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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:47
             Third baseman wins first career monthly award, left-hander recognized for second time in four years
DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 5, 2014) – Third baseman Tyler White is the Quad Cities River Bandits Player of the Month for June, and left-handed pitcher Evan Grills is the team's Pitcher of the Month, the Houston Astros announced on Thursday.
The Houston Astros Player Development Department named a Pitcher and Player of the Month at each of their four full-season affiliates and two Dominican Summer League affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team. Former River Bandits infielder Conrad Gregor and right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya took home the honors at Class-A Advanced Lancaster.
White, Houston's 33rd-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, hit .324 in 22 June games. He led Quad Cities with 10 extra-base hits, five home runs, 14 RBIs, 10 walks, a .632 slugging percentage and a 1.079 on-base plus slugging (OPS). The 23-year-old Mooresboro, N.C., native had a pair of two-homer games against Wisconsin in June, going deep twice at Wisconsin June 2 and at home June 15. Through Friday, White led the team with 39 RBIs and was seventh in the Midwest League with an .403 on-base percentage and .880 OPS.
Grills, Houston's 10th-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, won his second monthly pitching honor and first since he was the August 2011 Pitcher of the Month with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Astros. The 22-year-old Whitby, Ontario, Canada native had a June ERA of 0.95. In four appearances, including two starts, Grills had the team's first complete game of the season in Game 2 of a June 20 home doubleheader against Peoria, and he earned his first career save June 27 at Peoria. In 19 June innings, Grills struck out 17 batters while walking only two. Grills was promoted to Class-A Advanced Lancaster Friday, but he pitched a team-high 76 2/3 innings and had a 2.70 ERA that ranked fifth in the Midwest League and fourth among Houston Astros full-season minor league pitchers.
Below is a list of the Players and Pitchers of the Month this season for Quad Cities:
Month    Player                   Pitcher
April       Brett Phillips        Gonzalo Sanudo
May        Brian Holberton  Jandel Gustave
June        Tyler White         Evan Grills

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Boating Safety PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:46

New Laws will Improve Safety and Education in Illinois’ Waterways

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help improve safety on Illinois’ waterways. The three new laws expand boating safety education, improve safety and awareness of water skiers and tubers and increase penalties for those who operate watercraft under the influence. Today’s bill signings, which took place at Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor, are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make outdoor recreation safe and enjoyable for everyone.

“Over this Fourth of July weekend, it’s important that all residents stay safe while celebrating, especially out on Illinois’ waterways,” Governor Quinn said. “While boating is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, everyone has to take precautions and follow the rules to keep drivers and passengers out of harm’s way. These new laws will help make Illinois’ lakes and rivers safer and more enjoyable for all.”

State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and State Representative Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park) sponsored all three pieces of legislation. All three news laws are effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Senate Bill 3434 allows for the seizure of a watercraft used in the commission of certain offenses related to operating under the influence. The new rules bring penalties for boating under the influence more in line with those for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

“When people continue to drink and drive after they’ve been convicted of crimes relating to DUIs, sheriffs can seize their cars,” Senator Morrison said. “Boats are every bit as dangerous as cars, and boat operators should be held to the same standard as drivers.”

Senate Bill 3433 requires all persons born after Jan. 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course validated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and hold a valid boating safety certificate before they can operate a motorboat with an engine over 10 horsepower.

“I have learned of many tragic losses of life due to boating accidents which could have been avoided with better education for our boaters,” Representative Burke said. “Boating is a great recreational activity which I hope more people will participate in, but there are risks to everyone involved, novice and experts alike. This new law will ensure all boaters have as much experience and education as possible when enjoying themselves on our state’s waterways.”

Governor Quinn also signed Senate Bill 2731, which mandates that the operator of any watercraft that is towing a person, such as a water skier or tuber, must display a bright orange flag measuring not less than 12 inches per side. The flag must be displayed from the time the person to be towed leaves the boat until that person returns to the boat at the conclusion of the activity.

So far in 2014, there have been 16 reported boating fatalities on Illinois waterways. Increased boating safety education and responsible boating practices may have prevented many of these fatalities.

Governor Quinn has long been a supporter of the safe enjoyment of the Illinois outdoors. Last year he signed legislation strengthening the state’s Boat Registration and Safety Act to increase boating safety. Further, he signed legislation cracking down on those who boat while under the influence of alcohol by requiring a chemical test for drugs or alcohol where an injury is involved and imposing stiffer penalties.


News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:35

Fourth of July Fireworks, Nolan Ryan bobblehead, Tote Bag giveaway, Rascal's Birthday & more

DAVENPORT, Iowa. (July 3, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits, Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, battle the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Class0A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, in a three-game series from Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6, before hosting the Kane County Cougars, Class-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, at Modern Woodmen Park from Tuesday, July 8m through Thursday, July 10. Tickets are still available on or by calling the box office at (563) 324-3000.


Due to flood waters around Modern Woodmen Park, a pedestrian bridge will allow access to the ballpark.


Parking under the Centennial Bridge and in the Florian Keen Parking Lot adjacent to the ballpark will be unavailable due to flooding.


Fans may use public parking in downtown Davenport.


Parking is Free at the following locations:

Davenport City Lot at West 5th St. & Brady St.

Davenport City Lot at West 5th St. & Main St.

Scott County Courthouse Lots:

- 5th St. & Ripley St.

- 5th St. & Western Ave.

- Lot between Western & Gaines

- Lot between Scott & Western

Community Healthcare Parking Lot

German American Heritage Center Parking Lot


Parking is available in the following Pay Garages ($5 special event parking price):

Redstone Ramp

Harrison Ramp

River Center Ramp


*Two golf carts will be in use to assist fans who need a ride to and from the parking lots and walking bridge.


Below are the highlights of promotions and events for the homestand.


Friday, July 4, 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD, & WLLR
- Fourth of July Fireworks Show presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD & WLLR – The River Bandits will offer all fans an expanded and free postgame fireworks show on the Fourth of July

- Half-price Ferris wheel rides, $2 beer and soda, $1 peanuts and popcorn – To celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend, the River Bandits will offer discounts on Ferris wheel rides and concessions Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Saturday, July 5, 6:00 p.m. (Gates open at 3:30 p.m.) Sponsors: 101.3 KISS-FM, Mediacom & the Dispatch-Argus 

- Nolan Ryan Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Mediacom & the Dispatch-Argus – The first 1,500 fans will receive a bobblehead of Nolan Ryan, the Hall-of-Fame pitcher who won 324 games in his 27-year career with a major league-record 5,714 strikeouts. 

- Battle of the Badges Softball Game – The Davenport Police & Fire Departments will face the Rock Island Police & Fire Departments in a softball game from 3:45 – 5:00 p.m. The event will raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.

- Fan Appreciation Saturday presented by 103.1 KISS-FM – There will be tables for a balloon artist and face painter on the concourse.

- Half-price Ferris wheel rides, $2 beer and soda, $1 peanuts and popcorn – To celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend, the River Bandits will offer discounts on Ferris wheel rides and concessions Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Sunday, July 6, 5:00 p.m. (Gates open at 3:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Hy-Vee, KWQC & B100 

- Hy-Vee Tote Bag Giveaway – The first 1,000 fans will receive a Hy-Vee tote bag.

- Halloween Night – All fans who dress up in costume will receive $1 off their ticket price. There will be a pregame costume parade, trick-or-treating around the ballpark and a costume contest in which the winner will take home a prize. 

- Family Sunday presented by KWQC & B100 - The River Bandits will be on the field 4:15-4:30 p.m. for autographs. Following the game, Kids Run the Bases. Fans can also bring their dogs for Bark in the Park.

- Half-price Ferris wheel rides, $2 beer and soda, $1 peanuts and popcorn – To celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend, the River Bandits will offer discounts on Ferris wheel rides and concessions Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Pepsi, WOC & Q-106.5

- Disco Night – Step back in time with '70s pricing on food and beer. Fans will be able to purchase $2 beer, $3 premium and $1 hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and peanuts.

- Buy-One-Get-One Free Tickets – All regular individual tickets are buy-one-get-one free on Tuesdays the rest of the regular season.

- Kids Eat Free – Kids 12 and under receive a voucher for a free meal at the ballpark.

- Dew for Twosday – Fans can bring in old Mountain Dew cans and exchange them for a voucher for a free 16-ounce Mountain Dew.


Wednesday, July 9, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: U.S. Bank, Mix 96  

- Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank & Mix 96 – Fans can bring copies of their unpaid bills to Modern Woodmen Park and enter them in a drawing to be paid up to $100 by the River Bandits. The team will randomly select two to be paid.

- Rascal's Birthday Bash – Other mascots from the region will join Rascal in a pregame celebration on his birthday.

- Jimmy Buffett Night – Fans will be able to enjoy special margarita specials, as well as Jimmy Buffett player headshots and music throughout the game.


Thursday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Modern Woodmen Bank, Rock 104-9 and River Cities' Reader 

- Thirst-day Thursday presented by Rock 104-9 and River Cities' Reader – Fans can enjoy $2 drink specials throughout the game.

- Buy One-Get One presented by IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union – All Thursday tickets for IHMVCU members are buy-one, get-one free. Fans must show membership at the box office to receive the ticket special.


UP NEXT: The River Bandits return home for the Fourth of July weekend, beginning with a 7 p.m. game Friday, July 4, to be followed by Fourth of July Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD. Game tickets are available at To order any of the River Bandits 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

Mercer County Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:29

Mercer County Fair takes place in Aledo, Illinois, from Sunday, July 6th through Saturday, July 12th.

Activities include: livestock judging; 4-H show; harness racing; queen pageant; demolition derby; truck/tractor pull; lots of food, rides, & games.

River Valley Classic Car Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:28

Visit the River Valley Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 5th at 5:00 p.m. for a fun-filled, family event featuring classic cars, 50/60's Music and a 50/50 drawing benefiting local charities. All events will take place in the East parking lot close to Sears at Northpark Mall in Davenport, Iowa.

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