Cat and Danielle took a tour of the Strevell House and attended a presentation that included former Congressman Tom Ewing. Tom thanked and introduced Congressman Adam Kinzinger for all of his work to get Livingston County admitted to the Abraham Lincoln Natl Heritage Area.
“Among the many connections Pontiac has to Abraham Lincoln, one of the most interesting revolves around Lincoln’s friendship with local attorney, Jason W. Strevell. Strevell and Lincoln were close friends and shared many hours together in conversation. One of the most documented meetings between these two gentlemen occurred on the evening of January 27, 1860. During the course of the conversation, Strevell suggested that Lincoln might be selected as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate at the upcoming party convention. Lincoln argued that he might be chosen as a vice-presidential candidate, but did not believe he would gain the top spot on the ticket”. The rest as they say, is history.
The Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce was invited by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to attend a Tour of I-55 Construction around Pontiac. The group took a bus to a work area north of Pontiac where we got to see IDOT’s crews from ground level. Also attending were Senator Jason Barickman, Representative Tom Bennett and a representative from Senator Don DeWitte’s office.
The Chamber is taking applications through August 9th. The parade will be held Sunday, September 1 in Downtown Pontiac at 1:15p. The theme is “Freedom isn’t Free-Honoring our Hometown Heroes” . This year we’ll be inviting all military, veterans, first responders including police, fire and EMTs to collectively serve as our Grand Marshall. Stop by our office at 210 N. Plum St. and pick up your application today!
The Chamber was happy to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony for Wally’s, the vacation center, that is building in Pontiac. A lunch followed at the beautiful Eagle Theater. Wally’s hopes to be open in May of 2020 providing approximately 140 jobs to Pontiac.