Western Illinois Today

Aledo Budgets $425,000 For More Downtown Street & Sidewalk Work

More downtown street and sidewalk work on the way. The Aledo City Council approved final plans for phase 3 last night says Public Works Director Justin Blaser. The city has budgeted $425,000 for the project, which will be funded through…

Mercer County Crime Stoppers Seeking Info On Wanted New Boston Man

Mercer County Crime Stoppers currently seeking information regarding the location of a wanted person. 31 year old Joshua Dale Session with a last known address of 715 Oak Street New Boston, is currently wanted out of Mercer County on numerous…

WRMJ Interview: The Stage Has Been Good To Rockridge Senior Mueller

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with Rockridge senior Maddie Mueller this morning. She is playing Wilbur in the Rockridge Theater Department production of Charlotte’s Web. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the Rockridge High School…

Day Receives Principal Honor

Mercer County High School principal Stacey Day earns recognition from a peer group.  Unit 404 superintendent Scott Petrie says it’s a nice honor for the district. The Blackhawk Region of the Illinois Principals Association includes Rock Island, Mercer, Henry and…

Illinois Dealing With Full-Time & Substitute Teacher Shortage

Illinois lawmakers are still trying to find the best way to get teachers into the state’s classrooms.  Over 90 percent of schools in the state say they have trouble finding either full time or substitute teachers—that includes local schools like…

Mercer County Deputies Involved In Two-State Chase Over Weekend

A two-state police chase involved deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department over the weekend. The high speed pursuit began in Warren County and entered Mercer County early Saturday. Mercer County Deputies were able to deploy stop sticks in two…

Mercer County High School Hall of Fame Interviews Class of 2018

WRMJ News/Sports Director Jim Taylor spoke with members of the 2018 Mercer County High School Hall of Fame class. Jon DeClerck–2003 Aledo grad and Texas Tech livestock judging coach: DeClerk’s agriculture teacher Mike Chausse: Zach Nelson–state champion wrestler and member…

Staley Satisfied With Two Prison Sentences Handed Down In Mercer County Circuit Court This Week

Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley pleased to see two prison sentences handed down in Mercer County Circuit Court this week.  One case involved defendant Jesse Walsh of Sherrard, who was accused of running over Deputy Dennis Sabel. The other case…

Local Schools Worried About Governor’s Plan To Shift Pension Costs

Shifting much of the state’s pension burden to local schools is something that worries Sherrard superintendent Alan Boucher. Governor Bruce Rauner made that call yesterday in his budget address. Boucher says yes, schools are receiving new education funding dollars, but…