Western Illinois Today

Weekend Rains Stall Planting In Western Illinois

Planting was rolling along at a good pace in Western Illinois until heavy rains moved through over the weekend. Mercer County Farm Bureau president Michael Zecher on his progress so far. Other than stalling planting, the weekend rains haven’t caused…

New Sentencing Date Set In Mercer County Sex Abuse Case

A new sentencing date has been scheduled for a former Mercer County man in a sex abuse case. 47 year old Loren Jasper was originally sentenced to 28-years in prison for Class X and Class 1 felonies in February of…

Aledo’s Monument Park Getting Upgrades

Aledo’s Monument Park getting some upgrades.  The park includes a memorial honoring the 352 Mercer County soldiers killed during the Civil War says Aledo Economic Development Director Tarah Sipes. The park was originally dedicated in 1868. It’s located just south…

Fullerlove Reelected Sherrard School Board President

Rhys Fullerlove has been re-appointed to a two-year term as president of the Sherrard School Board. And Sue Lyon will remain as vice president. Also Monday night, the school board unanimously voted to increase substitute bus driver pay from $14…

Mercer County Health Dept. Collecting Dead Birds For West Nile Testing

The Mercer County Health Department will be submitting dead birds to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Urbana for West Nile virus testing through October 15th.  In addition to crows and blue jays, the lab will be accepting…

Ruggles Pleased With 2017 Band Shell Schedule

Even though Sunday’s 12th Annual Aledo Central Park Band Shell Grand Opening was wiped out by wet weather, there’s still plenty of entertainment lined-up over the next several months. Band Shell spokesman Rusty Ruggles pleased with the schedule. The Comedy…

WRMJ Sportsline Interview: The WRMJ Story

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor visited with WRMJ founder Roger Coleman on the WRMJ Sportsline this morning. WRMJ Owner/General Manager John Hoscheidt also participated in the conversation. Part 1: Part 2:

Mercer County School District Would Be Big Winner Under Evidence Based School Funding Approach

The Mercer County School District would be a big winner under an evidence based school funding formula getting attention in Springfield. The bill’s sponsor—State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington released numbers this week that show Unit 404 would receive $730,000…