The Chamber Goes “Off the Clock” With Tom Bennett

Thanks to everyone who joined us as we went “Off the Clock” with Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett. Tom attends so many of our events so it was nice to have him host and give us a tour of his newly refinished offices. The place looks fantastic! Thanks to his Pontiac Chief of Staff and Deb and Watseka’s Claire for the snacks and that amazing salted caramel apple cider, everyone should try it.

It was a packed house with so many bringing non-perishable food items, toys and more to “give back” to the community. If you would like to talk to Tom check in with Deb and Claire at: Pontiac District Office – 305 W. Madison St, Pontiac, IL. 61764 815.844.9179 Watseka District Office – 342 W. Walnut, Watseka, IL. 60970 815.432.0106 Springfield Office – 220 N. Stratton Bldg., Springfield, IL. 62706 217.558.1039 or sign up for his weekly newsletter at

Chamber Golf Outing Posponed

Due to weather, we had to postponed our June Golf Outing and move it to July 30th. This gives you more time to sponsor or register a team! Call 815-844-5131 or email We’d love to spend the day with you! We’d love to add your business to our sponsor list.

Accolade Healthcare, Enbridge, ATI Physical Therapy, Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County, Bank of Pontiac, Caterpillar, Country Financial-Marlon Eilts, Driscoll Motors, Dairy Queen, Flanagan State Bank, First Financial Bank, Farmers Insurance-Agent Terra Manning, Gem’s Carpet Cleaning Plus, Graymont Co-Op, Gray’s Garage, The General Store, Livingston County Authority, PJ Plumbing, Heller Motors, Illinois American Water, Joan Bullard Realty, Lyons-Sullivan Realty, Livingston County Farm Bureau, McDonald’s Pontiac, Midwest Dental, OSF Healthcare, Prairie State Tractor, Pontiac Family Eyecare, SOCU-Pontiac Branch, ServePro of Pontiac/North McLean County,State Bank of Graymont, Republic Services, Tailwind Transfer, UAW Local 2096, United Way of Livingston County, Verde Sol;utions, Good Samaritan-Pontiac, Durham Electric and Illinois State Representative, Tom Bennett.

‘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

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

Cat Goes to Springfield

Cat made her first trip to the State Capital in Springfield, recently, and was able to represent the Chamber by way of a non-profit, bi-partisan group called ReadyNation. Their focus is on leveraging the experience, influence, and expertise of Chambers and business executives to help build a skilled workforce by promoting solutions that prepare our children to succeed in education, work and life. She appeared before the Education Appropriations Committee; a committee that  our very own, ranking Republican member, State Representative, Tom Bennett serves. The topic was on Early Childhood Education. Cat enjoyed her experience and seeing Rep. Bennett in action.