Thursday, March 30, 2017

Public Open House: Front Street

Public Open House Informational Meeting
Scheduled by
City of Pekin
For Improvement of Front Street

The City of Pekin will hold an Informational Meeting regarding the proposed improvement of Front Street from Distillery Road to Fayette Street. The informational meeting will be held at Pekin City Hall, 111 Capitol South Street, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All persons interested in this project are invited to attend this meeting. Persons with a disability planning to attend this meeting should contact one of the individuals listed below by April 10, 2017. If special accommodations are required, the contact person should be informed at the time of contact. The meeting room is accessible to persons with a disability.

The meeting will be conducted on an informal open house basis. Representatives of the City of Pekin and Hanson Professional Services, the city’s engineering consultant, will be available to discuss the project. Representatives will answer individual questions and record comments offered by those in attendance. Verbatim comments will not be recorded. The information will address topics such as the need for the project, the design alternative under consideration, and right-of-way acquisition. Preliminary reports, including environmental documents and an engineering analysis with drawings, maps, and aerial photography, will be available for inspection and viewing during the entire time.

For more information, contact:

Mike Guerra                                                            
City of Pekin                                                           
111 South Capitol Street   
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 477-2300                                                        

Kurt Bialobreski
Hanson Professional Services Inc.
7625 N. University Street, Suite 200
Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 713-1408

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Chamber Connection Now Available!

The Chamber Connection is now available here!

Pekin Township Easter Dinner

Pekin Township will be serving Easter dinner to anyone who would enjoy a meal. We will also do home delivery ONLY to shut-ins and handicapped. If you know of anyone who would like a meal, please tell them about the Easter dinner.

Where: Pekin Township Building, 420 Elizabeth St., Pekin, IL 61554
When: Friday, April 14, 2017 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Salvation Army Fundraiser

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal Nomination Forms Now Available!

North Side Community Center First Annual Spring Craft and Vendor Show

Come join us for a Community Craft and Vendor Show on April 1st from 8-2pm! 
We will have popcorn hamburgers hot dogs chips cookies and drinks for sale!
Lots of great little gifts for you or someone special to start your spring off right!
All proceeds go to support the North Side Community Center and their service to the surrounding community.

Vendor Spots are available, $25 per table, 8ft table and 2 chairs, set up is available Friday evening 6-8pm
Please contact Leia Springer for more details!

John Evans Supportive Living Easter Egg Hunt

You’re invited to the 9th Annual
John Evans Supportive Living
Easter Egg Hunt
Rain or Shine- Dress appropriately in case the hunt is held outside!
Children 1-10. Prizes, candy and The Easter Bunny!
Where:     John Evans SLC
1320 Executive Ct. Pekin, Il
When:       Saturday April 8th
Time:        10:00 a.m. Sharp
We are also now accepting donations of wrapped small candies or monetary donations to fill our more than 1,000 eggs!

You may drop off candy at the front desk!

Innovative Medical Therapies Provides Laser Treatments for Challenging Medical Issues Facing Women

1 in 3 women over the age of 45 will have a pelvic health concern in their lifetime and 1 in 2 women over the age of 65 will experience the same concerns.*[1]  These concerns are not easy to talk about and women suffer silently because treatment options can be messy, uncomfortable, and expensive.  Pelvic concerns include vaginal dryness, atrophy, and leakage and are caused by menopause, pregnancy, hormone imbalances, medications, cancer treatments, and more.  As a long time Family Practice Physician in Pekin, Dr. Fisher has prescribed creams and medications for women facing these issues over the years.  When he learned that the Femilift Vaginal Laser treated these challenging issues, he brought the laser to Pekin through his Innovative Medical Therapies initiative.
The Femilift system is life changing for women.  Without surgery, anesthesia, or down time, patients report a near-immediate return to normal activities, including sexual intercourse. 
Femilift is a laser-assisted procedure designed to improve vaginal irregularities through vaporization and thermal effect using a CO2 Laser.  It is a 10,600nm fractional laser with selectively targeted energy that has been FDA cleared to treat dryness and atrophy.  Patients experience less incontinence after treatments too.  It is a minimally invasive, virtually painless procedure with no post treatment downtime and excellent patient satisfaction and long term success.
A femilift treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and patients can return to their normal activities post procedure.  Patients experience immediate results, but the maximum benenfits will be experienced after 3 treatments.  Lasting benefits include improved quality of life and enhanced self esteem.  These treatments allow women to stop using medications, creams and pads and improves women’s sex lives too.  Sexual partners report enjoying the effects of the treatments as well.
Dr. Fisher further explains, “When I first heard about a laser for feminine rejuvenation, I was skeptical.  However, my interest peaked when the training physician talked about women being able to stop taking medications and improve the uncomfortable experience of urinary incontinence.  It was then that I knew it was something that would significantly help women improve their quality of lives.”
Interested patients can join Dr. Fisher for a small information session on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 pm to learn more about the Femilift Laser.  The info session is called a SHE Event and will include patient testimonials, a Q&A with Dr. Fisher, a skincare product drawing and a wine tasting.  It will last from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Innovative Medical Therapies located at 2401 Broadway St.; Pekin, IL.  Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested.  RSVP by calling 309-347-2714 or by writing
About Dr. Fisher

With more than 30 years of medical experience, Dr. Bill Fisher, DO has been an involved member of the medical community in Central Illinois since opening Pekin Family Practice in 1991.  His vision has been to create a comprehensive center for patient wellness and health.  In 2011, he expanded his practice to include cosmetic and skin care services and in 2016 he incorporated Weight Management, Feminine Rejuvenation and Bio-Identical Hormone Balancing.
A well known and respected family practice physician, Dr. C. William Fisher explored the fields of specialty surgery in medical school and residency.  Ultimately choosing to practice medicine as a Family Practice Physician, his skill in fine, detailed procedures remains and he has exercised those talents by successfully performing minor surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments himself.

In addition to his surgical skill, Dr. Fisher has delivered hundreds of babies, worked emergency rooms throughout his career, and provided effective, comprehensive medical care to thousands.  He carefully researches the treatment options available on the market and selects the services that he knows will provide the best results and make the biggest difference in people's lives.

Professional Development Institute Computer Workshops

Illinois Central College - Professional Development Institute

Feeling a bit overwhelmed?  

PDI can help. Here's our computer workshop schedule through May. Go ahead - register for something. You'll feel better.. 

Yes, we still teach those versions as well. Plus, there are workshops on QuickBooksPhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator, OneNote, SQL and PMP Certification.

Click here to see all of our workshops. 

Contract Training
Do you and your co-workers all need to brush up on your computer skills? Contract training through PDI could be the answer. Contact Frank Thomas at 309.690.6915 or to learn more about our group training rates. Please click the Forward link below to send this newsletter to your company's training director

Mashie's Pub & Eatery - Wine & Cheese Spring Shopping Event


YWCA Pekin is accepting nominations for outstanding leadership and achievement awards to be presented at its 36th Annual Women’s Recognition Day luncheon on Thursday, May 4th at the Pekin Country Club.  The event will begin with a social from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed immediately by the luncheon program.

Nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments and contributions of women in their careers and community service are being accepted at the YWCA office through April 19th.  To qualify, nominated women must have residence or employment in Tazewell County and meet specific criteria for the nominating category.  Women may be nominated as outstanding employee or for contributions to the arts, business, professions, sports, or community service.

The arts award is given to a woman displaying skill in drama, dance, music, painting, literature, sculpting, the graphic arts, or other artistic endeavors.  An accomplished banker, realtor, agent or other businesswoman, business owner or partner will receive the business award.  The professions award is bestowed on an outstanding educator, lawyer, doctor, aviator, social worker, or other professional with special licensing or training.

Sports award nominations may include women who either pursue sports as a hobby or a career, or promote sports in the community.  A volunteer or community leader for a nonprofit agency or other community organization will receive the community service award, and the outstanding employee award will be presented to a woman who has exhibited on-the-job excellence and loyalty to her employer.

YWCA Pekin’s Board of Directors will also select the Mission Award recipient for dedication to achieving the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In addition, Tazewell County schools will have the opportunity to honor a female student for outstanding academic, extracurricular, and volunteer leadership.  Winners will be recognized at the luncheon.

Women’s Recognition Day was established in 1982 to honor the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of women in their careers and community service.  Luncheon reservations are open to the public and must be made by Friday, April 29th. Nomination and luncheon reservation forms are available at YWCA Pekin during regular business hours or on the YWCA website.  For more information, call the YWCA at 347-2104 or visit

March Biz Barometer

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Two new exhibits open on March 22 at the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.
Take Cover and Back Story, a mixed media exhibit by Robert Tomlinson, opens in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building.
In addition, a combined exhibit of painting by Carmen Sanchez-Lorente and mixed media by Venise Keys opens in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. The artists are scheduled to present a talk on March 30 from 11 am to 1 pm in the gallery.
Both exhibits will be on display through noon on April 14.
Tomlinson has served as executive director and curator for The San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Gallery One Visual Arts Center and the Oregon Arts Alliance. He has curated and installed more than 100 exhibitions and created a gallery for the developmentally disabled. A working artist, Tomlinson has conducted his own studio practice for more than 35 years. In 2011, he co-founded 13 Hats, a group of artists and writers that collaborated for two years on a wide range of creative projects and exhibitions. His work has been featured in 35 solo shows and more than 50 group exhibitions.
Prior to moving to Catskill, NY, Tomlinson served on the board for the newly formed Ash Creek Arts Center, which he helped to start. Tomlinson was co-founder and co-editor for the new arts and literary quarterly journal, Picture Sentence. He was the “artist vision” curator for the Lake Oswego Arts Festival in 2015 and 2016. Tomlinson hosts a monthly radio show, Purple House: A Monthly Forum for the Arts, on community radio station WGXC 90.7 FM.
Sanchez-Lorente currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the ICC Art Program. She began studying art through involvement with the Madrid Watercolor Association and earned a master degree in fine arts at Complutense University of Madrid. Her works have been displayed in several exhibits, including a solo exhibition at the Speakeasy Arts Center in Pekin, the Peoria Historical Society’s 49th Annual Rennick Juried Art Show, the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, and many more. She previous served as artist in residence for Peoria Public Schools and has taught art classes internationally in Spain, Peru and South Africa.
Keys resides in Normal and serves as an adjunct instructor in the ICC Art Program. She was born in 1991 and raised on the south side of Chicago. In 2013, she earned a bachelor degree in fine arts from Bradley University. She obtained her master degree in 2016 with a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies from Illinois State University. She began working as an artist-activist in 2011 when she chartered the Theta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity at Bradley University as a way of building solidarity among the art students, the institution and the Peoria community. Keys served as chapter president for two years.
While at ISU, Keys was awarded the individual Eric R. Baber Fellowship Grant from the School of Art faculty for artistic merit in master’s level studio performance. She also received two grants from Friends of the Arts during her studies at ISU. Her art is included in the permanent collections of the ISU University Galleries, the Education Administrations and Foundations Department at ISU, the Art Department at Bradley University, and the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. Keys’ works have been exhibited at galleries in Brooklyn, Chicago, Springfield and Peoria.
Hours of operation for Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday from 9 am to noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks. To confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, call the ICC Arts and Communication Department at (309) 694-5113. The Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events.
The exhibits are presented by the ICC Art Program and the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

For more information, visit, or contact the ICC Arts & Communication Department at (309) 694-5113.

Pekin Kids' Festival

Pekin Library To Host ReferenceUSA Training Session

Central Illinois Business owners are invited to learn how to start, manage and/or grow their business by using the Pekin Public Library's free database, ReferenceUSA, at our free training session on Tuesday, June 27, at 12:00 noon at the Pekin Public Library.

At this session, entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use the library's ReferenceUSA database to find the mission-critical information to start, manage, and grow a business. Topics include:
·       Searching for businesses
·       Locating hard-to-find vendors, both locally and nationally
·       Locating subject-matter experts and professional services
·       Finding investors, venture capitalists, and angels
·       Networking with other businesses in your area or industry
·       Developing relationships with related business for cobranding opportunities
·       Understanding community demographics
·       Surveying locations for expansion
·       Conducting competitive analysis
·       Planning delivery routes and service areas
·       Sourcing new employees

This program will be presented by Nancy Spidle, of Infogroup.  Lunch will be served to registered participants.  To register, please call the Pekin Public Library at 347-7111, ext. 0.

Earth Day Recycling/Paper Shredding Day


Soccer offers a great way for a child to get in top physical shape through participation in a youth sport while having fun in a team setting.  Playing soccer improves flexibility, cardiovascular capability, and body composition.  Soccer players also develop a sense of self-confidence and increased social skills. Studies have shown that children who play competitive sports generally also perform at an above-average level in school.

Pekin Park District is offering recreational soccer which is designed to develop skills and allow adequate playing time under the direction of the Pekin Pride Soccer Club and Pekin Community High School varsity soccer players. 

Rec Soccer is 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning April 10, 2017 and ending Friday, May 19, 2017.  Cost is $48 if registered by April 4, 2017.  There is a $3 non-resident fee.  Location is PPD Sports Complex Soccer Fields located at Koch Street & 5th Street. For more information, view our Program Guide at

To register, come by the Arena Office at 250 Red Bud Drive, inside the Memorial Ice Arena.  Please contact Dawn Wilde-Burgess with any questions. or (309)201-4006.

Ground Breaking for Goodwill Veterans' Home Expansion

2017 SPHL President's Cup Playoff Pricing for the Peoria Rivermen

2017 Certificate in Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy

The Facet Family of Companies is Proud to Sponsor

2017 Certificate in Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy

Presented by the Illinois Small Business Development Center and Bradley University's Turner Center for Entrepreneurship

Learn what you can do now to protect your business from hackers, credit card scams, and more in a small business environment constantly under attack. Gain valuable takeaways from talks with industry experts and hackers alike in a lunch and learn format.

Dates + Topics

Where: Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Registration + Lunch: 11:30 AM

Presentations: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Webinars 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Tues, April 19 (Threats and Protections)

Tues, May 23 (Understanding the Legal Implications)

Tues, June 27 (The Inside Risk)

Thur, July 27 Webinar (Best Practices from the Private Sector)

Tues, August 29 Webinar (Doing Business Internationally)

Tues, September 19 (Protecting Your Money & Your Customers)

Tues, October 24 (A White Hat Hacker's View)

Tues, November 14 (Protecting Your Employees & Assets)

Thur, December 14 (You Had a Breach - What Do You Do Next?)

Chamber Connection is now available!

Check out this weeks Chamber Connection!

Monday, March 20, 2017

ICC 5th Annual Health Career Expo

5th Annual Health Career Expo
Monday March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center
(at OSF St. Francis Medical Center)
1306 N Berkeley Ave, Peoria, Ill.

Illinois Central College (ICC) Health Careers Programs will once again participate in the 5th Annual Health Career Expo, an event to bring information about health careers opportunities an education options to area high school students. ICC Health Career Program Directors, faculty and students will lead high school students through real-world health scenarios, simulations, and hands on activities.
               Available for interviews:
  • ICC Dean of Health Careers Wendee Guth
  • ICC Health Careers program directors
  • ICC Health Careers program students

ICC is partnering with Jump Trading, OSF Health (St. Francis Medical Center) and Unity Point Health Methodist/Proctor for this event.

For more information, please contact Public Relations Coordinator Valerie Welsh, at (309) 694-5440.

Spruce up Pekin 2017

Pekin Park District's Camp Soldwedel Easter Break Escape

If you are looking for ways to keep your child's imagination fueled while on school break, our Easter Break Escape is the place to be. Children participate in activities with experienced counselors including, crafts, games, field trips, nature hikes and lots of playing outdoors. Field trips, breakfast and snacks are included in the fee, but please bring a lunch.

Dates: April 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17
Ages: Kindergarten - 13 years.
Times: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fees: $34 per day or $120 for 5 days or $144 for 6 days. Non-residents add $3 per day.
Location: Soldwedel Program Center, McNaughton Park off Route 98.

For more information regarding registration or Pekin Park District programs, call us at 309-347-7275 or visit us online at

Be The Bridge for the Center for Prevention of Abuse

The Center for Prevention of Abuse will kick-off a social media based fundraiser called "Be the Bridge" on Tuesday, March 21st, to help bridge the gap in state funding.

The State of Illinois has been without a budget for nearly 21 months. During this time of uncertainty, lawmakers put together a stopgap measure to keep funds flowing throughout the state for the FY2017. The Center recently learned that funding for its domestic violence and family centered shelter programs were not included in the stopgap measure, despite being assured to the contrary. This currently represents a $203,000 unexpected deficit to the organization, its services, and most importantly, the clients it serves.

Through the Be the Bridge fundraiser, The Center hopes to encourage old and new friends to post a picture on their social media sites. Create and hold a simple sign with a half circle (representing the bridge) with a heart underneath and include the hashtag #iamthebridge. Everyone can Be the Bridge without even leaving his or her house! All anyone has to do is donate online, share their #iamthebridge picture online, and challenge friends to do the same. On Facebook, supporters can choose to add the "DONATE" button to their post or, simply steer supporters to the Center's website to donate through PayPal at

The Center for Prevention of Abuse serves children, adults, and seniors throughout six counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Marshall, and stark. The Center is the only agecy in the State of Illinois to house combined services under one roof for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, elder abuse and abuse of adults living with disabilities. The organizations's professional caregivers are a crucial part of the human support in our community, annually serving about 5,000 survivors of all ages.

Prevention Education programming is another essential service provided through The Center, teaching young people about keeping their bodies safe, building healthy relationships, and methods to prevent bullying. Last year The Center's professional educators reached more than 33,000 students. The Center for Prevention of Abuse is determined to do its best to end the cycle of violence and abuse and build a safe and peaceful community for all.

Savant Capital Management Reaches Important Milestone

Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, with 12 offices in three states, has hit another important milestone in the firm’s 30-year history. Today, the firm announced it has reached $5 billion in assets under management (AUM).

Savant set a goal to achieve $5 billion in AUM ten years ago, when the firm reached the $1 billion milestone. The firm accomplished that goal by growing 400 percent over the past ten years. During that time, Savant significantly expanded its team, added new capabilities, locations and clients with five merger & acquisition (M&A) transactions, and has expanded its ownership to 47 employees.

More milestones are expected to take place soon, as the firm intends to grow its national footprint even further through future M&A opportunities.

“Team Savant accomplished this goal together, despite the challenges of the financial crisis and other curve balls along the way,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “We believe our persistence in being innovative, making smart decisions and driving forward, has helped create significant value for countless families in the process.  Along the way, we have become one of the nation’s largest wealth management firms.  I am immensely proud of what our team has accomplished.”

Savant employs more than 140 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in the following locations: Chicago, IL; Freeport, IL; Geneva, IL; Hoffman Estates, IL; Naperville, IL; Peoria, IL; Sterling, IL; Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; Madison, WI; and Park Falls, WI. For more information, visit

About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. For more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures, go to

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center

Why Join the Chamber: Comradery

Joining the chamber isn’t all about business. There are many incredible friendships that are created in the coming together for the economic betterment of the community. Don’t overlook the potential of deep, meaningful connections with your tribe at the chamber.

We’re all just looking for that spot we belong, aren’t we? Abraham Maslow thought our desire to belong was so important that he incorporated it into his hierarchy of needs as a major human motivation. Individuals will join groups because of perceived commonalities, look for similar ways of thinking, and motivations.
From a relationship standpoint, people often laud significant others by saying, “s/he gets me.” This sentiment is a source of happiness. Even the term “soulmate” springs from the story of one soul, being split in two. When you find your soulmate, you find your “other half.” 

Finding Comradery at the Chamber

While there are probably a lot of other reasons why a business person joins the chamber—including networking, marketing assistance, advocacy, and volunteerism—comradery may be one of the hidden benefits. Where else can you find a group of people who are dedicated to the economic success of your community? Here are some of the reasons comradery should not be overlooked.

People Don’t Sit on the Front Porch Anymore

Do you know your neighbors? Most of us don’t. We’re all so busy. We pull into out garages or if we do park in the driveway, our heads are generally buried in our devices. We might acknowledge our neighbor with a half wave but few of us do much more. Porches and front stoops are no longer community congregation sites.
The chamber helps you make friends with people who have similar goals and challenges in business. You can find people in the same industry, complementary organizations, and those who can help you solve your problems. You can get to know them in a way that is hard to do elsewhere because you know you have a common desire, to improve your business.

It’s Hard to Make Friends as Adults

Ever notice how easy it is to make a friend as a child on a playground? Most young kids can spend long periods of time playing with strangers, introduce them to their mom as their new “friend,” and cry when it’s time to leave. All that connecting in such a short time. Adults, on the other hand, can know someone for years and still not consider them their “friend.”
It’s harder as you get older. Where do you meet people?
When you do meet them, say maybe a parent of one of your children’s friends, you quickly realize you have little out of that mutual relationship in common. Not so, with chamber membership. You probably know many of the same people, have the same professional challenges, and want the same things for your business and community. Those type of relationships, built on mutual interests and concerns, tend to last past the situational friendships you establish because you have kids the same age.

What Friends Can Do for Your Business

Networking is important to any business but the relationships where people go above and beyond, are friendships. You can make incredible connections through a chamber membership. You can participate in mastermind groups with people and attend events together. You can be made aware of employment openings before they’re posted because of who you know. Networking is important, but making friends means those relationships will last long past the networking event.
There are many reasons to join the chamber but the one that is most often overlooked is its ability to bring like-minded people together, people who are concerned with the business community and the success of your town. It’s nice to make friends while doing something as important as increasing economic development and opportunities in your area.

Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers, and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine,, AssociationTech, and Socialfish. She is a regular blogger at and the Event Manager Blog.
She’s a bookish writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pekin Park District Adult Softball Team

Pekin Park District still has openings for your adult softball team. Register today in the Recreation office of the Memorial Arena.   Due to the large demand for co-recreation softball we have added a new league on Tuesday nights.  Team fees are $250 sponsorship fee due at time of registration. 

Pekin Park District offers a division for all teams and abilities.
Sundays Am (afternoon) Industrial League
Sunday Evenings: Co-Rec A  
Monday Evenings:  Church A  
 Tuesday Evenings: New League Co-Rec  
Wednesday Evenings: Ladies League  
 Thursday Evenings: Kickball (openings now)
Friday Evenings:  Industrial A  

All new teams welcome.  All leagues are on a first pay first play basis.  If you have any questions feel free to call DeDe @  201-4007.p

Strider Bike Experience from Pekin Park District

Pekin Park District and Strider Bikes Company are excited to bring the Strider experience to our young future riders. 
Strider Bikes has graciously donated 7 Strider beginner bikes (appropriate size for 2-5 years old). If your little one can walk they can ride a Strider.  
What is a Strider Balance Bike? 
Balance bikes are a very simple bike designed to teach young children how to steer and balance on two wheels.  Balance bikes are designed with only foot propulsion to teach the fundamentals of riding.  When the fundamentals of balance and steering are mastered, transitioning to a bicycle with pedals is easy.
When learning to ride, a child needs to experience the feel of learning and how steering affects the balance of the bike.  Without learning, such as on a tricycle or bike with training wheels, they aren’t really learning to ride at all!  By starting out on a balance bike, your child will develop balance, coordination, and confidence!

Pekin Park District will be holding a Strider Riders Open House Saturday, April 1st 8 to 9am in the Memorial Arena warming room.   Open House is free to the public, stop by check out a bike. Strider has developed an early learning educational program dedicated to teaching children of all abilities the balance needed to enjoy a lifetime of riding adventures.  More information will be handed out on future lessons, camps and races. For more information feel free to call DeDe @ 201-4007.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

Murder Mystery Dinner this weekend
Have some Fun for St Patrick's day!

March 17 and 18


Team seating still open these nights, WALK INS welcome!

New Events are posted for 2017

We are OPEN Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays NOON TO 5pm

Trivia nights on Saturdays, arrival 6-7pm, game starts at 7pm.

We are currently selling tickets for the Murder Mysteries in March and April. 
April 7.8 - Offing Ferris Bueller

Please contact us by email-,
or call 309-645-5054 about Scheduling Events,
and booking tickets for Murder Mystery dinners or Trivia Team night reservations.