Western Illinois Today

Mercer County Unemployment Rate Under 4-Percent

The Mercer County unemployment rate at 3.4 percent. The number is for August and compares to 4.4 percent during the same period a year ago. Unemployment is also lower year over year in Henry, Knox, Rock Island and Warren counties…

Sherrard FFA Horse Judging Team Headed To Nationals

The Sherrard FFA horse judging team wins the Illinois State FFA Horse Evaluation CDE (Career Development Event). The competition was held Sept. 17 at Black Hawk East, Kewanee – against 57 other Illinois schools. By winning state, the team now…

Mercer County Enrollment Trending Above Consolidation Projection

Mercer County School District enrollment at 1,291, which is up from last year. Numbers were shared at Wednesday night’s Unit 404 Board of Education meeting says Superintendent Scott Petrie. The high school enrollment this school year is 405.

City Sells Industrial Park Lot To Skinner Landscaping

The Aledo City Council approves the sale of an industrial park lot to a growing business. The transaction was announced this week says Aledo Mayor Chris Hagloch and concerns Skinner Landscaping. Skinner will also continue to lease two other industrial…

New Windsor Woman Sentenced To Four Years In Residential Burglary Case

A New Windsor woman receives a four-year prison term for residential burglary. 40-year-old Alicia Ferguson was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Mercer County Circuit Court after being found guilty of the Class 1 felony during a July jury trial. She was…

Misdemeanor Plea In Pellet Gun Dog Shooting Case

A Sherrard man accused of shooting and injuring a neighbor’s dog with a pellet gun has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count. 57-year-old Michael Elsbury was originally facing a Class 4 felony count in the April 2021 case near the…

Police Committee Chairman: Officer Resignations Unrelated To Sullivan

Two resignations within the Aledo Police Department are unrelated to the matter involving Police Chief Chris Sullivan. Police Committee Chairman and Alderman Mike Chausse says the city still has full police coverage 24-hours a day, seven days a week. He…