Friday, December 28, 2012

January Calendar of Events

January 1 – New Year’s Day (Chamber Closed)

January 2 – Executive Board Meeting

January 9 – Member Promotions Committee Meeting

January 9 – Transportation Committee

January 9 – Board of Directors Meeting

January 10 – Business After Hours

January 16 – Ambassadors Meeting

January 29 – Business Advocacy Committee

Membership Renewals

Amanda's Closet ~ American Cancer Society/Relay for Life ~ Avanti’s Ristorante ~ Bagley & Miller Attorneys ~ Bard Optical ~ George Beres Brewers Distributing Company ~ Champion Fitness Physical Therapy ~ CJ's CafĂ© ~ Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell ~ Dr. Michael Danner D.D.S. ~ Dreamscapes Landscaping ~ Enviro-Dry Clean Carpets ~ Fred Lawrence and Sons Fire Equipment ~ Glesne Family Dentistry ~ Going Green Computers ~ Golf Green Lawn Care ~ Harbor Light Hospice ~ Heartland Chiropractic Center ~ Herget Bank ~ Illinois Collections Unlimited ~ J & J Consulting Firm ~ Jim Maloof Realtor ~ Johnson Mechanical Service Inc. ~ McDaniels Marketing Communications ~ Miller, Hall, & Triggs ~ Moehle, Swearingen & Umholtz, Ltd. ~ Monge, Crouch & Mahoney ~ Neal Chiropractic Clinic ~ Otto Baum Co., Inc. ~ Pekin Animal Hospital ~ Pekin Park District ~ Pekin Riding Club ~ Leslie Pulfer ~ Redbrand Credit Union ~ Glen Rittenhouse ~ Sonic America's Drive-In ~ Spirit of the Past Antiques ~ Sprint/ Wireless Express ~ Steger's Furniture ~ Dr. Dennis Stoller, DDS ~ Subway ~ Taco Bell ~ The World of Vitamins ~ Charles Thomas, Attorney ~ United Way Of Pekin

Biz Barometer

Pekin’s sales tax disbursement received from the state in December was 19.9% more than December of 2011.  December disbursements typically represent sales taxes collected by merchants in October.
Pekin’s sales tax disbursements received from the state for the last 3 months were 10.6% greater than the same three months in 2011.
The other three large communities on the east side of the Illinois River showed mixed results in sales tax disbursements received in December, compared to December of 2011:  Morton (+2.8%), East Peoria (-20.5%), and Washington (-0.8%)
For the 12-months ending in December, all four communities showed an increase in sales tax receipts from the state, compared to the same 12-months a year ago:  East Peoria (+7.7%), Pekin (+7.3%), Morton (+4.1%), and Washington (+2.5%)
The number of residential units sold in the 61554 zip code in the first 11 months of 2012 was 5.0% great than the same period in 2011.
The other large Tazewell County communities are showing large increases in residential unit sales for the first eleven months of 2012, compared to 2011:  East Peoria (+30.0%), Washington (+27.0%), and Morton (+26.2%)
The average sales price of residential units in the 61554 zip code for the first eleven months of 2012 is $108,833.  That is a 2.6% increase over the same period in 2011.
The average sales price of residential units in the other large Tazewell communities is also up compared to the first eleven months of 2011:  Morton (+10.2%), East Peoria (+5.9%), and Washington (+3.2%).
The unemployment rate in Pekin in October fell to 8.2%, which is down slightly from 8.3% in September of 2012 and 9.6% in October of 2011.
The October unemployment rate in the Peoria region stood at 7.7%, down from October 2011’s rate of 8.3%.
The number of people employed in Pekin in October was 16,494, which is 107 (-0.6%) less than the employment level in October of 2011
Nationally, the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7% in November.  The total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 146,000.  Employment increased in retail
trade, professional and business services, and health care.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) declined 0.3 percent in November on a seasonally adjusted basis. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.8 percent before seasonal adjustments.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Alzheimer’s Association welcomes new education specialist

The Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter is proud to welcome Joseph Leman, M.S., to the organization. Leman will serve as an education specialist for the Chapter and is based in the Peoria office. Among his job duties are presenting family education programs and assisting callers on the Chapter’s toll-free Helpline.

"Connecting knowledge and need has always been fulfilling to me, so I'm excited to bring the best information and support to those touched by this disease,” Leman said. “My hope is that as we deepen our understanding we will be better equipped to meet the challenges of Alzheimer's."

Leman, of Eureka, holds a master’s degree in psychology from Villanova University and a master’s degree in biological sciences from Illinois State University.

Leman can be reached at jleman@alz.org or by calling the Chapter at 800.272.3900.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pekin Main Street kicks off Save West Campus Brick Fundraiser

Pekin Main Street has taken great interest in is the preservation and restoration of Pekin's West Campus. It has fallen into a deplorable state over the past several years. Pekin Main Street is excited for the new opportunities that exist for new ownership as well as the preservation of this piece of Pekin's pride. Fundraising efforts are now up and running through the “Etched in Stone” brick fundraiser.

By purchasing a brick, individuals and businesses can have their own contribution "etched in stone" while helping to raise monies necessary to save the West Campus property. What a great way to have a place to remember loved ones, students, teachers, and supporters of West Campus. The bricks purchased will be used in a walk way or courtyard area on the site in a manner that honors their donation. Bricks start at $100.

While it will no longer serve as a school, our goal for this building is that it will once again serve our community for many generations to come. We hope that it will be a point of civic pride as well as a much needed place for community gatherings for special events and activities.

All monies raised through this fundraiser will be used towards saving West Campus from demolition as well as other preservation/beautification projects downtown. Set in the heart of the city, West Campus is a gateway to downtown. We want it to be a focal point of Pekin once again of which residents can be PROUD!

Bricks can be purchased though the Pekin Main Street website at www.pekinmainstreet.com. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the cause without purchasing a brick may also do that through the website or by mailing a check to Pekin Main Street, 111 S. Capitol Street, Pekin IL 61554. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Questions can be answered by calling 353-3100.

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on January 21, 22, and 23. 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:

  •  the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control 
  •  how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size 
  •  the possible complications associated with diabetes 
  •  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, and Registered Medical Technician.

Class fees are $70 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost). The $70 includes all three classes. Class size is limited. Registration deadline is January 14. To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Alzheimer’s Association names new 18th District Chapter Ambassador

Virginia Mock, 84, of Macomb has been named the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter’s new Ambassador for the 18th Congressional District. In this volunteer position, she will act as a constituent leader on Alzheimer’s disease and will cultivate a working relationship with Congressman Aaron Schock. She’ll meet with Schock four times a year and participate in monthly teleconferences with Association staff and fellow ambassadors across the country.

“In just the last couple of months, I have found myself again,” Virginia explained as to why she wanted to serve. “I have just come to the conclusion I have to have my own life, some job to do. For me, it’s being part of the outside world. And this is something I care about.”

The former teacher is now a full-time caregiver for her husband, Gordon, a retired Western Illinois University math professor. He has had dementia for nearly 20 years, she said.

Virginia, a feisty woman who still goes to the Y to work out three times a week, now has to do most things for him. Still, their love carries her through. “I do love him dearly. I’m hoping we’ll be able to go along together for quite a while,” she said.

The Alzheimer's Association – Central Illinois Chapter is a donor-supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in Illinois. For additional information or for help, please visit the website at www.alz.org/illinoiscentral or call 800.272.3900.

IVC Wins Goodwill Contest Second Year in a Row

Goodwill of Central Illinois congratulates Illinois Valley Central High School for winning the 2012 “Recycle Your Style” contest. IVC and its supporters donated more than 5,500 pounds of clothing and took home the top prize of a SMART Board, donated by Bradfield’s Computer Supply.

High schools within Goodwill of Central Illinois’ territory were asked to donate clothing so it could be “recycled” and worn by someone else. “This is the fourth year for the contest and the participation is still great” said Bob Parkhurst, Goodwill Vice President. “Community pride plays a part in the contest, but in the end it is Central Illinois’ generosity that really makes this contest successful, plus, having a SMART Board as the first prize provides great incentive for the schools. We are grateful to Bradfield’s Computer Supply for their donation each year.”

Peoria Notre Dame came in second place and Stark County High School ranked third in pounds donated. An award ceremony will take place at IVC High School in Chillicothe on December 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

Friday, December 14, 2012

December Puttin' On Pekin Recap

The Good Shepherd Lutheran School 7th & 8th Grade Chime Choir entertained over 100 chamber members and guests at the December Puttin' on Pekin breakfast. Mitch O'Shaughnessy from Dreamscapes Landscaping was presented with the Blue Ribbon Award. Jeff Brooks accepted the Sunshine Award on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin and their efforts to clean Parkway Drive. Drs. Timm Schwartz and Cindy Miller accepted the Spotlight on Business Award for Schwartz & Miller Family Dentistry. The December breakfast also features the big year end door prize drawing.

Chamber Board Christmas Dinner

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and their spouses, along with some past presidents and their spouses, enjoyed a Christmas dinner together. They also donated new stuffed animals that will be given to the Tazewell County Childrens Advocacy Center.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

CenturyLink Announces New Business Account Manager in Illinois

CenturyLink, Inc. recently announced that Ben Teabout has joined the company as the business account manager. Teabout will be responsible for facilitating the sales of CenturyLink business products and services. This will include conducting on-site customer presentations in the Pekin, Galesburg, and Dixon markets.

Teabout previously worked at Carolina Telecom where he was responsible for managing the Durham, Wake Forest, and Raleigh territories. Ben has eleven years in the telecommunications industry where he has held a variety of positions including multi-unit management, team development and sales leadership. Teabout has a BA degree in Marketing from The University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Teabout will relocate from Durham, NC to the Pekin area. Contact Ben for all your business needs at 309-477-0209.



About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

Rivermen 12 Days of Christmas Deals

Today's deal for the Peoria Rivermen 12 Days of Christmas is 30% off pro-rated season tickets for the 2012-13 season. Do you have a friend or relative that has a new found interest in Rivermen hockey? Surprise them with the best Christmas present possible: a ticket to every game for the rest of the 2012-13 season to watch the Rivermen make their second half run.

This offer is valid throughout the weekend and can be purchased by calling the Rivermen at 309-676-1040.  


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CEFCU Members/Owners Receive Record $9 Million Extraordinary Dividend

 CEFCU’s Board Of Directors is pleased to announce that a record extraordinary dividend of $9 million has been distributed to CEFCU member/owners. This dividend was based on members’ savings and loan activity during the year 2012, with $4.5 million going to borrowers and $4.5 million going to savers. The amount each member received was determined by dividends earned and interest paid during the first 11 months of the year, as of November 30, 2012. On December 11, dividends will be deposited to members’ Savings accounts.

Over the last 13 years, CEFCU has returned $63 million in extraordinary dividends to members. CEFCU Board Chairman, Patricia Hampton, stated, “I am so pleased that, because of the loyalty of CEFCU’s members, the Credit Union is once again returning a year-end dividend to members. Due to the Credit Union’s strong financial results, this dividend is the largest ever extended to those who save and borrow with CEFCU. Credit Unions exist for members, not for profit. So, when business is good, those benefits are returned to the member/owners.”

Mark Spenny, CEFCU President/CEO, added, “I’m proud to say that after 75 years, the credit union not-for-profit business model of borrowers and savers helping each other is still alive today. As a result, those members who borrowed and saved with CEFCU during 2012 are sharing in a record $9 million extraordinary dividend. When business is better than projected, members share in those benefits. It’s their money, and that is what makes CEFCU not a bank. Better!”

With assets totaling nearly $4.8 billion, CEFCU serves over 290,000 members through 20 central Illinois Member Centers and 3 Member Centers in Santa Clara County, California; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website, cefcu.com; CEFCU’s Mobile website, m.cefcu.com; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Grand Victorian After Hours

The Grand Victorian hosted the December Business After Hours on Thursday, December 6th. Chamber members and their guests were treated to a candy buffet, popcorn, and plenty of other food. There were also door prizes, tours, and a chance to meet the new director, Angela Bruder.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber
 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Used Christmas Tree Donations

Got an artificial Christmas tree that you don't know what to do with? Bring it into The HOPE Chest on Derby!

For a limited time, The HOPE Chest is offering a $5 gift card when you donate a new or used Christmas tree. The HOPE Chest is a family friendly, not for profit thrift store located at 1106 Derby Street. They are open Monday through Sunday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. For more information, call 620-9043

Alzheimer’s Association selling holiday cookie trays and other sweet treats

Order a cookie tray for the office, for the mailman or for your own Christmas party during the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter’s holiday bake sale on Friday, Dec. 14. The bake sale starts at 10 a.m. at the office, 606 W. Glen Ave., and goes until every last pie, cookie, coffee cake, piece of fudge and mint chocolate Oreo ball is gone. (We had you at mint chocolate Oreo ball, didn't we?)

Each large cookie tray is just $10. Other items are priced individually. Many of the goodies are made by Chapter staff; the rest of the items are donated by area bakeries and grocery stores.

To place an order, call the office at 681.1100 or toll free at 800.272.3900. All proceeds benefit the Chapter’s programs and services for families.

Gateway Foundation Ribbon Cutting

The Gateway Foundation, located at 11 South Capitol in Pekin, celebrated their recent opening and chamber membership with a ribbon cutting on December 5th. Gateway Foundation is the largest provider of drug rehab and alcohol treatment in Illinois. The dedicated staff, led locally clinical supervisor Drey Church, will be with you throughout drug rehab and treatment. You and your family will receive the guidance and support necessary for lasting recovery. More information is available at www.recovergateway.org or (309) 346-7800.

Small Business Saturday Spending Exceeded Expectations

Small businesses across the country got their holiday season off to a strong start as millions of U.S. consumers “shopped small” on Small Business Saturday and made a big impact on local communities.

According to the second installment of the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express, consumer awareness of Small Business Saturday jumped to 67 percent from 34 percent just two weeks ago.  Of those aware, nearly half (47%) shopped on Small Business Saturday. 

The increased awareness translated into higher spending.   Those U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday spent a total of $5.5 billion with independent merchants. Pre-holiday surveys estimated that U.S. consumers would spend $5.3 billion. 

Separately, American Express said Cardmember transactions at small business merchants rose approximately 21 percent compared to last year’s Small Business Saturday.

“In an uncertain economy, America’s small businesses have remained a beacon—creating good jobs and supporting the families they employ and the communities around them,” said NFIB CEO Dan Danner. “We are very pleased that so many Americans sought to give back by shopping small this Small Business Saturday. We hope that support of small firms, retailers, restaurants and other independent businesses continues throughout the holiday season and all year round. Continued support of this vital sector is one important way to ensure our economy fully recovers and a healthy private sector is restored.” 

“Small Business Saturday, in its third year, has become an integral part of the holiday shopping season and consumers were out in large numbers to support their favorite small businesses,” said Susan Sobbott, president of American Express OPEN. “Small Business Saturday celebrated the shops across the country that make our neighborhoods vibrant and bolster the U.S. economy.”

Support from Every Corner of the Country

·         Elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. championed Small Business Saturday - including President Obama and many senior government officials.

·         The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a Small Business Saturday Resolution, which supports efforts to encourage consumers to shop locally and increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses. The resolution received bi-partisan support from more than 40 co-sponsors.

·         More than 350 small business organizations supported the nationwide initiative with more than 50 Chambers of Commerce and 60 groups organizing events and activities in support of the day.

·         155 corporations, such as FedEx, Twitter, AOL/Patch and Clear Channel, banded together to promote shopping at small merchants for Small Business Saturday.

·         More than 3.2 million Facebook users “liked” the Small Business Saturday Facebook page.

·         More than 213,000 tweets were sent in support of Small Business Saturday in November, many leveraging the hashtags #smallbizsat and #shopsmall.  This includes consumers spreading the word about the national initiative and business owners promoting offers they created specifically for the day.

·         40,000 people received $25 Shop Small American Express gift cards courtesy of FedEx for use at small merchants on November 24th.  

Small Business Owners Make the Day their Own

·         The inaugural Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, released earlier this month by the NFIB and American Express, indicated that 46 percent of independent merchants familiar with the day planned to incorporate Small Business Saturday into their holiday strategy.

·         Two-hundred and twenty thousand small merchants placed permanent point-of-purchase decals on their storefronts, adding to the 500,000 who placed them in 2011.

·         Online tools and materials were leveraged more than 100,000 times by small business owners to help get the word out about Small Business Saturday.
 

Small Business Success Stories 

·          “A huge bump. A lot of Staten Islanders came into the store today. At least 100 percent [increase], so double from what we did last year.” Daniel Schifter of Casale Jewelers on Staten Island, NY (Source: WCBS-TV New York 11/25/12)

·         “This Small Business Saturday was probably twice as big as last year's, and the store was packed all day.” Leah Daniels of Hill's Kitchen in Washington, DC  (Source: USAToday.com 11/25/12)

·         “Looking back on last year's figures I think we more than doubled, yeah it was fantastic. It's been phenomenal, it's been fantastic, it's fun. We were busy from the moment we opened.” Stephanie Klein of Stephanie’s in Holdrege, NE  (Source: NTV – ABC Nebraska 11/26/12)

·         “Sales were the highest they’ve been since the shop’s opening in November 2011.  The crowds downtown were comparable to a First Fridays (the monthly Downtown evening shopping event), but more people were buying.” Margie Kuzia of Humble Home in Racine, WI (Source: The Journal Times 11/24/12)

·         “Broadway Paper experienced a 77.6 percent increase in sales from Small Business Saturday 2011 to Small Business Saturday 2012. This drastic increase is incredible and so wonderful, and largely due to American Express' campaign to Shop Small!” Kate Strzok at Broadway Paper in Milwaukee, WI

About Small Business Saturday

November 24th was the third annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday (SBS) was created in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more customers.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bustos Visits Pekin Chamber

Congresswoman-Elect Cheri Bustos was in the office of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce today. Executive Director Bill Fleming invited her to stop by and get acquainted. Bustos defeated Congressman Bobby Schilling just four weeks earlier and will be sworn in to represent the 17th Illinois Congressional District in four weeks.

Chamber President Drew Leman, Rich Kriegsman, Dennis Kief and Carol Shields also attended. The group heard about Bustos' plans and goals and also provided her updates on several local issues and projects, most notably Veterans Drive.

Sunset Christmas Events


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

IRS Announces 2013 Standard Mileage Rates

The IRS has issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

 Beginning January 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.
The rate for business miles driven during 2013 increases one cent from the 2012 rate. The medical and moving rate is also up one cent per mile from the 2012 rate.
 
The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.
 
Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

Governor Quinn Announces First Project of Illinois Clean Water Initiative

Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Director John Kim, and Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) Executive Director Chris Meister today announced that the first loan of the governor’s Illinois Clean Water Initiative would be awarded to the city of Pekin to improve a wastewater treatment plant. As part of the governor’s $1 billion water infrastructure initiative, the city completed the necessary application and meets the eligibility criteria to qualify for a long-term, low-interest $4.8 million loan, which is being jointly administered by IEPA and the IFA. This project will create or support nearly 400 jobs by improving local water infrastructure.
 
“Just as Illinois was defined by its waterways, so too was Pekin,” Governor Quinn said. “Built by skilled laborers, this new wastewater treatment facility will protect the health of Pekin’s residents and its waterways. The project is a prime example of how the Illinois Clean Water Initiative is an iinvestment in our environment, health and the creation of good-paying jobs.”
 
In October, Governor Quinn launched the Illinois Clean Water Initiative to help local governments
overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and pipes, and ensure that residents will have access to safe drinking water and that our environment will remain protected. More than 350 local governments have already expressed need for the program. Many Illinois residents are receiving drinking water through water mains that are nearly a century old; and scores of other drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities are in dire need of repair.
 
The city of Pekin is using the proceeds of this loan to complete phased improvements to its wastewater system that were initiated in 2011. The project cost is nearly $40 million, which utilized previous IEPA loans of $35 million. This major upgrade to Pekin’s wastewater system will provide a significant increase in treatment capacity that will improve the ability of the plant to meet current and future discharge standards.
 
“The Clean Water Initiative will benefit Pekin and other communities greatly with improved infrastructure and reduced risk of environmental harm caused by leaking piping,” said IEPA Director John Kim.
 
Governor Quinn proposed the Illinois Clean Water Initiative during his State of the State address, and later this year directed the IEPA and the IFA to move forward to access $1 billion in long-term,  low interest loans to local governments for drinking water and wastewater systems across the state. IEPA has lent $4.3 billion to 472 Illinois communities since 1989. There has never been a defaulted loan during the program’s history.
 
The program provides a substantial increase in the clean water and drinking water low-interest revolving loan programs administered by Illinois EPA. The program provides financing to communities for projects such as wastewater treatment plant upgrades and expansions, new sewer lines, drinking water treatment plant modifications and expansions and new or replacement water distribution systems. 
 
The Pekin Clean Water Initiative will create 190 construction jobs plus approximately 180 associated jobs by equipment suppliers, manufacturers and fabricators, raw material suppliers and fabricators, and utility providers. Pipefitters, plumbers, operating engineers, carpenters, electricians, ironworkers and others will replace broken water mains, build treatment plants, upgrade sewers and prevent environmental threats.
 
The SRF is funded with annual federal grants, a one-time infusion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds, plus principal and interest from loan repayments. No new state tax dollars will be used. Needed equity will be provided by the existing loan portfolio and future federal capitalization grant dollars.
 
To learn more about the Illinois Clean Water Initiative, visit
CleanWater.Illinois.gov.

Goodwill and Bergner's Offer More Big Savings With Another "Stuff The Truck" Event

Goodwill of Central Illinois is offering another chance to receive Bergner’s coupons for clothing donations. The coupons will allow a 25% discount on items such as jewelry, fragrances and apparel. A Stuff the Truck event takes place on Thursday, December 6 at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in Peoria. The donation drive and Bergner’s sale runs December 6 through December 11, 2012.

“Our 'Stuff the Truck' event and subsequent Bergner’s sale takes place twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall,” says Bob Parkhurst, Goodwill Vice President. “This year Bergner’s is offering an additional sale, just in time for the holidays. Plus, these coupons offer a 25% discount, as opposed to the usual 20%.”

Donors receive one 25% off Bergner’s coupon for every item donated. Coupons are available at any Goodwill store or donation center and at Bergner’s. The sale of donated items fund Goodwill’s free programs and services for the people of Central Illinois.

Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

99.9 WWCT-FM Achieves Reporter Status with Mediabase

This week Mediabase, the music industry’s primary service that monitors radio station airplay, announced that WWCT will immediately join the panel of stations nationwide that helps create the Adult Album Alternative (AAA) chart they create through their monitoring system. WWCT achieved this recognition due to its leadership role in the AAA format nationally in addition to meeting the requirements of having spent at least one year in the format and maintaining a minimum number of listeners. There are now only 26 stations nationally with this standing.

“This new status as a reporter on the AAA panel affords us tremendous opportunities to deliver more local concerts and will allow our listeners even greater access to incredible artists, both around the Midwest and beyond,” explains Operations Manager Scott Hecathorn. “Knowing that our station has an impact on the national charts, bands and record companies are now more anxious than ever to interact with our audience.”

Mediabase publishes music charts and data based on the most played songs on terrestrial and satellite radio, and provides in-depth analytical tools for radio and record industry professionals. Mediabase charts and airplay data are used on many popular radio countdown shows and televised music awards programs. Music charts are published in both domestic and international trade publications and newspapers worldwide. Mediabase is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

The WWCT call letters are some of the most recognizable in Central Illinois, dating back to the mid seventies when it debuted as the “Album Station.” The station has been programmed in several different variations of Rock on three different frequencies, ultimately landing on 99.9FM. WWCT is an Adult Album Alternative station playing quality rock spanning the station’s nearly 40 year history. The station has a huge library, but its ability to help break new music was the catalyst for recognition from Mediabase. Dave Mathews Band, Adele, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, and Train, were all broken on AAA, and the amount of great new artists is amazing.

Mediabase was founded in 1985 and was originally known as Mediascan. In 1997, Mediabase moved its product to the Internet. Mediabase produces song charts and airplay analyses of radio airplay in more than two dozen radio formats based monitoring radio stations across the country. Mediabase charts appear every Tuesday in USA TODAY‘s LIFE section. Mediabase serves as the official music chart provider for USA TODAY, the American Music Awards (ABC), and numerous syndicated programs, such as American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest.