Western Illinois Today

Finch Takes Mercer County Fair Queen Title

An Aledo teen takes the Mercer County Fair Queen title. Mercer County High School senior to be Josie Finch was crowned last night. 5 year old Macy Freeman was named Little Miss and the Junior Miss Honor goes to 13…

NFL Free Agent Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charge In Aledo Incident

An NFL free agent has been placed on 12-months court supervision and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge in Mercer County Circuit Court.  24 year old Darrin Reaves was arrested last month in Aledo following…

August Bench Trial Set In Sherrard Bus Driver DUI Case

A bench trial has been scheduled for next month in the case of a former Sherrard school bus driver charged in a DUI accident earlier this year. The driver–33 year old Dustin Leath of New Windsor–is accused of being under…

New Mercer County Board Chairman Selected Tuesday Night

The Mercer County Board will select a new County Board Chairman this week. The position is vacant due to the June 29th death of Joe Vann.  The new chairman will serve through December of 2018. The county board meets Tuesday…

Aledo Area Farmer Promoting On-Line Tool & Soybean Field Day

An Aledo area farmer continues his role with the Illinois Soybean Association. John Longley serves on the organization’s board of directors and he’s promoting a valuable on-line tool for farmers in the field. He says the organization is hosting a…

2017 Mercer County Fair Week Is Here

Mercer County Fair week starts Tuesday and Fair Board President Roger Grundstrom of New Boston expects a good time. The first Mercer County Fair was held in 1853. The only year there wasn’t a fair was in 1862 due to…