A Chicago native, Lauren Simone joined WQAD in January, 2016 as a Multi-Media Journalist.
She received her Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from Loyola University Chicago and a minor degree in Spanish. While attending Loyola, Lauren spent a lot of her time reporting and producing for Loyola’s student-produced newscasts as well as interning for Chicago’s PBS affiliate. She was later hired as a producer’s assistant to help put together the Golden Apple Awards, for teacher’s excellence.
After college, Lauren tried her hand at radio news, interning with WVON 1690am—The Talk of Chicago.
Lauren is outright proud to call the Quad Cities home. Feel free to connect with her via email at lauren.simone@wqad.com, and be sure to check out her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Recent Articles
  • Finding a job after Younkers and Bergner’s shut down

    MUSCATINE, Iowa– Going out of business sales start at Bergner and Younkers stores Friday, April 19. Store employees say clearance prices will be storewide at Younkers, Bergner’s and other Bon-Ton owned stores. The retail giant shutdown includes the Younkers store in the Muscatine Mall, which is one of the last anchor stores at the location. And with every empty store front, and every shut down business, there are lost jobs. Iowa workforce representative Mark Holloway says it is hard to […]

  • Longtime customer remembers glory days of Bergner’s in Galesburg

    GALESBURG, Illinois– Mindy Walberg-Webster remembers the first day she stepped foot inside Bergner’s in Galesburg. “It is my favorite store since 1975… we walked in and saw Bergner’s and it was the most glamourous store we had ever seen,” says Walberg-Webster. That’s why she says she is disappointed to find out the store is closing. This Bergner’s in Galesburg is one of hundreds of bon ton stores shutting its doors for good. It’s also one of the few stores left […]

  • Crews shut down U.S. Highway 34 for the next six months, impacts Galesburg and Monmouth drivers

    MONMOUTH, Illinois– Drivers going back and forth between Galesburg and Monmouth, Illinois will be detoured around U.S Highway 34 for the next six months. Crews shut down both directions of the highway Monday, April 16, forcing drivers to use Illinois 164 instead. In the meantime, crews will work to repair the pavement, drainage repair and complete resurfacing of the road. But the extra traffic spilling on to Illinois 164 has drivers and people who live in the area concerned, because […]

  • Family Safety Fair gives offers free digital fingerprinting this weekend

    MOLINE, Illinois–Keeping Kids Safe Project, a National Child Safety Program based in Waterloo, Iowa is hosting a Family Safety Fair, Friday, April 13. The event allows children and parents to meet local members of the Moline fire and police department as well as members of the Illinois State Police. Safer Families Project also offers free FBI quality digital fingerprinting to take home. “Sometimes having a conversation about child abduction or to talk fire safety might be might be a little […]

  • Rock Island County school districts anticipates first check under the new school funding formula

    Rock Island County’s ten school districts are getting more than $9 million dollars from the state. United Township will receive about $800,000 dollars in extra revenue from the new funding formula.

  • League of United Latin American Citizens plan legal action against Iowa after new ‘Sanctuary Cities’ ban

    Members of the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa plan to take legal action against the state. This comes after Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an immigration enforcement bill into law that bans ‘sanctuary cities,’ Tuesday, April 10. The legislation will require law enforcement to follow request from federal agents to hold a jailed person suspected of being in the country illegally. LULAC’s Deputy State Director, Maria Bribriesco says the new law gives local officers unnecessary power that […]

  • Unusual chilly spring temperatures put local garden shop sales on hold

    BETTENDORF, Iowa– Spring is on hold for garden shops and nurseries in the Quad Cities, Monday, April 9. General manager at Wallace’s Garden Center says the sting of cold temperatures is keeping customers away while they wait for things to warm up. In the meantime, the garden shop is overflowing with plants that should have already been sold by now. “This is probably the fullest I’ve ever seen us…When you have a bad April, it can affect the whole rest […]

  • Friends of Off-Road Cycling sets up for first event on Sylvan Island since new bridge

    MOLINE–Members of Friends of Off-Road Cycling have been working for months to dust off the old trails of Sylvan Island to get ready for their next big race. More than 100 mountain bikers will compete in the 10th annual Stampede race on Sunday, April 8. “We didn’t have it for four years because the bridge was closed. we struggled through…having this island back now, this is going to be a special day,” says race coordinator Ray Nees. The old Sylvan […]

  • RICO Board will interview four candidates to fill administrator spot this weekend

    ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Illinois– Rock Island County Board members will spend the first of two day meeting with four candidates in the running to be the next county administrator. “I am excited about going through the process and hopefully we get someone that will really be dynamic for the county,” says Rock Island County Board member, Drue Mielke. The meeting will begin on Sunday, April 8. Candidates will then go through a second day of interviews that Monday morning. It’s been […]

  • Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals backs solar farm project despite public backlash

    KNOX COUNTY, Illinois—The Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals backed a project to bring solar energy to the county Wednesday, April 4. Dozens of homeowners and farmers opposed the decision for fear the project would decrease their property values. “This room is full of people worried about the value of their houses,” says Ken Weaver. The plan is to build two solar panel farms over 40 acres of land off County Highway 7 and 9 near east Galesburg. Geronimo Energy, […]

  • Warren County deputies spending less time on patrol to curve staffing struggles in the jail

     Warren county deputies are spending less time patrolling the streets and more time securing the jail due to the high turnover rate of the guards.

  • Davenport City Council approves rezoning for Palmer expansion project

    DAVENPORT—Davenport city council unanimously agreed to rezone about 38 acres of land, Wednesday, March 28, allowing Palmer college to move forward with a $50 million expansion project. “I think it will be good for the community in an area that’s been blighted for so long. The educational institution wants to expand their campus, that’s good for them, that will be good for us,” says Alderwoman Rita Rawson. Tracey Stinde has lived in the neighborhood for about a year, she fears […]