Western Illinois Today

Kleine Leaves House Race

Republican businessman Mark Kleine has withdrawn from the 17th District congressional race.  The Galesburg resident submitted his withdrawal Tuesday, but will remain on the March 20 primary ballot, missing the January 11 deadline to remove his name.  Kleine sent a…

Hasson Honored As Outstanding Administrator By Illinois Music Education Association

Rockridge High School principal Katy Hasson earning recognition from the Illinois Music Education Association. She has been named the organization’s “Outstanding Administrator” says Rockridge choral director Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger. Fischer-Oelschlaeger also tells WRMJ that the Rockridge madrigal singers will be performing the…

2018 Will Feature New Library In Aledo

The New Year will feature a $1-million library project in Aledo.  The Mercer Carnegie Library is moving forward with a 4,400 square foot facility in 2018 says library director Catherine Worsley. The new library will be located along East Main…

Aledo Crime Rate Down

Aledo Police Chief Chris Sullivan reported to the city council that Aledo’s crime rate has dropped last year. The council also recognized officer Gary Unsworth who had announced his retirement effective January 8th.  Unsworth had been employed in the law…

Aledo Business To Expand

Cardinal Chrome Plating is adding a new plating line to its business.  Tuesday night the Aledo City Council approved a TIF agreement with the owner of the business, Chris Shull.  Located in Aledo’s Industrial Park, Cardinal Chrome Plating will utilize…

Rhubarb Fest Planning Meeting Set For Later This Month

Plans in motion for the 2018 Rhubarb Festival. The first meeting is later this month says organizer Pam Myers. The meeting is Tuesday, January 30th, at 7 p.m. at the Aledo Fire Station. The 2018 Rhubarb Fest is June 1st…

Mercer County American Red Cross Community Blood Drive Tuesday

Blood supplies running low this time of year with post-holidays and winter weather, but the monthly American Red Cross community blood drive is set for this week in Mercer County.  Red Cross spokesman Joe Zydlo says there is an urgent…

WRMJ Interview: Out Of Her Comfort Zone, But The Crown Fits Nicely For Mercer County Fair Queen Finch

WRMJ News/Sports Director Jim Taylor caught up with reigning Mercer County Fair Queen Josie Finch on Wednesday night just prior to her basketball game against United High School.  Finch, a senior at Mercer County High School, leaves next week for…