Western Illinois Today

Eight More COVID-19 Cases In Mercer County; 135 Total

The Mercer County Health Department has announced eight additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This brings the county’s total to 135 cases.  The latest cases include: one male in his 40’s, one male in his 50’s, two males in their 60’s,…

Seeding Proposal Approved For New Northside Diamond Project

Construction continues on a new baseball diamond at Aledo’s Northside Park. That makes Mercer County head baseball coach Jacob Harrison happy.   This week, the Aledo Park District approved a $13,400 proposal from Bush Sports Turf for seeding the new…

Ameren Illinois & MidAmerican Among Illinois Utilities Who Won’t Disconnect Service

Ameren Illinois and MidAmerican Energy among the utilities in Illinois promising not to shut off the power. The Illinois Commerce Commission this week said several power, gas, and water companies across the state have agreed to continue their moratorium on…

Aledo Talks Solar Panel Ordinance; Also Seeking Additional Grant Funding For Multi-Use Path

The Aledo City Council moving forward with a solar panel ordinance. Director of Public Works Justin Blaser details the measure.   The city also hopes to access additional grant funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation ITEP program says Mayor…

Why Does The IHSA Need Permission From The Governor?

Why can’t the IHSA just play? And why do they need permission from the Governor? That’s two common questions IHSA executive director Craig Anderson gets frequently.   And what about a legislative push to pressure the Governor to change his…

New Provider Sought For Mercer County Inmate Meals

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department looking for a new meal provider for inmates at the jail.   Sheriff Dusty Terrill says the provider must be able to prepare 102 meals, three times a day. There is no daily minimum and…