Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE TO HOST 37TH ANNUAL LANDSCAPE AND GARDEN DAY SEPTEMBER 9

               Illinois Central College’s 37th Annual Landscape and Garden Day offers a variety of special programs and activities specifically designed for families with young children as well as the usual favorites for local gardening enthusiasts. This year’s theme is “Reclaim, Reseed, Regrow: An Adventure in Urban Horticulture”. The free event is set for Sat., September 9, from 9 am to 3 pm, at ICC’s Horticulture Land Lab on the East Peoria Campus. Free parking is available.
               The event features topics and demonstrations of interest to gardeners of all ages and experience levels. The newest winners of the All-America Selection, which include the best and brightest new flowers and vegetables available for next year’s home gardens, will be showcased.
               There will be seminars, exhibits, tours, discussions, and a plant sale featuring hostas and other perennials and woody plants grown by students in the ICC Horticulture Program.
Local Master Gardeners will be on hand in the plant clinic to identify and diagnose. Visitors can enjoy displays by area garden clubs, nurseries, and landscapers as well as check out this year’s featured All-America Selections Winners in the display garden.
Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the ever-popular “Putt for Plants,” and taste-testing will be available at the vegetable garden. Art at the Bodega will provide material and instruction for participants to paint a beautiful botanical piece of artwork for $10.
The day’s seminars include:
9:30 – 10:15 am: Working the Economic Blueprint” – Dwayne Harris, Urban Agriculture Educator for The gitm Foundation (Gifts in the Moment) – Dwayne works in the south village of Peoria in the development of the urban agriculture training programs. His desire is to bring a love for the foods we eat to the families of Peoria. As a current resident of the south side of Peoria himself, he understands the challenges that many families face and that there exists a strong need for new life in the community, including job opportunities, healthy food access, and greater pride in the environment. As a true entrepreneur, he started in 2014 a program called Working the Economic Blueprint, which brought nearly 2,000 lbs. of beans, flour, brown sugar, brown rice, and a number of other staple goods to the community. Come, and learn about the work he is doing, and be inspired to do more in your local community.

11 – 11:45 am: “Don’t Settle for the Drab and Mundane” – Randy Wall, Retired Professor of Horticulture at ICC – This presentation will provide a glimpse of a variety of uncommon and unusual plants that will inspire creativity and provide a landscape wthat will be the envy of the neighborhood. The plants discussed will expand your “plant palette” and have proven survivability for central Illinois. The Focus will be on deciduous trees and shrubs not commonly found in the local garden center but are available from a variety of online resources.

1 – 1:45 pm: “Overwintering Insect Homes” – Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois Extension Horticulturists – Did you know that, with minimal investment, you can open a hotel? Insect hotels offers places for beneficial insects and pollinators to survive winter’s chill and to nest in spring and summer. Gardeners will rejoice when these garden employees eat the bad guys and pollinate the flowers. Kelly Allsup will teach you how to build your own hotel out of recycled materials and what kinds of insects you may expect to check in.
Lunch will be available from the Ag Club. The Hort Club will sell popcorn, lemonade and ice water.


For more information, contact the ICC Horticulture Program at (309) 694-8872.

Free Event for Chamber Members

Attention CEOs, CFOs, HR Professionals, and Business Owners and Managers:

Learn how UnityPoint Health can partner with you to reduce cost and improve overall health. Learn how more engaged and healthier employees drive better business results. You're invited to this free event on September 14.

Click here to download the invitation and additional information.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Add Chamber Events to Your Calendar

Did you know you can add chamber and other events directly to your calendar?

When you view chamber events on our calendar or when you click on the events listed in our weekly Chamber Connection there is a list of share options at the top right of the event page, just under the event title. Just click on calendar icon and you’ll download an .ics file that will let you save it to your calendar. Likewise, if you register online for one of our events you’ll be given the option to save the event to your calendar.

Technology really is making our life easier!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The ROI On Chamber Board Service

by Bob Harris, CAE

“Leaders are made, they are not born,” said football coach Vince Lombardi. So where does one find a good source for leadership development? Chamber boardrooms are ideal schools for leadership.

Most volunteers join a board out of a sense of responsibility and passion. Few people consider that board service results in enhanced skills to support personal and career growth.

If the nominating committee comes up short on candidates, be certain they are conveying the indirect value of board service.

The Chair's  Perspective
This was described by an outgoing chair.  “Board service has high rewards in a low cost environment with minimal risk,” he told the annual meeting. The experience is an opportunity for learning an array of leadership and business skills that will have long-term benefits.

He described the lessons he learned while serving, stating there are not many forums in which one can learn so many lifelong skills.
  • Account Retention – Focusing on recruitment and satisfaction of members.
  • Budgeting – Understanding budgeting and reporting; monitoring costs.
  • Collaboration and Negotiation – Identifying partnerships outside of the chamber to build strength through collaboration.
  • Community Service - Learning to position the chamber as a good corporate citizen.
  • Customer Focus – Serving members and attracting prospective members through customer service excellence.
  • Evaluation – Using tools to assess financial performance, committees and the performance of the board of directors.
  • Forecasting – Monitoring internal and external forces which have an impact on programming.
  • Governing Documents – Recognizing how articles of incorporation, bylaws and policies guide an organization.
  • Leadership - Recognizing the desirable behaviors genuine leaders and developing one’s own style of leadership.
  • Lobbying - Understanding civics, how laws are made, coalition building and seeking opportunities to influence regulations.
  • Marketing – Using traditional and digital marketing initiatives, including improved use of social media.
  • Meeting Planning – Learning about negotiating with facilities and speakers, setting guarantees and estimating attendance while working to protect revenues.
  • Meeting Rules – Understanding rules of order, agendas and consensus building.
  • Networking – Improving networking skills in a variety of settings.
  • Printing – Realizing the processes and deadlines necessary to keep projects within budget and on schedule.
  • Public Speaking – Enhancing speaking confidence through opportunities to represent the chamber.
  • Revenue Generation – Identifying new sources of revenue to sustain and organization.
  • Roles Respect – Respecting the distinctions of board governance and staff management; working as partners.
  • Selflessness – Deflecting credit to ensure that the entire leadership receives due recognition.
  • Strategic Planning – Planning strategically for the long-term, and making best use of resources.
  • Time Management – Learning to better manage time and set priorities between volunteer responsibilities, business and family.
  • Training and Programming – Identifying educational needs and finding ways to offer cost effective programming.
  • Values and Principles – Respecting the culture and principles within the organization.
  • Website Enhancement – Maintaining a vibrant website for members and consumers; monitoring analytics and increasing search engine optimization.
  • Writing – Improving written communication so messages are consistent, brief and effective.
The past chairman  closed by telling members that a commitment to lead haa greater return on investment than it's costs. “All the functions that the board completes within the year are similar to the business functions needed in your own work environment.”

Note: Bob Harris, CAE, offers free governance tips and templates at www.nonprofitcenter.com.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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NEW EXHIBITS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN ICC ART GALLERIES AUGUST 23

Two new exhibits open on August 23 at the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.
An exhibit of ceramics by Matt Ziemke opens in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building.
In addition, an exhibit of photography by Jody Brown opens in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. A reception for the artist is scheduled for August 29 from 5 to 7 pm in the gallery. Both exhibits will be on display through noon on September 22.
Matt Ziemke
Ziemke earned a bachelor degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2007 and a master’s degree in fine arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2011. Ziemke currently is a full-time lecturer at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He has exhibited work in numerous group and solo exhibitions across the country, including venues at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Carbondale Clay Center, Santa Fe Clay, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Vox Populi and Pottery Northwest. Ziemke was an artist in residence at The Clay Studio of Philadelphia from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, he was named as an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly.
Jody Brown
Brown grew up in Illinois in the towns of Astoria and Tremont and graduated from Tremont High School. She is the founder of The Human Touch, a massage therapy practice she has owned and operated since 1997. She has worked with Bradley University athletes as a neuromuscular therapist for 18 years. Brown loves to travel and has visited 19 countries on five continents. A few years ago, she began taking pictures while travelling. She has a passion for photographing indigenous people while on her travels. Brown said she finds traveling through the countryside often to be more interesting than city life and is fascinated watching real people do everyday things. Brown has a collage of photos from her travels in her office, and this show includes several of those photographs.
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, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks. To confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, call the ICC Arts, Communication and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113. The Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events.
The exhibits are presented by the ICC Art Program and the Arts at ICC. 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 ArtsAtICC.com, or contact the ICC Arts, Communication and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.

Facet Technologies announces graduation of Jacob Stafford

Facet Technologies announces graduation of Jacob Stafford with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Illinois Central College. Pursuing his degree with a focus on electronics technology, Jacob learned how to work on and design a variety of electrical systems. Among other areas, he learned about wiring circuit boards, wiring houses, working on industrial motors and equipment and hydraulic systems. As a capstone project, he and a team of peers designed a self-contained Raspberry Pi arcade system for retro Atari games with a tabletop controller. Everyone at Facet is proud of Jacob for his efforts in earning his certification, and is excited to see what projects he will pursue in the future!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Illinois American Water Announces 2017 Firefighter Grant Program

Illinois American Water is accepting applications for its 2017 Firefighter Grant Program. Through this program, the company provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas.
According to Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water, the Firefighter Grant Program is another opportunity for Illinois American Water to support fire protection efforts. He said, “This program allows our team to build on our partnership with our local heroes and contribute to their hard work. Since 2010, we’ve had the privilege of awarding over $342,000 for over 350 grants to our community firefighters.”
The maximum grant amount is $1,000. Fire departments-districts are eligible for one grant per calendar year. Only uniformed professional and volunteer fire departments serving Illinois American Water’s service territory are eligible to receive funding. Grants of up to $1,000 will be considered to cover the costs associated with the following:
 Personal protective gear
 Communications equipment
 Firefighting tools
 Water handling equipment
 Training and related activities/materials used to support community fire protection
 Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including training manuals and workbooks
Fire departments should send a letter of application postmarked by Sept. 8, 2017 with the following information:
 Description of the organization(s) seeking support
 Overview of specific project to be funded and grant amount requested
 Community problem/challenges that the project will address
 Timeframe for implementation of project
 Summary of other sources being approached for support of project
 Project budget
Applications can be emailed to Karen Cotton, manager of external affairs, at karen.cotton@amwater.com.
About Illinois American Water Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

Jakob Loescher Ranked as One of America’s Top Millennial Advisors

Jakob Loescher, a financial advisor with Savant Capital Management, a leading independent, nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm, has been named to Forbes’ list of America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors. The first-ever ranking features 500 millennial advisors, naming Loescher #13.

Loescher has spent his entire financial services career with Savant. In 2007, he served as an intern, primarily responsible for assisting planners and advisors in the analysis of client investment portfolios. He joined the firm as a financial advisor the following year. Since 2008, he has been responsible for managing all aspects of the financial planning and investment process for Savant’s clients. In October 2016, Loescher became one of 47 employee-members of the firm.  Savant has more than 140 employees based throughout its 12 offices across the country.

Forbes is an American business magazine and a leading source for reliable business news and financial information. Its list of America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors was developed by SHOOK Research and represents individuals born in 1980 or later and are the top-performing young advisors at their respective firms.

“We are thrilled for Jake being named to the #13 spot on the list of American’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “Jake’s goal is to develop strong relationships with his clients. He genuinely cares for people and focuses on making the complexities of financial planning clear and simple for his clients. Jake and the entire Savant team are what makes us one of the leading Registered Investment Advisory firms in the nation.”

With more than 19,500 nominations received, 500 millennial advisors were chosen based on a minimum of four years relevant experience and acceptable compliance records. In addition, telephone and in-person interviews were conducted to examine best practices such as client service models, investing process, business types, and leveraging team and firm resources. Credentials, revenue, and assets under management were also considered. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK received a fee in exchange for rankings. Click here to view the complete list of America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors.

Savant manages more than $5 billion in assets and employs more than 140 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Peoria, Sterling, Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI. For more information about savant, visit www.savantcapital.com.


About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. Click here for more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures.


Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Friday, August 11, 2017

August Puttin' On Pekin Recap

The August 11th Puttin' On Pekin breakfast was attended by 70 chamber members and their guests.  It was held at the Avanti's Dome Banquet Center.  Jay Hall from Excalibur Seasoning was the first to arrive, earning the early prize.  The Spotlight on Business was presented to Owen Miller on the 100th anniversary of Niemann Foods.  Tom Tow, the store director at Valu Check, received a Blue Ribbon Award for the recent remodeling at that store.  A second Blue Ribbon Award was presented to Nathan Schmidgall from Gro Up Gardening for his improvements to the building at 229 Court Street.  Brigitte Harper accepted the Sunshine award on behalf of Pekin Insurance in recognition of their employee volunteer program.  Terri Gambetti, owner of Leo's Art Studio, and Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, presented the program on Fourth Fridays.  Finally, Sue Nolan, a barber at  Jake's Place, was the last to arrive and received the late prize.  The early and late prizes were donated by Jeff Brooks from the Pekin Public Library.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://goo.gl/photos/iXYHSxzqxjJAtjhV9

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PCHS Booster Cooperate Sponsorship Application



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ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE 2017-18 GUEST ARTISTS SERIES OPENS AUGUST 19 WITH “DOGS OF SOCIETY,” THE ULTIMATE ELTON JOHN ROCK TRIBUTE

            The Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series opens the 2017-2018 season with a concert by Dogs of Society, the ultimate Elton John rock tribute, on August 19 at 7:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
            Driven by the stellar musicianship of the five-member band, including the spot-on vocals of “Elton Juan”--lead singer John Gore-- the all-live, '70s rock concert experience by Dogs of Society stays faithful to the spirit of classic, early Elton John recordings from his biggest smash hits to his most-loved deep cuts. Audiences will never be this close to Elton...but they will think they are when seeing and hearing Dogs of Society-the ultimate Elton John rock tribute.
            Gore said the performances by the group focus on the music of Elton John rather than on some of the eccentricities for which the singer is well known.
            “I do look like him kind of naturally,” Gore said. “I kind of wish I looked more like Brad Pitt than Elton John, but I do look more like Elton John. I do dress up, I wear the glasses, but it’s really to evoke Elton more than to do an imitation. To me, the imitations tend to be a little bit cheesy, and it tends to be more about duck costumes and some of the silly outfits than about the music. So I shy away from that end of it, and I try to evoke the Elton that you would hear in the early ‘70s and really concentrate more on the music…although I’m told all the time how much the show looks and sounds like a real Elton show.
            “As far as the music goes, we’re very accurate. We spend a lot of time trying not to do our own versions, but trying to do a version that is faithful to the original recording. We’ve been able to reproduce a lot of his music very faithfully, so I’m very proud of that.”
            SAMS, the Stray Animal Midway Shelter, will be the highlighted community partner for the event. The community partner program, a part of the ICC Guest Artists Series, highlights a non-profit or community organization that has ties to the Guest Artists Series performance.
            Patrons who make a monetary donation to SAMS at the event will be entered in a drawing for two free tickets to a future ICC Guest Artists Series event.
            The performance is presented as part of the ICC Guest Artists Series, a series of shows featuring touring, professional performers. The 2017-2018 season features five performances, as well as two optional bonus shows. Individual event tickets and season ticket packages are available. More information is available at ArtsAtICC.com.
            The ICC Guest Artists Series by the Arts at ICC. 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.
       Tickets for the August 19 concert by Dogs of Society cost $25 for the general public and $15 for students. Tickets are available at ArtsAtICC.com or by calling the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

Heartland Health Services Celebrates Grand Opening of Pekin East Court Site

Heartland Health Services celebrates the opening of the East Court location in Pekin, IL. Open Monday- Friday and offering OBGYN and Pediatric services. Providers at this site include Mary Tisdale, Certified Nurse Midwife and Annie Parkin-Cohen, MD (pediatrics). A ribbon cutting and celebration will be held on August 14th at 10am with remarks and tours of the facility to follow. Open to the public and all community partners.

EVENT: Pekin East Court Open House

DATE: Monday, August 14, 2017

LOCATION: HHS- East Court
3422B Court Street
Pekin, IL

TIME: 10:00AM

For more information please contact Jamie Messmore, VP of Marketing, at 309.680.7608
or jmessmore@hhsil.com.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Welcome To Our Newest Member!

Liberation Software
329 Court Street
Pekin, IL 61554
1-309-282-6249
Matt Stribley

Liberation Software offers help desk support online, on phone and onsite. They design and build highly available network infrastructures and server architectures. They support, host and install voice over IP phone systems. Liberation is able to provide the highest level of uptime and performance for any type of virtual server.

United Way WiffleBall Tournament


Friday, August 4, 2017

August Business After Hours

The August Business After Hours was held at the Northside Community Center at 715 N. 11th.  Three chamber members got together to jointly host the event:  Pekin Daily Times, KZBEME Fingerprinting, and North Parkway Assembly of God.  Everyone enjoyed plenty of good conversation, refreshments and a chance to win door prizes.  You can see a few more pictures from this event at:  https://goo.gl/photos/9h7VkER9ewR5Ebtu7

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Neighborhood House Evening Out

Fall Festival at Pekin Villas of Holly Brook


Savant Recognized Nationally as a Top Investment and Accounting Leader

Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, with offices in Peoria, Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI, has been recognized by Financial Advisor, Financial Times and InvestmentNews as one of the leading Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) in the nation and by Accounting Today magazine as one of the nation’s leading CPA firms by assets under management (AUM).

For the ninth straight year, Financial Advisor magazine has ranked Savant in its annual list of top RIA firms. The 2017 ranking includes nearly 650 RIAs from across the nation and is based on a survey of the firms’ discretionary AUM. Savant was named #53. To view the complete list, click here.

Savant has also been named to the Financial Times’ “FT 300: Top Registered Investment Advisers” list for the fourth year in a row. Savant is one of 20 Illinois RIA firms to be recognized. The results of the list were based on AUM, asset growth rate, the firm’s longevity, compliance record, industry certifications, and online accessibility. Click here to view the complete list.
Financial trade publication InvestmentNews recently released the results of its 2017 nationwide ranking of leading RIA firms, naming Savant #43 – jumping two spots from 2016. The list is based on total AUM and is the tenth time Savant has been in included in the list. To view the full list, click here.

For the fifth time, Savant has landed a top spot on the “Top Wealth Magnet” list by Accounting Today magazine. Ranked fifth out of 150 top CPA Financial Planning firms in the United States, Savant is part of the “Billion Dollar Club” category based on AUM. Today, the firm manages $5 billion in assets for its clients. According to the magazine, firms on this list pay close attention to the news and markets, seeking out or developing new investment vehicles, and closely monitoring and carefully tweaking their strategies to keep their clients’ financial plans on task. Click here for the complete list.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see our dedication to our industry recognized nationally,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “We have provided independent, unbiased advice that we believe is truly in the best interest of our clients. Serving others as a fiduciary is what we have done for more than 30 years and is what allows Savant to pursue its vision of building ideal futures for our clients, our team, and the communities we serve.”

About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.
Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by
Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. For more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures, go to www.savantcapital.com/landing-pages/important-disclosures.
Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Pekin Area Network Scholarship Golf Outing


YWCA Pekin Executive Director Job Opening

Responsible and accountable for all operational aspects of planning, developing, and implementing membership, programs and services of the YWCA. This position is expected to create a superior member experience, emphasize character development and to deliver the mission of the YWCA.

Amenities:
·         Extensive/comprehensive Child Care Center
·         Indoor Pool
·         Adult Literacy
·         Cardio and strength-training equipment
  • Group exercise and water fitness classes
  • Karate
  • Land Fitness Classes
  • Special Olympics Aquatics
 Responsibilities:
·         Establishes with the center leadership team long range plans for the expansion of programs and services, in support of overall Y goals.
·         Develops, manages, and monitors the center operating budget and meets or exceeds budget targets.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center.
  • Recruits, hires and leads center staff.  Provides leadership and supervision to member engagement, healthy living, sports and aquatics leadership teams. Reviews and evaluates associates performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Ensure the establishment and implementation of a Center on-boarding process for all new associates. Train and coach all associates (Center wide) on relationship building/membership.
  • Leads and ensures the creation of a culture of exceptional member and program participant service. Works with center teams to continually improve member and participant engagement and experience.
  • Coordinates the development and management of center programs to meet the needs of the community and achieves association operating objectives.
  • Represents and promotes the YWCA in the local community and develops positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community agencies in service delivery area.
  • Coordinates staff and volunteer development, including recruitment, team building, training, evaluation, recognition, termination, etc.
  • Leads strategic planning efforts and develops the annual operating budget of the center.
  • Direct staff and volunteers in the development of program and membership enrollment strategies.

Qualifications:
  • Passion, enthusiasm and support for mission and values of the YWCA.
·         Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent combination of     education and experience.
·         Minimum five years of experience in management.
·         Proven experience in supervising, inspiring, developing and motivating associates.

  • Proven customer service, sales and marketing experience preferably in a membership setting.
  • Proven track record with selling a product or service and meeting or exceeding sales goals.
  • Able to direct assigned operations including volunteer development, supervision of associates, development and monitoring of budgets, marketing and public relations, and program development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including negotiation, presentation skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Intermediate computer skills including experience utilizing email and working in a windows environment.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations, and not-for-profit sector employment policies and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to create a culture of serving the members and staff within the center.
  • Ability to analyze complex information and to define and solve problems.
  • Knowledge of marketing and promotion techniques.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE OFFERS “QUICKSTART” ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

Illinois Central College is offering an expedited way for potential students to get through the steps of enrolling all in one day with its new QuickStart program on Saturday, August 5 from 9 am to 1 pm on the ICC East Peoria Campus. No appointment is necessary. Free parking is available in Lots A and B on the East Peoria Campus, as well as the Visitors Lot.
During QuickStart, participants can complete an ICC application and have it processed immediately, take placement testing, fill out financial aid paperwork, set up a payment plan, and enroll for classes. Fall semester classes begin on Monday, August 21.

New student advising sessions also are available by appointment by calling (309) 694-5281 to check availability and schedule an appointment. Advisors are available to help students who wish to enroll, but additional follow-up may be required. Some programs are restricted enrollment and only general education or pre-requisite courses may be scheduled in those cases.

QuickStart participants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure enough time to complete the steps to enrollment, ICC suggests arriving early in the day.

Applicants also should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov/  prior to coming to campus. Please list ICC on the form in order to be fully considered for federal student aid opportunities at the College.
To complete all the steps of admission and enrollment, participants should bring:
·        A valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, or other government-issued ID).
·        Checkbook or credit card to set up a payment plan.
·        Social security card.
Extended Saturday hours also will be available on Sat., August 19. For more information, call (309) 694-5200, email admissions@icc.edu, or visit icc.edu/QuickStart.                   

UnityPoint Wound Clinic Available in Pekin

UnityPoint Pekin Hospital has joined UnityPoint Methodist and UnityPoint Proctor hospitals by offering wound care as a specific sub specialty. January 1st, 2017 UnityPoint Pekin Hospital opened a wound clinic specifically designed to see all classes and stages of wounds. In a partnership with Healogics Corporation, the clinic brings years of experience in wound care to the community. Healogics is strictly dedicated to healing wounds with the latest wound care techniques including hyperbaric medicine and has offered these benefits to communities around the US for 22 years. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and also brings many years of wound care, surgical and vascular experience to the wound clinic. The clinic has enjoyed great success in the first six months and hopes to continue and improve for years to come.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Accepts $20,000 Donation for Prevention Education Services from CEFCU

The Center for Prevention of Abuse has received a $20,000 donation from CEFCU to help fund the continuance of Prevention Education programming in Peoria Public Schools (PPS). The gift is an annual donation to provide violence prevention education to students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties.

“We are very pleased to accept this donation from CEFCU and thankful for their continued support of our prevention education program,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse. “This funding allows us to continue our important work in the classroom connecting with young people and teaching them how to build healthy personal relationships, contributing toward a safer and healthier community.”

The Center for Prevention of Abuse provides prevention education programming in 105 schools and reaches about 30,000 students each year in the Peoria Area.

“Since 1993, CEFCU has been proud to support The Center for Prevention of Abuse,” said Janá Stevens, CEFCU Vice President of Marketing. “The Credit Union strongly believes in the life-changing work that takes place at The Center every day.  Their mission to help all people – women, men, and children – live free from violence and abuse, goes hand in hand with the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’  And, CEFCU is proud to partner with The Center for Prevention of Abuse in furthering their mission.”
  
All curriculum is comprehensive, age-appropriate and meets legislative requirements addressing child sexual abuse, social and emotional learning, bullying, teen dating violence, body safety, and general school safety concerns.

“The Center for Prevention of Abuse does an outstanding job in helping us meet this required State mandate, but more so is an additional layer to our Social and Emotional Learning team and the important work that our district is doing to provide needed resources to students and families,” said PPS Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat. “We are so thankful for businesses like CEFCU that understand and want to support this important work to make our community a better place to live, work and learn.”

For more information regarding Prevention Education programming and trainings, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Camille Yameen
cyameen@centerforpreventionofabuse.org
The Center for Prevention of Abuse / 309.272.2904

About The Center for Prevention of Abuse
The Center for Prevention of Abuse is the only agency authorized by the State of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, sexual assault and adult protective services. Annually, more than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse are served by The Center. The Center offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching out to about 30,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, The Center lives out its mission which is to empower everyone – women, men and children – to live free from violence and abuse.  For more information about The Center, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233).

About CEFCU
With assets totaling almost $5.8 billion, CEFCU serves over 325,000 members through 22 central Illinois Member Centers and four Member Centers in Santa Clara County, California; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website, cefcu.com; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.   


About Peoria Public Schools
During the 2016-2017 school year, Peoria Public Schools (PPS) served 13.265 students in 27 schools throughout Peoria and West Peoria, IL. More than 70% of students were from low-income households. In partnership with the community, PPS is working to grow a world class district that aligns curriculum with the highest standards, attracts and retains qualified staff, provides differentiated instruction, utilizes and teaches technology, offers more choices and options, develops personal education plans for each student, includes assessment and evaluation systems, and creates a universal structure of support to ensure each students success. For more information, visit www.peoriapublicschools.org

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Pekin YWCA Child Care Has Openings Available

The Child Care department provides an enriching learning environment for children 6 weeks to 6 years. Our professional educators take pride in our high quality care with DCFS licensing and National Accreditation of Young Children (NAEYC). The Y’s Child Care has received the ElceleRate Il Gold Circle of Quality. The Teachers and Assistants hold certifications in CRP and First Aid and obtain service trainings to stay current with professional trends.

The YWCA Child Care provides a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. We place emphasis on incorporating social and emotional development, manners, sharing, problem solving, reading and math preparedness, creative expression and, much more. Our professional teacher’s connect their lesson plans to the Il State Standards for preschool ages incorporating preschool activity wrapped with in a child care day. Technology, field trips, occasional swim time and fenced in play yard contribute to the high quality programming. Hours of operation are 6:30am-6:00pm.

To schedule a tour or for further information, contact Brenda, 347-2104, ext. 28.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Receives Prestigious Grant to Provide Services to Victims of Human Trafficking

The Center for Prevention of Abuse now offers services for victims of human trafficking in Central Illinois. Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) is partnering with The Center for Prevention of Abuse through an award with the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) to provide a comprehensive array of services for all human trafficking victims – both sex and labor – identified within the Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties.

The grant will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.

“We are thrilled to be part of this important grant so that we may expand our services to help victims of human trafficking and better serve our community,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse. “Human trafficking is a widely misunderstood human rights issue. It happens right here in Central Illinois, so we are grateful to be included and to provide the best level of care for all who come through our doors.”

HHCS and The Center for Prevention of Abuse are committed to helping survivors retake control of their lives, feel safe, enjoy physical and emotional health, and realize the human rights to which they are entitled.  Services are available for any survivor of human trafficking regardless of race, gender identify, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, or immigration status.  To qualify for services, the individual must be a victim of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (22 U.S.C § 7102 (9).

Indicators of Human Trafficking:

·         Being forced to work against your will;
·         Incurred a debt by using threats or forcing you to work to pay the debt;
·         Forced to work by using threats to harm you and/or your family;
·         Forced or pressured you into prostitution or to do other sexual acts;
·         Minor engaged in commercial sex regardless of force, fraud or coercion;
·         Confiscated your passport, birth certificate, or identification card to intimidate and control your movements

“This grant allows us to significantly expand our services and continue to meet the needs of our community,” said Sara Dillefeld, Director of Domestic Violence Family Centered Services. “Victims of human trafficking who come to The Center may have access to our two emergency shelters, specialized counselors, and intensive case management which may include legal and financial assistance.  We take each instance case by case and will do all we can to stay trauma informed and client-centered.”

When victims escape a trafficking situation, the factors that made them vulnerable to exploitation are still present and The Center for Prevention of Abuse can provide services to help with those needs.  All services are free and confidential. Survivors will be assigned a case manager who will assess his/her needs and provide resources, services, and referrals to the survivor to meet those needs.  All services will be provided in the language of choice of the survivor. These can include, but are not limited to:

·         Transportation assistance
·         Finding safe, affordable housing
·         Legal assistance
·         Medical and mental health services
·         Criminal justice advocacy
·         Linkage to public benefits
·         Education
·         Job training/employment

To learn more about Human Trafficking or to receive training please contact:  Sara Dillefeld at The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 309-691-0551 or sdillefeld@centerforpreventionofabuse.org

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Camille Yameen
cyameen@centerforpreventionofabuse.org
The Center for Prevention of Abuse / 309.272.2904                                                                           

About The Center for Prevention of Abuse

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is the only agency authorized by the State of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, sexual assault and adult protective services. Annually, more than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse are served by The Center. The Center offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching out to about 30,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, The Center lives out its mission which is to empower everyone – women, men and children – to live free from violence and abuse.  For more information about The Center, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233).