Western Illinois Today

High School Sports Spotlight: High School Musical’s Troy Bolton (Mercer County’s Jake Reusch)

WRMJ News/Sports Director Jim Taylor visited with Mercer County High School senior Jake Reusch this morning. He is playing the male lead in the Mercer County High School production of “High School Musical”.  Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights…

Local Farm Bureau Effort Continues To Aid Local Foodbank

Another successful Bushels for Hunger campaign.  The joint effort between the Mercer, Rock Island, Henry and Whiteside County Farm Bureaus netted just under $24,000 this year for the River Bend Foodbank in Davenport.  A check presentation was held yesterday.  Jeff…

WRMJ Audio: Survey Shows Illinois Teacher Shortage Continues To Grow

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor visited with Mark Jontry this morning. He is the president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools. SPRINGFIELD – Four years after its debut, a new statewide study from regional school superintendents finds Illinois’…

Aledo Man To Remain Committed Under Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act

A former Aledo man will remain committed under Illinois’ Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. 44 year old Richard Stallings’ case will be reviewed again in another year while he receives treatment at an Illinois Department of Human Services secure facility,…

Conditional Release Spelled Out For Violent Mercer County Sex Offender

65-conditions are part of a former Keithsburg man’s conditional release from Illinois’ Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. The order was entered today in Mercer County Circuit Court for 48 year old Darin Brock. Among the conditions include continued treatment and…

Organizers Ready For 2019 Rhubarb Fest

Plans are underway for the 28th annual Rhubarb Festival. A meeting was held last week says co-chair of the event Pam Myers. Another meeting will be held April 30th. Rhubarb Fest is June 7th & 8th.

-38-Degrees New Record Low Temp For Illinois; Reached On Jan. 31st

Illinois’ record low temperature recorded in Illinois this winter.  The mark is -38-degrees, hit on January 31st in the northwest Illinois town of Mount Carroll, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Ray Wolf. The previous record low temp in Illinois…

Mercer County Board Debates Time-Clock For Courthouse Employees

Discussions will continue concerning a time-clock system for county employees at the Mercer County Courthouse.  The issue was brought up earlier this winter by Mercer County Board Chairman Carlos Sarabasa of Aledo and received more attention last week. A system…

Weaver’s Inmate Jobs Bill Moves Forward

When Illinois inmates are about to be released, after serving their sentences, will they be prepared to leave behind the behavior that put them in jail? They could be getting an opportunity to make that happen under local State Senator…