • Open cabinet doors to expose the pipes underneath to warmer room air.

If your pipes freeze

  • Shut off the water immediately. Don't turn it back on until the pipe is thawed.
  • Thaw pipe by applying heat to the air around a pipe or the pipe directly. Use a hair drier, space heater or hot water. Avoid kerosene heaters or open flame.
  • Turn water back on slowly after pipes have thawed. Check for leaks.

Residents should contact their local water utility provider if there are any leaks.

Read: 5 things you should do (and one thing you should never do) if your pipes freeze

Newly elected Tennessee state lawmaker calls the state ‘racist’ in Facebook video

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A newly-elected state lawmaker from Memphis is facing criticism for controversial comments made in a now-deleted Facebook video. Democrat London Lamar, who ran uncontested in House District 91, posted the video following last week's election.

"Tennessee's racist. Period. Period. Like, Tennessee is racist," Lamar said in the video. She also said, "most of the Tennesseeans who voted Republican are uneducated."

In another part of the video, Lamar said: "White men voted Republican over - well over 60 or 70 percent, so obviously that's a particular base of people who believe in superiority."

Some of Lamar's future constituents took issue with her words.

"Tennessee is not racist. It's the people that's in Tennessee that's racist," said Ron Burgess.

"I think that our country, in general, has a long way to go, but you can't make a blanket statement like that, you know, so I just -- I totally disagree with that," said Rachel Drozinski.

Lamar weighed in herself Monday with a partial apology: "We want to make sure we don't over-generalize groups of people. For that, we sincerely apologize," she said.

But Lamar said she doesn't apologize for the point she was trying to make: that race played a role in the election. "What we have seen is that many of the folks who voted Republican based their judgement on racially-charged rhetoric that was coming down from the White House," Lamar said.

WREG asked Lamar is she still felt that the entire state of Tennessee is racist.

"I think Tennessee is very polarized and I think that we need to continue to have conversations about how Tennessee can work on behalf of everybody," she said, "I think Tennessee has people who may identify with rhetoric that leans towards that way and I think we are a very racially-polarized state."

Lamar said she will advocate for everyone in her district when she takes office in January regardless of race or party affiliation.

Suburban Chicago security guard was killed by police after bar shooting

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(CNN) — A suburban Chicago police officer responding Sunday to a shooting at a bar killed a security guard who was just “doing his job,” an attorney for the victim’s family said.

An officer from Midlothian, a Chicago suburb, fatally shot Jemel Roberson, a 26-year-old security guard working at the bar, Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari told CNN.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the shooting around 4 a.m. at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins, about 20 miles south of Chicago, Ansari said. Three people and an alleged shooter were injured, she added.

Then, after Roberson had apprehended an alleged gunman, the Midlothian officer shot Roberson outside the bar, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday that calls the fatal shooting “excessive and unreasonable” and claims it violated Roberson’s civil rights.

Witnesses said security had asked several drunk men to leave the bar, and at least one person returned to the bar and opened fire, CNN affiliate WGN reported. A bartender was among the victims of that shooting, according to the lawsuit.

After the shooting, Roberson “had somebody on the ground … with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, ‘Don’t move,'” Adam Harris, a witness, told WGN.

“We all yelled. ‘He’s a security. He’s a security,’ and without … giving any thought, they shot him,” Harris told the station. “The vest said security as well, … and they shot him in the side.”

‘Jemel was trying to save people’s lives’

The lawsuit filed by Roberson’s mother lists the unnamed Midlothian officer and the village of Midlothian as defendants. It seeks damages of more than $1 million.

“Jemel was trying to save people’s lives. He was working security because a shooting had just taken place in the establishment,” the family’s attorney, Gregory Kulis, told CNN affiliate WLS.

“So, he was doing his job and holding on to somebody until … police arrived,” Kulis said. “And a police officer, our feeling is, did not make the proper assessment and fired and killed Jemel.”

Midlothian police confirmed that two of its officers responded to the bar shooting and one opened fire, WGN reported.

“A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting. The subject the officer shot was later pronounced deceased at an area hospital,” Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney said in a statement.

The department did not name the officer or the victim.

The officer involved in the shooting is a four-year veteran of the police department, WLS reported, citing Delaney.

Midlothian police did not respond late Monday to CNN’s request for comment.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the initial bar shooting, and Illinois State Police are investigating the officer-involved shooting, Ansari said.

The suspected gunman in the bar shooting is being treated at a local hospital and has not been charged, Ansari said.

A church musician who wanted to be a cop

Roberson served as a musician at several churches and was preparing to try to embark on a career as a police officer, according to WGN.

“The very people that he wanted to be family with took his life,” said the Rev. Patricia Hill of Purposed Church.

Roberson’s family members are “just distraught,” another pastor, the Rev. Walter Turner, said.

“They are hurt, trying to find out answers, trying to figure out why did this have to happen,” Turner told the station.

Loved ones and supporters held a vigil Monday night outside Manny’s Blue Room Lounge, WGN reported.

Truck swamped in the Wapsi River causes accident, traffic delays on U.S. 61

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SCOTT AND CLINTON COUNTIES, Iowa -- Emergency responders performed a water rescue on Nov. 13 after an accident on U.S. 61 left a truck in the middle of the Wapsi River.

The accident happened in the morning somewhere around the Wapsi River bridge between Parkview and Dewitt, Iowa. The red truck can be seen in the water with its tail lights and cab poking out of the icy water.

Another accident happened on the bridge shortly after when a when a young woman was driving while watching emergency crews, a Scott County Sheriff's Officer said. This clogged up traffic heading north on U.S. 61.

Traffic is now free-flowing in both directions. As of 7:30 a.m., officers were finishing up at the scene.

Officers are just finishing an accident on Highway 61 at the Wapsi, all lanes are open in both directions.

— Dan Loussaert (@IAtrooperDan) November 13, 2018

None of the people involved in either accident have been identified.

Neither the District #12 Iowa State Patrol Office nor the Scott County Sheriff's Office could give any word on the status of the driver of the truck. The cause of the first accident is also still unknown.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information is made available.

Coldest morning so far; Two warm-ups on the way

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We are in a deep freeze this morning with wind chills in the outlying areas down near zero.

Here is the FutureTrack for wind chills today:

This is the coldest morning so far this Fall/Winter season as wind chill values have dipped into the single digits in many spots. And even with sunshine, we won't see much of a warm up either. Look for mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees today. Thankfully, winds will slowly relax as the day goes on.

Tonight will be cold once again with overnight lows in the teens again.

We'll see a very modest warm up the next few days, but it should be enough to get us above 40 degrees Thursday and there's plenty of time to get the rest of Fall's leaves off your yard.

Temperatures will be chilled once again this weekend with a few snow showers on Saturday.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

In the Kitchen with Fareway: Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Sauce

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Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Here's an easy and healthy side you can add to your menu.

On November 13th during Good Morning Quad Cities, Dietitian Caitlyn Ferin from Fareway Food Stores showed us how to reinvent the traditional cranberry sauce in our favorite invention - the slow cooker! Using the slow cooker on Thanksgiving can free up your counter space and allow you to “set and forget” a dish to focus on family.

Crock Pot Cranberry Orange Sauce


  • 2 (12 oz.) bags fresh cranberries
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • Zest from one orange
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


Place all ingredients into your slow cooker. Stir to blend the sugar with the juice. Put the lid on and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Once the berries are easy to mash, they are done. Mash with a potato masher or use a wooden spoon and mash against the inside of the crock. Serve warm or chill. Keep refrigerated. Discard after one week.


One person injured in Davenport shooting

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UPDATE: 6:55 a.m.: One person is injured after a shooting in Davenport Monday night, November 12.

Police say it happened at West 63rd Street and High Point Drive. Officers say one uninvolved house was hit. One person suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

The case is under investigation.

Also Monday night just before 11 p.m., police responded to the 1400 block of Ripley Street. Officers canvassed the area and located several casings in the alley to the east of Ripley Street. There were no injuries from this incident.

ORIGINAL STORY: DAVENPORT, Iowa -- One person is in the hospital after a shooting Monday, November 12.

Police say it happened at 63rd and Hazelwood on the northwest side of the city, just after 10:30 p.m. Monday. The intersection is just west of the Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center.

Police over the phone said two people were shot, but just one was taken to the hospital. Police say they did not suffer serious injuries. Police say no one's been caught, and the shooting's still under investigation.

Rocky Resource Room to expand throughout district

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- What started out as a way for two Rock Island High School staff members to help their students is becoming a district-wide program.

One year ago, the Rocky Resource Room was created by Amanda Puebla and Jessica Matherly when they recognized a big need at Rock Island High School.

"I was often giving students toothbrushes and toothpaste or deodorant," says Puebla, the Rock Island High social worker. "So when we started, we thought we were going to have a little space where we would have some items."

What started out as a small idea soon became the Rocky Resource Room, where students can get all of their basic needs, from toothpaste and shampoo to coats and shoes.

Matherly says she wasn't surprised by how much students have used it.

"I knew the need was extremely great," she says. "Realistically you don't know what types of battles your kids are fighting at home. You have no clue."

A year into the program, Puebla estimates 600 students have used the resource room. That's nearly one in every three kids at the high school.

Now, this pair is looking to expand throughout the district.

"We hope that providing all of these items will take one thing off their plate so they don't have to worry about what we might think are simple things," Puebla says.

Puebla says some students who use the resource room are primary caregivers to their younger siblings, homeless or living on their own. Some of their families can't always afford the basics.

"We don't want to be the exception, the only people that do this," Matherly says. "We know that there's a need for this within every community."

Puebla says Edison Elementary is set to open its resource room within the next month. They've also been in touch with other elementary schools and junior highs, such as Longfellow Elementary and Denkmann Elementary.

Puebla and Matherly's goal is to have a resource room in all 14 schools in the district by the end of the school year.

Puebla and Matherly keep the resource room stocked thanks to grants and community donations. Puebla had just brought in several bags of supplies Monday, Nov. 12 after receiving a $2,000 grant from Theisen's. They list items they need on the Rock Resource Room Facebook page.


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