Western Illinois Today

Suspect Who Shot & Killed Sherrard Grad At QC Gas Station Has Died From Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Bettendorf police have identified a northern Illinois man as the suspect who shot and killed a Sherrard High School grad working at a Quad City convenience store last month. 28 year old Brittany Wilson was gunned down during a robbery…

Local Seminar Looks At Passing On The Farm

Succession planning on the farm the topic of a special program in lower Rock Island County. One of the presenters Tuesday at Milan’s Camden Center was Roseville native Michael Downey, now with Farm Financial Strategies in Lisbon, Iowa.   The…

Market Analyst Talks Futures Vs. Basis With Mercer County Farmers

The cash market should give local producers some opportunity heading toward harvest. It’s all about basis says AgriVisor’s Karl Setzer.   Setzer spoke with local farmers at a Mercer County Farm Bureau breakfast Tuesday morning.

Sherrard Man Sentenced Oct. 7 In Federal Weapons Case

A new sentencing date has been scheduled for a Sherrard man on federal weapons charges. 30 year old Donovan C. Smith will now be sentenced October 7 at U.S. District Court in Peoria. The date was set yesterday. Smith pleaded…

Viola Still Working On ‘Crossroads’ Plan

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with Viola Mayor Kirk Doonan this afternoon regarding the latest update on the “Viola Crossroads” project at the intersection Illinois Route 17 and U.S. Route 67.

Extended Media Coverage Allowed In Haley Case

Cameras and microphones will be allowed in the courtroom to cover a Viola man’s case in Mercer County Circuit Court. Today, Judge Peter Church denied a defense motion objecting to extended media coverage for 44 year old James Eric Haley.…

1974: The First “Big” Local Playoff Game–Sherrard vs. Alexis

This Saturday, Sherrard High School will honor the 1974 football team.  1974 marked the first ever year of the IHSA high school football playoffs and Sherrard lost to Alexis that year in the 2A semifinals, 10-to-9 in double overtime.  WRMJ…

WIU Teaching Corps Program Benefits From Looser-Flake Foundation

The Looser-Flake Foundation partnering with Western Illinois University for a new teaching corps program. The initiative aims to help rural school districts, who are facing teaching shortages says the foundation’s Kelly Thompson. The Looser-Flake Foundation was started through a generous…

Ameren Illinois Reminding About 811

Call before you dig. It’s the law. Ameren Illinois and a large collation of other groups want farmers and all landowners to dial 811 before doing something as simple as driving a stake into the ground. Gina Meehan Taylor with…