Western Illinois Today

Former Fyre Lake Golf Club Owner Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

A Quad Cities area developer who scammed investors out of nearly two million-dollars is heading to prison for six years. A federal judge yesterday lectured Todd Raufeisen at his sentencing. The judge said he ‘manipulated, deceived, and stole.’ Prosecutors say…

Cash Rent Averaging $208 Per Acre For Mercer County Farmland

Cash rental rates for Mercer County farmland averaging $208 an acre.  That information released earlier this month by USDA.  Like farmland values, cash rents are declining slightly statewide, but there’s still a lot of variability says Ray Brownfield, owner and…

Mercer Academic Foundation At $14,000 & Counting

It’s now $14,000 and counting for an academic foundation now operating in the Mercer County School District. And alumni from all of the former schools included in the consolidated school district are being contacted to see if they’d like to…

Chicago Lawmaker Visits Three Mercer County Farms

A local Farm Bureau “Adopt a Legislator” program brought Chicago State Senator Laura Murphy to three Mercer County farms this week. Local State Rep. Dan Swanson helped with part of the tour. Swanson is involved in a family farming operation…

Motion To Hold Separate Trials Denied For Two Men Charged Federally In Mercer County Child Porn Investigation

Two men charged in a Mercer County child porn investigation will stand trial together later this year in federal court.  Defense motions to hold separate trials for William Ashby of East Moline and Aaron Beauchamp of Matherville were denied today…

Continuance Granted In Aledo Sex Assault Case

Another court appearance and another continuance for an Aledo man facing ten felony sex abuse/sex assault counts. 44 year old Michael E. Daniels was in Mercer County Circuit Court today with his pre-trial conference continued to September 19th. He’s facing…

Sherrard Enrollment Down Four Students This School Year; Mercer County School District Up Four Students

Enrollment down four students in the Sherrard School District this school year. That’s much better than the last two years says Unit 200 Superintendent Alan Boucher. This year’s high school enrollment is at 468 students at Sherrard.  Total enrollment in…