Category Archives: Local News

Child Remains In Critical Condition After I-55 Crash

Child Remains In Critical Condition After I-55 Crash

First responders at the scene of yesterday’s accident/Photo courtesy of WJBC.com By Neil Doyle PONTIAC – A child is in critical condition and a woman has been hospitalized after an SUV drove off I-55 into the Vermilion River near Pontiac Monday afternoon. Illinois State Police say initial reports indicate that the car broke through a…MORE

Dwight Village Board Signs Off on Immigrant Detention Center

Dwight Village Board Signs Off on Immigrant Detention Center

  By Howard Packowitz    It was decision day in Dwight as the village board Monday night backed plans for a proposed immigration detention facility. The vote was 5-2 to annex the property near Interstate 55 and Illinois Route 17, although Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has yet to sign a contract with Immigration Centers…MORE

Two Suspects Face Multiple Drug Charges

Two Suspects Face Multiple Drug Charges

By A.J. Harris The Pontiac Narcotics Unit has arrested two suspects on multiple charges after executing a search warrant on one of the suspect’s homes. Robert Becker, 52, and Danielle Hardesty, 38, were both arrested after police found and seized 192 grams of cannabis, 11 jeweler bags of heroin, more than one gram of methamphetamine,…MORE

A “Day of Action” Called as Dwight Board Prepares for Annexation Vote

A “Day of Action” Called as Dwight Board Prepares for Annexation Vote

No-ICE demonstrators/Photo courtesy of WJBC.com. By Howard Packowitz Opponents of an immigrant detention center in Dwight are calling today a “day of action.” The Dwight village board is expected to vote tonight on annexing property near Interstate 55 and Illlinois Route 17 for the $45 million facility.   No ICE Dwight is planning a rally and…MORE

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