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23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


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Welcome To Our Newest Member!

TLC Fosters 27 Wilshire Wood Drive  Mackinaw, IL 61755  309-453-9080  Crystal Coan , President Timothy Coan, Vice-President Shannon Seiss Stacie Gallagher  TLC is a foster based animal rescue.

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Pekin Hospital Foundation To Host Farm To Table Dinner

The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner on January 16 th at Pekin Hospital. The event will feature dinner from the Harvest Cafe, and proceeds will benefit the hospital’s Pediatric Unit.  Individual tickets for the Farm to Table Dinner are $100. To make a reservation contact Director of Fund 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 .

Hopedale Medical Complex Joins New BCBSIL Plan Network

Hopedale Medical Complex is pleased to announce that HMC and its physicians were recently invited to join the NEW Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Illinois Blue Choice Preferred Plan which will be effective January 1, 2016. Hopedale Hospital and its physicians are all now in network with all Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois plans with the exception of HMO plans. We are pleased to be able to continue to serve you with their outstanding Blue Cross Blue Shield products. For more information on Hopedale Medical Complex or questions regarding insurance, please call 309.449.4937.

Pekin Hospital Offering Diabetes Education Classes

Pekin Hospital is offering a three-day workshop on diabetes education January 11 th -13 th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The interactive sessions will take place in the 4-South Education Classroom on the hospital’s campus at 600 South 13 th Street. Workshop topics include nutrition, medication, exercise and healthy habits. The registration fee is $75, and class sizes are limited. Each paid participant is allowed to bring a guest at no additional charge. Registration is required by calling 309-353-0719 no later than January 4 th . Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital offers the community diabetes education workshop four times each year. For more information visit . 

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Membership Renewals

Thank you to the following employers who renewed their financial investment in the mission of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce: 1-Star MVPs Avanti's Ristorante Peoria Chiefs Community Baseball Club Timbercreek Rehab and Health Care Classic Members Automotive Machine, Inc. Baumgarten Distributors River Valley Mechanical Services Speakeasy Art Center Lloyd Orrick

New Year's Eve at Mashies!



For the second consecutive year a $40 million Extraordinary Dividend was recently announced by CEFCU’s Board of Directors and distributed to the Credit Union’s member/owners.  The amount each member will receive was determined by dividends earned and interest paid during the first 11 months of the year, as of November 30, 2015.  On December 10, funds were deposited to members’ Savings accounts.                        Over the last 16 years, CEFCU has returned $155 million in Extraordinary Dividends to members.  CEFCU Board Chairman, Joe Needham, stated, “CEFCU’s strong financial results and continued member loyalty have made another large Extraordinary Dividend available for members.”             Mark Spenny, CEFCU President/CEO, added, “CEFCU is a credit union; a member-owned financial cooperative.  Operating as such allows CEFCU to share the benefits of a strong year with members…and, again this year, those great financial results allowed for a $40 million Extraordinary Divi

Pekin Hospital Foundation Gala Raises $80,000 For Surgical Waiting Area Project

The Pekin Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2015 Jewels & Jeans Gala raised more than $80,000 for Pekin Hospital’s Surgical Waiting Area project. More than 250 members of the community attended this year’s Gala, which took place on September 26 th at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria. The annual event is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser each year. “Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Gala this year, and thank you for your continued support of the Pekin Hospital Foundation,” said Chief Executive Officer Bob Haley. “Your generosity helps Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems provide quality care and service throughout the region. The funds raised from this year’s event helped us to complete our beautiful new Surgical Waiting Area.” The new 3,500-square-foot Surgical Waiting Area is located on the second floor of Pekin Hospital to accommodate family members and visitors of surgery patients. Part of Progressive Health Systems, t

HWC’s Wellness is YOU Campaign to Kick-Off 1/1/16

The Hopedale Wellness Center (HWC) is launching its Wellness is YOU campaign on January 1, 2016. The new campaign will promote and educate area citizens about wellness and healthy lifestyles. Its goal is transform lives in social, mental and physical ways using the services and amenities that are offered at the Wellness Center. In addition, new membership pricing will be available beginning January, 1, 2016. These prices are designed to appeal to all different types of families and individuals. Hopedale Wellness Center will be offering special family programs, personal training opportunities, group fitness classes and aquatics classes/lessons throughout the year. Hopedale Wellness Center is committed to promoting outstanding healthcare, healthy lifestyles, health education, and wellness. Visit to learn more about the services offered at Hopedale Wellness Center. We are located on Route 122 East, just 10 miles south of Morton, off Interstate 155 (Exit 19

December Puttin' On Pekin Recap

Bailey Haynes provided holiday music entertainment to over 80 chamber members and guests who attended the December 11th Puttin' On Pekin breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Rich Jordan was the first to arrive and won the Early Prize, while Deb Mahoney earned the Late Prize. Both of these prizes were sponsored by Malinda Grafelman and Pet Supplies Plus. The Blue Ribbon Award was presented to Jeff Brooks from the Pekin Public Library for their remodeling project. The Sunshine Award was presented to Lynn Johnson from the Pekin Outreach Initiative. Nine people won prize packages valued at over $300 as part of the big year end door prize drawing: Dennis Short, Greg Ranney, Mike Hamilton, Rich Jordan, Mickey Shemansky, Melanie Riley, Nancy Morris, Linda Reader and Rhonda Hodges.  You can see pictures of all the winners and more at

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Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Prepare for Cold Weather

– Illinois American Water is advising homeowners to make sure their homes are prepared for winter weather. The Company is providing tips to prevent frozen pipes and meters as well as to ensure access to fire hydrants for public safety.  “Following recent harsh winters, we want to remind customers that sub-freezing temperatures for an extended period can cause pipes in vulnerable areas to freeze and burst and result in costly damage,” said Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk. “By taking the proper preventive steps, customers can avoid worrying about frozen pipes and making expensive repairs to damaged plumbing inside and outside of the home.” Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping. Illinois American Water encourages residents to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting pipes.    Before frigid weather sets in:       •        Know the location of y

Mashie's 5th Annual "Women For A Cause" Ladies Night Out!


Illinois American Day Without Water Contest Pekin Winner Prize Awarded

This October, Illinois American Water invited 3 rd , 4 th and 5 th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area to participate in an “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest.  The contest was held in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s national event to raise awareness about the value of water service. “It’s hard to imagine even just one day without water. We need water to make a cup of coffee, grow fruits and vegetables, and manufacture nearly every product we use in our daily lives. While essential, few people understand the fundamental value of water and the systems that bring water to and from homes and businesses all day, every day,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water. Artwork was received from across the state and winners include: -  " With no water houses will burn down" by Ruby Pruitt, 5 th grader at St. Ambrose Grade School in Godfrey - "This is what happens with and without water" by Savindi Devmal, 4 th

Small Business Saturday Winners Announced

Congratulations to Julie Nash and Charlotte Smith who won the drawing for the Small Business Saturday promotion sponsored by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pekin Daily Times.  They each received $250 in gift certificates that can be spent at the 18 participating businesses.  Shoppers were encouraged to register at the participating businesses and then all of the entries went into a random drawing for the two grand prizes.  Participating businesses included: Biggs New & Used Furniture Classical Dance Academy Cornerstone Services Debbie Fornoff Interior Design & Draperies Fancy Paws Grooming Flashmugz Photo Booth Rentals Hamm's Furniture Kountry Nook Gift & Craft Mall Kouri's La Gondola Spaghetti House Maurie's Fine Candies Neil's Nonnie's Attic Fabric Shop The Parlour Pekin Glass & Mirror Riviera Tan & Salon Springleaf Financial Services Vonderheide Floor Coverings 

Winter Wonderland Holiday Show at Pekin Park District


Winter Camp At Pekin Park District


Artistic Community Theater Celebrates

Member of the Artistic Community Theater of Pekin gathered for a ribbon cutting to celebrate their recent membership in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.  The ribbon cutting was held at the Speakeasy Art Center where the group will perform their production of Every Christ Story Ever Told (and then some!) as a dinner show on Friday, December 11th.  There will also be a matinee on December 12th at 2pm at the Pekin Public Library.

Wolf Tesar Celebrates Move

Wolf Tesar and Company celebrated the grand opening of their new location at 1415 Valle Vista with a ribbon cutting on December 3.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce joined the owners and employees of Wolf Tesar for the ribbon cutting picture.  Afterwards, Wolf Tesar employees hosted the chamber's December Business After Hours and received congratulations from many of their clients and members of the Pekin business community.  You can see more pictures from this event at

Large Crowd Attends Lunch 'n Learn

Over 60 chamber members and guests attended the December 3rd Lunch 'n Learn held at the Avanti's Dome.  Kimberly A. Sarff, an attorney with Quinn Johnston presented an employment law update, focusing on several changes that will take affect in 2016.   You can see a few more pictures on the chamber page at:

Jimmy Johns New Location on Court Now Open - Broadway Location is Temporarily Closed for Remodel

The new Jimmy Johns building located at 2925 Court St. is now open and ready for business!!! The Jimmy Johns located at 1631 Broadway is currently closed for remodeling. Deliveries are available through the Court St. location. You can reach them at 309-353-4900.

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Hopedale Medical Complex Hiring Event