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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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

Karls Shared State of the City with Chamber

Fifty people turned out to hear Bob Karls share the State of the City of Pontiac on May 25 at Pontiac Family Kitchen.

He shared the current struggles with the unfunded pensions for the police and the fire department. This is a problem that is felt by neighboring municipalities such as Streator, Normal and Lincoln. The Ladd Street railroad crossing is the last to be updated in preparation for high speed rail. The crossing may need to be closed for several months.

The city remains committed to the development of downtown Pontiac and has several retailers interested in opening stores on the square. The Pontiac Municipal Band will have it’s inaugural performance on Friday, June 3 at the Judy McGlasson-Humiston Riverside Performing Arts Center.

Karls also shared photos of the the gilding at the Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center. Guilders spent six days adding the gold leaf to the stage area and lobby of the theater.

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Early Bird Registration for Golf Event Ends Fri., May 27

Golfer_signup_form2Fri., May 27 is the last day for early bird registration in the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing. Cost is $300/foursome and $80/individual. You don’t have to be a chamber member to play!

Call the Chamber office today at 815.844.5131 to sign up your team. Registration after May 27 will be $320/foursome and $85/individual.

There’s also time to sponsor a hole at $150. Check out our Annual Golf Event page to find the forms.

Thanks to our two co-sponsors this year:



Business After Hours Celebrates National Nursing Home Week

More than 25 people came out to mix & mingle at the Pontiac Chamber’s Business After Hours on May 12. Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab hosted the event in celebration of National Nursing Home Week. Everyone enjoyed lots of great food, drinks and conversation. Check out photos from the event.

For more information on Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab, check out their website at

Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab
300 W Lowell Ave, Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: (815) 842-1181

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Chamber Launches New Website

The Pontiac Chamber is pleased to announce the launch of our new, more interactive website! After months of hard work and dedication, the website launched at We hope you find the new website fresh and easy to navigate.

Our goal with this new website is to provide better promotion of Pontiac Chamber members and make it easier for site visitors to find them. The searchable business directory allows visitors to search by business name or category.

The new ‘Hot Deals’ section offers a way for our members to get promotions out to the community. People can find the deals online and sign-up for a weekly Hot Deals email.

The website will continue to be a hub for events happening around Pontiac, not just Chamber events. The calendar is now searchable by category and keyword. To also receive the weekly email that lists upcoming events, contact the Chamber office at 815.844.5131 or

The new site also allows the Pontiac Chamber to accept credit cards for chamber events such as Issues & Eggs and the ATHENA Awards Luncheon.

Check out the What’s New section for both member and Chamber news. We will be continually updating our content with helpful information, articles, newsletters, and company announcements in the What’s New section.

Thank you to Joe Diaz at Diaz Sign Art for all of his hard work in building this website. And thank you to Rebecca Campbell Photography for taking the great photos of all our board and team members.

Thank you to Joe Diaz at Diaz Sign Art for all of his hard work in building this website. And thank you to Rebecca Campbell Photography for taking the great photos of all our board and team members.

For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please send me an email at….Thank You!

Beyond the Farm at Issues & Eggs

The March 29 Issues & Eggs stretched ‘Beyond the Farm’ with Jesse and Mary Faber. Jesse Faber is an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Pontiac Township High School. Mary Faber is the controller for Graymont Cooperative Association.

Mary shared why it is important for those in agriculture to be a trusted source when explaining common marketing terms like factory farming, GMO, antibiotics and hormones.

Jesse shared the diversity in jobs and careers in agriculture, and how there are plenty of jobs in agriculture right here in Livingston County that expand beyond farming.

Thanks to Edinger’s Filling Station for providing a great breakfast.