Sunday, October 31, 2010

Papa Murphy's Halloween Special - Giving back to the community.

Halloween Special

October 31st
Kids 12 & under, dressed in costume will receive a FREE MINI PIZZA!(While supplies last)

Only available at these locations:
1807 Broadway St, Pekin 
Tel:  347-5051

604 S. Main St, Morton
Tel:  266-7272

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Brookes Baby Botique Opens in Pekin

Members from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed a new business to the community, Brookes Baby Botique. Owners Brooke Cain and Richard Edminston buy gently used and new clothing for cash on the spot. They sell gently used and new quality name brand clothing (Gap, Carters, Gymboree) for infants through teens. They also buy and sell name brand (American Eagle, Hollister, Abercrombie, etc.) clothing for adults. Located at 113 N Parkway Drive next to Suzi Davis Travel, they are open from 10:30am to 5:30pm. They can be reached at 346-1985.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ribbon Cutting with the Chamber

Join us in welcoming a New Chamber Member!

Brookes Baby Botique, LLC
113 N Parkway Dr., Pekin
Thursday, October 28th at 1 PM

Chamber Welcomes New Member, Brookes Baby Botique, LLC

Brookes Baby Botique, LLC, 113 N Parkway Dr., Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-346-1985; Brook Cain, Manager; Richard Edminston, Assistant Manager, business hours are 10:30 am - 5:30 pm. They buy gently used and new clothing for cash on the spot. They also sell gently used and new quality name brand clothing (Gap, Carters, Gymboree) for infants through teen. We also buy and sell name brand (American Eagle, Hollister, Abercrombie, etc.) clothing for adults.

Pekin Hospital Invites Women to Attend Breathe In, Breathe Out

To promote Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month, Pekin Hospital will offer pulmonary function screenings on Thursday, November 18 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Pekin Hospital, inside the Park Avenue Entrance.  Appointments for the screenings are required.  Please call (309) 353-0334 to reserve a time.
By participating in Get What You Need Out Of Life SM: Breathe In, Breathe Out, Central Illinois women will learn more about COPD and lung cancer.  Make lung health a priority to prevent death and disability for you and your loved ones.

COPD is the 4th leading cause of death is the U.S., affecting an estimated 12 million Americans. Lung cancer statistics are equally alarming: it continues to be the cancer with the highest death rate, with only approximately 4 out of 10 patients surviving longer than one year after diagnosis. (Source: American Cancer Society)

Get What You Need Out of Life:  Breathe In, Breathe Out is brought to you by Pekin Hospital, a member of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network. Visit

Membership Renewals Through October 25th

Thank you for your continued membership!
Ace Hardware ~ Allen & Associates ~ Automotive Machine Inc. ~ B'Ribboned Etc.
Beck's Convenience Store ~ Concorde Inn  & Suites ~ Court Place Apartments
Deuce Development Corp ~ Deverman Advertising ~ Enviro-Dry
Golf Green Lawn Care ~ JM Industrial Supply
Liberty Village of Pekin / Pekin Estates ~ Pekin Glass & Mirror
Pekin Main Street ~ Peoria Logo (POGO)
Professional Therapy Services~ Tazewell County Area Education
Trouble Free Plumbing ~ Women's Center for Health

October Biz Barometer

Sales Tax receipts by the City of Pekin were up 9.0% in October, compared to October of 2009, according to numbers from the Illinois Department of Revenue.  The City received payment from the State in October for the sales taxes collected in August. 

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in September 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.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pekin Hospital to Honor Veterans at Ceremony

Pekin Hospital invites the community to a Veteran’s Day celebration ceremony on November 11 at 3:15 p.m. in Park Court Conference Center at Pekin Hospital to honor all who have served in the armed services. 

Judge Brett Bode, Erika Hunter, M.D., and Mary Dunn, R.N., who have all served in various military capacities, will be the guest speakers for the celebration, with accompanying music provided by William I. Bond, M.D., and Justin Riley.  Vocal selections will be provided Dr. and Mrs. C. William Fisher.  Pekin High School JROTC will be presenting a flag ceremony and a special ceremony to honor those who have lost their lives during military service.  Master of Ceremonies will be Kevin Andrews, Pekin Hospital CEO. 

Refreshments will also be served following the ceremony.

2010 Pekin Night Out Against Crime

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

Monday, October 25, 2010

Prevent Diabetes During November With Pekin Hospital

In honor of American Diabetes Month, Pekin Hospital will offer a Diabetes Screening on Monday, November 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Tremont District Library located at 215 S. Sampson in Tremont.  Fasting is not required to participate in the screening. 

In addition to the screening, Peggy Zaayenga, Aerobics Instructor at Pekin Hospital’s Wellness Center, will demonstrate a fun way to exercise with music.  No reservations are needed to attend the event.

Did you know that preventing diabetes is easier than you think? Being proactive about your health can lead to a healthier and longer life for yourself and your family. As a famous English author once stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, each year 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older.  Don’t allow yourself to join in this growing statistic. By making subtle changes to your lifestyle, you can be proactive in preventing diabetes.

“Live a healthier and longer life by making changes to your diet and increasing your level of physical activity to maintain normal blood glucose levels," says Carrie Warner, Director of Marketing at Pekin Hospital. “Your life and your family’s lives rely on making better health a habit by building better choices into your daily routine.” 

Tune in to Prevent Diabetes is being held this November in support of American Diabetes Month and to educate Pekin and surrounding communities about the simple steps that can help prevent diabetes. Take action and partner with Pekin Hospital as your number one VALUED source of healthcare that will help shape your path to a healthier, better YOU!

For more information on Tune in to Prevent Diabetes contact (309) 353-0334 or visit

Henderson Funeral Home Receives National Recognition for Innovative Service to Families, Outstanding Community Outreach

On October 11, 2010, Henderson Funeral Home was honored with the 2010 Pursuit of Excellence® Award by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) during its International Convention & Expo in New Orleans, La. Only 166 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition, placing Henderson Funeral Home among an elite group of funeral service professionals. Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities.
            To achieve the Pursuit of Excellence Award, NFDA-member funeral homes must evaluate components of their business against standards set forth by the Pursuit of Excellence program and demonstrate proficiency in key areas of the funeral service profession. Participants are required to fulfill criteria in six categories of achievement that demonstrate commitment to: complying with state and federal regulations; providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities for staff; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; maintaining an active level of involvement within the community; participating and actively serving in the funeral service profession; and promoting funeral home services through a variety of marketing, advertising and public relations programs.
            “Henderson Funeral Home’s voluntary participation in the Pursuit of Excellence program reflects a clear determination to exceed the expectations of those they serve,” said NFDA Chief Executive Officer Christine Pepper, CAE. “This prestigious recognition assures families of the high-quality, compassionate service they will receive the moment they walk through the funeral home’s front door.”
            It’s an honor to receive this award for the eight consecutive year. We strive for excellence in the service we provide to the families we serve,” said Greg Henderson, CFSP.
            To learn more about NFDA’s Pursuit of Excellence Award program, visit
            NFDA is the world’s leading funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent more than 9,900 funeral homes in the United States and internationally. From its headquarters in Brookfield, Wis., and its Advocacy Division office in Washington, D.C., NFDA informs, educates and advocates to help members enhance the quality of service they provide to families. For more information, visit

Best Western Ashland House Announces Future Rock Show

Future Rock announces ALL AGES show in Morton, IL.
J-Campbell Events proudly presents Future Rock and the coop on Friday, November, 12 2010.

Location:                 Ashland House Ballroom located on the first floor of the Best Western Ashland House Hotel and Conference Center, 210 E. Ashland St. Morton, IL.
Doors open:            6:00pm
Show time:              7:00
Advance Tickets:     $10 advance at

Tickets also available at the following retail outlets: Paddy O’flaherty’s Irish Pub (Morton, IL) and Autumn Bloom Alternative Gardening (Pekin, IL).

"Mickey is the kind of guy who gets a new synthesizer and takes it home to learn every single button and function. He's intense, very scientific and absolutely meticulous about what he wants to synthesize and when," Felix says, laughing without joking. "I'm the complete opposite-I don't want to spend the time learning it. All I want is to write a song to whatever sound comes out."

Mickey Kellerman and Felix Moreno, alongside drummer Darren Heitz, are the driving force behind Future Rock. During their explosive live show, all three members wield synthesizers, live loops and samples-Kellerman on the keys, Moreno on the bass, Heitz on drums-to form an amalgamation of excitement, constructed completely live onstage. The Chicago trio has been perfecting its brand of live-instrument dance music since 2004 and-just like Future Rock's pulsating and escalating anthems-their momentum is about to explode. Their live remixes of Black Moth Super Rainbow and Death from Above 1979 are sweeping proof of Future Rock's remarkable remix skills. But that's not all.

Recorded on July 25, 2009 in their hometown of Chicago, "Live in Wicker Park" captures the raw energy of a performance that packed Milwaukee Avenue, turning rooftops into dance floors and fans into maniacs hanging out of open windows. According to Moreno, the atmosphere and the songs-six of which have never officially been released-are the best representation of Future Rock ever recorded. "Live in Wicker Park" is a 52 minute wall of sound that'll leave listeners wondering how three people create the rhythmic textures that seem to come from a small army, rather than just a trio. The album saunters in with the airy-house of "Understand the Sky" and sprints towards hyperspeed down a rabbit hole for "Pedal Metal"-finding a way to go everywhere in between without losing the band's identity.

Unlike some other electronic bands that also use a foundation of live samples and loops, Future Rock is more concerned with making songs than being progressive sheerly for the sake of it. Melodies trump abstraction and true emotion beats the bizarre. "I'm not a shy bass player, I want you to hear the bass string clank against the fret," Moreno says. "Unlike many electronic musicians, we're not afraid of the major key."

"We're a little strange," Kellerman adds, "we don't fit into any genre."

Kellerman and Moreno met in Chicago during college in the early '00s and soon forged a song-writing partnership. They later met Heitz in downtown, making this trio a truly Windy City affair. Future Rock began their ascent by rocking after-party sets usually reserved for DJ's and soon became the burgeoning festival favorite they are today. Along the way, their LED-heavy light show has become one of the best in the business. Their albums "Sugar Coated Bullets" (2006) and "Gears" (2007), alongside unforgettable live performances and crafty remixes, have garnered Future Rock love from Pitchfork, Time Out Chicago, Stereogum, URB and more.

In addition to a mind-numbing festival schedule, Future Rock will be completing their first studio album in three years. "We're definitely going into the studio to cut and refine our best, rather than searching for the material," Moreno says. And with a proclamation like that, the title of Future Rock might not be so bold.

McNaughton Park Clean Up Day- Rescheduled

Friends of McNaughton Park have rescheduled the clean up day for Sunday, October 31 at 1 P.M. Yes, Halloween, so costume is optional.

Meet at the cul-de-sac or turn-around; the end of the paved road west of the disc golf course.

The primary task that day will be picking up trash along the paved road (it is approximately 1 mile long) from the entrance at Highway 98 to the cul-de-sac. However, if enough people attend, there are other areas that we could expand into.

The Park District is having a dumpster dropped at the cul-de-sac and we will have at least one shuttle vehicle transporting your collected trash bags to that dumpster. (ATV w/trailer – thanks to Mr. Brown!)

Other activities include, but are not limited to, picking up trash around the disc golf course (I know, there is a tournament elsewhere), picnic areas, cleaning up Mustang Meadow (the area west of the cul-de-sac where much trash has been gathered in the tree line), the Totem Pole Shelter, the campground, and lake/pond perimeters. Be sure to express which areas you’d like to work so I can group those with similar interests.

This event is open to everyone so please bring family, friends and neighbors along to assist in the clean up. A waiver form will be on site for everyone to sign. Bring gloves and water, long pants and long sleeves will be a good idea as well. If you have “pick sticks”, those are always work savers! Bring some trash bags if you wish (just recycle some grocery bags) or I will have bags for you.

Thank you all for being a Friend of McNaughton!!!!!

The Pekin Hospital League - Annual Holiday Magic Gift Show

The Pekin Hospital League will hold its annual Holiday Magic Gift Show on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. inside the Pekin Hospital Lobby.  The show will feature many beautiful handmade items, floral arrangements, jewelry, toiletries, stationery, Fannie May candy, baby items, toys and Vera Bradley items.  A large variety of baked goods, candies, and many other specialty food items will be available in our Pantry.  The Pantry will be located near the restaurant in the lobby.

A raffle will be held with tickets selling for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  Tickets may be purchased from League members before the show, at Nearly Nu and at the Pekin Hospital Gift Shop.  Raffle tickets will also be available the day of the show with the drawing being held at 3:00 p.m. that day.  Raffle items include: a $1,785.00 14K yellow gold sapphire bracelet from Udry Jewelers, an $800.00 handmade quilt from Peddler’s Way Quilt Co. & Lost Creek Quilters, a $350.00 gift certificate  towards the purchase of four tires from Eastside Tire & Auto Store (Goodyear), a $150.00 overnight stay and dinner at the Par-a-dice Hotel/Casino, a $100.00 Walmart gift card, a $100.00 Steger Furniture gift certificate, a $150.00 floral arrangement, a $100.00 Vera Bradley Weekender, and a $75.00 hand painted wooden Christmas plate from Pekin Hospital League.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes to Raise Awareness Of Domestic Violence and Abuse

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is holding Walk a Mile in My Shoes to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse, Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8:30 a.m. at the Fulton Street entrance to the Peoria Civic Center. 

            Walkers receive a long sleeved t-shirt and free entrance to the Women’s Lifestyle Show, beginning at 9 a.m. at The Peoria Civic Center.  The cost is $15 for the one mile walk.  To take part, call The Center for Prevention of Abuse at (309) 691-0551 or download an entry form at
Registration at the event begins at 8:00 a.m.

Wireless Express Ribbon Cutting

Nicholas Evans, store manager of Wireless Express, cut the ribbon on the official Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce "welcome to Pekin" on October 22. Wireless Express has been in operation at 535 S. Parkway Drive for some time, but they have been so busy serving customers they haven't had the opportunity to hold a ribbon cutting. Joining Nick at the ribbon cutting were Althea Geiser, President of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of the chamber's Board of Directors and Ambassadors. Wireless Express is the premier Verizon Wireless authorized retailer. They are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The can be reached at 478-1170 and on the web at   You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at our chamber photo site:

Chamber Welcomes New Member, Artistic Flowers

Artistic Flowers, 1901 S 2nd Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-347-0022; website: Cathy Homerin, Owner; business hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 9am - 3pm. They are a full service florist and gift shop. They also offer memory beads and dove releases.

Chamber Welcomes New Member, Generations Lounge

Generations Lounge, 319 Court St, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-353-7697;Pat Rogers, Manager; e-mail:; business hours are Monday-Saturday 4pm - 1pm and Sunday 12pm - 1am. They are a lounge that serves Pekin's adult community. Specializing in dart and pool leagues.

Pekin Hospital to Offer Healthcare Provider CPR Courses

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer Healthcare Provider CPR courses for nursing students and others who are entering a health occupation field in the January 2011 semester.  Full professional rescue CPR classes are scheduled for November 30 from 4 – 8 p.m. and December 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital. 

The cost of the class is $35 and will include the course manual.  Registration is required and class size is limited.  To register for one of the classes, please call (309) 353-0701 or email

The CPR classes are offered through the American Heart Association, and participants will receive a 2-year card on completion of either class.  If you or someone you know is entering nursing school or any other health occupation course this January, this is a CPR class that is accepted by all Colleges of Nursing in the Central Illinois area.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Chamber Honors 36

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 13th annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, October 21st the Pekin Country Club.  The Chamber’s Member Services Committee coordinated the luncheon, which was sponsored by Savant Capital Management, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts, The Greenhouse Flower Shoppe, and Pekin Hospital.

Recognition was given to thirty-six area businesses and organizations in the following categories:  remodeling or expansion; new ownership or management; new business or building; additional employees; major training effort; new technology; major equipment investment; other improvements; and, community involvement. 

Before presenting the awards, Chamber executive director Bill Fleming told the audience of 170 people representing fifty local businesses and organizations that the economic news continues to get better.
Many of the economic indicators are starting to show positive signs this year, and especially in the past quarter, “ said Fleming.  These thirty-six businesses and organizations have demonstrated by their continued investment that they believe things will get better.”

The featured speaker at the luncheon was Reverend Lloyd Brock, Pastor of Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, and a newcomer to the community.  He gave a timely and relevant message about "embracing your community" and how "leaders are servers" and not the other way around.

The thirty-six businesses and organizations recognized were:   
  • Avanti’s Dome Events & Sports Center of Pekin (new ownership, new management, and remodeling)
  • Avanti’s Ristorante (new business, and remodeling)
  • Bard Optical (new technology, community involvement)
  • Busey Bank (community involvement)
  • Covenant Heating & Air (new building, additional employees, major equipment investment)
  • Cuattro (remodeling and expansion, additional employees, new technology)
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran School (remodeling, new building, new technology)
  • Herget Bank (new technology investment)
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (remodeling, new technology, equipment investment)
  • Illinois Center for Pain and Rehab (new technology and major retraining)
  • Kiwanis Club of Pekin (community involvement)
  • Leman Property Management (expansion)
  • McDaniels Marketing Communications (expansion and additional employees)
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza (new technology and community involvement)
  • Pekin First Church of the Nazarene (remodeling, additional employees and community service)
  • Pekin Hospital (remodeling, additional employees, new technology investment, major equipment investment, other improvements, community involvement)
  • Pekin Insurance (additional employees, other improvements)
  • Pekin Main Street (community involvement)
  • Pekin Manor of Liberty Village (remodeling and expansion)
  • Pekin Paintball Park (new business)
  • Pekin Public Library (remodeling)
  • Pekin Riding Club (remodeling, retraining and other improvements)
  • PNC Bank (new ownership, major retraining and new technology)
  • Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes (additional employee, major retraining, community involvement)
  • Professional Therapy Services (community involvement)
  • Rhythm & Brews (remodeling, new ownership, additional employees, new technology and community involvement)
  • Sound Choice Hearing Clinic (new employees and major training effort)
  • Speakeasy Art Center (remodeling, new business, other improvements, and community involvement)
  • St. Paul Wonderland Childcare Center (additional employees, new management, major retraining and community involvement)
  • Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society (community involvement and new technology)
  • Tazwood Mental Health Center (expansion)
  • Tebben Insurance Services (new ownership and other improvements)
  • Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care (community involvement)
  • Tips and Toes To Go (new business)
  • Treasures and More (new building, remodeling)
  • W.D. Boyce Council / Boy Scouts of America (major retraining, community involvement and other improvements)
You can see more pictures from this event at

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ribbon Cutting with the Chamber

On Friday at 4pm we'll be at Wireless Express,
535 S. Parkway Drive.

Come meet Nick Evans and congratulate them on all of their success in Pekin.

Chamber Welcomes New Member, Andy's Diner

Andy's Diner, 1001 N 8th St, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-347-3370, e-mail:; Tom Poole, President; business hours are Tuesday - Saturday 5:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday 6:00am - 3:00pm. Andy's Diner is a family diner with home cooked food and great prices.

Better Business Bureau News Release

New Laws Go Into Effect to Fight Deceptive Debt Relief

Good news for those struggling to pay their bills: all of the new Federal Trade Commission regulations to help protect financially-desperate families from deceptive offers for debt relief will go into effect on October 27. While the new rule will have a significant impact on reducing predatory debt relief, the Better Business Bureau advises consumers that they still need to use caution when enlisting the help of a third party to get out of debt.

Since the start of the recession in December of 2007, the Better Business Bureau has received more than 6,000 complaints from consumers about debt relief or debt settlement companies. Typically, complainants say they were charged large up-front fees in exchange for the empty promise that the company would significantly reduce or eliminate their debt.

"The debt relief industry has flourished in the current economy and you can bet that many unscrupulous companies are feverishly trying to figure out ways to get around the new laws, such as relying less on telephones to solicit new customers," said Bonnie Bakin, BBB President. "While these new rules provide effective new protections, consumers still need to be on the lookout for deceptive debt relief services."

Under the new rule, any company that solicits debt relief services over the phone-including taking incoming calls from new customers-will not be able to charge upfront fees until:
* the debt relief service successfully renegotiates, settles, reduces, or otherwise changes the terms of at least one of the consumer's debts;
* there is a written settlement agreement, debt management plan, or other agreement between the consumer and the creditor, and the consumer has agreed to it; and
* the consumer has made at least one payment to the creditor as a result of the agreement negotiated by the debt relief provider.

Additionally, debt relief providers cannot require that consumers set aside payments in a "dedicated account" unless:
* the dedicated account is maintained at an insured financial institution;
* the consumer owns the funds (including any interest accrued);
* the consumer can withdraw the funds at any time without penalty;
* the provider does not own or control or have any affiliation with the company administering the account; and
* the provider does not exchange any referral fees with the company administering the account.
Finally, before the consumer signs up for any debt relief service, providers must disclose fundamental aspects of their services, including how long it will take for consumers to see results, how much it will cost, the negative consequences that could result from using debt relief services, and key information about dedicated accounts if they choose to require them.

Businesses can learn more about how to follow this new rule on the FTC's web site: Debt Relief Services & The Telemarketing Sales Rule: A Guide for Business

For more information on managing credit and getting out of debt, check out BBB's free advice at Managing Credit-Made Simpler.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


New Member Appointed to Pekin Hospital Board of Trustees

Jason W. Proehl, of Manito, was recently appointed to Pekin Hospital’s Board of Trustees to serve a three-year term.  He will fill a position vacated by Scott Jeckel. 

Jason is an attorney with Kuhfuss & Proehl, P.C. in Pekin, where he is a general practitioner with a focus in Agriculture Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate, and Small Businesses.  In addition, he and his wife, Amanda (Galvin) Proehl, own and operate the Subway restaurant in Manito.  Jason and his family also farm in both Tazewell and Mason counties.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in agriculture from the University of Illinois.  He then graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law with a Juris Doctor.

He is Vice President of the Tazewell County Bar Association.  He attends St. John’s Lutheran Church – Sand Prairie, where he also serves on the Contemporary Worship Committee.

He and his wife have two sons, J.J. and Joseph, and reside in Manito.

Pekin Hospital is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of civic and business leaders.  The Board is responsible for the quality of patient care, along with the property, funds, and affairs of the hospital.  Board members include:  Steven Clark, M.D., Curtis Eeten, Kathryn Kramer, M.D., Rich Kriegsman, Janet Lange, John E. Lovell, M.D., Ron Miller, Ward Sirotak, Andrew Sparks, and Michael Tibbs.

Chamber Welcomes New Member, Flowers By Florence

Flowers by Florence, 430 Margaret St, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-347-4500; website:; e-mail:; Earl Krohn, owner; Office Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm. They are a full service florist and gift shop. They offer local and world wide service for their customers.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Personal Finance Company Welcomed To Chamber

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to welcome Personal Finance Company to the Chamber. Personal Finance Company is located at 3279 Court Street. Chamber President Althea Geiser assisted Personal Finance Manager Kelly DuBois with the ribbon cutting. Local Personal Finance Company employees and the regional and division managers were also present. PFC is a finance company that offers loans with affordable payments for their clients. They try to help people with their credit needs. They also do retail financing for local businesses in the area. More information is available on their website at:


Tazewell County Health Department has canceled the drive through flu clinic scheduled for October 23rd.  Low response is the reason for the cancellation of the drive through clinic.  If you have scheduled an appointment, TCHD will be in contact to reschedule a time for you to receive your flu shot. 
Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months and older.  Children younger than 5 years and all adults 65 years and older are increased risk of severe illness or hospitalization from influenza.  Much of the U.S. population is at high risk from serious flu complications either because of age or a medical condition like asthma, diabetes (type 1 and 2) heart conditions, or because they are pregnant.
If you need assistance or have special needs, please contact the Health Department at 925-5511 or 477-2223, extension 296.  An appointment may be scheduled to give your flu shot.
The cost of the flu immunization is $30.00.  Individuals eligible for Medicaid or Medicare Part B must bring their Medicaid or Medicare card to the clinic, as the cost of the immunizations are covered by these programs.

IRS Releases Draft W-2 Form for 2011; Announces Relief for Employers

WASHINGTON — The IRS today issued a draft Form W-2 for 2011, which employers use to report wages and employee tax withholding. The IRS also announced that it will defer the new requirement for employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan, making that reporting by employers optional in 2011.

The draft Form W-2 includes the codes that employers may use to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan.  The Treasury Department and the IRS have determined that this relief is necessary to provide employers the time they need to make changes to their payroll systems or procedures in preparation for compliance with the new reporting requirement. The IRS will be publishing guidance on the new requirement later this year.

Although reporting the cost of coverage will be optional with respect to 2011, the IRS continues to stress that the amounts reportable are not taxable. Included in the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in March, the new reporting requirement is intended to be informational only, and to provide employees with greater transparency into overall health care costs.

This information was provided by the  Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Newswire 10/12/10

East Peoria's Premiere Business Expo

Walk a Mile in My Shoes to Raise Awareness Of Domestic Violence and Abuse

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is holding Walk a Mile in My Shoes to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse, Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8:30 a.m. at the Fulton Street entrance to the Peoria Civic Center.

Walkers receive a long sleeved t-shirt and free entrance to the Women’s Lifestyle Show, beginning at 9 a.m. at The Peoria Civic Center.  The cost is $15 for the one mile walk.  To take part, call The Center for Prevention of Abuse at (309) 691-0551 or download an entry form at

CEFCU Announces, CFS Insurance Representative Receives Award

Jay Flanagan, an insurance agent with CEFCU Financial Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CEFCU, was among a select group of insurance professionals with local, independent insurance agencies to be recognized as a High Achiever by Travelers Personal Insurance.

The Travelers High Achiever award is designed to recognize insurance agency employees who display superior levels of customer service, demonstrate leadership skills, encourage teamwork among their peers, and contribute to the overall success of their agencies.

Debbie Godke, CEFCU Vice President stated, “What an honor for Jay to be recognized by Travelers as an outstanding performer. Everyday, he makes sure that members receive the best service possible. We are proud that he is part of the CEFCU team.”

CEFCU Financial Services insurance agents can help you evaluate what insurance options may be right for you, including auto and home, life, accidental death and dismemberment, vehicle service agreements, and long-term care insurance.

With assets totaling over $4.4 billion, CEFCU serves 275,000 members through 19 Central Illinois Member Centers; Valley Credit Union, a division of CEFCU; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website,; and

“Pink in the Rink Night” October 30th.

The Peoria Rivermen have teamed up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Saturday October 30th.  All survivors will receive a FREE ticket with $5 from all $15 tickets ordered through the Rivermen Office (not the box office) going back to the Foundation.  For more information and the full flyer, click here
All who attend are also encouraged to wear pink to the game.

Friday, October 15, 2010

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Speakeasy Art Center - Upcoming Events

Our exhibit this month features the artwork of John Selburg. John attended his undergraduate training at Bradley University. His major was in Drawing, Sculpture and Graphic Design. He received his Master's Degree in Drawing from the University of Missouri. He has a graphic novel in the process of being published. He is currently working full-time on creating a wordless illustrated novel and a number of shorts. You can get a sneak peak at Johns work by visiting However its NOTHING like seeing these amazing works in person. His work is up this entire month so visit us soon!!! The artists reception will be held on Oct 29th from 5-8pm. Its free and EVERYONE is welcome.

Speakeasy Art Center & Bottoms Up want to bring you an evening of FREAKY FUN! We will  have live music and  a DJ, a cash bar, costume contest, door prizes & a ghoulish good time!! So don't forget to mark your calendars for October 30th from 8pm-12am & pick out your costume…you wont want to miss this one! Tickets are only $3 and are available at Speakeasy, Bottoms Up, and at the door that night!

All through the month of November you can visit the amazing work of Eric Cooney (photographer/sculptor/painter) & Gene Mialkowski (sculptor). Eric Cooney's work brings to life extraordinary beauty from ordinary places. Focusing in industrial abstract photography, his work always leaves you with a sense of wonder and intrigue. Gene Mialkowski works primarily in steel. He has an amazing ability to make heavy,metal sculpture feel as weightless as ribbons. This show is a MUST-SEE so come join us to kick off the exhibit on November 5th from 5-8pm.


We are also excited to let the public know that EVERY Wed. night from 6:30-11p you can come hang out at Speakeasy and listen to THE DIRTY GENTLEMAN jam and practice!! They call their unique sound Indie-ish Rock! ARE YOU CURIOUS??? You should be!! Come out and listen to what all the fuss is about!
OPEN STUDIO!!! THURSDAYS (starting Oct 28th) 6-8pm
Open studio is free and open to everyone! This is simply an environment for artists of all kinds to work in. You can...paint, write, sculpt, knit, take photographs, play an instrument, rehearse a play, practice poetry, ANYTHING & EVERYTHING you can dream up!!! Our goal is to create an atmosphere that kicks your creative juices into HIGH GEAR!!! So come out and surround yourself with inspiration and channel it right into your work!

You can rent the gallery or a studio space too! If you have an event coming up consider having it in the Speakeasy Gallery. If your an artist in need for a space to create we can help with that too!! Please contact Nikole at for more information.

Come Visit the Speakeasy Art Center soonWe are located at 353 Court Street in Pekin

Ladies Night Out

  Come shop enjoy the food and treats.

U-Design Jewelry
Stress Buster Massage
                                                                  Cupboard spices
Special guest- Bremmer Jewelers

Try some new wines and you might find a new favorite.

 Come get you Christmas Shopping Done

As always, there will be giveaways & raffles from our venders you won’t want to miss!


WHEN? November 18th  5:30-7:30

WHERE? Grumpy Pete’s Steak House

Would you like to join us next month?
 Give us a call at…477-8325 or 202-2302

Pekin Public Library Announces Veteran's History Project

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Pekin Public Library is participating in the Library of Congress’s Veteran’s History Project.
For this project, volunteers will interview and record veterans' first-person accounts of military service in World War I, World War II, the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The library will then submit these written accounts to the Library of Congress.
The library will be holding oral history interviews on Wednesday, November 10 and Friday, November 12.  Any veteran who would like to participate should make an appointment for their interview by calling the Reference Desk at 347-7111, ext. 225.   For more information on this project through the Library of Congress, please visit

Tazewell County Health Department - Free Mammograms

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. 
Walk-ins welcome or call 1-866-925-5511 x 316

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Host a Business After Hours!

The following dates are still available:
August 4th
September 1st
November 3rd

Southside Business Association Presents, Meet Your Candidates Night.

Meet Your Candidates Night
Presented by Southside Business Association
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
K of C Hall
715 N 11th St., Pekin

SBA will serve a chili/hot dog dinner from 5-7 pm.  Cost is $5.00/ticket. 

Each candidate with a contested race will be given (3) minutes to speak.  The program will begin at 7pm and the public is invited.  Campaign literature may be passed out to the audience.


Tremont— Tazewell County Resource Centers recently held its Annual Staff Appreciation Dinner at the Pekin Country Club.  TCRC holds this Dinner every year to celebrate the special people who make a difference to the agency and the individuals we serve.

The First United Methodist Church of Peoria was named as the agency’s “Volunteer of the Year” that evening.  The church and its members have been staunch supporters of TCRC and its Mission for the past few years now and generously donate of their time, talent, and treasure, especially during the holiday season. 

The “Gene Smith Community Service Award” was presented to the Wal-Mart Supercenter of Morton.  This many-year friend of TCRC has always been there to show its support for the many programs and services that TCRC offers to some of the most vulnerable persons in our community. 

Awards of appreciation were handed out to TCRC staff who have reached certain milestones with the agency:  Teresa Miller for twenty-five years of service; Rex Forbes and Victoria Ewen for twenty; Pat Frost, Libby Holbrook, Rhonda Kizer, Sharon Ray, Tom Ross, Jolene Straw, and Angie Van Etten for ten years; and Chris Betson, Jamie Durdel, Lori Durdel, Kris Franklin, Connie Helms, Troy Maxwell, Ann Morris, Jean Neuman, Scheree Scott-Solomon, Jeri Sutton, and Lea Wagstaff for five years of service. 

TCRC, Inc. is a not for profit social service agency that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and/or visual impairments from our community.  For more information, call Mark Bourland at (309) 347-7148.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Doing Business With the Illinois National Guard

Did you know that every year the Illinois National Guard spends about $300 million on goods and services in Illinois? Would you like to be a provider of some of those goods and services?  The Illinois Chamber has partnered with the U.S Property and Fiscal Officer for Illinois to assist businesses gain access to that purchasing power.
The Illinois Guard spends money in 35 different product and service lines, extending from heavy and construction engineering to footwear.   The complete listing can be accessed through the link below
On November 9, 2010 at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield from 11:00am to 2:00pm the USPFO and staff will provide information needed to be eligible to sell goods and services to the National Guard.
Registration is FREE. Lunch will be provided by the Illinois Chamber. For more information about business opportunities click here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

October Puttin' On Pekin Recap

The October 8th Puttin' On Pekin Breakfast was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. About 100 chamber members and their guests were there to see Terry Von Boeckman win the early award and Jim McMullin win the late prize. The Spotlight on Business was presented by Jason Kreiling to Herget Bank, and accepted by Mike Krohe. Nichole Bozarth presented the Blue Ribbon award to Andrea and Jeff McKinney, in recognition of the upgrades to their home. She also presented the Sunshine Award to the Christian Civic Outreach, which was accepted by Warren Tenhaken. The program for the day was a candidates' forum. Speaking were:
10th Circuit Judge, John P Vespa, Christopher J Spanos (John P Vespa was under the weather and couldn't attend)

18th US Congressional seat, Sheldon Schafer, Deirdre DK Hirner, and incumbent Aaron Schock.

Tazewell County Treasurer, Monica Connett and Mary Burress

Tazewell County Sheriff, Ron Davis, and incumbent Robert Huston 

91st Illinois Representative seat, Michael D Unes and incumbent Michael K Smith
 You can find all the pictures from this and other chamber events at: