Category: Western Illinois Today

Swanson Supports Industrial Hemp Bill

A Henry County farmer who also serves in the Illinois General Assembly supports industrial hemp as an alternative crop. State Representative Dan Swanson farms near Alpha. He says a neighboring state already allows farmers to grow industrial hemp. A bill…

Aledo Rhubarb Festival Just One Week Away

A little over one week away from the Aledo Rhubarb Festival.  Aledo Main Street Executive Director Dana Murphy says she’s getting ready. The 26th annual Rhubarb Fest is June 2nd and 3rd. The festival has a new website this year…

Trump Win Gives Republicans In 17th Congressional District Hope In Unseating Bustos

Despite a strong showing by Donald Trump in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, local Republicans still see defeating Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos as a tough task. Bustos just won re-election with 60 percent of the vote. But Andrew Chesney, chair of the…

Weaver Speaks Out Against Plan To Raise State Income Tax

Local State Senator Chuck Weaver speaking out against legislation that raises the state income tax. The State Senate approved Senate Bill 9 on Tuesday by a 32 to 26 vote. Senate Bill 9 increases the individual income tax rate to…

Demolition Being Considered For Former Roosevelt Military Academy Dorms

The two remaining dorms of the shuttered Roosevelt Military Academy may soon have a date with the wrecking ball. Mayor Chris Hagloch says the City Council’s Public Property Committee discussed tearing down the crumbling structures at a meeting this week.…

$14,000 Raised For Mercer County Honor Marker Program

An honor marker program having great success in Mercer County. The effort is being led by Jay Doherty and has resulted in nearly 500 veterans getting proper recognition at their grave-sites. In addition to Aledo and Penial cemeteries, Doherty says…

Mercer County Grad Welds His Way To $5,000 Scholarship

A recent Mercer County High School graduate had a very successful senior year learning a skilled trade. Brandon Maere won welding competitions at WIU and Section 4 FFA and went on to finish second at the State FFA contest. Maere…

YMCA Summer Day Camp Begins June 5th

The Mercer County Family YMCA again offering a summer day camp.  It begins next month says camp director Sydney Magedanz. The camp is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth…

Aledo City Council Public Property To Discuss RMA Property

The Roosevelt Military Academy property will get some discussion next week by the Aledo City Council. The item is on the agenda for Monday’s Public Property Committee meeting. The two former RMA dorms have crumbled over the years and the…