Friday, August 30, 2013

Aging in Place Seminar

Who: Anyone Wanting to Maintain Their Independence
Where: Miller Center 551 S. 14th Street Pekin, IL 61554
What: Panel Discussion with Health, Financial, Insurance, Legal Experts
When: Tuesday September 24th from 1:00-3:00pm

No Cost to Attend - Light Refreshments Will Be Provided
Please RSVP to the Miller Center at 346-5210 by September 20th

Panel members:
Dave Reams - Comfort Keepers
Ketra Mytich - Elder Law Attorney
Delores Eagleson - Herget Bank
Lori Draeger - ProCare
Steve Buttice - Living By Your Design
Karen Duckworth - Pekin Hospital

Bring Your Questions - We’ll Provide Answers

Tazewell County Dialysis Opens

An open house was held on August 29th celebrating the opening of Tazewell County Dialysis.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin joined with staff, family and friends for the ribbon cutting.  Through intensive collaboration, DaVita and their physician partners are "moving the needle" on integrated clinical care through innovations that benefit nephrologists and their patients. DaVita is a leader in alternative treatment modalities, medication management, and cutting-edge research.  Tazewell County Dialysis is located at 1021 Court Street, next to Schnucks.  They can be reached at 346-0159.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at

Thursday, August 29, 2013

95.5 GLO Football Frenzy For Fall 2013

WGLO, 95.5 Peoria’s Classic Rock is getting ready for Fall’s Football Frenzy.  Fridays through Sundays will feature football broadcast starting with high school, moving to college, and ending with the NFL.

On Friday nights, we return for our third year of high school football coverage with 95.5 GLO’s High School Red Zone Game of the Week.  Doc Watson, WGLO Afternoon jock, and Bruce Cowdrey, Peoria’s popular and successful pro football coach, are teaming up to provide play-by-play coverage of Central Illinois’ top high school football games.  Each week we will also feature live reports from two other games in the area from our team of reporters including Tom Meredith, Matt Hall, and Robert Hahn.  Inside the studio, Jason Glick will be running the board with assistance from Jay Williams.  Jason also helps keep Bruce and Doc updated on all the scores from other high school match ups.  Check in with 95.5 GLO early in the week to find out where the Red Zone will take them each week.  Our first match up will be the Richwood Knights versus the Notre Dame Irish.  Our pregame begins at 7 P.M. with kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

Saturdays will feature University of Illinois football.  Head coach, Tim Beckman is in his second year, looks to improve upon their two win eleven loss season.  He looks forward to having the Fighting Illini return to a bowl game this year as the last three years feature two wins in bowl games.  This year will feature another tough Big Ten schedule wrapping up the season against Northwestern.  This weekend, WGLO will feature the Fighting Illini’s season opener against Southern Illinois.  Kickoff is at 11 A.M. 

To wrap things up, WGLO will have coverage of every 2013 Chicago Bears game.  We have already started with preseason coverage of the Monsters of the Midway.  This is the first season with new head coach, Marc Trestman.  He will also towards returning the Bears to the playoffs as they narrowly missed them last season.  Trestman is a more offense driven coach in comparison to recently departed head coach Lovie Smith.  The Bears also lost their defensive captain, Brian Urlacher, to retirement.  We will see how Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs lead the team while adapting to this new coaching system. Catch all the action in their season opener on September 8th, as the Cincinnati Bengals pay a visit to Chicago.  Kickoff is at 12 P.M., with pregame beginning at 11 A.M.

Be sure to visit to find all the details. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TCGHS Holds Annual Nut Sale

The Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society is holding its annual sale of Terri Lynn nuts, one of the society’s most successful yearly fundraisers. TCGHS member and volunteer Sherry Diegel is again managing the project for the group.

The items offered include more than 35 types or combinations of various nuts, dried fruits, or candies, which are priced very competitively with such offerings found in stores or through other sellers. A complete listing with prices is available on the society’s website at or at the society’s library at 719 N. 11th Street, Pekin. For more information, one can phone the library at 477-3044, or contact Sherry at 346-7455.

Many customers have used this timely opportunity to purchase these bags, boxes, or tins of nuts, etc., for Christmas gifts, as well as for holiday baking or candy making. The deadline for submitting orders is October 8, and payment is due at that time. The society should have them available for pick-up at the library in early November.

Monies raised from this project help fund the various services offered by the society throughout the year, dealing with preserving and collecting local historical and genealogical records and making them available to the public. The TCGHS library and society activities are maintained entirely through such fundraising efforts, donations, and memberships. There are no paid employees, with many volunteers spending countless hours sharing the work. More information about the society and its services is also available on its website.

Gold's Gym Joins the Chamber

Gold's Gym Express
3455 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554
Gregory Faulkner, General Manager
Everything you need for a great workout at a great price!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sumer Wellness To Celebrate One-Year Anniversary

Join the team at Sumer Wellness on Thursday, September 12th from 6p-8p to celebrate one year in business and learn about all of the exciting products, services, and programs available to give you total body wellness.

During the open house enjoy a free wine tasting from Willet’s Winery, a spray tan package from Riviera Tan and Spa, a free personal training session with Amanda Welsh, Certified Personal Trainer, giveaways from PCA Skin and Jane Iredale, free on-site facial waxings provided by Kay’s Beauty Shop, and so many more great things going on!

All guests who RSVP by September 5th will be entered to win a Sumer Wellness package valued at over $100 and a special gift! Call 309-347-4277 and ask for Amber to RSVP to the event!

At Sumer Wellness – a medically-based cosmetic wellness center in Pekin that focuses on complete skin health – we bridge the gap between beauty and medicine. All ofour products and services are safe, effective and proven to bring about positive results. Plus, each medically-based treatment is provided by physician assistant Merry Sumer and other caring staff members. Like her husband, Merry shares the same philosophy of treating the whole you, not just the symptoms – so you can be assured any and all recommendations are made with your best health in mind.

Discover what Sumer Wellness can do for you! Try our many chemical peel treatment options, microdermabrasion , Botox® cosmetic, Juvederm®, PCA Skin® Care, Jane Iredale® Cosmetics and more. We'll even show you how your current skin care regimen is affecting your skin now and in the future with our VISIA® Complexion Analysis. Many of our products and services also help teens and adults with acne treatment. Learn more about our new weight loss program as well, which includes prescription hCG and continued nutrition counseling.

Results of Women's Marigold Golf Outing

You can see pictures of most of the golfers at

 First Flight     
 $  90.00 Barnosky, Meg Taylor, Tonya 65
 $  45.00 Decker, Lynn D'Alfonso, Kristen 67
 $  22.50 Byers, Tammie Wheeler, Sue 68
Peterson, Donna Seiler, Jane 69
Betzelberger, Linda Bonsack, Pam 70
Brennemann, Nancy Olt, Marlene 72
 Second Flight     
 $  90.00 Minch, Patricia Kurland, Kathy 73
 $  45.00 Johnson, Steph Johnson, Lisa 73
 $  22.50 Steiner, Diane Franks, Julie 74
Watts, Linda Avery, Peggy 75
Coker, Judy Ramsey, Lorene 76
Antonini, Marie Barker, Shirley 79
 Third Flight     
 $  90.00 Rankin, Becky Deverman, Donna 80
 $  45.00 Turley, Vickie Readon, Sharon 80
 $  22.50 Sullivan, Dea Sellers, Rhonda 81
Short, Patti Maloney, Barb 82
McClintock, Doris McCoy, Cindie 82
Woll, Marlena Betson, Connie 82
 Fourth Flight     
 $  90.00 Willock, Merry Eeten, Della 84
 $  45.00 Glesne, Arlene Potts, Bev 85
 $  22.50 Kaebel, Betty Ward, Carrie 86
Stone, Sandy Wilt, De De 87
Grover, Donna Elliott, Lucy 87
Greenhalgh, Linda Kim, Chung  87
 Fifth Flight     
 $  90.00 Stagg, Corky Schmidt, BonnyLou 87
 $  45.00 Connell, Jan Parks, Bessie 89
 $  22.50 McNeese, Juanita Jarvill, Ann 91
Eagleson, Delores Smith, Janette 92
Long, Gloria Sayles, Dana 92
Graham, Fran Coats, Jill 92
 Sixth Flight     
 $  90.00 Gensel, Mary Durham, Dianne 99
 $  45.00 Swanson, Barb Goldberg, Peggy 102
 $  22.50 Murphy, Bonnie Fangmeier, Gloria 108
Darling, Amy Campbell, Stacie 41  9 holes
Isbell, Carissa Collins, Peggy 48  9 holes
Johnson, Diane Shambrook, Kathy 56  9 holes

Friday, August 23, 2013

Pekin Women's Leadership Network

GOAL: Increase the number of women in leadership roles in the Pekin community by 2015.

 The Women’s Network will provide education and support for young female leaders in Pekin.

Project Description:
  •  Develop an advisory board of 6-8 local women that will be engaged in the development of the Women’s Network.
  • This group will develop an application process and publicize the Women’s Network through local media sources and on social media.
  • Candidates will be selected during the Summer 2013.
  • A series of 4-6 luncheons will be held in Fall 2013 and Winter 2014. These luncheons will feature programs covering the following topics:
  •  Work Life Balance
  • Women, politics and impact on the community 
  •  The power of self promotion 
  •  Philanthropy, a female perspective 
  •  Business, corporate boards
Ongoing mentoring and networking for participants, with support for possible candidacies for boards, councils and other community leadership positions.
For more information, contact:
YWCA of Pekin
315 Buena Vista
Pekin, IL 61554

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Duck Tagging

Savant Recognized for Fiduciary Excellence

Savant Capital Management, a nationally recognized fee-only wealth management firm, has once again been recognized with two certifications by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX). This is the sixth consecutive year Savant has had its certification renewed.

Savant has received an Investment Steward certification for adhering to global standards of fiduciary excellence. As defined on the CEFEX web site,, an Investment Steward is a person or organization which has the legal responsibility for managing investment decisions. The Investment Steward decides on the asset allocation, defines the details of the strategy, implements the strategy with appropriate Investment Managers, and monitors the strategy on an ongoing basis. In 2007, Savant was the first retirement plan in the world recognized by CEFEX as an Investment Steward.

Savant has also received a CEFEX certification as an Investment Advisor for its services in ERISA plans, 403 (b)/church exempt, eleemosynary, personal trusts, and high net worth individuals. According to CEFEX, Investment Advisors are responsible for managing comprehensive and continuous investment decisions, including investment advisors and wealth managers, among others.

The CEFEX standard of excellence for Investment Stewards and Investment Advisors is based on a series of fiduciary practices that seek to increase long-term investment performance by diversifying the portfolio across multiple asset classes and peer groups, evaluating investment management fees and expenses, and selecting or terminating Investment Managers. The practices also help uncover investment and/or procedural risk, which may assist in prioritizing investment management projects.

A CEFEX assessment includes both on and off-site confidential reviews of an organization’s practices by an independent Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA). The process uses the ISO 19011 audit standard, an internationally recognized standard for testing process management systems. The assessment is documented by the AIFA and is subject to review by the CEFEX Registration Committee, comprised of independent fiduciary experts.

EMEX Now Offering Savings on Natural Gas

Pekin Hospital Opens Clinical Decision Unit

Pekin Hospital has opened a new $75,000 clinical decision unit next to its emergency department for patients who may not require an inpatient admission, but who are not ready to be discharged. The 10-month project was undertaken to improve patient flow through the ER.

In the three-bed clinical decision unit, emergency medicine physicians work with patients’ primary care physicians to provide the right care plan for observation patients in a quick, convenient, and safe environment. Candidates for the clinical decision unit include: patients arriving at the hospital with chest pain, dehydrated patients who may need fluids, patients receiving intravenous antibiotics and blood transfusions, and congestive heart failure patients who need medication to remove excess fluids.

Pekin Hospital’s unit will allow medical staff to assess chest pain patients over the course of 16 hours. “Many people come into the ER with chest pain, and it requires further evaluation to determine if their pain is cardiac related,” Jo Ellen Patterson, R.N., Vice President of Patient Care Services, explains. “The addition of a clinical decision unit will provide prompt care, clinical observation by highly trained staff, and patient convenience without having to be admitted to the hospital.” The unit also provides patients with nearly immediate access to diagnostic testing and laboratory services.

Pekin Hospital is part of Progressive Health Systems, which also includes ProHealth Medical Group – physician practices providing primary and specialty care. Pekin Hospital is celebrating its 100th year of service to the community.

Unland Offers ACA Briefing

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gold's Gym Express Coming to Pekin

Gym Scheduled to Open Fall 2013
Limited Time Membership Offers Available Beginning August 26th

Gold’s Gym, the world’s leading authority on health and fitness, is once again breaking new ground. The company announced today that a new Gold’s Gym Express® is coming to 3455 Court Street in Pekin, IL, in the fall of 2013. Drawing inspiration from the company’s storied 48-year history of delivering the ultimate fitness experience; Gold’s Gym Express is designed to help people of all fitness levels achieve their goals at a great price.
“Gold’s Gym Express members in Pekin can look forward to a well-designed fitness facility with top-of-the-line equipment that caters to their needs at an affordable price,” said John Morgan, owner Gold’s Gym Pekin. “No matter your fitness level, we provide a social environment where everyone feels comfortable. Unique to other fitness centers and gyms in the area, we encourage everyone to stop by and take advantage of the variety of equipment we offer.”
Gold’s Gym Express was developed with today’s wide spectrum of consumer needs in mind. From the Gold’s Gym Express signature circuit training area to its strength equipment, collection of cardio machines and Cardio Cinema®, every aspect of the gym has been put in place to foster easy-in and easy-out access. Even the club’s well-appointed locker rooms and tanning booths offer unrivaled convenience. 
Beginning August 26th and for a limited time only, interested members can enroll for $1 when they visit the Gym Preview Center, situated in the shopping center at 3455 Court Street. Monthly memberships start at $9.99 and for $10 more Gold Members can enjoy unlimited guest privileges and access to tanning and massage chairs. New Gold members who take advantage of $1 enrollment will also receive a free Gold’s Gym Express T-shirt.
For more information regarding Gold’s Gym Express or to take advantage of the presale offer visit or call 309-346-2323.
Established in Venice, Calif. in 1965, Gold's Gym is the most recognized gym chain in the world with more than 650 locations in 37 states and 28 countries. The iconic brand ranks in the top 15 percent of Entrepreneur magazine’s 2011 “Franchise 500.” Gold's Gym offers the latest equipment and services, including group exercise, personal training, cardiovascular equipment, group cycle, Pilates and yoga. With nearly 3 million members worldwide, Gold's Gym helps all kinds of people achieve their individual potential through fitness. For more information please visit

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chamber Members Eligible for Energy Co-op

Our friends at the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce invite members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce to learn more about energy co-ops. 

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with energy experts CQI Associates. They are getting ready to hold their Fall 2013 enrollment campaign for the Commercial Energy Co-op.

Deregulation laws in Illinois give you the choice in who supplies your businesses’ electricity or natural gas. This program has successfully reduced costs to businesses since it inception in Illinois in 2007.

Here are just a few more benefits:
  • Increased Purchasing Power in procuring electric and natural gas at the most competitive rates to businesses, eliminating the need to ‘go through it alone’.
  • Members receive Better Pricing than offered individually.
  • Budget Stability (no more ‘roller coaster costs’) by offering Fixed Rate energy supply costs.
  • Year round Customer Support through energy experts CQI Associates.
This is an excellent time for chamber members to join the Chamber of Commerce Energy Purchasing Co-op program to seek electricity and natural gas supply services for your commercial electricity and/or natural gas accounts. Electricity and natural gas rates are forecast to rise over the next 24 months. Secure budget stability by locking in your supply services into a contract now.
The Chamber will be offering informational webinars to provide further explanation about the program. CQI Associates will be hosting webinars on the following days:
● September 10, 2013 – 2:30pm
● September 18, 2013 - 11:00am
● September 26,2013 - 2:30pm
Please register in advance for any of the above webinars. Simply go directly to the CQI Associates home page at and click on the date that you want to participate and follow the steps to RSVP.
If you have any questions contact Brian McLemore with CQI Associates or call 217-855-8417 or contact Jolene Cole with the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce or call 309-498-5923.

Friday, August 16, 2013

go2girl Joins the Chamber

1015 Prince St., Pekin, IL 61554
Danell Brooks, Owner
Go2girl provides a wide variety of personal assistant and errand services for busy families and seniors. Let go2girl help your senior relatives in their homes with companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, shopping, light housekeeping, or even just a regular "check-ins". Go2girl can also walk your dog, taxi your pet to the groomer, or pet sit for your next vacation. Need a house sitter or errands run? She can take care of that too. With go2girl on the job, you will have peace of mind and more free time.

OSF Center for Occupational Health Joins Chamber

OSF Center for Occupational Health
100 N.E. Randolph Ave, Peoria, IL 61606
Eric Myers, Account Rep
OSF Center for Occupational Health and Wellness focuses on all aspects of health, safety, and wellness in the employee workplace. Their goal is to work with employers in the area to prevent hazards and promote a healthier workplace. OSF's staff has years of experience in occupational health medicine. They offer preemployment physicals, drug screenings, worker's comp., wellness programs, educational opportunities, case management services and more.
Other key employees: Peggy Grace, Manager; Jacquie Kauftman, Asst. Manager

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Goodwill Expands Services with "Goodwill Commons"

Goodwill of Central Illinois has officially opened Goodwill Commons. The “repurposed” facility, located at 2319 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria, will allow the nonprofit, community based organization to expand its educational and social services to more people in Central Illinois.

“Goodwill Commons belongs to the people of Central Illinois because it was built by their donations of clothing and other goods,” said Patty Fuchs, Goodwill President and CEO. “We want everyone to share in this new facility. Goodwill Commons is a place to learn and a place to grow. It’s a place for our community.”

Two thirds of the renovated building is dedicated to Goodwill’s free services, which include job training and career services for veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill Commons features five classrooms that can accommodate a total of 100 students, a veterans’ service center and a youth service center, all with state-of-the-art technology. Several conference rooms are also available to other social service agencies and Goodwill partners for meeting space.

Built in 1951 as a Caterpillar dealership, the building had served as Goodwill’s retail store, warehouse, learning center and administrative headquarters since 1990. Warehouse operations moved to East Peoria in 2009, and the retail store relocated to 3905 University in Peoria in 2012, making way for the expansion and renovation.

In addition to its free vocational services, Goodwill of Central Illinois also operates GoodGuides, a mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17; Beyond Jobs, a program that provides employment assistance for women; and the General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans.

For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

The Inaugural 5K Duck Dash/ 1 Mile Waddle

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Duck Race, Associated Bank is sponsoring The Inaugural 5K Duck Dash / 1 Mile Waddle to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse.

The event is open to all runners and walkers. The 5K/1 Mile Walk will be Saturday, August 17 at the Peoria Park District Riverfront Trail. Registration is $30 per runner/walker (children under 5 are free to participate with register adult). To register and for additional information go to

Psoriasis Sufferers, Lace Up Your Sneakers

Many psoriasis sufferers avoid exercise to prevent an outbreak of red scaly patches and lesions. However, new research suggests that a good workout may actually promote healthy skin. The study found that vigorous exercise can reduce the risk of developing the chronic inflammation.

Equally as prevalent in men as in women, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, collected data on nearly 867,000 women. Among these women, 1,026 had psoriasis. The study found that when the women engaged in physical activity at least three hours per week, they experienced a reduction in skin inflammation.

According to the World Psoriasis Day consortium, 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis, with 7.5 million of those being Americans. Although progress is being made, there is still no singular cause or trigger for psoriasis. The Centers for Disease Control has identified factors that may increase risk of a psoriasis diagnosis:

· Lifestyle: Overweight individuals are more likely to have severe symptoms

· Family history: About 35 percent of those with psoriasis have relatives with the illness

· Climate: Psoriasis develops more frequently in colder climates

· Age: Between 15-years-old and 25-years-old is the most common age to develop the disorder

The cause of the non-contagious disease remains a mystery. Scientists believe psoriasis is triggered by an abnormal immune system response that causes the rapid development of skin cells. While triggers differ for each patient, scientists identified the following as known psoriasis triggers:

· Obesity

· Stress

· Skin injury (vaccinations, sunburns and scratches)

· Medications (Lithium, Antimalarials, Inderal, Quinidine, and Indomethacin)

· Diet

· Smoking

· Alcohol

2 – Psoriasis

There are several types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis impacts about 80 percent of those affected with the disease. It is distinguished by raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by a silvery white scale. This mild form of psoriasis is often found on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back.

The most severe form of psoriasis is called erythrodermic, which generally covers most of the skin and requires immediate hospitalization. Symptoms include increased heart rate, severe itching, pain and fluctuating body temperature. Patients may also experience excessive protein and fluid loss which can lead to dehydration, heart failure and other severe illnesses.

With no cure to date, there are several hopeful treatments that can help keep symptoms at bay. Besides topical treatments, doctors may prescribe a combination of treatments including phototherapy (light therapy) and/or systemic medications. Phototherapy exposes the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis and under medical supervision. Systemic medications are prescription drugs.
“Exercise is a terrific addition to the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor,” says Mohammed A. Khan, M.D., of ProHealth Pediatrics in Pekin. ProHealth operates primary and specialty practices in Pekin, Illinois and is part of Progressive Health Systems, which includes Pekin Hospital. “Obesity can lead to chronic inflammation, and increased cardiac risks. Also, the body may create more fat cells in response to increased inflammation, making it even more important to engage in physical activity.”

Individuals who suffer from psoriasis are at greater risk of developing lymphoma, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Researchers found that psoriasis leads to increased T-cell activity since the disease impacts a person's immune system. T-cells are white blood cells in the immune system that ward off infections. Psoriasis can also lead to psoriatic arthritis which can cause permanent joint damage and deformities of the joints, fingers and toes.

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are inhibiting, painful diseases. Not only does the cost of treatment exceed thousands of dollars, there is also an economic toll. According to, last year, approximately 60 percent of psoriasis patients missed an average of 26 days of work due to their illness.

High-energy workouts such as running, swimming, basketball, football and other aerobic activities are all good options. Consult with your doctor before embarking on an exercise regimen. With treatment and exercise, most psoriasis sufferers are delighted to learn that they can improve the appearance of their skin. Even more important, patients can improve their chances of living a long and healthy life.

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, sponsored by the nonprofit, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). The Walk to Cure Psoriasis and other events throughout the month will encourage funding to cure psoriasis.

To learn more about Psoriasis and Psoriasis Awareness Month, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation’s website at

Friday, August 9, 2013

Small Business & Entrepreneur Resource Expo

Note to all Peoria Area Small Business and those considering going into business, this is a must attend event!

It is time to register for one of the most popular business resource and finance events of the year:  The Small Business & Entrepreneur Resource Expo at Peoria NEXT.  It will be on September 24, 2013 from 8:00am to 10:00 am.

Take part in this FREE event, and meet resource people from 20 different agencies and organizations in the Peoria area dedicated to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed.  Network with other small businesses, business resources, financial institutions, governmental agencies - even information for small business concerning the Affordable Care Act. 

This is an Expo you will not want to miss!

This is a FREE events but seating and materials are limited, pre-registration is strongly requested.  Please download the information sheet and register today!

This event is sponsored by The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The Small Business Development Center at Bradley University, The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University, The Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Peoria NEXT, Ameren Illinois and the many valuable resources participating.

August Puttin' On Pekin

About 70 chamber members and guests attended the August 9th Puttin' on Pekin breakfast. Amy Darling accepted the Spotlight On Business Award for Pekin Insurance. John Clem from SEICO accepted the Blue Ribbon Award for their remodeling work at their business at 132 Court Street. Dr. Timm Schwartz was presented the Sunshine Award for his volunteerism. Nancy Morris won the early award, and Jake Ista won the late award. Mike Eeten from the Pekin Police Department gave an update on all of the programs and efforts of the Pekin Police Department.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Accelerated Rehab Hosted Business After Hours

Chamber members enjoyed a great Business After Hours at Accelerated Rehabilitation Center, 3289 Court Street (next to McDonalds).  Facility Manager Michael Bennington and his staff gave tours and served appetizers, beer and wine.  They'll also gave away a door prize.  They can be reached at 347-0090.  You can see more pictures from this event at

Chamber Members Learn About ACA

About 30 chamber members attended this morning's forum on the Affordable Care Act.  Speakers included Amanda Kozar, Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace;  Amy Darling, Pekin Insurance; and, Aindrea Balagna, Wolf Tesar & Company.  Attendees learned about the ACA's impact on businesses this year, steps all employers must take before October 1st, and how the state's health insurance exchange will work.   

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tommorow's Hope Golf Tournament

Tomorrow’s Hope Christian Academy’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament will be held Friday September 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM, at Sunset Hills Golf Course located in Pekin, Illinois. Tomorrow’s Hope is a private school,  incorporated as a 501C (3) , and is funded by parents and local sponsors. Contributions to Tomorrow’s Hope Christian Academy are fully tax-deductible.

Come and join us for this event! Get a team together with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to show your commitment to quality education.

Contact Ryan McClister

Tournament Administrator 309-241-1662

Make Checks Payable To:


Tomorrow’s Hope Christian Academy

Attention: 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

115 Apple Road

Pekin, Illinois 61554

Any questions contact Ryan McClister 309—241-1662


ALL donations are fully tax-deductible.

Golf/Dinner $75.00 /person   $300.00/Foursome: _______________

Includes Golf with cart, banquet dinner, silent auction and lots of fun

Dinner only cost: $25.00/ person Dinner________________

Pekin Hospital to Present Free Program on Colon Cancer Prevention

Pekin Hospital will offer a free presentation on colon cancer prevention on Thursday, September 12 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Pekin Hospital’s Park Court Conference Center.

Gastroenterologist Qazi Khusro, M.D., of ProHealth Gastroenterology, a part of ProHealth Medical Group, will present “Get Your Rear in Gear: Colon Cancer Prevention.” Dr. Khusro will discuss causes of colon cancer, as well as risk factors and how it can be prevented.

According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. It is expected to cause about 50,830 deaths during 2013. It’s also estimated that there will be 102,480 new cases of colon cancer in the United States in 2013.

The death rate from colorectal cancer has been dropping in both men and women for more than 20 years. There are a number of likely reasons for this. One is that polyps are being found by screening and removed before they can develop into cancers. Screening is also allowing more colorectal cancers to be found earlier when the disease is easier to cure. In addition, treatment for colorectal cancer has improved over the last several years. As a result, there are now more than 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States.

Join Dr. Khusro’s presentation on September 12 to learn how to decrease your risk of colon cancer.

To register, please call (309) 353-0662 or email

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

Volunteer Today for a Cancer-Free Tomorrow

Pekin Hospital is fighting back against cancer by hosting enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3. By joining the study, you can help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives.

The third Cancer Prevention Study of the American Cancer Society in partnership with Pekin Hospital will be enrolling participants in Pekin Hospital’s Lobby on Thursday, September 26 from 2 – 6 p.m.

As part of enrollment, individuals who choose to participate will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measurement. Enrollment will take approximately 20-30 minutes. From that point forward, study participants will be followed over time to update information via periodic, mailed surveys. All personal information and any individual results of blood analyses that may be performed will be kept strictly confidential by CPS-3 research staff. There is no cost to you to participate.

If you are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer), then you will want to participate in this study.

If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, your significant participation comes from telling everyone you know about the opportunity to help prevent cancer.

To enroll, please visit For more information, please call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tazewell County Dialysis has Joined the Chamber

Tazewell County Dialysis (DaVita)
1021 Court Street, Suite A, Pekin, IL 61554
Rana Ritchie, FA
Through intensive collaboration, DaVita and their physician partners are "moving the needle" on integrated clinical care through innovations that benefit nephrologists and their patients. DaVita is a leader in alternative treatment modalities, medication management, and cutting-edge research.
Other key employees: Cindy Emley, ROD; Cathy Pavolko, ROD.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Pekin Hospital Home Health Joins Million Hearts® Initiative

Pekin Hospital Home Health has partnered with Million Hearts®, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Launched in September 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services and co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Million Hearts®, initiative brings together public and private partners to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The Million Hearts® initiative seeks to:
Empower Americans to make healthy choices such as avoiding tobacco use and reducing the amount of sodium and trans fat they eat. These changes will reduce the number of people who need medical treatment for high blood pressure or cholesterol—and ultimately prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Improve care for people who do need treatment by encouraging a focus on the "ABCS"—Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation—four steps to address the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 will require the work and commitment to change from all of us. You can reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke—and lead a longer, healthier life. The first step to reducing your risk for heart disease and stroke is to know your ABCS:
Appropriate Aspirin Use: Ask your doctor if aspirin will reduce your risk for heart attacks.
Blood Pressure Control: You can control your blood pressure and reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Cholesterol Management: Your health care professional has advice to help you lower your cholesterol levels if they’re high.
Smoking Cessation: Ask your health care professional to connect you with tools to help you quit smoking.

Smoking doesn’t just kill, it also leads to long-term disability and dependence on others. The good news is that it’s never too late to quit.
Smoking can lead to heart attack or stroke and steals an average of 13-14 years of your life.
Once you stop smoking, your risk for heart attack and stroke declines each year.
There are resources to help you quit. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

When it comes to your blood pressure, you are in control.
You can monitor your blood pressure safely at home, at many pharmacies, and at your doctor’s office.
Work with a health care professional to take your medications as prescribed.

Be one in a Million Hearts®, by pledging to get involved and make a commitment to saving your life. Take the pledge today at