Monday, November 30, 2009

United Way Benefit Christmas Concert

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Friends in Harmony
Friday, December 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 – 3:00 p.m.
Washington Intermediate School Auditorium
501 Washington Street, Pekin
Special guest appearance by Washington Intermediate School’s 5th and 6th Grade Chorus!

Tickets are $10 and are available at United Way, Steger’s Furniture, and from chorus members. Tickets at the door are subject to availability.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Heart Hero Awards presented to Methodist Employees and Student Nurse

Two Methodist employees and a Methodist nursing student were honored today for their heroic actions. Heart Association Hero Awards were presented to Edith and Steven Goldring of Canton and Student nurse Gina True of Pontiac during ceremonies at Methodist on Tuesday, November 24th

The awards were presented by Debbie Simon, Methodist Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer and by Denise Poland, Clinical Education Specialist and Community Training Center Coordinator.

The Goldrings, both on the clinical staff at Methodist Medical Center, were credited with providing emergency CPR for more than 35 minutes to a highway worker who was struck by a car on Route 116 October 15, 2009. The Goldrings were on their way to work from their home in Canton when they came upon the accident. They called 911 and assisted the injured highway worker with CPR until rescue crews could arrive.

Gina True is a student nurse with Methodist College of Nursing and was participating in her very first clinical day at Manor Court, a long term care facility. During the noon hour October 19th, a resident began choking on food. By administering the Heimlich maneuver, Gina True was able to restore normal breathing and dislodge the food.

Debbie Simon commented during the award presentation, “We’re honored to be able to recognize these three for their heroism and emergency initiatives. Their skill and dedication make us all proud.”

The Heart Hero Award is presented in recognition for advancing the mission of the American Heart Association and Emergency Cardiovascular Care through a courageous act in an effort to save a life.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

McDaniels Healthcare Marketing Receives Five Awards

McDaniels Healthcare Marketing Group, a marketing firm headquartered in Pekin, IL, recently received five Awards in a ceremony sponsored by their peers. Given as part of the semi-annual conference for the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR), the Pinnacle Awards are presented for excellence in healthcare marketing and public relations.

Randall McDaniels, president of the agency, accepted the awards on behalf of their clients and the agency’s creative team. The following Honorable Mention Awards were received:

Pekin Hospital (Pekin) – Direct Mail – “No Matter How You Slice It”
Pekin Hospital (Pekin) – Community Newsletter – “Checking In”
Rochelle Community Hospital (Rochelle) – Website – “Rochelle Community Hospital”
St. Joseph’s Hospital (Highland) – Website – “St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland”
St. Joseph’s Hospital (Highland) – Print Advertising, Series – “Healing Within, Advancing Throughout”

McDaniels Marketing Communications draws on over 43 years of experience to help strategically plan and execute marketing tactics for healthcare facilities throughout the Midwest. McDaniels also has client service offices in Rockford, IL and the Quad Cities.

McDaniels Marketing Communications Promotes Key Team Member

McDaniels Marketing Communications recently promoted Tracy Glass to senior writer/account executive.

A graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Glass holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and has over 23 years of experience in marketing communications. She has worked at McDaniels on many projects as a copywriter and account coordinator for a wide range of local, regional and national accounts in a variety of industries since 2002. In her new position, she enjoys the opportunity to manage several accounts, while continuing to develop creative strategies and concepts for clients.

McDaniels Marketing Communications draws on over 43 years of experience to help strategically plan and execute marketing tactics for companies and organizations throughout the Midwest. The agency also has client service offices in Rockford, IL and the Quad Cities.

St. Joseph Christmas Bazaar

Please join us for the First Annual St. Joseph Christmas Bazaar, December 5th and 6th! Help us celebrate the upcoming Christmas season by joining us for some or all of the following activities:
  • Nativity Walk featuring Nativity sets from all over the world, Dec. 5, 3:00-8:00 p.m. and Dec 6, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Parish Center; $5.00 / person & $10.00 / family.
  • Living Nativity on December 5 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. outside the Parish Center.
  • Selections of homemade cookies to purchase Dec. 5, 3:00-8:00 p.m. and Dec. 6, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Parish Center.
  • Beautiful music from different choral groups, Dec. 5, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Parish Center.
  • Greenery wreaths and swags to decorate your home, for sale Dec. 5, 3:00-8:00 p.m., outside near Parish Center.
  • Santa breakfast for the kids, Dec. 5, 8:00-11:00 a.m. , School.
  • Santa shop for the kids to shop for family members, Dec. 5th -9:00 -1:00, School.
  • Cookie decorating for the kids, Dec. 6, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Parish Center.
  • Make and take Nativity project for the kids, Dec. 6, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Parish Center.
  • Nativity dress up for the kids, Dec. 6th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Parish Center.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Executive Director's Report

Dear Santa:

How have you been this year? I have been fine. I hope you, Mrs. Claus, and all of the elves enjoyed your summer vacations. I have been extra good this year and so I hope you will bring me ALL of the items on my wish list.

1) 24 students for the R. David Tebben Leadership Academy. The committee has been hard at work planning this 10-week program that exposes participants to the leadership challenges and opportunities in our community. There are thought-provoking discussions led by Pekin leaders, informative tours, field trips, and plenty of networking opportunities. The deadline to register is December 4th, so can I please open this gift early?

2) Five more hosts for the chamber’s monthly Business After Hours. This is a great opportunity for a business or organization to promote their facility, products, services and people. We still need hosts for July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7 and November 4.

3) 100 vendors at the Pekin Area Business Expo. It will be held at the Dragons Dome on January 16th. It is the prefect place for a business or organization to showcase their products and services to the public. Again, the registrations are due by December 11th, so I hope I can open this one early, too.

4) More Committee Members. The chamber is always looking for volunteers to serve on one of our committees. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, build relationships, and help the chamber fulfill its mission to promote the growth of the Pekin area. Committee members are the reason our programs and events are a success. But we are always looking for new ideas and more help. You can find a list of all of the committees and what they do at:

5) Better Attendance at Networking Events. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce coordinates several regular networking events that make it easy for busy people to develop and maintain business relationships. Two of those events are the monthly Business After Hours (free) and the every-other-month Puttin’ On Pekin breakfast ($10). It’s one of the easiest ways for people to take advantage of their chamber membership.

6) More Coupons in our Super Saver Chamber Coupons email. This is an email we send to our chamber members on the last day of each month. It contains money-saving coupons and exclusive special offers from other chamber members. There is no charge to include a coupon or special offer– it’s FREE for members.

Thank you Santa, and Merry Christmas

Bill Fleming, Executive Director

Biz Barometer & Consumer Price Index

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.3 percent in October. The index has decreased 0.2 percent over the last 12 months on a not seasonally adjusted basis. The United States City Average for all consumers—all items—January 2009, 211.1; February, 212.2; March, 212.8; April, 213.2; May, 213.9; June, 215.7; and July, 215.4.

January Chamber Calendar

5th Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am /8:00am

6th Member Promotions Committee, Chamber Office, 7:30am

6th Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

7th R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy, PCHS Room B220, 7:00 am

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

7th Business AFTER Hours, Sprint/Wireless Express, 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

12th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

13th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

13th Board of Directors, Herget Bank, 4:00 pm

16th Pekin Area Business Expo, Dragons Dome, 9am-3pm

18th Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Chamber Office Closed

20th Marigold Committee, Pekin Public Library, 5:30 pm / 6:30 pm

21st Marketing Committee, District 108 Board Room, 7:30 am

26th Business Advocacy Committee, Chamber Office, 7:00 am

December Chamber Calendar

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

2nd Member Promotions Committee, Chamber Office, 7:30am2nd Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

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

3rd Business AFTER Hours, Pekin Hospital, 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

8th Member Services Com., Pekin Public Library, 7:30 am

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

11th Puttin’ on Pekin, Knights of Columbus Hall, 6:45 am, Reservations Appreciated

24th Christmas Eve, Chamber Office Closed

25th Christmas Day, Chamber Office Closed

31st News Years Eve, Chamber Office Closed

December Puttin' On Pekin

Puttin’ On Pekin
Knights of Columbus Hall, 715 N. 11th Street
Friday, December 11th at 6:45 am
Holiday Musical Entertainment
AND the BIG Year-End Door Prize Drawing (must be present to win)

The every-other-month breakfasts provide an opportunity for business people to network while learning about positive events in the Pekin area. Other features of the breakfast include a 50/25/25 drawing, the Spotlight on Business presentation, door prize drawings with prizes provided by local businesses, one-minute reminders, and “Meet the New Chamber Member.”
The cost of the breakfast is $10.00 per person for reservations made before 4:30 pm on December 9th. 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.

Leadership Academy Applications

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce announces the 12th annual R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy for future leaders in the Pekin Area. The mission of the Academy is "To identify, inform and educate existing and emerging leaders of the local community, and to motivate them toward leadership responsibilities by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of the local community." Features of this year's Academy include:
  • Thought-provoking discussions led by Pekin leaders
  • Informative field trip and tours
  • Networking opportunities
You can download an application here: 2010 Application

This is what recent graduates said about their experience...

I looked forward to each meeting and field trip because I was going to
learn something new about our community and the people that live and work here.
Aindrea Balagna, Class of 2007, Wolf Tesar & Company

The academy provided me with an opportunity to meet many community leaders, obtain a greater understanding of how the public sector operates, gain exposure to some of the non-profit agencies in the area and become more aware of the many resources available to the public.
Yvonne Burnett, Class of 2009, Pekin Hospital

I never imagined how much I could learn about my own hometown!
Renna Hadsall, Class of 2007, Busey Bank

The Leadership Academy provides great networking opportunities, and at the same time a chance to apply what you learn on a daily basis.
Jeff Livengood, Class of 2008, Herget Bank

The academy provides participants with a unique insight into Pekin at many levels - government, private sector business and public service organizations - that you would not get any other way.
Melida Heien, Class of 2009, Pekin Daily Times

Another benefit was the connections that were made with other community leaders. It is nice to attend community functions and recognize other leaders in attendance.
Sharon Adams, Class of 2008, Pekin Hospital

We were exposed to the major businesses and community organizations, as well as the people that lead them.
Greg Nelson, Class of 2009, City of Pekin

Even though I am a life long Pekinite, I learned so much about my hometown.
John Abel, Class of 2008, Preston Hanley Funeral Homes

The classes were always eventful, fun, and educational.
Fred Lawrence, Class of 2009, American Fire Service

Visit for more information or call the call the
Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 346-2106. Enrollment is limited to 24
participants. Application deadline is December 4th. Academy runs January 7th
to March 18th.

December Business AFTER Hours

Join us at Pekin Hospital, 600 S. 13th Street, on Thursday, December 3rd between 4:30 and 6:00 pm for our December Business After Hours. 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

Membership Renewals

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

Automotive Machine ~ Camp of Champions USA ~ Todd Campbell ~ CJ's Café ~ Firehouse Pizza ~ Girl Scouts of Central Illinois ~ Heartland Chiropractic Center ~ Illinois Collections Unlimited ~ Dr. Robert J. Johnson, DMD ~ KCB Information Services ~ Lewis Industries ~ Lloyd Orrick ~ Glen Rittenhouse ~ Rogy's Child Care Center ~ Schwartz Electric Company ~ Sun Valley Subdivision ~ Suzi Davis Travel ~ Tazewell County House of Hope ~ Wal-Mart

Pekin Hospital Names Assistant Vice President of Nursing

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that Sherry Thompson, RN, BS, CCRN, has been named Assistant Vice President of Nursing.

She received a BS in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis at Joliet, as well as an RN degree from Illinois Central College. She is also a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse.

Thompson has been employed by Pekin Hospital since 1984 and has held a variety of positions including staff nurse, house supervisor, and nurse director of ICU/CCU. She has over 10 years of management experience.

Jo Ellen Patterson, RN, MS, Vice President of Nursing adds, “She is very well respected by the medical staff, her peers, and the staff. She is a strong patient and employee advocate, and I am looking forward to working with Sherry in her new position. Sherry brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to this role.”

As Assistant Vice President of Nursing, Sherry will perform a wide range of administrative responsibilities for overseeing the continual flow of patient care services provided at Pekin Hospital under the direction of the Vice President of Nursing. She will also be involved in establishing objectives for providing excellent quality, clinical and economical healthcare services.

Thompson is a member of Illinois Central College’s Nursing Advisory Committee and Rep. Mike Smith’s Healthcare Advisory Committee.

In her spare time, she enjoys boating, reading, and traveling.

Champion Fitness "Get Busy Living" Contest

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy would like to congratulate the winners of the 2009 School “Get Busy Living” Contest. Schools all over central Illinois showed us how they “Get Busy Living” by submitting pictures of their P.E. classes in action. The following schools won a $500 scholarship for P.E. equipment: Rooks Creek Elementary of Graymont, North Ward Elementary of Tuscola, Chatsworth Elementary, and Schneider Elementary of Farmer City. Go to our website to see all of the great entries!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Community Foundation of Central Illinois Announces over $61,000 in Grant Awards

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved the Distribution Committee’s recommendation to fund 27 grant proposals during the Fall 2009 funding cycle, exceeding $61,000.00.

“In an economy where every single charitable dollar counts, we are pleased to provide more than $61,000.00 in funding to 27 worthy organizations in the Central Illinois Area”- Mark Roberts, Community Foundation of Central Illinois, CEO.
The following local non-profit organizations received funding during the September 15, 2009 grant cycle:

Advocates for Access received funding from the Thomas and Ellen Foster Fund for their Minor Home Repair program project.

American Red Cross received funding from the Anonymous Fund for their Disaster Volunteer Training project.

ArtsPartners of Central IL received funding from the Taylor & Corinne French Fund/Fine Arts Education and The Eugene and Harriet Swager Fund for Public Art Fund for their Sculpture Display in Downtown Peoria project.

CASA of Peoria County received funding from the Anonymous Fund for their Sustain new cases of child advocacy for abused and neglected children project.

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Peoria received funding from the Mental Health Remembrance Leadership Fund and The William L and Mary E. Kella Fund for their Senior Support Services Program project.

Cancer Center for Healthy Living received funding from the Thomas and Ellen Foster Fund for their Therapeutic Massage for Cancer Patients project.

Common Place, Inc. received funding from the Literacy Fund and The Yeomans Fund for their Big Road: Peoria Reads Literacy Involvement project.

Community Builders Foundation received funding from the Caterpillar Community Leadership Fund for their Manual High School PBIS Program project.

Counseling & Family Service received funding from the Pete and Mildred Donis Charitable Fund for their After School Field Trips for Low Income Children project.

Citizen Support for America's Millatary received funding from the Yeoman's Fund for their Operation Santa project.

Easter Seals received funding from the Sandra and Richard Ullman Unrestricted Charitable Fund for their Feeding Therapy Training Program #2 project.

Fulton County Health Department received funding from the Yeoman's Fund for their Prostate Assistance Screening Program project.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois received funding from the Paul Jackson Fund for their Safety First project.

Harrison Grade School received funding from the Paul Jackson Fund for their Heritage Exhibitions "My Past is my Future" project.

Lutheran Social Services of IL received funding from the Louis and Selma Neumiller Fund for their Intouch Homecare for Seniors project.

Northmoor School received funding from the John H. "Ted" and Betty Flora Charitable Fund for their Steps to Respect project.

Peoria Charter School Initiative received funding from the Yeoman's Fund for their Community Outreach & Engagement- MAth, Sciece & Technology Charter School project.

Peoria Park District Foundation received funding from the Louise Flora Howard Memorial Fund and The Heimdal Fund for their CHOICES Youth Outreach School Assembly Series project.

Peoria Public Schools District 150 received funding from the Marion and Warren Bohner Fund for their PACES Abeyance Program project.

Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Ed. received funding from the Mildred L. Arends Musical & Cultural Activities Fund for their Traditional and Cultural Participation in a Local Fine Arts Event project.

Prairie State Legal Services,Inc. received funding from the Caterpillar Community Leadership Fund for their Homelessness Prevention Project project.

SLG Cohen Foundation received funding from the Yeoman's Fund for their Spring Planting project.

South Side Catholic Child Care received funding from the Whitney Grotts Endowment Fund and the Ross E. and Susan M. Canterbury fund for their Empower Children to Deal with Difficult Situations project.

TEEN Challenge received funding from the The Dr. Paul Dirkse Endowment Fund for their Changing our Community One Life at a Time project.

U. of I. Extension Service Peoria County received funding from the Cilcorp Education Fund for their Kids in the Kitchen project.

YWCA of Pekin received funding from the Literacy Fund for their Words from Prison project.

YWCA of Peoria received funding from the Homeless Youth Endowment Fund and the Hotel Pere Marquette Charitable Fund for their Strengthening Families Safety Net project.

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois has served Central Illinois for 21 years. Formed in 1988 as the Peoria Area Community Foundation, it was established by a group of community-minded citizens to meet a wide variety of social, cultural, educational and other charitable needs throughout Central Illinois.CFCI maintains high professional standards in the investment and management of the funds entrusted to the foundation. It also promotes effective and efficient grant making to serve current and future needs in Central Illinois

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Pekin Main Street presents Christmas on Court: a Holiday Business Open House and Luminary Walk on Friday, December 4, 2009, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in downtown Pekin. Pekin’s downtown will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas, with over 1000 candlelight luminaries lining the streets and Courthouse Square. Visitors can observe the sparkling holiday decorations while riding in a horse-drawn carriage; carriage rides will start at Pekin Community Bank, 601 Court Street ($1.00 per person) and Advanced Medical Transport (AMT), 418 Elizabeth Street. Children are also invited to visit Santa Claus inside Pekin Community Bank. The sounds of the holidays will be in the air with strolling carolers from the community and area schools, delighting visitors with a variety of festive holiday tunes. Visitors can also view the recently hand painted holiday scenes painted by the PCHS art classes on the storefronts of 13 downtown businesses. Businesses will be open for Christmas shopping, dining, sales, and open houses.

Businesses will offer complimentary treats and refreshments, door prizes, entertainment, discounts, and promotions. A list of participating businesses, with their address and giveaways/offerings, will be provided that evening. Special activities this year include: the Pekin Public Library open with holiday stories (reader in costume), kids craft activity, children’s book sale and the YWCA’s Adult Literacy Tree/Wreath auction along with Edison Junior High Choir performance from 6:30 – 7:30pm; Atty. Dale Thomas’s office at 337 Court St., with The
Unique Twist balloons along with a Holiday craft; Tazewell County Courthouse open with Tazewell County Museum classic holiday kids project and museum display along with the Pekin Park District Cheer class to perform at 6:00pm; Amanda’s Closet Consignment Shop at 517 Court St. will be offering snacks, discounts & prizes; Pekin City Hall will be open for tours, treats and special Armed Forces tree display encouraging families to bring in a picture of their Veteran to hang on the tree through the holiday season; the Kountry Nook located at 212 N. Capitol St. serving refreshments and door prizes; free Snowflake to paint at Peek-In Pottery located at 433 Court St.; Salon Renaissance offering complimentary scalp & hand massages, migun massage bed and consultation on styles & color and much more at other downtown businesses. New this year to the Christmas Walk, the candlelight luminaries can be sponsored to honor or in memory of a loved one or as a special thanks to someone and “Let a Life Shine the Night” for a warm festive glow during the Christmas on Court event. The cost to sponsor a luminary is $5.00 and each sponsored luminary will be labeled with the honoree’s name and sponsored name if desired. Luminary sponsor form can be found at, Pekin Chamber office and other downtown businesses. Also new this year, a Holiday Bazaar as we have invited non-profits, independent retailers (Lia Sophia, Tastefully Simple, Usborne Books, Scentsy Candles, etc.) and local area businesses selling handmade/crafted items to set up at various business locations throughout downtown to sell their product. A complete list will be posted on the Pekin Main Street website and available to attendees that evening at each participating location.

Another new activity; canned food drive in efforts to stock the food pantries at the Pekin Union Mission and The Pekin Township. Each participating business will have a holiday wrapped donation box to accept nonperishable items. All items will be distributed to the Union Mission & Pekin Township pantries. The Santa House, an age-old tradition to Pekin will be set up on the Courthouse Lawn to accept letters to Santa. The Santa House will be open December 5 – 20, Saturday’s 10:00am – Noon and Friday, Saturday & Sunday’s from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Kids are invited to come down during these open hours to visit with Santa and welcome to drop off a letter to Santa any time. Santa will send a letter back to any letters with an addressed return envelope so it doesn’t get lost in the mail! This event is presented by Pekin Main Street, an organization established to preserve, restore and revitalize Pekin’s historic downtown area. Major event sponsors include Pekin Community Bank, Pekin Manor, Advanced Medical
Transport, CEFCU and Rotary Club of Pekin along with the downtown participating businesses.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Social Security Announces New Enhancements to Online Retirement Estimator

Social Security’s online Retirement Estimator, available at, can now be used to provide immediate and personalized benefit estimates to Medicare only beneficiaries. This means that people who have enrolled in Medicare, but have not yet filed for Social Security benefits, will no longer need to contact their local office to obtain an estimate of their retirement benefits.

In addition, Social Security’s Commissioner, Michael J. Astrue, has announced that next year the online Retirement Estimator will be the first online service in all of government to be made available in Spanish.

Best Western Ashland House

Greetings! Please be our guest... East Peoria Chamber Business After Hours, From 5:00 pm to 7:00pm in the Ballroom at the Ashland House on Thursday, November 19, 2009. * Networking * Meeting Potentional New Customers * Great Food * Great Entertainment * Complimentary Champagne * Prizes, Prizes, Prizes * Cash Bar. Best Western Ashland House, 201 E Ashland , Morton, 263-5116

Bring Culvers Home for the Holidays

Hey, dessert lovers: get your taste buds ready for some festive holiday desserts! Culver's of Pekin has just announced its new offer of holiday-inspired, 4-pack Frozen Custard Pints and Oreo Sandwiches – to go. They are designed to take home or bring to festive gatherings for the holidays.

"Figuring out what dessert to bring to a holiday party can be challenging. We know our guests will find joy in the fact that Culver’s offers options that make life so much easier," said David O'Dell of Culver's of Pekin. "The Frozen Custard Pints and the Oreo Sandwiches are made with Culver’s fresh frozen custard, which we make fresh throughout the day, everyday."

The holiday season comes with crowded stores, gift shopping, and the task of preparing festive dinners for family and friends. According to O'Dell, Culver's of Pekin is helping to soften the blow by offering diners the opportunity to purchase these to-go desserts to take one step out of their already busy schedules. Culver’s frozen custard desserts are irresistibly good and affordable treats to share with friends and family. These to-go offerings are a great value, too – letting you “do it right” for your family, just like Culver’s strives to do it right for its guests.

The 4-pack Frozen Custard Pints and Oreo Sandwiches will be available at the local restaurant. For a limited time only, to-go pints are available in festive flavors, including Egg Nog Brickle, Oreo Peppermint and Andes Mint Avalanche.These new to-go options complement the restaurant's signature dessert choices that include sundaes, shakes, concrete mixers, floats and cakes.

Culver's of Pekin is also known for its signature ButterBurger ® and a series of other lunch and dinner menu offers. Culver's has been doing it right for its guests since 1984. The company's commitment to putting smiles on its guests’ faces has helped it grow to more than 400 restaurants across the country, including the Pekin location.

"This holiday season, we're proud to bring good cheer and value to our guests through our new to-go desserts," O'Dell said. "Step into our restaurant and you'll experience fresh, delicious food served with a great big side of friendly smiles and warm hospitality."

Center for Prevention of Abuse to Offer Parking Lot Security ProgramTo Help Keep Shoppers and Workers Safe

With robberies of women in parking lots reported in the Peoria area, The Center for Prevention of Abuse will offer a free two hour training to maximize safety for individuals as they enter their cars after shopping or work. The program will take place, Tuesday, Dec.1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 720 W. Joan Ct. Nancee Brown, Rape Aggression Defense instructor, will conduct the training and offers the following safety tips for people to follow in parking lots:

* Scan your environment. If you see someone loitering near your car, don't enter alone. Go back to the store or your workplace and ask for someone to go with you.

* Once you load packages in your car, even if they are hidden in the trunk, leave the parking lot. You can be observed and your packages stolen when you re-enter the stores.

* Don't linger in your car after you enter. This is not the time to make cell phone calls or run through lists of errands. A person sitting alone in a parked vehicle is a target for robbers.

To learn more about safe behaviors, plan to attend the session. The program is free, but seating is limited so please call 691-0551 to reserve a place.

Methodist at Pekin Physician wins “Q” Award from Quality Quest for Health

Quality Quest for Health has recognized Christopher Von Hake, DO, of Methodist at Pekin with the inaugural “Q Award.” Dr. Von Hake was recognized as the top performer for generic prescribing in the specialty of Ear, Nose and Throat The award is based on information from the Quality Quest for Health 2nd quarter 2009 Generic Prescribing Report. The report tracks the generic prescribing rate at the clinic level across seven specialties in seven counties in Central Illinois.

Dr. Gail Amundson, President and CEO of Quality Quest for Health, said, “We want to recognize the clinics that are doing the best job of helping patients be able to afford their medicines. Our Q Award winners are also helping get better patient outcomes because patients have a higher adherence rate for taking medications when their prescriptions are cost effective.”

Quality Quest for Health is a health care collaborative. Quality Quest collects data related to specific Quest Projects and reports performance information to the medical community and the public. The information helps providers compare their performance to peers and regional/national benchmarks and to improve patient care.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Limited Time Offer From Ameren's Act On Energy

T12 Lighting Upgrades Eligible for Special 10% Incentive
The federal government has mandated that t12 lamps be phased out of production in 2012, so businesses will eventually have to upgrade all T12 lighting. To help you get a head start, Act On Energy is offering bigger incentives to upgrade to high-efficiency T8 or T5 lamps. For a short time, businesses with qualified lighting projects will receive a special 10% incentive, in addition to the existing incentive. But don't delay - this limited-time offer is only available for applications submitted between November 16, 2009 and January 31, 2010. For more information visit or call 1-866-800-0747

Monday, November 16, 2009

Chamber Challenge Trivia Night

There could be only one winner, but all 14 teams had an evening of fun at the 5th Chamber Challenge Trivia Nite. Congratulations to the Herget Bank In-Quiz-Itors on their 4th straight victory. The event was sponsored by Pekin Insurance and Brown DJ & Sound Service. You can see pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Apply Now For Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently recruiting employees for local work on the 2010 census. Positions include: census takers, crew leaders, crew leaders assistants, recruiting assistants and census clerks. You can read more about these opportunities at:

Employment testing will be at the Pekin IDES offices, 200 S. 2nd Street, Suite #10. Testing times are 10am and 1pm on November 16, November 20, November 25, November 30, December 2 and December 4. You'll need to bring 2 forms of identification. Call 1-866-861-2010 with questions.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Methodist Named to Best Hospital’s List in Three Categories

U.S. News and World Report has named Methodist Medical Center in Peoria one of America’s Best Hospitals of 2009-2010. Within that elite group, Methodist is also one of the top 10% judged best for nursing care and best for pain control.

In the annual hospital rankings published by U.S. News, Methodist was named one of America’s Hospitals, ranking #43 in the U.S. for Urology Services. Only 174 hospitals nationwide scored high enough to be ranked in even one of 16 specialties analyzed by U.S. News. Of those, Methodist ranks among the Best of the Best in nursing care and pain control.

Patient satisfaction survey results from 2008 put Methodist in the top 10% of U.S. News’ America’s Best Hospitals for nurses who are “always courteous, listened carefully, and gave clear explanations.” Methodist also ranks in the top10% for pain management with the highest percentage of patients who said their pain was “always well controlled.”

Now in its 20th year, the multi-platform 2009-2010 America’s Best Hospital Guide is the most extensive hospital ranking to date. It includes rankings of 174 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, with full data available online for another 1500 unranked hospitals.
Methodist President and CEO Michael Bryant said, “We’re delighted that yet another objective study has found Methodist to be outstanding in healthcare. We’re pleased to be among such hospitals as the Mayo Clinic, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in providing the very best in healthcare to our patients and their families.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Easy Way to Windows 7 (For businesses!)

If you are interested in Windows 7, but are worried about the high cost of upgrading or replacing ALL of your business computers... read this.

By now, everyone has seen commercials and read reviews about Windows 7, and most people probably know at least someone who has switched to it.

The reality is moving every computer at your company on to a new operating system is EXPENSIVE and TIME CONSUMING. Some older computers just don't have the power, and they would need to be replaced or upgraded. Even with your newer computers there is still the cost of buying an operating system upgrade (on average between $120-$220 per computer - JUST for the software!). What most business owners don't yet know is that the new Remote Desktop Hosting service in Windows 2008 R2, the newest operating system for servers from Microsoft features the same easy to use interface as Windows 7. It lets you take advantage of all of the features of Windows 7, without having to buy software or upgrade ANY of your business computer systems to Windows 7!

Think about the cost difference - Instead of upgrading or replacing dozens or hundreds of computers to take advantage of Windows 7, buy a server from Liberation Software and you'll be providing the same exact Windows 7 experience to all of your employees. No mess, no fuss. No wasted time or money trying to get older computers to work with Windows 7, no risk of older computer hardware running slow, and no need to replace older computers with new ones running Windows 7.

As a Microsoft Partner, we have been using the new server operating system for months, and all of my employees now have over 4 solid months of training specifically on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. We took the time to learn the ins-and-outs of the newest technology, and are now in the position of being one of the best (if not the best) equipped, experienced, and competent firms in the country who can transition your network to the new Windows 7 experience. We also offer a full range of hosting services on our leased OC48 connection - the equivalent of 1600 T1 lines - for those of you who don't want an on-site server cluttering up your office or don't want to worry about managing the server yourself.

Call us to find out more and see all of the incredible things these servers are capable of, and see what Liberation Software can save you over a much less efficient and costly conventional workstation upgrade approach to Windows 7. I bet you'll be very surprised - especially considering our service starts at under $100 per user, MUCH less than the price of just the Windows 7 operating system!!

Don't wait too long, our installation spots for early 2010 are filling up FAST and we're doing all implementations on a purely first-come, first-served basis.

Contact us at (309) 282-6249 or for more info and be sure to ask about the Chamber of Commerce discount!

Doing Business with the Government: Understanding how the Federal Recovery (ARRA) can help

IL PTAC at Illinois Central College invites area small business owners who are interested in doing business with the government and understanding how the ARRA program can help target new markets.

This event will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2:30 p.m. at the Illinois Central College, North Campus, Cedar Hall, Room 60.

Topics to be presented include an overview of business opportunities (bids and solicitations), goods and services purchased by the federal government, as well as how to register as a vendor.

For registration information, please contact Kathy Shelton at or 309-690-6817. The cost for this event is $20 per attendee. Pre-registration is required.

IL PTAC at ICC is a no cost outreach program for small and medium-sized businesses looking for contracting opportunities with government agencies and large companies. Our goal is to help Central Illinois businesses win government contracts and subcontracts related to government projects, and to help strengthen our Illinois economy by creating or retaining jobs, and helping business growth. More information can be found at

Methodist Names November Employees of the Month

Methodist Medical Center has announced the November, 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 Jennifer Szidon, RN of Peoria selected for the category of Nursing. She works on 7 Hamilton Oncology unit.

Also selected was Chris Fildes of Tremont for non-nursing support. She is the Practice Lead for Methodist at Pekin.

And for the category of Patient Care, Connie Allsup of Peoria Heights was selected. She works on 7 Crescent Nursing floor.

All three will be honored at a hospital reception on Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

Suzuki Strings Fundraiser Rescheduled

The Pekin District 108, School of Music, Suzuki Strings will have a fundraiser from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17 at Culver’s restaurant, Pekin. Also available for purchase that evening will be Silpada jewelry.

A portion of the proceeds from both fundraisers will benefit Pekin District 108, School of Music, Suzuki Strings Program. For more information, please contact The Suzuki Strings office at (309) 477-4774.


CEFCU is proud to announce two new ways to help members plan and save for the future. The My Save Certificate and a Web-based College Planning Tool are now available for CEFCU members.

The My Save Certificate is a convenient way to build savings. With only a $5 minimum deposit, members have the ability to open a Certificate and make additional deposits of any amount throughout the year, up to $1,000,and still earn a regular 12-month Certificate rate. At the end of the12-month term if the balance is $1,000 or more, the My Save Certificate will automatically be rolled into a regular Certificate with a 12-month term. If the balance is less than $1,000, the Certificate will renew into another 12-month MySave Certificate.

Pete Jain, CEFCU Vice President said, "This is a great way for parents to build their child's savings with a higher rate than a traditional savings account. The flexibility with deposits makes it easy - members can set up a payroll deduction, electronic transfer, or make a deposit at any Member Center."
A new College Planning Tool, developed by Collegiate Funding Solutions, can help parents save for and reduce college costs. The tool is FREE to CEFCU Members and can be found on CEFCU's Web site, The questionnaire takes less than15 minutes to complete and provides members with a FREE customized report, based on their individual situations.

"With the cost of a college education constantly on the rise, having a strong, well-thought-out savings plan for your child's education is more important than ever. That's where CEFCU's new Web-based College Planning Tool can help. And, CEFCU Representatives are available to help discuss the customized reports and put plans in motion," stated Sue Yoder, CEFCU Vice President.

With assets totaling over $4.1 billion, CEFCU serves 267,000 members through 19 Central Illinois Member Centers; Valley Credit Union, a division of CEFCU; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATMNetwork; CEFCU's Web site,<>;

Methodist Wins Three National Web Site Awards

Methodist Medical Center is one of 220 healthcare organizations to receive recognition for outstanding Web sites. Methodist received the Silver Award for Best Overall Internet Site for hospitals of similar size. In addition, Methodist received a Gold Award for Best Health/Healthcare Content and a Gold Award for Best Quality and Safety Communication in hospitals of similar size.

The eHealthcare Leadership Awards were presented in Las Vegas November 4th during the 13th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference. Winners of platinum, gold, silver, and distinction awards represented 17 industry classifications from hospitals and health systems to pharmaceutical firms and online health companies.

Rosemary Stuttle, Marketing and Public Relations Director for Methodist, said, “ Katrina Griffin, our website coordinator, has done an outstanding job of making the most informative and easy to use healthcare Web site in our area. Whether it’s communicating with your family physician or gaining valuable healthcare information, provides our patients and the public with easy access to current information.”

Sites receiving the 2009 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were selected from more than 1,100 entries.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bradley Senior Consulting Projects Needed

Many of you are aware of the senior consulting project program for Bradley University's Foster College of Business Administration. They have a record number of business students graduating this year and are in need of projects for them to work on.

The Senior Consulting Project (SCP) is the capstone project for all Bradley University business majors. The program is designed to provide business students with an opportunity to apply all of the skills they have developed during their time at Bradley to a real world business situation. The SCP program at Bradley has successfully done this for more than 20 years.

Teams of 5-6 students will act as consultants for you during the entire semester. Each project includes: 1) a survey, where students find out answers to questions you may have about your customers or the community; 2) an in-depth industry analysis; c) either a strategic growth plan or a comprehensive marketing strategy.

You can get more information, including the application, at:

The professors will be selecting their projects for next semester in mid-December. So, if you would like to apply, please do so by returning the application by December 1. Applications can be emailed to me at or by mailing to: Bradley SBDC, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria,IL 61625.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Good Shepherd Spaghetti Dinner

Good Shepherd Lutheran School will hod its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, November 13 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 711 Court Street from 5:00 - 7:00. Delicious spaghetti with or without meatballs, breadsticks, salad, dessert, and drink all for a free will donation at the door. Stay to watch and listen to the talent show that follows at 7:00.

Timbercreek Business After Hours

The November 5th Business After Hours was hosted by Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care. Brent Morgan and his staff put their hospitality on display with great food, drinks and door prizes. You can see pictures from this event at:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chamber 40 Leaders Under Forty

Congratulations to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce members who were recognized in the 40 Leaders Under Forty Class of 2009: Pamela Anderson, City of Pekin; Karen Cotton, Illinois American Water; Matthew Coulter, PDC Services; Jamie Durdel, TCRC; Melinda Figge, YWCA of Pekin; Dr. Erika L. Hunter, Pekin Hospital; Nat...e Hurn, Office of Congressman Aaron Schock; R. Brandon Lott, Farnsworth Group; Kevin Nowlan, Center for Prevention of Abuse; Keith Plavec, Maurer-Stutz; Ryan Walsh, Methodist Medical Group; Dr. Roberta Van Zant, Methodist Medical Group; Amy Whiting, SBSi Semonis; and Jonathon Williams, Commerce Bank. The annual recognition program is sponsored by InterBusiness Issues.

Pekin Hospital to Honor Veterans

Pekin Hospital invites the community to a Veteran’s Day celebration ceremony on November 11 at 1 p.m. in Park Court Conference Center at Pekin Hospital to honor all who have served in the armed services. Colonel Paul Sutherland, M.D., will be the guest speaker for the celebration, with accompanying music provided by William Bond, M.D., and Justin Riley. Pekin High School JROTC will be presenting a flag ceremony.
Refreshments will also be served following the ceremony.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pekin Area Network Meeting

The Pekin Area Network is proud to welcome Pekin Mayor Rusty Dunn as its guest speaker. Mayor Dunn will be discussing current economic conditions in the City of Pekin. The event is sponsored by the Pekin Area Network and its members. Refreshments and pastries will be served. The meeting will be held on Friday, November 13th from 7:30am-8:30am at the Pekin Public Library. Contact Jeff Stevenson with questions or for more info:

Drs. Hunter & Kahn Ribbon Cutting

Dr. Erika Hunter moved to a newly remodeled office at 3223 Griffin Avenue. She will be joined by Dr. Mo Kahn, a new doctor in Pekin. A grand opening of their new pediatrics office was held on November 3rd. Representatives from Pekin Hospital, the City of Pekin, and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce joined Dr. Hunter, Dr. Kahn and their staff for the ribbon cutting.

James Field DVD For Sale

The Tazewell County Museum is offering a collectors item DVD of the James Field renovation and rededication. The DVD contains nearly 200 photos and is overlayed with audio from the rededication ceremony at James Field. The photos and DVD are the work of Pekin resident Ed Emmons.

The audio portion of the DVD includes a history of James Field as told by Valerie Umholtz at the rededication ceremony. The audio also includes Jan Donahue thanking the people who worked on the project.

The DVD program is 20 minutes. The museum will be taking orders for the DVD at $20.00 each. The museum's phone number is (309) 347-8375. You can send a check to the Tazewell County Museum at 2950 Court St. Pekin, IL 61554. Please indicate that the check is for the DVD.

Anyone interested in Pekin history will be excited to own this DVD. It will make a great Christmas present this year!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Suzuki Strings Fundraiser Planned

The Pekin District 108, School of Music, Suzuki Strings will have a fundraiser from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 10 at Culver’s restaurant, Pekin.
Proceeds to benefit Pekin District 108, School of Music, Suzuki Strings Program. For more information, please contact The Suzuki Strings office at (309) 477-4774.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bob Kevoian to Appear at Area Golf Outing

Arrowhead Country Club and 95.5 GLO (WGLO-FM) are hosting a golf outing on September 26th to benefit “The Front Nine Foundation”. This foundation helps children and families during the front nine of their lives so they can enjoy the back nine. This is the third annual charity golf outing raising money for this Children’s Hospital program.

Tee time is at 2pm with a sit down dinner at 6:45pm. Following dinner Bob Kevoian, from the Bob & Tom morning show featured on Peoria radio station 95.5 GLO, will give a short speech and sign autographs. At 8:30pm attendees will enjoy the music of “Pink Sushi”.
Prizes will also be given away throughout the evening.

Individual reservations for this event are $150 for an individual and $600 for a foursome. Additionally, businesses and individuals can contribute to this charitable event by becoming a sponsor. Sponsorships start $100 for a hole sponsor to $3500 for the title sponsorship.

The Children’s Hospital is designated as a Regional Perinatal Center, a Level I Trauma Center, and central Illinois’ only Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Children’s Hospital commits itself to the very best quality healthcare in a family-centered environment. Through a mutually beneficial affiliation with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Children’s Hospital of Illinois serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility. Approximately 30 residents graduate each year. This relationship provides 24-hour in-house physician coverage, immediate availability to pediatric specialists for consultation and on-going research in both clinical outcomes and quality improvement. With these principles in mind, Children’s Hospital of Illinois is proud to continue to serve children with the very best in pediatric healthcare.

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