Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Welcome To Our Newest Member!

Aerial Athletics LLC
215 Court St
PekinIL 61554
(309) 620-6862
Aerial Athletics is a tumbling, gymnastics, and cheer facility that provides recreational coaching to local athletes.

Pekin Hospital, Advanced Medical Transport to host open forum

Representatives from Pekin Hospital and Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) will host a free community event to discuss the proposed AMT facility on the hospital’s campus. The event is open to the public and will take place July 6th at 5 p.m. in the hospital’s Park Court Conference Center at 600 South 13th Street. 
The project between Pekin Hospital and AMT is pending approval by the City of Pekin. If approved, the proposed facility would help to improve emergency response times and ensure the fastest possible treatment for area patients.

Questions about the July 6th event may be directed to 309-353-0559. Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital is a 107-bed medical center serving Central Illinois since 1913. For more information visit

Allegra Recognized for Operational Excellence

MJ Eberle, owner of Allegra Print, Design, Signs in Pekin, Macomb and Galesburg was recently honored with the 2015 Operational Excellence Award from leading marketing, print and graphic communications franchise network, Alliance Franchise Brands.

He was recognized for excellence in managing his business to achieve exceptional levels of productivity, profitability and growth while remaining focused on helping local businesses achieve marketing and outreach success.

“We work hard to be a true partner to our customers,” said Eberle. “We understand the challenges they face when looking for new ways to meet their business and marketing goals and we focus on delivering positive, measurable results that are on time and within budget. Their success drives our success.”

Allegra, located at 1107 N. Eighth Street in Pekin, 1120 East Jackson Street in Macomb and 439 N. Henderson in Galesburg, is a full-service marketing communications provider offering marketing consultation, copywriting and graphic design services, advanced printing technologies including full-color printing, digital color signs, posters and banners, complete finishing services, mailing services, variable data capabilities, promotional products and print management solutions. Allegra can also help businesses with web, SEO, PPC, web to print and more.

Allegra is locally-owned and operated and is a member of the Alliance Franchise Brands network, a world leader in marketing, graphics and visual communications, linking nearly 600 locations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

For more information, contact the award-winning Allegra in Pekin at (309) 353-8801, in Macomb at (309) 833-5250 and in Galesburg at (309) 343-1418, or visit the company’s website at

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dedication of SSGT Paul Smith Memorial Highway Scheduled for this Wednesday

State Representative Mike Unes

Details For Immediate Release                                                                        Contact: Rep. Mike Unes
June 20, 2016                                                                                                         (309)620-8631

Dedication of SSGT Paul Smith Memorial Highway Scheduled for this Wednesday


WHAT: Road Dedication Ceremony

WHO: Representative Mike Unes, Senator Dave Koehler, Mayor Dave Mingus, and Smith Family

WHERE: East Peoria Festival Building Parking Lot, 2200 E. Washington St., East Peoria   61611

WHEN: 10-10:30AM

Description:  SSGT Paul Smith of East Peoria was killed in 2009 in Afghanistan during a volunteer mission when an IED exploded near his vehicle.  A resolution to rename in his honor a portion of East Peoria’s Rte. 8 was introduced in the Illinois House by Representative Mike Unes and in the Senate by Senator Dave Koehler, whereupon it passed the full General Assembly.  This event will serve to commemorate the newly re-named portion of this road.

Signs will be erected by IDOT on Tuesday, June 21st: East Bound at Arnold/ Meadow and West Bound at IL8/ Oakwood.  They will be uncovered by the family after the conclusion of the 10AM ceremony.

This event is open to the public, who are both invited and encouraged to attend in support of SSGT Paul Smith’s family.

For more information, please contact the Pekin District office, 309-620-8631

Rally for a Cure Golf Outing

Rally for the Cure


Free Women's Leadership Seminar

Chamber Connection

Check out this week's Chamber Connection here!

Monday, June 20, 2016

July First Friday/ Vin Luong Exhibit at The Speakeasy Art Center

Join us for this fantastic opportunity to view the beautiful paintings of Vin Luong in the main gallery at The Speakeasy Art Center, 353 Court St. Pekin Il! Opening reception is July 1, 2016 from 5-7. Music to follow at 7pm by friends of Vin's-Willie Kuhn, The Spoon River Cowboy and Rudy Urban, Pianist. 

Vin Luong was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1966. The son of Chinese painter Siu-Hong Luong, Vin learned traditional Chinese painting techniques at a young age, which he later built upon with an education in Western art as a teenager. Vin immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s and settled in Peoria, IL, where he lived and painted for more than twenty years. He passed away on March 7, 2013, at the age of 46, and he lives on in the many beautiful paintings and murals he left behind. Since his death his paintings have been housed at The Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin Il in a gallery on the 2nd floor.

Vin’s work incorporates both Eastern and Western elements, most often featuring human figures and faces and recurring symbolic objects, such as sliced open half-apples, lotus flowers, bluebirds and fishermen, statues and allusions to canonical artworks, and windows and doorways opening out into sky and water. Vin’s work moves fluidly from realism– in his strikingly true-to-life portraits–to surrealism–in his depictions of dreamlike, unforeseen worlds. Vin has explored a range of human themes in his work—including war, sorrow, and illness—but always, and even in the face of these painful themes, Vin’s work is infused with the poignancy of beauty, hope, and possibility.


Illinois Central College will hold several informational sessions for its Highway Construction Careers Training Program, with program applications and TABE testing available at each session. Classes for the next training program will begin Mon., Aug. 8, 2016.
The intensive 12-week program prepares participants for careers in the highway construction trades industry through classroom learning, skills labs, and real-world jobsite experience. Training includes, but is not limited to, math for trades, job readiness skills, and technical skills coursework, as well as OSHA 10-hour certification and First Aid/CPR certification.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the skills necessary to seek careers as laborers, cement masons, operating engineers, electricians, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, bricklayers, and other union trades.

To qualify for the program a candidate must be 18 years old, have a valid Illinois driver’s license, have a high school diploma or GED, and consent to random drug screening.
Informational and testing sessions will be held:
  • Tues., July 12, 2016, at 10 am
    ICC North Campus, Hickory Hall
Room 131
5407 N. University Street, Peoria
  • Wed., July 13, 2016, at 1 pm
Tri County (Peoria) Urban League
317 S. MacArthur Hwy, Peoria

  • Wed., July 13, 2016, at 5:30 pm
    ICC North Campus, Hickory Hall
Room 131
5407 N. University St., Peoria

  • Thurs., July 14, 2016, at 10 am
METEC Housing Resource Center
2605 W. Krause Ave., Peoria

  • Fri., July 15, 2016, at 10 am
ICC North Campus, Hickory Hall
Room 131
5407 N. University St., Peoria

The ICC Highway Construction Careers Training Program was implemented to increase the number of minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals working on IDOT highway construction projects and is offered through the Corporate and Community Education Department at ICC.

There is no registration or fees required for the informational and testing sessions.

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


Illinois Central College Educational Foundation will offer a few new scholarships to students beginning this fall, thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Creve Coeur American Legion Post #1234. The post recently dissolved after more than 60 years of service to veterans and their families and chose to release the funds to nonprofits in the area, including the ICC Educational Foundation. The Foundation will use the funds to establish at least two new endowed scholarships in perpetuity.
According to Commander Les Turner, the gift is the largest amount the Creve Coeur American Legion has ever awarded to a nonprofit. 
“Our members were sad to see their Post close,” Turner said. “But they are very proud that their service to the community will continue in perpetuity because of the scholarship established at ICC.”
“The Foundation is honored to be chosen to carry out the legacy of the Creve Coeur American Legion,” said ICC Educational Foundation Interim Executive Director Stephanie Holmes. “Their generosity will greatly impact ICC’s students while continuing to serve veterans, their families and our community. We are proud to partner with a group whose interests align with the College’s mission.”
Full- or part-time ICC students in any major who have a current GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible to apply for the scholarship, which may be applied to tuition, fees and books. Preference will be given to honorably discharged, wounded veterans who demonstrate need or to dependents (includes spouse and children 24 years and younger) of veterans who were wounded or killed while serving in the US military. If no applicant meets these criteria in a given semester, the award will be offered first to veterans who have been honorably discharged and secondly to the dependents (includes spouse and children 24 years and younger) of veterans who were honorably discharged.

For more information or to apply for the scholarships, contact Ellen Tabor at (309) 694-5530. 


Illinois Central College still has several classes available for the July session of its popular College for Kids program, which features an assortment of creative and educational classes for students entering fourth through ninth grades. The July session runs Monday ─ Thursday, July 11– 21.  Additional off-site Friday Fun Trips are offered from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on each Friday of College for Kids.
                Openings are still available for Math Scene Investigation, Beads for Life, Super Heroes as American Mythology, CFK’s The Voice, Tae Kwon Do, Dude Foods, Computer Aided Design, Mathletes and From Cryptids to Creepy Pasta: Urban Legends, just to name a few. For a complete list of open classes, visit
Club CFK extends the day and accommodates working parents by offering activities for student participants following the final class session of the day until 5 pm. Club CFK features games, computers, and snacks from 3:15 pm to 5 pm. The cost to attend Club CFK is an additional $79. Students must be signed out by a parent or authorized adult no later than 5 pm each day.
Tuition is $79 per class unless other fees are noted. Space is limited. Registration is available by phone by calling (309) 690-6900, or online at through July 8, 2016.

                For questions, contact ICC Youth Programs Coordinator Bryan Blanks at (309) 690-6914 or email

ICC Announces Fall Schedule for Pekin Campus

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pekin Hospital Home Health Open House

Pekin Hospital Home Health invites the public to a free Open House at 2934 Court Street in Pekin, Illinois. The event will take place June 23rd from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will include refreshments, tours and a medical equipment demonstration.

Established in 1960, Pekin Hospital Home Health offers compassionate home-based care to residents throughout Central Illinois. Additional services include patient assessments, patient and family education, rehabilitation assistance and Alzheimer’s support groups.

To learn more about the June 23rd Open House or the services offered by Pekin Hospital Home Health, call 309-353-0371. Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital is a 107-bed medical center serving Central Illinois since 1913. For more information visit

21st Annual Brad Campbell Memorial

Hallmark House Welcomes Krista Riggs Thomas

Hallmark House Nursing Center is pleased to welcome Krista Riggs Thomas as their new Marketing and Admissions Director. Mrs. Thomas brings with her nine years of post-graduate marketing experience, with six of the years in the senior healthcare industry. Krista looks forward to offering rehabilitation and long-term options to the surrounding communities, especially at Pekin’s only 4-star rated nursing facility.

Illinois American Water Ranks Highest in the Midwest in J.D. Powers 2016 Water Utility REsidential Customer Satisfaction Study

Illinois American Water received the J.D. Power award for ranking highest in customer satisfaction among water utilities in the Midwest according to J.D. Power’s 2016 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. The utility also achieved the highest score in the region for price and communications.

This first-time, national study was based on more than 20,000 responses, representing more than 83 million residential customers of the 84 largest water utilities across the United States. Residential customers were surveyed in March 2016 and had experiences with their utility within the past six months. The Overall Water Utility Satisfaction Index measures key performance indicators in six areas: delivery (including quality), price, billing and payment, conservation, communications, and customer service.
"We are honored to receive this award from J.D. Power because it’s a direct reflection of what Illinois American Water’s customers experience with us,” said Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk. “We know how critical water service is and how personal a service we provide. We thank our customers for their vote of confidence in our employees, who strive every day to provide safe drinking water at a good value.”

This is the first year J.D. Power has conducted a customer satisfaction study for water utilities. The study ranked U.S. water utilities serving a population of at least 400,000 residents. Utilities were categorized into the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West geographic regions.

According to J.D. Power, the study found that when critical water infrastructure is not maintained, it can cause residential delivery interruptions or create water quality problems such as bad taste and bad smell, the two issues that impact satisfaction the most. The American Society of Civil Engineers says that an estimated $1 trillion in capital spending will be needed across the nation over the next 25 years to replace thousands of miles of pipe, upgrade treatment plants and comply with stricter water quality standards.

Illinois American Water invests approximately $70 - $100 million a year on average to ensure high-quality, reliable water and/or wastewater service. According to Hauk, approximately $130 million will be invested across the state in 2016. He said, “The communities we serve rely on us to not only provide water service that supports public health, fire protection and the local economy, but to make needed investment to ensure reliable service today and in the future.”

According to J.D. Power’s press release on the study, “Delivering water that is safe to use and drink is the top priority for water utilities. However, many utilities are facing the decay of century-old infrastructures with insufficient funds necessary to make improvements. When facing the need for multi-billion dollar investments, it’s no longer good enough to just focus on the water system; it is imperative that water utilities also focus on understanding their customers, who can often be their most effective advocates when it comes to building up support for necessary improvements.”

 Following are additional findings of the J.D. Power study.
  • Price by Region: One-fourth (25%) of customers are not aware of the cost of their monthly water utility service. The customer-reported average monthly cost by region is $79—West; $75—Northeast; $63—South; and $60—Midwest.
  • E-Bill Satisfaction Higher than Paper Bill: Billing and payment satisfaction among the 31% of customers who receive their bill electronically is much higher than among those who receive a paper bill (792 vs. 746, respectively). 
  • Communication Recall Builds Satisfying Relationships: Water utilities that communicate with their customers are more likely to build a satisfying customer relationship. Overall satisfaction is higher when a customer recalls a communication in the last 6 months from their water utility than when they don’t recall a communication (737 vs. 675, respectively).  
  • Awareness of Infrastructure Investment Increases Satisfaction: When customers are aware of their utility’s efforts to improve or replace the old infrastructure, conservation satisfaction is 734, compared with 650 when they are not aware. The same holds true when customers are familiar with their utility’s efforts to improve water quality (749 vs. 599, respectively).
  • Answering Customers’ Questions on First Contact: One key to achieving high customer service satisfaction is answering a customer’s question the first time they make contact, compared with making two or more contacts. Among those contacting by phone, satisfaction is 134 points higher when the customer’s question is answered on the first contact, compared to when two or more calls are required for an answer (831 vs. 697, respectively). Similarly, when contacts are made online, satisfaction is 91 points higher when questions are answered on the first contact, compared to when two or more contacts are required (827 vs. 736, respectively).
For information about the J.D. Power 2016 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study visit For more information about Illinois American Water visit

Friday, June 10, 2016

Make-A-Wish at Sears

Relay For Life of Pekin

4th of July Honor America Celebration

Pekin Hospital Home Health Open House

Job Fair

Get your booth now!

June 10th Puttin' On Pekin

Captain Alex Grieves, owner of the Spirit of Peoria, was the featured speaker at the June 10th Puttin' on Pekin breakfast at the Avanti's Dome. He spoke about his experiences running a unique businesses. Dave Osborne from Trouble Free Heating & Cooling won the early prize, while Ken Coulter from Midwest Engineering Associates took home the late prize. Greg Ranney presented the Spotlight on Business Award to Earl Riley at First Pekin Savings Bank. Debbie Fornoff presented the Blue Ribbon Award to Jim Ruth for the work he's doing on a Park Avenue home.  Laurie Gruse gave the Sunshine Award to Nancy & Dale Atkinson for her Little Free Library.  You can see more pictures at

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Local Mentor Named Volunteer Leader of the Year

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is proud to announce that Susan Mullen, a mentor in their GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring Program, has been named Volunteer Leader of the Year. This award was presented by Goodwill Industries International.

Sue is former grade school teacher with 20 years of experience working with young people. "They need someone they trust to talk with or ask questions," said Mullen. "I get to treat each student as an individual, help them express themselves, and encourage them to ask whatever questions they have for me."

"Sue helps young people in her community build brighter futures," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Caring mentors are important people in the lives of young people and we’re proud to honor Sue for her commitment to youth."

"We are thrilled that out of the 164 Goodwills across the country, that one of our mentors was chosen for this honor," said Samantha Kinsey, GoodGuides® program manager. "Sue is an amazing person and we are so lucky that she is willing to share her knowledge and nurture these young people."

GoodGuides® is a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17. For more information on Goodwill’s GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring Program of other youth services, visit our website at or call (309) 682-1113.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wings and Wheels

Chamber Connection

This weeks Chamber Connection is available here!

Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following employers who recently renewed their investment in the mission of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

2-Star Members
Commerce Bank
Kroger Limited Partnership, LLC

1-Star Members
Big R of Pekin
Cumulus Media
Kouri's Pub
Classic MVP Members
American Motor Trends
Atlas Supply Company
Bremer Jewelry
Cosmetic Skin Center of Central Illinois
First Christian Church
Henrickson & Co., Inc.
JPG Commercial Real Estate LLC
Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts
Individual Members
Glover, Lynn

Monday, June 6, 2016

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Porter Electric 
1504 N. 8th St. 
Pekin, IL 61554

Greg Porter, Owner
Porter Electric specializes in residential and commercial electrical needs. 

Read for a Ride

Cyber Liability

Attend this free workshop, sponsored by The Unland Companies and Hometown Community Banks, and find out how to protect yourself.

June 22 | 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Fondulac Bank Building, Levee District 
201 Clock Tower Drive | East Peoria

 or call Shannon Jones at 800.747.3241 
or email by June 20.

  1. You are at risk.
Existing insurance policies do not account for web-based and other technology related liabilities. McAfee Security won't ensure you against a massive claim in case of a breach.
  1. The cost of a breach is higher than you think.
A 2012 data breach insurance claims study done by Net Diligence found that the average cost of legal defense for a data breach was $582,000, and the average cost of a settlement was more than $2 million.

  1. What could possibly go wrong?
A few things ... like virus attacks, hacks, physical damage or interruption to servers, rogue laptops, natural disasters and other systems failures.
  1. Know the ways you're at risk.
New economy, new exposures. The risks differ from business to business but include things like data theft, intellectual property liability claims, employee misconduct and many other things.

  1. Know how to mitigate your risk.
You need a data security policy, data encryption and employee training - but you also need to transfer liability to a third-party underwriter. That means an insurance policy crafted to cover all your specific cyber liabilities.

And, just to lighten things up a bit:
Find out who the next president will be.
The model used by Frank Mackaman of The Dirksen Center has correctly predicted the popular vote outcome of every presidential election since 1860. Come hear Frank Mackaman's prediction. 

10-10:15 a.m.: Opening statements from Bill Shock, Executive Vice President, Unland Companies
10:15-11:45 a.m.: Warren Poetzing, Professional Lines Underwriter at USLI, and Bill Martin, President/Professional Underwriter of Gateway Underwriting Agency, will discuss "Painting the Risk," going over the various cyber risks as they relate to those involved in education, banking, retail, manufacturing and other organizations, and the cyber insurance solutions that allow businesses to transfer their risks.
11:45-12:45 p.m.: Frank Mackaman of The Dirksen Congressional Center will present "The 2016 Election" and share how the model he uses to make his predictions works. Lunch and refreshments sponsored by Gateway Underwriting Agency and CIAN.
12:45-1:45 p.m.: Erik English of CIAN will introduce Cody Kretsinger, a professional hacker from CIAN. Cody will cover the basics of what happens during a network penetration test. He will also be available for a short question and answer session. A penetration test is designed to illustrate an organization's vulnerabilities and how to apply patches and fixes to white, red and black security breach mechanisms.
1:45-2:15 p.m.: Bill Shock of The Unland Companies will make some final remarks, introduce ID Restoration Pro, and distribute some "happy to see you" gifts.

Unland Insurance _ Benefits

Unland Home Office: 2211 Broadway, Pekin, IL 61554 | (309) 347-2177 or (800) 747-3241
Citizens Insurance: 127 S. Side Square, Macomb, Illinois 61455 | (309) 837-0609
Winter Insurance: 201 Clock Tower Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611 | (309) 699-3938
An Affiliate of Your Hometown Community Banks

Art Camps at the Speakeasy Art Center

Mr. Lincoln

Friday, June 3, 2016

Sound Choice Hearing Clinic After Hours

Thanks to Sound Choice Hearing Clinic for hosting our June 2nd Business After Hours.  It was a beautiful evening and they were in a festive summer mood serving cheeseburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, ice cold drinks and much more.  Everyone had a great time.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Debbie Fornoff Earns Certification

Debbie Fornoff of Debbie Fornoff Interior Design and Draperies is now certified as a Home Staging Expert.  She fulfilled the training requirements & final exam through Center Stage Home, Inc. to receive this designation.  

Whether you are a Realtor or selling your own home, Debbie can help you make a great first impression. With her staging services, she can maximize your home’s value by enhancing, highlighting and accentuating your home’s features.

You can contact Debbie for free consultation quotes and other options at 309-353-2608.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mashie's Pub & Eatery Ladies Night Out!

Savant Capital Management Named as One of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois

– Savant Capital Management announced today that it has been named as one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois.  The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois list is made up of 30 companies in the small employer category (15-99 U.S. employees), 26 companies in the medium employer category (100-499 U.S. employees), and 18 companies in the large employer category (500 or more U.S. employees). Savant was recognized as one of the top 20 organizations within the medium-sized employer category.

"We are honored and proud to be named as one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “Savant is committed to providing a team-orientated and rewarding place to work and we want to thank the team for their continued dedication to the firm and our clients.”

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
§  Have at least 15 employees working in Illinois
§  Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity
§  Be a publicly or privately held business
§  Have a facility in the state of Illinois
§  Be in business a minimum of one year

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part of the process was worth 25 percent of the total evaluation and consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices and demographics. The second part was worth 75 percent of the total evaluation and consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

Savant Capital Management was recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 26 and will be profiled in a special publication on June 27. Final rankings can be found on the Business Ledger website at

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Illinois program, visit or contact Katie Smith at 877-455-2159.

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 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning 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 such as being named a top RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, Financial Advisor magazine and Investment News and being recognized by Barron’s magazine as a top advisor in the United States.

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.

Facet Technologies

We are proud to announce our LAN Technician Jacob Day won first place in the statewide SkillsUSA competition held in Springfield, IL on April 21-23, 2016.  He will now be competing in the National Internetworking competition held June 21-25, 2016 in Louisville, KY.  The competition consists of three main parts: networking design, general networking knowledge and hands-on evaluations. The networking design problem tests a contestant’s ability to design functionality, scalability, adaptability and manageability of an internetworking system. The online written portion tests the student’s complete knowledge of internetworking concepts. The hands-on component demonstrates the abilities of the contestant to make cables, troubleshoot network systems, configure routers, switches and servers, to deliver customer service in a technical assistant center environment. The contestants will find errors in WAN and LAN networks, do an ISP configuration using routers and switches, talk a technician through an error they are having on their network, and take an online certification type test. The national contest is based on the most current CCNA certification. In today’s job market, system administration skills are needed, therefore the following server skills will be scored: Install DNS, create a record, install active directory service, and DHCP. In addition, contestants should have knowledge of creating user and group accounts on Windows Server 2008.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Employee Appreciation Day!

Free Workshop on Cyber Liability from Unland Companies

Do you know the risks of Cyber Liability?
Attend our free workshop and find out how to protect yourself.
June 22 • 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

Fondulac Bank Building, Levee District
201 ClockTower Drive • East Peoria

RSVP by June 20