Thursday, March 31, 2011

Act On Energy® Expands Free CFLs Offer

Act On Energy® has expanded its offer and now ALL Ameren Illinois electric customers can receive up to six CFLs Free.  Also, the current offer which reduces already significantly discounted products an additional 50% has been extended until May 15, 2011.

All Ameren electric customers can log onto Act On Energy's Online Store and select between two options for their FREE CFLs.  The first option is a 15/20/25w 3-pack and the other option is a 25w 3-pack.  If you’ve already ordered a FREE CFL three-pack, don’t worry, you can log on and still order another 3-pack for your business.  Act On Energy will even pay for the shipping.

While you’re ordering your FREE CFLs don’t forget to pick up additional products from Act On Energy's store which will help you save energy and money.  Products on the store include:
                * Customers can save an average of $17 annually in energy costs for each CFL that replaces an incandescent bulb
                * Ten different types of CFLs to choose from including dimmable CFLs
                * Includes free shipping
                * Can save up to $60 in energy costs per year, per sign
                * Includes free shipping
                * Can save up to $140 per year, per control
                * Includes free shipping
                * Reduces electrical usage in exit signs to 2.7 watts per bulb
                * Includes free shipping

  • And more…
While these two offers have been extended until May 31, 2011, Act Now and start saving!  These FREE products and discounted prices are an incredible way to save your business money and impact your bottom line. 

Pekin Area Network Partners with Infinite Success

Pekin Area Network has partnered with Infinite Success (IS) and a new group is being created in Pekin! What is Infinite Success? IS is a fresh, new way of connecting and growing your business. We’ve done away with old formats of networking and have created a group that uses education and coaching, along with networking and “hot” referrals, to help you tap into the success that is already yours. More and more people are embracing the science of success, so come to our Kick-off Event on April 15th to find out what all the excitement is about! Change your view, change your life. Get ready for your best year yet! When: Friday, April 15th from 7:30 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. Where: Pekin Library

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Members Save Money with Staples Advantage!

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has chosen Staples Advantage as their preferred office supply vendor for all of their members to take advantage of.  This is an exclusive offer available only to chamber members!  Staples Advantage is a business to business program different from or the Staples retail division.  The website,, is Staples' business-to-business Internet ordering solution. With, you can order supplies electronically from your computer anytime. The site provides immediate access to over 30,000 products including office essentials, paper, ink/toner and cleaning supplies, etc.

If you have already registered with and have received your logon information, you can go directly to the login page and begin ordering.

If you have not registered with or have not received your logon information, please register by going to:  You will not be able to log in to until you have received an email confirming your registration. You should receive this email within approximately 3 to 5 business days of submitting this form.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CIRCLE Visits Springfield

The Central Illinois Regional Chambers Legislative Effort (CIRCLE) took over 100 business leaders from 16 Chambers of Commerce to Springfield today. In total, the group represented over 8,000 chamber members from throughout Central Illinois.  Their message was a common agenda, with recommendations to improve Illinois’ business climate.

The business and communities leaders shared their stories and concerns with legislators, and discussed the need to reform education, pensions, the states finances, and workers compensation.  Several legislators were present at the four sessions, including Senator Koehler, Senator LaHood, Representative Unes, and Representative Sommer. 

During lunch the group heard from Senate President John Cullerton and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, as well as Doug Whitley, the President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The 16 chambers involved in CIRCLE are from: East Peoria; Peoria; McLean County; Canton; Chillicothe; Jacksonville; Lincoln; Logan; Manito; Morton; Pekin; Peoria Heights; Springfield; Washington; Decatur; Champaign County and Clinton.

More pictures from this event are available at:

Tazewell County Jaycees Trivia Night!

The Tazewell County Jaycees will be hosting their monthly trivia night on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at EP’s TimeOut located at 1011 East Washington St. in East Peoria.

Teams consisting of two to ten players will compete against wits in order to receive a coveted prize as well as the honor of decorating the Tazewell Trivia Traveling Trophy. The night also features door prizes as well as the opportunity to enter in a 50-50 drawing. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from EP’s TimeOut.

Proceeds from this month’s Trivia Night will benefit House of Hope, Tazewell County's shelter for victims of domestic violence and abuse.
The cost is $10 per person, $5 per Jaycee member. Seating is limited, Please email today to reserve your team’s spot!

The Tazewell County Jaycees is a social and service organization for individuals 18-40, dedicated to individual and community development. For more information visit

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society April Special Community Event

On Sunday, April 10th from 2:00 to 4:30, TCGHS is hosting our 2nd annual "We Can Help" event in conjunction with the NBC/ series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Last year TCGHS had over 60 attendees and were able to help nearly everyone. The event is free and open to the public.  Our library is located at 719 N 11th St., Pekin.

Contact TCGHS
Phone: 309-477-3044
Email :

Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society General Meeting

Dennis & Kathy Overstreet of Morton will be the speakers at the April 12th meeting of the Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society. They will present a program about the historical background of the banjo. There will also be a performance by the Central Illinois Banjo Club. The club includes many different types of instruments. The meeting, open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at the society's Erlicher Research Library, located at 719 N 11th St., Pekin, IL. The program will begin at 7:00 PM with a business meeting immediately following the program.

Contact TCGHS
Phone: 309-477-3044
Email :

YWCA Women's Recognition Day

The YWCA of Pekin is accepting nominations for outstanding leadership and achievement awards to be presented at its 30th Annual Women’s Recognition Day luncheon on Thursday, May 12th at the Pekin Country Club.  Nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments and contributions of women in their careers and community service are being accepted at the YWCA office through April 12.  Luncheon reservations are open to the public and must be made by Thursday, May 5th.  Nomination and luncheon reservation forms are available at the YWCA during regular business hours or on the YWCA website at:  For more information, call the YWCA at 347-2104.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Marigold Grand Marshal Nominations Needed

Each year the Pekin Marigold Festival Committee recognizes a local resident (or couple) who has given freely to the betterment of our community. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Grand Marshal of the 2011 Pekin Marigold Festival. This chosen nominee(s) will be asked to serve as the 2011 Grand Marshal.

The Marigold Festival Committee is seeking nominees who have demonstrated their passion and dedication by giving generously of their time and talent to a variety of charitable and community organizations and activities. The nomination deadline is May 3, 2011. Nomination forms are available at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 Court Street or can be downloaded at  

1973                                  Mrs. Luella Dirksen
1974                                  Mrs. Luella Dirksen
1975                                  Mr. David Burpee
1976                                  Mrs. Luella Dirksen
1977                                  Mrs. Luella Dirksen
1978                                  Mrs. Luella Dirksen
1979                                  Mr. Ernie Banks
1980                                  Mrs. Dorothy Miller
1981                                  Mr. Tim Soldwedel
1982                                  Mr. Peach Preston
1983                                  Mayor & Mrs. Norman Shade
      1984                                  John & Juanita Kriegsman
1985                                  Mr. Wilbur Korsmeyer
1986                                  Bud & Jean More
1987                                  Ms. Virginia Sams
1988                                  Mike & Norma Caringello
1989                                  Irv & Eleanor Abel
1990                                  Chuck & Nina Dancey
1991                                  Rev. Hubert Entwisle
1992                                  Robert & Dorothy Doan
1993                                  Bill & Sandy Sevier
1994                                  Joe & Shirley Carver
1995                                  Larry & Janet Homerin
1996                                  Katie Learned
1997                                  Henry & Alice Cakora
1998                                  Roy & Jackie Williams
1999                                  Mr. Ernie Cretaro
2000                                  Albert Gasper
2001                                  Mr. Frank Starcevich
2002                                  Mr. Bob Moore
2003                                  Ivan & Shirley Berg
2004                                  Mrs. Carol Shields
2005                                  Mr. George Beres
2006                                  Ralph & Marilyn Brower
2007                                 Jan & Jim Donahue
2008                                  Mr. Jerry Hall
2009                                  Mr. & Mrs. Larry Stone
2010                                  Mr. Ken White        

IDOT Works on Route 9

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that work on a portion of IL 9 just west of Mackinaw will begin Monday, March 28th.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the duration of this bridge removal and replacement project. Flaggers will initially control traffic until a temporary barrier wall is installed.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-August.

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

Welcome New Member: TimbukTech Inc.

Welcome to another new member of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce: TimbukTech Inc. is located on 486 N. Main Street in Canton. Phone: 309-647-7269; fax: 309-740-7320; website:; Robert Walker, Executive Account Manager; Scott Brown, Owner; Matt Roe, Owner; Office hours: 8:30 am- 6pm  Mon- Thurs, 8:30 am -5 pm Fri, 10 am- 2pm Sat. TimbukTech is an affordable option to maintaining networks and workstations for businesses. TimbukTech becomes your IT team. They specialize in network development, remote back-up, anti-virus protection, hosting, VOIP telephones, DVR security systems, and Lenovo computers, software, and hardware. Lenovo authorized.

Leadership Graduation Dinner

                The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a graduation dinner on March 24th to recognize the twenty-four students who just completed the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy.  Sixty people attended the dinner, and the audience included family and co-workers of the graduates, alumni of the academy, and chamber staff, officers, and directors.
                This is the 13th year the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has organized a leadership academy.  A total of 240 individuals have now completed the program.
                 The featured speaker at the dinner was Reverend Lloyd Brock, Pastor of Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, and a 2010 graduate of the academy.  Reverend Brock challenged the graduates to “embrace the community.”  He also noted that “leaders are servers, and not the other way around.”
                In March of 2009 the chamber’s board of directors voted to change the name of the academy, adding R. David Tebben to the title as a way to recognize a former chamber president and leader who was active in a number of chamber committees and events, including the leadership academy.
“The Pekin area has been fortunate throughout its history to have strong volunteer leadership from the business community,” said Bill Fleming Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.
“The R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy ensures that tradition of community leadership continues,” said Fleming.
Fleming noted the mission of the academy is to identify, inform and educate existing and emerging leaders of the local community, and to motivate them toward leadership responsibilities by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of the local community.
“We accomplish our academy mission with weekly interactive classroom sessions featuring local subject experts, and weekly field trips,” said Fleming.
This year’s classroom topics included Welcome to Leadership, What is Leadership, Pekin Municipal Government, The Courts, The Media, Tazewell County Government, Pekin Coalition for Equality, Pekin Public Schools, Dirksen and Civil Rights, and The Pekin Park District. 
Field trips included visits and tours at Excalibur Seasoning Company, Pekin Hospital, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory, a City of Pekin bus tour, Caterpillar, Tazewell Machine, Peoria Air National Guard, the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin, and the Illinois State Capitol and Legislature.
The students each completed a class project – a report on an area non-profit organization.  Additionally, the students were required to make a formal introduction of another student to the class, and attend community and government board meetings and chamber networking events.

The twenty-four graduates and their employers:

Tom Belk, Illinois Corn Processing
Bobbi Brienen, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory
Linda DeFrates, Pekin Hospital
Jill Douglas, SJB Promotions
Lori Draeger, Pekin Hospital
Karen Duckworth, Pekin Hospital
Drew Eilts, Edward Jones - Drew Eilts Financial Advisor
Jamie Evans, City of Pekin
Debbie Gaines, Pekin Hospital
Amy Gehrt, Pekin Daily Times
Paula Gensel, City of Pekin
Chip Hill, South Side Bank and Trust
Chuck Hundt, Illinois Corn Processing
Jim Kaminski, City of Pekin
Dave Lannert, Pekin Park District
Ali Lohnes, Wolf, Tesar & Company
Marlo Mastalerz, Excalibur Seasoning Company
Katie Muller, CEFCU
Erin Schutte, Holiday Inn Express
Cheryl Sherwood, Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
Lori Utter, Pekin Hospital
Rod Wamsley, Henderson Funeral Home
Craig Wells, Herget Bank.
Rev. Daryle Wright, Pekin First Church of the Nazarene

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chamber Annual Meeting and Reception

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors invites you to attend their annual meeting and reception. "Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Working its Magic" will be held Monday, April 25, 2011 at the Pekin Country Club. The cost is $25 per person and it includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Tables of eight are available, and there will be a drawing to win 2 round trip tickets with Allegiant Air. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and introductions will begin at 5:45 p.m. There will also be entertainment by Stephen Bargatze at 6:00 p.m. 

Business After Hours, April 7th

Puttin' on Pekin April 8th

Bard Optical Owner Diana Hall Featured in Leading Trade Magazine

Bard Optical owner, Diana Hall was interviewed for an article in Vision Monday in March, 2011. Vision Monday is the leading trade magazine for the optical industry. In the “Cover Topic” section of the magazine, is the article, “Defining Leadership”. The article is comprised of opinions expressed by CEOs and Presidents of Eye Care Providers from across the U.S. Read “Defining Leadership” online at:

Bard Optical has 18 locations in Illinois. Log onto to find the location nearest you and schedule an appointment today.

Women's Fund April 2011 First Tuesdays To Be Held at Re in the Metro Center

 The next First Tuesdays will be held on Tuesday, April 5, from 5 to 7 pm at Re-in the metro center, 4700 N. University, Peoria, IL.  The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois invites area women to a monthly networking opportunity for Peoria-area women. Celebrate Spring 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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

AAIM Employers' Association Benefits Boot Camp

AAIM Employers’ Association is pleased to announce the “Benefits Boot Camp” conference will be held in three locations.  
  • Rockford, IL: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, NIU—Rockford, 8500 E State Street
  • East Peoria, IL: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, Par-A-Dice Hotel, 21 Blackjack Blvd
  • Maryland Heights, MO: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, Doubletree Hotel - Westport Plaza, 1973 Craigshire Rd
Time: 8:00 am – 2:45 pm
Registration Fee: $179 AAIMEA Member/$225Non-member
Reservations/Information: 1-800-948-5700
Get the latest information on EVERYTHING BENEFITS! Benefits Boot Camp is a one-day seminar that will provide participants with tangible tools and information to apply to real business needs. Sponsorships are available for the event. Sessions include:
  • Legislative Update
  • What Can Small Businesses Do to Control Rising Healthcare Costs?
  • Addressing the Challenge of Healthcare Reform—What Must I Do Today & What Should I Do Tomorrow?
  • State of Healthcare Reform—The Employer Perspective
  • Employee Wellness & Health Fairs Best Practices
  • What Are Other Companies Doing About Benefits That You Aren’t?
 AAIM Employers’ Association is an HRCISM Approved Provider.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chamber Calendar of Events

Apr 5 Ambassador Meeting                            Apr 12 Breakfast 2.0:  Time Mgmt
Apr 6 New Board Member Orientation          Apr 13 Transportation Committee
Apr 6 Executive Board Meeting                     Apr 14 Tech ‘n Tell
Apr 7 Pekin 1st Committee                            Apr 20 Marigold Festival Committee 
Apr 7 Business After Hours                           Apr 25 Chamber Annual Meeting
Apr 8 Puttin on Pekin Breakfast                    Apr 26 Business Advocacy Committee 
You’ll find additional member events by visiting our calendar online.
Do you have an event coming up, that you would like to add to our calendar? Contact us to find out how.  This is just another benefit of your membership

Membership Renewals Through March 21st

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

Avon Independent Representative, Teresa Ann Tucker
Carl & Nichols Shell ~ Dr. Anthony DeMonte, DDS
Edward Jones / Drew Eilts ~ Excalibur Seasoning Company ~ FCI Pekin
Great Clips for Hair ~ Greg's Garage Door Service
Griffin-Rahn Insurance ~ Illinois American Water ~ Charlotte Jibben
 Kouri's Pub ~ Linde Group ~ MJ's Windshield Repair & Window Tinting
Pekin Area Network ~ Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts
Sam Leman Auto Stop ~ Sound Choice Hearing Clinic
Sprint / Wireless Express ~ St. Paul Wonderland ~ Subway ~ Super 8
Tebben Insurance Services, Inc. ~ WTVP TV ~ X Waste Disposal

Breakfast 2.0: Personal Productivity / Time Management

Breakfast 2.0 will be held Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 am at the Avanti's Dome Events & Sports Center of Pekin. The cost is $20 and includes a full breakfast and program. Please RSVP to the Chamber at 346-2106.

Employees often report their inability to manage their time is the biggest problem they face professionally. Time management is a skill few people master, but it is one that most people need. We live in a world of competing priorities, customers, supervisors, supervisees and organizational goals. Since we often cannot control these priorities we must learn the skills necessary to self-manage.

To provide participants with skills necessary to manage themselves and their time; participants will:
·        Gain insight into their ineffective and sabotaging behaviors
·        Identify techniques that can be used to manage their interactions
·        Develop a plan to improve self-management

The presenter will be Marvis Meyers with AAIM Employers Association in St. Louis.  Meyers manages the customized, on-site training programs and Organization Development consulting.  Prior to joining AAIM EA, Meyers was the Manager of Training and Organization Development at Covidien, where she managed the managerial training function for all Tyco Healthcare.  She was also the head of Branch Training for Edward Jones, and has been an Executive Coach and Personal Productivity Coach for seven years. 

Tech Show & Tell

Bring your favorite app, widget, website, software tip, tech tip, blog, tech gadget or hardware and tell everyone how it makes you more productive. Or just come and learn about the latest technologies and how others are using them to be more efficient and productive.

Tech and Tell will be held Thursday, April 14th, 7:30 a.m. at the Avanti’s Dome Events & Sports Center of Pekin.

No reservation is needed, but feel free to call and let us know what you’re bringing!

Biz Barometer

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported nonfarm payroll employment increased nationally by 192,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.9 percent.  Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and business services, health care, and transportation and warehousing.  Locally, the unemployment stood at 9.6% in Illinois and 10.6% in Pekin at the end of January according to figures released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The Illinois Department of Revenue reports sales tax disbursements to the City of Pekin were up 8.1% in February, compared to February of 2010.  February payments generally represent the sales tax collected in December.  For the first quarter of 2011, sales tax disbursements to the City of Pekin are 4.6% ahead of the first three months of 2010. 

The numbers of homes sold in Pekin during the first two months of 2011 are up 12.5% over the same first two months in 2010.  A similar trend can be found in other Tazewell County communities according to information provided by the Peoria Area Association REALTORS. 

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.5 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.  Though the seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index was broad-based, the energy index was the largest contributor, as the gasoline index continued to rise.

Executive Director's Report: Tech and Tell

Only nine members attended the Chamber’s first “Tech and Tell” on March 10th at the Avanti’s Dome.  However, based on their enthusiastic feedback, other should make plans to attend future Tech and Tell events. 

The format of the program was very informal, with an around-the-table presentation and discussion of various technologies.  Participants were encouraged to bring their latest gadget, software tip, smart phone, or other technology tools that make them more efficient at work, and then tell the rest of the group about them. 

The informal format allowed participants to come and go as their schedule allowed.  A few participants were there just to learn, and did not bring anything specific to show the group.  There were no IT people in attendance.  Most were business people who would rate their technical knowledge as average or even below average.

What were some of the discussions and presentations?  Well, someone brought their brand new Motorola Xoom tablet and gave us a demonstration of the features and how they are using the technology at home and at work.  That led to a discussion of tablets in general and included several comments and opinions on iPads and other Android tablets. 

Someone asked what Google Voice was all about and if anyone was using it productively.  There was also a great discussion about QR Codes and how several of the participants are using them to quickly share information.  There was a failed attempt to set up a video voice call between two smart devices, and some simple tips on typing numbers and symbols on Android devices and sorting and searching your Outlook emails.

Cloud computing was discussed and one company told how they replaced their mail server with a cloud email service.  We also heard about Office 365, which will be Microsoft’s next big cloud product.  And finally, we had a live demonstration of an iPhone app and accessory that allows you to swipe a credit card and accept payments.  Afterwards we learned that there is also an Android version of the app and accessory available and one of the participants has already ordered it.

The next “Tech and Tell” will be on Thursday, April 14th at Avanti’s Dome at 7:30am.  Coffee will be provided by the Chamber.  Reservations are not required, but you could call and let us know what gadget you’ll be bringing so we can promote it.

A Letter From the 2010 Miss Marigold Jordan Davis

Dear Friend,

Last fall I had one of the best experiences of my life when I entered and then won Pekin’s Miss Marigold Pageant. It was the first time I had entered a pageant and from the first contestant meeting on, I have had the opportunity to meet new people and experience new things I never imagined.

One of those opportunities that have now come my way is the chance to compete at this summer’s Miss Illinois Scholarship Association Pageant as Miss Pekin. The pageant will be held June 28- July 2 in Marion, IL.

The ISA is part of the Miss America organization and awards thousands of dollars in scholarship money each year. The pageant follows the same structure as the Miss America system and I will be competing in Interview, Talent, Swimsuit, and Evening Gown competitions. Although it has been several years now since Pekin sent a representative to the Miss Illinois pageant, we do have a strong history of success (including three former Miss Illinois Queens!) and I am so excited to get our community involved once again.

As I mentioned before, the Miss Illinois pageant is a scholarship pageant and as such, I will be competing for scholarship money to help me further my education. I have been accepted to the University of Illinois and will be headed there next fall to study Biology. The pageant also emphasizes the importance of community service and philanthropy by requiring contestants to raise money in support of the Children’s Miracle Network.

In light of that and other expenses I will accrue in order to attend and compete in the nearly week-long competition this summer, I am asking for your support and a donation to help cover those expenses. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Marigold Festival Committee has generously supported me already by paying for my pageant entrance fee, but I will still have approximately $2500 in expenses for meals, hotel accommodations for my local pageant director/escort, my wardrobe, and the mandatory CMN donation of at least $300.

I have established a separate checking account at Herget Bank and pledge that any money I raise above what is needed for my minimum expenses will be put toward the CMN donation. Please understand that all the money I raise will be used for Miss Illinois expenses or donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Additionally, I am eagerly looking for opportunities to play the piano for audiences as a means of practicing for the talent competition. If you know of any such opportunities, please contact me or Shannon Tebben-Sandoval (at 347-2408.)

 I hope you will give careful consideration to my request. I appreciate any support you can give me and I look forward to representing our community well and making Pekin proud this summer!


Jordan Davis
Miss Marigold/Miss Pekin 2010

Donations may be made payable to “Miss Illinois Fund-raiser” and sent to any Herget Bank location or to Jordan Davis at 1814 Valencia, Pekin, IL, 61554.

Thank You!

Health Fair & Open House

John M. Evans Supportive Living Community will be hosting a Health Fair and Open House on March 31 at 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. on 1320 Executive Court in Pekin. There will be vendors, door prizes, giveaways, and free food. Please call (309)447-8800 for more information.

Savant Capital Management Introduces New Division – Savant Portfolios

Savant Capital Management, a fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford with offices in Geneva, Peoria, Hoffman Estates, Chicago, Freeport and Madison announces the addition of a new division of its company – Savant Portfolios.

Savant Partners Thomas Muldowney, Brent Brodeski and Richard Bennett launched Savant Portfolios to accommodate investors that have traditionally been ignored by big brokers and banks because they were considered "too small." Whether they have just begun to accumulate wealth or are moving into retirement, all investors have a definite need for an advisor who can help them navigate to their goals.

Savant Portfolios clients who own $50 thousand or more in financial assets will receive the same disciplined, tax-efficient and proven successful investment strategies as existing Savant Wealth Management clients. Additionally, they will benefit from the trusted expertise a relationship with a Savant advisor brings. However, Savant Portfolios clients will find a lower fee arrangement as compared to other types of advisors because at this stage of their investment strategy they do not require the complexity of integrated financial planning and tax management.

"Savant clients are diligent about accumulating wealth to ensure financial autonomy in the future," said Managing Partner Brent Brodeski. "Many of our wealth management clients ask us to help their grandchildren, children or friends who may not have the complex needs that our existing wealth management clients have. We are now happy to offer a solution for them through Savant Portfolios."

"We think that it is important for our clients to not only have a personal relationship with their advisor, but to also to be able to talk to them about each and every need," said Managing Partner Richard Bennett.

Savant has assembled a team of specialists to advise and guide the Portfolios clients towards their goals. The team includes Financial Advisors Thomas Ptacin and Scott Demler, and Client Service Coordinators Elizabeth Muldowney Samuelson and Christi Swearingen.
As an Independent Registered Investment Advisor, Savant’s primary mission is to deliver high-quality, best-of-class advice and investment solutions that are not contradicted by conflicts of interest.

Savant only receives compensation from its clients; they do not receive commissions, utilize proprietary investments and do not receive kickbacks for investments they recommend.
For more information on Savant Portfolios log on to or
call 815-227-0300.

Monday, March 21, 2011

IDOT Work on US 24

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that work is underway on US 24 near Cameron Lane.

 The project includes replacement of the bridge carrying US 24 over Lamarsh Creek, construction of a right turn lane to Cameron Ln. and construction of a left turn lane to Wheeler Rd.

Lane closures will be in effect in each direction while median crossovers are constructed. Traffic will remain one lane in each direction during the first stage, with southbound traffic being shifted across the median onto the northbound side. Stage 2 is scheduled to begin this summer. The project is scheduled to be completed by early November.

Motorists should be alert for flaggers and expect delays in this area while the project is underway.

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

Friday, March 18, 2011

Community Foundation of Central Illinois Scholarship Opportunities Available

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) is currently accepting applications for the following scholarships until April 1 and April 15.  Please see the CFCI website: for more information and for applications:

  • Bleeding and Clotting Disorder’s Scholarship: Applications due April 15

  • Dr. Valentine Jobst III Educational Fund Scholarship: Applications due April 1

  • Epilepsy Scholarship Fund: Applications: Due April 1

  • Illinois Mutual Employees Children Scholarship: Please contact Illinois Mutual for application packet. Applications due April 1.

  • MidAmerica National Banks Employee’s Children Scholarship: Applications due April 1

  • Women in Leadership Scholarship Applications: due April 1

  • Women’s Lifestyle Educational Fund Scholarship: Applications due April 1

  • The Vietnam Veteran’s Moving Wall Scholarship: Applications due April 1
CFCI’s Mission: The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) is a philanthropic resource committed to Connecting People Who Care with Causes That Matter.

About CFCI: CFCI was established in 1988 by a group of community-minded citizens to meet a wide variety of social, cultural, educational, and other charitable needs throughout Central Illinois.  CFCI carries out its mission by working with donors to establish permanent endowment funds to be used as charitable capital for enhancing the quality of life in the Central Illinois community. CFCI maintains high professional standards in the investment and management of the funds entrusted to the Foundation, and promotes effective and efficient grant making to serve current and future needs of central Illinois. For more information, please visit

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chamber Hires New Office Assistant

Brittney Beal was recently hired as the office assistant for the Chamber. Spending her childhood in places such as California, Arizona, Florida, and Georgia allowed her to be introduced to the true meaning of cold weather after moving to Pekin in 2006. In 2010 she graduated from Pekin Community High School and currently attends Illinois Central College. While her major is yet to be decided, she aspires to one day serve on the mission field. Working as the Chambers office assistant, Brittney will now work on member communications. She is excited about being part of the Chamber staff and looks forward to serving its members!