Western Illinois Today

Bustos & LaHood Join Forces To Keep Peoria Ag Lab Open

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood and Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis visited the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria today. This visit comes after President Trump’s budget proposed ending federal funding for the facility, which…

Wanted: Talented Mercer County Residents

The new owners of the Aledo Opera House look to bring more movies back to Mercer County, but to do so they will need to purchase a digital projector. As a way to raise money, Dan and Michelle Mellgren are…

New Cannon On Display At VFW

  There is something new in the area that commemorates the Roosevelt Military Academy at the VFW in Aledo. Nick Seefeld tells WRMJ News a cannon is on display for the public to view. “The city allowed me to move the…

Aledo Man Arrested on Criminal Sexual Assault Warrant

An Aledo man was arrested Friday on a warrant for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault under the age of 13.  44-year-old Michael E. Daniels was taken to the Mercer County Jail where he is being held on $500,000 bond pending his…

Mercer County Unemployment Rate At 4.6 Percent

The Mercer County unemployment rate is down to 4.6 percent. The number is for April and represents a 1.4 percent improvement from the same period a year ago.  Year over year unemployment levels are also lower in Henderson, Henry, Knox,…

Local Superintendents Continue To Put Pressure On Springfield

Local school superintendents continue to put the pressure on Springfield. Eight of them traveled to the state capital this week. Henderson-Mercer-Knox-and-Warren County Regional Superintendent Jodi Scott says her area remains extremely concerned about mandated categoricals, which reimburse districts for transportation…

Memorial Day Services Planned For Area

A number of local Memorial Day services planned for this weekend. Jay Doherty of American Legion Post 121 is helping organize an event in Aledo. The 116th Annual Drury-Reynolds Memorial Day service will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the…

Bustos Quick To Criticize Trump Budget Plan

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos quick to criticize President Trump’s budget plan—specifically the nearly 20-percent cut in USDA’s budget. Bustos made her comments on the U.S. House floor Wednesday. She serves on the House Ag Committee and just last week…

Swanson Supports Industrial Hemp Bill

A Henry County farmer who also serves in the Illinois General Assembly supports industrial hemp as an alternative crop. State Representative Dan Swanson farms near Alpha. He says a neighboring state already allows farmers to grow industrial hemp. A bill…