Category: Western Illinois Today

Ameren Illinois Offers Program To Help Non-Profits


Ameren Illinois is offering a program to help non-profits in the state pay their utility bills. The company says organizations struggling financially can apply for grants through the Energy Assistance Foundation. Applications must be submitted by September 29th. The amounts…

West Nile Remains Threat In Mercer County


West Nile Virus remains a threat in Mercer County.  Although there have been no human cases reported this year, there is evidence in the Mercer County mosquito population says the Mercer County Health Department’s Angie Litterst. West Nile Virus was…

Local Agencies Gather For Infectious Disease Training Exercise


Multiple area agencies gather for an infectious disease tabletop exercise. The two-hour training session was held yesterday at the Mercer County Health Department and coordinated by Jennifer Hamerlinck……. Over 20 area agencies participated in the exercise.

Rockridge Enrollment Up 17 Students This School Year

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Enrollment in the Rockridge School District is up this school year. Rockridge superintendent Perry Miller says there’s also a big class in the elementary level. Total enrollment in the district is 1,139 with 366 students at the high school. Enrollment…

Mercer County Violent Sex Offender Case Continued To Next Month


A status hearing has been continued to next month in a violent sex offender case in Mercer County. At that time, a determination will be made whether a trial is held for 42 year old Richard Stallings. The Illinois Attorney…

Matherville Woman Denied Public Defender In Criminal Case

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A Matherville woman denied in her request to have a public defender appointed in her criminal case.  The decision made today by Judge Richard Zimmer in Mercer County Circuit Court following 28 year old Rebecca McCann posting $5,000 cash bond…

Two Meth Cases Move Forward In Mercer County Circuit Court

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Two methamphetamine cases move forward in Mercer County Circuit Court. 44 year old Travis Shoemaker of New Boston pleaded guilty today to a Class 3 felony stemming from an arrest in late May. As part of the negotiated plea, a…

Mercer County Board Continues Relationship With Bellwether


The Mercer County Board will continue its relationship with administrative consultant Bellwether LLC.  The firm has been working with the county for the last year-and-a-half….. Bellwether’s Bruce DeLashmit says they will also pick up additional duties for the county by…

Is 859 School Districts In Illinois Too Many?

Part of the conversation about paying for schools in Illinois has to be just how many schools there are in the state. Two Republicans say 859 school districts may not be a manageable number. Illinois lawmakers are locked in a…