Jim Taylor

Aledo Fire Department Fireworks Tradition Continues

It’s not easy putting on a local fireworks show.  You have to be licensed and trained and plus the fireworks cost money.  Aledo Fire Chief Dennis Litwiler says the department is ready for another Fourth of July display. The City…

Both Swanson & Halpin Vote Against $5.4-Billion Tax Increase

After more than two hours of heated, often emotionally charged debate, Illinois House Democrats on Sunday approved a tax increase in excess of $5 billion – the largest in state history – with some Republican support, according to the Illinois…

Mercer County Community Band Celebrating 16th Year

The Mercer County Community Band celebrating its 16th year this summer and they’ll perform at the Aledo Central Park Band Shell on the Fourth of July says director Rusty Ruggles. The frog races begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday and again,…

27 Years Of Fourth Of July Frog Racing In Aledo

The Aledo Exchange Club continuing to have great participation with the “Annual Fourth of July Dr. Charles Ford Frog Race”. The late Dr. Ford & Dave Lawson—two founding members of the club—started the event 27 years ago. Exchange club member…

Mercer County Board Chairman Joe Vann Dies

Mercer County Board Chairman Joe Vann has died.  He was 63. Vann was on the WRMJ airwaves many times over the years including in March of 2017, when he spoke about a cash flow management plan for the county. Vann…

Year 50 For Matherville Fireworks

A big milestone for fireworks at Lake Matherville next week. This marks the 50th year for the event, which is held on July 3rd at dusk. Tara Osborne is with the Matherville Fireworks Association. All donated proceeds that night go…

WRMJ Interview: Lucas No Stranger To Coops, Consolidations Or New Experiences

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor spoke with new assistant Mercer County football coach Fred Lucas this morning.  Lucas is the former head coach at United and also had coaching stints with former co-ops–the Westwood Wolfpack (Westmer/Yorkwood); the Yorkwood-Roseville Bearcats and…

Westmer Grad Dunn Worried About Illinois Colleges & Universities Losing Accreditation With Ongoing Budget Strife

Westmer grad Randy Dunn speaking on behalf of the plight of state universities stemming from the ongoing budget stalemate in Springfield. The Higher Learning Commission warns lawmakers that a continued lack of funding could lead to public colleges and universities…

WRMJ Interview: Four-Time State Champ Alber Lending Knowledge At Orion Wrestling Camp

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor spoke with four-time IHSA state wrestling champion Josh Alber this morning. The former Dakota High School graduate is in Orion this week helping with the Chargers Summer Wrestling Camp. Alber finished his high school career…

Aledo Multi-Use Path Project Delayed If No State Budget

An Aledo project could be delayed if there is no state budget agreement by Friday. It’s the proposed multi-use path to the Walmart intersection says Director of Public Works Justin Blaser. The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant for the project…