Western Illinois Today

Swedona Water Association Awarded USDA Funding

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announcing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the Swedona Water Association $845,000 in grants and loans to improve wastewater infrastructure. The funding comes through the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loans and…

Red Cross Blood Draw Tuesday In Mercer County

Blood supplies and donations normally run short during summer months, but Mercer County residents can help out this week. The regular monthly Mercer County American Red Cross blood draw is Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Mercer…

Saturday Job Fair In Aledo

A local job fair set for this weekend in Mercer County. Darren Winsor serves as business navigator for Mercer County Better Together. The job fair is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 129 East Main Street, the former…

New Head Start Location For Aledo/Mercer County

With Project NOW resuming Head Start in Aledo this fall, there will be a new location for the program, which is for children ages three to five in income-eligible families. Andrea Flannery is director of Head Start. The new Head…

2009 Grad Provides Major Gift To Sherrard High School

A Sherrard grad has donated $150,000 to his alma mater. Ryan Carlson is from the class of 2009. A portion of the money will go to the Sherrard TV program run by Brian Hutton. Carlson is the Owner & CEO…

More Downtown Buildings To Get TIF Funding

Four downtown TIF projects moving forward. The Aledo City Council’s TIF Committee discussed the applications Monday night, all from downtown developer W.J. Albertson says Mayor Chris Hagloch. The applications now move on to the full city council next Monday.

2019 Animal Cruelty Case Settled In Mercer County Circuit Court

A Sherrard woman has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in a 2019 animal cruelty case. 58-year-old Karen Plambeck entered the plea to the Class C misdemeanor last week in Mercer County Circuit Court. She was placed on…