Western Illinois Today

A State Title in Video Gaming?

What are the chances of an IHSA state title in video gaming?  It’s now a discussion item, but Mercer County High School athletic director Andrew Hofer says it will be a tough sell for districts that are lacking in financial…

Aledo Main Street Hosting Oktoberfest Saturday

Aledo Main Street promoting an event this weekend at Aledo Central Park. Main Street Executive Director Dana Murphy says Saturday will be Oktoberfest. Murphy says activities begin at Aledo Central Park at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mercer County Board Dealing With Revenue Losses From State

The Mercer County Board putting the finishing touches on the fiscal year 2018 budget. The board will take up the issue next week says Bruce DeLashmit with administrative consulting firm Bellwether. Bellwether has had an administrative contract with Mercer County…

Weak Commodity Prices Impacting Rural Economies

A survey of rural banks shows tight living for communities in Illinois and elsewhere across the Midwest, mainly due to low grain prices. Creighton University’s monthly Rural Mainstreet Index asks the presidents of small, community banks in 10 Midwestern states…

Mercer County Better Together Continues With Planning Process

The group Mercer County Better Together continues to put in more work. They had another session last night at the Viola Fire Station says Al Zwilling, who’s been involved with the process. The Mercer County Better Together effort is the…

Sherrard School District Discussing Calendar Options

The Sherrard School Board hopes to make a final decision on a school calendar by later this year. Superintendent Alan Boucher says there are several options in play. A community forum is being held Tuesday night at Winola Elementary School…

Two More Statue Projects For Mercer County VFW Area

Another two statues being placed near the Mercer County VFW. The first one will be dedicated Veterans Days and is a female soldier says Nick Seefeld with Post 1571. And money is also being raised for another statue project says…

2018 Mercer County High School Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are open for the 2018 Mercer County High School Hall of Fame class. Athletic Director Andrew Hofer reminds that it’s not just an “athletic” Hall of Fame. Former students, staff and teams of Aledo, Westmer and Mercer County High…