Jim Taylor

Orion Wins, Mercer County, Rockridge, and Sherrard Fall in Week 5

Week Five of high school football got underway on Friday night and the Mercer County Golden Eagles were looking to get over .500 for the first time this season as they took on Annawan-Wethersfield. Orion hosted Princeton for Homecoming in…

2017 Mercer County Tentative Multiplier Announced

Mercer County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform…

Speer Receives Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame Honor

An Aledo woman inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. The honor goes to Annette Speer. She was recognized for being leader of the 4-H Handy Helpers and 4-H Teen Federation, secretary for the Mercer County 4-H & Extension Foundation,…

Mercer County Unemployment Rate At 4.5 Percent

The Mercer County unemployment rate under 5-percent at 4.5 percent. The number is for August and represents an 8-point improvement from the same period a year ago. Unemployment also improved in year over year levels in Henry, Henderson, Knox, Rock…

Local Schools Catching Up On State Aid Payments

Local schools catching up on late state aid payments. An update from Rockridge superintendent Perry Miller. The next state aid payments to local school districts due September 25th.

Sherrard School District Bringing Back School Resource Officer

The Sherrard School District bringing back a school resource officer. The school board unanimously approved a $30,000 agreement last night with the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department. The officer is trained to perform three roles: law enforcement; law-related counselor; and…

Two Aledo Sex Assault Cases Moved To Next Month

Two Aledo sex assault cases have been pushed to next month. Both continuances were granted this week in Mercer County Circuit Court for Gunner Terry and Michael Daniels. The two are charged in separate investigations. Terry faces five Class X…

Mercer County Emergency Management Agency Awarded $25,000 State Grant

The Mercer County Emergency Management Agency gets a boost this week. Coordinator Jen Hamerlinck says the office was notified of a $25,000 grant from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The Mercer County Emergency Management Agency office is located at the…