Monday, September 18, 2017

Pekin Park District Board of Commissioner Vacancy

Pekin Park District is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Board of Commissioners resulting from the resignation of Board Member Dennis Barron, Jr. This is normally an elected volunteer position.
The term will be from date of appointment (11-30-17) to the next general election to be held April 2019.
Candidate qualifications, instructions and application are available starting September 11, 2017 at the District’s Robert N. Blackwell Administration Building at 1701 Court Street, Pekin during business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday and on-line at Completed applications must be received by the District’s Board Secretary no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017.

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Illinois American Water’s Pekin District Celebrates 7 Years of Excellence in Safety

Illinois American Water’s Pekin District has reached a significant safety milestone. According to Cord Crisler, Operations Superintendent, the Pekin District has gone over 7 years without experiencing any lost-time accidents.
Illinois American Water employees work around the clock to provide an essential service critical for daily life, public health and fire protection. The work performed can include daily hazards like working in confined spaces, among motorists and in extreme weather. Employees also handle chemicals, conduct excavation, operate equipment and complete heavy lifting.
Crisler said, “Safety is on our minds every minute of every day. There is nothing more important than ensuring our employees go home in the same condition they arrived at work, if not better. We owe that to our coworkers and their families. There is no room for shortcuts when it comes to safety.”
Illinois American Water conducts both classroom and hands-on training on a regular basis. Employees also participate in facility and job site audits to ensure compliance with established workplace safety practices.
Crisler said, “Our safety record means a lot to our team. Safety is a daily focus. We continuously evaluate and act to remove hazards to prevent injuries.”
Illinois American Water’s Pekin District has over 14,000 customer connections. Total population served is approximately 88,000 people.
About Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Welcomes Back “Safe From the Start” Program

$121,500 one-year grant provides services for young children
exposed to violence at home or in the community

The Center for Prevention of Abuse recently welcomed back Safe from the Start, a program that provides services for young children ages 0-5 years old who have been exposed to violence at home or in the community. The Center received a one-year grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority for $121,500.

Safe from the Start was initiated at The Center in 2001, but went on hiatus in 2016 due to the lack of funds from the state. The recent passing of the state budget allows for the reintroduction of this program and allows The Center to provide vital services for a vulnerable population.

“We are thrilled to bring back this important program and provide crucial services for children in our community,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse. “Young children are exposed to many types of violence every day, including in school, at home, on the television, and even in their neighborhoods. We are proud to offer free and confidential services to help children and their families understand and cope.”

There are currently nine sites in the state of Illinois that offer Safe from the Start, mostly in the Chicago area. Services include child and family therapy, comprehensive case management, confidential consultation for professionals, and professional trainings.

“This grant allows us to continue expanding our services and to meet the evolving needs of our community,” said Sara Dillefeld, Director of Domestic Violence Family Centered Services. “Exposure to violence can have both short term and lasting impacts, so it’s important that we intervene and reach these children at a young age.”

To learn more about Safe from the Start or to make an appointment with a counselor, please contact The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 309-691-0551.

The Unland Companies’ Pat Taphorn Achieves 20-year CIC Recognition

Patrick Taphorn, CIC, CSRM, president of The Unland Companies, recently completed the Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) Program, earning his certification for 20 years in a row. The CIC certification assures agents have the most current information in an ever-changing insurance industry. CIC certified agents are trained not only in the most important industry standards like licensing, state and federal regulations but also client relationship, management and ethical responsibilities as well.  Developed by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, the CIC Program is the insurance industry’s premier, proven source for practical, real-world education since 1969. 

The Unland Companies is a full-service, independent insurance agency providing broad personal and commercial insurance coverage, human resource services and financial services at an affordable cost, backed by superior service.  For additional information, call 1-888-874-8408 to speak to a representative.

Inspired Style Co. Salon & Boutique Offering Tutorials

Inspired Style Co. Salon & Boutique is now offering hands on tutorials on variety of topics to help our clients get the fresh from the salon look at home! We will be covering everything from "my first makeup class" for teens to "beautiful braids and beach waves".  First class is this Thursday, Sept 21st at 6:00 PM. Seating is very limited so register now and check back often as more classes will be added in the coming months! Is there something you would like to see? Send us a message with your suggestion or schedule a one-on-one consultation. 


Two photography exhibits open September 27 in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.

            An exhibit of works by Elizabeth Claffey opens in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. A reception for Claffey is scheduled for October 12 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm in the gallery. This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Midwest Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference, and will be open for four days in Peoria starting October 12.

            In addition, an exhibit by Barbara Hoffman opens September 27 in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. A gallery reception will be held September 28 from noon to 2 pm, with a talk with the artist on that date beginning at 12:30 pm.

            Hoffman has been practicing the art of photography for more than 40 years. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits across the country, including venues for the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, the Lexington Art League in Kentucky, the Mighty Fine Arts in Texas, and Eastern New Mexico University in Las Cruces. In 2016, Hoffman completed a two-month residency at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Peoria. Her photography focuses on landscape and abstraction, but recently she has been expanding her work to include other media such as printmaking, drawing and painting with ink and watercolor. Her exhibit, One Thing Leads to Another, is about her journey as an artist and how she creates her work. She resides in Peoria.

             Claffey is an assistant professor of photography at Indiana University. She graduated with honors from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. She holds a master of fine arts degree in photography from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, where she also earned a graduate certificate in women's studies. She received a 2012-13 William J. Fulbright Fellowship, which she used to support her documentary and creative research in Eastern Europe. Claffey’s work focuses on how personal and family narratives are shaped by interactions with both domestic and institutional structures and spaces. Her work has been recognized by various galleries and publications including PDN Magazine, Project Basho Gallery, Abecedarian Gallery, The Eddie Adams Workshop, The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Dallas Morning News,and The Kinsey Institute. Her exhibit, Matrilinear, is an ongoing series that addresses embodied memory and its relationship to personal, familial and cultural identity. These images examine family folklore, ritual, and mnemonic objects passed down through generations of women. The photographs of each object reveal the physical remnants of a body long gone, including stains, tears, and loose thread from clothing that were kept close to the body for comfort and protection. The photographic representations are both a visualization and an expansion of stories shared as family lore.

            Both ICC exhibits will be on display through noon on October 27.

            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. 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.

            ​Operation of the galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks. For more information or to confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, visit or call the ICC Arts, Communication and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.


            The Illinois Central College Theatre Program 2017-18 season of four shows gets underway with a wild satire from comedian Steve Martin, The Underpants, opening September 29 for six performances in the main stage theatre of the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
Written by Carl Sternheim and adapted by Steve Martin, The Underpants is a play about a conservative couple, Louise and Theo Markes, whose reputation is on the line when Louise’s underpants are exposed in a public place.
The show takes place September 29 through October 8. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm.
This wild satire, which is adapted from a classic German play, follows Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise's bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, Theo thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise's momentary display does not result in the scandal Theo fears, but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes' home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.
Cast members in The Underpants, their roles and their hometowns include: Nathanael Anderson of Peoria as the King; Darrell Kimbro of Metamora as Louise; Noah Lane of Trivoli as Theo; Dylan McDonell of Washburn as Versati; Creighton Peacock of Bartonville as Cohen; Max Rutschke of Peoria as Klinglehoff; and Adyson TerMaat of Bartonville as Gertrude.
Tim Wyman directs the ICC production. The show is rated PG for mild adult situations and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens.
The show is the first of four in the 2017-18 ICC theatre season. Other shows include:
·        Bullets for Broadway by David Landau, an audience participation “whodunit” dinner theatre-style show with music, food….and murder! There will be four Friday and Saturday dinner theatre performances. Nine performances between November 10-19 in the studio theatre. Rated G for all audiences.
·        And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank by Jim Still, a multimedia theatrical experience about the world of Anne Frank. Six performances between February 23-March 4 in the mainstage theatre. Rated PG for intense material.
·        The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, a dark comedy where amazing Irish storytelling takes the audience into the dream of a young boy who wants to be in the movies. Seven performances between April 13-22 in the studio theatre. Rated R for adult language.

Tickets for all shows other than the dinner theatre performances of Bullets for Broadway cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens. The four dinner theatre performances of Bullets for Broadway begin at 6:30 pm on only the Fridays and Saturdays during the run of this show. All tickets to the dinner theatre performances cost $20 per person and include a buffet-style meal. Tickets for the four dinner theatre performances must be purchased at least seven days in advance. A menu is available at

Season tickets cost $28 for the general public and $20 for students and senior citizens. Season ticket purchasers who choose to attend a dinner theatre performance of Bullets for Broadway must pay an additional $15 per person for the dinner.

The theatre season is presented by the Arts at ICC, which 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 tickets or more information, visit or call the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pekin Chamber Executives


Of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

The management staff position with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce was originally called secretary or managing secretary.  Eventually the designation was changed to executive director.  These people have served in that position: 

1916-1920       Phil H. Sipfle

1920-1923       James H. Braucht

1923-1925       Leonard D’Ooge

1925-1929       Ormond F. Lyman

1929-1938       John S. Patterson

1938-1941       Francis O. Neer

1941-1945              Ross E. Anderson

1945-1952       Britt B. Blair

1952-1953       A.W. Tarter

1953-1959       R.J. Lindley

1959-1962       Paul E. Burkhardt
1962-1970       R.H. “Bud” More
1970-1984       Leland S. “Lee” Williams

1985-1987       Ralph T. Brower

1987-1989       Kevin L. Rosner

1989-1993       Willard E. Birkmeier
1993-1996       Charles H. “Chic” Renner
1996-2001       Carol A. Shields

2001-present   William T. Fleming

Presidents of the Pekin Aera Chamber of Commerce


Of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

1917 – 1917    William. E. Schurman

1917 – 1919    James M. Rahn

1919 – 1921    Franklin L. Velde

1921 – 1922    William J. Reardon

1922 – 1923    James M. Rahn

1923 – 1924    Elmore G. Heisel

1924 – 1925    Franklin L. Velde

1925 – 1926    James J. Crosby

1926 – 1928    Willis M. Beardsley

1928 – 1929    Louis A. Birkenbusch

1929 – 1931    Arthur E. Severe

1931 – 1932    Paul H. Massey

1932 – 1933    Henry B. Koch

1933 – 1935    George B. Stolley

1935 – 1937    Irving M. Weimer

1937 – 1938    E.M. Marshall

1939 – 1939    Charles V. Frings

1939 – 1940    Robert E. Bryan

1940 – 1941    Albert LaFrenz

1941 – 1943    A.B. Foster

1943 – 1944    George D. Holiman

1944 – 1945    Leslie L. Jones

1945 – 1946    Arthur L. Grob

1946 – 1947    E. Oscar Winkel

1947 – 1948    Eugene P. Maurer

1948 – 1949    Karl E. Stoll

                        E.E. Lawson

1949 – 1950    Dr. D.W. Turner

1950 – 1951    Harlow R. Summers

1951 – 1953    John C. Kriegsman

1953 – 1954    Morton Bowman

1954 – 1955    A.V. Martens

1955 – 1956    Orville Deppert

1956 – 1957    Thomas H. Harris

1957 – 1958    R.H. “Bud” More

1958 – 1960    Robert Culshaw

1960 – 1962    E.M. Kumpf

1962 – 1963    A.R. Sutton

1963 – 1966    John E. Monge

1966 – 1968    W. Dean McNaughton

1968 – 1970    Charles E. Gagnier

1970 – 1972    Melvin V. Burling

1972 – 1975    Ralph T. Brower

1975 – 1977    Charles F. Wolfe

1977 – 1979    A. Dean  Willock

1979 – 1980    Richard Hayes

1980 – 1981    James Johnston

1981 – 1982    Paul Koch

1982 – 1983    Merrill Parsons

1983 – 1984    Larry Wichman

1984 – 1985    Louis Steger

1985 – 1986    Ronald Claussen

1986 – 1987    R. David Tebben

1987 – 1988    Charles H. “Chic” Renner

1988 – 1989    James E. Warning

1989 – 1900    Patrick E. Oberle

1990 – 1991    Dr. Virgil Petty

1991 – 1992    E. Baird Woolsey

1992 – 1993    Carol A. Shields

1993 – 1994    Bill Schade

1994 – 1995    Andrew Sparks

1995 – 1996    A. Richard Kriegsman

1996 – 1997    Robert Moore

1997 – 1998    William T. Fleming

1998 – 1999    Thomas Tesar

1999 – 2000    Perry Soldwedel

2000 – 2001    Vince Udry

2001 – 2002    Patrick Taphorn

2002 – 2003    Cindy Galyean

2003 – 2004    Ron Miller

2004 – 2005    D. Neal “Buster” Hanley II

2005 – 2006    Margaret “Marggie” Seelye

2006 – 2007    Glen Rittenhouse

2007 – 2008    Peggy Collins

2008 – 2009    Dr. Timm Schwartz, DDS

2009 – 2010    Mike Vonderheide

2010 – 2011    Althea Geiser

2011 – 2012    Charles “Skip” Schermerhorn

2012 – 2013    Andrew Leman

2013 – 2014    Tom Hornstein

2014 – 2015    Aindrea Balagna

2015 – 2016    Gregg Ratliff

2016 – 2017    John Franks III

2017 – 2018    Becky Saban

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The more things change, the more they stay the same

            For over 23 years the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee has worked with a number of agencies, organizations, and governmental units and representatives to advocate for the construction of Veterans Drive.  This road will extend from Illinois Route 29 on the south, and then along the City’s easterly border, eventually connecting with Interstate 474 on the North.  The Chamber believes this project is of vital importance to the community’s economic prosperity. 

            The Pekin Association of Commerce’s annual report for the year ended March 31, 1928 also noted the importance of roads.  The report from the Good Roads Committee stated:  “The most important project before the committee was the speeding up of action on the paving of the proposed State Route 164 (Pekin to Tremont and Mackinaw).  The new road will be of great assistance to the communities on the East, and the route will mean a marked extension of the Pekin trading area.  Your committee has held several meetings with representatives of the communities along the route, and many right-of-way disputes and differences have been satisfactorily adjusted.  At this writing it is practically assured that the contract for Route No. 164 will be let within the very near future.”

            The report went on to note that the newly paved section of Route 9, Pekin to Morton, was opened to the public last fall.  “In the opening of this route, the committee is able to see the final results of its many months of work performed several years ago when the right-of-way for the new road was under discussion.”     

Pekin Chamber Trivia

            The longest serving Executive Director is William T. “Bill” Fleming, who was hired in June of 2001 and has served the organization for over 16 years.

            The Executive Director with the shortest tenure was A.W. Tartar, who was hired on February 15, 1952.  He resigned 17 months later.

            Florence Westphal was the first female member of the board of directors, serving from 1957 to 1959. 

In 1991 Carol Shields was elected as the first female president of the organization.  She later became the first female Executive Director in 1996. 

City of Pekin Recognizes Chamber's Contributions

Pekin Mayor John McCabe has proclaimed September 11 through September 15 as Chamber of  Commerce Week in Pekin.

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has joined the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) and other chambers of commerce throughout Illinois to celebrate this special recognition of the contributions chambers make to civic and economic life.

In his proclamation, the Mayor noted, “Chambers of commerce have contributed to the civic and economic life in Illinois for 179 years since the Galena Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1838.”

He also noted, “The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and its members strive to provide citizens with a vibrant business environment that increases employment, the retail trade and commerce, and industrial growth in order to make the City of Pekin a better place to live.”

Locally the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce traces its roots to 1893.  The not-for-profit organization represents the interests of over 1,200 businesses, with 375 investors joining together to support the chamber’s mission:  To foster and promote a vibrant business environment that improves the quality of life in the Pekin area.

You can see a copy of the Mayor's proclamation by clicking here

Monday, September 11, 2017


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 Courtney Carmain will be teaching classes to help children find an expressive outlet through art and to help     them develop hidden talents.  Masterpiece Mondays are two 6-week sessions with each class building on each other until at the end  of the program children have a compilation of art pieces.

SESSION 1:     
DATES:                        September 11 –          Acrylic painting on canvas
                        September 18 –          Rolled magazine boxes
                        September 25 -           Scratchboard
                        October 2 –                 Plaster Masks
                        October 16 –               Pastel Drawings
                        October 23 –               Tye dye T-shirts (bring your own 100% cotton t-shirt)

DATES:                        November 6 -              Acrylic Resin
                        November 13 -            Glass (basic)
                        November 20 -            Glass (intermediate)
                        November 27 -            Glass mosaic
                        December 4 -              Snow Globes
                        December 11 -                        Water color greeting cards

Ages:               8 years – 17 years
Times:             4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fee:                 $50 per session
Location:         Salvation Army Building on Derby Street
Contact:           Dawn Wilde-Burgess, Program Manager, (309)201-4006;


Pekin YWCA offers New Art Classes

Join Erica Ziegenbein from Soulshine Art Studio
is now teaching Art classes for all ages at the YWCA.

Adults will paint a beautiful watercolor landscape on Monday Sept. 11,
10:15am. You'll learn about all the different brushes and resist techniques used with watercolors.
Fee is just $20 and includes all instruction and supplies.

Any age is encouraged to join the new Rock Painting craze on Thursday, Sept. 14, 4:30pm.
Rock painting is both fun and relaxing, and can be shared by placing them out in the community, used as
a decoration at home, or even kept in your pocket for good luck. Fee is $7.

To register, please call the Pekin Y at 347-2104.

YWCA of Pekin has Zumba

Aqua Zumba is commonly referred to at the "Zumba Pool Party" is being taught
in the Y's warm water pool beginning September 18.  This is a great class for those
interested in low impact. This class is so much fun you will forget you are burning calories.
For all ages and abilities, class is held on Mondays at 6:30pm.

Land Zumba is equally an awesome workout. A contagious blend of Latin and international rhythms
that provide a fun and effective class that makes you feel great. Mondays and Thursdays 5:15pm.

Babysitting service of provided by Abrianna during Zumba classes.

Brittany Evans, instructor. Pre-registration not required.
Call the YWCA of Pekin for more info, 347-2104.

Pekin YWCA now offering BINGO

Enjoy fellowship and great prizes at the new Y Bingo Program
offered every Tuesday, beginning September 12, beginning at 9:30am.
$1. to play and first card, each additional card 50 cents.

You will enjoy Miss Becky, your entertaining caller.

For additional information, contact the YWCA at 347-2104.


Illinois Central College is seeking artwork created by area veterans to be displayed in ICC’s upcoming 2nd Annual Veterans’ Art Exhibit, an event celebrating the creativity of local veterans.
This exhibit is open to any veteran currently residing in Central Illinois. To allow for the maximum number of participants, only one piece of artwork will be allowed per artist. All entries must have been created within the past two years.
Works will be accepted at the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus, on October 26 from 3 to 5 pm; October 27 from 9 am to noon; and October 28 from 10 am to noon. All work must be labeled with the artist’s name and title of the piece, if any.
The 2nd Annual Veterans’ Art Exhibit is scheduled from November 1 through November 26 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. A reception for the artists will take place November 9 from 6 to 8 pm in the gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.
All artwork accepted into the show must remain in the exhibit through November 26 and can be picked up from the gallery on November 27 between noon and 5 pm.
There are size limits and specifications for two- and three-dimensional work; details are available at
For more information about submitting works or about the exhibit, contact ICC art gallery specialist Stephanie Van Doren at (309) 694-5528 or

The exhibit is presented by the Arts at ICC, which 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.

Savant Certified for Fiduciary Excellence for 10 Straight Years

Savant Capital Management, one of the nation’s largest independent registered investment advisory firms, announced today that CEFEX, the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC, has renewed the firm’s certification to the standard described in the handbook “Prudent Practices for Investment Advisors.” This is the tenth year of certification for Savant, and it was among the first Investment Advisors to successfully complete the independent certification process.
The CEFEX standard describes how an Investment Advisor assumes the responsibility for managing a client’s overall investment management process, which includes the selection, monitoring, and de-selection of investment managers, as well as developing processes to implement investment strategies and fiduciary practices on an ongoing basis.
“Savant has demonstrated its commitment to fiduciary excellence for a decade,” said Carlos Panksep, managing director of the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence. “The firm has voluntarily undertaken third party audits to a rigorous best practice standard.”
Savant is certified for investment advisory services, including the role of 3(38) investment manager and non-discretionary 3(21) investment advisor for Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans, 403(b)/church exempt, personal trusts, and high net worth individuals. Savant is registered at, where the firm’s certificate can also be viewed.
The standard is substantiated by legislation, case law, and regulatory opinion letters from the ERISA, the Investment Advisor’s Act of 1940, Uniform Prudent Investor Act (UPIA), Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA), and the Uniform Management of Public Employee Retirement Systems Act (MPERS) in the U.S.
A full copy of the standard can be downloaded from CEFEX and a summary can be viewed by clicking on Savant’s on-line CEFEX certificate.
Savant employs more than 145 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Peoria, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI. For more information about Savant, visit


Goodwill of Central Illinois and Bergner’s will hold their semi-annual donation drive from Wednesday, September 13 through Saturday, September 30, 2017.
During the drive, every item donated to Goodwill will earn the donor a 30% off coupon from Bergner’s. Donors can earn additional coupons during Triple Coupon Days.
On the opening day of the sale, September 13, donors will receive triple coupons. For every one item donated, they will receive three coupons. On that day, Goodwill will have a truck at the Bergner’s at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. The goal is to “Stuff the Truck” with donations.
Triple Coupon Days will take place September 13 – September 18.
Coupons can be used on items not normally on sale, such as fragrances, cosmetics
and electronics.
Donations can be made at any Goodwill of Central Illinois location or Bergner’s location.
Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

History of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

            In October of 1893, a group of civic-minded businessmen incorporated the Citizen’s Improvement Association of Pekin.  The organization was formed for the purpose of “advancing the business interest and promoting the commercial growth of the City of Pekin.”  The five directors that were selected to control and manage the corporation for the first year were:  Everett W. Wilson, George Herget, Jesse B. Cooper, Henry Block, and Joseph V. Graff.

            A second business association, the Pekin Retail Merchants Association, was organized in 1900 with Ferd Pauley as President and Fred Helm as Secretary.  The purpose of this organization was to promote better business practices and systems. 

            In 1904 the Citizen’s Improvement Association of Pekin changed its name to the Commercial Club of Pekin.  In 1911 they merged with the Pekin Merchants Association, but retained their name as the Commercial Club of Pekin.

            In 1916 the name of the organization was changed to the Association of Commerce of Pekin, Illinois.  Phil H. Sipfle was the managing secretary, and Maude M. Smith was hired as the office secretary on May 27, 1916.   

Smith retired in 1961, after 45 years of service to the organization.  However, she continued to attend the annual meetings into the 1980s.  Her attendance was noteworthy, as she had never missed an annual meeting since she was hired by the organization in 1916.

            In 1962 the name of the organization was changed to the Chamber of Commerce of Pekin, Illinois.  In 1978 the name of the organization was changed to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

The History of Chambers of Commerce

            As long as commerce has existed, traders have banded together.  The purpose of those first associations was to seek common protection against enemies and marauding bands of robbers.  Later they established codes to govern the conduct of trade, and still later, they attempted to exert influence on legislation.  These early associations of traders have little in common with the modern Chamber of Commerce.

The history of Chambers of Commerce, as an institution representing the interests of business, dates back to the end of the 16th century.  In 1599 the Board of Marseilles, France appointed a commission of four merchants and granted it the status of an advisory body on trade matters.  The commission was “in charge of increasing the town’s prosperity.”  Some time later the commission was named a Chamber of Commerce.

King Henry IV issued a decree whereby he legitimized the institution, which in the course of time became totally independent.  He also asked the chambers for “recommendations to revive the economy of the kingdom.” 

In the early 18th century Chambers of Commerce, as advisory institutions, were established in other French cities.  Clearly establishing their purpose, King Louis XIV asked the chambers for proposals to “increase trade in France and outside the Kingdom.”

In Germany, the first chamber was established in 1665 in Hamburg.  It was an institution similar to a Chamber of Commerce and called a Kommerzdeputation.  In 1866 it was named a Chamber of Commerce.

The first Canadian Chamber of Commerce was formed in the year 1750 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  A group of merchants joined together to form the "Association for the Benefit of Trade." 

            The first Chamber of Commerce in the United States was organized in New York in 1786.  From 1890 the growth of the chambers in the United States was rapid.  Today, there are over 5,000 such organizations in the country. 

The Galena Chamber of Commerce, organized at a meeting of merchants on February 2, 1838, was the first Chamber of Commerce in Illinois.  Though it has not been in continuous existence, a business organization in one form or another has been in Galena since that time.  According to the 1878 History of Jo Daviess County, “... the Chamber of Commerce exercised a powerful and beneficial influence on the business interests of Galena.”

Chambers of Commerce today have only a faint resemblance of the old “board of trade” and “booster clubs” of even a half-century ago.  Changes are more than one of refinement - the basic philosophy of Chamber operation has changed. 

In recent years, Chambers of Commerce have become more involved in economic development, urban renewal, and planning, with some of the larger Chambers adding specialist to their staff.

State of Illinois Recognizes Chambers and Their Contribution to Illinois Commerce

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed September 11 through September 15 as Chamber of Commerce Week throughout Illinois.

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has joined the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) in celebrating this special recognition of the contributions chambers of commerce make to Illinois civic and economic life.

In his Proclamation, the Governor declared, “Chambers of commerce have contributed to the civic and economic life in Illinois for 179 years since the Galena Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1838.  Chambers of commerce encourage the growth of existing industries, services, and commercial firms and encourage new businesses and individuals to locate in Illinois.”

Locally the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce traces its roots back to 1893.  The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of over 1,200 businesses, with 375 investors coming together to create a vibrant local economy.

The IACCE is dedicated to being an accessible and valued resource for the professional development of chamber of commerce directors and staffs in Illinois. 

You can find a copy of Governor Bruce Rauner's proclamation at: