Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Kicks Off 29th Annual Duck Race at Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery 6/8

The Center for Prevention of Abuse will host a kickoff party to mark the beginning of duck sales for annual fundraising event, the Duck Race, which raises funds to provide services to help women, men, and children live free from violence and abuse. Kelleher’s will close down the block of Water Street for the outdoor event and the evening will have rubber ducks available for sponsorship at buy-one get-one free while supplies last, Duck Race merchandise for sale, and an appearance by the Duck Race mascot, Super Quacky.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.
Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery
619 SW Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602

Starting June 8, ducks are officially up for sponsorship by visiting or at any of the sales sites throughout the greater Peoria area beginning weekends June 8 through race day on August 26, 2017 at Eastside Centre.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dash At Dusk

First Baptist Church of Pekin Family Movie Night

UnityPoint Health - Pekin Chamber Business After Hours

Please join us at the UnityPoint Health – Pekin Chamber Business After Hours event scheduled on June 1, 2017!  There will be refreshments, door prizes and tours.  We are looking forward seeing you and sharing our many changes!

Pekin Night

John and Sharon Amdall Donate “Prairie Walker” Sculpture Walk Piece to Illinois Central College

Illinois Central College installed today on its Peoria Campus the Sculpture Walk piece “Prairie Walker,” a gift from John and Sharon Amdall, of Washington, Ill. The 1200 lb., 12 ft. by 10 ft. by 6 ft. sculpture made of Cor-Ten steel was created by artist James Johnson, of Charleston, Ill., in 2011. Johnson is Emeritus Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Emeritus Professor of Art at Eastern Illinois University.

“I am honored and pleased to have my sculpture placed at the new ICC Peoria Campus student center.  It's a beautiful campus and having the sculpture placed where students, faculty, and the public can view it is especially rewarding. It has been a pleasure working with Arts Partners of Central Il, their success in bring a wide range of art programs to Peoria is noteworthy and deserving of recognition, especially the annual Sculpture Walk program which has greatly enhanced the public's awareness of the arts and the contributions they make to enriching our daily lives.” Johnson said.
“We are thrilled to add this sculpture to the ICC Peoria Campus,” Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, ICC president said. “Work of this caliber demonstrates the importance of arts at our College and in our community. We are grateful to the Amdalls for this addition to our collection by artist James Johnson, who spent a portion of his career in Illinois, helping students appreciate the arts and humanities.”

The piece was removed from its Sculpture Walk location on Washington St. in downtown Peoria to the ICC Peoria Campus, where it was placed in the courtyard near the College’s new Student Center. The sculpture joins “Spanish Dancer,” a stainless steel and slumped glass piece created by artist Jaci Willis, of Peoria, Ill., in 2013. The College purchased that piece in 2015.

According to Sculpture Walk, “Prairie Walker” reflects the artist’s experiences as a runner and impressions from his childhood of manmade structures against the heat of the horizon in the Southwest and Western United States.

The Amdalls are actively involved in many nonprofits throughout Central Illinois, including the ICC Educational Foundation, where they established the “Dreams Become Reality” Scholarship in 2012 to benefit first generation and non-traditional students. They were honored as the 2016 ArtsPartners of the Year by ArtsPartners of Central Illinois.

For more information, call Illinois Central College at (309) 694-5-ICC.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Five Selfies You Need to Take For Your Business

by Christina R. Green

Selfies are no longer the domain of duck-faced teenage girls. (That’s not an insult. It’s a description. Google it.) They’re gaining in popularity among adults and businesses too.

Selfies are a way of showing customers and potential customers a “behind the scenes” look at your business. They also are an effective way of telling your business story. 

In addition to selfies, photo bombs can be lots of fun as they are extremely shareable content. Photo bombs start off as portraits, similar to selfies, but the person in the foreground is upstaged by what’s going on behind him/her. 

Here are 5 types of selfies/photo bombs you should take for your business and post to your social streams: 

Your History
A selfie of the business owner in front of something historic about the business or the year it opened. Good ideas include standing in front of an old picture of the business from way back when, standing in front of a former owner’s portrait, or the first dollar made in the business. If you founded the business yourself, recreate a picture of you taken when you first opened and display them side by side. 

What Makes You Unique (and the same)
This picture is all about showcasing your personality but remember it is for business as well. Try taking a shot in front of a favorite collection or hobby, a picture of you in your favorite spot in town, or you enjoying your favorite meal.  When you post it ask a question of your audience, so while it appears to be about you, you are opening it up to a greater connection with them. Have fun with it. For example, taking a picture of you in the morning with your coffee/favorite mug. The caption could read, “You should’ve seen me before I had my first cup. Anyone else unapproachable before their morning coffee?” 

You and Your Right Hand (not literally)  
This selfie is a picture of you and the person (or people) who helps you beyond measure. It could be someone who works for you, or a vendor partner, your entire team, or your best customer. The point of this selfie is anything but self-serving. Show some appreciation on a grand level. Mention how thankful you are for that person in the post. 

Answer the Most Common Question Asked of Your Business 
This selfie is a unique way of answering the most commonly-asked question you hear in your business. For instance, if you are always asked your hours take a picture of yourself Vanna White style showcasing your open sign and listing your hours. Make it funny and you’re more apt to see shares. 

Show the Busy-ness 
This idea is more of a photo bomb than a selfie but sneak up on your employees hard at work, or sneak into a meeting and take a picture of yourself with them in the background.  The key to this shot is the caption you use when posting it. Something funny like, “This team is always hard at work, regardless of what I’m doing.”, makes people laugh. Let’s face it, people identify with jokes about hard-working employees and their bosses.  Selfies and photo bombs lend a humorous air to your social media shares. They delight your audience and show a fun side of your business.  

All social media posts should either educate, entice, or entertain. With selfies you have the last one covered brilliantly. 

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 Memberclicks. She’s just a bookish writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.

Monday, May 22, 2017

First Baptist Church Pekin Welcomes New Children's Ministries Director

Christine Greenleaf is the new Children's Ministries Director at First Baptist Church Pekin.  She has four children, two boys and two girls, that range from 14-31 years old. She also have a grandson, 7 years old and granddaughter, 3 years old.

Besides the experience of raising four children, Christine has a little over 10 years children's ministry experience.  She believe God has given her a great desire to show the love of Jesus to children.

Christine has some pretty cool curriculum for the Children’s Ministries for the summer and for the coming fall semester.

She is looking forward to serving God and the families in our community and to help children know that God is real and He loves and cares very much for them.

May Biz Barometer

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quick Pic Liquors Opens

Quick Pic Liquor recently opened on the corner 5th and Derby (422 Derby Street).  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce helped welcome them to Pekin with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Owner Atvi Patel and Manager Sam Patel were joined by their family and employees for the event.  Quick Pic Liquor is a convenience store that offers liquor, food, lottery, snacks and video gaming.  They can be reached at 347-6968.  More pictures from this event can be found at:

Central Illinois Ballet, In Residence at Illinois Central College, Presents Beauty and the Beast May 27

Audience members are invited to “be our guest” when Central Illinois Ballet (CIB), in residence at Illinois Central College, presents its world premiere performance of Beauty and the Beast Sat., May 27 at 2 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

Based on the classic Disney fairy tale, the show will transport audiences to an enchanted castle full of dancing teacups, flirty feather dusters and magical creatures.

“It has become a tradition to end our season each spring with a story book ballet,” said Rebekah Von Rathonyi, artistic director for CIB. “This year I am very excited to be directing such a heartwarming ballet with a strong female lead character. Belle (in our version Bella) is my daughter’s, and even my husband’s, favorite Disney princess. Also, Beauty and the Beast allows for the freedom to cast many different roles for our company members and academy students.”

Also appearing in Beauty and the Beast will be members of CIB’s senior and junior company ensemble, which is comprised of current students at Cornerstone Academy who are pursuing a career in professional dance. CIB productions offer these students the unique opportunity to dance alongside professional company members and learn firsthand what dancing in a professional company is like.

Central Illinois Ballet was formed from its official training school, Cornerstone Academy of Performing Arts, and had always been the vision of Von Rathonyi.

“Just as an orchestra needs professional musicians, Peoria needs professional dancers to heighten the quality of the performances,” she said. “A professional resident company elevates Peoria to the next level, inevitably increasing the standard of living in the community as a whole. Not only does our community benefit, but our students experience increased mentorship and witness the end result of what their hard work can accomplish.”

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.

Beauty and the Beast is a family friendly ballet that encourages audience members to engage and participate in the action throughout the show. There is assigned seating with premiere and general seating sections. Premiere seating is priced at $25 for adults and $12 for students. General seating costs $18 for adults and $12 for students. 

Tickets are available at, and in person at Cornerstone/CIB’s facility at 3117 N. Prospect Road in Peoria.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo


ICC will celebrate its 2017 Commencement on Saturday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Peoria Civic Center. Of the more than 2,100 students from the fall 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017 semesters who qualified to receive degrees and/or certificates, more than 300 are expected to participate in the ceremony.

The ceremony can be watched live via web streaming beginning at 9:30 am at

Sue Portscheller, Vice President of Marketing at CEFCU, will present the commencement address. Portscheller, an ICC alum, recently retired from the Board of Trustees after 18 years of service. As a single mother, Portscheller came to ICC to earn her associate degree and continued her education to receive her MBA. She is a philanthropist and volunteers in many areas of the community.

            ICC also will present an Honorary Associate Degree in Governance and Leadership in remembrance and appreciation of James K. Polk to his widow, Patti. Polk served on the ICC Board for nearly 20 years and passed away in November 2016.

For more information, contact ICC at (309) 694-5-ICC.

Dash at Dusk to be held July 21st

Pekin will host the fifth annual Dash at Dusk 5K and Kids’ Fun Run on July 21, 2017. The event promotes community wellness and raises funds for the hospital’s annual mission trip to provide medical assistance to underserved countries.
Held on the UnityPoint Health – Pekin campus at 600 South 13th Street in Pekin, Dash at Dusk includes a 5K run, a one-mile walk and a fun run for kids. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with a family friendly after party.
Prices are $30 for the 5K run, $30 for the one-mile walk and $15 for the kids’ run. All proceeds benefit this year’s mission trip to Liberia. The annual mission trip is part of UnityPoint Health – Pekin’s Seasons of Sharing Campaign.
“We’re looking forward to another great event to promote healthy living for area families,” said Marcy Becker, Dash at Dusk co-coordinator. “Last year we had 338 participants and raised more than $9,000 for our mission team. With the community’s help, we hope to make an even bigger impact this year.”

To register for Dash at Dusk or for more information about the event, visit or call 309-353-0559.


CEFCU is pleased to announce that members now have the ability to access Android Pay at hundreds of thousands of stores by using their smartphones with Android 4.4 KitKat and above. Any CEFCU Debit Mastercard or Credit Mastercard, may be used with Android Pay.

Android Pay is simple to set up and easy to use. Simply add your CEFCU Debit Mastercard or Credit Mastercard and make your payments quickly and securely wherever you see the contactless-enabled symbol at the check-out terminal. Android Pay payments are safe since your actual credit or debit card number is not used in the payment transaction. Instead, a virtual account number, which represents your account information is sent, keeping your card details secure. Android Pay can be used at millions of stores around the world, wherever contactless payments are accepted. Users simply unlock their device and hold it close to the terminal to pay.

“CEFCU is excited to be able to add Android Pay to our lineup of digital wallets,” said Denise Ghere, CEFCU Senior Vice President.

With assets totaling $5.8 billion, CEFCU serves over 323,000 members through 22 central Illinois Member Centers and four Member Centers in Santa Clara County, California; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website,; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Senior Consulting Project Program

While the Spring 2017 semester is coming to a close, we are gearing up for the Fall 2017 semester.  Applications are being accepted for the Senior Consulting Project program until August 4, 2017.

Is your business looking to create any of the following?  The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University may have the solution.
  • marketing strategy
  • feasibility study
  • strategic growth plan
  • launching a new product or service
  • starting your own business

Since 1972, Bradley University has provided the Senior Consulting Program to small businesses in the central Illinois area.  In this Capstone course, College of Business majors are given an opportunity to apply their accumulated business knowledge to a "real world" business situation at  NO COST to the participating business.
The student team will develop a plan of action and deliverables that will address your
organizational needs and enhance your performance. The project focuses on the future of your organization, rather than producing analysis of historical data.

What to Expect

business-meeting-convo.jpgDuring this semester long project, all business students majoring in: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management and Leadership, Management Information Systems, and Marketing will work on your specific business need or with an individual looking to launch their own business.  Each student team will spend hundreds of hours on your project.  The project includes a complete industry analysis, a survey of customers or market areas, and specific recommendations that address your company's concerns.  Time commitment for the business owner/executive is approximately 1-2 hours each week to interact with their student team members.  At the end of the semester, your student team will provide you with a detailed written report along with an oral presentation. Each student team is supervised by a business professor. Each student signs a confidentiality agreement. The Fall 2017 semester begins August 23rd and concludes on December 5th.

Examples of past projects include:
  • Customer satisfaction/needs survey, which have proven useful in determining product/service offerings, pricing, etc; 
  • Feasibility studies to determine whether to expand into new locations or new product/service lines;
  • Analyzing current marketing efforts and providing suggestions to get better results for the promotion dollar;
  • Designing a marketing strategy; 
  • Strategic planning

Start-ups and companies of any size from 2 - 200 employees
and from any industry are welcome to apply. 

  To learn more or to apply, visit our 
Questions, please call the Illinois SBDC at (309) 677-2992.
Applications must be received by 5pm 
Friday, August 4, 2017
for full consideration for the Fall Semester.

The Illinois SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Bradley University.

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Limited openings are still available for the fall 2017 semester for the Illinois Central College Automotive Technology and General Motors-Automotive Service Educational Programs (GM ASEP). The Automotive Technology program is a two-year, ASE/NATEF certified program that prepares students to become automotive technicians at new car and truck dealerships, repair facilities, automotive machine shops, and many other automotive businesses. The GM ASEP program is a ASE/NATEF certified program that specifically prepares students to work as automotive technicians in General Motors dealerships or ACDelco Professional Service Centers. For more information on how to apply for these programs, contact the Agricultural & Industrial Technologies Dept., visit

Additional programs with openings include the Horticulture- Landscape Management and Horticulture- Turfgrass Management, which are two-year associate in applied science degree (career) programs. Openings are available for the fall 2017 semester for the Mechatronics Technology and HVAC/R Technology programs, which lead to an associate in applied science degree (career).

ICC also has open seats at this time in the machine trades, mechanical engineering technology, and welding courses for both this summer and fall.

For more information on how to apply for any of these programs and specific eligibility requirements for each, visit

To schedule an appointment with an advisor, contact the ICC Agricultural & Industrial Technologies Dept. by email at or call (309) 694-5510.

Women business owners dedicated to helping each other, informing, and serving Pekin and the surrounding communities

Sex sells. What sells even more? Insecurity. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. Their target? Women, and increasingly men and children. The Illusionists exposes the absurd, sometimes humorous, and shocking images that seek to enslave us. This documentary about the globalization of beauty, is an internationally acclaimed film. Elena Rossini, the filmmaker, is also a photographer, multimedia producer, director and blogger. Elena worked as a writer, producer, cinematographer and director on The Illusionists, which explores the marketing of unattainable beauty ideals around the world. The film was financed through a crowdfunding campaign, amassing donations from over 360 individuals; filming locations include the U.S., U.K., the Netherlands, France, Italy, Lebanon, India and Japan.

There will be two screenings offered on June 22, 2017 at 10 am and at 6 pm. The Screenings will be held at The Mansion on Walnut, 420 Walnut St, Pekin. “We are very excited to offer this free event to the community because we believe that current false, distorted view of beauty causes great unhappiness for many. It is only through educated eyes and minds that we can again begin to appreciate true beauty in ourselves and others. Watching this powerful documentary as a group and discussing it together afterwards definitely impacts how you define beauty,” says Bonnie Harken, owner of The Mansion on Walnut.

The group of women who own businesses in Pekin are sponsoring this public service event in June. Participating in the group are: Kellie Branch-Dircks LCSW, EZ Dreamin’ Therapeutic Equine Assisted Counseling Services; Kim Brooks-Miller, owner of Your Story; Karen Watson, LCSW; and Bonnie Harken, Crossroads Programs for Women and owner of The Mansion on Walnut. Their common bond is that they are mental health service providers and they each have a passion and commitment to their businesses and the Pekin Community. It is their belief that a group of women committed to helping others can impact a community when they join together to promote their services and serve the needs of their community.

As business owners, they are proud to offer this screening. “Many of the services we offer are usually only available in larger communities but we are committed to providing them right here in Pekin! Our purpose is to encourage residents of Pekin and surrounding communities to look to Pekin first!”

For more information: Bonnie Harken 309-353-3614

Tremont Medical Arts Opens

Hopedale Medical Center held a grand opening for their new Tremont Medical Arts building on May 13th.  The new building will be staffed by Drs. Trent D. and Rebecca A. Proehl.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Drs. Alfred N. Rossi, Matthew B. Rossi and Lawrence J. Rossi, Jr. and Chief Operating Officer Mark Rossi all made remarks after the ribbon cutting.  The new facility is located at 150 Lake Street.  More information is available at  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Kiwanis Pekin Sunset Club Joins Chamber

Jordan Matthews, president of the Kiwanis Pekin Sunset Club, cut the ribbon celebrating the clubs membership in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.  Other officers and club members joined Matthews and representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce for the ceremony.  The Kiwanis Pekin Sunset Club meets at Mashies at 6pm on the 2nd Wednesdays of each month.  More information about their club is available on their Facebook page or you can email the club at: or find them on Twitter: @KiwanisPekinSunsetClub.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series presents "Buddy and Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll" on May 19

               Buddy Holly didn’t make it to his scheduled performance in Peoria in 1959, but musician Johnny Rogers will give audiences a feel for his music and more.

               The Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series presents Rogers and his backing band with their show Buddy and Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll on May 19 at 7:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

               Due to the fateful plane crash known as “the day the music died,” Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper never made it to Peoria to perform as part of the Winter Dance Party tour in 1959. But Rogers will pay tribute to those performers and others during his performance.

               “I’ll start it off with Buddy Holly and I’ll put in a tribute to the Bopper and Ritchie Valens, because they were on that last tour with him and on the plane,” Rogers said. “Then after that I’ll do Johnny Cash and do the whole Million Dollar Quartet thing with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Then I’ll move into Ricky Nelson, the Everly Brothers. It’s kind of a history of rock and roll.”

               Not only does Rogers perform the music of Buddy Holly, but he also is a big fan of the late performer.

               “When I heard Buddy Holly, I became the biggest Buddy Holly fan out there, and I have a large memorabilia collection of my own,” Rogers said. “I actually own a pair of glasses that belonged to Buddy, and a shirt that was given to me by his first girlfriend that she made for him. And I’ve got some actual photos that have never been published of Buddy.”

 Rogers has performed his show for several relatives of Holly as well as other performers who played shows with the late singer.

               “I had the honor of performing for Buddy’s own family, and I’m still very close with his family,” Rogers said. “The reaction of the family was that I was the closest to Buddy they’d ever seen.

               Rogers played for the last four U.S. presidents. His show was voted as one of the best in Branson two years in a row. Rogers was inducted into the Iowa Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and he was recognized with the most versatile artist award in Nashville by the Josie Radio Show program. Rogers said he’s looking forward to playing in Peoria, and he thinks music fans, especially people who are fans of old time rock and roll, will enjoy the show.

               Sculpture Walk Peoria will be the highlighted community partner for the event. The community partner program, a part of the ICC Guest Artists Series, highlights a non-profit or community organization which has ties to the Guest Artists Series performance.

               Patrons at the event who donate to Sculpture Walk Peoria will be entered in a drawing for two free tickets to a future ICC Guest Artists Series event.

               As it does for all ICC Guest Artists Series events, CityLink provides Park and Ride service from Peoria for the performance. Buses leave Evergreen Square near the former Lenscrafters building at 6:45 pm and transport passengers directly to the ICC Performing Arts Center. Buses return to Evergreen Square immediately after the show. Fares are $1 one-way. Senior citizens 65 years of age and older with verification can ride for 50 cents one way.

               The performance is presented by 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.

               Tickets cost $25 for the general public and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

Fundraiser for Local Special Needs Recreation Association.

The Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association (IRVSRA) is have a rummage sale this Friday and Saturday to raise money for building renovations to increase program space for their special needs programing.  The rummage sale will take place indoors, rain or shine, inside the Robert N. Blackwell Administration Building up the hill from DragonLand Water Park in Mineral Springs Park at 1701 Court Street.  There are many items available, from clothes to power tools, it is a must see for garage and rummage sale enthusiasts.  If you are unable to attend the rummage sale but would still like to help with the renovation project you can donate online at: OR offline by contacting the Pekin Park Foundation at 309.353.4328 to make a direct donation to IRVSRA.  For more about IRVSRA, please visit

Hours:                   Friday: 4pm – 7pm
                                Saturday: 8am – 3pm
Location:              Robert N. Blackwell Administration Building
Mineral Springs Park
1701 Court Street
Pekin, IL

Facebook Event Details with photos:

Run A Muck Sponsorship



Pekin Life Insurance Company held its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Company’s Home Office in Pekin, Illinois.

Premium income increased by 3.1 percent to $222.5 million. Life Insurance in force exceeded $17.1 billion in the year 2016. The Company reported net loss of $1.0 million.
At the meeting, shareholders elected directors Steven R. Anderson, Loves Park, Illinois; Byron A. Dodd, Anna, Illinois; and Brian K. Lee, Pekin, Illinois, to three year terms to expire in May 2020.
Other directors whose terms continue are: Craig W. Concklin, Hinsdale, Illinois; Daniel V. Connell, Tremont, Illinois; Scott A. Martin, Peoria, Illinois; and Thomas C. Hornstein, A. Richard Kriegsman, and Christine A. Schwartz, all from Pekin, Illinois.
Pekin Life Insurance Company is an integral part of the Pekin Insurance® group of companies.
Pekin Life Insurance Company stock trades under the symbol “PKIN” and is listed on the OTC Pink Marketplace.

A multi-line company, Pekin Life Insurance Company offers individual life which includes term life, whole life, universal life, as well as medicare supplement, annuity, credit insurance, debt protection, and pre-need coverages. Additionally, Pekin Life Insurance Company has a third party claims administration division, Group Plan Solutions, which is designed to provide employer-based, self-funded health plan administration.
Other products offered by the Pekin Insurance group include personal automobile, homeowners, motorcycle, recreational vehicle, boatowners, personal umbrella, commercial automobile, businessowners, commercial property and liability, workers compensation, commercial umbrella and bonds.
Information about Pekin Life Insurance Company can be obtained by visiting our Internet website at

Monday, May 8, 2017

Good Tequilas Ribbon Cutting

Good Tequilas, 1440 N. 8th Street, celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting on Monday, May 8th.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin joined owner Jose Barragan and his staff for the celebration.  Good Tequilas is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:30pm; Friday 11:00 am to 10:30 pm; Saturday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 am 9:00 pm.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Rockstar Leadership Master Class (Level 1)

DATE: May 25, 2017 - June 29, 2017
LOCATION: Richardson Counseling & Wellness Center 
112 Park Ridge Land, Pekin, IL

Improve and Uplevel your skills in leadership, team building, problem solving, decision making, and communication. This interactive training is strength-based and the practical application will address:
·  Dealing with difficult people
·  Dealing with our difficult selves
·  Dealing with difficult situations
​6-week Master Class. Each session is 1.5 - 2 hours, and participants are asked to dedicate one additional hour per week on independent homework activities.

Register by May 18, 2017
Click here for all information and to sign up.

This program is also offered
August 31st
October 12th
This program is also offered as a Teleclass training:
July 11th
October 10th

December 26th

HOI Food Truck & Music Festival

Mashie's Pub & Eatery Mother's Day Buffet



The Center for Prevention of Abuse Welcomes New Director of Marketing and Communications Bradley University Graduate and Communications Professional Camille Yameen Accepted into New Leadership Role

Center for Prevention of Abuse Executive Director Carol Merna is pleased to announce Camille Yameen has been named The Center’s new Director of Marketing and Communications. Camille is a Bradley University graduate and has spent the previous five years building her resume in national and international communications.

"Camille is the perfect fit for the marketing and communications team at The Center for Prevention of Abuse,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director. “She brings a unique skillset to us with very diverse experience and a creative focus. Her passion for nonprofit work, our mission, and advocacy have made her the right person to take on this important leadership role.”

Camille previously worked in public relations in Las Vegas, Nevada at Kirvin Doak Communications where she and her team handled communication efforts, special events, and media relations on behalf of a variety of clientele in the for profit and nonprofit sectors. She went on to serve for 22 months as a Community Health Advisor in Peace Corps Madagascar where she implemented rural health campaigns surrounding malaria, safe motherhood, water/sanitation and vaccines at the grassroots level, while working diligently to provide education on how to improve overall quality of life in her village.  

“I am very excited to accept the position of Director of Marketing and Communications at The Center for Prevention of Abuse,” said Camille Yameen. “I’ve been familiar with the Center since I was a student at Bradley and couldn’t be more thrilled to join this family. I’m most looking forward to blending my experiences and working alongside people who truly believe in the goodness of their work. I already feel at home and can’t wait for the next chapter here.”

Camille is a Kansas City, Missouri native, but recently moved back to Peoria. She looks forward to working in her new position to fulfill The Center’s mission to help all people live free from violence and abuse.


Limited openings are still available for the fall 2017 semester for select Health Careers Programs. The original deadline for registering for most Fall 2017 Health Careers programs was January 15. However, additional applications are being accepted for the following programs on a first-come, first-served basis: Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Massage Therapist, Medical Assistant, Medical Coder, Medical Office Administrative Assistant, Paramedic, Respiratory Therapist, and Surgical Technologist. ICC also has openings for summer 2017 in the EMT program.

There also are open seats available at this time in medical terminology courses this summer and fall. This course is a prerequisite for other courses in the Health Careers programs.

Successful applicants must meet eligibility criteria specific to each program. For more information on how to apply for any of these programs and specific eligibility requirements, visit To schedule an appointment with an advisor, contact the ICC Health Careers Dept. by email at or call (309) 999-4600.

Goodwill to Host Annual Job Fair

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois will host its annual job fair on Friday, June 2, 2017. The job fair will be held at Goodwill Commons, 2319 E. War Memorial Drive, Peoria. Job fair hours are 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
More than 30 employers are slated to attend. All employers attending will have positions open.
Currently, these employers will be available:
2 Men & A Truck
Job Corps
Congressman Darin Lahood
Bump Boxes
County of Peoria Juvenile Detention Center
Preferred Home Healthcare
Resource MFG
Representative Cheri Bustos
Embassy Suites
Sedona Staffing
Signature Products
Social Security Administration
Heartland Health
Staff Quick
Palm TriCom Construction
Home Goods
IDES/Career Link
Vonachen Services Inc.
Woodforest National Bank

Employers attending will be updated and available at
For more information contact Johanna Wagner at (309) 682-1113, ext. 2117 or visit

Facet Technologies Responds To Rapid Increase In Demand for Small Device Repairs with Employee Training and Development

Facet Technologies announces the Certification of Completion for Dave Jacobs from the Cell Phone Repair Academy. Dave has successfully completed 32 course hours in intermediate and advanced repair training in the following modules of mobile electronic repair: General Cell Phone Structure, Software and Programming, Assembly and Disassembly Procedures, Diagnoses and Troubleshooting, Water Damage Reversal, Screen Replacement and Refurbishment, and Soldering Techniques for Motherboard Components.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Richardson Counseling & Wellness After Hours

Char Richardson and the staff at Richardson Counseling and Wellness Center hosted the May 4th Business After Hours.  About 30 chamber members enjoyed plenty of snacks and networking with other business leaders.  They also learned more about the services, programs and leadership training available at Richardson Counseling.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Monday, May 1, 2017


Illinois Central College Children’s Center has once again received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state's quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

This is the third year that the center has received the award, which recognizes programs demonstrating quality on 15 standards. Recipients are judged based upon factors such as the center’s learning environment, curriculum, instructional quality, inclusion of children with special needs, staff-to-child ratio, and family and community involvement, to name a few. Awardees are recognized at three levels, with the Gold Circle of Quality as the highest designation.

“We are proud to receive this award for the third year and even prouder to offer this level of quality to both the families we serve and the students we are training to be the next generation of childcare service providers,” said ICC Children’s Center Director Melanie Fleming. “All the credit goes to our phenomenal staff and their dedication to the kids and their families.”

ICC Children’s Center provides quality care for children aged 2 and toilet trained to the 6th birthday. It has been accredited as a High Quality Early Childhood Program with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 2005.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes licensed child care centers, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. It helps families make more informed choices about their children's early learning and establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.

            Childcare openings currently are available at the ICC Children’s Center. Students and staff receive a discounted rate. For more information, visit or call Melanie Fleming at (309) 694-5116.