Showing posts from June, 2011

Tazewell County Museum Birthday Party

Dear Members and Friends, You are cordially invited to help us celebrate our 8th Birthday on July 13th, 2011. Join us from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for cake and drinks at the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center, 2950 Court St., Pekin, IL. You may also help make a donation to the museum by participating in our birthday fundraiser by eating sometime on July 13th at Avanti's in Pekin. Avanti's has graciously agreed to help us with a fund raising day by giving us 10% of the proceeds from any meal ordered by dine in, drive in or take out. All you need to do is present the enclosed voucher that day to Avanti's and they will give us a donation from your purchase. Thank you for celebrating with us on July 13th. Christal Dagit, President

New Traffic Signals Installed at 8th & Sheridan

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces traffic signal work will begin on Wednesday, June 29th from 8:00am to 3:30pm at the intersection of IL 29 (8th Street) and Sheridan Road in Pekin.  The intersection will be controlled by flashing red light signals and stop signs while the work is being completed. Crews will be installing flashing yellow arrow signals at this location.   IDOT is equipping more than 100 intersections in the Peoria area with flashing yellow arrow signals. To see how these signals work, please click here: . Please slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.

IRS Increases Mileage Rate to 55.5 Cents Per Mile

The Internal Revenue Service announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and other purposes.  The rate will increase to 55.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011.  This is an increase of 4.5 cents from the 51 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2011. In recognition of recent gasoline price increases, the IRS made this special adjustment for the final months of 2011. The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year.  While gasoline is a significant factor in the mileage figure, other items enter into the calculation of mileage rates, such as depreciation and insurance and other fixed and variable costs. The optional business standard mileage rate is used to compute the deductible costs of operating an automobi

Welcome New Member: Hacienda Fuentes

Hacienda Fuentes., 2912 Court Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-346-1610; Victor and Gilberto Fuentes, Owners; Hacienda Fuentes is a sit-down, dine-in Mexican restaurant.

Learn How To Do Business with the Rock Island Arsenal

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at The Heartland Partnership, IMEC, and the Economic Development Council for Central Illinois (EDC) invites area small business owners who are interested in selling goods or services to the Rock Island Arsenal, Office of Small Business Programs to attend this event to learn more about the supplier requirements. Presentation topics from the following groups will be included: U.S. Army Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, U.S. Army Contracting Command, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, 8:00 – 12 Noon, Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 West Main Street, Peoria, IL. Thew cost is $40 per attendee. For registration, please go to Pre-registration is required to accommodate seating and materials.  Seating is limited, and no walk-ins will be accepted

This Week With the Chamber

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iTV-3 Kids Experience

The iTV-3 Kid Experience is getting wild this year! Wildlife Prairie State Park will join us each day from Noon to 4pm. Get up close with their amazing animals and see special presentation at 1pm and 3pm each day! The Pekin Police K-9 Unit will also get in on the fun with 2 police dog demonstrations. New this year, kids can join Miss Marigold and her court in a Royal Parade! Kids can dress in their favorite royal attire (prince, princess, king, queen, knight or even a court jester) and parade down Pavilion Drive. The Pekin Public Library will kick us off and close us down with story time, crafts and much more! Be sure to bring the kids and stop by for some fun! Saturday, September 10, 2011 11:30 am      Police K-9 demonstration 1pm             Animal demonstration by Wildlife Prairie State Park 3pm            Animal demonstration by Wildlife Prairie State Park 4pm            Story time and crafts with the Pekin Public Library All day activities (Saturday and Sund

Transportation Bus Tour

The Chamber's Transportation Committee took representatives from the City of Pekin, Tazewell County, and State and Federal Legislative offices on a bus tour past several Pekin area transportation projects. The committee made presentations on Veterans Drive, Griffin Avenue, the Pekin Municipal Airport, Wagonseller Road, Hanna Drive and Broadway Road. The discussions continued over lunch at Pekin Country Club. It was a great opportunity for the committee to update elected officials on the progress of various transportation projects in our community.

14th Street Hardware Ribbon Cutting

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin came together for a ribbon cutting to welcome 14th Street Hardware to the community. Owner Kriss Brown was joined by his employees in the ribbon cutting. Located at 1315 Derby Street, 14th Street Hardware is a full service hardware store with glass cutting, pipe cut and threading, key cutting, paint mixing, plumbing, electrical, hardware, lawn and garden, tools, cleaning aids, paint and accessories.  Look for more pictures from this event at:

Welcome New Member: The World of Vitamins

The World of Vitamins.,   1100 Derby Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-620-8374; Jerimey Grider , Owner; Business hours: Monday - Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm. The World of Vitamins is your source for vitamins, herbs, and sport nutrition products. They are a vitamin, herb, and sport nutrition store for healthy lifestyles.

Welcome New Member: Advanced Media Partners

Advanced Media Partners., 2006 W. Altorfer Drive, Peoria IL 61615; phone: 309-691-0101; fax: 309-692-0111; Dave Homerin, Sr. Account Manager; Mike Rea, Director. Advanced Media Partners owns four local radio stations: 101.1 JACK FM, 96.5 ESPN Radio, 98.5 KISS FM, and 99.9 WWCT. AMP develops effective online marketing plans and helps businesses reach the masses with on air. AMP's energy is devoted to providing top quality programming.

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society July 12th Meeting

Greg Laun will be presenting an 1820-1860 history of the the Springfield to Peoria Stagecoach Road which passed through Tazewell, Logan, Menard and Sangamon Counties.  The road became a major artery for passenger & mail service as well as enabling trade & commerce that encouraged the establishment of early settlements along the route. Stagecoach service reached Springfield from Edwardsville in 1822 and began serving Peoria in 1825.  On February 12, 1827 the State Legislature in Vandalia declared the route from Springfield to Peoria a state road ─ the first state road leading from Peoria.  Abraham Lincoln sponsored bills in the Illinois Legislature supporting the road.   Mr. Lincoln also traveled the road as an attorney in the Eighth Judicial Circuit and during his campaigns for the U.S. Senate & the Presidency. The road basically followed a direct south to north path between Springfield & Peoria.  It passed through Sherman, Middletown, New Holland, Delavan, Dillon

Hanger to Hope News Release

River 97.3 is teaming up with Lifeline Pilots to help those devastated by the recent storms in Joplin, Mo. Many of those people who lost everything in May are moving into new apartments, homes, and trailers provided by FEMA. Life is starting over again and while "Home is where the heart is," they are beginning with nothing. “Hangar To Hope” is looking for items to make their house a home. Among the items needed to insure they have the basics are: Set of Dinnerware Drinking Glasses Silverware Pans (one frying pan and one sauce pan) Cooking Utensils Hand Held Can Opener Kitchen Towels Sponge Alarm Clock Pillows Pillow Cases Bath Towels Washcloths The items must be new.   Help fill the hangar! You can drop off items at the River 97.3 studios Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM. River 97.3 will be out and about various times of the week to also serve as a drop-off point and will gladly accept your donations. Images 126 in Eureka is also serving as a drop-off locati

Kriegsman Field Rededication

A ribbon cutting was held as part of the rededication of Kriegsman Field at the Pekin Municipal Airport. The event was part of the airport's Wings & Wheels fly-in and car cruise-in. Representatives from the Kriegsman family, the Pekin Municipal Airport Commission, City Councilman John Abel and Mayor Laurie Barra participated in the ceremony.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  

Welcome New Member: Big R of Pekin

Big R of Pekin., 3315 Court Street, Pekin IL 61554; phone: (309) 620-8378;  fax: (309) 349-3112; Mike Noren , Store Manager; Business hours: 8:00am-9:00pm. Big R is Illinois and Indiana's Farm, Home, Ranch, Pet, Lawn and Garden, Sporting Goods, Clothing and Outdoor Family Retail Store.

July 23rd Fundraisers for TAPS No-Kill Animal Shelter

Rockin For TAPS Saturday July 23 Pekin VFW 15665 VFW Road Pekin IL Gates open at 4:00pm $5.00 Admission Parking is free. Craig Renshaw is playing from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Loose Shoes is back by popular demand, playing from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Lux Orbis, a Fire Performance group will also perform Lots of food, drink, music and fun! All proceeds to benefit TAPS No-Kill Animal Shelter, Pekin, IL Ridin For TAPS Saturday, July 23 Register at MacDuffs at 10:00 am 1703 S. 2nd Street Pekin, IL $15 for one rider/$20 for 2 riders on a bike Cost includes admission fee to Rockin For TAPS Ride ends at VFW-15665 VFW Road, Pekin IL Last bike in at 5:30 p.m. Cash Drawing All proceeds to benefit TAPS No-Kill Animal Shelter, Pekin, IL

This Week With the Chamber

Read what is happening this week with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce by clicking here:

Congressman Schock's Fly-In

Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, attended this month's Washington, DC Fly-In hosted by Congressman Aaron Schock.  Other chamber members in attendance included John Abel (City of Pekin), Courtney Antonini (Tazewell County), Brent Eichelberger (Commerce Bank), Dr. John Erwin (Illinois Central College), Ron Givens (JM Industrial Supply), Leigh Ann Matthews (City of Pekin), and David Zimmerman (Tazewell County). About 120 people business and community leaders from central Illinois attended and participated in Q & A sessions with leading DC news makers.  The speakers included Senator Mark Kirk, Agent Faron Paramore (US Secret Service), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator John McCain, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jim Shelton (Asst Deputy Secretary, Dept of Education), Reince Priebus (Republican National Committee), Congressman Steny Hoyer, Doanld Rumsfeld (Retired Secretary of Defense), Frank Luntz (political consultant), Congress

4th of July Honor America Celebration


Pekin VFW Fireworks Display

July 2nd Pekin VFW will be having there 10th annual fireworks display. There will be a kids area, Bags tournament with pay out to top team, food, DJ, and a beer truck. The gates will open at 4pm and the event is free to the public.

AAIMEA New Educational Opportunities

AAIM Employers’ Association Education Center is pleased to offer the following educational opportunities.  Detailed information on these and other events is available on AAIM EA’s website at .  AAIM Employers’ Association is an HRCI SM   Approved Provider.  Registrations can be made at 800.948.5700 or online at . “The Take Charge Assistant” PEORIA:  June 21, 2011, AAIM Employers’ Association, 401 NE Jefferson Time: 8:00am-4:30pm Cost: $255 AAIMEA Member; $325 Non-member    In today’s business climate, being the go-to person for your manager has taken on a new and expanded role. This is a great opportunity for all support staff to learn to work smarter and more efficiently, assertively maximize their talents, manage interruptions, and much more. National speaker Nancy Cleve will present.   “Employment Law for Leaders” PEORIA:   June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, 2011, AAIM Employers’ Association, 401 NE Jefferson ·     

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

There are several upcoming ribbon cuttings scheduled... Saturday, June 18th at 10am Pekin Municipal Airport As part of the Wings & Wheels Fly-In & Cruise-In.  A rededication of Kriegsman Field with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Thursday, June 23rd at 1:00pm 14th Street Hardware Come out and meet owner Kriss Brown and his staff, welcome him to Pekin and wish him well. Friday, July 1st at 9:30am Spirit of the Past Antiques, 215 N. 5th Street (Old A & P Store) This is their grand opening weekend.  Stop in and welcome Dan & Debi Bruns to Pekin.

Welcome New Member: Roy L. King Post 1232 VFW

Roy L. King Post 1232 VFW., 15665 VFW Road, Pekin IL 61554; phone: 309-346-9155; email: ; website: ; Jonathan Woolley, Commander; Donnie Baigeman, Quarter Master; Eric Benson, Senior Vice Commander; Monday-Tuesday 10am-11pm, Thursday-Sunday 10am-12 midnight. The VFW is a Veterans Organization that has been around in Pekin Illinois since 1924. They offer services for all veterans and their families as well as the community. 

Hopedale Medical Foundation 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Hopedale Medical Foundation will be holding its 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing to benefit the HMF Scholarship Fund. It will be held on Wednesday, September 21, at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Washington, Illinois. Team entries are only $400 per 4 player team. 100% of the proceeds go to the HMF Scholarship Fund. Single player cost is $100 (there will be a team assigned). For more information contact Eddie Papis at 309-449-4500

Hanson’s Cindy Loos receives ACEC-IL’s Community Service Award

Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Cindy Loos, P.E., regional vice president, received a 2011 Community Service Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) during its Annual Meeting Member Awards Dinner in Springfield, Ill., on June 9.  The Community Service Award recognizes ACEC-IL members for their accomplishments in community service. Loos serves as president of the Women's Transportation Society, Central Illinois Chapter, and she is chairwoman of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Committee. Additionally, she was appointed to Bradley University's College of Engineering and Technology Executive Advisory Council, and she was elected to the Princeville Community Unit School District #326 Board of Education, serving through 2013. Her nomination also noted her participation in several business and community leadership activities, including Peoria’s Community Leadership School, East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Peki

South Side Bank Announces New Director

South Side Trust & Savings Bank is pleased to announce Karen M. Jensen, PE, President & CEO of Farnsworth Group, Inc., as a new member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Jensen has more than 25 years experience with various central Illinois companies blending consulting operations and business matters.   She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University.   Ms. Jensen joined Farnsworth Group in 2002 focusing on business fundamentals, client relationships, targeted business development and administration before being named President & CEO in 2005.   Farnsworth Group is a full-service engineering and architecture firm with nearly 300 employees located in a nationwide network of offices.

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society 3rd Annual Ye Olde Rummage Sale

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society's 3rd Annual Ye Olde Rummage Sale & Carolyn's Closet fundraiser will be Friday & Saturday, June 24th & 25th from 8AM to 3PM at 719 N 11th St., Pekin.  All proceeds go to the Society. Donated sale items may be dropped off at TCGHS during regular hours.  No clothing, please.    For more information visit our website or contact TCGHS at 477-3044 or

Bridgeway has Facebook!

Bridgeway now has their own Facebook page! Check it out at!/pages/Bridgeway/192717927447013

CenturyLink Helps Small Business Customers Stay Productive with Addition of Verizon Wireless Services

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is now providing its small business customers the convenience of one-stop shopping by offering the full lineup of Verizon Wireless products and services. CenturyLink, a Verizon Wireless authorized agent, now offers its customers a variety of Verizon devices, including Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm smartphones; feature phones; USB modems and Internet devices such as tablets, netbooks and mobile hotspots. Customers can receive a monthly discount when they bundle their Verizon Wireless services with CenturyLink’s Business-Class High-Speed Internet service. In the future, customers will be able to combine their Verizon and CenturyLink services on one bill.   “Adding Verizon Wireless services to our communications portfolio is another example of CenturyLink’s commitment to deliver simplified solutions to our customers,” said Mike Brill, CenturyLink Vice President and General Manager for Illinois. “We believe our business customers wi

Puttin' On Pekin Recap

The June Puttin' On Pekin breakfast was attended by about 80 chamber members. They saw Steve Tuttle from Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep win the early prize and the folks from Sprint / Wireless Express win the late prize. Committee member Erin Schutte from the Holiday Inn Express presented the Spotlight on Business Award to Liberty Village of Pekin. Rose Marie Hasler presented the Blue Ribbon Award to Suzanne Cook from the Pekin Park District in recognition of the beautiful flowers and plantings throughout the community. Jamie DiDonato presented Dennis Green with the Sunshine Award for the Pekin Mobile Diner. The featured speaker was Ed Ensminger, Director of Purchasing for the Big R Store. He spoke about the new Pekin store that will open in July.

Classical Dance Academy Grand Opening

The Classical Dance Academy held a grand opening on June 10th to celebrate their new location at 359 Court Street. Helping owner Liz Curtin celebrate with a ribbon cutting were representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin. Family and students also joined in for the ribbon cutting picture. The Classical Dance Academy offers Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, Pilates, and a Dance Studio. They also offers Jazzercise and Zumba classes. All ages are welcome and private lessons are available. Call (309) 643-5464 for more information.

Excalibur Seasoning On TV

Check out John Brewer and Marlo Mastalerz as they represent Pekin and Excalibur Seasoning Company on IGA Meals in Minutes.  Part 1: Part 2:

Herget Bank Joins Fight to Prevent Financial Elder Abuse

To spotlight “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” on June 15, Herget Bank is offering tips on how to identify and prevent elder financial abuse. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, seniors throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation.   “Seniors are valued members of our community, and it is our responsibility to ensure they live safely and with dignity,” explained Hope McAllister, Vice President of Risk Management at Herget Bank.  “They can steer clear of financial abuse by being alert to the signs and knowing who to turn to for help.” Herget Bank offers the following tips to our elder consumers: ·          Never give your Social Security number, account numbers or other personal financial information over the phone unless you initiated the call. ·          Don’t open e-mails from unknown sources , and beware of any notice claiming you have won a lottery. ·          S

Welcome New Member: Home and Lifestyles Magazine

Home and Lifestyles Magazine., 2 Eastport Plaza Dr. Collinsville IL 62234; website: ; Mason Norton, Sales Manager; Home and Lifestyles Magazine is a direct mail magazine.

Bard Optical Celebrates 26 Years in Business

Bard Optical Pekin office will celebrate 26 years in business in July. Opened by Dr. A. Arthur Bard in 1941 in downtown Peoria, Diana Hall purchased the practice in 1981 and has grown Bard Optical to 18 locations in Central and Southern Illinois. Please join us in celebrating the Anniversary of Bard’s Pekin office by stopping in and congratulating Dr. Shelley, Alicia, Office Manager and the Pekin staff.

Free Smart Phone Workshop

Come to the U.S. Cellular Device workshop June 25th at U.S. Cellular in Pekin 3552 Court St from 8:30a.m. to 10:00a.m.   Learn about Android powered phones, Blackberry solutions, and Windows solutions.   Get the most out of your wireless device.   Discover how it can help you stay organized, productive, and connected to everything that matters to you.   Even if you are not a U.S. Cellular customer feel free to join us and learn how your device can make your life easier.   R.S.V.P by phone at 309-353-7964 or email

Tazewell County Jaycees to Hold a Membership Information Open House

The Tazewell County Jaycees will be holding a membership information open house which is open to the general public on Thursday, June 23 rd at 6-9 PM at the EP’s Timeout at 1011 East Washington in East Peoria to discuss with prospective members the benefits of joining the Tazewell County Jaycees chapter. The Tazewell County Jaycees covers the towns of East Peoria, Galesburg, Lincoln, Morton, Mt. Pulaski, Peoria and the communities that surround these towns.  “ We would like to extend this invitation to anyone in the area between the age of 18 and 40 years old who would like to hear more about the Jaycees,” said Joy Williamson, Tazewell County Jaycees President. “This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Jaycees, while networking with fellow professionals in a fun and casual setting,” said Williamson.  “We will be providing food and soda throughout the evening.  We’ll have several chapter members in attendance socializing and giving more information about what the Jayce

Rockin' for TAPS

Rockin' for TAPS fundraiser will be held Saturday, July 23rd. Doors open at 4pm and it will be located at Pekin VFW. Entertainment will be provided by the local band Loose Shoes, and several raffles will be held. The food will be provided by Alwan and Sons. Alcohol will be served. TAPS will also have Ridin’ for T.A.P.S. It's a motorcycle rally that starts at MacDuff’s in Pekin and ends at the Pekin VFW at around 4pm when the doors open for the Rockin' event. A lottery drawing for prize money will be done at the end of the ride.    For more information please call TAPS (309) 353-8277

Pekin Hospital Recognizes Volunteers

Pekin Hospital recognized its volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held April 19, 2011 at the Pekin Moose Lodge.  During 2010, hospital volunteers recorded a total of 41,727.5 hours of volunteer service.  Volunteers donated 11,281 .  Volunteens donated 531 hours, and escorts donated 7,979.5 hours.  In addition, the Pekin Hospital League members donated 21,936 hours. 37 volunteers were given special recognition for their hours of service: 100 Hours –Gloria Benda, Patty Berry, E.J. Eberle, Janet Lawson, Mike Mathews, Delbert Thomas, Dennis Tresenriter, and Bob Witzig 500 Hours –Mary Cohee, Bob Ganson, Pam Ganson, and Clyde Laier 1,000 Hours – Diane Arrenholz, Wanda Lutke, Lou Ann Mathews, and Marge Wilson 1,500 Hours – Charles Benda, Jerry Hill, Marcella Harms, Suzanne Hochstettler, Joanne Oltman, Rosemary Palmer, and Beulah Snyder 2,000 Hours –Ron Boehm, Bob Green, and Chuck Shields 2,500 Hours –Bill Beadles, Len Carlson, and Nancy

Pekin Hospital Honors Employees at 52nd Annual Service Awards Dinner

Ninety-nine Pekin Hospital and ProHealth Inc. employees were recently honored at the 52 nd   Annual Service Awards Dinner held at the Pekin Moose Lodge on April 12.   Employees honored have more than 1,315 years total service to Pekin Hospital and ProHealth Inc. Employees and their years of service are as follows: Thirty-five Years:     Theresa Snell, Barb Woulfe, David Damron, and Linda DeFrates. Thirty Years:     Sandy Brooks, Melody House, Julie Slicko, Debbie Crider, Steven Watkins, and Dee Driskell. Twenty-five Years:   Pam Rogers, Heidi Collins, John Clutter, Willetta Stimson, Janet Watts, Rhonda Breeden, and Crystal Hall. Twenty Years:   Becky Bishop, Susan Farson, Jennifer Barr, Steven Booker, Audrey Tharp, Ann Sanders, Patti Mullens, Christie Perry, Vicki Dirks, Merna Sayles, Terry Courtright, Donna Hamm, Lori Colyer, and Kelli Severns. Fifteen Years:   Michelle Reed, Shelley Wilson, Cindy Justus, Linda Wiseman, Janet Prado, Vicki Corso, Sheila Keck, Mary