Monday, December 5, 2016

Are Your Water Meter & Pipes Protected from the Cold?

After all the great weather we had this fall, the recent drop in temperatures has provided a taste of what's to come. Before winter's bitterly cold temperatures hit, Illinois American Water reminds homeowners that now is the time to safeguard their home plumbing to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes and water meters that bring costly plumbing repairs and frozen water meter replacement fees along with headaches and unexpected expense for homeowners.

"We want to remind customers now when Mother Nature is still cooperating that sub-freezing temperatures for an extended period can cause pipes in vulnerable areas to freeze and burst resulting in costly damage," said Mike Smyth, vice president of operations. "By taking the proper preventive steps now, customers can avoid frozen pipes and water meters and the need to make expensive repairs to damaged plumbing inside and outside of the home."

Illinois American Water encourages residents to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting pipes;
Before frigid weather sets in:

  • Know what areas of your home, such as basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms and outside walls, are most vulnerable to freezing. 
  • Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors. 
  • Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately. 
  • Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation, so don't disturb it. 
When temperatures are consistently at or below freezing; 
  • If you have pipes that are vulnerable to freezing, allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe. 
  • Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing. 
If your pipes freeze:
  • Shut off the water immediately. Don't attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints. 
  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended, and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames. 
  • Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks. 
When you are away:
  • Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check your property to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen. 
  • Also, a freeze alarm can be purchased for less than $100 and will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees. 
Illinois American Water also advises that sub-freezing temperatures can cause aging water mains to break and cause water to cover roadways. If you see a leak, or if your water service is disrupted or you experience low pressure, please contact the company's 24X7 customer service center at 800-422-2782 to report an emergency. For general inquiries, call between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. More cold weather tips can be found at www.illinoisamwater.com in our online learning center. 

MORTON COMMUNITY BANK PRESIDENT JIM MAMER PASSES

It is with deep regret that the employee-owners of Morton Community Bank acknowledge the loss of friend,
co-worker, President and Co-CEO Jim Mamer. 

“I had his 30-year pin here in my drawer, ready for our ESOP celebration next week,” said Gordon Honegger, Chairman Emeritus.  “Jim joined MCB in 1986 and established our Bank’s first location in East Peoria.  He was appointed President of the Bank five years later, and he’s been instrumental in our growth to 37 locations and over $3.4 Billion in assets today.”

“Over those years Jim loaned millions of dollars to facilitate the growth of businesses and communities throughout the Peoria area and Central Illinois,” Honegger continued.  Recently Jim’s vision, persistence and collaboration with civic leaders was significant in converting acres of abandoned concrete in East Peoria into the Levee District, now a thriving business, dining and shopping area including the Bank’s own Clock Tower Place building.

Jim understood that the key to the Bank’s success is local people making local decisions on behalf of customers.  He mentored many of the Hometown Community Banks’ 50 commercial lenders who get to know the specific circumstances of their customers and partner with them to achieve their goals.


The Board of Hometown Community Bancorp, holding company of Morton Community Bank, has implemented succession plans by electing Andrew Honegger as Interim President of MCB.  

New Senior Clinicians at Professional Therapy Services

Professional Therapy Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the following have attained the status of Senior Clinician:

·         Physical Therapist Tailetha McClinton, PT, DPT
·         Occupational Therapists Amanda Rawdon, OTR/L, CEAS II, CLT, and Amanda Rhodes, OTR/L
·         Occupational Therapist Assistant Alisa Robb, COTA/L
·         Physical Therapist Assistant Sonya Stutzman, PTA


This designation was gained through the successful completion of advanced training, clinical experience, demonstrated expertise and knowledge in their respective disciplines, as well as peer and supervisor recognition of their individual accomplishments.

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Pekin Park Distrtict Hosting "Sleeping On Ice" Event

PEKIN PARK DISTRICT TO HOST KID’S OVERNIGHT NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY AT THE MEMORIAL ICE ARENA

While parents are attending their adult parties, children who stay overnight at the Arena will get to enjoy their own New Year’s Eve Party. Children ages 6 – 14 years will be supervised by trained, fun loving Camp Counselors and will participate in age appropriate activities. These may include ice-skating, Wally ball, pickle ball, scavenger hunts, movies, dancing, mad science experiments, art projects, card games, karaoke, photo booth, trivia games, and hanging out with friends.  We will ring in the New Year with a balloon drop, snack bag and warm cocoa toast! Some of the balloons will have notes that can be exchanged for prizes. We will plan to sleep from 1:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. (so expect them to be as tired as you are on New Year’s Day).  For the slumber party, bring (or wear) your pajamas, sleeping bags and pillow.  The price includes all activities and food.  $70 all night – 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. or $40 for 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.   There is  a $3 non-resident fee and 2nd and 3rd child discounts. Registration deadline is Friday, December 23, 2016.  Please contact Dawn Wilde-Burgess at dwilde@pekinparkdistrict.org or (309)201-4006 if you have any questions.  To register, call 347-7275.

             For more information regarding registration or Pekin Park District programs, call us at (309) 347-    
             PARK (7275) or visit us online at www.pekinparkdistrict.org

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Excalibur Seasoning Business After Hours

Excalibur Seasoning hosted the December 1st Business After Hours.  It was held in their recently completed new warehouse addition.  Plenty of food and refreshments were enjoyed by the 57 in attendance, along with tours of the facility.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://goo.gl/photos/6Eubr22J7dtCYEieA

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Senior Consultanting Projects Needed

Applications are being accepted  for the Senior Consulting Project Program.  If you are in need of a marketing strategy, feasibility study, strategic growth plan or wanting to start a business, the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University has the solution for you.  To learn more or to apply,

Monday, November 28, 2016

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE OFFERS “JOB READY” PROGRAMS FOR SPRING 2017

Beginning this spring, Illinois Central College will offer five programs which students can complete in a year or less. The “Job Ready” programs can prepare students to enter the workforce in a fast growing career field. Enrollment is now open, and classes for the Spring 2017 semester begin Tues., January 17.
Students can choose from Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Computer Networking (CISCO), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Pharmacy Technician, and Truck Driver Training. These certificate programs act as a credential for entry-level employment in a particular industry or as a benchmark on the way to an advanced degree.
Students interested in enrolling for one of the programs should first apply to ICC by going online to  http://icc.edu/admissions/enrollment/steps-to-enrollment/ ICC again is offering its popular Express Enrollment event at the East Peoria Campus Dec. 12-14, where students may complete all the necessary steps leading to enrollment in just a few hours. Find out more about Express Enrollment at https://icc.edu/admissions/express-enrollment/
Financial aid is available. The ICC Educational Foundation offers several scholarships, including specifically Job Ready scholarships, each semester. For a full list and more information on how to apply for scholarships, visit https://icc.edu/admissions/scholarships/apply/

For more information, contact ICC at (309) 427-6000 or visit the Job Ready website at icc.edu/jobready

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canton Relief Donations

The Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development, with support from the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) to establish a Canton Disaster Recovery Fund (CDRF) in response to the explosion that impacted Canton, Illinois on November 16, 2016.

The Canton Disaster Recovery Fund will accept tax-deductible donations that will be used to provide grant support to businesses and/or non-profit organizations engaged in meeting the long-term recovery and rebuilding needs of those who have been impacted by this disaster. The Canton Disaster Recovery Fund committee, through its case-management activities will make recommendations to the CFCI Board of Directors about where unmet needs and funding gaps exist. Grants will then be made from the fund to address those needs.

Jeff Strode, committee chair of the CDRF, stated that, “We are pleased to partner with CFCI to establish the Canton Disaster Recovery Fund. We believe that it is important to have a fund in place that will help out community recover from this disaster.  We would like to encourage donors, including individuals, corporations, private foundations and others to help us rebuild our downtown.”

Donations may be made in the any of the following ways:

·         Mail a check payable to the Community Foundation of Central Illinois and designate for the Canton Disaster Recovery Fund and mail to:

Community Foundation of Central Illinois
3625 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61604

·         You may also drop off your check made payable to Community Foundation of Central Illinois at MidAmerica National Bank 100 West Elm Canton, IL  61520.

·         Online via Network for Good: Please visit Community Foundation of Central Illinois’ webpage and select the Donate Now button on the left hand side. http://communityfoundationci.org/



Please include the Canton Disaster Recovery Fund on your donation.  You may contact 309-674-8730 if you have any questions.                                          

CAMP MEANS LOTS OF FUN WHILE CHILDREN ARE OUT OF SCHOOL FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

You might not get the same holiday days off work that the children get from school, so we are here to make sure that your child has a safe, fun way to occupy their energetic minds. Our Holiday Break Camps are a great place for your children to come and play while out of school!  They will get to spend their days out of doors enjoying the best that nature has to offer.  They will enjoy crafts, field trips, nature hikes, playing outdoors (weather permitting) and seasonal activities when available like ice skating and sledding. We provide field trips, breakfast and snacks in the fee, but do ask that you bring a sack lunch.  Register now by calling 347-7275.

WINTER BREAK CAMP

Dates:                   December 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, January 2 and 3.
Ages:                     Kindergarten – 13 years
Times:                   7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fees:                     $34 per day
                                $120 for 5 days
                                $240 for 10 days
                                Non-residents add $3 per day

For more information regarding registration or Pekin Park District programs, call us at (309) 347-PARK (7275) or visit us online at www.pekinparkdistrict.org


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ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE OFFERING “EXPRESS ENROLLMENT” FOR SPRING MINIMESTER AND SPRING 2017 CLASSES

Illinois Central College will offer “Express Enrollment” Monday through Wednesday, December 12, 13 and 14 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 https://fafsa.gov/. ICC Financial Assistance staff is available to answer questions about completing the FAFSA or you can find helpful information located at http://icc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/how-to-apply/.
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 http://icc.edu/admissions/enrollment/apply-now/. Remaining scholarships are available at http://icc.edu/admissions/scholarships/remaining-scholarships/.

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

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PCHS Career Fair


Monday, November 21, 2016

Welcome to our Newest Member!

Two Men and a Truck
2201 W. Townline Rd.
Peoria, IL 61615
309-689-1600
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Charles Rice, Owner
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the fastest-growing franchised moving company in the country and offers comprehensive home and business relocation and packing services. Our goal is to exceed customers expectations by customizing our moving services to specific needs. We move apartments, condominiums, homes, businesses, and everything in between – from very small to very large. Whether moving down the street, across the country, or to a new home or business building, we’re here to help with managing relocation stress.

Goodwill Announces New Director of Retail

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois has announced Mike Nauth as the organization's new Director of Retail.

Mike started his career with Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois in 2012 as the Pekin store manager. He was later promoted to one of the organization's district managers. Nauth attended Palm Beach State College and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 through 1977. Prior to management roles with numerous major organizations, he served as a police officer in Palm Beach, Florida.

"Mike's strength is his ability to manage people," said Don Johnson, Goodwill President and CEO. "He honed this skill with large organizations such as Nissan, where he worked prior to joining Goodwill. Mike understands both our shoppers and the individuals we serve."

"Goodwill is an amazing organization supported by amazing people," said Nauth. "Selling the items which have been donated and thus funding our free programs is something that I take very seriously. Our stores are staffed with members of the same communities that we serve and it gives me great pride to work beside them."

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois offers a veterans program, a nationally recognized youth mentoring program and youth services geared toward establishing a career path. The non-profit also offers computer skills classes, a fork lift operation certification program, a veterans home, and much more.  All the services that Goodwill provides are free.

Goodwill is supported by the sale of donated goods throughout its 11 stores. Goodwill serves 21 counties within Central Illinois. More information can be found at www.goodwillpeo.org.


Pekin Winter Wonderland

Pekin Winter Wonderland Festivities begin Sunday, November 27.
Festivities begin at 1pm with a Candy Cane Hunt on Ball diamond #1 in Mineral Springs Park. Other activities the Sunday after Thanksgiving in Mineral Springs Park include; Face painting, pony rides, balloon creations, refreshments by the Lions Club, hay rack rides, and visits with Santa.
 The Holiday Parade begins at 3:30pm at Tenth and Broadways Streets and travels east on Broadway through Mineral Springs Park. Announcing of the parade takes place at the Pavilion porch.
Following the parade, in and around the Pavilion on the lagoon, the band Corn Wolves will perform and fireworks over the lagoon.


For additional information check out www.pekinwinterwonderland.info

ICC BOARD OF TRUSTEES SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR OPEN SEAT

Illinois Central College Board of Trustees, in action during closed session at last night’s meeting, determined the process it will follow to fill the seat formerly held by James K. Polk. Polk, who died on Nov. 8 at age 77, was appointed to the Board in 1997 and was elected in his own right to the position in 1999. He continued in this role until his death. His current term would have expired in April 2017.
Those interested in applying for the position must be a U.S. citizen aged 18 years of age or older and must be a resident of Illinois and of Illinois Community College District #514 for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment.
Applicants must apply by noon on December 8, 2016, in order to be considered.
The Illinois Open Meetings Act requires the Board to make a decision to fill the vacancy within 60 days. If the Board fails to select a candidate, the chairman of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) reserves the right to appoint an individual to fulfill the term.
The Board will discuss the selection for the appointment at its December 15 regular meeting during closed session. The new trustee will be seated during the January 19, 2017, meeting.
The successful candidate will complete Polk’s term from January through April 2017. The new trustee will be required to submit an Economic Interest Statement with Tazewell County Clerk and to take the online Open Meetings Act training within 30 days of the appointment.
ICC Board of Trustees meetings are typically held the third Thursday of the month at 3 pm on the East Peoria Campus.
For more information or to apply, visit http://icc.edu/board-of-trustees-applicants/. For questions or to request a paper application, contact ICC Board of Trustees Secretary Paula Fraley at (309) 694-5432 or email pfraley@icc.edu.

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Chamber Challenge Trivia Nite 2016

Congratulations to the Busey Baccalaureates who won the 2016 Chamber Challenge Trivia competition.  The theme this year was "College Days."  Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.  You can see more pictures from the event at:   https://goo.gl/photos/iSAnkpr7kvznuCEP9

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE OFFERS “JOB READY” PROGRAMS FOR SPRING 2017

Beginning this spring, Illinois Central College will offer five programs which students can complete in a year or less. The “Job Ready” programs can prepare students to enter the workforce in a fast growing career field. Enrollment is now open, and classes for the Spring 2017 semester begin Tues., January 17.
Students can choose from Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Computer Networking (CISCO), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Pharmacy Technician, and Truck Driver Training. These certificate programs act as a credential for entry-level employment in a particular industry or as a benchmark on the way to an advanced degree.
Students interested in enrolling for one of the programs should first apply to ICC by going online to  http://icc.edu/admissions/enrollment/steps-to-enrollment/ ICC again is offering its popular Express Enrollment event at the East Peoria Campus Nov. 14-16, where students may complete all the necessary steps leading to enrollment in just a few hours. Find out more about Express Enrollment at https://icc.edu/admissions/express-enrollment/
Financial aid is available. The ICC Educational Foundation offers several scholarships, including specifically Job Ready scholarships, each semester. For a full list and more information on how to apply for scholarships, visit https://icc.edu/admissions/scholarships/apply/

For more information, contact ICC at (309) 427-6000 or visit the Job Ready website at icc.edu/jobready

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Larger Jets Coming to Peoria International Airport

Travelers from the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport will soon be able to fly larger jets nonstop to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) via American Airlines.
American Airlines, with its regional partners, will begin flying CRJ900 jets twice daily to DFW beginning Feb. 16. The larger jets feature nine first class seats and 67 coach seats, Wi-Fi and slightly more legroom overall.
“We are very pleased to have American Airlines invest in larger aircraft, including jets with first class seating, to one of our top destinations,” said Director of Airports Gene Olson.
“This is something our business travelers and frequent flyers will very much appreciate, and it comes on the heels of American adding a new nonstop route to Charlotte, North Carolina. Both actions show American is very invested in supporting Central Illinois.”
DFW is American Airlines’ largest hub, and the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) is the airline’s second-largest hub. Twice-daily flights to Charlotte started Nov. 4, making it the third destination served by American Airlines from Peoria. The third is Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
“American Airlines is giving our community excellent connectivity, and now some first class options as well,” Olson said.

Though the first flights on the CRJ900s begin Feb. 16, tickets for those flights are on sale now.
To purchase tickets or for more flight information, visit the American Airlines website at www.aa.com or call American Airlines Reservations at 1-800-433-7300.


Illinois American Water Announces Winners of "Imagine a Day Without Water" Art Contest


This fall, Illinois American Water invited 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company's service area to participate in an "Imagine a Day Without Water" art contest. The contest was held in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalitions annual event to raise value of water service awareness.

"It's hard to imagine even just one day without water. We need water to make our morning coffee, to cook family dinners, to fight fires, for public health and more. Even though water service is essential, the public often takes its value for granted." said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.

He continued, "We want to thank our local educators for taking time to talk to their students about the value of water service. Our team was impressed with the quality of art contest entries received from across Illinois."

The art contest winners listed below earned a $100 donation for their classroom:
Hayden Meis, 4th grader at St. Mary's School in Pontiac
Samora Baldwin, 3rd grader at Cairo Elementary School in Cairo
Abigail Scales, 3rd grader at Central School in Lincoln
Sophie Taylor, 4th grader at St. Peters Catholic School in South Beloit
Zoe C. Higgins, 5th grader at Leal Elementary School in Urbana
Bailey Punkay, 5th grader at St. John Lutheran School in Champaign
Max Gorsage, 4th grader at S. Ambrose Catholic School in Godfrey
Caito Nicholas, 5th grader at East Elementary School in Alton
Chloe Hyatt, 4th grader at Mascoutah Elementary School in Mascoutah
Shy Hoffman, 5th grader at Scott Elementary School at Scott Air Force Base
Madison Cereno, 5th grader at St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook
Jorge Mejia, 4th grader at Bernard J. Ward Elementary School in Bolingbrook
Anthony Gullens, 5th grader at Northlawn Junior High School in Streator
Lexie Dentino, 3rd grader at L.E. Starke Primary School in Pekin
Jocelyn Schmidt, 3rd grader at St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria
Malyse Williams, 5th grader at Von Steuben Middle School in Peoria

The winning artwork can be viewed on Illinois American Water's facebook page here - http://tinyurl.com/zo8arw4 - and may be featured in future customer communications.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Clubs of Sunset Hills 2017 Golf Membership Rates


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Advanced Medical Transport Receives National Award from American Ambulance Association for their Innovative and Life-Saving "Race To the Top" Program.

Community-based sudden cardiac arrest response initiative recognizes as one of the best practices for EMS providers in the United States. 

The American Ambulance Association (AAA) presented Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) with the 2016 AMBY Award, a prestigious national honor that recognizes the best practices in the ambulance industry. AMT CEO Andrew Rand was presented the award during a ceremony at the American Ambulance Association's National Conference in Las Vegas, NV, November 7-9, 2016.

The AMBY's highlight excellence in EMS and the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that epitomize AAA members. The mission of the awards is to showcase creativity and innovation in the ambulance industry by fostering a culture of collaboration, cooperation and a passion for excellence in patient care.

AMT was presented the award in Beset Clinical Outcome for their Race to the Top program - an initiative developed in conjunction with physician experts, medical centers and biomedical manufacturers. Race to the Top is a roadmap to markedly improve emergency care and patient outcomes by bringing together an entire community as a team of qualified lifesavers in the event of life-threatening sudden cardiac arrest event.

"It's an honor to be recognized by the American Ambulance Association with such a prestigious award," said Andrew Rand, CEO, Advanced Medical Transport. "This recognition further validates Race to the Top and its importance to the community in advancing life saving efforts in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. Our team of Advanced Practice Paramedics and EMTs respond to more than 40,000 emergency medical calls each year. But we can and should be saving more lives. And engaging the community - the real first-line responders - to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest, calling 911, implementing Hand Only CPR and using an AED, if available, is key to increasing the survivability of sudden cardiac arrest."

"This award recognizes the achievement of Advanced Medical Transport being an industry leader in the care of cardiac arrest victims. As one of only two accredited agencies in the state of Illinois, AMT continues to challenge the norm; in particular, its approach to improving sudden cardiac arrest resuscitation rates. AMT is an asset in their community and EMS best practices."

About the American Ambulance Association
The American Ambulance Association represents organizations serving over 75% of the U.S. population with emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation services. Founded in 1979, AAA promotes health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provides research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve. For more information about the AAA visit their website at www.the-aaa.org.

About Advanced Medical Transport (AMT)
Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) is a premier nationally acclaimed regional healthcare provider of emergency and scheduled ambulance services in Central and Western Illinois, as well as parts of Iowa. As a private, not-for-profit organization operated for community benefit and governed by a Board of Directors, AMT strives to deliver consistently outstanding healthcare transportation services and value to the communities it serves. Through their share values, the entire AMT team promotes being Prepared, Community-centered, Clinically effective, Compassionate, Customer-focused and People of Integrity. For more information about AMT visit their website at www.amtci.org.

Monday, November 14, 2016

R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy 2017 Applications Now Available


Pekin Hospital Business After Hours

Pekin Hospital hosted the November Business After Hours on the 10th.  About 40 chamber members and their guests enjoyed the refreshments and an update on the hospital's new building under construction on Veterans Drive.  You can see more pictures from this event at: https://goo.gl/photos/FBDMkccxcMVpCdLX8

Pekin Hospital Home Health Director Receives Quality Certification

Matt Williams, Interim Director of Home Health for Pekin Hospital, has earned the credential of Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).

CPHQ members demonstrate proficiency in leadership, performance measurement and improvement, information management, communication and safety. The CPHQ program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.

Williams joined Pekin Hospital Home Health in July of 2016 and has nine years of healthcare leadership experience. He received a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Hawaii and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii School of Nursing.

Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital is a 107-bed medical center serving Central Illinois since 1913. For more information visit pekinhospital.org.

ICC Culinary Arts Program Open House

Illinois Central College Culinary Arts Program will host an Open House for high school students on Tuesday, Nov. 15 through Thursday, Nov. 17, 9 am to noon. Students will receive a food passport to sample 10 different tasting stations staffed by current Culinary Arts students. There will be tours of the kitchens and a presentation on how the ICC Culinary Arts Institute prepares students for a rewarding career in the hospitality industry.
There are a record number of students from several local high schools scheduled to attend the Open House each day, including:
·         Tues., Nov. 15 - Elmwood, Washington, Dunlap, East Peoria, Pekin, Midland and Eureka
·         Wed., Nov. 16 – Metamora, IVC, Farmington, Bloomington Area Career Center, Galesburg
·         Thurs., Nov. 17 – Manito, Illini Bluffs, East Peoria, Woodruff Career and Technical Center, Peoria Heights
Available for media interviews:
·         Chef Charles Robertson – Associate Professor, ICC Business, Hospitality & Information Systems Culinary Arts Program

·         Current Culinary Arts Program students

Neighborhood House Wrapping Party


Red Kettle Campaign


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pekin Christmas Extravaganza


Friends In Harmony


ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE MOURNS DEATH OF TRUSTEE JAMES POLK

Illinois Central College mourns the death of Board of Trustees member James K. Polk, 77, who passed away on Tues., Nov. 8.
Polk was appointed to the Board in 1997 and was elected in his own right to the position in 1999. He continued in this role until his death.
“The ICC family is deeply saddened at the passing of our Mr. Polk, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “His passing is not only a loss for the College but for the community as a whole. He lived his life as an offering of service through the very active role he played in the betterment of educational, community, and diversity initiatives throughout central Illinois.”
During his service to the constituents of ICC Dist. #514, Polk was instrumental in the development of the College’s Diversity Department and many related initiatives. He supported the development and focus on quality improvement programming, which led to ICC receiving the Silver Lincoln Award, the first college or university to reach this designation. He also supported the development of the north Campus in Peoria and the college readiness programs. ICC’s new Diverse Faculty Fellows Program, which bears his name, recognizes Polk’s dedication to diversity initiatives and is aimed at providing diversity in the faculty representation.

“Mr. Polk leaves a rich legacy through the numerous contributions he made to both the College and community,” said ICC Board of Trustees Chair Don Brennan. “His insight and support, as well as the role model he provided our students, will be deeply missed.”  

4th Annual Christmas Market


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Salvation Army Volunteers Needed


Welcome To Our Newest Member!

E & S Communications Inc. 
343 Ann Eliza 
Pekin, IL 61554 
309-346-0903 
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Michael Sanders, President
Matthew Pentecost, Vice President
E and S Communications offers Emergency Vehicle Upfitting; sales, design, service and maintenance of two-way communications systems; sound and lighting systems for a variety of venues; and service installation and removal of Smart Start Ignition Interlock Devices.

Facet Technologies responds to rapid growth with the addition of Joe Lahart to their Business Solutions team.

Local technology leader Facet Technologies announces the addition of Joe Lahart to their business solutions team. Joe looks to assist in bringing new clients peace of mind with technology solutions custom fit to each company’s needs. He brings with him ten years of experience in the insurance industry as well as a professional background in marketing, and is enthusiastic to bring his knowledge to the table with Facet’s proven solutions.

Joe is a native of Little Rock Arkansas and a graduate of Illini Bluffs High School. He attended Purdue University and Illinois Central College. He is passionate about the community and is highly active with coaching sports and scouting. He looks to expand his community involvement with Facet.

“We’re excited to have Joe on board with our team,” says Brian Ford, President of Facet Technologies. “He’s bringing years of experience tailoring solutions to meet his customer’s complex needs. His enthusiasm is a perfect fit for Facet.”

Facet has experienced rapid expansion in the past year, and Joe is looking to respond to this growth by creative solutions for current and future customers. “I’ve never been more excited for an opportunity to be part of a team of motivated professionals,” he says. “Facet has incredible resources that are essential to every business. This gives me the tools I need to take Facet to the next level.”

About Facet Technologies


Facet Technologies has been serving the technology needs for Central Illinois businesses since 1989. Over 3,000 businesses and organizations rely on Facet for services including network and system support, hardware and software sales and service, training, web development and more. By partnering with Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo and others, Facet is able to supply customers with the best possible solutions. Facet’s Microsoft and Cisco Certified Professionals pass on years of knowledge and expertise to keep our clients ahead of their competition. Facet is a local company with a strong commitment to its customers and community.

Chamber Connection!

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Monday, November 7, 2016

YWCA Adult Literacy Scrabble Fundraiser

Join YWCA Adult Literacy's 3rd annual "Spread the Word!" Scrabble fundraiser on Thursday, November 17 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students, and under 12 free, with 100% of the proceeds going to help the more than 150 adults who seek our help each year. Register by Friday, November 11 and get a free entry for a Kindle Fire raffle. For more information, call Pam at 347-2104 ext. 23.

PCHS Career Fair


Oh, Deer: Potential Encounters to Rise in Coming Weeks

Fall is here and the time of year when motorists need to be especially vigilant watching for deer on roads throughout the state, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The reason: Autumn coincides with the mating season and increased deer movement, especially at dusk and dawn.
  
"Deer have other things on their minds at this time of year. They aren't looking out for motorists, so motorists need to be looking out for them," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "If you are in areas where you know deer to be active, please pay special attention to avoid putting yourself and other drivers at risk."
  
Approximately 40 to 45 percent of crashes in Illinois involving deer in 2015 occurred in October, November, and December - with November being the highest-risk month. Almost 80 percent happened in rural environments, with nearly 75 percent of all crashes taking place at twilight or nighttime.
  
Last year, there were 15,754 vehicle-deer crashes in Illinois, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2014. There were 15,206 crashes that resulted in damage to property or vehicles, up from the 14,854 in 2014. Injuries resulting from such crashes tallied 628 in 2015 versus 505 in 2014. The number of fatalities doubled, from four in 2014 to eight in 2015.
  
The top 10 Illinois counties for crashes involving deer in 2015:

  1. Madison         440                                          6. Rock Island           322
  2. Cook               431                                         7. Williamson            304
  3. Will                 408                                          8. Peoria                    297
  4. Fulton             376                                          9. Lake                     290
  5. Sangamon      359                                         10. Pike                       289
  
"Deer are a constant presence throughout the year along and near Illinois roadways, but they are particularly active during the autumn mating season," said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. "Motorists should be extremely cautious and stay on the lookout for deer."
  
Motorists at this time of year are urged to be aware of their surroundings, pay attention to deer crossing signs and scan the sides of the road for eye shine - the reflection of headlights in the eyes. Deer can stop in the middle of the road or double back, so be prepared for the unexpected. Slow down if you see deer - more are likely in the area.
  
If a collision is inevitable, try to glance the vehicle off the deer and avoid swerving into the opposite lanes of traffic. More safe driving tips can be viewed by clicking here.
  
If you do hit a deer, pull off to the shoulder and turn on the hazard lights. Call 911 to report the accident so the appropriate law enforcement can assist. Do not get out of the vehicle to check on an injured deer or pull it from the road. You can visit the IDNR website for information on how to claim a deer that has been involved in a crash.

Savant Continues to be Recognized for Fiduciary Excellence

Firm meets global standard of excellence for the ninth straight year
Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm, has once again been recognized with two certifications by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence® (CEFEX®). This is the ninth consecutive year Savant has had its certifications renewed. This comes after Savant’s recognition of the Service Provider Certification for Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) 3(16) Plan Administrators earlier this year.

Savant has received an Investment Steward certification for adhering to global standards of fiduciary excellence. As defined by CEFEX®, an Investment Steward is a person or organization which has the legal responsibility for managing investment decisions. The Investment Steward decides on the asset allocation, defines the details of the strategy, implements the strategy with appropriate Investment Managers, and monitors the strategy on an ongoing basis. In 2007, Savant was the first retirement plan in the world recognized by CEFEX® as an Investment Steward.

Savant has also received a CEFEX® certification as an Investment Advisor for its services in ERISA plans, 403 (b)/church exempt, eleemosynary, personal trusts, and high net worth individuals. According to CEFEX®, Investment Advisors are responsible for managing comprehensive and continuous investment decisions, including investment advisors and wealth managers, among others.

Earlier this year, Savant received the Service Provider Certification for adhering to the CEFEX® standard of excellence for ERISA 3(16) Plan Administrators. The certification implies that the firm can demonstrate adherence to the industry’s best practices, and is positioned to serve fiduciaries such as Investment Advisors, Investment Managers, and Investment Stewards. Savant was among one of the first organizations in the nation to be independently certified in this role.

The CEFEX® standard of excellence for Investment Stewards, Investment Advisor, and Plan Administrator under ERISA 3(16), is based on a series of fiduciary practices that seek to increase long-term investment performance by diversifying the portfolio across multiple asset classes and peer groups, evaluating investment management fees and expenses, and selecting or terminating Investment Managers. The practices also help uncover investment and/or procedural risk, which may assist in prioritizing investment management projects.

A CEFEX® assessment includes both on and off-site confidential reviews of an organization’s practices by an independent Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst® (AIFA®). The process is based on the ISO 19011 audit standard, an internationally recognized standard for testing process management systems. The assessment is documented by the AIFA® and is subject to review by the CEFEX® Registration Committee, comprised of independent fiduciary experts.

About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $4.7 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

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

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


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, October 31, 2016

Chamber Challenge Trivia Night


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McDaniels Healthcare Marketing Honored with 5 Pinnacle Awards

McDaniels Healthcare Marketing, a communications firm headquartered in Pekin, recently received 5 Pinnacle Awards in a ceremony sponsored by its peers. The ceremony was recently held in Galena, as part of the annual conference for the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR). Each year, the Pinnacle Awards are presented for excellence in healthcare marketing and public relations.

McDaniels Healthcare Marketing was recognized with the following honors:

Award of Excellence

Award of Merit



McDaniels Healthcare Marketing draws on more than 50 years of experience to help strategically plan and execute marketing tactics for hospitals and physician practices throughout the Midwest. McDaniels also has client service offices in Rockford, Ill., and the Quad Cities. McDaniels Interactive specializes in developing websites, animation, videos, e-surveys, kiosks, ecommerce, content management systems, search engine marketing, optimization and social media to fit a variety of budgets.