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Speakeasy Art Center Upcoming Events More info can be found at   and SEP 30 Young Artist Class Every Tuesday for 6 weeks the kids will meet and create and then have an exhibit show to show off their work. Email for more info 4:00pm SEP 30 Kindermusik Move & Groove- There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit for more info 5:00pm SEP 30 Kindermusik Laugh & Learn There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit for more info 6:00pm OCT 01 Kindermusik Sing & Play There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit for more info 10:00am OCT 01

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ICPR Family Practice Presents...Jingle the Night Away


ICPR Family Practice Seminar


Join Us For The World's Largest Earthquake Drill

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging all Illinoisans to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on October 16, 2014, at 10:16 a.m. The goal of this “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill is to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois, across the country and around the world. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is held on the third Thursday of October each year as part of a large-scale ShakeOut involving millions of participants from more than 40 states and territories and several other countries. To date almost 21 million people have registered worldwide. Nearly 290,000 of those registrants are Illinoisans. Some of the worst earthquakes in the U.S. occurred during the winter of 1811-1812 when earthquakes shook the Mississippi River Valley along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The series of at least three magnitude 7 or greater earthquakes changed the landscape of the Central U.S. If earthquakes of similar magnitude happened today, their eff

Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Sept. 27, 2014 Illinois American Water encourages customers to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal.  Both flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged. The event is Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Collection sites participating in this event can be located by visiting “This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off any unused or expired medications,” said Karla Olson Teasley, Illinois American Water president.  “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our landfills and water supplies as w

Weekly Chamber Connection

Don't forget to check out the Weekly Chamber Connection at: *In the New Member section there are two corrections: Creative Expressions is located at 122 S. 14th St. not 122 Court St. Sheila Walker is the Mortgage Originator at First State Bank of IL not the Owner

2014 Pekin Winter Wonderland Parade

The Pekin Winter Wonderland Committee would like to invite you to join us for our annual Winter Wonderland Festival Parade on Sunday, November 30, 2014. This year’s theme is “Frozen”. Come and show off your business, organization or group for holiday spectators while you meet members of the community, schools and businesses during this holiday tradition. By entering the parade, you will be competing for a $100.00 cash prize. The winner will be chosen by the Grand Marshall  before the parade starts and awarded the cash prize at the Opening Ceremonies on the Pavilion Patio after the parade ends at approx 5:00 p.m. Date:                     Sunday, November 30, 2014 Time:                    2:30 p.m. Line-up/judging begins 3:30 p.m. Parade begins at 9th and Broadway                               Following the parade the Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Pavilion in Mineral Springs Park with Fireworks, Carolers, Carriage Rides, Sing a longs, Refreshments and SANTA.

September Biz Barometer

Pekin's sales tax receipts continue to lag behind the rest of the county in September, and the region's employment numbers were down in July.  However real estate sales are generally up over the previous year. L  Pekin's September sales tax disbursement from the state was down just 0.2% compared to the same month a year ago.  The 3-month running average was down 1.5% and the 12-month running average was down 10.1% compared to the same periods one year ago. J  The remaining three large Tazewell County communities showed growth in their September disbursements from the state, compared to a year ago.  East Peoria was up 1.5%, Morton was up 2.1%, and Washington was up 11.0%. J   September sales tax disbursements for the four large Tazewell County communities as a whole, were up 2.4% compared to September of 2013. That continues a positive trend: the 3 month running average is up 6.0% and the 12-month running average is up 1.9% compared to the same periods one year ago.

Ferguson Plumbing Ribbon Cutting

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Craig Ferguson and Ferguson Plumbing to the chamber with a ribbon cutting.   Ferguson Plumbing LLC has technicians who are available in your area and who’ll assess your problem, give you a free estimate, and find a solution that stays within your budget. They are locally owned, fully licensed and insured, and dedicated to excellent customer service.  Ferguson Plumbing can be reached at 262-4914 or on the web at

Weekly Chamber Connection

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October Trivia Night! Get Your Teams Ready!

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Pekin Main Street To Host Friday Night Family Fest on this Friday, September 12th

When : 5-9:30PM Where : Downtown Pekin, around the courthouse on Court, Capitol, and Elizabeth Streets Description : Pekin Main Street will once again host their Friday Night Family Fest in the streets of downtown Pekin, rescheduled from last Friday due to inclement weather. Sponsored by Herget Bank, Pekin Insurance, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, and the Pekin Area Visitor’s Bureau, this event for all ages will include food, music, and the third and final round of Pekin’s Got Talent. The sale and consumption of alcohol at this family-friendly event is strictly prohibited. Food Vendors Include : Papa Murphy’s, Deep Fried Delights, Maui Wowi, Haddad’s and Haddad’s on Main, Jeff’s Snack Shack, Mashies, Corn Belt Concessions, and the Alzheimer’s Association (strawberry shortcake). Pepsi products will be sold by Pekin Main Street. Pekin’s Got Talent (7-9PM) : 24 Acts, 14 contestants. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third-place prize recipients ($300, $200, and $100

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Upcoming Events at the Speakeasy Art Center

Speakeasy Art Center September 2014 events SEP 02 Kindermusik Move & Groove, Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois  5:00pm SEP 02  Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 6:00pm SEP 03  Kindermusik Sing & Play Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 10:00am SEP  03  Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 11:00am SEP 03  Crafty Kids Club Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 4:30pm SEP 03  Open Mic Night Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 7:00pm SEP 04 Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 11:00am SEP 04 Canvas & Cocktails with Terri Gambetti Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 7:00pm SEP 08  Open Watercolor With Erica Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 5:30pm SEP 09 Young Artist Class Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinoi


Goodwill of Central Illinois and Bergner’s will hold their semiannual donation drive beginning Wednesday, September 17 through Saturday, October 4. 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 17, 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 17 through September 23 and again October 2 through October 4. 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 peop

Six Record Setting Months at Peoria International Airport

The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA), has logged its sixth consecutive month of record high passenger numbers for the year. August brought 55,856 travelers through PIA’s terminal, a 7% increase from the same month in 2013. Similar records were set at PIA in March, April, May, June and July of 2014. “The steady and sustained passenger growth shows that demand is increasing for air travel at PIA. The Peoria International Airport continues to serve as the preferred choice for Central Illinois travelers, and beyond,” said Gene Olson, Director of Airports. “We have a top-notch facilities, competitive fares, expanded free parking, and great nonstop service. We are continuously looking for ways to make our patrons’ travel experience even better, and we are looking forward to continuing to develop and serve the region in the best ways possible,” added Olson. June 2014 had the highest passenger count in the Airport’s history. Thus far in 2014, PIA has seen more than

Mashie's Pub Tuesday Night Dinner Special!


Pekin Pain Center Opens

Congratulations to Arek Grochowski, M.D. who recently opened the Pekin Pain Management Center in Pekin Hospital.  The Pekin Pain Management Center treats acute and chronic pain, including neck, back, shingles pain and headaches.  They are located in Suite K on the 2nd floor of the Medical Office Building at 600 S. 13th.  You can reach them at 353-0721.  You can see more pictures at:


South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., welcomes Angie Menefee as a full service Mortgage Loan Consultant specializing in all aspects of the home buying process .  Menefee has worked in the banking industry for 29 years.  She attended Illini Bluffs High School and Illinois Central College.  Menefee is involved in fundraising for the Tuscarora Fire Department, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Peoria Area Renegades Rugby Club.  She currently resides in Bartonville with her husband and daughter. Her son is a United States Marine, and Menefee is a proud supporter.             Menefee works with Conventional, FHA, VA, Rural Development and Construction loans.  She has worked with different grant programs, including IHDA, City of Peoria, and Down Payment Plus.  Menefee specializes in first time homebuyers – giving the customer choices, looking at all options, and explaining the process so the custome

Welcome To Our Newest Member!

Yesterday's Bar & Grill 363 Court St.  Pekin, IL 61554 309-346-3255 Jim Schramm , owner Joy Schramm , owner Yesterday's Bar & Grill is a neighborhood tradition. It is a quaint and friendly place to eat, and has been locally owned and operated since 1994. Start your meal with one of their delicious appetizers like Toasted Ravioli or Buffalo Wings. For the main course, they offer a full menu as well as gourmet sandwiches and salads. Choose from such taste tempting choices as Hand Cut USDA Choice Steaks, Fish & Shrimp Combo, Chicken Breast, and Pork Tenderloin.