Thursday, May 30, 2013

Papa Murphy's Tornado Fundraiser

IPMR Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

In recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day, the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will be hosting free STAR cancer rehabilitation screenings at three of their outpatient sites on Monday, June 3 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Visit 6501 N Sheridan Rd in Peoria, 209 N Cummings Ln in Washington, or 2359 Broadway in Pekin to participate. Cancer survivors and family members are encouraged to attend and learn more about IPMR’s STAR program and how it addresses the physical and emotional difficulties faced by survivors during and after cancer treatment. Light refreshments will be served at the individual question and answer sessions.

Debilitating fatigue, pain, cognitive problems, depression, neuropathy, lymphedema, nausea and loss of strength and range of motion are all common problems cancer survivors face. “Cancer survivors should not be forced to accept a new normal”, said IPMR therapy director Sue Paul. “IPMR is excited to offer this compassionate, personalized program to help patients achieve rehabilitation goals and live well.”

The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the first in Peoria and surrounding areas to earn the nationally recognized STAR Program® Certification (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation). STAR certification was created by Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in survivorship care. “By receiving STAR Certification, IPMR is showing our commitment to improve function and quality of life in Central Illinois. We hope that our comprehensive cancer rehabilitation will make a profound impact on the lives of survivors and their families.” stated Rick Zehr, IPMR president.

IPMR’s comprehensive team customizes rehab plans for cancer survivors’ physical and emotional healing. IPMR’s STAR program is available to survivors of all forms of cancer. The IPMR STAR Certified team is overseen by IPMR medical director Dr. Lisa Snyder. IPMR physician assistant Jacinda Cornick helps steer patients through the program. Other team members specialize in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutrition, oncology massage, psychology, and acupuncture. IPMR STAR cancer rehabilitation is offered at all IPMR location in Bartonville, Chillicothe, Metamora, Morton, Pekin, Peoria and Washington. For more information on IPMR services and locations, go to or call 309-692-8670 or 1-800-957-IPMR.

About IPMRSince 1950, IPMR has been improving function and quality of life for patients and the community. IPMR is a not-for-profit comprehensive outpatient rehab facility and the only CARF accredited facility to offer STAR is this area. Read more about CARF accreditation at

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

CDS Office Technologies Achieves Microsoft Gold and Silver Competencies

CDS Office Technologies, today announced it has achieved a Gold OEM competency and the Silver Mid-Market Solution Provider/Small Business Specialist, Devices and Deployment, Hosting, Identity and Access and Server Platform competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment.  To earn Microsoft gold and silver competencies, organizations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove their level of technology expertise, submit customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey.

CDS Office Technologies is a locally owned value-added reseller (VAR) serving Illinois and Missouri for over 40 years. CDS has seven locations with 115 employees specializing in information technology products and services, public safety equipment, office communications and wireless networks, multi-function copiers/printers, video conferencing, digital signage, managed print and network services and cloud data storage.  

“The Microsoft Gold and Silver competencies differentiates us from the competition and establishes us as market leaders, further demonstrating our commitment to serving the needs of customers relying on Microsoft-based solutions,” said Mark Watson, President, CDS Office Technologies. “We look forward to helping our customers realize their full potential by continuing to focus our areas of technology expertise in response to today’s business needs.”

“The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to empower solution providers to succeed in today’s business environment. By achieving the prestigious gold and silver competencies, participating companies are provided with a rich set of benefits, including increased customer visibility and accessibility, training and support,” said Jon Roskill, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “We are proud to put forth a program that provides the resources to help a company develop the expertise customers demand in today’s competitive market and also provides the community and infrastructure that can connect them to one another, lowering costs for all parties.”

The Microsoft gold and silver competencies signifies to the market that a company has demonstrated the highest level of skill and achievement within a given technology specialization. All of the Microsoft competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner’s specific technology capabilities, helping customers find solution providers quickly and easily. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the industry.

CDS Office Technologies is committed to total customer satisfaction. They deliver best-of-breed technology solutions designed to assist clients in building, expanding and optimizing their IT and office environment. CDS’ goal is to provide solutions with the most cost efficient methods, while providing the highest quality products in the industry.

Welcome to Our Newest Member: Bednar Chiropractic

Bednar Chiropractic
1113 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 349-3746
Terri Bednar, D.C P.C.P, Chiropractor
Bednar Chiropractic is a full service chiropractor featuring vitamins and supplements, corrective exercises, and life-style coaching. Amongst their therapeutic options are spinal decompression, massage, and traditional chiropractic therapies.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Your Input is Needed

The Partnership for a Healthy Community, a group of local agencies including the Tazewell County Health Department, is collaborating with Quality Quest to promote worksite wellness to area businesses. 

Local businesses are encouraged to visit the link below and complete the survey.  This survey will provide valuable information to assist in developing and/or improving the worksite wellness programs.

Worksite wellness programs provide many benefits to our local business community.  Enhancing worksite wellness programs will increase productivity, improve job satisfaction, improve recruitment and retention rates, decrease absenteeism, minimize workers compensation and disability claims, and lead to overall improved management of health care costs.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chamber Publishes Legislative Agenda

The Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce created a 2013 Legislative Agenda which includes five agenda items at the state level and 3 items at the local level. The agenda also includes background information on the issues and contact information for city, county, state and federal legislators. There is a 4-page version and a 2-page summary version available for download.

FCI Pekin Mock Job Fair

Volunteers are needed to help perform practice employment interviews to federal inmates. While experience in interviewing is helpful, it is not required. Upon arrival at the institution, we will help prepare you for the day. In the past, most employers have found this to be a very rewarding experience. Dates are June 14 and September 20. Please download the registration form and return it to FCI-Pekin.

Paper Drive For St. Jude

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chamber Strategic Plan Review/Update

The Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce adopted our current strategic plan in May of 2012.  Download a review of the first year of this plan to see the activities and actions taken, and the accomplishments and disappointments.

You can also see an plan for the period of April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 on our website at:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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

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

Modeled after the popular TV show, American’s Got Talent, this competition will have three phases. First, there will be an open audition for all interested parties on Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 5:45-7:45 at the Pekin Public Library. From this audition, the field will be narrowed down to the top 20 acts and those acts will perform live at Pekin Main Street’s Annual Cruise In on Saturday, July 27th in downtown Pekin. The field will then be narrowed down to the top 10 acts and those top 10 acts will compete at Friday Night Family Fest to kick off Marigold Festival Weekend on September 6, 2013 for cash prizes and winner of Pekin’s Got Talent.

This year, there will be two categories – Kids (0-15 years) and Adult (16 years and up) – a winner will be selected from each division. Lip Sync acts, instrumentalists and other variety acts are encouraged to apply.

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

Priority is given to applications received by June 5. Contact Melida Heien, Executive Director of Pekin Main Street, at 353-3100 or for more information.

Alzheimer’s Association services available all day, every day for Pekin, Peoria area residents

The Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter offers around-the-clock support for area residents with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias as well as their family members and caregivers.

“While we offer a variety of scheduled educational programs, we also have several services that be accessed at your convenience, such as our Helpline and our website. Both are amazing resources for the families we serve,” said Angela Green, director of public relations for the Central Illinois Chapter.

Trained professionals, including Central Illinois Chapter staff, man the Association’s toll-free, 24/7 Helpline, 800.272.3900. They provide a listening ear and can answer any questions regarding Alzheimer’s disease. One of the Helpline’s most important duties is assisting callers in answering, “Where do I go from here?” The Helpline also provides basic information about the disease, referrals, special facility information, local resources, and care consultations.

The Central Illinois Chapter’s website,, also presents an in-depth array of information on the disease and the resources the Chapter provides. Resources include online education programs, meeting info on Peoria and Tazewell area programs and Alzheimer’s support groups, upcoming area education programs and events, details on the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s, research updates and tips on avoiding caregiver stress.

Residents also are urged to check out the Chapter’s Facebook page,, for up-to-date news, pictures and links to Alzheimer’s Association happenings.

Pekin Hospital to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Pekin Hospital will celebrate its 100th anniversary and raise funds for improvements in its Obstetrical Unit at the Centennial Ball to be held on June 1, at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

The community is invited to attend, and tickets, which are $150 per person, can be purchased by visiting or by calling (309) 353-0559. The evening, which commences at 6 p.m., will include dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions featuring auction items generously donated by local businesses and donors. Entertainment will be provided by The Ralph Butler Band. Attire is semi-formal. Net proceeds from the event will help fund a fetal monitoring system for the Obstetrics Unit.

Some of this year’s silent auction items include a variety of getaways, wine tastings, electronics, and home d├ęcor items. Live auction items include: a sports fan getaway, New Orleans jazz and dining experience, Costa Rica five-night trip, Scottsdale four-night golf trip, and much more. For a full listing of silent and live auction items, please visit

For more information on the Centennial Ball, please visit or visit us on Facebook.

Ob/Gyn Physician Announces New Practice in Pekin

Pekin Ob/Gyn physician Eric V. Reinertson, M.D., has joined ProHealth Medical Group and is accepting patients at his new practice, Premier Obstetrics and Gynecology, located at 2401 Broadway, Lower Level in Pekin.

Dr. Reinertson will continue to offer state-of-the-art, personalized healthcare to women of all stages of life, including low and high-risk pregnancy care and minimally invasive surgery. Same day appointments are available.

Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Reinertson’s areas of interest include:
  •  outpatient laparoscopic hysterectomies 
  •  pelvic reconstruction 
  •  prolapsed uterus and bladder repair 
  •  Essure surgery-free permanent birth control 
  •  hormone replacement therapy 
  •  3D/4D fetus ultrasound photos and videos 

Dr. Reinertson completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program at Washington University/Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

To make an appointment with Dr. Reinertson, please call (309) 620-9980.

ProHealth Medical Group operates primary care and specialty practices in Pekin, Illinois. ProHealth is part of Progressive Health Systems, which includes Pekin Hospital.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pekin Hospital Home Health Opens New Office

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Pekin and Pekin Hospital helped Lora Jacobs cut the ribbon at the new location of Pekin Hospital Home Health Care.  Lora is the director of Home Health Care Services.  They are located in Sunset Plaza at 2934 Court and can be reached at 353-0371.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

End of Year Textbook Recycling


No need to remove covers

Keeps more materials out of the landfill SOFTBACK BOOKS



Call to schedule pick up!

RIKKI WALLACE 309-353-333

Thank You

I am so overwhelmed with the support and love expressed yesterday during our open house. I cannot thank everyone enough or even begin to express my gratitude for all of those that took time out of their very busy schedules to stop by and show support for the HHC department.

A special acknowledgement for Jo Ellen, Sherry, Steve, Dan and Bill Bishop for the countless hours and e-mails spent making this move happen. I could not have done this without their support.

Sincerely grateful,

Lora S Jacobs RN
Director HHC Services
Pekin Hospital HHC
(309) 353-0371 phone
(309) 347-1194 fax

IDOT Announces Lane Changes on I-474 / I-155

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that a traffic staging shift on eastbound I-74 from I-474 to I-155 will take place Monday, May 20th at 5:30 p.m. Work to complete this traffic shift is expected to continue overnight until Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 a.m.

Traffic on eastbound I-74 will be reduced to one lane while crews remove pavement markings. Eastbound I-474 traffic will be required to merge into the one open lane of I-74 during this time and significant traffic congestion is expected.

When this work is completed, two lanes of eastbound I-74 will be open to traffic at this location.

The overall project is the complete reconstruction of I-74 from Pleasant Hill Road to Morton Avenue in Tazewell County, including construction of additional through lanes on I-74; reconstruction of the I-155 interchange into a new configuration; ramp improvements at the Morton Avenue interchange; removal of eight existing structures on I-74 with replacement of six of those structures; pavement removal and replacement; installation of highway lighting; and, installation of roadway drainage. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.

For more information, please visit:

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

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy - Get Busy Living

Checkout the Spring-Summer edition of Champion Fitness' 2013 Quarterly On-line newsletter. A couple of "feel good stories" - one from Tuscola and another involving some of their staff members. Plus, they take a look at golf and dancing, give you a healthy recipe, and their owner reveals some scholarship winning students!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Doing Business with the Guard: Where do you fit in?

Please join us...
Doing Business with the Guard: Where do you fit in? 

Wednesday, June 12 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Embassy Suites Hotel 
100 Conference Center Drive - East Peoria, IL 61611
The Illinois Chamber has partnered with  
the U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer for Illinois  
to assist businesses in gaining access to the purchasing power  
of the Illinois National Guard. You are invited  
to find out where you fit in this process.

Click on the link below to find out more, including a listing
of products and service lines. Registration is FREE!
Lunch will be provided by the Illinois Chamber Foundation.
Be sure to register TODAY! 
USPFO staff and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
will provide information needed to be eligible to sell goods
and services to the National Guard.

Greater Peoria Scores Better in 2013 Cost of Living Index

The cost of living in Greater Peoria has gone down slightly in the first quarter 2013 compared to the same time last year. This is according to the latest Cost of Living Index released by the Council for Community and Economic Research. This is positive news as we work hard to attract new businesses and talented people to our region.

The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places equals 100. Each participant’s index is read as a percentage of that average. This index is a quarterly measure of regional differences based on more than 90,000 prices covering 60 different items for which prices are collected quarterly by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and university applied economic centers in participating urban areas.

Greater Peoria scores near the national average of 100 in all six component categories and the region’s overall composite score was 100.4 which is slightly lower than 2012.
Housing: 100.3 (up from 95.9 in 2012)
Utilities: 95.1 (down from 97.8 in 2012)
Grocery Items: 94.1 (down from 98.2 in 2012)
Transportation: 107.6 (down from 111.9 in 2012)
Health Care: 97.4 (down from 99.0 in 2012)
Miscellaneous Goods & Services: 102.6 (down from 106.2 in 2012)
The top three most expensive urban areas are New York/Manhattan #1 at 227.1, New York/Brooklyn #2 at 171.4 and Honolulu HI #3 at 171.0. The top three least expensive urban areas are Harlingen TX #1 at 80.6, Idaho Falls ID #2 at 82.4 and Pueblo CO #3 at 83.4.

SBA Ready to Assist Illinois Residents Affected by Storms, Winds and Flooding

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration in Illinois due to severe storms, winds and flooding between April 16 and May 5, 2013:

“The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of  Illinois with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

The disaster declaration covers Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties in Illinois, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA.  Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Boone, Bureau, Kankakee, Knox, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Ogle, Peoria, Putnam, Schuyler, Tazewell, Warren, Winnebago and Woodford in Illinois; Lake in Indiana; Kenosha and Walworth in Wisconsin.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future similar disasters.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Interest rates are as low as 1.688 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.875 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or by mobile device at If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) daily until further notice.

Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 9, 2013. The deadline to return economic injury applications is February 10, 2014.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on June 10, 11, and 12. The series of three classes will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

The classes are designed to provide information on managing adult diabetes and to help diabetics learn and develop the skills of self-management of diabetes therapy. Topics covered in the sessions will include:
  • the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control 
  • how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size 
  • the possible complications associated with diabetes 
  • 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, 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 June 3. To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Wings & Wheels June 15

Thursday, May 9, 2013

CIRCLE Visits Springfield

Over 80 business leaders from 15 chambers of commerce in Central Illinois attend the CIRCLE Legislative Day in Springfield on May 9th. This is the 4th year CIRCLE (Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort) has brought the business community's issues of importance to legislators. This year's issues included opposition to minimum wage increase, the need for workers comp reform, the new for public pension reform, and the need for the State to pay its bills on time. Pictured at right is John Franks, Vice President of Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab Company, telling the audience how the State's late payments affected his business.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Alzheimer Association to Present Two Education Programs

The Alzheimer's Association-Central Illinois Chapter has two popular family education programs beginning next week.

First, the Chapter is looking for individuals in their 40s and older to participate in its “Train Your Brain” 6-week program. The program will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays from May 16-June 20 at Chapter headquarters, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria.

Train Your Brain 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 different brain-related topic and a guest speaker. 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 final session. Registration is required by May 15.

Secondly, the Chapter will host a program entitled “Facing New Challenges” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 at the OSF Institute on Aging, 8600 Illinois Route 91, Suite 130, in Peoria. Participants will learn the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, new communication approaches and ways to plan for the future. Materials cost is $5 per person. Registration is required by May 17.

For questions or to register, call the Chapter toll free at 800.272.3900 or at 681.1100.

Pekin Hospital to Present Free Program on Knee Pain

Pekin Hospital will offer a free presentation Knee Pain: Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatment of Osteoarthritis on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Pekin Hospital’s Park Court Conference Center.

Orthopedic Surgeon Donald A. Mitzelfelt, M.D. and Robert Jones, P.A., from Pekin Orthopedic Center will discuss symptoms and treatment options for osteoarthritis, including joint replacement.

Osteoarthritis is a common disease affecting some 27 million Americans, causing pain, stiffness and swelling in joints. It reduces your joints’ mobility, interfering with your ability to work and live your life normally. Join us to learn how you can manage pain, stiffness, and swelling. You will also learn how to improve joint mobility and flexibility.

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Chamber Fills Two Board Seats

Zach Ehrmantraut and Brad Juergens were appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce at their May 8, 2013 meeting.  They were appointed by Board President Tom Hornstein to fill seats that were vacant due to resignations from board members who moved out of the area.

Ehrmantraut, branch manager at Springleaf Financial Services was appointed to a 1-year term and Brad Juergens, vice-president of Seico Security, was appointed to fill a 2-year term.

Zak Ehrmantraut                   Brad Juergens  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Free Broadband Seminar

Savant Capital Management Introduces eSavant Advisor

Savant Capital Management, a fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL with an office in Peoria, is announcing today the launch of eSavant Advisor, one of the industry’s first online financial planning service that offers each client a dedicated team to personally assist in identifying their needs and helping them craft their vision of an ideal financial future. If an investor doesn’t live in one of Savant’s markets, they are in luck and can access Savant wherever they are located, whether its sitting in their cubical, at their kid’s soccer game or cruising along the Pacific.

Savant has been delivering world-class investment solutions for more than 26 years and has been nationally recognized by several top publications, including Barron’s magazine as one of the 100 best independent financial advisors in the United Sates for the last six consecutive years. Additionally, the firm has been named a top RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, Financial Advisor magazine and Investment News.

Americans are becoming more comfortable doing their investments online and over the phone. Let’s face it, this is where the financial industry is going and Savant is setting an industry trend, offering an online financial planning service that offers each client a dedicated team member. eSavant Advisor allows clients to enjoy the freedoms of today’s technology to help them pursue their goals in an efficient, timely, and geographically independent environment.

We invite you to log on to to check it out for yourself.

Travis Shock Joins Unland Companies

After attending Saint Ambrose University on a football scholarship for one year, Travis transferred to Eureka College where he graduated in 2008. As an agent for AFLAC, he received the award for Top Agent in Illinois for the 4th quarter of 2011. Travis has volunteered for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, YMCA and Senior Olympics. At the Unland Companies, Travis will be focusing on Commercial, Personal, Life and Employee Benefits products.

For more information: Contact Pat Taphorn at 347-2177

Monday, May 6, 2013

Pekin Hospital Home Health Care Open House

Henderson Funeral Home Grand Opening

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin held a ribbon cutting on May 5, 2013 at the new Henderson Funeral Home, 2131 Velde Drive.  Greg and Marla Henderson broke ground on the new facility at the corner of Velde Drive and Parkway Drive in July of 2012.  The new 12,000-square-foot facility includes a residence, crematory, community room and chapel that will hold up to 350 people.  The Henderson’s hosted a public open house with refreshments and tours as part of the celebration.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Mashie's Business After Hours

Mashie's at The Clubs at Sunset Hills hosted the May 2nd Business After Hours. Chamber members and guests enjoyed food and drinks and heard about current offerings and future improvements from Jerry, Walter, Jill and Ryan.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

ICPR Family Practice - More than Just a Family Practice

ICPR Family Practice provides more than most family practices.  Dr. Sumer and his team specialize in many areas that ease the burden of patients having to visit different doctors for a variety of medical conditions.

ICPR specializes in pain management and treating arthritis and carpal tunnel syndromes as well as providing at home sleep studies to diagnose sleep apnea, personalized diabetic care, Physical Therapy, and family medical care for all ages.  ICPR also provides on site x-rays, diagnostic services, wellness center and lab services to get you the best care possible while treating the whole you.

ICPR is always accepting new patients and many programs offered by ICPR do not require you to be a patient.  Call today to find out more about how ICPR can help you and your family live a healthier lifestyle.  309-347-4277 or

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pekin Community High School Students Recognized

Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107 are proud to recognize Pekin Community High School students MacKenzie McLouth and Emily Monks as recipients of the Pekin Community High School (PCHS) Student Award for April.

MacKenzie, a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Tonya Barra, an English teacher at PCHS. In the nomination, Mrs. Barra cited MacKenzie’s contributions to PCHS’ Best Buddies Club and her involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Emily, a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Theresa Black, an English teacher at PCHS. In the nomination, Mrs. Black cited Emily’s contributions as her assistant.

Each month two PCHS students who excel in moral character, positive attitude, volunteerism, demonstrate ideal role-model behavior, and who contribute to the classroom are nominated by teachers, counselors, and high school personnel. The students must be a senior and show remarkable qualities which help them prepare for a promising future.

Seth Mingus, Assistant Principal for Curriculum at PCHS said, “PCHS is grateful to have the opportunity to recognize the positive contributions our students make every day. The teachers and staff enjoy nominating students, and we appreciate the support from Pekin Hospital, Lite Rock 107/WSWT, and our community.”

Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107/WSWT are proud to sponsor the student award program for the students of PCHS.