Western Illinois Today

2022 Mercer County Fair Queen Promotes 2023 Pageant

Now that the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant has concluded, it’s time to think about contestants for the Mercer County Fair Queen Pageant this summer. It’s a great experience says reigning Mercer County Fair Queen Cassidy Freeman. This year’s…

Keithsburg Kayak Launch Project Nearing Finish Line

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place this spring for a Keithsburg Kayak Launch project. The collaborative effort involves Visit MerCo, the City of Keithsburg and the Friends of Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge. Kasi Henshaw is with Visit MerCo.…

Aledo Hoping To Hire Additional Police Officers

The City of Aledo is expanding its police department by looking to hire additional officers in 2023. The announcement of additional officer openings was made late last year, and applications will remain open until all expected positions are filled. The…

Aledo’s Multi-Use Path To Expand

An extension to Aledo’s multi-use path is on the drawing board. There are a couple of different projects in play says Director of Public Works Justin Blaser, who updated the Public Property, Streets and Sidewalks Committee earlier this week. The…

Super Bowl TV Ad To Feature Viola Area Farm Family

Viola area farmer Chad Bell and his family featured in a Super Bowl Sunday ad on Feb. 12. The campaign is called “We are the 96” and the spot will run on Fox affiliates in the Quad Cities along with…

Rogalski Discusses Genesis Ambulance Service

Genesis Medical Center Aledo administrator Ted Rogalski provides an update on ambulance service involving local fire protection districts. He was a guest on WRMJ’s Focus program this week Rogalski says Genesis had been at a 60-percent vacancy rate for EMT…

Area Rep To Stay On House Ag Committee

Aledo’s rep in Congress will continue to serve on the House Ag Committee. Mary Miller is beginning her second term in office. Miller is from Oakland and represents Illinois’ 15th Congressional District, which now includes Aledo and western Mercer County. …

Main Street Extension & SE 2nd Avenue Upgrade Being Discussed By Aledo City Council

The Aledo City Council exploring extending East Main Street to Illinois Route 94 and improvements to SE 2nd Avenue or “swimming pool road.” The items were discussed at Monday night’s Public Property, Streets and Sidewalks Committee meeting. Director of Public…

East Moline Man Charged With Sex Abuse and Grooming In Mercer County

A Quad Cities man being held in the Mercer County Jail on $100,000 bond facing aggravated criminal sexual abuse and grooming charges. 36-year-old Derek W. Dawson of East Moline was arrested on a Mercer County warrant last Friday.  The sex…