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Dwight Residents Face Felony Drug Charges

Dwight Residents Face Felony Drug Charges

By Neil Doyle Two Dwight residents are in custody after a narcotics investigation. The Dwight Narcotics Unit and Livingston County Pro-Active Unit arrested Cheryl Dewey, 51, and Billy Alltop, 66. A search warrant led the departments to find cocaine, cocaine manufacturing items and other drug paraphernalia. Both Dewey and Alltop face felony drug charges. Other…MORE

OSF HealthCare Raising Minimum Wage

OSF HealthCare Raising Minimum Wage

By Neil Doyle OSF HealthCare will raise the minimum wage for its workers to $12 an hour, impacting the John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac. The healthcare provider made the announcement Thursday and the raise will be made effective February 24. Officials said approximately 1,142 mission partners will benefit from the increase. The majority…MORE

Pontiac District 90 Discusses New Position and Snow Days

Pontiac District 90 Discusses New Position and Snow Days

PTHS Superintendent Jon Kilgore/WJEZ file photo By Neil Doyle A new faculty position and snow days were some of the topics at the Pontiac District 90 school board meeting. Superintendent Jon Kilgore told WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner one of the presentations to start the meeting came from a new staff member. “Tammy Audia our new career…MORE

Health Department Talks Family Planning Services on WJEZ

Health Department Talks Family Planning Services on WJEZ

Erin Fogarty from the Livingston County Public Health Department/WJEZ file photo By Neil Doyle The Livingston County Public Health Department has a variety of services available for anyone starting a family. Health Education and Marketing Director Erin Fogarty explained to WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner that the programs are focused on the welfare of everyone involved, “The…MORE

Vermillion Players Continue Their Run of an Off-Broadway Hit

Vermillion Players Continue Their Run of an Off-Broadway Hit

By A.J. Harris Fitting for the time of year, the second-longest running Off-Broadway production, focusing on love and relationships, continues its run at the Eagle Theater in Pontiac. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a series of humorous vignettes dealing with dating, singles, relationships, and marriage, told mostly through song. The production might…MORE

FFA National Officer Team Visits Award-Winning PTHS

FFA National Officer Team Visits Award-Winning PTHS

By A.J. Harris The FFA National Officer Team made a stop at PTHS recently, to visit the award-winning program in District 90. Representing the 660,000 FFA members nationwide, FFA Eastern Region Vice President Adrian Schunk tells the Pontiac Daily Leader that the national FFA chooses a state to tour every year to cap off their…MORE

Barickman: Raise in Minimum Wage Concerning

Barickman: Raise in Minimum Wage Concerning

By Neil Doyle By Neil Doyle Illinois State Senator Jason Barickman is concerned about legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The bill passed Thursday in the Senate and Barickman said the wage increase will impact many businesses and organizations. “Not just the for-profit entities, this will hit units of local…MORE

Flanagan-Cornell Student Facing Felony Charges

Flanagan-Cornell Student Facing Felony Charges

By Howard Packowitz A fight at a Livingston County high school has led to felony charges against an 18-year old student. The fight happened during the lunch hour Tuesday at Flanagan-Cornell High School.  Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said the student, Andrew Kozak, caused non-life threatening head and hand injuries to a Livingston County…MORE

No More Boil Order for Pontiac

No More Boil Order for Pontiac

By Todd Wineburner At about 7:20 this (Friday) morning, Illinois American Water announced that water quality tests are complete and that the boil order that’s been in place for portions of Pontiac is now lifted. Earlier this week crews had to open the water supply at the Big R Store in Pontiac and that prompted…MORE

OSF St. James Encouraging a Healthy Heart

OSF St. James Encouraging a Healthy Heart

By Neil Doyle February is Heart Month and a health professional at OSF St. James is reminding people to take care of it. “Your heart is one of the most important organs in the body and the strongest muscle in the body,” said Matt Janus, an exercise physiologist and wellness coordinator. “The heart has so…MORE