Category Archives: Local News

Protest Group Attracts National Attention

Protest Group Attracts National Attention

 By A.J. Harris No ICE Dwight appears to be gaining steam on a national stage. According to the group’s Facebook page, HBO’s news program Vice News Tonight has been in contact with the organization, and is interested in covering the campaigns planned protest during the March 11 vote. No ICE Dwight has vehemently opposed the…MORE

Dwight Mayor Defends Proposed ICE Detention Center

Dwight Mayor Defends Proposed ICE Detention Center

By Howard Packowitz and A.J. Harris The mayor of Dwight says he’s disgusted with “false or negative” narratives created by opponents of a proposed 45-million dollar immigrant detention center in the Livingston County community.  Mayor Jared Anderson is responding to the criticism in a lengthy Facebook posting. He said the non-criminal detainees housed at Dwight…MORE

Missing Livingston County Teen Found

Missing Livingston County Teen Found

 By Howard Packowitz Livingston County Sheriff’s detectives said they found an endangered runaway girl on Wednesday at a Bloomington hotel after she had been missing for five days.     A man who was with the girl faces possible criminal charges, according to Sheriff Tony Childress.   The girl had been missing from the Emington area, northeast of…MORE

Pontiac City Council Considers Proposed Rec Center Changes

Pontiac City Council Considers Proposed Rec Center Changes

By A.J. Harris Pontiac Director of Parks and Recreation Taylor Baxter discussed Rec Center fees and splash pad furnishings at the Pontiac City Council meeting Monday night. Baxter outlined fee increases for Rec Center membership, but his primary emphasis was on eliminating policies that are discouraging participation. Baxter told the council that you currently have…MORE

Search Continues for Livingston County Teen

Search Continues for Livingston County Teen

By A.J. Harris The search continues for 16-year-old Kayla McCarthy. She was last seen at about 1 o’clock last Friday afternoon in her hometown of Emington and family members fear she’s in an unsafe situation. Postings on social media say that Kayla has packed bags with her as well as accessories like a make-up kit.…MORE

Illinois General Assembly Poised to Make Pritzker Promise a Reality

Illinois General Assembly Poised to Make Pritzker Promise a Reality

By A.J. Harris  When Gov. J.B. Pritzker took office, he promised to turn Illinois into “the most progressive state in the nation” when it comes to reproductive health care. Now the state is poised to make good on that promise. The passage of the Reproductive Health Act, which will repeal and replace current abortion law,…MORE

Charges Filed Against Prison Guards in Pontiac

Charges Filed Against Prison Guards in Pontiac

Correctional Officer Giovanni Rodriguez, (left) Sgt. Jason Cremer (center) and Lt. James Fike (right) are charged with battery and official misconduct for allegedly beating an inmate (Facebook/Illinois State Police Investigations) By Howard Packowitz PONTIAC – Three Pontiac prison guards face criminal charges for allegedly injuring an inmate at the maximum security lock-up. A felony charge…MORE

Support Continues for Nathan Joerndt

Support Continues for Nathan Joerndt

Pontiac’s Nathan Joerndt as Grand Marshall of the 2016 Threshermen’s Parade/Photo by Todd Wineburner By Neil Doyle with Todd Wineburner Pontiac’s Nathan Joerndt has received some national attention lately, but not because of any of the things he’s known for in Livingston County. Nathan, and other Walmart employees throughout the country, might be out of…MORE

Kinzinger Defends President’s Emergency Declaration

Kinzinger Defends President’s Emergency Declaration

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (official portrait) By Neil Doyle Congressman Adam Kinzinger has returned from a recent deployment to the U.S.-Mexico border and is agreeing with the President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration. Kinzinger appeared on CBS television’s Face the Nation on Sunday morning and said President Trump’s emergency proclamation is necessary. The Bloomington native said certain activities…MORE