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Over 100 jobs expected to come to Pontiac, Illinois

WMBD TV by: Munashe Kwangwari PONTIAC, Ill. — More jobs will be coming to Pontiac thanks to a new development set to break ground next month. The city is located just off route 66 and is hoping to become a respite for travelers. A member of the Wally’s family proposed building a $16 million, 19 […]

Rec Center raising fees, eliminating drop-in cost

By Erich MurphyMarch 5, 2019 Director of Parks and Recreation Taylor Baxter told the Pontiac City Council his idea for program fee and pass changes, as well as his thoughts on furnishings for the new splash pad at its meeting Monday night at City Hall. In regard to the rec center fees, Baxter proposed a […]


One of the greatest rewards in economic development is to see collaboration which delivers meaningful results. Over the last two years, the GLCEDC has worked with area schools to provide funding for the implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math [STEM] initiatives. With an investment of nearly $225,000, the GLCEDC through local school districts has […]

Dist. 429 board approves more STEAM teachers

By Luke SmuckerPosted Jan 18, 2019 at 9:09 AM There will be a STEAM teacher in each building of District 429 next year. At Thursday’s meeting of the Pontiac District 429 Board of Education, the board approved job postings for STEAM teachers at Central, Lincoln and Washington Schools. The board also approved the diesel fuel […]



Pontiac Caterpillar plant celebrating 40 years

Pontiac Daily LeaderBy Luke SmuckerPosted Dec 8, 2018 at 12:23 PM As another chapter begins to close in the pages of history, the Caterpillar plant in Pontiac reflects on 40 years of business within the community. Caterpillar Inc. acquired the Pontiac facility in January 1978 and it was operational by March of that year producing […]

Program helping PC freshmen be more interested

By Luke SmuckerPosted Aug 25, 2018 at 9:45 AM A group of 40 to 50 freshmen at Prairie Central High School are taking part in the school’s new Freshman Cohort program this year. The core subjects of math, science, English and social studies are split between six teachers into two classrooms in an effort to offer students a STEAM-based teaching […]

Congressman Adam Kinzinger Holds Health Care Roundtable

U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger made a stop in Pontiac Tuesday to speak with regional leaders about topics that affect rural health care. The congressman took part in a health care roundtable discussion at OSF HealthCare Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center. The roundtable was co-hosted by OSF Saint James and the Greater Livingston County Economic […]

Boys & Girls Club gets computers from ATR

By Paul WestermeyerStaff Reporter | Pontiac Daily Leader The ever-increasing prominence of the STEAM initiative is usually thought to only encompass or concern schools. But on the local level, the local after-school Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County program has made it an extracurricular activity as well. On Wednesday, the Boys & Girls Club […]