3 Ways a Business & Community Recognition Award Can Impact Your Business

  3 Ways a Business & Community Recognition Award Can Impact Your Small Business Nominations have opened for the 25th Annual Business & Community Recognition Awards Luncheon hosted by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce on October 27th. Presented to local businesses, organizations and individuals, these awards create a positive impact in our business community. We invite you to nominate a colleague or business for our Business Leader or Business of the Year awards, or choose  from one of ten additional categories in which you can self-nominate . Nominations are open now through October 7th. To access the nomination form,  click here .  As the trusted partner to the Pekin business community, we want to celebrate your achievements and help create a positive narrative for your business or organization! SHOWCASE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS IS KNOWN FOR EXCELLENCE An award from your local Chamber of Commerce creates a new layer of social proof. Your organization can showcase excellence in on

Invitation to the Annual Career Fair at Pekin Community High School

Tuesday, October 25th, we will be hosting a Career Fair for our PCHS students in our very large Hawkin's Gym. We know that time is precious to our business partners, so for this event we are only asking you to donate a few early-morning hours to the cause. If you have heard of our Future Focus Days, this is one such day where we give our students a short break from their everyday classwork and time to think about their future plans. Students will have the opportunity to attend the Career Fair during the first or second periods of the day, in addition to other sessions being held throughout the building.    Last year's Career Fair was a great experience for the students and we hope to provide the same. We are looking for individuals to not only represent their company, but also their career field. Students will be ready with questions to ask you about what your workday looks like and how you got into your field. We love HR representatives and recruiters, but if you have some

Illinois Breast Cancer Awareness Organizations Selected to Benefit from Donation Program as nuEra launches "Doobies For Boobies" fundraiser

  Illinois Breast Cancer Awareness Organizations Selected to Benefit from Donation Program as nuEra launches "Doobies For Boobies" fundraiser nuEra Announces Month-Long Fundraising Initiative to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer   CHICAGO, September 21, 2022 - nuEra cannabis today announced a month-long fundraising initiative in which proceeds will benefit 3 locally-run organizations in Illinois that serve the needs of the women and families affected by breast cancer.   Throughout the month of October nuEra’s six dispensary locations will be donating $1 per unit sold of special edition cannabis flower pre-rolls and “Dubble Joint” infused pre-rolls. They are also donating net revenue from the sales of “Doobies For Boobies” wristbands and pink nuEra logo pins. Proceeds will go to Gilda’s Club , Pink Heals Peoria and Pink Heals Central Illinois. The work of these organizations directly impacts women in Illinois through several different initiatives related to thi

Illinois Central College Board of Trustees Election Candidate Packets Now Available

Illinois Central College Board of Trustees Election Candidate Packets Now Available EAST PEORIA, IL (09/20/2022) Nominating petitions are now available for those seeking a seat on the Illinois Community College Board of Trustees. Individuals interested in seeking a position on the District #514 Board of Trustees in the April 4, 2023, election may pick up the required nominating petitions. Candidate packets for the consolidated election will be available as follows: In Person: Candidates packets can be picked up in person on ICC's East Peoria Campus at 1 College Drive, L420. Packets are available Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Online: The candidate packets are available for download at: By Mail: Requests for mailed packets should be made to the Board Secretary at or (309) 694-5522. Candidates may now begin routing petitions to gather the 50 required signatures from re

CIty of Pekin Awarded $3 Million Infrastructure Grant

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact:         Mark Rothert, City Manager           Josie Esker, City Engineer 309-478-5371                                   309-478-5399             CIty of Pekin Awarded $3 Million Infrastructure Grant   Pekin, Illinois – The City of Pekin recently applied for federal funding through a Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program from our area’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC).  This morning, TCRPC awarded Pekin $3,000,000 to be applied to the third section of Court Street from 8 th Street to Stadium Drive, slated for construction in 2025. This funding will not affect the second section of the Court Street project, between Valle Vista and Stadium Drive, that is scheduled to begin in 2023. The Court Street revitalization project in total is estimated at $30 million and runs from downtown Pekin to Veterans Drive.  T

Peoria-area Home Sales Down 15.2% in 2nd Quarter

  Lack of inventory cited as main cause of decline as interest rates rise to cool off inflation July 21, 2022 PEORIA, IL- The lack of homes on the market in the Peoria area remains the single biggest factor in the 15.2 percent decline in home sales for the second quarter over the same period in 2021, according to the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®. PAAR reported that 1,983 homes were sold in the Peoria area in the second quarter of 2022, compared to the 2,338 area homes sold between April and June last year. "Home sales are down year over year due mostly to still historically low inventory," said PAAR President Ryan Cannon. "Closed sales were down 15.2 percent, however, inventory was down 23.5 percent. Fewer homes to sell means there will be a decline in sales," he said. Inventory- the number of homes on the market availab

Pekin Municipal Airport Continues Revitalization

    Pekin Municipal Airport Continues Revitalization   With continued growth and direct economic impact to the Pekin community, the Pekin Municipal Airport has become a focal point of revitalization efforts.   Pekin, IL- The City of Pekin is focusing on revitalization efforts as hangar tenancy and traffic continue to grow at Pekin Municipal Airport.   The airport recently underwent a renovation of the 24-hour lounge area: a first impression of Central Illinois to many visitors. Until Spring of 2022, the lounge was still outfitted with the original interior furnishing from the 1960s. The space was redesigned to offer an additional seating area with charging ports for smart devices, as well as a modern kitchenette. Fresh paint and installation of new lighting have also been completed. The overall aesthetic promotes a welcoming environment for corporate and recreational flyers utilizing the small airport.   Pekin Municipal Airport has received significant recognition ove

Quarterly Business Breakfast Award Winners of June 2022

  Quarterly Business Breakfast Award Winners of June 2022 June may be our favorite Chamber Business Breakfast of the year at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. It is the breakfast in which we traditionally announce the Grand Marshal selection for the upcoming Pekin Marigold Festival held in September.  We were able to successfully surprise this year's recipient Jim Fairchild, or as many in our community may know him: "Mr. Fairchild". Under the guise of his employer Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory receiving an award at the breakfast, Pekin Marigold Festival Chairperson Brandon Burling told area business owners of the many ways in which Jim has touched the lives of young people in our community. Congratulations, Jim Fairchild!  The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Business Breakfasts also recognize area businesses, organizations or individuals in the following categories:  ☀️ Sunshine Award: The Sunshine Award will recognize an individual, group of ind

Pekin Marigold Festival Announces 2022 Grand Marshal

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       Pekin Marigold Festival Announces Grand Marshal Jim Fairchild is announced as the 2022 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal   Pekin, IL, June 13, 2022-  The Pekin Marigold Festival is proud to announce Jim Fairchild as the 2022 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal. Jim Fairchild truly represents the best of our community. In-line with this year’s theme of “Back in Time: 50 Years of Marigold Memories”, Jim has been a beloved member of the Pekin community who has touched the lives of hundreds of young people here.   Jim and his wife Patty have been married for 47 years and have four children and eight grandchildren. Jim taught at Pekin Community High School for 41 years, first as a history teacher and then as a guidance counselor, retiring in 2010. He was also a Student Council advisor for 19 of those years and was a school bus driver for 39 of them. Additionally, Jim was a teacher for homebound students and a substitute teacher, as well as worked summer