Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chamber Challenge Trivia Night

Do you have a team ready for Trivia Night?  Join us for a fun and exciting evening as the Chamber Ambassadors present the 6th annual Chamber Challenge Trivia Night.
  • Fascinating Trivia
  • Interactive Games
  • Silent Auction
  • 50/50 Raffle
We encourage you to decorate your table and dress in costume, team colors or uniforms.
Call or e-mail us your entry form today!  Entry deadline is October 15th.  Down load your form here

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting

Come help us welcome our new member to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Thursday, Sept 30th at 4:30pm
Hanson Professional Services,

7625 N. University #200

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October Business After Hours

Save the Date!

October 7th, 2010
October Business After Hours

Your donation of a non-seasonal stuffed animal
is always appreciated.

Membership Renewals Through September 27th 2010

Thank you to the following chamber members who have recently renewed their investment in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

CommunityLink ~ Dr. Michael Danner D.D.S.
First Community Title Services ~ Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
Henderson Funeral Home ~ John M. Evans Supportive Living Community
Home Health Care Plus ~ Hopedale Medical Complex ~ National Rental The Sign Shop ~ State Farm Agency / Julie McElwee
Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society ~ UAW Highrise
Velde Cadillac Buick GMC ~ Zumwalt & Associates

September Biz Barometer

Biz Barometer~

The unemployment rate in Pekin dropped to 11.9% in August according to information from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  The rate last month was 12.8%, while the August 2009 rate was 13.2%. 
According to the Illinois Department of Revenue, sales tax receipts distributed to Pekin in September were 6.7% greater than the same month a year ago. 
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Puttin' On Pekin October 8th

October Puttin on Pekin Program~
Pekin 1st, a committee of the Pekin Area Chamber or Commerce, has scheduled a candidates forum. 

The following candidates have all been invited:
18th US Congressional seat, Deirdre DK Hirner, Sheldon Schafer, and incumbent Aaron Schock.
91st Illinois Representative seat, incumbent Michael K Smith and Michael D Unes
10th Circuit Judge, John P Vespa, Christopher J Spanos
Tazewell County Sheriff, Ron Davis, and incumbent Robert Huston 
Tazewell County Treasurer, Mary Burress and Monica Connett

Other features of the breakfast include a 50/25/25 drawing, the Spotlight on Business presentation, door prize drawings provided by local businesses, one-minute reminders, and “Meet the New Chamber Member”.  

The Cost of the breakfast is $10.00 per person for reservations made before 4:30 pm on October 6th.  $15.00 for reservations made after the 6th.  E-mail or call the chamber for more details 346-2106.

Domestic Violence Awareness Events

Domestic Violence is a major cause of injury and death for women and children. To raise awareness during October-National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Center for Prevention of Abuse is partnering with community organizations to offer a number of programs and events:

*         Mon., Oct. 4, 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., Telling Amy's Story on
WTVP-Channel 47 is a special one hour program that details the murder of a young wife and mother who is killed by her husband in a small PN community.  Martha Herm, executive director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse is interviewed following the broadcast to explain what people can do to help victims.

*         Tues., Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Alcove Day at Methodist
Medical Center of Illinois

*         Wed., Oct. 6, Healing Through Art, Heart House in Eureka, 6:30
to 8:30 p.m.  Survivors use art and creativity to heal.

*         Tues, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alcove Days at OSF Saint
Francis Medical Center and Open House at the Family Justice Center, 435 Hamilton Blvd., Peoria from 12 to 2 p.m.

*         Wed., Oct. 13. Healing Through Art, Pekin Office of The Center
for Prevention of Abuse, 401 Court St., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

*         Thurs., Oct. 14, 12 noon to 4 p.m., Open House at the Pekin
Office of The Center for Prevention of Abuse

*         Tues., Oct. 19, Healing Through Art, Heart House in Eureka, 6:30
to 8:30 p.m.

*         Oct. 29, Pekin Night Out Against Crime event at the Dragon Dome

*         Oct. 30, Walk a Mile in My Shoes in cooperation with Women's
Lifestyle Show, Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Peoria Civic Center Fulton St.
entrance with walk to begin at 8:30 a.m.

For more information about the events, call The Center at
691-0551 or visit the website at

Women's Fund October 2010 First Tuesdays

The next First Tuesdays will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, from 5 to 7 pm at 309 @ 5832 N. Knoxville, Peoria in Junction City.  The Women's Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois invites area women to a monthly networking opportunity for Peoria-area women. This month we visit 309- A contemporary restaurant in Peoria.  Celebrate Autumn and the spirit of giving by meeting other dynamic women who are passionate about empowering the women and children in our communities.  Become part of a national movement towards Women's Philanthropy.  To automatically receive First Tuesdays' invitations, call The Women's Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois at 309 674-8730 or email and ask to receive the 'E-vite', an online invitation, for First Tuesdays. Appetizers and beverages will be served and door prizes awarded. Donations will be accepted to further the work of the Women's Fund.

Contact: Kristan Creek, Program Manager: Community Foundation of Central
Illinois: 674-8730 or

26th Annual Peoria RibFest and Chili Cook-off

Friday – October 1st  - Saturday  October 2nd, 2010

The 26th annual  Peoria RibFest and Chili Cook-off - Friday – Saturday, October 1st  and 2nd, 2010 at the Peoria Riverfront. Vendors, including Rib & Chili Vendors, will be available.  New this year is the 1stAnnual RibFest CORNBAGS CHALLENGE.

Live entertainment is scheduled to perform during the event on Friday & Saturday.  Admission on Friday is $5.00 from 5 until 10 PM.   There is no admission to the event on Saturday. Tickets for entertainment on the CEFCU Stage on Saturday night for the Emmit-Nershi Band are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the gate.

See complete press release for event info and entertainment scheduled to perform.

Chamber Welcomes New Member, Morton Villa/Morton Terrace

Morton Villa / Morton Terrace, 191 Queenwood, Morton IL 61550; phone: 309-253-2928; Website:; Ruby Cunefare, Community Outreach Director. Morton Villa / Morton Terrace are skilled nursing facilities specializing in small town comfort and secure living for seniors with needs.

General Election

Remember the general election is November 2nd, 2010.

  • Last day to register to vote for the November election is October 5th, 2010.
  • Grace period voter registration funs from October 6th to October 26th, 2010. You must also vote at that time.
  • Early voting begins October 11th and ends October 28th, 2010.
For more information, Please call the Tazewell County Clerks Election Division at 477-2267. For forms, view the Election page on the Tazewell County website.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Business Before Hours

Would you like to host a Business Before Hours? 
This is your opportunty to network with other Chamber members.  It is a great chance to meet one another, trade ideas, and develop new business contacts.  To be held at your place of business or a Chamber member restaurant.  Contact the Chamber today!  346-2106 or e-mail

We are scheduling for 2011 now.  Dates available are:
  • January 14th
  • March 11th
  • May 13th
  • July 8th
  • September 9th
  • November 11th

IDOT Road Work

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that construction of safety shoulders on IL 29 from Christmas Tree Rd. to south of Green Valley is underway and will continue for approximately two weeks.  Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures. Flaggers will be controlling traffic. Travel delays are anticipated.  Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

Also, IDOT announces that the passing (left) lanes of northbound and southbound IL 29 in North Pekin near Marquette Heights will be closed for median removal and replacement operations for approximately the next two weeks.  This work will include nighttime lane closures.  Upcoming work will include curb removal and replacement, intersection and signal improvements, milling, and resurfacing. The work is expected to extend into the spring of 2011.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Chamber Welcomes New Member, South Side Bank And Trust

South Side Bank And Trust, 3200 Veterans Drive, Pekin IL 61554; Website:; Chip Hill, Branch Manager. The full service banking facility will offer: commercial lending, trust & investment services, and a full line of insurance products through Mid-Illinois Insurance.

They recently broke ground on the new facility. Office hours and phone will be provided as it becomes available.

This Week With The Chamber

LAUNCH Semi-Finals in Pekin
Twelve entrepreneurs will present their business creation ideas to the judges this week at two semi-final rounds in Morton and Pekin. The Pekin event is open to the public and will be at the Pekin Public Library on Thursday afternoon beginning at 1pm.  The top 3 from each of the two semi-finals will move on to the finals and compete for a $5,000 cash prize plus other services. For more information visit

Four Ribbon Cuttings This Week!
Come help us welcome four new members to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Thursday, 4:30pm
Hanson Professional Services,

7625 N. University #200

Friday, 10:00am
Savant Capital Management,
7535 N. Knoxville

Friday, 4:00pm
The Clubs at Sunset Hills  (See Flyer)
1620 Summit

Friday, 5:00pm
Speakeasy Art Center (See Flyer)
353 Court St

Pekin Hospital Invites Women to Attend Spirit Girls’ Night Out

Pekin Hospital is hosting an entertaining and informational Spirit Girls’ Night Out SM  in partnership with Reader’s Digest, ResMed and the Vascular Disease Foundation to help women indulge in their “Best Health Now” on Thursday, October 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Pekin Moose Lodge located at 2605 Broadway in Pekin.  This event is designed to offer women valuable information about breast health, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) prevention, and healthy sleep – better known as better breasts, better legs, better rest! In addition to education, women can enjoy screenings, giveaways, mini-spa stations, chocolate, and lots of other fun activities.

Health education and fun activities will be woven throughout the three-hour evening to emphasize the importance of awareness of common health issues affecting women today. Besides important educational segments, the night will also include food, health and beauty tips, fitness options, and more.  The event is free to attend.  Please call (309) 353-0662 to register.

“Although the primary purpose of Spirit Girls’ Night Out is to educate women about the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases, the real power of this event is in women coming together in an atmosphere of fun and indulgence to learn and share ideas for better health,” says Tanya Abreu, President and National Program Director, Spirit of Women Hospital Network.  “It is the energizing ‘Spirit’ that drives these events in more than 65 cities around the United States and encourages women to take action for their health.”

Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women and claims the lives of more than 40,000 women every year in this country (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC). The core of Spirit Girls’ Night Out is the prevention and awareness that fuels action: early detection saves lives! DVT and PE are an important and growing public health issue. According to the CDC, up to 400,000 Americans have DVT. Of the 100,000–200,000 who have PE, nearly one-third (30,000–60,000) will die from it. According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems that can significantly diminish health, alertness and safety. Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes as well as other chronic diseases.

Spirit Girls’ Night Out is organized and hosted by Pekin Hospital, a member of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, with support provided by Reader’s Digest, ResMed and The Vascular Disease Foundation. More than 65 other members of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network will also host Spirit Girls’ Night Out events in September, October and November.
Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs.  Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere.  Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. To learn more, please visit

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on October 11, 12, and 13.  The series of three classes will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

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

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

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

Class fees are $60 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost).  The $60 includes all three classes.  Class size is limited.  Registration deadline is October 4, 2010.  To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

RSVP Now for Chamber Recognition Luncheon

Chamber members are cordially invited to the 13th Annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, October 21st from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Pekin Country Club.  The cost of the luncheon is $20.00 per person.  Tables of 8 are $160.00.  Savant Capital Management is the Event Sponsor, Pekin Trophy House and Engraved Gifts is the Awards Sponsor, Pekin Hospital is the Dessert Sponsor, and the Greenhouse Flower Shoppe is the Decoration Sponsor. 

Our keynote speaker will be Reverend Lloyd Brock, Senior Pastor at Pekin First Church of the Nazarene since July 2006.  The Church has grown to over 500 in attendance with strong ministries to children, youth, families and adults of all ages, as well as a desire by the Church to be deeply connected to and involved in the Pekin community.
Pastor Brock has served as a Senior Pastor for 25 years in four churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, and in Pekin.  He is a singer, a strong believer in the power of prayer, and loves to pour his life into his family and others.  He is very grateful that God led him and his family to live and be a part of the Pekin community.
Chamber businesses and organizations with significant achievements in the past year will be recognized at the luncheon.  Categories of accomplishments include expansion or remodeling, new business or building, additional employees, major retraining effort, new technology or major equipment investment, other business improvements and community involvement. 

Please call the Chamber at 346-2106 or email your reservations to  We had a near sell-out crowd the last two years, so please reserve your seats by Friday, October 8th. 

Please join us on October 21st as we celebrate Pekin’s business and community achievements.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The 2010 Launch Business Competition

What is LAUNCH? 
LAUNCH was started with the cooperation of the area Business Assistance Centers, Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Councils.   A competition is being held to promote new business ideas in the Tri-County area.  The competitors must have a "new buisness idea" that is ready to launch. They are invited to enter the second annual LAUNCH Business Plan Competition. 

How does LAUNCH work?
The 2010 Launch Business Competition will include a preliminary round and culminate in a final round where the best business concept will be selected.  All contestants who present their plans in the preliminary rounds will receive feedback and suggestions from the panel of judges.  Those advancing to the final round will be eligible for the grand prize consisting of a cash award plus free consultancy services from a variety of professional areas of importance to start up businesses.

The application deadline for all contestants was September 7, 2010.  Applications will be reviewed by a panel and contestants then assigned to one of the preliminary round locations. 

There will be two semi final rounds – one in Morton on September 28th and one in Pekin on September 30th.  At each semi-final, six entrepreneurs will present new business concepts.  Three entries from each of the semi-finals will move on to the finals in Peoria on October 8th.  There the six finalist will compete for the top prize of $5,000 plus consulting services.

The Pekin semi-finals will be on Thursday, September 30th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Pekin Public Library.  All of the presentations are open to the public.

You can find more at

Leman Property Management Welcomes Shena Meskimen

Leman Property Management is pleased to welcome Shena Meskimen as its new commercial property manager. 

Shena is a 2010 graduate of Midstate College.  She is responsible for LPMCO's commercial portfolio which is comprised of approximately 200,000 square feet of office and retail space throughout Pekin, Peoria, and Washington. 

Savant Advisor Earns Several Notable Designations and Recognitions

Knabe’s recent accomplishments highlight Savant’s unique expertise

Peoria, IL (September 21, 2010) – Savant Capital Management, a nationally recognized fee-only wealth management with offices in Peoria, today announced that financial advisor Dr. Brian Knabe recently earned several professional designations and authorship recognitions.  The accomplishments further underscore Savant’s unique expertise to provide world-class financial planning and investment advice to clients.
A medical doctor-turned financial advisor at Savant Capital Management, Dr. Knabe has been with the firm since 2007.  He utilizes his experience from the medical field as he works with clients, advisors, portfolio managers, and planners to develop comprehensive planning, investment, and tax strategies for professionals.
Designations Earned
Dr. Knabe recently earned his Certified Medical Planner (CMP) professional designation.  The CMP program imparts the healthcare industrial complex specificity – physician focused financial planning knowledge – and integrated medical practice management expertise that is needed to help devise solutions and raise the bar of advisory competence for all those serving medical professionals.
He also recently earned his Certified Financial Planner designation. According to the CFP Board of Standards, Inc., CFP® certificants must pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Examination, pass CFP Board's Candidate Fitness Standards, agree to abide by CFP Board's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility which puts clients' interests first, and comply with the Financial Planning Practice Standards which spell out what clients should be able to reasonably expect from the financial planning engagement. To become certified, applicants must complete the “4 E’s” – Education, Examination, Experience and Ethics.
Dr. Knabe also was designated as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  Fellows of the AAFP are recognized as Champions of Family Medicine for their advancement of health care to the American people and their professional development through medical education and research.  From a personal perspective, being a Fellow signifies one’s additional work in their community within organized medicine, within teaching, and a greater commitment to continuing professional development and/or research. Dr. Knabe will receive his official designation at a convocation ceremony at the annual AAFP meeting in Denver later this month.
Authorship Recognition
Dr. Knabe also co-authored a chapter in the latest edition of The Business of Medical Practice.  The focus of the chapter is regarding physician compensation.  Additionally, he has co-authored a chapter in another book entitled “Adventures in Medicine: The Resident’s Guide to Life and Practice” which is designed for use by graduating medical residents as they embark on their careers.
Dr. Knabe continues to practice medicine and teach courses at the University of Illinois where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Marquette University with an honors degree in biomedical engineering. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Knabe also attended the University of Illinois for his family practice residency, where he served as chief resident.
About Savant Capital Management, Inc.
Savant Capital Management, Inc. offers investment management, financial planning, and family office services to financially established individuals, trust funds, retirement plans and non-profit organizations.
Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was named the top independent advisor in Illinois by Chicago Magazine. Savant was named by Barron’s magazine as one of the 100 best independent financial advisors in the United States for the last four consecutive years, and Inc. magazine named the firm as the fastest growing Registered Investment Advisor in Illinois. For the past seven years, Savant earned a place on Bloomberg Wealth Manager’s Top Wealth Managers list. Savant also was recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 financial advisors by Worth magazine from 1997 through 2008; the survey was discontinued in 2009.

For more information on Savant Capital Management, log-on to

Savant Capital Management, Inc. is a Registered Investment Advisor. This announcement is only intended for interested investors residing in states in which the Advisor is qualified to provide investment advisory services. Please contact the Advisor to find out if they are qualified to provide investment advisory services in the state where you reside.  Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage the adviser’s services and includes lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized adviser.  The Adviser does not attempt to furnish personalized investment advice or services through this publication. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Tazewell County Health Department - Drive Thru Clinic

Tazewell County Health Department
Drive Thru Flu Clinic
October 23, 2010

The criteria for individuals to qualify for the drive through clinic are:
  • physically compromised
  • use mobility assistance device
  • are unable to stand for long periods of time
  • hadicapped tag/license plates on their vehicles
Appointments Availalbe Now!
Call 309.925.5511, ext 258

Click here for more information.

Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society Program Set.

On Tuesday October 12 John Durdle, long time member, past president and current board member, will present a program on his recent trip to Germany.  John has made several trips to Germany’s Ostfriesland area in search of his family roots.  His most recent trip was in May of this year, accompanied by several other society members.

The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday October 12, 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.

BBB Advises Don’t Get Spooked by Ghoul and Goblin Boutiques!

BBB Advises Don’t Get Spooked by Ghoul and Goblin Boutiques!

The air is getting cooler. Fall is upon us; the season of festivals, camp fires and trick or treating! It is the time of the year where every kid in America is trying to decide what costume to wear for Halloween. The Halloween Industry Association claims Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the USA.  According to the Halloween Online Magazine, the Halloween retail industry brought in $2.5billion in sales and advertising revenue in 2009.

Before you rush out to buy your Lady Gaga look- a- like costume, or Buzz Lightyear gear for your little guy, the BBB suggests you exercise caution.  Many Halloween costume stores and websites are seasonal.  Follow these tips so you won’t be haunted even after Halloween is over.
  • Location, Location. If you're interested in trying a new online merchant who you’re not familiar with, ask the company for its physical location (address and phone number) so you can check on its reliability with outside organizations like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and consumer agencies.
  • Customer Satisfaction Policy. Determine the company's refund and return policies before you buy.  If online companies can’t offer concrete commitments on how they will handle any potential problems you may have with their products or services, reconsider doing business with them.
  • Leave Nothing to Chance. Be sure you have a thorough understanding of everything involved before making an order. Be clear on the price and any shipping and handling charges. Know the terms of any product or service guarantees. Find out how long it will be before you receive your order. Federal law requires that goods and services be delivered within 30 days, unless a different delivery period is specifically stated by the merchant.
  • Guard Your Personal Information. Only provide your credit card information number online in a secure environment. Look for the prefix https:// . . . in the URL box which lists the website’s web address to be sure that a site you are using is secure.
  • Check For Reliability at Consumers can search for a company by name, phone number and even website.
About BBB:BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 128 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than 3 million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit for more information about BBB.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chamber / City Unveil New Marketing Logo

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin unveiled a new community marketing logo at the September 17th City Update.  The new logo replaces the "Pekin What A Pleasant Surprise" logo and will be used by the chamber to market the community. 

In early 2003, as a result of an updated strategic plan, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce created a marketing committee.  That group moved quickly to create our “Pekin What A Pleasant Surprise” campaign.  In the past seven years the chamber has invested just over $176,000 in that campaign, promoting Pekin as a great place to live.

At last year's City Update, the chamber began asking if the "Pekin What A Pleasant Surprise" campaign had run it's course.  Mayor Rusty Dunn pointed out that he didn't want Pekin to be a surprise any longer.  At the same time the City of Pekin began asking if it was time to replace the City's official logo. 

A task force was formed that included members of the chamber’s marketing committee and the city staff.  With the help of McDaniels Marketing Communications, the committee developed a long list of attributes and marketing buzz words for Pekin, and over the course of several meetings began to narrow their focus.  The staff at McDaniels then took those concepts and developed several different logo presentations.  Much of the work done by McDaniels Marketing Communications was donated.

The committee then tested several versions of the logo with two different focus groups.  The first group included central Illinois resident who were familiar with Pekin, while the second group consisted of people who do not live in central Illinois.

The focus groups provided great feedback and input, including what they liked and didn't like, about each logo.  The focus group input was a significant part of the committee's decision making process. 

The new logo artwork incorporates the marigold and the Illinois River - two attributes that many people thought were important.  The words community, opportunity, and home are words that can be used in a variety of ways to represent and market Pekin.  The chamber's marketing committee will now develop a marketing campaign around the new logo. 

The City of Pekin may also consider adopting the logo as the City's new logo.  The logo design is intentionally flexible enough that several different entities could use the logo.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ameren Illinois Utilties & Act On Energy

T12 15% Incentive For Applications Received Through December 31, 2010

The Act On Energy business program is announcing the first ramp-down of the 15% bonus that is offered on top of the current incentive for the replacement of T12 lamps. The 15% bonus for T12 replacement will remain in effect for all eligible applications submitted through December 31, 2010.  After that date, the bonus incentive amount will be reduced to 10%.  Therefore, you have just over three months to submit an application to guarantee the best incentive Act On Energy will EVER offer for replacing their T12 lamps.
It’s important to understand that the project does not have to be approved or completed by December 31, 2010 to be eligible for the current 15% bonus the application just needs to be submitted before January 1, 2011 and the project completed within 90 days of your pre-approval date.  Your should also understand how we have designed the program; it’s intended to provide the best incentives for replacing T12 lamps if they act now!  As we move closer to July 2012 (the date when T12 production will be phased-out), the bonus incentive amount will only decrease.  Once an incentive or bonus is reduced, the new bonus amount becomes a “ceiling” for the incentive amount, meaning the bonus will never be higher than the current offer.  Customers can have the confidence the incentive and bonus amount their project has been approved for will be the best incentive they can get for the remainder of the T12 program.
With the incentives decreasing in the near future and the inherent cost of waiting by delaying replacement of antiquated equipment, it’s in your best financial interest to submit their applications now.

Below is a flyer that explains the T12 Program along with how to identify these bulbs in your facility.  If you would like a pdf version of this insert, or have questions contact me at


Pekin Chamber Welcomes New Member, Speak Easy Art Center

Speak Easy Art Center, 353 Court St, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-620-1860; email: Nikole Kooney, Manager; Office hours are Thursday 12-5pm, Friday 12-8pm, Saturday 12-5pm and by appointment. They offer art exhibits as well as art classes for children and adults. You can rent the gallery for banquets and host all of your events. Artists can rent studio space as well.

Tazewell County Health Department - Clinics offered.

Free Mammograms for National Mammography Day at Pekin Hospital
October 15th from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

Free mammograms are being offered on a walk-in basis to Uninsured Tazewell County Women ages 40 through 64. There will be:
  • Free Flu Shots offered by Tazewell County Health Department,
  • Chair Massage performed by ICC students,
  • Bone Density Testing provided by Pekin Hospital,
  • Breast Health Education provided by Bradley Nursing Students,
  • Refreshments and Free Gifts for women who qualify and receive their mammogram on that day.
  • There will also be several door prizes that will be given out that day.
Contact the Tazewell County Health Department for more information.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Executive Director's Report by Bill Fleming

Marigold Festival Another Success
The weather turned out to be perfect, which always helps, but there were many other reasons why the 2010 Pekin Marigold Festival was a success.  First to be recognized are the sponsors: NTS Telephone Company, Ameren Illinois Utilities, Pepsi, CenturyLink, Pekin Insurance, Jimmy John’s, Methodist Medical Center and CEFCU. In these challenging economic times, we are fortunate to have loyal and generous sponsors who continue to support our community festival.

Another reason for the success of the Pekin Marigold Festival is the volunteers.  From the clubs and organizations selling food, to the parade marshals, nearly everywhere you turned you saw a volunteer who was giving up part of their weekend to make the festival a success. 

The help provided by the City of Pekin and the Pekin Park District is another reason the Pekin Marigold Festival always has a chance to be successful.  We could not hold a festival of this size without the assistance provided by the employees at the City of Pekin and the Pekin Park District.

And finally, the hard work and planning of our Marigold Festival Committee paid off.  Led this year by Val Springborn, and assisted by the chamber staff, this dedicated group of volunteers works year round on all of the details of the festival.  In addition to all of their planning, they are at the festival the entire weekend.  Some of them even take time off from their jobs the week of the festival to get everything ready.  If you see any of these people, thank them and congratulate them: Todd Campbell, Tom Elliott, Karen Fort, Rich Gafford, Althea Geiser, Gary Gillis, Doug Godke, Greg Henderson, Chuck Lauss, Camille McCarty, Barry Neal, Greg Ranney, Corrie Salmon, Shannon Sandoval, Val Springborn, Stephanie Stoneking, Mike Vonderheide, Eric White, and Amy Whiting.

What’s Next?
Now that the Marigold Festival is completed and most everything is put away, many people assume things slow down at the chamber office.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

The day after the festival, the chamber staff turned their attention to the details of the Business and Community Recognition Luncheon, scheduled for October 21st. We also started planning our Chamber Challenge Trivia Nite for October 29th, the 2011 Business Expo on January 22nd, and the 2011 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy.

It never slows down at the chamber, and that’s a good thing.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

IDOT Road Work in Pekin on Thursday

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that motorists will encounter intermittent lane closures Thursday, September 16th on IL 29 from IL 98 to IL 9 in Pekin.

The lane closures are necessary for striping work on this stretch of IL 29. Work will begin at approximately 6:30 am and is scheduled to continue through the day.

Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through the work zone.

Puttin' On Pekin

Friday, October 8th
Don't delay!  Make in your reservations today! 

South Side Bank Breaks Ground

Representatives of the Pekin community attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pekin branch of South Side Trust & Savings Bank on Wednesday, September 15th. The facility will be located at 3200 Veterans Drive, across from Menards. Construction is expected to begin on the 4,000+ square foot facility next week, with a projected opening in May of 2011.  You can see more pictures from this event at

Monday, September 13, 2010

2010 Pekin Night Out Against Crime

Pekin Police Department Announces Event.

2010 Pekin Night Out Against Crime
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Pekin Avanti's Dome, 3401 Griffin Avenue, Pekin
5:30pm - 7:30pm

You are invited to enjoy a great night, and set up an informational booth about your organization.  Due to the event being so close to Halloween, organizations are encouraged to wear costumes (optional) and bring candy and goodies for trick or treating.  If possible, small games or activities are also encouraged for the kids.

There will also be free food, drinks, music, prizes, inflatable rides and police demonstrations. 

Last years event was a great success, and it is estimated that more than 2,000 people were in attendance.  They are hoping to attract even more attendees at this years event. 

Please RSVP as soon as possible to Brandi @ 309-478-5300

September Business After Hours

Good Shepherd Lutheran School was the host of the September 2nd Business After Hours.

Chamber members enjoyed treats and tours of the building, and a brief presentation on the new school by Principal Ralph Mickley.  View photos online at:

General Election

Remember the general election is November 2nd, 2010.
  • Last day to register to vote for the November election is October 5th, 2010.
  • Grace period voter registration funs from October 6th to October 26th, 2010. You must also vote at that time.
  • Early voting begins October 11th and ends October 28th, 2010.
For more information, Please call the Tazewell County Clerks Election Division at 477-2267. For forms, view the Election page on the Tazewell County website.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ladies Night Out

Come and enjoy food, fun, and shopping!

WHEN?   September 23th 5:30-7:30
WHERE?   Grumpy Pete’s Steak House
  • COOR’S Custom Cakes (bakery & ice cream)  
  • Candi Crafts (handmade cards & crafts)  
  • Uppercase Living (home d├ęcor) 

  • Miche Bag
  • Stress Busters-chair massage
  • Tupperware
Try something new! Please join us for our very own wine tasting!
As always, there will be giveaways & raffles from our venders you won’t want to miss! 
Would you like to join us next month?
Give us a call at…477-8325 or 202-2302

1/2 way to Paddy's Day...

Best Western Ashland House & Paddy O'Flaherty's Present...

1/2 way to Paddy's Day
And We Are Having A PARTY!

Check out Our Line Up !
  • All New Sports Deck
  • All New Big Screen TVs
  • Authentic Irish Cuisine
  • Traditional American Favorites
  • Daily Specials
  • 16 Imported & Domestic Beers on Tap
Friday, Sept. 10th

*Miss Paddy O'Flaherty's Contest
(Enter to Win $500 in Cash & Prizes)
*FREE Appetizers
*Drink Specials

Saturday, Sept. 11th

*Bags Tournament (2-4pm)
*Live Music - BRAIN CHILD

Call 309-266-8200 for Additional Information and Registration
Come out to Paddy O'Flaherty's where WE are having MORE FUN!

The Center for Prevention of Abuse, Program Offered

Sexting and Online Predators-How to Keep Your Children Safe

Who:  Deputy Chief Michael Sullivan, High Tech Crimes Bureau, Office of the Illinois Attorney General,
Co-creator of the SAFEKIDS program in conjunction with the Microsoft Corporation on the dangers of the internet.
What:  What parents should know about sexting and internet predators
Where:  The Center for Prevention of Abuse
When:   Friday, Sept. 10 at 10:45-front entrance
Why:   Parents and family need to be aware of the dangers affecting children and teens

Savant Capital Management Named Again in Financial Advisor and Barron’s magazines as One of the Top Investment Advisors in the U.S.

Peoria, IL (September 9, 2010) – Savant Capital Management, a nationally recognized fee-only wealth management firm with offices in Peoria, today announced that it has again been recognized by two of the leading financial trade publications as one of the top investment firms in the country.

Savant was named in Financial Advisor magazine’s 2010 Top RIA Rankings list. This year, Savant was ranked 38th out of 456 firms. This is the second year Savant has been recognized by the publication.

Financial Advisor magazine’s 2010 RIA ranking is based on voluntary responses from registered investment advisors who completed an online survey. To be included in the ranking, firms needed to be independent RIAs who perform financial planning as part of their business services. They also needed to file their own Form ADV with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) that shows assets under management. Firms were ranked based on the total of their discretionary and nondiscretionary assets reported for 2009 on their ADV.

Additionally, Savant has been named by Barron’s magazine as one of the 100 best independent financial advisors in the United States. It is Savant’s fourth year on the closely watched list of the best in the investment advisory industry. Savant Capital Management moved up to number 32 on this year’s list, up from number 35 in 2009 and was one of just five Illinois financial advisors to make the Barron’s list.

Savant has also been ranked as a top RIA firm by publications such as Forbes, BusinessWeek, InvestmentNews and others.

Rescued Heart Animal Hospital Ribbon Cutting

Representatives of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently congratulated Rescued Heart Animal Hospital on their grand opening. Dr. Jennifer Newcomb, DVM, was joined by her family, staff, patients and residents for the ribbon cutting at the brand new facility located at 3521 Broadway Road. Rescued Heart Animal Hospital is a veterinary clinic caring for small animals, with routine exams, vaccinations, dentals, surgery, boarding and grooming. Open from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, they can be reached at 346-2330 or

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ribbon Cutting Today!

Rescued Heart Animal Hospital
Join us at 4pm for a ribbon cutting at Rescued Heart Animal Hospital. We'll be congratulating Dr. Jennifer Newcomb, DVM, and welcoming this new business to Pekin. Rescued Heart Animal Hospital is located at 3521 Broadway (just east of Veteran's Drive). Rescued Heart Animal Hospital is a veterinary clinic caring for small animals, routine exams, vaccinations, dentals, surgery, boarding and grooming.

Marigold Festival Carnival Bracelet Night!

Tonight, September 9th from 5:30 - 9:30pm.
The always popular, Carnival Bracelet Night gets things going!
Bring the whole family to 4-H Shelter area for rides, games and fun! Just $15 for a bracelet.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Business & Financial Resources Workshop

Business & Financial Resources available in Central Illinois
September 15, 2010, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 W. Main Street, Peoria, Illinois

Free Event!
Get the facts regarding local, regional, state and federal resources including loans, grants, and direct assistance to learn about all of the relevant programs and opportunities available to Central Illinois companies.
This is a FREE event, but pre-registration is requested to accommodate materials.  Register by contacting Kathy Shelton at IL PTAC. 
Email: or Phone: 309-495-5988
View the Business and Financial Resources Workshop Flyer online for more details and guest speakers.

Illinois small business owners get tax break for hiring

Wondering if the time is right to add the next position to grow your small business? Act now and earn a tax credit.

Small businesses are the foundation of a great economy. To help spur on your success, the State of Illinois is offering tax credits when you create a new, full-time position. After hiring the employee, your business can apply online to receive a $2500 tax credit against withholding taxes which will be awarded after July 1, 2011. The credits are available on a first-come, first-served, basis.

To apply, simply go online to You’ll need to provide basic information including your FEIN. In a year, eligible companies will receive a tax credit certificate.

View the Small Business Flyer as well as a FAQ's

Tazewell County Museum & Educational Center Announces Exhibit

You are invited to attend the Space Quilt Exhibit Premier Exhibit at the Tazewell County Museum & Educational Center, 2950 Court St., Pekin Friday September 10th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Around 6:30 p.m. Astronaut Scott Altman will be appearing to congratulate the winners of the design contest that features designs related to space. These winners were chosen from age groups of pre-school to adult last fall. Winners are from Pekin, Mackinaw, Tremont and Green Valley.

These exciting designs were chosen by a committee at Illinois Central College and these winners were previously announced in Morton. The chosen designs were taken to Illinois Central College and enlarged. Then a team of quilters under the direction of Joyce McCloud has spent the last year cutting, sewing, embroidering and assembling the fabric with a piece of gold lame fabric that was flown in space with Astronaut Scott Altman in his last flight on STS-125 to the Hubble Space Telescope. Each quilt has a piece of this fabric somewhere in each of the 12 quilts. Our quilters are: Deborah Lathrop, Mary Mize and Joyce McCloud.

Also, on Friday Evening we will be presenting the newest items in the Astronaut Scott Altman Room in the Museum. NASA has donated to the museum items from the shuttle ATLANTIS that was flown on Altman's last flight, among these is an extremely rare nose cone from one of the two booster rockets and 12 other items that made this the last mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

This display will also be shown on Saturday from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Job Fair - Sprint Wireless Express Inc.

Sprint Wireless Express Inc is holding a JOB FAIR. 
9/17/2010  10:00am - 7:00pm  @ 3436 Court St (Pekin Mall)
Immediate Interviews Available.  Bring your resume.

Pekin Marigold Festival

It is Marigold Festival Week!
We have a lot going on in Pekin this week .  The carnival bracelet night kicks off the weekend on Thursday, from 5:30pm to 9:30pm for $15.

To keep up with all of the Marigold Festival events, be sure to "like" Pekin Marigold Festival on Facebook at  and use the additional links below.

See you at the Festival!

Recent Survivor Support Group Offered For Recent Victims of Sexual Assault

Peoria, Sept. 3, 2010-The Center for Prevention of Abuse is starting a Recent Survivor Support Group for victims of sexual assault, beginning Tues., Sept. 14 and continuing through Nov. 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Center’s Peoria facility, 720 W. Joan Ct. The program is free and for adults who have experienced recent sexual assault or abuse.

For more information, please call The Center at (309)691-0551, ext. 226.


Tremont — Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. has been approved for a grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide services for high school students, ages 17-21, with developmental disabilities. The $83,000.00 grant will allow TCRC to hire two “Job Skills Developers” and create a transition program that will assist young people with disabilities to move from their school to a work environment. TCRC has already created partnerships with Washington, Morton, Pekin, and East Peoria High Schools.

The program will run over two semesters and involve four phases. Phase 1 will take place in a classroom setting and focus on interviewing, job searching, personal dress and manner, and other similar skills. Phase 2 will be hands-on with the students working at one of the TCRC Workshops, or other community settings, learning basic job skills. Phase 3 involves job shadowing for the students out in the community in occupations that would be of interest to them. Finally, in Phase 4 the students will search for actual employment.

The grant runs between August 2010 and August 2011 and will serve about 60 students from our area.

Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit social service agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and visual impairments in central Illinois.

For more information, please contact Jamie Durdel, Senior Vice-President of Program Services, at (309) 347-7148.

Marigold Festival Carnival Bracelet Night!

Thursday, September 9th from 5:30 - 9:30pm.
The always popular, Carnival Bracelet Night!
Bring the whole family to 4-H Shelter area for rides, games and fun!
Just $15 for a bracelet.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tonight, Business After Hours!

Get networked with the original social networking group... Your Chamber!
Join us at Business After Hours! 
Today, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
3201 Court St, Pekin

Join Us!

Have you thought about joining your Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce? 
Have you wondered what we can do for you and your business? 

Nearly 400 members (businesses, organizations, and individuals) and hundreds of volunteers work to make the Pekin area a better place to live, work and play. If you'd like to be a part of the success, join us! You can read about the benefits of membership and download an application form by following this link:
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