Western Illinois Today

2017 Mercer County Grad Lloyd Named Young Entrepreneur Of The Year

2017 Mercer County High School graduate Matthew Lloyd has been named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Entrepreneurial Support Network of West Central Illinois for his Lloyd’s Farm Fresh Eggs business. He spoke with WRMJ News Director Jim…

Aledo Plans To Create Own Raffle Ordinance; No Fees

The City of Aledo plans to create its own raffle and poker run ordinance. Mercer County Board Chairman Joe Vann brought up the issue at this month’s county board meeting, but City Administrator Erin Knackstedt says the city would be…

Halpin Honors Rockridge Music Program

State Representative Mike Halpin visited Rockridge High School this morning to formally recognize the Music Department for their Third Straight IHSA Class B Sweepstakes State Championship.  Rep. Halpin read a formal resolution and presented a certificate to the students at…

Four More Mercer County: Better Together Community Forums Planned

The group Mercer County: Better Together has four more community forums over the next month.  Seven already have been held since February says steering committee member Russell Medley of the University of Illinois Extension. Additional community forums are planned for…

Motorcyclist Injured In Weekend Accident Near Aledo

One person injured following a weekend accident near Aledo.  According to a Mercer County Sheriff’s Department press release, a motorcyclist was traveling on Illinois Route 94 when he swerved to avoid a truck driven by 44 year old Aaron M.…

College Avenue Construction Complete In Downtown Aledo

College Avenue in downtown Aledo is open again.  Construction that began March 20th was completed Friday morning.  Aledo Mayor Chris Hagloch says things went well. The city will hold a Community Construction Celebration on Friday, May 19th from 5  to 7…

Plea Date Set In Child Porn Case Against Aledo Man

A June 14th plea hearing has now been scheduled for an Aledo man facing federal child pornography charges. 35 year old Joaquin Cook remains in U.S. Marshals Service custody. The federal case against him was announced in February. The child…

Six Vehicles Swiped From Coyne Center Area Neighborhood

The Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department reporting that six vehicles have been stolen from a neighborhood south of Coyne Center. Four have now been recovered. Deputies say all of the vehicles were unlocked with keys inside and one case involved…