Western Illinois Today

Rockridge Owed $409,000 From State

The state’s unpaid bills starting to add up for the Rockridge School District.  Superintendent Perry Miller released a district-wide communication Wednesday showing the district is owed over $409,000 in mandated categoricals, which support such things as transportation and special education. …

Bustos Co-Sponsored FEMA Legislation Wins Approval

Legislation from Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and fellow Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis aims to bring fairness to FEMA’s disaster declaration process. The measure has received unanimous support. Davis says he’s weary of seeing rural communities in Illinois fighting a…

County Considers Raffle Ordinance

The Mercer County Board is exploring a raffle ordinance. County Board Chairman Joe Vann of New Boston says it would require organizations to get an annual license at a nominal fee. Vann says organizations that have multiple raffles would need…

Weekend Rains Stall Planting In Western Illinois

Planting was rolling along at a good pace in Western Illinois until heavy rains moved through over the weekend. Mercer County Farm Bureau president Michael Zecher on his progress so far. Other than stalling planting, the weekend rains haven’t caused…

New Sentencing Date Set In Mercer County Sex Abuse Case

A new sentencing date has been scheduled for a former Mercer County man in a sex abuse case. 47 year old Loren Jasper was originally sentenced to 28-years in prison for Class X and Class 1 felonies in February of…

Aledo’s Monument Park Getting Upgrades

Aledo’s Monument Park getting some upgrades.  The park includes a memorial honoring the 352 Mercer County soldiers killed during the Civil War says Aledo Economic Development Director Tarah Sipes. The park was originally dedicated in 1868. It’s located just south…