Category: Western Illinois Today

New Boston Man Sent To Prison In Meth Case

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A New Boston man headed to prison in a Mercer County meth case.  25 year old Brandon Morrison pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony of possession of methamphetamine this morning in Mercer County Circuit Court. The charge stemmed from…

New Boston To Shoot Off Leftover Fireworks Saturday

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Before getting ready for fall and winter, New Boston has another activity planned.  Mayor Chris DeFrieze says a New Boston Ice Cream Social is set for Saturday.  The event includes leftover fireworks from last month’s New Boston Fish and Chicken…

Mercer County Republicans Gather For Lincoln Day Dinner

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Mercer County Republicans gathered over the weekend.  The local GOP hosted its annual Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday at the Mercer County VFW.  Among the speakers—State Senator Chuck Weaver—who discussed the fiscal year 2017 budget. Weaver says the November election is…

IDOR Issues Mercer County 2016 Multiplier

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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…

Constitution Party Of Mercer County Forms

Brian Anseeuw, New Windsor, now a member of the Constitution Party of Mercer County.

A new political party has been formed in Mercer County. The Constitution Party was organized last week at a meeting held at the Big Red Barn in New Windsor. According to a press release, the goals of the Constitution Party…

Lack Of Cook County Inmates Impacting Mercer County Jail Revenue Stream

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The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department revenue stream taking a hit with Cook County no longer sending inmates to the Mercer County Jail. Sheriff Dave Staley says he’s made some staffing adjustments to deal with the shortfall. The new fiscal year…

Federal Plan Looks To Let Arsenal Lease Space Again

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A new plan in Washington D.C. could help bring some new jobs to the Rock Island Arsenal. Both Illinois and Iowa’s U.S. Senators are backing a change that’d allow the Arsenal to once again lease space to contractors. Illinois Democrat…

Rockridge FFA Doing Work At AgXperience

Rockridge FFA advisor Al Hyett (center) with Jake Bohnsack (left) and Cole Whisman.

The Rockridge FFA Chapter doing work on location. The group served as presenters today at the Rock Island County Farm Bureau’s AgXPerience. The audience–Quad City 2nd and 3rd graders. Rockridge FFA adviser Al Hyett says the event serves as a…

Bustos Continues To Push Trade Relationship With Cuba

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Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continues to push for legislation that would help Illinois farmers more easily export their agriculture products to Cuba. She supports a measure called the Cuba Agriculture Exports Act, which was discussed in this week’s House…

‘Save The Center’ Fundraiser This Weekend In Eliza

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They’re calling it a “Save the Center” fundraiser in Eliza this weekend.  The event is all day Saturday starting at 7 a.m.  Organizer Dick Nash says the Eliza Community Center serves many important roles. Money raised at the event will…