Tour of I-55 Construction

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.

 

Freedom Isn’t Free Honoring Our Hometown Heroes

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!

Issues & Eggs – Livingston County Drug Court

Livingston County
Launches Drug Court

Sponsored By

When:          Wednesday, September 12, 7:30 am
RSVP:           No later than Monday, September 10
Where:        Pontiac Family Kitchen, 904 W. Custer Ave.
Cost:            $10 for members / $15 for non-members

Throughout the country Drug Courts have been extensively researched and have been found to reduce recidivism, ensure client compliance, and save money. After more than a year of planning and preparation the Livingston County Drug Court officially began in March 2018 with a goal to use a combination of accountability and treatment to support and compel drug-using offenders to change their lives and improve the community by reducing drug-related crime.

Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak and Circuit Judge Jennifer Bauknecht will give an update the how the program is going.

RSVP no later than Monday, September 10 to 815.844.5131 or admin@pontiacchamber.org

 

 

 

Lunch & Learn – Pontiac Community Heart & Soul

Phase II:  Pontiac Community Heart & Soul

When:  Thursday, August 23 @ noon
Where: Pontiac City Hall, 115 W Howard Street
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Come find out how you can be part of the city’s Community Heart & Soul initiative. The program kicked off in mid-April and is now moving into the second phase, Explore Your Community. To help gather residents’ stories and build relationships across divides, the organization is hosting small, community-driven events such as Thirsty Thursday Topics and Rock the Block cook-outs. These community driven events will help organizers better understand the needs of the city.

To learn more about the Pontiac Community Heart & Soul project and to stay up-to-date on the progress, follow us on Facebook @PontiacCommunityHeartandSoul or sign up for our e-newsletter by emailing us at heartandsoul61764@gmail.com  You can text or call us at 815-419-7015 with any further questions you might have.

Community Heart & Soul is a proven process that actively seeks the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are missing and brings people together to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant communities. This resident-driven model takes into account both the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there – a town’s “Heart & Soul®.” For more information on the Community Heart & Soul process, visit orton.org.

To pay by credit card call the chamber office at 815.844.5131.

 

 

Local Food Movement: Lunch & Learn – Ag Edition

Local Food Movement

When:  Friday, June 29 @ noon
Where: Hampton Inn, 2000 Grand Prix Dr
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, free for Farm Bureau members

Join us to learn all about the local food movement right here in Livingston County!

Matt Kilgus, Manager for Kilgus Farmstead, will share the story of their family farm and what it takes to produce the food we enjoy. He will also discuss how they market and sell their local products to surrounding area stores and costumers.

Raghela Scavuzzo, Illinois Farm Bureau Local Foods Program Manager, will talk about what local means, trends she is seeing and what markets farmers can sell to.

Murray McLean, County Market Produce manager will talk with us all about the grocery store’s process for selecting, buying and working with the farmers. Be sure to bring your questions to this panel of experts!