Western Illinois Today

Business Sponsorships Keeping Mercer County Fair Strong

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The lack of a state budget means county fairs across Illinois are searching for alternative ways to maintain operation. Linda Beguelin of the Mercer County Agricultural Society says despite uncertain economic times, the Mercer County Fair won’t be cutting back.…

Kirwan Named To AFBF Advisory Panel

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A local farmer has been selected to serve on an advisory panel for the American Farm Bureau Federation.  Jeff Kirwan of New Windsor has been named to the AFBF Farm Policy Advisory Committee. Kirwan has been involved in farm policy…

UPDATE: Wanted Mercer County Man In Custody

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A wanted Mercer County man is now in custody. Mercer County Crime Stoppers was looking for 39 year old Richard Allen Carle of  Keithsburg over the weekend. He was wanted on a Mercer County warrant for Cruelty to Animals. Carle is also…

Mercer County Unemployment Rate 6.8 Percent

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Mercer County ended 2015 with a 6.8 percent unemployment rate. The number released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security and represents a two-point increase from December of 2014. Henry, Rock Island, Warren, Henderson and Knox counties also experienced…

Moffitt Supporting Rauner Reforms

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Local State Representative Don Moffitt says he’s on board with the reforms being called for this week by Governor Bruce Rauner.  Rauner wants legislators to pass Senate President John Cullerton’s pension reform bill and he’s also promising changes to education…