Category Archives: Local News

More Details on Downtown Pontiac Fire

More Details on Downtown Pontiac Fire

Fire consumes Wright’s Furniture’s warehouse and Duffy Ambulance Service Saturday morning/Photo courtesy of Jessica Riley via Facebook.com/989wjez By A.J. Harris Pontiac’s fire chief says two downtown buildings are a total loss from Saturday’s fire, but it could have been much worse. The State Fire Marshall’s office has been called to lead an investigation into what…MORE

Wright’s Warehouse Blaze Marks Saturday Morning

Wright’s Warehouse Blaze Marks Saturday Morning

Wright’s Warehouse ablaze on Saturday/Photo courtesy of Cathi Coppinger The warehouse for Wright’s Furniture in downtown Pontiac was in flames on Saturday (9-14-19). Few details are currently available, but unofficial reports say the store was not damaged and no one was injured. The fire did spread to Duffy’s Ambulance Service. Damage totals are unavailable as…MORE

LaSalle County Democratic Party Leader Will Challenge Kinzinger in the 16th District

LaSalle County Democratic Party Leader Will Challenge Kinzinger in the 16th District

Dani Brzozowski/Photo courtesy of WJBC.com By Howard Packowitz LA SALLE – A high-profile lawmaker with McLean County roots is facing a re-election challenge.  LaSalle County Democratic Party Chair Dani Brzozowski announced Tuesday night she’s a candidate for the 16th District Congressional seat held by five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon).  The 16th District covers…MORE

Crime Stoppers is Coming to Livingston County

Crime Stoppers is Coming to Livingston County

Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak/WJEZ file photo   By Neil Doyle Crime Stoppers programs have been around for over 40 years, but  Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak told WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner that a Crime Stoppers network is in the works locally. Crime Stoppers started in 1976 in Albuquerque, N.M. after a man was fatally…MORE

Flu Shots Available at the Health Department

Flu Shots Available at the Health Department

By A.J. Harris As autumn arrives, the temperatures drop and the leaves change colors, and the dreaded flu season is just waiting to strike. The Livingston County Health Department has announced its flu-shot clinic schedule to keep everyone feeling well. The clinics begin on September 26 at the Bank of Pontiac from 11:00am-1:00pm and will…MORE

Attention St. Louis Cardinal Fans

Attention St. Louis Cardinal Fans

By Illinois Radio Network/Benjamin Yount Illinois’ other baseball team is finally getting some license plate love from the state. Fans of the 11-time world champion St. Louis Cardinals can finally, officially display their loyalty on their Illinois license plates. Secretary of State Jesse White says his office is now offering official Cardinals license plates. The…MORE

Special Event Planned for Pontiac’s Jone House Museum

Special Event Planned for Pontiac’s Jone House Museum

The Jones House is located at 314 E. Madison in Pontiac By Neil Doyle The Jones House Museum is hosting its Heritage Arts & Crafts event this weekend. People will have the opportunity to learn different crafts like spinning, weaving, felting, clay pottery, and much more. There will also be a silent auction for a…MORE

Fairbury Council Changes Alcohol Regulations

Fairbury Council Changes Alcohol Regulations

By A.J. Harris Last week at their regular meeting, the Fairbury City Council voted to amend part of the city’s code, specifically about how alcohol is sold. Previously, the code stated that only those with a Fairbury liquor license could apply for a permit to have alcohol outdoors. The new wording allows any Illinois liquor…MORE

Barickman: Teacher Minimum Wage Law Could Raise Property Taxes

Barickman: Teacher Minimum Wage Law Could Raise Property Taxes

State Senator Jason Barickman/WJEZ file photo By Neil Doyle A local lawmaker is concerned about a bill signed into law last week that increases the minimum wage for teachers in Illinois to $40,000. State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) told WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner some around the state are worried the move will affect local school budgets…MORE

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest in Livingston County

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest in Livingston County

By Neil Doyle A traffic stop Thursday morning in Livingston County led to the seizure of more than 38 pounds of cannabis. Illinois State Police District 6 said a trooper stopped a vehicle on I-55 near Pontiac for a traffic violation. During the stop, the odor of marijuana was detected and the vehicle’s driver and…MORE