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Thank you once again to our 2020 Golf Outing sponsors and teams for supporting us! It’s time to announce our winners! Congratulations to our 1st Place team of Heller Motors! 2nd Place is Saunemin CCSD and 3rd Place goes to Accolade Healthcare!!!!! Thanks to Diaz Sign Art for once again doing our hole sponsor signs and putting in the extra work for the QR Codes and to Printing Craftsman for making the wonderful decals we put on our carts for Accolade Healthcare, CAT and Good Samaritan Home. They looked great and were a wonderful addition to our outing.

KSR Equipment, LLC.

Country Financial Agent, Marlon Eilts

Good Samaritan-Pontiac

Driscoll Motors

The General Store

Stamps Body Shop, LLC

UAW Local 2096-Pontiac

Pontiac Family Eyecare, LLC

Gray’s Garage

Caterpillar, INC

Mid Central Community Action

Fastenal

Accolade Healthcare of Pontiac

Bank of Pontiac

Livingston County Farm Bureau

Gem’s Carpet Cleaning Plus

SOCU

McDonald’s of Pontiac

Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, LLC

State Bank of Graymont

Heller Motors

ServPro of Pontiac/North McLean Co.

OSF Healthcare

Calvert & Martin Funeral Homes, INC

Midwest Dental-Pontiac

County Market

Illinois American Water

Saunemin CCSD

                 State Farm Agent, Lisa Kelley

The Pontiac Chamber and our community have gone through a lot during this time of pandemic and we want to say THANK YOU to all of our members for staying with us and for our new members and new businesses that have come aboard: Dwight Economic Alliance; Elliot’s Corner Junction; Gray’s Garage; H&R Block-Donna Tomson; Health Markets-Pam Deaton; Illinois Small Business Development Center; Jimmy Johns; Livingston County Clerk & Recorder-Kristy Masching; Maggie J. Clark, Attorney at Law; Mike’s Glass Plus; Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center; Napa Auto Parts, Auto Supply; Robin Sorenson, Monat; SERVPRO of Pontiac/North McLean County; William H. Bertram, Attorney at Law;  Wally’s Operating Company, LLC.; Star Grieff Realty; Joliet Area Community Hospice; Backstretch Bar & Grill, Farmers Insurance, Terra Manning, Bonnie May’s Kennels Pet Services and Express Employment Professionals.  If you’re interested in membership or would like to renew your membership; drop an email to director@pontiacchamber.org or call or text 815-848-3297and let me show you the great benefits we have to offer here at the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce..

Stay healthy, Cat Coppinger-Executive Director

Chamber Golf Outing is On!

The annual golf outing, typically held in June, is the biggest fundraiser for the Pontiac Area Chamber. The 2020 event will be held a bit differently this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Outing will take place over a five day period; Sunday, August 23rd through Thursday, August 27th at the Elks Club. Register your team with the Chamber by calling 8150848-3297 or emailing director@pontiacchamber.org and then pick the tee-time you want by calling the Elk’s at (815) 844-7168. The COVID pricing is $275 per team this year. The day is full of entertaining extra events such as marshmallow golf, the fastest hole, the Toilet Bowl Award sponsored by Popejoy, and the Superior Award sponsored by Superior Landscaping.

fastpassTeams can add a ‘Fast Pass’ for $70. This will include team mulligans, drink and food vouchers and more.

There are sponsorship still available: Award Sponsors and Hole Sponsors. Sponsorship now include having  your sign displayed all 5 days!!! We are throwing in some interactive fun as well and promise to give you a great experience too.

For more information concerning team sign-up and sponsorship registration, please Call or text Cat at 815-848-3297 or email director@pontiacchamber.org

THANK YOU TO THIS YEAR’S SPONSORS:

 

Chamber Office Closed to Public-Open by Phone and Email

The health and safety of our staff, tenants and visitors are the number one priority of the Pontiac Chamber right now; therefore, our building will remain closed to walk-ins and open by appointment only. Looking for Gift Certificates? Email director@pontiacchamber.org or call or text 815-848-3297 and I’ll get them ready for pick-up. Have questions or need additional information concerning Chamber events? Email, call or text to the above.
Shop Local and Stay Healthy,
Cat-Executive Director

Health Insurance and COVID-19 Concerns

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United States has left many people with questions about health insurance coverage. Here is some information from member and licensed Healthmarkets Insurance Agent, Pam Deaton.

Small business owners with at least one employee other than themselves
– Small group health insurance premiums are typically 30% lower and offer more coverage
options. If you own a business with less than 50 employees and still have individual
health insurance, talk to a licensed agent about small group coverage. This will help you
save time and money now.
– With small group health insurance you have more choices; more carriers, richer benefits.
– Small group plans allow you to enroll in coverage now, no waiting until November for you
and/or your employees to get health benefits.

Late pays and COVID-19 coverage
– Many health insurance carriers in Illinois are allowing longer grace periods for group,
individual plans and medicare. Typical grace periods range from 30-90 days depending
on the company. We encourage you to reach out to your insurance company for details,
do not let your plan lapse during these times; call them, they want to work with you on
paying your premiums.
– Most health insurance carriers are also covering COVID-19 testing and treatment, but
please check with your insurance company or call a licensed agent that can help get you
the information you need.

We hope everyone is staying happy and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns
regarding health benefits, please contact our office any time.

Healthmarkets – Pamela S. Deaton
309-287-3518
405 W. Front St., Suite A Bloomington, IL 61701

Livingston County Farm Bureau Hosts Legislative Breakfast

Cat and Danielle of the Chamber of Commerce recently attended the Livingston County Farm Bureau Legislator Breakfast held at the Pontiac Elk’s. Among many Farm Bureau members, in attendance were Senator Jason Barickman, Representative Tom Bennett, Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s assistant, Patrick Doggett and County Board Chair Kathy Arbogast. Matt Kilgus of the Livingston County Farm Bureau was our gracious host. The audience was updated on all levels of government.
Arbogast told us that the second proposal for the new Public Health Department is at a lesser dollar amount and has been approved by the Property Committee already. County Board also has stated that any cannabis facility will need to be 1500 feet away from schools, churches, etc… There is a property tax increase vote on the ballot asking citizens of the county if they support the tax for the Livingston County Health Care plan. Kathy also reported that the county has already seen $355, 000 in funds from the state gas tax increase. County has approved monies for bridge, culvert and road repairs.
Adam Kinzinger’s assistant, Patrick Doggett gave a brief summary of the issues Kinzinger has been addressing in Washington including the Coronavirus legislation that passed 415-2 and was approved by the President, freeing up emergency spending of $8 billion dollars in funds to go to the CDC and other organizations to help combat the virus spread. When asked about the need for infrastructure funding, Doggett stated that at this time there doesn’t seem to be a lot of hope for a deal in the near future.
Representative Tom Bennett addressed the crowd updating us on bills he has proposed and committees he is currently serving. He reported that attendance soared by 37% at the 2019 State Fairs at both Springfield and Quoin brining in $5.7 million dollars to the State of Illinois. This in turn allowed the state to approve keeping the fairs open this year. Tom discussed bills he has worked on and proposed like a perjury bill, the FOID Card process and the mandatory HPV vaccine. He talked about the importance of taking the 2020 Census and the frightening fact that around50,000 Illinoisans left the state last year and sadly, the state has no answers for it.
Senator Jason Barickman reported that Governor Pritzker proposed to consolidate some pension systems for savings, but more needs to be done. The Senator said he is strongly opposed to the graduated tax increase saying if it is voted down then real spending reform will be put on the table for real discussion. It was noted that there are three names by which this tax increase is referred: the Graduated Tax, the Fair Tax and the Progressive Tax. Barickman agreed with Bennett that nothing is being done about the large number of residents leaving the state saying that there is a lack of recognition by the Democrats that it is already happening. When discussing the FOID Card system being broken, Barickman said he doesn’t see the card going away, if anything there will be more restrictions and higher fees added. On the brightside of politics, though it has been tough to come to agreements on big issues, he is seeing bi-partisan solutions. He and a Democrat have proposed a tax credit together for volunteer firemen that will help aid recruiting.
The morning ended with a Q&A from the audience to the panel which led the way for many great discussions.

Brenda Thompson Named Volunteer of the Year

The Pontiac Chamber of Commerce named Brenda Thompson the 2020 Volunteer of the Year and boy does she deserve it! Brenda has a big heart for giving of her time and her talents. She is listed to be in so many things we could fill this page; so, I will name a few, she has volunteered at Mosaic for nearly 7 years, reading to the clients and helping where she can. Brenda also spends time logging items donated to the historical society, raising money for her team with Relay for Life and supporting ministries at the First United Methodist Church. In what little down time she has she enjoys crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren. Congratulations Brenda! Brenda will be presented with her award Tuesday, March 31st at our Annual Meeting Banquet at the Pontiac Elk’s. You can make your reservations by calling 815-844-5131 or emailing director@pontiacchamber.org

Dale Larkin Named Bill Edwards Agri-Businessperson

We recently honored Dale Larkin of Stoller International as the 2020 Pontiac Chamber of Commerce Bill Edwards Agri-Businessperson of the year! Dale has grown up in Livingston County and loved the community so much he returned after college. He has been a loyal employee to Stollers and friend to the Ag community for many years. Lynn Stoller said “people come to see Dale not Stoller,” Lynn went on to say how Dale has gone above and beyond for his customers even coming in on Sundays if needed. He volunteers for Pontiac FFA events and Livingston County 4-H. Dale doesn’t stop there; he stays busy farming, enjoying time with his wife, Jenny and two kids Jake and Libby. Congratulations Dale! Dale will be presented with his award Tuesday, March 31st at our Annual Meeting Banquet at the Pontiac Elk’s. You can make your reservations by calling 815-844-5131 or emailing director@pontiacchamber.org

Pontiac Chamber and the Coronavirus

I want to share our thoughts on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep you informed of the Chamber’s current state of operations.

The Chamber has been monitoring the developments of the Coronavirus and staying on top of the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with state and local officials to understand the developments and follow necessary guidelines established to help prevent the spread of the virus. I have registered with the CDC to receive updates as they occur.

At this time, the Pontiac Area Chamber remains fully operational and ready to service our members. However due to an overabundance of caution and the safety of our business community and our PTHS students; Betsy Westergreen and I have agreed to postpone the Instagram Workshop.

We are continuing to plan for the Annual Meeting Banquet scheduled for March 31st at the Elk’s. We will monitor the ongoing situation and make a decision as early as possible and notify our members of any status changes when necessary. We recognize these are uncertain times for everyone and we remain committed to supporting our valued members.

The CDC has most recently made this statement which we are following: “Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. Implementation will require community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.”

Thank you all for your support of the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce.

Cat Coppinger-Executive Director

Pontiac Chamber and the Coronavirus

I want to share our thoughts on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep you informed of the Chamber’s current state of operations.

The Chamber has been monitoring the developments of the Coronavirus and staying on top of the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with state and local officials to understand the developments and follow necessary guidelines established to help prevent the spread of the virus. I have registered with the CDC to receive updates as they occur.

At this time, the Pontiac Area Chamber remains fully operational and ready to service our members. However due to an overabundance of caution and the safety of our business community and our PTHS students; Betsy Westergreen and I have agreed to postpone the Instagram Workshop.

We are continuing to plan for the Annual Meeting Banquet scheduled for March 31st at the Elk’s. We will monitor the ongoing situation and make a decision as early as possible and notify our members of any status changes when necessary. We recognize these are uncertain times for everyone and we remain committed to supporting our valued members.

The CDC has most recently made this statement which we are following: “Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. Implementation will require community engagement, with ongoing and transparent public health communications.”

Thank you all for your support of the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce.

Cat Coppinger-Executive Director

Press Release from Livingston County Clerk’s Office

Kristy A. Masching
Livingston County Clerk & Recorder
112 W. Madison Street
Pontiac, IL 61764-1871
Ph. (815) 844-2006
Fax: (815) 842-1844

March 12, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

Polling Place Re-Location: Pontiac Precinct #1

The polling site at Evenglow Lodge for voters in Pontiac Precinct #1 is being relocated from the Evenglow Lodge to the Pontiac United Methodist Church (Asbury Room located in the basement), 219 N Chicago Street for the Tuesday, March 17, 2020 General Primary Election.
Questions, call 815-844-2006

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