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The Center for Prevention of Abuse Kicks Off 2023 Focusing on Human Trafficking in Central Illinois

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 5, 2023   The Center for Prevention of Abuse Kicks Off 2023 Focusing on Human Trafficking in Central Illinois   Local nonprofit partners with area businesses to raise funds and awareness of human trafficking in Greater Peoria Area   Peoria, Ill. – The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is placing a spotlight on human trafficking as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month during January. Two popular local businesses, CxT Roasting Company and Lost Art Design & Print are joining CFPA to help educate community members about forced labor and sex trafficking in Central Illinois. CxT Roasting Company: During the month of January, all coffee and tea drinks at CxT Roasting Company locations will feature a custom coffee sleeve with interactive QR codes to educate customers on human trafficking and CFPA services. A portion of proceeds from drinks sold at CxT this month will go to CFPA to support its m

Christmas on Court Celebrates Another Year of Holiday Spirit

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Pekin, IL- A quintessential Christmas experience returned to Downtown Pekin this past Friday, December 2nd.  Santa made an appearance along with Abraham Lincoln and the Grinch (maybe in more than one place). Businesses in the downtown area were open for shopping as well as pop-up market vendors for a diverse holiday shopping experience.   Christmas on Court is hosted by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the City of Pekin Tourism Committee, Discover Pekin, and Discover Peoria. This family event emphasizes supporting a “shop small” initiative with the Pekin community.  #ShopLocal365 is a regional partnership encouraging community members to shop local at the holidays and year-round. With each community in the Greater Peoria region offering unique specialty retailers, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce invites residents and guests from the region to use Christmas on Court as an opportunity to visit and shop Pekin.  

Rail Labor Dispute Threatens the National Economy

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    Rail Labor Dispute Threatens the National Economy   The nation is on the precipice of economic disaster as we move full speed ahead to a nationwide rail shutdown that could begin as early as next week.  Why it matters : A stoppage of rail service for any duration would be extremely damaging to American families and our economy.    •    Thousands of workers will face immediate furlough in factories across the country without the materials they need to do their jobs. •    A rail stoppage would immediately lead to supply shortages and higher prices.  •    The cessation of Amtrak and commuter rail services would disrupt up to 7 million travelers a day.  •    Many businesses would see their sales disrupted right in the middle of the critical holiday shoppi

PCHS Future Focus Day of 2023

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  Hello Friends of PCHS,   As this year is drawing to a close, we are busy preparing for our first Future Focus Day of 2023 and we need your help.    Let me give you some information about the next Future Focus Day and then you can decide if you’re interested. Our next Future Focus Day will be held on January 18, 2023, from 7:50 am to 9:40 am (our students’ first two periods of the day). This is the one where we focus on mainly Career Exploration and that’s where you come in. We are looking for volunteers to either come into PCHS or visit virtually with our students about individual careers. Our students want to know how you got your job, what kind of training you had to do, whether or not you went to college, and what you do on a daily basis. They want to know what you like and dislike and what you would do differently if you could.    If I’ve talked to you previously, you know that my mission is to expose PCHS students to as many opportunities as possible during the short t

$35 MILLION EXTRAORDINARY DIVIDEND DISTRIBUTED TO CEFCU MEMBERS

  CONTACT:                         Martha Kamp                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              CEFCU                                                               TO ALL MEDIA:                                              5401 W. Dirksen Pkwy.                              December 1, 2022                                                     Peoria IL 61607                                              (309) 633-3675       $35 MILLION EXTRAORDINARY DIVIDEND DISTRIBUTED TO CEFCU MEMBERS     Peoria, IL – A $35 million Extraordinary Dividend was approved by CEFCU’s Board of Directors and distributed to the Credit Union’s member/owners.  The amount each member received was determined by dividends earned and interest paid during the first 11 months of the year.  On December 1, funds were deposited to members’ Savings accounts.              Over the last 22 years, CEFCU has returned $415 million in Ex

Pekin's First Community Not-For-Profit Summit is Hosted by Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce

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Pekin's First Community Not-For-Profit Summit is Hosted by Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Affiliates of Pekin area not-for-profit organizations gather for summit at Pekin Public Library  Pekin, IL - The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce presented a special leadership conference focused on the future of Pekin’s advocacy and community-based organizations on Thursday, November 17 th . More than ten organizations were in attendance, representing an array of needs in the community. Event presenters focused on messages which highlighted the spirit of collaboration, and explored how greater education surrounding not-for-profits can positively impact governance of community organizations. Presenter Bill Fleming remarks associations aimed at improving quality of life are part of our American heritage; and, there is a collective, critical responsibility to help not-for-profits live out their missions. "We need leaders willing to step up and take leadership roles in our community," st

DISCOVER PEORIA HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP RETURNS AT SHOPPES AT GRAND PRAIRIE

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 9, 2021 Contact: J.D. Dalfonso | 309-282-3273   DISCOVER PEORIA HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP RETURNS AT SHOPPES AT GRAND PRAIRIE POP-UP SHOP OPENS FRIDAY AHEAD OF HOLIDAY SEASON   PEORIA, IL– Discover Peoria (Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau) will once again open its doors at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie to promote local businesses across central Illinois. The shop brings together local makers and small businesses to promote goods to Peoria consumers, whether that be residents or visitors alike.   Who : Discover Peoria, local small business owners, Shoppes at Grand Prairie   What : Press conference & ribbon cutting   When : Friday, November 11, at 10:00a.m.   Where : Shoppes at Grand Prairie, located next to Faire Coffee   Additional information : In an effort to revitalize hometown pride throughout Greater Peoria, the Discover Peoria team has created a

Christmas on Court Returns to Downtown Pekin on December 2nd

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      Christmas on Court Returns to Downtown Pekin on December 2nd   Pekin, IL- A quintessential Christmas experience is returning to Downtown Pekin! Christmas on Court will be held on Friday, December 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Court Street. Businesses in the downtown area will be open for shopping as well as pop-up market vendors for a diverse holiday shopping experience. The event will also include live entertainment from local artists. Santa is returning with a free photo opportunity at the Santa House.     Christmas on Court is hosted by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the City of Pekin Tourism Committee, Discover Pekin, and Discover Peoria. This family event emphasizes supporting a “shop small” initiative with the Pekin community. #ShopLocal365 is a regional partnership encouraging community members to shop locally during the holidays and year-round. With each community in the Greater Peoria region offering unique specialty retailers

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Announces 25th Annual R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy

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  Press Release: For Immediate Release       Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Announces 25 th Annual R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy       Pekin, IL- The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce will open applications December 1, 2022 for the 25 th Annual R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy.     The Community Leadership Academy was created to identify , inform, and educate existing or emerging leaders of the local community. Through thought-provoking classroom sessions and on-site informative tours, participants are motivated into leadership responsibilities by exposing them to the realities, opportunities, and challenges of the Pekin area .  The 2023 program will run January 10 th through March 16 th on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Enrollment is limited with a $600 registration fee for non-members or $500 for members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.     The 202 3 Community Leadership Academy is sponsored in part by the Dirksen Con