Friday, April 28, 2017

Convention and Visitors Bureau to Develop New Strategic Plan

Galesburg, IL (April 28, 2017) – Earlier this year, Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jessica Linder unveiled plans for tourism at the Galesburg Chamber’s Annual Dinner. Their plan of work included strategic planning along with other highlights, such as a new website, community calendar and update of the Welcome Center of East Main Street. Earlier this month, the Galesburg Chamber Board moved forward on promises to develop such a plan by approving the hire of McDaniels Marketing, a marketing and strategy firm based in Pekin, IL. The firm has been selected to carry out strategic planning and brand development for the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (GACVB) over the next six to nine months. 

McDaniels Marketing will provide high-level research and analysis that leads to brand development including a new logo, slogan and look for the CVB. Work will begin with the firm next week. “McDaniels Marketing is an industry leader in tourism research and destination development, and we are very excited to be working with them,” said Linder.

Their three-phase process will be completed in late Fall of this year and will be led by a steering committee of local stakeholders and tourism industry leaders. The first phase will take the CVB through extensive research which will include visitor intercept studies, where visitors are interviewed and asked to provide data on their trip, travel habits and information on their impression and experience of Galesburg. The research phase will also include interviews with stakeholders and an in-depth market data analysis. 

“McDaniels will offer consultation and planning that will allow us to improve the attractiveness of our destination by assisting us in telling a captivating story both online and offline,” Linder continued. “As a part of that, planning and executing an effective digital marketing campaign blended with the right mix of print and other media will position the CVB to be more competitive in destination marketing.”

Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (GACVB) is an Illinois State Certified Convention and Visitors Bureau that markets Galesburg & Knox County as a destination for visitors. GACVB is a division of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce. GACVB is funded through hotel/motel tax revenue from the City of Galesburg and through a Local Convention and Visitors Bureau grant from the Illinois Office of Tourism through the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stand Against Racism

CHiPs star Erik Estrada coming to the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival!

CHiPs star Erik Estrada coming to the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival!
The Pekin Marigold Festival proudly welcomes Erik Estrada as our 2017 Guest Celebrity to help us celebrate the festival theme: “Marigolds on Patrol”.  Erik will be joining us on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, September 9th and 10th and his schedule will be announced as the festival draws near.  The Marigold Festival committee members are pleased to honor the local police departments and the service that they provide with the “Marigolds on Patrol” theme.
Erik Estrada captured the hearts of millions of fans world-wide as a result of his six year run starring as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the highly successful television series, CHiPs. Also appearing in numerous other television and motion picture roles, the role he most prefers and enjoys is that of a role model to millions of children throughout the world. 
Erik was raised in New York City’s Spanish Harlem by his beloved Grandfather who provided him with parental guidance and lessons of honor and integrity that Erik has carried with him throughout his life.  His first real acting break came in 1970 when actor/director Don Murray selected him to star as a streetwise character opposite Pat Boone in the true story, The Cross and the Switchblade film that is still shown every week at about 500 youth centers across the country because of its powerful anti-drug and life-changing message. Following that film, important roles soon followed in such classic films as The New Centurions, Airport '75 and Midway, and as a guest star in virtually every top dramatic television series of the time; but being cast as “Ponch” in CHiPs, one of the biggest hit shows of the late 70's and early 80's, made Erik Estrada an international household name and the "King of Hunkdom".  Erik’s career spans over forty years with too many films and guest spots to list!
When Erik received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he proudly dedicated it to all the women and men in law enforcement. He continues to be a great supporter of police officer organizations throughout the world; because of this continual interest and commitment, he was able to fulfill one of his childhood dreams by becoming a reserve police officer for the Muncie, Indiana Police Department and a deputy sheriff in Bedford County, Virginia. 
Erik is a national spokesperson for Safe Surfin’ Foundation which is dedicated to educating the public about Internet crimes involving children. He has been recognized by the Department of Justice and the US Marshall Service for his dedication and service to protecting children from sexual predators on the internet. Through his continual dedication, Erik has been instrumental in educating people across the country on the importance of cars seats for all children, the dangers of drugs and the real dilemma facing our children, internet predators.  He lends his support to other charitable causes such as CHiPs for Kids, Cops for Tots, the Thalians, March of Dimes, United Way, Susan G. Komen, Aids LA, Walk to Erase MS and Standup for Skate Parks.
Off-screen, Erik prides himself as a home handyman who is constantly enhancing things around the Hollywood Hills home where he and his wife, Nanette reside with their daughter, Francesca.  He is also the father of two grown sons, Anthony and Brandon.  Erik works hard at everything he does, but is known as a committed husband, father and family man and a true professional in his craft.
We look forward to having Erik Estrada at the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival with “Marigolds on Patrol”!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Sorrento Italian Cuisine 
901 Chateau Drive 
North Pekin, IL 61554
Sam Tairi,  Owner
We only serve the freshest authentic Italian dishes, that come from long established family recipes.

Welcome To Our Newest Member

PCHS Dragon Athletic Booster Club 
320 Stadium Drive 
Pekin, IL 61554
Bill Cash,  President
Bill Link, Vice President 
Amy Whiting-McCoy, Secretary
Glen Cascia, Treasurer
The PCHS Dragon Athletic Booster Club was developed to support, encourage, promote and raise funds for all athletic programs at PCHS for the benefit of all athletics, the school and the community. 

Neighborhood House Looking for 5K Volunteers

We are so glad to have you as an active member of our community. We’re currently looking for volunteers for the upcoming George Jacob Gut Buster 5k. To make this a success, we need your help at the drink and food stops, directing/cheering on runners or being a sign holder.  Anyone wanting to volunteer call Bryna at 309-674-1131 x 230 or email her.  

Keystart Live Pitch

The Keystart live pitch competition is coming up! It will be held on Thursday, May 4th from 7pm - 9pm at Metamora Fields. Registration is free, and there will be food and drink for purchase.

Illinois American Water Announces Environmental Grant Recipients in Conjunction with Earth Day

Over $20,000 Awarded for Water Source Protection Projects

Illinois American Water announced today that seven watershed initiatives across the state will receive funding through the company's 2017 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grand funds totaling $20,300 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.

This announcement is being made in conjunction with Earth Day, April 22, 2017, to remind consumers of the vital need to protect our precious resource every day for future generations. "At Illinois American Water, Earth Day is every day. Our team works hard to not only provide water for life, but for our communities to thrive," said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.

Illinois American Water is awarding the 2017 Environmental Grants as follows:
- Foundation for Ohio River Education will receive their requested $2,500 grant in full to fund the Ohio River Sweep. The funds will supply gloves and trash bags to volunteers cleaning up the Ohio River.
- Gifts In The Moment Foundation in Peoria will receive $7,250 grant for the Urban Agriculture Rain Water Collection and Transportation System project, which will use collected rain to water community garden and agriculture sites via a portable water trailer.
- Heartlands Conservancy will receive a $2,800 grant for the Signal Hills outdoor classroom project. The project will create an outdoor classroom in Signal Hill for students to learn about water quality and native habitat.
- Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group in the Chicago Metro area will receive their requested $4,200 grant for the Hickory Creek Environmental Interpretive Signs and Story Mapping project. The project will raise awareness about best management practices within the Hickory Creek watershed. Three rain gardens will also be installed.
- Pekin Park District will receive a $2,000 grant for the continued Lick Creek Watershed Invasive Species Control and Restoration project along the Lick Creek corridor.
-Peoria Park District will receive their requested $550 grant in full to support the annual Illinois River Sweep. Funds will supply two dumpsters and complete tire recycling.
-Peoria Playhouse Children's Museum will receive a $1,000 grant for the Wonders of Water project. Funds support five scholarships to the water camp. Illinois American Water's team will offer lessons at the camp.

Customers can make a difference by getting involved in these projects as well as using water wisely. On Earth Day, customers are reminded that they can help protect our precious resources through the following actions:

  • Be conscious of daily water use and take the necessary steps to be water smart. 
  • Be sure that leaking pipes and faucets - indoors and outdoors - are repaired. 
  • Take care in garden, lawn, garage or other home product use and ensure they do not impact groundwater. 
  • Dispose of chemicals or other potentially harmful products properly by not pouring them directly into home drains, the sewer, street drains, or the lawn. 
  • Learn more about water through the annual local water quality reports. American Water customers can access their report by zip code on the company's website at under the Water Quality tab.  
To learn more about the Environmental Grant Program, Water Quality and Wise Water Use, please visit

Leading in Turbulent Times

We are in a time of unbelievable change. From politics to the economy to society to technology, old ways of thinking and acting are giving way to entirely new modes of thought and behavior. Disruption is now expected, and turmoil, unrest, and instability are the new standards.

As a strategic advisor to executives in numerous organizations, Dr. Aaron Buchko will frame the magnitude of the transformations that are occurring around us, noting similarities to historical times of seeming disorder while providing some structure to understanding the magnitude and speed of the shifts that are occurring in the environments of organizations and executives.

Dr. Buchko is professor of management in the Foster College of Business, Badley University, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Planning and Strategy and graduate courses in Executive Development and Business Ethics. His 90-minute presentation is a "must-attend" event for all business and community leaders.

Coffee & pastries will be provided.

Pekin Public Library
301 S. Fourth Street
Pekin, IL 61554

Thursday, May 11th
7:30 am

Seating is limited.  Reservations are required.  Contact the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, 346-2106,  with questions.

The program will start promptly at 7:30am.  As the library is not normally open at that time, the outside doors will be locked shortly after 7:30am.

Tazewell County Relay for Life

Join the Tazewell County Relay for Life on April 29th, from 1pm - 9pm. The group will be meeting at the East Peoria Civic Plaza at the Levee District. Their schedule is as follows:

1:00pm: Opening Ceremony
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Steve Hargis Performance - Country Musician
3:00pm - 4:00pm: Dan Basfield Performance - R & B Musician
1:00pm - 7:00pm: Silent Auction Open
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Vendor Craft Show Open
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Youth Activities
                                     - Bounce House's by Peoria Rentals
                                     - The Zoo Lady Face Painting (2:30-5:30)
                                     - Unique Twist Balloon Animals
5:00pm: Make Your Voice Heard! American Cancer Society
                      "Cancer Action Network" Power Hour
5:30pm: Welcome Ceremony                                                                                                                                    Survivor & Caregiver Ceremony                                                                                                              Survivor & Caregiver Celebration Lap
               **Survivor Dessert Reception to Follow
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Captivation Dance by Kaleigh Perfomance
7:30pm: Luminaria Ceremony

Theme Laps
2:30 - Patriotic Lap - Wear your best red, white and blue! 
3:30 - Hula/Hawaiian Lap - Wear your best Hawaiian attire! 
4:30 - Favorite Holiday Lap - dress up as your favorite holiday! 
5;30 - Purple Passion Lap - wear all the purple you can find! *Will follow Survivor & Caregiver Lap
6:30 - Team Lap - Gather your team members and take a few laps! 

Constant Contact for Chamber Members

First Baptist Church Children's Ministry Director to Retire

Becky Mcintyre, Children’s Ministries Director, will be retiring on May 17th
Becky began working as our Children’s Ministries Director in 2004.  Prior to that, she had served as a volunteer in the nursery, in children’s Sunday School and AWANA.  She also facilitated women’s Bible studies and co-lead adult Sunday school classes with her husband Brian. 

Becky loves teaching children about God and helping them grow spiritually.  Whether she’s bustling in and out of rooms on Sunday Morning or pushing a cart through Walmart, hearing “There’s Miss Becky!” from an excited child’s mouth, is reassurance that all the work she and the Children’s Ministries Team put in on Sunday and Wednesday nights is changing young lives.

In Becky’s free time (what little there is), she is busy supporting her three daughter.  She also enjoys cooking, gardening, the occasional costume job and is an avid fan of “Mystery” and British TV in general.

We are going to miss Becky in our Children’s Ministries.  We wish Becky the best as she closing the door to her past and opening the door to the future of a new chapter of life.

Richardson Counseling & Wellness Center Women's Leadership Institute

President's Cup Finals Game 1



Presents 2 FREE CEU’s!

Bold New World
Navigating the Road to Recovery, Part 3

WHEN: Friday, May 19, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

WHERE: Fondulac Bank, 201 Clock Tower Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611

FOLEPI Room, 2nd Floor


1) Understand Steps 10-12 of the 12-Step program as a guide for a recovery lifestyle, as opposed to a “cure.”

2) Identify practical applications of key terms and principles in Steps 10-12.

3) Learn, share and discuss activities and metaphors that illustrate the meaning of the final steps for any individual or group of clients, regardless of their background.

4) Approved by IAODAPCA for 2 CEU’s!

Presented by Ed Betzelberger, LCSW, CRADC, PCGC

Register for CEUs (by 5/17/17): Contact Brenda Franklin at (309) 477-5526/ or Ed at (309) 477-5548/!

April Biz Barometer

Friday, April 21, 2017

April Puttin' On Pekin Recap

About 60 chamber members attended the April 21st Puttin' On Pekin breakfast held at the Avanti's Dome.  Dave Osborn (Trouble Free Heating & Cooling) won the Early Prize, while Deb Rathmel (KZBEME Fingerprinting) won the Late Prize.  Both prizes were presented by Manda Brown (Perfectly Planned Events) who served as the emcee.  Col. William P. Robertson from the Air National Guard based in Peoria was the program.  Of particular interest to the audience was the economic impact the ANG has on the Peoria region.  You can see a few more pictures from this event at:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

13th Annual ICC International Fair

13th Annual ICC International Fair --- Sat., April 22, 2017 Noon to 3 pm --- Cafeteria East Peoria Campus

This is the 13th year for the International Fair at ICC. The event is open to the public and is a great opportunity for the community, especially families, to discover and appreciate world cultures while having fun together.

Some of the event’s highlights:

· Celebration of diverse cultures through music, entertainment, food samples and dancing

· Fashion show by international students featuring traditional costumes

· Martial arts demonstration

· Informational booths and food samples from Tanzania, China, Jordan and Egypt (food samples available at a modest cost)

· Global Village of Peoria Heights will offer a selection of coffees, chocolates, clothing and gifts from developing countries for purchase

There is an admission donation of $3, and children under 10 are admitted free. Proceeds will go toward an International F-1 student scholarship fund.

Available for media interviews: Director of International Education Dr. Barbara Burton and International Education Coordinator Tia Van.

46th Annual Pekin Ambucs Auction

The 46th annual public auction will be on Friday, May 5th in the Veterans Memorial Arena in Mineral Springs Park.
Auction will start promptly at 5 p.m.  As in past years a dozen or more local auctioneers are donating their time to auction off new items and gift certificates donated by local merchants, used items from an automobile to dishes, celebrity items from the sports and entertainment world, and lots of great food like butterfly pork chop and ribeye sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, pies and more.  Chairman Barron's goal this year is to raise

$40,000 for more than two dozen local charities and non-profit organizations.  Free parking and free admission.  Come for the fun and leave with the bargains.  Go to for a complete list of auction items updated daily.

Central Illinois Ballet, In-Residence at Illinois Central College, Presents “Romeo and Juliet” April 29 and 30

A timeless story of star-crossed lovers comes to the stage when Central Illinois Ballet (CIB), in residence at Illinois Central College, presents its world premiere performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet April 29 and 30 in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

Shows take place April 29 at 7 pm and April 30 at 2 pm. The April 30 performance also will recognize the careers of CIB artistic director Rebekah von Rathonyi and dancer Joshua Gullet, who are married and will play the principle roles.

“Joshua and I always knew we wanted to retire with Romeo and Juliet,” von Rathonyi said. “Our first attempt at dancing the roles together felt fantastic, but looking back, I am not sure we fully comprehended the emotional complexity of the characters. As older dancers, maturity gives us more depth and being married allows us to not just play the young lovers, but experience in the moment every sensation as they may have felt.

“Performing Romeo and Juliet onstage together is indescribable for a married couple. We somehow create a sixth sense, our own telepathic language, and for a few moments this beautiful story transcends into a realistic cathartic experience.”

In addition, several celebrated guest artists will appear in the production, two of whom have a very special relationship with the company. Toby Lewellen from Ballet Arkansas will return to Peoria to play the role of Mercutio. Lewellen grew up in Peoria and trained under von Rathonyi. In addition, professional freelance dancer Malachi Squires, who played the principle role of CIB’s October 2016 production of Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side, returns to the stage with CIB, this time cast as the dangerous Tybalt.

Others appearing in Romeo and Juliet include Alexander Kingma, a professional dancer from Ballet Quad Cities, who performs the role of Benvolio and Vic Burnett, retired broadcaster and veteran stage performer, plays Franciscan Friar Laurence.

Also appearing are members of CIB’s Senior and Junior Company Ensemble, which is comprised of current students at Cornerstone Academy and students pursuing a career in professional dance.

Tickets cost $18 for the general public and $10 for students. Group class tickets are also available, with a minimum requirement of 10 students to receive the special discount.

In addition to the on stage performances, CIB is hosting a masquerade ball on April 30 beginning at 4:30 pm in the studio theatre of the ICC Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the ball will be sold at the door for $5 per person and will include an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and an unforgettable evening.

Central Illinois Ballet is the result of three highly successful seasons of performances by the Cornerstone Academy performing ensemble. The CIB board of directors, recognizing the demand for professional ballet performances in Central Illinois, formed the Central Illinois Ballet in January 2015. CIB consists of a resident company of 10 professional dancers and five trainees as well as five regular guest artists.

Central Illinois Ballet is supported as an in-residence ensemble by the Arts at ICC, which 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.

The performances of Romeo and Juliet have general admission seating. Tickets to both performances can be purchased online at, by phone at (309) 620-3164 between noon and 5 pm Monday through Friday, and in person at Cornerstone/CIB’s facility, located at 3117 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria.

ICC Music Program Presents Classical Music Recital by The Estampes Trio April 24

The Illinois Central College Music Program presents a classical music recital by guest performers, The Estampes Trio, on April 24 at 10 am in Lecture/Recital Hall Room 127F, located in the Academic Building on the East Peoria Campus.
The event is free and open to the public.
Performers include violinist Chukyung Park, cellist Yeonnoo Seo, and pianist Mickey Chien.
Chien is a piano instructor and a collaborative pianist for both students and faculty at Bradley University. A Taiwanese-born pianist, he has won piano competition prizes both in the United States and in his native country of Taiwan.
Park is a violinist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. A native of South Korea, he received a fellowship from the Nohyup Cultural Foundation and appeared in master classes by Glenn Dicterow and Gil Shaham.
Seo plays for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Meliora Trio, which won second prize in the Misbin Chamber Competition in Washington, D.C. She is working on her doctoral degree of musical arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The event is presented by the ICC Music Program and the Arts at ICC, which 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 call (309) 694-5136. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Lamont becomes Hanson’s first external advisory director

For the first time in Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s history, an external advisory member has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the firm’s holding company. 
Thomas Lamont, who was assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs from 2009 to 2013, was announced as the new board member for Hanson Group Inc. during Hanson’s annual shareholder meeting April 10. Lamont served as vice chair of the congressionally mandated National Commission on the Future of the U.S. Army and is a retired Illinois Army National Guard colonel and longtime Springfield attorney. He also was a special counsel at the University of Illinois; executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education; partner with Springfield law firm Brown, Hay & Stephens; executive director of the Office of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor; and director of civil litigation for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He served the Illinois National Guard’s office of the judge advocate general for more than 25 years, including state staff judge advocate general.
John Michael, P.E., a senior vice president and senior project manager who works at Hanson’s office in Corpus Christi, Texas, also was elected to the Hanson Group Inc. board of directors. The addition of Lamont and Michael expands this board to nine members. The others, and their roles on the board, are Sergio “Satch” Pecori, P.E., chairman and CEO; Jeff Ball, P.E., president and secretary; Jo Ellen Keim, CPA, vice president and treasurer; Kirk Brown, P.E.; John Coombe, P.E., S.E.; Robert Cusick, P.E., S.E.; and Eugene Wilkinson, P.E., S.E.
Six new members join the board of directors for Hanson Professional Services Inc., replacing four seats and adding two, bringing the total of directors to nine. Employees elected as new directors are James Messmore, P.E., Charles Snowden Jr., AAE, CFM, and Dan Whalen, P.E., all senior vice presidents; Mina Biggs and Cindy Loos, P.E., both vice presidents; and Dennis Hollahan, vice president and secretary. The other directors are Pecori, chairman and CEO; Ball, president and chief operating officer; and Keim, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.
Hanson also reported its 2016 gross revenue as $68.8 million during the annual shareholder meeting, an increase of more than $3.3 million from 2015.

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703. The office may be reached by phone at (217) 788-2450.

Busey Sponsors Illinois Marathon Youth Run

Children embrace physical fitness at Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon 
To encourage the health and well-being of children in our communities, Busey is proud to support the Busey Illinois Youth Run, brought to you by the Ninth Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Memorial Stadium at 1402 S. 1st St. in Champaign.

Children 10 and younger will run or walk the 1K in separate races, according to age, inside Memorial Stadium with an exciting finish at the 50-yard line. From 1-3 p.m. before the race, children can visit the Youth Run Fun Zone—featuring balloon artists, temporary tattoos, coloring pages, games and more.

The Busey Illinois Youth Run entry fee is $12 through Friday, April 21 or $15 on race day. You can register online, by mail or in person the day of the event. Children will receive a t-shirt, drawstring backpack and a medal. Noodles & Company will serve their signature Wisconsin Mac & Cheese after the run. In case of inclement weather, the rain date for the Busey Illinois Youth Run is Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m.

Participants can pick up their race packets and instructions at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) at 201 E. Peabody Dr. in Champaign on Thursday, April 20 from 4-8 p.m. or Friday, April 21 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. They will also be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the day of the race in the Great East Hall of Memorial Stadium.

For those who do not plan to participate in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, they are encouraged to join Busey associates and cheer on the runners. Cheering sections will be located on the race route at the following Busey locations: 100 W. University Ave. and 614 S. Sixth St. in Champaign, and 201 W. Main St. in Urbana.

To learn more about the Busey Illinois Youth Run or the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, visit or

Mashie's Pub & Eatery Loyalty Program

Mashie's Pub & Eatery has a new Loyalty Program!

We love our many loyal patrons here at Mashie's Pub & Eatery and wanted to give them something back. We would like to introduce our new Loyalty Program!!

How it works...
Log into our free WiFi at "@MashiesSunset Free Wifi".
Everytime you come in for a meal = 1 visit

Visits = $$$
For every 10 visits we will send you a Surprise Coupon to redeem on your next visit!

It's that easy! Sign up is free so ask your server or bartender if you have any questions.
- The Sunset Hills Golf Club & Mashie's Pub team

Illinois Central College Music Program Offers Tuition Waiver Auditions May 9 and 15

The Illinois Central College Music Program will hold tuition waiver auditions for ICC Vocal Jazz for the fall 2017 semester on May 9 and 15 on the East Peoria Campus. Reservations are required.

               ICC Vocal Jazz is one of three vocal performance ensembles at the College, and it offers up to 10 tuition waivers to members. These waivers, available to both incoming and returning students, give participants in ICC Vocal Jazz the opportunity to receive fully paid tuition at ICC as long as they meet and maintain participation, academic requirements eligibility requirements and conduct expectations.

               Those auditioning for the waivers must be enrolled or intending to enroll as a full-time student at ICC for the fall 2017 semester. Waiver awards are based on talent and interest rather than financial need, and students do not have to be a resident of the Illinois Central College district to be eligible.
Those interested in auditioning must sign up beforehand for a 10-minute time slot during the dates and times of auditions. Auditions take place May 9 from 2 to 6 pm and May 15 from noon to 5 pm. Auditions take place in Room 121A, located in the Academic Building on the East Peoria Campus. Those auditioning should have a song to sing. An accompanist will be provided.
The ICC Music Program has three vocal ensembles and four instrumental ensembles which present public concerts on campus and at high schools and other events in the area. The ICC Music Program offers a variety of academic classes such as applied music, music literature, music theory as well as private lessons. For general or enrollment information about the ICC Music Program, visit or contact the ICC Arts & Communication Department at (309) 694-5113.

To make an appointment to audition, contact ICC Vocal Jazz director Julie Clemens via email at or by phone at (309) 694-8969.

Illinois Imagine Workshop to Address Sexual Violence Prevention for People with Disabilities

Thursday, April 13, 2017

AMT Breaks Ground On Pekin Facility

Advanced Medical Transport held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for their new Pekin facility.  It is located on the southwest corner of 13th and Park Avenue in a UnityPoint Health - Pekin parking lot.  Andrew Rand, Executive Director of AMT, Bob Haley, CEO of Progressive Health Systems, and Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce all made remarks.  The facility is expected to be completed in August.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

OSF HealthCare Center for Health - Pekin

Philharmonic Chorale, In Residence at Illinois Central College, Presents Spring Concert May 7

The Philharmonic Chorale, in residence at Illinois Central College, presents its spring concert on Sun., May 7 at 3 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

Music will include “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson, “Honor and Glory” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “J’entends les Moulin” arranged by Donald Patriquin and “If Love Should Count You Worthy” by James Mulholland, featuring accompaniment by French Horn Catherine Reem and pianist Carol Spayer. Selections by Illinois composer Paul Carey, Jack Halloran, John Rutter, and Stephen Paulus will be featured. In addition, Richard Schumann’s “Zigeunerleben” (Gypsy Life) will be performed in a world music set, featuring soloists Melissa Friedlund, Kelly Gibson, Jim Rimington and Walter Wilkins.
Now in its 92nd season, the Philharmonic Chorale is one of the oldest choral groups in the area, with singers from a wide range of ages and all over Central Illinois. Its purpose is to perform, promote, and encourage choral music, and it gives two major concerts a year – one at Christmas and one in the spring. More information about the group is available at
The group is directed by Lara Reem of Washington.
The Philharmonic Chorale is supported as an in-residence ensemble by the Arts at ICC, which 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.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased online at Tickets are also available at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at (309) 694-5136.

2017 AMBUCS Charity Auction

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Chamber Connection Now Available!

This week's Chamber Connection is now available here!

2017 Pekin Business Showcase Booth Winners

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with R & B Productions for the Pekin Business Showcase at the 2017 Pekin Kids' Festival on April 1st. Twenty-three chamber business and organizations exhibited their services and products and even competed for blue ribbons! Awards were presented to: Sport Clips for Most Welcoming; CEFCU for Best Visitor Experience; First Pekin Savings Bank for Most Original; and Kings Kids for Best Presentation. Plans are already underway for the Pekin Business Showcase at the 2018 Pekin Kids Festival.

Monday, April 10, 2017

John Evans Business After Hours

John M. Evans Supportive Living Community hosted the April 6 Business After Hours.  Chamber members were treated to a Spring-themed party with delicious snacks, drinks and desserts.  Besides the creative theme, Laurie Hill and the staff also gave tours and spoke about the facility and plans for the future.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Improve Your Business Reputation with the Chamber of Commerce

The chamber of commerce is often seen as a Better Business Bureau of sorts. People have confidence in using businesses that are members of the chamber. Chamber membership equates to business respectability in many customers’  minds, which often means greater sales for business members.

Many people see chamber membership as a ringing endorsement of good business. While we don’t advertise that chamber members have better business practices than non-members businesses, a chamber membership does show interest in the local business community and for many, that equals a
business endorsement.

But we’re not the only ones who think chamber membership makes for good business.

The Schapiro Group Study and Why It Should Make a Difference to You
A national study of over 2,000 adults conducted by the Schapiro Group showed that being active in a local chamber of commerce pays off if your goal is more customers. That's because two-thirds of those surveyed believed that chamber members use good business practices, care about customers, and are involved in the community. While some people may wonder if a study that was conducted back in 2012 still applies today, all you need to do is consider that people do business with organizations they know, like, and trust. Using good business practices, caring about customers, and being known as involved in the community sure sounds like the beginning of know, like, and trust principles.

The study also found that when consumers knew that a business was a chamber member they were 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the business in the future. People see a correlation between community involvement and being a good company with worthwhile products. Consumers in the study were 10% more likely to think a business’ products were better than the competition if the business was a chamber member.

The study also revealed that for national restaurant franchises that are chamber members, people are 36% more likely to look favorably on that franchise.

The researchers said, any belief about the chamber of commerce—whether that belief was true or not—could have a significant positive impact on how someone views a member... he or she is more likely to think that the [member] company’s products stack up well and have a favorable opinion toward the company.

Why Does Chamber Membership Make Your Business More Appealing to Customers?
These results aren’t surprising to chambers but they might be to the rest of the community -- even though they shouldn’t be. Here’s why:

You Care
Community involvement is important to people who are shopping in town at local businesses. Joining the chamber is seen as being civic-minded even if the business is not all that involved. Having a membership is proof to many people that this is a business that plans to  stay in this community and contribute to it. It has roots and a stake in how things turn out.

You're Endorsed
While the chamber doesn’t endorse its members or rate them like a Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List might do, many people still see that as part of the chamber’s job. The trust people have in the chamber is transferred to its members as well.

You’re Investing in the Community
No one is forced to join the chamber and membership isn’t free. If you join the chamber you are investing in the economic health of the area and you want to take a leadership role in the business community. People like to support businesses with a cause, so if you invest in your business through chamber membership, people are more likely to see you as being a part of something larger than yourself. The bonus is that it’s also good for your business as you’re doing good for the community. Establishing know, like, and trust is essential to business these days.

All of those take time to do. You’re fortunate if you have an established business and have had the time to do that in your community. If not, a chamber membership is a great way to have a respected business leader vouch  for you as people generally transfer our reputation in business to our members, even if not in an official capacity.

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.

Pekin YWCA Stand Against Racism

Teresa Mack, Independent Beachbody Coach and Team Leader of Crushing Coaches, recognizes Coaches for their accomplishments:

Photographed with me, in the picture below, are Linda Rose Ten Haken & Julie Antonini, are my fellow Crushing Coaches Teammates and close Friends, and I am bursting with pride over their accomplishments!
Back in August the three of us went and got certified in the Beachbody program, "Country Heat". These two Coaches took that certification and ran with it!
Since December, they have been teaching Country Heat classes at Parkside Athletics, in Pekin, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you enjoy Country Line Dancing, then this is the class for you! Country Heat is a a Country Line Dancing inspired workout! :)

The Tuesday class is at 7:30 p.m. and the Thursday class is at 6:30 p.m. If you are a member of Parkside, classes are included in your membership, so it will cost you nothing extra to go! Otherwise, cost is $6 per class, but your first class is FREE!!! Come on out and join the FUN!!!

ICC Theatre Program Presents Eight Performances of Eric Bogosian’s Suburbia Beginning April 14

The ICC Theatre Program presents eight performances of the R-rated dramatic play Suburbia from April 14 through April 23 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre, located on the East Peoria Campus.
The Sun., April 23 performance takes place at 2:30 pm. All other shows begin at 7:30 pm. There are no performances Sun., April 16 or Mon., April 17.
Written by Eric Bogosian, Suburbia chronicles a tragic night in the life of a group of 20-somethings still living in their hometown. In the parking lot of a convenience store in the suburban town of Burnfield, the group gets together to welcome an old pal, now a star returning from a successful national tour with his rock band. His arrival in a limousine, replete with entourage, precipitates an all-night whirlwind of drinking, sex and violence. As the sun rises over the convenience store parking lot, tragedy and comedy have laced through these nine young lives and changed them forever, with some of the group finding their way out of Burnfield, while the rest are left to deal with a tragedy and its lasting consequences.
The ICC production is directed by Tim Wyman and produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. The show is rated R due to very strong language, along with adult themes and situations.
Cast members, their hometowns and their roles include: Nathanael Anderson of Peoria as Jeff, Amilia Dierks of Morton as Erica, Frank Drew of Peoria as Tim, Andrew Gray of Washington as Pony, Maggie Jackson of Washington as Bee-Bee, Britian Pearl of Hanna City as Pakessa, Bryce Stillson of Peoria Heights as Nazeer, Gillian Strachan of East Peoria as Sooze, and Anthony Turner of Peoria as Buff.
The ICC Theatre Program produces four shows each academic year, with two productions in the ICC Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre and two in the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre. Students are involved in all aspects of the productions, including acting, props, set building, stage management and technical aspects such as lighting and sound. In addition, the ICC Theatre Program offers an assortment of academic classes, including acting, technical theatre, theatre appreciation, directing and more. For general program or enrollment information, visit or contact the ICC Arts & Communication Department at (309) 694-5113.
The ICC Theatre Program is part of the Arts at ICC, which 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.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at (309) 694-5136.

SCORE:Franchising - Everything You Need to Know

Our presenter will be Grant Bullock, co-chair of Decatur, IL SCORE and a FranNet franchise representative in Central IL. Based on the

FranNet model and utilizing FranNet's exclusive "Proven Match" system, a state-of-the art, statistical method to measure attributes that enhance the probability of your success, Mr.Bullock will present this workshop that will help you to understand the pros and cons of franchising, clarify your goals, and assist you in making an informed decision about becoming a business owner through franchising.

The workshop is FREE but registration is required. Click below now to reserve your place.

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