Aledo Ready For Rhubarb Fest

Rhubarb Fest week is here, and the city is ready for the onslaught of visitors and added traffic says Mayor Chris Hagloch. A complete schedule available and more festival info at

Mercer Unemployment Rate Above Statewide Average

The Mercer County unemployment rate at 4.1 percent. The number is for April and represents a three-point increase from a year ago, according to data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Year-over-year unemployment numbers are steady in the nearby…