Western Illinois Today

Weak Commodity Prices Impacting Rural Economies

A survey of rural banks shows tight living for communities in Illinois and elsewhere across the Midwest, mainly due to low grain prices. Creighton University’s monthly Rural Mainstreet Index asks the presidents of small, community banks in 10 Midwestern states…

Mercer County Better Together Continues With Planning Process

The group Mercer County Better Together continues to put in more work. They had another session last night at the Viola Fire Station says Al Zwilling, who’s been involved with the process. The Mercer County Better Together effort is the…

Sherrard School District Discussing Calendar Options

The Sherrard School Board hopes to make a final decision on a school calendar by later this year. Superintendent Alan Boucher says there are several options in play. A community forum is being held Tuesday night at Winola Elementary School…

Two More Statue Projects For Mercer County VFW Area

Another two statues being placed near the Mercer County VFW. The first one will be dedicated Veterans Days and is a female soldier says Nick Seefeld with Post 1571. And money is also being raised for another statue project says…

2018 Mercer County High School Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are open for the 2018 Mercer County High School Hall of Fame class. Athletic Director Andrew Hofer reminds that it’s not just an “athletic” Hall of Fame. Former students, staff and teams of Aledo, Westmer and Mercer County High…

City of Aledo Aledo Continues To Market Two Properties

The City of Aledo continues to market two properties. Director of Economic Development Tarah Sipes says they’re hoping to find suitable owners for the Button Building and a piece of land along Illinois Route 17 on the west side of…

2017 Mercer County Tentative Multiplier Announced

Mercer County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform…

Speer Receives Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame Honor

An Aledo woman inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. The honor goes to Annette Speer. She was recognized for being leader of the 4-H Handy Helpers and 4-H Teen Federation, secretary for the Mercer County 4-H & Extension Foundation,…