Longtime alderman, JDC volunteer dies in TPC accident

UPDATE: A longtime Rock Island alderman and John Deere Classic volunteer died today as the result of a "tragic accident" at TPC Deere Run.

Tournament officials announced that Charles “Chuck” Austin, 68, of Rock Island died of injuries apparently suffered in an accident at the golf course while working to prepare the tournament site for next week’s event.

"Chuck was a very special member of our volunteer force," John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson said. "On behalf of Chuck’s 1,750 fellow volunteers, title sponsor John Deere, the tournament staff, the players, and the PGA Tour, I want to express our deepest sympathies to Chuck’s wife, Ann, and all of his loved ones."

Austin was a Rock Island alderman from 2004 until losing his seat in April.

Austin joined Local 4 News in April for our "Rock Island on the Record" segment. He reflected on his 13-year tenure on the city council.

You can watch the entire interview here.

The Silvis Police Department is investigating the accident. 


A man died today at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, just days before the John Deere Classic PGA Tour event is set to start.

Officers responded to the golf course maintenance area for a medical call at 11:46 a.m. According to Silvis police chief Mark VanKlaveren, officers arrived and assisted volunteers with life saving measures on a man in his 60s. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification. The case is under investigation and pending an autopsy early next week. 

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