Thursday, November 29, 2018

UnityPoint Health Ribbon Cutting

UnityPoint Health® is proud to announce a new urgent care clinic is now open at UnityPoint Health – Pekin East. Pekin First Care will be open Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm and Saturday-Sunday, 9am-3pm at 3591 Griffin Avenue, Suite A, Pekin Illinois. 
Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin held a ribbon cutting ceremony as part of the grand opening celebration.
“We’re very excited to be expanding our First Care model in Pekin. We are committed to serving the people in our community by providing outstanding health care. Urgent care is a crucial service we offer to ensure urgent but non-life-threatening emergencies receive immediate attention. Our Pekin hospital campus offers an urgent care clinic, but we wanted to provide an additional location for added convenience and an enhanced patient experience for the Pekin community,” says Eric Rahn, Director of UnityPoint Health First Care, Express Care, Primary Care, MDVIP, and Junction Medical.  
Seth Van Heukelom, DO is the lead physician for Pekin First Care. He will be accepting walk-in and primary care patients due to First Care’s open access model. UnityPoint Health’s First Care clinics can see patients for both walk-in urgent needs and serve patients as their primary care provider. 
“Dr. Van Heukelom brings a wealth of experience in osteopathic medicine and patient-centered care. We are happy to welcome a dedicated and compassionate physician into the UnityPoint Health family,” says Rahn. 
A graduate from A.T. Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Van Heukelom completed his residency with UnityPoint Health – Methodist’s Family Medicine Residency Program of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria as a Clinical Associate. Dr. Van Heukelom is specialized in a wide variety of cardiac life support certifications such as Neonatal Resuscitation and Pediatric Advance Life Support. 
“We’re really looking forward to how this new clinic will provide exceptional immediate care close to our patients’ homes,” says Rahn. 
Pekin First Care, now located in the medical office building UnityPoint Health – Pekin East, shares the same facilities as Primary Care, Pediatrics, Radiology, Podiatry, and Lab Services for added convenience and efficient patient care coordination. 
Illnesses and injuries treated by UnityPoint Health urgent care clinics include fever, cold, flu, infections, sprains, strains, small bone fractures, skin rashes, and so much more. To schedule an appointment call (309) 353-6301.
For more information, visit unitypoint.org 
You can see more pictures from the ribbon cutting at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/XCocnVJ9rvJzW5oP8

Chamber Board Sets Legislative Agenda

The Mission of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is to foster and promote a vibrant business environment for the benefit of chamber members. The leadership of the chamber recognizes that legislative and regulatory actions of government at all levels - local, county, state and national - have a significant impact on the business environment in the Pekin area. Thus, one of the goals of the chamber's strategic plan is Business Advocacy – to be the voice of the Pekin business community.

The Chamber's Board of Directors authored the current Legislative Agenda to provide chamber members with a policy platform based on current trends and member feedback. It focuses on seven specific areas that have a direct impact on the vibrancy of the local business environment:
  1. Taxes and Fees
  2. Labor/Employment
  3. Transportation
  4. Infrastructure
  5. Education and Workforce Development
  6. Good Government
  7. Economic Development
The agenda document also includes background information on the issues and contact information for city, county, state and federal elected leaders. You can dowload the agenda here.

Shop with a Hero

The Pekin Police Department is currently seeking donations for their "Shop with a Hero" event. They are seeking out businesses to sponsor children for this event. The sponsorship is just $100 per child. If you are interested in sponsoring a child or would like additional information, please contact Officer Billie Ingles Public Information Officer (309)478-5312.

Gateway: The Impact of Addiction on Families and Loved Ones


Addiction is a family disease
Substance use disorders impact more than just the person with the addiction. Much like with other diseases, addiction can take a toll on the people closest to the person struggling with it. In some cases, addiction can destroy relationships with loved ones and cause health, financial and legal problems. Even with the many consequences, addiction can feel impossible to break because it is a disease of the brain.

At Gateway Foundation, we understand how addiction affects the lives of those closest to the patient, which is why our programs take families and loved ones into consideration.

Through educational programming, families and loved ones can learn about addiction, family dynamics and ways to build a supportive relationship for lasting recovery. We also offer weekly visitation, recovery support education and family counseling sessions to ensure each person touched by addiction has the greatest chance of a successful outcome.

Addiction is isolating for those struggling with it and their loved ones, but Gateway Foundation is here to make sure no one has to overcome it alone.Our skilled staff specialize in
substance use treatment for men, women, adolescents and patients with co-occurring substance use disorders

Click here to watch the success stories of Gateway Foundation alumni who have reconnected with their families after treatment.
ABOUT GATEWAY FOUNDATION
Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness. A life that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the U.S. specializing in substance use disorders for men, women, adolescents and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders. Gateway's professional clinicians support over 6000 people a day to successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan to treat the underlying causes of substance use disorder —not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.
 

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Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers are recognized as an in-network provider for most health insurance plans and accept fees for service. We also provide treatment to individuals who may be eligible for services funded in whole, or in part, by the Illinois Department of Human Services. We are a non-profit organization with treatment centers located throughout Illinois. We are dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of the people we treat.

GOODWILL RECEIVES GRANT FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR FROM CFCI

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois has received two years’ worth of grants from Community Foundation of Central Illinois.
For 2017/2018 Goodwill was awarded $6,500 and for 2018/2019 the nonprofit received $15,000. The funding is designated for assisting clients in gaining and maintaining employment in the Peoria and Pekin area.
“While we are supported by the generous donations of our community, this funding will go a long way,” said Don Johnson, Goodwill president and CEO. “All of our services are free and with grants like these and the continued support of our community, we will continue to help people gain and maintain employment.”
Goodwill’s free programs are possible through the sale of your donated items. Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois serves 21 counties within Central Illinois. Goodwill offers employment services, veterans’ support services, operates a veterans’ home and employs more than 300 people. For more information visit Goodwill’s website at www.goodwillpeo.org.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

LIGHTWIRE THEATER RETURNS TO ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE WITH A BIGGER & BRIGHTER VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS ON DECEMBER 9


The Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series presents Lightwire Theater’s A Bigger & Brighter Very Electric Christmas on Sunday, December 9 at 2:30 pm. The performance takes place in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
Following the show, attendees are invited to stay for complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, along with additional activities.
Lightwire Theater was a semi-finalist on Season 7 of the NBC TV talent show America’s Got Talent in 2012. In addition, Lightwire Theater was the winner of Season 1 of TruTV’s Fake Off.
A Bigger & Brighter Very Electric Christmas follows the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole, his adventure begins.
Lightwire Theater performed A Very Electric Christmas at ICC in 2017, but 2018’s expanded, lengthier, bigger and brighter show features additional video and laser elements, along with added music. The show entertains all ages and is a captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday classics.
The performance by Lightwire Theater is a combination of theater and technology combined to create larger than life stories, while in complete darkness. Due to the unique mashup of elements, one member of the crew for this production said it is difficult to describe the show to anyone unfamiliar with it.
“I would best describe our shows as a live action cartoon, or a physical realization of a dream” said Tyler Scifres, technical director for Lightwire Theater. “When you see our costumes turn on, when you see our puppets come on stage, it’s something that nobody’s ever seen before. It’s a nice mix of dance, puppetry, theater and a little bit of tech so that people can actually see us.”
Lightwire Theater uses electroluminescent wire, or “el wire,” as the source of lighting for its shows. El wire is “neon-like in quality,” according to Eleanor Carney, a co-owner and director with Lightwire Theater. She said el wire is similar to the lighting in neon signs, but has the consistency of “half-cooked spaghetti,” which allows the creators to shape and mold the wire into different characters.
“We are glow in the dark, but we’re not blacklight,” Carney said. “We’re not traditionally what people think of when they go to see a dark show. All of our puppets are made of electroluminescent wire, and they are brought to life by dancers.”
Arrangements are being made for members of the Lightwire cast to be present at the reception following the show at ICC, so audience members can see up close how the costumes are constructed.
“People will ‘ooh and ahh’ as they come closer to us and see up close what they saw in the audience,” said Scifres, who will be part of the company performing at ICC. “We get a lot of questions about ‘What is it made of?’ and ‘How do you see in the dark?’”
Based in New Orleans, Lightwire Theater uses a mixture of technology, music, and theater to create its captivating, innovative performances. The group has been in business over 10 years and has performed in 49 of the 50 United States. In addition, Lightwire has performed shows to audiences across the world, including Hong Kong, Canada, China, and Abu Dhabi.
               The Arts at ICC will host an event in the studio theatre of the ICC Performing Arts Center after the performance. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be available, and there will be an area for selfies and for patrons to take their own photos with Santa. Attendees must have tickets to the Lightwire Theater performance for admission to this event.
Patrons who attend the show will also have the opportunity to provide input about future shows. In addition, attendees who donate to the highlighted Community Partner for the event--the East Peoria Festival of Lights--will be entered into a drawing for a free pair of tickets to a future event. The Community Partner program highlights a non-profit or community organization with a connection to the performance. Introduced as a part of the ICC Guest Artists Series in the 2011-12 season, more than 30 groups and organizations from the area have been featured as part of the program.
The performance 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.
 Tickets to the show cost $26 for the general public and $16 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased online at ArtsAtICC.com or by calling the box office at (309) 694-5136.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Illinois Central College Hosts Screening of “Wasted!” Documentary Nov. 28 and 30


            Illinois Central College Student Association for the Environment (SAFE), will host a screening of the documentary Wasted!, produced by the late Anthony Bourdain, on Wed., November 28 at 6 pm in the Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. A second showing will be held on Fri., Nov. 30 at 6 pm in the Arbor Hall Auditorium on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St. Peoria. Both events are free and open to the public.

            Wasted! is the story of food waste and aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle and eat food in America. Audience members will hear from famous chefs, such as Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura and Danny Bowien, on how they make the most out of every scrap of food and transform what most consider trash into tasty dishes. The show exposes the contribution to food insecurity problems in America, how waste contributes to climate change, and shows us how we can all make small changes to make a big difference.

            For questions on these showings, contact Jennifer Scoby at Jennifer.scoby@icc.edu or call (309) 694-8454.

PHILHARMONIC CHORALE, IN RESIDENCE AT ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE, PRESENTS HOLIDAY CONCERT DECEMBER 2


The Philharmonic Chorale, in residence at Illinois Central College, presents its holiday concert on Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

Music will include works by Stephen Paulus, Felix Mendelssohn, Dan Forrest and Irving Berlin, as well as traditional carols and seasonal selections.

Walter Stout, ICC adjunct faculty member in music, will also join Philharmonic accompanist Carol Spayer on two arrangements for four-hand piano.

                This Philharmonic Chorale 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 are $12 for the general public and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at ArtsAtICC.com and are also available at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at (309) 694-5136.

Illinois Central College Hosts Health Careers Exploration Fair Dec. 3


               Illinois Central College will host a Health Careers Exploration Fair for potential students to explore its state-of-the-art facilities and career program options on Mon., Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the ICC Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria. Registration begins at 5 pm in Cedar Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
               High school students and their parents, as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about health careers, are encouraged to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from faculty and program directors from ICC Health Careers disciplines, including dental hygienist, emergency medical technician, licensed practical nurse, massage therapist, medical assistant, medical coder, medical lab technician, medical office administrative assistant, nursing assistant, occupational therapy assistant, paramedic, phlebotomist, physical therapist assistant, radiographer, registered nurse, respiratory therapist, and surgical technologist. Tours of both classrooms and state-of-the-art lab spaces also will be available.
               ICC Health Careers programs feature the latest technology, unlike any other in the State. Students enrolled in health careers programs at ICC have the opportunity to experience classroom, hands-on and onsite lab experiences, as well as clinical partnerships with the area’s leading health care employers.  
               The deadline for students to apply to most ICC Health Careers programs is January 15 each year.
               Advanced registration is appreciated. Go online to icc.edu/explore-hc.
               For questions, please contact the ICC Health Careers Department office at (309) 690-7530.

Gateway: How to Have an Open Conversation About Alcohol & Drug Addiction

The Time to Talk is Now
With the holidays fast approaching, many people are heading home to spend time with family and loved ones. Unfortunately for some people, the chance to enjoy the holiday season may never come.

DID YOU KNOW?
The night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, if not the biggest, and it’s often referred to as “Drinksgiving” or “Blackout Wednesday.” The nicknames behind the night reveal a scary truth – the night before Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest nights of the year.

According to statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 2,960 crashes in 2016 over Thanksgiving weekend. This is a sharp increase from the 1,940 crashes that occurred around Christmas. The night before Thanksgiving is the biggest bar night of the year and many people engage in binge drinking before getting behind the wheel. Even if an individual does not drink and drive that night, drinking heavily can still lead to many consequences. This makes it all the more critical to have an open conversation about alcohol and drug use. If you suspect someone is struggling with a substance use disorder, now is the time to talk to them.

Tips on how to have an open conversation without turning it into a confrontation:
  • Begin the conversation in an open, caring and supportive frame of mind. Open, compassionate discussions with individuals with substance use disorders always lead to better outcomes.
  • Be sure that they understand you are coming from a place of support and not judgment.
  • Plan what you are going to say. Since this can be an emotionally charged conversation it can be helpful to script out what you’d like to say and go over it beforehand.
  • Listen and respect what they have to say, too. It may help the individual face up to the problem. Even if your first attempt to address the problem is not successful, it does not mean they did not listen to your concerns.
  • Make sure you have a plan ready. If the person is ready to get treatment, it is a good idea to have a specific program and treatment center in mind.
​Helping a person struggling with a substance use disorder is difficult, but Gateway Foundation is always available to help. Our skilled staff specialize in substance use treatment for men, women, adolescents and patients with co-occurring substance use disorders
ABOUT GATEWAY FOUNDATION
Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness. A life that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the U.S. specializing in substance use disorders for men, women, adolescents and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders. Gateway's professional clinicians support over 6000 people a day to successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan to treat the underlying causes of substance use disorder —not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.
 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Lucky Spirits Gaming Grand Opening

Lucky Spirits Gaming, 1100 Derby, held their grand opening on Friday, November 16th. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce joined with family and friends for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the occasion. Lucky Spirits Gaming is a local, family owned business.  They offer video gaming and slots, beer, wine, spirits, and complimentary food and soft drinks for their customers. Stop by and enjoy their friendly staff and great atmosphere. Open 7:00 am to 1:00 am, Monday through Saturday and 10:00 am to 11:30 pm on Sunday.  They can be reached at 346-1818.

Women’s Winter Health Retreat at Hopedale Wellness Center


                Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting a Women’s Retreat on Saturday, December 1 from 8:30 – 12:00pm at the White Fence Estate located at 104 Hittle Road in Hopedale. Participants will practice well-being through yoga, expert presentations, and crafts. The morning will focus specifically on women’s winter health, which will include a segment on preparation for winter driving and car safety kits by Patricia Sinn, Registered Dietitian Sara Mathews and Personal Trainer Randi Krehbiel will offer a presentation on nutrition and exercise during the holidays, and Certified Yoga Instructor Julie Rhoades will lead a 30 minute yoga demonstration. There will be a breakfast served at 8:30am. 
                Women age 16 and older can register by calling (309) 449-4500 by November 25; cost is $25 for Hopedale Wellness Center Members and $30 for non-members. Additional information about Hopedale Wellness Center and its services for all community members is available online at www.hopedalewc.com

Illinois Central College welcomes new Business Solutions Learning Consultant


Illinois Central College Professional Development Institute (PDI) recently welcomed Pam Hilliard, of Metamora, Ill., as its new Business Solutions Learning Consultant. In this newly created position, Hilliard will assist local businesses in achieving their desired outcomes with regard to training, within a culture of engagement and life-long learning. She joins the Professional Development Institute, located at ICC Peoria Campus, and will report to Dean of Corporate and Community Education Ellen George.
                Hilliard received her Bachelor of Science degree in educational psychology from Illinois State University. She is a professional member of the Association for Talent Development and is currently working toward certification as an ATD Master Trainer. She brings more than 20 years of real-world business experience in not-for-profit, customer service, and retail organizations. Hilliard spend the last 10 years serving in corporate training and development at Maui Jim and OSF Healthcare, where she was responsible for training delivery, content development, project management, and consultation.
                For more information on ICC Professional Development Institute, visit the PDI website at cce.icc.edu/pdi/  or call (309) 690-6900

Illinois Central College Offers One-Day Saturday Classes for Health Careers Exploration


               Illinois Central College will offer one-day, Saturday courses during the spring semester 2019 for potential students to explore their interest in a variety of health careers programs. The courses are open to high school juniors and seniors, current college students, and anyone who is undecided on which health career interests them.
               “This is a great opportunity for students to see what a particular health career field is all about before making a commitment,” said ICC Dean of Health Careers Wendee Guth. “Potential students can start by enrolling in any pre-requisite course, even before they are admitted to the program of their choice.”
               Several of the courses offered also are pre-requisites for admittance to the career programs. Entry-level, one-day courses currently are available in the following programs for spring 2019:
  • Medical Lab Technician (MLT 100) – Feb. 16 or April 6
  • Surgical Technologist (SURTK 100) – March 2 or April 6
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA 100) – March 2 or April 6
  • Radiography (RAD TK 100) – January 12, March 2, April 6
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (PHTA 100) – March 2 or April 6
  • Massage Therapy (TM 100) – March 2 or April 13
  • Dental Hygiene (DHYGN 100) – February 2, March 2, April 6

               All courses will meet from 8 am to 4 pm on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University, Peoria. For the most up-to-date information regarding available courses, meeting times and specific meeting locations, visit the link to the class schedule online at icc.edu/academics/class-schedule or through the ICC MyICC mobile app at mymobile.icc.edu
               Students may enroll in one or as many courses as their schedule allows. Space is limited. The cost is $75 per class, and each is worth a half a college course credit.             
For questions or to enroll, call the Health Careers Department office at (309) 690-7530.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fleming Completes Year as IACCE Chair

Bill Fleming, the Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, recently completed his year as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE).

The IACCE's fall conference was held at the Pere Marquette in Peoria.  Fleming had the honor of presenting several awards and recognitions at the annual meeting and dinner, before passing the gavel on to Jon Riddler, the Executive Director of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

The IACCE was established in 1915 and serves more than 100 chambers of commerce and their staff throughout Illinois.  The IACCE provides chamber professionals with information, professional development and communications to carry out the mission of their respective organizations.

You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/vH52j34n83D8nFwv5

The Digital Store Ribbon Cutting


Illinois Central College Hosts Screening of “Wasted!” Documentary Nov. 28 and 30


            Illinois Central College Student Association for the Environment (SAFE), will host a screening of the documentary Wasted!, produced by the late Anthony Bourdain, on Wed., November 28 at 6 pm in the Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. A second showing will be held on Fri., Nov. 30 at 6 pm in the Arbor Hall Auditorium on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St. Peoria. Both events are free and open to the public.

            Wasted! is the story of food waste and aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle and eat food in America. Audience members will hear from famous chefs, such as Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura and Danny Bowien, on how they make the most out of every scrap of food and transform what most consider trash into tasty dishes. The show exposes the contribution to food insecurity problems in America, how waste contributes to climate change, and shows us how we can all make small changes to make a big difference.

            For questions on these showings, contact Jennifer Scoby at Jennifer.scoby@icc.edu or call (309) 694-8454.