Western Illinois Today

Heat & Humidity This Week

A run of warm weather this week for the WRMJ listening area. That’s meteorologist Tom Phillip from the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities. He spoke with WRMJ early Monday morning.

Aledo City Council Reviewing Four New TIF Applications

The Aledo City Council’s TIF Committee meeting Monday to discuss four applications. They’re all from downtown developer W.J. Albertson. The properties are the former True Audio building, former True Value storefront, former Meat Market site, and the pink door building…

Genesis Offering School Physicals For Incoming Sixth And Ninth Graders

Genesis Health Group is offering free school physicals for incoming sixth and ninth graders in the Mercer County School District. Genesis Office Manager Louise Johnson says they’ll be at Mercer County Intermediate School and Mercer County Junior High on Tuesday.…

Free Pre-School Program Coming To Aledo

A free pre-school program is coming to Mercer County in the fall. Project NOW is launching its Head Start program in Aledo. The program is for children ages three to five in income-eligible families. Project NOW Head Start Director Andrea…

Volunteers Needed To Set Up Flags For Weist Funeral

Volunteers are wanted to help set up American flags for the funeral of Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Weist. People around the area are being asked to support an effort called “The Flagman’s Mission Continues.” The founder of the mission,…

Mercer County ARPA Funding Application Completed

Mercer County’s American Rescue Plan Act funding application has been completed. The total is around three-million dollars. Mercer County ARPA Fund Coordinator Kasi Henshaw provides an update.   Henshaw says the process could be wrapped up in July.

County Board Hears Extension Report

The Mercer County Board heard the University of Illinois Extension annual report Tuesday night. The extension’s Jenny Garner explains. The county contributes $64,000 to the Extension, which is matched by the state.

Hartman Bench Trial Vacated

A June 8 bench trial scheduled for a former village of Matherville employee charged in a theft investigation has been vacated. A status hearing for 69-year-old Roland E. Hartman has been set for June 20th at 9:30 am. The fact…

Weist Has Mercer County Ties

The Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy who was killed in the line of duty last week has ties with Aledo and Mercer County. Former Aledo Police Chief details how Nicholas Weist got his law enforcement career started in Aledo.   Weist…

Granite City Man Charged In Death Of Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Zone 2 was requested to investigate an officer involved death of a Knox County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Deputy. On April 29, 2022, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Galesburg Police Department (GPD)…