Western Illinois Today

Shop With A Hero Fundraiser Friday

City of Aledo employees will be bringing out their best chili and soup recipes this week to help raise money for the “Shop With Hero” program.  Aledo Police Chief Chris Sullivan details Friday’s “Chili Cook Off”. Last year almost $6,000…

Local Businessman Remembers Working For Roy Clark

Country music legend Roy Clark died today at the age of 85.  The Grammy, ACM and CMA award-winner passed away at his home in Tulsa.  Clark left a lasting memory with an Aledo businessman.  Jim Garner of the Main Street…

Sherrard Man’s Weapons Case Moved To Next Year In Federal Court

The man shot by a Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy during a weapons investigation has had his case pushed to next year in federal court.  28 year old Donovan Smith of Sherrard is facing two counts of unlawful transport of firearms…

I-280 Accident Involves Two Mercer County Drivers

Two Mercer County truck drivers involved in a three vehicle pile-up in a construction zone near the I-280 bridge in Rock Island County.  According to an Illinois State Police media release, 36 year old Steven Bonynge of Aledo was stopped…

IASB Resolution To Arm Teachers Considered This Weekend

Arming teachers and other staff members in Illinois schools.  That’s the subject of an Illinois Association of School Boards resolution that will get attention this weekend. Mercer County School Board president Julie Wagner discussed the issue with WRMJ following last…

Mercer County School Board Talks State Report Card

The Mercer County School Board talks school district report cards.  Superintendent Scott Petrie shared State Board of Education information with Unit 404 board members last night. The under-performing schools are Mercer County Intermediate School and Mercer County Jr. High with…

Illinois House Overrides Rauner Veto Of ‘Lauryn Russell Lyme Disease Bill’; Measure Sponsored By Swanson

The Illinois House votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill named in honor of a Mercer County student. The “Lauryn Russell Lyme Disease Prevention & Protection Law” won approval last spring, but was vetoed by Rauner. The…

4-H Expo Planned For This Weekend

Local 4-H members hosting a 4-H Expo this weekend.  Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties are involved in the promotion says local 4-H coordinator Tracy Fowler-Pestle. The expo is from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, again at the…