Friday, April 29, 2011

Pekin Main Street Upcoming Events

Save the date for these upcoming events!

Downtown Farmer’s Market & Artists (Weekly, Thursdays Mid June – September)
Open-air market featuring locally grown fresh produce, delicious baked goods, flowers and herbs, crafts, organic items and arts. Free, live entertainment periodically on the Courthouse lawn. Held on Capitol Street, opposite the Courthouse. Family event.

Summer Fun on Court (Saturday June 11 & Friday July 8 from 5:00-10:00 p.m.):
Music fills the air in historic downtown Pekin with an outdoor street party. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the live entertainment and food vendor available. Family event, although alcohol will be sold.

Pekin Main Street Super Cruise (Friday July 29, 4 – 10p.m./Saturday July 30, 1 - 8p.m.):
Event expands, 2 Day Event Downtown Pekin fills up with beautifully restored to new model cars, trucks & bikes for this 6th annual popular event. Last year over 6,000 people attended this event to view over 1000 cars, trucks and bikes on display. Live music, food & vehicle related vendors, awards and spirits will be available. Free registration for vehicle display. Family event, although alcohol will be sold.

TransPORT Special Notice

Save the date for the Spring Stakeholders Meeting on Thursday, May 26th, 2011 from 11:45am- 1:15pm. The meeting will be held at Kenyon's Restaurant in Lacon, Illinois. The cost is $25 per person. Aaron Ozinga from Ozinga Materials, Inc. will be discussing Ozinga's Marshall County mining operations and the importance of water transportation to the construction industry. To register go to www.portdistrict.com.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Membership Renewals through April 25th

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

             American Motor Trends ~ MAP/ACT (Artistic Community Theatre)                                Associated Bank ~ Bond Eye Associates ~ Boys & Girls Club of Pekin                                     Elliff, Keyser, Oberle & Dancey, PC ~ Holiday Inn Express
Homerun Advertising Specialties ~ Illinois Central College
Illinois Department of Employment Security ~ J H Car Wash
Jimmy Johns ~ Dr. Brendon J. Johnson, OD
Kelley Construction Contractors ~ Kyle’s Care at Home
Lange Animal Clinic ~ Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab
Pekin National Bank ~ PNC Bank ~ Riviera Tan ~ Carol Shields
State Rep. Mike Unes~ Tazewell County Children’s Advocacy Center
Tractor Supply Company

Chamber Elects New Directors and Officers

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting on April 25th at the Pekin Country Club.  Two-hundred twenty members and guests attended the reception and short business meeting, followed by entertainment with an inspirational message from Stephen Bargatze. 

Five members of the Board of Directors retired, as their terms were completed.  Recognized for their service were:  Aindrea Balagna, Wolf Tesar & Company; Dave Calhoun, Let It Shine; Jim Kouri, Kouri’s Pub; Mary Ann Ladendorf, Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell; and, Scott Lange, Pekin Union Mission Society.  Also recognized was Mike Vonderheide from Vonderheide Floor Coverings, who completed his service to the board as Past President. 

The membership elected new directors in March and they were introduced.  They are Courtney Antonini, John Dennison, Greg Henderson, Scott Kriegsman, and Brent Morgan.  See the next pages for their stories. 

The newly seated board then elected officers for the next year.  They are
President, Skip Schermerhorn, Herget Bank; President Elect, Drew Leman, Leman Property Management; Vice President, Tom Hornstein, Excalibur Seasoning Company; Treasurer, Aindrea Balagna, Wolf Tesar and Company; and, Past President, Althea Geiser, B’Ribboned, Etc.  Balagna is the newest officer, while the others all are assuming new roles for the year.        

Chamber Calendar of Events

May 3 Ambassador Meeting                        May 11 Board of Directors Meeting  
May 4 Executive Board Meeting                  May 12 Tech and Tell
May 5 Pekin 1st Committee                        May 18 Marigold Festival Committee        
May 5 Business After Hours                       May 10 Member Services Committee                               May 11 Transportation Committee             May 30 Memorial Day
                                                                    May 31 Business Advocacy Committee                                                           

Tech Show 'n Tell

Ten chamber members got together on Thursday, April 14th at the Avanti’s Dome for free coffee and “show and tell.”  This was the second month for this informal gathering.  Some of the participants were there to listen, while others shared and demonstrated new technologies, apps, or gadgets they use to be more efficient and effective at work.

Last month we discussed QR Codes and accepting credit card payments with your smart phone.  This month we discussed downloading e-books from the Pekin Public Library, Quixey (a search engine for apps), Seize the Deal and Groupon advertising opportunities, some of the new phones and tablets and $G networks that are available or coming soon to Verizon Wireless and Sprint Wireless Express, Screencast-o-matic (a free tool to make simple online screen-shot tutorials) and, Animoto (a free tool to make and share slide shows with music and voice-overs).

The next Tech Show ‘n Tell will be Thursday, May 12th at 7:30 am the Avanti’s Dome.  Join us and share your tech tips.  

Derby Days

Derby Days will be held May 19-May 22.  There will only be a carnival this year.

AMBUCS Action

AMBUCS Auction will take place May 6th at 5:00pm at the Pekin Memorial Arena.  Call any AMBUCS member or Terry Finnegan at 347-1131 to make a donation.

Spruce Up Pekin

Spruce Up Pekin will set up dumpsters at four city locations to collect residents' garbage.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th, people can drop off their trash at four locations- the Mineral Springs Park parking lot, Fire Station No. 2 at 14th and Willow streets, 1130 Koch St., and the intersection of Knapp and Sapp streets.

No yard waste, paint, microwaves, propane tanks or aerosol cans will be accepted.
Williams said that, as always, more volunteers are needed for the day of the event. He can be contacted at 346-4432.

Tires will be accepted at the 1130 Koch St. location only.

The fee to drop off passenger tires is $2; the fee for implement tires from vehicles such as riding lawn mowers is $3; and the fee for semi-truck tires is $9.

Metal will be accepted at the Mineral Springs Park location.

Environmental Oil Company, out of Peoria, will also be there to collect used oil. Interstate Batteries will also be at the park location.

"Another thing people have been asking me is, how do I dispose of my paint?" he said.

Spruce Up Pekin does not accept paint, but there is a home remedy.

Williams said he puts cat litter into the paint can, which then absorbs and dissipates it. Then it can be thrown away.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on May 16, 17, and 18.  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.  Registration deadline is May 9, 2011.  To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Pekin Hospital Foundation Garden Gala to be Held

The Pekin Hospital Foundation Garden Gala will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 6 p.m. at Embassy Suites in East Peoria.  Net proceeds from the event will benefit the relocation and renovation of the Pediatrics Unit at Pekin Hospital.

Tickets are $150 per person and may be purchased by visiting www.pekinhospital.org or calling (309) 353-0559.  The evening includes dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions featuring items generously donated by local businesses and donors.  The evening’s entertainment will be provided by the Downtime Band.  Attire is semi-formal.

Some of this year’s silent auction items include a variety of getaways, health services, wine tastings, electronics, and home d├ęcor items.  Live auction items include:  a Cape Cod getaway, an Ireland 6-night package, 2012 Masters Finals getaway, a Telluride, Colorado 5-night stay for up to eight, and much more.  For a full listing of silent and live auction items, please visit www.pekinhospital.org.

Kevin Andrews, Pekin Hospital CEO, stresses the importance of the Pekin Hospital Foundation Garden Gala, “This event, which is open to the public, is a chance for Central Illinois residents to join us for a fun evening to support Pekin Hospital and further promote its continued success.  With community support, Pekin Hospital will continue to provide high-quality healthcare for our residents and their families, new physicians, and economic stability with increased jobs.”

For more information on the Garden Gala, please visit www.pekinhospital.org or visit us on Facebook.

Women's Fund May First Tuesday's Event

The next First Tuesdays will be held on Tuesday, May 2, from 5 to 7 pm at Famous Daves, 7411 N. Grand Prairie Dr., Peoria, IL.  The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois invites area women to a monthly networking opportunity for Peoria-area women. Celebrate Spring and the spirit of giving by meeting other dynamic women who are passionate about empowering the women and children in our communities.  Become part of a national movement towards Women’s Philanthropy.  To automatically receive First Tuesdays’ invitations, call The Women's Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois at 309 674-8730 or email kristan@communityfoundationci.org and ask to receive the ‘E-vite’, an online invitation, for First Tuesdays. Appetizers and beverages will be served and door prizes awarded. Donations will be accepted to further the work of the Women’s Fund.

Celebrate Mom with the Women's Fund!

The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois wants to help you honor mother and mother figures alike this Mother’s Day. With a minimum donation of $25 to the
Women’s Fund you can remember your mother or someone who is like a mother to you with an “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” gift. For each gift, a hand-written note will be sent to the recipient (for in-memoriam gifts will be sent to the family). In addition to a hand-written note, an advertisement listing all the names will run in the July-August issue of art & society Magazine.


For more information check out our website at:
http://communityfoundationci.org/womens-fund-information or call or email Kristan at 309/674.8730 or kristan@communityfoundationci.org

Help Wanted: Construction of Gardens

We have received funding for Children's Garden Programs on Soldwedel's grounds.
Assistance is needed in tilling, mixing soils, constructing deer deterrent fencing and posts.

A work date is scheduled for Sat. April 30, beginning at 9am. Please call Terri Gambetti at 353-4319 if you are interested in helping.

Izaak Walton League Honors Pekinites

The famed Izaak Walton League of America has announced that they have honored two local Pekin “Heroes” of conservation efforts at their Annual Illinois State Directors’ meeting in Elgin, Illinois on April 9, 2011.

The Izaak Walton League is a diverse group of 50,000 men and women dedicated to protecting our nation's soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife.  Their strength lies in their grassroots, commonsense approach to solving local, regional and national conservation issues. Their interests span the spectrum  of outdoor recreation and conservation activities, from angling and birding to stream monitoring, wildlife photography and hunting. But we all share one major goal: to protect and use sustainably America's rich resources to ensure a high quality of life for all people, now and in the future.

Cathy Beers, a long-time member of Havana Illinois’ Izaak Walton Chapter with Larry’s Casting Kids nominated Dan Johnson of  NTS Telephone in Pekin for his long term dedication to the efforts to getting children and their families fishing together.  With over 60 volunteers and ten years of “free events” the group nominated Johnson for his relentless dedication as a PREMIER SPONSOR from the onset of the launching of this important conservation activity in Illinois.  Johnson is also an avid semi-pro bass fisherman and you’ll see him at the many Bass Fishing Tournaments across our state.  Johnson and his crew at NTS have seen the group through inclusion as one of only 30 TAKE ME FISHING communities in the nation, becoming a much anticipated event at the Sun Foundation’s Annual Clean Water event and bringing thousands of kids through these events to appreciate the importance of conservation for their fishing and outdoor enjoyment.

“Dan goes out of his way to insure unparalleled success. This effort has allowed us to pull together a tremendous group of conservationist, educators, and children from 2 to 92 to keep our world and waters fresh, exciting and peaceful.  Just take a look at the organizations on our website who were so excited by what we were doing that they too joined us.  He provided the much needed volunteers and funds over the years, attended every event himself, and loaned equipment whenever it was needed” said Beers, one of the Co-Directors of the Organization.   “Dan and NTS just made our growth that much grander and he has been key to our success each year.”  Pekin Mayor-elect Laurie Barra recently presented Dan with his award.

The second local award recipient was Pekin Community High School for the inspirational YOUTH Award.  PCHS was the first High School in the state to make Bass Fishing a sanctioned sport.  Not only did they put a bass fishing sport team together, but the kids placed wins in the first Annual State Sanctioned event.  Most kids on this sports team have ambitions of bringing others into the sport and some even plan to go into a career in conservation.  Particularly exciting is that this High School set trends for building up the momentum across the state for a sport that truly helps us populate conservationists at such a young age.  No other "Sport" works in conjunction with keeping our waters, lands and outdoors safe.  Coach Steve Graves has joined as a volunteer for the Larry’s Casting Kids Bass Tournament and The Peoria Sportsman’s club furthers the conservation efforts by supporting the Annual tournaments at Spring Lake in Manito, Illinois.  Cathy Beers presented the award to the PCHS team and coach at a recent ceremony.

This Week With the Chamber

Read what is happening this week with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce by clicking here:  http://www.pekin.net/ThisWeekWithTheChamber.htm

South Side Bank Opens New Pekin Location on May 2

South Side Trust & Savings Bank is pleased to announce the opening of their new Pekin location at 3200 Veterans Drive (across from Menards) in Pekin, Illinois on Monday, May 2nd, 2011.  A ribbon cutting will be held on Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.  The Grand Opening Celebration will be held Monday, May 16th through Saturday, May 21st, with refreshments and door prizes all week long.

Please take a moment to stop by and visit with Thomas (Chip) Hill, a graduate of Illinois State University and a life-long resident of Pekin, who will manage the new facility.  The new full-service branch offers a complete line of financial products and services – including checking and savings accounts, CDs, money markets, personal and business lending, and much more.  The branch houses 315 safe deposit boxes and presents a complete range of Brokerage and Trust Services.  It features three drive-up teller lanes, two of which are equipped with two-way television monitors, as well as a drive-up ATM on the property.  The Pekin Branch will be open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The telephone number is (309) 353-4833.

New at Speakeasy

The Current ExhibitBipolarity, An exhibition by scuptor/painter-Morgan Elser. She will exhibit her interests in both 2D and 3D work. Her body of work spans both realism and whimsy. The exhibit will show April 8th-30th.

The Next Exhibit:  Group Photography Exhibit of local artists. Additionally Speakeasy will have an exhibit of high school students photography work. The opening reception for these exhibits is May 6th from 6-8:30.

Spoken Word Poetry Night:  Wednesday April 27th from 9p to ?. Bring yourselves, a friend and a drink and join us!

Mothers Day is just around the corner!
Please also keep in mind that Speakeasy Art Center is a lovely backdrop for any event/occasion. It's unique and artistic flair will be sure to make it a time to remember! They can host wedding receptions, family reunions, graduation parties, baby or wedding showers, birthday parties, office parties, etc. For more information please contact Nikole at speakeasyartcenter@hotmail.com


ARTISTS: Speakeasy Art Center  have several different studio spaces available for artists looking for an inspiring environment to create in. If you are interested please contact Nikole at
speakeasyartcenter@hotmail.com
 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Welcome New Member: Bill Neff Video Productions

Bill Neff Video Productions., 1409 Lincoln Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-264-5369; fax: 309-402-0253; email: BillNeffVideo@gmail.com; website: http://www.billneffvideo.com/; Bill Neff, Owner. Bill Neff Video Productions specializes in high definition video productions of community events, sports, web casts, commercials, and multi-camera productions.

Welcome New Member: Chemtura Agrosolutions

Chemtura Agrosolutions., 2320 Lakecrest Drive, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-347-2184; website: http://www.chemtura.com/; Robin Thomas, Plant Manager; Debbie Gardner, Office Manager; Fran Bourdeall Jr, Production Supervisor; Business hours 7:30-4:00. Chemtura Agrosolutions packages and formulates seed enhancement products.

Guns 'N' Hoses Charity Basketball Game

Eight local Police Dept. and Fire Dept. teams will be competing against each other in a double elimination charity basketball tournament to support the Special Olympics of Illinois. The event will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 8:30am at Pekin Community High School. Cost of admissions for adults is $5, students $3, and children 5 and under are free. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics.

Best Western Ashland House & Conference Center Remodeling!

Stay tuned as Best Western Ashland House completes their mission to remodel. Out with the old, in with the new! There will be new carpet, new paint, new rooms, new bedding, and all king rooms! We will keep you posted on the completion, not to mention the coming out party!

Town & Country Bluegrass Gospel Sing

Town and Country Baptist Church will be having a bluegrass gospel sing the second Saturday of May on the 14th @ 6pm. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy an evening of acoustic music with friends and family. The church is located just east of Pekin at 18443 IL STATE RT 9 Pekin IL 61554. A offering will be accepted to help off set of the cost for the event. For more information please call 309.613.3215.

IDOT Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that installation of flashing yellow arrow signals in the Peoria area has resumed and will continue through the end of the summer.

These signals will be installed at intersections in the following communities in the months ahead: Peoria, East Peoria, Morton, Washington, Pekin, North Pekin, Creve Coeur, Chillicothe, and Mossville.

Motorists traveling along area streets and highways should expect to see more of this new style of left-turn traffic signal head at intersections. In total, IDOT is equipping more than 100 intersections in Peoria and surrounding communities with flashing yellow arrow signals.

By adding a flashing yellow arrow, this style of signal head is designed to make it easier for drivers to know what to do when making a left turn. When the flashing yellow arrow is displayed, motorists may turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

For more information, please watch this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3x_Z9Cm-Cg

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Papa Murphy's - Blood Drive

The Illinois Blood Bank is running critically low. Papa Murphy's wants to help the American Red Cross in its efforts to help save lives. Papa Murphy's will be holding a blood drive on Saturday, April 30 between 10:30am- 3:30pm. The blood drive will be located at Methodist at Pekin at 1800 Broadway Street.

Everyone who presents to donate receives a Large deLite 1-Topping Pizza FREE! (Or $7.99 off any regular menu price pizza).

Pekin Rotary Open House

The Rotary Club of Pekin will host an Open House at the Avanti’s Dome on Wednesday, April 27th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to attend to learn more about Rotary’s purpose, its good works in the community, and membership in the group.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served.  For more information, you can contact Rotary President, Mike Krohe, at 347-0265. 

IDOT IL 29 Project Update

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that paving operations are set to begin in the southbound lanes of IL 29 in North Pekin Wednesday, April 20th, weather permitting.

This work is expected to take about two weeks. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures while the paving is underway.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

“DALA”- Passages Hospice Robot Brings New Life to Treating Dementia

On April 20th at 10:00 a.m. Passages Hospice will launch their new pet seal, “DALA” at Hallmark House Nursing Center.  The DALA therapeutic robot looks, feels and sounds like a baby seal.  It will coo when you pet it and cry when you squeeze it too hard.  It knows its name, and the sound of your voice.  It can easily be mistaken for a real animal, and that’s the point.

DALA is being used to treat dementia patients who have difficulty communicating with their loved ones and caregivers.  Studies have shown that uncommunicative patients may respond to animals more easily than to humans.  DALA offers all the comfort of a pet without the risk or mess.

“Hallmark partnered with Passages Hospice three years ago, and our residents have experienced Passages sincere compassion, unrivaled palliative care, and now advanced high tech patient-centered therapies,” said Lynn Brady, Administrator of Hallmark House. 

Passages Hospice is the only hospice provider in the United States currently using this technology.  You are cordially invited to see first hand how this unique robot operates, and becomes a friend to those with special needs.

“DALA is islantic for brightness and light.”

This Week With the Chamber

There is still time to earn your $2,500 Illinois Tax Credit!

When your business creates a new position and hires a new full time employee with a salary of $10.00 per hour or more, your company can receive a $2,500 Illinois Tax Credit.

Small businesses (50 or fewer employees) still have time to save $2,500 per person when they hire a new full time employee.  Here are the highlights:
  •  Eligible if, as of June 30, 2010, you employed 50 or fewer full-time employees (counting all locations)
  • Eligible Jobs created between 7/1/10 - 6/30/11
  • Position pays no less than $10/hour or equivalent with minimum $18,200 annually.
  • Position sustained for at least one year (not necessarily held by the same individual for the year).
  • Withholding tax goes to Illinois.
  • Hourly or full-time, but not partners or independent contractors.
  • Tax Credits - Certificate after one year
Visit the website to register and learn more about this tax saving opportunity.  

http://jobstaxcredit.illinois.gov/

Native American Blessing Ceremony

Tickets are now available for the Native American Blessing Ceremony of the Illinois River Grounds at East Peoria on Saturday, April 23rd at 1 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, 100 Conference Center Dr., East Peoria, Il.

Tickets are available at the Tazewell County Museum & Educational Center, 2950 Court St., Pekin, Il. on Wednesday, April 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost of the Tickets is $20.00 and reservations are required. Seating is limited. Or you may contact Christal Dagit at 309-346-1889 or 309-840-0177 for a reservation.

We will be located in the Grand View Room and retire to the patio area for the Blessing Ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony will be a Native American Cultural program with a Native American theme dessert.

All proceeds go to the War of 1812 Bicentennial Symposium Gathering being planned for April 26 through 28, 2012.

Come and enjoy a taste of our earliest Illinois heritage.

This program is sponsored by the Tazewell County Museum & Educational Center and Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Regional Director Christal Dagit.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tazewell County Jaycees Rotten Egg Hunt

Tazewell County Jaycees will be hosting a Rotten Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 30th at Mineral Springs Park, Diamond 1, in the Pekin Park District. This event is free and the hunt will begin at 10am and is for ages (1-3, 4-7, 8-12). Parents will only be allowed on the field with children in the first age group. Grand prizes will be given away for each age group. If you would like more information about this event please check out http://www.tazcojaycees.com/ or email tazcojaycees@yahoo.com.

Professional Therapy Services, Inc. is Moving

Professional Therapy Services, Inc. is moving their Pekin therapy clinic to a new location at 2988 Court Street in the Sunset Office Plaza.  Their team, of skilled and knowledgeable therapists, is available to treat an array of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy disorders and conditions.  For information regarding the programs and services available, call 309/353-5940 or visit them on-line at www.ptsinc.org.

Trail Building Workshop

The Trail Building Workshop is this Sunday, April 17, noon-4pm. Taught by Tony Thaller, Mike Staub and Randy Reliford, the workshop begins in the lodge learning the basics of trail planning, design and construction techniques. They will construct 1/2 mile or so of trail in the woods north of Soldwedel. Wear old clothes, long sleeves and heavy boots. Limited spaces are available. Please email Terri Gambetti at tsgambetti@netscape.net, to let them know if you plan to attend by Friday at noon.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lipper recognizes Commerce Short-Term Government Bond Fund

A leading provider of mutual fund information, analytical tools and commentary has given one of the funds in the Commerce Family of Funds its highest rating.  The Commerce Short-Term Government Fund (CFSTX) was awarded the 2011 Lipper Fund Award’s “Best Fund over Three Years” in the Short U.S. Government Funds category.  

“This award provides further recognition that The Commerce Trust Company and its Fixed Income group continue to deliver the best risk-adjusted performance,” said Scott Colbert, director of Fixed Income Management, The Commerce Trust Company.  “This particular fund has been and remains a lower risk alternative to traditional bond funds and continues to seek to deliver its investment objective.  The Commerce Short-Term Government Fund continues to look for current income with the preservation of principal, and has done it better than any of its competitors over the last three years.”

The fund was started in December, 1994.

Monday, April 11, 2011

PCHS Dragon Pride

The 9th annual PCHS Dragon Pride is Thursday, May 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hawkins Gym.  There will be student and class displays and demonstrations, and student recognition.  The public is invited.

Friday, April 8, 2011

CFCI Women in Leadership Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) has extended the deadline for the Women in Leadership Scholarship Application to April 15, 2011.

The Women in Leadership of Central Illinois Scholarship Fund is a $1000 scholarship founded to provide scholarships for women throughout the Tri-County area pursuing higher education in business and management.  

For more information, please visit www.communityfoundationci.org or contact Kristan Creek of CFCI at 309-674-8730, and email: kristan@communityfoundationci.org.

April Puttin' On Pekin Breakfast

About 60 chamber members attended the April 8th Puttin' On Pekin breakfast held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Dave Osborn from Trouble Free Plumbing won the early prize, while Michael Ragan from the Illinois Department of Employment Security won the late prize. Renna Hadsall accepted the Spotlight on Business Award for Busey Bank. The Blue Ribbon Award was given to Amanda Rogy at Amanda's Closet, and the YWCA of Pekin was presented with the Sunshine Award. Jim Lynch from Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois was the speaker.

Business After Hours with Allen & Associates

Thanks to Allen & Associates for hosting the April 7th Business After Hours.  Rather than holding it at their office, the event was held at one of their new homes in the Deerfield Estates subdivision.  A great turnout of chamber members were there to see the new construction and here about the growing subdivision.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Welcome New Member: Erik W. Reader

Welcome new individual member Erik Reader!

Welcome New Member: Kuk Sool Won of Pekin

Kuk Sool Won of Pekin., 1530 N 8th Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-346-3466; email: yates1675@yahoo.com; website: www.kuksoolwonofpekin.com; Michael Yates, Owner; Teresa Yates, Director; Business hours 5:00pm- 9:00pm M-F, 9:00am- 12:00pm Sat. Kuk Sool Won of Pekin is a Korean martial arts studio that teaches the Traditional Korean Martial Art of Kuk Sool. We provide martial arts instruction to children, adults, and seniors. We strive to promote self-confidence and self-discipline through effective self-defense.   

Smokeless in the Boys Room?

BBB Warns Central Illinois 'Don't get burned by this smokeless scheme'. Consumers who tried to take advantage of "free" Internet offers for smokeless cigarettes say they were burned by unexpected charges that totaled $100 or more, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns. 

Customers from 44 states have filed more than 360 complaints against Direct E-Cig of Naples, Fla., and London, England, in the last year. More than 40 of those complaints came from Missouri and Illinois.

Direct E-Cig has an "F" grade with the BBB, the lowest grade possible.

Complaints to BBB Up 10%

According to an annual report released today by Better Business Bureau, consumers filed 1.1 million complaints against North American businesses in 2010, reflecting a ten percent increase over the previous year. Consumers also turned to the non-profit more than 87 million times for help researching businesses across North America, a whopping 37 percent more than in 2009.

BBB Torch Awards

Be sure and mark Thursday May 26, 2011 to attend the BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics.

Puttin On Pekin RSVP

If you have not yet done so, please call with your reservations for Puttin' On Pekin.  The breakfast is this Friday, April 8th, beginning at 6:45am at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 715 N. 11th.  The cost is only $10 if you get your reservations in by the end of today.  Call us at 346-2106 to RSVP.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Puttin' on Pekin April 8th

Business After Hours, April 7th

April 7th

Allen & Associates
1708 Whitetail in Deerfield Estates

Town & Country Bluegrass Gospel Sing

Town and Country Baptist Church is having a Bluegrass Gospel Sing. Saturday April 9th @ 6pm located at 18443 IL Route 9 Pekin IL 61554. The little country church on the outskirt of town just east of Pekin. If you would like to pick and sing or just relax and listen please come. A free-will offering will be accepted. For information call 309.613.3215.

Opening Day with the Chiefs

Listen Live to interviews with Mike Quade, Len Kasper, Casey Kopitzke, Oneri Fleita and Kevin Goldstein!

Opening Day is Thursday!
The Peoria Chiefs are set to kick off the 2011 season at home aganst the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. The first 1500 fans through the gates get a 2011 Peoria Chiefs Magnet Schedule courtesy of Trouble Free Heating & Cooling. Opening Day also marks the return of Thirsty Thursday's with $2.00 16 oz beers and sodas. Start the night with a pre-game party at Kelleher's Irish Pub & Eatery at 3:00 p.m. with $2.50 Bud Family bottles and $10.00 buckets as 105.7 The X Rocks broadcasts live.

Friday April 8 is Fright Night with a 6:30 p.m. start. Come dressed in your scariest costume as the ballpark is transformed into a scary, haunted dwelling by Spider Hill. Performers will be roaming the concourse with a mini Haunted House on display and decorations all over the stadium, provided by the folks who scare you every October, Spider Hill!!

Saturday April 9 at 1:00 the Chiefs take on Cedar Rapids in Battle of the Sexes Day. The homestand ends Sunday, April 10 at 1:00 as the Chiefs play the Kernels on Pirates of the Caribbean Day with eye patches, costumes and pirate accents.After the game kids 12 and under can run the bases and the Chiefs players will sign autographs on the concourse.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pekin Riding Club Culvers Fundraiser

The Pekin Riding Club is holding a fundraiser on April 18, 2011 from 5 PM to 8 PM in conjunction with Culvers in Pekin, IL.  We invite anyone with an interest in equine events to help support our group as we raise funds to help keep our shows fun and safe for our members.  Members of the group will be present to answer questions about our organization, our shows and our horses.

All you need to do is stop by Culvers and enjoy an ice cream treat or a meal.  The fundraiser will provide 10% of all regularly priced food sales to the Pekin Riding Club. Participating store is at 3500 Court St, Pekin, IL.

The Pekin Riding Club is a membership-based, non-profit organization that is open to horse enthusiasts of all skill levels.  The fun shows run all summer, boast a wide variety of classes and are free to spectators who wish to attend. 

The Fun Shows are held on the Pekin Riding Club grounds, located at 11401 IL Rt 29 in South Pekin. For directions to the Pekin Riding Club or for other information on the club, visit their comprehensive website at http://www.pekinridingclub.com/ , or contact Nicole Mauser-Storer, President, at 309.258.9234.

IDOT D-4 News Release - IL 29 Lane Closure

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that one lane of northbound IL 29 from just south of Wesley Rd. to just north of Lasalle Blvd. in North Pekin will be closed on Thursday, April 7th.

In addition, milling work is expected to begin on IL 29 in this area Tuesday, April 12th, weather permitting. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures while the milling work is underway.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

Pekin Hospital League’s 20th Annual Golf Classic to be Held

The Pekin Hospital League’s 20th Annual Golf Classic will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011, at Pekin Country Club.

The entry fee is $125 per person and includes green fees, cart, lunch, beverages, and a buffet dinner.  Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. shot-gun start.  The format will be a four person scramble.  The right hole-in-one could net the winner $5,000 along with chances to win other bonus prizes.  Proceeds from the golf classic will support digital mammography at Pekin Hospital.

Entry forms are available online at http://www.pekinhospital.org/, or by calling (309) 353-0559.  Entry deadline is April 26, 2011.  For more information, call Gloria Neal at (309) 347-7307.

This Week With the Chamber

Don't miss the news about Business After Hours, Puttin' On Pekin, Breakfast 2.0, Tech and Tell, the Marigold Grand Marshall nominations, and more.

Read what is happening this week with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce by clicking here:  http://www.pekin.net/ThisWeekWithTheChamber.htm

Friday, April 1, 2011

Redbrand Cedit Union Appoints New President/ Manager

The Redbrand Credit Union Board of Directors announces the appointment of Kelly Whitaker as President/Manager.  She is replacing Anna May Nichols, who served in the position from 1988-2011. Mrs. Whitaker has been an employee of the Credit Union for 11 years.  Previous to this she held the position of Executive Vice President.