Western Illinois Today

Misdemeanor Case Against Viola Police Chief Continued To February

A special prosecutor handling the misdemeanor disorderly conduct case against Viola Police Chief Troy Brock. A first appearance was scheduled for Tuesday in Mercer County Circuit Court but was continued to Feb. 6. According to a Mercer County Sheriff’s Department…

Suspect In Sherrard Teen’s 2020 Shooting Death Now In Custody

A Quad Cities man charged with gunning down a Sherrard teen over two years ago has been apprehended. 23-year-Darvion Lard was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Moline by the U.S. Marshals Service. He is accused in the December of…

Prelim Waived In School Threat Case

A former student has waived his preliminary hearing in a case involving a threat made to Mercer County High School. 19-year-old Aaron David McRae of Joy has pleaded not guilty to a Class 4 felony charge of disorderly conduct involving…

More Building Decisions For Mercer County School District In 2023

The Mercer County School District is continuing to utilize the Joy facility for athletic events and practices, but other options are being explored moving forward says Unit 404 Superintendent Scott Petrie. Currently, the Joy campus is home to the Unit…

Former Times Record Storefront Gets New Life

The Aledo Times Record storefront has a new tenant. Frick & Fell Home Sales now occupies the property. It’s a good fit for the business says Zach Frick. The Times Record vacated the downtown Aledo storefront in late October. Frick…

Genesis Medical Center Has Local Option for Infusions

Genesis Medical Center in Aledo hopes the new year will find more area residents using what they fell is on of the best services they offer, their Infusion Center.  Genesis Health Services Manager in Aledo, Jennifer Green, explains what they…

Ewing Retires From MC Health Dept.

As the year ends, Mercer County Health Department Administer Carla Ewing is retiring. Her last day on the job was Thursday. Health Department employee Angie Litterst is taking over as the new administrator.

Judge Rules Portion Of SAFE-T Act Ending Cash Bail Is Unconstitutional; Reaction From Mercer County State’s Attorney

A Kankakee County judge is declaring that a key provision of Illinois’ sweeping criminal justice reform law violates the state constitution. Circuit Judge Thomas Cunnington ruled Wednesday that the portion of the state’s controversial SAFE-T Act that ends cash bail…

Ameren Illinois Promoting Google Nest Program

Ameren Illinois encouraging customers to take advantage of the Google Nest program. Nick Lovier is with the utility… Again the website is amerenillinoissavings.com/cybermonday.

Looser-Flake Foundation Responds To Mental Health Needs At Local Schools

Thanks to funding from the Looser-Flake Charitable Foundation, Mercer County and Sherrard schools are seeing the impact of enhanced mental health services. The foundation made a three-year, $156,000 grant to the Mercer County Mental Health Action Program. Kelly Thompson is…