Monday, September 17, 2018

Traffic signal work at US 24 & Illinois 9 begins on September 18th

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that traffic signal work at the junction of U.S. 24 and Illinois 9 will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The work will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to be completed by noon. Motorists should expect intermittent delays at this intersection and should allow extra time for trips through the area.

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

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

Illinois American Water Offers “Imagine a Day Without Water” Student Art Contest

Students can earn their classroom $100 while learning about the value of water service

- Illinois American Water is inviting 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area to participate in an “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest. Winning students will win their classroom a $100 donation. Artwork may also be featured in a future bill insert and other Illinois American Water communication pieces.

This art contest is being offered in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” event. All across the nation, events and activities will take place to highlight the important, and often taken for granted, role drinking water plays.

“While it’s hard to imagine even just one day without water, many still take this critical service for granted. We hope to raise awareness and educate about the value of water service by combining art with the science of drinking water service,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.

Participation in the “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest is easy. Students are asked to draw a picture and write one sentence that describes what water service and a day without water means to them. Teachers can find instructions and materials online at, in the “Learning Center” area of the site. Learn more about “Imagine a Day Without Water” here Last year’s winning artwork can be viewed on Illinois American Water’s Facebook page.

By submitting an entry the student, teacher and school are agreeing to have the submission, including
identification information like name, school, etc. to be used in Illinois American Water materials. All entries should be sent to External Affairs Manager, Karen Cotton, at 7500 North Harker Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61615 by Oct. 10, 2018. Questions can be directed to

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 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market‐based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to over 14 million people in 45 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we
keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

2018 Marigold Festival Supporters

                                   Thank you to the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Supporters!


              Area high school students and their parents are invited to Illinois Central College’s “College Night” on Wed., October 17, from 5:30 to 7 pm, in the ICC CougarPlex (the facility that encompasses the Lorene Ramsey Gym). “College Night” brings representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities and from a dozen different states, as well as representatives from the armed forces, to one convenient location.
College reps will be on-hand to visit with students and their parents about programs, the admission process, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, as well as answer other questions students and parents may have.
Those interested in enrolling at ICC may choose to attend an “ICC Admissions Overview” session at 6 pm in the CougarPlex classroom. ICC admissions representatives will share information on the application process, what tests to take, and when applications are due. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following the session. Financial Aid representatives also will be on hand for one-on-one consultations.
Campus Housing will also offer tours from 5:30 to 7 pm. Students and parents can tour the student housing complex, ask questions about campus life, and receive information about leases.
                For more information, including the most up-to-date listing of colleges and universities attending, visit

Fall Fun Fest


               Two new exhibits open September 19 in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.

               Headspace, a printmaking exhibit by Dan Ossandon, opens in the Performing Arts Center Gallery. A talk by the artist is scheduled in the gallery from noon to 1 pm on the opening date of the exhibit.

               In addition, almost always never, an exhibit of the art of Felicia Cannon, opens in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building.

               Ossandon was born in Temuco, Chile, and immigrated to the United States in 1995. He studied graphic design at Parkland College in Champaign and Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Ossandon has worked in the industry for nine years. He does work in screen printing and illustration and often incorporates typography into visual images. Ossandon creates his work using painting and screen printing techniques. He said his inspiration comes from everyday objects and events where he takes what he sees, places his own spin on it and creates art from his point of view.

               Cannon was raised in Clearwater, Fla. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from Illinois State University in Normal. She has received numerous awards, scholarships, and publications for her work. Cannon said she produces images that function as a vehicle to generate, discover and learn. She added that her art is a form of non-verbal sharing, an externalizing of experience and emotion and a way to map or define an issue more accurately. Cannon said the image can function more as poetry, with multiple layers of meaning and intent, encouraging awareness and raising questions rather than prescribing conclusive answers.

               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. In addition, the Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events. Operation of all galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks.

               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 or to confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, visit or contact the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.

PCHS Volley for the Cure

Gateway: Voices of Recovery

Recovery is a lifelong process that requires continued focus, support and commitment. Treatment ends, but our support does not. Our alumni benefit from ongoing alumni support, social activities and educational programming to help empower and support recovery, for life.

It is important to share and celebrate all of the work our alumni have put in on their journey to lifelong recovery. Our alumni all have an incredible story to share. We’ve complied some of their stories, including the one below:

A Never-ending Journey

"The trouble didn’t come all at once. Craig had a family he loved and a job he cared about. From the outside, life seemed pretty good. But too often, it didn’t feel that way to Craig. In his mind, he was stagnant.

“My life felt really small,” he says.

He drank, and although he considered his drinking recreational, he would occasionally embarrass himself or upset others while intoxicated. Expecting a change to shake him from his doldrums, Craig accepted a company transfer and moved his family to another state.

“It didn’t solve anything,” he says. Craig’s drinking escalated over time. After a few family run-ins, he swore off alcohol for a while and even looked up an old friend in the area who agreed to go with him to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

When the situation only worsened, Craig’s solution was to get out of town and move back to the Midwest. But he only continued to struggle.

Between work and home, it was like a ‘What else is there?’ kind of thing,” Craig says. “I was extremely depressed, drinking at work during the day. Things were not good.”

To continue reading Craig's story, click here

About Gateway Foundation
Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness, that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing treatment for men, women, adolescents, and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders.

Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individuals successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Call 877.505.HOPE (4673)
to learn more about our treatment programs.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Shuttle Bus sponsored by Peoria Limousine

Thank you Peoria Limousine for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Shuttle Bus!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

UnityPoint Health Civic Collage

Thank you UnityPoint Health for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Civic Collage! 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Art in the Park sponsored by Vonderheide Floor Coverings

Thank you Vonderheide Floor Coverings for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Art in the Park!

Thursday, September 13, 2018


Illinois Central College will host Campus Visit Days from 9:30 am to noon on Fridays this fall to give potential students information on various program options and the chance to see the College up close and personal.
This year, ICC will group programs by “Career Cluster” on the same visit day to better categorize career fields that share common traits.
·        Health Careers – October 5, Peoria Campus
·        Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics – October 26, East Peoria Campus
·        Arts, Audio/Visual Technology & Communication – November 2, East Peoria Campus
·        Agricultural & Industrial Technologies – November 30, East Peoria Campus
Friday Campus Visit Days are free of charge, but registration is required. Participants may register online and find a full listing of the programs featured during each of these Friday Campus Visit Day events by visiting
Additional Friday Campus Visit Days for business, education, human services, humanities, public safety, and hospitality programs, as well as general information for undecided students, will be available in Spring 2019, beginning in late January. Information on these upcoming Friday Campus Visit Days is available on the website.
For questions, please contact ICC at (309) 694-5200.


            The Illinois Central College Theatre Program 2018-19 season of four shows gets underway with a Tony-nominated retelling of a classic Italian comedy. One Man, Two Guvnors opens September 21 for six performances in the main stage theatre of the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

                Written by Richard Bean, One Man, Two Guvnors is an English adaptation of Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. Bean’s updated version takes place in England in the 1960s. This fast-paced farce follows the story of Francis Henshall, a down-on-his-luck bloke who becomes employed by Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time gangster in town to collect money from his fiancĂ©e's dad. However, Roscoe is really his twin sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Henshall sees the opportunity to double his income by taking a second job with none other than Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. In order to avoid being discovered, Henshall must go to great lengths to serve both bosses and keep them apart…but for how long and at what price?
The show runs from September 21 through September 30. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm.

Cast members, their roles and their hometowns include: Jacob DuBois, Lloyd, Pekin; Josh Graff, Frances Henshall, Manito; Vanessa Hesh, Dolly, Pekin; Dylan Hill, ensemble member, Pekin; Tess Howley, Rachel Crabbe, Washington; Destiny Jording, Pauline, El Paso; Seamus Kelly, Stanley Stubbers, Easton; Noah Lane, Gareth, Trivoli; Tori Lowman, ensemble member, Pekin; Dylan McDonell, Alfie, Washburn; Creighton Peacock, Alan, Bartonville; Jared Ray, Harry Dangle, Glasford; Ricky Ray, ensemble member, Galesburg; Max Rutschke, ensemble member, Peoria; Dalton Sander, Charlie Clench, LaFayette; and Piper Simpson, ensemble member, Pekin.

Tim Wyman directs the ICC production. The show is rated PG for mild adult situations and is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Tickets cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens.

The show is the first of four in the 2018-19 ICC theatre season. Other shows include:
·         Columbinus by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, examines the tragedy of the Columbine school shooting in the year of its tenth anniversary. Seven performances between November 9-18 in the studio theatre. Rated R for extreme language, adult situations, violence. No one under age 18 will be permitted.
·         Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a show filled with laughter and swashbuckling adventure, tells the enduring story of the hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be. Six performances between February 22-March 3 in the mainstage theatre. Rated G for all audiences.
·         Blue Window by Craig Lucas, a quiet, lyrical dramatic comedy, which takes us inside the lives of a group of friends who for varied reasons are looking for something more. Seven performances between April 12-20 in the studio theatre. Rated PG-13 for adult subject matter.

Individual tickets for all shows cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens. Season tickets cost $28 for the general public and $20 for students and senior citizens.

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.

Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt

Thank you Pepsi for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Marigold Medallion Hunt! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Welcome To Our Newest Member

Better Business Bureau
8100 N. University
Peoria, IL 61615
Jessica Tharp, CEO/President
Amanda Hochertz, Accredited Business Marketing
People today are overwhelmed with choices and often unsure about where to find verified, unbiased information. There are more than 30 milllion businesses in North America alone; and hundreds of thousands of sites around the world where people shop online. There are thousands of free and subscription websites that offer a range of information, including reviews, reports, directories, listings and gripe sites. BBB is the one place you can find it all. BBB offers its national and local consumer services online and in person. Through our efforts, BBB helps millions of people each year.

Pekin Insurance Festive Food Court

Thank you Pekin Insurance for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Festive Food Court!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Chalk Walk sponsored by NRG Powerton Generating Station

Thank you NRG Powerton Generating Station for sponsoring the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Chalk Walk! 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Illinois Central College to Host Adult Education Career Fair

               The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is partnering with Illinois Central College to bring area employers and adult education students together for a Career Fair on Thursday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Arbor Hall on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria. This event is free and open to the public.

               Adult education students will have a chance to explore career opportunities with local manufacturing and healthcare employers and learn about apprenticeship programs available through the construction trades.

               The ICCB Adult Education Career Fair is being held in conjunction with National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 23 – 29.  This annual event underscores the continued demand for programs and services for adult students who need to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math and obtain a high school equivalency certificate. More than 36 million adults nationwide, including 1.2 million in Illinois, lack basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance in education and at work.

               Representatives from ICC also will be on hand with information on career and workforce training programs, including Truck Driver Training, Highway Construction Careers Training, the Success After the GED College Bridge program, GED Preparation and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, and Career Services. Local community service representatives from programs such as Career Link and others also will be available to provide information.

              “The ICCB Adult Education Career Fair is an opportunity for student to connect with local employment and educational opportunities that will put them on a path towards middle class wages and family sustainability,” said Jennifer Foster, ICCB Deputy Director for Adult Education and Workforce.  “With their long history of partnering with local business and industry, Illinois Central College is the ideal host for our inaugural event.”

               “We are honored that ICCB chose ICC to serve as a host site for the Career Fair,” said Dr. Andrew Kerr, ICC Associate Vice President of Workforce Development. “Community colleges within the system share a common goal to provide the educational opportunities individuals need to earn credentials leading to jobs with family-sustaining wages. We are pleased to offer a one-stop shop for individuals interesting in learning more about the educational and employment options available to them.”

               For more information on the Career Fair, please contact the ICC Workforce Development Office at (309) 690-6863. 

Author Presentation & Book Signing


Goodwill of Central Illinois and Christopher and Banks have partnered to offer coupons for donations. When you donate at any Goodwill of Central Illinois or Christopher and Banks location, between 8/30 and 10/3/18, you will receive coupons from Christopher and Banks.
Donors will receive 2 coupons. One is good from 8/30 – 9/9/18 and the other is valid 9/16 through 10/03/18. Coupons are available while supplies last.
“We are very excited about this new partnership,” said Don Johnson, Goodwill president and CEO. “It’s a great way to reward our donors as they support our community.”
Goodwill’s free programs are possible through the sale of your donated items. Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois serves 21 counties within Central Illinois. Goodwill offers employment services, a youth mentoring program, veterans’ support services, operates a veterans’ home, and employs more than 300 people. For more information, visit Goodwill’s website at

Savant Capital Management Launches Women’s Wealth Initiative

Program to empower more women to pursue their best financial future

– Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized, fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, with an additional location in Peoria, today announced the launch of its new Women’s Wealth Initiative, an inclusive program developed to empower more women toward achieving their life and financial goals.
The mission of the Women’s Wealth Initiative is to inspire, inform, and empower women to pursue their best financial futures through educational events, networking opportunities, and resources on financial planning topics specific to women.
“We are excited to announce the launch of this Initiative because it is critically important for all women,” said Allison Alexander, financial advisor and co-founder of the Women’s Wealth Initiative. “As a gender, women earn less and save less for retirement – but live longer than men – and they are more likely to experience breaks from the workforce to care for others. As a result, it’s more important than ever for women to be more engaged in their financial situations.”
“Our goal is to empower more women to take further ownership of their personal finances and to perhaps consider pursuing a career in the finance industry,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “The Initiative is an ongoing companywide program focused on Savant’s vision to build ideal futures for our clients, team, and the communities we serve.”
The Women’s Wealth Initiative website and newsletters serve as main resources for financial information and advice for women. In the coming months, the Initiative also will host special events to provide educational and networking opportunities for women in our communities. Savant team members will spend time at local colleges and universities to explain the career path and benefits of working in finances. In addition, the firm will host lunch and learn programs at jobsites for female employees who want to develop healthy financial skills.
For more information about the Women’s Wealth Initiative visit,

SCORE Peoria: Upcoming Events

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Getting Started with LinkedIn for Business

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Fondulac District Library 
Levee District
East Peoria Civic Complex - Meeting Room 112 

This workshop is FREE, but registration is required.
Call Peoria SCORE at 309-676-0755 or register online by  clicking here.

Upcoming Webinars
Create More Personalized Email Messages for Better Results

September 6 @ 2 p.m. ET  / 11 a.m. PT
Are your email campaigns too generic?

This webinar, presented by Constant Contact, will show you how to create more personalized emails for better results. 

Win Corporate Clients - 3 Strategies That Will Drive Your B2B Sales

September 11 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
How can you win coveted corporate clients?

This webinar will review how to significantly expand your revenue with corporate customers such as mid-market companies, large corporations, colleges and nonprofits.

4 Secrets to Grow Your Business Independent of Your Role
September 13 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
Are you a business owner who needs more time?

Reduce time spent on your business, grow your company and get your life back.

How to Turn Your Customers into Volunteer Marketers

September 20 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
How can you incorporate word-of-mouth into your overall marketing plan?
In this webinar, you will learn a with a simple and precise framework for word-of-mouth marketing that will grow your business.

One Page Business Plans: Simple and Highly Effective
September 25 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
How would you describe your business plan?
In this webinar, you will learn how to make your planning process highly effective.

SCORE helps you succeed!
Check out one of our latest success stories.
Chris Dodge started the Black Rock Bouldering Gym in Phoenix, so he could share the sport with his local community. He named the gym after an O.A.R. song that he says describes "a place of peace, inspiration, love, strength, and self-discovery. It's the place we travel to in our minds when we're scared, lonely, strong, brilliant, and everything in-between." Dodge wants his gym to be this kind of refuge for guests.
How SCORE helpedDodge says, "SCORE helped give me a solid foundation on which I could build my financial projections and accounting best practices . . . Without the direction and insight provided by my mentor Kirk, I don't believe we would have opened the doors as quickly as we did."

SCORE is a nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Because of this, our mentoring services are free, no matter how many times you visit a mentor.