Showing posts from May, 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

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 8:30am-11:00am Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria Member $175;  Non-Member $225

Weekly Chamber Connection

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Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

International Music, Wine & Beer Festival May 31 & June 1

Professional Development Institute

June 2014      June 2014 Business & Corporate Training ICC's PDI North Campus Hickory Hall 5407 N University Peoria, IL The

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

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: .

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 fello w 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 18 th 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. Alyssa, a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Alyson Brucker, a Career and Technical Education teacher at PCHS.  In the nomination, Mrs. Brucker cited Alyssa’s contributions to the PCHS Speech Team, Chess Club, Fall Play, and Spring Musical. 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, Assist