Category: Western Illinois Today

BHE Hosting LTC Scholastic Bowl Meet Feb. 25th

Black Hawk College East Campus hosting the 2017 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet this weekend. This will be the sixth year Black Hawk College has hosted the event, which pits students from different high schools against each other to…

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Makes Another Meth Arrest

An order of protection violation also leads to methamphetamine charges against an Aledo man.  Clay Mitchell was taken into custody yesterday by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies stopped him in New Boston, recognizing him as a wanted person on…

Mercer County Family YMCA Conducts Community Assessment

The Mercer County Family YMCA hears from a national Y rep.  Rob Wilkinson was in town this week as part of a community assessment. Locally, over 100 people responded to a Mercer County Family YMCA survey says Y Executive Director…

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…