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Luke Wenger of Pontiac Illinois, is an Afghanistan War Veteran. He graduated from Prairie Central High School in 2000, enlisted in '02, went to Iraq in '03, and eventually went to Afghanistan in '09. This conversation will provide you with an inside look at military life immediately after 9/11, some of the missions that took place in the decade fol…
 
Tim Moore is the principal at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, IL - District 87. This school is fascinating in many ways, from its incredibly diverse student body to its unprecedented rate of improvement in terms of facilities, student morale, and culture. Tim was kind enough to give us some great insight as to what went into generating thes…
 
Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck was a prized professional soccer player who first played at University High School (Normal, Illinois), then Clemson University before playing with Huachipato FC in Chile's professional league, as well as with other pro teams. Father Chase, however, left his accomplished soccer career at the young age of 25 to become a Roman C…
 
Dan Brady represents the 105th Legislative District in the Illinois House of Representatives, encompassing McLean and a portion of Livingston County, including a large portion of the Bloomington/Normal metropolitan area. You can visit Dan's Website here: https://rep-danbrady.com/ ⭐️ SHARE this episode if you find it interesting or meaningful! 🙏 SUP…
 
Amy Bahler (Formerly Amy Steidinger) was a victim of a wildly abusive marriage and even an attempted murder by her former husband, Dan. This incredible story takes place in Fairbury & Bloomington, IL, and has nearly been broadcasted in some major media outlets a few times before, but for various reasons (which we will discuss) it was sidelined. Thi…
 
Sandra Richards is the House Director of the Elizabeth Home in Pontiac, IL. This home is simultaneously a non-profit organization that exists to assist new and soon-to-be mothers, who find themselves in difficult life circumstances, in the most important and meaningful ways. ⭐️ SHARE this episode if you find it interesting or meaningful! 🙏 SUPPORT …
 
Dr. Adam Houghton is a beloved doctor in Bloomington, Illinois. He is well known for his work in the field of LGBTQ+ health and the trans community more specifically. Adam and I have a lot of differing views on this topic which made for, what I believe to be, a very interesting episode! I hope you enjoy it. ⭐️ SHARE this episode if you find it inte…
 
Rick Plattner is an elder for the Apostolic Christian Church in Fairbury, IL. • Support this podcast on Patreon ( https://patreon.com/paulgarcia ) and by checking out our amazing sponsors: - Pizza's by Marchelloni: Buy one pizza Get one FREE 4-5PM 7 days/week! 405 E Locust Street Fairbury, IL 61739 https://www.facebook.com/pizzasbymarchelloni - Out…
 
Henry Steffen has experienced human suffering to the fullest extent. Blown up at age 15 in a welding accident in Cropsey, IL - he suffered full-body burns, the loss of a hand, and significant psychological distress. Yet somehow he came out a better man and is now a loved member of the Fairbury community. *Huge thanks to all of my patrons at patreon…
 
Orlando Lopez, a Normal, IL, grew up in Cuba during the takeover of the infamous Communist Dictator, Fidel Castro. When hardly anyone was allowed to leave the country, Orlando was given a unique opportunity to leave the country at just 10 years old… Alone. *Huge thanks to all of my patrons at patreon.com/paulgarcia : Donny Bounds, Ben Traub, and An…
 
Reparations for descendants of slaves, systemic racism, and the Black Lives Matter organization are all vying for headlines in the media today. Polarization between conservatives and liberals continues to widen in many circles, but not here. My guest today is Zay Okwata. He’s a media entrepreneur, the founder of influential.tv, and is well-versed o…
 
Patrick Barnes, a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Illinois, is a beloved social media superstar! He’s earned MILLIONS of followers and subscribers, and HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of views across platforms like Youtube, TikTok, Facebook, and Vine! The reason? His dog, Quincy (And, in part, his brother, Thomas)! In this episode, Pa…
 
Lilliana Ifft & Ali Ince have earned a vast share of headlines pertaining to the sport of Girls Track & Field in Illinois. This past weekend, both of them earned their very first High School state titles! Lilliana (Bloomington HS) became a state champion in the pole vault and Ali (Normal Community HS) became a state champion in the 800m and 1600m r…
 
Dan Groce is undoubtedly one of the most beloved names to come out of Chenoa, IL. A long-time member of the Prairie Central faculty, Dan has served as a high school and elementary school principal (at the same time for a few years), a social studies teacher, a girls basketball coach, a boys basketball coach, a track coach, and a football coach. Dan…
 
Nancy Widlacki, a resident of Fairbury, is a breast cancer survivor. I hope you find her story of family, faith, and resilience moving, while also finding it highly educational about the entire breast cancer treatment process. Thanks for coming on Nancy, it was a pleasure! *P.S - Sorry for the occasional lighting changes, the light fixtures were mo…
 
Jerry Hoffman is in a leading position at multiple prominent companies in the area, most notably @Technical Metals Incorporated (TMI) in Fairbury. He’s also heavily involved in the local government and has a deep love for his family and the outdoors. His calm, kind and gentle demeanor is surprising though, considering the intensity of his combat hi…
 
Bryce Dooley is the owner & founder of BD Capital Investment Management. He currently has over 30 clients and manages over $2,000,000! He’s also a part-owner of an apartment complex in Bloomington, IL! Oh, and he’s only 23 years old! In this episode, we’ll learn why Bryce loves investing and financial management, some financial management habits th…
 
Jill McCulloh Doran was paralyzed from the waist down at 15 years of age when she was sucked up by a tornado in August of 1977 in Mattoon, IL. Her story is one of the most incredible and tragic that I’ve ever heard. In this episode, we will cover every detail of that fateful day, as well as talk about Jill’s thoughts on the whole experience looking…
 
Tony Ramos is a legend in the sport of wrestling. He’s an Illinois native and a 3x Illinois State Champion for Glenbard North High School. In college, he was a Big Ten & NCAA D1 Champion for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and after that, a 3x US Open Champion, a 2x World Team Trials Champion. Now he is the assistant head coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels.…
 
Dale C. Maley is a Fairbury and Central IL Historian, an author, a handyman extraordinaire, and much more. Enjoy this very fascinating and highly educational conversation about the history of our area, complete with discussions about Native Americans and glaciers, to prostitution and coal mining, and everything in between! ------ SUBSCRIBE & DONATE…
 
Will Gerber is an impressive individual. He founded the successful “William J Gerber Law Office” as well as a real estate company, he is an accomplished wrestler, and perhaps most notably he’s married to barrel racing star and real estate agent, Kelly Gerber (Haha). He’s also served as a personal role model in my life and the lives of many others. …
 
Sarah Ann Steffen-Brummitt is the Executive Director at HOPE Pregnancy Center in Pontiac, IL. This incredible center offers top-tier support, love, and care to women who are unexpectedly expecting. If you’d like to read more about HPC or donate to their worthy cause, you can easily do so on their website - https://pontiachopepc.com/ If you’d like t…
 
Jim Steidinger is 89 years old and was born and raised right here in Fairbury, IL. It was a pleasure to chat with him about life in those days and the issues we face today in society. If you enjoy this show and want to see more episodes like this one, please consider becoming a patron on patreon.com/paulgarcia To access all the show's social media …
 
His personality is electric, his energy is unmatched, his level of physical fitness is elite, he’s intense, yet compassionate, and his name is SCOTT WILLY! Scott texted me before I posted this and said “I’m excited and nervous and at the same time. I said a lot of stuff I never shared with people before…” And that’s the truth! We dove deep into the…
 
Dana Wright is a Sexual Violence Counselor for Safe Journeys/ADV & SAS, an organization where survivors of domestic and sexual violence can find support, resources, and strength as they journey toward healing and thriving in LaSalle and Livingston counties. Thank you for the very educational conversation, Dana. It was a pleasure! Listen / Watch / S…
 
Matt Burgess is the CEO of Home Sweet Home Ministries, which provides high-quality support and assistance to, what most people would call “the homeless”, but what Matt prefers to call “People wanting to have their own home again”. This episode was very insightful and you’ll soon see that I’m not dealing with just someone who manages a homeless shel…
 
Ali Ince has recently been making headlines across the country for her exceptional performances in the track & field world! Just a couple of weeks ago Ali won the Addidas Indoor National meet in 2 different races, the girl’s mile and the girl’s 800m run! Not only did she win those events, but she also ran the 5th fastest freshman girls mile time an…
 
Kelly Gerber does a lot of cool things! She’s an extremely competitive barrel racer, traveling throughout the country multiple times a year to compete in some big-money events, she’s also a great local real estate agent (Check out her Facebook page here) and she’s also a proud mother and wife. In this episode, we discuss how Kelly manages all these…
 
Fred Jolly is from Chenoa, Illinois. He’s 64 years old and since turning 50 he’s done a number of amazing things: He’s visited every single state in America and every national park as well in his and his wife Laura’s RV, He earned a degree in Liberal Arts from where else but Thee University of Chicago, which, if you didn’t know, is one of the most …
 
To celebrate 25 episodes I threw together a highlight reel of some of my favorite clips so far! Enjoy! -------- SPONSORS -------- Popejoy Plumbing, Heating, Electric, and Geothermal The prized Popejoy team offers a full array of services that ensure your critical plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and geothermal systems will continue to operate at peak pe…
 
Jim Woolford epitomizes what it means to be a great late enforcement officer. He’s the police chief of the Pontiac police department (the highest-ranking officer in a police department) and has worked in the field for over two decades. In this conversation, Jim and I get right on the topics that dominate our newsfeeds and television screens: Is Law…
 
Michael Brand is an exceptional martial artist, a knowledgeable instructor at his own business, Brands Martial Arts (Located in Fairbury and Chenoa, IL), and a successful competitor in his own right. If one could earn a Ph.D. in martial arts, Michael would have one. In this episode, both his knowledge of the craft's history as well as its psycholog…
 
Paul Meister is one of the brightest men I’ve come to know. Currently, he is the Coordinator of Academic Services for the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment (C.A.S.D.G.G.E for short - HA!). But prior to this he was a student and then science teacher at Prairie Central High School. Paul has developed a wonderful reputation for him…
 
Brian Hassett is a former Prairie Central High School Football coach and a living legend in the Livingston & Mclean County areas. In 1999 Hassett came to PC and took a team of boys that was notorious for being terrible, and taking them to the IHSA 4A State Finals in a few short years. He's got a lot of wisdom to impart on us, so listen up! Listen t…
 
Matt Kilgus is the co-owner of one of the most beloved Dairy and Meat providers in the midwest: Kilgus Farmstead! In addition to being totally family-owned, this farm is also unique in that it is Central Illinois’ ONLY on-farm single-source milk bottling plant! All the milk made and used at Kilgus Farmstead comes from their very own family-owned Je…
 
Fr. Archer is a Roman Catholic priest at St. Andrews Parish in Fairbury, IL, within the diocese of Peoria. He has earned a reputation for being very knowledgeable on matters of theology, and very traditional in his priestly duties - being one of the few Catholic priests in Illinois that offer a Latin mass! Father has become a great friend of mine a…
 
In this episode, April and I talk about everything from The Coffee Hound's super-rare and amazing milk and their ethically sourced coffee beans, to her competitive barista days and her business advice! 🔑 To support this show you can head over to my Patreon Page >>> www.patreon.com/paulgarcia & gain exclusive access to bonus clips and full-length vi…
 
In this episode, Brad and I discuss his roots and upbringing, his interesting college experience, his eventful teaching career, teaching as a whole, and how it’s changed during his time in the field, his incredible grain bin accident, and MUCH much more! Brad was awesome to have on the show. He’s a great guy! As always I'd like to say thank you to …
 
Joe Sieving is known by thousands as a former PE Teacher and Track Coach at Prairie Central. What he's less commonly known as is a former child prodigy, a lightning strike survivor, and a full-on vegan. In this episode, Joe and I discuss his wildly fascinating life thus far. From his days of being in a government-ran organization designed to find a…
 
Austin recently made headlines in the wrestling world announcing his medical retirement just before his senior year at Iowa State University. Austin was an incredible talent in the sport, boasting 3 state titles, 2 Fargo titles, qualifying for a world team, and much much more. Additionally, during his time at Iowa State, Austin quickly became a fan…
 
Hannah Boyd was and is considered one of the best athletes to come through central, IL. After her Freshman season at University High School in Normal, IL, where she won the state title in the 200m Freestyle, she opted out of her IHSA career to focus on her club, national, international, and even and potential Olympic careers. Since childhood, Hanna…
 
Maybe you've heard rumors of Christmas simply people a replacement for some Pagan Holiday that fell on the 25th of December. I know I have. In this episode, I seek to shed some light on that rumor and explain to you how Christians have always held the belief that Jesus was born (at least around) on the 25th of December - all in under 10 minutes! Me…
 
Lincoln Slagel is the co-owner and co-founder of Emancipation Brewing Company - a delightful "nano-brewery" in Fairbury, IL. Lincoln and his business partner (his dad) build this now beloved brewery in February of 2019 in their very own backyard dairy-barn! The former barnyard makes for a beautiful, wholesome, rustic-styled taproom that locals and …
 
Chase Mowery is a Fairbury, IL native, but as you can tell by his subtle southern draw, he has since moved to Oklahoma. Chase has been busy working with some big-name non-profits such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Tulsa Area United Way for the past few years. He decided to come home to Fairbury for a little while, so I figured I'd get him on …
 
Logan Deacetis is a Senior at Prairie Central High School, a phenomenal wrestler in the state of Illinois, and an intelligent young man! His accolades include: • 2 IHSA State Titles • A #18 Ranking in the Nation at 182lbs • Illinois Record Holder for Most Wins in a Season (59-0) • Currently 113-0 in the past TWO seasons. • Potential to Break Josh A…
 
Kaylee Cotter of Pontiac, IL is a member of the Pontiac Bible Church and has traveled around the globe to countries like Guatemala, South Africa, and Kenya, as well as a few states here in the US, all in the name of evangelization. "Evangelization" is the act of bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert indiv…
 
John Strong is a Fairbury, Illinois native, and a man of many hats. 1.) He owns Marchelloni's Pizza, a beloved pizza place in central, Illinois. 2.) He owns multiple rental properties in the area. 3.) His wife, Monique, and he have 11 kids, with who they attend daily morning mass at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Fairbury. 4.) Finally, John is an …
 
Joey Reis is a Fairbury, IL native. Joey has become something of a household name in the Prairie Central area, Illinois area, for his dominant 3-0 streak in MMA, or what many people know as cage fighting. Interestingly enough, Joey has had more fights get lined up and then canceled than he's actually fought in. That can sometimes be the way it goes…
 
David Soper, a Fairbury native, served in the Vietnam War (or the Vietnam "Conflict" as he was taught to call it) at the young age of 19. Although he may not talk about it often, he also received a bronze star with an additional "V" for "valor", for his showing of great courage in the face of danger in battle. David manned a tank in this war and wa…
 
Joe Cliffe of Fairbury, IL, is a former Dekalb, IL, native who has achieved legend-status in the sport of wrestling and especially so in the state of Illinois. "Coach" as he's commonly referred to as (by former athletes and not) has a seemingly endless list of honors & accolades from his careers in coaching and leadership to go with his trophies & …
 
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