Western Illinois Today

Mercer County Board Meeting Will Take Place Over Phone/Electronically

For the first time ever, the Mercer County Board will be meeting via telephone and electronically. Mercer County Administrator Ron Fullerlove says the move is due to COVID-19 restrictions.   Aledo City Clerk Jarod Dale says Monday’s Aledo City Council…

2020 Aledo Rhubarb Fest Canceled

The COVID-19 threat has resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 Aledo Rhubarb Festival in June. WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with festival co-chair Pam Myers Friday Morning.

YMCA Children’s School Gains Emergency Child Care License; Benefits Child Care Needs Of Essential Workers

The Mercer County YMCA Children’s School has been able to meet a need as they requested and received an emergency child care license during this COVID-19 pandemic. The children school’s Lisa Clawson says the action benefits essential workers that need…

Bustos Talks Stimulus Check Timing

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says one of the main questions she has been hearing is when will stimulus checks be arriving. She addressed that issue during a conference call with reporters on Thursday.  

Weaver Believes Some State Trails Should Remain Open Under Certain Conditions

Local State Senator Chuck Weaver says citizens should be allowed to utilize the state’s expansive outdoor trail systems at this time. He says not for congregating in, but for movement activities—like walking/running, biking, or equestrian activities. All state parks are…

First Positive COVID-19 Test In Mercer County

The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first resident from Mercer County to test positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The case is a ­­­­male between the ages of 60-80. Due to…

Farmland Market Update

What is the farmland market looking like? An update from Dale Jones with Sullivan Auctioneers.   With COVID-19 restrictions now in place, auctions have moved to an online virtual format.