Western Illinois Today

Veterans Day Assembly at Sherrard High School Features Illinois National Guard Two-Star General

A Sherrard High School Veterans Day Assembly features an Illinois National Guard Two-Star General. The assembly, set for 1:30 p.m. Friday in the high school gym, will also honor local veterans.  The keynote speaker is Major General Michael Zerbonia, Assistant…

$900,000 City Hall Renovation Being Considered By Aledo City Council

An approximate $900,000 renovation to Aledo City Hall among the capital improvement projects the Aledo City Council is looking at for 2018.  The issue was briefly discussed at last night’s council meeting says Mayor Chris Hagloch. The council begins budget…

402 Conference Held For Man Accused In Rooth Beating

Another court appearance for the Burlington, Iowa man accused of attacking former Mercer County Board member Fred Rooth. 55 year old Brian Tully faces home invasion, residential burglary and aggravated battery charges stemming from the May beating.  A 402 conference…

Stipulated Bench Trial Set For Dec. 18th In Terry Sex Assault Case

A stipulated bench trial has been scheduled for next month in a criminal sex assault case filed against an Aledo man. 20 year old Gunner Terry faces five Class X felonies stemming from alleged incidents involving two children under the…

Push For Lincoln Portrait In Every Illinois Courthouse

The Illinois State Historical Society wants to put an iconic portrait of Abraham Lincoln in every courthouse in the state for the upcoming Illinois Bicentennial celebration and is looking for sponsors to help make it happen. William Furry, executive director…

State Harvest Season Emergency Declaration Originates Locally

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has declared a harvest season emergency in the state, which allows farmers that secure permits to haul up to a maximum of 10 percent more than truck weight restrictions. Jeff Kirwan, who farms in Mercer County,…

Mercer County Board Set To Act On Tax Levy & Budget This Week

The Mercer County Board meets in regular session this week.  The Tuesday night session includes final action on the budget, tax levy and tax rate. The county board held a Truth in Taxation hearing last Thursday where the board’s administrative…