Friday, April 27, 2012

Body Wealth Massage Opens in New Location

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce congratulated Becky Saban, owner of BodyWealth Massage, with a ribbon cutting at her new location at 1811 Broadway. Joining her for the ribbon cutting were family members and representatives from the Pekin business community. BodyWealth is a therapeutic massage studio specializing in pain management as well as relaxation. They offer Swedish relaxation massage, as well as deep tissue, pregnancy, and myofacsial massage. BodyWealth Massage is open by appointment and can be reached at 472-1522.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

CenturyLink Receives Frost & Sullivan 2011 U.S. Consumers’ Choice Award for Best Landline Telephone Service Provider

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has received the 2011 Consumers’ Choice Award for “Best Landline Telephone Service Provider for Customer Value Enhancement” from Frost & Sullivan, a business research and consulting firm. The award, based on consumers’ evaluations of their landline telephone service providers, recognizes CenturyLink’s focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive in the areas of service quality, price and customer service.

According to Frost & Sullivan, CenturyLink was selected over its competitors for the variety of services the company offers its customers in addition to having reasonably-priced, value-added bundled service packages. The survey also cites CenturyLink’s efforts in making it easier to communicate with customer service representatives.

“CenturyLink has shown that it is moving aggressively to enhance the value of its landline voice telephone offerings,” said Gina Villanueva, Frost & Sullivan research analyst.

 The Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement is presented each year to the company that demonstrates excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers. This award recognizes the company's inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

“We are pleased that Frost & Sullivan has recognized CenturyLink for our efforts to provide customers with a strong mix of quality products and services at affordable prices,” said Michael D. Brill, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for Illinois. “We focus every day on meeting our customers’ needs with a wide range of residential and business offerings and excellent customer service from dedicated and skilled employees. 

 CenturyLink was honored during Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Best Practices Awards Banquet March 13 in Coronado, Calif.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Illinois American Water encourages customers to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend.  The event is Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at participating sites 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.

“This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off any unused or expired medications,” said Karla Olson Teasley, Illinois American Water president.  “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our landfills and water supplies.”  Collection sites
participating in this event can be located by visiting

Teasley added, “We encourage those who cannot participate during this DEA event to continue to utilize their community pharmaceutical disposal programs to properly dispose of their unwanted medications.  Through all of these efforts, thousands of pounds of unwanted
medications have been properly disposed.”

Through partnership and collaboration with local pharmacies, police departments and government officials, Illinois American Water has implemented and supported 27 pharmaceutical disposal programs in communities of Alton, Bartonville, Belleville, Caseyville, Champaign, Chicago (two sites), Chillicothe, Collinsville, Dixon, Fairmont, Maryville, Morrison, Mt. Vernon, O’Fallon, Orland Hills, Pekin, Peoria (three sites), Peoria Heights, Pontiac, South Beloit, Sterling, Streator, Urbana and Waterloo.

The 28th program will be launched in Columbia, Ill. next month. Illinois American Water has been recognized by American Water Works Association (AWWA) with the 2011 Communications Achievement Award for the company’s outreach regarding proper pharmaceutical disposal. Founded in 1881, AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy for improving the quality and supply of water.
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 management.

The pharmaceutical disposal programs were created through a model developed by Pontiac High School Township students and their teacher Paul Ritter.  The program, P2D2, has been recognized by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, the Illinois EPA and the Department of Natural Resources as a model for all pharmaceutical disposal programs. Through P2D2’s efforts, thousands of pounds of unwanted medications have been collected and disposed of properly.  To learn more, please visit

Savant Capital Management and The Monitor Group To Combine, Forming $2.7B AUM National RIA

Savant Capital, LLC will operate 10 offices in four states (IL, WI, VA, FL)

Client-centricity, economies of scale, syncing of investment approach and philosophy were key drivers

New growth strategy formally launched with this announcement, indicative of changing RIA landscape

Combined firm will employ over 90 individuals, promoting shared intellectual capital and best practices

Savant Capital Management and The Monitor Group, two independent fee-only RIAs, today announced the strategic combination of their firms. The combined firm will be called Savant Capital, LLC, and will manage more than $2.7 Billion in assets. The firm will have 10 offices in four states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia and Florida) with the continued capabilities to service clients worldwide. Corporate headquarters will be in Rockford, IL.

The board of managers will consist of Thomas Muldowney, Savant Capital Management Chairman and Principal; Glenn Kautt, President and Chairman of The Monitor Group; Brent Brodeski, CEO and Principal of Savant Capital Management; and Richard Bennett, Savant Capital Management Principal and COO.

Both organizations are members of the Zero Alpha Group (ZAG), an international network of independent investment advisory firms. The principals discovered a shared investment approach and philosophy during the course of interacting over the years as members of the ZAG.

"We have known each other for several years and have had ongoing mutual respect for each other" said Thomas Muldowney, Chairman of Savant Capital Management. "Each firm has successfully grown organically - one client at a time - during the course of the past several years; joining forces provides a new avenue for growth for both organizations, and we will continue to keep our strategic growth options open."

Additionally, the combination of the two firms allows them to utilize the best practices of each organization to expand service offerings, which ensures long-term business continuity and ongoing emphasis on a client-first approach.

"We are excited about this opportunity because it aligns two firms with similar investment philosophies and corporate values," said Glenn Kautt, President and Chairman of The Monitor Group. "Our combination is the culmination of a multi-year strategy to develop into a firm that will remain in existence for many years while maintaining its cutting-edge approach to wealth management."

Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant Capital Management, said, "In combining forces we are focusing on continuous enhancement of the experience of three groups of constituents: our clients, our teams and our communities. This is a continuity model that will continue to provide exceptional advice for clients for generations to come."

The deal was managed by strategic advisor Advisor Growth Strategies, LLC, based in Phoenix, AZ and M&A advisor Advice Dynamics Partners, LLC, based in San Francisco, CA. The M&A and Strategic advisors involved with the combination of the two firms point to a shift in the advisory landscape which has made this type of union a very appealing growth alternative for advisors with the right mind-set and capabilities.

John Furey, Principal at Advisor Growth Strategies, LLC, said, "This combination is indicative of a new era in value creation that has planted roots in our industry and is growing rapidly. Beneficiaries include the clients, the team members of the firm and advisors in transition who are looking for a good home."

"This has the potential to be the largest RIA/RIA combination of 2012," said David Selig, CEO of Advice Dynamics Partners. "The days when transactions of this type were only possible for the large acquirers are in the rear-view mirror. Exceptional wealth managers like Savant and Monitor have realized that joining forces is not only possible, it is an excellent part of a well thought out growth strategy."

The firms expect to finalize details of the integration this summer.

Membership Renewals

Boys & Girls Club of Pekin ~ CEFCU ~ Chemtura Agrosolutions

DHS/Division of Rehabilitation Services ~ Elliff, Dancey & Bosich, PC

First Federal Savings & Loan ~ Holiday Inn Express

Homerun Advertising Specialties ~ Illinois Central College ~ Jimmy Johns

Kyle's Care at Home ~ Lange Animal Clinic ~ Nelson's Catering Inc.

Peoria International Airport ~ PNC Bank ~ Erik Reader

Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center

Tebben Insurance Services, Inc. ~ The Mattress Doctor

Biz Barometer

Pekin’s sales tax disbursement received from the state in April was 2.2% greater than the April 2011 payment.  This generally represents tax collected on sales in January.
Pekin’s sales tax disbursements received from the state in the last 3 months are 4.7% greater than the same period in 2011.
East Peoria’s sales tax disbursements received from the state for the last 12 months is 8.1% greater than the previous 12-month period.
For the 12 months ending in April, Pekin (+1.2%), Morton (3.4%), and Washington (3.0%) also saw increases over the previous year’s tax disbursements received from the state.
The number of residential units sold in the 61554 zip code in the first two months of 2012 is up 6.7% over the same period in 2011. 
The average sales price of a residential unit in Pekin in the first two months of 2012 is up 9.1% over the same period in 2011.
Pekin’s unemployment rate went from 10.8% in January of 2012 to 10.3% in February of 2012.
The number of people employed in Pekin (15,929) in February of 2012 was 160 more than January of 2012.
The number of people employed in Pekin (15,929) in February of 2012 was 525 or 3.4% more than February of 2011.
The number of people employed in the Peoria region (184,204) in February of 2012 was 4,533 or 2.5% more than a year ago.
Nationally, non-farm payroll employment rose by 120,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.2%
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis.  Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.7 percent before seasonal adjustment. 
Sources:  Illinois Department of Employment Security; Illinois Department of Revenue; Peoria Area Association of Realtors; Bureau of Labor Statistics

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McDaniels Marketing Communications
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May 3rd     Reservations Appreciated
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Ÿ  Don't miss this opportunity to network with fellow chamber members and community leaders. You'll also enjoy refreshments, door prizes and tours or information from our hosts.  Plus you can help McDaniels Marketing toast their 45th anniversary!

Chamber Calendar of Events

May 1 – Ambassador Meeting       

May 2 – Women’s Marigold Golf Comm.

May 2 – Executive Board Meeting       

May 3 – Pekin 1st Committee       

May 3 – Business After Hours

May 8 - Member Services Committee

May 9 - Transportation Committee

May 9 – Board of Directors Meeting

May 16 - Marigold Festival Committee

May 29 – Business Advocacy Committee

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Alzheimer’s Association to Present a Program on Creating Meaningful Activities

The Alzheimer's Association - Central Illinois Chapter will present, “Beyond Bingo: Creating Meaningful Activities,” a program for caregivers on Wednesday, May 2, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., at the Chapter Office, 606 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria.

Beyond Bingo is designed to provide family caregivers with creative ways to maintain meaningful activities for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and prevent or minimize specific behaviors caused by inactivity.  Information on making a Life Story book and a diversion kit will be available.

Co-funded by Central Illinois Agency on Aging, the program is open to the public and registration is required. Materials fee is $5 per person or $10 per family.

For more information or to register, call the Chapter office at 309.681.1100 or 800.272.3900.

The Alzheimer’s Association - Central Illinois Chapter is a donor supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in central and west central Illinois. Its three office locations - Peoria, Quincy, and Dixon - are committed to providing educational and supportive services to help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers understand and deal with the disease and its impact on their lives. Disease, caregiver and support information can be found by visiting the agency’s website at

Alzheimer's Association to Present New Session of Popular Brain Program for Middle Aged Individuals and Healthy Seniors

The Alzheimer's Association - Central Illinois Chapter is looking for individuals in their 40’s and older and healthy seniors to participate in a popular healthy aging program, “Train Your Brain,” to begin in May.
The six-week program will meet Tuesdays, May 1 – June 5, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon at the Central Illinois Chapter office, 606 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria.

The program was developed as part of the Association’s mission to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Each week will feature a brain related topic and a guest speaker. They are:
May 1st: Now What Was I Saying? A public health and education program that teaches participants steps they can take now to make brain health one of the overall goals of the healthy aging process. Presented by Aubrie McShane, Education Specialist, Alzheimer's Association - Central Illinois Chapter
May 8th: Socialization, presented by Edna Ng, LCSW, Manager, Mental Health Services, Proctor Hospital
May 15th: Stress Management. Presented by Molly Waller, Director of Wellness Resources, Senara Health and Healing Center
May 22nd:  Physical Exercise. Presented by Hong Ji, Exercise Specialist, Riverplex/OSF
May 29th: Diet & Nutrition. Presented by Ashley Simper, Registered Dietitian, Community and Outpatient Dietitian, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

June 5th: Wrap-Up and Celebration of the New You! Aubrie McShane, Education Specialist, Alzheimer's Association – Central Illinois Chapter

Cost for the program is $30 per person. Participants will receive a Brain Stimulation Activities Manual and handouts for each session. A certificate of completion will be given upon conclusion of the six-week session. Registration is required by calling 309.681.1100 or 800.272.3900.
The Alzheimer's Association – Central Illinois Chapter is a donor supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in northern, central, and west central Illinois. Its three office locations – Dixon, Peoria, and Quincy – provide educational and supportive services to help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers understand and deal with the disease and its impact on their lives. For disease and caregiving information, visit the agency website at

2012 Pekin Police Ball Benefit for Special Olympics

The 2012 Pekin Police Ball Benefit for Special Olympics will be held Saturday, May 26 from 6 - 11pm at the Pekin Moose Lodge. There will be dinner, music, raffles, and a silent auction. The cost is $20/ ticket, and all proceeds go to Special Olympics. For more information please contact Don Jolly, Pekin Police Department, at 309-478-5312.

The 14th Annual Children’s Garden “Child Abuse Prevention Month” Event

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month and our 365 days of the year effort to prevent child abuse, The Center for Prevention of Abuse and Luthy Botanical Garden are joining Ms. Winternitz’s 1st grade class from Harrison Learning Center to learn about preventing abuse through caring for ourselves, each other and the environment.

Activities will take place between 9:30 am – 11:30 am and include how to be safe from abuse, enjoying a story, planting vegetables and flowers, making crafts and participating in "Natures Kitchen", an educational session offered by Luthy Botanical Garden that teaches children where food comes from.

"Our hope is by exposing children to nature and showing them

The Center offers curricula in safe touch, violence prevention, behavioral skills training, sexual assault/abuse prevention and healthy relationships to students pre-k through college touching the lives of 15,000 students per/year. Presentations and trainings are also offered to parents, school staff and community groups. For more information on prevention programs contact Jeanne Anders at 691-0551.

2012 Chamber Annual Meeting

Over 220 people attended the Annual Meeting of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held on April 16 2012 at the Pekin Country Club. Retiring members from the board of directors were recognized, new members were introduced, and new officers were elected. Entertainment was provided by Pekin Civic Chorus.  You can see over 100 pictures from this event at:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spruce Up Pekin

Spruce Up Pekin will be held May 5 from 8am to 4pm. The event will take place at three different locations: Mineral Springs Park at the parking lot North of the Miniature Golf and Diamond 1 (antifreeze, oil, batteries and electronics will only be accepted at this location), Southside Park at Knapp St. & Sapp St., and Street Department on 1208 Koch St (tires will only be accepted at this location for $2.00 for cars or trucks on/off rims).

Will NOT except propane tanks, paint, or yardwaste. Pekin residents only - ID will be checked.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Beautiful Memories Memorial Cleaning Opens in Pekin

Beautiful Memories Memorial Cleaning, 113 N. Parkway Drive in Pekin recently celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting.  Representatives from the City of Pekin and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed and congratulated the owner, Otera Brinson.  She was joined by her family and friends at the ribbon cutting.  Open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and by appointment, Beautiful Memories Memorial Cleaning offers people, who find it difficult or are unable to visit, the peace of mind that their loved ones' grave site is being cared for and maintained in the dignified manner that their memories deserve. Their maintenance programs range from a one-time cleaning, edging and polishing to a yearly program. The yearly program includes three complete cleanings and artificial flower placement in spring, summer, and fall. All of their work is photo documented with a before and after picture!  They can be reached at 349-1128 or

Welcome New Member: EMEX Power

EMEX Power, 5325 West Janet Court, Bartonville, IL 61554; phone: (309) 807-7198; email:; website:; Brent Bacon, Independent Broker. Business hours: 24 hours.  Ready to start paying less on your commercial energy bill? EMEX simplifies the process with a cutting-edge online platform that lets you quickly compare rates and easily switch to a lower-cost energy provider. No obligations, no hassles, no risk, and best of all — there’s absolutely no cost to find the lowest rates. EMEX Power is the only company with live reverse auction for your energy use. 20% - 40% savings are on supply.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CIRCLE Legislative Reception Recap

The local Chambers of Commerce, along with the Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort (CIRCLE) host a legislative reception on April 9th.  You can view a video recap of the reception at: 

Chamber's Annual Report

The Annual Report of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce was distributed at the April 16th annual meeting.  You can download/view a copy of the annual report online. 

Chamber Seats Directors; Elects Officers

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual membership meeting on April 26th at the Pekin Country Club. Over 220 attendees representing nearly 60 businesses and organizations enjoyed the reception and short business meeting, followed by entertainment by the Pekin Civic Chorus. 
Four members of the Board of Directors completed their terms and were recognized for their service. The retiring members were: Kevin Andrews, Pekin Hospital; Dr. Denise Comerford, Sound Choice Hearing Clinic; John Franks, Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab Company; and Diane Steiner, Pekin Insurance. Also recognized was Althea Geiser, B’Ribboned Etc., who completed her service on the board as Past President.

Newly elected board members were introduced. They are Amy Darling, Pekin Insurance; Andrew Lockwood, Pekin Community Bank; Tee Rynerson, Jim Maloof Realtors; Becky Saban, Body Wealth Massage; and, Mark VanderLinden, Pekin Hospital. The chamber membership elected these new directors in March.

 The newly seated board then elected officers for the coming year. They are: President, Drew Leman, Leman Property Management; President Elect, Tom Hornstein, Excalibur Seasoning Company; Vice President, Aindrea Balagna, Wolf Tesar and Company; Treasurer, Gregg Ratliff; and, Past President, Skip Schermerhorn, Herget Bank.  



Since 1893, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has represented the business interests and promoted the growth of the Pekin area. With over 410 businesses, organizations, and individual members, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers of commerce in Central Illinois.

Monday, April 16, 2012

National Nurse's Appreciation Week

National Nurse’s Appreciation Week is May 6th- May 12th… Make it a habit to tell your Nurse, “Thank You”. Truly appreciate all that they do for you and your loved ones. All of us at Champion Fitness Physical Therapy appreciate all the help the nurse’s give us when transitioning a patient over to our office. To show our appreciation we will be visiting some of you wonderful nurses with a little gift: Which is our way of saying, “Thank You”.

Friday, April 13, 2012

We Need Your Photo...And Your Memories!

The Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society is planning a pictorial history of “Good Old Pekin High School.” 

When our old school was suddenly in the news again a few weeks ago, several of our members were reminiscing about their days at Pekin High School. For some it was where they spent all their high school years and for others West Campus was just the beginning. 

As we shared we realized there were likely hundreds of stories out there that needed to be captured and saved. Many families had four generations attend school in the same building. It was not uncommon for parent and child to have some of the same teachers! One of the families in the discussion had four generations of sports history, including the good-lookin’ guy in the back of this photograph of the 1932 football team. His nephew would later be a member of the 1951 baseball team that won state!

We want to celebrate the lives that passed through the halls of West Campus. If you climbed those steps, hung-out in the Dragons Den or ‘did time’ in the Dean’s office, we want to hear from you. If you have photos or memories to share, please contact us at 309-477-3044, visit our website at or drop by at 719 N 11 th St., Pekin.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tazewell County and Pekin Main Street present “Create, Cultivate, Educate” Fine Arts Showcase

Tazewell County and Pekin Main Street, with help from the Tazewell County Regional Office of Education, present the 2nd annual “Create, Cultivate, Educate” Fine Arts Showcase beginning Thursday, April 19th at 11:15am on the Tazewell County Courthouse lawn.

This event will showcase the talent of Tazewell County K-12 students every Thursday and Friday from April 19th to May 18th. Performances and art displays will occur on the lawn of the Tazewell County Courthouse in downtown Pekin. Performances will be from 11:15-1:30, with each participating school taking either a 1 or 2 hour block.

Participating Schools include: Good Shepherd School, Wilson Intermediate School, Parkview, Edison Junior High, Willow Primary School, Rankin School, Pekin Community High School, L.E. Starke Primary School, Washington Intermediate School, Washington Middle School (Washington, IL), Broadmoor Jr. High School, Delavan Elementary School, District 108 Suzuki Strings and Georgetowne Middle School. A complete schedule of events is available at

The YWCA will be presenting a program for Stand Against Racism on Friday, April 27th in conjunction with the National Stand Against Racism event.

All performances are free and open to the public. Limited audience seating will be available. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair as well as their lunch. Audience members are strongly encouraged to purchase their lunch from one of the restaurants located in downtown Pekin. 

This event is a collaborative effort between Tazewell County, Pekin Main Street and the Tazewell County Regional Office of Education. It is sponsored by Pekin Sunset Kiwanis Club, Tazewell County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association, City of Pekin Tourism, E & S Communication and Kidder Music.

Weather related updates will be posted on Pekin Main Street’s facebook page and on the Pekin Main Street ( and Tazewell County ( websites.

For more information, please contact Melida Heien at 309-353-3100 or Courtney Antonini at 309-477-2201. 

New Member: Military Uniform Supply Outlet Store

Military Uniform Supply Outlet Store, 3212 Veterans Drive, Pekin, IL 61554; (309) 620-8276; Alan McLouth, President.;; Business hours: Monday - Wednesday 10am - 6pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Closed Sunday. Military Uniform Supply Outlet Store sells military clothing & tactical gear for military, law enforcement, JROTC, public service, EMT, hunting, paintball/airsoft, casual wear, women/kids, and more!

New Member: Beautiful Memories Memorial Cleaning

Beautiful Memories Memorial Cleaning, 113 N. Parkway Drive, Pekin, IL 61554; (309) 349-1128. Otera Brinson, owner. Open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and by appointment, Beautiful Memories Memorial Cleaning offers people, who find it difficult or are unable to visit, the peace of mind that their loved ones' grave site is being cared for and maintained in the dignified manner that their memories deserve. Their maintenance programs range from a one-time cleaning, edging and polishing to a yearly program. The yearly program includes three complete cleanings and artificial flower placement in spring, summer, and fall. All of their work is photo documented with a before and after picture!

Pekin Community Guides Available

Our 2012 Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Community Profile is now available.  You can see the online version of this community profile, or you can stop in our office and pick up the magazine sized publication.  Its a free publication from our chamber member sponsors.  You can also find our most recent Pekin city map online, or you can pick one up a free one in the office.

Alzheimer’s Association to host Kentucky Derby Party May 5th

Be a part of the most exciting two minutes in sports at the annual Alzheimer's Association Kentucky Derby Party to be held May 5 at the Country Club of Peoria.

The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. with Kentucky style hors d’oeuvres and mint juleps. The race is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Upon arrival, guests will be treated to a photo shoot with a horse in the Winner’s Circle. Kentucky style cuisine and beverages will be a main attraction as attendees watch the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on big screen TVs. Attendees will have the opportunity to place charity wagers on their favorite horse to win prizes out of the “Winner’s Feedbag.” 

Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association - Central Illinois Chapter. 

“This is a very fun event and it raises funds for a cause that is very dear to my heart,” says Kim Sanders, Kentucky Derby Chairperson and Central Illinois Chapter board member. “My father suffers from the disease and I don’t want my daughter to have to be affected by it anymore than she already is. By raising funds and disease awareness we can work together to find a cure for this fatal disease.”

A Silent Auction is scheduled 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. followed by a Live Auction at 7:00 p.m. Participants can bid on a variety of auction items, including a crazy cupcake party for kids, hot air balloon flight for two, wine tasting party, Greek dinner for 12, vacation getaways, sporting and sailing packages, and more. A prize will also be awarded to the lady wearing The Best Kentucky Derby Hat.  

Tickets can be purchased at the Peoria Office for $75. Individuals can add the Derby Bar sampler plus souvenir glass for $25. For more information or reservations contact Development Director Jamie Messmore at 309-681-1100. Information is also available at the agency website at

The fundraiser is sponsored by OSF Saint Francis Medical Center; 1, 2, 3 You’N Me; Keith L. Kinsey, CFP, Financial Advisor Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, and Bard Optical.

The Alzheimer's Association – Central Illinois Chapter is a donor supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in central Illinois. It serves the needs of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, advocates for policy changes and research funding, and works in conjunction with its National office to advance research toward prevention, treatment and a cure. 

South Side Trust & Savings Bank Announces Promotions

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., held its Annual Meeting on April 9, 2012 where its Board of Directors elected David F. Cochran to Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Mark W. Joseph to President, and Gregory C. Rice to Executive Vice President. Other promotions include Clint A. Naugle to Vice President Retail Branch Administration and Marilyn J. Strickfaden to Assistant Vice President Commercial Lending.

David F. Cochran, David L. Golwitzer, William C. Schwab, David H. Bettinghaus, Timothy M. Ward, Joyce M. Eagleton, Steven J. Fawley, Kevin E. Colgan, Mark E. Matuszak, Michael J. Stone, Jeffrey W. Ward, Karen M. Jensen, Mark W. Joseph, and Charles D. Karpowicz were elected to the Board of Directors.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $678 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 13 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin. South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

McDaniels Marketing Celebrates 45 Years of Innovative Thinking

McDaniels Marketing, a full-service agency in Pekin, Ill., is celebrating 45 years in the industry. To celebrate the milestone, the company recently launched a yearlong campaign. 

“Our 45th anniversary is a significant achievement,” Randall McDaniels, the agency’s president and CEO, said. “We are the oldest firm in the area under the same family ownership and management, and we take pride in all we have accomplished. At the same time, we recognize the role our community has played in our success and want to show our appreciation by giving back as often as we can. That’s why we are in the process of planning a special week to donate free creative development to a qualifying nonprofit organization.” He added that more details will be announced soon.

As part of the celebration, McDaniels has produced a series of ads that offer area organizations the opportunity to win marketing services. McDaniels also will host a Business After Hours at their newly renovated offices in May.

Founded by Eugene Walter (“Mac”) McDaniels, the company was first known as E.W. McDaniels & Company Advertising. In the beginning, it was operated out of Mac’s home. In 1971, Mac and his employees moved to a newly constructed building named “The Graphic Arts Center” in Pekin. The company still operates at that location – 11 Olt Avenue. 

In 1985, Mac’s son, Randall, joined the team and worked his way from copywriter/account executive to his current position as president and CEO. In his time with the firm, he’s seen many changes, including: establishing a healthcare division in 1995, creating an interactive division in 1998, remodeling the original building in 2000 and the lower level in 2003, introducing a new logo/name (McDaniels Marketing Communications) in 2006, further expanding with an exhibit staging warehouse in 2008, establishing McDaniels Promotional Products in 2010, and upgrading the offices again in 2011-2012.

Two of Mac’s daughters have also played key roles at the agency. His youngest daughter, Brenda, joined the firm in 1984. She served in a variety of roles while with the firm, culminating as an account executive and executive vice president when she retired in 2009. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Another daughter, Claudia, has served as vice president of finance and secretary/treasurer on the Board since 1987.

The agency also launched a refocused brand last October – shortening its core brand to McDaniels Marketing to promote the fact it offers many services outside the traditional communications arena. According to McDaniels, “Some of our client research analyzes strengths and weaknesses, as well as customer service issues, which goes way beyond typical advertising or public relations.” The agency changed its branding to focus on its core strengths and align all four of its brands under one common name – McDaniels – with three key divisions that fall under the McDaniels Marketing umbrella – healthcare marketing, interactive (formerly ie-media), and promotional products.

McDaniels Interactive specializes in developing websites, animation, videos, e-surveys, kiosks, ecommerce, content management systems, search engine marketing, optimization and social media to fit a variety of budgets. McDaniels Healthcare Marketing provides results-driven services to hospitals and physician practices throughout the Midwest. McDaniels Promotional Products features a gamut of products from t-shirts and tradeshow giveaways to high-end promotional packages that help clients achieve a good lasting impression. The agency operates client service offices in Bloomington and Rockford, Ill., as well as the Quad Cities.

Mission Statement: Always thinking of innovative ways to motivate those who have the most influence on our clients’ success.

New Chamber Member: Faith Baptist Christian School

Faith Baptist Christian School, 1501 Howard Court, Pekin, IL  61554; (309) 347-6178; fax 347-8716.; Mr. Ken Seest, Principal; Pastor Tim Collard, Superintendent.  Faith Baptist Christian School, a ministry of Faith Baptist Church, has been committed to providing a quality Christ-centered education for over 35 years.  The school equips students with an excellent academic foundation, strong social skills, and with the spiritual and moral skills necessary to "grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and Man."  (Luke 2:52)

CIRCLE Legislative Reception

The Chambers of Commerce in the area (Pekin, Peoria, Morton, Washington, Chillicothe, Canton, and East Peoria) hosted the annual CIRCLE Legislative Reception on April 9th. Legislators in attendance included Congressman Aaron Schock, State Senators Dave Koehler and Darin LaHood, and State Representatives Keith Sommer, Mike Unes, and Dave Leitch. About 75 local business leaders were in attendance. Information about CIRCLE's upcoming trip to Springfield, including the issues to be presented, was available.  You can see more pictures from this event on the chamber's picture page at:

Monday, April 9, 2012

Direct Flights to Atlanta Start Today

Daily non-stop flights from Peoria to Atlanta start April 9th on Delta.  For more information, visit

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pekin Hospital League’s 21st Annual Golf Classic to be Held

The Pekin Hospital League’s 21st Annual Golf Classic will be held Monday, May 7, 2012 at the Pekin Country Club.

The entry fee is $125.00 per person and includes green fees, cart, box lunch, beverages and a buffet dinner.  Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. followed by a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start.  The format will be a four person scramble.  The right hole-in-one could net the winner $5,000.00 along with chances to win other bonus prizes.  Proceeds from the Golf Classic will support digital mammography at Pekin Hospital.

Entry forms are available online at or by calling (309) 353-0803.

Alpha Park Library Donation Drive

Goodwill of Central Illinois will be holding a donation drive on Saturday April 14, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Alpha Park Library in Bartonville. The library is located at 3527 S. Airport Road.

 “Goodwill depends on donations from the people of central Illinois to help us fund our FREE programs,” says Jim Lynch, Director of Community Development. “The generosity of our donors is truly amazing, they make what we do possible. At this time of the year we are in need of house wares, kitchen wares, linens and furniture.”

Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for at-risk youth ages 12 to 17. Revenues from the sale of donated or recycled items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill.  For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Enterprise Zone Hearing in Peoria

The Illinois Senate's Special Committee on Enterprise Zone Extensions will hold a hearing on Monday, April 9th at 10:30 AM at:

Red Cross of Central Illinois
Caterpillar Room
311 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Avenue, Peoria
Anyone who wishes to attend and or testify may simply show up at the hearing, no registration needed. 

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) has been appointed to this special Senate committee that will work to extend and streamline one of Illinois government’s most successful job-creation tools: Enterprise Zones.

Enterprise Zones are specially designated areas where employers—particularly large manufacturers—receive targeted tax relief, fast-tracked reviews of some state and local permit applications, and improved government service.  The state’s Enterprise Zone Program has become a priority because eight Enterprise Zones are set to expire next year, including one in Peoria and another in Canton/Fulton County.  Dozens more will expire over the next few years.

“Many of the state’s largest employers, including Caterpillar, have challenged us to improve Illinois’ business climate,” Koehler said.  “Coming up with a comprehensive plan to extend and improve the Enterprise Zone Program will put people to work in our local communities and help attract businesses large and small to invest in Illinois.”

The bipartisan Special Committee on Enterprise Zone Extensions is dedicated to working with the Illinois Manufacturing Association and other stakeholders to come up with a comprehensive plan to revamp the Enterprise Zone Program rather than relying on piece-meal extensions of individual Enterprise Zones.   The committee will hold hearings throughout the state, including one in Peoria on April 9th.

 “Because Enterprise Zones are a collaboration between the state government and local governments, we need to work together to come up with a plan,” Koehler added.  “There are five Enterprise Zones in the 46th Senate District alone.  This really is a statewide issue.”

Each year, companies in Enterprise Zones are required to report how many jobs they have kept or created due to the assistance the zone provides.  In 2011 alone, the Enterprise Zone Program is credited with creating 8,980 jobs and generating $2.5 billion in investments.

“The Enterprise Zone Program has a well-documented track record for success,” Koehler said.  “I want to work with my colleagues and members of our local communities to make it even better.”

Welcome New Member: Les Rosiere

Les Rosiere, Pekin IL 61554; Individual Member

Welcome New Member: Sharp's Electronic Measurements, Inc.

Sharp's Electronic Measurements, Inc., 2103 N. Parkway Drive, Pekin, IL 61554; phone: 309-347-2864; fax: 309-347-5864; email:; Rich Sharp, President. Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm. Sharp's Electronic Measurements specializes in computer sales, support, repair, network, and software installation.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pekin Main Street Farmer’s Market Vendors Needed

Pekin Main Street is seeking vendors for the 2012 Farmer’s Market. The market is every Thursday from 3:30-6pm, June 21st-September 20th on Capitol Street between Court and Elizabeth Streets in downtown Pekin.
Pekin Main Street is looking for vendors who will be willing to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organic foods, meats, prepared meals & seasonings and crafts. Priority is given to vendors who commit and pay for the entire season on a first come, first serve basis.  

Application packets are available on the Pekin Main Street website, or by calling the Pekin Main Street office at 353-3100.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Annual Music and International Wine and Beer Festival

Annual Music and International Wine and Beer Festival is hosted May, 26th 11am to 11pm and May, 27th 12 to 6pm in the pavilion at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw with bands performing at the lake gazebo and in the pavilion.  There will be an abundance of unique wines and beers from six continents featured for tasting to stimulate even the most discerning palates and all wines and beers can be purchased at the event.   Throughout both days Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will feature music from some of the best area bands.  They have Matt Curry and the Fury, Sister Groove and the Cross Town Jam, The Lions Club will run the food concessions with the proceeds going to charity.  Ropp Jersey Cheese, local artisan cheese maker, will have their tasting booth of handcrafted fresh cheeses to add to the wine and beer tasting experience.  Admission is $10 per person and includes a souvenir glass and 5 tasting tickets; additional tickets are available for purchase. Ages 13-20 $5 per person and 12 and under free.  More information is available by phoning 309-359-WINE or on the web at or Facebook-Mackinaw Winery

3rd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Kick-Off

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Brings Awareness to the Issues Child Abuse by hosting the 3rd Annual Prevention Kick-Off Event

WHO: Community Agencies and Coalitions who work with children.

WHAT: Kick-Off event to include a brunch and opportunities for discussion.

Presentation of "Friend of Children" award given to an individual by the

Tri-County Child Abuse Prevention Council.WHEN:

Wednesday April 4, 2012

11:00am – 12:30pm Press can arrive at 10:45am for interviews

Award presentation at 11:00am.WHERE:
The Center for Prevention of Abuse

720 Joan Court

Peoria, Illinois 61614

WHY: To join together as a united community to raise awareness of the terrible tragedy of child abuse and neglect and to promote specific ways to join in the effort of prevention.

To make a reservation or learn more about child abuse prevention contact Sara Dillefeld at 309-691-0551