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V.P. Pence Campaigns for Republican Rodney Davis

V.P. Pence Campaigns for Republican Rodney Davis

Vice-President Mike Pence at Friday’s fundraiser in Springfield (Photo by Dave Dahl) By Katherine Murphy Vice-President Mike Pence was in Springfield last week, campaigning for Republican Congressman Rodney Davis. Davis hails from Taylorville and is working to retain his seat in the Illinois 13th Congressional District. Pence said that  keeping Davis in office could be…MORE

Education Leaders say Teacher Shortage Getting Worse

Education Leaders say Teacher Shortage Getting Worse

Regional Superintendent of Schools Mark Jontry (WJEZ file photo) By Katherine Murphy Regional School Superintendent Mark Jontry says Illinois schools are facing real challenges in the near future as they try to keep quality teachers in classrooms. According to Jontry, there aren’t qualified candidates to replace teachers who are retiring or leaving the profession. Illinois’s…MORE

Weekend Sports Roundup

Weekend Sports Roundup

By Kevin Bessler High School Football from the weekend Pontiac 49 St. Thomas More 0 Monticello 49 Prairie Central 20 Eureka 24, Fieldcrest 14 Tremont 41, FCW 0 Dwight 51, Hoopeston Area 0 WJEZ will carry Pontiac’s game this Friday night as they host Rantoul.  Coverage begins at 6:55pm. NFL Football- Miami Dolphins 31 Chicago…MORE

New Level of Security at PTHS and LACC

New Level of Security at PTHS and LACC

By Todd Wineburner An enhanced security system at Pontiac’s District 90 will help district employees monitor visitors. Superintendent Jon Kilgore told WJEZ that the RAPTOR system, a system currently in use at other area districts including Pontiac’s District 429,  was recommended by School Resource Officer Brian Enderli. After asssessing the system’s capabilities and cost, the…MORE

District 90’s Fiscal Health is Good

District 90’s Fiscal Health is Good

By Todd Wineburner Pontiac District 90 Superintendent Jon Kilgore says the district’s fiscal situation is good and getting better. The District 90 board met Tuesday and heard the results of an audit conducted by Rick Phillips of Phillips and Associates, and Kilgore says the overall tone of the report was positive. The district’s overall status…MORE

Sports for Thursday

Sports for Thursday

By Kevin Bessler NFL Football- The Philadephia Eagles visit the New York Giants tonight. Major League Baseball– Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant recently turned down a long-term offer from the team worth more than $200 million, according to multiple reports. NHL- The Chicago Blackhawks are on the road tonight in Minnesota to play the Wild.…MORE

Wednesday Morning Sports

Wednesday Morning Sports

By Kevin Bessler Girls High School Volleyball– Pontiac lost to Tolono Unity in 3 sets;  26-28, 25-16 & 19-25.  They are now 9 & 11 on the season.  The JV squad lost in 2 sets to fall to 11 & 4. Major League Baseball– Pittsburgh Pirates 6 Chicago Cubs 0 The Cubs managed only 5…MORE

Fairbury Candidates Can Move Forward

Fairbury Candidates Can Move Forward

By Katherine Murphy The Consolidated Election won’t be held until April of 2019 but the City of Fairbury says that as of Tuesday election petitions can begin circulating. Petitions for Municipal Independent candidates will need a minimum of 50 signatures with the maximum set at 100 and candidates must live in the ward he or…MORE

District 90 Budget in Place

District 90 Budget in Place

By Katherine Murphy Fiscal Year 2019 is on an even keel for District 90 as the Board of Education approved a balanced budget Monday. Superintendent Jon Kilgore said operating funds for the district are balanced and the board is keeping a conservative mindset as it continues to advance educational practices. A school calendar change was…MORE

Illinois American Water Wants to Hear from Kids

Illinois American Water Wants to Hear from Kids

By Neil Doyle Illinois American Water is inviting 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms to participate in an “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest. This art contest is being offered in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” event.  All across the nation, events and activities will take place…MORE