Western Illinois Today

Sandusky Back In Custody

Mercer County meth defendant Erica Sandusky is back in custody. A $5,000 arrest warrant was issued for the Matherville woman on Monday after her and her attorney failed to appear for a pre-trial conference. She was taken into custody earlier…

All Area Schools Would Receive More Under Rauner’s Revisions To Education Funding Reform Bill

All area schools would receive more money under Governor Bruce Rauner’s revisions to an education funding reform bill. Mercer County would gain the most at $250,000 in additional money followed by Sherrard with $131,000. In all, Rauner says nearly 98-percent…

Aledo Announces Free Abandoned/Junk Vehicle Removal Program

The City of Aledo announcing a new program that allows for free removal of abandoned and junk vehicles. City Administrator Erin Knackstedt says the effort serves two purposes. There are two ways for Aledo residents to participate in the program.…

Sponsors Sought For Mercer County Christmas Clearinghouse Program

Sponsors continue to be sought for the Mercer County Christmas Clearinghouse program. The initiative pairs groups, organizations and businesses with needy families during the holiday season. Chris Hagloch of Aledo helps with the effort. Hagloch says the clearinghouse program serves…

Aledo’s Hard Water Problems Ending

The City of Aledo’s hard water problems are ending. Director of Public Works Justin Blaser provided an update to the city council this week. The city had been experiencing hard water problems since February.

Rock Island County Averts Borrowing

By Terry James   Revenue at Hope Creek, the nursing home for Rock Island County, is down compared to last year. That concerns Rock Island County Board member Drue Mielke. He says board members are always looking for ways to turn…

Mercer County Veterans Can Receive Help

The head of the Mercer County Veterans Assistance Commission wants veterans in Mercer County to know they are here to help those that served this country.  Superintendent and retired Sergeant Major George Howard spoke at Aledo Main Street’s Networking at…

Aledo Teen Honored At State Fair For 4-H/FFA Essay

An Aledo teen being honored at the Illinois State Fair for her essay on 4-H and FFA. The Tractor Supply Company sponsored the “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest and 16 year old Gwendolyn Fowler was one of six winners out of…

Tully Waives Prelim In Rooth Beating Case

The man accused of beating up and robbing Fred Rooth at his rural Joy farmhouse has waived his preliminary hearing.  55 year old Brian Tully of Burlington made a brief appearance in Mercer County Circuit Court this morning. A pre-trial…