Thursday, January 31, 2013

Medication Assisted Treatment Offered at Gateway Foundation

To help an individual overcome mild to moderate physical dependency from alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines, Gateway Foundation recognizes the benefits of medication assisted treatment to address withdrawal symptoms, cravings and detoxification.

Medication assisted treatment is offered at Gateway Foundation centers as part of their comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs. Along with counseling and therapy, medication assisted treatment may help individuals modify their behavior to make better lifestyle changes for long-term success. Treatment for dependency on opiates, alcohol or other substances can include the use of a few medications. Gateway works closely with individuals to help determine the most appropriate treatment plan for them.

Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment:
  • Offered in both Outpatient and Residential Treatment
  • Reduces or eliminates cravings 
  • Decreases withdrawal symptoms 
  • Reduces the risk of relapse 
  • Hospitalization is generally not needed 
Benefits vary based on factors that include dependency on opiates, alcohol or other substances. 
Prescribed Medications 

Suboxone®
Studies have shown that people taking Suboxone tend to improve their success with non-drug therapies. Managing the physical symptoms for opiate dependency helps people gain control of their life and concentrate on their counseling and recovery. Learn More

Vivitrol®
Vivitrol, when combined with counseling, may help individuals abstain from alcohol and/or opiates as part of their ongoing recovery. Vivitrol reduces cravings and helps people maintain sobriety. Learn More

Medications for Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Dependence
According to individual needs, Gateway Foundation can address alcohol dependency, alcohol withdrawal and withdrawal from benzodiazepines, such as Ativan, Librium, Valium and Xanax, with additional medication treatments. They can help those with mild to moderate alcohol and benzodiazepine dependency stabilize in order to engage in behavioral therapy treatment programs. Some severe cases may require hospitalization.

For more information, contact:
Dana Bohnenstiehl
Outreach Coordinator
Mobile: 618-567-8382
debohnen@gatewayfoundation.org


Goodwill to Offer Free Workshops for Veterans and Veterans' Families

Goodwill of Central Illinois will offer free informational workshops to veterans and their families beginning in February. The workshops will cover a variety of topics and run throughout the year. The first workshop will be held on February 13, 2013. They will be held at Goodwill’s temporary administrative offices, 8400 N. Allen Road in Peoria.

The free workshops include Understanding Your Veterans Benefits, Living with PTSD, Creating a Resume and Preparing for an Interview. CEFCU will present financial workshops including The Basics of Personal Finance, Checking 101, Building a Better Budget and more.

“This is a great way for us to assist our veterans and their families with topics that affect their everyday lives,” said Bill Bontemps, Goodwill’s Director of Vocational Services. “These workshops are an example of how your donations change lives.”

Complete workshop descriptions and dates are listed at www.goodwillpeo.org. To reserve a space contact Vicki Hightower at (309) 369-8878.

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.

February Membership Renewals

Allegra ~ Ameren Illinois Utilities ~ Aramark ~ Art's Ads ~ Boy Scouts of America/W.D. Boyce Council ~ Brookmeadow Apartments ~ Carney's Insurance Store ~ CenturyLink ~ Comfort Plus Hospice ~ DHS/Division of Rehabilitation Services ~ East Court Village ~ Edward Jones - Chris Petersen ~
Elks Lodge ~ Excel Foundry & Machine ~ Facet Technologies ~ First United Methodist Church ~ Goodwill Industries ~ Graphic Packaging International ~ Greenhouse Flower Shoppe ~ Hallmark House Nursing Center ~ Heartland Bank & Trust Company ~ Hometown Title ~ Illinois American Water ~ JMP Radio Group ~ Dr. Robert J. Johnson, DMD ~ Knights of Columbus ~ Kriegsman Warehouses ~ Kuhfuss & Proehl, P.C. ~ Laborer's Local #231 ~ Linde Group ~ McDonald's ~ Morton Villa / Morton Terrace ~ Pekin Community Bank ~ Pekin Community High School ~ Pekin Hospital ~ Pekin Insurance ~ Pekin Manor ~ Pekin Public Library ~ Pekin Township Supervisor ~ Pekin Veterinary Clinic ~! Peoria Journal Star ~ Pet Supplies Plus ~ Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory ~ Professional Towing & Recovery Operators ~ R.A. Cullinan & Sons ~ Ray Dennison Chevrolet ~ Riley Brothers ~ Ruskusky Foot & Ankle Clinic ~ S & D Cleaning ~ Schwartz & Miller Family Dentistry ~ Springleaf Financial Services ~ Syngenta ~ Tazewell County Area Education ~ Tazewell County School Employees Credit Union ~ TCRC ~ Total Dental Care ~ Traders Realty ~ Udry Jewelers ~ Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep ~ Unland Companies ~ Vonderheide Floor Coverings ~ Willock & Warning C.P.A. ~ Wolf, Tesar & Company, P.C. ~ YWCA of Pekin

February Calendar of Events

February 6 – Pekin 1st Committee

February 6 – Executive Board Meeting

February 7- Business After Hours

February 8 – Puttin’ on Pekin – Make Reservations Now! Call 346-2106 or email info@pekinchamber.com

February 13 – Member Promotions Committee Meeting

February 13 –Transportation Committee

February 13 – Board of Directors Meeting

February 20 –Ambassadors Meeting

February 26 – Business Advocacy Committee



Mark Your Calendars
Family and Business Showcase: 4/6/13
Chamber Annual Meeting: 4/22/13

Business After Hours



Reservations Appreciated
346-2106 or email us at
info@pekinchamber.com

IPMR will provide food from Hacienda Fuentes, Free wine and beer, as well as a non-alcohol beverage
choice; a chocolate gift for each guest, & tours of our facility. We will have two golf-theme door prizes.

Don't miss this opportunity to network with fellow chamber members and community
leaders. You'll also enjoy refreshments, door prizes and tours or information from our hosts.

February Biz Barometer



  • Pekin’s sales tax disbursement received from the state in January was 18.4% more than January of 2012.  January disbursements typically represent sales taxes collected by merchants in November.
  • Pekin’s sales tax disbursements received from the state for the last 3 months were 17.5% greater than the same three months a year ago.
  • The other three large communities on the east side of the Illinois River showed mixed results in sales tax disbursements received in January, compared to January of 2012:  Morton (-5.1%), East Peoria (+3.6%), and Washington (+4.3%)
  • For the 12-months ending in January, all four communities showed an increase in sales tax receipts from the state, compared to the same 12-months a year ago:   Pekin (+8.8%), East Peoria (+6.3%), Morton (+3.0%), and Washington (+3.1%)
  • The number of residential units sold in the 61554 zip code in 2012 was 8.7% greater than 2011.
  • The other large Tazewell County communities are showing large increases in residential unit sales for 2012, compared to 2011:  Morton (+29.6%), Washington (+28.9%), and East Peoria (+27.9%).
  • The average sales price of residential units in the 61554 zip code for 2012 is $108,595.  
  • That is a 3.6% increase over 2011.
  • The average sales price of residential units in the other large Tazewell communities is also up compared to 2011:  Morton (+7.6%), East Peoria (+5.5%), and Washington (+5.0%).
  • The unemployment rate in Pekin in December rose to 9.4%, which is up from 8.6% in November of 2012.
  • The December unemployment rate in the Peoria region stood at 7.9%, up slightly from December of 2011’s rate of 7.8%.
  • The number of people employed in Pekin in December was 15,989, which is 272 or 1.7% less than the employment level in December of 2011.
  • Nationally, Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 155,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.8%. Employment increased in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, and manufacturing.
  • The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in December on a seasonally adjusted basis.  Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.7% before seasonal adjustment.

ACA: What Employers Need To Do in 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is probably one of the most complicated and far-reaching laws in our country's history. It will impact virtually every part of our economy and introduce a significant number of changes to the operations of businesses and organizations. How are you preparing your organization for this tidal wave of change?

I found a great article on the steps employers should be taking in 2013 to prepare. It was written by Laura Minzer, the Executive Director of the Illinois Chamber's Healthcare Council.

As always, use this information as part of your overall strategy to understand and implement the changes. You should also be consulting with professionals, including benefit advisors, your insurance providers, and tax and legal professionals.

You can read Laura's article here: http://bit.ly/11ayUtg

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Just Jude's Creations has joined the Chamber

Just Jude's Creations , 812 Derby , Pekin, IL, 61554; (309) 620-9739; Judy Smock , owner; Business hours: Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 4:00pm; Just Jude's Creation is a learning center run by freelance instructor, Judy Smock. She teaches machine embroidery. Also, there is shop which showcases and sells her handmade gifts.

Goodwill to Announce New Program Focused on Finding Jobs for Women

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Goodwill will hold a press conference to announce details of its newest program, Beyond Jobs.

The Beyond Jobs program, under a grant from the Walmart Foundation, will focus on unemployed and underemployed women in Central Illinois. Women who participate in the program will be matched with respected area employers and receive continued support from Goodwill as they grow in their new careers.


WHAT: Goodwill Press Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
                10:00 a.m. 

WHERE: Goodwill Administrative Offices
                  8400 N. Allen Road, Peoria

Goodwill Industries 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. Revenues from the sale of donated or recycled items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill. For more information visit www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

Urologist Joins ProHealth Medical Group

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that Dwayne A. McQuitty, M.D., has recently joined ProHealth Medical Group. Dr. McQuitty will continue to see his current patients and is accepting new patients at both office locations in Pekin (600 S. 13th Street, Suite C) and Peoria (900 Main Street, Suite 530B).

Dr. McQuitty completed his Urology training at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Fellowship training in Renal Transplantation at The University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. McQuitty is a Diplomat of The American Board of Urology and a Member of The American Urological Association.

He provides general Urology care to patients and specializes in urinary tract cancers and has extensive experience with prostate brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Dr. McQuitty is Director of the Comprehensive Stone Center at Pekin Hospital that focuses on the care and treatment of patients with kidney stones.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. McQuitty, please call (309) 353-7500 or (309) 670-0441.

Tazewell County Jaycees to host Happy Hour Trivia Night

The Tazewell County will be hosting their monthly Trivia night on Thursday, February 14th at E.P’s Time Out in East Peoria. Registration begins at 6 pm and game play will begin at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10.00 for the General Public and $5.00 for Jaycee Members. Proceeds from this night will help the Tazewell County Jaycees give back to community.

There are 8 rounds of competition (Six regular rounds and 2 Speed Rounds). You can bring a team, or come and join a team. Winners get in free the next month and a Gift card donated by E.P’s TimeOut. There is also a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.

For more information about Happy Hour Trivia Night, please contact Tazewell County Jaycees at tazcojaycees@yahoo.com. You can also like us on Facebook for information on upcoming events.

The Tazewell County Jaycees is a leadership training organization for individuals age 18-40. Jaycees programs stress the development of leadership and managerial skills through the running of projects that benefit the community.


Here are January's Trivia Nite Winners:



Rivermen Introduce 2013 Winter Freeze Pack

The Peoria Rivermen have announced the Winter Freeze Pack for the 2012-13 season! This year's package includes 10 undated vouchers good for any game in the 2012-13 regular season, 4 additional tickets for the March 17th game and 2 Blues tickets (game to be mutually agreed upon)! With premium games on the schedule, the Winter Freeze Pack provides you with the freedom to choose which games you would like to attend, while providing you the best savings on Rivermen tickets.

Premium dates include:
  • January 26th, Ryan Reaves Bobblefist 
  • February 16th, PNC Kids Jersey Night 
  • February 23rd, Peoria Air National Guard Team Poster 
  • March 17th, St. Patrick's Day with the Rivermen (St. Patrick's themed jerseys with a jersey auction after) 
  • March 23rd, Hy-Vee Kids Hockey Stick 
  • March 30th, Free Food Night 
  • April 20th, Fan appreciation Night 

The Holiday Pack can be purchased in either the lower or upper bowl for $240 (seating excludes Glass/First Row). Purchase now and receive four free tickets to our St. Patrick's Day game vs. Grand Rapids, special start time of 3:05pm.

Rivermen Winter Freeze Packs will be sold throughout the Winter season and can be purchased by calling the Rivermen at 309-676-1040 or by visiting the Peoria Rivermen office located inside the Peoria Civic Center. The Rivermen office is open Monday-Friday from 9-5:30pm and on weekend game-days starting at 10am

The Peoria Rivermen are back in action this weekend as they finish off a four-game home stand with a game tomorrow at Carver Arena when they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:35pm. Get there early to get your Ryan Reaves bobblefist!

Purchase your Winter Freeze Pack today or call the Rivermen at 309-676-1040 for individual game tickets

Valentine's Dinner at the Clubs at Sunset Hills


January and February Events at Sunset


Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop


Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on February 18, 19, and 20. 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 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, 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 February 11. To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Leadership Academy Goes to Court

The R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy was in the Tazewell County Courthouse today learning about the court system. To enhance their learning experience, they participated in a mock trail.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Welcome to another new member - Pyramid Printing Inc.!

Pyramid Printing Inc. ,4701 Edgewater Drive, Groveland, IL, 61535; (309) 387-2068; www.pyramidprintinginc.comShelly Hranka, president; Business hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm; Pyramid Printing Inc. is a promotional marketing company. They specialize in ad specialties, commercial print and corporate apparel to promote your business.

Leadership Academy Visits City Hall

The 2013 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy learned about the operations of the City of Pekin today. Assistant City Manager Darin Gridler, and Economic Development Director Leigh Ann Matthews provided information and answered questions. Pastor Lloyd Brock, a member of the Chamber's Leadership Academy Committee, served as the facilitator. Rev. Steve Anderson introduced Lora Jacobs, Justin Nelson introduced Joe Howe, Phil Gelato and Dawn Shipman gave a report on the Miller Senior Center, Mike Dentin introduced Debby Hoehn, and Zak Ehrmantraut and Jenny Gray reported on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sabella Street Station is now a member of the Chamber

Sabella Street Station , 335 Sabella., Pekin, IL, 61554; (309) 613-0276; Rev. Dave Carrington; Business hours: May Vary; Isabella Street Station is a multifaceted space. It is a church, bible college and youth center. Also, it has a cafe called Driven Cafe. Inside is also a Christian bookstore called Burean Bookstore. Coming soon is also a banquet center. Check out all the possibilities Sabella Street Station has to offer.

Welcome, Firestone, to the Chamber!

Firestone Complete Auto Care, 3502 E Court St., Pekin, IL, 61554; (309) 353-2932; www.firestone.comJon Chemers, store manager; Business hours: Sunday 8:00am - 4:00am, Monday - Friday 7:00am - 8:00pm, Saturday 7:00am - 7:00pm; Firestone offers complete auto care. From oil changes and tire repair to advanced diagnostitstics, Firestone offers a variety of services.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Illinois River Road Organization HQ Has Moved

Earlier today the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway announced that its organizational headquarters has moved upstream. Since 2006 the Byway program has been housed within the Economic Development Council for Central Illinois (EDC) located in Peoria, but due to changes and restructuring of the EDC, the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway has found a new home with the North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG) in Ottawa. NCICG and the Illinois River Road organization hosted the open house event where the official announcement was made.

The program will continue its current responsibilities of marketing the regional destination, developing and enhancing small business growth, and business outreach along the byway corridor which encompasses 10 counties from Ottawa at the north to Havana at the south. Anaise Berry will remain the Byway's Executive Director and current programming will stay intact. The main differences are the change in the physical location of the Byway office and NCICG has become the new parent company as of January 1, 2013.

NCICG is a regional planning agency located in Ottawa that has been providing planning, technical assistance, and grant writing services to counties, townships, and communities since 1979. NCICG has a growing economic development role through their partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Nora Fesco, Executive Director of NCICG is thrilled with the move saying "We will be able to work with the Byway on new grants and project opportunities for nature-related tourism and economic development. It's a good fit with our mission as we aim to meet the needs of local officials by helping improve and strengthen their communities and the region as a whole. This partnership will open doors to new opportunities for us and the Byway."

Berry ensures that communities served by the Byway will not be affected by the change. "This is a positive change that will allow us to forge additional new partnerships while maintaining and strengthening current ones in Peoria and throughout the Byway region. Our portal and gateway communities will continue to receive the same representation they always have and we hope they will continue to support the Byway, financially and otherwise." She explains that the Byway is not a standalone organization, but a nearly self-sustaining program and with NCICG's dedication to helping small communities thrive, she believes it's a great match for the Byway.

The Illinois River Road was designated a National Scenic Byway in 2005 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, which recognizes roads having outstanding archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. It stretches 291 miles alongside the Illinois River from Ottawa to Havana and is notable for its natural and historic qualities. The Byway covers ten counties including Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, Stark, Fulton, and Mason. The Byway has six gateway communities including Ottawa, Princeton, Peoria, Pekin, Canton, and Havana. Learn more at www.illinoisriverroad.org. The Byway office is located at NCICG 613 W. Marquette St., Ottawa, IL 61350 and Anaise Berry can be reached at (815) 433-5830, (309) 256-8170 or Aberry@illinoisriverroad.org.

Leadership and the Helium Hula Hoop

The second class of the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy met today and learned the valuable lesson of the Helium Hula Hoop.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Firestone Joins the Chamber


Firestone Complete Auto Care, 3502 E Court St., Pekin, IL, 61554; (309) 353-2932; www.firestone.com; Jon Chemers, store manager; Business hours: Sunday 8:00am - 4:00am, Monday - Friday 7:00am - 8:00pm, Saturday 7:00am - 7:00pm; Firestone offers complete auto care. From oil changes and tire repair to advanced diagnostitstics, Firestone offers a variety of services.

What is Your Business Resolution?

Turn your business resolution into reality by joining a panel of experts as they discuss how to SUCCEED and PROSPER in the coming year.

We've invited leaders from area businesses to reflect on their best practices of 2012 and share how they will implement NEW IDEAS in 2013.

DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 31ST, 2013

TIME: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (lunch will be served)

LOCATION: INDEPENDENCE SQUARE

2020 W. WAR MEMORIAL DR, STE. 302



RSVP to kboyer@cullprop.com or 309.999.1700

Alzheimer’s Association Legislative Event set for Jan. 23

The 2013 Alzheimer’s Association Legislative Priorities Event is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Central Illinois Chapter office, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria. Every year, the Chapter brings together area leaders to provide updates on legislation, research and community projects related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Planned topics and speakers include:
  • 2013 federal and state legislative priorities 
  • Legislative update by Judy Buchanan of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Illinois Chapter Network 
  • Alzheimer’s research updates by Drs. Ken Fukuchi and Julia Biernot of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria 
  • Update on the Peoria County Search and Rescue team by Lt. Mark Molleck 
  • Updates from area legislators 
Please reserve a seat by calling the Central Illinois Chapter office at 800.272.3900 or 309.681.1100 by Jan. 22.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Welcome to our newest member - Jerry Marshall

Dr. Jerry L. Marshall, individual member; Pekin, IL, 61554; Jerry Marshall

Welcome to Dan Pfeifer - State Farm


Dan Pfeifer State Farm, 1000 Court St., Pekin, IL, 61554; (309) 347-3484; www.SFAgentDan.com; Dan Pfeifer, agent; Business hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm, Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm; Dan Pfeifer is an insurance and financial agent for State Farm, serving Pekin and the surrounding area.

Progressive Business Group’s Annual Valentine’s Ball to Benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse

The Progressive Business Group (PBG) will host the 11th Annual Valentine’s Ball to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse, Saturday, February 9th. The black tie optional affair will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria, beginning with a champagne reception and hot hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.

The evening includes a gourmet four-course meal, open bar, and live music by JammSammich, all setting the tone for a romantic Valentine’s celebration. In addition, there will be a silent auction as well as a raffle with the winner choosing from one of three great trips - Golf/Spa at Bay Hill; Stay at the Ritz or a Live Music Concert!

The PBG is a non-profit organization made up of business men and women in central Illinois who combine fostering leadership and building long lasting relationships while helping local charities. “It is our goal to have a wonderful evening to celebrate Valentine’s Day and support a community pillar in The Center for Prevention of Abuse,” explains Wendy Simmons, event chair. “Our invitation list grows because people have a fabulous time and want to share the evening with friends and business associates.”

With the growth of this event has come greater awareness and support for The Center for Prevention of Abuse, a non-profit agency that works to achieve its vision to build a safe, peaceful community. For over 30 years The Center has been serving women, men, children and seniors in central Illinois affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and providing prevention education to help keep children safe. It is the only agency in the state of Illinois to offer all those services under one roof. Each year The Center serves more than 5,000 victims of violence and reaches another 15,000 students through violence prevention education in area schools.

Tickets for the event are $300.00 per/couple.

For additional information about the Valentine’s Ball or to make a reservation call,
Wendy Simmons @ 309-303-7831 or visit Progressive Business Group’s website, www.progressivebusinessgroup.org.

To learn more about The Center for Prevention of Abuse visit their website, www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551.

Tazewell County Jaycees Monthly Meeting

The Tazewell County will be holding their monthly Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 24th at E.P’s Time Out in East Peoria. Board Meeting begins at 6 pm and General Membership will begin at 6:30 pm. The General Membership Meeting is open to the public. They are looking for new members. Come out and get to know them!

For more information about the Tazewell County Jaycees, please contact Tazewell County Jaycees at tazcojaycees@yahoo.com. You can also like them on Facebook for information on upcoming events.

The Tazewell County Jaycees is a leadership training organization for individuals age 18-40. Jaycees programs stress the development of leadership and managerial skills through the running of projects that benefit the community.

Alzheimer’s Association to Present Caregiver Program Jan. 21

The Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter will present Facing New Challenges, a program that provides information on caring for someone with memory loss and teaches new communication techniques for caregivers, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday. Jan. 21. It will be held at the OSF Institute on Aging, 8600 Illinois Route 91, Suite 130, Peoria.

Staff will explain normal aging versus aging with dementia; safety concerns, including driving and wandering; community resources; planning for the future; and agency services. Time also will be allotted for specific questions about memory loss.

The fee for materials is $5 per person or $10 per family. Individuals should register at least a day in advance by calling the office toll free at 800.272.3900.

River 97.3 Kicks Off Annual Teddy Bear Drive

Last year, River 97.3 listeners donated over 2,000 teddy bears to Children’s Hospital of Illinois that were delivered on Valentine’s Day. River 97.3 hopes to beat last year’s total and continue to supply Children’s Hospital of Illinois with teddy bears for patients throughout 2013.

River 97.3 will begin collecting teddy bears on Tuesday, January 15th with the deadline for donations on Tuesday, February 12th. Donations may be dropped off at River 97.3/Radio Peoria, 120 Eaton Street in Peoria, during regular business hours: Tuesday – Friday from noon to 5pm. All teddy bears must be new.

Morning show host Jenn Smith explained what motivates the station to continue the drive every year: “It’s scary enough for an adult to be in the hospital. It’s even worse for a child. Being sick, in a strange place with people you don’t know coming in and out of your room. We want to give those children a little comfort when they’re feeling scared. Something that will hopefully bring them smiles during a difficult time.”

Thank you in advance for your support of River 97.3 and Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

For more information, please contact:

Jenn Smith
River 97.3 Morning Host
Cumulus Media-Radio Peoria
120 Eaton Street, Peoria IL 61603
Studio: 673-0973 Office: 669-1217
jennifer.smith@cumulus.com

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Business After Hours Scores a Touchdown

With burgers, bratwursts, and beer, chamber members gathered at Embassy Suites in East Peoria for this month's Business After Hours. This was a special Business After Hours because it was the annual county-wide gathering. The event was hosted by Morton Community Bank. Members of the Pekin, Washington, Morton, and Peoria chambers were present. It was in true tailgating style. Among the snacks and conversation, a high school cheer leading team came to get everyone in the football spirit. There were also door prizes and a complimentary one-night stay at Embassy Suites given away to a few lucky winners. You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber
Twenty-four participants were on hand for the opening session of the 2013 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy. This is the 15th year the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has held a leadership academy. Over the next 10 weeks the participants will learn about local leadership challenges and opportunities, as they hear from community leaders and tour businesses and organizations.  The first session provided an orientation to the program and the participants got to know each other through a "speed networking" ice-breaker event.  You can see more pictures and a video from the first session at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Come Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.



Focus Forward CI Update

Read Karen McDonald's article "Building an Economy with an Army of Ambassadors" in the January issue of Inter Business Issues.  It's a great update on the regional economic development effort, Focus Forward CI.  http://bit.ly/U8yH3c

McDaniels Marketing Job Posting

McDaniels Marketing is seeking applicants for a full-time position of WEB/SEO PROJECT MANAGER.  You can see the job description on the chamber's website at:  http://bit.ly/WvlpvS

Or follow the QR Code to their Monster.com posting.

Did you know you chamber members can post job openings on the chamber's website?  Give us a call and we'll help you.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Alzheimer’s Association Legislative Event set for Jan. 23

The 2013 Alzheimer’s Association Legislative Priorities Event is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Central Illinois Chapter office, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria. Every year, the Chapter brings together area leaders to provide updates on legislation, research and community projects related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Planned topics and speakers include
  •  2013 federal and state legislative priorities
  •  Legislative update by Judy Buchanan of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Illinois Chapter Network 
  •  Alzheimer’s research updates by Drs. Ken Fukuchi and Julia Biernot of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria 
  •  Update on the Peoria County Search and Rescue team by Lt. Mark Molleck 
  •  Updates from area legislators 
Please reserve a seat by calling the Central Illinois Chapter office at 800.272.3900 or 309.681.1100 by Jan. 22.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Business After Hours This Thursday - NEW LOCATION

Please note there's been a change to our January Business After Hours. We'll be joining with the other chambers of commerce in Tazewell County for an After Hours sponsored by Morton Community Bank and held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

Start the new year off right and join us for what has always been a great event!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Embassy Suites 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Friday, January 4, 2013

Loos Recognized by Society of Women Engineers

Cindy Loos, the regional vice president with Hanson Professional Services in Peoria, recently received the 2012 Outstanding Engineer Award from the central Illinois chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.  The award is presented annually to a woman who has made significant contributions in engineering or technical management.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Welcome to Our Newest Member - Casey's General Store

Casey's General Stores , 1800 N. 8th, Pekin, IL, 61554; (309) 346-2431; www.caseys.com; Diane Walters, office manager; Business hours: Open 24 hours Monday through Friday; Casey's is a convenience store that offers a one stop shopping experience for customers. It offers a wide variety of accommodations and a self pump gas station. Casey's also has a menu which includes fresh pizza, burritos, burgers, and more.

Tazewell County Jaycees to host Happy Hour Trivia Night

The Tazewell County will be hosting their monthly Trivia night on Thursday, January 10th at E.P’s Time Out in East Peoria. Registration begins at 6 pm and game play will begin at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10.00 for the General Public and $5.00 for Jaycee Members. Proceeds from this night will help the Tazewell County Jaycees give back to community.

There are 8 rounds of competition (Six regular rounds and 2 Speed Rounds). You can bring a team, or come and join a team. Winners get in free the next month and a Gift card donated by E.P’s TimeOut. There is also a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.

For more information about Happy Hour Trivia Night, please contact Tazewell County Jaycees at tazcojaycees@yahoo.com. You can also like us on Facebook for information on upcoming events.

The Tazewell County Jaycees is a leadership training organization for individuals age 18-40. Jaycees programs stress the development of leadership and managerial skills through the running of projects that benefit the community.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

CEFCU Announces Wealth Management Coordinator Receives Certification

Shelley Kiesewetter, Wealth Management Coordinator, achieved Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) recognition at MEMBERS Trust Company, made available through CEFCU Financial Services®, Inc. To achieve this status, Kiesewetter needed three years of experience in personal trust, completion of a specialized trust training program through the ICB (Institute of Certified Bankers), and successfully passing a detailed trust certification examination.

Dianna Hunter, CEFCU Vice President stated, “This is a great accomplishment for Shelley, and truly reflects her commitment to credit union members. We are thrilled that she is helping CEFCU members build a strong financial future through MEMBERS Trust Company.”

Shelley is available to help CEFCU members with their investment management, estate and financial planning, retirement planning, living trust management, and much more. To schedule an appointment with Shelley at CEFCU’s Financial Services office, call (309) 633-3836.

With assets totaling over $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 Network ATM; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.