Western Illinois Today

Whiteman & Rockridge Knew Of Ethan Happ Story Long Ago

The college basketball world is learning about the Ethan Happ story.  It’s something his high school coach–Toby Whiteman–knew long ago. The latest to tell the Happ story is the Big Ten Network and their series The Journey. Whiteman was interviewed…

Car Fire Leads To Charges Against Aledo Man

A car fire leads to charges against an Aledo man.  Jaime Vance was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon for leaving the scene of an accident as well as a probation violation.  According to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, deputies along…

Swanson & Weaver Reaction To Governor’s Budget Address

In his speech to the General Assembly, Wednesday Rauner again called upon lawmakers to balance the calls for tax increases with reforms that would signal to businesses that Illinois is a place they can thrive. Rauner said that, had the…

Area Farmers Continue With Efforts To Replenish Food Banks

Farmers from five area counties continue with efforts to help feed those in need in the region.  The Bushels for Hunger program has had great participation from grain producers in Mercer, Henry, Stark, Rock Island and Whiteside Counties, including New…

First ‘Pop Up Shops’ Successful For Aledo Main Street

The Button Building was back in business last weekend.  The first ever “Pop Up Shops” were a success says Aledo Main Street Executive Director Dana Murphy. The “Pop Up Shops” is a joint project between Aledo Main Street and the…

White Supporting Seat Belts On School Bus Legislation

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing his support for new legislation requiring seat belts on school buses. White’s public stance comes just days after a school bus carrying the Teutopolis basketball team was involved in a crash while…

Halpin’s Bill Eliminates Statute Of Limitations On Certain Sex Crimes

Newly elected State Representative Mike Halpin has introduced legislation aimed to eliminate the statute of limitations on various child sex crimes such as child pornography and attempted solicitation of a child. House Bill 744 would remove the statute of limitations…