Category Archives: Local News

Reilly: Masking decision will come soon

Reilly: Masking decision will come soon

  By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – As school districts across Illinois gear up for a new school year, the big question is will masks be required? Gov. Pritzker says individual school districts need to set their own policies. District 87 Superintendent Dr. Barry Reilly says they hope to have an announcement in the next week or…MORE

High school football venue to be renamed for longtime coach

High school football venue to be renamed for longtime coach

By HOI ABC NORMAL – Normal Community High School is honoring a longtime coach by naming the football field after him. The Unit 5 School Board Wednesday night approved renaming the venue Dick Tharp Field, paying tribute to the Ironmen’s head coach from 1968 to 1988. Tharp’s 158 wins is the most in school history. During…MORE

Threshermen’s Parade planning full steam ahead

Threshermen’s Parade planning full steam ahead

By WJBC Staff PONTIAC – Pontiac Mayor Bill Alvey says plans are moving forward for the Threshermen’s Parade. Earlier this summer, the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce had announced that it didn’t have enough resources to successfully mount the annual event. Alvey says the city is now partnering with the chamber and the project is falling…MORE

Rep. Davis disappointed in Speaker Pelosi after veto

Rep. Davis disappointed in Speaker Pelosi after veto

A Central Illinois lawmaker tabbed to help investigate the deadly capitol insurrection said he’s disappointed in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the Speaker rejected two of the five Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy selected for the panel.MORE

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Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…