Western Illinois Today

Rock Island County May Try For Public Safety Sales Tax Again

If Rock Island County leaders make another push for a public safety sales tax, expect to hear a lot about the broken jail air conditioner. County Administrator Dave Ross says the countywide sales tax, which voters soundly defeated last fall,…

Doherty Running For Mercer County Clerk

An Aledo City Council member has announced he’s running for Mercer County Clerk in the 2018 election cycle. Jay Doherty is seeking the Republican nomination for the office. Doherty also serves as chairman of the Mercer County Republican Central Committee.

Mercer County Board Hears How State Budget Issues Will Impact County

Local governments starting to sort out the details after the state of Illinois finally has a full operating budget. Consultant Cat Lange with Bellwether discussed the issue with the Mercer County Board last night. Lange says the county expects to…

Finch Takes Mercer County Fair Queen Title

An Aledo teen takes the Mercer County Fair Queen title. Mercer County High School senior to be Josie Finch was crowned last night. 5 year old Macy Freeman was named Little Miss and the Junior Miss Honor goes to 13…

NFL Free Agent Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charge In Aledo Incident

An NFL free agent has been placed on 12-months court supervision and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge in Mercer County Circuit Court.  24 year old Darrin Reaves was arrested last month in Aledo following…

August Bench Trial Set In Sherrard Bus Driver DUI Case

A bench trial has been scheduled for next month in the case of a former Sherrard school bus driver charged in a DUI accident earlier this year. The driver–33 year old Dustin Leath of New Windsor–is accused of being under…

New Mercer County Board Chairman Selected Tuesday Night

The Mercer County Board will select a new County Board Chairman this week. The position is vacant due to the June 29th death of Joe Vann.  The new chairman will serve through December of 2018. The county board meets Tuesday…