Category: Western Illinois Today

Augustana College: ‘Free-Expression Zone’ Doesn’t Limit Free Speech


Augustana College is insisting its “free-expression zone” doesn’t limit free speech, but a free-speech advocacy group has expressed concerns. After finding some political, but not vulgar, election messages written around campus, Augie is now limiting student expression on the election…

Early Voting Begins Today In Illinois


Early voting begins today in Illinois.  If you can’t wait to cast your ballot, you can do so before Election Day. Locally, that can be done at the Mercer County Clerk’s office.  State Board of Elections’ Jim Tenuto says early…

$1,000 Gift Will Help Mercer County K-9 Officer

Deputy Jim Unsworth receives $1,000 donation from Dorothy Palmer Unsworth for K-9 officer body armor.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer will be better protected thanks to a $1,000 donation. The contribution is from Dorothy Palmer Unsworth in honor of her late husband—Jack Palmer. And Sheriff Dave Staley says gifts like that are very…

October 1st Grant Meeting Planned In New Boston


A meeting is planned for this weekend in New Boston to discuss the city’s $400,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Mayor Chris DeFrieze says in addition to the 1 p.m. meeting on Saturday there will also be…

General Grind & Machine Celebrates 40 Years


Aledo’s General Grind & Machine is celebrating 40 years in business this year. WRMJ’s John Hoscheidt spoke with founder Ed Long and current owner Mark Bieri this week on the WRMJ Focus program.

Mercer County Counselor Provides FAFSA Filing Reminder

Mercer County High School guidance counselor Tami Hainds

Mercer County High School guidance counselor Tami Hainds reminding current and prospective college students of a new filing date for financial aid.  She says the FAFSA process starts much earlier this year. Again, the website is ““.

Last Monday In September Now Gold Star Families Day In Illinois

New Windsor native Bryant J. Luxmore killed in action in June 2012.

Illinois mothers who lost children in service to the U.S. military have a day in their honor, and now the entire family does too.  The last Monday in September, a day after Gold Star Mother’s Day, is now Gold Star Families Day…