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Housing

Housing

Mercer County offers an attractive real estate market featuring a variety of housing options for people across the lifespan. Individuals beginning their careers, families looking for large single family homes, downsizing retirees and more will find attractive housing.

Mercer County is a community of safe, friendly neighborhoods with attractively priced housing. Established, older neighborhoods with beautifully restored Victorians, farmhouses, or bungalows, newer up-market areas with large lawns and attractive ranch and contemporary style homes, or beautiful subdivisions where you can build the home of your dreams. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Mercer County.

Attractive apartment complexes are also available for those just starting out or looking for less upkeep and more freedom to enjoy life.

For more information about living in Mercer County, contact one of our valued real estate members who can help find the right home for you.

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The median home value in Mercer County is $85,300 - which means you can afford a lot more home in Mercer County than in other communities in Western Illinois.

Recreation

Recreation

Whether inside or out, you’ll find plenty of ways to have fun in the Mercer County area.

Mercer County Family YMCA

The Mercer County Family YMCA offers quality, affordable programs and services designed to benefit people of all backgrounds. Our main facility offers a wellness center, weight room, track, gym and pool. 

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Hawthorn Ridge Golf Course

This par-72 layout provides a fun challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Hawthorn Ridge offers 4 sets of tees, ranging from 5,323 to 6,752 yards in length. In 18 holes you’re sure to hit nearly every club in the bag, and have fun doing it. 

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Oak View Country Club

Located along State Highway 94 in Aledo, this nine hole course is Mercer County’s oldest golf facility, opening in 1922. With fairways lined by many live oaks, ball placement is key on every shot. Oak View offers a picturesque clubhouse where you’ll find a delicious menu, and a perfect spot for meetings, parties or receptions. 

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Copper’s Creek Outfitters

Located just north of the Mercer County border in Rock Island County near Illinois City, Copper’s Creek Outfitters offers fall & spring hunting for trophy turkey and whitetail. Copper's Creek Outfitters can provide guided hunts, lodging and more for those chasing big spurs, beards and trophy deer. 

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Health

Mercer County provides state of the art health care, prevention and services for individuals across the life span. These facilities enhance quality of life for the area and provide a strong employment base. 

 

Advanced Rehab and Sports Medicine

Our goal is to immediately reduce pain and restore function. We understand that when you are hurting, you don’t have time to wait. To ensure that the impact of injury and painful conditions on your quality of life is limited, we move quickly to ensure an appointment within 24 hours and the commencement of effective treatments. 

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Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care 

Aledo Rehabilitation & Health Care Center strives for excellence in obtaining each resident’s individual needs and goals to attain their highest level of independence. Our main objective is to provide excellent nursing care. We have a very dedicated and caring nursing staff to meet your needs. We also offer an exciting activity and social service department to provide for your social needs. We strongly encourage family involvement with our residents at any time. 

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Brookstone of Aledo

Brookstone of Aledo offers fine senior living in our beautiful community. Our residents enjoy living life their way, while receiving assistance when they need it. We offer private apartments with private baths and kitchenettes, and we provide three home cooked meals daily, weekly laundry and housekeeping services and daily activities with weekly shopping and dining trips. Our staff is available 24/7 to assist with bathing, dressing, and grooming and medication assistance if needed. 

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Genesis Medical Center, Aledo

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo a 22 bed critical access hospital is the only health center in the county and plays a vital role in providing local health care to a diverse population. It is our mission to provide quality, compassionate care to the community. We are fortunate to be a part of Genesis Health System, which assists us to perform at the highest levels of quality and safety. 

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Genesis Senior Living, Aledo

Genesis Senior Living, Aledo is a 92-bed, skilled nursing facility attached to Genesis Medical Center, Aledo providing convenient access to all hospital services. 

Quality of care and resident satisfaction are our top priorities. Our 5-Star overall rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the highest rating a nursing home can achieve, is also the highest in Mercer County and one of the highest in the region. Our latest addition has been memory care for those with Alzheimer’s and or dementia. 

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Mercer County Health Department

The mission of the Mercer County Health Department is to ensure quality health care services by providing prevention, treatment, health education programs & clinics for the community. MCHD is the county center for health education and prevention. It conducts programs focused on minimizing the impact of emergencies & disasters on residents, businesses, and property; reducing the risk of loss of life and human suffering; and protecting the environment and infrastructure. 

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Dining & Shopping

 

Mercer County offers an array of restaurants, cafes and other establishments guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. Check out the details below.

 

RESTAURANTDESCRIPTIONADDRESSPHONE
Ariana's Café Dine-in, carryout; family restaurant 213 S College Ave, Aledo (309) 582-0880
Boone Docks Dine-in; family restaurant 119 W Main St, Joy (309) 584-9977
Casey's General Store Carryout, delivery; pizza/convenience 303 SW 3rd St, Aledo (309) 582-3075
Casey's General Store Carry out; pizza/convenience store fare 601 Main St, Keithsburg (309) 374-2303
Circle K Carryout; pizza/convenience store fare 603 SE 3rd St, Aledo (309) 582-2936
City Limits Dine-in; pizza/bar 1303 10th Ave, Viola (309) 596-2880
College Avenue Deli Dine-in, carryout; deli/salad bar/catering 113 S College Ave, Aledo (309) 582-8226
Doug's Town & Country Dine-in; family restaurant 1708 SE 3rd St, Aledo (309) 582-2040
Eagles Nest Sports Grill Dine-in; American sports bar/grill 501 Main St, Keithsburg (309) 374-2255
Godfather's Pizza Dine-in; pizza, calzones, wings, etc 402 6th St, New Boston (309) 587-8345
Happy Joe's Dine-in, carryout, delivery; pizza buffet 314 SE 3rd St, Aledo (309) 582-5636
Hong Kong Restaurant Dine-in, carryout; Chinese 107 S College Ave, Aledo (309) 582-3390
Joe's Trattoria Dine-in, carryout, delivery; Italian 602 SE 3rd St, Aledo (309) 582-5000
La Belle Vie Dine-in, carryout; food & spirits 205 S College, Aledo (309) 582-9998 
Los Charros Dine-in, carryout; Mexican cuisine  1600 SE 3rd St, Aledo  (309) 582-8311 
McDonald's Dine-in, carryout; fast food 1402 SE 3rd St, Aledo (309) 582-2359 
Mercer Market Deli Dine-in, carryout; deli market 1600 SE 5th St, Aledo  (309) 582-3111 
Mi Casa Dine-in, carryout; Mexican cuisine  212 E Main St, Aledo  (309) 582-8112 
Morrison's Market Deli Carryout; deli market 1103 17th Ave, Viola  (309) 596-2434 
New Windsor Depot Dine-in, carryout; bar & grill 110 S 5th Ave, New Windsor  (309) 667-2801 
Portside Bar & Grill Dine-in; American bar & grill  312 2nd St, New Boston  (309) 587-8217 
Ricky's Café Dine-in, carryout; family style café  1709 13th St, Viola (309) 596-2220 
RJ's Pub & Grill Dine-in, carryout; bar & grill  310 3rd St, Sherrard  (309) 593-9600 
Subway Dine-in, carryout; sandwich shop  316 SE 3rd St, Aledo  (309) 582-7827
Tastee Freez Dine-in, carryout; seasonal ice cream  300 SE 3rd St, Aledo  (309) 582-7516 
The Office Bar Dine-in, carryout; bar & grill  305 3rd St, Sherrard  (309) 593-9876 
Wheeler's Café Dine-in; café/family restaurant 316 3rd St, Seaton (309)586-4171

 

You’ll also find a charming variety of small-town shops across Mercer County. Check out the details below.

 

BUSINESSDESCRIPTIONADDRESSPHONE
Aledo Flower Shop full-service floral shop 616 SE 3rd St, Aledo (309) 582-5938
Aledo Hardware  full-service hardware store 125 S College Ave, Aledo  (309) 582-7724 
Aledo Pawn & Gun pawn shop 704 SE 3rd St, Aledo  (309) 582-7296
Aledo Opera House weekend first-run movies  108 SE 2nd Ave, Aledo (309) 582-5359 
Bay Boutique full-service floral shop  218 E Main St, Aledo  (309) 574-3136 
Blessed by Nature organic health center  315 SE 3rd St, Aledo  (309) 582-9999 
Bolts & Brass full-service gun shop  221 E Main St Ste 1, Aledo  (309) 269-9422 or (309) 371-8999 
Creekside Vineyards winery & tasting room 1667 Hwy 67, Preemption  1667 Hwy 67, Preemption 
Cooper Floor Covering full-service flooring  119 S College Ave, Aledo  (309) 582-7396 
Derr & Dot Antiques antique shop     
Foxtail Vinyl Design apparel & screenprinting  3235 Knoxville Rd, Sherrard  (309) 277-8444 
Headquarters & Alley Outback Spa spa services  105 SE 2nd St, Aledo  (309) 582-7831 
Huffman's Farm & Home lawn & garden/automotive  2201 SE 3rd St, Aledo  2201 SE 3rd St, Aledo 
La Belle Vie Martini & Spirits  martini bar serving food all day 205 S College Ave, Aledo  205 S College Ave, Aledo 
Lloyd's House of Burgess gifts & accessories 700 N College Ln, Aledo  (309) 582-5715 
Main Street Antiques antiques & gifts  121 E Main St, Aledo  (309) 582-2299 
Mercer Market grocery store/deli 1600 SE 5th St, Aledo  (309) 582-3111 
Odd Betties Boutique unique resale boutique  110 E Main St, Aledo  (309) 574-0296 
Security Plus Wireless US Cellular authorized agent  1306 SE 3rd St, Aledo  (309) 582-3293 
Shirt Tales apparel & screenprinting  204 SW 2nd Ave, Aledo  (309) 582-5566 
Simply Grace      
Sweet Grass Boutique &
Deja Brew Coffee Parlour
apparel, treats & accessories 112 E Main, Aledo  (309) 582-5948 
The Computer Works device sales & repair  202 W Main, Aledo  (309) 582-8848 
The Goldsmith Jewelers full-service jeweler  103 W Main, Aledo  (309) 582-2202 
True Audio music equipment & lessons  138 W Main, Aledo  (309) 779-8163 

Health

Advanced Rehab and Sports Medicine

Our Service Philosophy: We understand that when you are hurting, you don’t have time to wait. To ensure that the impact of injury and painful conditions on your quality of life is limited, we move quickly to ensure an appointment within 24 hours and the commencement of effective treatments. Our goal is to immediately reduce pain and restore function. Whether you are suffering from automobile accident injuries to soft tissue damage, we are determined to give you the help you need to get your life back.

Conditions Regularly Treated

Whether you sprained your ankle playing basketball or are trying to get back to an active lifestyle after joint replacement surgery, we can help.

Among the conditions we treat regularly are:

  • Soft tissue injuries 
  • post-operative orthopedics 
  • temporomandibular joint disorder 
  • back and neck pain 
  • general orthopedics 
  • occupational injuries 
  • repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel 
  • paralysis 
  • amputation 
  • arthritis and fibromyalgia 
  • neurological conditions and injuries 
  • whiplash 
  • sports injuries 
  • auto injuries 
  • osteoporosis 
  • oncology 
  • TMD 

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Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care

Welcome! On behalf of the residents and staff of Aledo Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your loved one. The staff of Aledo Rehabilitation & Health Care Center strives for excellence in obtaining each resident’s individual needs and goals to attain their highest level of independence. 

Our main objective is to provide excellent nursing care. We have a very dedicated and caring nursing staff to meet your needs. We also offer an exciting activity and social service department to provide for your social needs. We strongly encourage family involvement with our residents at any time.

Thank you for the opportunity to care for you or your loved ones. If at any time you would like to offer suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call at (309) 582-5376. https://www.petersenhealthcare.net/aledo/

Brookstone of Aledo

Brookstone of Aledo offers fine senior living in our beautiful community. Our community is in a central location, only minutes from shopping, restaurants, and the Mercer County Hospital. Our residents enjoy living life their way, while receiving assistance when they need it.

We offer private apartments with private baths and kitchenettes, and we provide three home cooked meals daily, weekly laundry and housekeeping services and daily activities with weekly shopping and dining trips. Our staff is available 24/7 to assist with bathing, dressing, and grooming and medication assistance if needed. Bring your own car and come and go as you please. We truly promote independent living. Come by and see us, we’d love to make you family! http://www.meridiansenior.com/community/aledo

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo

Genesis Medical Center-Aledo is a 22-bed, critical access hospital located in Aledo, Ill., and has served the health care needs of Mercer County residents since 1950. Over the years, the hospital has added services to accommodate the evolving health care needs of the community. GMC-Aledo offers a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and community health services delivered by highly- qualified health care professionals. Our employees take great pride in their work and treat every patient as our family and friends.

Genesis Health Group, Aledo (formerly Medical Associates Clinic) opened in 1997 and employs physicians and physician’s assistants offering services in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Podiatry, Occupational Medicine and Women’s Health. Our team of medical professionals provides comprehensive general health care, including physical examinations, treatment and monitoring of chronic and acute health problems, as well as injury treatment, for both adults and children.

http://www.genesishealth.com/facilities/hospital/aledo/genesis-medical-center-aledo/

Genesis Senior Living, Aledo 

Is a 92-bed, skilled nursing facility attached to Genesis Medical Center, Aledo providing convenient access to all hospital services. Quality of care and resident satisfaction are our top priorities. Our 5-Star overall rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the highest rating a nursing home can achieve, is also the highest in Mercer County and one of the highest in the region.

Services 

Genesis Senior Living, Aledo offers a wide range of health care services including:

  • Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care
  • Transition Care
  • Short-Term Rehabilitation

Live in a caring environment.

What makes Genesis Senior Living so unique is the atmosphere of warmth and friendliness you can experience by walking into our front lobby. Each resident is treated as a family member who comes with a rich past and the potential for a great future. Be part of a community with opportunities for learning, exploring, giving and living.

Staff and Features

The nursing staff is available 24 hours a day to provide care for the residents. A registered dietitian or food service manager is available to assist with each resident’s dietary questions and/or concerns.

http://www.genesishealth.com/care-treatment/senior-living/senior-living/

Mercer County Health Department

Since 1990, the Mercer County Health Department has provided a variety of health and safety programs. Current resources & programs include - 

  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness
  • Mercer County Emergency Management Agency
  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Environmental Health
  • Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
  • Tobacco Prevention
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Asthma Awareness
  • WIC
  • Healthy Mom/Healthy Baby
  • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
  • Immunizations
  • Communicable Disease
  • Family Case Management
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Dental Health/Mobile Dental Van
  • Helping Hands Home Services 

The WIC program serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care. Many programs, such as the Healthy Mom/Healthy Baby, funded by the March of Dimes focus on health prevention and education regarding chronic diseases and reducing the risk of diseases.

MCHD is unique in its operation of the Toothmobile, a certified kitchen, the Emergency Management Agency, and Home Services. The Toothmobile is a mobile dental van that visits school sites and provides preventative care such as exams and cleanings. The Health Department subcontracts the Emergency Management Agency for the county focusing on emergency planning, trainings, and exercises for the county and emergency responders. Helping Hands Home Services provides non-medical, in-home care to residents with many different care options including household chores, errands and personal care. 

For more information on any programs please call (309)582-3759 or http://www.mercercountyil.org/Departments/Health.aspx

Education

Education

Mercer County is home to one private and two public school districts with student to teacher ratio of 13.5 to 1. Enrollment averages 1,400 among the two districts, with average expenditures per student at $5,316. The high school graduation rate is 91.1%.

Mercer County is also in close proximity (60 miles) to many colleges and universities where individuals can pursue a number of higher education degrees, while maintaining full-time employment and residency in the county. These include state universities, liberal arts and other 4-year colleges, nursing college, technical and business colleges, a graduate center, a chiropractic institution, and 2-year community colleges.

Mercer County CUSD #404 Unit Office

1002 SW 6th St
Aledo, IL 61231

Phone: (309)582-2238
http://www.mercerschools.org/

 

Sherrard CUSD #200 Unit Office

507 3rd St
PO Box 369
Sherrard, IL 61281

Phone: (309)593-4075
Fax: (309)593-4078
http://www.sherrard.us/education/district

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLSADDRESSGRADESENROLLMENT
Apollo Elementary 801 SW 9th St, Aledo Pre-K – 4th 327
 New Boston Elementary  801 SW 9th St, Aledo Pre-K – 4th  221 
Mercer County Intermediate  1002 SW 6th St, Aledo  5th – 6th  200 
Mercer County Junior High  203 N Washington St, Joy  7th – 8th  200 
Mercer County High School  1500 S College Ave, Aledo  9th – 12th   393
Sherrard Elementary  209 E 1st St, Sherrard  K – 4th  288 
Winola Elementary  1804 17th Ave, Viola  K – 4th  320 
Matherville Intermediate  1376 252nd St, Matherville  5th – 6th  250 
Sherrard Junior High  4701 176th Ave, Sherrard  7th – 8th  237 
Sherrard High School   4701 176th Ave, Sherrard 9th – 12th  543 

 

PRIVATE SCHOOLSADDRESSGRADESENROLLMENT
L'abris Academy 1109 SE 3rd St, Aledo 2nd – 12th  

 

CHILDCARE FACILITIESADDRESSAGESENROLLMENT
YMCA Children’s School 106 NE 4th St, Aledo  Pre-K  up to 73 
Project NOW Head Start  305 NW 7th St, Aledo  3 – 5 years   
Skribbles Childcare Center  710 Walnut St, New Windsor     
Time for Tots Preschool  121 Meridian St, New Windsor  Pre-K  up to 18 
Tiger Tales Childcare  504 3rd St, Sherrard  6 weeks – 12 yrs   
Red Barn Daycare 2616 60th Ave, Viola     
Mom & Me Daycare 448 82nd Ave, New Boston  1 month – 12 yrs   

 

SPECIALIZED FACILITIESADDRESSAGESENROLLMENT
High Roads Advantage 2004 SE 3rd St, Aledo  17 – 21 years   

 

LOCAL HIGHER LEARNING

 

SCHOOLTYPEMILES TOENROLLMENT
Monmouth College 4-year private liberal arts  25  1,200 
Trinity College of Nursing  2-year, 4-year & masters  28  varies 
Augustana College  4-year private liberal arts  29  2,500 
St. Ambrose University  4-year private liberal arts  31  3,343 
Carl Sandburg College  2-year community college  32  2,922 
Muscatine Community College  2-year community college  33  1,800 
Western Illinois University, QC 4-year public university  33  1,531 
Brown-Mackie College  2-year & 4-year programs  34  246 
Black Hawk College, Moline  2-year community college  35  5,271 
Knox College  4-year private liberal arts  37  1,400 
Scott Community College  2-year community college  38  5,000 
Southeastern Community College  2-year community college  44  3,225 
Black Hawk College East, Galva  2-year community college 45  712 
Western Illinois University, Macomb  4-year public university  57  10,373 

 

SPECIALIZED FACILITIESTYPEMILES TOENROLLMENT
Midwest Technical Institute  public technical/vocational school  34  varies 
Hamilton Technical College  technical school  34  233 
La’ James International College  cosmetology (Davenport)  34  76 
Capri College  cosmetology (Davenport)  35  205 
La’ James International College  cosmetology (East Moline)  35  45 
Morrison Institute of Technology  technical school  72  103 

Recreation

Mercer County Family YMCA

With a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, we strive everyday to strengthen our community based on our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.  At the Y, core values are not just a way of thinking, they are an integral part of who we are.  When you join the Y, you are coming together with men, women and children from your community who are committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. 

Throughout the year, a number of youth [something was deleted here]. To learn more, call (309) 582-5101 or visit www.mercercountyymca.org 

Hawthorn Ridge Golf Course

Whether it’s a morning cup of Joe, lunch at the turn or a post-round meal, the full-service snack bar has the goods to satisfy at reasonable prices.

A friendly staff, variable menu and affordable pricing make Hawthorn Ridge a great choice for your next event! Each year Hawthorn Ridge serves a variety of groups - from charity events to tournament competition. goal is to deliver a top-notch experience to those we serve.

When you host your event at Hawthorn Ridge, golf course staff will help you do the following:

  • Organize, market & promote your event
  • Plan a menu of food & beverages to satisfy your clientele
  • Adjust golf course setup to suit your clientele
  • Provide a beverage cart for on-course service (groups of 50 or more)
  • Provide The Mitchell Warwick Room, a picturesque dining area to suit your clientele

Completed in 2004, the newly renamed Mitchell Warwick Room offers efficient dining space in a picturesque setting. Nestled in the middle of the Hawthorn Ridge layout, the room seats up to 50 and doubles as the perfect location for your next meeting or event. For pricing & details, call (309) 582-5641 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oak View Country Club

Oak View offers all the amenities of a country club, at affordable pricing. Enjoy delicious food and your favorite drinks in the clubhouse restaurant! You’ll find a friendly staff ready to make your experience top-notch. The club offers a variety of leagues, from men’s & women’s to a Friday Night Mixed league. Throughout the year OVCC offers an array of fun golf events as well. To learn more call (309) 582-7916 or visit www.oakviewcountryclub.com

Copper’s Creek Outfitters

Copper’s Creek features home cooked meals, lodging with two private beds per room with linens provided, laundry facilities on site, and more. This handicapped accessible location offers an outdoor practice range, an on-site walk-in cooler for hanging game, pre-hung stands, and up-to-date scouting and stand placement. Snag that trophy turkey or Whitetail on over 6,500 acres of prime rolling timber and farm land. For more information call (844) 441-2608, (563) 299-9663 or visit www.copperscreek.com

 

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