Monday, September 30, 2013

Local High School to Win a SMART Board in 5th Annual Recycle Your Style Contest

Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold the 5th Annual Recycle Your Style Contest. High school students within Goodwill’s territory are encouraged to donate their used clothing. The high school that donates the most pounds of clothing will win a SMART Board donated by Bradfield’s Computer Supply. The contest runs from October 1st through October 31st.

“This has been a very successful campaign for us,” said Bob Parkhurst, Goodwill Vice President. “We are grateful for Bradfield’s Computer Supply’s donation of a SMART Board each year. That prize really heats up the competition among the high schools.”

Donations of items other than clothing are encouraged, but only clothing will count toward the contest. Only high schools are eligible, but others can participate including teachers, family and school supporters. Donors need to tell the Goodwill donation attendant which high school they are supporting for their donation to be counted. Donations can be made at any of Goodwill’s nine stores or two donation centers. Goodwill locations can be found at

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services and youth mentoring to individuals and families who are working to improve their lives. Revenues from the sale of donated items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill. For further information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

Three New Members Appointed to Pekin Hospital Board of Trustees

Gordon L. Cross, M.D., Delores M. Eagleson, and Ronald H. Miller were recently appointed to Pekin Hospital’s Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms.

Dr. Cross is a radiologist with Central Illinois Radiological Associates, Ltd., and serves as Medical Director of Pekin Hospital’s Imaging Department. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He then completed a residency in General Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Kentucky-Albert B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Dr. Cross is a father of five children ages 13 - 28.

Eagleson is a Senior Vice President and Trust Officer at Herget Bank, N.A. A certified public accountant, she began her work at The Herget National Bank of Pekin in 1987 in the Trust Department. In 1994, she was appointed Vice President and Trust Officer and is the head of Trust and Asset Management and Herget Investment Services. She is a member of the senior management team of the bank and was named a Senior Vice President in 2001. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in accounting.

Miller serves as Managing Director and Co-founder of Prisma Advisors, LLC, a management advisory firm focused on working with select senior leaders and investors to create sustainable, long-term value for their enterprise. Prior to forming Prisma, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of NYSE-listed Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 1000 producer of biofuels and food products from agricultural feedstocks which he helped start in 1981. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.

Pekin Hospital is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of civic and business leaders. The Board is responsible for the quality of patient care, along with the property, funds, and affairs of the hospital. Board members include: Curtis A. Eeten, Douglas M. Parsons, Jason W. Proehl, Eric V. Reinertson, M.D., Edward D. Sirotak, James R. Smalley, M.D., Ph.D., Andrew J. Sparks, and Michael J. Tibbs.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Employers Should Prepare for New Medical Marijuana Law

This summer the Illinois Legislature passed Public Act 098-0122, “an act concerning alternative treatment for serious diseases causing chronic pain and debilitating conditions.“  The short title of the act is the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.”  I think most citizens know and refer to it as Medical Marijuana.

The law takes effect on January 1, 2014.  This is the time that employers should begin to prepare for the new law.  The Act is 211 pages long and you can download a copy of it at:

Under the Act, registered users of medicinal marijuana will be allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every 14 days from a state licensed dispensary. The Act contains specific provisions regarding the workplace and raises questions and issues for employers regarding the prescribed use of marijuana by employees while on the job.
There are two pertinent sections of the Act that employers need to be familiar with.  Section 40 deals with discrimination and states that a school, employer or landlord cannot discriminate against a person solely for his or her status as a registered qualifying patient. 
Section 50 of the Act includes specific requirements and some protections for employers, including:

A.   Nothing in this Act shall prohibit an employer from adopting reasonable regulations concerning the consumption, storage, or timekeeping requirements for qualifying patients related to the use of medical cannabis. 

B.   Nothing in this Act shall prohibit an employer from enforcing a policy concerning drug testing, zero-tolerance, or a drug free workplace provided the policy is applied in a nondiscriminatory manner. 

C.   Nothing in this Act shall limit an employer from disciplining a registered qualifying patient for violating a workplace drug policy.   

D.   Nothing in this Act shall limit an employer's ability to discipline an employee for failing a drug test if failing to do so would put the employer in violation of federal law or cause it to lose a federal contract or funding.   

E.   Nothing in this Act shall be construed to create a defense for a third party who fails a drug test.  

F.    An employer may consider a registered qualifying patient to be impaired when he or she manifests specific, articulable symptoms while working that decrease or lessen his or her performance of the duties or tasks of the employee's job position, including symptoms of the employee's speech, physical dexterity, agility, coordination, demeanor, irrational or unusual behavior, negligence or carelessness in operating equipment or machinery, disregard for the safety of the employee or others, or involvement in an accident that results in serious damage to equipment or property, disruption of a production or manufacturing process, or carelessness that results in any injury to the employee or others. If an employer elects to discipline a qualifying patient under this subsection, it must afford the employee a reasonable opportunity to contest the basis of the determination.  

G.   Nothing in this Act shall be construed to create or imply a cause of action for any person against an employer for:  

1.    actions based on the employer's good faith belief that a registered qualifying patient used or possessed cannabis while on the employer's premises or during the hours of employment;   

2.    actions based on the employer's good faith belief that a registered qualifying patient was impaired while working on the employer's premises during the hours of employment; 

3.    injury or loss to a third party if the employer neither knew nor had reason to know that the employee was impaired.  

H.   Nothing in this Act shall be construed to interfere with any federal restrictions on employment including but not limited to the United States Department of Transportation  

The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2014, so employers have just a few more months to prepare.  Employers should become familiar with the new law, and as always, consult with legal and HR professionals. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Job Posting: CEO - Economic Development Council of Central Illinois

Business and municipal leaders in the Peoria Area (400,000) are conducting a national search for a dynamic leader to guide a revitalized economic development strategy for downstate Illinois’ largest metro. The CEO of the Economic Development Council of Central Illinois (EDC) is accountable for executing a strategy to increase the tax base, grow head-of-household jobs and wages, and attract public and private investment to a 5-County region.

Principal responsibilities include recruitment, retention and expansion, quality of place development, and nurturing high growth business sectors. The preferred candidate will be a politically savvy leader possessing the highest level of integrity, passion and drive with the proven ability to lead a staff of 10 and manage an annual budget of over $1M through the implementation of an asset based development strategy.

Our ideal candidate will have the following training and professional experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in a related field
  • 7 years of experience as an economic development professional
  • Certification as an Economic Development Professional (CEcD) 
  • Documented  track record achieving results in sales and marketing, business attraction, and complex financial structures.  
  • Previous experience in non-profit administration
  • Proven record of engaged leadership models and Board of Director development programs
  • Proven history of building collaborative partnerships between public, private and nonprofit organizations
  • Success with regional economic development programs (three counties or larger) in strategy development and project implementation
  • Experience in the integration of community with economic development programs and strategies 
  • Proven experience in coordinating and facilitating industry cluster programs with heavy private sector leadership and involvement
  • Previous use of performance measurement techniques including economic analysis
Salary Range is $110,000 - $130,000. Deadline to apply is October 31, 2013.
To apply for this position, please send your resume with cover letter to Cal MacKay at

Women's Leadership Network

The Pekin Women's Leadership Network empowers women to become effective leaders by providing essential skills and strategies for professional and personal growth. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers.
Why is this program needed?

Although women have made great strides in achieving equality, a leadership gap continues.

In 2013, 20 women serve in the Senate, and only 78 women serve in the House of Representative. Overall, women hold 98, or 18.3% of the 525 seats in the 113th U.S congress. Locally, the statistics are even worse, with only 1 woman serving on the Pekin City Council.

The business world does not fare much better, with only 22 women CEO's in the Fortune 500.

Our focus is on helping young women develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed and flourish in their chosen career paths.
Sessions scheduled for the 2013-2014 series include:
  • November 1st - Women in Politics - Rep. Cheri Bustos
  • November 7th - Build Your Leadership Skills by Volunteering - Gina Morss-Fischer
  • November 21st - The Power of Self Promotion - Judge Kate Gorman
  • January 9th - Time Management & Work Life Balance - Nancy Affolter
  • January 23rd - Business & Corporate Boards - Panel
November sessions will take place at the Pekin Country Club, with January meetings to be held at Mashie's.   Lunch will be provided and served at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting will conclude by 1:00 p.m.
Interested in participating?  Complete an application form, available at the YWCA or click here. The application should be returned to the YWCA by Friday, October 18th along with the program fee of $50.00. Scholarships will be available to ensure all women can participate.
Would you like to print a brochure?  Click here to download and print a brochure.
Advisory Committee
Our thanks to the women serving on the Advisory Committee for the program:
Ruby Cunefare
Sue Ann Kortkamp
Courtney Moessner
Shannon Sandoval
Stephanie Stoneking
Barb Strand
For more information on the Pekin Women's Leadership Network, please contact Melinda Figge, Executive Director, at the YWCA at 347-2104 x 25.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

City of Pekin Unveils Toter the Turtle as Part of New Recycling Educational Effort

The City of Pekin is pleased to unveil a new mascot and theme for its recycling program. “Toter Turtle” will be introduced to area schoolchildren through educational packages to be distributed this fall.

Created by McDaniels Marketing of Pekin, the educational program is intended to make recycling more fun, while Toter Turtle helps children learn more about the ways they can help “Grow Marigolds, Not Landfills.” The theme, materials and logo are centered on Pekin’s “Marigold City” identity.

Research indicates that one of the most effective ways to boost participation of recycling by adults is to educate their children. That’s why the City of Pekin is distributing posters and pledge cards to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The educational packages were created to help teachers to educate and excite students about the program.

What’s Involved
Children will be challenged to get family members to make a “Pledge to Recycle.” Each child will take a pledge card home and encourage parents to join the effort. All schools who return at least 65 percent of their pledge cards will receive a donation of $200. The educational package even includes some child-friendly items like Toter Turtle rub-off tattoos and packets of Marigold seeds. The City will also work with Pekin Community High School science teachers to help promote the importance of recycling both at home and on campus. Of course, the goal is to boost recycling participation by Pekin residents and the overall tonnage of recyclables collected, thus reducing pressure on landfill space and expense to the City. It’s a win, win!

The City has experienced a 12 percent increase in curbside tonnage collections over the last year. According to Pekin City Manager Joe Wuellner, “The increases we’re seeing in recycling participation mean that we can significantly reduce what we’ve been paying in landfill fees while simultaneously paying back into the program with the income we receive for recyclables.”

The City of Pekin has new, 65-gallon recycling toters, which are free upon request. Citizens are encouraged to call (309) 477-2325 during the second week of October to get their new "red top" toters. More information on the City of Pekin recycling program can be found at:

Friday, September 20, 2013

Great Promotional Opportunity for Your Business or Organization

Illinois Central College (ICC) is please to announce their new Alumni Association and an exciting opportunity for local businesses to get involved in partnering with the program.

Recent data shows that over 80 percent of ICC students remain in the college district to live and work.  ICC's Alumni Association is interested in partnering with local businesses, as they honor their mission to connect or reconnect with this group of former students and offer them social, educational, wellness and networking opportunities.

One way ICC stays connected with alumni is to offer them special benefits for becoming a member of the Alumni Association.  Toward that end, chamber members are invited to join with the ICC Alumni Association as a participating partner.  By participating in the program, your business can offer ICC alumni a discount or special incentive when they use their alumni card while patronizing your business.

Here is how the program works:

1.  Your business/organization partners with the ICC Alumni Association to offer discounts/special incentives to alumni cardholders.

2.  The ICC Alumni Association will publicize your business/organization as a participating partner on their website and in their literature.

3.  ICC alumni will receive a list of the business/organization partnerships.

4. ICC alumni will patronize your business and show their alumni card in order to take advantage of your discounts or special incentives.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this opportunity, please contact Elaine Goslin in the ICC Alumni Relations office at (309) 694-5282 or  You can see a list of the current partners and their offerings at:

Career Fair

The United States Department of Justice / Federal Bureau of Prisons will hold a Career Fair on September 26 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at FCI Pekin, 2600 South 2nd Street.  Veterans and the general public are welcomed and encouraged to attend and meet with employment specialist from various cities, federal and state agencies. 
The Bureau of Prisons is continuously hiring nationwide for correctional officers and medical staff.  Recruiters and members of the Affirmative Action Committee will be available to assist with the application process and to answer questions. 
For more information contact Lt. Jason Haynes at 309-346-8588 x 1301

Thursday, September 19, 2013

2013 Chamber Challenge Trivia Nite - The Decades

Download the full flyer & registration:
Registration & Sponsorship Deadline:  October 30th

Nurse Midwives Join ProHealth Medical Group

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that two new nurse midwives have joined ProHealth Medical Group. Janey Hitch, MSN, CNM, and Natalie Wipert, MSN, CNM, are now accepting new patients at Premier Obstetrics and Gynecology located at 2401 Broadway, Suite B in Pekin.

A midwife for 26 years, Hitch received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky. She most recently served as a labor and delivery nurse at West Houston Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Originally from Aurora, Illinois, Wipert earned an Associate degree in Nursing from Central Florida Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. She then received a Masters in Nursing, Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky. She has 14 years of labor and delivery experience, most recently at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

To schedule an appointment with Hitch or Wipert, 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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

OSF Center for Occupational Health Welcomed

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed one of their newest members with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Peggy Grace, the manager of OSF Center for Occupational Health, Jacquie Kaufman, Assistant Manager, and Eric Myers, Account Rep, were joined by other employees for the ribbon cutting.  Located at 100 N.E. Randolph Avenue in Peoria, 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.  They can be reached at (309) 624-8653 or 

Senator Bill Brady Joins the Chamber

Senator Bill Brady2203 Eastland Drive, Suite 3, Bloomington, IL 61204
Bill Brady, Senator
Government-Elected Official
Other key members: Abby Walsh, chief of staff

Monday, September 16, 2013

Is Your Business in need of a Boost?

Simple Steps for Growing Your Business
Is Your Business in need of a Boost?

This 4-part series of workshops is designed for small business owners and managers who want to reach the next level of growth and who are looking for targeted assistance and directions in key areas of business management.

·        Gain the knowledge and tools needed to analyze and assess your business

·        Discover potential growth areas

·        Develop customized strategies to implement growth
When?   Thursday mornings, October 17, October 24, October 31 and November 7,

                8:00 am – 10: am.

Where?  Pekin Public Library Community Room

                 301 S. 4th Street

                 Pekin, IL  61554

Overview:  This SCORE program, presented by experienced SCORE Mentors

                     John Amdall and Lee Maki, provides 4, two-hour workshops:
·        Goal Setting

·        Marketing

·        Finance

·        Operations

Register for this FREE series of workshops at

Or call the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 346-2106

Friday, September 13, 2013

Veterans Drive Opens

Community leaders and elected officials gathered for a ribbon cutting today to celebrate the opening of another section of Veterans Drive.  The 0.8 miles of new 5-lane road plus shoulders runs between Broadway and Sheridan. 

This section of the road has been under construction for about the past year.  The $6.3 million extension was paid for with $4.8 million included in the last federal transportation bill, and the City of Pekin's local gasoline tax.  The federal transportation money was made possible with the efforts of then Senator Barack Obama and then Congressman Ray LaHood.

Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra acknowledged the leadership of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, previous City Councils, and the state and federal elected officials.  Congressman Aaron Schock praised the city for their foresight instituting a local gas tax which has paid for a large share of the project.

When completed Veterans Drive will begin at Route 29 on the south side of Pekin and run along the eastern portion of the community, connecting with a new interchange at I-474.  The City of Pekin recently awarded the contract for the section between Route 29 and Court Street.  Work is expected to begin in the next few weeks and be completed in October of 2015.

See more pictures from this event at:

Bergner's Goodwill Sale Offers 25% Off Coupons for Donations

Goodwill of Central Illinois and Bergner’s will hold their semi-annual donation drive beginning Thursday, September 19 through Saturday, October 5. During the drive, every item donated to Goodwill will earn the donor a 25% off coupon from Bergner’s. Donors can earn additional coupons during Triple Coupon Days.

Beginning on the opening day of the sale, September 19, donors will receive triple coupons. For every one item donated, they will receive three coupons. On that day, Goodwill will have a truck at the Bergner’s at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. The goal is to “Stuff the Truck” with donations.

Triple Coupon Days will take place September 19 through September 22 and again October 3 through October 5. Donations can be made at any Goodwill or Bergner’s location.

Discount coupons can be used on items not normally on sale, such as fragrances, cosmetics and electronics. The sale of these donated items provides the funding Goodwill needs to provide free programs and services to the people of Central Illinois.

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab is pleased to announce the arrival of NexTaxi. The free smartphone app that allows customers to order, track and pay for their ride. The Pekin-Peoria area joins 50 other cities across the U.S. and Canada now supporting the app.  NexTaxi is available on both the Android and iPhone operating systems and in the app store today.

2013 OSF Center for Occupational Health & Wellness Seminar

Please join OSF for their first annual educational seminar at the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, on the campus of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Designed to help your organization prepare for the changing landscape of Employee Health & Wellness, this seminar will cover a broad range of topics vital to today's workplace.
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 7:30am - 11:30am - a light breakfast will be served
Location: Jump Trading Center 1306 N Berkeley Ave Peoria, IL 61603 (Park in OSF North Parking Deck)
Cost: FREE
Space is limited to first 125 Attendees Register Today at:
Seminar topics include:
  • How New Legislation Affects Your Workplace: Medical Marijuana, ADA, DOT
  • An Introduction to Health Management
  • Identifying Signs of Substance Abuse
  • Healthy Employees are Happy Employees
  • And More...
Featured Speakers:
Edward Moody, MD MSE MS, Board Certified in Occupational Medicine
Certified as a specialist in Occupational Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine since January 2002. Dr. Moody currently oversees the medical surveillance programs for OSF SFMC. In addition to providing oversight to OSF SFMC he serves as the Medical Director for OSF Center for Occupational Health.
Tim J. Vega, MD, FAAFP, Director of Health Management
Dr. Vega, is medical director of OSF Health Management; He also oversees the employee health services at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center as medical director of Business and Community Medicine.

David Braun, M.D., Physician Occupational Health
Dr. Braun is board certified in both Family Practice and Urgent Care medicine. Dr. Braun assists with the medical surveillance programs for OSF SFMC’s 6000 employees. In addition Dr. Braun is a medical review officer for the Center for Occupational Health & Wellness and helps manage our client’s medical surveillance programs. 

Sam's Club Open House

Finding Hope for Children Battling Cancer

In the United States alone, cancer impacts the lives of thousands of children every year. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, about 11,630 children in the United States under the age 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013. The statistics are met with both hopeful outcomes and a dire need for more funding and research.

Cancer is a disease caused by cellular reproduction gone haywire. The body begins to create cells that attack healthy cells. These cells are referred to as “tumors." There is no single cause for those inflicted with the disease; however, a number of genetic mutations within a cell can lead to that cell becoming cancerous. In some cases, a child may be born with a genetic predisposition as a result of a DNA mutation.

The good news is that the survival rate of children diagnosed with cancer has greatly improved over the past 40 years. Significant treatment advances have increased the survival rate from 58.1 percent in 1975 to 79.6 percent in 2003, according to the National Cancer Institute.

On the other hand, surviving childhood cancer often results in other long term health issues. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital recently conducted a study of over 1,700 childhood cancer survivors to find that 98 percent of the participants had at least one chronic disease, such as new cancers, heart disease or abnormal lung function by age 45. Childhood cancer survivors should have regular checkups throughout their lives to identify and address any additional health problems early on.

“Detecting cancer in a child is often difficult since symptoms may seem like a common illness or injury,” said Reginald Bowman, D.O., of Pekin Pediatric Center, a ProHealth Medical Group practice, “but warning signs of loss of energy, easy bruising, bone or muscle pain, persistent fever or illness, frequent headaches and vomiting, limping and sudden changes in vision should be brought to the attention of your child’s physician.” ProHealth operates primary and specialty practices in Pekin, Illinois and is part of Progressive Health Systems, which includes Pekin Hospital.

The most common types of childhood cancer include: leukemia, brain and other nervous system tumors, neuroblastoma, wilms tumor, lymphoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, retinoblastoma and bone cancer. Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, treatment options may include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy.

 Childhood Cancer
The economic burden of childhood cancer can be overwhelming for parents. In a recent survey conducted by the National Children’s Cancer Society, over 89 percent of families reported income loss due to their child’s diagnosis. The average out-of-pocket cost for a family with a child battling cancer is over $9,700. Parents are further challenged with maintaining their household, caring for other children, making medical decisions and ensuring financial stability all while trying to stay beside their child through this difficult time.
Parents should learn and communicate to the family physician or pediatrician any genetic history of childhood cancers in their families, so the child can be monitored for early diagnosis of any potential genetic cancer risks. In addition, they can take an active role to reduce their children’s risk of cancer, including:

· Assuring children eat plenty of fruits and green vegetables

· Not allowing smoking in the home and around the children

· Breastfeeding infants at least 9 months

· Reducing salt, sugar and processed foods in children’s diets

· Requiring children to be physically active every day

· Minimizing children’s use of cell phones

· Limiting use of in-home herbicides or pesticides

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and dozens of organizations sponsor events to fund research that will hopefully cure the disease. You can visit Alex's Lemonade Stand, a foundation committed to finding a cure for childhood cancers. The site lists 30 ways you can raise awareness and funds throughout the month of September.

For more information about Childhood Cancer Awareness, see the CureSearch for Children’s Cancer website at

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Savant Named to Barron’s Top Independent Financial Advisor List for the Seventh Consecutive Year

Savant Capital Management, a nationally recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL with an office in Peoria, announced today it has been named by Barron’s magazine as one of the 100 best independent financial advisors in the country. Savant ranked 56, moving up eight spots from last year. Additionally, Savant ranked 4th in Illinois.

Savant Capital Management has ranked on this list since its inception in 2007 – one of only two Illinois firms to earn this recognition consistently. Throughout the last seven years Savant has increased its assets over 2 billion. In 2012 it combined with The Monitor Group, a nationally recognized financial planning firm in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and now the company manages more than $3.2 billion in assets.

“It is a complete honor for Savant to be named a top financial advisor for the seventh consecutive year,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “This recognition speaks volumes about our talented team of professionals and our loyal clients who make this recognition possible. We are proud to be named a leading financial wealth management firm.”

Annually, the Barron’s ranking, which includes both registered investment advisors and boutique brokerages, is based on assets, quality of practices, revenue that advisors generate for their firms, and other factors. To view the entire list, click here.

Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions such as being named a top RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, Financial Advisor magazine, Forbes, Chicago magazine, Investment News and REP magazine and being recognized as a top wealth magnet in Accounting Today.

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's Engages and Inspires Tazewell Count Residents

WANTED:  individuals who want to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. No experience necessary; all that is needed is a willingness and passion to make a difference.

Now is the time for individuals and teams to register for the 10th Annual Tazewell County Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 26th, at Mineral Springs Lagoon, Pekin.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research and it is a fantastic opportunity to support the Association’s vision of a world without Alzheimer’s,” says Teresa Tucker, Tazewell County Walk Chairperson and member of the Central Illinois Chapter board of directors. “Attendees at our walks report feeling a sense of fellowship with others who have experienced the tragedy of Alzheimer’s. Walkers can get information about the Association’s programs and services, research and clinical trial enrollment, and advocacy opportunities. Each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

2013 Major Sponsors include Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Pekin Insurance, OSF Healthcare, Liberty Village of Pekin, Pekin Hospital Home Health, Care Solutions Home Services, Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory, LTD, and Peters Squirrel Corn Farms.

Last year over 200 walkers and corporate sponsors raised nearly $25,000 in Tazewell County. Top walkers included Mary Innis, Mike Zabinski and Teresa Tucker; Top teams included the Pekin Moose Family Walkers, Sigma Kappa Beta Nu, and Team Innis.

All participants who raise $100 or more will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt and additional prizes; individuals who raise $500 or more will become members of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions Club. Individuals can start or join a team today at or by calling Walk Manager Kari Gabbert at the Chapter office at 800.272.3900 or 309.681.1100.

Walk Day Schedule:
5:00 p.m.           Registration
6:00 p.m.           Opening Ceremony
7:00 p.m.           Individual and Team Recognition

Funds raised will provide care and support services to Tazewell County residents living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research. Area services include monthly support groups in Morton and Pekin, a 24-hour telephone hotline, information and referral, care consultations, educational programs, safety services, clinical trial opportunities and advocacy activities. An upcoming program will be held:

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Wednesday, Sept. 18th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tremont Public Library, 215 S. Sampson, Tremont

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  Every 68 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

 By the Numbers:
  • More than 210,000 Illinoisans are living with Alzheimer’s.
  • Nearly 4,500 calls were placed to the Chapter’s toll-free Helpline in FY2012.
  • 1,845 were first time callers to the 24-Hour Hotline
  • In FY2012 there were 836 additional total calls over the previous year, representing a 22 percent increase.
  • The Central Illinois Chapter provided more than 7,500 service contacts in FY12.
  • The Chapter offered more than 128 classroom education programs in FY2012, attracting 1,700 attendees.

IPMR Celebrates NEW Driving Simulator with Open House Event

The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, IPMR, has been serving the central Illinois community with the IPMR Driving Evaluation and Training program for 22 years. IPMR is pleased to announce the addition of a new state of the art driving simulator. Over 200 driving scenarios and 39 lessons are possible on the new simulator. The new simulator was made possible with a gift to the Rehabilitation Foundation of IPMR from the Peoria Independent (Trusted Choice®) Insurance Agents Association. Enjoy tours, refreshments and prizes at the IPMR open house event at 6501 N Sheridan Rd on Friday, September 20 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A ribbon cutting will take place at 10:00 AM.

The IPMR Driving Evaluation and Training program promotes safety on the road. Age, health issues, injury and disability may cause concerns about safe driving. A driver may experience vision difficulties, range of motion limitations, endurance limitations or delays in reaction time. A condition like ADHD may cause trouble with judgment and decision making. Driving evaluations using the driving simulator can test for difficulties and counsel drivers or young potential drivers about abilities and options. For individuals who are physically challenged, the program helps determine the proper adaptive controls. For some, strength or balance issues can be corrected through therapy to improve driving skills. Other times, a driving evaluation provides reassurance that it is time to retire from driving and explore other transportation options.

The state of the art driving simulator features lessons, driving scenarios and exercises delivered in a methodical building block approach. The driver must interact individually with unpredictable, multi-car traffic interaction exposing them to the complexity of driving on busy roadways. The evaluation tests for range of motion, strength, vision, cognition, and reaction time. A driving evaluation may be self-initiated or could be recommended by a physician, family member, school or employer. No matter who initiates or recommends the test, a physician referral is required to be tested.

“We are proud of how we have helped the community for over 20 years with the driving program at IPMR. We truly appreciate the gift from the Peoria Independent Insurance Agents that allowed us to purchase the new simulator. It really elevates the program and allows us to provide a higher level of testing and training for patients. Safe driving is currently being challenged with more complicated roadways, gadget distractions and higher speed limits. We are seeing an increased need for this program. We are proud to have the equipment and specialists to fill that need,” said Rick Zehr, President of IPMR. Sara Stomberg is an IPMR occupational therapist and leads the driving evaluations. “I’m so anxious to help more people with the powerful, interactive tools that are available on the new simulator. It allows me to accurately pinpoint deficiencies and direct improvement,” said Sara Stomberg, OT.

The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a non-profit comprehensive rehabilitation facility. Since 1950, IPMR has continued their mission to improve function and quality of life in central Illinois. IPMR provides therapy in many outpatient locations including Bartonville, Chillicothe, Metamora, Morton, Pekin, Peoria and Washington. Visit the website at or call 309-692-8670.

Alzheimer’s Association to Present Program on “The Basics” of Memory Loss

The Alzheimer's Association-Central Illinois Chapter will present a program entitled “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s” from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18th, at the Tremont Public Library, 215 S. Sampson, Tremont.

Chapter Education Specialist Tim Klobe will present the program. Participants will learn about symptoms, causes and risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, the benefits of early detection, stages of the disease, treatment options, and ways the Association can help. 

Cost is $5 for materials. Registration is required by Sept. 17 by calling the Central Illinois Chapter office toll free at 800.272.3900 or 309.681.1100. Information is also available on the agency website at

Monday, September 9, 2013

Living Alternatives Annual Life Banquet

Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center presents their Annual Life Banquet featuring Gigi Graham, daughter of the Reverend Billy and Ruth Graham, Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 7:00-9:00PM at Stoney Creek Inn in East Peoria IL. Gigi Graham, has been given a platform to encourage the pro-life message through her personal experience. Her story will encourage and inspire everyone that hears it! 

There is no cost to attend this dinner event; an opportunity to make a financial gift to the ministry will be extended. Please make reservations by October 1st, 2013 by calling (309) 620-9227 or e-mailing

Friday, September 6, 2013

Unland / Kouri's Business After Hours

A very large crowd of chamber members attended the September Business After Hours hosted by Unland Companies and Kouri's Pub.  The guests enjoyed great food, drink and door prizes.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on October 14, 15, and 16. 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 October 7. To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Griffin Avenue Extension Opens

Representatives from the City of Pekin, the Avanti's Dome, and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting today to officially open the Griffin Avenue extension. The cost of the road was just over $1 million dollars and paid for by the City of Pekin and the Avanti's Dome.  The extension runs from the dome to Veterans Drive. It will provide improved access to the dome, and create development opportunities near the intersection with Veterans Drive.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Family Practice Physician Joins ProHealth Medical Group

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that family practice physician Lindsay B. Tate, M.D., has recently joined ProHealth Medical Group. Dr. Tate is accepting new patients at the Family Health Center of Pekin located at 19 Olt Avenue in Pekin.

Originally from East Peoria, Dr. Tate began her medical career when she received her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman Island, BWI. She then completed an internship in General Surgery at Orlando Regional Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Following that, she was a Physician Assistant at OBGYN Associates in Kissimmee, Florida. She most recently completed her Family Practice training at Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina.

Her areas of interest include women’s health.

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

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

Family Practice Physician Joins ProHealth Medical Group

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that family practice physician Lindsay B. Tate, M.D., has recently joined ProHealth Medical Group. Dr. Tate is accepting new patients at the Family Health Center of Pekin located at 19 Olt Avenue in Pekin.

Originally from East Peoria, Dr. Tate began her medical career when she received her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman Island, BWI. She then completed an internship in General Surgery at Orlando Regional Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Following that, she was a Physician Assistant at OBGYN Associates in Kissimmee, Florida. She most recently completed her Family Practice training at Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina.

Her areas of interest include women’s health.

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

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