Western Illinois Today

Family Crisis Center Moving To New Location

The Mercer County Family Crisis Center will be occupying a new location later this year. The agency’s Kim Harrison provided an update to the Aledo City Council last week. The city contributes $5,000 to the Family Crisis Center budget each…

Wagner Wins FFA State Proficiency Honor

Statewide recognition for the Mercer County FFA program. Senior Caleb Wagner is the Illinois FFA State Proficiency Winner in the area of Nursery Operations. He spoke about his record book or supervised agricultural experience leading up to the Mercer County…

Petrie Retiring; Search To Begin For New MERCO Supt.

The Mercer County School District in search of a new superintendent. Scott Petrie informed the Unit 404 Board of Education this week that he is retiring at the end of the school year. The school board has scheduled a special…

Three Year Labor Contact Approved In Sherrard School District

A new labor agreement has been approved in the Sherrard School District. The Unit 200 Board of Education took final action on the three year deal Wednesday night says Superintendent Carl Johnson. The agreement covers not only teachers, but other…

New Gym Floor For Mercer County High School

A new gym floor is on the way for Mercer County High School. The replacement is needed due to damage from last winter says athletic director Dustin Murray. The project is estimated at around $193,000 with over $128,000 covered by…

University of Illinois Extension Launches Housing Study to Address Critical Issues in Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties

The housing landscape in rural areas is continuously evolving, presenting unique challenges for communities in Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties. Recognizing the importance of understanding and addressing these challenges, University of Illinois Extension is conducting a comprehensive housing study to…

Awaiting IHDA Tax Credit Approval; $16.4 Million Project Still Planned For Former Aledo Jr. High Property

A developer remains committed to the Northside Lofts project. They are submitting an application this month to the Illinois Housing Development Authority for tax credits to help assist with the project. The City of Aledo has also committed $250,000 in…

Saving A Life; Aledo Officer Recognized For Heroic Actions

An Aledo police officer, Christian Williams, recognized for his heroic actions earlier this year. Police Chief Trevor Fisk provided the details to the Aledo City Council Monday night and made a special presentation to the officer. The call occurred on…