Support Local Chamber Members and Enter to Win $250 in Chamber Gift Certificates

Shop Local Shop Chamber is Back!

It’s time to show our Chamber members how much we love them.

Shop at local Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce retailers July 1 – July 31 and submit your receipts! For every eligible receipt, receive (1) entry into the Shop Local Shop Chamber Sweepstakes. It’s that easy.

How to Enter:
Text: Take a pic of your receipts and text to 312.505.6546.
Email: Take a pic of your receipts or scan them in and email to
Fax: Fax a copy of all of your receipts to 815.844.2600.
Mail: Mail either the original or copies of your receipts to 210 N Plum St, Pontiac, IL 61764.
In-Person: Bring your receipts to the Chamber office at 210 N Plum St, Pontiac, IL 61764.

Please include your full name, address, phone number and email when entering the contest.

Weekly Prizes: Each week, (5) winners will receive $25 in Chamber Gift Certificates.
Grand Prize: At the end of the contest period, (1) grand prize winner will receive $250 in Chamber Gift Certificates.

Chamber Gift Certificates are good at more than 200 chamber members in the Pontiac area.

Shop at the following locations:
– $50 at Lilli’s
– $75 at Klopfenstein’s
– $30 at Trainor BP
– $20 at Monical’s Pizza
– $12 at Pontiac Subway
– $250 at Heller Motors
– $200 at Watson Vision Center
– $5 at Majik Bean
– $500 Rebecca Campbell Photo
– $50 at the General Store
– $45 at Livingston County Chiro
– $1,000 at Wright’s Furniture
– $25,000 at Lynn Chevrolet
– $15 at Crescent Cinemas
– $400 Audible Hearing
– $35 Kelly Margaret Salon
– $50 Pub 13
– $15 Baby Bull’s

That would be (18) entries.

Click on the link for complete Contest Rules, Shop Local Shop Chamber Contest Rules July 2016.

 No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the U.S. Sweepstakes begins 2/1/16 and ends 2/29/16. To enter must be 18 years or older. Sponsored by Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce.

Police Chief Woolford Shared Tornado News and Safe Harbor Program

The tornado the night before didn’t stop Police Chief Woolford from talking at Issues & Eggs this morning.

He shared with the group of more than 30 people news from the tornado. Most of the damage was done to businesses, but a few people were hurt and were being treated. Heller Motors, Super 8, Baby Bull’s Travel Center, BP, Shell and Wal-mart were among the businesses damaged. The Rec Plex was also hit. Fences are down and a small building is gone.

He also talked about a new program called Safe Harbor, which is to begin on July 1. The innovative program is directed at helping heroin addicts receive treatment for their addiction. It is modeled after a program in Dixon, IL.

Under the new program addicts can come to the police department, turn in their drugs, and get treatment immediately. That instant acceptance is crucial to recovery, but it often doesn’t happen as people have to wait for insurance approval. The police department is working with 12 recovery centers around the state to get people into treatment immediately. The program, which will have negligible costs, will hopefully make the job of the Pontiac police easier when dealing with the opiate crisis.

Chief Woolford stated that the police department responds to several opiate overdoses every week and that the problem is across all age groups.

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Chamber Golf Outing Smashing Success

What a fantastic success this year’s golf out was! While the weather was a bit warm, we ended up with plenty sunshine and no rain. Everyone had a great time because of the generous support of sponsors, donors and golfers.

As our one big fundraiser for the year, the money raised during the event is vital in helping the Chamber provide programs such as this year’s sidewalk sale, Shop Local Shop Chamber sweepstakes, Yard of the Month awards, Issues & Eggs and our newly launched interactive website.

We are especially thankful for our two big sponsors this year, Caterpillar and Republic Services. WJEZ and SOCU were this year’s beverage sponsors and they were quite popular with the golfers.

In addition, we thank all of our hole sponsors. We appreciate everyone’s support in making this event such a success year after year.





Beverage Sponsors:


Hole Sponsors:

Andrews Engineering
AW Dynanometer
Bank of Pontiac
BDI Plumbing
Beck’s Hybrid
Big ‘R”
Calvert-Martin Funeral Home
CF Physical Therapy
Country Financial – Marlin Eilts
Dairy Queen
Dimond Bros Insurance Company
Driscoll Motors
Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home
First Financial Bank
Frontier Title Company
Gerber Collision & Glass
Good Samaritan Home
Heartland Community College
Heller Motors
IHR Counseling Services
Illinois American Water
Illinois State Rep. Tom Bennett
Livingston County Farm Bureau
Livingston County Housing Authority
Lynn Chevrolet Buick
Lyons-Sullivan Realty
McCoy Construction Company
McDonald’s of Pontiac
Midwest Dental
OSF St. James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center
Panno Realty
Pontiac Family Eye Care
Pontiac RV
Representative Tom Bennett
RR Donnelley
Stamps Body Shop
State Bank of Saunemin – Village of Saunemin
United Way of Livingston County

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Ribbon Cutting @ The Judy McGlasson Municipal Band Shell

Do you love live music? Well check out the new Judy McGlasson Municipal Band Shell.

The Judy McGlasson Municipal Band Shell was built with the generous support of the McGlasson Family, the Apollos Camp Bennett Humiston Trust & the J. Paul Yost Trust.

The Ribbon Cutting was held on June 3rd at the opening ceremonies of the Judy McGlasson Municipal Band Shell. Internationally renowned composer Robert Sheldon had written the “Riverside Overture” especially for the June 3rd concert. The performance on June 3rd was the first time that this new work was played publically.  Sheldon’s other works have been performed across the globe and he is a member of various organizations that promote music and music education.

Mindi Terrell, executive director of the Chamber, described the addition to the city of Pontiac.

 “It’s a wonderful new place. It’s awesome to see the Municipal Band play here. I was also here to see the Vermillion Players performing “Life is a Highway.” That was a lot of fun and there was a great crowd for that. I think this is going to be a great addition to the park,” Terrell said.

The Pontiac  Municipal band will present a new concert at 7 pm every Friday during June & July.



Sidewalk Sale – July 15 & 16

Come to downtown Pontiac to check out the sidewalk sale on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. Check out great deals from these retailers and others:

Majik Bean
Route 66 Kites
Home Wishes
Kelly Margaret’s Hair Salon
Wright’s Furniture
Encore Shoppe
Charmed Boutique
Pontiac Community Art Center
Lydia’s Cup
Creative Nook
Joy’s Hallmark Store
Once ‘N Again
Route 66 Sugar Shack
The General Store
First Financial Bank
Sentsy Rochelle Nolan
Livingston County Chiropractor
Rebecca Campbell Photography
Animal Wellness Center of Pontiac


Entertainment & Fun Activities on the Square: July 16 10 am to 2 pm
DJ Lane Lindstrom playing his oldie show
Face painting for kids (and adults!) by SOCU
Kids art activities at Pontiac Community Art Center
Kite fun provided thru Route 66 Kites
Garden in a glove planting activity thru the Farm Bureau
Hula hoops, jump ropes and other fun activities from OSF
County Market serving summertime foods