Monday, March 31, 2014

Join the Lions World Lunch Relay!

The Pekin Lions Club will be celebrating Family and Friends Month in April by joining the Lions World Lunch Relay on April 4th. It's a 24-hour international event that brings families and friends of Lions together in their local communities with families and friends of Lions around the world. Don't miss this special day of food, family and fun! Pekin Lions will be having their lunch at Trinity Lutheran Church, 700 South 4th St. from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  Please come join us for chili and sandwiches and learn more about Lions Clubs International and the Pekin Lions Club.

Easter Seals Run, Walk and Roll

Facet Technologies and Nerds On Call welcome Michael Pile

Facet Technologies and Nerds on Call would like to congratulate Michael Pile on his new position here at Facet and Nerds. Michael is joining our team as a Business Sales Representative. Michael has been a part of the Bloomington/Normal area for 5 years and will be leading our sales efforts in that region. Michael had the following to say about joining the Facet team; “I’m excited and looking forward to the opportunity to provide a great service to the businesses of McLean County. Facet Technologies has a great reputation of providing the best service and support for their clients and it’s going to be fun to watch the company’s presence grow.” Facet and Nerds welcome Mike and are happy to have such a great individual join our team!

Facet Technologies and Nerds on Call welcome Don Bollis

Facet Technologies and Nerds on Call would like to offer a warm welcome to our newest team member, Don Bollis. Don has joined the Facet and Nerds team as a Business Sales Representative. Don has been a part of the Peru area for 23 years and will be leading our sales efforts in the Peru area. Don had a few words to say about joining the Facet team: "I'm proud to be joining Facet Technologies. They are a proven leader in the industry and provide a valuable service to its customers". Facet and Nerds are happy to have an individual like Don on our team and look forward to a successful future. 

Kiwanis Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser

Pekin Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

Pekin Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells — either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal growth.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services. 

Aldi's Grand Opening

Aldi's celebrated the grand opening of their new Pekin store this morning with a ribbon cutting. Representatives from the City of Pekin and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand to congratulate the employees and wish them luck.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Comcast Innovations 4 Entrepeneurs

Comcast Business Launches Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Contest
Comcast Business, with Inc. Magazine, is holding an “Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs” Contest aimed at entrepreneurs that are resourcefully leveraging technology to enhance customer and employee experiences.  The Contest entry period is from now through April 30, 2014 and is open to business owners at least 18 years of age or older that are located within the Comcast Business service area and own an independent, non-franchised business with 50 employees or less.
Based on an essay submission, entries will be judged and two winners will be selected in each of the 16 Comcast Business Regions: one best use of technology to enhance the customer experience and one best use of technology to enhance the employee experience.
Each winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize plus Comcast Business Internet and TV services for two years plus up to $2,500 Comcast Business Account Credit services, along with services from Comcast’s Upware partners Cisco, Microsoft, Symantec, DocuSign, Soonr and Swiftpage Engage for one year. The total approximate value of cash and prizes is up to $15,000.  Winners will then be eligible for the grand prize, worth up to $40,000.
From the 32 regional winners, six will be named as grand prize winners and will receive an additional $20,000 and a special trip to New York where they and a guest will have one-on-one consulting with four business experts: Michael Angelakis, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Comcast; Amy Banse, Managing Director and Head of Funds for Comcast Ventures; Marcus Lemonis, Businessman, Investor, TV personality and Philanthropist; and, Robert Irvine, Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur.  They will also receive a VIP tour of 30 Rockefeller Center and an awards dinner prepared by Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine.
Entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit to submit their application and essay.  Entries are due by April 30, 2014.

Regional winners will be notified the week of May 19, 2014. From May 20 – June 1, 2014 there will be public voting on the 32 regional winners to help determine the six grand prize winners.  They will be announced on June 23, 2014 with the New York awards event planned for August 26, 2014.

YWCA Anniversary Celebration

Preston-Hanley Offers Grief Support at Miller Center

On April 3, 2014, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory will begin hosting a grief support group at Miller Senior Citizens Center (551 S. 14th St.) as part of its aftercare program. The new group, “Learning to Live Again,” will be held the first and third Thursdays every other month from 1 to 3 p.m. and addresses four topics to help participants process grief in a healthy manner, while experiencing their emotions.

“The grief support group will be led by our Aftercare Coordinator, John Plunkett,” D. Neale Hanley, Sr., owner and funeral director, said. “As a retired pastor, John has more than 46 years of experience helping families through their times of grieving.”

About “Learning to Live Again”
Utilizing counseling and education therapy to help people through their grief, Plunkett will address four topics in the support group every other month. The first two topics will be addressed on the first Thursday, while the second two topics are covered on the third Thursday. For example, April 3 will cover “The Nature of Grief” and “It’s Your Choice,” and April 17 will address “STUG Exterminators” and “Memories.”

1) The Nature of Grief – An introductory time for the coordinator to get acquainted with participants and explore the characteristics and duration of grief.
2) It’s Your Choice – Grieving becomes a choice. The group will address the fact that people have the ability to make the choice to heal from their grieving.
3) STUG Exterminators – The coordinator will introduce STUGS (Sudden Temporary Upsurges of Grief) and their exterminators. The focus will be on limiting or eliminating these often debilitating upsurges.
4) Memories – Healing through grief is not meant to dissuade people from memories of their loved one, but to help them find ways that are not depressing to keeping their memory alive.

For more information and dates, check or call 309-346-2176.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sears Hometown & Outlet Joins the Chamber!

Sears Hometown & Outlet
3247 Court St. Suite A
Pekin, IL 61554
Adam White, SGM 309-210-7800
Sear Hometown & Outlet store is a company owned location. Appliances, lawn & garden, tools, mattresses, outdoor living & fitness products will all be available in the store. There is also a vast assortment of products available via the online warehouse. 
We look forward to the store opening soon! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who have renewed their investment in the chamber…

4-Star MVPs:  UnityPoint Health Methodist

3-Star MVPs:  Ameren Illinois

2-Star MVPs:  Aventine Renewable Energy

1-Star MVPs:  Bond Eye ~ Kouri’s Pub ~ PAL Health Technologies ~ Savant Capital Management

ClassicArtistic Community Theatre ~ Command Center ~ Edward Jones - Chris Petersen ~ Family Quick Care Pekin ~ First United Methodist Church ~ Grace United Methodist Church of Pekin ~ Greg's Garage Door Service ~ Knights of Columbus ~ P/L/R Insurance Services, Inc. ~ Pekin Area Network ~ Pekin National Bank ~ Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts ~ Sabella Street Station ~ Sam Leman Auto Stop ~ Sonic America's Drive-In ~ Uftring Chrysler Dodge Jeep ~ World Wide Travel

Biz Barometer

L The number of homes sold in Pekin in the first two months of 2014 is down 22.8% compared to the previous year.  The trend is the same in the other large Tazewell County communities:  Morton –13.8%, Washington –20.0%, and East Peoria 28.2%.
L The average sales price of Pekin home sales in the first two months of 2014 was $97,854.  That is down 8.8% from the same period last year. 
J The average sales price of residential units in the other large Tazewell Communities was up for the first two months of 2014, compared to the previous year:  East Peoria +3.5%, Morton +35.8%, and Washington 64.8%.
J The unemployment rate in Pekin was 10.8% in January, down from 10.9% in December and 11.4% last January.
L Only 14,953 people were employed in Pekin.  That is the smallest number since January of 2010.
L The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.2% in January, up from 8.6% in December and 10.1% last January.
K Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.7 percent. Employment increased in professional and business services and in wholesale trade but declined in information.
L Pekin’s March sales tax disbursement from the state was down 14.0% compared to a year ago.   Pekin’s sales tax disbursement for the past 12 months was 2.7% less than the previous 12 month period.
J East Peoria’s sales tax disbursement from the state for the past 12 months is 11.7% greater than the previous 12 months, while Washington (1.9%) and Morton (1.0%) are also up compared to the 12 month period.
K The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis.  Over the last 12 months,  the all items index increased 1.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.

(Source:  Peoria Area Association of Realtors, Illinois Department of Revenue, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois Department of Employment Security)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SJB Promotions Inc. Open House & Business After Hours

Register for April's Eggs & Issues!

Tazewell County and Beyond!
Hear information from David Zimmerman, Tazewell County Board Chairman, as he presents "Tazewell County in 2014 and Beyond!" And then hear from Ameren regarding how the area is working together to deal with power outages and storms. Speakers also include Tim Lee (Supervisor Electric Operations) and Steve Berguist (Superintendent Electric Operations).

Friday, April 4 from 7 - 9 am
Par-A-Dice Hotel
21 Blackjack Boulevard

Register on our website!

Medical Explorers Meeting Planned

Local high school students interested in health careers are invited to attend a Medical Explorers Meeting on April 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Pekin Hospital in the Park Court Conference Centers.  Angie Martis, RT(R), will discuss imaging careers at Pekin Hospital. 

Pekin Hospital is partnering with the W.D. Boyce Council, Boy Scouts of America to offer a Medical Explorers Post in Tazewell County.  The program’s goal is to provide young men and women the opportunity to receive hands-on, work-related experience and to explore health careers they may never have otherwise considered.  The program is open to young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old who are interested in learning more about health careers.  The cost to join is only $10 per person. 

For more information on the Medical Explorers Program, please call (309) 353-0763 or visit

Local Financial Advisors Receive Woman of Distinction Honor

Marilyn Burrell, Joni Hootman, and Kim O’Donohue, all Financial Advisors at CEFCU, registered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. have received 2013 Women of Distinction awards in recognition of their superior performance, value, and overall contribution to the financial services industry.

Women of Distinction is an award presented by CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. recognizing the top female financial advisors throughout the nation within their broker/dealer operation. Candidates are nominated by industry peers, and selections are based on the nominee’s annual performance and outlined contribution to their clientele, the credit unions they service, as well as the financial services industry as a whole.

Through their roles as a Woman of Distinction, Burrell, Hootman, and O’Donohue will participate in a national mentoring program sponsored by CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. where they will have the opportunity to work with, and foster, female advisors who are new to the industry.

CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. utilizes face-to-face financial advisors to help credit unions meet member retirement, investment and insurance needs. Working onsite at credit unions, financial advisors provide members with comprehensive financial services from simple transactions to complex financial planning and wealth management services.

CUNA Brokerage Services provides Broker Dealer services to credit unions throughout the nation, offering a full range of investment products, variable insurance products, securities programs and professional services related to securities transactions.

CUNA Mutual Group is a leading provider of financial services to cooperatives, credit unions, their members and valued customers worldwide. With more than 75 years of market commitment, CUNA Mutual’s vision is unwavering: to be a trusted business partner who delivers service excellence and customer-focused, best-in-class products and market-driven innovation. More information on the company is available on the company’s Web site at

OSF Heathcare Occupational Health Newsletter

"Serving with the Greatest Care and Love"

Upcoming Events:

Easter Sunday: 4/20

Is your Company Prepared?

With warmer temperatures headed our way (hopefully!), Severe Weather will not be too far behind and now is a great time to ensure your business is ready when it strikes.
Things to keep in mind:
  • Keep a Weather Radio Handy & Charged
  • Flashlight Availability & Locations
  • What to do in an Emergency Situation
    • Who/What/When/Where
  • NEVER Touch Downed Power Lines
  • Rain Can be Slick, so be alert when traveling
More information can be found on the National Weather Service Website, including some very interesting statistics on Central Illinois Severe Weather.

Wellness Corner

by: Kathy Riley, MS, RN, Wellness Educator

What is your idea of a “processed food”? It really is any food that has been altered from its natural state. So, even washing an apple before you eat it technically makes it “processed”! There are many reasons foods are processed: to ensure safety, to aide in preparation and storage, to improve qualities like flavor and looks.

Foods can be lightly to highly processed. There is a big difference between a washed apple and a container of ready-made macaroni and cheese. Although highly processed foods can make life easier, they often contain many added ingredients: sugar, salt, preservatives, flavorings and colors. Too much added sugar can play a role in weight gain. Too much sodium can affect blood pressure. For some people, other additives can cause allergies.

Be more aware of what you eat! Look at your grocery cart. Does it contain a large percentage of highly processed foods like lunch meat, meals in a box, and instant snacks? How many empty fast food bags are in the trash can of your car? Are you surprised by what you find?

Look at the ingredient list on food labels when you shop. You might be shocked to find how much sugar is in foods that you would not even think of as sweet! Choose foods with the least amount of sugar, fat, sodium and added ingredients you don’t want or really need. There are brand differences; compare and be a smart shopper! Choosing foods closest to their natural state helps you avoid additives you don’t need or want.

Foods found in the grocery store are safe for us to eat but we are learning they might not all be the best choices for health, especially on a daily basis. Want to learn more? Visit our OSF Dieticians on the web!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Ways to Prevent Identity Theft From Your Online Activities

Identity theft continues to be a serious problem.  If you're online, you've exponentially multiplied your exposure.  Here's 5 good tips to help protect yourself:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

18th Annual John M. Evans Scholarship Golf Tournament

The 18th Annual John M. Evans Scholarship Golf Tournament has been scheduled at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, IL on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

This tournament is specifically designed to raise money to perpetuate this scholarship fund so Laborers' Local 231can continue to give financial assistance to qualified recipients. Last year's tourney netted approximately $12,000.00 from which Laborers' Local 231 was able to award 10 scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.

To receive more information on participating or donating to this outing please contact Kate Beckman at Laborers' Local 231 (309-347-7106).

Pekin Ambucs Charity Auction is Coming Up!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ameren Steps Forward to Prevent Abuse

Ameren Illinois is doing its part to help the young people in central Illinois recognize, respond and report bullying. Vice President of Customer Service & Metering Operations, Stan Ogden, will present a check for $25,000 to The Center for Prevention of Abuse in order to expand its work in local schools and day care settings.
Mr. Ogden states, “The Center has been very effective in helping nearly 20,000 students learn to keep their bodies safe, solve problems in a positive way and build healthy relationships. If Ameren Illinois can play any part in stopping the bullying or abuse of children, we will know that we’ve made a difference in our community. ”
The check presentation will be Wednesday, March 19 at 10:30 AM at Peoria Heights Grade School, 500 E. Glen Ave. Officials from Peoria Heights District 325 will be on hand to talk about how the programs presented by Center staff have impacted their grade school and high school students. Those attending will be Eric Heath, Superintendent; Gene Beltz, Principal of the Grade School and Pattie Kohorst, Counselor of the Grade School. In addition, CFPA prevention educator, Rachel Boudreau, will be there to discuss the objectives of the program.
Executive Director of The Center, Martha Herm, says, “I hope Ameren’s leadership will be an inspiration to other organizations to step forward to prevent abuse. Our homes, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces can become safer when everyone is more respectful towards others. We forget that some children aren’t taught those values and skills at home, so The Center is doing its best to fill that gap. We truly appreciate the generous contribution of Ameren to enhance our programming.”

Pekin Hospital Chief Executive Officer Resigns on High Note

The Board of Trustees of Progressive Health Systems (PHS - which includes Pekin Hospital and the ProHealth Medical Group) has announced the resignation of President and CEO Gary Jepson, who has accepted a new position with the Mercy System in Oklahoma.

Board Chair Andy Sparks expressed appreciation for Jepson’s contributions, saying: “Gary has done a great job leading our organization and is responsible for implementing significant change and improvement.  We wish him and his family the best in their move to Oklahoma.”

Jepson joined PHS as CEO in June 2012.  “We’ve made tremendous strides in a very short period of time,” said Jepson. “PHS is on a positive path and much better prepared for the future.”  He led the development of a new mission, vision and five year strategic plan and helped craft and implement a $5M financial improvement plan. Jepson also helped recruit new Gastroenterology and Urology providers, drove numerous facility improvements and increased physician and employee satisfaction.

The PHS Board has a long-standing contractual relationship with Quorum Health Resources (QHR) to manage the system and together they will embark on a national search for a new CEO.  There is no current time frame for the search to be completed.
Based in Pekin, Illinois, Progressive Health Systems is a family of over 1,500 associates, physicians, and volunteers, one hospital, a home health agency, medical equipment supplier, and a retail pharmacy.  Progressive Health Systems offers preventive care, advanced medical treatment, health education and much more to meet the community's health needs well beyond the Pekin Hospital campus.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ICPR Family Practice is moving!

ICPR Family Practice will be closed on Thursday, March 27th and Friday, March 28th as they move into the new facility at 3400 Griffin Ave.  ICPR will open to see patients at the new facility beginning on Monday, March 31st at 8am.

An open house will take place in the future.  Thank you to everyone for your patience during this time and for your continued support! ​

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Tech Tip Tuesday - Charge Your Phone Faster

Are you in a hurry and want to charge your phone as quickly as possible?  Here's 8 great tips to help you charge your phone faster.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

2014 Pekin Marigold Grand Marshal Nominations Now Being Accepted

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Grand Marshal of the 2014 Pekin Marigold Festival. This annual honor is presented by the Marigold Festival Committee to recognize a local resident (or couple) who has given freely to the betterment of our community. For more information click here.

PCHS Award Recipients

Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107 are proud to recognize Pekin Community High School students Charlene Caudill and Carlos Felix as recipients of the Pekin Community High School (PCHS) Student Award for February.

Carlos, a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Connie Wall, an English teacher at PCHS.  In the nomination, Mrs. Wall cited Carlos’ contributions to PCHS’ soccer team, as well as his positive attitude in class.

Each month, two PCHS students who excel in moral character, positive attitude, volunteerism, demonstrate ideal role-model behavior, and who contribute to the classroom are nominated by teachers, counselors, and high school personnel. The students must be seniors and show remarkable qualities which help them prepare for a promising future.
Seth Mingus, Assistant Principal for Curriculum at PCHS said, “PCHS is grateful to have the opportunity to recognize the positive contributions our students make every day. The teachers and staff enjoy nominating students, and we appreciate the support from Pekin Hospital, Lite Rock 107/WSWT, and our community.”

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dynegy Edwards Power Station Joins the Chamber!

Dynegy Edwards Power Station
7800 South Cilco Ln.
Bartonville, IL 61607
Ted Lindenbusch, Plant Managing Director
Dynegy operates the Edwards power station in Bartonville. Dynegy Inc. owns Homefield Energy, but Homefield and Edwards function independently.

Pekin Hospital Offering Help With Affordable Care Act Application

With so much confusion over the Affordable Care Act, Pekin Hospital is assisting uninsured area residents with signing up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

CMS has designated Pekin Hospital as a certified application counselor (CAC) organization.  We have several certified counselors on-site who can help you understand, apply online, and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace. 

Those interested in receiving one-on-one assistance can call (309) 353-0802 to set up an appointment.  Saturday and evening appointments are available.

Under the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Tazewell County residents may choose from many plans.  The plans are divided into three levels of coverage – bronze, silver, and gold – based on how much the plan will pay for your health care and what services are covered.  Many residents who are applying have little to no out-of-pocket monthly premiums. 

Approximately 10,875 Tazewell County residents are believed to be uninsured.  Most of them will need to purchase insurance by March 31 to avoid paying a tax penalty of $95.  For more information, please call (309) 353-0802.

Pekin To Peoria St. Jude Run

The Pekin to Peoria St. Jude Run will have a meeting and fundraising dinner on Sunday, March 16th at 6pm at the Avanti's Dome.  If you're a runner you can pick-up or turn in your registration information.  If you can't run, but want to help, you'll learn how to you can get involved.  If you want to just eat - join them - it's a "pay-as-much-as-you-want" fundraising dinner.

Monday, March 10, 2014


Goodwill of Central Illinois and Bergner’s will hold their semi-annual donation drive beginning Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 29.

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, March 13, 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 March 13 through March 18 and again March 27 through March 29. 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.

Maria Rodriguez in Tremont Tuesday March 11th

Maria Rodriguez, running mate to Republican candidate for governor Bill Brady, will be stopping to visit the recently opened Eli's Coffee Shop, 105 West Pearl, in Tremont at 2:30pm. Come meet Maria Rodriguez and listen to their campaign's vision for the future of Illinois.

She will be talking with members of the Pekin Chamber of Commerce, members of the National Association of Women Business Owners Central Illinois Chapter, and the citizens of Tazewell County about making a clean break for Illinois and bringing jobs to the state.
As Lieutenant Governor, Rodriguez will be responsible for shaping policies that encourage small business growth and community redevelopment in a retooled state economic development department in his administration.

Rodriguez and her husband Ray are small-business entrepreneurs with interests in manufacturing, agriculture, real estate and financial services.

She served as mayor of Long Grove for eight years before deciding not to seek re-election earlier this year. Her administration created a business expansion master plan that is well underway despite current economic challenges. She worked with community business leaders and stakeholders for the development of a new retail center bringing more than 300 new jobs to the community during the height of the economic recession.

Homefield Energy Joins the Chamber!

Homefield Energy
1500 Eastport Plaza Dr.
Collinsville, IL 62234
(888) 451-3911
Tonya Powell, Account Manager
Homefield Energy is a retail electric supplier. We supply business and residential customers with electricity. We can serve any customer from the largest industrial to the smallest residential customer and everything in between. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Johnson Mechanical After Hours

Johnson Food Service Equipment hosted the March 6th Business After Hours at their facility on Riverway Drive.  Jim and Rilla Johnson put on a great event, with tours, vendor displays, door prizes, and great food and drinks.  An improving day of nice weather delivered a good turnout of chamber members and their guests. See more pictures from this and other chamber events at 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ICPR Puts Down New Roots

Recently ICPR was featured in an article in Healthy Cells Magazine. To read more about ICPR's new facility and the care they offer click here.

March Events in Downtown Pekin

Contact Pekin Main Street for more information on these upcoming events:

Wednesday, March 5 - Open Stage at the Speakeasy Art Center, 7:00, 353 Court Street

Wednesday, March 5- Family Craft Night at the Speakeasy Art Center, 6:00, 353 Court Street

Thursday, March 13 - Pizza Night Fundraiser for Pekin Main Street, Papa Murphy's Take and Bake Pizza in Pekin - 20% off all regularly priced food sales will be donated to Pekin Main Street - just mention the fundraiser at the register!

Friday, March 14 - Opening Reception for Bob Cassidy - Gallery Exhibit Speakeasy Art Center, 7:00, 353 Court Street

Saturday, March 15 - Spring Dinner Theatre at Fusion Building - Call Pekin Main Street TODAY to reserve your tickets! 353-3100 or email for reservations.

Tuesday, March 18, Three Ways to Grow your Business Seminar - hosted by Pekin Main Street, 5:30pm at Pekin City Hall, 111 S.Capitol Street

Wednesday, March 19, Family Craft Night at the Speakeasy Art Center, 6:00, 353 Court Street

Friday, March 21, Live at the Speakeasy with Nathan See Speakeasy Art Center, 7:00, 353 Court Street

Tuesday, March 25, New Session of Young Artists Class Begins at the Speakeasy Art Center


Leveraging Technology for Better Business Seminar

Presented by

Mike Buoscio 
Managing Director IBM.
Facilitated by

Dr. Ed Bond
 Chair & Associate Professor of Marketing,
Foster College of Business
Bradley University



1501 W  Bradley Ave 
Peoria   IL 61625  
 A Smarter Planet:
Leveraging Technology for Better Business

Technology is changing our world.
Smarter enterprises are driving business transformation by leveraging new technologies like social, mobile, cloud, and Big Data & Analytics. They're collaborating more, predicting risk and gaining a competitive edge. They're asking bigger questions and getting bigger answers.
Join us for this event and learn how technology is re-defining business models, competition, consumer expectations, and workforce dynamics.  
Seating is limited.  Register today to reserve your spot. 
March 28, 2014
Baker Hall, Room B52
Bradley University, Peoria, IL
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Investment:  $279.00
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