Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pekin Hospital to Present Free Program on Smoking Cessation

Pekin Hospital will offer a free presentation on smoking cessation on Tuesday, July 30 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Pekin Hospital’s Park Court Conference Center.

Family practitioner Mohammed M. Khan, M.D., of the Family Health Center of Pekin, a part of ProHealth Medical Group, will present “No Butts About It: Smoking Cessation – How You Can Quit.” Dr. Khan will discuss the effects of smoking on health, as well as resources and options for quitting.

According to the American Lung Association, every year in the U.S., over 392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease, making it the leading cause of preventable death. Another 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Tragically, each day thousands of children still pick up a cigarette for the first time.

Quitting smoking is the single most important step a smoker can take to improve the length and quality of his or her life. Stopping smoking can be tough, but smokers don’t have to quit alone. Join Dr. Khan’s presentation on July 30 to learn how.

To register, please call (309) 353-0662.

ProHealth operates primary and specialty practices in Pekin, Illinois and is part of Progressive Health Systems, which includes Pekin Hospital.



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Job and Business Opportunities on the Pipeline

Construction for the Flanagan South Pipeline Project is slated to begin later this summer and activities are underway to ensure the communities along the route benefit from the project.

As part of that effort, Minnesota-headquartered Westwood Professional Services, Inc. is working to recruit local staff and businesses to help support the firm’s portion of the project. The company works to support land and energy development by providing surveying and engineering solutions on projects nationwide.

Westwood has committed to finding opportunities to support local economies along the Flanagan South Pipeline Project. This includes recruiting and hiring locally to fill surveying and administrative positions, and partnering with local workforce development centers and technical schools to train and orient staff that will perform construction support activities in cities along the route. Additionally, Westwood will be contacting local businesses for specific products and services to support the needs of construction personnel working in the area.

Individuals interested in positions on the pipeline should watch for local recruiting activity or visit http://oilandgas.westwoodps.com and apply through the WestwoodCareers link. A letter will be sent out to businesses soon.

Westwood’s Oil & Gas Group http://oilandgas.westwoodps.com

Westwood’s Oil & Gas group is one of the company’s six business units. The oil and gas group operates nationally from locations in Minnesota and Texas and focuses on supporting the development of oil and gas infrastructure throughout the U.S. with surveying, mapping, environmental, and construction management services.

About Westwood: http://www.westwoodps.com
Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood) is a multi-discipline survey and engineering firm providing services for commercial and residential development, renewable energy, power delivery, and oil and gas projects. The firm was established in 1972 and serves clients across the nation from multiple U.S. offices. Westwood was recently named on The 2012 Zweig Letter Hot Firm List, which recognizes the 100 fastest-growing surveying, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada.

ICPR Family Practice announces new buildling

ICPR Family Practice is excited to announce the building of a new office. This 12,000 square foot office will be located on the corner of Barney and Griffin Street in Pekin(behind Big R). Groundbreaking is expected to begin the first week in July with completion expected in spring of 2014. Construction will be done by CORE Construction.

The new building will allow the staff at ICPR to continue to provide patients with excellent care while also allowing for more growth and additional services in the future. Keep up with the progress of the new building on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/icpronline.

ICPR specializes in pain management and treating arthritis and carpal tunnel syndromes as well as providing at home sleep studies to diagnose sleep apnea, personalized diabetic care, Physical Therapy, and family medical care for all ages. ICPR also provides on site x-rays, diagnostic services, weight loss programs, wellness center and lab services to get you the best care possible while treating the whole you.

ICPR is always accepting new patients and many programs offered by ICPR do not require you to be a patient of the practice. Call today to find out more about how ICPR can help you and your family live a healthier lifestyle. 309-347-4277 or www.icpronline.com

Old Computers Piling Up?


Ameren Steps Forward to Prevent Abuse

Ameren Illinois is doing its part to help the young people in central Illinois recognize, respond to and report bullying. Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Craig Nelson, will present a check for $22,000 to The Center for Prevention of Abuse in order to expand its work in local schools and day care settings.

Mr. Nelson states, “The Center has been very effective in helping nearly 20,000 students learn to keep their bodies safe, solve problems in a positive way and build healthy relationships. If Ameren can play any part in stopping the bullying or abuse of children, we will know that we’ve made a difference in our community. ”

The check presentation will be Tuesday, June 25, 2pm at The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 420 Joan Court, Peoria, IL.

Executive Director of The Center, Martha Herm, says, “I hope Ameren’s leadership will be an inspiration to other organizations to step forward to prevent abuse. Our homes, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces can become safer when everyone is more respectful towards others. We forget that some children aren’t taught those values and skills at home, so The Center is doing its best to fill that gap. We truly appreciate the generous contribution of Ameren to enhance our programming.”


Ameren Energy Marketing


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Welcome Mings to the Chamber

Ming's of Pekin
2129 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 660-7416
www.mingsofpekin.com
Tao Wang, Owner
Ming's is an Asian/American buffet offering a variety of items such as sushi, hibachi grill and steak. There will also be popular chineses dishes available. Opens July 1, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pekin Hospital Laboratory Receives Accreditation From College of American Pathologists

Pekin Hospital Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The Laboratory’s director, Kathryn O. Kramer, M.D., was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Pekin Hospital Laboratory is one of the more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

The College of American Pathologists, celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community throughout. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of Board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at www.cap.org.

Savant Capital Management Ranks on Top RIA Lists

Savant Capital Management, a nationally recognized fee-only wealth management firm with nine offices in three states, announced today it has been recognized by two leading financial trade publications as one of the top Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) in the country.

Savant has been named one of the top 100 RIAs in the country by REP., formerly known as Registered Rep magazine. The leading financial publication ranked Savant #22 out of 100 companies and third highest in total assets under management for Illinois-based firms. This is Savant’s first time being recognized on the list.

According to REP., firms had to have at least 10 percent individual clients and at least 10 percent high-net worth clients for whom they do financial planning, and no more than 50 percent institutional clients. Savant currently has more than $3 billion in assets under management and manages over 3,000 client relationships. To view the complete list of rankings, click here.

Additionally, Savant was named a top RIA firm by InvestmentNews. This year Savant ranked #34 in the nation, moving up from its 2012 rank of #59. This is Savant’s sixth consecutive national ranking in this prominent financial trade magazine. InvestmentNews also listed Savant as one of 10 notable RIAs due to it debuting in the top 50 on the RIA list.

Annually, InvestmentNews ranks the top registered investment advisory firms across the country based on a survey of the firm’s discretionary assets under management. To view the magazine’s complete list, click here.

“We are honored to be named a Top RIA by REP. and InvestmentNews,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO and Principal of Savant Capital Management. “Savant is a top wealth advisor in the industry and these rankings are a reflection of our commitment to serve our clients and help them achieve their financial goals.”

Savant has consistently received other industry recognition, such as being named a top RIA firm by Financial Planning and Financial Advisor magazines, and being recognized by Barron’s magazine as one of the 100 best independent financial advisors in the United States.

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, and family office services to financially established individuals, trust funds, retirement plans and non-profit organizations. Savant has Illinois offices in Rockford, Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Geneva, Peoria, Freeport and Sterling, as well as offices in Madison, Wisconsin and McLean, Virginia.

For more information on Savant Capital Management, log on to www.savantcapital.com.

Pekin Hospital to Offer Healthcare Provider CPR Course

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer a Healthcare Provider CPR course for nursing students and others who are entering a health occupation field in the August 2013 semester. A full professional CPR class is scheduled for July 16 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

The cost of the class is $35 and will include the course manual. Registration is required and class size is limited. To register, please call (309) 353-0351 or email Pgreen@pekinhospital.com no later than July 1.

The CPR class is offered through the American Heart Association, and participants will receive a two-year card upon completion. If you or someone you know is entering nursing school or any other health occupation course this summer/fall, this is a CPR class that is accepted by all colleges of nursing in the Central Illinois area.

Gastroenterologist Announces New Practice in Pekin

Gastroenterologist Qazi E. Khusro, M.D., has joined ProHealth Medical Group and is accepting patients at his new practice, ProHealth Gastroenterology located at 600 S. 13th Street, Suite J in Pekin.

Board certified in Gastroenterology, Dr. Khusro utilizes the latest medical advances including the PillCam video capsule and the Bravo pH Monitoring System. These advances help with the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

Dr. Khusro completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Loyola University Medical Center and a Therapeutic Endoscopy and Endoscopic Ultrasound fellowship at Indiana Medical Center. Before joining ProHealth Medical Group, Dr. Khusro previously cared for patients in the Bloomington-Normal area of Illinois.

Dr. Khusro is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call (309) 353-0607.

ProHealth Medical Group operates primary care and specialty practices in Pekin, Illinois. ProHealth is part of Progressive Health Systems, which includes Pekin Hospital.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Carol House of Hope Fish Fry


Pekin Hospital Dash at Dusk 5K


Pekin Community High School Students Recognized

Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107 are proud to recognize Pekin Community High School students A.J. Pool and Alissa Wertz as recipients of the Pekin Community High School (PCHS) Student Award for May.

A.J., a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Suzy Shepard, a guidance counselor at PCHS. In the nomination, Mrs. Shepard cited A.J’s contributions to the Math Assistance Center Lab, as well as his hard work as a student.

Alissa, a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Marcene Farley, a Latin teacher at PCHS. In the nomination, Mrs. Farley cited Alissa’s contributions to Student Council, Latin Club, and the Tazewell County Youth Board.

Each month two PCHS students who excel in moral character, positive attitude, volunteerism, demonstrate ideal role-model behavior, and who contribute to the classroom are nominated by teachers, counselors, and high school personnel. The students must be a senior and show remarkable qualities which help them prepare for a promising future.

Seth Mingus, Assistant Principal for Curriculum at PCHS said, “PCHS is grateful to have the opportunity to recognize the positive contributions our students make every day. The teachers and staff enjoy nominating students, and we appreciate the support from Pekin Hospital, Lite Rock 107/WSWT, and our community.”

Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107/WSWT are proud to sponsor the student award program for the students of PCHS.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Pekin Police Chief Clarifies Concealed Carry

The Pekin Police Department is receiving calls from business owners about whether or not they have to allow employees or patrons to carry firearms in their business.  These calls are a result of last week's announcement by Tazewell County States Attorney's Office regarding concealed carry.  

According to Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson (received via email): 

Business owners are able to set workplace policies and post requirements for admittance into their businesses.  Very similar to “No Smoking”, “No Pets” or “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs, businesses that wish to bar people from bringing firearms into their businesses should post “No Firearms” signs.  If officers are called to a place of business that has someone on their property that is carrying a firearm and will not leave, officers should instruct the person to leave.  If the person refuses, they would be arrested for Trespass, NOT for a firearms violation.

If an employer has an employee that is in violation of a workplace policy regarding carrying firearms, the employee would be subject to action from their employer for a policy violation.  We (Pekin Police) normally would not get involved unless the employee is ordered to leave the property and refuses to, at which point we are again dealing with a trespasser.

Until the Governor signs the bill, we are without bright lines to work with.  Use good judgment with each of these situations and be sure to document not only what you did, but why you did it.  I plan to share this with the Chamber of Commerce, City Council and City Staff Members so that we are all on the same page on this issue.


Once Governor Quinn takes action on the legislation that has passed the House and Senate, these gray lines should be made clearer.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bednar Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin welcomed Bednar Chiropractic to Pekin with a ribbon cutting on June 14th.  Located at 1113 Court Street, Bednar Chiropractic is a full service chiropractor featuring vitamins and supplements, corrective exercises, and life-style coaching.  Amongst their therapeutic options are spinal decompression, massage, and traditional chiropractic therapies.  Terri Bednar, D.C P.C.P, is the owner and Chiropractor.  She has invested a considerable amount of resources in the remodeling of their new office, which they showcased at a June 15th grand opening.  Dr. Bednar can be reached at:  (309) 349-3746, or www.bednarchiropractic.com.

June Puttin' On Pekin Breakfast

The June Puttin' On Pekin breakfast was held on Friday the 14th. Quinn Barra won the "early" prize,
while Mitch O'Shaugnessey won the "late" prize. The Spotlight on Business was given to Tazewell Machine Works represented by MacK Cakora and Dan Rose. Glen Smith, from SJ Smith, from was presented with the a Blue Ribbon Award, and Kevin Cone accepted the Sunshine Award on behalf of Pekin Township. Bob Blackwell, the director of the Pekin Park District, spoke to the audience of 83 chamber members about the new athletic fields at 5th and Koch Streets.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Business After Hours at Excel

Doug Parsons and the entire crew of Excel Foundry & Machine were the host of the June 6th Business After Hours.  Excel also took the opportunity to make the event a public open house to show-off the improved road ways, new corporate offices, a huge processing center, foundry facility growth, and the installation of some of the most sophisticated machining equipment in the world.  Tours and refreshments were available.  Check out more pictures from this and other chamber events at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber  

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fleming Completes Second Year at Institute for Organization Management

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, recently completed his second year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

“Institute participants are recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.  Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country.  Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. 

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

Social Media Marketing Made Simple


 
 
If you are using Twitter, Facebook or some other form of social media as part of your business but really aren't sure you are getting the most of it, come to a session hosted by the Speakeasy Art Center and Tammy Finch, owner of Web Tech Services, Inc and learn more about why social media is a great business tool and how to better utilize it to make your business grow.

JUNE 19 -6:30-8:00 at the Speakeasy Art Center, 353 Court Street.

Free seminar and all are welcome. Questions? Email Shannon at speakeasyartcenter@hotmail.com.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pekin Main Street Farmer's Market kicks off June 20th

Pekin Main Street’s annual Farmer’s Market begins on Thursday June 20th, in historic downtown Pekin next to the Tazewell County Courthouse on Capitol Street.

The market will be opening with our traditional Watermelon slicing at 3:45pm. This year, Senator Dave Koehler will be our honorary Watermelon slicer. Pekin Main Street will be presenting Senator Koehler with the 2012 Pekin Main Street Partner of the Year award for his role as chief sponsor of the Cottage Food Law and for his commitment to food related issues and Main Street.

This weekly open-air market will be held on Thursday evenings, June 20-September 19, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, fresh cut flowers, herbs, bakery items, canned items, crafts and more. Free entertainment will be held on selected weeks on the Courthouse lawn.

The Pekin Main Street Farmer’s market was a recipient of a LINK UP Illinois Grant. LINK Up Illinois is a program of Experimental Station in partnership with Wholesome Wave and the Illinois Farmers Market Association.. This grant will allow those that use their LINK cards at the Pekin Main Street farmer’s market to receive a dollar to dollar match for their purchase amount up to $10.00 (per cardholder per market day). This is a win-win situation for vendors and community members alike – vendors will have access to new customers

For more information or to become a vendor, please call the Pekin Main Street office at (309) 353-3100 or visit www.pekinmainstreet.com.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Knowledge is Power...and Ignorance is NOT Bliss.

You know your business. Take that knowledge to new heights and avoid mistakes.

Get the information you need and answers to your questions during this FREE one-hour webinar

Topic: Avoiding the Top Tax Mistakes that Small Businesses Make
Date:  Thursday, June 20, 2013
Time:  11:00 a.m. (Pacific); Noon (Mountain); 1:00 p.m. (Central); 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

What's Covered:
·         Tips to avoid common mistakes with your business taxes
·         Good recordkeeping strategies
·         What is reportable income
·         How to carefully choose a tax preparer
·         Helpful Tax Information Resources
·         Broadcast will include a live Q&A session

CPE:  CE Credit is NOT being offered for this webinar.

Click on the following link to register: 

Taking All the Deductions You're Entitled To? Know What Business Tax Credits You Can Take?

Get answers to these questions and more during this FREE one-hour webinar

Topic: Small Business Owners: Get All the Tax Benefits You Deserve
Date:  Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Time:  11:00 a.m. (Pacific); Noon (Mountain); 1:00 p.m. (Central); 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

What's Covered:
·         Learn about business expenses and deductions
·         What is a business depreciation deduction?
·         Find out which business tax credits are available for your business
·         Get the latest facts about the American Taxpayer Relief Act
·         What are the qualifications for the Earned Income Tax Credit?
·         Broadcast will include a live Q&A session

CPE:  CE Credit is NOT being offered for this webinar.

Click on the following link to register: 

Tazewell County Jaycees to host Happy Hour Trivia Night

The Tazewell County will be hosting their monthly Trivia night on Thursday, June 13th 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. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Alzheimer's Association Needs Office Volunteers

The Alzheimer's Association-Central Illinois Chapter needs volunteers at its Peoria office, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, to staff the reception desk, assist with mailings and work health fairs. Volunteers will help with mailings and health fairs at agreed upon times on an as-needed basis. The in-office volunteer hours are flexible, and help is currently needed:

Mondays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fridays: 1-5 p.m.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, call Office Manager Chris Nauman at 309.681.1100.

CenturyLink helps Illinois businesses prepare for Storm Season

The severe weather season is here, and CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is encouraging Illinois businesses of all sizes to prepare by updating their business continuity and disaster recovery plans with resources that will help minimize and even eliminate risks.

Even minimal downtime during a storm can result in lost revenue and customers, which is why CenturyLink makes careful preparations to keep its network operating for business customers when severe weather impacts the area. A few extra resources from CenturyLink may help business customers weather a storm.  

CenturyLink Resources for Illinois Businesses

  • CenturyLink business customers with voice services can take advantage of Emergency Call Forwarding (ECF) for up to 90 days at no charge when CenturyLink determines that an area has been impacted by a natural disaster.  ECF helps businesses stay in contact with their customers by forwarding calls to an alternate local phone number, including local wireless numbers. Customers can call 1-800-786-6272 to request this service.
  • Moving critical business data from an office to the cloud is an easy way to protect a company’s information from damaging, severe weather. Businesses can find peace of mind by having their data and infrastructure located off-site and far away from the storm in a secure, reliable data center. For information on CenturyLink’s managed and cloud hosting services go to www.centurylink.com/small-business/products/hosting-services/.     
  • Business customers who rely on CenturyLink for voice, data hosting or managed services are encouraged to report service outages or request repairs resulting from storm damage by calling the company’s 24-hour repair center at 1-800-786-6272.  

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning Tips

CenturyLink consults with some of the world’s largest enterprises to establish comprehensive business continuity programs that help minimize or eliminate business disruptions. Here are tips for implementing an effective plan:    

  • A good plan should address four key elements: building(s), systems, equipment and personnel, plus contingencies for the loss of any or all of them.
  • Know your company’s critical functions, vendors and suppliers and what you would stand to lose if they were unavailable for a few hours, a day or weeks. Create continuity plans for those you cannot afford to be without.
  • Develop a communications plan so that employees can reach one another and learn where to go if a building is closed, etc. Use new forms of communication technology such as text messaging or social media to disseminate critical information if needed.
  • Consider cloud-based services or other technologies that provide cost-effective redundancies to help maintain business operations.
  • Test your business continuity plan at least annually and when staff changes occur. 

“Not being prepared is a big mistake,” said Michael D. Brill, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for Illinois.  “Businesses may put off disaster preparedness planning because it seems costly and daunting, but it is manageable with clear priorities, a well documented plan and a strong team. With severe weather on the way, there is no better time than now to do some planning.”

To help protect the communications services it provides to businesses, CenturyLink has developed an internal disaster preparedness plan that puts recovery practices in motion before a storm ever reaches Illinois.

“CenturyLink has a long history of ensuring the reliability and resiliency of our services under any circumstance,” said Brill. “We have plans in place to prepare for pending storms and for restoring services, should they be impacted, as quickly as possible after a weather-related event.”

For more information about CenturyLink services for businesses, go to www.centurylink.com/business.

Friday, June 7, 2013


Bard Optical Pekin office will celebrate 28 years in business in July. Opened by Dr. A. Arthur Bard in 1941 in downtown Peoria, Diana Hall purchased the practice in 1981 and has grown Bard Optical to 20 locations in Central and Southern Illinois. Please join us in celebrating the Anniversary of Bard’s Pekin office by stopping in and congratulating Dr. Shelley, Alicia, Office Manager and the Pekin staff.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

ABUSE: A Healthcare Issue of Epidemic Proportions

Violence and abuse are impacting our healthcare system in a big way. Emergency departments are stretched to handle the daily appearance of patients involved in domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse situations. The long term effects of physical, sexual and emotional trauma can last years and severely complicate a person’s health and therefore greatly add to healthcare costs.

Illinois Health Cares and The Center for Prevention of Abuse are hosting the first in a series of presentations and trainings focusing on abuse and the medical community. The ultimate goal is to improve healthcare’s response to abuse by establishing a system-wide understanding of abuse as a major health concern.

Who: Holly Ramsely-Klawsnik, Ph.D

What: Presentation: Elder Abuse Stats and Stories: The Health Providers Role

When: Thursday, June 6

9am – 11am

Where: Illinois Central College North - Auditorium

5407 N. University

Peoria, Illinois 61614

Speaker Bio

Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, PhD is a sociologist and licensed mental health clinician in Canton, MA. She has extensive experience conducting protective and court-ordered investigations and evaluating victims and perpetrators. She is in private practice, providing clinical consultation and training to multidisciplinary professionals nationwide regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse and abuse of adults with disabilities.

To register, please contact Lisa K. at 309/637-3908. There is no cost.

3rd Annual Cole's Ball

Monday, June 3, 2013

Women's Marigold Golf Outing

The 6th Annual Marigold Women's Golf Outing will be on Saturday, August 24th at Parkview Golf Course.  The entry fee for the 2-woman scramble is just $90/team and includes a continental breakfast, hole contests, door prizes, goody bags, flight prizes, greens fees and cart.
  
Download the flyer for more information and a registration.  Contact Renna Hadsall at the chamber (346-2106) with questions or to donate prizes.

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