Category Archives: Local News

Rural Livingston County Accident Victim Identified

Rural Livingston County Accident Victim Identified

By WJEZ News Staff Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson says 52-year-old Michael Brauman of Forrest lost his life earlier this week in a highway accident in southeastern Livingston County near Chatsworth. Watson said Brauman’s body was recovered from a 2003 Buick four-door that was discovered Monday morning at the intersection of 3225 East and 1000…MORE

Dwight Narcotics Unit Makes Arrest

Dwight Narcotics Unit Makes Arrest

By Neil Doyle An investigation by the Dwight Narcotics Unit along with the Livingston County Pro-Active Unit has led to the arrest of a Milford man. 24-year old Justin Sellars faces multiple drug charges including three counts of unlawful possession with intent to deliver suboxone, one count of unlawful possesion and intent to deliver heroin,…MORE

Fatal Accident Near Chatsworth Under Investigation

Fatal Accident Near Chatsworth Under Investigation

By Howard Packowitz Dental records or DNA will be used to positively identify the charred remains of a driver whose car struck a guard rail and burned just north of Chatsworth. That’s the official word from Livingston County Coroner Danny Watson who says the body was burned beyond recognition, making simpler forms of identification impossible.…MORE

Dwight Students Campaigning for Change

Dwight Students Campaigning for Change

Some of the students involved with Dwight High School’s Teens Terminating Tobacco group/Photo courtesy of Erin Fogarty Students at Dwight Township High School have teamed up with the Livingston County Health Department to try to make Dwight a little healthier. Students involved with ‘Teens Terminating Tobacco’ are learning how activism works by promoting a new…MORE

Chatsworth Getting Ready for Bluebird Festival

Chatsworth Getting Ready for Bluebird Festival

By Todd Wineburner In Chatsworth, they’re getting ready for this Saturday’s (5/4/19) Bluebird Festival, and Mayor Richard Runyon says there’s going to be plenty to see and do. Saturday’s event runs from 11 until 3, and Runyon says it’s a celebration of the connection between the community and a some of the area’s more colorful…MORE

Barickman Says the Road to the End of the Session is Rough

Barickman Says the Road to the End of the Session is Rough

State Senator Jason Barickman/WJEZ file photo By Todd Wineburner State Senator Jason Barickman says he’s bracing himself for the last few weeks of the Spring session of the Illinois General Assembly. During a recent interview with WJEZ, Barickman said he’s been conducting town hall meetings throughout his district, and he says people are concerned about…MORE

Yost House Museum Looking for Volunteers

Yost House Museum Looking for Volunteers

Pontiac’s Yost House Museum/WJEZ file photo By Todd Wineburner Pontiac’s Yost House Museum will be open on Saturday night (4/27) from 4 until 7 for an open house and recruiting effort. Volunteer Mark Osman has been working on the maintenance of the historic house, and he says he’s looking for others to join him. “We…MORE

Dukes: District 429 Moving Forward with 2019-2020 Calendar

Dukes: District 429 Moving Forward with 2019-2020 Calendar

By Todd Wineburner Pontiac’s District 429 school board plans to approve a calendar for the upcoming school year, in spite of the fact that lawmakers in Springfield haven’t issued official guidelines. School districts in Illinois base their calendar decisions on legislation from Springfield—legislation that hasn’t yet been approved this session. District 429 Superintendent Brian Dukes…MORE

Parents: The Next School Year is Already Closer Than You Think

Parents: The Next School Year is Already Closer Than You Think

By Todd Wineburner At the Livingston County Public Health Department, they’re encouraging parents to think ahead when it comes to getting children ready for the upcoming school year. In a recent conversation with WJEZ, the health department’s Teri Saxton said the emphasis is on getting school physical and vaccination appointments made now. “You want to…MORE

Sec’y of State: Pay Attention and Pull Over When Necessary

Sec’y of State: Pay Attention and Pull Over When Necessary

By Neil Doyle With an increase in the number of Illinois State Troopers being hit by passing motorists, Secretary of State Jesse White is reiterating a simple idea: don’t drive while distracted and obey laws that require drivers to make room on the road. So far in 2019, 16 state troopers have been struck or…MORE