Western Illinois Today

Mercer County School District Yet To Receive Transportation Funding From State This Fiscal Year

General state aid is flowing to local school districts, but categorical payments—like transportation funding is a different story says Mercer County School District superintendent Scott Petrie. The school district’s fiscal year coincides with the state’s fiscal year—July 1 to June…

Former Aledo Man Awaiting Murder Trial In Missouri

A former Aledo man is awaiting trial on murder charges in Missouri where he now resides. 29 year old Adam L. Redding, currently of Buffalo, Missouri is accused of stabbing his boss to death and stealing the victim’s checks. A…

City To Look At Incubator Project For Button Building

The Aledo City Council’s Public Property Committee will be discussing a potential business incubator project next week.  The incubator would be located in the Button Building, which the city owns. The meeting is Monday night at 6:15 p.m. at Aledo…

Vacancy On Mercer County School Board

The Mercer County School Board is in search of a new member.  Dave VanderHeyden has submitted his resignation. His term runs through 2019. Those interested in filling the vacancy need to submit an application by February 9. Applications are available…

‘6 County Fast Pitch’ Deadline Jan. 31

Business ideas being sought from Mercer County.  The deadline to apply for the “6 County Fast Pitch” competition is Wednesday, January 31st. It’s a great opportunity says Aledo Economic Development Director Tarah Sipes. The practice session is February 12th with…

Mercer County Unemployment Rate At 4.8 Percent

The Mercer County unemployment rate sits at 4.8 percent.  The number is for December and represents a 1.4 percent improvement from the same period a year ago, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  Unemployment is also lower from…

Mercer County School Board Approves Moving Forward With $3.1-Million School Fire Prevention/Safety Work

The Mercer County Board of Education approves issuing $3.1 million in School Fire Prevention and Safety Bonds.  The action taken Wednesday night says Unit 404 superintendent Scott Petrie. Also Wednesday night, the Mercer County School Board approved rehiring all fall…

Swanson Wants ‘Silver Alert’ Program To Include Missing Veterans

A local state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would add missing veterans to the state’s “Silver Alert” program. A Silver Alert is just like an Amber Alert for missing children, quickly alerting the public if a person with dementia or…