Showing posts from January, 2016

Tazewell County on Best Places to Get A Mortgage List

SmartAsset , a New York financial technology company, recently released their second annual study on the Best Places to Get a Mortgage . The study determines the top markets by comparing the likelihood of mortgage approval by county, in addition to mortgage rates, average five-year borrowing costs, and property taxes. Tazewell County cracked the list at number 7 in Illinois, up from 28 in 2015. Check out the table below to see how Tazewell County compares to the leaders in Illinois: Rank County Loan Funding Rate 5 Year Borrowing Costs Property Tax Annual Mortgage Payment Best Mortgage Markets Index 1 Wabash, IL 62.50% $76,807 $20,605 $14,436 43.04 2 Menard, IL 77.24% $77,323 $24,653 $14,539 37.01 3 Scott, IL 68.57% $77,323 $18,758 $14,539 36.30

Weekly Chamber Connection

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Pekin Area Network Welcomes Andrew Lockwood

Pekin Area Network is pleased to announce our newest member, Andrew Lockwood. Andrew is a Mortgage Lender with Regions Bank, working out of the Peoria, East Peoria and Morton Branches, but servicing all of the Central IL region,  including Pekin. We look forward to learning more about Andrew and Regions Bank. Pekin Area Network (PAN) is a business group designed to help businesses grow through referrals and exclusive representation. Word of mouth is proven as one of the most powerful sales strategies in business. Referrals are provided between members within the network. Pekin Area Network meets most Fridays, at Trouble Free Plumbing, Inc located at 802 Willow in Pekin. Meetings run from 7:30am until 8:30am. For more information regarding PAN please visit our Facebook page or contact the current President Mickey Shemansky at

Julie Antonini Recognized as a "Team BeachBody Success Club All Star"

Teresa Mack - Independent Beachbody Coach congratulates Julie Antonini, a member of her Team ‪ #‎ CrushingCoaches , as she was recently recognized, at The Chicago Super Saturday, as a "Team Beachbody Success Club All Star". In the world of Beachbody, this is a very proud accomplishment! What this means is that Julie has helped at least 3 people each month, for the last 12 months in a row, to make healthy changes in their lifestyle. Teresa and her Team of Coaches run mon thly online "Challenge Groups" in an effort to offer Customer's support, keep them motivated and accountable, and to share fitness tips and healthy recipes. If you're ready to make a healthy change to your lifestyle, call or message one of us today! Current Team #CrushingCoaches are listed as follows: Teresa Mack, Julie Antonini, Linda Ten Haken, Bill Calvert, Melida Heien, Lisa Strobridge, Bridgette Angelo, Dakota Salem, Blake Bussell, Ashley Antonini, Stacy Bolen, Dawn DePeugh, Cathy G

Superbowl at Mashie's Pub!


Pekin Hospital Welcomes New Director Of Medical Staff Affairs

Pekin Hospital and Progressive Health Systems are pleased to announce Carrie Lijewski as the new Director of Medical Staff Affairs and Risk Management Compliance Officer. In this position she will be responsible for medical staff functions related to credentialing, practice evaluation and risk management issues. Prior to joining Pekin Hospital, Lijewski served as Director of Quality, Risk and Safety at St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator, Illinois and Chief Operating Officer at Mendota Community Hospital in Mendota, Illinois. Her years of risk management experience include leading projects for Joint Commission accreditation, Illinois Department of Public Health compliance, readmission reduction and infection control. Lijewski received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in health service administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, a Certified Professional in Patient Safety and a Lean / Six Sigma Gr

January Biz Barometer


Mi Ranchito Ribbon Cutting

Mi Ranchito Bar & Grill recently celebrated their opening at 2217 Court Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  New owners Jennifer and Enrique Lopez were joined by representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and Pekin City Councilman Michael Ritchason.  Mi Ranchito specializes in Mexican fare and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Their extensive new menu can be seen on their Facebook page and includes a children's menu and lunch specials.  They can be reached at 201-3603.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

2016 Women's Leadership Academy

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Welcome To Our Newest Member!

Neighborhood House Association 1020 S. Matthew St. Peoria, IL 61605 309-674-1131 or 309-346-5237 Becky Rossman , CEO  Roberta Simpson , Development Director Diane Broe , HR Director Randy Keller , Finance Director Karen Long , Senior Nutrition Director Lynne Masters, Senior Nutrition Manager  Neighborhood House offers an array of programs that provide critical short-term relief to diverse communities, while facilitating long-term recovery. The largest program is Meals on Wheels to seniors in Tazewell and Peoria Counties. Through Critters Meals on Wheels they provide pet food to seniors who need help taking care of their pets. Their childcare center is one of the oldest in Peoria, providing care for infants through 12 years old and summer camp. They also have a variety of community outreach programs including summer and after school meals programs for children, a food pantry, diaper and formula pantry, coat giveaway, and several Christmas programs.

Allegra Envelopes


2016 Women's Leadership Academy

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Papa Murphy's February Deals!


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Pekin Hospital Now Offering 3D Mammography at Women’s Diagnostic Center

The Women’s Diagnostic Center at Pekin Hospital is now offering 3D mammography for breast cancer screenings. Also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography produces detailed images that help radiologists better detect invasive breast cancers and reduce false positives.  “Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology will greatly benefit our patients throughout Central Illinois,” said Dr. Gordon Cross, Medical Staff President. “In addition to the improvements in detection and the reduction of false positives, 3D mammography helps to lower recall rates and eliminate unnecessary follow-up tests.” The Women’s Diagnostic Center is a targeted imaging center created to meet the unique health and wellness needs of women. Additional services include bone density testing to quickly diagnose osteoporosis, a private ultrasound room and a library of resources on women’s health issues. Part of Progressive Health Systems, Pekin Hospital is a 107-bed medical center serving

Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following employers and individuals who renewed their investment in the mission of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. 5-Star MVP Pekin Insurance 4-Star MVP Busey Bank Pekin Hospital 3-Star MVP Kriegsman Warehouses Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory UnityPoint Clinic - Pekin 2-Star MVP Ameren Illinois Excel Foundry & Machine Gro Up Gardening Heartland Bank & Trust Company McDonald's Pekin Daily Times Tazewell Machine Works 1-Star MVP Pekin Community High School Pekin Park District Ray Dennison Chevrolet Savant Capital Management Syngenta Seeds Classic Members Ace Hardware American Cancer Society/Relay for Life Art's Ads Bagley & Miller, Attorneys Bard Optical Casey's General Store Champion Fitness Physical Therapy Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell Dan Pfeifer State   Farm Deverman Advertising EMEX Power Enviro-Dry Clean Carpets Glesne Family Dentistry Goodwill Ind

Leadership & The Courts

Today, the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy learned about the court system and the role they play in our community.  They also participated in a mock trial.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Leadership & the Helium Hula Hoops

The 2016 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy is in full swing. The Helium Hula Hoop exercise is usually pretty challenging, but this class demonstrated their leadership skills and quickly got them safely to the ground.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Betsy Yarcho, Client Services Specialist, Joins Unland Companies

Betsy Yarcho , the former area vice president of client management at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., recently joined the team at Unland Companies. The new Manager of Client Services, Yarcho looks forward to contributing to the company’s reputation for quality service. “I’m excited about being a new member of the Unland team,” Yarcho said. “In my new position, I’m doing the things I’m passionate about… like working to better enable customer engagement and communication, as well as to enhance our customers’ understanding of all our capabilities.”  A cum laude graduate from Eastern Illinois University in 1982, Yarcho has more than 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry as a producer, manager and customer service representative. She specializes in employee benefits and has designations as a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) and a Chartered Benefit Consultant (CBC). In addition, Yarcho has completed Consumer Directed Hea

Pekin Academy of Fine Arts Classes

Pekin Academy of Fine Arts Classes for Kids Young Artists This is a visual arts class that runs in continuous six week sessions. Students will learn how to create with a variety of mediums, such as paint, chalk, clay, pencil, watercolor and more. At the end of each session there will be a reception style exhibit for friends and family to view their finished work. All materials are provided. Ages: 5-12 years old Dates: 1/5 – 2/9 and 2/23 – 3/29 Time: 5-8 year olds 4:45 – 5:45 PM            9-12 year olds 6:00 – 7:00 PM Cost: $100.00 per session Crafty Kids Club Join us twice a month for craft show-and-tell, prizes, games, and a project. We make a different craft at every class and students receive a monthly newsletter in the mail with craft ideas to make at home with recycled materials. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to tie-dye, make your own paper, or build things with nature, this is the class for you! Ages: 5-12 years old Dates: Every 1 s