Thursday, July 30, 2009

TCGHS Monthly Meeting

The August 11, 2009 general meeting of the Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society will present Tim Sawers of Springfield, IL. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Mr. Littleton W Tazewell, for whom Tazewell County is named, a US Senator from the state of Virginia. Mr.
Sawers has done extensive research on the Virginia senator.

The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday August 11, 2009 at the Society's Erlicher Library, located at 719 N Eleventh St, Pekin, IL. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM, with a business meeting immediately following. The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking available.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy Open House

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at our Morton location. All are invited to enjoy a complimentary lunch and register for great door prizes! Come tour our facility and meet our therapy staff. Join us there between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at 947 Jackson Plaza. For more information, contact Jodi at (309)-266-1672. Visit our website at to see how Champion Fitness Physical Therapy can help you “GET BUSY LIVING!”

SJB Promotions Joins Chamber

Please welcome another new business to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

SJB Promotions
38615 SR 10
Mason City, IL 62664
(217) 482-9100; fax 482-9102
Jill Douglas, Independent Contractor

SJB Promotions can help you find products to improve traffic at trade shows, motivate your staff, thank a customer, or increase safety awareness. From fun items to the traditional, they can help you easily find some of the hottest items on the market.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Joins Chamber

Please welcome one of our newest members:

Good Shepherd Lutheran School
333 State Street and soon at 3201 Court Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 347-2020; fax 347-9099
Ralph Mickley, Principal.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School provides Christ-centered education with high academic standards for children in the community from preschool through the eighth grade. Good Shepherd is part of the mission and ministry of three Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod congregations in the Pekin area: St. John's, Pekin; Trinity, Pekin; and St. John's, Green Valley.

Business After Hours Announced

Business AFTER Hours
Hosted by NTS Telephone Services Corp.
205 Enterprise Drive
Thursday, August 6, 2009 4:30—6:00 pm

Take advantage of this great networking opportunity. You might start a new business relationship or meet your best customer. Enjoy the door prizes, refreshments, and visit with your friends, neighbors, and business associates. Admission is free to Chamber members ($10 for future members). Please RSVP to the Chamber at 346-2106 or e-mail us at

August Puttin' On Pekin

Puttin’ On Pekin Breakfast
Friday, August 14th ~~ 6:45 am
Knights of Columbus Hall ~~ 715 N. 11th Street
Featured Program: PAWS “Giving Independence”

The cost of the breakfast is $10.00 per person for reservations made before 4:30 pm on Wednesday, August 12th. After that, the cost is $15.00 per person. Payment can be made at the door. Make checks payable in the exact amount to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Reservations are required and can be made by email at, or by calling the Chamber at 346-2106.

August Calendar of Events

An interactive calendar can also be viewed by visiting our website at

4th Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am /8:00am

5th Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

6th Pekin 1st Committee, Holiday Inn Express, 7:30 am

6th Business AFTER Hours, NTS Telephone Services,
4:30~6:00 pm
Reservations Appreciated

8th Miss Marigold Pageant, F.M. Petersen Theatre at PCHS, 7:00 pm

11th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

12th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

12th Board of Directors, Herget Bank, 4:00 pm

14th Puttin’ On Pekin, Knights of Columbus Hall,
6:45 am
Reservations Appreciated

14th American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Pekin Riverfront, 7:30 pm

19th Marigold Committee, Holiday Inn Express, 6:30 pm

25th Business Advocacy Comm., Chamber Office, 7:00 am

31st PEPSI Marigold Medallion Hunt, 1st Clue Released

September Calendar of Events

1st Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am /8:00am

2nd Member Promotions Committee, Chamber Office,
7:30 am

2nd Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

3rd Pekin 1st Committee, Holiday Inn Express, 7:30 am

3rd Business AFTER Hours, The Grand Victorian of Pekin,
4:30~6:00 pm
Reservations Appreciated

7th Labor Day Holiday ~ Chamber Office Closed

8th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

9th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

9th Board of Directors, Herget Bank, 4:00 pm

9th Marigold Committee, Mineral Springs Park, 6:30 pm

10th Marigold Festival Carnival Bracelet Night, 5:30~9:30 pm

11th Pekin Main Street Friday Night Family Fest, Downtown Pekin, 5:00~10:00 pm

11th ~ 13th Pekin Chamber of Commerce Marigold Festival

23rd Marigold Committee, Holiday Inn Express, 6:30 pm

29th Business Advocacy Comm., Chamber Office, 7:00 am

Membership Renewals through July 20, 2009

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that recently renewed their membership with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

A To Z Rental ~ Ace Liquor ~ AECOM ~ C R Alexander ~ George Carver ~ CD 107 ~ Center for Prevention of Abuse ~ Community Foundation of Central Illinois ~ Dirksen Congressional Center ~ E & S Communications ~ Enviro-Safe Refrigerants ~ Fort Toyota ~ Douglas C. Harrington, MD SC ~ Rose Hasler ~ Maurer-Stutz ~ Moods By Michael ~ Viola Musgrave ~ PDC Services ~ Phillips Tax Service ~ Saturn of Peoria ~ Sign Shop ~ Simmons Sanitations Service ~ State Representative Mike Smith ~ Tazewell County Farm Bureau ~ United Workforce Development Board ~ Velde Ford Sales ~ Watkins Marine ~ WMBD / WYZZ.

Executive Director's Report by Bill Fleming

Chamber Membership A Better Value
Your membership in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is always a great value. But in these challenging economic times, your membership is an even better value. Below are examples of free or low-cost promotional opportunities available to you as a benefit of your chamber membership. Take advantage of them!

1. Online membership directory – All chamber members are included in our online membership directory. But did you know you could enhance your listing? Go to our website at and click on the “Membership Directory” in the red menu bar on the left. Now, find your business or organization. You can search or browse alphabetically or by category. When you find the list with your organization’s name in it, click your name. How does your information look? Pretty basic? Now, go find the listing for the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, or just click here. See the difference? You can enhance your information by adding your hours, employees, location/directions, and other information. Send me an email or give me a call and I’ll tell you how to enhance your information. It’s simple and it’s FREE.

2. Business After Hours – Each month a chamber member hosts Business After Hours. There’s food, drinks, door prizes, tours, and an incredible opportunity for you to meet, socialize and network with your fellow chamber members. Admittance is FREE for chamber members and their guests. We only ask that you make a reservation. The next Business After Hours is Thursday, August 6th from 4:30 to 6:00 at NTS Telephone Company, 205 Enterprise Drive in Riverway Business Park.
Newsletter Announcements – Is there something new and exciting happening at your business or organization? Did you hire a new employee? Promote an employee? Add a new product or service? Win an award? Send us a press 1. release and we’ll post it on our chamber blog (viewed by nearly 1500 people in the past 30 days) at We’ll also include it in our next newsletter, which is distributed to over 800 people.

2. Puttin’ on Pekin – For your $10 reservation you get a delicious breakfast and an informative program. But as a chamber member you can also take advantage of several great promotional opportunities. First, you can bring a handout (flyer, brochure, key chain, calendar, magnet, etc.) to set at everyone’s place setting. Next, you can stand-up and make an announcement about your business during the “1-minute reminders.” Finally, you can bring a door prize to be given away at the end of the breakfast. With an average attendance of 90 chamber members and their guests, this is a great opportunity.

3. Super Saver Chamber Coupons – Watch your email around the end of each month for our Super Saver Chamber Coupons. You’ll find great money saving offers from your fellow chamber members. Please share these coupons with your co-workers!! If you’d like to include a special offer in the next coupon distribution, send us an email or give us a call. As a chamber member, there is no charge to participate.

Biz Barometer & Consumer Price Index

The Consumer Price Index for the CPI-U (all urban consumers increased 0.2% for the month
of April. The CPI-W (all urban wage earners and clerical workers) along with the C-CPI-U
(chained all urban consumers) increased 0.3% for the same time period. Changes for the year
include the CPI-U -.07%, -1.3% for the CPI-W, and –1.1% for the C-CPI-U. The United States City Average for all consumers—all items—January 2009, 211.1; February,
212.2; and March, 212.8.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Comerford Joins Chamber Board

Dr. Denise M. J. Comerford has been appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Comerford is the owner and audiologist at Sound Choice Hearing Clinic in Pekin. She is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, the Illinois Academy of Audiology, the Princeville Garden Club, the Brimfield Grade School PTO, and the secretary of the Parkview Women’s Golf League. She enjoys golf, sprint triathlon training and competition, camping and hiking. She and her husband, Rex, and daughter, Carleigh, reside in Princeville.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Methodist Nurses Earn Advanced Nursing Credentials

Nurses at Methodist Medical Center have completed advanced training and educational requirements to earn specialized nursing credentials.

Jamie Osmulski of Peoria and Kathy Lusher of Delevan both completed their Professional Healthcare Quality certification through the Healthcare Quality Certification board. That certification is valid for two years. Both work in the Methodist Quality and Safety Department.

Jacqui Carey of West Peoria received her certification for Rehabilitation.

Samantha Nelson of Mackinaw received her certification for Orthopedics.

The following labor and delivery nurses have all received their certification in OB, valid for three years. They include Monica Lin of Peoria, Deb Kasper of Germantown Hills, Angela Symonds of Brimfield, Jennifer Storm of Lacon, Sara Watts of Pekin, Janel Davis of East Peoria, Melanie Benedict of Washington, Karla Begner of Elmwood, Christina Spurgeon of Princeville, Tamara McCombs of Cuba, and Wendy Maslana of Topeka.

Post Partum nurses receiving their Maternal Newborn Nursing certification include Laurel Kaiser of Morton, Jamie Jeakins of Peoria and Millicent Boose of Peoria.

Sandra Lehman of Bartonville received her Low Risk Neonatal Nursing Certification

Jennifer Thatcher of Creve Coeur and Kathy Allen of London Mills completed their Trauma Nurse Specialist certification through the State of Illinois and Crystal Couri of Washington received her Med/Surg certification through the American Nursing Credentialing Center

Certification is an expert credential reserved for those who meet rigorous practice, continuing education and testing requirements in their specialty. Certification has been linked to fewer medical errors and increased job satisfaction and confidence.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Breakfast 2.0: Not Just For Fun: Marketing Your Business With Facebook

About 40 chamber members attended Breakfast 2.0 and learned how to use Facebook to promote their business or organization. Thanks to our presenters: Alissa Williams from the Pekin Public Library, Katy Fedderson from the Peoria Chiefs, Brian Carroll from the Peoria Area Association of Realtors, and Bill Fleming from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Legislative Update

Following are proposed rules of possible interest to small businesses. During the 45-day comment period, individuals have an opportunity to express their support or opposition to the rule. Check out our new online resource which enables businesses to submit comments on pending proposed rulemakings. Go to and click on "Submit Comments" to comment how the proposed rulemakings impact your business or industry.

The Illinois Department of Revenue proposed an amendment which will impact service providers who file at least 250 federal withholding returns annually. To learn more, click here.

The Department of Natural Resources proposed amendments which will impact businesses that sell Department of Natural Resource's licenses, stamps and permits. To learn more, click here.

The Department of Public Health proposed amendments to "Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Code" which will impact home health, home services, and home nursing agencies. For more information on this amendment, click here.

Small Businesses Can Apply for ARC Loans

The SBA has begun offering loans for a temporary new program called America's Recovery Capital. "ARC" loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a "bridge" for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship--to keep their doors open until they get back on track.

ARC loans are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000, available to established, viable, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make their principal and interest payments on existing and qualifying business debt. ARC loans are 100% guaranteed by the SBA and have no SBA fees associated with them.

ARC loans will be disbursed over a period of up to six months and will provide funds to be used for payments of principal and interest for existing, qualifying small business debt including mortgages, term and revolving lines of credit, capital leases, credit card obligations and notes payable to vendors, suppliers and utilities.

For more information on ARC loans, visit or contact your Illinois Small Business Development Center.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Methodist Offers Free Community Health Screenings

The following are times and locations for community health screenings offered by Methodist Medical Center for the month of August 2009. Free cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose and lung functions are offered at all screening sites.

August 3-Clubs at River City-Peoria- 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
August 8-Creve Coeur Community Center-7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
August 10-Eastside Center-East Peoria-7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
August 11-World Gym on Universigty-Peoria-8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
August 14-Naturally Yours-Peoria-10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
August 17-Maple Lawn-Eureka-8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
August 18-Methodist Medical Group at Princeville-8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
August 20-Methodist Medical Group at East Peoria-8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Prostate screening (PSA) is also available at a reduced cost of $25.
August 25-Health Fair-Riverplex-9 a.m. to noon
August 26-Fitness America-East Peoria-9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
August 27-Apples Bakery-Peoria-8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
August 28- Schnucks Supermarket-Peoria-8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
August 31-Methodist at Canton-8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A 12-hour fast is required. No appointments are necessary. For additional information go to and click on events calendar or call 672-5900.

Methodist Mobile Mammography Schedule

The following is the schedule for the Methodist Medical Center Mobile Mammography Van for the month of August 2009. Unless otherwise listed, the van will be in these locations from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Methodist now features all digital mammography equipment providing improved, faster and more comfortable exams.

August 4-Methodist at Morton-1909 N. Morton Ave-Morton
August 10-Dr. E Rufus-12123 W. Farmington Rd-Hanna City
August 11-Methodist MedPointe at Peoria-8914 N. Knoxville-Peoria
August 12-Methodist Medical Group at Chillicothe-525 Sweetbriar-Chillicothe
August 13-Illini Family Medicine-201 Cummings-Washington
August 17-Methodist Medical Group at Metamora-901 Walnut-Metamora
August 18-Methodist at Morton-1909 N. Morton-Morton
August 19-Methodist at Pekin-1800 Broadway-Pekin
August 21-Methodist East Campus-415 St. Marks Court-Peoria
August 25-Heartland Clinic-1701 W. Garden-Peoria
August 26-Methodist at Lacon-1112 E. Fifth St.-Lacon
August 27-Wal-Mart-2071 N. Main-Canton

There is no need for a doctor’s order for a screening mammogram if you’re 40 or over. If you are uninsured or under-insured, tell us when you call for an appointment. You may qualify for a free mammogram.

Call for an appointment at 671-8282

Paradise Donuts Joins the Chamber

Please welcome another new member to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Paradise Donuts
815 N. 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 353-6887
Crista Flynn, Owner

Paradise Donuts offers a vast variety of donuts, fritters and bearclaws. Very special made-from-scratch sausage rolls are also available. Coming soon, are Thumbprint Cookies and Jumer’s Cinnamon Rolls. Come and visit Paradise! Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 5:30 am to 10:00 am and on Saturday, 6:30 am to 10:30 am. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Your Input Needed

The Peoria metropolitan area, including Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties, would like your help gathering information to better market our region.

Log on to and take a few moments to complete the brief survey. Tell us what you think about living in the Peoria metro area. You can also register to win a prize package. This brief survey has only 10 questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. We look forward to hearing from you!

Help us take the pulse of the Peoria Area and be sure to pass the survey on to your friends and contacts!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pekin Main Street's 5th Annual Super Cruise-In

Pekin Main Street anticipates over 800 antique/classic cars, trucks and bikes for their 5th annual Super Cruise on Saturday, July 25, 2009, from 3-9 p.m. along Court Street and around the Courthouse Square in historic downtown Pekin.

The public and any car club are invited to bring their antique/classic cars, trucks and bikes to the Cruise-In. Over eight downtown blocks will be closed and reserved for the display cars, including Court Street from 6th to 2nd Streets, Capitol from Court to St. Mary, and Elizabeth, from 5th to Capitol.

John Neumann, owner of Pekin Prescription Lab, will have the following cars on display along Capitol Street: 1929 Model T, 1965 Mustang, 2005 50th Anniversary T-Bucket, 1956 Austin Healy, 1959 Corvette, 1965 Corvette, 1978 25th Anniversary Corvette, 1992 Corvette, 2003 50th Anniversary Corvette and 2008 Pace Car.

The Midwest Cruisers Car Club has been participating in the Pekin Main Street Super Cruise since the event was established in 2005.

Mayor Rusty Dunn will present a Mayor’s Choice Award to one vehicle on display. A live band stage will be located on Court Street. Several food and auto vendors, beer tent and soda will be available for purchase. Admission and vehicle display is free.

Confirmed vendors include: Pekin Main Street selling Pork Chop Sandwiches, Haddad’s Restaurant, Pepsi soda stations, and Twisted Edge Custom Powder Coating.

The event is sponsored by Pekin Insurance and presented by Pekin Main Street. Proceeds from this event will be used to support Pekin Main Street’s mission of preserving, restoring and revitalizing the Downtown area. For more information on this event or Pekin Main Street, please call 353-3100 or visit

American Wind Symphony Orchestra Concert at Pekin's Riverfront Park

Join us at the Pekin Riverfront Park as the City of Pekin presents the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. This FREE outdoor concert takes place on Friday evening, August 14th, beginning at 7:30 pm. Food vendors and concessions will be available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and watch as this amazing vessel transforms into a floating symphony on the Illinois River. Over 5,000 people attended the last concert performed in Pekin in September, 2000.

For over 52 years, the Orchestra has been making musical headlines along the waterways of the Unites States, the Caribbean, and Northern Europe. Musicians from throughout the US and other parts of the world will be performing along with local musicians. Founded in 1957 by Maestro Robert Austin Boudreau, the Symphony has become an institution known for bringing its music to the masses via its floating art center and stage.

The arrival of Point Counterpoint II at the riverfront always causes a stir. This silver vessel is 195 feet long and 38 feet wide, and contains a central stage, art galleries and a small theatre. It was designed by the renowned architect Louis I. Kahn, subject of the recently released documentary film, My Architect, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

For additional information, contact Pekin Tourism at 309-477-2300, or go to or

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tazewell County Swim Meet

On Saturday July 25th, the Pekin Water Dragons have the honor of hosting the 52nd Annual Tazewell County Swim Meet. We are expecting over 300 swimmers, ages 6 through 18. Parents, grandparents, friends and relatives from throughout Tazewell County will coming to watch, as this is the last swim meet of the season.

We would appreciate your support by placing an ad in our “Events Heat Sheet”. Each family that comes to the meet buys a “Heat Sheet”, as it indicates when each swimmer will be swimming. Therefore, your ad will be seen constantly.

If you would like to place an ad or for more information, please download the flyer at:

Thank you for your support! Your generosity will help make the Tazewell County Swim Meet a huge success and one that Pekin will be proud of. If you have any questions, please contact Randy McDaniels, at 309‐645‐8048 or Dave Lannert at the Pekin Park District at 309‐267‐3283.

Community Shred Day

State Representative Mike Smith and AAA Certified Confidential Security Corp present Community Shred Day on Friday, July 24th. The event will be held from 9am to noon at the old Pekin Video Store parking lot, 312 Derby. This is your chance to clean out your file cabinets at this free consumer protection event. Protect yourself and your clients by bringing confidential documents and old computer discs to be shredded at no cost to you. For more information, please call Representative Smith's Constituent Service Office at 353-6276.

United Way of Pekin Announces Golf Classic

United Way of Pekin is hosting its 9th Annual United Way Golf Classic on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at Sunset Hills Golf Club (register by August 7th). Sign in starts at 11:00 am. Format will be Flighted Scramble~shotgun begins at 1:00 pm. Entry fee is $120 per person or $480 per team. Mulligans can be purchased during registration.

Lunch will be catered by LaGondola. The Steak Fry, catered by Kouri's Pub, will follow immediately after golfing.

Your participation will help provide vital services and programs in Pekin through the United Way. You can be assured that your donation will make a real difference in the lives of many in our community, and we invite you to share in this fun event with us.

For sponsor opportunities, registration or more information, contact Jay Fitzanko at 309-346-2433.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Methodist Names July Employees of the Month

Methodist Medical Center has announced the July, 2009 Employees of the Month. Their peers in the areas of patient care, nursing, and non-nursing support recognize three separate employees.

The three selected were Shannon Abernathie, RN of Metamora selected for the category of Nursing. She works with Community Behavioral Health. Also selected was Nan Hall of Peoria for non-nursing support. She works in hospital compliance. And for the category of Patient Care, Cinda Ramp of Yates City was selected. She works with Methodist Medical Group at Farmington.

All three were honored at a hospital reception on Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

Christmas in July at Farmers Market

Santa Claus will make an appearance this week at Pekin’s Downtown Farmer’s Market on Thursday evening, July 16, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. The Farmers Market is held on Capitol Street, next to the Courthouse.

Christmas music will fill the air as market vendors will have Christmas décor and unique items for sale. Peek In Pottery providing snowflakes for children from 4:00-6:30 p.m. The market includes the following vendors: Meyers Produce – Sweet Corn, Mary Bee Farm & Greenhouse – vegetables and plants, Peoria Bread Company – organic breads, muffins, brownies and fruit pies, Lost Creek Pottery – pottery and glass work, Heritage Farmers Group – local all natural meat, cheese, honey & milk, Cheryl Webb – local all natural chickens and farm eggs, St. Benedicts Abbey – freshly made bread by the Monks, University of Illinois Extension Office – recipes and nutrition information, Haning Farms – variety of homegrown produce, Frank’s Produce – variety of produce, Rollyson-Gillespie Produce – garden veggies and crafts (Marigold Medallion Designer) and Golden-Hill Acre Farms – vegetables and fruit, Fornoff Farm Market – sweet corn and produce, Baer Meat Market – freezer beef, vegetables and produce, Nancy Vannattan – fresh produce & plants, The Kountry Nook – pickled items and crafts, G&H Merchandise - produce and the YWCA Pekin.

For more information please call the Pekin Main Street office at (309) 353-3100.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Teuerle Named Director of Case Management and Utilization Review

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce Christine Teuerle, RN, MS, has been named Director of Case Management and Utilization Review. She joins Pekin Hospital with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare.

Teuerle most recently served as Care Management Manager at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Her extended work experience includes the following: Case Management Director, Vascular Case Manager, Manager of Vascular Lab/Vascular Nurse/RVT, Interventional Radiology Nurse Clinician, Quality Management Nurse, and Registered Nurse.

She received both her Masters Degree in Health Care Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Health Arts from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Illinois Central College.

As Director of Case Management, Teuerle’s responsibilities include the design, implementation and evaluation of clinical systems for improvements in patient outcomes related to resource consumption and length of stay.

Jo Ellen Patterson, RN, MS, Vice President of Nursing said, “Case management is an essential element of the health care delivery system, especially in regard to patient outcomes and cost containment for both the patients and the hospital. We are very happy to have Chris join us and she brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our Case Management Department.”

She is a member of the American Case Management Association and the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists.

Teuerle resides in Morton.

Joseph Couri, MD Honored with Outstanding Physician Award

Dr. Joseph Couri of Methodist Medical Group Rheumatology has been awarded the 2009 Most Outstanding Physician “Dr. Tom Clark Award” by the Methodist Medical Group (MMG). The award was presented this May at the annual Methodist Medical Group spring meeting and retreat at Weaver Ridge.

Dr. Couri is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. He completed his medical education at St. Louis University and his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Couri has been with Methodist since 1997.

The Tom Clark Award was first presented in 2006 and is given annually to a MMG physician who demonstrates excellence in patient care, community service and personifies the Methodist Mission and Values.

Methodist Medical Group is a network of physician offices affiliated with Methodist Medical Center of Illinois. Primary care, walk-in care, and specialty physicians are conveniently located throughout Central Illinois.Whatever the specialty, all of our providers share the Methodist commitment to delivering outstanding healthcare. For more information visit

Friday, July 10, 2009

Women's Marigold Festival Golf Outing

3rd Annual Marigold Festival
Women’s Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 29th
Parkview Golf Course
Two Woman Scramble
18 Holes $80.00 per team
9 Holes $70.00 per Team
Number of flights determined by the number of entries
Tee times starting at 8:00 a.m.
Half the teams will prize!
For more information or an application contact the
chamber office at 309-346-2106 or download at:

Peek In Pottery Hosted After Hours

The July Business After Hours was hosted by Peek In Pottery, 433 Court Street. Nora Lovell and Margie Layman entertained about 40 chamber members with food, drink, door prizes, and product demonstrations. They also announced their plans to expand into the mold production business. To see more pictures from this and other chamber events, visit our picture site at:

Pre-Rockin’ Ride for TAPS

A new addition the days events!

Cost: $15.00 / bike (single or double), includes:
1) Entrance admission to Rockin Event (end point of ride)
2) Best hand wins prize money.
Start Time/Sign-In: 10:00 am at McDuff’s-Pekin

Route: 1) START- McDuffs (Pekin), 2) StagTap (Havanna), 3) McDucks (Banner), 4) Billy’s Bar (Canton), 5) Brown Jug (Trivoli), 6) Mooney’s (Peoria), 7) END- Pekin Boat Club

All funds raised go to support the Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS) a no-kill animal shelter. Come help those that can’t help themselves.

Check out or or for more information

Rockin’ for TAPS

Saturday, August 1st ~ 5:00pm – 11:00pm ~ Pekin Boat Club
Cost: adult/$5 families/$12 kids under age 7/ free

5:00-5:30 Dogs will be on site and available for adoption
5:00-5:30 Rockin' dog costume contest
5:30-7:00 Opening Music by Mike and Carrie Show
7:30-11:00 Featured Band: Thirdhand

Prizes for the best dressed pooch dressed like your favorite music performer or band. Dunk tank featuring local celebrities, 50/50 raffles, enjoy food from the grill and cold drinks from the bar…LOADS OF FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Methodist Orders Low Radiation CT Scanner

Methodist Medical Center is adding a new high-definition CT scanner that will produce clearer images while reducing the amount of radiation used in the scan. Michael Namanny, Medical Imaging Director for Methodist, said, “We expect delivery of this newly developed GE Computed Tomography (CT) within a month. CT uses X-rays to produce pictures that allow physicians to look inside a patient for early warnings of cancer, heart disease and other problems. Historically, higher quality images have been achieved by using higher doses of radiation.”

New research studies have posed concerns over the increasing use of Computed Tomography and nuclear medicine screenings. Some studies have suggested that patients may be receiving frequent scans that may increase their risk of cancer.

Namanny said Methodist purchased the high-tech scanner as a means to improve patient care by addressing concerns over increased radiation exposure without lowering the quality of the images. The new CT system advances image quality through increased resolution, lower x-ray dose, and innovative applications.

Regent Employees of the Month

J.R. Greeley, Market Manager and Bob Swinehart, Director of Sales for REGENT BROADCASTING OF PEORIA, are proud to announce that June's Employee of the Month is Rick Stephenson and Sales Representative of the Month is Bradley Stegall.

"I'm amazed by Brad's drive, ambition and work ethic. He's one of the hardest working sellers I've ever seen. He's a great asset to our sales effort," stated Bob Swinehart.

Mr. Stegall has been working in the radio industry for over 8 years, all of which have been with the same radio stations and has been nominated by his industry peers for the RAB’s Streetfight of the Year award 4 times. Brad also has a thriving Real Estate business and was married in June.

“This is a very deserving acknowledgement for one of the radio industry’s true professionals,” says Ric Morgan, Senior Operations Manager.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Rick Stephenson has lived the life radio has to offer, working in many different cities like Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Shreveport, and Phoenix, Arizona. Rick now makes his home in Peoria, Illinois and is the morning personality at 97.3 River Country.

REGENT - Peoria owns Radio stations WGLO-FM, WFYR-FM, WIXO-FM, WZPW-FM, and WVEL-AM in Peoria, Illinois.

Regent Communications is a radio broadcasting company focused on acquiring, developing and operating radio stations in middle and small-sized markets. Upon the completion of all announced transactions, Regent will own and operate 62 stations located in 13 markets. Regent Communications, Inc. shares are traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “RGCI.”

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Methodist College of Nursing: A Great College to Work For

The Methodist College of Nursing (MCON) has been selected as one of 2009’s Great Colleges to Work For. Methodist College of Nursing is one of 150 schools recognized in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to Work For program.

The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes groups of colleges based on their enrollment size for specific best practices and policies, such as compensation and benefits, faculty-administration relations, and confidence in senior leadership. There are 26 recognition categories for four-year institutions. Results are based on responses from nearly 41,000 administrators, faculty members, and staff members at the various educational institutions.

The Great Colleges survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional-support staff and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factors in deciding whether a college received recognition was the employee feedback collected from the faculty and staff.

Dr. Kimberly Johnston, President of Methodist College of Nursing, said, “We strive to make MCON an exceptional place to work. We believe strongly in engaging faculty and staff in all aspects of the institution to create a vibrant and rewarding educational workplace."
The full listing will appear in the July 10th print issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Methodist College of Nursing (MCON) is dedicated to providing the best nursing education through quality programming and clinical practice. MCON presently has three tracks in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. MCON also has a two-year RN to BSN program that permits the busy RN to complete his/her degree with the flexibility that online education allows. An accelerated Second Degree BSN program will be offered beginning January 2010. Methodist College of Nursing is owned by Methodist Medical Center of Illinois.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based in Washington, D.C. The Chronicle has more than 60 full time writers and editors, as well as a dozen foreign correspondents positioned around the world.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Methodist Announces Board Officers

Officers and board members were announced today for the Methodist Health Services Corporation Board, Methodist Medical Center Board, Methodist Medical Center Foundation Board, Provider Resource Management Board, and the Methodist College of Nursing Board.

New board members for the Methodist Health Services Board included Steve Graham, Director of Caterpillar Strategic Investments, and Joseph O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer for G&D Integrated. Both will serve three-year terms ending in 2012. Michael Stone is Chair of the Methodist Health Services Corporation Board and Karen Stumpe is Vice-Chair.

Officers for the Methodist Medical Center Board include Dr. Peter Johnsen as Chair and Mark Petersen as Vice-Chair.

The Methodist Medical Center Foundation Board has Michael Landwirth as Chair and Joseph Henderson as Vice-Chair.

The Provider Resource Management Board has Donald White as Chair and Dr. Gregory Sowards as Vice-Chair.

The Methodist College of Nursing Board includes Debbie Simon as Chair and Jan Wright as Vice-Chair.

4th of July Thank You

Thanks to everyone who made our 62nd edition of the July 4th Honor America Celebration a huge success. A special thanks to all the volunteers and our sponsors: Timbercreek Rehab and Health Care, AmerenCILCO, Busey Bank, CEFCU, County Market, Covenant Heating & Air, Deuce Development, Enviro-Safe Refrigerants, Excalibur Seasoning Company, Excel Foundry, Farnsworth Group, Heartland Bank & Trust, Illinois American Water, John M. Evans Supportive Living Community, Kouri's Pub, Kriegsman Warehouses, Leman Property Management, Liberty Village / Pekin Estates, Mauer-Stutz, McDonalds, Midwest Generation Powerton Station, O'Brien Chrysler Dodge, Pekin Animal Hospital, Pekin Community Bank, Pekin First Church of God, Pekin Daily Times, Pekin Insurance, Pekin Veterinary Clinic, Pepsi, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes, Ray Dennison Chevrolet, Schwartz and Miller Family Dentistry, Seico Security Systems, Unland Companies, Velde GM SuperCentre, Varsity Publications, Vonderheide Floor Covering, Wal-Mart, and Women's Center for Health.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pekin's Fireworks This Saturday

For the 62nd year, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce presents the July 4th Honor America Fireworks Celebration. This year's event is brought to you by Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care. The fireworks spectacular in Memorial Stadium will be on Saturday, July 4th - not Friday as reported in the Peoria Journal Star's Cue section this morning. For more info you can download a flyer here:

Three Physicians Join Pekin Hospital’s Medical Staff

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that three new physicians recently joined its medical staff and are now accepting new patients.

Pediatrician Mohammed (Mo) Khan, M.D., will join Erika Hunter, M.D., at 3223 Griffin Avenue in Pekin. Dr. Khan began his medical career when he graduated from Ross University on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean. He then completed a Pediatric Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Khan also spent three years serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Washington, as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Analyst.

Dr. Khan’s areas of interest include childhood obesity and sports medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. To make an appointment, please call (309) 353-1822.

Kiran Multani, D.O., Family Practitioner, will join the Family Health Center of Pekin located at 19 Olt Avenue. Dr. Multani began her medical career when she graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. She then completed a Family Medicine Residency at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, Michigan. Dr. Multani’s areas of interest include adolescent medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. To make an appointment, please call (309) 353-6301.

Sunny Multani, M.D., Family Practitioner, will join the Family Health Center of Pekin located at 19 Olt Avenue. Dr. Multani received his Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery at Government Medical College in India. Following that, he completed a Family Practice Residency at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, Michigan. His areas of interest include sports medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association. To make an appointment, please call (309) 353-6301.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Regent Station Wins Awards

Regent Broadcasting of Peoria is proud to announce that 95.5 GLO (WGLO-FM) won a Silver Dome award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

During an awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 17th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Peoria, Illinois, 95.5 GLO received a Silver Dome award for Best Self Promotion by a Radio station for the “The Eagles Rock Chicago” promotion.

“The Regent-Peoria stations and their talented Air Staff never cease to amaze me, with their drive for excellence and the support they get from the greater Peoria area. Having the right people in the right places makes my job easy.” states J.R. Greeley, Market Manager.

Matt Bahan, Regent-Peoria Operations Manager adds, “95-5, GLO is a legendary community driven radio staple to Central Illinois. We are very honored to receive this award from our distinguished fellow broadcasters!”

In addition to winning the award sister stations WZPW-FM and WFYR-FM were also nominated for Best Self Promotion and WVEL-AM for Best Use of New Media.

The Illinois Broadcasters Association is the leading advocate for the broadcast industry in Illinois. IBA is engaged in shaping public policy to create a positive legislative and regulatory environment for its members. The association assists its membership in continuing industry education, legal support services, compliance issues and public service outreach.

REGENT - Peoria owns Radio stations WGLO-FM, WFYR-FM, WIXO-FM, WZPW-FM, and WVEL-AM in Peoria, Illinois.

Regent Communications is a radio broadcasting company focused on acquiring, developing and operating radio stations in middle and small-sized markets. Upon the completion of all announced transactions, Regent will own and operate 62 stations located in 13 markets. Regent Communications, Inc. shares are traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “RGCI.”