4 before 4: House on lock, fireworks ban, opioids, 'brutal & ruthless' murder verdict upheld

Here are four reports posted to OurQuadCities.com to review before Local 4 News at 4, 5 and 6:

+ The Illinois statehouse is on lockdown in advance of the House's attempt to overturn governor Bruce Rauner's veto. People can move within the building but no one can leave or come in, including some lawmakers. One woman was reportedly arrested after she threw a powdery substance in the governor's office.

+ Davenport's Committee of the Whole voted Wednesday night to reinstate the city's old ordinance to make it illegal to use fireworks within city limits, stopping short of Iowa's state law that establishes Saturday as the last day to legally use fireworks. Part of the reason was the number of calls to the Davenport Police Department for fireworks launched after hours. 170 came in overnight July 4. Air pollution also skyrocketed.

+ The Iowa Court of Appeals refused to overturn the convictions in what Scott County Attorney Mike Walton called "one of the most brutal and ruthless murders I’ve prosecuted over almost 30 years." 

+ A mascot might be on the way for the Fighting Illini. University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says he's not against it. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated Tigerhawk now sits at midfield of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium. You can watch the Hawkeyes' turf installation process live online.

Now tune in to Local 4 News at 4 p.m. with Tiffany Lundberg for the latest from Springfield. And we haven't even mentioned the heat (see graphic above). Andy McCray will get you caught up. Later, Carie Kuehn has a special report on the opioid problem in the Quad Cities. Here's a preview:


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