Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Illinois 29 Lane Closures in Pekin

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the following lane closures on IL 29 in Pekin: 

  • One lane of southbound IL 29 at IL 98 is scheduled to be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. 
  • Intermittent lane closures on IL 29 at Powerton Road are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.   This intersection will be a four-way stop, with flashing red signals controlling traffic, during this time.
The lane closures are necessary for traffic signal repair work to be completed.  IDOT reminds everyone to please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.


By all accounts, Matt Goodyear, of Morton, Ill., has a bright future ahead, full of opportunities he wouldn’t have ever imagined a few years ago.

After graduating from Morton High School in 1994, Goodyear enrolled at Illinois Central College but soon ran out of motivation and dropped out. Though he worked as an over-the-road truck driver for several years, Matt knew there had to be more he could do with a better education. Years later, armed with life experience and motivation to earn a better wage and finish his degree, he enrolled again at ICC. He earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Mechatronics in 2015.

Last October, he earned a spot as one of 250 students chosen from thousands of applicants to participate in NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars program in Huntsville, Ala. There he worked with a team of 10 students from across the nation to build a Mars rover out of Legos and sell it to NASA. Today, Goodyear is concurrently working on a second associate’s degree at ICC while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management in Applied Engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale through weekend classes he takes at ICC. Recently, he was asked to interview for a job at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The classes at ICC gave me a very good foundation to build that career on. Just like when you build a house, you want to have a good foundation first. The instructors (at ICC) want to see their students succeed,” Goodyear said. “I was given a second chance, and I want to take advantage of that.”

ICC joins community colleges throughout the state in recognition of success stories like Goodyear’s during Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in February. These programs offer students a wide variety of options for coursework that translates into good job opportunities without the four-year commitment. Many CTE programs build upon each other, meaning a student can complete a certificate or degree and use that credential as the educational foundation for the next level degree.

At ICC, roughly one in five students is pursuing a CTE credential in a given semester. More than half of the degrees awarded from ICC in 2015 were awarded to students earning certificates or applied science degrees, both of which are CTE credentials.
“CTE education is the key to ensuring our students are qualified for middle skills jobs which offer family- sustaining wages. Be it a nurse, web designer or diesel technician, our occupational graduates are job ready and become the bedrock of our local economy,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “These programs offer career ladders and pathways to allow students like Matt to launch their careers and realize their dreams.”

The Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University noted in a recent report that “occupational choice can trump degree level. People with less education in high-paying occupations can out-earn people with more education in less remunerative occupations.” According to Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), last year roughly two-thirds (65.3%) of all Illinois community college graduates earned a CTE degree or certificate.
“CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders,” said ICCB executive director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson.

For more information about postsecondary career and technical education programs and services at ICC, visit  For information on career and technical education throughout Illinois visit

Pekin Insurance Holds Annual Meeting

The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association held its annual meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at their Home Office in Pekin, Illinois.

The following directors were elected for three year terms: Steven R. Anderson, Loves Park, Illinois; Byron A. Dodd, Anna, Illinois; and Brian K. Lee, Pekin, Illinois.

Subscribers elected Steven R. Anderson, Loves Park, Illinois; and Byron A. Dodd, Anna, Illinois, to the Advisory Committee.

Pekin Insurance officers elected include; Scott A. Martin, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer; Steven R. Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Board; Daniel V. Connell, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary; Todd A. Clark, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Property/Casualty; Brian K. Lee, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Life; Curtis A. Eeten, Vice President - Claims; Gregory L. Feller, Vice President - Sales; Joel M. Jackson, Vice President - Marketing; Subhasis Mukherjee, Vice President - Chief Information Officer; Edward A. Mulvey, Vice President - Personal Lines Underwriting and Assistant Secretary; Kimberly S. Remmert, Vice President - Human Resources; Joseph C. Ricigliano, Vice President - Commercial Lines Underwriting and Assistant Secretary; Diane K. Steiner, Vice President - Life Underwriting and Assistant Secretary; Michael A. Zabinski, Vice President - Controller; Amber J. Stenger, Assistant Treasurer; Michele E. Ginther, Assistant Treasurer; and Aaron Z. Potacki, Assistant Secretary.

Pekin Insurance is a group name adopted to designate the combined operation of The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association, Pekin Insurance Company, PAC, Inc. and Pekin Life Insurance Company.

Pekin Insurance has been in business since 1921, and is one of the leading insurers in the State of Illinois, providing multiple lines of insurance. Pekin Insurance offers insurance coverage in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin through its growing agency force which now totals 1,109 independent agencies and 8,392 insurance producers in the six state area. The company is headquartered in Pekin, Illinois, with service offices at Phoenix, Arizona; Mount Vernon, Rockford, and Warrenville, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Des Moines, Iowa; Columbus, Ohio; and Appleton, Wisconsin.


Illinois Central College’s visiting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Egypt, Nahed Shata, will offer a class in conversational Arabic and Middle Eastern and Islamic Cultures with a focus on Egypt. The program will be offered Monday evenings, read Monday, March 20 through May 8, from 4:30 to 6 pm in Hickory Hall on the ICC North Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria.
The class is specifically designed for social science and language teachers but is open to the public as well. PD units are available for completion of the course.
The series will focus on the interface between language and culture and will help prepare teachers to offer more in-depth content in this content area.
Cost of the program is $55.

For more information or to register for the course, please contact ICC’s Adult Community Programs at (309) 690-6900. Registration also is available online at

Pekin Women Business Owners Working Together to Promote Services

Dedicated to helping each other, informing, and serving the Pekin community

A group of women who own businesses in Pekin started meeting recently, joining efforts to inform the public of high quality personal services available in Pekin.  Participating in the group are:  Kellie Branch-Dircks LCSW, EZ Dreamin’ Therapeutic Equine Assisted Counseling Services; Kim Brooks-Miller, owner of Your Story; Lenora Fisher of Innovative Medical Technologies; Shannon Cox, Executive Director of The Pekin Academy of Fine Arts and Managing Director at the Mansion on Walnut; Brigitte Krieg, Owner of Events 309; and Bonnie Harken, Crossroads Programs for Women and owner of The Mansion on Walnut.  Their common bond is that all their businesses are service providers and they each have a passion and commitment to their businesses and the Pekin Community.  It is their belief that a group of women committed to helping others can impact a community when they join together to promote their services and serve the needs of their community.

“Our services are complimentary to each other”, says Bonnie Harken as a spokesperson for the group.  We want the community to know that many of the services that they drive to Peoria, Bloomington or further to get are offered in Pekin.  Our services offer excellence and quality as well as convenience.  Whether it is fine art lessons for children or adults, art shows, laser skin treatments, advanced microdermabrasion for younger looking skin, feminine rejuvenation, online therapy and coaching, individual therapy, special therapeutic workshops focusing on specific issues, intensive outpatient mental health services, professional trainings for mental health care providers, life and recovery coaching, or a beautiful 1862 historic mansion to host a social event or business meeting--all of this and much more is available right here in Pekin!  In January as a service to our community we offered a free program to others in business on promoting their businesses using social media.

Many of the services we offer are usually only available in larger communities but we are committed to providing them right here in Pekin!  Our purpose is to encourage residents of Pekin and surrounding communities to look to Pekin first!”

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mansion On Walnut Upcoming Events

Check out The Mansion On Walnut's upcoming events here!

21st Annual John M. Evans Scholarship Golf Tournament

Mark your calendar for this special event! Our outing will be held, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Look for more information being sent to you around March 15th. We appreciate your continued support and are looking forward to seeing you on June 7th.

IDOT Seeks Additional Input for Long Range Transportation Plan

The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for additional input from the public in developing its Long Range Transportation Plan. The plan will identify policies to provide Illinois residents and businesses with innovative, sustainable and multimodal transportation solutions that support local goals and grow the economy.

Feedback and comments can be provided at between Feb. 8 and March 8. 

"We really want this plan to drive how we operate as an agency and how we are making investment decisions," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "By working together with members of the public and our industry partners, we are confident we can develop a solid vision for how we are going to invest in transportation in Illinois over the next 10 to 20 years."

Last year, IDOT received more than more than 700 survey responses during the initial comment period. More than a quarter indicated that safety was their top priority. Respondents also expressed that maintaining Illinois' infrastructure is critical to improving the state's economy and that a need exists for a multimodal transportation system.

Based on feedback received to date, and to assist in prioritizing the plan's strategies and objectives, IDOT is seeking the additional round of input. The new online survey allows participants to work through more than 50 strategic objectives to inform IDOT's drafting of the plan. 

Visit here to learn more about IDOT's long-range planning process. 

Emiquon project wins Honor Award from ACEC of Illinois

Maurer-Stutz Inc. and Hanson Professional Services Inc. won an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) in recognition of Emiquon Preserve’s water control system, which is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Maurer-Stutz and Hanson were honored for the project Feb. 9 during the ACEC-IL’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards in Lisle, Illinois.
Emiquon Preserve, one of the largest floodplain restoration projects of its type in the Midwest, is located near Havana, Illinois. The floodplain had been farmland that was separated from the Illinois River by a levee. To keep the 5,500-acre wetland in the preserve from degrading, TNC teamed with Maurer-Stutz and Hanson to create a water control system that reconnects the floodplain to the river for the first time in nearly a century. The team designed a multipurpose, gated water control structure; a pump station; and an elevated control building. 
The water control structure provides adequate drainage and flood control for adjacent agricultural lands and infrastructure, connectivity between the floodplain and the river, control of the movements of sediment and fish and opportunities for scientific monitoring and research. It also allows for the management of water levels, which will benefit aquatic species in the habitat and the river. The water control structure is named Ahsapa — which means “web” in Myaamia, the language used by Native Americans who had been the land’s early inhabitants — to represent the reconnection of Emiquon and the Illinois River. 
Maurer-Stutz served as the project manager and main point of contact with TNC; completed design, plans and specifications for the pump station and control building; developed bid documents; facilitated bid review and contractor selection; and led construction observation efforts as the engineer of record. Hanson provided complete design services, plans and specifications for the water control structure, as well as foundation design of the pump station and control building.
ACEC is a professional organization of 51 state and regional councils with members from more than 5,000 engineering firms across the U.S. The annual Engineering Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding achievements from member firms. ACEC-IL Honor Award winners are eligible for the national competition.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, the Conservancy develops on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_org on Twitter.
Maurer-Stutz is a full service, multi-discipline firm with offices in Peoria and Canton in Illinois and in Muncie, Indiana. Its headquarters is located at 3116 N. Dries Lane, Suite 100, Peoria, IL 61604. The office may be reached at (309) 693-7615. For more information, please visit

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703. The office may be reached by phone at (217) 788-2450. For more information, please visit

UnityPoint Health – Pekin Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Unity Point Health – Pekin Auxiliary is now accepting scholarship applications from local students enrolled in a health care professions program.

Each year the Auxiliary’s scholarship committee reviews applications and awards funds based on course of study, scholarship achievements, course requirements, letters of recommendation and financial need. The committee awarded a total of $3,500 to seven students in 2016.

Any student residing in the Pekin area is eligible to apply. Priority is extended to those students who intend to return to the community to practice their professional skills.

Scholarship applications are available at or under the “Foundation” tab. Completed applications must be returned to UnityPoint Health – Pekin’s Volunteer Services Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 14, 2017.

The UnityPoint Health – Pekin Auxiliary is comprised of 130 volunteers who donate their time and raise needed funds in support of the hospital’s mission of service. For more information about the Auxiliary and the annual scholarship program, please call 309-353-0445.

UnityPoint Health – Pekin is a 107-bed medical center serving Tazewell, Peoria and Mason Counties since 1913. 

Mashie's Valentine Special

What's In Your Water?

“STRANDED BY THE STATE” documentary spotlights impact of Illinois budget crisis

Two-part series puts a human face on the budget impasse and will broadcast on statewide public television stations

Stranded by the State—a two-part documentary special presented by Illinois Public Media focusing on the long-term toll the Illinois budget crisis has had on everyday people across the state—will begin broadcasting on public television stations with a the familiar voice/face of Yvonne Greer as the host.

Illinois has not passed a budget in over a year, and this historic stalemate has proven to be the longest period that any state in the nation has operated without a budget since the Great Depression. Directed, edited, and produced by Kartemquin associate Liz Kaar, Stranded by the State was originally conceived as a multi-part web series, which launched in November 2016.

"There's been plenty of coverage of the politics behind the budget stalemate in Springfield, but not enough on the impact to families and communities,” said Moss Bresnahan, CEO and president of Illinois Public Media. “As Illinois starts its twentieth month without a full budget, this special reveals what the crisis means for ordinary citizens all around the state."

“The Illinois budget impasse is unprecedented. Now a new question emerges—not just when or if a budget will finally pass— but how long will it take to reverse the damage done?” said Kaar, who hopes to take Stranded by the State on a screening and discussion tour across Illinois in the spring. “We want to give communities a chance to comment and have a productive discussion on how to move forward. The stories we presented show that the repercussions of the budget impasse will be felt for a very long time.”

Using the cinéma vérité style favored by Kartemquin—the Chicago-based non-profit documentary production collaborative behind fifty years of classic documentaries, such as Hoop Dreams and The InterruptersStranded by the State offers intimate and empathetic insight into the many ways the budget crisis is affecting Illinois families.

For one particular Heyworth family, it means less support from a home visitation program for at-risk mothers to teach prenatal care and early childhood development. And for Charleston, it means mounting concerns about Eastern Illinois University, in particular tuition increases and a declining student population—which is of growing concern for local business, as well.

Broadcast in two 30-minute parts, the documentary focuses on six different aspects of the crisis in total: Higher education, at-risk youth, homelessness, seniors, adult literacy, and early childhood development. The documentary explores how the situation in Illinois connects to long-term trends of austerity affecting the country at large and demonstrates how such measures can ultimately cost taxpayers more in the long run.

Find out more at and follow the hashtag #StrandedIL.


Contact your local public television station for further information about airdates and future broadcasts.

     Peoria (WTVP-TV)
Friday, February 17, 7:30PM (Part 1)
Friday, February 24, 7:30PM (Part 2)

     Urbana-Champaign (WILL-TV)
Tuesday, February 14, 7-8PM CT

This series was produced with funding from the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, a project of The Voqal Fund administered by Chicago Filmmakers.

Kiwanis Club of Pekin to host Short Stacks for a Tall Cause

Pekin Sunset Kiwanis Club is hosting indoor Putt Putt

SCORE Peoria Employment Law Developments in the New Administration

David Lubben, of Davis & Campbell, L.L.C., with broad experience in federal, state, and administrative courts will present this timely workshop.

He'll help you to track wage and hour laws. cover immigration issues affecting employers, and offer predictions for possible changes in enforcement agencies and the courts.  You'll also get the latest information on new penalty levels for federal employment violations.  

The workshop is FREE, but registration is required.  Click below to reserve your space.

Pekin Park District Softball Leagues

Now the Holidays are done, it is time to think about spring and summer adult softball.
The times are changing and demands of slow pitch softball are also.  We always strive to give our players the best experience. 
Pekin Park District offers a division for all teams and abilities.
Sundays Am (afternoon) Industrial League
Sunday Evenings: Co-Rec A and B Leagues
Monday Evenings:  Church A and B League (openings now)
Tuesday Evenings:  Church League (Recreational)
Tuesday Evenings: New League Co-Rec (recreational church or industrial) (openings now)
Wednesday Evenings: Ladies League (openings now)
Thursday Evenings:  Industrial (openings now)
Thursday Evenings: Kickball (openings now)
Friday Evenings:  Industrial A and B Leagues (openings now)
A Leagues are the more competitive. B Leagues are traditionally the more recreational leagues.    Returning teams deadline is Friday, February 17 and new teams may register beginning Tuesday, February 21st.   If leagues had openings in 2016 new teams may sign up now.  Please call and check on leagues standings (we can find the best fit for your team).  All new teams welcome.  Kickball has openings at this time.  All leagues are on a first pay first play basis.

If you have any questions feel free to call me 201-4007.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Puttin' On Pekin Recap

The February Puttin' On Pekin breakfast featured the Pekin Park District.  Cameron Bettin, Executive Director of the Pekin Park District accepted the Spotlight on Business Award and updated the audience on several projects and programs at the park.  He also recognized the employees at the park district, and in particular, mentioned Terri Gambetti, Tom Elliott, and Dan Englebright who have all retired or will soon retire.  The Sunshine Award was presented to the staff and volunteers at the Miller Senior Center and the Blue Ribbon Award was presented to Tom Elliott who has maintained the parks for the past 43 years.  The early prize went to John Abel, while the late prize was given to Dave Horton.  Manda Brown from Perfectly Planned Events was the emcee for the breakfast, with 92 people in attendance.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Vinyl Art Studio Ribbon Cutting

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce congratulated Vinyl Art Studio on the grand opening of their new location at  407 Court Street.  They had been right across the street but quickly outgrew that space.  Owners Cindy and Danny Bonnette were joined by family and friends for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Vinyl Art Studio offers sign making parties and workshops, painted or vinyl wood signs, wall vinyls, car decals, up cycle'd windows and cabinet doors. They can also customize orders for most occasions and they cut custom Bible verses in vinyl for walls or signs.  For more information visit or  call (309) 201-3343.  You can see pictures from this event at:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Illinois Central College Culinary Arts Program received notification this month from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) that it has achieved accreditation for its Associate in Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts Management. The Culinary Arts Institute is located in Dogwood Hall on the North Campus, at 5407 N. University St., Peoria.
“The Culinary Arts Program at ICC educates students with state-of-the-art equipment and in an environment that replicates a professional kitchen,” said Business, Hospitality, and Information Systems Dean Julie Howar. “We are proud of the Culinary Arts Institute at ICC and our high job placement rate with both local and national businesses. This accreditation lends additional credence to our already stellar program.”
Program accreditation ensures the program continues to meet certain standards and levels of quality. The ACFEF will review the program again in three years.

For more information, contact the Culinary Arts Program at (309) 690-6836.

Mashies Paint Night



Join Illinois Central College’s “Between the Lines” program as professors Paul Resnick and Margot Vance, Peoria Public Library Assistant Director Roberta Koscielski, and Wayne Cannon of Commonplace explore the meaning of family in Tayari Jones’ novel Silver Sparrow. Be part of the discussion about parent and teenage relations, the meaning of family, and the great writing in this novel on Tues., March 7 at 7 pm in the Arbor Auditorium on the ICC North Campus, located at 5407 N. University St. in Peoria.
This beautifully written novel is about two half-sisters and a bigamist father who tries to keep both families from connecting in 1980s Atlanta. The first half of the novel is told through the eyes of one half-sister and the second half is told through the eyes of the other half sister. 
 “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

Monday, February 6, 2017

Plastic Addicts Business After Hours

Plastic Addicts Disc Golf Supply hosted the February Business After Hours.  Chamber members and their guests learned all about the sport of disc golf and about Johnnie Harrison's business.  They also enjoyed refreshments and door prizes.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Deverman Advertising


Two new exhibits open on February 15 at the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.
American Renegade, an installation by Bradley University alumnus Samantha Parker-Salazar, opens in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building.
In addition, an exhibit of photography by Britten Traughber opens in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility.
The installation by Parker-Salazar includes a bit of “family history,” as it is based on the life one of her ancestors, Cynthia Ann Parker. She was captured at the age of 11 by the Comanche in 1836 from Fort Parker, near what is now Waco, Texas. She was viewed by her contemporaries as an abused captive and later as a deserter or harlot. Unlike other tribes, the Comanche were not concerned with keeping written record of their history. As a result, the story of Cynthia Ann became a blend of folklore and residual judgment of a woman who seemingly rejected white society to live among Quahadi natives. In American Renegade, Parker-Salazar presents works on paper that, through their materiality, illustrate the same violence and fragility that consumed her ancestor’s life.
Parker-Salazar earned her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in 2001 and her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. She was the 2014-15 John Fergus Post-MFA Fellow at The Ohio State University, where she also served as a lecturer in the printmaking area. Currently based in Columbus, Ohio, Salazar-Parker has taught workshops across the United States and has studied extensively in Europe. Her exhibition record includes national and international venues, as well as public and private collections. She has upcoming exhibits scheduled in Cleveland, Georgetown, Tex. and Veracruz, Mexico.
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.

Facet Technologies responds to rapid growth with the addition of Jerad Trout to their Business Solutions team.

Facet Technologies announces the addition of Jerad Trout to their Business Solutions Team. Jerad is sourcing and assisting new business clients with the appropriate technology services that best suits their individual needs in order to provide them with the peace of mind Facet provides to all their customers. He brings with him ten years of experience in IT industry working on the sales and technical sides of the business, and is enthusiastic to bring his knowledge to the table with Facet’s proven solutions.

ProHealth Medical Group Welcomes Surgeon

ProHealth Medical Group, part of UnityPoint Health, is pleased to announce that Dr. F. Nani Moazzam has joined ProHealth General Surgery and is now seeing patients at 600 South 13th Street, Suite I, in Pekin.

Dr. Moazzam has been a member of the Medical Staff at UnityPoint Health – Pekin since 2003 and is currently serving as President-Elect for the Medical Staff leadership team. Her two-year term as President will begin in the summer of 2017.

Dr. Moazzam is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the Midwest Surgical Association and the Peoria Medical Society. She received her medical degree from Emory University and completed the General Surgery Residency Program at Loyola University.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Moazzam as part of the ProHealth team,” said Dawn Moushon, Vice President of Practice Management for ProHealth Medical Group. “Dr. Moazzam is well known and well respected throughout Central Illinois. It is a privilege to welcome her to our staff.”

ProHealth Medical Group offers six practices throughout the Pekin area, including ProHealth General Surgery. For more information visit

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois Receives Grant From The Walmart Foundation


The Pekin Park District Precise Ice Skate Team traveled to the Edge Ice Center in Owensboro, Kentucky to compete in the 6th Annual Living On The Edge ISI Invitational Team Competition on January 28, 2017.  They performed an original competition piece choreographed by Team Coach Christa Lasley to the song Belle from Beauty and the Beast and brought back a first place win. 

Team will be travelling to the Niles Park District IceLand 37th Annual Sweetheart Open ISI Team Competition on February 12, 2017.  Travel to see them compete or go to our Facebook page at to wish them luck!

Pictured are your award winning Precise Ice Team:  (sitting) Coach Christa Lasley, Bree Feller as Belle; middle row from left, Jaelyn Dirst, Rachel Kuntz, Jaclyn Mulvey, Isabella Silfies, Baylie Holeman, and Chelsea Worlow; top row from left, Sierra Weaver, Hope Skocaj, Jaydence McClary, Cali Elbert, Kyla Kirkpatrick and Jaycee Silfies.

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Kiwanis Pekin Sunset Club
PO Box 484
Pekin, IL 61555
Jordan Matthews, President
Mike Eeten, President Elect
Courtney Eeten, Secretary 
Earl Riley, Treasurer 
Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. Recognized UnityPoint Health - Pekin

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. recently announced that UnityPoint Health – Pekin has received prestigious international recognition and has been re-designated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 403 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The Baby-Friendly re-designation is given after a rigorous survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

Further information about the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative may be obtained by visiting

Emerging Leaders Learn About Social Media

Twenty Emerging Leaders attended the January 26th session on Social Media.  The program was presented by Officer Mike Eeten of the Pekin Police Department.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

The Emerging Leaders is a Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce program.  The mission is to empower, unite and develop emerging leaders by providing personal and professional development opportunities through networking, education & community involvement.

The objectives of the monthly events are to
  • Welcome and empower leaders in the Pekin area
  • Develop, equip and educate the Pekin area’s next generation of leaders
  • Connect emerging leaders with Pekin’s diverse professionals, entrepreneurs & area resources

More information about the Emerging Leaders, and an application, is available at: or by calling the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce at 346-2106.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pekin Christmas Campaign in Final Week

Nearly $3,000 Received Towards Matching Grant

The Salvation Army in Pekin is calling on all its supporters here in the final week of its Christmas Campaign.  “Major Rick Ray will be anxious to meet with the donor who offered to help with a $10,000 donation for a Pekin match,” said Rich Draeger, Tri-County Development Director. “The Pekin Corps has received almost $3,000 through online and in person or mail donations in the past few weeks, but there is still time for folks who hadn’t yet donated to help out the cause.”

To date, $179,767 has been raised toward the $200,000 dollar goal for the Pekin Salvation Army Christmas Campaign. Achieving the goal means that The Salvation Army will be able to continue providing the current level of services in Pekin and Tazewell County. Donations will be accepted through the end of business next Tuesday.

“We sincerely believe that this wonderful offer can be fully realized in this final week and hope it helps convince others to consider donating to The Salvation Army as we strive to reach the goal,” said Draeger. “The funds we receive in the next 6 days will be matched by this donor and puts Pekin on a better path to success in the coming year.” The campaign has already been a success, with more money raised this year than in 2015.

Donations to the Christmas Campaign can be made by 1)delivering to The Salvation Army, 243 Derby, Pekin, 2)mailing to The Salvation Army, or online at

For more information, please contact Rich Draeger at (309) 655-1348 or 253-9909.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Savant CEO Named 2017 Citizen of the Year

Brent Brodeski selected for his unequaled passion for helping others.

Brent Brodeski, chief executive officer of Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm, was named the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. He received the award at the Rockford Chamber’s Annual Dinner on January 19 at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center in Rockford.

The Citizen of the Year Award is open to any Rockford area individual who has, over a period of several years, contributed to the welfare and progress of the community. Brodeski’s forward thinking and proactive style has helped Savant grow to become one of the nation’s leading advisory firms. Success in his career has only strengthened his sense of personal and corporate responsibility throughout the 30-year history of the firm. Not only does he encourage and support Savant staff members to give time and resources to the communities they serve but he also leads by example.

He has served as a board member and chair of the investment committee for the Boy Scouts of America; a board and finance committee member for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra; and a member of the board and investment committee of the Northern Illinois University Foundation and the board of the Rock Valley College Foundation. Brodeski is a former board member of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) board and played a key role as a member of its CEO Succession Task Force.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as this year’s Citizen of the Year,” said Brodeski. “I am surrounded by a great support system both personally and professionally that continues to both inspire and challenge me. I humbly accept the award only on behalf of my family and Team Savant. Without these strong family units, I would not be where I am today.”

Brodeski has also represented Savant on the Barron’s list where he ranked 32nd on the list of the “Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors” in the country, and was ranked by Forbes as #50 on their top 200 wealth advisors list. In addition to many other accolades, Brent was most recently recognized by Financial Planning as one of the “17 People Advisers Should Watch in 2017.”

Brodeski is a co-founder of Savant, which serves nearly 4,000 clients in 43 states and three continents, with more than $4.8 billion in assets under management. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has 11 offices in the following locations: Chicago, IL; Freeport, IL; Geneva, IL; Hoffman Estates, IL; Naperville, IL; Peoria, IL; Sterling, IL; Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; Madison, WI; and Park Falls, WI.

About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $4.8 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

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.


Illinois Central College Massage Therapy clinic, located in Arbor Hall on the ICC North Campus at 5407 N. University St., Peoria, is now accepting appointments for the spring 2017 semester.
The clinic is staffed by students in ICC’s Massage Therapy Program, and services are offered under the supervision of faculty and licensed massage therapists. Appointments are available now through April 12 on Mondays from 3 to 7:30 pm or Wednesdays from 9 am to 7:30 pm.
Cost is $20 for a 50-minute Swedish massage.

To schedule an appointment, visit or call the clinic at (309) 690-6822.

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Leadership Management International 
Pekin, IL 61554
Karen Shorey
Karen is a leadership development coach. SHe has been working with LMI International for over 7 years, combining over 20 years of experience of working with people and her passion for helping leaders. She works with leaders helping them develop their full potential by long term mentoring that results in measurable growth. She can help you bridge the gap between potential to performance with guaranteed results.


Illinois Central College is hosting an informational session for home educators and their high-school-aged students on Friday, February 24, from 8:30 am to noon, on the ICC East Peoria Campus. The event is aimed at providing an overview of ICC as well as discussing ways in which ICC can partner with home educators to supplement and/or extend their home school curriculum.
Topics will include information on financial aid and admission, including ICC’s home school admission policies, an overview of student activities and other ways of getting involved on campus, and tours of the Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Building and Art Gallery. Students also will have the chance to fill out surveys at the Career Center to see how their interests align with career options.

The event is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required, as breakfast will be provided. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Mandy Hidden at (309) 694-5228 by Friday, February 17.  

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