Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Illinois American Water Offers Student Art Contest in Conjunction with National “Imagine a Day Without Water” Event

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 artwork will be featured in a future bill insert and earn the student(s) classroom a $100 donation.  The contest also helps to raise awareness about the value of water service.

“It’s hard to imagine even just one day without water. We need water to make a cup of coffee, grow fruits and vegetables, and manufacture nearly every product we use in our daily lives. While essential, few people understand the fundamental value of water and the systems that bring water to and from homes and businesses all day, every day,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.

To help educate Illinois American Water’s youngest customers, the Company partnered with the Value of Water Coalition to launch the “Imagine a Day Without Water” event Oct. 6-8, 2015.  All across the nation, events and activities will take place to highlight the important, and often taken for granted, role our drinking water plays.  

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 www.illinoisamwater.com, in the “Learning Center” area of the site.  Learn more about “Imagine a Day Without Water” here http://imagineadaywithoutwater.org/    

Winner(s) of the art contest will be announced in November.  The winning student(s) and their drawing(s) will be featured in an Illinois American Water bill insert. The winning class(es) will also receive a $100 donation to purchase supplies or celebrate the winning artwork with a party.

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. 27, 2015. Questions can be directed to karen.cotton@amwater.com.

Pekin Public Library Grand Opening

Mackinaw Valley Upcoming Events

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery
Upcoming Events
  • 10/18: Adam & Eve Go to Marriage Counseling Theater-Peoria Lutheran Women's Fundraiser, Open to the public, tickets on sale now,2-5pm

  • 10/24:  Vinyasa Yoga Class, Wine and Conversation, 1-3pm
  • 11/01: Open Mic Music Session, 1-4pm

  • 11/08:Masterpiece Painting Classes,11am-1pm, 2-4pm


October Murder Mystery Dinners
  • 10/30 & 31: Murder Mystery Dinner-It's a Bird, It's a Plane...It's MURDER!
  • Times:  10/30-6:15-9:15pm, 10/31-5:30-8:30pm
IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S MURDER - When super villains start dropping dead, it takes a super sleuth to solve the mystery. Will the Joker kill the audience with laughs ... or will he kill them in a more deadly manner? Can Lois and Clark figure it out - or will it take the Boy Wonder and Inspector Gadget? See for yourself in this super-mystery - and come dressed as your favorite comic book hero or villain!

Arrival is suggested about one hour prior to the start time for seating, wine tasting and "mingling" with the cast, this is your chance to let them know, if you want to participate in the show. There are three complimentary wine samples per guest at the tasting bar and wine can be purchased by the bottle or glass, beer and sodas also available. The performance begins between 6:35-7pm, and will be held in the tasting room in the main building. Dinner is served buffet style after the first act. Dessert is served to the table. Tickets on sale now, call 309-359-9463 to reserve or email, mackinawwinery03@gmail.com for questions. Admission is $45+tax per person for dinner, dessert and the show, reservations required.
Fall Hours: OPEN Thursday to Monday Noon to 5 pm,
 Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Offer Expires: offer expires November 1, 2015

Free Computer Classes for Ages 55+


Blissful Images will host a Limited Edition Portrait Event on Sunday, November 8th at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie by appopintment.
The portrait sessions will be themed ‘Silly Faces’ and features a session of your child and a 5x30 print including 7 images. $25 of every session will be donated to the Peoria PlayHouse.

Certified Professional Photographer Jenni Williams designed the theme after doing portraits of her nephew’s silly faces in 2008.
“I loved all the adorable faces he made when he was little and I custom designed the 5x30 panel to hang in my home. I love donating back to area organizations, events and fundraisers, so partnering with the PlayHouse was a perfect fit for this Limited Edition Portrait Event”

Sessions can be booked by contacting Blissful Images at 309-369-0099.

Goodwill Recieves $50,000 Donation from CEFCU

Monday, October 5, 2015

Membership Renewals

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

1-Star MVPs
Farnsworth Group
Velde Cadillac Buick GMC

Classic Members
Concorde Inn & Suites
Cordts Heating & Air Conditioning
Dr. Michael Danner, DDS
Deuce Development Corp.
Easter Seals - Central Illinois
Home Health Care Plus, Inc.
Hospice Compassus
National Rental
Personal Finance Company
Sign Shop
Sunset Lanes
The HOPE Chest
Tomorrow's Hope Christian Academy

Welcome to Our Newest Member!

Flashmugz Photo Booth Rentals
Pekin, IL 61554
Brigitte Krieg, Owner
Flashmugz Photo Booth Rentals is a company specializing in open and enclosed photobooth rentals. Our booths and open air back drop designs are available for a variety of events including company parties and branding events, fundraisers, conventions, weddings and reunions.

Illinois American Water Awards Approximately $49,600 through 2015 Firefighter Grant Program

Approximately $49,600 will be awarded to 62 fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2015 Firefighter Grant Program.  The program was created in 2010 to provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.  Since creation, the program has resulted in over 280 grants totaling over $294,000 awarded across the state.

“We are committed to supporting our local fire departments,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.  “This program enables us to further support fire protection in the communities we serve and partner with our local fire fighters.”

Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs.  Illinois American Water presented grants to the following Illinois fire departments:

Northern Illinois
Des Plaines Fire Department

City of Elmhurst Fire Department
Elgin Fire Department
Homer Township Fire Protection District
Lemont Fire Protection District
Lisle-Woodridge Fire District
Mount Prospect Fire Department
Northwest Homer Fire Protection District
Orland Fire Protection District
Oswego Fire Protection District
Plainfield Fire Protection District
Prospect Heights Fire Protection District
Rockton Fire Protection District
Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department
Leonore Volunteer Fire Department
Long Point Community Volunteer Fire Department
Reading Volunteer Fire Department
Streator Fire Department
Sterling Fire Department

Central Illinois
Arcola Fire Protection District
Carroll Fire Protection District
Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District
Pesotum Fire Protection District
Savoy Fire Department
St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department
Tolono Fire Protection District
Tuscola Fire Department
Urbana Fire Rescue Services
U of I Willard Airport Fire Department

Lincoln Fire Department
Lincoln Rural Fire Department
Cincinnati Fire Protection District
City of Pekin Fire Department
North Pekin Fire Department
Schaeferville Fire Department
Dunlap Community Fire Protection District
Limestone Township Fire Protection District
Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District
Peoria Fire Department
West Peoria Fire Protection District
Pontiac Fire & Rescue
Saunemin Fire Protection District

Southern Illinois
City of Alton Fire Department
Godfrey Fire Protection District
QEM Fire Protection District
Cairo Fire Department
St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department
French Village Fire Department
Belleville Fire Department
East Side Fire Protection District
Church Road Fire Protection District
Northwest St. Clair County Fire Protection District
Hamel Volunteer Fire Department
Fairmont City Fire Department
Signal Hill Fire Department
East St. Louis Fire Department
Sauget Fire Department
Pocahontas - Old Ripley Fire Department
Villa Hills Fire Department
Mascoutah Fire Department
Waterloo Fire Department
Elizabethtown Fire Department

Costco Non Profit Organization Employee's and Affiliates Shopping Event!

Sip N Shop Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Red Apple Reception - Center for Prevention of Abuse

You’re Invited!
Center for Prevention of Abuse
Red Apple Reception
The Center for Prevention of Abuse needs your support. Invite your friends, family, or come out with the girls to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while benefitting the Center for Prevention of Abuse. Learn about the critical services that are provided by the Center and how your donation can help.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Heyl Royster
300 Hamilton Boulevard
Peoria, Illinois 61602
RSVP by Monday, October 5

Starting A Business In IL

Richardson Counseling Ribbon Cutting

Richardson Counseling & Wellness Center recently celebrated their new location at 112 Park Ridge Lane in Pekin with a ribbon cutting.  Joining Char Richardson for the celebration were family, friends, staff and representatives from the City of Pekin and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.  Richardson Counseling & Wellness Center offers a wide variety of services including personal counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, court ordered evaluation and treatment services, and business services.  More information is available at www.richardsoncounselingcenter.com or 346-0898.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kiwanis Membership Drive

Sport Clips Help A Hero

Sport Clips Announces the Arrival of Three New Stylists!

Sport Clips are pleased to announce the arrival of three new stylists! Sam, Crystal, and Missy! This dramatically cuts wait times and allows for further growth.

Our haircuts are $9 right now and new clients are also receiving a free MVP Upgrade. This means they will receive a hot steam towel, a shampoo massage that hits all pressure points, and a neck and shoulder massage for FREE!

Pekin Hospital, Progressive Health Systems Announce Six Sigma Green Belts

Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems are pleased to announce that Beth Thomas, Director of Quality and Patient Safety, and Cora Hamilton, Quality Assurance Analyst, have earned their Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications.

Lean Six Sigma is a management approach that focuses on quality and efficiency. As part of the Green Belt certification process, Thomas and Hamilton completed an eight-week course to help develop the critical skills necessary for leading process improvement.
“This is an important achievement for our newly certified employees and the entire organization,” said Chief Executive Officer Bob Haley. “Our team is committed to continuous-improvement initiatives that will help us provide the best possible care and service to our patients and the community.”

Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital is a 107-bed medical center serving Central Illinois since 1913. For more information visit pekinhospital.org.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chamber Connection

Check out this weeks Chamber Connection!

Walk to End Alzheimer's Costume Party & Trivia Contest

Veteran's Memorial Ice Arena Opening October 3rd


We are getting the rink ready for you to come in out of the heat and enjoy the Coolest Place in Town.  Whether you are registering for Learn To Skate or Little Stars Pre-Hockey or coming to Open Skate you are sure to have a great time!  Be one of the first on the ice by joining us for Open Skate on Saturday, October 3, 2015!!

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

Find us on Facebook!  www.facebook.com/ppdrecreation

Monday, September 28, 2015

Goodwill and Black Hawk College Community Education Center To Offer Free Job Skills Workshop

Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Illinois American Water encourages customers to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal.  Both flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged.

The event is Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Collection sites participating in this event can be located by visiting http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

“This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off any unused or expired medications,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.  “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our landfills and water supplies as well as the hands of those who may misuse or abuse them.”  

Hauk added, “We encourage those who cannot participate during this DEA event to continue to use their community pharmaceutical disposal programs to properly dispose of their unwanted medications.  Through all of these efforts we can protect not only our water but our community as a whole.”  

Through partnership and collaboration with local pharmacies, environmental stewards, police departments and government officials, Illinois American Water has helped to implement 37 permanent pharmaceutical disposal programs across the state.  These programs are located in Alton, Bartonville, Belleville, Caseyville, Champaign (three sites), Chicago (two sites), Chillicothe, Collinsville, Columbia, Dixon, East Alton, Fairmont, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Madison, Maryville, Morrison, Mt. Carroll, Mt. Vernon, O’Fallon, Orland Hills, Pekin, Peoria (three sites), Peoria Heights, Pontiac, Red Bud, South Beloit, Sterling, Streator, Urbana (two sites) and Waterloo.  To find a permanent collection program in Illinois, please visit http://www.epa.illinois.gov/services-locator/

The pharmaceutical disposal programs were created through a model developed by Pontiac High School Township students and their teacher Paul Ritter.  The program, P2D2, has been recognized as a model for all pharmaceutical disposal programs. Through P2D2’s efforts, hundreds of thousands of pounds of unwanted medications have been collected and disposed of properly.  To learn more about P2D2 please visit www.p2d2program.org.

About Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a wholly owned 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 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 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 at www.amwater.com.

2015 Pekin Winter Wonderland Parade

2015 Pekin Winter Wonderland Parade
The Pekin Winter Wonderland Committee would like to invite you to join them for their annual Winter Wonderland Festival Parade on Sunday, November 29, 2015. This year’s theme is “An Old Fashioned Christmas”.

Come and show off your business, organization or group for holiday spectators while you meet members of the community, schools and businesses during this holiday tradition. By entering the parade, you will be competing for a $100.00 cash prize. The winner will be chosen by the Grand Marshall  before the parade starts and awarded the cash prize at the Opening Ceremonies on the Pavilion Patio after the parade ends at approx 5:00 p.m.
Date:               Sunday, November 29, 2015
Time:              2:30 p.m. Line-up/judging begins
                       3:30 p.m. Parade begins at 9th and Broadway
Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Pavilion in Mineral Springs Park with Fireworks, Pony Rides, Hayrack Rides, Bands, The Unique Twist balloon artist and face painting, refreshments and SANTA.
Line-up:            Your number in the line-up will be printed in the Pekin Times on Friday, November 27th or Saturday November 28th, and on the internet site: http://pekinwinterwonderland.info/
Parade Route:   Begins in the 1100 block of Broadway, east on Broadway, right on Sycamore Street, to Pavilion Drive, right into Dugout Parking Lot, left onto Coal Car Drive. Please disband and have members picked up at the Miniature Golf parking lot.
If you plan to hand out candy, please do so by walking along the parade route. This is for the safety of the parade spectators.
Please fill out and return the entry form by Friday, November 20, 2015.
If you should have any questions, please email me at trooper831@hotmail.com.
Hope to see you there!

Pamela Scott

Parade Committee

WTVP Presents and Evening with Ray LaHood & Judy Woodruff

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pekin Hospital Nurse Receives Critical Care Certification

Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems are pleased to announce that Sarah Edmondson, RN, has completed her Critical Care Nursing Certification, a credential granted by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Edmondson joined Pekin Hospital’s Critical Care Unit in 2013, starting as a student nurse intern before moving to a full-time nursing position. She is a graduate of Illinois Central College and the Methodist College of Nursing, where she was named valedictorian.
“Sarah is a wonderful asset to Pekin Hospital and the community,” said Cheri Lawrence, Critical Care Unit Director. “She excels in critical thinking and provides high-quality, compassionate care to the patients we serve.”

Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital is a 107-bed medical center serving Tazewell, Peoria and Mason Counties since 1913. For more information visit pekinhospital.org.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank Announces Promotions



PEORIA, ILLINOIS...September 21, 2015… South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., announces the promotions of Bill Koenig to Vice President Commercial Lending and Marilyn Strickfaden to Vice President Commercial Lending.

In this role, both Koenig and Strickfaden will be responsible for the continued growth and development of the commercial lending department, while providing financial expertise to our commercial clients.  Both have extensive experience in business banking and years of experience working with businesses involved in manufacturing, construction, health care, professional services, not-for-profit and real estate investment and development. 

Koenig has worked in the banking industry for 26 years.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.   He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Madison, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership School, Illinois Bankers Association – AG Lending School, and the American Institute of Banking. Koenig is on the Associate Board and Collection Committee for the Peoria Riverfront Museum and has been a Rotary Club of Peoria Reading Volunteer for 10 years.

Strickfaden has been in the banking industry for over 30 years.  She attended Illinois Central College and the University of Illinois at Springfield. Strickfaden has served as Board President for Family House and served on various Pekin Chamber Committees.  She currently serves as a Board member for Crittenton Center and is the Assistant Treasurer for the Kiwanis Club of Pekin.  Strickfaden is a graduate of the Pekin Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy and the Illinois Bankers Association Consumer Lending School.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $669 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 12 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin.  South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria. 

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