Western Illinois Today

‘Pop Up Shops’ Again Offered At Button Building Later This Month

Aledo Main Street again offering “Pop Up Shops” at the Button Building in downtown Aledo later this month. It costs just $20 to reserve a space says Main Street Executive Director Dana Murphy. Again, www.aledomainstreet.com has additional information available. The…

Added Enforcement For Mercer County Sheriff’s Dept. Over Weekend

Results released from a special detail conducted by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department over the weekend. The effort was funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The added enforcement on Saturday resulted in citations for speeding and…

Bustos To Play Key Role For Democratic Party In 2018 Election Cycle

Not only will Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos face a challenge from Republicans in the 2018 election cycle, but she’s also been appointed by Democrats to help candidates with game planning, specifically in rural areas. Bustos was one of just…

Funds Continue To Be Raised For Proposed Viola Dog Park

Funds continue to be raised for a proposed dog park in Viola.  JoAnn Heil is leading the effort. The Village of Viola is donating land for the project. It’s located near the Viola Cemetery. Heil says funds are being raised…

RMA Alumni Hoping For Memorial At Site Of Former School

A 1947 graduate of the Roosevelt Military Academy sad to hear that the two last standing buildings of the former school are coming down.  The Aledo City Council has retained an engineer to draw up demolition bid specs for Niles…

Out-Of-County Prisoner Count Strong At Mercer County Jail

The Mercer County Jail continues with a steady stream of out of county prisoners. Sheriff Dave Staley provided an update earlier this week. The county receives $65 per day per U.S. Marshals Service prisoner and $50 per day per Cook…

Mercer County Loses Valuable Resource In Braucht; Joy Woman Had Great Passion For Local History

The Mercer County community losing a valuable resource.  Stephanie Braucht of Joy died Wednesday. Her passion was researching local history and she was a frequent guest on WRMJ airwaves. The last story she told us was the day the Chicago…