Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fourth of July Sponsors

Department of Public Works Data Collection Project

Pekin Hospital to Offer Healthcare Provider CPR Course

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer a Healthcare Provider CPR course for nursing students and others who are entering a health occupation field in the August 2014 semester. A full professional rescue CPR class is scheduled for June 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.
The cost of the class is $35 and will include the course manual. Registration is required and class size is limited. To register for the class, please call (309) 353-0701 or email
The CPR class is offered through the American Heart Association, and participants will receive a two-year card on completion of the class. If you or someone you know is entering nursing school or any other health occupation course this fall, this is a CPR class that is accepted by all Colleges of Nursing in the Central Illinois area.

AAIM Employer's Association Employment Law Seminar

2014 Employment Law

Preparing Effective Handbooks

A well written and complete employee handbook whether standing alone or used in conjunction with an employment agreement can be an important tool for communicating policy, defining expectations and memorializing expectations.

David Lubben Attorney, Davis & Campbell LLC will provide advice and guidance on:  
  • is your handbook an Employment Contract
  • laws that impact handbooks
  • what every handbook should (and shouldn't) include
  • handbook best practices
  • keeping your handbook fresh, relevant and accurate
June 18, 2014
Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria
Member $175;  Non-Member $225

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Weekly Chamber Connection

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Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery
Music, Wine & Beer Festival
May 31 & June 1

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 Saturday 11am to 11pm  
Sunday Noon to 6pm

This year's festival features over 55 wines and 55 beers for tasting and purchase from around the world.   Many exciting American craft beers will be featured for tasting and also some new fine wines at the two ticket table. Artisan cheese sampling and sales by Ropp Jersey Cheese in the pavilion and the Lions Club will be hosting the concessions with the proceeds going to their charity. Morton Community Bank is again the corporate glassware sponsor.   Saturday and Sunday there will be music performed throughout the day. featuring two of our favorites and three bands that are performing here for the first time for this event. 

$10pp admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and 5 tasting tickets for ages 21 and over, $5pp admission ages 13-20, ages 12 and under free

Saturday music schedule: 
11-3 Cougar Bait, 3-6:30pm Greg Williams, 7-11pm South Side Cindy & The Slip Tones.  
Sunday music schedule: 12-3 Johnny Quest, 3-6pm Colt 45 and Johnny Walker.  

May and June 
 Schedule of Concerts and Events

5/31 and 6/1 International Music, Wine and Beer Festival
6/8 Homes for Hope Fundraiser Car Show, 12-6pm, Free Admisson 

Concerts in the Vineyard
Saturdays, 7-11pm, $5pp
6/7 West McQueen Street
6/14 The Shake
6/21 Jammsammich 
6/28 Bubblegum Jack
Fridays, 8-11pm
6/27 Brushville

Professional Development Institute

Illinois Central College - Professional Development Institute
June 2014


June 2014
Business & Corporate Training

North Campus
Hickory Hall
5407 N University
Peoria, IL

The Professional Development Institute

Illinois Central College

Grow, Grow, Grow!  Join us at the Professional Development Institute at Illinois Central College's North Campus and start growing your mind. 
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June 12, 8:00 - Noon
June 24, 8:00 - Noon


Boost your leadership skills and recieve a recognized certificate from ICC's Professional Development Institute. 
This program creates a framework for inspiring leadership and allows you to customize your plan based on your interests or needs. 
Still struggling with pivot tables? Access queries have you scratching your head? And what's up with Adobe InDesign anyway? Perhaps some quality one-on-one time with one of our PDI instructors would help. Contact Frank Thomas at or 309-690-6915 for more information.
PDI also offers Blended Computer Training  Click Here for More Info 

CDS Office Technologies Gift Certificate

May Biz Barometer

The Pekin area economy showed some improvement this month, as the labor picture improved locally and throughout the region and state.  However, sales tax receipts continued to lag behind last year and the other Tazewell communities.

J The unemployment rate in Pekin was 7.8% in April, down from 9.6% in March and 9.1% in April of 2013.  That is the lowest unemployment rate in Pekin since May of 2012.
J 15,550 people were employed in Pekin in April.  That is up 390 from March and is the highest since August of 2013.
J Total nonfarm payroll employment in the U.S. rose by 288,000, and the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points to 6.3 percent in April.  Employment gains were widespread, led by job growth in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.
L Pekin's May sales tax disbursement from the state was down 14.9% compared to the same month a year ago.  The 3-month running average was down 16.5% and the 12-month running average was down 7.3%.
J The other large Tazewell County communities all showed growth in their May disbursements from the state, compared to a year ago:  East Peoria +9.0%; Washington +.9%; and, Morton +0.4%. 
L May sales tax disbursements for the four large Tazewell County communities as a whole, were down 1.5% compared to May of 2013.
J The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.0 percent before seasonal adjustment.

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

Sheridan Road to Close for Summer

The City of Pekin will close Sheridan Road to through traffic between Parkway Drive and Veterans Drive beginning on June 2nd.  The closure is needed to replace the bridge over Lick Creek.

Local traffic will be allowed on Sheridan Road up to the last residence on either side of Lick Creek.  The road will remain closed for approximately three months.

The current bridge over Lick Creek is structurally deficient. The new bridge will include the addition of a 6-foot sidewalk on the north side. 

Further information and updates will be available on the City of Pekin website at:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Upcoming Events at The Speakeasy Art Center

Check out these events coming up at The Speakeasy Art Center:

Wednesday, May 28th - Open Stage @ The Speakeasy
Thursday, May 29th - Little Hands Big Fun
Saturday, May 31st - Art Market @ The Pekin Riverfront
Saturday, May 31st - The Great Burr Oak Science Club

Monday, June 2nd - Watercolor Class with Whitney Johnson
Tuesday, June 3rd - Young Artist Class with Erica
Thursday, June 5th - Little Hands Big Fun
Thursday, June 5th - Craft Beer Night
Saturday, June 7th - Art Market @ The Riverfront
Saturday, June 7th - Summer Painting Program

Sunday, June 8th - Kinder Musik Open House with Sing Out Studio
Monday, June 9th - Watercolor Class with Whitney Johnson
Tuesday, June 10th - Young Artist Class with Erica

For more information on these events visit Speakeasy Art Center on Facebook or contact them at 309-267-2058


Goodwill of Central Illinois will host a job fair on Thursday, June 5 at Goodwill Commons in Peoria. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with the first hour reserved for veterans. The public is welcome starting at 10:00 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring several copies of their resume and be prepared for onsite interviews.
“We are teaming with several agencies to give participants a wide variety of resources,” said Bill Bontemps, Goodwill’s Director of Vocational Services. “Our fellow sponsors for the job fair are: ESGR, IDES and Hero 2 Hire.”
Other employers attending the job fair include: Volt, Sedona, Command Center, HGS, Marcone, Securitas and URS. A representative from the 18th District and Congressman Schock’s office will also be in attendance.
Goodwill Commons is located at 2319 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria. For more information, call (309) 682-1117, ext. 2117. 

Pekin Community High School Students Recognized

Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107 are proud to recognize Pekin Community High School students Alyssa Fabry and Dalani Lee as recipients of the Pekin Community High School (PCHS) Student Award for May.

Dalani, a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Amanda Fitts, a School Counselor at PCHS.  In the nomination, Mrs. Fitts cited Dalani’s contributions to Noteables, Student Council, and her church.

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.