Category: Western Illinois Today

Staley Warns Of Phone Scam

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department alerting residents of a phone scam. Sheriff Dave Staley says be cautious when someone is trying to solicit money over the phone. Staley says any collection of monies regarding fines are handled through standard court…

New Boston Man Charged With Unlawful Grooming

A New Boston man is facing a Class 4 felony—charged with unlawful grooming. 23 year old Isaiah Urquiza is accused of using a “cellular phone in an attempt to entice a minor child, to commit the offense criminal sexual abuse,…

Rockridge Looks At Elementary Building Usage & Space

The Rockridge School Board is examining space and usage issues at its elementary buildings.  Superintendent Perry Miller says the district currently utilizes three facilities for its younger students—Andalusia, Taylor Ridge and Illinois City. Miller is hopeful the board can make…

Driver Hits Power Pole Near Sherrard

One person injured in a one-vehicle crash in rural Sherrard.  The accident occurred last night on 170th Avenue, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle had struck a power pole.  The driver–whose name has not been released–was taken…

Five Statewide FFA Officers For WRMJ Listening Area In Last Nine Years

Local FFA chapters celebrating National FFA week and for the fifth time in nine years, the WRMJ listening area boasts an Illinois FFA officer—the latest is United High School grad J.C. Campbell serving as Illinois FFA president. Campbell’s term runs through…

Bustos Not Running For Governor

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos isn’t running for governor. She announced yesterday she won’t run for the Democratic nomination next year. Bustos says she wants to stay in Washington, DC and try and make her mark there.

Help Is Always Needed For Aledo’s Rhubarb Festival

Although there are now new co-chairs in charge of Aledo’s Rhubarb Festival, the organization process remains basically the same.  Pam Myers and Pam Ricke are overseeing the event and Myers says help is always appreciated as the festival draws near.…

Farm Management Specialist Tells Local Farmers He’s Cautiously Optimistic About Ag Economy

A leading farm management specialist tells Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa producers that he’s cautiously optimistic about the ag economy.  Steve Johnson is with Iowa State University.  He says since last fall’s harvest, all commodity prices are up and that’s…

Local Superintendents Waiting To Hear More Details On Governor’s Plan To Fully Fund Transportation

Local superintendents heard Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner say “fully fund transportation” in his latest state budget address.  Specific details haven’t been divulged as to how that will be accomplished, but to districts like Rockridge, fully funding transportation would be huge…