Western Illinois Today

Mercer Academic Foundation At $14,000 & Counting

It’s now $14,000 and counting for an academic foundation now operating in the Mercer County School District. And alumni from all of the former schools included in the consolidated school district are being contacted to see if they’d like to…

Chicago Lawmaker Visits Three Mercer County Farms

A local Farm Bureau “Adopt a Legislator” program brought Chicago State Senator Laura Murphy to three Mercer County farms this week. Local State Rep. Dan Swanson helped with part of the tour. Swanson is involved in a family farming operation…

Motion To Hold Separate Trials Denied For Two Men Charged Federally In Mercer County Child Porn Investigation

Two men charged in a Mercer County child porn investigation will stand trial together later this year in federal court.  Defense motions to hold separate trials for William Ashby of East Moline and Aaron Beauchamp of Matherville were denied today…

Continuance Granted In Aledo Sex Assault Case

Another court appearance and another continuance for an Aledo man facing ten felony sex abuse/sex assault counts. 44 year old Michael E. Daniels was in Mercer County Circuit Court today with his pre-trial conference continued to September 19th. He’s facing…

Sherrard Enrollment Down Four Students This School Year; Mercer County School District Up Four Students

Enrollment down four students in the Sherrard School District this school year. That’s much better than the last two years says Unit 200 Superintendent Alan Boucher. This year’s high school enrollment is at 468 students at Sherrard.  Total enrollment in…

Andalusia Man Sentenced To Eight Years For Fatal DUI Wreck

It’s eight years in prison for the Andalusia man who killed two of his friends in a 2013 DUI wreck near Milan. A Rock Island County judge yesterday sentenced Mitchell Gayer to the better part of a decade in prison.…

Mercer County Crime Stoppers Seeking Information On Preemption Burglary

Mercer County Crime Stoppers currently seeking information regarding a burglary to an outbuilding at a residence in Preemption. On September 9th a resident in Preemption discovered that several tools were missing from an outbuilding. Most of the tools were DeWalt brand…

The Future Of Youth & Junior High Tackle Football Up For Debate

What does the future of tackle youth and junior high football hold? With declining participation numbers at the high school level, local coaches are weighing in on what impact the lower levels play in cultivating the sport. Rockridge head coach…