Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chamber Connection

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Walk to End Alzheimer's Costume Party & Trivia Contest


Veteran's Memorial Ice Arena Opening October 3rd

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME…ICE!!!




We are getting the rink ready for you to come in out of the heat and enjoy the Coolest Place in Town.  Whether you are registering for Learn To Skate or Little Stars Pre-Hockey or coming to Open Skate you are sure to have a great time!  Be one of the first on the ice by joining us for Open Skate on Saturday, October 3, 2015!!

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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Monday, September 28, 2015

Goodwill and Black Hawk College Community Education Center To Offer Free Job Skills Workshop


Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Illinois American Water encourages customers to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal.  Both flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged.

The event is Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Collection sites participating in this event can be located by visiting http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

“This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off any unused or expired medications,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.  “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our landfills and water supplies as well as the hands of those who may misuse or abuse them.”  

Hauk added, “We encourage those who cannot participate during this DEA event to continue to use their community pharmaceutical disposal programs to properly dispose of their unwanted medications.  Through all of these efforts we can protect not only our water but our community as a whole.”  

Through partnership and collaboration with local pharmacies, environmental stewards, police departments and government officials, Illinois American Water has helped to implement 37 permanent pharmaceutical disposal programs across the state.  These programs are located in Alton, Bartonville, Belleville, Caseyville, Champaign (three sites), Chicago (two sites), Chillicothe, Collinsville, Columbia, Dixon, East Alton, Fairmont, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Madison, Maryville, Morrison, Mt. Carroll, Mt. Vernon, O’Fallon, Orland Hills, Pekin, Peoria (three sites), Peoria Heights, Pontiac, Red Bud, South Beloit, Sterling, Streator, Urbana (two sites) and Waterloo.  To find a permanent collection program in Illinois, please visit http://www.epa.illinois.gov/services-locator/

The pharmaceutical disposal programs were created through a model developed by Pontiac High School Township students and their teacher Paul Ritter.  The program, P2D2, has been recognized as a model for all pharmaceutical disposal programs. Through P2D2’s efforts, hundreds of thousands of pounds of unwanted medications have been collected and disposed of properly.  To learn more about P2D2 please visit www.p2d2program.org.

About Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.

2015 Pekin Winter Wonderland Parade

2015 Pekin Winter Wonderland Parade
The Pekin Winter Wonderland Committee would like to invite you to join them for their annual Winter Wonderland Festival Parade on Sunday, November 29, 2015. This year’s theme is “An Old Fashioned Christmas”.

Come and show off your business, organization or group for holiday spectators while you meet members of the community, schools and businesses during this holiday tradition. By entering the parade, you will be competing for a $100.00 cash prize. The winner will be chosen by the Grand Marshall  before the parade starts and awarded the cash prize at the Opening Ceremonies on the Pavilion Patio after the parade ends at approx 5:00 p.m.
Date:               Sunday, November 29, 2015
Time:              2:30 p.m. Line-up/judging begins
                       3:30 p.m. Parade begins at 9th and Broadway
Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Pavilion in Mineral Springs Park with Fireworks, Pony Rides, Hayrack Rides, Bands, The Unique Twist balloon artist and face painting, refreshments and SANTA.
Line-up:            Your number in the line-up will be printed in the Pekin Times on Friday, November 27th or Saturday November 28th, and on the internet site: http://pekinwinterwonderland.info/
Parade Route:   Begins in the 1100 block of Broadway, east on Broadway, right on Sycamore Street, to Pavilion Drive, right into Dugout Parking Lot, left onto Coal Car Drive. Please disband and have members picked up at the Miniature Golf parking lot.
If you plan to hand out candy, please do so by walking along the parade route. This is for the safety of the parade spectators.
Please fill out and return the entry form by Friday, November 20, 2015.
If you should have any questions, please email me at trooper831@hotmail.com.
Hope to see you there!

Pamela Scott

Parade Committee

WTVP Presents and Evening with Ray LaHood & Judy Woodruff


Monday, September 21, 2015

Pekin Hospital Nurse Receives Critical Care Certification

Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems are pleased to announce that Sarah Edmondson, RN, has completed her Critical Care Nursing Certification, a credential granted by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Edmondson joined Pekin Hospital’s Critical Care Unit in 2013, starting as a student nurse intern before moving to a full-time nursing position. She is a graduate of Illinois Central College and the Methodist College of Nursing, where she was named valedictorian.
“Sarah is a wonderful asset to Pekin Hospital and the community,” said Cheri Lawrence, Critical Care Unit Director. “She excels in critical thinking and provides high-quality, compassionate care to the patients we serve.”

Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital is a 107-bed medical center serving Tazewell, Peoria and Mason Counties since 1913. For more information visit pekinhospital.org.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank Announces Promotions

SOUTH SIDE TRUST & SAVINGS BANK ANNOUNCES

PROMOTIONS OF BILL KOENIG AND MARILYN STRICKFADEN


PEORIA, ILLINOIS...September 21, 2015… South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., announces the promotions of Bill Koenig to Vice President Commercial Lending and Marilyn Strickfaden to Vice President Commercial Lending.

In this role, both Koenig and Strickfaden will be responsible for the continued growth and development of the commercial lending department, while providing financial expertise to our commercial clients.  Both have extensive experience in business banking and years of experience working with businesses involved in manufacturing, construction, health care, professional services, not-for-profit and real estate investment and development. 

Koenig has worked in the banking industry for 26 years.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.   He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Madison, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership School, Illinois Bankers Association – AG Lending School, and the American Institute of Banking. Koenig is on the Associate Board and Collection Committee for the Peoria Riverfront Museum and has been a Rotary Club of Peoria Reading Volunteer for 10 years.

Strickfaden has been in the banking industry for over 30 years.  She attended Illinois Central College and the University of Illinois at Springfield. Strickfaden has served as Board President for Family House and served on various Pekin Chamber Committees.  She currently serves as a Board member for Crittenton Center and is the Assistant Treasurer for the Kiwanis Club of Pekin.  Strickfaden is a graduate of the Pekin Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy and the Illinois Bankers Association Consumer Lending School.



South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $669 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 12 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin.  South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria. 

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pekin Chamber Trivia & History

Trivia about the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
 
The longest serving Executive Director is William T. “Bill” Fleming, who was hired in June of 2001 and has served the organization for over 14 years.

The Executive Director with the shortest tenure was A.W. Tartar, who was hired on February 15, 1952. He resigned 17 months later.

The first female to serve on the board of directors was Florence Westphal, who was on the board from 1957-1959.

The first female to serve as president of the organization was Carol Shields, in 1991. She later became the first female Executive Director in 1996.

The more things change, the more they stay the same

For over 20 years the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation Committee has worked with a number of agencies, organizations, and governmental units and representatives to advocate for the construction of Veterans Drive. This road will extend from Illinois Route 29 on the south, and then along the City’s easterly border, eventually connecting with Interstate 474 on the North. The Chamber believes this project is of vital importance to the community’s economic prosperity.

The Pekin Association of Commerce’s annual report for the year ended March 31, 1928 also noted the importance of roads. The report from the Good Roads Committee stated: “The most important project before the committee was the speeding up of action on the paving of the proposed State Route 164 (Pekin to Tremont and Mackinaw). The new road will be of great assistance to the communities on the East, and the route will mean a marked extension of the Pekin trading area. Your committee has held several meetings with representatives of the communities along the route, and many right-of-way disputes and differences have been satisfactorily adjusted. At this writing it is practically assured that the contract for Route No. 164 will be let within the very near future.”

The report went on to note that the newly paved section of Route 9, Pekin to Morton, was opened to the public last fall. “In the opening of this route, the committee is able to see the final results of its many months of work performed several years ago when the right-of-way for the new road was under discussion.”

PAST PRESIDENTS
Of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

1917 – 1917 William. E. Schurman
1917 – 1919 James M. Rahn
1919 – 1921 Franklin L. Velde
1921 – 1922 William J. Reardon
1922 – 1923 James M. Rahn
1923 – 1924 Elmore G. Heisel
1924 – 1925 Franklin L. Velde
1925 – 1926 James J. Crosby
1926 – 1928 Willis M. Beardsley
1928 – 1929 Louis A. Birkenbusch
1929 – 1931 Arthur E. Severe
1931 – 1932 Paul H. Massey
1932 – 1933 Henry B. Koch
1933 – 1935 George B. Stolley
1935 – 1937 Irving M. Weimer
1937 – 1938 E.M. Marshall
1939 – 1939 Charles V. Frings
1939 – 1940 Robert E. Bryan
\1940 – 1941 Albert LaFrenz
1941 – 1943 A.B. Foster
1943 – 1944 George D. Holiman
1944 – 1945 Leslie L. Jones
1945 – 1946 Arthur L. Grob
1946 – 1947 E. Oscar Winkel
1947 – 1948 Eugene P. Maurer
1948 – 1949 Karl E. Stoll
                     E.E. Lawson
1949 – 1950 Dr. D.W. Turner
1950 – 1951 Harlow R. Summers
1951 – 1953 John C. Kriegsman
1953 – 1954 Morton Bowman
1954 – 1955 A.V. Martens
1955 – 1956 Orville Deppert
1956 – 1957 Thomas H. Harris
1957 – 1958 R.H. “Bud” More
1958 – 1960 Robert Culshaw
1960 – 1962 E.M. Kumpf
1962 – 1963 A.R. Sutton
1963 – 1966 John E. Monge
1966 – 1968 W. Dean McNaughton
1968 – 1970 Charles E. Gagnier
1970 – 1972 Melvin V. Burling
1972 – 1975 Ralph T. Brower
1975 – 1977 Charles F. Wolfe
1977 – 1979 A. Dean Willock
1979 – 1980 Richard Hayes
1980 – 1981 James Johnston
1981 – 1982 Paul Koch
1982 – 1983 Merrill Parsons
1983 – 1984 Larry Wichman
1984 – 1985 Louis Steger
1985 – 1986 Ronald Claussen
1986 – 1987 R. David Tebben
1987 – 1988 Charles H. “Chic” Renner
1988 – 1989 James E. Warning
1989 – 1900 Patrick E. Oberle
1990 – 1991 Dr. Virgil Petty
1991 – 1992 E. Baird Woolsey
1992 – 1993 Carol A. Shields
1993 – 1994 Bill Schade
1994 – 1995 Andrew Sparks
1995 – 1996 A. Richard Kriegsman
1996 – 1997 Robert Moore
1997 – 1998 William T. Fleming
1998 – 1999 Thomas Tesar
1999 – 2000 Perry Soldwedel
2000 – 2001 Vince Udry
2001 – 2002 Patrick Taphorn
2002 – 2003 Cindy Galyean
2003 – 2004 Ron Miller
2004 – 2005 D. Neal “Buster” Hanley II
2005 – 2006 Margaret “Marggie” Seelye
2006 – 2007 Glen Rittenhouse
2007 – 2008 Peggy Collins
2008 – 2009 Dr. Timm Schwartz, DDS
2009 – 2010 Mike Vonderheide
2010 – 2011 Althea Geiser
2011 – 2012 Charles “Skip” Schermerhorn
2012 – 2013 Andrew Leman
2013 – 2014 Tom Hornstein
2014 – 2015 Aindrea Balagna
2015 – 2016 Gregg Ratliff
SECRETARIES / EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
 
The management staff position with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce was originally called secretary or managing secretary. Eventually the designation was changed to executive director. These people have served in that position: 
 
1916-1920 Phil H. Sipfle 
1920-1923 James H. Braucht
1923-1925 Leonard D’Ooge 
1925-1929 Ormond F. Lyman 
1929-1938 John S. Patterson
1938-1941 Francis O. Neer 
1941-1945 Ross E. Anderson 
1945-1952 Britt B. Blair
1952-1953 A.W. Tarter 
1953-1959 R.J. Lindley 
1959-1962 Paul E. Burkhardt 
1962-1970 R.H. “Bud” More 
1970-1984 Leland S. “Lee” Williams
1985-1987 Ralph T. Brower 
1987-1989 Kevin L. Rosner 
1989-1993 Willard E. Birkmeier 
1993-1996 Charles H. “Chic” Renner 
1996-2001 Carol A. Shields 
2001-present William T. Fleming

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Weekly Chamber Connection

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Business After Hours


Chamber Week: Chamber History

The History of Chambers of Commerce

As long as commerce has existed, traders have banded together. The purpose of these first associations was to seek common protection against enemies and marauding bands of robbers. Later they established codes to govern the conduct of trade, and still later, they attempted to exert influence on legislation. These early associations of traders have little in common with the modern Chamber of Commerce.
 
The history of Chambers of Commerce, as an institution representing the interests of business, dates back to the end of the 16th century. In 1599 the Board of Marseilles, France appointed a commission of four merchants and granted it the status of an advisory body on trade matters. The commission was “in charge of increasing the town’s prosperity.” Some time later the commission was named a Chamber of Commerce. 
 
King Henry IV issued a decree whereby he legitimized the institution, which in the course of time became totally independent. He also asked the chambers for “recommendations to revive the economy of the kingdom.” 
 
In the early 18th century Chambers of Commerce, as advisory institutions, were established in other French cities. Clearly establishing their purpose, King Louis XIV asked the chambers for proposals to “increase trade in France and outside the Kingdom.” 
 
In Germany, the first chamber was established in 1665 in Hamburg. It was an institution similar to a Chamber of Commerce and called a Kommerzdeputation. In 1866 it was named a Chamber of Commerce. 
 
The first Canadian Chamber of Commerce was formed in the year 1750 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A group of merchants joined together to form the "Association for the Benefit of Trade." 
 
The first Chamber of Commerce in the United States was organized in New York in 1786. From 1890 the growth of the chambers in the United States was rapid. Today, there are over 5,000 such organizations in the country. 
 
The Galena Chamber of Commerce, organized at a meeting of merchants on February 2, 1838, was the first Chamber of Commerce in Illinois. Though it has not been in continuous existence, a business organization in one form or another has been in Galena since that time. According to the 1878 History of Jo Daviess County, “... the Chamber of Commerce exercised a powerful and beneficial influence on the business interests of Galena.”
 
Chambers of Commerce today have only a faint resemblance of the old “board of trade” and “booster clubs” of even a half-century ago. Changes are more than one of refinement - the basic philosophy of Chamber operation has changed. 
 
In recent years, Chambers of Commerce have become more involved in economic development, urban renewal, and planning, with some of the larger Chambers adding specialist to their staff.
 
History of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce 

In October of 1893, a group of like-minded businessmen incorporated the Citizen’s Improvement Association of Pekin. The organization was formed for the purpose of “advancing the business interest and promoting the commercial growth of the City of Pekin.” The five directors that were selected to control and manage the corporation for the first year were: Everett W. Wilson, George Herget, Jesse B. Cooper, Henry Block, and Joseph V. Graff.
 
A second business association, the Pekin Retail Merchants Association, was organized in 1900 with Ferd Pauley as President and Fred Helm as Secretary. The purpose of this organization was to promote better business practices and systems. 
 
In 1910 the Citizen’s Improvement Association of Pekin changed its name to the Commercial Club of Pekin. In 1911 they merged with the Pekin Merchants Association, but retained their name as the Commercial Club of Pekin.
 
In 1916 the name of the organization was changed to the Association of Commerce of Pekin, Illinois. Phil H. Sipfle was the managing secretary, and Maude M. Smith was hired as the office secretary on May 27, 1916.  
 
Smith retired in 1961, after 45 years of service to the organization. However, she continued to attend the annual meetings into the 1980s. Her attendance was noteworthy, as she had never missed an annual meeting since she was hired by the organization in 1916. 
 
In 1962 the name of the organization was changed to the Chamber of Commerce of Pekin, Illinois. In 1978 the name of the organization was changed to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mid-September Biz Barometer






Miche Independent Rep Manda Brown Celebrates Membership

Miche Independent Representative Manda Brown recently celebrated her membership in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting.  The event took place at the Pekin Public Library where Manda was joined by family and friends.  MICHE began in 2007 with a clear vision—to give a woman the opportunity to enjoy the latest fashion styles beautifully and affordably anytime she wants, in 3 seconds or less, with just one handbag. Their innovative magnetic handbags with interchangeable exterior shells created a strong foundation for the company as they continue expanding their fashion brand. Today, MICHE is a social selling company offering a wide variety of high-quality fashion specialty bags, wallets and even jewelry—and it’s only the beginning! MICHE is fashion at the speed of life, with options for style as unique as you are. Manda can be reached at (309) 620-4149 or browny00.miche.com.  You can see a couple more pictures of the ribbon cutting at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Mayor Proclaims Chamber of Commerce Week in Pekin

PROCLAMATION
September 14, 2015

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEEK 2015

 
Whereas, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce works with businesses, merchants, and industry to advance the civic, economic, industrial, professional and cultural life of the City of Pekin; and
 
Whereas, chambers of commerce have contributed to the civic and economic life of Illinois for 177 years - since the founding of the Galena Chamber of Commerce in 1838; and
 
Whereas, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce traces its roots to 1893 and the formation of the Citizen's Improvement Association of Pekin, organized for the purpose of advancing the business interests and promoting the commercial growth of the City of Pekin; and
 
Whereas, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and its members provide citizens with a strong business environment that increases employment, the retail trade and commerce, and industrial growth in order to make the City of Pekin a better place to live; and
 
Whereas, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce encourages the growth of existing industries, services, and commercial firms, and encourages new employers and individuals to locate in the City of Pekin; and 
 
Whereas, this year marks the 96th anniversary of the founding of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the state’s leading broad-based business organization; and
 
Whereas, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, a career development organization for the chamber of commerce professionals; and
 
Whereas, the State of Illinois is the home to international chambers of commerce, the Great Lakes Region Office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and more than 400 local chambers of commerce.
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT REESOLVED, that I, JOHN McCabe, Mayor of the City of Pekin,  do hereby proclaim September 14 through September 18, 2015, to be "CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEEK"  and call its significance to the citizens of the City of Pekin.
 
ADOPTED, this 14th day of September in the Year of Our Lord, Tho Thousand and Fifteen.
 
John McCabe
Mayor, City of Pekin

Monday, September 14, 2015

Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following businesses who recently renewed their investment in the mission of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

1-Star Member
Morningside of Pekin

Classic Members
Morningside of Pekin
Covenant Heating & Air
Cranwill's Drive In
Gold's Gym Express (Pekin Express, LLC)
Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Patrick E. Oberle, PC
Pekin Union Mission Society



Bradley University Sorority Redecorates Room at Center for Prevention of Abuse

A room designed to give long-term residents at the Center for Prevention of Abuse a quiet place to read a book, study or use the computer got a makeover recently, thanks to a sorority from Bradley University. The room, called “Juanita’s Wings”, is located in The Center’s long-term housing.

About 50 members of Bradley University’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority brought over seating, a new table, book shelves, books, children’s furniture and rugs to make the room more functional and comfortable. The women of Alpha Chi also worked for a couple of hours to assemble all of the new furniture.

Alpha Chi Omega members help victims of domestic violence as one of the club’s primary philanthropic efforts. The staff at the Center for Prevention of Abuse very much appreciates all of their hard work to make the lives of our residents better.


The Center’s transitional housing apartments, called “Next Step”, are designed to help survivors of abuse, who are at risk of homelessness, transition into permanent housing. Residents are eligible to stay for up to two years. Thirty percent of their income applies toward rent. “Next Step” residents also have access to all of the services offered at The Center.  The “Juanita’s Wings” room was originally built in memory of Juanita Slane through her estate.

SOUTH SIDE TRUST & SAVINGS BANK WELCOMES NEW COMMERCIAL LENDER TONY BEIERMANN


South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., welcomes Tony Beiermann as Vice President Commercial Lending. 

In this role, he will be responsible for the continued growth and development of the commercial lending department, while providing financial expertise to our commercial clients.  Beiermann was previously employed with F&M Bank in Peoria as Vice President Commercial Banking.  He has worked in the banking industry for 12 years and has experience working with businesses involved in manufacturing, construction, health care, professional services, not-for-profit and real estate investment and development. 

Beiermann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a major in Finance from Eastern Illinois University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Peoria, Success By Six, and St. Philomena Men’s Club.  He also serves on the Strengthening Families Allocation Committee for Heart of Illinois United Way. 


Goodwill Sale


Goodwill Honors Veterans With Patriot Weekend


State of Illinois Recognizes Chambers and Their Contribution to Illinois Commerce

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed September 14 through September 18 as Chamber of Commerce Week throughout Illinois.

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has joined the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) in celebrating this special recognition of the contributions chambers of commerce make to Illinois civic and economic life.

In his Proclamation, the Governor declared, “Chambers of commerce have contributed to the civic and economic life in Illinois for 177 years since the Galena Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1838.  Chambers of commerce encourage the growth of existing industries, services, and commercial firms and encourage new businesses and individuals to locate in Illinois.”

Locally the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce traces its roots back to 1893.  The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of over 1,200 businesses, with nearly 400 investors coming together to create a vibrant local economy.

The IACCE is dedicated to being an accessible and valued resource for the professional development of chamber of commerce directors and staffs in Illinois. 

Governor Proclaims Chamber of Commerce Week in Illinois


Friday, September 11, 2015

Marigold After Hours

The Marigold Festival weekend kicked off with a Business After Hours at the Pekin Country Club. Wine tasting and delicious food were on the menu. Everyone had a great evening, including the Marigold Festival Grand Marshals, Dean and Linda Cooper, and the Marigold Festival Committee Chair, Mike Vonderheide.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at http://picasaweb.google.com

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Sporting Shoot Fundraiser

2015 Sporting Clays Event to benefit Good Shepherd Lutheran School
This will be a Fun Shoot
A great time for experienced shooters or for beginners to try sporting clays.
What: Sporting Clays 100 Birds and Lunch
When: Saturday, September 19,2015
Where: Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club in Mackinaw
Cost: $75.00

Call Mike at 309-267-3597 for a registration form or visit www.goodshepherdpekin.com.

Coffee With A Cop


Good Shepherd Lutheran School Welcomes New Principal

 R. Scott Russell, Ph. D.
Good Shepherd Lutheran School of Pekin
started the 2015-2016 school year with a new principal.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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