Monday, August 31, 2015

August Biz Barometer

Makeup, Marigolds, & Margaritas Party!!!

Join us on Thursday, September 10 for our Makeup, Marigolds, & Margaritas Party!!!

Pop in and see us between 5:30 and 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015 to enjoy makeup consultations, an inventory reduction sale, drawings for products and services, a cool refreshing beverage and more!

It will be an open house type format. We invite you to stop in before or after your other Marigold Festival activities and head out to your next event ready to look and feel your best! 

RSVP by e-mailing or calling 309-347-2714. 

RSVPs are requested for counting purposes, but not required.

Pekin Hospital Offering Free Pain Management Seminar

Pekin Hospital and Pekin Pain Management Center are hosting a free seminar entitled “The ABCs of Pain” on September 17th at 12 p.m. in the hospital’s Park Court Conference Room, 600 South 13th Street.
The interactive seminar will be presented by John Bookmyer, CEO of Pain Management Group. Dr. Arek Grochowski, a board-certified pain management specialist, will be in attendance to help lead the discussion and answer questions. Seminar topics will include types of pain, treatment options and specialty care.
RSVPs are required to attend the seminar, and lunch will be provided. To register for “The ABCs of Pain,” call 309-353-0410 by 4 p.m. on September 15th.
Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital offers educational programs as part of its ongoing commitment to community health and wellness. For more information visit

Speakeasy Art Center Studio For Rent

We have a 260 Square foot studio/office space coming available on the second floor of The Speakeasy September 1st. This is a prime studio space with internet access and 24 hr access. We also have some smaller areas available. Email us at for information.

Chillicothe Woman is Winner of this year’s Record Breaking Duck Race

The 27th Annual Duck Race, to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse,  took place this afternoon in a way never seen before in previous races. Nearly 27,000 (26,855) ducks came racing down the street leading to Eastside Centre in East Peoria. This year's race broke the previous record of 25,000 ducks in the race. The first ten ducks won their owners some great prizes. The first duck to reach the finish line belonged to Cindy Greene of Chillicothe.  She is the winner of the $5,000 grand prize. Here is a full list of this year’s winners. 

Grand Prize $5,000 Sponsored by Associated Bank  Cindy Greene, Chillicothe IL 

$1,500 Sherman's Gift Card Sponsored by Sherman's  LaRae Muselman Pekin IL

$1,000 Macy’s Gift Card Sponsored by Macy’s Kathy LaHood, Peoria IL

$500 Shoppes at Grand Prairie Gift Card Sponsored by the Shoppes at Grand Prairie Marie Berner, Oak Forest IL

$500 Casey’s General Store Gift Card Sponsored by Casey’s General Store John & Diane Shelton, Washington IL

$500 Kroger Gift Card Sponsored by Kroger Shoshana Stewart-Happach, Pekin IL

$250 Kull Scape Gift Card Sponsored by Kull Scape Landscaping Julie MacFarlane, Edwards IL

$250 Hy-Vee Gift Card Sponsored by Hy-Vee Doris Thomas, Peoria IL

$200 VISA Gift Card Sponsored by Pain Management Group Corrin Harris

$100 Salt Gift Card Sponsored by Salt Rick Miller MD, Tremont IL

$100 Little Caesars Gift Card Sponsored by Little Caesars Jennifer Corey, Hopedale IL

We would like to thank all of the sponsors for making it possible for all of the money raised by this year’s race to go toward The Center’s services and programs. 

The Center for Prevention of Abuse staff would also like to thank everyone from the city of East Peoria for the warm welcome this year. Mayor Dave Mingus, Doug McCarty with Eastside Centre, Rick Swan from the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, the members of the East Peoria Fire Department and so many others helped make this transition seamless. We appreciate all of their support from offering up the facility to the use of fire equipment to help make the race so impressive. 

 “The mission of The Center is to help every woman, man and child live free of violence and abuse,” said Executive Director Carol Merna. “The money raised from this year’s Duck Race will go toward that goal and help build a safe and peaceful community.” 

Those services include helping victims of domestic violence by providing counseling, shelter and other necessary resources. The Center also has programs supporting sexual assault and sexual abuse victims by assisting with orders of protection and providing counseling. Our Adult Protective Services caseworkers investigate and help elders and adults with disabilities that are being abused or neglected. All of the services provided to clients at The Center are free and confidential.  

The Center also offers Prevention Education. The goal of the prevention educators is to teach children, families and professional staff about things to look for to prevent or stop the various forms of abuse. This includes classes about building healthy relationships, body safety, preventing teen dating violence and anti-bullying. The Prevention Education program partners with over 100 schools and agencies to keep children safe. Last year alone, over 28,000 students in 6,000 classrooms heard presentations from The Center’s Prevention Educators. 

SCORE Simple Steps for Growing Your Business: Part 1

Simple Steps for Growing Your Business: Part 1

Wednesday September 9, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM CDT
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Fondulac District Library
400 Richland St.
East Peoria, IL 61611
Driving Directions
As a business grows, there is increased need for organization and knowledgeable management; and the role of the business owner changes as well.

This four-part series of workshops is 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.  
In Part 1, Lee Maki will discuss Business Assessment, Goal Setting and Human Resources.   Subsequent sessions will be held on consecutive Wednesday evenings to complete the series.
All workshops are FREE, but you need to register for each session that you plan to attend.  Click below to register now and reserve your place.

We look forward to having you join us for  this informative event!  

SCORE Peoria

Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following employers who recently renewed their investment in the chamber.

1-Star MVP

Classic Members
Classical Dance Academy
First Community Title Services, Inc.
First State Bank of Illinois
Rescued Hearts Animal Hospital
U.S. Cellular

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hiller Automotive Grand Opening

Hiller Automotive kicked-off their grand opening weekend with a ribbon cutting.  John & Therese Hiller were joined for the ribbon cutting by their Pekin manager, Paul Roccia, their staff, and representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin. 

Commitment to customer satisfaction makes Hiller Automotive a local leader in tire and automotive services. They've served customers from throughout central Illinois in Springfield for over 40 years and in Peoria for more than 20 years.

Hiller Automotive is located at 3420 Court Street in Pekin and is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. They can be reached at 309-282-2202 or

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital Recognize Board of Trustees

Leaders from Progressive Health Systems and Pekin Hospital officially announced the new Board of Trustees for 2015-2016. Board members were recognized at a reception on August 25th.

The Board is responsible for governing all organizations within Progressive Health Systems, including Pekin Hospital, the Pekin Hospital Foundation and ProHealth Medical Group. Board membership for 2015-2016 is as follows:
  • Ronald H. Miller, Chairman
  • Dr. James R. Smalley, Vice Chairman
  • Delores M. Eagleson, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Dr. Gordon L. Cross, Medical Staff President
  • Rusty L. Dunn
  • Curtis A. Eeten
  • Ross J. Gould
  • Maria C. Hornstein
  • Dr. F. Nani Moazzam\
  • Jason W. Proehl
  • Dirk W. Roecker
In addition to announcing the new Board, Progressive Health Systems and Pekin Hospital recognized departing Board members Michael J. Tibbs (Immediate Past Chairman), Andrew J. Sparks (Past Chairman), Edward D. Sirotak and Dr. Eric V. Reinertson for their years of service.
“It is an honor to welcome our new Board and to say thank you to our retiring members,” said Chief Executive Officer Bob Haley. “The Board plays a vital role in guiding the future of Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems. The members’ leadership and dedication help us to fulfill our mission of improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve.” 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

McDonald's Grand ReOpening

After three-and-a-half months the newly-built McDonald's opened today at 1013 Court Street. The old building was closed and torn down in early May. Local franchise owners Scott & Kristi Bandy were joined by representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin for a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new store. The new store includes updated landscaping and the latest ordering systems and digital menu boards.  You can see more pictures from this event at: 

Welcome to our Newest Member!

Sport Clips 
3562 Court st. 
Pekin, IL 61554 
Matt Wrenn, Owner
Amanda Piscaglia, Manager
Sport Clips! Where it is good to be a guy! Their goal is to create a championship haircut experience for men and boys in an exciting sports environment. They are the home of the MVP with their legendary steam towel, pressure point shampoo & neck/shoulder massage.

Cosmetic Skin Center of Central Illinois Makeup, Marigolds & Margaritas

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fashion For Passion

Join us in a funfilled evening, with lots great door prizes. We are showcasing styles from local designer JL Productions, Miche Purses, and others. 
Tickets are just $10 each and 100% of tickets sales are given to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life! 

Welcome to our Newest Member!

Liberty Mutual Insurance7714 N. Grand Prairie Dr. 
Peoria, IL 61615
Dale Bailey, Branch Manager
Liberty Mutual offers quality and affordable auto, home, and life insurance as well as annuities. Call Dale and get a free quote today!

Duck Tagging and Sandbagging Wednesday Night for Duck Race

The 27th Annual Duck Race to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse is almost here, but there is still work to be done to get the little racers ready for competition.

Volunteers will be tagging all of the ducks with individual numbers this Wednesday night from 6-8pm at Eastside Centre in East Peoria. Each duck’s number will correlate with someone’s name who bought it for the race. After each duck is tagged, they will all be placed into the back of a Caterpillar dump truck.  On race day, the ducks will be dumped onto a giant slip-n-slide and they will race down the street leading to Eastside Centre.

During the duck tagging event, other volunteers will be filling sandbags for the slip-n-slide. 500 sandbags are needed to hold the race track in place on race day. The bags will be filled and placed on pallets for use.

The 27th annual Duck Race is this Saturday, August 29. Activities begin at noon and the duck race kicks off at 2pm. Thanks to our sponsors, all of the money raised from the sale of the rubber ducks goes directly to fund services and programs at The Center for Prevention of Abuse. The dollars help fulfill The Center’s mission to help women, men and children live free from violence and abuse.

The winner of this year’s Duck Race will walk away with $5,000. There are also many other great prizes to be awarded. Ducks can be purchased by visiting our website They will be on sale through Saturday morning or until all 30,000 ducks are sold.

WHAT: Duck tagging and sandbagging for the 27th Annual Duck Race

WHERE: Eastside Centre in East Peoria on the basketball courts

WHEN: Wednesday, August 26 from 6-8pm

WHO: Representatives from The Center for Prevention of Abuse will be available for interviews

Women's Marigold Golf Results

The 17 teams who participated in the 2015 Women’s Marigold Golf Outing enjoyed a beautiful day on Saturday, August 22.  Pictures of the teams can be seen at
The Hole Contests Winners…

  • Hole 3 – Long Putt – Donna Deverman  (Waterford Crystal donated by Pekin Insurance)
  • Hole 5 – Long Putt – Jane Seiler (Red Lobster Gift Card & gift bag donated by UniQue Personnel Consultants)
  • Hole 10 – Closest To The Pin – Lynn Decker (dozen golf balls donated by Dr. Timm Schwartz)
  • Hole 12 – Long Drive – Angie LaMere (golf for 4 @ Parkview Golf Course)
  • Hole 17 – Closest to the Pin – Merry Willock (dozen golf balls donated by Pekin Insurance)

1st Flight
Donna Peterson
Jane Seiler
Kristen D'Alfonso
Lynn Decker
Marie Antonini
Shirley Barker
Peggy Avery
Linda Watts
Becky Rankin
Donna Deverman
Doris McClintock
Cindie McCoy
2nd Flight
Della Eeten
Merry Willock
Lucy Elliott
Kathy Harris
Linda Fletcher
Darlene Johnson
Jean Provin
Angie LaMere
Nan Wise
Sharon Rearden
Jane Butts
Debbie Simon
3rd Flight
Joy Wojtas
Holly Brown
Bessie Parks
Jan Connell
Linda Selburg
Frances Graham
Kris Segneri
Juanita McNess
Manda Brown
Grace Ortega

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Upcoming Events

There are many great events coming up at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. Check out their full list of events at

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pekin Hospital Foundation to Host Jewels & Jeans Gala

The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host the 2015 Jewels & Jeans Gala on September 26th at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria starting at 6 p.m. The annual event is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser each year.
The Jewels & Jeans Gala will include live music from New Odyssey, silent auction items, a wine pull, a photo booth and a caricature artist. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Pekin Hospital’s surgical waiting area construction project.
The approximately 3,500-square-foot surgical waiting area will be located on the second floor of Pekin Hospital to accommodate family members and visitors of surgery patients. Project completion is scheduled for October of 2015.
Individual tickets for the Jewels & Jeans Gala are $150, and tables of 10 are $1,500. To make a reservation contact Director of Development Sherry Semonis at 309-353-0983 or
Part of Progressive Health Systems, the Pekin Hospital Foundation provides a direct channel for donors and volunteers to support Pekin Hospital’s mission of improving the health and well-being of the community with love, compassion and extraordinary care.

For more information visit

Weekly Chamber Connection Now Available

You can check out this weeks Chamber Connection here!!!


Emma Vandeveer, Vice President Marketing and Sales at South Side Trust and Savings Bank in Peoria, IL, was reappointed to the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) 2015-2016 Communications and Marketing Committee by IBA President and CEO Linda Koch.

As a member of the Committee, Vandeveer will review IBA communication vehicles such as the Illinois Banker magazine, e-newsletters and the website; and makes recommendations for the enhancements and improvements, while providing feedback on IBA communications practices.  The Committee also reviews the IBA’s public relations efforts and suggests ways for the IBA to better sever as a resource to its members.

The Illinois Bankers Association, the voice of Illinois’ banking industry, is a full-service trade association dedicated to creating a positive business climate that benefits the entire banking industry and the communities they serve.  Founded in 1891, the IBA brings together state and national banks that together employ well over 100,000 people in nearly 5,000 offices across the state.  The IBA is proud of its diverse membership, serving all sizes of financial institutions from the smallest community bank in the state to the largest national bank in the country.  Illinois headquartered banks and savings institutions safeguard more than $341.5 billion in deposits and extend more than $225.8 billion in loans to consumers and businesses.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $660 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 12 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin.  South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria. 

Peoria Yellow Checker Cab and Peoria Limousine are pleased to announce the addition of Justin Emery

Peoria Yellow Checker Cab and Peoria Limousine are pleased to announce the addition of Justin Emery as VP of Operations and Business Development. Justin brings a background in financial services and management to the team, as they continue to grow their operations and improve the customer experience. Justin is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a native of Pekin. 

Traffic Signal Change

Starting September 1st, the traffic signals at the intersection of Capitol Street and Court Street and the intersection of North 4th Street and Court Street will be switched to flashing red for all directions.  This will make each intersection an all-way stop.  This change will be in effect for a 90-day study period.  After the 90-day study period the City of Pekin will determine if the traffic signals should be permanently removed.  Comments and concerns will be accepted in writing at:  Pekin Public Works, Pekin City Hall, 111 S. Capitol.  Click here to download a printable version of this map and document.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who recently renewed their investment in the mission of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Classic Members
Ferguson Plumbing LLC
Gailey Eye Clinic, Pekin
Peoria Area Association of Realtors
Tazewell County Area Education

Individual Member
James Jones

The Learning Workshop

Budgets are tight, there is a war for talent, and experiential learning opportunities are rare. That’s why our friends at AAIM have responded by designing The Learning Workshop, where you’ll engage in four condensed offerings from a robust menu of nine elite presenters.

To strengthen the businesses in our region, please support The Learning Workshop by learning about it, spreading the word through social media, and ultimately attending with coworkers.

Registration is a cinch online, and by using our promo code “pekinchamber” you’ll get a rate of $199. That saves you $100.

See you there!

Friday, August 14, 2015

August Puttin' On Pekin

Seventy-Four chamber members and guests attended the August 14th Puttin' On Pekin breakfast held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Jay Hall (Excalibur Seasoning) gladly accepted the early prize, while Jon Rogers (The Federal Companies) reluctantly accepted the late prize. John Franks accepted the Spotlight on Business Award on behalf of Peoria Limousine, Ron & Melanie Matthews accepted the Blue Ribbon Award for cleaning up a property on South Second Street, and Greg Ranney accepted the Sunshine Award on behalf of the United Way of Pekin. Wendy Ferrill, the Tazewell County Administrator, gave an update on the activities of the Tazewell County government offices. The next Puttin' on Pekin breakfast will be October 9th at the Speakeasy Art Center in downtown Pekin.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Unique Personnel Welcomed

Representatives of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Unique Personnel Consultants to the chamber.  Donna Clancy accepted the chamber membership plaque on behalf of Unique Personnel Consultants.  With an office in Peoria, Unique Personnel Consultants is a full-service staffing agency dedicated to helping people find the job they are looking for. They have a variety of employment opportunities, including temporary, temp to perm and permanent positions.  You can find more information on their website:

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Liberty Village Business After Hours

Thanks to the employees at Liberty Village in Pekin (Pekin Manor, Pekin Estates, Bounce Back) who hosted a great Business After Hours on August 6th. Chamber members and their guests enjoyed food and drink from Kouri's and a chance to win door prizes.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Illinois American Water Announces 2015 Firefighter Grant Program

Program offered to fire departments in communities served by Illinois American Water

Illinois American Water is accepting applications for its 2015 Firefighter Grant Program. Through this program, the company provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas.

According to Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water, the Firefighter Grant Program is another opportunity for Illinois American Water to support fire protection efforts.  He said, “This program allows our team to build on our partnership with our local heroes and contribute to their hard work.  Since 2010, this program has awarded approximately $318,000 in over 295 grants to our community firefighters.”

The maximum grant amount is $1,000. Fire departments-districts are eligible for one grant per calendar year.  Only uniformed professional and volunteer fire departments serving Illinois American Water’s service territory are eligible to receive funding. Grants of up to $1,000 will be considered to cover the costs associated with the following:
·        Personal protective gear
·        Communications equipment
·        Firefighting tools
·        Water handling equipment
·        Training and related activities/materials used to support community fire protection
·        Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including training manuals and workbooks

Fire departments should send a letter of application postmarked by Sept. 8, 2015 with the following information:
·        Description of the organization(s) seeking support
·        Overview of specific project to be funded and grant amount requested
·        Community problem/challenges that the project will address
·        Timeframe for implementation of project
·        Summary of other sources being approached for support of project
·        Project budget

Applications can be emailed to Karen Cotton, manager of external affairs, at