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By Neil Doyle Road repairs were a key topic of discussion at the last Pontiac City Council meeting, and Mayor Bill Alvey says it’s part of an ongoing conversation. Alvey told WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner that the city is working on finishing some projects that were started last year, as well as identifying the city streets…MORE

Legal Cannabis Causing Legal Headaches

Legal Cannabis Causing Legal Headaches

  Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak/WJEZ file photo By Todd Wineburner Legal cannabis is selling well in Illinois, but Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak says there are still more questions than answers when it comes to marijuana. Yedinak says questions concerning recreational cannabis have dominated his professional conversations for the last several weeks.…MORE

February is All About Hearts

February is All About Hearts

By Neil Doyle February is National Heart Month and OSF St. James in Pontiac has some tips on how you can keep your heart healthier. Wellness Coordinator Matt Janus told WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner the best way to start is by looking at the risk factors you can control. “Some risk factors we don’t have any…MORE

Pritzker Shares Early Cannabis Sales Figures

Pritzker Shares Early Cannabis Sales Figures

By Neil Doyle The governor’s office is touting the first month of recreational marijuana sales throughout Illinois. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said statewide adult-use cannabis sales in January totaled $39,247,840.83, according to a news release.  Dispensaries across the state sold 972,045 items over the 31-day period. Sales to Illinois residents totaled $30,611,632.22, while sales…MORE

Livingston County’s Most Significant Health Threat Doesn’t Come from China

Livingston County’s Most Significant Health Threat Doesn’t Come from China

  The Coronavirus/Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention By A.J. Harris with Todd Wineburner The rapid spread of the coronavirus has grabbed headlines, but the Livingston County Public Health Department is reminding people that the flu is a more significant threat to Illinoisans. Two coronavirus cases have been identified in Chicago,…MORE

Pritzker Visits Central Illinois with Good News for Illinois State University

Pritzker Visits Central Illinois with Good News for Illinois State University

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker/WJEZ file photo By Neil Doyle After a decade, Illinois State University will finally get an update to its fine arts complex. Gov. JB Pritzker visited ISU Thursday and announced the state has released $52.3 million to renovate the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts. The school can now move forward with…MORE

Support Services Expanding at Pontiac’s District 429

Support Services Expanding at Pontiac’s District 429

Pontiac District 429 Superintendent Brian Dukes/WJEZ file photo By Neil Doyle A new furry staff member will be joining the team at Pontiac District 429. The district has secured a new therapy dog named Mason, according to Superintendent Brian Dukes. “Thankfully our counselor Marci Hunt, who has just been outstanding, was able to secure a…MORE

F.O.I.D. Cards Are A GOP Priority in Spring Session

F.O.I.D. Cards Are A GOP Priority in Spring Session

By Illinois Radio Network SPRINGFIELD – As lawmakers prepare to come back to the Illinois State Capitol this week, some Republicans want to address delays in renewing Firearm Owners’ Identification cards. State Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, said there had been a lot of conversation at the statehouse about the Firearm Owners’ Identification card process.  “The bureaucratic…MORE

Highly Contagious Coronavirus Confirmed in Illinois

Highly Contagious Coronavirus Confirmed in Illinois

By A.J. Harris The latest case of Coronavirus was reported in Chicago and the Livingston County Health Department wants everyone to be prepared and knowledgeable about the illness. Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that is believed to have jumped from animals to people, and is now being spread person to person. Symptoms include severe respiratory…MORE