PACC Annual Golf Outing

Plans are underway for the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing to be held in June. This year we will return to a one day event with a shotgun start. Stay tuned for more information!

For more information concerning team sign-up and sponsorship registration, please Call 815-844-5131 or text Cat at 815-848-3297 or email

Meet Your 2021Chamber Board of Directors

Executive Board: President-Debi Ores, County Market; President-Elect- Paul Kelly, KSR Equipment; Past-President-Tom Hinz, Caterpillar, INC.; Treasurer-Carolyn Ledford, The General Store; Treasurer-Elect/Secretary-Diana Iverson, SOCU Pontiac; Board Consultant-Mike Weaver, District #429

General Board: Past-President-Tim Johnson, OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center; Dr. Janelle Brown, Pontiac Family Eyecare; Joan Bullard, Joan Bullard Realty; Jeremy Merkens, Heller Motors; Tina Trevino, Bank of Pontiac; Lisa Herr, Graymont Co-Op; Drew Keller, State Bank of Graymont; Tiffany Baker, Accolade Healthcare; Blair Abraham, Enbridge

Staff: Executive Director-Cat Coppinger

The Chamber is Open

As the world begins to come back to life; so does the Chamber! Our office is open to the public for walk-ins Tuesday through Thursday 9a-2p and by appointment outside of that. Whether you are looking for Gift Certificates, phone books, calendars, information for your business, networking and more; we are always here to help.

‘Tis the Season for Giving


As the Holidays are upon us, remember to spend local. In the Chamber’s efforts to practice what we preach; we held our Holiday Raffle 2020 giving away $1500 in Chamber Gift Certificates. We wanted to do something for the community while also giving back to our member businesses in “thank you” for their continued support through this trying time. As is the sign of them times; we held our raffle virtually during a Zoom meeting. CONGRATULATIONS to Tim Johnson from OSF Saint James Hospital! Upon learning of his good Holiday fortune from the Executive Board of the Chamber, Tim had this to say, “I plan to give all of it away to several individuals; some of who live in the area and others who may not live here but, work here. They may have a first experience at shopping local in Pontiac.”. Tim is such a gracious person that he also, donated $500 back to the Chamber. We decided to continue the act of giving by drawing 5 winners of $100 each! So, congratulations to Brad Solberg, Tina Trevino, Rhonda Hodges, John Weaver and Frank Nestor!

Please, keep your holiday dollars local and help out our neighbors. Our community needs us all to support each other right now; something the Pontiac area already does day in and day out. If you have found your office holiday party has been cancelled this year, might I suggest purchasing Chamber gift certificates to give to your employees in place of their meal. I’ve always said our gift certificates are “the gift that always fits”! To expedite your certificate order, call or text 815-848-3297 or email and we’ll get them ready and arrange a convenient pick-up time for you. Talk about your one stop gift shop!

If you’re interested in membership or would like to renew your membership; drop an email to 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. From the entire Board of Directors and myself, we wish you the Happiest and Safest of Holidays! We’ll talk again in 2021.

Stay healthy, Cat Coppinger-Executive Director


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


Accolade Healthcare of Pontiac

Bank of Pontiac

Livingston County Farm Bureau

Gem’s Carpet Cleaning Plus


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 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 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 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
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

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