Friday, January 20, 2017

Regional Business After Hours

Fondulac Bank and the Embassy Suites hosted a Titanic themed regional Business After Hours on January 19th. Attendees came from the Chambers in Peoria, East Peoria, Morton, Washington and Pekin.  A huge crowed enjoyed the refreshments and networking.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Leadership Academy vs. Helium Hoops

The R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy, sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Pekin, met this morning for their second classroom session.  While learning about leadership from Nathan Thomas from Bradley University they had to deal with those pesky helium hoops.  You can see more pictures from today's class here:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Leadership Begins

The 2017 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy began on January 19th.  The students got to know each other with a speed networking activity.  The 10-week program is sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Pekin.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Illinois American Water Announces 2017 Environmental Grant Program

Peoria Rivermen Zobrist Double Play


Everyone has an imagination.  Art helps develop it.  Art takes what was just a thought and makes it a reality.  Creating art is a way for children to learn how to make choices and solve problems by taking them through a step by step process. The end result is an object they created. Local artist and high school teacher, Amy Psinas, has developed Masterpiece Mondays to help children find an expressive outlet through art and to help them develop hidden talents.

Masterpiece Mondays is a 6-week session with each class building on each other until at the end of the program children have a compilation of art pieces.  Ages to attend are 8 years – 16 years.  Classes meet on Monday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Pekin High School Art Room (enter through the Tech Ed Center doors).  Materials are included in the $79 fee ($89 if registered less than 7 days prior to the start date;         non-residents add $3).

For more information, please contact Dawn Wilde-Burgess at or (309)201-4006.

February 13, 2017     Acrylic painting
February 27, 2017     Intro to Ceramics – stages of clay and clay prep; intro project pinch technique
March 6                      Ceramic vessels – coil techniques
March 13                    Ceramic platters – slab techniques
March 20                   Intro Ceramic glazing techniques
March 27                   Complete Ceramic glazing techniques
*No class February 20 due to holiday

Get you annual Sunset Hills Golf Club pass in January and recieve a coupon for 2 free buckets of range balls to use when ever you would like!!!

Once you've played our golf course at Sunset Hills Golf Club, you're going to want to return again and again to conquer this shot-maker's course with its challenging holes. And a full golfing membership at our club is one of the best ways to guarantee that you'll be visiting often.

At Sunset Hills Golf Club you'll be able to improve your game and meet new friends who share your passion for golf.Perhaps you've thought about a club membership before but thought it was out of your price range. But once you've heard about the opportunities at Sunset Hills Golf Club, you'll change your mind. We have a variety of membership plans available -- plans designed for either families or individuals.

Beyond the recreational opportunities, you will also want to take the social plunge and join in on our mixers and holiday parties. We help create traditions for the whole family on Mother's and Father's Day, Halloween, Labor Day and many more important dates.

This is a place that appeals to families, couples and individuals of all ages. It's a place where you can find a game or leisure activity in all seasons of the year, where you can meet new friends who love the sports that you love and where your children can enjoy all kinds of recreation in a great environment. And all of it is available to you at remarkably affordable prices.


Illinois Central College will host Campus Visit Days from 9:30 am to noon on Fridays this spring to give potential students information on various program options and the chance to see the College up close and personal.
ICC will feature the following programs on these dates:
·         Fine and Performing Arts: January 20, East Peoria Campus, Room 212C/D
·         Graphic Design: February 3, East Peoria Campus, Room 212C/D
·         Criminal Justice/Paralegal/Law Enforcement/911/Fire Science: February 10, North Campus, Poplar Hall Room 127
·         Psychology/Sociology: February 17, East Peoria Campus, Room 212C/D
·         Culinary Arts: March 3, North Campus, Dogwood Hall Room 102
·         General Information: March 24, East Peoria Campus, Room 212C/D
Parking for the East Peoria sessions is available in the Visitors Lot.
Tours of the Academic Building and Campus Housing will be offered during sessions at the East Peoria Campus. The Friday Campus Visit Days are free of charge, but registration is required. To register, please visit

For questions, please contact ICC at (309) 694-5-ICC.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Freezing Rain Could Make Roads Slick This Weekend

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is alerting motorists that travel may be impacted by freezing rain and sleet today through Sunday.

The National Weather Service is expecting ice to accumulate in many areas of Illinois, particularly the southern half of the state, starting Friday morning. Ice accumulation of at least 0.25 inches is forecast in the southwestern part of the state, creating hazardous driving conditions.

"Whenever a winter storm is forecast, you should ask yourself if your trip is necessary before heading out," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "We will be out making sure the roads are as safe as possible, but icy conditions may make roads slick this weekend. Give our crews plenty of room to work and please slow down if you will be driving."

Crews have been pretreating bridges, overpasses and ramps - the areas most susceptible to icing - in advance of the expected freezing rain and sleet. More than 3,700 employees and 1,700 trucks will be available statewide to battle the winter storm this weekend, applying salt where needed.

If you have to travel:
  • Leave plenty of extra time to get to your destination.
  • Take it slow, especially when approaching intersections, ramps, bridges, and shady areas.
  • Make sure your gas tank is full.
  • Keep a cell phone, warm clothes, blankets, food, water, a first aid kit, washer fluid, and an ice scraper in your vehicle.
  • Check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route and schedule.
  • Always wear a seat belt, whether you're sitting in the front seat or back seat. It's the law.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Progressive Health Systems and UnityPoint Health – Peoria Finalize Affiliation Agreement

The Boards of Directors of Progressive Health Systems and UnityPoint Health – Peoria have finalized and approved an affiliation agreement, which became effective January 1st, 2017. The agreement brings the two systems together, allowing for enhanced access to primary care providers and specialists while improving care coordination and patient experience.

Pekin Hospital’s name is being changed to UnityPoint Health – Pekin, effective immediately. ProHealth Medical Group and ProCare will retain their names and become part of UnityPoint Health. There will be no immediate changes to operations or services.

“Bringing these two organizations together allows us to continue delivering outstanding healthcare to Pekin and the surrounding communities,” said Debbie Simon, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health - Peoria. “We are committed to enhancing services in Tazewell County and are eager to work together as one team moving forward.”

“UnityPoint Health and Progressive Health Systems share similar missions and are both committed to the communities they serve,” said Jamie Stevenson, Board Chairman of UnityPoint Health – Peoria. “I am looking forward to seeing what these two organizations achieve together.”

Simon will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the combined organization, which includes UnityPoint Health – Methodist, UnityPoint Health – Proctor and UnityPoint Health – Pekin, nearly 50 UnityPoint Clinic, Proctor First Care and ProHealth Medical Group locations, UnityPoint at Home, UnityPoint Hospice, Proctor Medical Equipment, ProCare, Methodist College, the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, and the Hult Center for Health Living. Bob Haley will serve as the President of UnityPoint Health – Pekin.

“This affiliation will be greatly beneficial to the Pekin community,” said Haley. “UnityPoint Health – Pekin is still the community hospital our patients know and trust, but now we’re part of the UnityPoint Health family.”

“This is an exciting day for all of us,” said Ron Miller, Board Chairman of Progressive Health Systems. “As our hospital joins the UnityPoint-Health family, we will continue to build on our long history of providing superior, compassionate care.”

Plans for integrating the two organizations will be made in the coming months.

UnityPoint Health – Peoria provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout Central Illinois through our clinics, hospitals and home care services. Services are provided at three hospital campuses—UnityPoint Health – Methodist, UnityPoint Health – Proctor, and UnityPoint Health - Pekin —as well as through nearly 50 UnityPoint Clinic, Proctor First Care and ProHealth Medical Group locations, Proctor Medical Equipment, ProCare, Methodist College, the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, and the Hult Center for Health Living. A recognized leader in healthcare in our community, UnityPoint Health - Peoria combines advanced technology and comprehensive services with an emphasis in excellence, quality, safety and patient experience. UnityPoint Health - Peoria is a senior affiliate of UnityPoint Health, the nation’s fifth largest and one of the most integrated health systems.

Regional Business After Hours

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


The Illinois Central College Educational Foundation will offer more than 600 scholarships worth more than $750,000 to students attending ICC this coming academic year (2017-2018). The scholarships are awarded to students who will be attending ICC in fall 2017.
Students may apply for the scholarships from January 15, 2017, until 11:59 pm on April 1, 2017, using the online application system. Please note: The link will be active as of January 15, 2017.         

The online application process is simple, and by completing one application, students are automatically considered for every scholarship for which they are eligible. Online applications, as well as a complete listing of all available ICC scholarships, may be accessed by visiting

Questions about scholarships or the application process may be directed to Stephanie Holmes at (309) 694-8420.

Tomorrow's Hope Christian Academy


                Join Illinois Central College’s “Between the Lines” program as it explores the impact of one poem on 1950’s era American culture. “Starving, Hysterical, Naked: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl,” moderated by ICC Professor Jim Sullivan, is set for Mon., Feb. 6 at 2:30 pm in Room 212C/D on the ICC East Peoria Campus.
It would be hard to find a poem that has changed American culture to the extent that Allen Ginsberg’s great rant of a poem Howl did when it was published in 1956. It tore the cover off the placid media image of America, drawing attention to all those who did not fit into the supposed mainstream of American life. It offered a wild denunciation of the world Ginsberg found himself in as well as a spiritual vision of a more compassionate America.

“Between the Lines” is a lecture series presented by the faculty members of the English, Humanities and Language Studies Department at ICC. The goal of the series is to offer literary presentations which will interest students and people in the community as well as promote reading literacy and scholarly study.
The programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Jen Hopp at or


Beginning this month, ICC’s Dental Hygiene program and clinic will relocate from its former location in Downtown Peoria to the ICC North Campus, located in Arbor Hall, 5407 N. University St., in Peoria. 
The new facility is being relocated as part of the College’s long-term plan to transition from the Downtown Campus to the North Campus, which is currently under renovation. Students, dentists, and dental hygienists, who serve as faculty members, will have new digital x-ray equipment and computerized documentation at each dental station at their disposal.
“The move of Health Career programs to the North Campus will provide faculty and students the opportunity for interdisciplinary teaching and learning, as well as advanced simulation exercises for multiple programs at the same time,” said ICC Dean of Health Careers Wendee Guth. “We are excited to provide greater accessibility and high-quality care in a state-of-the-art facility for clinic patients.”
“The move is the next step in the plan to eventually combine all of ICC’s Health Careers under one roof,” said ICC Dean of Health Careers Wendee Guth. “We are excited for the opportunity to provide greater accessibility and high-quality care in a state-of-the-art facility.”
The clinic is staffed by students and faculty in ICC’s Dental Hygiene program. Available services include dental cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants and oral hygiene instruction. Fillings and extractions are not provided. The clinic accepts patients aged five years and older for a flat fee of $20, regardless of care needed. There is no charge for patients with a current Medicaid card. The clinic does not bill Medicare or private insurance.
Appointments are required and are currently being scheduled for Jan. 24 or later.
Hours for the spring 2017 semester are:
·         Monday through Thursday - 9 am to 4 pm
·         Tuesday and Thursday – 6 pm to 9 pm
·         Friday – 9 am to noon
Please note that clinic hours may vary. Patients should allow approximately three hours for an appointment, which will include a thorough health history and dental cleaning. The clinic is handicapped accessible and free parking is available close to the building. 

To schedule an appointment or for questions, please contact the ICC Dental Hygiene Clinic at (309) 690-6999. 

Start the New Year by Spending Right

There are two ways for companies to increase profits - focus on sales, and focus on spending. Many companies put all of their energy into sales, leaving money on the table and opening themselves to unncecssary risk.  This presentation, by Jennifer and Joseph Albright, CEO and COO of Spendright, Inc., is designed to introduce the building blocks of supply management and discuss ways that entrepreneurs can incorporate these concepts into their businesses in order to maximize profits and minimize risk as they grow.


Illinois Central College is offering a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCB) test preparation course, covered in two Saturdays in February. The twelve-hour course will be held on Sat., Feb. 11, and Sat., Feb. 18, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, at Hickory Hall on the ICC North Campus, 5407 N. University St., in Peoria. The course is designed for currently-employed pharmacy technicians and is an accelerated class aimed at providing an overview highlighting the main content areas covered by the PTCB exam.
The course includes overviews of:
·         Pharmacy law and drug regulation
·         Calculation of percentage strengths, ratio solutions, and allegations
·         Preparation of IVs and other sterile preparations
·         Insurance billing and inventory control

              The class is not intended to replace a full-length educational program or on-the-job training, and students will not receive a certificate of completion. In order to obtain certification as a pharmacy technician, students must provide a completed Statement of Training by the pharmacist-in-charge at their current place of employment, along with photocopy proof of passing the national PTCB exam to the Illinois Department for Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

              Cost for the course is $385 and includes classroom instruction and in-class materials, as well as additional study and reference resources.

To register, go online to or call (309) 690-6900. For questions, contact Ellen George at (309) 690-6909, or email

97.3 Nash FM teams ups with Bob Lindsey Acura for the 2017 Teddy Bear Drive benefitting Children’s Hospital of Illinois

97.3 Nash FM, Peoria’s Country is proud to once again be partnering with the Children’s Hospital of Illinois for the annual Teddy Bear Drive, sponsored by Bob Lindsay Acura. Please help us by donating new teddy bears. 

Teddy Bears can be dropped off at our studio located at 120 Eaton St. in Peoria, Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm or Bob Lindsey Acura on Allen Road until February 13, 2017. The goal is to stuff an “Acura MDX” in their show room with teddy bears.

Our goal is to collect more than 2,500 bears this year.  Our delivery will make for a nice Valentine’s gift for any child who is in the hospital that day, and the Children’s Hospital continues to use our donations year round to give to sick kids. Thank you for your support!
Two new exhibits open on January 18 at the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.
An artists’ talk from will take place in Gallery 336B from noon to 2 pm to open Making a Life, an exhibit featuring ceramics and sculpture by Erin Furimsky and Claire Hedden. Gallery 336B is located in the Academic Building.
In addition, a printmaking exhibit by Florin Hategan opens at noon in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility.
Erin Furimsky is a practicing studio artist in Bloomington whose work focuses on the relationship of sculptural form with highly ornamented surfaces. She received a bachelor degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1997 and a master degree from The Ohio State University in 2002. Furimsky has exhibited her work nationally with inclusions of her work in international exhibitions in China and Taiwan. Since 1997, her work has been included in over 100 group and solo exhibitions, with reproductions of her ceramic work being featured in numerous books and catalogs. Critical reviews of her work have appeared on several occasions in the journals Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Art and Perception. In 2006, Furimsky was selected as an emerging artist by the National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts. She has been selected as an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, The Red Lodge Clay Center, The Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and the Oregon College of Art and Design. She is featured in a DVD called Layered Surfaces with Erin Furimsky.
As an educator, Furimsky has been a featured presenter at several national workshops. In addition, she has served as a visiting professor at Illinois State University and Heartland Community College, both in Normal, Ill.
Claire Hedden resides in Normal, where she is an artist and serves as curator at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Hedden earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) at Alfred University.
In addition to Illinois, her works have been exhibited across the United States, including Ohio, Washington, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Montana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado and California.
Hedden has served as an adjunct faculty member at Illinois State University and NYSCC at Alfred University. In addition, she was chosen to serve as visiting artist for a summer at NYSCC at Alfred University. In 2009, Hedden was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship.
According to Hedden, her work captures and animates moments in which objects, beings, emotions, and place are interconnected and in flux. She is interested in postmodern abstraction of amassing information, our contemporary domestic lifestyle and figurative gestures connection to emotion. Hedden builds with common materials of our domestic environment, including clay, wood, fabric and foam.
Florin Hategan has a master’s degree in civil engineering and an undergraduate degree in fine arts. He has been working in printmaking and oil painting since 1992.
His works have been internationally presented in more than 90 national and international competitions and have won awards in Canada, Serbia, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Japan and the United States. His works are represented in private and public collections in Canada, Europe, Taiwan, Japan and the United States.
His current project is polemical discourse upon the disintegration and eventual disappearance of traditional communities, a process Hategan calls “fragmenturalism” (a term he derived by combining “fragmentation” and “fracture”). His works explore these contemporary complex transitions, which have triggered unprecedented social fragmentation with profound effects in the structure of the communities.
Hategan lives and works in Maple, Ontario, Canada.
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 and Communication 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, or contact the ICC Arts & Communication Department at (309) 694-5113.


Illinois public high schools are now required to administered the SAT to high school juniors instead of the ACT or PARCC exams. Illinois Central College will offer a series of four, three-hour review courses to help students prepare for the SAT test, as well as informational sessions for students and their parents or guardians on this transition. All SAT Prep course sessions and the Introductory Night will be held at Hickory Hall on the ICC North Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria. Participants must register to take the SAT exam separately.
The sessions meet in the two weeks prior to each of the SAT test dates scheduled throughout this spring. The next session is scheduled to begin on Feb. 27. Illinois public high schools will administer the SAT test to area high school juniors on April 5, 2017. However, students may wish to take the test more than once to try to improve their scores.
SAT Prep course participants will learn strategies for building test-taking skills and improving their test scores and will practice taking short tests in all of the SAT core subject areas. The prep courses will cover the Reading, Writing and Math sections of the SAT exam. SAT Reading prep will include questions based on reading passages and quantitative information in the Information and Ideas, Rhetoric, and Synthesis categories. The Writing prep portion will include practice answering multiple-choice questions regarding rhetoric, grammar, and English usage. The Math prep will cover specific algebra, geometry, and trigonometry application and analysis strategies, with an emphasis on problem solving, modeling, using tools strategically, and using algebraic structure.
In addition to these sessions, ICC will offer an Introductory Night for students and their parents or guardians to learn more about the State of Illinois’ transition from using the ACT test to the SAT test, as well as college admission considerations.
Cost of the SAT Prep courses, including Introductory Night, is $108. To view the full schedule of prep and introductory night, or to register for the prep courses, visit Please note that students must register for the SAT exam separately.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

SCORE Webinar Hot Businesses, Markets & Trends for 2017

What businesses are likely to boom this year? Are there specific trends you should be aware of in order to position your small business for growth?

Join us for this webinar and learn:

  • What types of businesses are going strong today
  • How to take advantage of consumer purchasing behaviors
  • Which demographic groups have extra purchasing power
  • What customers want from small businesses and much more

Dell Reconnect


Emma Vandeveer, Vice President Marketing and Sales at South Side Trust and Savings Bank in Peoria, IL, was reappointed to the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) 2016-2017 Communications and Marketing Committee by IBA President and CEO Linda Koch.

As a member of the Committee, Vandeveer will review IBA communication vehicles such as the Illinois Banker magazine, e-newsletters and the website; and makes recommendations for the enhancements and improvements, while providing feedback on IBA communications practices.  The Committee also reviews the IBA’s public relations efforts and suggests ways for the IBA to better serve as a resource to its members.

The Illinois Bankers Association, the voice of Illinois’ banking industry, is a full-service trade association dedicated to creating a positive business climate that benefits the entire banking industry and the communities they serve.  Founded in 1891, the IBA brings together state and national banks that together employ well over 100,000 people in nearly 5,000 offices across the state.  The IBA is proud of its diverse membership, serving all sizes of financial institutions from the smallest community bank in the state to the largest national bank in the country.  Illinois headquartered banks and savings institutions safeguard more than $341.5 billion in deposits and extend more than $225.8 billion in loans to consumers and businesses.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $665 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 12 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin.  South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria. 

ADM Grant Enhances Center for Prevention of Abuse Prevention Education Program

Goodwill Is Hiring

24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Send your life in a New Direction with Innovative Medical Therapies

Innovative Medical Therapies is excited to announce a Weight Loss Information Session on Thursday, January 12 to help you accomplish your health goals in 2017!

Come learn about the comprehensive, medically supervised weight management program, sample some of the products and learn about what the program can do for you.

Join Dr. Fisher, a national expert from the Robard Corporation (manufacturers of the New Direction Food products), and others working to change their lives with this all encompassing, supportive program THAT WORKS!
·         Date:  Thursday, January 12, 2017
·         Time:  5:30 pm – 6:30 –pm
·         Location: 2nd Floor Conference Room, Pekin Library.  301 S. Fourth Street; Pekin, IL 61554.
·         RSVP:  Write or call 309-347-2714.

About Innovative Medical Therapies Weight Loss Program
The Robard Corporation has been helping people lose and manage their weight for decades, and Innovative Medical Therapies has embraced their program because IT WORKS!  Our proven weight management programs and quality assured nutritional products have helped thousands of patients achieve their weight loss goals — but, more importantly, improve their health and happiness.
Many plans have been developed to help people lose weight, but comparatively little attention has been given to maintaining weight loss. Recidivism is a common issue for many patients and research demonstrates that patients who follow a structured weight loss program can regain 75% or more of their lost weight. To ensure our patient’s successful, permanent weight loss, we’ve incorporated the Robard S.T.A.R. Plan® — Steps To Avoid Regain — into our core program offerings to provide added tools that will help you develop permanent lifestyle changes. Developed by an expert panel of researchers and experienced medical professionals operating successful weight management programs, the S.T.A.R. Plan complements our weight loss plans and provides additional strategies to meet the multifaceted challenges you may face to achieve long-term weight loss success. A wealth of resources previously unapplied to weight maintenance, including Cognitive Restructuring, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry, are utilized to help you build on the personal satisfaction and inherent value of sustaining a healthy weight.
Quality Products
Robard has a full line of high quality protein products with vitamins and minerals to support healthy metabolism and lean muscle mass during weight loss. These proteins supply the proper balance of amino acids and nitrogen essential for protein synthesis and many other metabolic functions so weight loss is effective and safe. All our medical products are also low in carbohydrates and fat to facilitate the release of stored fat.
Robard has delicious meal replacements, protein bars, snacks, and much more—at prices that are among the best in the industry. Products are distributed through our clinic. They are not sold over the counter.
Each meal replacement and protein supplement undergoes an extensive quality assurance review and analysis to ensure each product is delivering high quality nutrition at the labeled level. All our products meet the Federal Code of Regulation requirements for Good Manufacturing Practices and NLEA/DSHEA labeling of Food Products and Dietary Supplements. Nutritionally designed by food scientist professionals and reviewed by physicians, our wide variety of products, flavors and meal plans allow us to tailor a weight loss regimen to meet your precise needs.
About Innovative Medical Therapies
Innovative Medical Therapies (IMT) is a Dr. C.W. Fisher initiative to help people age to perfection!  We are Pekin’s Premier Medical & Day Spa and offer laser, aesthetic, weight loss and wellness services including Botox, Crystal Microdermabrasions, Femilift, Laser Hair Removal, and Bio-identical hormone optimization.  We selected the name innovative medical therapies because sometimes the best treatments are not always available in the mainstream marketplace.  We research the best treatments available, bring them to our practice in Pekin Illinois and deliver these treatments with personalized care and attention.  We are commitment to helping clients change their lives with products and services that work. 

Dr. Fisher has practiced Family Practice Medicine in the Pekin area since 1991.  Over the course of his career he has run a thriving family practice, delivered hundreds of babies, performed surgical procedures, worked emergency rooms, and provided effective, comprehensive medical care to thousands.  His expertise is extensive and his care for people and fine details makes him ideally suited to provide innovative, comprehensive, concierge type medicine for our medical spa customers.  

Pekin Hospital Foundation to Host Farm to Table Dinner

The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner on January 14th at Pekin Hospital starting at 7 p.m. The event will feature dinner from the Harvest CafĂ©, and proceeds will benefit the new ProHealth Medical Office Building. 
Individual tickets for the Farm to Table Dinner are $100. To register or for more information, contact Director of Fund Development Sherry Semonis at 309-353-0983 or
The Pekin Hospital Foundation provides a direct channel for donors and volunteers to support Pekin Hospital’s mission of improving the health and well-being of the community with love, compassion and extraordinary care. For more information visit

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Pekin Hospital Welcomes Director of Surgical Services

Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems are pleased to announce Sue Silcox as Director of Surgical Services.
Silcox brings more than 35 years of medical leadership experience to Pekin Hospital. Previously she served as Interim Director of Surgical Services for Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA, Director of Surgical Services for Spring View Hospital in Lebanon, KY, and Senior Director of Surgical Services at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital in Twin Falls, ID.
Silcox began her nursing career at Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX, where she served for 20 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix and is active in the Association of Operation Room Nurses.

Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital is a 107-bed medical center serving Tazewell, Peoria and Mason Counties since 1913. For more information visit


A $35 million Extraordinary Dividend was recently announced by CEFCU’s Board of Directors and distributed to the Credit Union’s member/owners.  The amount each member will receive was determined by dividends earned and interest paid during the first 11 months of the year, as of November 30, 2016.  On the evening of December 12, funds were deposited to members’ Savings accounts.
                Over the last 17 years, CEFCU has returned $190 million in Extraordinary Dividends to members.  CEFCU Board Chairman, Nancy Medendorp, stated, “Once again, CEFCU showed strong financial results.  That, along with the continued support and loyalty of CEFCU member/owners, made another large Extraordinary Dividend available for members.” 

             Mark Spenny, CEFCU President/CEO, added, “As a credit union, CEFCU is a member-owned financial cooperative.  Operating as such allows CEFCU to share the benefits of a strong year with members, not outside stockholders.  I want to thank members for their continued support and CEFCU staff for consistently providing members with superior service to help them achieve their financial goals and dreams.” 

             Members can learn more about this year’s Extraordinary Dividend at

             With assets totaling over $5.5 billion, CEFCU serves over 320,000 members through 20 central Illinois Member Centers and 4 Member Centers in Santa Clara County, California; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website,; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network. 


In action at their regular meeting last night, Illinois Central College Board of Trustees approved Dr. Lisa Stich as the College’s Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. Stich is slated to begin her new role on Jan. 1. She replaces Dr. Margaret Swanson, who retired from the position after more than 32 years with ICC.
Stich most recently served as Vice President of Academic and Student Services at West Shore Community College in Scottville, Mich., where she was responsible for academic and student services, including teaching and learning, library services, online programming, admissions, registration, financial aid, disabilities services, business training, performing arts, and accreditation. She also has served in the capacity of Interim Dean of the School of Health Science and Wellness at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wy.; as Vice President of Educational Services at Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, Mont.; as Administrator of Institutional Advancement at Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton, Or.; and as Administrator of Instructional Development of Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac, Wisc. Dr. Stich also has teaching experience both online and in the traditional classroom. She has been an instructor for Laramie County Community College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Stich earned her PhD in Education from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn., and her Master’s of Science in Health Services Administration from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee. She holds two Bachelor’s Degrees: one in Health Information/Medical Records from Emory University, Atlanta; and one in Psychology from Ripon College, Ripon, Wisc.

            Stich will continue in this role while the search for a permanent replacement continues for the College’s chief academic officer.


Illinois Central College will hold several informational sessions for its Highway Construction Careers Training Program, with program applications and TABE testing available at each session.  There is no registration or fees required for the informational and testing sessions.  If selected for the program, applicants will be eligible to attend classes, which will begin on February 20, 2017, and end on May 12, 2017.

The ICC Highway Construction Careers Training Program was implemented to increase the number of minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals working on IDOT highway construction projects and is offered through the Corporate and Community Education Department at ICC.  This intensive 12-week program prepares participants for careers in the highway construction trades industry through classroom learning, skills labs, and real-world jobsite experience. Training includes, but is not limited to, math for trades, job readiness skills, and technical skills coursework, as well as OSHA 10-hour certification and First Aid/CPR certification.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the skills necessary to seek careers as laborers, cement masons, operating engineers, electricians, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, bricklayers, and other union trades.

To qualify for the program a candidate must be 18 years old, have a valid Illinois driver’s license, have a high school diploma or GED, and consent to random drug screening.

Informational and testing sessions will be held:

  • Tues., Jan. 17 at 9 am
    ICC North Campus, Hickory Hall
Room 131
5407 N. University Street, Peoria
  • Wed., Jan. 18 at 1 pm
Goodwill Industries
2319 E. War Memorial Drive, Peoria

  • Thurs., Jan. 19 at 1 pm
Tri County (Peoria) Urban League
317 S. MacArthur Hwy, Peoria

  • Thurs., Jan. 19 at 5:30 pm
    ICC North Campus, Hickory Hall
Room 101
5407 N. University Street, Peoria

  • Fri., Jan. 20 at 9 am
ICC North Campus, Hickory Hall
Room 101
5407 N. University Street, Peoria

For more information about the program, please contact Monica Arbuckle at (309) 690-6912,, or Ellen George at (309) 690-6909,


Illinois Central College will offer “Express Enrollment” Monday through Wed., Jan. 9, 10 and 11 from 8 am to 4 pm, on the East Peoria Campus. Those interested in enrolling at ICC can complete the process of applying and enrolling in just one day. No appointment is necessary, and free parking is available in Lots A and B and in the Visitors Lot. Classes for the spring 2017 semester begin on Tues., January 17.
“Express Enrollment” can be completed in just a few hours’ time. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 1 pm in order to complete all of the steps leading to enrollment in one day. For advising or testing completion only, participants must arrive by 2 pm.
                The process includes: Completing and processing an ICC application, completing placement testing, meeting with an advisor to develop a class schedule, filling out financial aid paperwork and setting up a payment plan, and getting an official ICC identification card.
                Students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) five days prior to coming on campus at ICC Financial Assistance staff is available to answer questions about completing the FAFSA or you can find helpful information located at
In order to complete all of the steps of admission and enrollment, participants should be prepared to bring the following items with them:
·         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.
  • In addition, potential students wishing to fill out a FAFSA also should bring with them: 2015 tax return, 2015 W-2 forms and current bank statements. (If the participant is aged 24 or younger, the parents’ social security cards, 2015 tax return, 2015 W-2 forms and current bank statements also are necessary.)
“Express Enrollment” is provided on a first come, first-served basis. The total time needed to complete all of the steps depends on the participant’s individual needs. Advisors will be available to help students wishing to enroll on a full-time basis (12 hours or more) in most majors and those students wishing to enroll on a part-time basis. However, follow up appointments with an advisor may be necessary in some cases. Some programs require restricted enrollment; therefore, only general education or prerequisite courses will be available to students interested in those programs.
For those interested in financial assistance, ICC has scholarships available for the 2016-2017 academic year. To be eligible for the scholarships, students must first apply to ICC online at Remaining scholarships are available at

For more information or for any questions, please call Illinois Central College at (309) 694-5-ICC or visit

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Illinois Central College Board of Trustees has reviewed candidate applicants for the Trustee vacancy. The Board intends to appoint Doug Stewart, pending Board approval, to fill the vacancy following the death of James Polk.   Polk passed away in November at the age of 77. Polk, whose term was set to expire in April 2017, served nearly 20 years on the Board.
During closed session at the December meeting, the Board reviewed the applicants and intends to appoint Stewart to finish out the remaining four months of Polk’s term. The Board is expected to make the decision with a public vote and seat Stewart at its January 19 meeting.
Stewart has been a Peoria-area banker for more than 40 years and is the Regional President for Central Illinois at PNC Bank. He was an ICC Board of Trustees member from 1987 to 1997 and served as chairman three times. He is in his third term and currently is chairman of the board at Bradley University. Stewart is active in the community and has been a member of several other boards of local organizations, including the Children’s Home and OSF Healthcare System. He is founding member of the CEO Council and Peoria NEXT, as well as Lakeview Museum.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s in business administration from Bradley University. Stewart resides in East Peoria.

Three seats on the ICC Board of Trustees are up for election on the April 4, 2017, ballot. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gingoteague Ribbon Cutting

Friends, family, and customers of the Gingoteague Convenience Store joined owner Jon Flynn and representatives from the City of Pekin and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting on December 14.  Located at 2601 S. 14th, the Gingoteague Convenience Store offers soda, tea, nachos, snacks, beer, wine, spirits, frozen pizza, soft serve ice cream, chips, medicine, household items, Spudnut Donuts and more. They are open 7 days a week and can be reached at 346-7007. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Coming up at Pekin Academy of Fine Arts

Coming up at Pekin Academy of Fine Arts

We are excited to collaborate with The Mansion on Walnut on this project! We will offer crafts for the kids while the adults meet. Stay tuned for more information. Mark your calendar, our first meeting is January 19th.
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