Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cybernautic Joins Chamber

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

900 W. College Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
(309) 740-0174 ext 310

Craig Hopper, Account Executive

Cybernautic is one of the most innovative and decorated full-service web design companies, located right in Central Illinois. Started 11 years ago, they have a large portfolio of diverse sites, which are all custom-designed from the ground up. They make the web easy, offering design, hosting, SEO & promotional services.

Jaycees' Trivia Night to Benefit Dax’s Day

The Tazewell County Jaycees will present their monthly Trivia Night on Thursday, March 11 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Gracie’s Sports Grille and Pizza, 1021 N. Cummings Lane, Washington. This month’s proceeds will benefit Dax’s Day and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Participants are needed to form teams for the competition. Cost is $10 per person, and teams may have between 2 - 10 people. The winning team will receive a traveling trophy, two pizzas from Gracie’s, and a free table for the April trivia night.

Numerous prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, and a 50/50 drawing will also be held. In addition, Gracie’s will offer drink specials to all participants, and any participant who joins the Tazewell County Jaycees that night will receive a free entry to the April trivia night.

To reserve your table please contact Lori Rowe, Tazewell County Jaycees, at 309-241-3888, or

Held on the third Thursday of each month, the trivia nights generate funds to be used for charitable community projects. The Tazewell County Jaycees provides individuals between the ages of 18 – 40 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School 4th Annual Dinner/Auction

Good Shepherd Lutheran School will be holding its 4th annual dinner/auction at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom on Saturday, March 20. There will be three sections of silent auction items as well as over forty live auction items for your bidding. Check the school website at for a list of items. Doors open at 4:30 with dinner served at 7:00. Tickets are $40/person and are available by calling Ann Fuelberth at 347-9027.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Open House

Can you change a furniture store into a modern school facility? Yes! We Can! Join us on Sunday, March 7th at Good Shepherd’s new location - 3201 Court Street from 1:00 – 4:00. While the renovations are not completed, we welcome you to stop and see the progress that has been made to open new doors to Christian education in the Pekin community.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Registration

Good Shepherd Lutheran School will be holding registration for next year’s preschool and kindergarten classes on Thursday, March 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at its present location (333 State Street). After a short presentation, parents and students will be able to visit with the preschool and kindergarten teachers. Good Shepherd offers preschool classes for 3 year-olds and 4-year-olds as well as all day kindergarten and a 1st through 8th grade program of Christian education. Latchkey is also available. Good Shepherd will be moving to its new location at 3201 Court Street in the fall. For more information contact the school office at 347-2020.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Methodist Names New Pharmacy Director

Methodist Medical Center has named Ryan Taylor, PharmD as Pharmacy Director. The appointment was announced by Michael Namanny, PharmD, MBA and Service Line Director for Imaging and Pharmacy Services at Methodist. Taylor is currently a Methodist employee and brings over 10 years of experience to the position, having served 7 years as Pharmacist and Medication Safety Officer for OSF St. Francis Medical Center and 3 years with CVS Pharmacies as Pharmacist and Pharmacist-in-charge.
He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Taylor will supervise the Methodist Inpatient Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacies, Clinical Pharmacy Services and Pharmacy IT Automation.

Pekin Avanti's to Hold Community Celebration in March

The new Avanti’s Ristorante in Pekin will celebrate Community Appreciation during March. Located at 3610 Kelly Avenue, just off Court Street near Veterans Parkway, Avanti’s is expressing its appreciation to the community by donating 10% of proceeds from carryout and pickup orders to different charities on different days in March.

“We have received a wonderful welcome from the Pekin community,” Albert Zeller, owner and founder, said. “That’s why we decided to give back to the community by donating some of the proceeds to area charities.”

10% of Carryout/Pickup Proceeds Donated to Different Charities

According to Zeller, several days in March will focus on a different theme and charity. Customers are encouraged to phone ahead to ensure their orders are ready for pickup or carryout.

Following are the designated days and organizations:

  • Monday, March 8 – Celebrating Children: Boys & Girls Club of Pekin
  • Wednesday, March 10 – Celebrating Teens: Tazewell Teen Center
  • Tuesday, March 16 – Celebrating Seniors: Miller Senior Citizens Center
  • Monday, March 22 – Celebrating Families: AMBUCS of Pekin
  • Wednesday, March 24 – Celebrating Community: Goodwill Industries in Pekin
  • Tuesday, March 30 – Celebrating Pets: Tazewell Animal Protection Society (TAPS)

The Pekin Avanti’s, which opened for business in October, features two banquet rooms which can be opened up, along with a smaller private dining room that comfortably seats 30 people. In addition, there is a full-service bar and open seating that easily accommodates 250 people.

The Pekin restaurant offers pickup and carryout service beginning at 10:30 a.m. and recently added delivery service for Pekin residents. For more information, please call 346-3400.

Preston-Hanley’s Crematory Now Operating in Pekin

Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes is now operating its own crematory at 200 South Veterans Drive, near Broadway in Pekin. Unlike most funeral homes that outsource cremation, the new crematory means that Preston-Hanley will handle the entire cremation process for client families.

“For us, owning and operating our own crematory is just one more way of offering the utmost in care,” D. Neale (“Buster”) Hanley II, said. “With cremation becoming more popular, we believe this service is important to the communities we serve.”

The new crematory is housed in a 2,500-square-foot building and includes a private viewing chapel, as well as an urn and memorial display. In addition, all of Preston-Hanley’s funeral directors have been certified as crematory operators.

“Having our own crematory can make a big difference to some families,” Hanley continued. “Many trust us to manage all the details when caring for their loved ones. They are glad to hear that we will not only oversee the entire cremation process, but we will handle it as well” Although many still choose a traditional burial in the Midwest, Hanley said that nearly a third of the families they serve are choosing cremation.

“More people choose cremation when they learn about their options,” Hanley continued. “Families can still have a visitation and/or a funeral service with the body present prior to cremation. Or, they may decide to have a memorial service at our funeral home with the urn in view.”

Preston-Hanley has been serving Central Illinois for over 75 years. Locally owned and operated, the company currently has chapels in Pekin and Creve Coeur. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Cremation Association of North America.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pekin Public Library & Pekin Hospital Present

The Pekin Public Library is partnering with Pekin Hospital to present a Health Awareness Week, March 22-27th, at the library. All programs take place at the library (except the hospital tour). The schedule of events are:

Senior Health Day, Monday March 22
10 am: Achilles Heel Screenings
2 pm: Safety in Medicine

Women's Health Day, Tuesday, March 23
10 am: Diabetes
2 pm: Heart Disease

Men's Health Day, Wednesday, March 24
10 am: Sleep Apnea
2 pm: Diet & Exercise

Kid's Health Day, Thursday, March 25
10 am: Pekin Hospital Tour
2 pm: Vaccines

Family Health Day, Friday, March 26
10 am: Getting Started with Weight Loss
2 pm: Diet and Exercise

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on April 12, 13, and 14. The series of three classes will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

The classes are designed to provide information on managing adult diabetes and are designed to help diabetics learn and develop the skills of self-management of diabetes therapy. Topics covered in the sessions will include:

* the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control
* how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size
* the possible complications associated with diabetes
* why exercise will benefit your health and make you feel good

Workshop speakers will include a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse, Registered Pharmacist, Exercise Specialist, and Registered Medical Technician.

Class fees are $60 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost). The $60 includes all three classes. Class size is limited. Registration deadline is April 5, 2010. To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Paddy O'Flaherty's

It's That Time Again! Mark your calendars! St. Patrick's Day at Paddy O'Flaherty's!
* Authentic Irish Food
* Live Music
* Irish Dancers
March 17th
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Inside Best Western Ashland House
201 E. Ashland St. Morton, Illinois
Keep an Eye out for details to come!

Methodist Service League Presents $117,000 Gift

(February 22, 2010)--The Methodist Medical Center Service League has presented a check for $117,000 to Methodist President and CEO Michael Bryant. Bryant accepted the check from Dorothy Swirmicky, Service League Treasurer and Kathy MacKay, Service League President.

The money will be applied toward the purchase of a new mobile mammography unit for the Breast Services Department at Methodist. The mobile mammography van enables Methodist to provide breast health assessments in surrounding areas that do not have easy access to mammography. Methodist has the only mobile mammography service in central Illinois. The total cost of the replacement unit will be $600,000, which will be raised and contributed by the Service League over several years. Current balance in the fund to purchase the replacement mobile mammography van is $375,000.

More than 100 Service League volunteers contributed more than 8,000 hours of their time and service in 2009 at the hospital Gift shop, The November Gift Show, and various other fundraising endeavors to benefit Methodist Medical Center patients and their families.

The Service League’s gift was presented during the League’s Annual Spring Luncheon held February 18, 2010 at Mt. Hawley Country Club.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Local Orthopedic Surgeon Among the First in Central Illinois to Perform Patient-Customized Knee Replacement Surgery

(February 15, 2010) – Pekin Orthopedic Surgeon Donald Mitzelfelt, M.D., is one of the first physicians in Central Illinois to perform patient-customized knee replacement surgery using Visionaire Patient Match technology. Visionaire Patient Match technology uses a patient’s MRI and x-ray images to design and create surgical instruments based on the anatomy and mechanical axis of each unique patient.

While every person’s knee joint has subtle differences in shape and contour, traditional surgical instruments used to place knee implants are one-size-fits-all. In the past, an orthopedic surgeon would spend time during the procedure adapting to a knee’s “terrain” in order to achieve the proper placement of the implant. Using Visionaire technology, Dr. Mitzelfelt comes to the operating room equipped with single-use instruments, engineered exclusively for that patient’s knee by the leading innovator in orthopedic medicine—Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics.

Not only does the Visionaire system eliminate multiple steps from the surgery, thus reducing time under anesthesia, but an implant placed with this computer-guided precision has a reduced risk of the kind of misalignment that can cause it to wear out before its time.

“This technology is truly groundbreaking,” says Donald Mitzelfelt, M.D., of Pekin Orthopedic Center. “I have more confidence in the accurate placement of the implant while my patients benefit from a simplified procedure. Because the technology delivers pre-sized and pre-aligned instruments, my time in the OR has decreased significantly. For patients, that means a potentially reduced risk of complications like infection and blood loss.”

For more information about Visionaire Patient Match technology, please contact Pekin Orthopedic Center at 353-4159.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Good Shepherd Lutheran School 4th Annual Dinner/Auction

Good Shepherd Lutheran School will be holding its 4th annual dinner/auction at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom on Saturday, March 20. Sponsorships for silent auction and dinner tables are still available. There will be three sections of silent auction items as well as over forty live auction items for your bidding. Check the school website at for a list of items. Doors open at 4:30 with dinner served at 7:00. Tickets are $40/person and are available by calling Ann Fuelberth at 347-9027. Reservations are requested by Monday, March 1st.

Champion Fitness Scores in Satisfaction

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy is proud to announce that our patients reported 98% satisfaction with their physical therapy experience in our 2009 surveys. Go to to see how Champion Fitness Physical Therapy can help you “GET BUSY LIVING!”

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Methodist Medical Center

(February 18, 2010)---The following is the schedule for the Methodist Medical Center Mobile Mammography Van for the month of March 2010. Methodist
now features all digital mammography equipment providing improved, faster and more comfortable exams.

March 2-Methodist at Morton-1909 N. Morton Ave.-Morton
March 3-Children’s Home-416 St. Marks Court-Peoria
March 4-Cherry Tree Shopping Center-Washington
March 9-Methodist Medical Group at Chillicothe-525 Sweetbriar-Chillicothe
March 12-Methodist Medical Group at Farmington-158 E. Fulton-Farmington
March 13-Cub Foods-5001 N. Big Hollow Road-Peoria (Saturday)
March 15-Methodist at Mt. Hawley-Women’s Health-7725 N. Knoxville-Peoria
March 16-Methodist at Morton-1909 N. Morton Ave.-Morton
March 18-Methodist at Pekin-1800 Broadway-Pekin
March 23-Methodist MedPointe at Peoria-8914 N. Knoxville-Peoria
March 30-Wal-Mart-2071 N. Main Street-Canton

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

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

S & D Cleaning Joins Chamber

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

S & D Cleaning
1441 Valle Vista, Suite E
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 347-8632

Sue Kyle, Owner
Cathy Tarpley, Agency Manager
Christy Rendleman, Manager.

Open from 8:00am to 4:30pm, S & D Cleaning provides residential and commercial cleaning services.

Chamber Board Supports Illinois Fair Map Amendment

At their February 10, 2010 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce approved the following policy statement:

The Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce believes that, as currently designed, Illinois’ redistricting process is inherently unfair, overly partisan, and not in the best interests of the business community or the public good in general. It should be replaced through a Constitutional Amendment with a system that meets the current Constitutional criteria, but is also:
  • More independent of the legislature and Governor
  • Less partisan
  • Does not take into account incumbency or voting habits of the populace
  • Complies with federal laws on voting

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors believes that the IL Fair Map Amendment strives to improve Illinois’ system and meets the objectives above. Further, the Board of Directors:

  • Will sign on with other partners to support the IL Fair Map Amendment
  • Direct the staff to educate members about the issue and encourage them to support the amendment
  • Actively circulate petitions in the effort to get 500,000 signatures by May 1, 2010

For more information, visit:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Library Announces the Retirement of Reference Librarian Laurie HartshornThe

Pekin Public Library announces the retirement of Reference Librarian Laurie Hartshorn. The library will host an Open House Reception for her on Friday, March 12 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the library's Community Room. The public is invited to stop by to visit with Laurie and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Laurie joined the library on October 2, 1979. In her thirty plus years of service to the library, her main job duties included staffing the reference desk to help patrons find books and information, selecting books and audiobooks, planning programs for adults, putting up library displays, writing a monthly book review column for the Pekin Daily Times, and leading book discussions. Laurie also developed several projects, including Video Pekin, a NEH project to film and describe historic sites in Pekin.

She also started the first Young Adult Advisory Council, a group of teens who reviewed and helped select YA books. Two of her favorite grant projects were Writing Your Life, with girls and their mothers and grandmothers sharing life stories, and the Greatest Generation Remembers, with Pekin women sharing and recording their experiences on the homefront during WWII.

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend Celebration

Save the Date!

Thursday May, 13th, 2010
5:00 - 7:00pm
Udry Jewelers, 1100 Derby St.

$50.00 per ticket

This event will honor Pekin High School superintendent Paula Davis for her leadership in the community and ongoing demonstration of courage, confidence, and character.

You won't want to miss the delicious food prepared by C.J.'s Cafe, the silent auction, and the local entertainment. Each ticket purchases the opportunity to win an item of handcrafted diamond jewelry.

For more information contact:
Kimberly Weeks at:
or at 309-688-8671 ex. 1414

Sponsored by: Girl Scouts of Central Illinois and Udry Jewelers

Tazewell County Genealogical Society

Maryann Russell, who works as a volunteer for the New Salem Historic Site, will be the speaker at the March 9, 2010 meeting of the Tazewell County Genealogical Society. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site preserves the hard years of Lincoln's life and those of his fellow pioneers in a "living museum." It represents a special place in the nation's history. People from other nations all over the world visit the site each year, as explained on the Lincoln League website. Maryann will focus on the rebuilding of the village of New Salem by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1940’s, and introduce us to the book the Lincoln League has written about the reconstruction of the village.

The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday March 9, 2010 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.

Methodist Names February Employees of the Month

(February 15, 2010)-Methodist Medical Center has announced the February, 2010 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 Mimi Cofoid of Granville selected for the category of Nursing. She works in Information Technology. Also selected was Lisa Frericks of Chillicothe for non-nursing support. Lisa works for the Methodist Medical Group. And for the category of Patient Care, Lori Kreiter of Brimfield was selected. She works in Pharmacy.

All three were honored at a hospital reception on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

February Puttin' On Pekin

About 70 chamber members attended a very special Puttin' On Pekin on Friday, February 12th. It was special, as it was held at Pekin Community High School and hosted by the Career and Technical Education department. Following the breakfast (prepared and served by students in the Culinary Arts program) department chair Steve Huey and other teachers led the group on tours of the classrooms. It was an eye-opening experience for many of the attendees who had no idea of the types of career and technical programs offered to PCHS students.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Family Pizzeria II Ribbon Cutting

Family Pizzeria II, located at 215 N. 8th Street, was welcomed to Pekin with a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 11th. Pekin Chamber President Mike Vonderheide was joined by other chamber representatives and Pekin City Councilman Tom Blanchard for the ceremony. Owners Jason Bauser and Jennifer Lucas were assisted in the ribbon cutting by their family.

Maurer-Stutz, Inc.

Maurer-Stutz, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful completion of an internal ownership transition, effective October 1, 2009. The firm's new owners/principals are Rick J. Anderson, P.E., Steven Arahood, P.E., Terry L. Feldman, P.E. and Keith J. Plavec, P.E.

Maurer-Stutz, Inc. is a locally owned, full services civil engineering consulting firm with over 45 professionals located in Peoria and Canton, Illinois. The company offers a full array of professional engineering services including expertise in the following disciplines: transporation, structures, water, wastewater, land surveying, environmental and CADD.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center

"Civil War Tea"

Life & Love of a Soldier

is a program by Peggy Meyer & Connie Markley. Presented by The Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center and the Morton Tourism Association.

Don't miss this opportunity to spend an enchanting afternoon of tasty delights and the sharing of a Civil War presentation, inspired by 23 letters that were inherited by Peggy Meyer's husband. These letters were written between a husband and wife that lived in Concord, Il. during the Civil War. This is a true historical love story.

Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 616 W. David St., Morton. Tickets are $15.00 and are available at the Tazewell County Museum, 2950 Court St. on Mondays and Wednesday's 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. or you may contact Christal Dagit at 346-1889 or 840-0177 or Susan Pyles in Morton 309-696-7780 for ticket information. All proceeds go to Tazewell County Museum Building Fund.

Christal Dagit or 346-1889

Methodist Nurse Recognized as Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management

Feb. 5, 2010 - The America Hospital Association (AHA) Certification Center has awarded Sandy Pryor, RN of Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, the designation of Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM). The CPHRM is a national credential that distinguishes an individual as being among the elite in a critical field of healthcare management.

Pryor is the Patient Safety Coordinator/Risk Manager and HIPPA Privacy Officer for Methodist. Her key areas of responsibility include claims management, corporate risk management program administration and education, pro-active risk assessments, disclosure facilitator and patient safety goals/improvements.

To earn the CPHRM, an individual must satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of work experience and education, agree to adhere to Professional Standards of Conduct, and pass the CPHRM Examination.

Pryor is currently a member of both the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) and the Illinois Society if Healthcare Risk Management (ISHRM). She has served as past president of ISHRM and was named ISHRM's Risk manager of the year in 2007. She resides in Mapleton, IL.

Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

The PACVB Annual Meeting
The Road Ahead
introducing Bob Marx, President/CEO the "Leader of the Pack"
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to our 2010 Annual Meeting.
Come early to take advantage of great networking opportunities and more!
Door Prizes, Awards, Special Surprises & BREAKFAST !
Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
21 Blackjack Blvd.
East Peoria, IL 61611
February 23rd, 2010
8:30 - 10:30 am
(doors open at 8:00 am)
Don't miss out on our 30th Anniversary!
Space is limited, RSVP Today
We hope to see you there!

Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois

The Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois (BBB) which serves 36 counties in Cenral Illinois has opened the call for nominations for the 2010 BBB Torch Award for Business Integrity. Anyone may enter their choice of a company that they feel qualifies for displaying ethics and reliability in the marketplace. A distinguished panel of judges from business and academia will review and decide this year's recipient of the awards. The awards will be presented at The Annual BBB Torch Award Dinner help May 6, 2010 at the Hotel Pere Marquettte. Nominations will be accepted until February 22, 2010. To naominate a company, visit and click Torch Award logo

Pekin Main Street Appreciation Party 2010

Pekin Main Street invites you to Yesterday's Bar & Grill, 363 Court St. Thursday, February 18th, 4:30 - 6:00pm.

Come celebrate the accomplishments of 2009, recognize volunteers & see our 2010 calendar of events and downtown projects. Mingle with and meet your fellow supporters, the board of directors, committee members and chairpersons of Pekin Main Street.

Join us for hors d'oeuvres & drinks.
RSVP (Recommended)
Leigh Ann Matthews, Executive Director
309-353-3100 or

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tropic Cove Joins Chamber

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

Tropic Cove
357 Court Street
Pekin, IL 61554

Jenni Reames, Owner
Lindsey Bock, Manager

This tanning salon is open Monday through Thursday from 8am to 10pm; Friday from 8am to 9pm; Saturday from 9am to 5pm; and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. It's the "second best thing you'll do naked."

Friday, February 5, 2010

Jim Maloof Realtor Business After Hours

The February Business After Hours was hosted by Jim Maloof Realtor. Chamber members and their guests enjoyed refreshments catered by the Chateau on the Lake, and had the opportunity to win several nice door prizes.

Verizon Wireless Customer Appreciation Days

Verizon Wireless, 3578 Court Street, is planning a Customer Appreciation Day on February 13th. Stop in for discounts on accessories, great phone pricing and giveaways. Call Jennie Waldo, the store manager, at (309) 397-1318 with any questions.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Census Is Almost Here

The 2010 Census is almost upon us. You can learn more about the census, when it will happen, how the information will be used, why it's important, what you need to do, etc. at: Learn why "we can't move forward until you mail it back."

Family Pizzeria II Joins Chamber

Please welcome a new business to Pekin and the chamber:

Family Pizzeria II
215 N. 5th Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 620-8398

Jason Bauser & Jennifer Lucas, Owners.

Open everyday from 11am to 9pm. They are "Home of the Famous Spaghetti Pizza." They offer pizza, pasta, sandwiches, "thin-style" crust pizza, homemade pasta sauce and bread.

Papa Murphy's Pizza Helps TAPS

Papa Murphy's Pizza is proud to help TAPS with their fundraising efforts. Simply visit Papa Murphy's Pizza in Pekin on Wednesday, March 3rd from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. How it works: Mention TAPS with your regular priced food purchase ...and Papa Murphy's will donate 20% of your sales to them. Spread the word and help us put the fun in fundraising.

Goodwill Announces 2010 Board of Directors and Officers

January 21, 2010 – Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is proud to announce its 2010 Board of Directors and Officers.

Board Officers are Pam Johnson, chairman; Doug Orear, vice chairman; Becky Brown, secretary and Ryan Beasley, treasurer. Board members include Major DK Carpenter; Barbara Duryea; Dennis Higdon; Tucker Kennedy; Terry Lake; Dr Robert Phillips and
Tom Schlink.

Goodwill’s board members come from many businesses within our community and each possesses great skill in their area of expertise. According to Goodwill President and CEO Patty Fuchs, “Our board members are invaluable to our mission.” “They provide counsel and advocacy while always keeping our core values in the forefront.”

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois provides job training, career and vocational services to individuals who face barriers to employment. Revenues from the sale of gently-used items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill. For further information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

Staples Makes Goal Setting Easy for Small Businesses in 2010

Launches “Staples StickK to It! Business Challenge” – A New Take on New Year’s Resolutions for the Office

(Feb. 4, 2010) – Setting New Year’s resolutions for the office is easier said than done. Once clients start calling and deadlines loom, those wishful goals soon get lost in the daily grind of completing the tasks at hand. Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS), is now making it easy for small businesses to set, track and achieve professional goals. Teaming with the goal-setting experts at, Staples is launching the Staples stickK to It! Business Challenge, a unique program to help small businesses prioritize and achieve their objectives for the New Year. Whether it’s one simple goal like organizing a desk or tackling larger challenges such as overhauling a business plan, Staples encourages professionals to sign up for the Staples stickK to It! Business Challenge to commit to improving their businesses today.

The goals small businesses set in 2010, and their success in achieving them, are crucial to the nation’s economic recovery. According to the 4th Annual Staples National Small Business Survey, more than 80 percent of small-business owners admit they don’t monitor their goal-setting or enlist the proper “coaches” and advisors to help them achieve their goals. As the economy turns around in 2010, small businesses will be eager to return to growth and jumpstart projects put on hold during the recession. Staples wants to make it easy for them to prioritize their objectives, and with the Staples stickK to it! Business Challenge, Staples is setting its own goal of changing the lives of one million small businesses by giving them a platform for success.

How It WorksNow - April 12, small-business professionals will be able to log on to to sign-up for free to be part of the Staples stickK to It! Business Challenge. To help achieve goals, users create a Commitment Contract, a promise by a user to reach a goal. The Commitment Contract concept, based on incentives and accountability, was invented by after years of research in behavioral economics.

“We’ve found that everyone starts off wanting to achieve their goal, but most of the time there is nothing out there to make them stickK to their word,” said Ian Ayers, co-founder of “By entering into a commitment contract, backing out becomes harder – ‘commitment’ and ‘contract’ are two words that resonate with people and keep them committed to achieving their goals.”
Participants choose from five different goal setting focus areas on 1) Get Organized/Increase Productivity; 2) Professional Development; 3) Maximize Your Bottom Line; 4) Green Your Office; and 5) Improve Working Environment. Once they select a focus area, participants select specific commitments and personalize them to best fit their needs and objectives. Next, they choose someone to be their referee- a colleague or friend who will monitor their progress and support them along the way. Then, users will start earning EasyPoints as they make progress and report on their goals and can then redeem the EasyPoints for Staples products and services. The last step is achieving success. If users follow the Commitment Contract framework, as the model has found, they will be well on their way to accomplishing their goals.

The City of Pekin

February 4, 2010, The City of Pekin receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis. One of the many requirements of CDBG program is the completion of a 5 year Consolidated Plan along with the upcoming fiscal year Yearly Action Plan.

The 5 year Consolidated Plan along with the upcoming fiscal year Yearly Action Plan is available for your review and comments from February 2 to March 4, 2010. These reports are available to be viewed on the City of Pekin web site ( or a hard draft copy is available at City Hall on the 2nd floor reception counter. All written comments will be addressed. There will be a public hearing on the evening of March 4th at 5:30pm in the Pekin City Council Chambers. The reports will go before the City Council on March 8th for recommendation approval.

Thank you for your interest in the 2010 - 2014 Comsolidated Plan and 2010 Action Plan. This program assists many low to moderate income families and individuals every year. We look forward to your comments.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Herget Bank Congratulates Mike Krohe, Now a Certified Financial Planner™

Herget Bank is pleased to announce that Mike Krohe, a Trust Officer with their Trust & Investment Services department, has successfully completed the certification process and is now a Certified Financial Planner™.

Krohe was recently authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certification marks of a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)™. The authorization indicates Krohe passed the CFP Board certification examination covering the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, estate planning, retirement and employee benefits.

Krohe joined Herget Bank in 2002 with nine years of financial planning, insurance and securities experience. He has been responsible for administering account relationships at the Bank and utilizing his financial planning experience for the Bank’s Trust & Investment customers.

A graduate from Western Illinois University, Krohe is a Certified Public Accountant and member of The Estate Planning Council of Central Illinois. He is also active in community affairs, including the Pekin Rotary Club and his local church. He can be reached by calling 347-1131.

Taphorn Named First CSRM In Illinois

The Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) designation was recently conferred to local insurance agent, Pat Taphorn, which was also the first of its kind in the State of Illinois. The CSRM designation is awarded to those who successfully complete five separate classes and subsequent exams in the areas of School Risk Identification, Analysis, Control, Financing and Administration. CSRM designees are also committed to meeting annual update requirements to further their knowledge and maintain their designation. CSRM, founded in 2004, is the first education/designation program in history for individuals serving as School Risk Managers. The CSRM Program is conducted by The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, headquartered in Dallas, TX and has partnered with the various Independent Insurance Agent Associations for each state to carry out and implement the curriculum.

Taphorn is Vice President of The Unland Companies and has been with the firm for over 18 years. In addition to specializing in insurance, benefits and 403(b) products for school districts throughout Illinois, The Unland Companies provides property and casualty, life, health, investment and human resource services to both commercial and personal customers through their offices in Pekin, East Peoria, Macomb, Lewistown and Roseville. Pat and his wife, Lisa, reside in Pekin with their four children.

Illinois American Water Now Accepting Applications for Environmental Grant Program

(February 2, 2010) ? Illinois American Water announced today that the application process is now open for its 2010 Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds and community drinking water supplies. The company will award grants of up to $10,000. The program is designed to support diverse types of activities, such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives and hazardous waste collection efforts. "The goal of this program is to positively impact watersheds and our drinking water resources," said Karla Teasley, president, Illinois American Water. "We encourage municipalities, schools, environmental organizations and civic groups to apply for a grant to support projects that will benefit a watershed in their community." To qualify, a proposed project must be located within an Illinois American Water service area and address a source water or watershed protection need in the community. All projects will be completed between May 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010. Criteria will be judged on the program innovation for the community, the partnership with other organizations and program sustainability.

In 2009, a total of 25 projects were supported by American Water environmental grants totaling more than $114,000. Four of these projects are located in Illinois. They included:
Below the Surface based in Libertyville was awarded $3,000 for its ?90 ways in 90 days to clean and conserve water? program.
Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac received $5,000 to help fund its P2D2 Pontiac Prescription Drug Disposal Plan.
Sun Foundation for Advancement in the Environmental Sciences and Arts based in Washburn received a grant of $3,000 to create a model for its Clean Water Celebration.
Will County Land Use Department based in Joliet received $3,000 to help fund the debris removal and stabilization of Fiddyment Creek.
Grant information and application forms can be found online at Applications must be postmarked by March 22, 2009, and mailed to Karen Cotton at Illinois American Water, 123 SW Washington, Peoria, IL 61602 or emailed to

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Leadership Academy Nears Halfway Point

The chamber's R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy is almost halfway through the 10-week run. On Thursdays of each week, participants hear from community leaders on leadership challenges and opportunities in the Pekin area. On Tuesday's the participants have the opportunity to tour local businesses and organizations and learn more about Pekin. You can see pictures from the academy events by visiting:

Breakfast 2.0: Tips, Tricks & Info on Search Engines

About 20 chamber members attended Breakfast 2.0: Tips, Tricks & Info on Search Engines on Friday, January 29th. The event was coordinated by the chamber's Member Services Committee. The participants enjoyed breakfast at the Pekin Public Library followed by the presentations by committee members Brent Morgan and Alissa Williams. You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Pekin Hospital League Presents Check

(February 1, 2010) - The Pekin Hospital League held their annual meeting today and presented a check to Pekin Hospital CEO Kevin Andrews for $135,000. The contribution will be used to support the addition of digital mammography at Pekin Hospital.

The following new League members were also introduced: Theresa Mahoney, Lori Saurs, and Candy Lee.

Founded in 1958, the Hospital League was comprised of 38 women. Over the years, the League has contributed over $4.5 million towards patient care. Today, the League has 84 active members, 10 provisional, 60 sustaining, 32 sustaining life members, and 22 non-resident members. In the past year, the League has contributed 20,600 hours, and manages the Pekin Hospital Gift Shop located in the hospital lobby and the Nearly-Nu Shop located on Derby Street.

Other fundraising events include the annual Golf Classic, scheduled for May 3, 2010, and the Holiday Magic Gift Show scheduled for November 6, 2010.

Pekin Hospital to Host “Day of Dance for Health”

(February 1, 2010) – Pekin Hospital invites Central Illinois residents to the annual Spirit of Women Day of Dance for Health on Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pekin. The event will feature dance and exercise demonstrations and opportunities for participation, free health screenings, prominent physician speakers on heart disease and other important health topics, giveaways, heart-healthy snacks, and more.

Day of Dance for Health will include both dance and exercise demonstrations, as well as opportunities for participants to try various dances and exercises. Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably to take advantage of activities. Admission to the event is two non-perishable food items. To attend the event, please call (309) 353-0662 or visit

Day of Dance for Health events are presented by affiliate hospitals of the Spirit of Women Health Network in over 65 cities across the United States. Although in its sixth year nationwide, this is the first year that residents in Central Illinois will participate in this event. Nationwide, more than 75,000 participants are expected to dance for their health in the hopes of creating healthier communities.

“Day of Dance for Health not only increases awareness of heart and vascular disease and its risk factors, but inspires immediate action for better health. This program has resulted in millions of consumers exposed to the powerful concept that doing something fun like dancing is taking the right “steps” to a healthier future,” said Tanya Abreu, president and national program director of Spirit of Women. “On February 27, doctors, clinicians, medical professionals, community leaders and citizens throughout the US will all come together to take charge of their own health – they will dance and help educate women about healthy choices they can easily incorporate into their lifestyles, as well as personal warning signs women and their families should be clued into.”

Nearly 500,000 women die each year of cardiovascular disease, making it the leading cause of death for American women. One in two women will die of heart disease, yet they continue not to personalize their individual risk for cardiovascular disease.

Spirit of Women focuses on dance as a way to take steps for a healthier life because dancing can burn as many calories as swimming, walking, or riding a bike (as many as 200-400 calories per hour). If done on a regular basis as a form of exercise, many health benefits result including weight maintenance or weight loss, blood pressure and cholesterol management (lowering), increased energy, decreased sadness and depression, increased coordination and muscle strength and an overall sense of well-being.

Day of Dance for Health takes place during Heart Health Awareness Month and participants are encouraged to wear red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness. The Red Dress® is the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness and was created by The Heart Truth® to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.

The 2010 National Day of Dance for Health is presented by the Spirit of Women Health Network, Good Housekeeping magazine and The Heart Truth ® campaign.
Good Housekeeping magazine—together with the Good Housekeeping Institute and the Good Housekeeping Seal—has become synonymous with the gold standard of quality and integrity. Good Housekeeping was founded in 1885, and maintains a commitment to the modern home and to a woman’s quality of life. It publishes 15 editions worldwide, and is an internationally recognized brand that sets the standard to which all other women's service magazines aspire.
The Heart Truth® is a national awareness campaign on women and heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.

About Spirit of Women
Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. Visit

Visit to learn simple ways to stay healthy and find an event near you.

ProHealth Medical Group Achieves MGMA ‘Better Performer’ Status

(February 1, 2010) - The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2009 Report Based on 2008 Data identified ProHealth Medical Group as a “better performer” because of superior operational performance compared with similar medical group practices nationwide. ProHealth Medical Group excelled in the areas of productivity, capacity, and staffing.

ProHealth Medical Group is a subsidiary of Progressive Health Systems, the parent company of Pekin Hospital. Most recently, ProHealth Medical Group brought six new physicians to the Pekin community. ProHealth operates primary-care physicians' offices in Pekin; Park Court Pharmacy in Pekin Hospital; and physician management services. ProHealth also operates ProCare, a durable medical equipment company.

Sharon Adams, MBA, Vice President of Physician Services added, “This is the first time that ProHealth has achieved national recognition by the MGMA, and we are extremely proud. Recognition of this kind further demonstrates our commitment to delivering a high standard of care to our patients. Our providers and staff members are to be commended for their hard work and for earning such an honor.”

The MGMA report, a benchmarking standard among medical groups for over a decade, was produced using data from respondents to the MGMA Cost Survey: 2009 Reports Based on 2008 Data as well as data from a questionnaire that assessed management behaviors, practices and procedures of better performers. The report profiles medical practices that have demonstrated success in one or more areas: profitability and cost management; productivity, capacity and staffing; accounts receivable and collections; patient satisfaction; and managed care operations.

MGMA is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Since 1926, MGMA has delivered networking, professional education and resources, and political advocacy for medical practice management. Today, MGMA’s 22,500 members lead 13,700 organizations nationwide in which some 275,000 physicians provide more than 40 percent of the health care services delivered in the United States.

MGMA’s mission is to continually improve the performance of medical group practice professionals and the organizations they represent. MGMA promotes the group practice model as the optimal framework for health care delivery, assisting group practices in providing efficient, safe, patient-focused and affordable care. MGMA is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, and maintains a government affairs office in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wireless Express Joins Chamber

Please welcome a new busines to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Wireless Express
535 S. Parkway Drive
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 478-1170
478-1171 (fax)

Nicholas Evans, Store Manager

Wireless Exprees is the premier Verizon Wireless authorized retailer. Open Monday-Friday from 9am to 7pm; Saturday from 10am to 5pm; and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5pm.

Jaycees Trivia Night to Benefit Children’s Home

The Tazewell County Jaycees will present their monthly Trivia Night on Thursday, February 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Gracie’s Sports Grille and Pizza, 1021 N. Cummings Lane, Washington. This month’s proceeds will benefit The Children’s Home of Illinois, a non-profit organization that provides live-in care and treatment, special education, and family services for children.

Participants are needed to form teams for the competition. Cost is $10 per person, and teams may have between 2 - 10 people. The winning team will receive a traveling trophy, two pizzas from Gracie’s, and a free table for the March trivia night. Numerous prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, and a 50/50 drawing will also be held. In addition, Gracie’s will offer drink specials to all participants, and any participant who joins the Tazewell County Jaycees that night will receive a free entry to the March trivia night.

To reserve your table please contact Lori Rowe, Tazewell County Jaycees, at 309-241-3888, or Held on the third Thursday of each month, the trivia nights generate funds to be used for charitable community projects.

The Tazewell County Jaycees provides individuals between the ages of 18 – 40 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community.

McDaniels Marketing Communications Wins Awards

During the Region IV awards ceremony in Madison, WI, McDaniels Marketing Communications received a first place “Best of NAMA” award for the digital presentation, “Think’n with Lincoln,” and “Secret Six/Lead Hybrid,” a local multi-media campaign. Presented by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), the regional ceremony honored the area’s best work in agricultural communications.

“Think’n with Lincoln” was created for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), a statewide organization for Illinois soybean growers located in Bloomington, IL. The interactive game was unveiled as part of ISA’s new exhibit at the Farm Progress Show last September and supported ISA’s key message – “Illinois Soybean Growers: A Legacy of Leadership” – by helping people learn how Illinois soybean growers lead in agricultural production, research and education. “Think’n with Lincoln” also tied in with Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday celebration and made a connection between Lincoln as a leader and soybean growers as leaders. Designed to entice visitors to answer trivia questions, the digital presentation features a custom video game experience. Now, the game is featured on the ISA website in a fun, educational format that teaches facts about soybeans and Lincoln via multiple-choice and true-false answers.

The 4610 Secret Six/Lead Hybrid multi-media campaign was created for Heritage Seeds, a division of American Seeds LLC located in Reynolds, IN. Targeting growers throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, the campaign was designed to capture the attention of those in the market for high-performing, genetically proven corn products that are bred to perform in specific fields. “4610 Secret Six/Lead Hybrid” was also intended to draw potential new customers to Heritage Seeds’ tent at the 2009 Farm Progress Show. By positioning Heritage Seeds as both “The Leader in Product Placement” and the right choice for making “yield driven” decisions, the campaign helped set the company’s new technology and products apart from the competition.

McDaniels Marketing Communications draws on over 43 years of experience to help strategically plan and execute marketing tactics for clients throughout the Midwest. McDaniels also has client service offices in Rockford, IL and the Quad Cities. ie-media, the company’s interactive division, specializes in developing websites, animation, CDs/DVDs, e-surveys, kiosks, ecommerce and search engine optimization to fit a variety of budgets.

Methodist Offers Free Informational Heart Program

January 29, 2010 Methodist Medical Center is hosting a free “Coffee with the Doctor” on Saturday February 27, 2010 in observance of National Heart Month. Tahir Ilahi, M.D. of the Methodist Medical Group Cardiology will be making a presentation on “Cholesterol and Your Heart”. Registered Dietician Hannah Lee will also be on hand to demonstrate heart healthy meal preparation.

“Coffee with the Doctor” will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Methodist Medical Group Cardiology Conference Room at 112 NE. Crescent Ave in Peoria. The event is free but space is limited. Reserve your seat by calling 671-5121.

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) is currently accepting grant proposals from non-profit organizations within a 50-mile radius of Peoria. Newly revised grant guidelines should be downloaded from the CFCI website at: and are available at the office, 331 Fulton Street, Suite 310, Peoria, Illinois 61602.
Proposals must be received at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois office by:4:30 PM, Monday, March 15, 2010. Proposals received after this date will not be accepted. The Community Foundation's purpose is to assist projects in the fields of education, arts, health, human services, community service or community development and advance ONE OR MORE of the following objectives:
1. Address and help resolve important existing or emerging community issues.
2. Support new and creative projects and organizations offering the greatest opportunity for positive and significant change.
3. Promote cooperation and collaboration among organizations.
4. Identify, enhance, and develop leadership in the community through creative and innovative activities which empower individuals.
5. Improve the quality or scope of charitable work in the community.

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois does not provide grant funding for annual campaigns, individuals, endowments, or make grants for sectarian religious purposes. For questions regarding the Community Foundation of Central Illinois'Spring 2010 Grant Cycle please call (309) 674-8730.

Pekin Public Library Announces New Youth Services Manager

Pekin Public Library is pleased to announce the new Youth Services Manager for the library, Julie Nutt.

Julie has assumed the duties of Mary Alyce Hofsess, former Head of Children’s Services, who retired in December 2009. Julie has been with the library since January 22, 2008, first working in Circulation and Adult Reference, then moving to Youth Services in June 2008. Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with special certification in K-12 education, from Monmouth College. She plans to pursue a Master's Degree in either Library Science or Juvenile Literature in 2011. Julie's goals include implementing more regularly scheduled programming, such as "Family Activity Hour" one Saturday per month; showing of a new-release family movie once a month; and year-round story time for pre-schoolers and toddlers. Her main focus, however, will be keeping the library's children's collection up-to-date and relevant to today's youth.

Pekin Public Library Now Offers Downloadable Audiobooks and EBooks

Pekin Public Library has expanded their services with the addition of downloadable audiobooks and eBooks. Library card holders can check out, download, and enjoy digital audiobooks and eBooks anytime, anywhere, and at no cost by visiting

“With the increase in usage of mobile devices and mp3 players, the library has made it a priority to provide materials in formats meeting the busy lifestyles of our customers. Customers can browse and download titles 24 hours per day, every day of the week, from any computer with an Internet connection. You can take digital titles in the car, on the bus, in a waiting room, anywhere,” said Alissa Williams, Assistant Director.

By visiting, customers may browse the growing collection of best-selling and classic titles. To check out, users will need a valid library card, personal computer, Internet connection, and the Overdrive Media Console, free software available on the site. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on the computer or transferred to a supported device, like an iPod, Sony E-Reader or Nook. Many audio titles can also be burned to CD to enjoy in the car, at home, or on the go with portable CD players. At the end of the fourteen day lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the collection. There are never late fees or damaged items.

To offer the easy-to-use service, Pekin Public Library joined the Alliance Digital Media Library (ADML), a consortium of more than 40 public libraries in central Illinois. ADML is coordinated by the Alliance Library System, a multi-type regional library system, and is a contracted service with OverDrive, Inc., a provider of digital media content.

For more information, please call the library's Reference Desk at 347-7111 ext. 2.