Jim Taylor

Boucher: At Some Point Cash Reserves Won’t Be The Answer

At some point, all Illinois schools will be running out of cash reserves.  That’s if the state doesn’t reach some kind of compromise on a full fiscal year operating budget and education spending plan says Sherrard School District superintendent Alan…

Whiteman Will Serve As Rockridge Assistant Hoops Coach

Toby Whiteman will be back on the sidelines next winter coaching basketball at Rockridge, but it will be in a secondary role. Whiteman was hired as an assistant coach last night by the Rockridge Board of Education and will serve…

Convicted Mercer County Murderer Fails In Her Latest Motion For Post-Conviction Relief

A convicted Mercer County murderer loses another attempt at post-conviction relief. 62 year old Janet Jackson was claiming she suffered from Battered Woman’s Syndrome in her latest hand written motion, which was turned down last week by Judge James Conway.…

Terry Waives Prelim In Criminal Sex Assault Case

An Aledo man has waived his preliminary hearing in a criminal sexual assault case. 20 year old Gunner Terry faces two Class X felonies. He was arrested last month following an investigation by the Aledo Police Department.  A pre-trial conference…

Mercer County ACE Camp Celebrates 21 Years

A Mercer County Ag in the Classroom project celebrating 21 years this week.  ACE Camp provides hands on learning for second graders from Apollo, New Boston and Winola Elementary Schools. The subject areas are agriculture, conservation and environment taught at…

Bustos Votes No On GOP Health Care Bill

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos a “no” vote on the GOP plan to replace Obamacare. Bustos spoke in opposition on the House floor Thursday. The bill narrowly passed 217-to-213 and now moves on to the Senate.

Rockridge Wins TRAC Baseball Title

Rockridge captures the Three Rivers Athletic Conference West Division baseball title. The Rockets clinched the conference by beating Morrison Thursday night 5-2. Elsewhere is baseball from Thursday night, Mercer County moves to 12 and 2 in the Lincoln Trail Conference with…