Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lake Manor Retirement Home Joins Chamber

Please welcome the newest member of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Lake Manor Retirement Home
2400 N. 8th
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 353-5821

Debbie Cather, Staff Coordinator

Lake Manor Retirement Home offers a safe, caring environment at their home. They have month to month rentals, which includes all utilities, and 3 home cooked meals daily. They also offer laundry and housekeeping and an on-site beauty shop. They have daily activities and spiritual services, and adult daycare is available from 6:30am to 6:00pm.

Tiny Tots Childcare Joins Chamber

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

Tiny Tots Childcare
2400 N. 8th
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 642-6551

Sara Ruhaak, Director
Natalie Hogan, Assistant Director
Debbie Cather, Staff Coordinator

Open from 6:30am to 6:00pm, Tiny Tots Childcare offers quality childcare in a safe, warm, caring atmosphere. Their staff have associate degrees in child development and the director is certified in sanitation, CPR and First Aid.

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Best Western Ashland House
201 E. Ashland Ave.
Morton, IL 61550

Chamber Welcomes Camille's Sidewalk Café

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Camille's Sidewalk Café to Pekin with a ribbon cutting on March 30th. Owner Jim May and manager Jeff Clark were assisted at the ceremony by their employees. Representatives from Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, the chamber's Ambassadors, the City of Pekin, and the chamber membership all participated in the welcoming ceremony. Camille's Sidewalk Café is located in East Court Village at 3506 Court Street. They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rhythm & Brews Joins Chamber

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

Rhythm & Brews
513 Court Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 346-0228
Kathy & Terryl Brawner, owners

Open 10am to 1am Monday through Saturday and 12 to 9pm on Sunday. Rhythm & Brews is a very nice, clean, adult lounge with a home-like atmosphere and welcoming service. They offer a full bar with a wide variety of imported beers and a great selection of martinis.

Marigold Committee Seeks Grand Marshal Nominees

Every year The Pekin Marigold committee recognizes a local resident (or couple) who has given freely to the betterment of their community. The chosen nominee(s) will be asked to serve as the 2010 Grand Marshal. The Marigold Festival Committee is seeking nominees who have demonstrated their passion and dedication by giving generously of their time and talent to a variety of charitable and community organizations and activities. The nomination deadline is May 3, 2010. Nomination forms are available at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 Court Street or you can e downloaded the form here:

Calendar of Events

April Calendar of Events

1st Pekin 1st Committee, Pekin Union Mission, 7:30 am

1st Business After Hours, Hometown Title 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

2nd Chamber Office Closed – Good Friday

6th Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am /8:00am

7th New Director Orientation, Chamber Office, 3:00 pm

7th Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

8th July 4th Committee, Chamber Office, 3:30 pm

9th Puttin’ On Pekin Breakfast, K of C Hall, 6:45 am

13th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

14th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

19th Annual Meeting and Reception, Pekin Country Club, 4:30 – 7:00 pm Reservations Required

21st Marigold Committee, Pekin Public Library, 6:30 pm

27th Business Advocacy Committee, Chamber Office, 7:00 am

May Calendar of Events

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

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

6th Pekin 1st Committee, Pekin Union Mission, 7:30 am

6th Business After Hours, Avant’is Ristorante, 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

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

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

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

19th Marigold Committee, Pekin Public Library, 6:30 pm

21st Breakfast 2.0, Pekin Public Library, 7:00 am, Reservations Appreciated

25th Business Advocacy Committee, Chamber Office, 7:00 am

31st Memorial Day, Chamber Office Closed

Biz Barometer

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U increased 0.2 percent in January, the same increase as in December. The index for all items less food and energy fell 0.1 percent in January after rising 0.1 percent in December.

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Reception

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
Serving the Business Community for 117 years
Annual Meeting & Reception
Promoting the growth of Pekin one piece at a time
April 19th, 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Pekin Country Club
Tickets are $25.  RSVP to 346-2106

Thanks to our sponsors:
Methodist Medical Center
Midwest Generation - Powerton Station
Herget Bank
Pekin Insurance
Ameren Illinois Utilities
Advanced Medical Transport
Excalibur Seasonings Company
Illinois American Water
Leman Property Management
Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes
Steger's Furniture
Udry Jewelers
Vonderheide Floor Coverings

Puttin' On Pekin April 9th

Speaker: Josh Bradshaw: “Friends of the Children of Haiti”
RSVP by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 7th at 346-2106 or email

Business After Hours at Hometown Title on April 1st

Executive Director's Report

By Bill Fleming

New Directors Elected

Congratulations to the following leaders who were recently elected by the membership to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:


Daryl Dagit grew up in Pekin and is a 5th generation Dagit to have lived in Pekin. Daryl is a Financial Advisor with the Smith Barney division of Citigroup. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Education at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Chairman of Good Shepherd School Building Committee and is an Ambassador for the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Daryl and his wife Laura have 3 children: Tabitha, Gabrielle and Abigail.

Debbie Davison is the owner of Home Health Care Plus, Inc., Home Health Plus Services Inc., and president of Life Wellness Center, Inc.  Debbie is the founder of Dreams for Seniors Charity, Inc. and volunteers for Dream Factory of Central Illinois, First Baptist Church Food Bank, AMBUCS and many other not for profit organizations. Debbie and her husband Dennis love to travel and have two daughters, Michelle (29) and Jill (25). They also have two grandsons Blake and Anthony.

Paula Davis has a BS Ed in Physical Education, MS Ed in Counselor Education and Specialist in Educational Administration. Paula has been Superintendent of Pekin Community High School District 303 since 2005. She is a member of Kiwanis, serves on the board of the Dirksen Congressional Center and the Pekin Community Bank Advisory Board, and is a member of Illinois Association of School Administrators. Paula and her husband Terry live in Groveland and have 3 children: Kate (30), Annie (27) and Ryan (26).

Neal Johnson of Ameren Illinois Utilities serves on the board of many central Illinois organizations, including the Pekin Police Foundation, Peoria Tri-County Urban League, St. Jude Mid-West Affiliate, H.O.I. Fair, and Energy Educational Council. Neal and his wife Lynn reside in Pekin and have 4 children Dawn (29), Sarah (27), John (22) and Chris (18).

Ty Lemaster received his education at Medical Lake, WA. Ty is Vice President / General Manager at CenturyLink. In his spare time he enjoys backpacking and mountain climbing. Ty and his wife Carolyn are new to the Pekin area. They have 2 children Sarah (28) and Dustin (25).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Census Assistance Available

Area residents can find assistance with the U.S. Census at several Pekin locations.  Blank census forms are available during normal operating hours at: 

Boys & Girls Club, 1101 Veerman
Wal-Mart, 3320 Veterans

Residents who need assistance completing their questionnaires or have other questions can visit the Questionnaire Assistance Centers located at:

Miller Center, 551 South 14th (Mon & Tue, 9-12; Wed 10-2; Thur 10-3)
Pekin Public Library, 301 S. 4th (Mon 12-6 and 6:30-8:30; Sat 9-12 and 12:30-4:30)

Tazewell County Jaycees

 Tazewell County Jaycees are hosting an Egg Hunt for the children of Tazewell County on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin . We are expecting approximately 150 children to attend this event.
We are asking your business to aid our efforts by providing a donation. We are looking for candy, items for grand prize gift baskets and cash donations to purchase items for the event. In return, and with your permission, your business will be recognized as a donor during the event. I will be following up with you within the week to discuss any help you may be able to provide.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me or the event chairperson, Joy Pennell.

Lori Rowe – 241-3888

Joy Pennell – 265-6762

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy encourages you to educate yourself or someone you care about.  All you need is a computer and an internet connection to view, listen, or read from our library of health related topics.  Go to our website,, click “Blog” and scroll to read the latest blog entries or select a topic of interest.  You will find information on topics such as carpal tunnel syndrome, stretching techniques, low back pain, and more!  Find out how Champion Fitness Physical Therapy can help you “GET BUSY LIVING!”

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rescued Heart Animal Hospital Joins Chamber

Please welcome a new business and a new chamber member to Pekin:

Rescued Heart Animal Hospital
3521 Broadway Road
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 346-2330

Dr. Jennifer Newcomb, DVM, Owner/Veterinarian

Open 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday. Rescued Heart Animal Hospital is a veterinary clinic caring for small animals, routine exams, vaccinations, dentals, surgery, boarding and grooming.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tazewell County Health Department Forum

The Tazewell County Health Department will host: 

The Public Health System in Tazewell County
When:  April 7, 2010, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Location:  Tazewell County Health Department, 21306 IL RT 9, Tremont
Phone:309-925-5511; Fax: 309-925-4381
RSVP by 4/5/10 to Sara Sparkman at 925-5511, ext 264 or

Public health can be described as a puzzle; many pieces working together to promote health in the community.  Where do you fit in? What is your piece of the puzzle in public health?  What can public health do for you? And you for public health?  Come learn more about the Tazewell County public health system and public health rankings on April 7th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm at Tazewell County Health Department.

April 7th is World Health Day

Camille's Opens; Joins Chamber

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

Camille's Sidewalk Cafe
3506 Court Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 346-1771
fax 346-1775

Jim May, owner
Jeff Clark, manager 

Camille's Sidewalk Cafe is open daily from 10am to 8pm, serving fast casual wraps, paninis, salads and desserts.

Luxury Sedan Service

Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab is pleased to announce the addition of Luxury Sedan Service to its menu of transportation choices.  The addition will provide business and leisure customers with an additional vehicle option combining the convenience of a taxi with the class and comfort of a Town Car.  Service is available 24/7; on demand or by appointment.  Rates available upon request, by calling (309)353-8294.

Pekin Public Library Open House & Lobby Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Pekin Public Library is kicking off National Library Week with a library open house and lobby ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 10 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the library's lobby.

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce will do an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the library's newly renovated lobby. The public is invited to see the latest renovations at the library and how library services have been improved for our community.

For more information or to register, please contact the library at 347-7111.

Monday, March 22, 2010

YWCA of Pekin Seeks Nominations for Women's Recognition Day

The YWCA is accepting nominations for outstanding leadership and achievement awards to be presented at its 29th Annual Women’s Recognition Day luncheon on Thursday, May 6th at the Pekin Country Club. The event will begin with a social from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed immediately by the luncheon program.

Nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments and contributions of women in their careers and community service are being accepted at the YWCA office through April 15th. To qualify, nominated women must have residence or employment in Tazewell County and meet specific criteria for the nominating category. Women may be nominated as outstanding employee or for contributions to the arts, business, professions, sports, or community service.

The arts award is given to a woman displaying skill in drama, dance, music, painting, literature, sculpting, the graphic arts, or other artistic endeavors. An accomplished banker, realtor, agent or other businesswoman, business owner or partner will receive the business award. The professions award is bestowed on an outstanding educator, lawyer, doctor, aviator, social worker, or other professional with special licensing or training.

Sports award nominations may include women who either pursue sports as a hobby or a career, or promote sports in the community. A volunteer or community leader for a nonprofit agency or other community organization will receive the community service award, and the outstanding employee award will be presented to a woman who has exhibited on-the-job excellence and loyalty to her employer.

The YWCA Board of Directors will also select the Mission Award recipient for dedication to achieving the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In addition, Tazewell County schools will have the opportunity to honor a female student for outstanding academic, extracurricular, and volunteer leadership. Winners will be recognized at the luncheon.

Women’s Recognition Day was established in 1982 to honor the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of women in their careers and community service. Luncheon reservations are open to the public and must be made by Thursday, April 29th. Nominations and luncheon reservation forms are available at the YWCA during regular business hours or on the YWCA website. For more information, including a reservation form and nominating form, call the YWCA at 347-2104 or visit

Anderson Insurance & Financial Services Joins Chamber

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

Anderson Insurance & Financial Services
1508 North 8th Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 642-6631; fax 642-6632

Derek Anderson, Owner; Patrick Hanlon, financial representative; Cole Munge, financial representative; Anderson Insurance & Financial Services is a full-service insurance and financial services firm.

Edward Jones - Drew Eilts Joins Chamber

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

Edward Jones - Drew Eilts Financial Advisor
521 S. Parkway Drive
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 346-2827; fax (877) 234-2196

Dirksen Center on Facebook

To learn more about The Dirksen Congressional Center, become a Facebook fan. Register by following the simple directions at Once you have done so, just type in “The Dirksen Congressional Center” in “Search” at the top of the screen. Then click on “Become a Fan.”

New NASA Display just unveiled

The Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center, 2950 Court St., Pekin, has placed on display in the foyer, photographs of some of the amazing wonders that the Hubble Space telescope has shown us.  These pictures were made possible through the improved telscopic abilities that our own Scott Altman delivered to the Hubble last summer.  Stop in and see an amazing view of the new and exciting world of our deep space.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Twenty-One Leaders Graduate

The 2010 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy concluded with a graduation banquet on March 18th at Pekin Country Club. The 21 graduates completed the 10-week program featuring 10 classroom sessions, 10 field trip opportunities, and various leadership and community assignments.

Jeff Schwarzentraub, founder and president of One Heartbeat Ministries, was the keynote speaker at the banquet. He gave the audience three things to consider as they pursue their dreams. First, remember who went before you. Second, loose your baggage. And third, re-frame your failures into opportunities.

One of the traditions at the banquet is for class representatives to speak about their experiences during the academy. Sherry Thompson spoke of four items she learned: knowledge of the community; the pride displayed by community leaders; networking can and does develop into friendships; and, the opportunities to make a difference in the community.

Rev. Lloyd Brock recognized the value the organizers of the academy saw in the program. He also spoke of making new friends, learning new things about the Pekin area, and the opportunity he and his classmates now have to be a person of influence in the community.

This was the 12th year the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated a community leadership academy for current and future leaders. A total of 216 participants have now completed the program.

The purpose 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."

The graduates are:
  • Courtney Antonini, Tazewell County Courthouse
  • Bill Bishop, Pekin Hospital
  • Rev. Lloyd Brock, Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
  • Gerald Carter, Pekin Welding
  • Lyle Chism, County Market / Niemann Foods
  • Brian Cox, City of Pekin
  • Ryan Davis, Unland Companies
  • Dennis Franks, City of Pekin
  • Chad Gambetti, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts
  • Patti Kohaus, Herget Bank
  • Scott Kriegsman, Elliff, Keyser, Oberle & Dancey, PC
  • Brent Morgan, Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care
  • Chris Spanos, Hinshaw & Culbertson
  • Beth Suddeth, Leman Property Management Co.
  • Tiffany Tebben, Congressman Aaron Schock
  • Chris Teurele, Pekin Hospital
  • Sherry Thompson, Pekin Hospital
  • Victoria Udry, Udry Jewelers
  • Mark VanderLinden, Pekin Hospital
  • David Vaupel, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes, LLC
  • Leslie Weyhrich, Wolf, Tesar & Company, P.C.
A committee of chamber members plans the academy in the Fall of each year. The academy usually starts on the first Thursday in January. All of the committee members are graduates of a leadership academy and bring with them their own personal experience. The committee was chaired by Marilyn Strickfaden from Herget Bank and also included:
  • Pamela Anderson, City of Pekin
  • Jamie Di Donato, Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jill Douglas, SJB Promotions
  • Crystal Elliott, Pekin Hospital
  • Bill Fleming, Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Sally Kuhn, Commerce Bank
  • Justin Reeise, Farnsworth Group
  • Stephanie Stoneking, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes, LLC
  • Kay Sutton, Illinois Central College
  • Amy Whiting, SBSi Semonis Insurance Group
Jamie Di Donato, the chamber’s Events Manager, played a large staff support role for the committee and with the academy. Pamela Anderson served as the facilitator of the Thursday morning sessions.

The Thursday morning class sessions included:
  • Welcome to Leadership ~ Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and Pamela Anderson, Academy Facilitator
  • Pekin Municipal Government ~ Pekin City Manager Dennis Kief and Pekin Mayor Rusty Dunn, plus a tour of the Pekin Public Library by Alissa Williams
  • What is Leadership ~ Dr. Frances B. Karanovich
  • The Courts ~ Tazewell County State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz and Judge Richard McCoy
  • Pekin Park District ~ Terri Gambetti, Superintendent of Recreation
  • The Media ~ Rusty Dunn and Shelly Dankoff
  • Tazewell County Government ~ County Administrator David Jones and County Sheriff Bob Huston, plus a tour of the Tazewell County Justice Center
  • Education ~ Pekin Community High School District 303 Superintendent, Paula Davis
  • Pekin Coalition for Equality, YWCA of Pekin Executive Director Melinda Figge
  • Presidential Leadership ~ Frank Mackaman, Executive Director of the Dirksen Congressional Center
The students also had the opportunity to attend 10 field trips to area businesses and organizations. The field trips included: Excalibur Seasoning Company, Preston Hanley Funeral Homes, Pekin Hospital, Midwest Generation Powerton Station, a bus tour of Pekin, Illinois Central College South, Excel Foundry and Machine, Peoria Air National Guard, Legislative Field Trip to Springfield, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bard Optical

Bard Optical welcomes new CFO Michael Renner. Mr. Renner joined Bard Optical on February 1, 2010. Mike brings 20 years experience in commercial banking and 7 years as CFO of a manufacturing company. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and his MBA from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Mike’s responsibilities at Bard involve handling financial affairs of the organization, including the preparation of financial reports and overseeing the financial plans & policies. When Mike’s not crunching numbers, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching Indiana sporting events.

Pekin Passion Play

Pekin First Church of Nazarene presents PASSION PLAY
March 30 through April 2; 7:00 pm nightly
Special Performance on Easter Sunday April 4th at 10:00 am

Tickets are now available at the Information Table or in the Church Office throughout the week.
Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
3514 E. Broadway Rd.
Pekin, IL 61554

Those wishing to be seated early (6:15pm), may call 309-346-3053 to reserve free tickets for choice seating . Otherwise, general seating will begin at 6:45pm.


March 17, 2010 Illinois American Water's 2009 Water Quality Report indicates high-quality water service in all service areas throughout the state. The company is currently distributing the annual report as an insert in customers' bills. "We are pleased to report that the water supplied to our customers is of higher quality than required by state and federal drinking water standards," said Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water. "Our team of water quality and plant operations professionals works hard every day to ensure the highest quality water service for our customers. These results are a testament to their dedication."
The annual report measures the quality of Illinois American Water's drinking water to the state and federal quality standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The annual report details drinking water sources, testing conducted on the water, and substances detected in the water. Commonly asked questions and answers concerning drinking water are also included.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jet Setting With Delta

Delta is upgrading its aircraft to the Bombardier CRJ200 for service to the Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). What does that mean for you? Faster, more comfortable to Detroit, Minneapolis, and beyond from the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. Visit www.flypia for more info.

Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society

“Civil War Living History – Up Close and Personal" is the headline for the April 13 general meeting at the Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society. The program, presented by Ted and Dawn Henry, will be an overview of the Civil War, not necessarily politically correct by today’s standards, but what it was about for the soldiers in the 1860’s. They talk about the life of a Cavalry soldier, the field musician’s contribution to the effort, as well as the woman’s place in the war. Ted Henry portrays Dudley Wickersham, the Commander of the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment® in Civil War re-enactments while Ted’s wife, Dawn, portrays Margaret, the wife of Dudley Wickersham, along with Chief Bugler Frederick Miller. The regiment participates in upwards of 10 re-enactments a year all over the Midwest, each lasting 2-3 days, which includes a “school day” for middle school students to come to the camps to learn about the Civil War era. For re-enactments, the regiment sets up camp and lives as the Civil War soldier would have lived when waiting for orders to move out. This allows for families to participate. The camp is comprised of Civil War period canvas tents, and the food is prepared over a wood campfire with only the tools available in the 1860’s. The regiment, consisting of mounted troopers, dismounted troopers and civilians, participates in parades and presentations for schools and civic organizations. This year the regiment will set up camp at two schools for Lincoln Bicentennial Commemorations. They also sponsored and hosted the Grand Ball at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield which was the kickoff event for the State of Illinois Lincoln Bicentennial.

Ted Henry is a retired nuclear scientist from the State of Illinois. Dawn is a retired insurance claims adjuster. They reside in northern Woodford County. The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday April 13, 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.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pekin Daily Times Seeks Business Leader Profiles

Have you seen the revamped Business Page of the Pekin Daily Times? One of the new features is the "Business Leader Profile," which shines a spotlight on area business owners. Would you like to be considered for this feature? This is a news feature, not a paid ad. There is no charge to be featured.

Please provide the answers to a few simple questions included below. Also, a photo of your business and/or yourself will be needed. If you do not have a photo available, please contact the Pekin Daily Times photographer, Josh Bradshaw, at 346-1111, ext. 665.

Please e-mail your picture and answers to, or drop off/mail your picture and form and mark the envelope to the attention of Jared Olar, 346-1111, ext. 660.

The questions are:
Contact info: (Phone number and web address)
In three sentences, can you tell us how you got into your line of work?
What do you like most about your work, and what do you like least?
What advice to you have for someone who wants to open a business?
More about the owner:
Years in business:

Avon Rep Teresa Tucker Joins Chamber

Please welcome the newest member of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Avon Independent Sales Representative Teresa Tucker
East Peoria, IL

Avon is the world’s largest direct seller of beauty and beauty-related products. Choose the best in affordable beauty care from a wide selection of products, including makeup, fragrances, anti-aging skincare, jewelry and accessories, wellness products, and unique gifts and home decor items. Avon’s Beauty category includes leading brand names like: Avon Color™, Anew™, Skin-So-Soft™, Advance Techniques™, Avon Naturals™ and mark™.

Call me to receive the newest Avon brochure, try samples before you buy, place an order, or discuss becoming an Avon representative, and enjoy the unmatched Avon tradition of personal service.

Many of my busy customers enjoy the convenience of ordering online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at with direct shipping to your door.

Illinois Companies Don’t Want Their Employees ‘Linked In’.

In a survey of 188 Illinois companies conducted by AAIM Employers’ Association, approximately 80 percent of respondents indicated that employee access to social networking websites during working hours is either disallowed or allowed, but with restrictions. In fact, approximately 30 percent of companies surveyed responded that access to such sites as Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn is completely blocked from company computers.

Additionally, just over half (54 percent) of companies surveyed indicated that they use a monitoring system to keep an eye on the websites accessed by employees during working hours. Companies with monitoring systems were asked for more information about their systems, and the majority of respondents (80 percent) indicated that their Information Technology (IT) department handled the monitoring of staff computers. Approximately 90 percent of companies surveyed take some form of disciplinary action against those employees found to be in violation of the company’s social networking website use policy.

AAIM Employers' Association (AEA) was formed in 2009 with the merger of AAIM Management Association of St. Louis, Mo and the Employers Association of Peoria, Il. The new entity serves more than 1600 companies in over 60 counties in Missouri and Illinois. AEA helps employers attract, retain and motivate great people—building stronger employer communities, better workplaces and an environment that supports business growth.

Associated Banc-Corp Donates Over $54,000 to Haiti Relief Fund

Associated responds to Haiti Earthquake with Employee Gift Matching Program

Green Bay, Wis. – March 11, 2010 – Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) announced today results of its company-wide efforts to assist the Haitian community after the January 12 earthquake. Together with its colleagues, Associated Banc-Corp donated $54,688 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

"Associated colleagues have shown great compassion and concern for those who have been impacted by the Haiti earthquake," said Associated Banc-Corp President and CEO, Philip Flynn. "We are very pleased to match our employees' contributions toward this important relief effort."

Upon news of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Associated implemented a company-wide employee gift matching program. For every employee contribution to the earthquake-relief fund, the bank agreed to match it dollar-for-dollar.

"We are very grateful for the trust and confidence Associated has shown in our organization's ability to serve those in need in Haiti," said Steve Maricque, executive director of the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross, Green Bay, Wis. "This gift will help tremendously to provide for the basic needs of the people affected and also assist with the recovery."

Friday, March 12, 2010

Tazewell County Health Department

Families That Care: Guiding Good Choices
FREE - For any adult parenting youth ages 9-14.
Help children avoid drug use
Talk with other parents
Set clear family guidelines on drugs
Practice skills to strengthen family bonds
Help children develop healthy behaviors
Increase children's involvement
in the family
  • Dates: May 27, June 3,10,17, & 24
  • Time: 10 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: Tazewell County Health Dept. 21306 Illinois Route 9, Tremont, IL 61568
  • Taught by: Kerri Viets, Health Educator, TCHD
This is a time when children are making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives!
  • To Register: Please contact Kerri Viets at 925-5511 ext 302 or by May 24th

Better Business Bureau Torch Awards Nominees

March 12, 2010 - The Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau, serving Central Illinois, established the annual BBB Torch Award in 1999 to recognize those firms whose business practices and related activities exemplify the BBB's mission and principles. Only the BBB gives an award based on ethics and integrity. The Torch Awards in Central Illinois is open to the 36 county service area of the BBB, and is available Accredited and Non-Accredited Businesses. An independent panel of volunteer community leaders will select the recipients based on criteria established by the BBB. The recipient of the award will be presented at the annual Torch Award Ceremony. The recipient of the BBB Torch Award will be eligible to be entered in the International Torch Awards through the council of BBB's in Washington D.C.
This year the nominees are:

ADM, Peoria, Illinois Cancer Care, Peoria, Reading Plumbing, Peoria, Central Illinois Glass and Mirror, Inc., Metamora, Lee Rose, Canton, Creative Images, Peoria, Gary Welch, State Farm Agent, Peoria, Alpha & Omega Couriers, Springfield, Helitech Waterproofing, Belleville Dentsmart Paint Free Dent Removal, Peoria, Gainlight Studios, Peoria, Tri County Maintenance, East Peoria, A Plus Autobody Inc, Peoria, Calahan Solutions, Bloomington, Fritch Heating & Cooling, Peoria, LeaderShape Inc. , Champaign, Spring Green Lawncare, Peoria, Marquette Group, Peoria, Philippi-Hagenbuch- Peoria, Woods Basement Systems, Collinsville, Jim Maloof Realtor, Peoria, Homeway Homes, Deer Creek, D&R Plumbing, Bloomington, Ron's Carpets, Peoria, Trouble Free, Inc., Pekin, Covenant Heating & Air, Pekin, Simply Windows & More, Pekin, AIRMasters Heating Cooling & Refrigeration, Springfield

Nominations were received via call for entries published in the Journal Star and on the BBB website. Some companies received multiple nominations. All nominees will receive an application to complete and submit.

Stand Against Racism

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the YWCA of Pekin to Stand Against Racism! Join us April 30 as together we raise awareness and take a stand. To learn more about this event or to register your business or organization visit:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Leadership Academy Visits Dirksen Center

The R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy was at the Dirksen Center today. Executive Director Frank Mackaman gave the class a fascinating presentation on the leadership attributes needed to be a successful president. The class also went on a short tour of the archives and heard presentations from their classmates on Pekin's not-for-profit organizations.

Leadership Academy Visits Springfield

Participants in the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy visited Springfield and toured the State Capitol Building, heard from area legislators, and visited the Abraham Lincoln Museum. They went to Springfield with participants from the leadership academies at the Peoria and Washington chambers of commerce. You can see more pictures from this, and all of the Community Leadership Academy activities, by visiting the chamber's picture page at:

Free Colorectal Screening Scheduled for March 18

(March 10, 2010) - In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Pekin Hospital will partner with Mid Illini Surgical Associates, and the American Cancer Society for a Colorectal Screening on Thursday, March 18.

This free community-wide screening event will be held in Pekin Hospital’s Lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For those with limited time, a drive-through lane will be provided in front of the main entrance during the screening hours.

Attendees will receive a free home screening test kit. The home test kit checks for blood in the stool and is completed in the privacy of your home. The kit is then returned to Pekin Hospital for a free analysis. Each person and their physician will be notified of the test results.

Representatives of Mid Illini Surgical Associates, Pekin Hospital, and the Cancer Society will be on hand to provide and answer questions.

Colorectal Cancer is the second most deadly cancer found in men and women in this country. Often there are no symptoms in the early stages. The American Cancer Society recommends men and women receive a colon cancer screening beginning at age 50 at least once a year.

Pekin Suzuki Strings Festival Planned

(March 10, 2010) – The Pekin District 108, School of Music, will have their annual Pekin Suzuki Strings Festival on Friday, March 19th and Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at Washington School in Pekin.
The Festival is a two-day invitational festival that consists of 11 levels of violin, viola, and cello instruction workshops and parent groups all led by well-known clinicians. Participation is by pre-registration only. An informal concert will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 and is free to the public. For more information, call (309) 477-4744.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

"Top of the Mornin To You"
And a Happy St. Patrick's Day from

The Best Western Ashland House and Paddy O'Flaherty's!
201 E. Ashland Ave.
Morton, IL 61550
(Phone) 309.266.8200


11:00 a.m. Doors Open...
Come in for Authentic Irish Food & Live Entertainment!
Limited Irish Menu for $10.00 plus tax
(To Include: Fish & Chips, Hot Corned Beef Sandwich & Fries, Corned Beef & Cabbage with Red Potatoes & Carrots, Irish Burger and Fries, Reuben & Fries, or Shepherds' Pie)
Irish Buffet in the Grand Ballroom for Only $12.00
(To Include: Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherds' Pie, Red Potatoes, Carrots, and Fresh Garden Salad)

12:30 p.m. - Irish Dancers
6:00 p.m. - Irish Dancers
7:00 p.m. - Bag Pipes Performed by Celtic Cross
7:30-10:30 p.m. - Live Music by Kilborn Alley

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pekin Riding Club Seeks Sponsors

The Pekin Riding Club, Inc. is a non-profit organization that will be sixty-six (66) years old in 2010. We provide the community with a safe place for family-oriented, horse-related activities, educational opportunities, functions, and shows from April to October each year. We have over twenty events per year and host additional events, such as, 4-H shows, clinics, and the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA). We will be expanding our “host” opportunities this year to bring more shows and opportunities to our central Illinois arenas.

We would like to ask your support to continue to provide horse-related activities for our members, families and our community. We offer different sponsorship packages that will fit most budgets. For more information, visit our comprehensive website at, or contact Nicole Mauser-Storer, President, at 309.258.9234.

Pekin Riding Club Fun Show Dates Announced

The Pekin Riding Club has announced the dates for its 2010 Fun Shows, which take place the 2nd and 4th week of each month from May to October.

Fun Shows offer horse enthusiasts of all skill levels to participate in events such as Showmanship, Walk-Trot, Scudaho, Pole Bending, Barrels and Flags. Age brackets include youth, teen and adult. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and/or participate, and members are eligible for year-end awards.

The Pekin Riding Club is a membership-based, non-profit organization that is open to horse enthusiasts of all skill levels. It is the only group of its kind in the tri-county area. Until May 1, the Club is offering a 25% discount for new members (those who have never been members or have not been members for more than two years).

The Fun Shows are held on the Pekin Riding Club grounds, located at 11401 IL Rt 29 in South Pekin. For directions to the Pekin Riding Club or to download a membership application, visit their comprehensive website at, or contact Nicole Mauser-Storer, President, at 309.258.9234.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Derby Days

The SBA Derby Days event is just around the corner. Watch for more info, but here's some dates to save:

May 6th - Carnival Bracelet Day
May 7th - Carnival
May 8th - Food, entertainment, and vendors
May 9th - Food, entertainment, vendors and bracelet day/night

Riviera Tan Joins Chamber

Please welcome another new chamber member:

Riviera Tan
2133 Court Street, Suite A-B
Pekin, IL 61554

(309) 353-7917
Yancy & Anna Green, owners.

Open weekdays from 7am to 10pm and on weekends from 8am to 9pm, offering tanning, retail summer wear, and day spa (coming soon.)

Administrative Professional Celebration

Sponsored by International Association of Administrative Professsionals Tri-County Chapter

Power of Commitment to Excel in Today’s Office

Join us as we celebrate YOU! Share a delicious dinner, network, shop, win prizes and enjoy a dynamic presentation by Deb DiSandro. Come for a time of refreshment, encouragement and connection with other administrative professionals as we celebrate who we are and all we do! Reserve your place at a table TODAY!

As a humor author, 17 year humor columnist and award-winning speaker, Deb DiSandro knows the power and laughter to invigorate, inspire and heal. Every program utilizes the power of humor. Once laughter ensues, endorphins are released, oxygen is improved and information is more easily retained and remembered!

What: Administrative Professional Day Celebration
When: Tuesday, April 6, 2010
5:15 p.m. Networking/Vendors/Dinner
6:15-6:30 p.m. Welcome
6:30-7:30 p.m. Presentation
Where: Holiday Inn City Center, 500 Hamilton Boulevard, Peoria, IL 61602
Topic: “Slightly Off” presented by Deb DiSandro. Ms. DiSandro is the owner and creator of Slightly Off and the Slightly Off Success Principles, specializing in propelling people toward positive change.

Cost: $25 per person includes dinner and presentation
RSVP: Call Savanna Bohm at (309) 655-2522 or email at by noon on April 2nd. Send all payments to: (Checks payable to Tri-County IAAP) Savanna Bohm,
Illinois Neurological Institute, 530 NE Glen Oak Ave, Peoria, IL 61637.

Power Breakfast

In conjunction with their Business Showcase, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Power Breakfast on Wednesday, March 24th, from 7:30am-9:00am at the Peoria Civic Center. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is the corporate sponsor of the breakfast that features Kyle Sexton, a highly-rated speaker and marketing strategist specializing in small businesses and membership organizations. In 2008, he created, the largest online social network dedicated to chambers of commerce. He has been recognized with numerous awards and national media acclaim. Kyle's innovations have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Business On Main from MSN, and from Smart Money. Kyle is the author of two books. Dis-Membership – Breaking Down the Value of Your Membership Organization will be released in 2010, and Business Tips From Experts You've Never Heard Of publishes later this year. For more information and/or questions about the Power Breakfast contact Sarah Stabler at (309) 495-5914 or or visit:

PAN Schedules March Meeting

The Pekin Area Networking (PAN) group invites you to the Pekin Public Library on March 26th to hear Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston speak on Generation R/X and how it is affecting our children and business. The program will start at 7:30 am and end at 8:30 am. A free continental breakfast will be available. This program is free and open to the public.

Heart of Illinois Legislative Reception

Several members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce attended the Heart of Illinois Legislative Reception at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria on March 8. Nearly 200 chamber members attended the event, and were able to visit with area legislators. Congressman Aaron Schock gave a short update on legislative activity in Washington, DC. State legislators from central Illinois who were in attendance included: Senators Dave Koehler, Dale Risinger, and Dan Rutherford; and, Representatives Jehan Gordon, David Leitch, Don Moffitt, and Keith Sommer. You can see more pictures from this event at:

Monday, March 8, 2010

United Way of Pekin

The United Way of Pekin is pleased to announce several personnel changes:

Following the retirement of Pat Taylor, the United Way of Pekin hired Sara Jacobs as administrative assistant. Sara is a graduate of Purdue University and has previous experience working in the not for profit sector. She is excited to join the team and to help the United Way of Pekin grow in the community.

Also, the United Way of Pekin is pleased to the results of their January 2010 board of directors election:

President, Donna Weghorst, Pekin Community Bank
Vice President/ Campaign Chair, Mike Hanrahaan, Midwest Generation
Treasurer, Ron Harlan, Herget Bank
President Ex-Officio, Karen Fort, Caterpillar, Inc.
Directors: Angela Baptiste, Bergners; Anne Dierker, Pekin Hospital; Tom Hornstein,
Excalibur Seasoning; Dr. Bill Link, Pekin Public School District #108; Erech Virden, Caterpillar, Inc.; Steve Brown, City of Pekin; Pastor Shane Hawkins, Tazewell Teen Center; Ken White, Pekin Insurance; John Abel, Retired/ City Councilman; Todd Benton, Aventine Renewable Energy; Renna Hadsall, Busey Bank; Jim McMulllin, Tazewell County Court System;

Executive Director, Jay Fitzanko
Administrative Assistant, Sara Jacobs

The United Way of Pekin
206 N. 4th St
Pekin, IL 61555
Tel: 309-346-2433
Fax: 309-346-2479
Twitter: @PekinUnitedWay

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Chambers Visit Springfield

The Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort (CIRCLE) visited Springfield on March 2nd. About 50 business leaders made the trip to discuss important issues with legislators. CIRCLE is comprised of the chambers of commerce in Pekin, Peoria, East Peoria, Chillicothe, Morton and Washington. You can see pictures from this event at:

Friday, March 5, 2010

Natural Healing Ribbon Cutting

Natural Healing, located at 34 S. Fourth Street in Pekin, celebrated their grand opening on March 5th. Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin welcomed the new business to Pekin with a ribbon cutting. Co-owners Billie May and Lia Daniels were joined by family, friends and clients for the celebration. Open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm, Natural Healing specializes in aromatherapy / raindrop techniques. They combine the art of aromatherapy with topical application of custom blended oils. They also sell over 300 kinds of all natural organic essential oils.

Pekin Country Club Business After Hours

Pekin Country Club was the host of the March 4th Business After Hours. A very large turnout of chamber members and guests enjoyed the hospitality, food and drink, and door prize drawings. The Pekin Country Club also provided information about their membership drive and their "staycation" promotion.

Delta Upgrades Aircraft to CRJ’s at Peoria International Airport

The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria (MAAP) is pleased to announce that *Delta Airlines is upgrading its aircraft to the Bombardier CRJ200 for service from the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA) to the Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

The Saab/Fairchild 340, a 34-seat turboprop, is the current aircraft used for both daily flights to MSP and for the morning flight to DTW. The 50-seat CRJ’s will be in service by April 7, 2010.

“This upgrade is great news for our passengers, especially frequent business travelers,” stated Gene Olson, PIA Director of Airports. “These jets are faster, larger and more comfortable - making a better overall experience for our customers who are flying to Detroit and Minneapolis. In addition, it makes Peoria an all-jet city.”

The upgrade adds nearly 50 seats a day to PIA connections to these two hubs, which together provide a gateway to over 300 cities, including nearly 50 international destinations.

For reservation information, please visit

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area

Habitat for Humanity Invites you to join us for the March Celebrations:

Ground Breaking Ceremony for
Marsha Roberts
522 W. Wilcox, Peoria, IL
Tuesday, March 9 at 5:30 pm

House Blessing Ceremony for
Demetra Gaines
3442 W. Sylvan Ln., Peoria, IL
Tuesday, March 16 at 5:30 pm

Ground Breaking Ceremony for
Betty Dixon
2121 W. Dakota, West Peoria, IL
Tuesday, March 23 at 5:30 pm

Pekin Country Club 2010 Staycation

Is the economy keeping you at home this year? It is possible to have a one or two week vacation, while sleeping in your own bed each night! Join us at Pekin Country Club for a “Staycation”. You and your family can have vacation right here at Pekin Country Club. The Staycation package includes full use of all Club facilities ~ Golf, Lounge, Dine, and Swim.
Rates: One Week (7 days) ~ $200 plus $50 food and beverage minimum; Two Weeks (14 days) ~ $350 plus $50 food and beverage minimum. Driving Range $25/week (optional); Cart rental is not included. Staycation can start on any day of the week but must run for 7 or 14 consecutive days. Contact the Pekin Country Club at 347-3144.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Goodwill Honors Employees and Achiever

March 2, 2010 – Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois has named its Employee of the Year and Achiever of the Year. The awards were presented during Goodwill’s annual Employee Recognition Event held on February 28 at Wildlife Prairie Park.

Achiever of the Year was awarded to Greg Stevenson. Stevenson is a resident of Goodwill’s General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans. According to Cris Mugrage, Veterans’ Services Coordinator, “Greg has worked hard and has regained a sense of pride and purpose in his life.” Stevenson was recently the subject of a story in the Peoria Journal Star that chronicled his struggles and journey back to a productive life.

Employee of the Year was awarded to Matt Kelly. Kelly is the manager of Goodwill’s Kewanee store. He was nominated by several of his employees and is known for his compassion and his dedication to Goodwill’s core values. Patty Fuchs, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois said, “Matt embodies what we look for from someone in a leadership role with Goodwill.”

The President’s Award, an honor not bestowed every year, was also given out. Christine Johnson, Goodwill’s Director of Human Resources, accepted this award. According to Fuchs, this award “commemorates exceptional professional growth.”

Methodist College of Nursing Schedules Open House

(March 3, 2010)--The Methodist College of Nursing will be hosting an open house on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. open house will allow those interested in nursing and nursing education to meet faculty, staff, and students as well as see the state of the art Learning Resource Center and browse the on-campus library.

Information will be available about the Second-Degree Accelerated BSN and Four-Year BSN programs and the RN-BSN nursing degree. Information will also be available on the College of Nursing admission process and financial aid.

The Methodist College of Nursing is located off I-74 at 415 St. Mark Court in Peoria.
For additional information call 672-5513 or go online to

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bridgeway Can Help You

Are you hiring and looking for realiable employees? Before you go any further check out Bridgeway Inc. and the services that we have to offer. More detail of services are avialable at or by contacting Michael or Jenny at 309-382-2006.

Free Colorectal Screening Scheduled for March 19

(March 3,2010)—In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Methodist Medical Center will partner with Mid-Illini Surgical Associates, and the American Cancer Society for the fifth annual Colorectal Community Screening on Friday, March 19, 2010.

This free community wide screening event will be held at the Methodist Atrium building at 900 West Main Street in Peoria from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For those with limited time, a drive-through lane will be provided in front of the Atrium building during the screening hours.

Attendees will receive a free home colon screening test kit. The home test kit checks for blood in the stool and is completed in the privacy of your home. The kit is then returned to Methodist for a free analysis. Each person and their physician will be notified of the test results.

Representatives of Mid Illini Surgical Associates, Methodist and the Cancer Society will be on hand to provide and answer questions.

Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country and is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S.

No appointment is necessary.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Natural Healing Joins Chamber

Please welcome a new business to Pekin and the chamber:

Natural Healing
34 S. 4th Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 620-7605

Billie May& Lia Daniels, Aromatherapist and owners.

Open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm, Natural Healing specializes in Aromatherapy / raindrop techniques. They combine the art of aromatherapy with topical application of custom blended oils using vita, flex technique to achieve your desired effect (energize, revitalize, relax, eliminate toxins, natural stress relief, nourishes and tones skin.) They also sell over 300 kinds of all natural organic essential oils.

Pekin Hospital Adds Powerful New Tool in Fight for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

This year in America, more than 184,450 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Pekin Hospital recently advanced the fight against this pervasive disease by installing a new cutting-edge digital mammography system for its patients.

This system, a GE Healthcare Senographe Digital Mammography system, provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. What’s more, the system provides the largest field of view currently available, which can be extremely helpful for precision imaging of patients with diverse shapes and sizes.

“This is new and powerful technology for the detection and fight against breast cancer,” says Steve Lambiase, Director of Imaging. “Digital systems such as the new Senographe Essential allow us to offer our patients state-of-the-art mammograms that are fast and easy. And it gives our referring physicians accurate images to use in diagnosis.”

In Illinois, breast cancer will affect more than 7,610 this year. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

“This new digital technology will provide both accuracy and increased ease of use for our patients,” says Lambiase. “Providing outstanding diagnostic equipment for patients is a vital step to good preventive health, and one we take very seriously.”

There are many advantages to a digital system. The images are clear and easy to read, and it offers an excellent view of the breast, especially near the skin line, chest wall and in women with diverse breast tissue types. The digital image is ready to read within 10 seconds – there is no longer a wait for films to be developed to be sure the images are usable. Digital mammograms take as little as half the time of film. And if a second opinion is needed, the image can be sent electronically to a consulting physician virtually instantaneously.

The Senographe Essential at Pekin Hospital is equipped with the Seno Advantage 2.2 Review Workstation®. This workstation allows physicians to simply, quickly, and easily review patient’s images, including information from multi-modality studies, at a single point of review. Physicians have the ability to pull up a patient’s previous mammography exams for historical comparison or for comparison against other types of images, such as those acquired by ultrasound or MR, resulting in a more comprehensive view of a specific patient’s medical history. The workstation also simplifies the sharing of information and images to referring physicians and surgeons.

Funding for the purchase of the digital mammography system was provided by the Pekin Hospital League. The League is very active in promoting services for women at Pekin Hospital and the Women’s Diagnostic Center.
To schedule a digital mammogram at Pekin Hospital, please call (309) 353-0410.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Peoria Chiefs Single Game Tickets On Sale

Get your Chiefs Tickets now at

April Calendar of Events

1st Pekin 1st Committee, Pekin Union Mission, 7:30 am

1st Business After Hours, Hometown Title, 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

2nd Chamber Office Closed – Good Friday

6th Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am /8:00am

7th New Director Orientation, Chamber Office, 3:00 pm

7th Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

9th Puttin’ On Pekin Breakfast, K of C Hall, 6:45 am

13th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

14th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

19th Annual Meeting and Reception, Pekin Country Club, 4:30 – 7:00 pm Watch for Invitations

21st Marigold Committee, Pekin Public Library, 6:30 pm

27th Business Advocacy Committee, Chamber Office, 7:00 am

March Calendar of Events

2nd Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am /8:00am

2nd CIRCLE Legislative Day, Springfield

3rd Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

4th Pekin 1st Committee, Pekin Union Mission, 7:30 am

4th Business After Hours, Pekin Country Club 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

8th Heart of Illinois Legislative Reception, Pere Marquette Hotel, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

9th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

10th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

10th Board of Directors Meeting, Herget Bank, 4:00 pm

24th Marigold Committee, Pekin Public Library, 5:30 pm

30th Business Advocacy Comm., Chamber Office, 7:00 am

Act On Energy

Want to save money on your electric bill? Want deeply discounted and free Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs? The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is working for you! If you are a small business (DS-2) electric customer with Ameren Illinois Utilities, read on!

Act On Energy® is a service of Ameren Illinois Utilities that provides energy saving resources and incentive programs. Act On Energy has reduced the price of most of its already discounted products found at their Small Business Online Store by 50%! Not only are small businesses eligible to purchase CFLs starting at 50 cents, Act On Energy has also continued to offer FREE shipping on all purchases. If that isn’t enough, every small business is eligible for 3 CFLs FREE! No purchase is necessary to receive this free offer, but businesses must be an Ameren Illinois Utilities Delivery Service Rate DS-2 to purchase products or receive this free offer. By purchasing products from this online store and using the promo code pekin you will receive an additional 1% discount during checkout.

The reduced pricing, 3 free CLFs and free shipping are a limited time offer through March 31, 2010, and you must be an electric Delivery Service Rate DS-2 customer. Refer to the Electric Service Billing Detail on your most recent Ameren monthly bill to determine if you are a DS-2 customer.

Visit the Small Business Online Store at and click on the free CFL 3-pack banner or the link on the left hand navigation bar. Customers can choose from two different 3-pack options, which will be sent to them free of charge as long as they agree to install the CFLs before April 30, 2010.

Membership Renewals through February 22, 2010

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

Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty ~ County Market / Niemann Food ~ Edward Jones / Chris Petersen ~ Excalibur Seasoning Company ~ Greenhouse Flower Shoppe ~ Kelley Construction Contractors ~ Pekin Community High School ~ Pekin Country Club ~ Pekin Daily Times ~ Pekin Public Schools #108 ~ Peoria Journal Star ~ Riley Brothers ~ Subway ~ T-Shirt House ~ Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care ~ Total Dental Care ~ Tri-County IAAP ~ University of Illinois Extension –Tazewell County ~ Unland Companies ~ Walgreens #36 ~ Woodworkers Shop ~ World Wide Travel

March Business AFTER Hours

Join us for the March Business After Hours at:

Pekin Country Club
310 Country Club Drive
Thursday, March 4th, 4:30—6:00 pm

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

Executive Director's Report

By Bill Fleming

Illinois Fair Map Amendment
The Illinois Constitution provides that in the year after each decennial census, the General Assembly is to redistrict the Legislative (Senate) and Representative Districts. Each district must be “compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in population.” The purpose is to rebalance population in the districts based on census results.

Some people believe this redistricting process is one of the causes of Illinois’ governmental dysfunction. Common complaints about the process include:
  • A lack of competitive elections – the current system puts incumbents in an excessively strong position. Of the 630 general election races for the general assembly under the current map, 45% were completely uncontested, only 4% were competitive and incumbents have a winning percentage of 98%.
  • Partisan “Winner Takes All Process” – By failing to adequately insulate the process from party political control, the current system unfairly rewards one party with a “winner takes all” outcome.
  • Under Control of Legislative Leaders - The current process further increases the control of the legislative leaders. They are the ones that draw the maps to be voted upon by the legislature and the ones that appoint the members of the Commission. With control of mapping decisions, leaders possess a powerful tool to help or hinder the re-election prospects of incumbent legislators.

The Illinois Fair Map Amendment would address these and other concerns. If approved, the new process would ensure an independent commission draws the map. The new process would require a 2/3rd majority approval by the legislature, ensuring bi-partisan support. The amendment would remove the governor from the process and increase public transparency. It would also require the commission to use neutral criteria that removes political considerations when drawing the boundaries of the new map.

The Illinois Fair Map Amendment has drawn the support of a diverse group of independent organizations, including: League of Women Voters; Better Government Association; Patrick Collins, Brad McMillan, Shelia Simon, David Hoffman & Duane Noland former members of the Illinois Reform Commission; IL Campaign for Political Reform; Common Cause – Illinois; Illinois Chamber of Commerce; Americans for Prosperity; Illinois Alliance for Growth; United Power for Action and Justice

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 Illinois Fair Map Amendment strives to improve Illinois’ system and meets the objectives above. The board encourages chamber members to learn more about the Illinois Fair Map Amendment and sign the petitions that are being circulated. The petitions are needed in order to place this citizen initiative on the November ballot.

You can learn more about the Illinois Fair Map Amendment at:

Children's Advocacy Center Trivia

It's time to register for the 2010 Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center Trivia Night. This year's event is sponsored by Pekin Insurance, AmerenCILCO, and Lite Rock 107. A $280 team registration includes a team of 8 and Hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar is available. There will be prizes for best costumes, best table themes, and highest team score. There will be a live auction, silent auction, raffle and heads or tails. All proceeds benefit the Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center, serving Tazewell, Woodford, and Mason Counties. Download a registration form at: or call the Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center at 347-6001

Biz Barometer & Consumer Price Index

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U increased 0.2 percent in January, the same increase as in December. The index for all items less food and energy fell 0.1 percent in January after rising 0.1 percent in December.