Author: Jim Taylor

Mercer County Unemployment Rate At 4.6 Percent

The Mercer County unemployment rate is down to 4.6 percent. The number is for April and represents a 1.4 percent improvement from the same period a year ago.  Year over year unemployment levels are also lower in Henderson, Henry, Knox,…

WRMJ Audio: Nighttime Baseball Sounds With Eagles

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor covered last night’s Mercer County 9-8-sectional baseball victory over El Paso-Gridley.     Mercer County head baseball coach Nick Basala: Brandon Skovronski; Jake Reusch and Jaden Dellitt:  

Local Superintendents Continue To Put Pressure On Springfield

Local school superintendents continue to put the pressure on Springfield. Eight of them traveled to the state capital this week. Henderson-Mercer-Knox-and-Warren County Regional Superintendent Jodi Scott says her area remains extremely concerned about mandated categoricals, which reimburse districts for transportation…

Memorial Day Services Planned For Area

A number of local Memorial Day services planned for this weekend. Jay Doherty of American Legion Post 121 is helping organize an event in Aledo. The 116th Annual Drury-Reynolds Memorial Day service will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the…

Bustos Quick To Criticize Trump Budget Plan

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos quick to criticize President Trump’s budget plan—specifically the nearly 20-percent cut in USDA’s budget. Bustos made her comments on the U.S. House floor Wednesday. She serves on the House Ag Committee and just last week…

Swanson Supports Industrial Hemp Bill

A Henry County farmer who also serves in the Illinois General Assembly supports industrial hemp as an alternative crop. State Representative Dan Swanson farms near Alpha. He says a neighboring state already allows farmers to grow industrial hemp. A bill…

Aledo Rhubarb Festival Just One Week Away

A little over one week away from the Aledo Rhubarb Festival.  Aledo Main Street Executive Director Dana Murphy says she’s getting ready. The 26th annual Rhubarb Fest is June 2nd and 3rd. The festival has a new website this year…

Trump Win Gives Republicans In 17th Congressional District Hope In Unseating Bustos

Despite a strong showing by Donald Trump in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, local Republicans still see defeating Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos as a tough task. Bustos just won re-election with 60 percent of the vote. But Andrew Chesney, chair of the…