Western Illinois Today

Shale City Brickyards & Wrigley Field: A Local History Lesson

For nearly 60 years the Shale City Brickyards were one of the largest employers in Mercer County. And legend has it that bricks used in the construction of Wrigley Field were produced at the Shale City site (three miles northwest…

Rockridge Wins Section 4 FFA Livestock Judging Contest

The Rockridge FFA judging team wins the Section 4 FFA Livestock Judging Contest. Eliza Lilliman was 1st Overall Novice Individual, Carter Gualey was 5th Overall Novice Individual, and Mia Freyermuth was 7th Overall Novice Individual. The Novice team was 1st…

Ameren Illinois Reminding Small Businesses Of Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Ameren Illinois reminding small businesses to take advantage of the utility’s energy efficiency programs. Businesses spend on average each year 30-percent of their total expenses on energy says Ameren’s Michelle Hibbard—and there are savings to be had. She says an…

ISP To Utilize Photo Speed Enforcement Van In Construction Zones

Illinois State Police District 7 (Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island Counties) announces the Photo Speed Enforcement Van will be deployed during the upcoming months in local construction zones. This specialized vehicle is equipped with multiple radars and cameras to…

Aledo Clean-Up Days Start Next Monday

The City of Aledo getting set for two weeks of clean-up days. The detail starts next Monday says Director of Public Works Justin Blaser. The city awarded Millenium Waste the clean-up days contract for $7,500.

Mercer County Owed $800,000 From State

The Mercer County School District is now owed $800,000 from the state of Illinois. Superintendent Scott Petire provided an update to the Unit 404 Board of Education this week. Petrie participated in a press conference Thursday attended by numerous superintendents…

Mercer County School Board Discusses ‘Athletic Cut Procedure’

Much discussion concerning an athletic cut procedure for the Mercer County School District. There was plenty of back and forth between the Unit 404 Board of Education last night and both junior high and high school coaches. Athletic Director Andrew…

WRMJ Is Back On the Air

Due to a lightening strike shortly after 8am today WRMJ was knocked off the air. We are back on the air but still not sounding the best. It is not your radio. We hope to have it corrected by 8am…

30,000 Gallon LP Tank Hit By Lightning At Gold Star FS Plant

Aledo firefighters respond to the Gold Star FS plant after a 30,000 gallon propane tank is hit by lightning. Aledo Fire Chief Dennis Litwiler says thankfully, there were no injuries or major damage. A portion of Illinois Route 17 was closed…