Category Archives: Local News

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

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

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

GLCEDC Spotlights Recent Accomplishments

GLCEDC Spotlights Recent Accomplishments

By Neil Doyle The Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council is reflecting on its summer improvements. In particular, the GLCEDC made the addition of new directors to its board including Ray Magee, Taylor Smith and Bennie Hardin.  With the help of Livingston County the group was also able to award an Economic Incentive Grant to…MORE

Illinois Drivers Recognized for Safety

Illinois Drivers Recognized for Safety

By the Illinois Radio Network Illinois drivers just missed being in the top 10 states in the country for safe driving. Illinois comes in 11th in a recent study conducted by Smart Asset. The rank was determined by looking at the number of insured drivers, DUI statistics, the number of highway fatalities, and other factors.…MORE

Farmland Prices Down Slightly

Farmland Prices Down Slightly

  From the Illinois Radio Network According to a mid-year survey, farmland prices in Illinois are down slightly. The Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers has released data that shows farmland values down 1 to 2 percent in Illinois, but analysts say the numbers are no great surprise because the state’s two primary…MORE