Western Illinois Today

Long Live The RMA Rough Riders

The Roosevelt Military Academy legacy celebrated in Aledo over the weekend.  Among those in town—1965 Rough Rider Bob Kramer. Also back was Jack Gwynne—a Class of 1966 RMA cadet who traveled from Dallas. Around 80 RMA cadets returned for the…

$3-Million Water Project Set To Begin In Joy Next Spring

$3-million in USDA loan and grant money headed to Joy.  The announcement made this morning and the funding will be used for a significant upgrade to the town’s water treatment facilities says Joy Village President Todd Heath. Western Illinois Congresswoman…

Mercer County Unemployment 4.1 Percent

Mercer County unemployment at 4.1 percent. The number is for July and represents a four-point improvement from the same period a year ago. Unemployment is also down from year over year levels in Henry, Henderson, Knox, Rock Island and Warren…

New Boston Fish & Chicken Fry & Aledo Antique Days Set For This Weekend

The summer festival season ends this weekend in Mercer County. Aledo Antique Days set for Saturday says Aledo Main Street executive director Dana Murphy. The 97th Annual New Boston Fish & Chicken Fry runs Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Mayor…

A Day After Court, New Boston Man Arrested Again

A day after agreeing to a negotiated plea in a meth case in Mercer County Circuit Court, a New Boston man runs into trouble again. 46 year old Trevor Shoemaker was arrested Tuesday by Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies for aggravated…

Mercer County Mental Health Action Plan Unveiled

A significant investment in mental health services unveiled this morning in Mercer County. The Mercer County Mental Health Action Program involves a nurse navigation model and is funded through a three-year $560,000 grant from the Health Care Services Outreach Grant…

Mercer County Senior Hagens Wins American Legion Essay Contest

Mercer County High School senior Dani Hagens wins 1st place at the state level for the 11th-12th grade division, for the Department of Illinois American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest.  Hagens received a $1,200 scholarship for her winning essay. On July 12, the Seaton teenager…

RMA Memorial To Be Dedicated At Site Of Former School

Over 80 Roosevelt Military Academy alumni expected in town this weekend.  A reunion is planned for Saturday with several activities scheduled, including an RMA memorial dedication at the site of the former school says Aledo Mayor Chris Hagloch. RMA closed…

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Now Permanent Prescription Drug Disposal Site

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department now serves as a permanent site for prescription pill drug disposal. The program is called P2D2 and is a partnership with the Illinois Sheriff’s Association says Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley. Staley says they can…

New Boston Child Abuse Case Continued To Next Month

Another court continuance for a New Boston man charged in a child abuse case. 27 year old Bradley Clark will be back in Mercer County Circuit Court September 17th after making a brief court appearance today. He faces a Class…