Showing posts from March, 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.

Best Western Ashland House

Greetings! Catch Spring Fever!!! Stay 2 nights, get one FREE!! Save some GREEN when you stay 3 nights with our Spring Fever Special: Stay 2 nights, get the third one free at the following exceptional properties: Best Western Ashland House Quality Inn Travelodge Book now through April 25, 2010 and ask for our "Spring Fever Special." This offer is good for stays now through June 1, 2010 at all of the hotels lised above." * Offer may not be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Best Western Ashland House 201 E. Ashland Ave. Morton, IL 61550 309.263.5116

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.

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 Af

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 CenturyLink 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

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!”

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.

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 website:    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.

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 w

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.

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

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 FREE 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 309-346-3053 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 subs

Jet Setting With Delta

Delta is upgrading its aircraft to the Bombardier CRJ 200 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

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: Owner(s): Address: 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 fo

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 309-698-8160 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

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 s

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 organ

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

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:

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

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 COME CELEBRATE WITH US! 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

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

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! THE POWER OF HUMOR 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 C

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

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:

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/

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:

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 inter

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.

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 so

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

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 fo

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 a

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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 wil

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 “

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.