Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Join us at Chamber Day

Welcome to Our Newest Member

S & S Signs, Lighting & Electrical
4305 N. Main St.
East Peoria, IL 61611 
Tammy Jackson, HR Director
S&S offers quality signage and competitive prices designed for local businesses in the Peoria area. With your 100% satisfaction in mind, they are happy to specialize in sign fabrication, installation, and repair, electrical contracting work, and lighting installation and maintenance. As the go-to sign company in your community, they have a qualified team that gives you fast, detailed service.

John Evan's Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday. Mother Nature didn't cooperate so the hunt was held indoors. I think everyone got their share of candy and prizes!


The merger of State Bank of Speer into Morton Community Bank was completed March 16-19, 2018, adding two locations to the footprint of Morton Community Bank and bringing the total assets of the employee-owned community bank to $3.6 billion.

Steven Leuthold, Community President of the now Speer Community Bank, said the merger is a positive for Speer customers.  “This new partnership with Morton ensures that our customers will continue to enjoy a community bank experience.  In addition, we are offering an attractive rewards checking and savings programs, new mortgage options, additional business lending capabilities, and nearly 40 nearby banking locations!”

Officials from both banks hail the merger as a step forward for Central Illinois.

"We believe in Central Illinois and the Peoria area,” said Andy Honegger, President and Co-CEO of Morton Community Bank.  "We enjoy a strong and resilient business community, a stable housing market, and a can-do spirit that gets things done.  A partnership like this one brings additional strength and opportunities to the Peoria-area business community.  In addition, our Bank’s commitment to rural communities has never been stronger, and we look forward to demonstrating that commitment now to the residents and ag producers of Stark County."

The Speer Bank location in Speer, IL is rebranded as Speer Community Bank and the location in Peoria, IL is rebranded Peoria Community Bank.  Most of Morton Community Bank's locations are branded with the local community name and "Community Bank."  The Bank operates on the web and as a whole under the umbrella name of Hometown Community Banks.

All employees of State Bank of Speer have been retained, as is Morton’s practice when merging with other local banks.  "Morton Community Bank is an employee-owned bank, so employees of State Bank of Speer now have the unique opportunity to become owners of the bank,” said Honegger.  "In addition, they also have access to a wider variety of career growth opportunities, if they wish."

In 2016, Morton Community Bank merged with Heritage Bank of Central Illinois, and, in October 2017, the Bank also acquired State Bank of Arthur.  The Bank has grown steadily since being established in Morton in 1960, and today it employs nearly 500 Central Illinois residents.  Corporate headquarters remains in Morton. 

"While our headquarters will always be in Morton,” said Honegger, “we believe in sharing our corporate employment with other nearby communities."  He explained the Bank's Business Development Department is headquartered in Peoria Heights at Peoria Heights Community Bank and the Consumer Lending Department is headquartered at the Peoria Community Bank location on Harmon Highway in Peoria.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop

Fourth Fridays is just around the corner and there's still time to participate! Registration closes  April 2. Sign up and be a part Tazewell Art Loop today!

What is Fourth Fridays? On the Fourth Fridays between April & August, storefronts in Tazewell County will open their doors between 5:00 – 8:00 pm for dynamic shopping, art perusing, mingling with business owners and artists, and entertainment experiences for residents and visitors alike. The 2018 Fourth Fridays: Tazewell Art Loop is sponsored by Unland Companies and will feature the shops and activities that make Morton, Pekin and Delavan great.

·     Storefronts Register Here! Fourth Friday Storefront participants can engage new crowds by hosting local artists and entertainers. Make it fun for guests with exclusive Fourth Fridays specials and discounts. Participats will be featured on the Fourth Fridays walking map and listed a destination for our first season-long scavenger hunt.

·     Artists Register Here! Visual Artists will have the opportunity to display and sell their work gaining exposure to new audiences & developing partnerships with our local businesses. Your participation will be featured in social media promotions.

·     Performance Artists & Musicians Register Here! If you are a performance artist or musician, tell us about your work and we will share your information with businesses & look for ways to involve you in the Fourth Friday fun!

We are excited to bring this event back and build upon the interactive, walkable, art filled, whole family experience we enjoyed in 2017.

A couple additional pieces of information to share!

·     Our First Fourth Fridays will be on April 27th.
·     Deadline to be listed on print publications is April 2.
·     Remember to share information about Fourth Fridays through your networks!
·     Follow us on Facebook @TazewellArtLoop

We can't wait to see you on the Tazewell Art Loop in 2018. 

ICC's 6th Annual Health Careers Experience

The offices of CIVEC, PERFECT, and Tazewell Education for Employment, along with OSF Medical Center, UnityPoint Health, and Illinois Central College (ICC), will be hosting the 6th annual Healthcare Career Experience. ICC’s state of the art technology and real-to-life simulation labs will provide high school students real-world experience. Clinical professionals, faculty and program students will facilitate this hands-on learning opportunity. High school students will explore the professions of EMT/Paramedic, Medical Assisting, Medical Lab Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography, Nursing Assistant, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology.
Available for interviews:
  • ICC Dean of Health Careers Wendee Guth
  • ICC Health Careers faculty and program directors
  • ICC Health Careers program students

Healthcare Careers Experience Committee:  CIVEC, PERFECT, Tazewell EFE, ICC, OSF and UnityPoint Human Resources.
For more information, please contact Public Relations Coordinator Valerie Welsh, at (309) 694-5440.

Shade-Lohmann Works Begins April 3

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces upcoming lane closures on the Shade-Lohmann Bridge beginning Tuesday, April 3.

Crews will spend approximately two weeks preparing to transition all traffic to the westbound lanes before repainting the structure that carries eastbound Interstate 474/U.S. 24 over the Illinois River between Bartonville and Creve Coeur. The construction zone is expected to be in place through early September.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and watch for changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices, and be alert for workers and equipment.

For IDOT District 4 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict4 or visit gettingaroundpeoria.com for updated traffic information and views from traffic cameras in Peoria and surrounding areas.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Breakfast with the Boss at the 182nd Air National Guard

The 182nd Peoria Air National Guard would like to thank area employers. If your company employs a member of the 182nd have them file the form below on your behalf and spend the morning enjoying breakfast, a tour of the base and a C-130 flight. 

Job Search in the Digital Age

Tuesday, April 3 • 11:00 a.m.

Pekin Public Library

Whether you’re making a career change by choice or necessity,

this workshop is designed to help you make a smooth transition.

We’ll discuss how job search engines can help you find jobs online;

resume tips and how to age-proof your resume; how keywords can help

your resume get noticed; and tips for online networking through LinkedIn

Presented by AARP; please reserve your spot by calling 1-877-926-8300.

How to Get a Job with the State of Illinois

Tuesday, April 3 • 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Pekin Public Library

The State of Illinois is seeking candidates to fill multiple positions in

several agencies. This workshop provides an overview of

employment opportunities, application criteria and hiring procedures.

For more information, please call the library at 347-7111, ext. 0,

or go to www.pekinpubliclibrary.org.


Artists Philip Carey and Etty Yaniv will have works displayed in mixed media art shows opening March 21 in galleries on the Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus.

               The exhibit by Carey, entitled Trashart & Arttrash, will be on display Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. A reception from noon to 2 pm and an artist talk beginning at 12:30 pm are both scheduled for March 21 in the gallery.

               In addition, works by Yaniv will be on display in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility.

               Carey is based in California and describes himself and his art as being autobiographical, colorful, intricate and full of fun. His dream drawings consist of sketches and stories about his bizarre dreams drawn with ink and Prismacolor pencils on 3-inch by 5-inch Post-It notes. The drawings are framed and have been published in four volumes of Dream Drawing books. Carey’s recent work is large in scale created from the ephemera of 40 years as an exhibit designer; 10 years as a kidney disease, heart disease and cancer patient; and 35 years of saving chocolate wrappers and trash collected during recent travels.

               Carey received a bachelor’s degree in exhibit design from California State University at Long Beach. His 40-year career includes working as exhibit designer/installer at the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles; director of education and curator of exhibits at the Roberson Museum in Binghamton, New York; and exhibit designer/coordinator for California State Parks in Sacramento. His work has been carried by 20 museums, galleries and shops, including the American Visionary Art Museum; Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago; Smoobage Gallery and Coalesce Book Store in Morro Bay, California; the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin; and the Ilulissat Art Museum in Illulissat, Greenland.

               Yaniv was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and currently works on her art and art writing in Brooklyn. She holds bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature from Tel Aviv University, a bachelor of fine arts degree from Parsons School of Design and a master of fine arts degree from SUNY-Purchase. She integrates media such as drawing, photography and painting to form immersive environments. Her work has been printed in publications such as The New York Times, Village Voice, Newsday magazine and The Nation. She has been featured in solo and group shows at galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including The Haifa Museum of Art in Israel; Newark Museum of Art in New Jersey; Torrance Art Museum in California; Storefront Ten Eyck in Brooklyn; Helen Day in Vermont; the Art Gallery of St. Albert in California; Zero1 Biennial in San Francisco; Western Illinois University; Leipziger Baumwollspinnerie in Leipzig Germany and more.

            Both exhibits at ICC run through April 13.          

            Hours of operation for the Performing Arts Center Gallery are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. The gallery is also open during public events in the Performing Arts Center.

            Hours of operation for Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Friday from 9 am to noon.

            Operation of the ICC art galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks.

            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 or to confirm a gallery is open at a particular time, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.

Sunset Hills Golf Course Monday Night Golf League

Golf League

Monday Night Golf League at Sunset Hills Golf Course

We are continuing our Monday Night Golf League and would love toto ha you join!!!

Monday April 2nd 2018 at 6PM we will be holding a social to discuss details, gauge interest of this league, and enjoy some light appitizers at Mashie's Pub.

Below are just some of the things we have discussed....

Please Call 309-347-7553 ext. 1 to sign up
for the Social so we can get a rough Idea of what to prepare for.

 Every Monday Starting April 16th excluding Holidays
Start Time approxitmatly 5:30PM
 $125 Per Person for the season 
(to be finalized)
First Day of Play is Monday April 16th 2018
The cost of this league gets you a $5 buy-in for a giant skin game each week and covers cost for the Social & End of the Year Banquet Dinner.
There will be a optional skin game each week (separate cost)

Double Match Play with handicap. Each Participant plays 9 holes against the other two participants winning a point for each win with possibility of winning four points. if a team wins all four points they get five points. Ties are 1/2 point.

Must have a CDGA Handicap.

Make your own Team.
ProShop will keep and maintain a list of subs that can be used if you can't make a week.

We've got a great Drink & Food Specials planned too! - Visit Sunset Hills Golf Course today!
Visit our website - mashiespub.com

ICC “Between the Lines” Program Explores Young Adult Horror Genre, Author R.L. Stine April 2

Join Illinois Central College’s “Between the Lines” program (if you dare) to explore the young adult horror genre with a presentation titled, “R. L. Stine’s Fear Street and Other Scary Places,” on April 2, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in Room 212C/D on the East Peoria Campus. Mary O’Reilly and Amanda Funk-Hilton will offer a presentation on the book and lead the discussion.
O’Reilly and Funk-Hilton will be exploring the horror genre, its value outside of voyeuristic titillation and jump scares, through R.L. Stine’s young adult series, Fear Street. Topics of interest will include: Why is horror a valuable narrative tradition and what do scary stories do besides scare us? Can we learn from them? Can they empower or even comfort us?
Participants will be looking for answers to these questions (even if they have to walk through the deep, dark woods to do so) and exploring concepts such as gender representation and fluidity, nostalgia and escapism, and children and young adult book series as gateways into more complex literature on Shadyside’s notorious Fear Street.
The presenters also will make some horror reading recommendations—frightening or disturbing stories and books that shaped them or their understanding of the genre—and ask participants to offer up some impactful horror suggestions of their own. ​
“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 that 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 Jim Sullivan at jsullivan@icc.edu or betweenthelines@icc.edu.

Illinois Central College Hosts Diverse Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Event April 18

Illinois Central College will host a recruitment event for adjunct faculty on Wed., April 18, from 4 to 6 pm in the Student Center on the ICC Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St. Diverse individuals are encouraged to apply, and all applications are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Areas of need currently include the following departments: Agricultural and Industrial Technology; Arts and Behavioral Sciences; Business, Legal, and Information Systems; Humanities; Health Careers; and Math, Science, and Engineering.

Individuals with a master’s degree or a master’s degree with 18 hours of graduate coursework in those subject areas are encouraged to apply. For some disciplines, an associate’s degree or certificate is required to qualify as an adjunct. Individuals who meet the required qualifications will be contacted as openings become available.
No reservation is required for this free event. To apply online for adjunct faculty positions and to review further job requirements, visit icc.edu/adjunctfaculty.
For questions, please contact Faculty Recruitment and Compliance Officer Margaret Lawler at (cell) (309) 635-0719 or (309) 690-6929. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Illinois Central College Children’s Center Receives ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality Designation for Fourth Year

Illinois Central College Children’s Center received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the State of Illinois’ quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

"Every early learning and development provider who participates in ExceleRate Illinois makes quality a priority," said Cynthia L. Tate Ph.D., Executive Director, Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development. "The higher the designation, the higher the program's demonstrated quality and comprehensiveness in meeting children's early learning needs," she said.

"We are proud to receive the Gold Circle of Quality for the fourth year in a row. This designation would not have been possible without our phenomenal staff and their dedication to the kids and their families," said Melanie Fleming, ICC Children’s Center manager. "Striving for continuous quality improvement each year in child care, early learning, and development helps us better prepare the children for success in school and in life while we are training the next generation of child care service providers."
ICC Children’s Center provides quality care for children aged 2 and toilet trained to the 6th birthday. It has been accredited as a High Quality Early Childhood Program with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 2005.
ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes licensed child care centers, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. It helps families make more informed choices about their children’s early learning and establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.
Childcare openings currently are available at the ICC Children’s Center. Students and staff receive a discounted rate. For more information, visit icc.edu/children or call Melanie Fleming at (309) 694-5116.                                                                                     

Savant Leadership Invited to Speak at TD Ameritrade’s Annual Conference

Michael Cyrs and Brent Brodeski join panel on trust and estate planning

Continuing to exemplify the importance of comprehensive financial planning for financial advisory firms, Savant Capital Management Director of Wealth Advisory Michael Cyrs and CEO Brent Brodeski were invited to speak at the TD Ameritrade National LINC conference in Orlando.

Savant, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm, has further positioned itself as an industry leader because of its pursuit to help bridge the gap between building wealth and transferring wealth via its hands-on support team.

On Jan. 31, Cyrs and Brodeski participated in the TD Ameritrade panel, “Trust and Estate Planning for Holistic Client Relationship Management,” which included discussions about the latest trends impacting estate planning and how to have meaningful client conversations. Cyrs and Brodeski spoke about clients’ appreciation for comprehensive financial planning, which includes trust and estate planning.

“It’s important for clients to have a team with the expertise to help manage the complexities that come along with financial planning,” said Cyrs. “We have strategically hired CPAs and attorneys that have a deep comprehension of tax management and estate and wealth transfer processes. This allows financial advisors to collaborate in-house and is helping to coach individuals through important financial decisions.”

The annual TD Ameritrade National LINC conference attracts more than 1,800 registered investment advisory firms across the county. It uncovers latest trends, technology and business solutions and opportunities for financial advisors to gain new perspectives on their businesses.

Savant manages more than $5 billion in assets and employs more than 150 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Peoria, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI.

About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $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.

Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 Annual Meeting & Reception

2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal Nomination Form

R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy 2018 Graduation Banquet


               Registration opens March 15 for the summer 2018 sessions of Illinois Central College’s popular College for Kids program. The summer program features classes for students entering fourth through twelfth grades. Session 1 runs Monday –Thursday, June 11-22 and Session 2 runs Monday ─ Thursday, July 9-20.  Additional off-site Friday Fun Trips are offered from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on each Friday of College for Kids.
               One of the new classes being offered this year is Virtual Reality, where students will learn the foundations of VR design by creating their own virtual worlds, exploring simulate environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences. Another new class is Crazy about Chocolate. Students can join in the fun to create chocolate art, make their very own chocolate recipe book, and learn about the history behind chocolate.
Other classes include: Wonder, The Secret Life of Plants, Chess, Code Breakers, Let’s Play Cards, Youth Activism, Film Creation Studio, and more.
Club CFK extends the day and accommodates working parents by offering activities for student participants following the final class session of the day until 5 pm. Club CFK features games, computers, and snacks from 3:15 to 5 pm. Students must be signed out by a parent or authorized adult no later than 5 pm each day.
Tuition per class varies for each class, based on instructional materials needed. Space is limited. Registration is available March 15 by phone at (309) 690-6900, or online at www.icc.edu/cfk. A complete listing of classes, descriptions and registration materials also will be available online.
               For questions, contact ICC Youth Programs Coordinator Steffi Xu at (309) 690-6916 or email steffi.xu@icc.edu

Neighborhood House Needs Your Vote!

Your Vote Counts!

Peoria Magazines is hosting their 3rd Annual Best of Peoria. Please Nominate Neighborhood House for best community supporter! Neighborhood House serves over 1,100 people per day through various programs such as, Meals on Wheels, Child Care, After School and Summer Meals, and even Critters Meals on Wheels. Nominations will be accepted until March 15th.

Thank you for your support!

1020 S. Matthew St.
Peoria, IL 61605

John Evan's Easter Egg Hunt


SATURDAY MARCH 17th 10:00 A.M.



2018 Business Showcase at the Pekin Kids' Festival

Illinois Central College Offers Non-credit Class in Conversational Chinese

Illinois Central College Corporate and Community Education Dept. will offer a non-credit class for the public in Conversational Chinese Language and Culture with a focus on Mandarin Chinese and the relationship between language and culture. The program will be offered on Tuesday evenings, April 10 through May 15, from 6 to 7:30 pm in Hickory Hall on the ICC Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria.
The series will be taught by Yanling (Linda) Huang, the ICC Chinese Language Institute’s Chinese visiting scholar from Xiamen Huaxia University in Xiamen, China. Huang has taught logistics related courses at Xiamen Huaxia University since 2008 and had professional business experience with Xiamen Youmingxing Trading Co., Ltd.; Pacific International Line; and Xiamen Yuli Container Service Co., Ltd., prior to teaching.  She has also taught elective English courses at Xiamen Huaxia University since 2016. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.  
While in the United States, Huang will share language and culture with the college and community to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas and be better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad. She will also be providing cultural programs for the college and community through the ICC Chinese Language Institute throughout her five-month stay.
Cost of the program is $55. For more information, or to register, please contact 309-690-6900 or www.icc.edu/acp

New General Manager Named for Pekin’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is pleased to announce the appointment of Lacy Gasparac, as general manager.
Lacy has over a decade of hospitality and retail experience within Pekin community. This is a promotion from her most recent position at the property as its Front Office manager. Lacy has already assumed her new position and is working diligently with IHG Hotels specialists, her regional team, and Kirstin Altman, the Director of Sales to transition into the role.
Having excelled in the industry for over a decade, Lacy has assumed roles in hotel operations, sales, accounting, guest services, including championing the guest experience. This well-rounded experience in hotel management will serve her well in this new position. “Lacy’s commitment to her team along with delivering excellent service and guest experiences, has been her path to success. We are excited to have Lacy bring her energy and enthusiasm to her new role, along with vision and inspiration to take the property to incredible heights, creating a rewarding experience for guests and the local community,” said Mitesh Patel, Managing Partner, Shiva Siddhi LLC.
The Holiday Inn Express® Pekin (Peoria Area) hotel's location between downtown and I-155 makes it the perfect place to stay for business travelers, leisure guests, and groups. Guests are mere minutes from Avanti's Dome, vibrant recreational areas, and numerous, growing businesses in Pekin and the surrounding areas.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites is located at 3615 Kelly Ave, Pekin, IL. Contact them at 309.353.3305.


Goodwill of Central Illinois and Bergner’s will hold their semi-annual donation drive from Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 24, 2018.
During the drive, every item donated to Goodwill will earn the donor a 30% off coupon from Bergner’s.
On the opening day of the sale, March 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.
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’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 www.goodwillpeo.org.

Registration Open for 2018 Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop

Registration for the 2018 Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop are now available for any business, organization, storefront or artist that would like to participate.

On the Fourth Fridays in  April through  August, storefronts in Tazewell County will open their doors between 5:00 – 8:00 pm for a special evening of fun.  There will be shopping, art perusing, mingling with business owners and artists, and entertainment experiences for residents and visitors.  The 2018 Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop are sponsored by Unland Companies and will feature the shops and activities that make Morton, Pekin and Delavan great.

When a business registers to participate, their location will be listed as a destination on Fourth Fridays on the  Tazewell Art Loop promotions. Their location will also be shared with participating artists who have registered to show and sell art, creating pop up art galleries across Tazewell County.

Additional benefits for participating businesses include listings on the Fourth Friday fliers distributed throughout the entire season, social media promotions, radio and print promotions, and more. It’s a great promotional opportunity for all the participating locations.

Artist will also benefit by participating.  They'll have the opportunity to display and sell art throughout the entire region and gain exposure to new and existing clientele in Morton, Pekin, and Delavan.

“We look forward to kicking off our second season of Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop," said Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. 

"This program had a great launch in 2017 with hundreds coming out to enjoy music, art, shopping and dining," Fleming continued.  "It's a great opportunity for exposure, activity, and enjoyment this summer.” 

Mary Haynes from the Kountry Nook in Pekin participated in 2017 and has signed on for 2018.  “We are very excited to participate again this year. We love our shop and we want everyone to enjoy their visit with us! We have a collection of some of the Best Artists & Crafters all under one roof. We are very proud to be homegrown here in Pekin & Tazewell County.”

The cost for participating sites is $40 for the season.  However, there is no charge for members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.  To register as a Fourth Friday participant, visit http://www.mortonchamber.org/fourth-fridays
Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop are one of the many ways the chambers of commerce, community groups and Unland Companies can collaborate and promote our communities, enhance our members, and develop strong and growing economies throughout Tazewell County.  

Friday, March 9, 2018

Unland Companies to Sponsor 2018 Fourth Fridays in Tazewell County

Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop will have an exclusive sponsor in 2018 - Unland Companies.

Bill Shock, Executive Vice President of Unland Companies said, “The partnership between Unland and Fourth Fridays is a natural fit. As a home grown, Tazewell County based company, we are delighted by the opportunity to partner with the Morton and Pekin chambers of commerce and the Delavan community, to feature the communities we are proud to serve. We love Tazewell County and it’s a great way to feature the businesses and arts that make us great!”

As an exclusive sponsor of Fourth Fridays, Unland will be listed on Fourth Friday Advertising materials and will participate in organizing Fourth Friday activities. 

Fourth  Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop is coordinated by the Morton and Pekin chambers of commerce and the Delavan community. Founded in 2017, the Tazewell Art Loop is one of many ways the chambers, community groups and Unland Companies can collaborate, promote local businesses and enhance growing economies throughout Tazewell County.  

The event runs from 5 to 8 pm on the fourth Fridays of April through August.  It's an opportunity for the public to visit participating locations, enjoy local art, meet local artists, shop and dine while exploring communities on The Tazewell Art Loop.

Founded in 1941, Unland has been a mainstay of Pekin and Central Illinois offering quality insurance products and top-notch service. Rooted in traditional values, the company has grown over the years with its unparalleled industry knowledge, an eye for innovation and total responsiveness to their clients. They call themselves a small-town agency with a big heart and big plans for the future. In addition to their Pekin location, Unland also has offices in Morton and East Peoria (Winter Insurance), affiliated with Hometown Community Banks. Learn more about Unland on their website, http://www.unland.com/