Local 4 News update: May 18

Tornadoes touch down, Local 4 Storm Chaser, Arsenal arrest, Zoo camels

SWEDONA, Ill. - Stories we're following at Local 4 News:


Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes swept through parts of the QCA. Survey teams with the National Weather Service will verify today whether a tornado touched down near Swedona, Illinois. Our team also saw some tree damage in Fulton, and Mount Union got large pieces of hail. Here's a wrap.  

Carie Kuehn introduces us to our new Local 4 Storm Chaser, Kholby Martin.  


City officials in Bettendorf tell Local 4 News that they've awarded the I-74 bridge construction project to a Wisconsin firm called Lunda Construction Co. The $322.1m contract is the largest ever awarded by the Iowa DOT. City officials expect to see pillars going into the water later this year. 


The Illinois Senate is making some progress on efforts to pass a budget. Big chunks of the Grand Bargain were passed last night, with most votes coming from Democrats. Emilee Fannon reports many Republicans are not happy with the outcome.  


John Conwell pleaded not guilty to killing his grandmother and uncle in their Rock Island home, in his first court appearance yesterday. He asked for a bond reduction at least three times, but the judge denied it because of the severity of the crime.  


A woman faces charges, after a traffic stop gone wrong on the Rock Island Arsenal. Police say the driver hit an officer, then took off. Officers arrested her when she came back to the Island. See the video here.  


The Niabi Zoo introduced two Bactrian camels, last week: a 3-year-old male named Taj and a 6-year-old female named Fergie. The two-hump camels came from a zoo in Minnesota. Watch here.  


ICYMI: We continue our One Tank Trip series to the home of the world's shortest, steepest scenic railway. Gretta Patrick takes a ride to Dubuque.  


For the latest on QC weather conditions, click here.  


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