Western Illinois Today

Reynolds Area Accident Claims One Life

One person dead following a rollover crash in Mercer County. The mishap occurred Tuesday. According to a Mercer County Sheriff’s Department report, a pickup truck was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 94 near Reynolds when it exited the roadway and…

Mercer County Family Crisis Center To Get New Home

The Mercer County Family Crisis Center is moving. They will stay in Aledo but are relocating to the Dr. Rajput office. A special use permit is required for the move says Mayor Chris Hagloch. It is unclear as to what…

Aledo To Hire To New City Administrator

The City of Aledo will be hiring a new city administrator in the New Year. The hire is included in the new budget, meaning the city administrator and police chief will be separated. Chris Sullivan, who’s on paid leave, had…

Sullivan Case Continued To Jan. 10

A pre-trial conference has been continued for Aledo Police Chief and City Administrator Chris Sullivan. He’s facing felony official misconduct and misdemeanor battery charges. A short pre-trial was held via a Zoom call Monday with the matter continued to January…

New Boston Area Meth Case Pushed To Next Year

Another delay for a New Boston man charged in a 2020 meth case. The defense asked for and was granted a continuance Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court for 55-year-old Lester Ward. A new pre-trial date has been set for…

Mercer County Raises Sub Pay

In an effort to encourage more people to become substitute teachers the Mercer County School District raised the rate they pay those people. Superintendent Scott Petrie says Mercer County is in the same situation as most school districts in the…

New Life Skills Class At Mercer County Junior High

The Mercer County School Board learned about a new Life Skills class at the Junior HIgh at Wednesday night’s school board meeting.  Life Skills teacher Natalie Nelson made a presentation to the board about her claass. There is also a…

Mercer County Gets Report Card

The latest Illinois Interactive School Report Card has been released. It shows data on academics, finances, demographics, and more in school districts. The report card was discussed at Wednesday night’s Mercer County School Board meeting. Unit 404 Superintendent Scott Petrie…

First Baptist Church Aledo Offering Community Thanksgiving Meal

A local church again offering a free Thanksgiving meal this year. It’s something that hits close to home for Seth Bowker at the First Baptist Church in Aledo. The meal will be offered via dine-in at the Mercer County Senior…