Western Illinois Today

Mercer County Unemployment Rate 5.9 Percent

The Mercer County unemployment rate is at 5.9 percent. The number is for March and represents a nearly two-percent improvement from the same period a year ago. Unemployment is also down from year over year levels in Rock Island, Warren,…

Looser-Flake Charitable Foundation Creates Scholarship For Mercer County Students At WIU

The Looser-Flake Charitable Foundation is creating the Dorothy Looser-Flake and Roberta Looser Scholarship Endowment at Western Illinois University. A $50,000 gift has been made to the school for the program. The foundation was created by the two sisters to advance…

More Pies Needed For Rhubarb Fest

The Aledo Rhubarb Festival is just five weeks away and there’s a call to action. More pies are needed says Rhubarb Fest co-chair Pam Myers. Last year, more than 3,500 pies were sold at Rhubarb Fest.  This year’s festival is…

2017 Aledo Central Park Band Shell Season Opens This Weekend

The 2017 Aledo Central Park Band Shell season is set to kick off this weekend. Band Shell organizer Rusty Ruggles says they’ve scheduled a lot of entertainment through August. This marks the 12th year for the Band Shell.

Aledo, Joy & Viola Serving As Take Back Day Locations Saturday

Three Mercer County sites will serve as Take Back Day locations this weekend.  The day serves as a chance to get rid of unused or unwanted prescriptions says Aledo Police Chief Chris Sullivan. In addition to the Aledo Police Department…

Village Of Seaton Hoping Post Office Can Move To Bank Building

The Seaton Post Office could have a new home and it may be the Seaton bank building. Outgoing Village President Bob Springer is hoping things can work out. The village assumed ownership of the Seaton bank building at no cost…

Crime Stoppers Seeks Information On Break-In To Aledo Area Business

Mercer County Crime Stoppers seeking information regarding a break-in to an Aledo area business. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and Aledo Police Department responded to Hyett Furniture/Radio Shack Monday morning at 5:30 a.m. after receiving a report that the front…