Western Illinois Today

‘Dry’ Heat Hurting Emerging Corn Crop In Western Illinois

The emerging corn crop doesn’t look very well in Western Illinois. Chad Bell farms in Viola. He describes what his conditions look like. He’s hoping for some relief soon. The last measurable rainfall for Bell occurred 19 days ago—only two-tenths…

Bond Reduced In Aledo Sex Abuse Case

Bond has been reduced for an Aledo man facing ten felony sex abuse/sex assault counts. 44 year old Michael E. Daniels was being held on $500,000 bond, but that amount was lowered to $150,000 late this morning in Mercer County…

Information Being Gathered For Likely RMA Demolition

More information being gathered to determine the fate of the last remaining remnants of the former Roosevelt Military Academy. Aledo Mayor Chris Hagloch says because of the awful conditions of the two shuttered dorms, the only viable option seems to…

Bewley Steps Down As Mercer County Softball Coach

Daryl Bewley is stepping down as Mercer County softball coach. In two different stints, he coached a total of 18 seasons for Aledo and then Mercer County, compiling 264 wins. Mercer County athletic director Andrew Hofer says there is no…

Mercer County Authorities Continue To Seek Whereabouts Of ‘Mercer County’s Best Meth Cook’

Mercer County authorities continue to seek the whereabouts of the man described as “Mercer County’s best meth cook.” A $100,000 arrest warrant was issued for 23 year old Charles Peacock in March after he failed to appear for a hearing…

BHC Holding Orientations This Summer For Highway Construction Program

Black Hawk College offering orientations this summer for the next session of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program. The 13-week class aims to increase the number of minorities, women  and disadvantaged individuals working on Illinois Department of Transportation highway construction…

Rockridge Grad Lofgren Back On Sidelines; His Son Back Home

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor caught up with Riverdale boys basketball coach and Rockridge grad Mark Lofgren on Sunday. Lofgren’s three-year old son Blaine was hospitalized in Iowa City last winter receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer. He’s back home now…