Western Illinois Today

Three Free Summer Meal Sites Offered In Mercer County School District

Three free summer meal sites being offered in the Mercer County School District. The program is available to children—ages 1-through-18, regardless of income level says Nora Steele with QCA Children’s Food Program. The summer meal program is offered Monday through…

American Pickers Looking For Illinois Locations

The HISTORY Channel series American Pickers is swinging through Illinois and they want to see what you’ve got. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are planning to film a number of episodes in Illinois this month. The show explores the country in…

Farm Tractor/Truck Accident Near New Windsor Lead To Charges

Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a farm tractor and truck accident near New Windsor. The driver of the truck fled the scene yesterday and was eventually arrested after the truck was located in Ophiem in Henry County. 19 year…

Mercer County Health Department Offering Food Service Managers Sanitation Certification Course This Month

The Mercer County Health Department will be offering the Food Service Managers Eight- Hour Sanitation Certification Course later this month. The class will be held on Tuesday, June 13th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mercer County Health…

Ten Sex Abuse/Sex Assault Counts Filed Against Aledo Man

Ten felony sex abuse/sex assault counts have been filed against an Aledo man.  The case involves one victim under the age of 13 says Mercer County State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee. The defendant—44 year old Michael E. Daniels remains in the…

Swanson: Chicago Public School Pension Bail Out Leads To No Vote On Education Funding Reform Bill

An education funding bill wins approval in the Illinois General Assembly, but not with support from local State Reprenative Dan Swanson.  He was backing an evidence based approach, but says an amendment to the bill bailed out Chicago Public School…

Mercer County Crisis Center Not Giving Up Hope On Budget

The Mercer County Family Crisis Center is holding out hope that the Illinois Senate and Governor will pass an appropriations bill that is badly needed by the nonprofit. Center Director Marla Reynolds says she is not ready to give up.…