Western Illinois Today

Mercer County Unemployment Rate 4.6 Percent

Mercer County’s unemployment rate is at 4.6 percent. The July number released today from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and represents a seven-point improvement from the same time a year ago. Unemployment is also down from year over year…

Aledo Antique Days and New Boston Fish & Chicken Fry This Weekend

A Big weekend in Mercer County with Aledo Antique Days and the New Boston Fish and Chicken Fry.  Antique Days features a big car show on Saturday says Aledo Main Street Executive Director Dana Murphy. Activities are planned Friday, Saturday…

No State Aid Payments, But Mercer County Gets Some Categorical Help

Still no state aid payments for this school year, but local schools are receiving some late categorical payments from last school year.  Mercer County School District Superintendent Scott Petrie says they’ll take what they can get. Most school boards are…

WRMJ Interview: IHSA’s Anderson Talks Participation Numbers, Eight-Man Football & State Tourney Structure

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor spoke with IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson this morning. The two discussed many topics–including football participation numbers, the idea of eight-man football, state tournament series structure and success factor and multiplier.

New Aledo Mobil Mart Owner Seeks Video Gaming License

There’s a new owner of the Aledo Mobil Mart and he wants a video gaming license. But the application also requires him to have a liquor license says Chris Greene, who is a video gaming terminal operator.  He spoke to…

Staley: Old Scam Making Comeback

Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley says an old scam is making a comeback.  He’s offering this warning. Staley says if you give a scammer money, it is highly unlikely you will ever get it back.

Lower Running For Re-Election

Mercer County Treasurer Bev Lower has announced she is running for re-election. She was first elected in 2014, defeating Sandy Bull.  Lower is running on the Democratic ticket in the 2018 election cycle.