Monday, November 16, 2020

Get Your Gift On!

Hopedale, IL – It’s never too early to start you Christmas shopping or even to buy a little gift for yourself.  The Hopedale Wellness Center is excited to offer their 2020 Holiday Specials starting on November 23, 2020 and running through December 23, 2020.

Kick off the New Year with one of these great deals to continue your current wellness journey or to start down a path of healthy choices for 2021.  We have different options available within a variety of price ranges or you can even go for a 3, 6, or 12-month membership at the Hopedale Wellness Center for 25% off the list price.

Interested in massages?  Buy 3 and get 1 free with a limit of 2 packages per person.  Need someone to help you be accountable in your health journey?  Buy 12 personal training sessions for $300 with a limit of 2 packages per person.  Do you have a student who has some extra time on their hands?  Give them a 1-month student membership for $15.  A valid student id is required, and the student must be between the ages of 18-25.  And, finally, not sure if you are ready for the commitment?  Give us a try by buying 1 punch card, good for 9 visits for $60 and get the 2nd one for $30.

Explore our 15,000 square foot facility that includes a walking track, weights, basketball court, specialized classes, lap pool, and much more.  Experience the Hopedale Wellness Center!


If you would like more information about this, please call Kadie King at 309.449.4500 or email her at

Monday, November 9, 2020

From the Illinois Chamber - This Week in Illinois

Several days after the elections and we still don't have a full accounting of the results. It looks like it may be several weeks before everything is finalized. Let's take a look at what we know so far- starting with some Illinois Chamber victories.

Progressive Income Tax (so called "Fair Tax") Soundly Rejected 

Illinois voters resoundingly rejected the attempts to alter the Illinois Constitution and impose a progressive income tax on Illinois taxpayers and businesses by a vote 55-44%.

This was a huge win for the Chamber and all of our members and partners throughout the state. Early Wednesday morning the Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch released the following statement:

"It is clear that Illinoisans do not trust this legislature and this administration to spend more of their precious tax dollars without restraint."

 "We believe we're on our way to hearing from the electorate that Illinois needs a lot more than tax increases to fix our economy. While it may not be official this morning, it certainly looks like Illinoisans have made their voices heard and want a plan for rescuing our state that is not just raise taxes, raise taxes and raise taxes some more."

Versions of the statement were featured in over 30 election news coverage stories and counting. You can view these stories here.

Chamber looks to future after non-retention of Justice Kilbride

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce PAC was the only business group to publicly call for the non-retention of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride, due to his aggressive anti-business, one-sided approach to judicial rulings. Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch released the following statement on his successful non-retention.

"The voters have spoken. Their unprecedented non-retention of Justice Kilbride is a win for Illinois' economy and small business community. We believe his rejection is due in no small part to his authorship of the opinion that prevented voters from having a say on a fair redistricting process limiting their ability to choose their own elected officials. His non-retention creates a fresh landscape for the people of the Third Judicial District to elect a more unbiased, even-handed justice in 2022."

Voters decided not to retain Justice Kilbride by a margin of 56-43%. He needed 60% to prevail. 
The 2022 race to replace him, and which will determine the partisan makeup of The Illinois Supreme Court, will be one for the record books.  Rest assured the Chamber will remain very involved. 

Chamber Endorsed Judge David Overstreet Elected to IL Supreme Court by a Large Margin

Judge Overstreet will be elevated to the Illinois Supreme Court. He won 62% of the vote.  Judge Overstreet is currently an appellate court judge. The Chamber was one of the first groups to endorse Judge Overstreet prior to the March primary. He will admirably fill the big shoes left by Justice Karmeier.

Senate Republicans Elect New Leader 

The Senate Republicans yesterday elected a new leader, Dan McConchie from suburban Chicago. Senator McConchie's district covers parts of Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. Senator McConchie is considered a policy wonk and a great tactical thinker. Senator McConchie is a pro-business legislator. He scored a 97% rating in the Chamber's latest legislative ratings covering the last two years. We look forward to working with him in the future.

General Assembly Makeup Shifts

The following should be read with a caution that the state is still awaiting the arrival and counting of mail in ballots in races that have been deemed too close to call. Some races may flip after the arrival of these ballots. With what we know now, it appears that the Illinois House Republicans will pick up two seats and the Illinois Senate Republicans will pick up one seat. If these results hold, the House Democratic margin will be 72D-46R.  The Senate margin will be 41D-18R.

Senate Change

The 25th Senate District flipped from Republican to Democratic. Senator Oberweis left the seat to run for Congress. Democrat Karina Villa is slightly ahead of Republican Ward. Ward just conceded the race. Senator Koehler held off a tough challenge from Mary Burress in his Peoria area seat. 

Likely Republican Pickups
  • Republican Seth Lewis leads Dem. Diane Pappas (45th District)
  • Republican Chris Bos leads Dem. Mary Edly-Allen (51st District)
  • Republican Amy Elik leads Dem. Monica Bristow seat (111th)
  • Republican David Freiss has defeated Dem. Nathan Reitz (116th). This margin is large enough that there cannot be enough ballots left to make up the difference
Likely Democratic Pickups
  • Democrat Janet Yang-Rohr leads Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Grant Wehrli (41st District)
  • Dem. Suzanne Ness leads Rep. Allen Skillicorn (66th District)
Likely Republican Holds
  • Rep. Brad Stephens (20th) has a large lead on Michelle Darbo. This was a very impressive win for the freshman Republican.
  • Rep. Amy Grant (42nd) leads Democrat Ken Meijia-Beal
  • Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (47th District)
  • Rep. Tom Morison (54th) is a dogged campaigner and good friend of the Illinois Chamber. He leads Maggie Trevor by a fairly comfortable margin and we will be happy to see him back in Springfield
  • Rep. Dan Ugaste (65th) defeats Martha Paschke
  • Rep. John Cabello (68th) over Dem. Dave Villa. Remaining ballots may flip this race.
  • Rep. Mark Batinick (97th) leads Democrat Harry Benton.
Likely Democratic Holds
  • Dem. Terra Costa-Howard (48th) defeated former Rep. Peter Breen
  • Dem. Maura Hirschauer (49th District) held off a spirited challenge from Republican Laura Curtis
  • Dem. Joyce Mason (61st) defeated Dan Yost
  • Dem. Michael Halpin (72nd) won by a comfortable margin over Glen Evans
  • Dem. Lance Yednock seat (76th District) leads Travis Breeden
  • Dem. Anne Stava-Murray (81st) defeats Republican Laura Hose
Federal Results
Senator Dick Durbin cruised to re-election. He won 52-41 against Republican Mark Curran, a former sheriff. Illinois will continue to send two Democratic Senators to Washington.

The US House races were a mixed bag:
  • IL-o6: Democrat Sean Casten defeated former State Representative Jeanne Ives 52-47. This is a long held GOP seat that flipped to the Democrats in 2018
  • IL 12: Republican Mike Bost won re-election with a nearly 2:1 margin. This former democratic bastion (home of Jerry Costello) is now reliably GOP.
  • IL-13: Incumbent Republican Rodney Davis easily defeated Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Longdrigan. This was expected to be a close race but Congressman Davis put this one away with relative ease. Congressman Davis is a rising star in the GOP.
  • IL 14: This race remains too close to call between incumbent Democrat Lauren Underwood and Republican challenger, State Senator Jim Oberweis. Oberweis holds a narrow lead as we wait for mail in ballots.
  • IL 17: DCCC Chair, Congressman Cheri Bustos barely survived a challenge from little known Republican Esther Joy King 51-49%. Money came in late to this race when donors realized King had a shot at a shocking upset. Expect a very competitive, and costly, race in this district in two years.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Now Available for Purchase: Sis & Me: Down by the Sea: A Book about Boundaries, Safe Touches, and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, written and illustrated by the Center for Prevention of Abuse

 Peoria, Ill – The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA), whose mission is to help all people live free from violence and abuse, published its premier children’s book, Sis & Me: Down by the Sea: A Book about Boundaries, Safe Touches, and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. The family-friendly book is now available for purchase online with Amazon and Lulu.

 Sis & Me is an important step in helping caregivers and adults start the conversation with children in their care about consent, boundaries, and how they can keep themselves safe,” said Carol Merna, CEO at the Center for Prevention of Abuse. “One in four females and one in six males experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday, so it’s paramount we ensure they have the specific language to stand up and speak up for themselves, as well as have an understanding of the body safety rules. I am grateful to our Prevention Education and Marketing departments at the Center for Prevention of Abuse for their hard work in writing, editing, and illustrating this book.”

Sis & Me teaches young children about body safety through its singsong and rhyming story about Sister and Brother and their day at the beach. As the siblings enjoy an outdoor adventure, they encounter a variety of friends who help teach them about safe and unsafe touches. They learn four important body safety rules: Say No, Get Away, Tell Someone, and Be Believed. The book also uses gender-neutral language during all interactions with the sea creatures and animals.

“The Prevention Education Department is proud to offer age-appropriate, evidence-based, and comprehensive programming on child sexual abuse prevention, among other topics, in the Tri-County Area,” said Laura Kowalske, Director of Prevention Education at the Center for Prevention of Abuse. “Sis & Me will not only be of use to us in the classroom and through remote learning during the school year, but it’s an excellent tool for parents, caregivers, guardians, counselors and administrative staff, as well as at daycares and other professions who interact with children on a regular basis.”

Sis & Me is complete with a “Resources After Reading” section at the back of the book full of questions and prompts to continue the conversation. CFPA also created a bonus free digital toolkit with 30+ pages of age-appropriate activities, games, and discussions available for download here. A portion of the proceeds from Sis & Me benefit CFPA and help build a safe and peaceful community.

To purchase a copy, visit To learn more about Prevention Education at the Center for Prevention of Abuse, visit




Camille Yameen 
Center for Prevention of Abuse / 309.272.2904 

 About the Center for Prevention of Abuse

The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is the only agency authorized by the state of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and adult protective services for survivors of abuse. Annually, CFPA serves more than 5,000 women, men, and children affected by violence and abuse. CFPA offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching more than 35,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, CFPA lives out its mission to help all people – women, men and children – live free from violence and abuse. For more information about CFPA, visit or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233) and all victim services are free and confidential.



Monday, October 26, 2020

CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Announces CASAblancaDancing with the Local Stars

CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Circuit's premiere fundraising event, CASAblanca Dancing with the Local Stars, is going virtual for 2020! Join us online on November 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM for this unique and fun-filled event. Watch the dance competition and other entertainment and participate in the interactive online activities from the comfort of your own home.

Your virtual ticket will include access to the streaming site to watch the event from your phone, tablet, computer or even your Smart TV. You'll be able to cast your vote for the Critics' Choice Award, participate in the voting for the People's Choice Award by making a donation ($1 = 1 vote) and see the real-time results! Host a viewing party for 10 people or less (safely, please!) and be eligible for the Hilltop Wealth Management of Raymond James Viewing Host Award, presented to the Viewing Host that raises the most money. Individual tickets are $150 per person and the Viewing Host is $1,500 for 10 tickets.

Register online at Visit our website at for more details or contact CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit at 309-669-2939 or

The 2020 Dancers helping to make a difference for abused and neglected children include:

Grant Murphy, Murphy & Dunn, PC & Maria Murphy, Children's Hospital of Illinois

Miguel Ramirez, MD, OSF Orthopedics & DesireĆ© Sehati, Sinclair Dance Studio

Adam Shaw, Sinclair Dance Studio & Mady McKeown, Sinclair Dance Studio

Peoria Ballet Students


Participating as Judges include former CASAblanca dancers:

Ryan LaCosse, Best Buddies

Arron McCall, CrossFit North Peoria

Deborah Roethler, City of Peoria

The Honorary Chairs are Adam Hawks of Hilltop Wealth Management of Raymond James and Associates and Laura Hawks. Event Co-Chairs are Teri Cook of Cook Travel and Karoline Seitz-Goddard of CIBM Bank. The evening's emcees are Ashley Bradshaw of Green Ford and Ryan Hite of Eagle Rock Insurance Services.

Thank you to the sponsors that help make this event possible: WMBD, WYZZ, D2K Marketing, CIBM Bank, Miguel Ramirez, MD OSF Orthopedics, Dr. Phillis Dewitt & Craig Nelson, Hilltop Wealth Management of Raymond James, The Louis S. Hensley, Jr. Family Foundation, and Lisa Murphy Web Design.

For more info see:

About CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit FKA CASA of Peoria County ( Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Tenth Judicial Circuit is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. Its existence is based on the belief that every child has the right to a safe and permanent home allowing them the chance to reach their full potential in life. The organization has been serving abused and neglected children since 2005.  CASA is supported by Heart of Illinois United Way, VCVA IL Attorney General, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority with VOCA funds, Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates, and generous donors. CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit is a Member of the National CASA/GAL Association.


Friday, October 23, 2020

Illinois Central College Names Christopher S. McCall as 2020 Distinguished Alumnus

                Illinois Central College presented Peorian Christopher S. McCall with the Distinguished Alumnus Award on Thursday, October 22. The presentation was part of the college’s virtual Community Celebration event, held annually to recognize and celebrate ICC scholarship recipients, their donors and community partners.    

“The Distinguished Alumnus Award annually recognizes an ICC alum who has achieved outstanding success in their chosen field. It also recognizes their humanitarian service and demonstrated support for higher education and Illinois Central College,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “Mr. McCall’s inspirational story is another great example of the role ICC can play in changing lives. His numerous accomplishments, impressive community involvement and desire to make a difference make him very deserving of this award. Chris makes our community a better place, and we could not be prouder to call him an ICC alum.” 

McCall is well known for his involvement with local youth and the community. He created a free mentoring program for 5th through 8th grade children in central Illinois to learn and practice the basics of trial law. The program is known as “Order in the Court!” and provides the opportunity to present trial cases to volunteer paralegals, attorneys and actors who create mock legal conflict scenes. He has also served on numerous nonprofit boards, such as Central Illinois FRIENDS, Center for Prevention of Abuse and Peoria County Bar Association. He served as the past Peoria County Bar Association Diversity Chair where he helped raise funds for the diversity scholarship awarded to minority law students. 

 “I would like to thank the ICC board, faculty and staff and Educational Foundation for this recognition, along with my family and colleagues who assisted with furthering my career and community involvement,” said McCall. “ICC faculty and staff instilled in me the confidence and belief that I could succeed socially and academically. ICC truly is the Smart Choice.” 

 McCall, who was born and raised in Peoria, attended Richwoods High School and Illinois Central College before attending the University of Illinois. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and returned to Peoria to establish the McCall Law Offices in 2005.  

 In 2012, McCall was a recipient of the prestigious 40 Leaders Under Forty award recognizing Greater Peoria’s outstanding young professionals. He also received recognition as an Illinois Super Lawyer’s Rising Star, an honor given to only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers.  

 McCall is currently the Chair of the Central District of Illinois Court Rules committee and a board member of Peoria Police Activity League (PAL). He also remains active in his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. 

For more information on the Distinguished Alumnus Award, visit Additional information on the Community Celebration may be found at 



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

I-74 to Pinecrest ramp to close Oct. 22

 EAST PEORIA  The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that in addition to the closure of the ramp from Pinecrest Drive to westbound Interstate 74, the ramp from westbound I-74 to Pinecrest will close Oct. 22. 

The closures are necessary to resurface the ramps and are expected to last about two weeks. A detour will be posted  

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment. 

Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,300 miles of highway and 8.4 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Year One included approximately $2.7 billion of improvements statewide on 1,706 miles of highway, 128 bridges and 228 additional safety improvements. 

For more information on IDOT projects, click hereFor IDOT District 4 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict4 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on and 



Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Pekin Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Pekin, IL - Pekin City Offices will host a community blood drive from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3 at 111 S. Capitol St.

*Please come donate blood in memory of Bethany Patton.

Bethany received several units of blood on March 27, 2018 while being treated for a pulmonary embolism. Family and friends were her passion and helping people was a way of life for her. Please help us honor Bethany by donating blood in her memory to help us continue her spirit of giving.

What: Pekin City Offices Battle of the Badges Community Blood Drive

When: Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Event Room, 111 S. Capitol St., Pekin, IL

*Appointments and Face Masks are Required: To donate, please contact Jamie Evans at (309) 477-2388, Billie Ingles at (309) 478-5312, John Shallenberger at (309) 478-5652 or visit and use code 61117 to locate the drive.

Donor Eligibility Criteria: Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before 9/8/20 are eligible to give at this drive.

About Blood Donation: Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

ABOUT MVRBC: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 100 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. In your area, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Unity Point Health Pekin (Pekin, IL), Unity Point Health Methodist (Peoria, IL), Unity Point Health Proctor (Peoria, IL), OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL), Graham Hospital (Canton, IL), OSF St. Joseph Medical Center (Bloomington, IL), and Hopedale Medical Complex (Hopedale, IL).

Monday, October 19, 2020

IDPH Issues COVID-19 Holiday Season Safety Tips


Plan ahead for the holidays and consider alternatives

SPRINGFIELD – As Illinoisans prepare to spend the holidays with family and friends, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering recommendations on how to celebrate safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.  During a time when social distancing and limiting the number of people at gatherings is important, special considerations should be taken.

“COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live, and play, and will now change how we plan to celebrate the holidays,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “While the safest way to celebrate is with members of your household and connecting with others virtually, we know, for many, the holidays are all about family and friends, so we want to provide some tips on how to celebrate safer.”

Traveling increases the chance of spreading COVID-19.  When planning travel, consider the mode of transportation.  Traveling by plane, train, or bus can mean standing in lines and sitting less than 6 feet from people for long periods of time.  Traveling by car may include stops along the way for gas, food, and bathroom break.  Decrease your risk by consistently wearing face coverings and masks during travel.  

If you are hosting a holiday gathering, limit the number of guests and try to have as many activities outside as weather permits.  If your gathering needs to be inside, try to increase air flow by partially opening a couple windows.  Please prepare yourself and your guests to wear masks indoors when not eating and drinking.

Limit your activities in the two weeks before your gathering and ask your guests to do the same.  This will decrease the risk of exposure to the virus and further spread.

Try to do gift shopping online by looking at local store websites and choosing pick-up options.  Grocery shopping online with delivery and curbside pick-up is also available in many locations.  If you need to shop in-person, try to go at a time when stores are not as busy.

Think about the seating arrangements if you are planning a meal.  Keep members of the same household together and try to put space between one family and another. 

When serving food, avoid a buffet-style or potluck setting and consider having one person serve all the food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.  Also try to limit the number of people going in and out of areas where food is being prepared – like the kitchen and dining room.

If you are sick, do not travel and do not attend gatherings and celebrations.  Even if your symptoms are mild, you may still be able to infect others, and no one wants the gift of sickness this season.

To help stave off illness, get your flu vaccine now.  It takes the body several weeks after receiving the vaccine to build up antibodies that will help protect you from flu, so get it now to help protect you and others during the holidays.  Roll your #SleeveUp and get your flu shot.

For more holiday safety tips, go to the IDPH website under guidance.


Tyler Neal, MD Joins Orthopedic Team at HMC




Hopedale, IL – Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Tyler Neal, orthopedic surgeon, to its medical staff.  Dr. Neal will see patients and perform surgery at Hopedale Medical Complex providing his patients specialty care, close to home.

Dr. Neal was born and raised in Bloomington, IL, and went to Illinois Wesleyan University.  He attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  During his residency, Dr. Neal completed orthopedic trauma training and worked with pediatric orthopedics at SSM St. Louis University Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

It was because of his passion for orthopedic sports medicine that Dr. Neal pursued additional training at the respected San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.  During this time, he had the opportunity to work as a team physician for San Diego State University, the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League, and numerous community college and high school sports programs.

Dr. Neal has advance training in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.  He has special interest in shoulder repair, reconstruction, and replacement. 

Hopedale Medical Complex allows for a full continuum of care for all your orthopedic needs.  We offer the availability of convenient and easily accessible appointments with the orthopedic staff at the Hopedale Wellness Center.  In addition, we offer a “swing bed” hospital stay and can assist with your therapy needs at the HMC Physical Therapy Department. 

Dr. Neal is now accepting new patients.  Call 309.449.4501 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  Medicare and most insurance plans welcome. 

For over 65 years HMC has been a leader in healthcare innovation, and we continue to serve the needs of our community.  We are proud to welcome Dr. Tyler Neal, and look forward to providing you specialty care, close to home.



If you would like more information about this, please call Emily Whitson at (309) 449-4394 or email her at

Monday, October 5, 2020


October 2, 2020

This Week in Illinois 

California Governor Signs Corporate Boardroom Diversity Law

This week California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill requiring more than 660 public corporations with California headquarters to have at least one board member from an unrepresented community or face stiff civil penalties.  The measure requires at least two directors on boards with at least four members that identify as Black, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native or as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Firms that have more than nine directors must have at least three board members that meet the above criteria. Firms that do not comply face $100,000 fines for the first violation and $300,000 for subsequent violations.

We expect similar legislation to be introduced in Illinois this spring with the new legislative session. The Illinois Chamber has great concerns about this type of legislation and has opposed similar bills introduced in the past. We will keep you informed as further action is warranted.

Also from the California Files

California Governor Gavin Newsome signed an executive order last week which will ban the sale of gasoline and diesel-powered passenger cars in that state by 2035.  California often serves as the harbinger of things to come in Illinois. For now, Governor Pritzker's electric ambitions remain merely goals.

Annual Meeting

If you missed the Chamber's virtual annual meeting last week, you can view President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Charles Evans' keynote speech on Economic Development in Distressed Communities below.


Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Charles Evan's on Economic Development in Distressed Communities

Next week, we will be sending out more photos and videos from the event, including the opening remarks from Illinois Market at Commerce Bank CEO and Chamber Board Chair Brent Eichelberger and the panel discussion with Chairman of the Chicago Cubs Tom Ricketts and Wintrust President Timothy S. Crane, moderated by Wintrust Vice President of Community Affairs and Chamber International Business Council Co-Chair Susana Meza.

Progressive Income Tax

We encourage you to add your business or organization's name to our coalition to stop the progressive income tax. You can learn more at our website at:

Now is the time to come together and say NO to the progressive income tax amendment that will close businesses and raise taxes on working Illinois families.

I-74 work at Pinecrest in E. Peoria begins Oct. 4

 EAST PEORIA  The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that construction on Interstate 74 at Pinecrest Drive in East Peoria begins Oct. 4. 

The project involves upgrading shoulders to accommodate reconstruction of the Pinecrest bridge over Interstate 74, which begins in spring 2021. The shoulder work will reduce I-74 to one lane in each direction between 7 pm and 6am and is expected to last two weeks. 

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment. 

Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,300 miles of highway and 8.4 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Year One included approximately $2.7 billion of improvements statewide on 1,706 miles of highway, 128 bridges and 228 additional safety improvements. 

For more information on IDOT projects, click hereFor IDOT District 4 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict4 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on and 


Knowledge is Power

Hopedale, IL – Knowledge is Power.  Showcase your strength during the month of October by scheduling your mammogram during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) is pleased to announce the addition of Saturday mammogram appointments on October 17 and 31 between the hours of 8:30am-4:00pm.  If you are over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram within the last 365 days, no doctor’s order is necessary, so schedule your mammogram today by calling HMC at 309.449.4866.

Early detection and diagnosis are key to fighting breast cancer.  Stay close to home and get the services that you need to help with early detection of breast cancer at HMC.  We care about you, your health, and finding out the results that you need in a timely manner.  Let HMC be your strength this October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!



Thursday, October 1, 2020

McDaniels Marketing Gives Back to its Hometown Once Again. Donates Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Logo Design


(Pekin, IL) Identifying the need for an update to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce brand, Chamber Executive Director, Amy McCoy and McD President, Randy McDaniels decided it was time for a change. “We are proud to give back to the chamber who has supported our agency for decades. The McD designer, Jeff Wagnaar was excited to jump in and develop a new design and color scheme to modernize the chamber brand,” states Randy McDaniels. The agency also donated time to develop the new City of Pekin logo many years ago.

The Old Pekin Area Chamber Logo:

The New Pekin Area Chamber Logo:

“We were delighted by the offer to update our brand. Randy and his team teamed with us to craft a brand identity that best communicates our vision and tagline: Business Leadership, Connected Community… now we can move forward with new membership materials and an updated website to help attract new members and better serve our community,” exclaimed Chamber President, Amy McCoy.

McDaniels Marketing and its digital division, McD Digital serve international, national, regional and local clients in a vast number of industries with a significant number of clients in the tourism, economic development, municipal and county government sectors. The company has been headquartered in Pekin since 1966.

The Pekin Area of Commerce has served area businesses and residents since 1893 with a focus on delivering value to its members, advocating for the community and businesses while achieving organizational excellence.


For More Information, Contact:

Amy McCoy, Executive Director

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce (309) 346-2106

Randall R. McDaniels, President 

McDaniels Marketing (309) 346-7412


 Peoria, IL – October 1, 2020 – The Pilot Club of Peoria has donated a TV, Blu-ray player, a soundbar and Netflix subscription to the General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans.

“This is a gesture that means so much, especially now,” said Lori Johnson, Goodwill’s director of program services. “Due to the pandemic, our residents are restricted in what they can do. They are putting this donation to good use.”

The Pilot Club of Peoria has been serving the community since 1939, and is proud to support the many local organizations including; PARC, CIRT, Camp Big Sky, Penguin Project, ThinkFirst, B.I.G., Special Olympics, Operation Santa, Alzheimer’s Association and many, many more.

For more information visit Goodwill’s website at

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Kuhl Virtual Seminar: Control Healthcare Like a Fortune 100 Company


At Kuhl Insurance, we believe in bringing creative and new ideas to business leaders in our community.

The employee benefits landscape has never been more complicated and we believe it is our responsibility to evaluate and present options in employee benefits program design and funding. It is an area of every business where successfully evaluating options now is necessary for the future of your finances and employee satisfaction.

We are proud to bring to you a captive in the marketplace, Pareto, along with a Third Party Administrator, Consociate. Please join us for an engaging review of how a captive can have a dramatic impact on your healthcare spend and the health of your employees and their families.

We are happy to announce Steve Hansen, Regional Vice President with Pareto Captive. Steve has been a part of the health insurance industry for 10 years, working with both self-funding and fully insured clients. Steve has helped double Pareto's membership, and brings stability and a proactive strategy to smaller companies looking to take control of their healthcare spend.

We are pleased to welcome Darren D. Reynolds, JD, CBWA, President and CEO of Consociate Health as a presenter. Darrin is co-founder of Consociate Health, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Millikin University and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the Southern Illinois University School of Law. He has also achieved designation as a Certified Benefit & Wellness Advisor (CBWA).

When: September 24th, 2020
Time: 9am - 10am
Location: Webinar