Showing posts from August, 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 29 th 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

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.  Ou

Peoria Rivermen Season Tix On Sale Now


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

Gold's Gym Joins the Chamber

Gold's Gym Express 3455 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554 (309)346-2323 Gregory Faulkner , General Manager Everything you need for a great workout at a great price!

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.

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

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

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, per

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 c

Unland Offers ACA Briefing


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

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 me

go2girl Joins the Chamber

go2girl 1015 Prince St., Pekin, IL 61554 (309)613-6758 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 (309)624-8653 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

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 confe

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 indivi

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 Oppo

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:

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.   

Tommorow's Hope Golf Tournament

Tomorrow’s Hope Christian Academy’s 3 rd 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: PLESE RETURN PAYMENT ALONG WITH THIS FORM NO LATER THAN AUG 30 TH ,   2013 Tomorrow’s Hope Christian Academy Attention: 3 rd Annual Golf Tournament 115 Apple Road Pekin, Illinois 61554 Any questions contact Ryan McClister 309—241-1662 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ALL donations are fully tax-deductible

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 po

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 re

Tazewell County Dialysis has Joined the Chamber

Tazewell County Dialysis (DaVita) 1021 Court Street, Suite A, Pekin, IL 61554 (309)478-1000 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.

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