Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dash at Dusk Raises $12,000 for Pekin Hospital Mission Team

The third annual Dash at Dusk 5K and Kids’ Fun Run raised $12,000 for Pekin Hospital’s upcoming mission trip to the Philippines.

More than 400 runners and walkers participated in the July 10th event that also helped to promote community health and wellness. Andy Bloom was the top male 5K finisher with a time of 16:51. Danielle Walker was the top female 5K finisher with a time of 21:08.

“Thank you to the dedicated runners, walkers, donors, sponsors, hospital employees, and volunteers who helped make this year’s race and after-party so successful,” said Marcy Becker, Dash at Dusk co-coordinator. “Their continued support allows our mission team to help poverty-stricken families in desperate need of medical assistance.”

More than 20 Pekin Hospital physicians, nurses, and employees will take part in this year’s mission trip to the Philippines. Team members hope to treat and assist more than 2,000 patients during their September visit.

Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital has served Tazewell, Peoria, and Mason Counties since 1913. For more information visit

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Weekly Chamber Connection

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Boys and Girls Club of Pekin Yard Sale/Bake Sale Fundraiser

Matt Glavin Named Director of Government Affairs for Illinois American Water

Matt Glavin has been named director of government affairs for Illinois American Water, effective July 20, 2015. In this role, Glavin will represent Illinois American Water at all levels of state government.

Glavin brings more than 15 years of experience in the political and legislative process, most recently serving as deputy director for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Past roles also include serving as chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and deputy press secretary for United States Senator Richard Durbin. Glavin has also served as senior account executive for Jascula Terman & Associates and campaign manager for several campaigns.

“I look forward to the leadership and contributions Matt will make in this new role.  The experience he brings will help ensure continued high-quality, reliable water and wastewater service to our customers,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.

Glavin has a juris doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Illinois Wesleyan University. He serves as a board of director for the Equality Illinois Political Action Committee, vice-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Local Government Committee and previously served on the board of directors for the Illinois Economic Development Association.

Glavin will be headquartered at Illinois American Water’s Chicago Metro District office in Woodridge. He will spend considerable time at the State Capital in Springfield and travel throughout Illinois, working with elected officials across the Company’s service area.

About Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at

Monday, July 27, 2015

July Biz Barometer

Busey Bank Credit and Debit Card Change Seminar

Open Stage Night at the Speakeasy Art Center Presented by Miss Marigold Abbey Carroll

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy Patient Rewards Program

Patient Rewards Program
2nd Quarter 2015
Winners Selected

Ten $25 Gift Card Winners have been selected for the 2nd quarter of 2015 and they are:

Alice M. Cain
Andrew A. Look
Crystal M. Carrithers
Gary Seguin
Dawn M. Hawkins
Joseph Cusack
Kathy Neels
Phillip E. Becker
Terry L. Hendren
and Zachary B. Kirkton

These individuals were chosen from a pool of candidates collected during the months of April, May and June and they had provided us with a valid email address.

If you are one of the lucky, loyal 10 mentioned above, please contact me toll free at 877-348-8500 or via email to collect your gift card.

Past patients that choose to come again or past patients who refer friends and family to Champion for physical therapy, are eligible for this contest.

But, please make sure we have a valid email address on file to contact you. 

Names are collected on a quarterly basis and winners are drawn in April, July, October, and January. The 3rd quarter pool of candidates is already being assembled - those winners will be drawn in October.

"The idea for this promotion came as a result of Champion wishing to thank individuals for having confidence in our abilities to provide outstanding physical therapy to our patients," said owner Jeff Schade.

"Whether that person chose to return to us for their most recent therapy needs, or they recommended someone else to try Champion, we really appreciate the opportunity to help that person or that special someone 'Get Busy Living.'"

Congratulations to our winners! Hopefully, YOUR name will be chosen in OCTOBER, 2015 when our next drawing takes place!!!!

Dr. Charles VanDyke Joins ProHealth Pediatrics

ProHealth Medical Group, Pekin Hospital, and Progressive Health Systems are pleased to announce that Dr. Charles VanDyke is now seeing patients at ProHealth Pediatrics at 3212 Court Street in Pekin, Illinois. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. VanDyke will lead an initiative to improve access to the pediatric acute care needs of the community.
“Now more than ever, busy parents are looking for safe, timely, efficient, and cost-effective care for their children,” he said. “That is ProHealth’s promise to the community we serve. It is a privilege for us to provide an acute care setting that covers a wide range of needs, including allergic reactions, illnesses, lacerations, fractures, sprains, immunizations, and sports physicals.”
Dr. VanDyke received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, and he completed the Pediatrics Residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP) in Peoria, Illinois. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and serves as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UICOMP. He held the position of Chairman for Pekin Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics for 16 years.
“We are very excited to welcome Dr. VanDyke to ProHealth Pediatrics,” said Dawn Moushon, Vice President of Practice Management for ProHealth Medical Group. “Dr. VanDyke has a long history of caring for children in Central Illinois, dating back to his time at the Pekin Pediatric Center during the 1980s. He is well-known and greatly respected throughout the region. We are proud to have him as part of the ProHealth family.”
ProHealth Pediatrics offers locations at 3212 Court Street and 3223 Griffin Avenue in Pekin. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Walk-ins are available at the Court Street location.
Part of Progressive Health Systems, ProHealth Medical Group was established in 1986 as a sister organization of Pekin Hospital. ProHealth offers nine practices throughout the Pekin area, including ProHealth Pediatrics. For more information visit

AAIM Executive Summary Version of Our Most Popular Courses

At AAIM, we strive to provide high quality, relevant training programs that can enhance both you and your business. This one day event will provide you the opportunity to not only participate and learn on four topics of your choice, but it will provide insight into what else AAIM has to offer in the Training/ Organizational Development arena. We hope you find these programs interesting and engaging.

Select Any 4 of These 8 Great Courses

LEGO Serious Play is an innovative, experiential process designed to enhance business performance. This is a proven meeting, communication, and problem-solving methodology in which each participant builds his or her own three-dimensional LEGO model in response to the facilitator's questions.
* 95% Share 
We learn best by example, by sight, by sound, and especially by first-hand experience.  When we are immersed and absorbed in the learning experience - seeing the creativity, experiencing differentiation, and engaging in fun - the lessons and concepts are better absorbed and more likely to be put into action. This workshop will provide insights into that learning environment through a series of scenarios.
* Leading Change 
While most people and organizations enjoy stability and constants; change is an inescapable fact in our lives.  And with that, most people find change threatening and resist it; even positive change.  This workshop is designed to help you know the strategies and techniques that can reduce resistance to change and increase the chances of success for you and your team.
* Negotiating
Professional negotiation is not about beating the other side.  It is about finding a positive winning solution that works long-term for you and those with whom you negotiate.  This workshop will show you how to set aside those stereotypical negotiation tactics and develop new skills using an approach that encourages both sides to build a lasting business relationship. 
* The High EQ Leader
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to recognize and understand the feelings and emotional reactions in one's self and others, then use that information to build better relationships. Ultimately, better relationships translate into better workplaces and more effective organizational performance. This workshop will help you learn more about the components of EQ as a way to increase your leadership skills. 
* Project Management Fundamentals
Project management is the practice of applying general management skills and supporting disciplines to organize and deploy resources in a way that effectively accomplishes project objectives. The techniques presented in this workshop will provide project managers and practitioners with an approach to developing a project plan.
* Personal Productivity
Sharing information with your team is one of the key responsibilities of a people manager.  Everyone can do their job better when all team members are kept informed of priorities, processes, key objectives, and information necessary to their role.  Being 'in-the-know' also contributes to an employee's feeling of being valued and appreciated. This workshop will provide some key skills to put into practice.  
* Assertive Communication Skills 
To be successful in today's challenging workplace, you must be able to speak up, be taken seriously, and not offend others. Whether you are passive or aggressive, this workshop will help you work on building confidence and get your point across without being pushy and overbearing. 

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Tuesday, September 22
7:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Par-A-Dice Hotel & Casino 21 Blackjack Blvd
East Peoria, IL 61611

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Breakfast & Lunch

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Carol House of Hope at the Center for Prevention of Abuse Annual Fish Fry

Friday, July 24, 2015

St. Jude Pekin to Peoria

On Saturday, August 1, 2015, the St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Runners will begin the 33-mile journey leaving from the Avanti’s Dome at 8:00 AM.

New this year is a craft and vendor fair sponsored by the Avanti’s Dome immediately following the Run send-off. Come early to cheer on your St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Runners and stay for the craft and vendor fair held in the Avanti’s Dome. The fair is open from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, and will continue on Sunday, August 2, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Free admission with donation, and this includes a raffle ticket and Avanti’s coupon.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run… the Pekin Runners appreciate your support.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Hiller Automotive3420 Court St.
Pekin, IL 61554
Paul Roccia, Manager
John Hiller, President
Commitment to customer satisfaction makes Hiller Automotive a local leader in tire and automotive services. Serving Springfield, IL for over 40 years and Peoria, IL for more than 20 years, and now serving Pekin, IL withtheir newest location, this company draws customers from communities like Dunlap, IL, Petersburg, IL, Chatham, IL, Taylorville, IL, Rochester, IL, and Riverton, IL. They have three locations at 2595 S. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, 2119 W. Pioneer Pkwy in Peoria, and 3420 Court St. in Pekin. Springfield and Peoria stores are open weekdays 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 3 PM and Pekin is open weekdays 7 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 4 PM.

Weekly Chamber Connection Now Available!

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Hopedale Medical Complex Opening a New Sleep Center

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Assisted Living / Alzheimer Facility Coming to Pekin

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin planned a groundbreaking on Friday, June 26 for a new assisted living and Alzheimer’s facility.  The event was to take place near the southeast corner of Windstar and South 14th Streets, but heavy rains forced the festivities into the Pekin City Council chambers.

This new assisted living facility will be called “The Villas of Holly Brook,” and “Reflections” will be for those with Alzheimer and other forms of dementia.  The facility will create between 40 and 50 jobs.

Pekin Mayor John McCabe praised the city staff, chamber of commerce, and the Economic Development Advisory Committee for working together to bring this facility to Pekin.

Leigh Ann Brown, Pekin's Economic Development Director, noted the continued demand for assisted care and senior housing, and the continued interest in Pekin by companies looking to serve that demographic.  

The Phillips family, owners of Unique Homes in Charleston, Illinois will build the facility.  Chandler Phillips told the audience at City Hall the Pekin facility will be similar to facilities they've built in Morton and Washington.

You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:  http;//

Donuts With The Super Heroes!!!

The Pekin Academy of Fine Arts at The Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin is hosting a Donuts with the Super Heroes on August 1,2015 at 10 AM. Come have donuts with all your favorite Super Heroes including Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Wolverine,Captain America, Batgirl, Harley Quinn,Robin, and Wonderwoman. Donuts are being donated by Dunkin Donuts and there will be plenty of chocolate milk. There will be activities with each Super Hero and plenty of Photo Opportunities! Tickets must be purchased in advance and are limited so email us at to reserve yours.

Bard Optical Chamber Ribbon Cutting and 30 Year Anniversary

Chamber Member Renewals

Thanks to the following employers who renewed their support of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Hanson Professional Services

Classic Members
Advanced Energy Diagnostics
Bridgeway Community Church
Center for Prevention of Abuse
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
Midwest Dental - Pekin
Newman & Ullman, Inc.
Pekin Rotary Club
St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run

Put Pekin On The Map

Businesses with complete listings online are twice as likely to be considered reputable. Find out what your listing looks like when customers search for your business on Google Search and Maps. Visit and type in your business name to get recommendations on how to improve your presence online. Let's Put Pekin #OnTheMap

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ProHealth Medical Group Brings New Surgeon to Pekin

ProHealth Medical Group, Pekin Hospital, and Progressive Health Systems are pleased to welcome Dr. Benjamin Hanshaw to the ProHealth General Surgery Practice in Pekin, Illinois.

Dr. Hanshaw will begin his surgical practice at 600 South 13th Street, Suite I, on August 3, 2015. His background and training include general surgery, laparoscopy, bariatric surgery, endoscopy, surgical critical care, and trauma surgery.

Dr. Hanshaw comes to Pekin from St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, Michigan, where he completed the General Surgery Residency and served as Chief Surgery Resident. He received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois, and a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Genetics and Biotechnology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Dr. Hanshaw is a talented surgeon with a passion for service,” said Chief Executive Officer Bob Haley. “He is committed to our mission of improving the health and well-being of our community. Dr. Hanshaw is a perfect fit for Progressive Health Systems and the people we serve.”

Part of Progressive Health Systems, ProHealth Medical Group was established in 1986 as a sister organization of Pekin Hospital. ProHealth offers nine practices throughout the Pekin area. For more information visit

Monday, July 13, 2015

3 Leadership Principles From The Revolutionary War That Still Apply Today

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On Sunday, January 21, 1776, in a small New England church, Pastor Peter Muhlenberg delivered one of the most dramatic sermons of his career. Muhlenberg’s text for the day was Ecclesiastics 3 where it explains, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted.”

Coming to the end of his sermon, Peter Muhlenberg turned to his congregation and said, “In the language of the holy writ, there was a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away.”  As his congregation looked on, Muhlenberg stepped from behind the pulpit and removed his black robe to reveal the uniform of a military officer. He declared, “There is a time to fight, and that time has now come!”

Outside the church on that chilly New England Sunday morning, drums began to beat while inside 162 men followed Muhlenberg to the back of the church to enlist in the Continental Army.

The following day, 300 men from Muhlenberg’s church followed him off to war. They eventually became the 8th Virginia Brigade fighting for liberty. 

After the war, Muhlenberg continued to serve his country.  He was a member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives not once, but three times. He was also elected to the Senate in 1801.

Peter Muhlenberg’s example helps us to understand 3 essential leadership principles that still apply today.

Good Leaders Inspire Others

At times, leaders use brute force in attempting to inspire their teams by declaring, “We must do this now, so let’s get moving.” This brute force approach does not tap into a team member’s intrinsic or extrinsic motivating stimuli, which causes them to enthusiastically join the effort. They may do what the leaders says, not because they want to, but because they have to. Sales people also attempt to describe what their product is and how well it works without motivating a buyer. Sometimes a different message is needed in order to motivate others. Martin Luther King inspired a movement by describing a dream and President John F. Kennedy rallied the nation to put a man on the moon and return him home safely by casting an inspiring vision.

Peter Muhlenberg didn’t declare what needed to be done, he explained why it had to be done. 300 men in his congregation were so moved by why they should join the Revolutionary cause, they were willing to leave their families to fight the War of Independence.

People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.

Good Leaders Are Willing to Get Out of Their Comfort Zones

Frederick Muhlenberg, Peter’s brother, was against Peter’s level of involvement in the war.  Peter responded to his brother, writing, “I am a Clergyman it is true, but I am a member of the society as well as the poorest layman, and my liberty is as dear to me as any man, shall I then sit still and enjoy myself at home when the best blood of the continent is spilling?”

80% of people live in their comfort zone afraid to step outside the imaginary walls that limit learning and leadership. In their 1908 study, psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dodson discovered that too little anxiety (comfort zone) results in poor performance. Interestingly enough, increased anxiety causes an increase in performance. There is, however, a balance between increased anxiety and extreme anxiety. Much like our comfort zones, extreme anxiety can reduce one’s performance. The Yerkes-Dodson Law indicates performance is maximized when operating in a state of optimal anxiety. Comfort zone leadership stifles potential, limits growth, and nurtures regret.

Max Depree once said, “We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”

Good Leaders Lead by Example

Credibility is one of the most important traits a leader needs to have. People who say one thing and do another fail to earn the credibility necessary to lead others. As a leader, your team, associates, family, and friends are watching all that you do. A leader’s values should align with their actions in every area of his or her life whether at home, at the office in the boardroom, or on the field coaching Little League. A leader’s reputation is determined not by what he says, but by what he does.

Peter Muhlenberg was a great soldier. He became a Major General under Commander-in-Chief George Washington. Baron Steuben, in general orders, requested “General Muhlenberg to accept his very particular thanks for his gallantry and good dispatches. Because of his actions, Muhlenberg was given command of one thousand light infantry. Muhlenberg finished the war strong and is portrayed in a painting displayed in the United States Capitol Rotunda of the surrender of the British at Yorktown. 

Peter Muhlenberg passed away in 1807 at the age of sixty-one.  He was a great patriot as can be seen on his tombstone which reads, “He was Brave in the field, Faithful in the Cabinet, Honorable in all his transactions, a Sincere Friend and an Honest Man.”

Inspire others! Reach for great success by stepping out of your comfort zone and lead by example.

Mark Turner is President/CEO of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce. After 20 years of sales and marketing, he left the corporate world and served 12 years in the ministry as an Associate Pastor before accepting his current position with the Chamber of Commerce.

Hallmark House Business After Hours

Thanks to the staff at Hallmark House for the great Business After Hours on July 9th. It was a perfect evening to be outside enjoying great food and networking with other business and community leaders.  For more pictures from this and other chamber events, visit

Monday, July 6, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Employee Reporting Requirements

Employers with 25 or more Employees Required to File Quarterly - and Monthly- Wage reports effective July 1, 2015
If your company has reported a total of 25 or more employees for the calendar year of 2014, you will be required to file monthly and quarterly electronic wage reports for the period beginning July 2015 and continuing through June 2016. Note that if you had a total of 25 or more employees in 2012 and 2013, you are currently subject to this requirement through June 2015.
Monthly wage reporting is a key tool in fighting fraud and decreasing unemployment insurance tax rates. Please see below guide:
  • Monthly Electronic Reports
    • Required for the first and second months of each quarter: July, August, October, November, January, February, April and May
    • Should contain only employee names, social security numbers and each employee's total wages for the period being reported
    • Unemployment insurance contributions are not calculated or remitted
    • Failure to submit in an electronic format through Illinois TaxNet will result in a penalty.
  • Quarterly Electronic Reports
    • Required for the full quarter, which also covers the filing requirement for the months of September, December, March & June
    • Unemployment insurance contributions are calculated and remitted
  • Failure to submit in required electronic formats - Illinois TaxNet, FSET (through QuickBooks or other vendor software) or FTP (used by large service bureaus or employers) - will result in a penalty
New to TaxNet? Register for a TaxNet account by logging on to:  For a brief explanation on TaxNet, click here.   

SCORE Peoria Announces New Evening Workshops

SCORE Peoria will host two new series of workshops this Fall.  

In September, we will present Simple Steps for Growing Your Business, a 4-part series of workshops designed for small business owners and managers who want to reach the next level of growth and who are seeking assistance and direction in key areas of business management.  Topics covered include business assessment, goal setting, marketing and sales, financial management, and operations.  

And, in October, ICC Professor and SCORE Mentor Joe Gunther will lead a 4-session review and discussion of the best-selling business management and strategy book Good to Great by Jim Collins.  This will be an excellent opportunity for networking and discussion of ideas leading to growth and business improvement.

All workshops will be held on Wednesday evenings at the Fondulac District Library in East Peoria.  Additionally, all workshops are FREE, but registration is required.

Plan now to attend by going to our website at for further information and to register for these workshops.