Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Center for Prevention of Abuse announces its 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse announces its 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

Board of Director Officers;
• Althea Geiser, B’Ribboned, Etc.
• Greg Miller, Pioneer Railcorp
Vice President
• Karla Losey, Associated Bank
• Sandy Andrews, CEFCU Retiree
• Deauna Collins, Herget Bank
Vice Treasurer

Newly Elected Board Members;
• Michele Anderson, South Side Bank
• Paroma Banerjee, Caterpillar Inc.
• Neil Kaderabek, Pekin Insurance
• Kimberly Leman, Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino

Returning Board Members;
• Sue Bosich, Eliff, Dancey & Bosich, P.C.
• Dave Finch, Verizon Wireless
• Joanna Gardner M.D., OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
• The Reverend Elaine Gordon, Ward Chapel AME Church
• Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Inc.
• Chris McCall, McCall Law Offices, P.C.
• Christina Alwan Miller, Northwestern Mutual
• The Reverend Anna Saxon, UnityPoint Health Methodist/Proctor
• Bonnie Schofield, Community Volunteer
• Stacey Shangraw, Ameren Illinois
• Kip Strasma Ph.D., Methodist College of UnityPoint Health
• Giann Walker, CEFCU
• Jennifer Zammuto, Caterpillar Foundation

“These individuals bring extraordinary experiences and strengths to The Center,” explains Martha Herm, Executive Director. “They are committed to helping victims of violence find safety and support and to helping young people learn new skills in building healthy relationships and non-violent lifestyles.”

Savant Capital Management Ranks in Top 50 on Financial Advisor RIA List

Savant Capital Management, a nationally recognized fee-only wealth management firm, announced today it has been recognized by two leading financial trade publications as a top Registered Investment Advisors firm (RIA) in the country.

Savant has been named one of the top 50 RIA firms by Financial Advisor magazine. The firm ranked 49th overall and moved up from 9th to 7th of Illinois firms recognized.

Financial Advisor magazine’s top RIA list includes more than 500 RIAs from across the country. As published in the ranking results, at the end of 2013 Savant managed over $3.6 billion in assets.

Annually, Financial Advisor ranks the top registered investment advisory firms across the United States based on a survey of the firm’s discretionary assets under management.  Click here to view the entire list.

“We are honored to be named to Financial Advisor’s Top RIA Firms list for the sixth consecutive year,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO at Savant Capital Management.  “This is a clear reflection of the hard work and dedication of Savant team members and the relationships we enjoy with our clients.”

Savant was also named to the inaugural Top 300 list presented by Financial Times. Savant was one of 23 Illinois RIA firms to be recognized. Criteria comprised on this list include assets under management, asset growth rate, the firm’s longevity, compliance record industry certifications and online accessibility.

Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions from publications such as Financial Planning, Investment News and Barron’s magazine where they received recognition as one of the 100 best independent financial advisors in the United States. Headquartered in Rockford, IL. Savant also has nine offices in the following cities: Chicago, IL, Freeport, IL; Geneva, IL; Hoffman Estates, IL; Naperville, IL; Peoria, IL; Sterling, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison, WI. 


Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a membership organization comprised of 165 independent Goodwill headquarters. Goodwill Industries International was contacted last Friday afternoon by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and federal authorities informing us that select U.S. store locations may have been the victims of possible theft of payment card numbers. Investigators are currently reviewing available information. At this point, no breach has been confirmed but an investigation is underway. Goodwills across the country take the data of consumers seriously and their community well-being is our number one concern. Goodwill Industries International is working with industry contacts and the federal authorities on the investigation. We will remain apprised of the situation and will work proactively with any individual local Goodwill involved taking appropriate actions if a data compromise is uncovered.


CEFCU received a 5-Star or “Superior” rating – the highest rating awarded  – by BAUERFINANCIAL, an independent organization that has been analyzing the performance of all financial institutions since 1983.  This rating indicates CEFCU is a safe, financially-sound credit union that is operating well above regulatory capital requirements, having a capital to assets ratio of over 9%.  BAUERFINANCIAL rates credit unions based on asset quality, capital adequacy, profitability, historical trends, reserves, and regulatory compliance.

               As of the end of May, CEFCU’s assets were over $5 billion.  Members’ savings reached over $4.4 billion, and loans outstanding totaled $3.4 billion.  CEFCU savings plans are federally insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. Government Agency.

               With assets just over $5 billion, CEFCU serves over 302,000 members through              
20 central Illinois Member Centers and 3 Member Centers in Santa Clara County, California; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website, cefcu.com; CEFCU’s Mobile website, m.cefcu.com; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Honor Rewards Program

The Tazewell County Clerk/Recorder’s Office is excited to offer a service for our Veterans, known as, Honor Rewards. With Honor Rewards, Veterans can sign-up at our office or online to receive an Honor Rewards card, which qualifies them for discounts and incentives at participating businesses in our community.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to become a participating business with Honor Rewards and show your thanks and appreciation to our Veterans. What your business offers is up to you, whether it’s percentage off discount, specific dollar amount or some other incentive.
By participating, your business name with be listed on the Honor Rewards website for Tazewell  County, provided to Veterans who receive an Honor Rewards card, and also be regularly mentioned in email blasts to current Honor Rewards members. In addition, we will provide you with promotional materials like door stickers and flyers to promote that you are an Honor Rewards business member.

To become a business member, please fill out the form below mail it to the address above. Or you can apply online at www.honorrewards.com by clicking the Business Sign-Up link. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Illinois American Water Sponsors Facebook Photo Contest

Some pictures are worth a thousand words. Now, they could be worth a total of $1,500 shared
by three organizations via Illinois American Water’s “Value of Water” photo contest.  The contest begins today, July 22, 2014,
on the Company’s Facebook page at 

Illinois American Water invited 12 local organizations to submit photos and thoughts to depict what water service means to their
organization and community.  The photos will be posted to Illinois American Water’s Facebook page here –
The photo contest also aims to raise awareness about the role water service plays in daily lives, economic growth and fire protection.

The public can participate by voting for their favorite “Value of Water” photo beginning July 22, 2014 through August 20, 2014.  The
three photos with the most votes will earn their organization $750 (first place), $500 (second place) and $250 (third place).  The winners
will be announced soon after the contest closes. The organizations participating in the contest are listed below along with their
Illinois American Water service area:

•        Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau – Alton District
•        American Red Cross, Little Egypt Branch -- Cairo District
•        City of Waterloo -- Interurban (Metro East) District
•        Daily Bread Soup Kitchen -- Champaign District

•        Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful -- South Beloit District
•        Lincoln Community Gardens -- Lincoln District
•        Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal (P2D2) -- Pontiac District
•        Sterling Fire Department -- Sterling District
•        Streator Child Development Center -- Streator District
•        Sun Foundation -- Peoria District
•        TAPS Animal Shelter -- Pekin District
•        West Suburban Community Pantry -- Chicago Metro District

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Concert at Winery to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association

 The Alzheimer’s Association invites Central Illinois to its Summer Concert at the Winery from noon – 5 p.m. this Sunday, July 27, at Kickapoo Creek Winery, 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards.  Enjoy wine tasting and relax to entertainment while supporting families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

The $10 admission fee includes an afternoon of wine tasting and entertainment, with proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association - Central Illinois Chapter, Peoria. Popular local musical acts Jazz Slayer, Greg Williams and Boogie Shooze will perform.

Tickets may be reserved at the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter office by calling 800-272-3900. Tickets are also available for purchased at Kickapoo Creek Winery and will be sold at the door the day of the event.

The Alzheimer's Association-Central Illinois Chapter offers programs and support services to help improve the quality of life of area residents dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

For more information about the concert, call Jamie Messmore at the Alzheimer’s Association at 309.681.1100 ext. 215 or 800.272.3900. For disease and caregiver information, visit the agency website at alz.org/illinoiscentral.

Women's Business Resource Expo on Thursday

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), North-Central Regional Economic Development and Illinois Main Street will host the first North Central regional Women's Business Resources Expo at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites East Peoria on July 24.

“Women enterprises in the state of Illinois should be recognized as a driving economic force,” said Carol Bell, director of women’s business development at DCEO. “It’s our hope that this expo will draw particular attention to the resources that exist to help women-owned firms reach the next competitive level.”

Presentations will focus on vendor programs, procurement contracting opportunities, bidding processes and initiatives applicable to women-owned firms.

The list of panelists include Bell; Arthur Williams, Advantage Illinois; Rebecca Harmon and Deb Waldrop, Workforce Development; Chima Enyia, Central Management Services; Tory Davis, Illinois Department of Employment Security; Karen Fraase, Illinois Department of Agriculture; Debbie Myers Martin, Illinois State Treasurer's Office; Jesse Martinez, Capital Development Board; Ellisa Johnson, U.S. Census Bureau; Philip Dalmage, Illinois Department of Human Services; Susan Gibson, Illinois Department of Transportation; Dennis Kief, Economic Development Council of Central Illinois; Charles Randle, Illinois Business Financial Services; Ross Miller, Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University; Stan Lynall, Central Illinois Angels; Blake Long, UnityPoint Health-Methodist/Proctor; Fred Remmert, Meridian Health Plan; Charly Ugorji and Celeste Matheson, Caterpillar; Kendra Austin, Ameren; Colleen Callahan and Mary Warren , USDA Rural Development, and Anne Bandy, OSF HealthCare.

Participating affiliates include the region’s top companies; Caterpillar, OSF HealthCare, UnityPoint Health-Methodist/Proctor, Ameren, Meridian Health Care, and sponsors Illinois Main Street and Illinois SBDC at Bradley University.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 24. Doors open at 7:30AM. Attendees will also receive continental breakfast. To register or find out more information, call 309-647-5896, or email Anthony.rolando@illinois.gov. On-site registrations welcomed.

For more information on doing business in Illinois, go to http://www.illinois.gov/dceo.

Midwest Dental - Pekin Joins the Chamber!

Midwest Dental - Pekin
3218 Court Street
Pekin, IL 61554
Stephanie Hartung, Marketing Coordinator
In cities, towns and rural communities, Midwest Dental offers a wide range of general dental services, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry for patients of all ages.

July Biz Barometer

Pekin's sales tax receipts lagged behind the regional trend in June.  But employment numbers showed improvement in Pekin. 

L Pekin's July sales tax disbursement from the state was down 3.6% compared to the same month a year ago.  The 3-month running average was down 10.4% and the 12-month running average was down 9.6% compared to the same periods one year ago.

J Two of the other four large Tazewell County communities showed growth in their July disbursements from the state, compared to a year ago.  East Peoria was up 19.9% and Washington was up 5.6%.  Morton was down 3.2%.

J July sales tax disbursements for the four large Tazewell County communities as a whole, were up 6.0% compared to July of 2013.  That is a positive trend:  the 3 month running average is up 4.3% and the 12-month running average is up 2.3% compared to the same periods one year ago.
J The unemployment rate in Pekin fell to 7.5% in May.  That is the lowest unemployment rate in Pekin since December of 2008.  The unemployment rate in Tazewell County dropped to 6.6%, the lowest rate in two years.   
J Only 1,263 Pekin residents were reported as unemployed in May.  That is the lowest number since October of 2008. 
J Total non farm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June and the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.1%.  Job gains were widespread, led by employment growth in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and health care.
J The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Peoria Area Association of Realtors Joins the Chamber!

Peoria Area Association of Realtors
7307 N. Willowlake Court
Peoria, IL 61614
Dallas Hancock, CEO
Peoria Area Association of Realtors is the leading resource for realtor brokers and managing brokers for real estate standards and professionalism. PAAR is the advocate for home owenership and private property rights in Central Illinois.

Pet Supplies Plus Parking Lot Pet Party!

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on August 18, 19, and 20.  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: 

v  the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control
v  how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size
v  the possible complications associated with diabetes
v  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 August 11.  To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

World Cafe' Discussion

Saturday, July 12, 2014

July Business After Hours at Nazarene Church

The July Business After Hours was hosted by the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene.  Chamber members toured the recently completed addition, which more than doubled the size of the worship facility.  Pastor Lloyd Brock and the church members proudly spoke about the additions and renovations.  And with no disrespect meant to other After Hours hosts, the July Business After Hours featured the widest selection of desserts and treats in recent memory.   You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Register Now for 2014 Brad Campbell Memorial

Goodwill GoodGuides Seeks Mentors

GoodGuides is a national youth mentoring initiative for youth ages 12-17.  GoodGuides pairs adult volunteers from the community with youth in a mentoring relationship for the purpose of providing positive guidance, career exploration, and maximizing their overall potential.  Since 2009, GoodGuides mentors have invested over 13,000 hours of mentoring and career preparation to central Illinois youth.

Goodwill has started a new GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring program year.  They anticipate over 110 youth in area schools to sign up, and they're looking for volunteer mentors to serve as positive role models to these students.  The commitment is around one hour each week and you can expect to feel how rewarding it is to make a difference to a youth and give back to your community                                                                                                                       
“I enjoy spending time with my mentee and look forward to it each week.” – GoodGuides® Volunteer

“GoodGuides has helped me set goals in my life.” – GoodGuides® Youth
They currently have many youth in the Pekin area that are in need of a mentor.  More information is available from Samantha Kinsey, Volunteer Specialist with Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois, 309-573-6592

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SCORE Peoria Presents LinkedIn for Business

LinkedIn is social media for professionals and executives. In this workshop, presented by Jannise Bush, a small business owner and SCORE Mentor, you can find out how to connect with your target audience, build brand awareness and educate potential customers on your products and services.

The workshop is FREE but please click below to register and reserve your place
We hope you can join us!
SCORE Peoria
email: score.peoria@scorevolunteer.org 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Robert's Run for Dyslexia

Marigold Parade Applications

Applications and rules for the 2014 Marigold Festival Parade Sponsored by Herget Bank are now available.  You can pick one up at the chamber office (402 Court Street) or download it here:

Fireworks Crew

Here is a photo of the volunteers that shoot the fireworks at Pekin's Honor America Celebration.  They get together for a safety breakfast on the morning of July 4th, then go to the stadium to prepare for the fireworks display. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Peoria Historical Society Project

The Peoria Historical Society has launched a campaign to raise money for a new air conditioning unit in the Flanagan House. The unit is important for protecting and preserving the museum’s temperature-sensitive artifacts, as well as allowing for the comfort of guests. The PHS has identified a grant that could cover half of the cost of the $18,000 unit, if it can secure the remaining $9,000. For information on how to donate, visit peoriahistoricalsociety.org or call (309) 674-1921.

Wheels O'Time Museum

Wheels O’Time Museum will host a special display of Ford tractors during the month of July, featuring two tractors powered by Ford engines. The museum, located at 1710 W. Woodside Drive in Dunlap, is open on July 4th and Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5pm from May to October. For more information ,visit wheelsotime.org.  

Boys & Girls Club Karaoke Contest!



Pekin Hospital Names Foundation Director

Pekin Hospital is pleased to announce that Sherry Semonis has been named Director of the Pekin Hospital Foundation effective June 23, 2014.

In her role, Semonis will focus on fundraising for the Foundation and planning the Hospital Foundation Ball.  Semonis has a long history of fundraising for the Hospital and other charities.  She has a special talent for organizing events to make them fun and interesting while recognizing key contributors.

Semonis is a past recipient of Central Illinois 25 Women in Leadership, primarily due to her involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Her commitment to the community does not stop with St. Jude however.  She has also served on boards and committees for Kiwanis Club of Pekin, United Way, Crime Stoppers, Family House, Pekin Main Street, Susan G. Komen, and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bob J. Haley, Pekin Hospital Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are very excited to have Sherry join our team.  The experience she brings Pekin Hospital is invaluable.  She will truly be an asset in our fundraising efforts.”

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Upcoming Events

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery
July News and Happy July 4th
Concerts in the Vineyard

7/05- Biscuits & Gravy Band
 7/12- Sister Groove & The CTJ 
7/19-  Jammsammich
7/25- Friday, Brushville 
7/26 - Triple Dog Dare

 Festivals & Fundraisers
July and August

7/19- Metec & Mackinaw Vineyard Ride Fundraiser
7/20- Art and Wine Festival 
7/27- Lungevity-THE BATTLE Fundraiser
8/03-Vintage, Vines and Wines Festival

Festivals and Fundraisers Information

M & M Vineyard Ride Fundraiser 
Saturday, July 19, 2014:  8:00 am-12:00 pm

METEC's 2014 Bike Ride is a loop ride that starts and ends at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard & Winery. The M & M Bike ride supports METEC's affordable housing program and financial literacy programs. This ride offers lots of rolling hills, and some flats with distances of 100 kilometer, 40 mile, 30 mile, 15 mile and 5 mile rides. Riders will have the option to participate in a brunch and winery tour and tasting after the ride.
Registration,Schedule and Fees
  • Riders-$40 for Ride, Brunch and Winery Tour and Tasting. Non-riders- $30 for the Brunch and Winery Tour and Tasting.
  • Brunch at 10:30am
  • Winery Tour and Tasting at 11:30 For Registration and fee information email -Mikayla Eldridge at meldridge@metechrc.org or call 309-676-3832 .Check Metec on the web at-www.metecresourcecenter.org
  • Rain or shine the ride will take place. Check-in begins at 6:30am for 100 Kilometer and 40 mile ride which starts at 7:00am and 5, 15, and 30 mile rides starts at 8:00am with check-in at beginning at 7am.

Art and Wine Festival
July 20, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm 

Local artists showcase their talents and sell their art at this free event. The artists invited specialize in oil and water color painting, wood, jewelry, metal work, ceramics and glass. Local car clubs have been invited to display their cars. Wine tasting is featured all day and talented musician Greg Williams will entertain. The kids will have their concrete canvas area to draw and show off their talents at this family friendly event, as well as face painting. Please come out and enjoy this free event and support our local art community.  Rain or Shine in the Pavilion. 

Lungevity-THE BATTLE 

Sunday, July 27, 2:00 pm-8:00 pm

Join the battle against lung cancer at a unique and exciting event

-Battle the obstacles- 
Canoe races
Paintball target shooting
Giant tricycle races  
Blindfolded bag toss
After the BATTLE...head to the pavilion for social hour with snacks and a wine tasting followed by a four course dinner paired with both Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Wines and Rolling Meadows Brewery beers, our friends in Springfield.
The first three courses will be provided by The Catering Company and then enjoy a dessert course of Sweet Temptations signature cupcakes as well as That's So Sweet's mini cheesecakes for dessert! The entire evening will also include live music from Johnny Quest Band who will be playing blues, rockabilly, classic and modern music!  Tickets for event-$50 single, $375 -table of 8, $450-table of 10. For tickets go to: http://events.lungevity.org/site/Calendar?id=100641&view=Detail Follow us on Facebook for event updates and detail or thebattle@lungevity.org. Held- rain or shine.

We wish you all a safe and HAPPY 4th of July and give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy and friendships we share-
All the best, the Hahn family