Monday, November 19, 2018

Lucky Spirits Gaming Grand Opening

Lucky Spirits Gaming, 1100 Derby, held their grand opening on Friday, November 16th. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce joined with family and friends for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the occasion. Lucky Spirits Gaming is a local, family owned business.  They offer video gaming and slots, beer, wine, spirits, and complimentary food and soft drinks for their customers. Stop by and enjoy their friendly staff and great atmosphere. Open 7:00 am to 1:00 am, Monday through Saturday and 10:00 am to 11:30 pm on Sunday.  They can be reached at 346-1818.

Women’s Winter Health Retreat at Hopedale Wellness Center

                Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting a Women’s Retreat on Saturday, December 1 from 8:30 – 12:00pm at the White Fence Estate located at 104 Hittle Road in Hopedale. Participants will practice well-being through yoga, expert presentations, and crafts. The morning will focus specifically on women’s winter health, which will include a segment on preparation for winter driving and car safety kits by Patricia Sinn, Registered Dietitian Sara Mathews and Personal Trainer Randi Krehbiel will offer a presentation on nutrition and exercise during the holidays, and Certified Yoga Instructor Julie Rhoades will lead a 30 minute yoga demonstration. There will be a breakfast served at 8:30am. 
                Women age 16 and older can register by calling (309) 449-4500 by November 25; cost is $25 for Hopedale Wellness Center Members and $30 for non-members. Additional information about Hopedale Wellness Center and its services for all community members is available online at

Illinois Central College welcomes new Business Solutions Learning Consultant

Illinois Central College Professional Development Institute (PDI) recently welcomed Pam Hilliard, of Metamora, Ill., as its new Business Solutions Learning Consultant. In this newly created position, Hilliard will assist local businesses in achieving their desired outcomes with regard to training, within a culture of engagement and life-long learning. She joins the Professional Development Institute, located at ICC Peoria Campus, and will report to Dean of Corporate and Community Education Ellen George.
                Hilliard received her Bachelor of Science degree in educational psychology from Illinois State University. She is a professional member of the Association for Talent Development and is currently working toward certification as an ATD Master Trainer. She brings more than 20 years of real-world business experience in not-for-profit, customer service, and retail organizations. Hilliard spend the last 10 years serving in corporate training and development at Maui Jim and OSF Healthcare, where she was responsible for training delivery, content development, project management, and consultation.
                For more information on ICC Professional Development Institute, visit the PDI website at  or call (309) 690-6900

Illinois Central College Offers One-Day Saturday Classes for Health Careers Exploration

               Illinois Central College will offer one-day, Saturday courses during the spring semester 2019 for potential students to explore their interest in a variety of health careers programs. The courses are open to high school juniors and seniors, current college students, and anyone who is undecided on which health career interests them.
               “This is a great opportunity for students to see what a particular health career field is all about before making a commitment,” said ICC Dean of Health Careers Wendee Guth. “Potential students can start by enrolling in any pre-requisite course, even before they are admitted to the program of their choice.”
               Several of the courses offered also are pre-requisites for admittance to the career programs. Entry-level, one-day courses currently are available in the following programs for spring 2019:
  • Medical Lab Technician (MLT 100) – Feb. 16 or April 6
  • Surgical Technologist (SURTK 100) – March 2 or April 6
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA 100) – March 2 or April 6
  • Radiography (RAD TK 100) – January 12, March 2, April 6
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (PHTA 100) – March 2 or April 6
  • Massage Therapy (TM 100) – March 2 or April 13
  • Dental Hygiene (DHYGN 100) – February 2, March 2, April 6

               All courses will meet from 8 am to 4 pm on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University, Peoria. For the most up-to-date information regarding available courses, meeting times and specific meeting locations, visit the link to the class schedule online at or through the ICC MyICC mobile app at
               Students may enroll in one or as many courses as their schedule allows. Space is limited. The cost is $75 per class, and each is worth a half a college course credit.             
For questions or to enroll, call the Health Careers Department office at (309) 690-7530.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fleming Completes Year as IACCE Chair

Bill Fleming, the Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, recently completed his year as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE).

The IACCE's fall conference was held at the Pere Marquette in Peoria.  Fleming had the honor of presenting several awards and recognitions at the annual meeting and dinner, before passing the gavel on to Jon Riddler, the Executive Director of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

The IACCE was established in 1915 and serves more than 100 chambers of commerce and their staff throughout Illinois.  The IACCE provides chamber professionals with information, professional development and communications to carry out the mission of their respective organizations.

You can see more pictures from this event at:

The Digital Store Ribbon Cutting

Illinois Central College Hosts Screening of “Wasted!” Documentary Nov. 28 and 30

            Illinois Central College Student Association for the Environment (SAFE), will host a screening of the documentary Wasted!, produced by the late Anthony Bourdain, on Wed., November 28 at 6 pm in the Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. A second showing will be held on Fri., Nov. 30 at 6 pm in the Arbor Hall Auditorium on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St. Peoria. Both events are free and open to the public.

            Wasted! is the story of food waste and aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle and eat food in America. Audience members will hear from famous chefs, such as Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura and Danny Bowien, on how they make the most out of every scrap of food and transform what most consider trash into tasty dishes. The show exposes the contribution to food insecurity problems in America, how waste contributes to climate change, and shows us how we can all make small changes to make a big difference.

            For questions on these showings, contact Jennifer Scoby at or call (309) 694-8454.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pekin Public Library: Becoming a State: The Illinois Way

Pekin Public Library 'Spotlight on Local Business' - Distillery in Pekin - 100 Year Tradition

Friends in Harmony "Ringing in Christmas"

Lunch & Learn with Dr. Matt Rossi - Acid Reflux (GERD)

Gateway: Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Treatment Available: Carbondale
On Wednesday, October 24th President Trump signed a new bill to help address the current opioid epidemic.

What is the bill?
The Support for Patients and Communities Act is aimed at resolving the ongoing opioid crisis. The bill focuses on promoting recovery and increasing access to treatment for individuals with opioid use disorders.

What are the main takeaways from the bill and why is it important?
This bill is important for a variety of reasons, including it:

Expansion of access to Medication-Assisted Treatment
This bill will allow more people with opioid use disorders to have access to treatment, including Medication-Assisted Treatment, which is extremely important. At Gateway Foundation, we know the only way to prevent overdoses and deaths from substance use is through treatment, and MAT is an important aspect of our treatment plans. We offer MAT at all of our locations and are strong advocates for the practice of addiction medicine.

Increase in funding for research
Another major component of this bill is the increase in funding for research, which will be vital in developing best practices for the treatment and prevention of opioid use disorders.

Expansion of access to treatment for patients with Medicaid
This bill also allows for more individuals with opioid use disorders that have Medicaid to seek treatment. This is an instrumental step towards ensuring that everyone has access to treatment.

Specification of addiction as a disease
In addition, the bill reiterates that addiction is a disease. This is important for reducing the stigma around addiction and the notion that addiction is a moral failing. This is an important step in helping more people seek treatment. 

“Less than 15 percent of people who need treatment actually get it. The important piece for me is that we’re steering away from language that prevents people from coming forward.” - Aurora Executive Director Jim Scarpace

Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness. A life that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the U.S. specializing in substance use disorders for men, women, adolescents and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders. Gateway's professional clinicians support over 6000 people a day to successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan to treat the underlying causes of substance use disorder —not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Call 877.505.HOPE (4673)
for a confidential consultation.

Bridgeway Job Openings

Mass Gatherings Security Awareness

Tazewell County EMA encourages businesses to "Connect, Plan, Train, and Report”. Applying these four steps in advance of an incident or attack can help better prepare businesses and their employees to proactively think about the role they play in the safety and security of their businesses and communities.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Allegra Thanksgiving Contest

Sunset Hills 2019 Annual Pass Rates

Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House Holiday News

Over 400 people get winter coats at
Annual Coat Giveaway

Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers for bringing warmth to our community this winter! Over 400 coats were given away this year. Individuals and families are now prepared for the cold months ahead with coats, hats, gloves, and scarves!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Santa for Seniors brings many volunteers together for a great cause! November 19-21 you can help wrap gifts that get delivered to 1500 isolated seniors! Join our wrapping party or help us deliver gift bags to seniors on December 2!

Toy Shop assists families with toys for children during the holiday season. Volunteers are needed to assist parents and grandparents with shopping!

Other ways to get involved!

Donate wrapping paper, tape, or scissors!
Donate new toys for children ages birth-10 for our Toy Shop!

Foster College of Business Capstone course, Senior Consulting Projects

Senior business students work with local businesses to develop strategic plans. These plans contain an in-depth competitive analysis, an assessment of the organization, surveys/analyses of customers/potential customers, recommendations and a timeline. The Spring Semester runs January 23-May 7, 2019.  The students
will be selecting their clients the end of January.

There is no charge for this service.

Our target market is established businesses, with a priority on retail, restaurants, and manufacturing.

The link to apply and learn more:

Hopedale Wellness Center Swim Lessons

Family Reading Night

YWCA Of Pekin Adult Literacy is hosting Family Reading Night on Thursday, November 15, 2018.  We will read the book "All My Stripes" and an autism friendly activity will be offered.  This event has limited seating and requires registration.  To register call 309-347-2104 ext 4040 or 4023 or email  The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and you will register for a one of the four one-hour time slot (3-4; 4-5; 5-6; or 7-8 p.m.)  We hope to see you there!  This event is made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.  

Volunteer Tutors Needed for the YWCA Adult Literacy Program in and around the Tazewell County community and at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI)

The YWCA Pekin Adult Literacy Program, funded by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy, is accepting applications for volunteer tutors for many available program options and locations.  All training is of no cost to the volunteer tutor.  There is also never a cost to any adult learner that is served through this program. 

The adult volunteer tutors will help adults in and around Tazewell County, IL achieve their goals through one-to-one tutoring assistance in areas of reading, writing, math, English as a second language (ESL), financial literacy, and other life skills.  

The YWCA Pekin Adult Literacy Program is also seeking adult tutors to conduct volunteer Adult Continuing Education classes at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) and/or book clubs at the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) for females.  In addition to state funds, this offering is made possible due to a generous donation from Barbara Glick/Glick Endowment Fund to the YWCA Pekin Adult Literacy Program.  To expand our offerings at FCI/FPC, we are seeking additional tutors to conduct and develop a variety of different classes and book clubs.  If you have the desire and passion for this, please contact us today to get the mandatory requirements and training completed prior to 2019.

We are always accepting adult learners and volunteer tutors to our program as well as monetary and in-kind donations.  If mailing a donation in, please make check payable to YWCA ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM and mail to YWCA Pekin Adult Literacy Program, ATTN:  Tonja Ohnemus, 315 Buena Vista Ave., Pekin, IL  61554.  You may reach us by phone 309-347-2104 ext 4023 or 4040 or via email to the Program Director at


               The Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents the R-rated drama Columbinus, opening November 9 for seven performances in the studio stage theatre of the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

               Created by the United States Theatre Project and written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, Columbinus examines people and events surrounding the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

               The show is rated R for extreme language, adult situations and violence. No one under 18 years of age will be admitted.

               The story utilizes portions of discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton, as well as diaries and home video footage, to examine the tragic school shooting and explore some of the dark areas of American adolescence. Columbinus looks at issues present in high schools all across America, such as alienation, hostility and social pressure.

               The show runs from November 9 through November 18 with no performances on November 12, 13 and 14. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 pm; all other performances start at 7:30 pm.

               Cast members, their roles and their hometowns include: Cody Cornwell, Prep, Pekin; Josh Graff, Eric/Freak, Manito; Vanessa Hesh, Rebel, Pekin; Tess Howley, Faith, Washington; Destiny Jording, Perfect, El Paso; Noah Lane, AP, Trivoli; Dalton Sander, Jock, La Fayette; and Coleton Whitford, Dylan/Loner, Pekin.

Robin Berkley directs the ICC production. The show is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

Tickets cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens.

The production is presented by the Arts at ICC, which 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 tickets or more information, visit or call the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

SCORE: The Art of Financing Your Dream

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce 
Conference Room 
403 NE Jefferson Ave

Peoria, IL, 61603

Creating your business is one thing: financing it is another. At this workshop you will learn how to:
  • Prepare a proposal that defines your market opportunity and financial need.
  • Develop financing strategies based on your current/projected resources.
  • Learn about available funding sources, from micro-loans to large-scale.

Please join us for this informative workshop presented by Cesar Suarez, Senior Development Specialist for the City of Peoria.
This workshop is FREE, but registration is required. 
Call Peoria SCORE at 309-676-0755 or register online by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Illinois Central College Celebrates International Education Week Nov. 12-16

            Illinois Central College will recognize International Education Week 2018 with a variety events aimed at celebrating its commitment to international education and diversity. ICC employees and local business leaders, as well as international and domestic students who have studied abroad, will participate in the week’s events to offer their perspectives on the benefits of international education and exchange experiences. All events are free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring their own lunch or purchase from the ICC Cafeteria for the Lunch and Learn sessions.
            Some of the week’s scheduled events include:
·       Mon., Nov. 12 from 11:30 am to 1 pm, Cafeteria on the East Peoria Campus – Kick-off speeches by ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Emmanuel Awuah.
·       Tues., Nov. 13 from 11:30 am to 1 pm, Tranquility Room on the East Peoria Campus - Lunch and Learn focusing on the value of an international education and featuring international students and those who have studied abroad.
·       Wed., Nov. 14 from 11:30 am to 1 pm, Room 212C/D on the East Peoria Campus - Lunch and Learn and international business industry discussion focusing on the importance of a global education in the workplace.
·       Thurs., Nov. 15 from 11 am to 2 pm Student Lounge on the East Peoria Campus – Community and Student International Festival featuring international students and representatives from the community will host booths with displays from different countries and cultures, such as Tanzania, Libya, China, Kuwait, Mexico and India.
            International Education Week is an annual nation-wide effort, led by the U.S. Dept. of State and the U.S. Dept. of Education, to promote programs preparing Americans for a global environment and attracting future leaders from abroad to study with and learn from each other.  Additional information on the State of Illinois’ recognition of International Education Week is available at

Tailgate N Tallboys


Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois has received a Community Health Award from The University of Illinois College of Medicine. The award was in recognition of Goodwill’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. The event takes place every year to serve the needs of area homeless veterans.
“The much needed resources and support provided annually by this program to homeless veterans was deemed to be aw-inspiring. As a program that aspires to make our community a better place for all, and especially for those in our community who have served our country and fallen on tough times, thank you!”, Community Health Award Committee.
“Awards like this are greatly appreciated but come second to knowing that we have helped our veterans during a time of need,” said Don Johnson, Goodwill president & CEO.
“I appreciate the recognition of our staff, who work tirelessly for months to make this event happen.”
Goodwill’s free programs are possible through the sale of your donated items. Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois serves 21 counties within Central Illinois. Goodwill offers employment services, veterans’ support services, operates a veterans’ home, and employs more than 300 people. For more information visit Goodwill’s website at

Pekin Times seeking positive news from community

The Pekin Daily Times would like to start a feature called Wonderful World, in which we print good news submitted by readers. This can be a small act of kindness, a good deed or anything positive. Please limit these submissions to 300 words or fewer. A photo is acceptable, when applicable. Email to with “Wonderful World” in the subject line. We will print them as they are received and as space permits. The name of the person who is submitting the item will be included with the submission. Submissions are limited to Tazewell County.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Sangalli's After Hours

Forty-two chamber members and their guests attended the November Business After Hours hosted by Sangalli's Italian Steakhouse.  Owner Dave Sangalli was a gracious host, providing refreshments for everyone and plenty of door prizes.  Sangalli's Italian Steakhouse is located at 2217 Court Street and opens at 11:00am Tuesday through Sunday.  You can see more pictures from this event at: 

Liberty Village Celebrates 30 Years

Liberty Village of Pekin celebrated  their 30 year anniversary with an open house, reception and a ribbon cutting.  Members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the City of Pekin, and the staff from Liberty Village all participated in the ceremony.  Afterwards there were tours of the facility and refreshments.  You can see more pictures from the event at:

Chamber members are invited...

Monday, October 29, 2018

Welcome to our Newest Member

CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit
351 Sabella St. 
Pekin, IL 61554

Ryan Lacerna, Tazewell County Coordinator
Pam Perrilles, Executive Director 
CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to ensure that every abused and neglected child is placed in a safe and permanent home by utilizing specially trained community volunteers who advocate for children going through the court system.

Peoria Rivermen Opening Night

Kuhl Insurance: The Essentials of Employee Hiring and Onboarding

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The facts:
  • Nearly four in five candidates say the overall candidate experience they receive is an indicator of how a company values its people. 
  • People who are satisfied with their candidate experiences are 38% more likely to accept a job offer. 
  • 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced great onboarding. 
  • Organizations with a standard onboarding process experience 50% greater new-hire productivity.
Finding and retaining the right people for our organizations is critical to our success. It is also a complex process with opportunities and pitfalls at every step. Please join us for this engaging seminar to discuss best practices, creative recruiting ideas, and the always important legal considerations in your hiring and onboarding process.
Evelyn Becker joined Kuhl Insurance as Risk Management Director in 2014 after extensive experience managing HR, safety and health programs for a major, multi-state, 1,200+ employee metal manufacturer. Responsible for hiring and training, Evelyn hired hundreds of people, established recruitment processes, developed orientation and onboarding programs and spearheaded a project to reduce turnover. Now, she works closely with our clients' leadership and management teams to engage their leaders and employees in best practices to help them achieve their organizational objectives. 
Abby J. Clark is a Partner at Davis & Campbell LLC. Abby focuses her practice on representing business owners, companies, and educational and other non-profit agencies, primarily in the areas of labor and employment law and general business disputes. She provides a full spectrum of legal services to employers and management, ranging from policy and handbook formation, to general counseling on day-to-day employment matters, to dispute resolution in the event of a workplace conflict. 
Join us to learn more about tactics and proper processes for finding, selecting, and onboarding the right employees. 
The Essentials of Employee Hiring and Onboarding
November 8th, 2018
Knights of Columbus Hall
616 W. David Street
Morton, IL, 61550

(located behind the Kuhl Insurance office)
Doors open at 8:30am and program begins at 9:00am, ending no later than 11:00am.
All programs are complimentary and are open to the public. We also offer a beverage and breakfast snack buffet.
To register now, click the button below. 

632 W Jefferson St / Morton, IL 61550 • Phone: 309.266.7300 ext 130 • Fax: 309.266.5453
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