Thursday, March 29, 2018

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE PRESENTS ARTS WEEK 2018 APRIL 16-20


Illinois Central College presents a week of demonstrations, exhibits, concerts and other events as the Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department presents Arts Week 2018 from April 16 through April 20 on the East Peoria Campus.
                The week kicks off with several April 16 activities highlighted by the 6th Annual “Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois” event at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. The family-friendly event showcases performing arts talent from the Central Illinois area while honoring the legacy of former Peoria Mayor Maloof. The event will be followed by a cookie and lemonade reception sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Peoria. Tickets to the event cost $7, with all proceeds benefiting Maloof’s signature accomplishment, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets can be purchased at ArtsAtICC.com or through the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.
                The April 16 activities open a weeklong celebration of the arts at ICC with almost 50 events taking place throughout the week. Among the scheduled events:
·        A student talent show, ICC’s Got Talent,  presented by the ICC Campus Activities Board
·        Evening performances by the ICC Theatre Program of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan (rated R for adult language)
·        ICC Vagabond Art Club’s unique The Art of Ice Cream sale in which the ice cream is sold, served in a bowl made by an ICC art student and the purchaser keeps the bowl
·        A recital titled Moods a la Mode by flutist Abigail Walsh and pianist Pei-I Wang
·        Presentations, demonstrations and activities led by various ICC faculty members and guest artists on a variety of topics such as watercolors, steelworking, gourd painting, ceramics, figure sculpture, and more
·        The ICC student film festival
·        An activity event, The Joy of Coloring, presented by ICC Library
·        An eco-friendly fashion show presented by Student Association For the Environment (SAFE) with donations to the ICC Food Pantry accepted for admission
·        A performance by ICC Vocal Jazz
·        The 50th annual ICC student and faculty art shows
                Arts Week 2018 is presented 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.
                All events are open to the public. Since the event schedule sometimes changes due to weather conditions or other emergencies, a full listing of events will be posted and updated as needed at ArtsAtICC.com/ArtsWeek. All events listed on the schedule are open to the public. Other than the Maloof event and the ICC Theatre Program’s performances of The Cripple of Inishmaan, all events are free (although some request donations).
                For more information, call the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

Welcome to our Newest Member

Sangalli's Italian Steakhouse
2217 Court St. 
Pekin, IL 61554
309-620-8413
WebsiteDave Sangalli, Owner
Locally owned steakhouse.

Savant Named a 2018 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers by InvestmentNews


Savant Capital Management, a nationally-ranked fee-only wealth management firm, has been recognized as a 2018 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers as announced by InvestmentNews today.

Savant was chosen as one of this year’s top-50 based on employer and employee surveys delving into everything from company culture, benefits, career paths and more.

"We are honored to be named a 2018 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “We are committed to providing our team with a workplace culture that is vibrant, forward thinking, and engaging. We attribute our success to our team and we are grateful to their continued dedication to the firm and our clients.”

InvestmentNews partnered with Best Companies Group, an independent research firm specializing in identifying great places to work, to compile the inaugural survey and recognition program. The list is a first of its kind for the financial advice industry.

InvestmentNews is pleased to introduce our readers to firms with supportive cultures where advisers can thrive and are empowered to provide their clients with the best possible investment and financial planning advice,” said Suzanne Siracuse, VP/Publisher, InvestmentNews. “They are role models for other firms in the industry who are striving to improve their own human resource policies and practices.”

Savant will be recognized on May 15th at the first annual Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers Awards Luncheon in Chicago at the University Club. To learn more about the InvestmentNews 2018 50 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers, please go to investmentnews.com/BestPlacestoWork.

Savant manages nearly $6 billion in assets and employs more than 150 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI.

About InvestmentNews
InvestmentNews is the leading source for news, analysis and information essential to the financial advisory community. Since 1998, their standard of editorial excellence and deep industry knowledge has allowed them to educate, inform and engage the most influential financial advisers. Through a weekly newspaper, website, newsletters, research, events, videos and webcasts, InvestmentNews provides exclusive and up-to-the-minute news, as well as actionable intelligence, that empowers financial advisers to serve their clients and run their businesses more effectively whenever, however and wherever they need it.
The InvestmentNews headquarters are located in New York, with offices in Chicago and Washington D.C. InvestmentNews is part of Crain Communications, Inc.

About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with nearly $6 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.

McDaniels Has Expanded

McDaniels Has Expanded


McDaniels has been busy and not just with client projects! Our team has expanded both inside and outside the walls of our headquarters in Pekin. In case you haven't heard our exciting news!

The McD Team is Growing!


The Great Northern Expansion

In her role as Marketing Consultant, Kate works out of the Rockford office, with easy access to Chicago O'Hare airport, and serves clients nationwide for all divisions within our agency, including the interactive division, McD Digital. She joins the agency with over 30 years experience, most recently as Director of Marketing & Procurement at Mule-Hide Products Co. Before that, she served in marketing roles at Marshall & Ilsley Corporation, Waukesha Health System, R&J Medical Supply, Rowe Pottery Works and Design North. She has handled assignments for both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, working with business-to-business and consumer goods.


McDaniels Expands to South Haven, MI

We are proud to welcome Lisa Marovec to the team! Working as another new Marketing Consultant, Lisa works out of a newly established office in Michigan, where she serves travel, food and hospitality clients nationwide for the agency and its interactive division, McD Digital. Originally from Pekin, IL, Lisa is a professional with 25 years experience. One of her goals is to help the agency expand its client base. She is skilled in hospitality training and has worked with the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers for more than 15 years. Marovec's extensive experience also includes work with the South Haven/Van Buren County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the National Restaurant Association.

Meanwhile, Back at the HQ


Familiar Face, New Gig

Formerly a Digital Strategist with McD Digital, Fred has been promoted to Account Manager and Creative Copywriter. Although he's been doing some of that work already, he's now officially bumped up to that role. A critical component of the Creative Team, Fred is now involved in developing concepts and copy for business-to-business and consumer projects. He will be writing copy for digital marketing projects, such as websites, eblasts, e-newsletters and more, but will also work with additional platforms such as print, broadcast, collateral materials, branding, displays/exhibits and videos. Fred will also work heavily on developing strategies for our clients.


Our New Digital Marketing PPC Specialist

Angie Harden has joined the McD Digital team. As a key player on the team, she will develop and manage pay-per-click (PPC) advertising programs and prepare proposals, monthly performance reports and more. She will also be responsible for helping to manage client campaigns to ensure goals are being met. Angie has been a results-driven paid search and search engine optimization (SEO) specialist for more than 17 years. Most recently, she has been an Account Manager and SEO Specialist with 9thRoot out of Utah.

We're anticipating great things at McDaniels and McD Digital and hope you'll be a part of our story! For help with your marketing communications projects, call the McDaniels team toll-free at 888-431-4230 or visit us online.


New Look. Same Mission. Center for Prevention of Abuse Starts the Conversation Surrounding Abuse with Brand New Logo, Tagline, and Website


The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) unveiled its new branding today, including a new logo, tagline, and website. Its mission to help all people – women, men, and children – live free from violence and abuse remains the same, but the supplemental pieces have a fresh, modern, and updated look.

After a competitive pitch process, CFPA selected McDaniels Marketing, a full-service marketing agency headquartered in Pekin, Illinois, to execute the concept and design of the new logo and tagline, as well as develop and re-launch the new website. McDaniels Marketing worked closely with CFPA staff to create a brand identity that reflects CFPA guiding principles, core values, mission, and vision.

The new logo features two typefaces: one that is strong and bold with a geometric and circular nature and a second that is soft and relaxed between the bolded words. The logo features a colored period to accentuate the agency name and symbolize the end of abuse.

The additional symbol of the speech bubble with ellipses complements the logo and demonstrates that a conversation is beginning. This element is inspired by CFPA’s new tagline, “let’s start the conversation,” that is meant to unite survivors of abuse, with other CFPA supporters, donors, advocates, and the public to continue discussing important issues surrounding abuse, violence, assault, and harassment.

“We are very proud to unveil our new logo, website, and branding to the public,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of the Center for Prevention of Abuse. “We want our community to join us in our mission to help all people live free from violence and abuse and also to feel like they can talk to us, as survivors, as supporters, as people ready to see a change in the discourse surrounding abuse. We know these conversations are uncomfortable and can be difficult to have, but that’s why we are here, to start the conversation.”

The redesigned website now includes a 24/7 chat feature, which works similar to the existing 24/7 crisis hotline, where individuals in need of services can send a message for an immediate response. If the message isn’t answered from CFPA within a certain amount of time, an automated message automatically sends and redirects that individual to call the crisis hotline. This addition will make it easier for individuals in crisis to reach out for help by expanding CFPA communication platforms.

Website visitors will also find more resources for helping themselves, helping someone else, bystander tips, and information about how to stay involved with CFPA.

To explore the new website and to learn more about CFPA, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Camille Yameen
cyameen@centerforpreventionofabuse.org / Director of Marketing and Communications
Center for Prevention of Abuse / 309.272.2904
                                                                                
About the Center for Prevention of Abuse
The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is the only agency authorized by the State of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault/abuse, and adult protective services. Annually, CFPA serves more than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse. CFPA offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching about 30,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, CFPA lives out its mission to help all people – women, men and children – to live free from violence and abuse.  For more information about CFPA, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233).


Savant CEO Ranked in Forbes’ Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List Brent Brodeski lands the #3 spot in Illinois


Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm, has been named to Forbes’ 2018 list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors. The ranking includes 101 Illinois-based wealth management advisors, naming Brodeski #3.

Brodeski co-founded Savant, which manages nearly $6 billion in assets and employs more than 150 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI.

Forbes is an American business magazine and a leading source for reliable business news and financial information. The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors includes more than 2,000 advisors who have been ranked in their respective states by SHOOK Research.

“I am honored to be ranked among Illinois’ leading financial advisors,” said Brodeski. “I believe anyone’s success is ultimately a direct reflection of the team of people who surround them. I have an amazing team of advisors and staff at Savant who work hard every day to help build ideal futures for our clients, our team, and the communities we serve.”

More than 21,000 nominations were received for the Forbes recognition. According to SHOOK, the rankings are based a system of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including telephone and in-person interviews, industry experience, community involvement, client retention data, revenue funds and compliance records. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK received a fee in exchange for rankings. Click here to view the complete list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States, including being named #50 in the Forbes list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors. The firm has also received industry recognition as a top RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, Financial Advisor magazine, and InvestmentNews and has been recognized by Barron’s magazine as a top advisor in the United States.
About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with nearly $6 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, March 26, 2018

Boost Mobile Ribbon Cutting

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin were on hand to welcome a new business to Pekin with a ribbon cutting on March 24th. Boost Mobile is located at 3404 Veterans Drive and can be reached at (309) 201-3408.  Boost Mobile gives you everything you want in a wireless carrier, including unlimited plans, unlimited music streaming without extra data charges!  Taxes & fees are included with all of their plans - there are no surprises!

You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/6RTFNOL5MplNE0L73

Greater Peoria Welcome Mixer - Spring 2018

Welcome to Greater Peoria! Please join us for a fun, casual evening at one of our local favorites, Obed & Isaac’s, in Downtown Peoria.

Anyone who has recently relocated to Greater Peoria, wants to meet new people, or is interested in learning more about living and working in the area is invited to attend.

Light appetizers will be provided, as well as 1 FREE drink ticket per guest. Check-in will begin at 4:30 p.m. Feel free to come and go as you like throughout the evening. Thu, April 12, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

If you have any questions, feel free to email Kate Cundiff, Director of Workforce Solutions for the Greater Peoria EDC, at kcundiff@greaterpeoriaedc.org or call/text her at (309) 635-1071.

STEPHANIE WEBSTER PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT


Christopher M. West, Partner and CEO of Cullinan Properties, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Stephanie Webster has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Development. Stephanie joined Cullinan Properties in 2003 and has been responsible for developing, expanding and renovating a number of Cullinan projects nationwide, including Streets of St. Charles, St. Charles, MO; Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Austin, TX; Methodist College Student Housing Complex, Peoria, IL; Shoppes at Grand Prairie, Peoria, IL; Shoppes at College Hills, Normal, IL; Apartments at Grand Prairie, Peoria, IL; and Shoppes at Henry Crossing, Metro Atlanta, GA.

With the continued growth of Cullinan Properties into new markets and the addition of new team members including in the development department, Stephanie has been promoted to ensure the continued success of the development team and to maintain Cullinan’s reputation for delivering projects on time and under budget. 
Stephanie will continue to provide management and oversight of the development department, including construction administration, tenant coordination, acquisition due diligence, conceptual site layouts, schedules and budgets, as well as RFP preparation and solicitation. 

Stephanie is a LEED Green Associate, earning her bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Bradley University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). In 2016, she was named a leader under 40 by the Peoria, IL InterBusiness Issues.  Stephanie currently serves as the Town Architect for the Streets of St. Charles and on the Board of Directors for the Streets of St. Charles Community Improvement District (CID). She is active in the greater Peoria community with Big Brother, Big Sisters and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


About Cullinan Properties
Cullinan Properties, LTD. is a leading provider of real estate services specializing in commercial and mixed-use developments and acquisitions.  With offices in Peoria, IL, Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO, Cullinan Properties is a multi-disciplined real estate firm that develops, manages and owns mixed-use, retail, multi-family, office, governmental and medical properties throughout the United States, including Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, Kansas and Nebraska. For additional information about Cullinan Properties, Ltd., visit cullinanproperties.com.

Illinois Central College Hosts 14th Annual International Fair April 21


The international students at Illinois Central College invite you to attend the 14th Annual International Fair to be held on Sat., April 21 from noon to 3 pm in the Student Center on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria. The event will offer an opportunity to get to know international students and celebrate their cultures through music, entertainment, food samples and dancing.  A group of international students also will feature a fashion show of traditional costumes modeled by ICC students. Other entertainment will include dancing, and a martial arts demonstration. A few of the countries providing informational booths and food samples are: Tanzania, China, Senegal and the Philippines.
                
This event is open to the public. Families will be able to come and learn about and appreciate world cultures while having fun together. Global Village of Peoria Heights will offer a selection of coffees, chocolates, clothing and gifts from developing countries for purchase.
                
There is an admission donation of $3, and children under 10 are admitted free. Food samples will be available at a modest cost. Proceeds will go toward an International F-1 student scholarship fund.  Please join us for this annual celebration of world cultures brought to you by ICC international students. 
              
For additional information, please contact Dr. Barbara Burton at Barbara.burton@icc.edu, (309)-694-8817. 

Sixth Annual “ICC Presents: Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois” Returns to the ICC East Peoria Campus April 16


The Peoria Ballet, ICC Vocal Jazz and Hard Bop Band, the Penguin Project, Heartland Festival Orchestra, the family of former Peoria Mayor Jim Maloof, and others will join forces and talents for “ICC Presents: Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois” to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This one-of-a-kind showcase of entertainment, now in its sixth year, it will be held on Mon., April 16 at 6 pm, at the Performing Arts Center on the ICC East Peoria Campus.

This one-night only event is a family-friendly showcase of the performing arts in the area and is designed to raise money and highlight former Mayor Maloof’s local and national legacy for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The entire event is planned and executed by Illinois Central College students each year.

Tickets are required for admission and cost $7 for all ages. Tickets can be purchased in advance at ArtsAtICC.com or through the ICC Performing Art Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136. Seating and tickets are limited to the capacity of the venue. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additional donations also will be accepted through a free-will offering for St. Jude collected shortly before intermission.
The evening’s itinerary includes dance sequences from the Peoria Ballet, an inspiring performance by The Penguin Project, amazing vocals from ICC Vocal Jazz, knee-tapping jazz from ICC Hard Bop Jazz Band. Several professional musicians from the Heartland Festival Orchestra will also be performing, as well as the Normal Community West Dance team, which will perform its regional and national award-winning routines. Special performances by the Maloof Sisters, Markie and Michy Maloof, will round out an evening of fast-paced, inspiring and show-stopping local entertainment. Speeches from St. Jude families also will be featured. The evening is sure to entertain audiences of all ages and will highlight Maloof’s involvement in both the Peoria area arts and in the founding of the St. Jude Peoria Affiliate. Former Mayor Jim Maloof passed away on January 19, 2013.

Special guests include Illinois Central College Board of Trustees member Gale Thetford, members of the Maloof family, and ardent supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  A cookie and lemonade reception sponsored by Chick-fil-A will be offered at the close of the program, and participating organizations will showcase upcoming and past performances through interactive displays located in the lobby.

For more information on the event, please contact Brent Goken at (309) 694-5107, or Matt Alwan at (309) 657-4081.  Visit the event's Facebook page at ICC Presents: Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts:  facebook.com/malooflegacyoflove/


Starting A Business in Illinois Workshop


The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University
will be offering a workshop, Starting a Business in Illinois, on Wednesday, April 4 from 3pm - 5pm.  This workshop is co-sponsored by the Morton Community Bank and will be hosting the event at the PeoriaNEXT Innovation Center, 801 West Main Street, Peoria.This free workshop is open to the public.  Registration is required by 5pm on April 3rd.  Register online at  http://www.bradley.edu/turner/sabil or call 309-677-2992.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Leadership Graduation

Twenty students in the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy were recognized during a graduation banquet on March 22. A total of 419 leaders have participated in the annual program of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce since it was first held in 1999.

The 10-week program included twice-per-week classroom discussions and tours.  UnityPoint Health was the sponsor of the 2018 academy, and Pekin First Church of the Nazarene sponsored the breakfasts. 

The 2018 class included:
Michelle Bohm, Inspired Style Company
Kim Bunting, Busey Bank
Brian Eatock, Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
Patrick Elliott, Pekin Insurance
Josie Esker, City of Pekin
Jeff Gillis, Edward Jones
Amy Hasty, OSF Center for Health
Kristina Joseph, Office of State Representative Mike Unes
Irene Lewis-Wimbley, Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
Danny Lohman, Jimbo's Jumbo, Inc.
Jordan Matthews, OSF Center for Health
Marie Noble, Pekin Insurance
Julie Regan, UnityPoint Health
Mark Rothert, City of Pekin
Angie Sepich, CEFCU
Jill Sitter, Cullinan Properties
Abbey Steger, Steger's Furniture
Noele Tatlock, Farmers Insurance - Tatlock Agency
Chris Valentine, NRG Energy - Powerton Station
Karen Zimmerman, KZBEME Fingerprinting, Inc.

You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/RtXcu8wo4v2GpaVi1

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Welcome To Our Newest Member

Boost Mobile
3404 Veterans Dr.
Pekin, IL 61554
1-309-201-3408 
Website
Eva Silva, Store Manager
Matthew McLister, Assistant Manager 
Boost Mobile gives you everthing you want in a wireless carrier. Unlimited plans, unlimited music streaming without extra data charges. Taxes & fees are included with all their plans - no surprises!

Welcome To Our Newest Member

Backwoods Tree Service
Topeka, IL 61567
309-357-0973 
Website
Andy Dill, Owner
Backwoods Tree Service is an insured tree company here to go to work for you! Launched in 2011, they thrive off of total customer satisfaction and our mission is "Helping people and their trees".

Hopedale Spring Market


The Spring Market is returning to Hopedale Wellness Center. Come shop, sell, and celebrate small local businesses at the vendor fair on April 21st from 9am-12pm. The fair contains a variety of booths, because no two vendors sell identical products. There will also be a raffle for a 3 Month Couple’s Household Membership for the Wellness Center! The market will be open, rain or shine, and is located inside the Hopedale Wellness Center at 222 NW Grove Street Hopedale, IL.
                The vendor fair is free to attend. To register as a vendor, call (309) 449-4500 by April 7th. Booth rental is $10 for a 10x10 booth with a maximum of 2 spaces per vendor. For more information on local events hosted by Hopedale Wellness Center visit www.hopedalewc.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hopedalewellnesscenter.

Student Health Initiative Program hosted by Hopedale Medical Complex

Tremont Middle School students will soon begin a Student Health Initiative Program “SHIP” hosted by Hopedale Medical Complex. The program promotes healthy habits for middle school students and their families. SHIP is designed to engage students in healthy habits during their formative years in order to prevent chronic disease and health issues, and it is free for participants as part of HMC’s community health and wellness outreach. Throughout April students will cultivate healthy habits and learn more about healthy choices.
                SHIP is part of the Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids Collaborative which promotes healthy choices and improving youth health through partnerships with local educators, the Tri-County Health Departments, and community advocates. The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network awarded HMC a 2018 Disease Management/Population Health Grant for HMC’s community-wide wellness program including the Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids Collaborative and the community garden project located at White Fence Estate in Hopedale, IL.
To learn more about Healthy Schools Healthy Kids visit http://www.hshkc.org.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Join us at Chamber Day



Welcome to Our Newest Member

S & S Signs, Lighting & Electrical
4305 N. Main St.
East Peoria, IL 61611 
Website
Tammy Jackson, HR Director
S&S offers quality signage and competitive prices designed for local businesses in the Peoria area. With your 100% satisfaction in mind, they are happy to specialize in sign fabrication, installation, and repair, electrical contracting work, and lighting installation and maintenance. As the go-to sign company in your community, they have a qualified team that gives you fast, detailed service.

John Evan's Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday. Mother Nature didn't cooperate so the hunt was held indoors. I think everyone got their share of candy and prizes!



STATE BANK OF SPEER MERGES INTO MORTON COMMUNITY BANK


The merger of State Bank of Speer into Morton Community Bank was completed March 16-19, 2018, adding two locations to the footprint of Morton Community Bank and bringing the total assets of the employee-owned community bank to $3.6 billion.

Steven Leuthold, Community President of the now Speer Community Bank, said the merger is a positive for Speer customers.  “This new partnership with Morton ensures that our customers will continue to enjoy a community bank experience.  In addition, we are offering an attractive rewards checking and savings programs, new mortgage options, additional business lending capabilities, and nearly 40 nearby banking locations!”

Officials from both banks hail the merger as a step forward for Central Illinois.

"We believe in Central Illinois and the Peoria area,” said Andy Honegger, President and Co-CEO of Morton Community Bank.  "We enjoy a strong and resilient business community, a stable housing market, and a can-do spirit that gets things done.  A partnership like this one brings additional strength and opportunities to the Peoria-area business community.  In addition, our Bank’s commitment to rural communities has never been stronger, and we look forward to demonstrating that commitment now to the residents and ag producers of Stark County."

The Speer Bank location in Speer, IL is rebranded as Speer Community Bank and the location in Peoria, IL is rebranded Peoria Community Bank.  Most of Morton Community Bank's locations are branded with the local community name and "Community Bank."  The Bank operates on the web and as a whole under the umbrella name of Hometown Community Banks.

All employees of State Bank of Speer have been retained, as is Morton’s practice when merging with other local banks.  "Morton Community Bank is an employee-owned bank, so employees of State Bank of Speer now have the unique opportunity to become owners of the bank,” said Honegger.  "In addition, they also have access to a wider variety of career growth opportunities, if they wish."

In 2016, Morton Community Bank merged with Heritage Bank of Central Illinois, and, in October 2017, the Bank also acquired State Bank of Arthur.  The Bank has grown steadily since being established in Morton in 1960, and today it employs nearly 500 Central Illinois residents.  Corporate headquarters remains in Morton. 

"While our headquarters will always be in Morton,” said Honegger, “we believe in sharing our corporate employment with other nearby communities."  He explained the Bank's Business Development Department is headquartered in Peoria Heights at Peoria Heights Community Bank and the Consumer Lending Department is headquartered at the Peoria Community Bank location on Harmon Highway in Peoria.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop


Fourth Fridays is just around the corner and there's still time to participate! Registration closes  April 2. Sign up and be a part Tazewell Art Loop today!

What is Fourth Fridays? On the Fourth Fridays between April & August, storefronts in Tazewell County will open their doors between 5:00 – 8:00 pm for dynamic shopping, art perusing, mingling with business owners and artists, and entertainment experiences for residents and visitors alike. The 2018 Fourth Fridays: Tazewell Art Loop is sponsored by Unland Companies and will feature the shops and activities that make Morton, Pekin and Delavan great.

·     Storefronts Register Here! Fourth Friday Storefront participants can engage new crowds by hosting local artists and entertainers. Make it fun for guests with exclusive Fourth Fridays specials and discounts. Participats will be featured on the Fourth Fridays walking map and listed a destination for our first season-long scavenger hunt.

·     Artists Register Here! Visual Artists will have the opportunity to display and sell their work gaining exposure to new audiences & developing partnerships with our local businesses. Your participation will be featured in social media promotions.

·     Performance Artists & Musicians Register Here! If you are a performance artist or musician, tell us about your work and we will share your information with businesses & look for ways to involve you in the Fourth Friday fun!


We are excited to bring this event back and build upon the interactive, walkable, art filled, whole family experience we enjoyed in 2017.

A couple additional pieces of information to share!

·     Our First Fourth Fridays will be on April 27th.
·     Deadline to be listed on print publications is April 2.
·     Remember to share information about Fourth Fridays through your networks!
·     Follow us on Facebook @TazewellArtLoop

We can't wait to see you on the Tazewell Art Loop in 2018.