Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Welcome New Member: Spirit of the Past Antiques

Spirit of the Past Antiques., 215 North 5th Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-336-1660; email: spiritofthepastantiques@yahoo.com; website: www.spiritofthepastantiques.com; Dan and Debi Bruns, Owners; Business hours: Hours in June are Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, In July hours will be Tuesday - Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Spirit of the Past Antiques is an antique mall. It features antique and vintage items from a wide variety of dealers. Their motto is Antiques, Artisans, and Amazing Things. Spirit of the Past especially encourages new dealers as well as experienced antique vendors by offering rental spaces as small as a single shelf! In the near future, they will also offer professional Ancestral Research services. Every month, they hold a silent action with proceeds donated to The Tazewell Museum and Educational Center. Spirit of the Pasts Grand Opening Weekend is July 1 - 3. There will be soft drinks, snacks, and some neat surprises for visitors to the store. Look for them to open for retail sales in early June.

Tech Show 'n Tell

Several chamber members got together on May 12th at the Avanti’s Dome for free coffee and “show and tell.”  This was the third month for this informal gathering.  Some of the participants were there to listen, while others shared and demonstrated new technologies, apps, or software they use to work more efficiently. 
This month we learned about and discussed a file management app for Android mobile devices; working with video files on a variety of devices; Google’s new laptop lease program and their Google Music beta service; the world’s smallest computer; two restaurant apps ideal for business lunches, which allow you to save time with reservations and paying your tab; LinkedIn; and we had a successful video phone call!

The next Tech Show ‘n Tell will be Thursday, June 9th at 7:30 am the Avanti’s Dome.  Join us and share - It’s FREE!

Membership Renewals

Adams Outdoor Advertising ~ Advance Medical Transport

American Cancer Society/Relay for Life ~ Best Western Ashland House Bremer Jewelry ~ Bridgeway ~ CDS Office Technologies

Debbie Fornoff Interior Designs & Draperies ~ Farden Pest Control

Laserpro of Peoria ~ Let It Shine ~ Pekin Prescription Laboratory

Steve Saal ~ Seico Security Systems ~

St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Development/Run

Tazewell County Historic Places & Tazewell County Museum

The Mattress Doctor -  Eric White

Biz Barometer

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis.  Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.
Non-farm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.  Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining.

The Illinois and Peoria area unemployment rates both dropped to 9.1% in March according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  The Tazewell County unemployment rate fell to 8.9%, while Pekin’s rate dropped to 10.2%.  The number of people employed in Pekin is nearly 800 more than in March of 2010.

The Illinois Department of Revenue reports sales tax disbursements to the City of Pekin were down 3.2% in May, compared to May of 2010.  May payments generally represent the sales tax collected in March.  For the first five months of 2011, sales tax disbursements to the City of Pekin are 3.9% ahead of the same period in 2010. 

The number of homes sold in Pekin during the first four months of 2011 are down 25% compared to the same months in 2010.  A total of 114 residential units have been sold in the 61554 zip code this year, compared to 153 during the same period in 2010.  A similar trend can be found in other Tazewell County communities according to information provided by the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS.  The average sales price is also lagging behind last year’s numbers. 

Chamber Calendar of Events

June 1 Executive Board Meeting
June 2 Business After Hours
June 7 Ambassador Meeting
June 8 Transportation Committee
June 8 Board of Directors Meeting
June 9 Tech Show ‘n Tell
June 10 Puttin on Pekin Breakfast
June 14 Member Services Committee
June 14 Breakfast 2.0
June 15 Marigold Festival Committee Meeting
June 28 Business Advocacy Committee

Straight A’s = FREE Peoria Chiefs Game

The Peoria Chiefs will honor local students for excellence in the classroom by providing free tickets to the Chiefs game on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. To be eligible, students in grades 1-3 that have perfect attendance in the last grading period and students in grades 4-12 that have "A’s" in all subjects in the last grading period of the school year. Students will receive two (2) free Club Box tickets to the game by presenting a copy of their final report card at the O’Brien Field box office prior to the game. Friends and family can purchase additional tickets for $6.00 ($10.00 value) to the same game. Wednesday, June 8th is a 7:00 p.m. contest against the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers). For more upcoming events visit http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/promotions/index.jsp?sid=t443#June

Abraham Lincoln in Pekin Walk

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society along with Pekin Main Street presents its 2nd Annual 'Abraham Lincoln in Pekin' Walk on Sunday, June 5th from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. along Capitol St at Court Street in Pekin. Tickets are available at the TCGHS library or at the event.
Come listen to the people who knew and dealt with Lincoln when he came to Pekin. Free cookies and lemonade will be served. In the event of rain, we will move inside the Speakeasy Art Center on Court Street. For more information phone 477-3044 or visit the TCGHS library at 719 N 11th St., Pekin. You may also visit our website www.tcghs.org or drop an e-mail to tcghs@tcghs.org.

CEFCU Reports Record Achievements in 2010

At CEFCU’s recent Annual Meeting, the Credit Union reported record achievements for 2010.  At the end of the year, Assets were over $4.4 billion, which is an increase of over 5% compared to 2009.  Savings deposits also increased over 5% from last year, and loans outstanding grew 1%.

At the Annual Meeting, Robert Metzinger, 2010 Chairman of the Board of Directors, stated, “… the continued support of members like you, along with the commitment to provide quality member service from your volunteer Board and professional Staff, resulted in solid growth for your Credit Union.

Todd Bryant and Matthew Jolliff were named as Associate Board Members, and CEFCU members re-elected Patricia Hampton, Richard Hermann, David Koehler, and Robert Metzinger to the Board of Directors.

Credit Union Officers, Directors, Supervisory Committee members, and Associate Board members for 2011 will be:  Bruce G. Dimler – Chairman, Patricia J. Hampton – Vice Chairman, Thea M. Robinson – Vice Chairman, Helen J. Young – Vice Chairman, Mark A. Spenny – President/CEO and Treasurer, Robert M. Metzinger – Secretary, Brad C. Arnold, Todd W. Bryant, James L. Gleich, Richard G. Hermann, Matthew D. Jolliff, David M. Koehler, Nancy M. Medendorp, Joseph R. Needham, and Reed A. Stuedemann.  Therese Peck serves as the Recording Secretary.

Credit Union officials reflected on highlights from 2010.  In recognition of strong member confidence, combined with staff controlling expenses while making solid lending and investment decisions, in December, the Board of Directors authorized a $7 million Extraordinary Dividend.  Over the past 11 years, CEFCU has returned $50 million in Extraordinary Dividends to member/owners.

During the year, CEFCU opened a Member Center in Eureka, Illinois, inside the IGA Grocery Store on Center Street.  This Member Center includes a full-service teller counter, Member Service Representatives, a Fast Track Teller, and a Money Center 24 ATM conveniently located in the grocery store parking lot.

Construction was completed on the new Sheridan Village Member Center in Peoria, Illinois, in March 2010.  In Springfield, Illinois, the first LEED-certified, “green” Member Center will open in the fall of 2011.  And, construction will begin this year on the new Chillicothe, Illinois, Member Center, which is scheduled to open in early 2012, and will also be LEED-certified.

Developed in 2010, CEFCU’s new Private Student Loan was made available in 2011.  This new loan product offers college-aged members, who attend any college or university, another financial option after federal aid, scholarships, and grant monies have been exhausted.        

With assets totaling over $4.5 billion, CEFCU serves 280,000 members through 19 Central Illinois Member Centers and 3 Member Centers in Santa Clara County, California; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website, www.cefcu.com; cefcu.mobi; the surcharge-free CO-OP Network ATMs; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.


Women's Fund First Tuesday Event

The next First Tuesdays will be held on Tuesday, June 7, from 5 to 7 pm at Crittenton Center, 442 West John Gwynn Jr. Ave, Peoria, IL 61605.  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 kristan@communityfoundationci.org 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.

This Week With the Chamber

Read what is happening this week with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce by clicking here:  http://www.pekin.net/ThisWeekWithTheChamber.htm

Papa Murphy's Pizza - American Red Cross Fundraiser

There will be a fundraiser for the American Red Cross on Thursday, June 9th from 11am to 9pm for our neighbors that were hit by the recent tornadoes. Papa Murphy's Pizza will donate 15% of all REGULAR priced food purchases made on June 9 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Help us "Raise Some Dough" for the Communities hit by recent tornadoes. Participating stores are: Bloomington, Danville, Decatur, Mattoon, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Peoria, Springfield. Go to www.papamurphys.com for store locations.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tazewell County 4-H Show & Junior Fair

The Tazewell County 4-H Show and Junior Fair will be held on July 18-21st.  The Veterans Memorial Fair Association is seeking sponsors.  

As an official sponsor of the Tazewell County Fair, you are supporting 4-H members and the youth of Tazewell County. The 4-H Show and Junior Fair, requires the volunteer help and support of many people and businesses. It is a joint effort of:
  • Veterans Memorial Fair Association which owns the buildings, 
  • University of Illinois Extension Tazewell County which provides assistance to 4-H Clubs and planning for the fair,
  • Pekin Park District who maintains the buildings and uses them during the year, and
  • Hundreds of volunteer leaders, parents and other supporters of 4-H and Extension.
If you would like to be a “Sponsor” of the Fair, please indicate your level of support and return it with your check to:  Veterans Memorial Fair Association, c/o U of I Extension Tazewell County, 1505 Valle Vista, Pekin 61554.

Exhibit space in the Veterans Memorial Arena is also available to sponsors who sponsor at the $100 level or above at no added cost. You'll need to complete a “Commercial Exhibitor Contract."

Sponsorship Commitment Levels

____ Green Sponsor: $500 and more

·   Recognition as a Green sponsor and an ad in the 4-H Fair Program Booklet

  • Name listed as a Green sponsor in local newspaper ads about the Fair
  • Name listed in poster ads throughout the fairgrounds
  • Commercial Exhibit space available at no added cost

____ Blue Sponsor: $250 - $499

·   Recognition as a Blue sponsor and an ad in the 4-H Fair Program Booklet

  • Name listed as a Blue sponsor in local newspaper ads about the Fair
  • Name listed in poster ads throughout the fairgrounds
  • Commercial Exhibit space available at no added cost

____ Red Sponsor: $100 - $249

·   Recognition as a Red sponsor and an ad in the 4-H Fair Program Booklet

  • Name listed as a Red sponsor in local newspaper ads about the Fair
  • Name listed in poster ads throughout the fairgrounds
  • Commercial Exhibit space available at no added cost

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Speakeasy News

Plan a stop to visit us and take in Speakeasy's latest exhibit!
Speakeasy's Current Exhibit: Group Photography Exhibit of local artists. Speakeasy has
seven different artists displaying their unique view of the world. Additionally, we have an exhibit of high school students photography work.

This exhibit will be showing until June 3rd.

Speakeasy supports our fellow artist friends and their families. Please plan to join artist, Amy Boettcher, her husband, and family as they fight ALS! <http://explorepeoria.us/Kick-ALS-logo-cropped.jpg> The Help Tracy Boettcher Kick ALS event will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden on Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. The event will include a silent auction, games, food, refreshments, live music by Tracy and Amy's son, Nick Boettcher, and much more. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased in advance at Luthy Botanical Garden, Moon Dancer or at the door the day of the event. For more information, call 309-692-2880 or visit https://www.facebook.com/HelpTracyKickALS

Next month Speakeasy will not have a new exhibit to spend time preparing for July's exhibit. Be watching for our next newsletter for more details.

Artist:  We now have a small studio space that just became  available on the coveted 2nd floor of the Speakeasy Art Center. If you are interested please contact Nikole at speakeasyartcenter@hotmail.com

Please also keep in mind that Speakeasy Art Center is a lovely backdrop for any event/occasion. It's unique and artistic flair will be sure to make it a time to remember!  For more information please contact Nikole at speakeasyartcenter@hotmail.com

Memorial Day Scramble

Play at Sunset Golf Course for Memorial Day!


Friday: 6:00 Jack and Jill
Saturday: Call for tee time!
Sunday: 1:00 Memorial Day Scramble
Monday: After 12 Veterans Special $20 golf and cart


Friday: Fish 'n Chips Special
Saturday: Prime Rib Special
Monday: Red-White-Blue Special $6, Classic Burger and Chips

Call Pro Shop for sign up and details 347-7553

Kiwanis Club of Pekin Holds Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

On Saturday, June 18th, the Kiwanis Club of Pekin will be hosting a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at the Pekin Municipal Airport between 8:00-11:00 a.m. in conjunction with the Wings and Wheels Fly-In and Cruise-In. Tickets are just $5. Jumer's Cinnamon Rolls will be available! The airport is located on 13906 Airport Lane, off Rt. 29.

2011 Marigold Mini Medallions

The cost is $5.00 each.

PCHS Art students earned a Grant to produce this years' marigold medallion and mini medallions.

The 2011 Pepsi Marigold design was created by senior Glassworks student Doug Bopp. His design is a multi-layered fused glass disk including a painted image of Everett Dirksen with a variety of marigolds. The Mini-medallions were created by the Sculpture students using a glass casting process. Each mini medallion is a unique work of art inspired by the winning medallion design. Both grant projects were made possible through the grant provided by the Tazewell County Regional Office of Education. The sale of these medallions will make it possible for future PCHS Art students to learn contemporary art techniques while developing pride within their community.

Thank you for your support of the arts in our community.

Welcome New Member: Classical Dance Academy

Classical Dance Academy., 359 Court Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: (309) 643-5464; email: classicaldanceacademy@yahoo.com; website: http://www.classicaldancepekin.com; Liz Curtin, Owner; Business Hours: Monday-Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday 4pm-6pm, Saturday 9:30am-1:45pm. The Classical Dance Academy offers Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, Pilates, and a Dance Studio. It also offers Jazzercise and Zumba classes. All ages are welcome. Private lessons are available.

Friday, May 20, 2011

2011 Music in the Vineyard & Festival Schedule

June 4: West McQueen Band
June 11: Jammsammich
June 18: The Shake
June 25: Loose Shoes

$5pp band cover Saturdays, bands start at 7pm. Fridays "Unwind with Wine" until 9pm. Bring your own food, lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Call to reserve deck seating. NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES. Alcoholic or non-alcoholic.  Wine, beer, soda, and water are served. 

Pekin Hosts Regional Speed Networking

It was a small turnout but the participants made some great contacts at the May 20th Speed Networking event held at the Pekin Holiday Inn Express.  The chambers of commerce in Tazewell County (East Peoria, Morton, Pekin and Washington) take turns hosting the quarterly networking event.  Participants sit across a table from each other and have 90 seconds to talk about themselves.  Then they listen to their partner's 90 second introduction.  Then everyone gets up and moves to a new seat and the introductions start over.  It is a great opportunity to meet a large number of people in a short amount of time.  The Washington Chamber of Commerce will host the next speed networking event in August.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

PTS Moves To New Location

Professional Therapy Services recently completed their move to a new Pekin office. They are now located in Sunset Plaza at 2988 Court Street, next to Jim Maloof Realtor. Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin recently gathered for a ribbon cutting to welcome them to their new location. The ribbon was cut by Mike Riley, President of PTS and Tracy Reimer, Pekin Clinic Manager. Assisting them were Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra and Chamber President Skip Schermerhorn. Professional Therapy Services offers a wide-array of programs, including physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and occupational health and rehabilitation programs. The Pekin clinic can be reached at 353-5940

The CFCI Appoints Four New Members to its Board of Directors

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) announces the appointment of G. Michael Marvel, Donna Marcacci, Ray Busam, and Dr. Maxine Wortham to its Board of Directors.  
Mark Roberts, CFCI’s CEO, stated “the Community Foundation of Central Illinois’ Board of Directors benefits greatly from the diverse experience and knowledge of its members.  We are delighted that Michael, Donna, Ray and Maxine are joining us, and know that they will contribute to CFCI’s future success based on their leadership experience and commitment to the greater Peoria area.”

 G. Michael Marvel is the Sr. Business Resource Manager for Global Accounting & SEC Reporting at Caterpillar Inc.  Prior to joining Caterpillar Inc. in 2006, Mr. Marvel worked for Eli Lilly and Company in a variety of financial positions for approximately 10 years and also worked as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand for over 10 years.  At Caterpillar, he has held several different positions in the accounting organization including serving as the SEC Reporting & Technical Accounting Manager, Business Resource Manager in Geneva Switzerland, and Sr. Business Resource Manager for the Eastern Hemisphere Legal Entity Shared Services.  Mr. Marvel earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Indiana University in 1984.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the AICPA.

 Donna Marcacci is Vice President and Senior Wealth Planner at PNC Wealth Management, where she provides advice on complex estate and other wealth planning issues. She has a high level of technical experience in estate, tax and wealth planning issues. Prior to being with PNC Wealth Management, Donna was with National City Bank’s Private Client Group as a Relationship Manager and before that a Private Banker.  Donna is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), having earned that designation in 1998. She is a cum laude graduate of Augustana College and holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Illinois State University.  Donna has been actively involved with the Peoria YWCA and the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Illinois for many years, having served as President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of both organizations.

Ray Busam has over 40 years of experience in the areas of corporate finance and human resources management.  During his career he held the CFO and top administrative position with three firms.  He was last with L. R. Nelson Corporation as CFO & Vice President Finance & Administration for 15 years, retiring in 2005.  At Nelson his responsibilities included the Financial, Human Resources and Information Technology areas.  Prior to joining Nelson he was CFO and Vice President of Finance for True Temper Corp, a Black & Decker company.  He served for a number of years as a member and president of the Illinois Central College Educational Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of Archway Insurance LTD. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Alliance Benefit Group of Illinois, Inc. and a member of the Finance Committee of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.  He has also worked as a consultant for the Employers Association.  He is a graduate of De Paul University.

Dr. Maxine Wortham has served as Assistant Director/Education Coordinator at PCCEO Head Start since 2002.  A retired educator, Dr. Wortham served Peoria Public Schools for over thirty years as a classroom teacher and administrator.  A graduate of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee and Illinois State University, Dr. Wortham has an extensive record of community involvement, including Tri County Urban League Board of Directors, City Link Trustee, Early Childhood Forum, and the Rotary Club of Peoria. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

YWCA Award Winners

The YWCA of Pekin congratulates the award winners from the 30th Annual Women’s Recognition Day Event. Receiving awards at the event held Thursday, May 12th at the Pekin Country Club were: Susan McCabe, Arts; Deborah Simon, Business; Lisa Wilson, Professions; Marggie Seelye, Community Service; Sharon Adams, Outstanding Employee; and Cathie Harkleroad, Sports. The Mission Award, given by the YWCA Board of Directors to an individual, business or organization who has exemplified the YWCA mission, was presented to Rusty Dunn.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank Opens

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome South Side Trust & Savings Bank to Pekin.  The new facility is located at 3200 Veterans Drive.  Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra assisted South Side Pekin Facility Manager Chip Hill with the ribbon cutting.  Prior to the ribbon cutting, Hill, Barra and Dave Cochran, President & CEO of South Side Trust and Savings Bank all made comments.  The full-service branch offers a complete line of financial products and services, including checking and savings accounts, CDs, money markets, personal and business lending, and much more.  The branch houses 315 safe deposit boxes and presents a complete range of Brokerage and Trust Services.  It features three drive-up teller lanes, two of which are equipped with two-way television monitors, as well as a drive-up ATM on the property.  The Pekin Branch is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The telephone number is (309) 353-4833.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pekin Main Street Presents “Pekin’s Got Talent” Competition

This summer, Pekin Main Street is presenting a county wide talent competition that will determine who has the most talent!

Modeled after the popular TV show, American’s Got Talent, this competition will have three phases. First, there will be an open audition for all interested parties on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6-8 at the Pekin Public Library. From this audition, the field will be narrowed down to the top 20 acts and those acts will perform live at Pekin Main Street’s Annual Cruise In on Saturday, July 30th in downtown Pekin. The field will then be narrowed down to the top 10 acts and those top 10 acts will compete at Friday Night Family Fest to kick off Marigold Festival Weekend on September 9, 2011 for cash prizes and winner of Pekin’s Got Talent. Prize sponsor is Herget Bank.

The talent competition is open to all ages and all residents of Tazewell County. Rules and regulations for the competition can be found on the application packet. Application packets are available at the Pekin Public Library, all Herget Bank locations in Pekin, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, Pekin Main Street office and at

Completed applications must be received by June 1, 2011. Contact Melida Heien, Executive Director of Pekin Main Street, at 353-3100 or
mainstreet@grics.net for more information.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Welcome New Member: 14th Street Hardware

14th Street Hardware., 1315 Derby Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-642-6914; Kriss Brown, President; Business hours: 8am-6pm MTWTF, 8am-5pm Sat. Full service hardware store, glass cutting, pipe cut and threading, key cutting, paint mixing, plumbing, electrical, hardware, lawn and garden, tools, cleaning aids, paint and accessories.

Welcome New Member: Fred Lawrence and Sons Fire Equipment

Fred Lawrence and Sons Fire Equipment., 206 Derby Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-620-1301; fax: 309-642-6646; email: flsonsfire@omnilec.com; Fred Lawrence, Owner; Business hours: 8am-5pm. Fire Service/ Safety Service: fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems (restaurant), first aid, emergency lightning, testing maintenance.

Pekin Life Insurance Company Holds Annual Meeting

Pekin Life Insurance Company held its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Company’s Home Office in Pekin, Illinois.

The Company reported net income of $4.2 million. Premium income increased by less than
one percent to $245.8 million. Life Insurance in force exceeded $12.5 billion in the year

At the meeting, shareholders elected directors Steven R. Anderson, Loves Park, Illinois;
Byron A. Dodd, Anna, Illinois; and Gordon M. Walker, Groveland, Illinois, to three year
terms to expire in May 2014.

Other directors whose terms continue are: Craig W. Concklin, Hinsdale, Illinois; Scott A.
Martin, Peoria, Illinois; and Daniel V. Connell, Thomas C. Hornstein, A. Richard Kriegsman,
and Christine A. Schwartz, all of Pekin, Illinois.

On April 20, 2011, Pekin Life Insurance Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.04 per
share payable June 1, 2011, to shareholders of record May 2, 2011. The Company has paid
dividends each year since June 1, 1976.

Pekin Life Insurance Company is an integral part of the Pekin InsuranceTM group of

Pekin Life Insurance Company stock trades under the symbol “PKIN” and is listed on the
OTCQB. Wells Fargo Advisors makes a market in the stock.

A multi-line company, Pekin Life Insurance Company offers individual life and group life and
health products; including term, universal life, group medical, medicare supplement,
annuity, credit insurance, debt protection, and pre-need coverages.

Other products offered by the Pekin Insurance group include automobile, homeowners,
motorcycle, recreational vehicle, boatowners, commercial automobile, businessowners,
commercial property and liability, workers compensation, and bonds.

Pekin Insurance offers insurance coverages in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin
through its independent agency network.

Information about Pekin Life Insurance Company can be obtained by visiting our Internet
website at www.pekininsurance.com.

Welcome New Member: Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard., 33633 IL Rt 9, Mackinaw IL 61755; phone: 309-359-9463; fax: 309-359-3480; email: mackinawwinery03@gmail.com; website: http://www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com; Paul Hahn, Owner; Diane Hahn, Owner; Business hours: Varies depending on season- see the website. What started as a dream in the spring of 1997 has developed into a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of today's hectic world. Mackinaw Valley Vineyard hosts a winery, tasting room and gift shop. They have a large selection of award-winning wines. There's live music on most Friday and Saturday nights June through September, special events throughout the year, and their event coordinator can help you make weddings, anniversaries, receptions and company parties a memorable event. Located just 10 miles east of I-155 at Tremont on Illinois Route 9.

Community Foundation of Central Illinois Holds Annual Meeting

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) held its 23rd Annual Meeting, A Year in Review today, May 10 at The Hotel Pere Marquette, Cotillion Ball Room from 11:30 am-1:15 pm. 
In attendance were community members, CFCI fund holders, and grantees.  Attendees were treated to lunch and a program that highlighted the accomplishments of the Community Foundation in 2010.  CFCI CEO Mark Roberts shared that over $5.1 million in grant funding was distributed in the past fiscal year by the organization.  In addition, CFCI distributed more than $230,000 in grants and scholarships through its competitive granting process.  Roberts stated, “We are honored to play a role in distributing charitable support to worthy organizations throughout central Illinois.  CFCI is in the business of promoting philanthropy, and we are so thankful for those supporters who work with us to positively impact the quality of life in our community”.

The luncheon also featured a performance by members of the Spoon River Community Chorus, a 2010 grant recipient for their production of Mass Theatrical, an original musical composition by Canton resident Richard Etter.  Etter and Carol Davis, Executive Director and VP of Community Outreach at Spoon River College, spoke about how support from the Community Foundation played an integral role in making this production possible.  Following their comments Mass Theatrical cast members Carla Bobell and Patrick Jenkins performed a song from the production. 

CFCI also presented the 2011 Founder’s Award to the organization’s first executive director, Donna Haerr.  Haerr served as executive director from 1989 to 1995 and grew the Foundation’s endowment to $1.6 million.  The Founders Award recognizes those individuals, corporations and organizations that have greatly benefited the Community Foundation.  Past Founder’s Award recipients include: Caterpillar Inc., Gordon and Jean Peters, and Gene and Harriett Swager.

BBB Serving 36 Counties of Central Illinois

BBB of Central Illinois would like to thank 136 businesses of Central Illinois for renewing their Accreditation April 1 through April 30 2011.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

IDOT: Shade-Lohmann Bridge Lane Closures

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that motorists will encounter intermittent lane closures on the Shade-Lohmann Bridge from approximately Monday, May 16th through Friday, May 27th.
These lane closures are necessary for crews to perform a routine inspection of the bridge. The closures will be in place from approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and will begin on the westbound side of the bridge.

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

Nine Game Homestand Continues

KRAFT Singles Tuesday Night Ticket Night:

The Burlington Bees begin a three-game series in Peoria on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. It's a KRAFT Singles Tuesday Night Ticket Night as fans can bring a KRAFT package wrapper to a Chiefs game on Tuesday's and receive a buy one ticket, get one free offer. It's also Salute to Pawn Shops and Antiques Night. The Chiefs will be saluting the greatest antique shows and pawn stars throughout the evening. BUY TICKETS

Dollar Night:

The eighth game of the homestand is a 6:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, May 11 against Burlington. It's the second $1 Night of the year with hotdogs, soda, and ice cream all available for only a buck each. Wednesday is also the Salute to Sponsors Night as the Chiefs will be giving a special thanks to all the companies and organizations that make this season possible. BUY TICKETS

Thirsty Thursday:

The series ends with another 6:30 p.m. start on Thursday, May 12 with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. It's another Thirsty Thursday presented by Kelleher's Irish Pub & Eatery, Miller Lite and Baumgarten Distributing as 16oz. domestic drafts and all fountain sodas are just $2.00 once gates open. There will be a pre and post-game party at Kelleher's with specials on domestic beer buckets. Celebrate being single as well with the Chiefs' Singles Night at the ballpark. BUY TICKETS

This Week With The Chamber

Speed Networking, Tech Show 'n Tell, Breakfast 2.0 and more...read what is happening this week with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce by clicking here:  http://www.pekin.net/ThisWeekWithTheChamber.htm

Wings and Wheels Fly-In Cruise-In

Wings and Wheels Fly-In Cruise-In will be hosted by Pekin Municipal Airport on June 18, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a pancake breakfast served from 8:00-11:00, and pork chop & brat sandwiches served from 11:00-4:00. Free Young Eagles airplane rides will be given from 8:00-11:00 a.m. to those between ages 8 and 17. A parent/ guardian must be present. Adult airplane rides for a fee. Admission is FREE. For more information on this event, contact (309) 348-3692.   

Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Names New General Manager

On April 1st, Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in North Pekin announced that Steve Porter has been named the dealership’s General Manager. Mr. Porter, a native of Pekin, has been part of of the Uftring Auto Group family of dealerships since 1996, serving in sales, finance and management positions throughout the organization. When Gary Uftring purchased the North Pekin Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership in early 2010, Steve was named General Sales Manager. Over the past 16 months, the dealership has grown in both the sales and service departments under his leadership and supervision. Additionally, Mr. Porter has been instrumental in hiring and training an exceptional group of sales professionals, increasing inventory and promoting a “customer first” philosophy that is a reflection of the Uftring Auto Group’s core values. Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is located on Radio City Drive in North Pekin. For more information, call (309) 382-1000 or visit UftringPekin.com.

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois to hold 23rd Annual Meeting May 10

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois will hold its 23rd Annual Meeting, A Year in Review on Tuesday, May 10 at The Hotel Pere Marquette, Cotillion Ball Room from 11:30 am-1:15 pm. 

 The Community Foundation will highlight 2010 grant making and feature a performance by members of the Spoon River Community Chorus, a 2010 grant recipient for their production of Mass Theatrical, an original musical composition.  

 In addition, CFCI will present the 2011 Founders Award, recognizing those individuals, corporations and organizations that have greatly benefited the Community Foundation.  Past Founder Award recipients include: Caterpillar Inc., Gordon and Jean Peters, and Gene and Harriett Swager.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event.

Illinois American Water Announces over $28,000 Awarded through 2011 Environmental Grant Program

Illinois American Water announced today that seven watershed initiatives across the state will receive funding
through the company’s 2011 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling approximately $28,000
which the company earmarked for community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.

A panel of judges selected the winners from over 30 grant applications, which were evaluated on criteria such as environmental need, innovation,
community engagement and sustainability.  Illinois American Water awarded its 2011 Environmental Grants to:

·        Spring Lake Nature Park in Streator, Ill.
·        Lisle Park District’s in Lisle, Ill.

·        Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

·        St. Clair County Health Department in Belleville, Ill.

·        McHenry County Government Water Resources Division in Woodstock, Ill.

·        Tazewell County Health Department in Pekin, Ill.

·        Great Rivers Land Trust in Alton, Ill.

Established in 2005, our Environmental Grant Program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects in our local communities.
“The Environmental Grant Program has been very successful in helping local organizations carry out initiatives that not only benefit our watersheds, but
increase awareness and community participation.” said Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water.

The following describes the 2011 grant recipients’ projects:

Spring Lake Nature Park will receive their requested grant amount of $1,427 in full for the West Trail Bridge Project.  This project will provide a pedestrian
bridge over Egg Bagg Creek and will reduce stream bank erosion of the creek.

·        Lisle Park District will receive a grant of $4,500 for the Woodglenn Park Renovation and Wetland Detention Interpretation Project.  This project will incorporate
environmental and educational signage and activities at the park’s already established wetland area.  By using the available landscape, the Lisle Park District
will increase awareness in regards to a wetland’s far-reaching benefits.

Bradley University’s grant of $5,500 will be used to create the River Action League.  The River Action League will mobilize citizens for watershed health by
providing sample collection kits and training volunteers to collect samples from the Illinois River.  The samples will be analyzed for the determination of water
resource needs locally.

St. Clair County Health Department’s will receive their requested grant amount of $2,000 in full for the Water Resource Management and Sustainable Development
Project.  This project will strive to develop an environmentally sustainable community which includes the expansion of the ground water protection program by providing
educational presentations to employees, residents and students.

McHenry County Government Water Resources Division will receive a grant of $6,200 for their Rain Garden and Xeriscaping Educational Project.  The project will
educate residents and landscapers in McHenry County on the benefits of native landscaping through the use of model gardens.  Educational materials will also be
created and provided through this project.

Tazewell County Health Department was awarded a $3,800 grant for the Winter Snow and Ice Conference.  This event will address the need for increasing awareness
in the community on the rise in chlorides in ground water and educate the region’s snow and ice operators on more sustainable application techniques of road salt.

Great Rivers Land Trust will utilize a grant of $5,000 to construct a filter pond on the grounds of The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois. The purpose of the project is
to demonstrate the effectiveness of a two tiered filtration system to prevent sediment and impurities from reaching our streams and rivers.

All grant recipients will submit a report at the end of the year to American Water regarding how their grant was used to achieve their specific environmental goals.