Jim Taylor

Settlement Being Discussed In Sex Assault Case Against Rural Aledo Man

A settlement being discussed in a criminal sexual assault case filed against a rural Aledo man. That information divulged during a pre-trial conference for 30 year old Eric Maurice Thirtyacre this morning in Mercer County Circuit Court. He was arrested…

24th Year For Mercer County Youth Livestock Auction

The Mercer County Youth Livestock Auction now in its 24th year. The latest sale is Friday night at 6 p.m. in the Swine Barn on the Mercer County Fairgrounds says organizer Mike Peterson. Peterson says they’ll be having a special…

Executive Clemency Denied In 1986 Mercer County Murder Case

Convicted Mercer County murderer Janet Jackson denied in her executive clemency request. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board notified the Mercer County State’s Attorney’s office of Governor Bruce Rauner’s decision late last month. Jackson can file another petition next June. In…

High Praise For Quality Of Livestock At Mercer County Fair

High praise for the quality of livestock at the Mercer County Fair this week. Joseph Ratliff–a University of Illinois grad and Ashland, Illinois native served as the 4-H beef show judge earlier this week. The Mercer County Youth Livestock Auction…

WRMJ Interview: State Champ Kicker Back In Town, Wants To Stay

WRMJ General Manager John Hoscheidt spoke with Teryima Manta today. Manta, a foreign exchange student and orphan from Nigeria,was the kicker for the 2012 state championship Mercer County High School football team. He’s back in Aledo this summer and hopes…

Rock Island County May Try For Public Safety Sales Tax Again

If Rock Island County leaders make another push for a public safety sales tax, expect to hear a lot about the broken jail air conditioner. County Administrator Dave Ross says the countywide sales tax, which voters soundly defeated last fall,…

Doherty Running For Mercer County Clerk

An Aledo City Council member has announced he’s running for Mercer County Clerk in the 2018 election cycle. Jay Doherty is seeking the Republican nomination for the office. Doherty also serves as chairman of the Mercer County Republican Central Committee.

Mercer County Board Hears How State Budget Issues Will Impact County

Local governments starting to sort out the details after the state of Illinois finally has a full operating budget. Consultant Cat Lange with Bellwether discussed the issue with the Mercer County Board last night. Lange says the county expects to…