Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In-Home Sleep Diagnostics Now Available In Pekin, Il

Watermark Medical, the developer of the ARES (Apnea Risk Evaluation System) has recently contracted for services with local physician, Volkan Sumer, D.O.,  to offer the latest technology available for In-Home Sleep Diagnostics under the name of ICPR Family Practice, located at 1491 Valle Vista. Recently, as a result of studies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) changed their national coverage determination to include these devices for home sleep testing for sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea. 

‘”This marks a momentous step forward for the recognition of  in-home sleep testing as an effective, cost-efficient means of diagnosing sleep-related illnesses,” said Dr. Sumer.  “Thousands of people across Illinois aren’t being tested or treated because of the cost and inconvenience of overnight lab testing, and I am very excited to be in a position where we can now reach out to more physicians and patients to help and fight these debilitating disorders. We are taking a leadership position in increasing access for diagnosing sleep-related illnesses like sleep apnea, and it is my hope that if these conditions are diagnosed sooner, patients will receive treatment which could improve their quality of life.”

Sleep apnea, which affects over 10 million Americans and an estimated additional 10 million undiagnosed, is characterized by loud snoring interrupted by frequent episodes of totally obstructed breathing (obstructive sleep apnea).  Serious episodes last more than 10 seconds each and occur more than seven times per hour.  Apnea patients may experience 30 to 300 such events per night.  These episodes can reduce blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder and over time, incur added risk levels for stroke and cardiac disorders. This new technology now offers patients a cost-effective, easy to use, and reliable device for the home diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, useful in diagnosing outcomes for the surgical and non-surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in adults and children. More information can be found online at or by calling (309) 347-4277.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Membership Renewals

Aramark ~ Aventine Renewable Energy ~ CenturyLink ~ Clanahan Chiropractic

Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell ~ Edward Jones - Chris Petersen ~ Excalibur Seasoning Company

Food Depot / Niemann Foods ~ Four Seasons Gutter Protection ~ Sylvan Franklin

Graphic Packaging International ~ Heartland Bank & Trust Company ~ Knights of Columbus

Pekin Community High School ~ Pekin Country Club ~ Pekin Daily Times ~ Pekin Public Schools #108

Pekin Township Supervisor ~ Peoria Journal Star ~ R.A. Cullinan & Sons

Riley Brothers  ~ S & D Cleaning ~ Sound Choice Hearing Clinic ~ Syngenta

Tazewell County School Employees Credit Union ~ Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care

Traders Realty ~ Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep ~ World Wide Travel

X Waste Disposal ~ YWCA of Pekin

Biz Barometer

Average sales price of residential unit in the 61554 zip code in 2011 was $104,808 – down 4.7% from $109,941 in 2010
The number of residential units sold in the 61554 in 2011 was 427 – down 6.4% from 456 sold in 2010

2011 was the 5th consecutive year the number of residential units sold in the 61554 zip code was less than the previous year

Sales taxes collected by Pekin merchants in 2011 were up 1.0% over 2010

Sales taxes collected in 2011 in Morton (+6.7%), East Peoria (+7.0%), and Washington (+4.2%) were up over 2010 collections

East Peoria’s sales tax collections from September through December 2011 were up 16.5% over the same period in 2010

The unemployment rate in Pekin rose to 9.6% in December of 2011, up from 9.3% in November

The unemployment rate in Pekin dropped to 9.6% in December of 2011, down from 9.8% in December of 2010

The number of people employed in Pekin rose to 16,412 in December of 2011, up 1.6% or 266 jobs compared to December of 2010

Sources:  Peoria Area Association of REALTORS;

Illinois Department of Employment Security; Illinois Department of Revenue

Business After Hours

Salvation Army of Pekin
243 Derby
March 1st  
Reservations Appreciated
346-2106 or email us at  
Join us for networking, refreshments, door prizes, and more. 

Calendar of Events

March 1 – Pekin 1st Committee       

March 1 – Business After Hours

March 6 – Ambassador Meeting

March 7 – Member Promotion Meeting       

March 7 – Executive Board Meeting      

March 13 – Member Services Committee

March 14 – Transportation Committee

March 14 – Board of Directors Meeting

March 21 – Marigold Festival Committee March 27 – Business Advocacy Committee

2012 Illinois History Symposium

The 2012 Illinois History Symposium will be held April 16-28 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in East Peoria. It promises to be an engaging and stimulating foray into Midwest frontier history, with emphasis on the War of 1812, Native-American history, prairie archaeology, and the historic city of Peoria. All are welcome and we hope you will take this unique opportunity to explore early Illinois history during the 200th commemoration of the War of 1812.

A note to teachers: Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) will be available to registered teachers. Some scholarships (i.e. registration waivers) are available. For details call the Society office at 217-525-2781.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Leadership Academy Going Strong

The 2012 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy is past the halfway point.  The students have been learning about the leadership challenges and opportunities in our community.  You can see pictures from some of their sessions by visiting the chamber's picture page at:

Ledgestone Insurance Ribbon Cutting

Ledgestone Insurance Group was officially welcomed to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony at their office at 118 S. Main Street in Morton.  Insurance Producer Johnnie Harrison cut the ribbon and was assisted by Ledgestone owner Don Endress and chamber members Dennis Short, Andrea Gschwend, and Dave Homerin.  Ledgestone Insurance Group is a full service independent agency dedicated to meeting their customers' insurance and risk management needs. Ledgestone Insurance offers a wide variety of personal as well as commercial lines of insurance.  Harrison can be reached at (309) 712-2190 or  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pekin Insurance Holds Annual Meeting

The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association held its annual meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at their Home Office in Pekin, Illinois.

The following directors were elected for three year terms: Craig W. Concklin, Hinsdale, Illinois; and Daniel V. Connell and A. Richard Kriegsman, both of Pekin, Illinois.

Subscribers elected Craig W. Concklin, Hinsdale, Illinois; and A. Richard Kriegsman, Pekin, Illinois, to the Advisory Committee.

Pekin Insurance officers elected included: Gordon M. Walker, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; Steven R. Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Board; Scott A. Martin, President; Daniel V. Connell, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary; Todd A. Clark, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Brian K. Lee, Senior Vice President; Stephen H. Nunan, Senior Vice President - Underwriting; Peggy S. Collins, Vice President - Group and Claim Services; Curtis A. Eeten, Vice President - Claims; Gregory L. Feller, Vice President - Sales; Joel M. Jackson, Vice President - Marketing; Rodney L. McKimson, Vice President - Information Technology; Edward A. Mulvey, Vice President - Personal Lines Underwriting and Assistant Secretary; Joseph C. Ricigliano, Vice President - Commercial Lines Underwriting and Assistant Secretary; Diane K. Steiner, Vice President - Life Underwriting and Assistant Secretary; Michael A. Zabinski, Vice President - Controller; G. Christine McGann, Assistant Treasurer; Michele E. Ginther, Assistant Treasurer; Aaron Z. Potacki, Assistant Secretary; and Michael L. Norton, Assistant Secretary.

Pekin Insurance is a group name adopted to designate the combined operation of The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association, Pekin Insurance Company, PAC, Inc., and Pekin Life Insurance Company.

Pekin Insurance has been in business since 1921, and is one of the leading insurers in the State of Illinois, providing multiple lines of insurance. Pekin Insurance offers insurance coverage in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin through its growing agency force which now totals 1,210 independent agencies and 7,518 insurance producers in the six state area. The company is headquartered in Pekin, Illinois, with service offices at Champaign, Moline, Mount Vernon, Rockford, and Warrenville, Illinois; Indianapolis and Warsaw, Indiana; Des Moines, Iowa; Columbus, Ohio; and Appleton and Waukesha, Wisconsin.

AAIM EA March Educational Opportunities

AAIM Employers’ Association Education Center is pleased to offer the following educational opportunities in March.  Detailed information on these and other events is available on AAIM EA’s website at  AAIM Employers’ Association is an HRCISM  Approved Provider.  Registrations can be made at 800.948.5700 or online at
“2012 Employment Law Series”

Dates:  Sessions March 14 – December 19, 2012

  1. March 14 – Labor Laws: The Employer’s & Employee’s Rights & Obligations Under the National Labor Relations Act
    The National Labor Relations Act is legislation that governs many aspects of the relationship between an employer, an employee and unions seeking to organize your employees.  Understanding what your organization can or cannot do regarding free speech and organizing is crucial for minimizing your organizational risk.

2.     April 18 – Special Employment Issues: Privacy, Defamation, and Company Security

3.     June 20 – Safe Selection: Reducing Your Hiring Risk

4.     July 18 – Wage & Hour Administration

5.     August 15 – Promoting and Evaluating Employee Productivity

6.     November 14 - Managing Absenteeism and Leave Issues

7.     December 19 – The Discipline and Discharge Process


Time: 8:30am-11:00am

Location:  Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria

Series Cost: $699 AAIM EA Member; $999 Non-member 

Individual Sessions Cost: $135 AAIM EA Member; $180 Non-member

This popular multi-session series is conducted by labor and employment Law attorneys from Davis & Campbell LLC.    The sessions focus on the steps employees can take to cope with the requirements of various laws and regulations. Each session qualifies for 2.25 General HRCI recertification credits.

 “Building Bridges Between Generations at Work*”

Date:  Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Time:  8:30am-12noon

Location:  AAIM Employers’ Association, 401 NE Jefferson, Peoria

Cost: $135 AAIM EA Member; $180 Non-member 

This interactive seminar will provide you with tips and strategies to work effectively with each of the generations. For anyone struggling to manage or work with people who just don’t see work (or life) the same way, this program will help you understand the gap that separates the generations—and offers practical guidelines for building a harmonious workforce where people rally together for the organization, not against each other.

Business Writing

Date:  Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Time:  8:00am-4:30pm

Location:  AAIM Employers’ Association, 401 NE Jefferson, Peoria

Cost:  $295 AAIM EA Member: $375 Non-member
A good letter, memo or email message can inform, persuade and impress your reader. It can also save you a lot of time and effort! A business writer’s main enemies are passive sentences, wordiness, overuse of big words and clich├ęs. A writer’s biggest time waster is not having a simple writing structure that works. After this class, you will write easily and quickly.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy Announces New Administrative Assistant

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy  is happy to announce that they have a new Administrative Assistant working at their Pekin Clinic ( 2105 Court Street).  Erica joined our team in early January and has been a wonderful addition to their staff. For those of you who have not had a chance to meet/talk with Erica- You can also see her outside of work. She is in a Classic Rock band called The West MacQueen Street Band… Find their next show at

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Illinois American Water to Receive American Water Works Association’s 2011 Communication Achievement Award

Illinois American Water announced today that the company has been selected by the
American Water Works Association (AWWA) to receive the 2011 Communications Achievement Award for the company’s outreach regarding proper pharmaceutical disposal.  The award recognizes AWWA member organizations for fostering and supporting the development of public outreach programs and integrating public affairs as a core element of utility planning and management.

According to Deirdre Mueller, Public Affairs Manager for AWWA, “Many accomplished individuals and organizations were considered and the selection process was rigorous.  AWWA’s Public Affairs Council selection committee was very impressed by the work Illinois American Water completed in 2011.”  Founded in 1881, AWWA is an international nonprofit educational association dedicated to safe water and the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy for improving the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond.

Illinois American Water created and launched a public awareness campaign to educate the public about proper pharmaceutical disposal.  Goals of the program include increasing awareness and reducing pharmaceuticals in water through the creation of community pharmaceutical disposal programs.  Through these community programs supported by Illinois American Water, residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal.  Flushing medications down the toilet or the drain as well as throwing them in the trash are discouraged.

“Permanent pharmaceutical disposal programs provide long-term protection of our water sources by ensuring proper disposal of unwanted medications,” said Karla Olson Teasley, Illinois American Water President.

Through partnership and collaboration with local pharmacies, police departments and government officials, Illinois American Water has implemented and supported 25 pharmaceutical disposal programs across the state including sites in Alton, Bartonville, Belleville, Caseyville, Champaign, Chicago (two sites), Chillicothe, Collinsville, Fairmont, Maryville, Mt. Vernon, O’Fallon, Orland Hills, Pekin, Peoria (three sites), Peoria Heights, Pontiac, South Beloit, Sterling, Streator, Urbana and Waterloo.

The pharmaceutical disposal programs were created through a model program developed by Pontiac Township High School students and their teacher Paul Ritter.  The program, Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program (P2D2), is recognized by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, the Illinois EPA and the Department of Natural Resources as a model for all pharmaceutical disposal programs. Through Illinois American Water’s and P2D2’s efforts, thousands of pounds of unwanted medications have been properly disposed.  

AWWA’s Communications Achievement Award will be presented to Illinois American Water during AWWA’s national conference on Monday, June 11, 2012 in Dallas, TX.  Past recipients include San Francisco (Calif.) Public Utility Commission Water Quality Div.,
Metro Vancouver (B.C.), City of San Diego (Calif.) Public Utilities Department and Denver (Colo.) Water.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Champion Fitness Opens Two New Clinics

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy is happy to announce the opening of its two newest physical therapy clinics in Newton at 100 S Sycamore and in Metamora at 912 W. Mt Vernon Ave. With seventeen clinics now all over central and southeastern Illinois, Champion Fitness Physical Therapy has been proud to be able to offer its many services to area families. The clinics are currently accepting patients by appointment (877-348- 8500). Locally, the Newton clinic can be reached at 618-783-2908, while the folks in the Metamora area can call 309-367-2651. Visit for more information.

Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Declares Quaterly Dividend

Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.23 per share on the company's common stock, which compares to the prior dividend of $0.219 as adjusted for the 5 percent stock dividend that was paid on December 19, 2011.  This represents an increase in the quarterly dividend per share of 5% and marks the 44th consecutive year that the company has increased total dividends per adjusted shares. The dividend is payable on April 2, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 09, 2012.
Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) is a $20.6 billion regional bank holding company.  For more than 140 years, Commerce has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and businesses.  Commerce provides a diversified line of financial services, including business and personal banking, wealth management, financial planning, and investments through its affiliated companies.  Commerce operates in the Midwest, primarily in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado with more than 360 locations and also has operating subsidiaries involved in mortgage banking, credit related insurance, venture capital and real estate activities.

Friday, February 10, 2012

February Puttin' On Pekin Recap

Over 100 people attended the February Puttin' On Pekin breakfast coordinated by the Pekin 1st, a committee of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Jake Ista, from Jake's Place won the early prize, while Mitch O'Shaughnessy from Dreamscapes Landscaping won the late prize. Heartland Bank was recognized for their community involvement with the Spotlight on Business, Pekin's Winter Wonderland was presented with the Blue Ribbon Award and Compassionate Friends received the Lovin' Our Town award. The speaker was Doug Parsons, President & CEO of Excel Foundry & Machine, who spoke about their plans for expansion.  You can see pictures from this event at

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Springleaf Financial Welcomed to Pekin

Springleaf Financial Services was welcomed to Pekin by representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin.  Branch manager Zak Ehrmantraut was assisted in the ribbon cutting by Customer Account Specialist Nicole Colwell, Assistant Manager Nicholas Barker, and District Manager Anita Gustaitis.  Located in East Court Village at 3564 Court Street in Pekin, they are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Springleaf Financial Services is lending made personal. They offer personal loans, auto loans, debt consolidation loans, and can help with retail financing.  They can be reached at 346-3191 or

Pekin Hospital Proposes to Discontinue Its Long Term Care Category of Service

Pekin Hospital is in the process of developing and submitting a permit application to the IHFSRB (Illinois Health Facilities State Review Board) to discontinue its Skilled Nursing Facility.  The Skilled Nursing Facility has been in operation since 1993, but in the past few years has seen a significant decline in utilization and reimbursement.  Additional cuts in Medicare reimbursement of 11% as of October 2011, further compromises the financial viability of the Unit.

As part of the application process, impact letters have been sent to 55 Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities in the region to determine their ability to care for these types of patients and their capacity to do so.  Our initial analysis indicates there are sufficient LTC beds in the area so access will not be compromised.

The closing of the Skilled Nursing Facility will allow Pekin Hospital to utilize the space for acute care patients and provide the Hospital the ability to increase the number of private patient rooms.  The discontinuation is seen as a necessary move for improving infection control processes, quality of care, safety, privacy, and patient satisfaction.

Pekin Hospital will be working with the current staff of the Skilled Nursing Facility over the next several months to find other positions within the system as appropriate.  The Skilled Nursing Facility is not expected to close until midsummer or until all regulatory requirements are met.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center Trivia Night

Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center is hosting their 10th annual Trivia Night on Friday, March 23, at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Doors open at 6pm, trivia begins at 6:45pm. There is a $280 registration fee for a team of eight. Prizes will be awarded for high team scores and the best team theme. Hors d'oeuvres are included in the ticket price. A cash bar is available. The space is limited. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Registration with payment is due March 16.
Send check and registration to:

Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center
341 Buena Vista
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: 309-347-6001

The event is sponsored by Pekin Insurance and Lite Rock 107. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Glass Specialty Blood Drive

Glass Specialty Company would like to invite you and your friends to join them in a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. The blood drive will take place at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 405 W John H. Gwynn Jr Ave, Peoria IL 61605. The event will be held Tuesday, March 6 from 11am to 6pm, and Wednesday, March 7 from 6:30am to 3pm.

On the days of the blood drive anyone that gives blood will receive Free Rock Chip Repairs as a gift for helping Glass Specialty give back to the community.

Who can give blood?

Be at least 17 years old or 16 with a signed Red Cross consent form in Illinois. If you way at least 110 pounds and are in good health, you may be eligible to give blood.

Glass Specialty is looking forward to two great days and to make this an ongoing partnership.

For an appointment please visit and search the Peoria Blood Donation Center. You may also call 800-REDCROSS.  

Welcome New Member: Command Center

Command Center., 2222B Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554; phone: 309-346-5627; fax: 309-346-5667; email:; website:; Melinda Palmer, Selling Branch Manager; Marie Leaverton, Area Vice President. Business Hours: Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm. Command Center is a Labor & Staffing company. They can supply construction, clerical, hospitality, and event personnel.

Pekin Hospital to Present “Cardiovascular Disease: The Difference Between Men and Women”

As part of American Heart Month, an American Heart Association national campaign to raise awareness of heart disease, Pekin Hospital will offer a free presentation, “Cardiovascular Disease:  The Difference Between Men and Women,” on Tuesday, February 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Pekin Hospital in Park Court Conference Center.

James Smalley, M.D., cardiologist with HeartCare Midwest, will discuss cardiovascular disease, differences men and women experience, as well as treatment options.  Free blood pressures will be provided following Dr. Smalley’s presentation.  A light dinner will also be served. This program is open to men and women.

Through promoting heart disease awareness, Pekin Hospital hopes to improve heart health by providing community education on healthy eating, exercising, smoking cessation, maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure and blood cholesterol, and controlling diabetes.

Registration is required and can be made by calling (309) 353-0662.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Avanti's Dome Hosted February After Hours

The Avanti's Dome Events & Sports Center of Pekin was the host of our February Business After Hours. Chamber members were treated to some great food from Avanti's and met the new general manager, Brian Wonders, and the new assistant general manager, Kathy Barker. Avanti's owner Albert Zeller and Director of Operations Pete Nichols were also in attendance.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at

A.C.T. Improv Show

Support local theater by attending the Artistic Community Theater of Pekin Improve show.  It will be on Saturday, February 25th at 7pm at the Fusion Youth Center, 335 Sabella Street in downtown Pekin.  Don't miss the fun and unpredictability of the show.  Audience participation is always welcomed and encouraged. Come see some of the finest new talent the area has to offer. Laugh and enjoy the PG evening with friends and family alike. Open to all ages, show time is 7pm, and admission is only $10.00.   The proceeds will help in finding a permanent home for the theater.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pekin Public Library Presents Workshops for the iPad

The Pekin Public Library is offering two workshops for new iPad users.

'Getting Started with Your iPad' will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 2:00 p.m.  Learn the basics of getting started with your iPad, including the button functions, settings menu, using the keyboard, and tips for using Safari browser.

'Advanced iPad Basics' will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m.  Continue making friends with your iPad by customizing the home screen and learning about how to use apps.  Participants will also be able to ask questions and get help.

Please register for these free workshops by calling the Adult Services Desk at 347-7111, ext. 2.

Whiz Kidz Academy Ribbon Cutting

Whiz Kidz Academy was officially welcomed to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting on February 1st.  Missy Deppert, director, and two of her teachers were joined by representatives from the chamber and the City of Pekin at the ceremony.  Located at 1605 Florence Avenue, Whiz Kidz Academy's mission is to provide first-class activities and facilities. Their preschool and childcare programs are developmentally appropriate for your child's age and skill level and are taught by highly qualified and professional staff. Their facility and procedures ensure safety and contribute to a nurturing environment.  They are open weekdays from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm and can be reached at:  (309) 347-5121;; or  You can see more pictures at

Pekin Hospital Chief Executive Officer to Retire

At a meeting of the Progressive Health Systems, Inc. Board of Trustees held January 24, 2012, it was announced that Kevin R. Andrews, President and CEO of the System, would be retiring from the post effective June 4, 2012.

Andrews, who has held the position since March 2007 stated that, “It has been a real pleasure to lead Pekin Hospital during the past five years.  In that time we have seen our outcomes in patient satisfaction and quality of care increase.  I am particularly proud of the quality awards we have received.   Pekin Hospital did that with the help of a first class Medical Staff and our wonderful nurses, Lab staff, Imaging staff, Cardiopulmonary staff, and all who provide such excellent care to our patients.”

Rich Kriegsman, Board Chairman, added, “The Board of Trustees was saddened to learn of Kevin’s decision to leave Pekin Hospital.  Kevin’s visionary leadership has provided the support for improved performance at all levels.  We are most appreciative of his efforts to build strong partnerships among and between the Board, senior management, physicians/Medical Staff Members, employees, and our patients.  He leaves us a stronger, better Hospital that is well positioned in the healthcare market.”

QHR, the management company for the Hospital, will be conducting a nationwide search and overseeing the recruitment process.

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on February 20, 21, and 22.  The series of three classes will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

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

v  the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control

v  how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size

v  the possible complications associated with diabetes

v  why exercise will benefit your health and make you feel good

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

Class fees are $70 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost).  The $70 includes all three classes.  Class size is limited.  Registration deadline is February 13.  To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society February Meeting

The February meeting of the Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society will take place Tuesday, February 14th at 7:00PM at the Ehrlicher Research Center, 719 N 11th Street, Pekin.

Rachel Schwarzendruber, University of Illinois Extension Educator on Family Life, will present the program Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate? - Transferring Non-titled Property .  Rachel will discuss important things to consider when making decisions about transferring non-titled property at death. 

Almost everyone has personal belongings such as wedding pictures, a baseball glove, or a yellow pie plate that have special meaning for them and for other family members. The transfer of non-titled property is an issue that impacts individuals regardless of their financial worth or cultural background. It is assumed to be unimportant or an issue that takes care of itself, so it is often ignored until a crisis occurs.

The meeting is open to the public.  A short business meeting will follow.  For more information visit  or phone 477-3044.

AAIM EA February Educational Opportunities

AAIM Employers’ Association Education Center is pleased to offer the following educational opportunities in February.  Detailed information on these and other events is available on AAIM EA’s website at  AAIM Employers’ Association is an HRCISM  Approved Provider.  Registrations can be made at 800.948.5700 or online at

“2012 Employment Law Series”

Dates:  Sessions February 15 – December 19, 2012

  1. February 15 – Preparing an Effective Handbook
    An Employee handbook is more than just a document that is quickly reviewed on an employee’s first day and then placed on a shelf.  A well written and complete handbook can be important tool for communicating policy, guiding your managers, and establishing a safe workplace environment.

2.     March 14 – Labor Laws: The Employer’s & Employee’s Rights & Obligations Under the National Labor Relations Act

3.     April 18 – Special Employment Issues: Privacy, Defamation, and Company Security

4.     June 20 – Safe Selection: Reducing Your Hiring Risk

5.     July 18 – Wage & Hour Administration

6.     August 15 – Promoting and Evaluating Employee Productivity

7.     November 14 - Managing Absenteeism and Leave Issues

8.     December 19 – The Discipline and Discharge Process


Time: 8:30am-11:00am

Location:  Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria

Series Cost: $699 AAIM EA Member; $999 Non-member 

Individual Sessions Cost: $135 AAIM EA Member; $180 Non-member

This popular multi-session series is conducted by labor and employment Law attorneys from Davis & Campbell LLC.    The sessions focus on the steps employees can take to cope with the requirements of various laws and regulations. Each session qualifies for 2.25 General HRCI recertification credits.

 “Finance for the HR Professional*”

Date:  Thursday, February 16, 2012

Time: 9am-4:30pm

Location:  AAIM Employers’ Association, 401 NE Jefferson, Peoria

Cost: $395 AAIM EA Member; $565 Non-member 

To be a business partner you must ‘speak’ in business terms and be comfortable with the financial drivers of your organization.  This knowledge will also provide you with the tools you need to build the business case for HR initiatives.

Business Ethics

Date:  Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Time:  8:00am-12noon

Cost:  $135 AAIM EA Member; $180 Non-member

Learn what proactive steps you can take to prevent unethical activity within your organization for the “gray” areas you will encounter each and every day.

Human Resource Fundamentals Series

Date:  4 Full Days: Thursdays, February 23, March 8, March 22, April 6, 2012

Time:  8:00am-4:30pm each day

Location:  AAIM Employers’ Association, 401 NE Jefferson, Peoria

Cost:  $495 AAIM EA Member: $615 Non-member
This popular series provides an intensive overview of the key elements of the contemporary human resource function.  Sessions are interactive with opportunities to discuss application to individual situations.  Practical, usable ideas and suggestions for handling HR matters are offered.