Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chamber Board Passes Transportation Resolution

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

September 14, 2016

Resolution of Support for

Illinois Transportation Legislative Initiative

            WHEREAS, transportation infrastructure is critical to the safety, quality of life and economic vitality throughout Illinois; and

            WHEREAS, the transportation system in Illinois is comprised of a seamless network of state highways, county highways, city streets, and township roads, as well as transit, rail and other alternative forms of transportation; and

            WHEREAS, citizens are reliant upon the vast and seamless network of public roads to carry business, products, services, postal delivery, parcel delivery, utilities, school bus, agriculture, emergency services; and,

            WHEREAS, the users of this system of public roads in Illinois pay for the upkeep and improvement of those public roads through highway user fees; and

            WHEREAS, local government is responsible for over 88% of the public road mileage in Illinois carrying 40% of the traffic in the state, thereby contributing 40% of the highway user fees collected by the state, including both motor vehicle revenue paid to the Secretary of State and motor fuel tax paid at the fuel pump; and

            WHEREAS, in 2014 only 21.5% of those highway user fees were returned to reinvest in local roads, which was $577 million less than the 40% generated by local roads, which received $561 million in MFT distributions; and

            WHEREAS, the continual reinvestment of highway user fees in the basic maintenance that is necessary for every part of the highway network is absolutely essential for those benefits of safety, quality of life and economic vitality to continue; and

            WHEREAS, the State of Illinois has not approved a transportation capital program that maintains support of ongoing funding for that continual reinvestment since 1999 and yet local roads in Illinois have experienced costs for basic county highway maintenance in 2014 that were 2.4 times greater than they were in 2000 and those costs continue to climb while local governments are forced to defer and even suspend the most basic maintenance on their local roads; and

            WHEREAS, the number of commercial vehicles along with their sizes and weights continue to grow due to the competitive world market requiring improvements to the local road system to safely accommodate such increase in the number, sizes and weights of commercial vehicles in relation with all other highway users; and

            WHEREAS, it is critical for every local government to improve their local roads in order to continue to be an effective part of the seamless highway network that allows Illinois to supply its produce, products and services to the world market competitively; and

            WHEREAS, the state’s economy continues to face pressures that would be mitigated by a public infrastructure capital construction initiative to provide workers throughout Illinois, from highly urbanized to rural areas, with employment, along with jobs associated with capital infrastructure improvement, such as equipment and material suppliers; and

            WHEREAS, it is important to focus on the entire transportation system, including local and state roads, interstate highways, bridges, public transit, airports, waterways and freight rail because no partial component operates without other systematic elements of the transportation network.

            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce does hereby notify the Governor, Legislators and the IDOT Secretary that we request the adoption and implementation of the Illinois Transportation Legislative Initiative to Benefit the Economy and the Citizens of the State of Illinois; and this Illinois Transportation Legislative Initiative specifically requests:

  1. The Illinois DOT Secretary will seek input from and collaborate with County Engineers, Municipal Street Officials, Township Highway Commissioners and Transit Officials to develop an Illinois Transportation Plan to immediately begin to address the needs of our Illinois transportation system using the funding distribution of 80% Highways/20% Transit with the highway funding sub split of 60% IDOT/40% Local Roads, distributing formula; and
  2. The Governor and General Assembly will adopt and ensure implementation of an Illinois Transportation Bill that requires the distribution of all highway user fees and additional transportation investment at the same funding distribution through the existing MFT distribution formula as identified above.

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that upon adoption, signed copies of this resolution shall be forwarded to:

• The Honorable Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois

• The Honorable John Cullerton, President of the Illinois Senate

• The Honorable Michael Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives

• The Honorable Christine Radogno, Minority Leader of the Illinois Senate

• The Honorable James Durkin, Minority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives

• The Honorable State Senators & Representatives of our area

• Randy Blankenhorn, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation


/s/  John Franks III, President of the Board of Directors

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Commerce Bank Ribbon Cutting

Representatives of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin congratulated Commerce Bank on the grand opening of their new Pekin branch at 2012 Court Street.  The new facility is one of the most technologically advanced Commerce branches in the country.  In honor of the grand opening, branch manager Fred Blanchard presented a $500 donation to Alisha Dault, manager at the Miller Senior Center. You can see more pictures from this event at:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Veteran's Drive

Save the date for the BikeConnect HOI Regional Bicycle Plan Open House!

Wednesday October 5
Gateway Building – Peoria Riverfront
200 NE Water St. – Peoria
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
BikeConnect HOI is a regional bicycle planning process being led by Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC). Come see the map of recommended bicycle network improvements to connect communities in our region. See the recommended action items for strengthening bike transportation in our region. Let us know your feedback!

For more information about the BikeConnect HOI Open House, please contact Nick Hayward of TCRPC at or 309-673-9330. And, please spread the word to your friends and colleagues. Thanks and hope to see you there! 

Bartons Earmark Seven-Figure Gift for Proposed Sustainability Center at ICC

               Funding for a future sustainability center at Illinois Central College will receive a sizable boost, thanks to a seven-figure donation from Glen and Polly Barton.
In his letter to the College this summer to formalize the gift, Glen Barton said he and his wife were impressed by what they had seen and heard about the proposed project and believed it would be a good addition to the College and local community.
The ICC Board of Trustees approved naming a future facility the “Barton Sustainability Center” at their regular meeting on September 15.
“We are very grateful to the Bartons for their generous donation in support of a sustainability center,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “Their lifelong commitment to education and community service is inspirational, and we hope to appropriately honor this gift through the students and community members we serve.”
A proposed $7.5 M facility would eventually house some of the College’s academic program concerning sustainability and serve as a community resource center for green building and sustainable development.
“We are delighted to formalize our plans to name a future sustainability center in honor of the Bartons,” said Stephanie Holmes, Interim Executive Director of the ICC Educational Foundation. “The Board’s action tonight to approve a facility name is a tangible and public recognition of the Bartons’ dedication to their community and to the enduring impact their gift will have on future generations.”
               ICC’s Board of Trustees is currently reviewing the best site upon which to build a future sustainability center.

            For more information about sustainability initiatives at ICC, visit For information on giving to the ICC Educational Foundation, visit

Carr celebrates 10 years at Hanson’s Peoria office

Dennis Carr, P.E., a civil engineer at Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Peoria office, recently celebrated 10 years of service with the firm. 
Carr joined Hanson in 2006 and has provided planning, design and construction observation services for roadway and bridge projects, including the Warehouse District revitalization, Washington Street improvements and base roadway repairs for the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing, all in Peoria; the West Main Street and Seminary Street overpasses in Galesburg and the East Main Street underpass there, which soon will be under construction; and the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) project in Champaign and Urbana, which will begin construction this fall. 
He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 2007 and 2012, respectively, from Bradley University and is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois.

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The Peoria regional office is located at 7625 N. University St., Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614. The office may be reached by phone at (309) 691-0902.  

Illinois American Water "Imagine A Day Without Water" Contest

Illinois American Water is inviting 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area to participate in an “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest. Winning students will win their classroom a $100 donation. Artwork may also be featured in a future bill insert and other communication pieces.

“It’s hard to imagine even just one day without water. We need water to make a cup of coffee, grow fruits and vegetables, and manufacture nearly every product we use in our daily lives. We also need water to fight fires and for public health. While essential, few people understand the fundamental value of water and the systems that bring water to and from homes and businesses all day, every day,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water. To help educate Illinois American Water’s youngest customers, the Company is partnering with the Value of Water Coalition on the 2nd Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” event launched today, Sept. 15, 2016. All across the nation, events and activities will take place to highlight the important, and often taken for granted,
role our drinking water plays.

Participation in the “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest is easy. Students are asked to draw a picture and write one sentence that describes what water service and a day without water means to them. Teachers can find instructions and materials online at, in the “Learning Center” area of the site. Learn more about “Imagine a Day Without Water” here

Winner(s) of the art contest will be announced in November. Last year’s winning artwork can be viewed on the Company’s Facebook page. By submitting an entry the student, teacher and school are agreeing to have the submission, including identification information like name, school, etc. to be used in Illinois American Water materials. All entries should be sent to External Affairs Manager, Karen Cotton, at 7500 North Harker Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61615 by Oct. 13, 2016. Questions can be directed to

Employer Business Needs Workshop

The Central Illinois Regional Employer Services Team presents the
Employer Business Needs Workshop

Two opportunities to attend

Thursday, September 22, 2016
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

@ Peoria Gateway Building
200 NE Water Street, Room 201
Peoria, IL 61602

Friday, September 23, 2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am

@ Fondulac Bank
201 Clock Tower Drive, 2nd Floor
East Peoria, IL 61611

Presenting agencies include:

·         Career Link
·         Illinois Central College
·         Greater Peoria Economic
Development Council

·         Illinois Dept. of Employment Security
·         Illinois Dept. of Human Services, Div. of Rehabilitation Service (DRS)
·         Pekin Chamber of Commerce

The workshop is designed to provide the business community with valuable information about potential cost saving resources.  Information being covered includes:

*Unemployment Insurance Laws and recent updates*

·         Access to Talented Labor Force
·         Apprenticeships
·         Career Transition
·         Business Effectiveness
·         Business Retention and Expansion
·         Incumbent Worker Training
·         Job Postings
·         Labor Market Information
·         Leadership Development
·         On-the-Job Training
·         Rehabilitation Technology Service
·         Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Please register for this event by contacting 
David Vaughn, Career Link, 309-321-0293 or
Tory Davis, IDES, BSM, 309-472-9881

Mashie's Pub & Eatery PaintNite

Friday, September 16, 2016

Chamber Week: History of Executive Directors

The management staff position with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce was originally called secretary or managing secretary.  Eventually the designation was changed to executive director.  These people have served in that position: 

1916-1920       Phil H. Sipfle

1920-1923       James H. Braucht

1923-1925       Leonard D’Ooge

1925-1929       Ormond F. Lyman

1929-1938       John S. Patterson

1938-1941       Francis O. Neer

1941-1945             Ross E. Anderson

1945-1952       Britt B. Blair

1952-1953       A.W. Tarter

1953-1959       R.J. Lindley

1959-1962       Paul E. Burkhardt
1962-1970       R.H. “Bud” More
1970-1984       Leland S. “Lee” Williams

1985-1987       Ralph T. Brower

1987-1989       Kevin L. Rosner

1989-1993       Willard E. Birkmeier
1993-1996       Charles H. “Chic” Renner
1996-2001       Carol A. Shields

2001-present   William T. Fleming

Chamber Week - More History

The more things change, the more they stay the same

            For over 20 years the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee has worked with a number of agencies, organizations, and governmental units and representatives to advocate for the construction of Veterans Drive.  This road will extend from Illinois Route 29 on the south, and then along the City’s easterly border, eventually connecting with Interstate 474 on the North.  The Chamber believes this project is of vital importance to the community’s economic prosperity. 

            The Pekin Association of Commerce’s annual report for the year ended March 31, 1928 also noted the importance of roads.  The report from the Good Roads Committee stated:  “The most important project before the committee was the speeding up of action on the paving of the proposed State Route 164 (Pekin to Tremont and Mackinaw).  The new road will be of great assistance to the communities on the East, and the route will mean a marked extension of the Pekin trading area.  Your committee has held several meetings with representatives of the communities along the route, and many right-of-way disputes and differences have been satisfactorily adjusted.  At this writing it is practically assured that the contract for Route No. 164 will be let within the very near future.”

            The report went on to note that the newly paved section of Route 9, Pekin to Morton, was opened to the public last fall.  “In the opening of this route, the committee is able to see the final results of its many months of work performed several years ago when the right-of-way for the new road was under discussion.”     

New Illinois Law Limits Non-Compete Agreements

The Illinois legislature enacted new legislation invalidating non-compete agreements for certain employees. Effective January 1, 2017, employers are prohibited from entering into non-compete agreements with employees who earn $13 an hour or less.

The “Illinois Freedom to Work Act” (S.B. 3163) will make any non-compete agreement "illegal and void" if entered into on, or after, January 1, 2017 if it prevents a low wage employee from:
  • Working in a specified geographic area;
  • Working for another employer for a specified time; or  
  • Working for another employer that performs similar work. 
The law does not apply to agreements to protect confidential information, or not to solicit customers or employees, or to agreements entered into before January. 1, 2017.

If your company has post-employment competition restrictions with low-wage earners, you should seek legal guidance given this new Illinois law.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Chamber History

The History of Chambers of Commerce

As long as commerce has existed, traders have banded together.  The purpose of these first associations was to seek common protection against enemies and marauding bands of robbers.  Later they established codes to govern the conduct of trade, and still later, they attempted to exert influence on legislation.  These early associations of traders have little in common with the modern Chamber of Commerce.

The history of Chambers of Commerce, as an institution representing the interests of business, dates back to the end of the 16th century.  In 1599 the Board of Marseilles, France appointed a commission of four merchants and granted it the status of an advisory body on trade matters.  The commission was “in charge of increasing the town’s prosperity.”  Some time later the commission was named a Chamber of Commerce.

King Henry IV issued a decree whereby he legitimized the institution, which in the course of time became totally independent.  He also asked the chambers for “recommendations to revive the economy of the kingdom.” 

In the early 18th century Chambers of Commerce, as advisory institutions, were established in other French cities.  Clearly establishing their purpose, King Louis XIV asked the chambers for proposals to “increase trade in France and outside the Kingdom.”

In Germany, the first chamber was established in 1665 in Hamburg.  It was an institution similar to a Chamber of Commerce and called a Kommerzdeputation.  In 1866 it was named a Chamber of Commerce.

The first Canadian Chamber of Commerce was formed in the year 1750 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  A group of merchants joined together to form the "Association for the Benefit of Trade." 

            The first Chamber of Commerce in the United States was organized in New York in 1786.  From 1890 the growth of the chambers in the United States was rapid.  Today, there are over 5,000 such organizations in the country. 

The Galena Chamber of Commerce, organized at a meeting of merchants on February 2, 1838, was the first Chamber of Commerce in Illinois.  Though it has not been in continuous existence, a business organization in one form or another has been in Galena since that time.  According to the 1878 History of Jo Daviess County, “... the Chamber of Commerce exercised a powerful and beneficial influence on the business interests of Galena.”

Chambers of Commerce today have only a faint resemblance of the old “board of trade” and “booster clubs” of even a half-century ago.  Changes are more than one of refinement - the basic philosophy of Chamber operation has changed. 

In recent years, Chambers of Commerce have become more involved in economic development, urban renewal, and planning, with some of the larger Chambers adding specialist to their staff.

History of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

            In October of 1893, a group of like-minded businessmen incorporated the Citizen’s Improvement Association of Pekin.  The organization was formed for the purpose of “advancing the business interest and promoting the commercial growth of the City of Pekin.”  The five directors that were selected to control and manage the corporation for the first year were:  Everett W. Wilson, George Herget, Jesse B. Cooper, Henry Block, and Joseph V. Graff.

            A second business association, the Pekin Retail Merchants Association, was organized in 1900 with Ferd Pauley as President and Fred Helm as Secretary.  The purpose of this organization was to promote better business practices and systems. 

            In 1910 the Citizen’s Improvement Association of Pekin changed its name to the Commercial Club of Pekin.  In 1911 they merged with the Pekin Merchants Association, but retained their name as the Commercial Club of Pekin.

            In 1916 the name of the organization was changed to the Association of Commerce of Pekin, Illinois.  Phil H. Sipfle was the managing secretary, and Maude M. Smith was hired as the office secretary on May 27, 1916.   

Smith retired in 1961, after 45 years of service to the organization.  However, she continued to attend the annual meetings into the 1980s.  Her attendance was noteworthy, as she had never missed an annual meeting since she was hired by the organization in 1916.

            In 1962 the name of the organization was changed to the Chamber of Commerce of Pekin, Illinois.  In 1978 the name of the organization was changed to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Retail Project

Chamber Connection

Check out this week's Chamber Connection here! 


Veteran Central Illinois banker Leon Hinton has joined Morton Community Bank as Market President for Champaign-Urbana.  Hinton will be based at the Lending Center the Bank has opened at 301 N. Neil Street, Suite 105, in downtown Champaign.

“Leon knows the Champaign-Urbana market extremely well,” said Bob Dittmer, Group President and Chief Lending Officer of Morton Community Bank.  “He was a Senior Vice President at a regional bank headquartered in the market for almost 17 years and, most recently, served at President and COO at another Central Illinois bank.”

Dittmer noted that while the lending center is new, Morton Community Bank has been doing business in the Champaign-Urbana area for many years.  “We already have a substantial business lending portfolio in this market and we see great potential to increase our service in the Champaign-Urbana area.  Leon will be assembling a talented team of colleagues to accomplish this goal,” said Dittmer.

“I am truly excited to be able to work with my Champaign-Urbana clients again representing a customer focused, responsive, strong bank,” said Hinton. “Customers prefer working with a bank that employs local people who know the community, are active in it, and can use their community knowledge to make sound lending decisions.”

Morton Community Bank and its Hometown Community Banks’ divisions with 38 locations offer comprehensive banking services for both business and personal clients.  For more information, visit


            The Illinois Central College Theatre Program 2016-2017 season of four shows gets underway with the comedy farce The House of Blue Leaves, which opens on September 23 for six performances in the main stage theatre of the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
Written by John Guare, The House of Blue Leaves takes place in 1965 on a day when the Pope visits the home borough of a middle-aged zookeeper. The show portrays events that take place in the main character’s family on this day, which turns out to be an explosive combination of a lifetime of dreams and realities.
The show takes place September 23-25 and September 30-October 2. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm.
The lead character in The House of Blue Leaves, Artie Shaughnessy, is a songwriter with visions of glory. He toils by day as a zookeeper and suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, N.Y., where he lives with his wife. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie's son goes AWOL from Fort Dix, stowing a homemade bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Mix in a mistress along with a visiting school-chum-turned-successful-Hollywood-producer with his starlet girlfriend in tow, the protagonist’s promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.
Cast members in The House of Blue Leaves, their roles and their hometowns include: Austin Shaw of Washington as Artie Shaughnessy; Andrew Gray of Washington as Ronnie Shaughnessy; Vanessa Hesh of Pekin as Bunny Flingus; Gillian Strachan of East Peoria as Bananas Shaughnessy; Amilia Dierks of Morton as Corrinna Stroller; Brit Pearl of Hannah City as Head Nun; Daisy Breitbarth of Metamora as Second Nun; Cass Bermijo of Green Bay, Wisc., as Little Nun; Alek President of Rushville as M.P.; Nate Elder of Dunlap as The White Man; and Francis Drew of Peoria as Billy Einhorn.
The ICC production is directed by Doug Rosson. The show is rated PG-13 for adult themes and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets cost $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens.
The show is the first of four in the 2016-2017 ICC theatre season. Other shows include:
·        Murder at Café Noir by David Landau, a comedic “whodunit” tribute to the Bogart era which includes audience interaction/participation and four special Friday and Saturday “dinner theatre” performances. Nine performances between November 11-20 in the studio theatre. Rated G for all audiences.
·        The Bone House by Marty Chan, a bone-chilling and suspenseful, immersive thriller which delves in to the public’s fascination with serial killers. Six performances between February 24-March 5 in the mainstage theatre. Rated R, no one under 18 admitted.
·        Suburbia by Eric Bogosian, a young, tough suburban drama examining the lives of a group of rage- and angst-ridden 20-somethings in a small town. Eight performances between April 14-23 in the studio theatre. Rated R for adult themes and language.

Tickets for all shows other than the dinner theatre performances of Murder at Café Noir cost $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens. The four dinner theatre performances of Murder at Café Noir begin at 6:30 pm on only the Fridays and Saturdays during the run of this show. All tickets to the dinner theatre performances cost $20 per person and include a buffet-style meal. Tickets for these four dinner theatre performances must be purchased at least four days in advance. A menu is available at

Season tickets cost $24 for the general public and $16 for students and senior citizens. Season ticket purchasers who choose to attend a dinner theatre performance of Murder at Café Noir must pay an additional $15 per person for the dinner.

               For tickets or more information, visit or call the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

State of Illinois Recognizes Chambers and Their Contributions to Illinois Commerce

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed September 12 through September 16 as Chamber of Commerce Week throughout Illinois.

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has joined the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) in celebrating this special recognition of the contributions chambers of commerce make to Illinois civic and economic life.

In his Proclamation, the Governor declared, “Chambers of commerce have contributed to the civic and economic life in Illinois for 178 years since the Galena Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1838. Chambers of commerce encourage the growth of existing industries, services, and commercial firms and encourage new businesses and individuals to locate in Illinois.”

Locally the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce traces its roots back to 1893. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of over 1,200 businesses, with nearly 400 investors coming together to create a vibrant local economy.

The IACCE is dedicated to being an accessible and valued resource for the professional development of chamber of commerce directors and staffs in Illinois. 

Click here to download the Governor's proclamation:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Bergner's Goodwill Sale Offers 25% off Coupons for Donations

Goodwill of Central Illinois and Bergner's will hold their semi-annual donation drive from Wednesday, September 14th through Saturday, October 1st. During the drive, every item donated to Goodwill will earn the donor a 25% off coupon from Bergner's. Donors can earn additional coupons during Triple Coupon Days.

On the opening day of the sale, September 14, donors will receive triple coupons. For every one item donated, they will receive three coupons. On that day, Goodwill will have a truck at the Bergner's at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. The goal is to "Stuff the Truck" with donations.

Triple Coupon Days will take place September 14-September 20 and September 29 - October 1.

Coupons can be used on items not normally on sale, such as fragrances, cosmetics and electronics.

Donations can be made at any Goodwill or Bergner's location.

Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at or call the Administrative Offices at 309-682-1113.


Two art shows open September 21 in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.
An exhibition of the paintings of Lowell Levene-Sims, will be on display in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the ICC Performing Arts Center. A Paper Boat, an installation featuring print making and drawing by Jerry Phillips will be on display in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. Both shows run through October 14.
Opening receptions for each exhibition take place September 21 from 5 to 7 pm in the respective galleries.
Levene-Sims has been an itinerant musician, tugboat deckhand, wilderness marabout and cold water surfer before inexplicably rooting himself in the unlikely milieu of West Peoria, where he abstractly documents these past experiences, as well as those yet to unfold.
Phillips is an artist living and creating in Nashville. He is the building manager, studio assistant, and gallery coordinator for the Vanderbilt University department of art. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking and drawing from Murray State University in 2007 and his master of fine arts degree in printmaking and drawing from Bradley University in 2010. Phillips’ works have been featured in various exhibitions across the United States, as well as in a group exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.
Hours of operation for Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 5 pm, and Friday from 9 am to noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Friday from 9:30 am to noon and when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events.
Operation of the galleries varies with ICC’s academic calendar, including holidays and breaks. To confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, call the ICC Arts and Communication Department at (309) 694-5113.
The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions, and tournaments annually.

For more information, visit, or contact the ICC Arts & Communication Department at (309) 694-5113.


Pekin Park District offers a variety of Learn To Skate classes for those who want to get active, learn new skills, develop confidence and have fun!  Classes are available from beginning to the more advanced Jump &Spin.   You do not need expensive equipment to start skating – we have skates that you can use.   Session 1 begins October 10 and lasts for 4 weeks.  We then start Session 2, an 8 week program that ends with participation in the Winter Wonderland Holiday Show.  Session 3 will be 8 weeks starting in the New Year and ending with our Annual Ice Show.
Classes are Mondays 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.  and Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. and/or 6:45 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m.  

We are also the home rink for the award winning Precise Ice Team.  Registering for at least one Learn To Skate class per session allows skaters the opportunity to join Precise Ice and to enjoy skating as part of a team which allows them to spend time with others who love to skate and enjoy competition.  As members of Precise Ice, skaters build strength, develop artistry on the ice, and learn choreography for performance and competitions. 

For registration information, please call (309)347-7275 or e-mail

Pekin Park District’s Healthier Lifestyle Workshops at Soldwedel Program Center and the Pavilion on the Lagoon

Join us for some Fall Workshops as Professional Life and Health Coach, Martha Brown, offers a variety of classes that will suit any of your needs. Martha would love the opportunity to help you grow all of the incredible possibilities in your life. What you feed your body and soul plays such an intricate part in your enjoyment of life. Whether in the food you eat or the way you talk to yourself, change starts with just the thought that you want something different than what you already have.

Fall Workshops:
Eat Well - Be Well-Sept. 13 and 15, 2016
Find Your Energy (Where Did it Go?)-Sept. 20 and 22, 2016
Detoxing-Sept. 27 and 29, 2016
Self-Care for the Caregiver-Oct. 4 and 6, 2016
Weigh Less, Live More-Oct. 11 and 13, 2016
Clear the Cobwebs/Cut the Clutter-Oct. 18 and 20, 2016
Days: Tues. & Thur. * Time: 6:15 pm-7:15 pm
Fee: $5 per person
* Locations are: Tues. at the Pavilion on the Lagoon and Thurs. at Soldwedel Program Center

For additional information or to sign, please call (309) 347-PARK (7275).

Savant Capital Management Ranked by Barron’s as a Top Independent Advisory Firm

Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, has been named to Barron’s Top 20 Independent Advisory Firms list. The inaugural ranking named Savant #18.

Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant, was asked by Barron’s for his comments on the firm’s advisory practice. “The solo practitioner is well suited to providing investment advice,” he said. “But when you start layering on the complexity of taxes and estates and the various other components of a financial life, it’s more than an advisor—or even two or three advisors—can handle effectively. With a firm, the identity isn’t the advisor, it’s the culture and the organization and team of individuals. Having the breadth and depth of a large team can answer questions that clients didn’t even know they had.”

Barron’s reports weekly on current American financial information, market developments, and relevant statistics. The inaugural Top 20 Independent Advisory Firm list is based on a number of factors that speak to the firms’ ability to provide broad and consistent services to clients. All the firms’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission were used to cross-check the data provided to Barron’s. Click here to view the complete list.

Savant manages more than $4.6 billion in assets and employs more than 140 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has 11 offices in the following locations: Chicago, IL; Freeport, IL; Geneva, IL; Hoffman Estates, IL; Naperville, IL; Peoria, IL; Sterling, IL; Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; Madison, WI; and Park Falls, WI.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

OneMain Race Car in Pekin on Tuesday

The OneMain race car will be in Pekin on Tuesday, September 13th beginning at 11:00am.  The car will be at Springleaf Financial Services, 3564 Court Street.  Springleaf will have giveaways while supplies last.

ProHealth Medical Group Welcomes New OB/GYN Physician

ProHealth Medical Group, Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems are pleased to announce Dr. Arie Shaw as the first physician for the newly formed ProHealth OB/GYN practice at 600 South 13th Street, Suite D, in Pekin, Illinois.
Dr. Shaw received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.
“It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Shaw to Central Illinois,” said Dawn Moushon, Vice President of Practice Management for ProHealth Medical Group. “The addition of Dr. Shaw is the first step in our ongoing commitment to a long-term OB/GYN presence in Pekin. Dr. Shaw will be an outstanding addition to ProHealth Medical Group and our community.”

Part of Progressive Health Systems, ProHealth Medical Group was established in 1986 as a sister organization of Pekin Hospital. ProHealth offers seven practices throughout the Pekin area. For more information visit

Pekin Park District’s Messy Art Club at Soldwedel Program Center

Soldwedel Program Center is offering Messy Art for boys and girls ages 5 & up! Each week artists will experience many different forms, with the instruction of Macey Brown, of art such as clay, painting, pastels, mixed media, printmaking, graffiti art, junk art, sculptures, collage, batik and pop art. Artists will have the opportunity to showcase their masterpieces at the Messy Art Club Showcase!

Messy Art Club will have four sessions:
Session 1: Sept. 21 - Oct. 12
Session 2: Oct. 19 - Nov. 9
Session 3: Jan. 18 - Feb. 8
Session 4: Feb. 15 - March 8

Ages: 5 - 7 yrs will meet from: 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Ages: 8 & up will meet from: 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Fee: $28 per session

For additional information or to sign your child up, please call (309) 347-PARK(7275).


Jason DeShaw to Share Story of Recovery, Songs of Hope
Montana country legend Jason DeShaw is the 2014 recipient of NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lionel Aldridge Champions Award. This award recognizes an individual living with a mental illness who has exhibited courage, leadership, and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness. In selecting DeShaw for this award, the NAMI Board recognizes him for his efforts to be a voice for those who struggle with mental illness. DeShaw received the Champions Award at the 2014 NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C. where he also performed for the attendees.
Jason DeShaw grew up a cowboy in northeastern Montana. Since 2003 he has been a professional singer and songwriter performing across the United States, Canada and Europe. DeShaw has released five albums and opened for several national country music acts. In 2010, he suffered a severe mania while on tour in Canada. Doctors diagnosed him as having bipolar I disorder and alcoholism. As he began to recover, DeShaw became an advocate for mental illness and addiction recovery. Since 2013 DeShaw has presented and performed on numerous occasions including: the forensic lockdown unit of the Montana State Psychiatric Hospital; numerous NAMI events; Montana law enforcement academy; Napa (CA) State Hospital; various Mental Health conferences; high schools and colleges; Montana Veterans’ Hospital and more.  DeShaw’s story has touched countless hearts wherever he presents his program. Emmy award winning filmmaker Justin Lubke is in the process of filming a documentary on DeShaw. 
DeShaw’s program is presented by NAMI Tri-County Illinois at the ICC Performing Arts Auditorium, Oct 8th, 2016 at 7pm time.  Doors open at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at ICC and by calling 309-696-1824. Ticket prices are $10 with proceeds going to NAMI Tri-County to help educate families, friends and those affected with mental illness to better understand and cope with this disease.    Please share this information with anyone you think would benefit by hearing Jason’s music and heartfelt, personal story.
National award video clip: – 9-6-14/Washington, DC
Various Quotes re: Jason’s presentation
“I wanted to thank you again for the tremendous gift you provided to the community at our event.  As I said before, it was the most moving and impressive thing I’ve ever witnessed in relation to helping people understand the essence and importance of mental disorders.” …. Dr. Matt Byerly, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

                "I have never been so inspired to reach out and help others after watching Jason perform."
                                 … High School Counselor

“He’s AMAZING.  I learned so much from him.” … Mental Health Board Member


      Join Illinois Central College’s “Between the Lines” program as English, Humanities, and Language Studies Assistant Professor Andrew Bonvicini explores the “Lost Books of Long Ago: World-Building and Authority in Fantasy Literature” on October 3 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 212C/D on the ICC East Peoria Campus.
               The Lost Tales of Middle Earth, the Necronomicon of Abdul Alhazred, the Collected Sayings of Muad-Dib by the Princess Irulan, the Books of the Vishanti in Doctor Strange comics, the scholarly works and hidden libraries in the stories of Jorge Luis Borges – these are just a few examples of the “lost books” of fantasy and science fiction literature. These “lost books” deepen and solidify the world-building in fantasy and science fiction novels. Each one represents a vast source of knowledge, authority and inspiration and is spoken of in secretive whispers and accessible to only a few brave readers. Come and explore a few of these imaginary texts and learn about fantasy as a literature genre.
“Between the Lines” is a lecture series presented by the faculty members of the English, Humanities and Language Studies Department at ICC.  The goal of the series is to offer literary presentations which will interest students and people in the community as well as promote reading literacy and scholarly study.
               The programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Jen Hopp at or