Thursday, August 30, 2012

Save Money With U.S. Cellular

Goodbye expensive lines.  Hello family time.

Sign up for any new family plan and add up to 4 additional lines at no additional charge through the end of 2012.  That’s up to $80 per month in savings. U.S. Cellular® believes in keeping you connected with those important personal or business contacts.  That’s why they built an award winning national network that delivers the highest call quality and customer satisfaction of any national carrier.  With their plans you get the minutes, messaging and data you need- at a price that fits your budget.

Stop in or call today for a complimentary bill analysis.  U.S. Cellular,  3552 Court Street, Pekin, IL  309-353-7964

Free Phone System and Printers for Non-Profits

Hallmark House Nursing Center has a Nortel Phone System with 20 phones plus 2 cordless phones to give away to any not-for-profit organization that can use it.  They also have two Hewlett Packard LaserJet 4050 printers to give away.  Email Lynn Brady or give her a call at 347-3121.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tazewell and Peoria Walk to End Alzheimers

Area residents can take the first step in uniting in a movement to end Alzheimer’s disease by picking up a Walk Booklet, including a registration form, for the upcoming Tazewell Walk to End Alzheimer’s at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Mineral Springs Lagoon in Pekin, and the Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Liberty Park on the Peoria Riverfront.

Last year, more than 950 people total participated in the two walks, raising more than $100,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter. This money is vital to funding the chapter’s programs and services for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their families. It also supports crucial Alzheimer’s research efforts and clinical trials.

More than 5.4 Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one that cannot be prevented, treated or cured. By midcentury, that number is expected to triple to 16 million if no treatment or cure is found.

Everyone is welcome to walk, although donations are encouraged. Participants are encouraged to register online at www.alz/illinoiscentral or by calling the Central Illinois Chapter toll free at 800.272.3900. The online tools make it easy to start or join a team. The Central Illinois Chapter puts on eight walks total throughout its 20-county area.

All participants who raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt. And for every $100 raised, one’s name will be entered into a drawing for an iPad 3 at the walk in which they participate.  

The 2012 Walk Booklet/programming guide is available at the following businesses:

Morton: Renew You Day Spa & Studio; Home Instead
East Peoria: East Peoria Chamber of Commerce; Burger Barge
Pekin: Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce; Herget Bank; Pekin Moose; World of Vitamins; Curves; Moods by Michael Creative Hair Design; Courtesy Laundry & Dry Cleaners
Peoria: Auto Owners Insurance Co.; Methodist Medical Center; First Mid Illinois Bank & Trust; Advanced Tech Services; Heartland Bank & Trust; Tazewell County Resources Center; RLI; Hagerty Steel & Aluminum; Burkland Distributing; Busey Bank; South Side Bank; River City Construction; Crittenton Center; CEFCU, all locations; Illinois Mutual; Hasselberg, Williams, Grebe, Snodgrass & Birdsall; PARC; Goodwill Industries; Klause Radio; Wells Fargo Advisors; Enterprise Rent-A-Car, all locations; Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc.; Center For Prevention of Abuse; Ginoli & Company; HCH Administration; Lakeview Museum; Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll, and Keller; Morgan Stanley; Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s) is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Membership Renewals

A To Z Rental ~ Ace Liquor ~ Busey Bank ~ Classical Dance Academy
Concorde Inn & Suites ~ Country Financial / Kris Goergen ~ Cranwill's Drive In, Inc.
First United Presbyterian Church of Pekin ~ The Grand Victorian of Pekin ~ Hospice Compassus
Methodist at Pekin ~ Midwest Eye Care, P.C. ~ Newman & Ullman, Inc.
Pekin Union Mission Society, Inc. ~ Pepsi Cola ~ Rescued Heart Animal Hospital
Salvation Army of Pekin ~ SBSi Semonis Insurance Group ~ SJB Promotions
Tazewell County Historic Places & Tazewell County Museum

Biz Barometer

Local Economy Mixed
Pekin’s sales tax disbursement received from the state in August was 13.4% greater than August of 2011.
Pekin’s sales tax disbursements received from the state for the last 3 months were 8.6% greater than the same three months in 2011.
The other three large communities on the east side of the Illinois River also showed increases in August compared to August of 2011:  Morton (+18.1%), Washington (+6.8%), and East Peoria (+5.1%). 
For the 12-month period ending in August, all four communities showed an increase in sales tax receipts from the state, compared to the 12-months ending in August of 2011:  East Peoria (+11.4%),  Pekin (+5.0%),  Morton (+4.9%), and Washington (+4.1%).
The number of residential units sold in the 61554 zip code for the first seven months of 2012 was 6.8% less than the same period in 2011.
The other large Tazewell communities are showing large increases in residential unit sales for the first seven months of 2012, compared to the first seven months of 2011:  Washington (+40.0%),  Morton (+34.7%), and East Peoria (+32.3%).
The average sales price of residential units in the 61554 zip code for the first seven months of 2012 is $111,715. That is 9.2% greater than the average sales price for the first seven months of 2011.
The average sales price of residential units in the other large Tazewell communities is also up compared to the first seven months of 2011:   East Peoria (+15.3%), Morton (+3.5%), and Washington (+2.6%)
Nationally, non-farm payroll employment rose by 163,000 in July, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.3%
Pekin’s unemployment rate rose from 9.2% to 9.6% during July.  The rates in Tazewell Co and the Peoria region also increased slightly.
The number of people working in Pekin decreased by 60 during the month, reversing a 5-month growth trend.
Sources:  Illinois Department of Employment Security; Illinois Department of Revenue; Peoria Area Association of Realtors; Bureau of Labor Statistics

Business After Hours

Reservations Appreciated
346-2106 or email us at  

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.  We’ll be in the cafeteria at Pekin Insurance, so enter through the doors in the back corner of the building.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CrossFit Trilogy Looking for Event Sponsors

Dear Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Business Owners:
My name is Megan Condis and I am a new member of the Chamber representing CrossFit Trilogy.  I met a few of you at the last “Puttin’ On Pekin” breakfast, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the rest of you and to present you with an advertising opportunity at an event that will be held this October at the East Peoria Event Center.
On Saturday, October 6th, the Central Illinois Combat Club will be hosting Throwdown XII, an amateur mixed martial arts show that has previously been held at either the Event Center and on the Riverfront in downtown Peoria.  This event typically attracts between 1,000 and 2,000 spectators to watch the fights, eat and drink some great food, and purchase souvenirs like t-shirts and fighting gear.  CrossFit Trilogy will be one of the sponsors for the event, and we have several members who will be fighting at the show, including myself.
We are seeking additional local businesses to get involved in sponsoring the show in return for various advertising opportunities.  There are three tiers of sponsorship to consider: 

Level 1: Sponsor a Fighter!  Cost = $100
Your business logo will be featured on the shirt I wear to walkout to the cage for this and for subsequent fights.  These shirts will also be available for purchase to the public, which means that your logo will be on display throughout the community long after the event is over.

I will also display your business logo on the banner that decorates my side of the cage before my fights.  This means that it will be visible in many of the promotional photographs that are taken during the fights (for use in promoting the next event or in media coverage of the event).

Finally, I will include a mention of your business as a sponsor in any media related to my fighting career, including on my Facebook page for fans ( and in any interviews I conduct with local or Internet media sources like the one I recently had with the Morton Times-News that came out on August 15th, 2012 (it can be viewed at ) or with WMBD, which aired multiple times on Friday, August 17th  (you can see a transcription of the newscast here: 

This sponsorship arrangement will be good for three months following the date of the show, at which time all participants will be given the chance to re-evaluate the relationship.

All sponsors at this level will also receive one VIP ticket to see the fights in October (a $40 value!).

Level 2: Sponsor the Show!  Cost = $600
These sponsors will receive all the benefits of a Level 1 sponsor plus their choice of two of the following extra benefits!

Choose two (2) of the following:
1) Your business logo will be featured on the posters and fliers that we distribute to promote the fights in the weeks before the event.

2) You will be invited to set up a merchant’s booth in the lobby of the fight venue to distribute information about your business, gather information on prospective clients, and/or to sell merchandise.

3) Your business with frequently be mentioned during the course of the event by the announcer as a sponsor of the show.  You will also have the opportunity to promote your business via a “giveaway” from the ring during intermissions or between fights.  This could take the form of a drawing (a great way to gather email addresses from prospective new clients) or you could give the ring girls soft and small items like t-shirts or water bottles to throw into the crowd from the cage.

4) You will receive an additional 7 VIP tickets (one table) to give to your team in order to see the fights in October (a $300 value!).

This sponsorship arrangement will be good until the day following the show (except for the fighter sponsorship which will continue for three months after the show as described above).

Level 3: All-Star Sponsor!  Cost = $1100
All-Star sponsors get to take advantage of all the benefits of a Level 1 sponsor plus all four of the advertising and promotional opportunities that Level 2 sponsors can choose from!

This sponsorship arrangement will be good until the day following the show (except for the fighter sponsorship which will continue for six months after the show as described above).

I hope you will keep these unique advertising opportunities in mind!  If you are interested, please contact Megan Condis at 309-645-0019 or email her at by September 15th so that we can get the ball rolling.

Thank you so much for your consideration,

Megan Condis
CrossFit Trilogy

Family Practice Physician Joins Pekin Hospital’s Medical Staff

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that family practitioner Mohammed M. Khan, M.D., recently joined its medical staff and is now accepting new patients at Family Health Center of Pekin located at 19 Olt Avenue in Pekin. 

Dr. Khan completed his Family Medicine residency at Synergy Medical Education Alliance in Saginaw, Michigan. 

He has conducted research on contraception awareness and family planning among undergraduate students, as well as using BMI as screening criteria for diabetes mellitus in patients with a BMI of 30 or greater.  Additional areas of interest include obesity management, smoking cessation.

According to Dr. Khan, “I believe in a preventive approach to caring for my patients. Routine exams & preventive measures can prevent many illnesses as well as discover diseases early, thereby leading to early treatment & better overall health.”

Dr. Khan is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Khan is a car enthusiast who enjoys music, philosophy and spending time with family and friends. 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Khan, please call (309) 353-6301 or visit

Pekin Main Street’s Friday Night Family Fest Returns with the 2nd Annual Pekin’s Got Talent Contest

Pekin Main Street’s annual Friday Night Family Fest will be held on Friday, September 7, 2012, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Pekin.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this family event to kick-off the Marigold Festival Weekend.

Pre-show entertainment will begin on the Pekin Insurance Main Stage at Elizabeth and Capitol Streets at 5:00pm with the band Flying Crazy Monkeyz. The Pekin’s Got Talent competition will kick off at 7:00 with popular DJ “Dr” Chris Michaels from 104.9 The Wolf hosting. After 2 prior rounds of auditions, the field of contestants has been narrowed down to the top 11. These ten contestants will be competing for cash prizes generously donated by Herget Bank. Contestants are: Libby Green, Bailey Haynes, Emory Milot, Amber Autrey, Donnie Engelbrecht,  Bryonna Blanch, Cody Salem and Seth Johnson, Breanne Carroll and Courtney Richmond, Allison Lowman, Jessie Long and Kyle Leveque.  The judges for the competition are Tom Edwards, Felicia Canamore and Dennis Hilst. Miss Marigold Hannah Finley and Marigold Grand Marshall Dorothy Barker will award special awards to their favorite acts.   The Papa Murphy’s Fan Favorite Award will also be presented to the contestant who generated the most votes in an in-store contest at Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Pekin.

The A & W/Long John Silver’s Court Street Stage, on the corner of Court and Fourth Streets, will feature live music by the band Loose Shoes, from 7-10:00 p.m.  This local band plays tunes from 4 decades and has a strong rhythm section that is accented by a full brass combo and several exceptional vocalists. 

The Unique Twist will be at the event to entertain and delight children of all ages with their fantastic balloon creations.  The A&W bear will make an appearance.

Families can enjoy great music and entertainment while sampling food from over 15 different food vendors, including pork chop sandwiches, tenderloins, gyros, grilled specialties, Italian beef sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, funnel cakes, ice cream, barbeque, pizza, lemonade shake-ups and more.  Food vendors for the 2012 Friday Night Family Fest are: J&J Parks Concessions, Haddad’s, Pekin Main Street, Alzheimer’s Association, Mike’s Knot Just Ribs, PCHS Choral Department, Cornbelt Concessions, Mashies Pub and Eatery and Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza.  Food vendors will line Court, Capitol and Elizabeth Streets.

Event hosted by Pekin Main Street and major event sponsors are Pekin Insurance and A&W/Long John Silvers of Pekin.  For more information, please call the Pekin Main Street office at (309) 353-3100 or visit our website at

Lucky Ducks Cross Finish Line!!

Thousands of rubber ducks competed in the 24th Annual Duck Race to benefit. The Center for Prevention of Abuse presented by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino. The first ducks to cross the finish line won exciting prizes for the winners.

Welcome New Member: Infinite Success

Infinite Success, P.O. Box 73, Pekin, IL 61554; phone: (309) 642-2561; fax: (309) 642-6425; email:; website:; Melanie Long, Chapter President. Infinite Success (IS) was born out of a call for something more than the normal networking group that provides an opportunity to deliver business cards and elevator speeches. IS goes beyond offering personal growth and development, which in turn brings professional and individual success. At IS, we expand relationships, explore professions, and express possibilities. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Infinite Success Kickoff

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Small Businesses Have Opportunity With State

The State of Illinois has a Small Business Set-Aside program which focuses on helping Illinois' small businesses.  Below are some frequently asked questions about the Set-Aside program.

Why should I do business with the State of Illinois? 
The State of Illinois spends billions of dollars purchasing thousands of different products and services each year. The State’s demand is consistent and the State has a number of incentives to help Illinois’ small businesses grow and prosper.

The Small Business Contracts Act (Public Act 97-307) recognizes the economic impact of small business and sets an annual goal that at least 10% of the State’s contracts are awarded to small business.

How will I compete against a very large company for State contracts?
You won’t have to! To promote contracting with small business, the Small Business Set-Aside Program (SBSP) designates 64 product and service categories that the State will procure from small business. You’ll only bid against other small businesses.

  • From July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, the State spent nearly $114 million (out of more than $7 billion) with registered small businesses as a result of the SBSP program. 
  • Our goal is to annually award 10% of the State’s contracts (approximately $700 million) with registered small businesses in Illinois. 
What if I don’t sell a product or offer a service in the 64 set-aside categories? 
The State still wants to do business with you. As part of the SBSP, the Chief Procurement Office requires state agencies making one-time commodity and service procurements of $50,000 and less to purchase from registered small businesses. These procurements are not category specific. 
Do I qualify as a small business? 
The State defines small business based on industry, annual revenue, and number of employees in the case of the manufacturing industry. 
Annual gross revenues:  
  • Retail/service < $6 million 
  • Wholesale < $10 million 
  • Construction < 10 million 
  • Manufacturing < $10 million (wholesale) and < 250 employees

Click for the application, a checklist, and an information card.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Welcome New Member: Beltone Hearing Center

Beltone Hearing Center, 2508 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554; phone: (309) 346-5323; fax: (309) 346-5410; David Bryant, Office Manager. Business hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm. Beltone Hearing Center is a hearing aid service center. 

Thousands of Ducks to Race in Illinois River Sunday, Aug. 26th

Title Sponsor Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino will present their sponsorship check to:
The Center for Prevention of Abuse. Friends and fans of the Duck Race, volunteers and staff will be there to cheer on the winning ducks.

DUCKS!! Thousands of Yellow Rubber Ducks will be launched into the Illinois River on August 26th, 3pm, to race for prizes. Grand Prize is $5000.00 sponsored by South Side Bank

Sunday August 26, 2012

• Fun starts @ noon /
o Live Music by Corn Wolves (spin off of JammSammich)
o Food for purchase from Haddad’s Restaurant Food Cart
o Fruit Smoothies for purchase from Maui Wowi
o The Unique Twist
o Kid’s Games and The Glitter Fairies Tattoos
• Check presentation @ 2:45
• Race @ 3:00 pm
• Winners announced before 3:30 pm

Peoria Riverfront Marina in front of Joe’s Crab Shack.

To raise funds to help fill the gaps of needed services in our communities including:
• Additional Prevention Educators to meet the great demand for stopping bullying programs in our schools
• Repairs to our newly acquired House of Hope Shelter as well as programming upgrades for families fleeing violence
• Additional Legal Advocates to help manage the highest number of Orders of Protection in The Center’s history
• Additional Elder Abuse Caseworkers to meet the steady rise in monthly intakes of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of seniors.

“The support from the community and the increased awareness about The Center for Prevention of Abuse mission is extremely important,” says Martha Herm, Executive Director of The Center. “With cuts to human services, we need the race to bring in record sales to support our work throughout central Illinois.”

To buy a duck and see the list of great prizes go to – or call 691-0551 for a race entry form.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Champion Fitness - Danielle Edens Joins Corporate Staff

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy has announced that Danielle Edens has been named as the new Compliance and Ethics Officer for the company. Eden's duties will be to design, develop and lead the company-wide compliance and standards of conduct programs. She will also monitor and report results of the compliance/ethics efforts of the company and provide guidance for the Corporate team on matters relating to compliance. For more on this story as well as others, please visit Champion Fitness' monthly newsletter at

Breastfed Babies Earn a Celebrated Status

In the park, at the mall, dressed in Army fatigues -- breastfeeding moms can create a stir and provoke spirited discussions as Americans wrestle with whether breastfeeding a baby should be a private or public activity.

Regardless of differing opinions about where breastfeeding is appropriate, medical evidence proves that breastfeeding offers significant health benefits for both babies and mothers.  In addition to health benefits, breastfeeding presents financial benefits as well; the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that breastfeeding saves families an average of $800 per year on formula costs.

"Almost 75 percent of babies in America begin their lives as a breastfed baby," says Darlene Hammond, Director of The Baby Place at Pekin Hospital.  "However, by the time they're six months old, only about 15 percent are still receiving nourishment exclusively from their mothers.  Pekin Hospital is currently one of two Baby-Friendly birth facilities in the state of Illinois, so we understand the health benefits of breastfeeding and work hard to encourage educate local mothers by offering a variety of breastfeeding classes and resources." 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California residents have the highest breastfeeding rate, with 25.7 percent exclusively breastfeeding their six-month-old babies.  West Virginia has the lowest rate of babies being breastfed, at 5.6 percent. 

While commercially produced formula is considered a nutritious alternative to breastfeeding, medical research shows that mother's milk lowers a baby's risk of infections and illnesses, including childhood leukemia, diarrhea, ear infections, sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes and pneumonia.  Babies who are breastfed are less likely to become obese and develop asthma.  The practice even seems to provide health benefits for mothers, including a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.  The health benefits accrue to women who breastfed for a minimum of six months and improve the longer breastfeeding continues.

"Breastfeeding’s economic benefits are substantial," says Donna Wood, Director of Clinical Operations, Quorum Health Resources.  "A study in the journal Pediatrics estimated that if mothers breastfed their babies for six months it would save the nation $13 billion per year in healthcare costs related to disease.”Doctors recommend breastfeeding for one to two years and medical experts suggest that babies should have no other food source than human milk for the first six months of life.  The month of August marks the United States Breastfeeding Committee’s (USBC’s) National Breastfeeding Month.

The USBC says that these steps can help improve breastfeeding rates:

·         Communities should provide programs to provide women with access to breastfeeding support and counseling from peer mothers

·         Hospitals and other healthcare providers should offer education and counseling on breastfeeding

·         Healthcare providers should be properly trained to care for breastfeeding mothers and babies and should provide education to pregnant patients

In an age when the choices for baby food fill the grocery store shelves, breastfeeding advocates say mother's milk is more convenient, makes babies and mothers healthier and costs nothing.  As education and support for breastfeeding becomes more widely available, more women and infants may be able to capture these health and economic benefits.

To learn about breastfeeding classes offered by Pekin Hospital, please visit or call (309) 353-0480.

To learn more about the health benefits of breastfeeding, please visit      

This article provided courtesy of Pekin Hospital and Quorum Health Resources (QHR).

Thousands of Ducks to be Tagged for The Center for Prevention of Abuse 24th Annual Duck Race

Advanced Media Partners Announces Responsibility Changes

As summer begins to fade, and everyone moves into fall and gets into the back to school mode, Advanced Media Partners has announced several changes in responsibilities for some of the folks at our radio group. They will begin with the afternoon show on 96.5 ESPN Radio

The Jim Mattson Show with Nick Siefken debuted on Central Illinois’ only all sports station a couple of weeks ago. The show is heard weekdays from 3pm to 5pm and will feature 96.5 ESPN program director, Nick Siefken in a prominent role. The show will focus on the local sports scene as well as the host’s take on national events. Jim has hosted the popular Saturday Morning Kickoff on the station for the past 5 years. He continues his duties as Sports Director at WHOI-TV.

Advanced Media also announced the promotion of Stacey Kaye to Promotion Director of our four radio stations in the Peoria market. Additionally, Aaron Tyler has been named Director of Creative Services and Music Director for 98.5 KISS FM, and Julie Jacobs joins the AMP team as its new Traffic Director. Nick Siefken continues in his role as Program Director for 96.5 ESPN Radio and adds duties as assistant to the Operations Manager, Scott Hecathorn.

Stacey joined Advanced Media Partners this past April, having worked in the business for 11 years, most recently at WXSS and WMYX Milwaukee. Stacey also has significant experience as a promotion director having served in that capacity for the 5 station Citadel cluster in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and the 4 Midwest Communications stations in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Aaron, a Central Illinois native, is a 12 year veteran of the radio business with stops in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Dothan, Alabama on his way back home. Additionally, Aaron is now the mid day jock on 98.5 KISS FM.

Julie Jacobs has been part of the radio industry for ten years, most recently as a morning show host in Dothan, Alabama. Julie will also be doing on air work for 98.5 KISS FM and 99.9 WWCT.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Faith Baptist School Opens for New Year

Faith Baptist School, located at 1501 Howard Court in Pekin, held an open house on Friday, August 17th.  The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce was there for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Faith Baptist for the new school year.  Mr. Ken Seest, Principal, was assisted by Pastor Tim Collard, the Superintendent, and teachers, staff, students and their families.  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).  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at

Friday, August 17, 2012

Velde Ford and PCHS To Raise $$

Velde Ford and Pekin High School are partnering on Friday, September 7th at Pekin High School’s first home football game, for Ford’s Drive 4 UR School event. At this important event, members of the local community can support Pekin Community High School simply by taking a test drive in a brand new Ford vehicle! 

For every test drive taken, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Pekin High School.  In total, the community can help raise up to $6,000 for the school; an amount that will be beneficial to the students! This fundraising event is a unique way to fill some of the schools funding gaps.

Date: Friday, September 7th
10am - 2pm at Velde Ford, 2200 N. Eighth Street
Starting at 4pm at Pekin High School’s Pillar Entrance/Circle Drive
Continuing during the Freshmen & Varsity football games

Leman Property Management Moves to New Location

Leman Property Management recently moved their offices to 2807 Broadway, Suite B, in Pekin. On August 16th they held an open house for their employees, family, and friends. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce was there to congratulate them with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Dave Leman and Drew Leman, along with their key employees, assisted Bill Leman with the ribbon cutting. Leman Property Management can be reached at 347-5984.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at

Pat Oberle Moves to New Office

Patrick E. Oberle recently relocated his law offices to 2807 Broadway, Suite B. He's pictured here with Dave, Bill and Drew Leman of Leman Property Management. He can be reached at: 347-5984 ext. 8.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

On Friday, Let Us Serve You…Pork Chops and Brats Alzheimer’s Association to Host Cookout

Your lunch plans next Friday just got easier – have the Alzheimer’s Association deliver hot, delicious pork chop or chicken sandwiches right to your workplace. 

The Central Illinois Chapter is hosting a Chops and Chips Cookout from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the chapter office in Glen Plaza, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria. For a $6 donation, you get a sandwich and chips. Drinks also will be available for purchase. Board members and staff will man the grills and prepare orders.

As an added bonus, the chapter will make deliveries between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to locations within the Peoria area that order five or more meals. Whether pickup or carryout, please order ahead by calling the office at 681.1100 (toll free at 800.272.3900), or faxing your order to 309.681.1101.

Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Liberty Park on the Riverfront. The Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, this inspiring event calls on volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

The Central Illinois Chapter supports eight walks within its 20-county service area. Walks will be held from August through October in the following locations: Peru, Canton, Quincy, Macomb, Galesburg, Dixon, Pekin and Peoria.

For more information on the Walk to End Alzheimer's, call the chapter toll free at 800.272.3900 or visit 

Business & Financial Resources Available

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Vintage, Vines and Wines Fair

On Sunday, August 26th, from noon to 6pm, the Prairie Traveling Vintage Show members will be selling vintage chic furnishings and all sorts of "shabby chic" to "rustic vintage" items that they have re-purposed with a fresh flair. 20+ exhibitors will showcase their wares.  Live music by the band Something with Trees, one of the vineyard favorites. What's not to like- wine tasting, a fun shopping experience in a beautiful setting and live entertainment. $5per person entry and kids 12 and under free. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Alzheimer's Association to Present Program on Importance of Planning for the Future

The Alzheimer’s Association - Central Illinois Chapter is offering a program that addresses the need for families to adequately prepare for the future entitled “Exploring Care Options.”

Designed to help individuals recognize warning signs that it is time to seek outside help through community resources, the program will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Tremont District Library, 215 S. Sampson St., Tremont.

Included in the training are the seven warning signs that a family needs outside help and useful information about community resources such as in-home care, respite care, adult day care, assisted living and long-term care. The program also will feature a list of the top questions families should ask a residential care facility and an explanation of the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.

The program is open to the public and is co-funded by Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Materials fee is $5 per person or $10 per family. Reservations can be made by calling the Central Illinois Chapter, Peoria, toll free at 800.272.3900 by Aug. 20.

The Alzheimer's Association provides programs and services to caregivers and those with memory loss problems including family education programs, 24-hour telephone helpline, Medic Alert + Safe Return information,lending library, support groups, advocacy, patient referral and guidance services. Disease, caregiver and support information can be found by visiting the agency website at or calling the helpline at 800.272.3900.

Alzheimer’s Association to Present Program on Caring for Someone with Memory Loss

The Alzheimer’s Association - Central Illinois Chapter will host a program entitled Facing New Challenges from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at the OSF Institute on Aging, 8600 N. Illinois Route 91, Suite 130, Peoria.

The program provides information on caring for someone with memory loss and teaches new communication techniques for caregivers. Among the topics addressed are normal aging vs. aging with dementia, safety concerns including driving and wandering, community resources, planning for the future and agency services. Time will also be allotted for specific questions about memory loss. 

The program is open to the public. Individuals must register by Aug. 17 by calling the Chapter office toll free at 800.272.3900. There is a fee of $5 per person for materials.

The Alzheimer's Association-Central Illinos Chapter provides programs and services to caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s and other memory loss problems, including family education programs, a 24-hour telephone helpline, library, support groups, advocacy, patient referral and guidance services, and registration in the national Medic Alert + Safe Return identification program. Learn more at www.alz./illinoiscentral or by calling the helpline at 800.272.3900.

Hunger Awareness Month

The Peoria Area Food Bank operates under the umbrella of Peoria Citizen’s Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc., a community action agency, and is a member of Feeding America {formerly America’s Second Harvest} the nations largest hunger relief organization and Feeding Illinois, a state organization serving Central Illinois.

The Food Bank was formed in 1984 to supplement the dietary and nutritional needs of low-income families living in the eight surrounding counties we serve, which are Tazewell, Peoria, Fulton, Woodford, McLean, DeWitt, Mason, and Livingston.

We provide over 112 active food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, senior housing, youth detention centers and low income day care centers with large quantities of food from name brand manufacturers.

We rely heavily on corporate manufacturers, some government funding, individual gifting, and local food drives throughout the year for food donations. The Food Bank also participates in two large can-a-thons during the year, the Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition Food Drive and the National Letter Carrier’s Can-A-Thon. As a member of Feeding America we are able to participate in grant opportunities made available to us.

In 2009, the Food Bank distributed 3,000,214 pounds of food; this represents a 1,087,157 pound increase in food distribution compared to 2008. It is the food bank’s goal to distribute 3.5 million pounds of food by the end of 2010; and 5 million pounds over the next 3 years. This will be accomplished with the help of our many member agencies who are staffed mostly by volunteers. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

August Puttin' On Pekin Recap

About 70 chamber members were up early to enjoy a beautiful August morning and the Puttin' On Pekin breakfast. Emcee Rob Hancock presented Sue from Jake's Place with the early prize, while Stephanie Stoneking won the late prize. Committee Member Otera Brinson presented the Spotlight on Business Award to Alissa Williams from the Pekin Public Library.  The Blue Ribbon Award was presented by Rose Hasler to Liz Curtain from Classical Dance Academy and developer Todd Thompson.  Laura Gossmeyer presented the Sunshine Award to Sharon Brandon of the Miller Senior Center.  Gary Gillis and Doug Godke were the featured speakers, and talked about 40  years of Marigold Festivals.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Excel Expansion Continues

Work on the new 100,000 square foot processing center at Excel Foundry & Machine continues.  The additional space will serve as the distribution area where all of Excel's parts and products will flow though for packaging, paint, and shipping. 
The first phase of improvements to the area roads is completed.  Wagonseller Road, from Manito Road to Garman Road has been improved and repaved.  Shady Lane has also been improved and paved.  The second and third phases will be completed next year and include improvements and new pavement on Wagonseller Road from Garman to Townline, and turn lanes and intersection improvements at Wagonseller/Townline and Wagonseller/Manito Roads.

Goodwill Brings New Life to Building and Expanded Opportunities for Central Illinois Veterans and Youth

A “repurposed” headquarters building on War Memorial Drive in Peoria will enable Goodwill of Central Illinois to expand its services to veterans, youth and others in need across a 21-county territory.
Together with U.S. Representative Aaron Schock, Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and Illinois Central College President John Erwin, Goodwill President and CEO Patty Fuchs revealed plans for the nonprofit organization’s reinvestment in its 61-year-old building at 2319 E. War Memorial Drive—which will go by the name Goodwill Commons.
“Our community has been so generous to Goodwill over the years with donations of clothing and wares—donations that enable us to offer our services to those in need at no cost,” Fuchs said. “This expansion is our way of paying back the community, because it will allow us to reach even more individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill Commons will belong to the people of Central Illinois because it was built by the people of Central Illinois.”
Originally built in 1951 as a Cat dealership, the facility has served as a Goodwill retail store, warehouse, training center and administrative headquarters since 1990. Warehouse operations moved to East Peoria in 2009, and the retail store relocated to 3905 N. University in Peoria earlier this year, enabling Goodwill to repurpose the building into a more functional workspace for both employees and program participants. More than half of the renovated space will be dedicated to expanded programming, with a specific focus on increasing services to veterans and youth.
“Goodwill is a tremendous resource for the brave men and women who have served our country,” Schock said. “The organization already provides skills training and job placement assistance, and this expansion will allow more local veterans to take advantage of these much-needed services as they seek quality employment.”
Central Illinois young people will also benefit from the expansion, which will put more emphasis on Goodwill’s GoodGuides youth mentoring program, which matches at-risk teens with adult mentors, as well as a new partnership with Illinois Central College to help prepare high school graduates for success in community college.
“Many young people need additional support making the transition from high school to college,” Erwin said. “Working with Goodwill, we can help students catch up on the basic reading, writing, math and computer skills they need to succeed in our classrooms.”
Goodwill Commons will feature multiple computer and job training classrooms of various sizes that can be configured for different uses. When not in use by Goodwill program participants, these spaces will be available to the community for meetings and events.
“That’s what community is all about,” Ardis said. “Goodwill is not only expanding the services that so many in Central Illinois rely on, but also inviting the community to share in this new facility.”
Renovation of the building will begin in mid-August, with completion expected in six to eight months.
Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is a nonprofit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Revenues from the sale of donated or recycled items allow Goodwill to provide all services free of charge. For more information, visit or call (309) 682-1113.

The GLO High School Red Zone

Podiatrist Joins Pekin Hospital’s Medical Staff

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that Kurt L. Glesne, DPM, recently joined its medical staff and is now accepting new patients at Pekin Orthopedic Center located at 2351 Broadway in Pekin. 

Originally from Pekin, Dr. Glesne graduated from Pekin Community High School and then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois in Champaign.  He began his medical career when he graduated from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery.  He then completed a three year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida.

His areas of interest include sports medicine, foot and ankle trauma, post traumatic reconstruction, diabetic foot care and limb salvage, as well as traditional care and treatment of the foot and ankle.

Dr. Glesne is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the American Podiatric Medical Association, and the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association.  He is certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support. 

He and his wife have one daughter and reside in Pekin.  In his spare time, Dr. Glesne enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, fishing, camping, and attending sporting events. 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Glesne, please call (309) 353-4159 or visit

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sign Up Now for One of the Alzheimer's Association’s August Programs

The Alzheimer's Association has a variety of valuable programming scheduled in August for the central Illinois area. Register by calling the Peoria office toll free at 800.272.3900. Registrations must be made at least a day in advance of the event.

Mondays, Aug. 6-Sept. 10, 3:30-5 p.m. No class on Labor Day.
Slices of the Pie
The program provides a supportive atmosphere where people with mild cognitive decline or early stage Alzheimer’s can engage in social and stimulating activities. Sessions are 90 minutes a week for six weeks. Participants must be registered and screened by Aug. 1 to participate. Co-sponsored by IPMR.
Cost: $30 for the six-week session.
Central Illinois Chapter
606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria

Tues., Aug. 14 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Know the 10 Signs
Early detection can help with dementia while science directs us toward treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure. Come learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s and why early detection is crucial.
Cost: $5 per person material fee
Central Illinois Chapter
606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria

Thurs., Aug. 16 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Alzheimer’s 101
Explore the common causes of memory loss, including Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias, the stages and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the importance of a good medical examination, current research and treatments. Co-funded by the Central Illinois Agency on Aging.
Cost: $5 per person material fee
Farmington Public Library
266 E. Fort St., Farmington

Mon., Aug. 20 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Facing New Challenges
Participants learn the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, new communication approaches and ways to plan for the future.
Cost: $5 per person material fee
OSF Institute on Aging
8600 Route 91, Suite 130, Peoria

Tues., Aug. 21 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Exploring Care Options
This program explores the importance of planning for the future, explaining in detail when it’s time to get outside help. Learn about community resources such as in-home care, respite care, adult day care, assisted living and long-term care. Co-funded by the Central Illinois Agency on Aging.
Cost: $5/person material fee
Tremont District Library
215 E. Sampson St., Tremont

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

For disease, caregiver, and community resource information, please visit the agency website at or call toll free at 800.272.3900.

The Center of Prevention Abuse Names New Officers and Board Members

Goodwill Makes Correction Regarding Television Drop Off

In a July 20, 2012 press release Goodwill of Central Illinois announced that they were no longer accepting televisions as donations or for recycling. The announcement included a list of recyclers licensed by the State of Illinois. However, two of the businesses listed no longer accept televisions for recycling.

Dr. Know Systems at 8214 N. University in Peoria and Clover Technologies Group at 4200 Columbus Street in Ottawa DO NOT ACCEPT TELEVISIONS FOR RECYCLYING.

Goodwill apologizes for any inconvenience this miscommunication has caused.

Goodwill Industries 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. Revenues from the sale of donated or recycled items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill.  For more information visit or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

WGLO to Broadcast Chicago Bears Games in 2012

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on August 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 are designed 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 August 13.  To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Soderstrom Skin Institute Moves to New Morton Location

Soderstrom Skin Institute held a grand opening at their new Morton facility, and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce was there to help them celebrate. Dr. Carl W. Soderstrom was joined by the medical staff and associates for the ribbon cutting. The new facility is located at 410 Maxine Drive, which is just off Detroit Avenue, just south of Route 98. With more than 125 years of combined experience, the board certified dermatologists, plastic surgeon, Mohs micrographic surgeon, and certified physician assistants are qualified to diagnose and treat all skin conditions.

Soderstrom Skin Institute began as one small office in Morton. Since opening in 1973, Soderstrom has grown into one of the most highly regarded skin care facilities in the United States. Today, their main location is in Peoria and houses Soderstrom Dermatology Center, Soderstrom Skin Institute for cosmetic plastic surgery, Skin Dimensions Day Spa and Peoria Ambulatory Surgery Center. Multifaceted and highly organized, patients can be seen for everything from acne, psoriasis, moles, skin cancer, rosacea, laser treatment of wrinkles, tattoo removal, birthmarks, hair reduction, vein therapy, BOTOX® Cosmetic and spa services to cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

As they continue to grow and expand they are able to offer the most all-encompassing laser treatment programs available. With specialized programs such as the Psoriasis Day Care Center and the Acne Clinic, patients will receive the most advanced and comprehensive medical attention. Soderstrom Skin Institute medical professionals are also trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, an advanced treatment for skin cancer with the highest potential for cure. Cosmetic and dermatologic patients alike enjoy the convenience and comfort of Soderstrom Skin Institute's certified surgery center which offers privacy, easy access, free parking, and personalized care. For added benefits, Soderstrom Skin Institute participates with most HMO and PPO plans that insure central Illinois residents.

Unique to Soderstrom Skin Institute, they house Skin Dimensions Day Spa where estheticians work with the medical staff to offer all aspects of a patient's care. At the Day Spa’s sister shop, Skin Dimensions Boutique more than 30 national and international skin care product lines are available, including their private labeled skin care line Skin Dimensions, SB and their new makeup line, Skin Dimensions Simply Beautiful . Located at the beautiful Shoppes at Grand Prairie, their Boutique offers more than just retail therapy. With a staff of trained estheticians on-hand, clients are able to receive facials, microdermabrasion, glycolic peels, massage and body therapy as well as Skin Dimensions Simply Beautiful makeovers. For added convenience, all products are available to be purchased online at

Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-970-7546.