Wednesday, December 1, 2021

$20 Mil Extraordinary Dividend Distributed to CEFCU Members






             Peoria, IL – A $20 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 21 years, CEFCU has returned $380 million in Extraordinary Dividends to members.  CEFCU Board Chairman, Sean Scranton, stated, “CEFCU’s strong financial results and continued member loyalty have made another Extraordinary Dividend available for members.”


             Matt Mamer, CEFCU President/CEO, added, “Due to the pandemic, we’ve all faced another year of challenges.  I’m pleased that despite the current economic environment, CEFCU had a successful year and continues to live up to the credit union’s philosophy of “people helping people.” Thank you to members for your continued support, and to CEFCU staff for providing outstanding member service while maintaining operational efficiencies.”


                Members can learn more about this year’s Extraordinary Dividend at


                With assets totaling over $7.6 billion, CEFCU serves nearly 369,000 members through        26 Illinois Member Centers and 6 California Member Centers; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website,; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.

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Contact: Martha Kamp

5401 W. Dirksen Pkwy. 
Peoria, IL 61607
(309) 633-3675

Goodwill Creates Endowment with CFCI


Peoria, IL – December 1, 2021 – Goodwill of Central Illinois has created an endowment with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. 

The endowment totals 3 million dollars and is funded by the gift received from Mackenzie Scott. 

 “This gift was given to our community, and our job is to protect it and use it and benefit others,” said Goodwill President and CEO, Don Johnson. “Investing and growing these funds will ensure that our community benefits for years to come.” 

The first to benefit will be Goodwill employees who will now be eligible for a scholarship program. It will fund scholarships for college, trade schools and certificates. Goodwill programs will also benefit. For example, Goodwill will invest in a new van to be used exclusively by the Youth Services Department. Young people will be afforded transportation to and from activities, workshops, and other learning opportunities. 

 “We are delighted to partner with Goodwill and assist them in creating an endowment fund at CFCI. Creating this fund will ensure the generous gift received from Mackenzie Scott is preserved in perpetuity so that it will have a lasting impact on our community not just in our lifetime, but forever,” said Community Foundation of Central Illinois CEO Mark Roberts. Johnson continued, “Providing for our community is what you do with every donation. Goodwill received this gift because of the work we do, but this work would not be possible without your support.” 

For more information about Goodwill of Central Illinois, visit


CONTACT: Craig Armstrong 309-682-1113, ext. 2116 
 2319 East War Memorial Drive Peoria, IL 61614
PHN 309 682.1113
FAX 309 682.8353 

Live Training Events Start Tomorrow! Learn How to Make Your Website Work for YOU

3 Part Series



The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University has partnered with Grow with Google and we are excited to provide this 3-part live webinar training series at no cost to participants. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a legacy business that wants to grow your business, or you want to develop a stronger online presence - this webinar is for you. Grow with Google helps people grow their skills, careers and businesses by offering free digital skills training and tools.


During this series you will learn how to create a website that supports your business goals, growth, and online presence. Learn the science of shopping. Acquire the skills and knowledge to connect with the right consumers and drive sales. Participants will learn new and unique opportunities to connect to customers online. A well-organized website is essential. Learn how to incorporate the smart framework and making your website more actionable. Gain valuable insights that help you make more strategic business decisions by using Google Analytics. Making data-driven improvements with Google Optimization.



No cost to attend this virtual training.

You may register for any or all.


Make Your Website Work for YOU!


Who should attend:


·    New business start-ups that have little to no experience with website development.

·    Businesses that have little to no online presence.

·    Businesses who currently only utilize social media platforms and want to improve their online presence to increase sales and build branding.

·    Anyone who wants to learn about building a website or sharpen their marketing skills.


Session 1

Building a New or Modifying an Existing Website

Thursday, December 2, 2021

3:30pm - 5:00pm


Whether you are launching a new website or sprucing up an outdated one, in this webinar you will learn how to connect with consumers, drive sales, build your brand, generate leads, and attract employees. Learn about navigation tools, from a to customer’s shopping experience, to check-out. Discover what is behind the scene and how a search works.



·    Web Design: look and feel, content, functionality, purpose, etc.

·    What is the goal of your website?

·    What is the functionality of your website?

·    The importance of creating relevant content.



Session 2

Shopping & Connecting with Your Customers

Thursday, December 9, 2021

3:30pm - 5:00pm


Learn new ways to connect with your customers from online orders and deliveries to video consultations. Learning more about your customers including how they act, how they think, to how they live. Consider their view of your products or service: necessity, nice-to-have, special treat? Once you have defined your audience(s), keep them in mind when moving forward with your site.



·    How to target your audience and connect with your customers.

·    Who is your target audience?

·    New ways to connect to your audience.

·    How will you measure success? 



Session 3

SEO, Google Analytics, and Optimization

Thursday, December 16, 2021

3:30pm - 5:00pm


Making your website more visible to those who can benefit from your products, services, or brand. Connect with those making immediate buying decisions. Increase the number of your customers who will see your website in search results.



·    How to utilize Google Analytics to work for you.

·    What is Google Optimization and Google Trends and ways to use it?

·    SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

·    How to make your website more visible, connect with customers, and increase your number of potential clients.



Our Speaker:



Greg Douglas has over 16 years of experience in marketing and advertising. This has included selling commercials on cable television with Comcast to print advertising with the Peoria Journal Star. In both of these positions he was able to learn about e-commerce and digital advertising when it was still in its infancy. He has an inside perspective of online marketing. The digital marketing landscape has been ever changing and evolving over the past 10-15 years. However, the Covid pandemic has made it even more important for a business to have an online presence and ability for their customers to order products, services, etc. from their own phone, computer, etc.




With support from Cares Act funding and the Gilmore Foundation, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University has launched programs to support local businesses, in assisting in the implementation or improvement of their eCommerce strategies. These projects aim to provide constructive feedback with actionable items to build an online foundation for your business’ accessibility, viability, and growth. 


The Illinois Small Business Development Center offers no-cost and confidential assistance

for all SBA-related grant programs.



Additional Programs/Training


Applications are being accepted for the Senior Consulting Project Program

for the Spring 2022 Semester.


Are you in need of a new marketing strategy? Have you considered a strategic growth plan? Do you need a feasibility study conducted? Or do you need assistance in launching a new product?

No charge to participate.


If interested, apply before the January 8th deadline:




PEKIN – As Reditus Laboratories and PAL Health Technologies continue to grow, they are adding to their teams.

Jason Sullivan has joined Reditus and PAL Health as chief business officer. Dr. Jerome Anderson has joined Reditus as staff pathologist. And Shannon Kiser has joined PAL Health as orthotist/prosthetist.

Reditus and PAL are separate companies with the same CEO, Dr. Aaron Rossi.

Sullivan will ensure that both companies continue to move in the right direction, focusing on new product line development, sales leadership, operational efficiencies, and fiscal responsibility.

“We want to continually bring new, innovative solutions to our clients and always strive to ‘make it easy’ for our clients to do business with us,” Sullivan said. “This mindset will ensure our amazing growth continues for years to come.”

“The history and success of these companies are what brought me here,” Sullivan said. “These are dynamic companies with great leaders and great employees. My job is to take Dr. Rossi’s vision and help to deliver it.”

For the past 18 years, Sullivan worked in the technology and business solutions industry, which included IT (information technology) infrastructure, IT management and business optimization. For the past 15 years in the industry, he was a sales leader.

Most recently, Sullivan served as Area Vice President for Konica Minolta Business Solutions. He was with Konica Minolta Business Solutions for ten years.

Sullivan is a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving as a combat photographer from 1995 to 2000.

Dr. Anderson performs surgical pathology duties, including microscopic examinations of specimens received by Reditus. Those include nail biopsies, prostate biopsies, and urine to detect various diseases, including cancer.

Dr. Anderson is looking forward to the breath of specimens growing in volume and variety during the next couple of years. Dr. Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He spent 10 years in active duty in the United States Air Force and, during that time, completed his pathology residency. Dr. Anderson was the staff pathologist and medical director of the laboratory at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb from 1997 to November 2020. He had the same roles at Galesburg Cottage Hospital from November 2020 until August, when he joined Reditus. He is board certified by the American Board of Pathology.

“I am excited to be a part of Reditus, as it expands its testing repertoire and specimen volume,” Dr. Anderson said. Kiser is a board-certified prosthetist and is a licensed orthotist and prosthetist in Kentucky. An orthotist fabricates orthoses for people who need support for parts of the body weakened by injury or disease. A prosthetist fabricates artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with disabilities.

Kiser will be consulting with the PAL team and PAL customers on product development and improvements in orthoses designs, with the goal of providing custom products that provide the best treatment outcomes for patients. He also will work on trying to make the PAL fabrication process more efficient, including through the use of digital fabrication.

A practicing orthotist/prosthetist for more than 20 years in eastern Kentucky, Kiser practiced in an orthotics/prosthetics clinic for the first 17 years, then with a podiatry group, Cumberland Foot & Ankle Centers, for 3 ½ years. He has an associate’s degree in orthotic/prosthetic fabrication from Median School of Allied Health in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“I’m really excited about getting in the position of being able to fabricate again, especially as it relates to digital fabrication,” he said.

Reditus Laboratories, 200 Enterprise Drive, Pekin, is a full-service laboratory. PAL Health Technologies, 1805 Riverway Drive, Pekin, is a full-service manufacturer of prescription, hand-crafted foot orthoses, diabetic inserts and ankle-foot orthoses.


Reditus Laboratories is a full-service laboratory company with a heavy focus on molecular diagnostics. Based in Pekin, Illinois, Reditus provides top-tier, accurate anatomical and clinical pathology services, including cytology, histology and molecular testing. Reditus is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program. Additional information is at, as well as on Facebook at Reditus Laboratory and Twitter @ReditusLabs. PAL Health Technologies is a full-service manufacturer of prescription, hand-crafted foot orthoses, diabetic inserts and ankle-foot orthoses. Based in Pekin, Illinois, PAL Health Technologies has been a national leader in the field of functional foot orthoses since 1976. PAL uses the latest technology, including the Xtremity 3D by PAL scanning software, to make sure each orthotic is custom-fabricated to each patient, and is continually innovating and introducing new products. Additional information is at and on Facebook at PAL Health Technologies.

Contact: Paul Swiech, Reditus Laboratories 866-736-0002, ext. 941

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Hopedale Medical Complex Honors November Employee of the Month


 Hopedale Medical Complex Honors November Employee of the Month


November 29, 2021


Hopedale, IL – Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) is pleased to announce the November Employee of the Month, as Brenda Loudermilk, RN from our Cardiac Rehab Department. During her past 18 years at HMC, Brenda has had the opportunity to work in a variety of departments on the HMC campus but is currently in charge of the care of those patients in our Cardiac Rehab Department.


In addition to her duties in the Cardiac Rehab Department, Brenda has most recently been assisting in our Ambulatory Surgery Department (ASD) where a colleague recognized her and nominated her for employee of the month. HMC Patient Care Senior Services Director, Aldo Rossi, shared in his nomination, “Brenda has been a vital addition to the surgery department. Her upbeat and energetic personality, optimism and humor always make it an enjoyable atmosphere in ASD. As a manager, I greatly appreciate her willingness to solve issues quickly and communicate well throughout the department.”


Hopedale Medical Complex is proud of our employees who excel daily and truly make a difference in the lives of others every day. If you are interested in joining our team of over 300 dedicated employees and healthcare professionals who are leaders in healthcare innovation, review our job opportunities at


Loudermilk & Whitson Photo – (Left to Right) – Brenda Loudermilk, RN & Emily Whitson, COO




If you would like more information about this, please call Jill Litwiller at (309) 449-4380 or email her at

CONTACT: Jill Litwiller of Hopedale Medical Complex

Phone: (309) 449-4380


Media: 1 Photo


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Prepare for Cold Weather


Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Prepare for Cold Weather

Belleville, Ill. (Nov. 22, 2021) – Before frigid temperatures arrive, Illinois American Water is encouraging homeowners to take steps now to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes.  Tips also cover frozen water meters, which can bring costly plumbing repairs and replacement fees along with headaches and unexpected expense to homeowners.


“We know cold weather will come soon enough, so now is the time for customers to take preventative steps to avoid frozen pipes and water meters. Preparing now can help customers avoid damaged plumbing inside and outside of their homes,” said Beth Matthews, vice president of operations.


Before temperatures are below freezing customers should:

·       Check sprinkler or irrigation systems. Make sure you have turned everything off and fully drained the systems.

·       Identify your home’s freezing points. Check your home for pipes in areas that may be prone to freezing, such as crawl spaces, unheated rooms, basements, garages and exterior walls.

·       Know the location of the main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut off water immediately.

·       Protect your pipes and water meters. Customers are encouraged to wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly. 

When temperatures stay below freezing customers should:

·       Prevent pipes from freezing. Allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. Consider collecting the water for later use such as watering indoor plants and more. The cost of a short-term trickle is much less costly than a repair to a burst pipe.

·       Open cabinet doors to expose pipes. Opening cabinet doors exposes pipes to warmer room temperatures to keep them from freezing.

If pipes freeze customers should:

·       Shut off the water immediately. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.

·       Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. Customers can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Space heaters should not be left unattended, and customers should avoid using kerosene heaters or open flames.

·       Once pipes have thawed, water should be turned on slowly and pipes should be checked for cracks and leaks.



When customers are away, they should:

·       Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check their property to ensure the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen.

·       Consider purchasing a freeze alarm. The alarm will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees.


Customers are also encouraged to ensure their contact information is up to date to receive important water service information should their service be impacted.  Customers can manage their account online, report water emergencies and more at  They can also call 800.422.2782 to update contact information.


About Illinois American Water - Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. 


With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Media Contact:  Karen Cotton, Sr. Manager External Communications,