Monday, December 21, 2015

Pekin Hospital Foundation To Host Farm To Table Dinner

The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner on January 16th 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

Friday, December 18, 2015

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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pekin Hospital Offering Diabetes Education Classes

Pekin Hospital is offering a three-day workshop on diabetes education January 11th-13th 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 13th 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 4th.

Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital offers the community diabetes education workshop four times each year. For more information visit

Monday, December 14, 2015

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 Dividend!  Thank you to members for your continued support, and to CEFCU staff for diligently providing members with superior service to ensure they can reach their financial goals.”  

          Members can learn more about this year’s Extraordinary Dividend from CEFCU’s President/CEO, Mark Spenny, at

          With assets totaling over $5 billion, CEFCU serves over 313,000 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’s Mobile website,; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.

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 26th 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, the Pekin Hospital Foundation provides a direct channel for donors and volunteers to support the mission of improving the health and well-being of the community with love, compassion and extraordinary care.

For more information visit

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).

Friday, December 11, 2015

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

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Check Out This Weeks Chamber Connection!!!

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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 your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately. 
     •        Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire – follow manufacturer instructions closely to avoid a fire hazard. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation, so don’t disturb it. 
     •        Know which areas in your home, such as basements, crawl spaces, unheated rooms and outside walls, are most vulnerable to freezing. 
     •        Eliminate cold air sources near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors. 

When temperatures are consistently at or below freezing: 
     •        Allow a small trickle of water from both your cold and hot water faucets to run overnight to keep pipes and meters from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe.  Replacing a water meter can also cost over $100.  Customers should implement wise water use practices and collect the running water for later use. 
     •        Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing, although be careful to not create a tripping hazard. 

If your pipes do freeze: 
     •        Shut your water off immediately. Don’t attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off, as freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints. 
     •        Apply heat to frozen pipe by warming the air around it or applying heat directly to the pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure to not leave space heaters unattended and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames. 
     •              Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks. 
      If you are going to be away from your home for more than a few days: 
       •         Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check your property to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen. 
       •         Also, a freeze alarm can be purchased for less than $100 and will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees. 

In addition to pipes indoors, customers can help protect their own and their neighbors’ homes by keeping fire hydrants clear of snow. Substantial snow accumulations combined with the after-effects of plowing roads and parking lots can leave fire hydrants partially or completely buried in snow. Clearing hydrants can help firefighters easily locate them and access water quickly, saving valuable time to possibly save lives and structures. 

Also be sure that your water service provider and other utility companies have the correct phone number to reach you in an emergency.  Illinois American Water customers can manage their account information online at My H2O Online.  Customers should also consider following their utility service providers on social media as well to get the latest updates on their computer or smart phone. For more tips and information, visit or follow us at and 

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 3rd, 4th and 5th 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, 5th grader at St. Ambrose Grade School in Godfrey
- "This is what happens with and without water" by Savindi Devmal, 4th Grader at Robeson Elementary School in Champaign
- "No one lives without water" by Carly Clemens, 4th Grader at St. John the Baptist School in Winfield
- "A day without water will cause farmers to lose their crops" by Grace Elizabeth Vahlkamp, 4th Grader at Signal Hill Grade School in Belleville
- "Houses will catch on fire and firefighters will not have water to put them out" by Riley Cady – 3rd Grader at LE Starke Primary School in Pekin
- "No new flowers, no new life and lots of thirst" by Faith Randall – 5th Grader at St Jude Catholic School in Peoria
- "No water means we can't do a lot of daily tasks" by Hailey Bielema – 4th Grader at Washington Elementary School in Sterling
- "A day without water means a lot of things you do is a lot of things you can't do" by Alexa Jacobs – 4th Grader at Sherman Elementary School in Streator

The winning artwork can be viewed on Illinois American Water’s Facebook page and will be featured in a future bill inserts.  The winning students also won their classroom a $100 donation.  


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
La Gondola Spaghetti House
Maurie's Fine Candies
Nonnie's Attic Fabric Shop
The Parlour
Pekin Glass & Mirror
Riviera Tan & Salon
Springleaf Financial Services
Vonderheide Floor Coverings 

Friday, December 4, 2015

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

Thursday, December 3, 2015

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:

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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.