Friday, September 20, 2019

Don't Ask Applicants About Pay History

Illinois employers can no longer ask job applicants or their previous employers about salary history under a new law passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Governor JB Pritzker earlier this year.  The legislature passed two earlier versions of the legislation, but they were both vetoed by then Governor Bruce Rauner.
Applicants will be able to seek up to $10,000 in damages if employers violate the law.  The new law also gives employees the right to discuss their salaries and benefits with co-workers.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Prepare for Minimum Wage Increase Now

Earlier this year, SB1, the "Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act," was passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker.  It takes effect on January 1, 2020 - just over 3 months from today.

The impact on businesses will be significant.  Over the next five years, the minimum wage will increase from $8.25 per hour to $15.00 for workers 18 years and older.  For employees who are under 18 years of age who work less than 650 hours in a year, the minimum wage will increase from $7.75 to $13.00 during the next five years.

Date                    18 & Older                Under 18
Current                       $   8.25                    $   7.75
January 1, 2020          $   9.25                    $   8.00
July 1, 2020                $ 10.00                    $   8.00
January 1, 2021          $ 11.00                    $   8.50
January 1, 2022          $ 12.00                    $   9.25
January 1, 2023          $ 13.00                    $ 10.50
January 1, 2024          $ 14.00                    $ 12.00
January 1, 2025          $ 15.00                    $ 13.00

Some employers may be able to claim a payroll withholding tax credit for a percentage of the increased wages under SB1.  The credit can be taken on the quarterly tax withholding returns for periods beginning on July 1, 2020.  Not all businesses will qualify for the credit.  Employers should consult with their tax advisors to determine their eligibility.

Welcome To Our Newest Member

Benson's Appliance10 S. 9th St.
Pekin, IL 61554
Jim Dodson, Manager
Dan Bailey, Service Manager
Scott Benson, Owner
Your Home Appliance Experts - Where Pleasing You, Pleases Us

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Vivid Envisions
Pekin, IL 61554
Mike Davis, Owner
Vivid Envisions is a video production service that can produce a video business card for your business. Whether you are a small or big busainess, Vivid Envisions can help your business grow with videos.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Facebook Marketing Strategies (Advanced Level)

There is still time to register for this FREE workshop hosted by SCORE Peoria
Facebook Marketing Strategies
(Advanced Level)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Widmer Interiors

Camp Connect Conference Room (2nd floor)
8415 N. Allen Rd.
Peoria, IL 61615

Facebook is one of the most effective ways to advertise your business. In this workshop for experienced Facebook users. Tammy Finch, founder and CEO of Web Services, Inc, will discuss key items you need on Facebook for effective marketing. She will show you how to boost, target your audience, and how to expand your reach beyond your Facebook fans.


Tammy Finch, a well-known website designer, social media consultant, and Internet columnist is from East Peoria, Illinois. She has more than 18 years of experience designing business websites and teaching clients to use the Internet as a business tool, and has worked with organizations of all sizes - from multimillion dollar medical practices to brand-new start-up companies.

This workshop is FREE, but registration is required.
Register Now!

Please join us for this timely and informative event!!!

Envoy Now Hiring Agents for the General Wayne A. Downing International Airport

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Illinois Central College will host free Campus Visit Days this fall to provide potential students information on programs and degree options.   Students will learn about various career paths, such as earning certificates to start a career right away, earning two-year Associate degrees, and taking classes to transfer to a four-year college or university.  They can also learn about financial assistance, student activities, athletics, on-campus housing, and how to enroll.
ICC groups programs by “Career Clusters” on visit days.  This categorizes career fields sharing common traits and allows students exposure to similar careers. 
The fall ICC Campus Visit Days are from 9:00 A.M. to Noon with an 8:30 A.M. check-in:
·         Health Science – September 27, Peoria Campus
·         Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – October 4, East Peoria Campus
·         Arts, Audio/Visual Technology and Communications – October 11, East Peoria Campus
·         Undecided – October 14, East Peoria Campus
·         Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics – October 25, East Peoria Campus
·         Education and Training; Government and Public Administration; Human Services – November 1,
East Peoria Campus
·         Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security – November 8, Peoria Campus
·         Hospitality and Tourism – November 15, Peoria Campus
·         Business Management and Administration; Finance; Information Technology – December 6,
East Peoria Campus
Advance registration is appreciated at  Register online and find a full listing of the programs featured during each of these Campus Visit Day events.  For questions, call ICC at (309) 694-5200.

Quinn Johnston Hosts Annual Business & Tax Seminar

The law offices of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius and Cerulo will host a Business & Tax Seminar on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria, Illinois with complimentary cocktails and hors 'doeuvres following the seminar.

Quinn Johnston attorneys will address:
  • Estate and Gift Tax Update
  • Recreational Marijuana and the Workplace: What Employers Can (and Cannot) Do Now that Marijuana is Legal
  • Rental Real Estate, Section 199A Qualified Business Income Deduction and Related Issues
  • Preserving Assets in Dissolution of Marriage
  • Coming January 1, 2020: the New Illinois Trust Code
The seminar is complimentary, but registration is required. The program is approved for 3.0 CPE credits and Illinois CLE credit is pending.

For additional information or to register call Sarah Jones at 309-674-1133 or visit

Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo provides comprehensive legal services to its clients ranging from private individuals to large business entities. With offices in Peoria and Springfield, Illinois, the firm is well prepared to assist clients with a variety of legal issues, including business, civil litigation and healthcare. For more information, visit the firm’s web site at

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Salvation Army Opens Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army opened a new Emergency Disaster Services operation at the Sam Leman Center, 803 Kennedy Drive.  The Leman family donated the  space to the Salvation Army, which will use the facility as their operations center during Peoria-area emergencies and disasters.  The facility will also be used for classroom training.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Kiwanis Grant Applications Ready
The Kiwanis Club of Pekin is now accepting applications for their annual grants program.  Grant amounts generally range from $100 to $500.  Applications must be received by October 22nd.

Grants from the Kiwanis Club of Pekin are given for direct services and programs that align with their mission to improve family wellness in the greater Pekin community through a growing and active membership network.  Kiwanis will be a positive influence in our local that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Here is a link to just a few pictures from Saturday at the Pekin Marigold Festival.  You can see plenty more pictures and stories on the Pekin Marigold Festival facebook page.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Marigold Business After Hours

Thanks to Pekin Country Club for hosting the September 5th Business After Hours.  It was a special Marigold Wine Tasting event, which kicks off the Marigold Festival weekend.  A large crowd of chamber members, country club members and the public enjoyed delicious food and wine samples from area wineries and distributors.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Thursday, September 5, 2019

DCEO needs your input

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in partnership with Young Invincibles, is inviting you to participate in a facilitated discussion (via webinar) with business and workforce leaders to help the state better understand employers' needs and challenges related to apprenticeship and work-based learning. Your input will help in effectively deploying resources and informing the Unified State Plan for workforce development. We will also provide exciting updates and financial incentives that can help support businesses interested in launching an apprenticeship program.

Seats during the webinar are limited; register today to make sure that your voice is heard!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
Register here