Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, January 15th @ 9:00 am

The 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast for Equality will be held Saturday, January 15th at 9:00 a.m. at Edison Junior High School. 

Breakfast will be available at 8:15 a.m. and will be catered by CJ’s Café.  Students (18 and younger) attend for free, with an $8.00 charge for adults attending.  This year’s speaker is Oba William King, a poet and storyteller.  He will present his program, “I Love My People”, featuring poetry and stories that share the commonality of people as captured in the writings of African-American authors. 

Click here to view the flyer.  For reservations or more information, please call the YWCA at (309) 347-9922, ext. 25. 

The Breakfast is sponsored by the YWCA’s Coalition for Equality, United Way of Pekin, and the Illinois Humanities Council.

TAPS Newsletter Published

TAPS recently published their December 2010 Newlsetter.
Here is just a glimpse of what you will find.
 
Warm Holiday Greetings to Everyone,
 
Another year has past to reflect on as the Holidays are upon us, and the New Year right around the corner. From an economic standpoint - this has been a more challenging year for TAPS, but the economy is only one measure of success. When resources are more abundant, there are more ways we can to enrich the lives of animals at TAPS, as well as make a larger community impact, but we are by no means in danger of closing or walking away from our goals and mission - thanks to the steady support of so many individuals and businesses who help in various ways. No - a successful year is also made up by the animals cared for and adopted, lives touched, relationships built or sustained and community impact. In these areas we have made a difference. Continued...
  
Additional Information available online:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Featured pets of the Month
  • Volunteer of the Month
  • Taps Wish List - Needed Supplies/Donations
  • Off-Site Events / Volunteers' Needed
Tazewell Animal Protection Society
100 TAPS Lane, Pekin IL 61554
Phone: 309-353-8277
Fax: 309-353-0072

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday, 12-7pm
Saturday, 12-6pm
Closes Sunday, Monday & all Major Holidays

If you would like to be on the e-mail list, please visit their website:
http://tapsshelter.org/, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your email address.

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on January 10, 11, and 12.  The series of three classes will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

The classes are designed to provide information on managing adult diabetes and are designed to help diabetics learn and develop the skills of self-management of diabetes therapy.  Topics covered in the sessions will include: 

v      the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control
v      how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size
v      the possible complications associated with diabetes
v      why exercise will benefit your health and make you feel good

Workshop speakers will include a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse, Registered Pharmacist, Exercise Specialist, and Registered Medical Technician.

Class fees are $60 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost).  The $60 includes all three classes.  Class size is limited.  To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois Announces $36,000 in Year-end Grants

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois Responds to Increased Demands on Local Food Banks, Announces $36,000 in Year-end Grants; Total Local Impact to Exceed $58,000.

PEORIA- In response to the increased demands on local food banks, the Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) announced today the distribution of $36,000 in year-end grants to help three local non-profit organizations provide food to needy children and families this holiday season.  CFCI will make three $12,000 grants to benefit the Salvation Army Food Pantry, the Peoria Area Food Bank, and Midwest Food Bank.  The grants are being made by CFCI from the RLI Corporate Fund.  

Directors from each of the food banks took part in a news conference held at the Salvation Army’s Food Warehouse, communicating the impact these grants will have on their programs.  Larry Herman, Director of the Midwest Food Bank said, “Midwest Food Bank is humbled by the investment that RLI is making into our local community. This funding will allow MFB to continue to sit at the table of those we serve and freely give food items that reap the most benefit.  The impact will also benefit the growth of the Tender Mercies program, which offers high fiber and protein. Tender Mercies can feed a family of 4 for less than .50 cents and also bring a better variety of healthy choices to our offerings.  Thank you RLI.”

“This grant will aid us greatly in continuing our efforts to combat “food insecurity” in our area, to make sure no-one goes hungry and provide us the ability to develop our newly formed programs”, stated McFarland A. Bragg II, President/CEO, Peoria Area Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc. “These funds will enable the food bank to concentrate on providing more nutritious foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables to our pantries. We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from community organizations, businesses and individuals. Thank you.”

“This news was definitely an answer to a prayer,” said Major Evie Diaz, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army. “In November, our food pantry provided over 9,900 meals- the most in any single month in well over 4 years.” “We are extremely grateful to RLI and its employees for their caring and compassion for those we serve.’ said Diaz. “What a wonderful gesture, especially at this time of year. We can’t thank RLI enough.”
In addition, the $12,000 grant to Peoria Area Food Bank specifically helps to meet the Our Children Are Hungry Challenge Grant Opportunity from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF).  ILCHF has committed to matching dollar for dollar, up to $15,000, any new dollars raised to provide food to children and their families through the winter months of December 2001 – March 2011.  In addition, the employees of RLI, through their Holiday fundraising effort, recently contributed $7,631 to Peoria Area Food Bank, helping to meet, and exceed, the matching requirement for the ILCHF grant. 

“The Community Foundation of Central Illinois is pleased to play a role in leveraging corporate, foundation, and private support to help meet the needs of hungry children and their families in our community”, said Mark Roberts, CFCI’s CEO.  “We thank RLI for their outstanding corporate

philanthropy in partnering with the Community Foundation to make these grants possible and the
Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation for developing the Our Children Are Hungry Challenge Grant Opportunity.  Most especially, we say thank you to RLI’s employees for their overwhelming
generosity in donating over $7600 to the Peoria Area Food Bank, helping to ensure our success in obtaining the ILCHF grant”. 

“RLI established our fund with the Central Illinois Community Foundation to support worthy community initiatives”, said Jonathan E. Michael, CEO & President of RLI.  “We are pleased that RLI’s employee and company efforts could come together with these grants to provide valuable support to those in need.”    
  
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Editor’s Note: The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) has served Central Illinois for over 22 years. Formed in 1988 as the Peoria Area Community Foundation, CFCI supports positive initiatives and innovative approaches to addressing the changing needs of our region.   

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois’ Mission:
To serve as a philanthropic resource committed to Connecting People Who Care with Causes That Matter.
www.communityfoundationci.org

Monday, December 27, 2010

Chamber Connection Newsletter Posted

Another month has passed and we've condensed all the news from our blog into a monthly digest. 

Please view or print this month's Chamber Connection newsletter by visiting:   http://www.pekin.net/ChamberNewsletter.htm

Space is Limited! Reserve your spot today!

Business EXPO 2011

The 2011 Pekin Area Business EXPO is a great opportunity to showcase your products or services to the public.  Last year 65 businesses and organizations participated.

We hope you’ll join us for the
Pekin Area Business EXPO ’11.
Avanti’s Dome
Saturday, January 22, 2011
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Free Admission – Free Parking

Great EXPO Features:
Ÿ         Entertainment
Ÿ         Grand Prize Drawing: $250 Visa Gift Card, Sponsored by Illinois Collections Unlimited
Ÿ         Door prize drawings all day from Exhibitors

Join your fellow chamber members and promote all that is available in the Pekin area!  Register your business today.  View and print registration information on line at http://pekin.net/2010/EXPOmailer2011.pdf 

Discounts apply to Chamber Members.  Register by December 31st to be included in the special EXPO section of the Pekin Daily Times.

Contact the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce at 346-2106 for additional information. 
Thanks to all of our sponsors:

Midwest Generation Powerton Station
Pekin Insurance
Allegra Print & Imaging
Pekin Daily Times
Comcast Spotlight
Adams Outdoor Advertising
Illinois Collections Unlimited
CEFCU
Fun on the Run

Chamber Calendar of Events

Chamber Calendar of Events

Jan 4
Ambassador Meeting
Jan 5
Executive Board Meeting
Jan 6
R. David Tebben Leadership Academy
Jan 6
Pekin 1st Committee
Jan 6
Business After Hours – The Grand Victorian
Jan 11
Member Services Committee
Jan 11
R. David Tebben Leadership Academy
Jan 12
Transportation Committee
Jan 12
Board of Directors Meeting
Jan 13
R. David Tebben Leadership Academy
Jan 17
Martin Luther King Day
Jan 18
R. David Tebben Leadership Academy
Jan 19
Marigold Festival Committee Meeting
Jan 20
R. David Tebben Leadership Academy
Jan 22
Business Expo 2011
Jan 25
Business Advocacy Committee
Jan 25
R. David Tebben Leadership Academy
Jan 27
R. David Tebben Leadership Academy
Jan 27
Taz. Co. Chambers of Commerce Business After Hours in East Peoria


Chamber Calendar, including events and committee meetings are also online at: 

·    Use the drop down box for Chamber Resources  
·    Click on Calendar  

Executive Director's Report

Executive Directors Report

American Community Survey
One of the great things about the internet is the vast amount of useful information we can access with just a couple taps on the keyboard.  One of the largest sources of information is the U.S. Census Bureau at www.census.gov. 

The U.S. Census bureau just released the first-ever 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) estimates.  Social, economic, housing and demographic statistics are now available for every community in the nation.

Prior to releasing this information, small communities had to rely on outdated 2000 census figures for detailed information about the characteristics of their communities.  The new 5-year ACS estimates give even the smallest communities more timely information on topics ranging from commute times to languages spoken at home to housing values.

The data released on December 14th is based on a rolling annual sample survey mailed to about 3 million addresses between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2009.  By pooling several years of survey responses, the ACS can generate detailed statistical portraits of smaller communities. The Census Bureau will release a new set of 5-year estimates every year, giving these communities a powerful tool to track local trends over time.

The 2005-2009 ACS estimates are not tied directly to the 2010 census.  Rather, the ACS complements the 2010 census and provides estimates of population characteristics that are far more detailed than the basic demographic information that will be released in February.  Because it is a survey based on a sample of the population rather than the entire population, the ACS produces estimates, not actual counts.

Local leaders can use the ACS estimates to help make informed decisions that will affect their community.  Before the ACS, estimates about characteristics were only produced once every 10 years through tabulations of responses to the census "long form" sent to a subset of the nation's addresses. Those estimates required two years to tabulate and provided an increasingly outdated picture of the country. By the end of any given decade, community leaders were relying on data that was at 10 years old.

So what information can you find in the ACS estimates?  You can drill down into the numbers and find information on all sorts of demographic, social and economic characteristics.  For example, I learned that 32.6% of Pekin residents aged 16 to 64 work outside of Tazewell County.  I also learned that about one-fourth of Pekin residents have a commute time of less than 10 minutes, and nearly three-fourths of Pekin commuters are on the road less than 24 minutes.  A few even ride bikes to work!

You can also compare data between communities.  As an example, I found that 17% of Pekinites lived in a different house a year earlier.  This compares to 14.3% in East Peoria, and 11.9% in Morton. 

Visit www.census.gov and look for links to the American Community Survey to learn about the characteristics of your community. 

Biz Barometer

Biz Barometer

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.
On a national basis, the unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent in November, and non-farm payroll employment numbers changed slight, increasing by 39,000.  Temporary help services and health care continued to add jobs over the month, while employment fell in retail trade.  Employment in most major industries changed little in November.

Chamber Membership Renewals

Membership Renewals through December 20th  

Thank you to the following chamber members who have recently renewed their investment in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

American Fire Service ~ Art's Ads ~ Avantis Ristorante
Aventine Renewable Energy ~ Bagley & Miller, Attorneys ~ Bard Optical
George Beres ~ Carney's Insurance Store ~ Champion Fitness Physical Therapy
Clanahan Chiropractic ~ Dr. Robert Ehrich ~ Enviro-Dry
Four Seasons Gutter Protection ~ Glesne Family Dentistry
Hallmark House Nursing Center ~ Harbor Light Hospice
Heartland Bank & Trust Company ~ Heartland Chiropractic Center
Illinois Collections Unlimited ~ ITV-3 (OmniLEC) ~ J & J Consulting Firm
Jim Maloof Realtor ~ Johnson Mechanical Services ~ Kriegsman Warehouses
Dr. David Kuban, DDS ~ Midwest Generation Powerton Station
Miller, Hall, & Triggs ~ Otto Baum Company ~ Pekin Area Board of Realtors
Pekin Moose Family Center, Lodge # 916 ~ Les Pulfer ~ Ray Dennison Chevrolet
Redbrand Credit Union ~ Sonic America's Drive-In ~ Steger's Furniture
Dr. Dennis Stoller, DDS ~ Tazewell County Jaycees ~ Attorney Charles Thomas
Udry Jewelers ~ James Wallinger

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Papa Murphy's Gift Card

Do you need a last minute gift or stocking stuffer?

Buy a Papa Murphy's Gift Card!!
If you buy $10 or more you get a
FREE pound of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!!


Stop by today!

1807 Broadway St, Pekin       347-5051   ww.facebook.com/papamurphyspekin

18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast for Equality

The 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast for Equality will be held Saturday, January 15th at 9:00 a.m. at Edison Junior High School. 

Breakfast will be available at 8:15 a.m. and will be catered by CJ’s Café.  Students (18 and younger) attend for free, with an $8.00 charge for adults attending.  This year’s speaker is Oba William King, a poet and storyteller.  He will present his program, “I Love My People”, featuring poetry and stories that share the commonality of people as captured in the writings of African-American authors. 

Click here to view the flyer.  For reservations or more information, please call the YWCA at (309) 347-9922, ext. 25. 

The Breakfast is sponsored by the YWCA’s Coalition for Equality, United Way of Pekin, and the Illinois Humanities Council.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

TCRC COMPLETES THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION PROCESS

Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. completed its three-year accreditation process with CARF on December 15, 2010.  Of the 932 standards on which it was judged, TCRC received a compliance rating of 99.3% – placing it within the top one percentile of the national and international organizations that also care for the needs of persons with developmental disabilities. 

 Ron Hale, TCRC’s President and CEO, is very pleased with the outcome, “TCRC put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.”  He went on to say that, “our community can have every confidence in TCRC and its high quality programs and services.”

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit social service agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and visual impairment in central Illinois.

For more information, please contact Libby Holbrook, Vice-President of Clinical Services and Business Operations, at libby@tcrcorg.com or by calling (309) 347-7148.

KIef Retirement

Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, offered his congratulations and best wishes to Dennis Kief on his retirement.  Fleming made his wishes on behalf of the chamber board, members and staff at a reception hosted by the City of Pekin on December 20th.  Kief is retiring from his position as City Manager, after a career with the city that lasted 26 years.  

Monday, December 20, 2010

Community Foundation of Central Illinois Responds to Increased Demands on Local Food Banks


WHAT:           The Community Foundation of Central Illinois Responds to Increased Demands on Local Food Banks, Announces $36,000 in Year-end Grants; Total Local Impact to Exceed $58,000.  

The Media is invited to attend.

Please join The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) at the Salvation Army Food Warehouse as they announce the distribution of $36,000 in year-end grants to help three local non-profit organizations provide food to needy children and families this holiday season. Three $12,000 grants to benefit the Salvation Army, the Peoria Area Food Bank, and Midwest Food Bank will be made by CFCI from the RLI Corporate Fund. 

The $36,000 in grants has leveraged additional contributions of $15,000 from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) and $7,631 from an employee giving campaign at RLI for a total amount of $58,631 being distributed to local food pantries in December.

In attendance will be the directors of all three food banks to discuss the important impact these grants have on the families they serve this holiday season.

WHEN:             Tuesday, December 21 at 1:30 PM
           
WHERE:           Salvation Army Food Warehouse
                        Salvation Army Campus
                        417 NE Adams
                        Peoria, IL 61602

WHO:               Mark Roberts, CEO, Community Foundation of Central Illinois
                        Larry Herman, Director of Midwest Food Bank, Peoria Division
Mr. McFarland A. Bragg II, President/CEO Peoria Area Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity
Major David Gorton, The Salvation Army Divisional Secretary
                       
Editor’s Note: The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) has served Central Illinois for over 22 years. Formed in 1988 as the Peoria Area Community Foundation, CFCI supports positive initiatives and innovative approaches to addressing the changing needs of our region.   

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois’ Mission:
To serve as a philanthropic resource committed to Connecting People Who Care with Causes That Matter.

Savant Capital Management Expands Peoria Team

Peoria, IL (December 20, 2010) – Savant Capital Management, a nationally recognized fee-only wealth management firm with offices in Peoria, is pleased to announce Julie Dreesen has joined the team in Peoria as a Financial Advisor.

Dreesen will be responsible for managing all aspects of the financial planning and investment process for clients. She will routinely meet with clients, advisors, portfolio managers, and planners to determine and coordinate effective planning, investment, and tax strategies. Dreesen brings with her more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and has earned the Series 7, 66 and 31 Licenses. In addition, she holds the State of Illinois Life, Health and Variable Annuities Insurance license. Prior to joining Team Savant, Dreesen was a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. In addition to her wealth management expertise, Dreesen has a strong background in banking. Previously, she owned a financial consulting firm that specialized in acquiring bank financing and she spent much of her career holding several banking positions.

Dreesen earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Knox College in Galesburg, IL. She is active in the community as a member of the Economic Development Council’s Edge Committee. In addition, she is an Emblem Club member. Previously, Dreesen was a board member of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Easter Seals, Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters and Bradley Braves Club.

About Savant Capital Management, Inc.
Savant Capital Management, Inc. offers investment management, financial planning, and family office services to financially established individuals, trust funds, retirement plans and non-profit organizations.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was named the top independent advisor in Illinois by Chicago Magazine. Savant was named by Barron’s magazine as one of the 100 best independent financial advisors in the United States for the last four consecutive years. For the past seven years, Savant earned a place on Bloomberg Wealth Manager’s Top Wealth Managers list. Savant also was recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 financial advisors by Worth magazine from 1997 through 2008; the survey was discontinued in 2009. Additionally, Inc. magazine named the firm as the fastest growing Registered Investment Advisor in Illinois.  For more information on Savant Capital Management, log-on to http://www.savantcapital.com/.

Savant Capital Management, Inc. is a Registered Investment Advisor. This announcement is only intended for interested investors residing in states in which the Advisor is qualified to provide investment advisory services. Please contact the Advisor to find out if they are qualified to provide investment advisory services in the state where you reside. 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 the Advisor’s services and includes lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized Advisor. The Advisor does not attempt to furnish personalized investment advice or services through this publication. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

RADIO STATION TO DONATE BLANKETS TO AREA CHARITIES

PEORIA, IL, December 20 – On Tuesday, December 21st at 4:00PM, Power 92.3 (WZPW-FM) will make a blanket donation to two area charities in the lobby of the Little Caesars Pizza on Sterling Ave. during the closing ceremony of the “Power Blanket’s Peoria” charity drive.  The drive was designed to collect new blankets that will be donated to the Southside Mission and Crittenton Center to assist in keeping people warm this winter.

“This year’s blanket collection has really made it possible to give back to the community.” Power 92.3 Program Director Jason Parkinson said. “I’d like to personally thank Little Caesars Pizza for stepping up to the plate and offering their stores as drop off locations.”

New blankets can still be donated at RadioPlex in Downtown Peoria and at Little Caesar’s Pizza locations in Peoria and Pekin. The blankets will be donated on Tuesday, December 21st during a ceremony at Little Caesars Pizza on Sterling Ave. at 4:00PM.

Townsquare Media Illinois General Manager Red Pitcher says “Our Blanket Peoria campaign is a great opportunity for the community to come together and help each other. The success of this year’s drive proves that Central Illinois really does care.”

About Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media, LLC, is a local media company focused on acquiring, developing and operating radio stations and digital properties in mid-sized markets.  Townsquare Media owns and operates 171 radio stations and associated digital assets in market-leading clusters in 36 U.S. cities.  The Company’s majority shareholder is a fund managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.  http://www.townsquaremedia.com/

Charles Hanley Awarded Designation as Certified Preplanning Consultant

Charles R. Hanley, funeral director at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory, recently earned the designation of Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC), awarded by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). The CPC designation is nationally recognized as the standard of excellence in funeral service.

The only national certification program in the specialized field of advance funeral planning, NFDA’s CPC Program promotes the expertise and professionalism to assist in the process of preplanning under state preneed laws and sets the industry standard of excellence and integrity in preplanning through voluntary certification.

The Significance of the CPC Designation
In order to become a CPC, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual. CPCs demonstrate their ongoing professional commitment by fulfilling educational requirements for renewed certification every four years.

“On behalf of our entire staff, we congratulate Charlie on his recent achievement,” D. Neale Hanley, owner of Preston-Hanley Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, said. “In addition to counseling families for the past 14 years, Charlie has also served our community well through participation in several business and civic organizations. The families we serve already know his personalized, compassionate service. Now, the CPC designation indicates that the NFDA also recognizes him as one of the best.”

The NFDA’s Certified Preplanning Consultant Program was established in 1996 and recognizes qualified, knowledgeable individuals who are committed to providing ethical and caring planning services for all families. The world’s leading funeral service association, the NFDA created the certification program in response to consumer demands for greater information about preplanning and prefunding funerals. The association serves more than 18,500 members representing nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and internationally.

Preston-Hanley has been serving Central Illinois for over 75 years. Locally owned and operated, the company has chapels in Pekin and Creve Coeur and recently began operating its own crematory in Pekin. Preston-Hanley is a member of the NFDA and Cremation Association of North America.