Jim Taylor

Swanson & Weaver Reaction To Governor’s Budget Address

In his speech to the General Assembly, Wednesday Rauner again called upon lawmakers to balance the calls for tax increases with reforms that would signal to businesses that Illinois is a place they can thrive. Rauner said that, had the…

Area Farmers Continue With Efforts To Replenish Food Banks

Farmers from five area counties continue with efforts to help feed those in need in the region.  The Bushels for Hunger program has had great participation from grain producers in Mercer, Henry, Stark, Rock Island and Whiteside Counties, including New…

First ‘Pop Up Shops’ Successful For Aledo Main Street

The Button Building was back in business last weekend.  The first ever “Pop Up Shops” were a success says Aledo Main Street Executive Director Dana Murphy. The “Pop Up Shops” is a joint project between Aledo Main Street and the…

Eagles Rally For Senior Night Win

Mercer County trailed 12-1 to start the game but rallied to lead at halftime en route to a 59-44 senior night victory over West Central in Lincoln Trail Conference boys basketball Tuesday night.  In other LTC play Princeville topped United…

White Supporting Seat Belts On School Bus Legislation

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing his support for new legislation requiring seat belts on school buses. White’s public stance comes just days after a school bus carrying the Teutopolis basketball team was involved in a crash while…

Halpin’s Bill Eliminates Statute Of Limitations On Certain Sex Crimes

Newly elected State Representative Mike Halpin has introduced legislation aimed to eliminate the statute of limitations on various child sex crimes such as child pornography and attempted solicitation of a child. House Bill 744 would remove the statute of limitations…

Tigers Advance To Sectional Championship

The Sherrard Tigers are headed back to the sectional championship game for the first time since 2014 after beating Peoria Christian 53-29 at the Class 2A Rockridge Girls Sectional Monday night.  The Tigers avenged a loss to the Crusaders from…