Western Illinois Today

Aledo Man Pleads Guilty In Federal Child Porn Case

An Aledo man will be sentenced this fall after pleading guilty to two federal child pornography counts. 35 year old Joaquin Cook entered the guilty plea today at U.S. District Court in Rock Island. He faces a maximum of 30…

District 7 Illinois State Police: Save Camping For Lake, Not Left Lane

Illinois State Police District 7 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, would like to remind drivers that the left lane on all controlled access roadways (interstates and highways with on/off ramps) is for passing only. This has been an Illinois law since…

United Grad Campbell Finishing Up Illinois FFA President Term

A United High School grad is finishing up his term as Illinois FFA president. It’s been a great year says J.C. Campbell of Little York. Among his most memorable experiences was an international agriculture trip to South Africa.

‘Dry’ Heat Hurting Emerging Corn Crop In Western Illinois

The emerging corn crop doesn’t look very well in Western Illinois. Chad Bell farms in Viola. He describes what his conditions look like. He’s hoping for some relief soon. The last measurable rainfall for Bell occurred 19 days ago—only two-tenths…

Bond Reduced In Aledo Sex Abuse Case

Bond has been reduced for an Aledo man facing ten felony sex abuse/sex assault counts. 44 year old Michael E. Daniels was being held on $500,000 bond, but that amount was lowered to $150,000 late this morning in Mercer County…

Information Being Gathered For Likely RMA Demolition

More information being gathered to determine the fate of the last remaining remnants of the former Roosevelt Military Academy. Aledo Mayor Chris Hagloch says because of the awful conditions of the two shuttered dorms, the only viable option seems to…

Bewley Steps Down As Mercer County Softball Coach

Daryl Bewley is stepping down as Mercer County softball coach. In two different stints, he coached a total of 18 seasons for Aledo and then Mercer County, compiling 264 wins. Mercer County athletic director Andrew Hofer says there is no…