The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) issued a press release announcing that 12 Illinois sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places during 2020, including Glenwood School in Iroquois County. 

Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 225 E. Third St., Herscher, will host an American Red Cross Herscher Community Blood Drive, on Monday, February 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dan Hendrickson, Kankakee County Clerk, released vital statistics for Kankakee County for 2020. 

Kankakee Community College will sponsor a live online "Cash Bash" with a $2,500 grand prize on Saturday, Feb. 20.

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD#2 board meeting, graduation was approved for May 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

In December, the Anderson House, a Herscher Area Historical Society museum, had a “hands on” explanation of the work involved in taking care of a family in the early 1900’s when they provided a tour for the great-grandchildren of Bob and Zandra Cross.

January 1, 2021 brought an ice storm followed by snow on the following days.  Shrouded in frozen fog, the area surrounding Herscher’s railroad tracks is a beautiful sight. 

Located on Rt. 115, Herscher’s new welcome sign is now operational. The $50,000 sign has many capabilities including advising citizens of time sensitive information. Updates are done remotely from the Herscher’s Village Hall.

Every second counts when there is a home fire. A fire can take a home in as little as two minutes. Therefore, escaping in less than two minutes can be the difference between survival and tragedy. The Red Cross encourages everyone to talk to their children about fire safety to help families s…

Just three new state laws took effect in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2021 compared to the more than 250 laws that took effect at the start of 2020. 

The year 2020 has been a year like no other. The Covid-19 pandemic forced people together and apart at the same time. 

Kudos to the churches, individuals, and groups who worked together to donate toys, money, time, and energy to provide gifts this Christmas to those who are served by the Herscher Foundation. Even though the fundraising auctions were not able to take place this year, the community stepped for…

A December 17 letter from Supt. Rich Decman addresses the plan to extend the school day beginning second semester. The decision to extend the day until 2:05 PM, reached by the Herscher CUSD2 board, was made several months ago.

The Herscher Chamber of  Commerce conducted its annual Christmas Decorating Contest on Sunday evening. A panel of judges toured the village at dusk and selected the following winners:

 Helen Wheeler Center CEO, Jackie Haas, was sworn in Tuesday as the new 79th District State Representative. Haas is succeeding former Representative Parkhurst, who was sworn in as Circuit Judge on December 7. Parkhurst has served as State Representative since 2017. Haas, who succeeds Parkhur…

Sean Contreras, Herscher High School senior, was recently awarded a four-year scholarship valued at $180,000 to attend the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

At Monday evening’s Herscher village board meeting, a 1% sales tax Referendum was approved to be voted on by village residents in the April 2021 Consolidated Election. 

Herscher’s Home Christmas Decorating contest is coming on Sunday evening, December 13. Be sure to turn on your lights at dusk. Pictured above is a glimpse of Leiser Street decorated - a la Clark Griswold.

The American Red Cross Blood Holiday Community Blood Drive will take place on Monday, December 7 from Noon to 6 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church. 

On Saturday, December 5th from 10 AM - 11:30 AM, “His Helping Hands” food pantry launches at Herscher Christian Church, 30 Tobey Drive, Herscher. 

The Herscher Pilot will run the pictures of as many pets as space permits each week throughout December. 

Celebrate the Christmas season with the City of Kankakee and the Kankakee Public Library and as we prepare to decorate and celebrate the beauty of Downtown. Two children (12 and under) will be chosen to wreath the lions, Readmore and Seemore, with Mayor Chasity Wells Armstrong on Thursday, D…

From now until Dec. 10, 2020, Kankakee County Residents can call or email The Salvation Army to be given an Angel Tree Tag, rather than picking one up at a storefront location. 

Illinois Secretary of State offices and Commercial Driver License (CDL) facilities, and drive-thru facilities serving license plate stickers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving. All other Driver Services facilities are closed until Dec. 7 o…

The Covid -19 Pandemic has reared its ugly head in the County West area. In March, few area residents knew of anyone who had experienced the virus. Now, almost everyone knows someone who has been touched by it. In fact, Kankakee County has received national attention for its latest surge in …

The cook-off contest between Unit 2 schools to raise funds for the U2CT Scholarship Fund will not take place this year due to Covid.

Although many Veteran’s Day events in County West were curtailed due to Covid-19, Harvest View Senior Living in Herscher held a ceremony honoring their veteran residents with a virtual Veteran’s Day presentation from the Manteno’s Veteran’s Home, including color guard, posting of national co…

Melinda Sutherland and her husband, John, resided in Bonfield for 33 years where she ran the Special Friends preschool for 25 years. 

Herscher Area Historical Society presents their second annual Christmas Treasures and Décor Sale on Saturday November 14th and Sunday November 15th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

At Monday evening’s Herscher CUSD2 board meeting, Supt. Rich Decman stated that the District has strong balances, but not included are the remaining expenses for Limestone Middle School’s renovation which still need to be paid. 

Ray Schneider, Herscher’s six-term mayor, has decided not to run for re-election in the spring. Schneider, a Herscher native, was first elected mayor in 1989. He was 34 years old when he first became mayor and will be leaving at the age of 65. 

Herscher Area Historical Society is ready for it’s second annual Christmas Treasures and Décor Sale. It will be held Saturday November 14th and Sunday November 15th 9:00am – 3:00pm.  

Rural Buckingham resident, Jerome Schneider, demonstrates the height of the milkweed that has grown on his property this year. While milkweed normally grows to five feet in this area, Schneider’s towers at over seven feet. Milkweed is crucial to the existence of the millions of Monarch Butte…

Herscher High School crowned this year’s Homecoming Queen, Emma Mendell and King, Drew Rogers, on October 23 at school. Pictured from left are: Roarke Zigrossi, Mia Ruder, Jalynn Miner, Emma Mendell, Allison Hassett, Riley Hartman, and 2019 Queen, Maddie Offerman, Joe Holohan, Cody Lunsford,…

 Herscher High School will be closed for student attendance from October 27-November 9 to perform a deep cleaning of the building and to contain the spread of the coronavirus.