Western Illinois Today

Aledo Observing National Night Out August 1st

National Night Out being observed in Aledo. The event will be held next week says Aledo Police Chief Chris Sullivan. National Night Out is Tuesday, August 1st from 6-to-9 p.m. at Aledo Central Park.

Mercer County Farm Bureau Hosts Soybean Shopping Spree

Two local pharmacists battle it out over soybeans.  The Mercer County Farm Bureau hosted its Soybean Shopping Spree last night at Mercer Market and Farm Bureau manager Kendra Anderson says the contestants were Gary Wagner and Dave McKnight. Wagner was…

Missing Child Call In Mercer County; Child Found Safe Sleeping In Closet

Local emergency responders paged out to search for a missing child in the rural Sherrard area. Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies along with New Windsor Police responded to the call yesterday. Shortly after officers arrived, the child was located safe, asleep…

Sherrard’s Weber Part Of Washington FFA Trip

A Sherrard High School student among an Illinois FFA delegation visiting Washington. 28 members were on the trip last week—which included audiences with U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. Ann Weber serves as the Section…

Local Youth Shooting Sports Team Having Banner Summer

They call themselves the YSSA Steel Smashers and they’re a local youth shooting sports team.  The squad is having a good summer says coach Ron Maas of Eliza. The team includes locals–Ronnie Maas of Eliza and Ethan Mallette, Nick Creger…

Mobile Food Pantry Serves 120 People; Provides Over 10,000 Pounds Of Food During Stop In Mercer County

Over 100 people served and over 10,000 pounds of food delivered—those are the results of a local Farm Bureau effort in one day.   The River Bend Foodbank’s Mobile Food Pantry set up shop in Aledo on Thursday to meet a…

Competing Education Funding Reform Proposals Mean $300,000 Difference For Mercer County; $90,000 For Sherrard

Local State Representative Dan Swanson siding with the Governor on the education funding reform debate. Governor Bruce Rauner wants to veto Senate Bill 1, which includes significantly more money for Chicago schools and move forward with Senate Bill 1124—which takes…