Western Illinois Today

Mercer County School District Now Owed $1-Million From State

The Mercer County School District has reached the $1-million mark in money owed from the state.  Yes, $1-million says Unit 404 superintendent Scott Petrie. Petrie shared the financial information with the Mercer County School Board Wednesday night.

More Information Released In Mercer County Criminal Sexual Assault Investigation

More information released on a criminal sexual assault investigation conducted by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.  Bond has been set at $50,000 for 30 year old Eric Maurice Thirtyacre of rural Aledo. He was arrested Tuesday and officially charged Wednesday…

Black Hawk East Product World Livestock Auctioneer Champ

The 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion hails from west-central Illinois. Brian Curless of Pittsfield won the competition last weekend in Billings, Montana. With the win, Curless now has a key voice for the Livestock Marketing Association. Curless is a Black…

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Announce Arrest Following Sex Assault Investigation

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department announcing an arrest following a sexual assault investigation. 30 year old Eric Maurice Thirtyacre of rural Aledo was taken into custody Tuesday. He has been charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. …

Rural Development Loan Helping Viola Home Telephone Co. Extend 100-Plus Miles Of Fiber Cable

Viola Home Telephone Company has been awarded a $3.3 million Rural Development loan to construct 104 miles of fiber cable. According to FarmWeekNow, the company also plans to provide supporting equipment to deliver enhanced telecommunications services to its rural subscribers.…

Aledo Sex Assault Case Moved To July

An Aledo man charged with five Class X felonies in a sex assault case will return to court next month. 20 year old Gunner Terry made a brief appearance in Mercer County Circuit Court this morning with his pre-trial conference…

Final Decision On Aledo Beekeeping Ordinance Expected Next Month

The Aledo City Council hears opposition to a proposed ordinance banning beekeeping in town. No final action taken last night. The matter will likely be decided at the next meeting—July 3rd says Mayor Chris Hagloch. Six people spoke against the…

Remembering New Windsor, Viola and Winola High School Traditions

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with 1963 Winola High School graduate Jim Robinson this morning. He’s helping organize this weekend’s 86th Annual Alumni Reunion of the former New Windsor, Viola and Winola High Schools.  The event is Saturday night…