Mercer County

The next step in boosting the economy of a rural county near the Quad Cities is jobs. Each week an organization called Mercer County Better Together emails a list of job openings collected by a regional group called the American Job Center.

Some residents of Mercer County are worried about the possible impact of a proposed new hog-raising operation. So they've organized, and are trying to stop it. 

Mercer County Better Together

After several years of planning how to improve their economy, residents of Mercer County are ready to take the next steps. Led by the group Mercer County Better Together, they're starting to fix up their parks and promote tourism.

The next step in an effort to plan the future of Mercer County will be taken this weekend. The group called Mercer County Better Together will hold an open house on Sunday at the fairgrounds in Aledo.

A long effort to plan the future of Mercer County is about to move into the next phase. An organization called Mercer County Better Together will hold the 11th and final community meeting Wednesday night in New Boston.

Mercer County Better Together

Residents of Mercer County are being asked to help plan its future. The next in a series of community meetings will be held Thursday night in Eliza.

Project NOW

As the temperature goes down, energy bills go up. But, Project NOW is helping make higher gas and electric bills less costly for low income residents.

Starting on Thursday, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will be available to elderly and disabled residents in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties. 

Community Services Coordinator, Jennifer Howard, says last year, 8,000 households received between $200 and $600 for energy assistance. But without a state budget in Illinois yet, those numbers could go down this year.

She says funding for the program comes from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. And, federal funds should cover the initial costs.