Monday, December 21, 2015

Pekin Hospital Foundation To Host Farm To Table Dinner

The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner on January 16th at Pekin Hospital. The event will feature dinner from the Harvest Cafe, and proceeds will benefit the hospital’s Pediatric Unit. 
Individual tickets for the Farm to Table Dinner are $100. To make a reservation contact Director of Fund Development Sherry Semonis at 309-353-0983 or ssemonis@pekinhospital.com.
Part of Progressive Health Systems, the Pekin Hospital Foundation provides a direct channel for donors and volunteers to support Pekin Hospital’s mission of improving the health and well-being of the community with love, compassion and extraordinary care.

For more information visit pekinhospital.org/foundation.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Hopedale Medical Complex Joins New BCBSIL Plan Network

Hopedale Medical Complex is pleased to announce that HMC and its physicians were recently invited to join the NEW Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Illinois Blue Choice Preferred Plan which will be effective January 1, 2016.

Hopedale Hospital and its physicians are all now in network with all Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois plans with the exception of HMO plans. We are pleased to be able to continue to serve you with their outstanding Blue Cross Blue Shield products.

For more information on Hopedale Medical Complex or questions regarding insurance, please call 309.449.4937.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pekin Hospital Offering Diabetes Education Classes

Pekin Hospital is offering a three-day workshop on diabetes education January 11th-13th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The interactive sessions will take place in the 4-South Education Classroom on the hospital’s campus at 600 South 13th Street.
Workshop topics include nutrition, medication, exercise and healthy habits. The registration fee is $75, and class sizes are limited. Each paid participant is allowed to bring a guest at no additional charge. Registration is required by calling 309-353-0719 no later than January 4th.

Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital offers the community diabetes education workshop four times each year. For more information visit pekinhospital.org

Monday, December 14, 2015

Membership Renewals

Thank you to the following employers who renewed their financial investment in the mission of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

1-Star MVPs
Avanti's Ristorante
Peoria Chiefs Community Baseball Club
Timbercreek Rehab and Health Care

Classic Members
Automotive Machine, Inc.
Baumgarten Distributors
River Valley Mechanical Services
Speakeasy Art Center
Lloyd Orrick

New Year's Eve at Mashies!

ANOTHER $40 MILLION EXTRAORDINARY DIVIDEND DISTRIBUTED TO CEFCU MEMBERS

For the second consecutive year a $40 million Extraordinary Dividend was recently announced by CEFCU’s Board of Directors and distributed to the Credit Union’s member/owners.  The amount each member will receive was determined by dividends earned and interest paid during the first 11 months of the year, as of November 30, 2015.  On December 10, funds were deposited to members’ Savings accounts.
          
            Over the last 16 years, CEFCU has returned $155 million in Extraordinary Dividends to members.  CEFCU Board Chairman, Joe Needham, stated, “CEFCU’s strong financial results and continued member loyalty have made another large Extraordinary Dividend available for members.”  

          Mark Spenny, CEFCU President/CEO, added, “CEFCU is a credit union; a member-owned financial cooperative.  Operating as such allows CEFCU to share the benefits of a strong year with members…and, again this year, those great financial results allowed for a $40 million Extraordinary Dividend!  Thank you to members for your continued support, and to CEFCU staff for diligently providing members with superior service to ensure they can reach their financial goals.”  

          Members can learn more about this year’s Extraordinary Dividend from CEFCU’s President/CEO, Mark Spenny, at cefcu.com/dividend.

          With assets totaling over $5 billion, CEFCU serves over 313,000 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.


Pekin Hospital Foundation Gala Raises $80,000 For Surgical Waiting Area Project

The Pekin Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2015 Jewels & Jeans Gala raised more than $80,000 for Pekin Hospital’s Surgical Waiting Area project.
More than 250 members of the community attended this year’s Gala, which took place on September 26th at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria. The annual event is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser each year.
“Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Gala this year, and thank you for your continued support of the Pekin Hospital Foundation,” said Chief Executive Officer Bob Haley. “Your generosity helps Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems provide quality care and service throughout the region. The funds raised from this year’s event helped us to complete our beautiful new Surgical Waiting Area.”
The new 3,500-square-foot Surgical Waiting Area is located on the second floor of Pekin Hospital to accommodate family members and visitors of surgery patients.
Part of Progressive Health Systems, the Pekin Hospital Foundation provides a direct channel for donors and volunteers to support the mission of improving the health and well-being of the community with love, compassion and extraordinary care.

For more information visit pekinhospital.org/foundation.

HWC’s Wellness is YOU Campaign to Kick-Off 1/1/16

The Hopedale Wellness Center (HWC) is launching its Wellness is YOU campaign on January 1, 2016.

The new campaign will promote and educate area citizens about wellness and healthy lifestyles. Its goal is transform lives in social, mental and physical ways using the services and amenities that are offered at the Wellness Center.

In addition, new membership pricing will be available beginning January, 1, 2016. These prices are designed to appeal to all different types of families and individuals.

Hopedale Wellness Center will be offering special family programs, personal training opportunities, group fitness classes and aquatics classes/lessons throughout the year.


Hopedale Wellness Center is committed to promoting outstanding healthcare, healthy lifestyles, health education, and wellness. Visit HopedaleWC.com to learn more about the services offered at Hopedale Wellness Center. We are located on Route 122 East, just 10 miles south of Morton, off Interstate 155 (Exit 19).

Friday, December 11, 2015

December Puttin' On Pekin Recap

Bailey Haynes provided holiday music entertainment to over 80 chamber members and guests who attended the December 11th Puttin' On Pekin breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Rich Jordan was the first to arrive and won the Early Prize, while Deb Mahoney earned the Late Prize. Both of these prizes were sponsored by Malinda Grafelman and Pet Supplies Plus. The Blue Ribbon Award was presented to Jeff Brooks from the Pekin Public Library for their remodeling project. The Sunshine Award was presented to Lynn Johnson from the Pekin Outreach Initiative. Nine people won prize packages valued at over $300 as part of the big year end door prize drawing: Dennis Short, Greg Ranney, Mike Hamilton, Rich Jordan, Mickey Shemansky, Melanie Riley, Nancy Morris, Linda Reader and Rhonda Hodges.  You can see pictures of all the winners and more at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Prepare for Cold Weather

– Illinois American Water is advising homeowners to make sure their homes are prepared for winter weather. The Company is providing tips to prevent frozen pipes and meters as well as to ensure access to fire hydrants for public safety. 

“Following recent harsh winters, we want to remind customers that sub-freezing temperatures for an extended period can cause pipes in vulnerable areas to freeze and burst and result in costly damage,” said Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk. “By taking the proper preventive steps, customers can avoid worrying about frozen pipes and making expensive repairs to damaged plumbing inside and outside of the home.”

Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping. Illinois American Water encourages residents to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting pipes.   

Before frigid weather sets in: 
     •        Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately. 
     •        Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire – follow manufacturer instructions closely to avoid a fire hazard. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation, so don’t disturb it. 
     •        Know which areas in your home, such as basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms and outside walls, are most vulnerable to freezing. 
     •        Eliminate cold air sources near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors. 

When temperatures are consistently at or below freezing: 
     •        Allow a small trickle of water from both your cold and hot water faucets to run overnight to keep pipes and meters from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.  Replacing a water meter can also cost over $100.  Customers should implement wise water use practices and collect the running water for later use. 
     •        Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing, although be careful to not create a tripping hazard. 

If your pipes do freeze: 
     •        Shut your water off immediately. Don’t attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off, as freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints. 
     •        Apply heat to frozen pipe by warming the air around it or applying heat directly to the pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure to not leave space heaters unattended and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames. 
     •              Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks. 
      If you are going to be away from your home for more than a few days: 
       •         Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check your property to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen. 
       •         Also, a freeze alarm can be purchased for less than $100 and will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees. 

In addition to pipes indoors, customers can help protect their own and their neighbors’ homes by keeping fire hydrants clear of snow. Substantial snow accumulations combined with the after-effects of plowing roads and parking lots can leave fire hydrants partially or completely buried in snow. Clearing hydrants can help firefighters easily locate them and access water quickly, saving valuable time to possibly save lives and structures. 

Also be sure that your water service provider and other utility companies have the correct phone number to reach you in an emergency.  Illinois American Water customers can manage their account information online at My H2O Online.  Customers should also consider following their utility service providers on social media as well to get the latest updates on their computer or smart phone. For more tips and information, visit http://www.amwater.com/ilaw/learning-center/wise-water-use.html or follow us at www.facebook.com/ilamwater and www.twitter.com/ilamwater 


Mashie's 5th Annual "Women For A Cause" Ladies Night Out!


Illinois American Day Without Water Contest Pekin Winner Prize Awarded

This October, Illinois American Water invited 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area to participate in an “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest.  The contest was held in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s national event to raise awareness about the value of water service.

“It’s hard to imagine even just one day without water. We need water to make a cup of coffee, grow fruits and vegetables, and manufacture nearly every product we use in our daily lives. While essential, few people understand the fundamental value of water and the systems that bring water to and from homes and businesses all day, every day,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.

Artwork was received from across the state and winners include:
-  "With no water houses will burn down" by Ruby Pruitt, 5th grader at St. Ambrose Grade School in Godfrey
- "This is what happens with and without water" by Savindi Devmal, 4th Grader at Robeson Elementary School in Champaign
- "No one lives without water" by Carly Clemens, 4th Grader at St. John the Baptist School in Winfield
- "A day without water will cause farmers to lose their crops" by Grace Elizabeth Vahlkamp, 4th Grader at Signal Hill Grade School in Belleville
- "Houses will catch on fire and firefighters will not have water to put them out" by Riley Cady – 3rd Grader at LE Starke Primary School in Pekin
- "No new flowers, no new life and lots of thirst" by Faith Randall – 5th Grader at St Jude Catholic School in Peoria
- "No water means we can't do a lot of daily tasks" by Hailey Bielema – 4th Grader at Washington Elementary School in Sterling
- "A day without water means a lot of things you do is a lot of things you can't do" by Alexa Jacobs – 4th Grader at Sherman Elementary School in Streator

The winning artwork can be viewed on Illinois American Water’s Facebook page and will be featured in a future bill inserts.  The winning students also won their classroom a $100 donation.  

                                     


Small Business Saturday Winners Announced

Congratulations to Julie Nash and Charlotte Smith who won the drawing for the Small Business Saturday promotion sponsored by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pekin Daily Times.  They each received $250 in gift certificates that can be spent at the 18 participating businesses.  Shoppers were encouraged to register at the participating businesses and then all of the entries went into a random drawing for the two grand prizes.  Participating businesses included:

Biggs New & Used Furniture
Classical Dance Academy
Cornerstone Services
Debbie Fornoff Interior Design & Draperies
Fancy Paws Grooming
Flashmugz Photo Booth Rentals
Hamm's Furniture
Kountry Nook Gift & Craft Mall
Kouri's
La Gondola Spaghetti House
Maurie's Fine Candies
Neil's
Nonnie's Attic Fabric Shop
The Parlour
Pekin Glass & Mirror
Riviera Tan & Salon
Springleaf Financial Services
Vonderheide Floor Coverings 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Artistic Community Theater Celebrates

Member of the Artistic Community Theater of Pekin gathered for a ribbon cutting to celebrate their recent membership in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.  The ribbon cutting was held at the Speakeasy Art Center where the group will perform their production of Every Christ Story Ever Told (and then some!) as a dinner show on Friday, December 11th.  There will also be a matinee on December 12th at 2pm at the Pekin Public Library.

Wolf Tesar Celebrates Move

Wolf Tesar and Company celebrated the grand opening of their new location at 1415 Valle Vista with a ribbon cutting on December 3.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce joined the owners and employees of Wolf Tesar for the ribbon cutting picture.  Afterwards, Wolf Tesar employees hosted the chamber's December Business After Hours and received congratulations from many of their clients and members of the Pekin business community.  You can see more pictures from this event at http://picasaweb.google.com./PekinChamber

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Large Crowd Attends Lunch 'n Learn

Over 60 chamber members and guests attended the December 3rd Lunch 'n Learn held at the Avanti's Dome.  Kimberly A. Sarff, an attorney with Quinn Johnston presented an employment law update, focusing on several changes that will take affect in 2016.   You can see a few more pictures on the chamber page at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Jimmy Johns New Location on Court Now Open - Broadway Location is Temporarily Closed for Remodel

The new Jimmy Johns building located at 2925 Court St. is now open and ready for business!!! The Jimmy Johns located at 1631 Broadway is currently closed for remodeling. Deliveries are available through the Court St. location. You can reach them at 309-353-4900.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Chamber Tours Projects with Legislators

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Committee hosted a legislative bus tour this morning.  The committee provided updates on several projects including Veterans Drive, Court Street, Front Street, Wagonseller Road, and the Pekin Municipal Airport.

Elected officials in attendance included State Senators Bill Brady and Dave Koehler, State Representatives Tim Butler, Keith Sommer, and Mike Unes, Tazewell County Board Chairman Dave Zimmerman and Pekin Mayor John McCabe. Also in attendance were representatives from Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos' offices. 

City of Pekin Engineer Mike Guerra provided much of the information on the bus tour.  Tazewell County Engineer Craig Fink spoke on the Wagonseller Road project.  Clayton Stambaugh, the manager of the Pekin Municipal Airport, and Leigh Ann Brown, the City of Pekin's Economic Development Director, also provided updates on current projects and future plans.

The bus was provided by Peoria Limousine.  The 2-hour tour concluded with lunch at Avanti's Ristorante provided by Hanson Professional Services.

You can see a few more pictures from this events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Membership Renewals

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

2-Star MVPs
Hopedale Medical Complex
Illinois Corn Processing

1-Star MVPs
John M. Evans Supportive Living Community
OX Paperboard Illinois

Classic Members
Robert J. Johnson, DMD, PC
J & J Consulting Firm
Jim Maloof Realtor
Jost/Becker/Jost-Architects
KZBEME FINGERPRINTING
R & B Productions
Security Finance
Trouble Free Heating & Cooling
Glen Rittenhouse

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Free Skate Instruction at Open Skate This Saturday

Do you go to Open Skate, bu do not really skate? Are you able to skate but would like to learn more? Pekin Park District will have a Learn to Skate Instructor available to help you on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm. at Open Skate at the Memorial Arena in Pekin. Kindergarten to adult can participate.

For more information regarding Pekin Park District programs, call us at (309) 347-PARK (7275) or visit us online at www.pekinparkdistrict.org.


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Alastair Bruce Historical Advisor to Downton Abbey Visiting Bloomington


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Artistic Community Theatre presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)

Announcing ACT winter production directed by Tara and Joshua Williams.
"EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD AND THEN SOME!"
DECEMBER 11TH:
Speakeasy Art Center
Dinner Show: 
-Lasagna with all the trimmings and dessert. 
Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told -- plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season!
$30 each-$50/couple
Tickets may be purchased on Wednesdays from 11-1 at The Speakeasy or online here

 http://speakeasyartcenter.com/christmas-story/
Pre-show performances by vocalist extraordinaire: Bailey Haynes 2014 Pekin's Got Talent Winner.

Don't miss this hilarious comedic romp through the holiday season!!

Speakeasy Art Center Studio Space Available

The Speakeasy Art Center houses many resident Artists and Instructors. Its seated in the heart of Pekin's downtown revitalization that is dedicated to fostering the arts.We have several creative spaces available for rent at variable price ranges depending on size and need. We offer our resident artists 24 hour access to their studios. We also offer Studio 353 a set photography studio with lighting, backdrops and props for photographers to rent by the hour. If you are interested in joining the Speakeasy artist family or touring our available spaces, please contact us at info@speakeasyartcenter.com Amenities include: -Artist Opportunities through First Fridays -Wi-Fi -Full shared kitchen -Full shared bathroom including shower -Secured studios -24 hour access to your space -Additional storage if needed -Collaborative environment.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Welcome to Our Newest Member!

Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius, and Cerulo
227 N. E. Jefferson
Peoria, IL 61602 
309-674-1133 
QuinnJohnston.com
Sarah Davis
, Office Administrator
Megan Johnson, Paralegal
John Kamin, Managing Partner
Kim Sarff, Partner
Quinn Johnston has a team of lawyers with experience and extensive knowledge to comprehensively address almost any legal issue, including labor and employment issues, worker's compensation defense, business and commercial transactions, and municipal matters.

Welcome to Our Newest Member!

Pekin Glass & Mirror
332 Derby Street 
Pekin, IL 61554
309-347-6158
www.pekinglassandmirror.com
Dan Sullivan, Owner
Brigette Sullivan
Holly Payne
Pekin Glass & Mirror specializes in the installation of shower doors, tub enclosures, new and replacement windows, mirrors, screens, stained glass, glass shelves, patio doors, glass repair for residential and commercial.

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Illinois American Water Announces Winners of “Imagine a Day Without Water” Art Contest

This October, Illinois American Water invited 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area to participate in an “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest.  The contest was held in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s national event to raise awareness about the value of water service.

“It’s hard to imagine even just one day without water. We need water to make a cup of coffee, grow fruits and vegetables, and manufacture nearly every product we use in our daily lives. While essential, few people understand the fundamental value of water and the systems that bring water to and from homes and businesses all day, every day,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.

Artwork was received from across the state and winners include:
-  "With no water houses will burn down" by Ruby Pruitt, 5th grader at St. Ambrose Grade School in Godfrey
- "This is what happens with and without water" by Savindi Devmal, 4th Grader at Robeson Elementary School in Champaign
- "No one lives without water" by Carly Clemens, 4th Grader at St. John the Baptist School in Winfield
- "A day without water will cause farmers to lose their crops" by Grace Elizabeth Vahlkamp, 4th Grader at Signal Hill Grade School in Belleville
- "Houses will catch on fire and firefighters will not have water to put them out" by Riley Cady – 3rd Grader at LE Starke Primary School in Pekin
- "No new flowers, no new life and lots of thirst" by Faith Randall – 5th Grader at St Jude Catholic School in Peoria
- "No water means we can't do a lot of daily tasks" by Hailey Bielema – 4th Grader at Washington Elementary School in Sterling
- "A day without water means a lot of things you do is a lot of things you can't do" by Alexa Jacobs – 4th Grader at Sherman Elementary School in Streator

The winning artwork can be viewed on Illinois American Water’s Facebook page and will be featured in a future bill inserts.  The winning students also won their classroom  $100 donation.  






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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mock Interview Sessions for Veterans

Our staff will guide you through a mock interview asking common interview questions and providing feedback to ensure you're prepared for the real deal. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (309) 682-1113 ext. 2121. Goodwill Commons, 2319 E. War Memorial Dr., Peoria, IL 61614.  Held most Thursday mornings by appointment (free!)

Veterans Beneftis Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about VA health, compensation, and pension benefits eligibility? Schedule an appointment to meet with an accredited VA Claims Agent. To schedule an appointment, contact (309) 682-1113 ext. 2149 or ext. 2121. Held at Goodwill Commons, 2319 E. War Memorial Dr., Peoria, IL 61614. Weekdays by appointment (free!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pekin Park District to Offer Fused Glass Class December 1 and 9, 2015 Only two more classes before Christmas!!!

Amy Psinas, local artist and art teacher at Pekin Community High School, will teach you to create unique pieces of art with fused glass.  Participants make up to 10 small projects which can include jewelry, nail files, and hair pins as well as other unusual pieces.  These classes, for ages 10 and up, are about creativity, making new friends, and having fun while making one of a kind creations that you can keep for yourself or give as gifts.  You will make the pieces in class and they will then be fired at the studio and will be ready to pick up a few days later.

The class is at Pekin High School Art room (enter through the Tech Ed Center doors)  from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 9, 2015.  Cost is $44 per class (add $3 if non-resident; add $10 if registering less than 7 days prior to start date).  Fees include all supplies.

To register, please either visit the Recreation Office located in the Memorial Arena at 250 Red Bud Drive; or call us at (309)347-7275; or  fax your registration to (309)347-3970 (please include  a credit card number).   For your convenience, there is an after-hours drop box located on the Recreation Office door.  Cash registrations are accepted only in person.

For more information regarding registration or Pekin Park District programs, call us at (309) 347-PARK (7275) or visit us online at www.pekinparkdistrict.org


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lunch 'n Learn: Labor and Employment Seminar

http://www.pekinchamber.com/2015/2015%2012%2003%20Lunch%20Learn.pdf

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Savant Capital Management Awarded 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award



We are proud to announce that we've been selected to receive the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT AwardTM, part of Schwab's annual IMPACT Awards® program which recognizes excellence in the business of independent financial advice. The award includes a $15,000 donation to a charity of our choice. In honor of our thirty years in business as of January 2016, we will match the donation, dollar-for-dollar, for a total of $30,000 to be contributed back to designated non-profits. In conjunction with Savant's 30th anniversary, we'll donate $2,500 each month to 12 pre-selected non-profits.  
To read the full press release and find out the first non-profit to receive $2,500, visit our website here!

McDaniels Marketing announces the Retirement of Bruce Helling


Bruce Helling is retiring at the end of 2015. 

Bruce is a consummate professional in every sense of the word. A long-time employee at our agency (12 years)… his skills as a marketer truly blossomed here, where he worked not only as an account executive but as a highly valued media director. From media buys to strategic planning, Bruce did it… and lived to regale us with his many adventures in print, broadcast and business development sales. We will miss his colorful stories and wonderful humor! In addition, the stooges will miss this Curly (and his cat posters). We wish you all the best in your retirement, Bruce!


Introducing Brie Getz! 

Media Buyer/Project Coordinator 

Brie is already aboard and making a big impact. 
While there are many things that prepared Brie for the world of marketing (she graduated with honors in communications and sociology), we think her competitive spirit and commitment to success came long before that from playing sports with her brothers. She calls it her best childhood memory; we call it hands-on training. Over the last 10 years, she has put these skills to the test, successfully navigating the waters of Varage Sale and the marketing teams of several major corporations. And she came out victorious in both positive feedback and profitability! So when you're ready to see how you can get the most out of your marketing budget, give Brie a call. She'll set aside her US Weekly (a girl has to keep up on the news), take a pre-game stretch and give a loud cracking of all her joints (it's a talent few can do), and deliver a plan that meets both your short- and long-term goals (because we're all about the big picture and making the most strategic investment for you).
So if you’ve got a media need, contact Brie bgetz@mcdmarketing.com or (309) 346-4230… she’ll be glad to help!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Sprint Wireless Express
3506 Court Street 
Pekin, IL 61554
309-353-2555 
Jon Boehs, Store Manager
John Andreesen, District Manager
Sprint Wireless Express specializes in servicing and selling Sprint Mobile products.

Cosmetic Skin Center of Central Illinois Holiday Specials!!!

Wednesdays are Wine Days at the Cosmetic Skin Center of Central Illinois

Do your holiday gift ordering AND sample wines curated by CSCCI’s own director and sommelier in training, Lenora Fisher

When:  Wednesdays November 18, December 2, and December 9

Where:  CSCCI at Pekin Family Practice, 2355 Broadway St.; Pekin, IL 61554

Time:  Drop in between 4:30 and 6:30 PM


“Give us an hour and we’ll give you back years!” Dr. Bill Fisher

Illinois American Water Names Mike Smyth Vice President of Operations

Mike Smyth has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for Illinois American Water, effective Nov. 9, 2015.

Smyth has served as sr. operations manager of field service and production for Illinois American Water’s Chicago Metro District since 2009.  Previously he held roles at Insituform Technologies USA, Inc., a provider of cured-in place pipe (CIPP) and other technologies for the rehabilitation of pipeline systems, and MPC Products Corporation.

Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President, said, “Michael has a proven track record of working successfully with employees, businesses and city officials and community organizations. In his new role, he will lead our efforts in safety, operational efficiencies and growth.”

Smyth earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Xavier University Graduate School.

Washington Street Home Tour


Center for Prevention Of Abuse Fundraiser

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is holding a flash fundraiser called “Be the Bridge” next Thursday to try to bridge the gap of funding missing right now due to the state budget impasse. We are currently without almost 40% of our budget. 

Who: The Center for Prevention of Abuse

What: “Be the Bridge” flash fundraiser

When: November 19, 2015 all day

Where: You can donate from any computer, tablet or smart phone by going to:
https://www.crowdrise.com/bethebridge1/fundraiser/preventabuse or by visiting our website: http://www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org


Why: To help us fund vital services currently left unfunded by the Illinois state budget impasse. These programs help all people live free from violence and abuse. 

Starting A Business In Illinois


Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following employers who recently renewed their investment in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Camp of Champions USA
SJB Promotions
Zumwalt & Associates, Inc.

Pekin Library Re-opens!

The Pekin Public Library held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of their year-long renovation project. The $6 million dollar project included a new entrance and extensive remodeling.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber