Category Archives: Local News

New Legislation Clashes with Proposed Dwight Facility

New Legislation Clashes with Proposed Dwight Facility

By Howard Packowitz It is now illegal in Illinois to run privately-operated immigrant detention centers, like the $45 million proposed detention center in Dwight. Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a package of legislation, building what he described as a firewall against President Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrant communities. “We will not allow…MORE

Challenger Learning Center Gearing Up for NASA Anniversary

Challenger Learning Center Gearing Up for NASA Anniversary

By Neil Doyle Heartland Community College will soon be honoring one of the greatest achievements in human history. Associate Director for Public Information Steve Fast tells WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner the college’s Challenger Learning Center has a series of events planned to recognize the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. “In celebration of the 50th anniversary…MORE

By Neal Doyle With school out and summer in full swing parents may be looking for options to keep kids busy. CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County Jodi Martin told WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner the club offers different sports programs for kids of all ages. “We have summer basketball, soccer for the…MORE

More Livingston County Drug Arrests

More Livingston County Drug Arrests

By Neil Doyle Two women from Odell are in custody for drug related charges. Amber Watters, 29, and Tara Swartz, 32 were arrested Tuesday by Dwight police and both were charged with possession of a controlled substance. Watters also faces two counts of possession with intent to deliver, while Swartz also faces possesion charges in…MORE

State Health Officials Concerned About Mosquitoes

State Health Officials Concerned About Mosquitoes

By Neal Doyle The summer hasn’t officially begun, but state health officials have issued the season’s first mosquito warning. Illinois Department of Public Health officials say it could be a year with exceptionally large mosquito populations. Department Spokesperson Melanie Arnold says areas that have seen a lot of rain or flooding can expect to see…MORE

Storm Safety is a Priority This Year

Storm Safety is a Priority This Year

By Neal Doyle Summer thunderstorms are inevitable, and the National Weather Service wants to remind everyone how to stay safe when lightning is striking. The safest place to be is inside away from windows and plumbing, but if you’re caught outside you can still mitigate the danger. Avoid open fields and hilltops, and if you…MORE

A Second Suspect Under Arrest in Dwight Robbery Case

A Second Suspect Under Arrest in Dwight Robbery Case

By Neil Doyle DWIGHT – A second Bloomington man has been arrested for an armed robbery in Dwight. Dwight police said Kurtis Bowling, 21, was taken into custody Wednesday night in McLean County for unrelated charges. Police connected Bowling as the second suspect of a hold up early Wednesday morning at the Casey’s General Store…MORE

Dwight Robbery Suspect Arrested

Dwight Robbery Suspect Arrested

  By Neil Doyle A Bloomington man is in custody for a Wednesday morning armed robbery in Dwight. Dwight police arrested Lawrence Lloyd, 30, for a hold up at the Casey’s General Store in the 100 block of Watters Drive. Police said they located Lloyd near a CVS around 10:30 a.m. and found items that…MORE

Summer Shindig Set to Launch This Weekend

Summer Shindig Set to Launch This Weekend

By Neil Doyle A day full of music, food, and entertainment is right around the corner in Pontiac. The Summer Shindig is on Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m. at Humiston-Riverside Park. “I’ve always wanted to put on a musical festival of some kind,” said event organizer Marlon Eilts. “We started three years ago at the…MORE

It’s Already Time to Start Getting Ready for School

It’s Already Time to Start Getting Ready for School

By A.J. Harris School and sports physicals, while not everyone’s favorite thing to do, are a necessary part of getting children enrolled for school. The Livingston County Health Department will begin administering physicals this week by appointment only at 303 East Torrance Avenue in Pontiac. The available days for physicals in June are the 12th,…MORE