Category: Western Illinois Today

Not Guilty Pleas Entered In Mercer County Child Porn Case

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Two men arrested earlier this year in a Mercer County child porn case have pleaded not guilty to federal charges filed against them. 37 year old Aaron Beauchamp of Matherville and 25 year old William Ashby of East Moline appeared…

Suspended $400,000 State Grant Now Being Released For New Boston


A $400,000 grant originally okayed for New Boston and then suspended, is now being released. Mayor Chris DeFrieze was notified by a local lawmaker this week. New Boston originally received word of the grant on New Year’s Eve of 2014…

Western Illinois Seed Company Looking For Opportunity In Cuba

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A Western Illinois seed company looking for opportunity in Cuba. John Hennenfent of Munson Hybrids in Galesburg recently visited the island nation with a delegation from the Independent Professional Seed Association… Hennenfent was among 17 independent seed reps that made…

Mercer County High School Project Nearing Completion

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Finishing touches being put on a project at Mercer County High School. New Unit 404 superintendent Scott Petrie provided an update this week. The first day of student attendance in the Mercer County School District is Thursday, August 18th.

Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana Could Lead To Revenue Stream For Local Governments

Decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in Illinois could lead to an additional revenue stream for local governments. Possession of ten grams or less of marijuana is now a civil violation, meaning fines could be assessed and collected locally. It’s something…

West Nile Virus Detected In Mercer County Mosquito Population


West Nile Virus has once again been detected in the Mercer County mosquito population. Mercer County Health Department wants to remind residents to avoid mosquito bites. Reduce your risk of contracting West Nile virus by taking the following precautions: …