More than 85-hundred acres of land in northwest Illinois sold Monday for a little over $55-million dollars. The late Maurice Wilder owned the land, and the sale drew so much attention it took place at Western Illinois University in Macomb. R-D Schrader coordinated the sale;
The large tracts of Illinois land brought about $65-hundred dollars an acre. Schrader, who runs his auction company out of Indiana, said they had 64 bidders. That dropped to just a few that wanted all of the land up for sale in Fulton and Mercer counties. The final sale went to an undisclosed buyer.