Western Illinois Today

August Bench Trial Set In Sherrard Bus Driver DUI Case

A bench trial has been scheduled for next month in the case of a former Sherrard school bus driver charged in a DUI accident earlier this year. The driver–33 year old Dustin Leath of New Windsor–is accused of being under…

New Mercer County Board Chairman Selected Tuesday Night

The Mercer County Board will select a new County Board Chairman this week. The position is vacant due to the June 29th death of Joe Vann.  The new chairman will serve through December of 2018. The county board meets Tuesday…

Aledo Area Farmer Promoting On-Line Tool & Soybean Field Day

An Aledo area farmer continues his role with the Illinois Soybean Association. John Longley serves on the organization’s board of directors and he’s promoting a valuable on-line tool for farmers in the field. He says the organization is hosting a…

2017 Mercer County Fair Week Is Here

Mercer County Fair week starts Tuesday and Fair Board President Roger Grundstrom of New Boston expects a good time. The first Mercer County Fair was held in 1853. The only year there wasn’t a fair was in 1862 due to…

Mercer County Jail Getting Steady Stream Of Cook County Inmates

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department continues to get a steady stream of inmates from Cook County. 25 were brought in last month and more this month. Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley says the county receives $50 per day per inmate…

Davenport Woman Regular At Western Illinois Legacy Ride

A Davenport woman has become a regular at the Legacy Ride. The event honors twelve western Illinois soldiers who have died since the start of the War of Terror in 2001. Debbie Rice has been to all of them, including…

Damage To New Boston City Hall After Arson Attempt

New Boston City Hall sustains damage after someone tried to burn the building down. It happened sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.  Police Chief Mike DeFrieze spoke with WRMJ Thursday afternoon. Anyone with information on the crime can contact…

Rooth Case Remains ‘Very Active’ Investigation

It’s been nearly two months since former Mercer County Board member Fred Rooth was attacked in his rural Joy farmhouse and authorities continue to seek information on the crime. Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley says the case remains a very…