Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Savant Expands its Tax and Wealth Transfer Team

Addition of seasoned professional Andrew Welp further positions Savant as industry leader in building and transferring wealth

▪ With more than a decade of experience and expertise, Andrew J. Welp, CPA, JD, further enhances firm’s comprehensive financial planning services

▪ Growing wealth transfer and tax team bridges gap between building wealth and transferring wealth

▪ Increases support team to five attorneys and 13 certified public accountants


Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, with 11 additional offices in three states, including Peoria, announced that Andrew J. Welp, JD, CPA has been hired as its third dedicated wealth transfer advisor. He joins the firm’s growing tax and wealth transfer team that is led by Michael Cyrs, director of wealth advisory.
Welp is a member of the firm’s Planning Team and is responsible for overseeing the new in-house trust and estate settlement officers who were added to the team in 2017 and coordinating the necessary legal and tax matters in the estate and wealth transfer process for clients. He also maintains responsibility to act as a direct liaison with Savant’s affiliated trust company, Savant Private Trust, a division of National Advisors Trust Company.
“Savant is about the creation of wealth and, as importantly, the transfer of wealth,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “Andy will further enhance our ability to act as a conduit to help bridge the gap between our clients’ wealth accumulation and leaving the legacy they desire. We are thrilled to have Andy on the Savant team.”
The addition of Welp represents the firm’s commitment to meeting the comprehensive financial planning needs of its clients via a hand-on support team, which now has five attorneys and 13 certified public accountants who serve as advisor support within Savant and its affiliate, Savant Tax and Consulting.
“Savant drew me in because of the team’s broad range of disciplines that enable it to help more people build their ideal futures,” said Welp. “I value the team approach, the diversity of team members, and the strong relationships they have with clients and the communities we serve.”
Prior to joining Savant, Welp worked as head of finance, compliance, and operations for a financial planning firm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bradley University and a juris doctorate degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Welp is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Savant manages more than $5 billion in assets and employs more than 150 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has 11 offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Peoria, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI.


About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.
Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.
Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. Click here for more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures.
Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Get Ready For Small Business Saturday


The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to once again support Small Business Saturday® and Shop Small, taking place on November 25th. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses and strengthening and celebrating communities across the country.

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2016, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, according to the 2016 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Small Business Saturday celebrates the diversity of small businesses across the U.S. and recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities. According to the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, as of 2014, small businesses nationwide accounted for 63% of net new private-sector jobs created and represented 99.7% of firms with paid employees.

Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com.





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, Oct. 28, 2017, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Collection sites participating in this event can be located by visiting https://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 (two sites), Caseyville, Champaign (three sites), Chillicothe, Collinsville, Columbia, Dixon, East Alton, Edwardsville, 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, 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, millions 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 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 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 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 by visiting www.amwater.com.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

AMT Celebrates New Pekin Location

Advanced Medical Transport celebrated their new Pekin location with a reception and ribbon cutting on October 27.  The new facility is located on Pekin Hospital property at the corner of 13th and Park Avenue.  The cost of the project was approximately $1 million.

The facility  includes pull through garage bays for the ambulances.  There is  also a living area for the on-call staff that includes a kitchen and small fitness room.

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin joined Andrew Rand and Josh Bradshaw from AMT and Bob Haley from UnityPoint Health for the ribbon cutting.

You can see more pictures from this event at https://photos.app.goo.gl/OLnm2UaBEmF2jYdy1

Thursday, October 26, 2017

UnityPoint Health Celebrates New Technology

UnityPoint Health recently celebrated the completion of a major technology investment project in Pekin.  The new Cardiac Cath/Vascular Intervention Suite was built in the Medical Imaging Department in space formerly used for records storage.  UnityPoint Health - Pekin CEO Bob Haley said the investment was over $1 million dollars.

The suite was designed to create an optimal workflow to care for patients and create a safe and healing environment.  It was outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, including a Dual Plane Toshiba Imaging system with two C-arms that are designed specifically for cardiac and vascular intervention cases.  A new hemodynamics system for patient monitoring was also installed.  The highly trained staff also received intense off-site and on-site training for on the new cutting-edge systems.

Hospital staff and doctors were joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony by representatives of the City of Pekin and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/QOM0H1OHURUUuiDk1


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

D.A. Points to host AJGA tournament in Pekin, Illinois

Three-time PGA TOUR champion brings junior golf event to Pekin Country Club

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is pleased to announce that three-time PGA TOUR champion D.A. Points will host the inaugural D.A. Points Junior Championship sponsored by Pekin Insurance / UnityPoint Health in 2018. The 54-hole stroke play event will be held July 9-12 at Pekin Country Club in Pekin, Illinois, where 96 boys and girls from around the world will compete for the title.
“The AJGA provided me an opportunity to test my abilities against the best junior golfers across the country,” said Points. “It helped shape me into a PGA TOUR winner. It gives me great pleasure to host an amazing tournament at my home course, Pekin Country Club. My dream to have my name associated with an AJGA event is made possible by my oldest sponsor, Pekin Insurance. Along with UnityPoint Health, Pekin Insurance will put on a great tournament. Pekin Insurance has helped me achieve my life long dreams of playing on the PGA TOUR. Now, sponsoring this event, they will help juniors gain experience towards one day playing on the PGA TOUR.”
D.A. Points is a professional golfer who has recorded three wins on the PGA TOUR, including most recently at the 2017 Puerto Rico Open. Points competed in six AJGA tournaments during his junior career and was named a Rolex Junior All-American in three straight years from 1992-94.
Joining Points in supporting the event is Pekin Insurance and UnityPoint Health. Pekin Insurance is a super-regional insurance provider domiciled in Pekin, Illinois, offering a variety of products in 21 states. UnityPoint Health provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout Central Illinois through its clinics, hospitals and home care services. Pekin Insurance and UnityPoint Health value supporting the community and are pleased to partner together to bring this important event to central Illinois.
The tournament will be played at Pekin Country Club, D.A. Points’ home course. Points grew up on No. 17 at the championship golf course and won a state title at nearby Pekin Community High School in 1994.
For more information about the D.A. Points Junior Championship sponsored by Pekin Insurance / UnityPoint Health, please contact Ryan Flanagan (rflanagan@ajga.org) at 678-425-1763.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pekin Hospital League Holiday Extravaganza 2017


Downtown Trick Or Treat

Downtown Trick or Treat

Join the FUN!! Rain or Shine

Saturday, October 28th

10:00am - Noon

Get your spook on show off your tricks, float up and down Court Street for your rewards...if you dare!!!

Registration for ICC Spring Semester, Minimester 2018 Opens October 30

Illinois Central College will open registration for its spring minimester and spring 2018 semester on Mon., October 30. The schedule is available online at icc.edu/academics/class-schedule/.
Classes for the spring minimester begin Tues., December 19, and the spring 2018 semester begins on Tues., January 16.
ICC also is offering an expedited way for potential students to get through the steps of enrolling all in one day with its new QuickStart program. QuickStart is available on Tuesdays, now through December 19 (excluding November 21) from noon to 7 pm on the ICC East Peoria Campus. No appointment is necessary. Free parking is available in Lots A and B on the East Peoria Campus, as well as the Visitors Lot.

              During QuickStart events, participants can complete an ICC application and have it processed immediately, take placement testing, meet with an advisor, fill out financial aid paperwork, set up a payment plan, and enroll for classes. Advisors are available to help students who wish to enroll, but additional follow-up may be required. Some programs are restricted enrollment and only general education or pre-requisite courses may be scheduled in those cases. Enrollment, testing, and financial aid services also will be available for all students.

QuickStart participants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure enough time to complete the steps to enrollment, ICC suggests arriving no later than 6 pm.

Applicants also should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov/  prior to coming to campus. Please list ICC on the form in order to be fully considered for federal student aid opportunities at the College.
To complete all the steps of admission and enrollment, participants should bring:
·        A valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, or other government-issued ID).
·        Checkbook or credit card to set up a payment plan.
·        Social security card.
               For those interested in financial assistance, ICC has scholarships still available for spring 2018. Visit http://icc.edu/admissions/scholarships/remaining-scholarships/.
               Students should first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.gov/. ICC Financial Assistance staff is available to answer questions about completing the FAFSA or you can find helpful information located at http://icc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/how-to-apply/.

For more information or for any questions, please call Illinois Central College at (309) 694-5-ICC.                    

Rivermen Season Opener!!


UnityPoint Health – Pekin unveils new Cardiac Cath/Vascular Intervention Suite

The Medical Imaging Department at UnityPoint Health – Pekin has just opened a newly constructed Cardiac Cath/Vascular Intervention Suite. Patients in and near Pekin can now receive specialized cardiac and vascular care, performed with state-of-the-art equipment, close to home. Among the procedures performed in the new suite will be vascular intervention, permanent pacemaker placement, angiography, diagnostic cardiac catheterizations and more.
The media is invited to an open house of the new facility.
When: 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2017
Where: UnityPoint Health – Pekin, 600 S 13th St, Pekin, IL 61554
What you’ll see: The suite was fitted with brand new state-of-the-art technology, including a Dual Plane Toshiba Imaging system designed specifically for Cardiac and Vascular Interventions cases and a new Hemodynamics patient monitoring system. Our highly trained Cardiac Cath/Angiography staff also received intense off-site and onsite training to operate this new system.
Additional visuals: The Pekin Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on at 2 p.m.

Heart of Illinois Chorus Concert at Illinois Central College Features Sweet Adelines 2nd Place International Quartet Medalists “ClassRing” October 21

ClassRing, 2nd place international quartet medalists in the Sweet Adelines International 2017 quartet finals, will be the featured guests at the fall concert by the Heart of Illinois Chorus, in residence at Illinois Central College. The concert takes place Sat., October 21 at 7:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

ClassRing finished as the 2nd place international quartet medalists at the 2017 Sweet Adelines International competition in Las Vegas earlier this month. The quartet formed in spring 2014 to compete in the Sweet Adelines International Rising Star Contest. After only a few months of rehearsal, they won the contest and were named the 2014 International Rising Star Champions. The foursome also earned 5th place in the 2016 Sweet Adelines International contest.

Members of ClassRing are: Mary Duncan, baritone, Kansas City, Kan.; Heather Havens, lead, Baltimore, Md.; Hailey Parks, bass, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Michaela Slamka-Johnston, tenor, Fort Myers, Fla.
The quartet will perform as part of the annual fall concert by Heart of Illinois Chorus, one of 700 choruses that is a member of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to women’s a cappella four-part harmony arranged in a barbershop style. This year’s concert is titled Hearts’ Tropical Getaway. The HOI Chorus has been regional champions four times, which qualified the group to compete on the International stage in Salt Lake City (1990), Indianapolis (1993), Phoenix (2003) and Calgary, Alberta, Canada (2007).
The Heart of Illinois Chorus was chartered on January 13, 1982. The group is led by director Lora Wright.
The Heart of Illinois Chorus is supported as an in-residence ensemble by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens; admission is free for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at ArtsAtICC.com. Tickets are also available at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at (309) 694-5136.

Emiquon project wins top award from Association of Conservation Engineers

Maurer-Stutz Inc. and Hanson Professional Services Inc. won the Award of Excellence from the Association of Conservation Engineers’ (ACE) Carl V. Anderson Conservation Project Awards in recognition of Emiquon Preserve’s water control system, which is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Maurer-Stutz and Hanson were honored for the project Oct. 18 during 56th annual ACE Conference in Ogden, Utah. This award is ACE’s highest honor.
Emiquon Preserve, one of the largest floodplain restoration projects of its type in the Midwest, is located near Havana, Illinois. The floodplain had been farmland that was separated from the Illinois River by a levee. To keep the 5,500-acre wetland in the preserve from degrading, TNC teamed with Maurer-Stutz and Hanson to create a water control system that reconnects the floodplain to the river for the first time in nearly a century. The team designed a multipurpose, gated water control structure; a pump station; and an elevated control building. Watch a video about the project at https://youtu.be/1iYPMlJTU5E.
The water control structure provides adequate drainage and flood control for adjacent agricultural lands and infrastructure, connectivity between the floodplain and the river, control of the movements of sediment and fish and opportunities for scientific monitoring and research. It also allows for the management of water levels, which will benefit aquatic species in the habitat and the river. The water control structure is named Ahsapa — which means “web” in Myaamia, the language used by Native Americans who had been the land’s early inhabitants — to represent the reconnection of Emiquon and the Illinois River. 
“Since the gate has been in operation, we have been so thrilled with the data collected, the general function and the sheer number of fish the wetland is contributing to the river when the gates are open,” Michelle Carr, state director of TNC’s Illinois chapter, said. “It’s cutting-edge floodplain conservation in action!”
Maurer-Stutz served as the project manager and main point of contact with TNC; completed design, plans and specifications for the pump station and control building; developed bid documents; facilitated bid review and contractor selection; and led construction observation efforts as the engineer of record. Hanson provided complete design services, plans and specifications for the water control structure, as well as foundation design of the pump station and control building.
ACE is an international organization that was founded in 1961. The Carl V. Anderson Conservation Project Awards recognize members for outstanding projects in conservation engineering.
Earlier this year, this project received an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois and a National Recognition Award from ACEC.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, the Conservancy develops on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_org on Twitter.
Maurer-Stutz is a full service, multi-discipline firm with offices in Peoria and Canton in Illinois and in Muncie, Indiana. Its headquarters is located at 3116 N. Dries Lane, Suite 100, Peoria, IL 61604. The office may be reached at (309) 693-7615. For more information, please visit www.mstutz.com.

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703. The office may be reached by phone at (217) 788-2450. For more information, please visit www.hanson-inc.com.

Mackinaw Valley Upcoming Events

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Fall Fun at the Vineyard


We are thankful for each and every person that visited this year and made 2017 memorable and fun . We had a great turnout for the 'Ohana run and lots of feedback about the route through the vineyard and ideas for next year.
Thank you to our: runners, sponsors, survivors & caregivers.
CRC Life was our race beneficiary

There are still lots of wines to enjoy and fun events this Fall.
Come out and visit, we hope to see you soon.



October FUNdraisers !

10-19 at the Peoria Zoo, the ZOO Brew & Wine too! Mackinaw Valley Vineyard is one of the supporting partners. 530-8pm, call the Zoo for information- 309-681-3500

10-21 Murder Mystery Dinner WCBU Radio -Sold out, sorry.

10-21 Tazewell County Resource Center Zombie Challenge through the vineyards. 5-10pm.sign up that night.

10-22 Bands of Brothers, Five of the areas best bands come to together to support the Herbst and Price families. 2-8pm,$10pp donation, 12 & under free.

10-23 Congratulations to our friends at Hamptons Kitchens and Appliances on 40 years in business. Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Dixon's Seafoods are partnering with Hamptons for a wine and seafood pairing event from 4-6pm at their store at 7605 N. University. Call 309-692-6250 to register.

10-29 Life with Luther, dramatic presentation with wine and chocolate tasting to support Lutheran Social Services Community Children's Programs. to pre-register call- 309-697-5762, or email- pepperbauer@att.net. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!


VINEYARD EVENTS
Hours Noon to 5pm,
Thursday to Monday

October
10-27 & 10-28
Murder Mystery dinners- wait list only for both dates-sorry.

November
11-12 Holiday Open House, Gift shopping for Christmas, cork ornament make & take, snacks and holiday music.

11-19 Painting Classes with Merlot & a Masterpiece 11am and 2pm.

December
12-8,12-9,12-10
Yuletide Homicide Murder Mystery Dinner* tickets on sale now. 309-359-9463 to reserve.

We have a new look on our website, let us know what you like and what information you would like to see. We appreciate your feedback.
thanks and blessings,
Diane and family.
Check it out-

SECOND ANNUAL VETERANS’ ART EXHIBIT, PAINTING EXHIBIT OPEN NOVEMBER 1 AT ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE

            Creative works of Central Illinois veterans and paintings by a British artist will be on display in two art shows opening November 1 in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.

            The 2nd Annual Veterans’ Art Show will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional works submitted by area veterans. This show takes place in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. A free, public reception is scheduled for November 9 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the gallery.

            Paintings by Mark David Lloyd will be displayed in an exhibit opening November 1 in ICC Art Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building.

            Lloyd is a British contemporary artist who was born in Birmingham, England in 1971. He works predominantly in painting but also in other disciplines, and his works have been exhibited internationally. He graduated in 1992 from the Falmouth School of Art with a bachelor degree in fine art. He graduated in 2012 from the Winchester School of Art with a master degree in fine art. His work has been described as meta-modernist, post post-modernist and nascent.

            Both ICC exhibits will be on display through November 28.

            Hours of operation for Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday from 9 am to noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events.

            The exhibits are presented by the ICC Art Program and the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.


            Operation of the galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks. For more information or to confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.

Papa Murphy's Jack O Lantern Pizza


First Baptist Church Family Fall Festival and Ladies Christmas Tea

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PEKIN had our very first FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL this past Saturday Oct. 14th.  We started off at 5pm sitting around the fire on hay bales roasting hot dogs followed by a short message from our new pastor, Pastor Vernon Risner. From 5:45-7pm we had our game time with a Cake Walk, Fall Photo Booth and a ton of fun with a pumpkin head bean bag toss, temporary tattoos, farmer browns grocery game, glow bowling and glow pumpkin ring toss.  We feel this was a great success and look forward to doing it again next Fall and hope the community will come out and enjoy all the fun with us!


We are gearing up for the Christmas season at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH with the Ladies Christmas Tea tickets on sale this week.  The Ladies Christmas Tea is a tradition which takes place on November 14th & 16th with doors opening at 6:00 pm.  It is a beautiful setting where ladies are pampered with fancy finger food, mouth-watering desserts, a superb speaker, and beautiful music to create a truly elegant evening to kick off the holiday season right.  If interested in purchasing tickets, please call the office at 309-347-5965.

Friday, October 20, 2017

YWCA Child Care Celebrates 30 Years

Congratulations to the YWCA Child Care on 30 years of quality care to the Pekin community.  Child Care Director Brenda Long was joined by her staff, other YWCA employees, and representatives from the City of Pekin and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting, which kicked off an open house.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

K-9 Grant for Pekin Police Department!

Be sure to vote for Ahen at https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/ and help us win the top prize. Don't take this for granted. Last year we led all the way to the end only to receive second place nationally by less than a handful of votes. So vote every day and on all email accounts you may own. This year we have no idea where we are ranked so it is important to vote! Also be careful to select Pekin IL...don't accidentally vote the wrong department. We got this!

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE HOSTS WEBINAR AND “VIRTUAL” JOB FAIR TO ATTRACT QUALIFIED ADJUNCT FACULTY

Illinois Central College is seeking qualified adjunct faculty to teach its subject areas of high need. The College will host a webinar, “ICC Adjunct Faculty Job Fair: A Virtual Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Event” on two separate dates for the convenience of those interested in learning about teaching part-time at ICC.

Participants may choose from one of the following sessions:

·        Tues., November 14 at noon
·        Thurs., November 16 at 4 p.m.

Areas of high need, by department, include:

Agricultural & Industrial Technologies: Caterpillar Dealer Service Technology, General Motors Automotive Service Education Program, Diesel Powered Equipment Technology (DPET), and Welding
Arts and Behavioral Sciences: Theatre, Architectural, and Graphic Design
Business, Legal, & Information Systems: Business, Economics, and, Law Enforcement / Criminal Justice
Health Careers: CNA (Nursing Assistant Program), Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technician Program, Nursing, and Surgical Technology
Humanities: American Sign Language, English, College Success, English as a Second Language, History, Foreign Language, and Political Science
Math, Science, and Engineering: Chemistry, Biology (Anatomy & Physiology), Engineering (Mechanical / Electrical), Mathematics, and Physics
Candidates must have a master’s degree AND/OR 18 hours of graduate-level courses in the discipline to be considered. Some disciplines have additional requirements.

Pre-registration is recommended. To register or for more information on candidate requirements, contact Diverse Faculty Recruiter Margie Lawler at (309) 690-6929 or email Margaret.lawler@icc.edu.                                             

Advanced Medical Transport Open House


Heartland Health Services


Soldwedel Program Center Fall Fest

October 21st, 4pm - 7pm 

Bring your family and dress in costume to the annual Fall Fest at Soldwedel Program Center.  You will enjoy a hayrack ride; face painting, cooking hot dogs over a fire, crafts, photo booth, and so much more fun!  This year we have added a touch a truck event where you will be able to get up close and personal with a Fire Truck from Pekin Fire Department, an Ambulance from Advanced Medical Transport, a Tractor from Rockin P Ranch, and even a Monster Truck from Steve Faichney at Shaw Roofing!  If you have any questions please feel free to email Andrew at arichey@pekinparkdistrict.org.  No need to register...See you There!

Savant Capital Management Recognized by Barron’s and Forbes

Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, with 11 additional offices in three states, including Peoria, has been recognized by Barron’s as one of the top independent advisory firms in the nation and by Forbes, naming the firm’s CEO as one of America’s top wealth advisors.
Barron’s, an American weekly newspaper that reports on current financial information, market developments, and relevant statistics, has named Savant #22 on its list of the Top 30 Registered Investment Advisory Firms. The list is based on several factors that speak to the firms’ ability to provide broad and consistent services to clients. All the firms’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission were used to cross-check the data provided to Barron’s. Click here to view the complete list of honorees.
American business magazine, Forbes, ranked Savant CEO Brent Brodeski #40 on its 2017 list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors. Brodeski earned the #50 spot in 2016. The ranking, developed by SHOOK Research, is designed to fairly compare the business practices of a large group of advisors from the financial services industry including registered investment advisors like Savant, along with banks, brokerages, custodians, insurance companies, and others. More than 19,000 nominations were received, with 200 advisors chosen. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK received a fee in exchange for rankings. Click here to view the complete list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors.
Savant manages more than $5 billion in assets and employs more than 150 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has 11 offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Peoria, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI.
About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.
Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received
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other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.
Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. Click here for more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures.
Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Volunteer at Neighborhood House!





Volunteer at Neighborhood House!

Our holiday volunteer opportunities are listed below.
You can make a difference this holiday season!

Questions or volunteering:
Bryna Dixon
309-674-1131 x230


Date
September & October


October 26
October 30

November 20-December 8
November 20 & 21

December 3
December 4-8
December 9



December 9


December 13
December 14
Time
Donations accepted:
6:30 AM-5:00 PM

6:30 AM-5:30 PM
10:00 AM-2:00 PM

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
8:00 AM-5:00 PM

10:00 AM-2:00 PM
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
8:00 AM



10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Life Together Center

8:00 AM-7:00 PM
6:30 AM-12:00 PM
Event
Collect new or gently used coats and new hats, gloves, & scarves

Coat Giveaway
Toy Boxes delivered to businesses
Toy Shop Registration
Santa for Seniors Wrapping Party
Santa for Seniors Delivery Day
Pick Up Toy Collection Boxes
Santa Cause 5k Fundraiser--to participate sign up at enjoypeoria.com/santa5k

Gifting Hope Market
shop for charitable gifts

Toy Shop
Toy Shop