Wednesday, January 31, 2018

United Way of Pekin 2018 Annual Meeting Luncheon

United Way of Pekin 2018 Annual Meeting Luncheon

Thursday, March 1 - 11:30 am Avanti’s Dome

3401 Griffin Ave. Pekin, IL

Speaker Dr. Danielle Owens

Superintendent Pekin Community High School

Reservations due by February 26 

$20.00 per person

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Page receives professional land surveyor license

Serena Page, P.E., PLS, a civil engineer at Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Peoria office, recently became a licensed professional land surveyor in Illinois.
Page joined Hanson in 2010. She has provided surveying and engineering services for projects, including the base roadway repairs for the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing and the study and design of the Washington Street reconstruction, both in Peoria; planning for the Seminary Street overpass in Galesburg for BNSF Railway Co.; and a design survey for the Monroe County Airport’s runway rehabilitation in Bloomington, Indiana, as part of the facility’s sinkhole repairs.
Page received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association, the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Society of Women Engineers.
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The Peoria office is located at 7625 N. University St., Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614. The office may be reached by phone at (309) 691-0902.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Leadership Hula Hoops

Students in the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy learned important leadership lessons today while working with magic helium-filled Hula Hoops.  Nathan Thomas from Bradley University led the class through the exercise.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Residences of Rosemary Crossing


Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois has announced Susan Walker as the organization’s new Director of Retail.
An Illinois State University graduate, Susan spent much of her career with Walgreens. While with the drug store corporation, she managed 5 locations and was a regional top talent acquisition lead. In addition, she was a district recruiter, placing individuals in leadership and pharmacy roles.
Susan also possesses experience as a financial professional associate for Prudential. In that capacity she developed insurance and investment programs, while serving a base
of clients.
“Susan brings a fresh perspective to our stores,” said Don Johnson, Goodwill of Central Illinois’ President & CEO. “Susan’s vast experience will allow us to continue and improve the quality shopping experience that our customers expect and deserve.”
Goodwill’s free programs are possible through the sale of your donated items. Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois serves 21 counties within Central Illinois. Goodwill offers employment services, veterans’ support services, operates a veterans’ home and employs more than 300 people.

Savant Capital Management Adds Donovan Sanchez to its Peoria Team

 Savant Capital Management, an independent nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm, has added Donovan Sanchez as a financial advisor in its Peoria office.  
Sanchez joined Savant in January and is a member of the firm’s Advisory Team. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the financial planning and investment process for Savant’s clients. He routinely meets with clients, advisors, portfolio managers, and planners to determine and coordinate effective planning, investment, and tax strategies.

He recently completed the Series 65, Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination, which qualifies him as an investment professional to function as an investment advisor in specific states. The exam is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and covers laws, regulations, ethics and topics such as retirement planning, portfolio management strategies, and fiduciary responsibilities.

Sanchez has been involved in the financial services industry since 2016. Prior to joining Savant, he was a financial advisor with a national insurance company. He earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching with minors in business management and Spanish from Brigham Young University.

About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $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.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

SCORE: Business Loans: What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST

Business Loans: What You Need to Know Before You Apply
Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce – Conference Room
403 N. E. Jefferson
Peoria, IL, 61603

This workshop will cover the 5 C's of business credit and the information needed before you apply. Attendees can expect to gain some real practical takeaways and be able to apply what they learn to most financial institutions. Brandon Carlson, Business Credit Analyst and Russell Edelman, Business Loan officer - both of CEFCU - will be presenting.

This workshop is FREE, but registration is required.
Call Peoria SCORE at 309-676-0755 or register online by clicking here.

ICC “Between the Lines” Program Examines Jackie Chan and the Western Hero Feb. 5

Join Illinois Central College’s “Between the Lines” program as it explores Jackie Chan and the Western Hero on Mon., Feb. 5 at 2:30 pm in Room 212C/D on the East Peoria Campus. Facilitator for the discussion is Marsha Watson.
Jackie Chan is perhaps the biggest Asian mega-star many Americans have never heard of. If American audiences do recognize his name, it is most often for comedic, martial arts/buddy films such as Shanghai Noon and Rush Hour. Western audiences more familiar with Chan’s film work also will recognize him from classic martial arts films such as Drunken Master I and II or Police Story 3: Supercop. Chan trained from age 10 to perform Peking Opera, and his films portray a type of hero drawn from the conventions of that highly ritualized tradition: comedic, morally centered, and despite the amazing martial arts feats at the core of his performances, non-violent.

This presentation will examine the characteristics of the heroic tradition in Peking Opera, as performed by Jackie Chan in film, in order to provide the audience with a new lens through which to view the western heroic tradition, as represented in classic western texts such as Homer’s Iliad and Milton’s Paradise Lost.

“Between the Lines” is a lecture series presented by the faculty members of the English, Humanities and Language Studies Department at ICC. The goal of the series is to offer literary presentations that will interest students and people in the community, as well as promote reading literacy and scholarly study.
The programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Jim Sullivan at or

Debbie Fornoff Designs HunterDouglas sale!

Contact Debbie Fornoff Designs (309) 353-2608 for more information!


The Philharmonic Chorale, in residence at Illinois Central College, will host open rehearsals during the month of January on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 pm in Room 121A of the Academic Building, located on the ICC East Peoria Campus.
            Singers who are high school graduates or older are welcome to join the Philharmonic Chorale. The purpose of the group is to perform, promote and encourage choral music. The Philharmonic Chorale has been in existence since 1925.
            The spring concert of the Philharmonic Chorale’s 93rd season is scheduled for Sun., May 6 at 2:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $12 for the general public, $10 for students and senior citizens.
            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.

            For more information, contact the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113 or Information is also available through the group’s web site,

McDaniels Marketing Expands Team with New Marketing Consultant in Rockford

McDaniels Marketing is proud to welcome Kate McDaniels-Baumann to its staff. In her role as Marketing Consultant, McDaniels-Baumann works out of the Rockford office, with easy access to Chicago O’Hare airport, and serves clients nationwide for all divisions within McDaniels Marketing, including the interactive division, McD Digital.

McDaniels-Baumann joins the agency with over 30 years’ experience, most recently as Director of Marketing & Procurement at Mule-Hide Products Co. Before that, she served in marketing roles at Marshall & Ilsley Corporation, Waukesha Health System, R&J Medical Supply, Rowe Pottery Works and Design North.

“It is exciting to offer our clients the talented expertise of an associate with such in-depth experience,” Randy McDaniels, President of McDaniels Marketing, said. “This is a full-circle role for Kate, who started her early career at our company and moved on to marketing positions where she handled assignments for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, including business-to-business and consumer goods. She has worked to market healthcare, banking, giftware, beverage, personal care, automotive and roofing products.”

Randy McDaniels continued, “Kate truly understands who we are as a company and is excited about making significant contributions to our future and clients’ successes. Our clients are pleased to hear about this additional talent who will be servicing their accounts.”

McDaniels Marketing draws on more than 50 years of experience to help strategically plan and execute marketing tactics for clients. McDaniels, headquartered in Pekin, Ill., also has client service offices in Rockford, Ill., South Haven, Mich., and the Quad Cities. McD Digital specializes in developing websites, animation, videos, e-surveys, kiosks, ecommerce, content management systems, search engine marketing, optimization and social media to fit a variety of budgets.

Energy Efficiency Lunch and Learn

Illinois Central College S.I.G.N. Club Presents “Deaf Idol 2018” on March 9

Illinois Central College S.I.G.N. Club will host its 6th Annual “Deaf Idol 2018” on Fri., March 9 from 7 to 9 pm, in the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. The event features contestants from the deaf community performing songs, stories, poetry, skits and more in American Sign Language for a grand prize. Judges will select the top three winners for the evening.
This year, nationally recognized music interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego, from Houston, Texas, will service as celebrity judge; along with JoAnn “Jo Rose” Benfield, an actress/music interpreter and an advocate for the deaf; and Sam Harris, a deaf interpreter during the hurricanes in Florida.
“We are excited to have Amber back with us once again this year and are delighted to welcome JoAnn and Sam to help us celebrate our sixth year of Deaf Idol at ICC,” said ICC Adjunct Faculty and S.I.G.N. Club Advisor DiAnn Sances. “This evening is an important one every year, as it not only provides a unique opportunity to promote and enrich the deaf community but allows the community as a whole to experience ASL culture in such a special and creative way.”
ICC’s Interpreter Prep Program 2nd year students also will be performing a special skit of “Wizard of Oz” in ASL. There will be two voice interpreters available for the hearing fans in the audience, and “I Love You” pillows, t-shirts and more will be available for purchase in the Performing Arts Center lobby beginning at 6pm.
Advanced tickets may be purchased from any S.I.G.N. Club officer for $5 per adult and children ages 13 and up. Tickets for children age 12 and under are free. Doors open at 6 pm.

For more information, email the S.I.G.N. Club at

Women’s Retreat for Mind-Body Wellness

Hopedale Wellness Center is hosting a Women’s Retreat on Saturday, February 10 from 8:30 – 11:30am. Women are invited to come and practice well-being through yoga, expert presentations, and chair massages. The morning will focus specifically on women’s mind and body wellness. There will be segments on essential oils, stress awareness, and giveaways!   
                Participants will enjoy breakfast, a 20 minute yoga demonstration with certified yoga instructor Jessica Desai, and take home a small meal prepared during a nutrition session with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sara Pilcher. This event will be a relaxing morning getaway in peaceful Hopedale, IL with excellent takeaways regarding women’s mental and physical health.

                Women age 16 and older can register by calling (309) 449-4500 by January 31; cost is $20 for Hopedale Wellness Center Members and $25 for non-members. Additional information about Hopedale Wellness Center and its services for all community members is available online at  

Illinois American Water Announces 2018 Environmental Grant Program

The application process is now open for Illinois American Water’s 2018 Environmental Grant Program. The program supports innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds through partnerships. Diverse activities like watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, wellhead protection and hazardous waste collection efforts are supported through grants of up to $10,000.
"Since 2009, we’ve contributed over $175,000 to 46 Illinois water protection projects. Our commitment to protecting the environment runs deep and we’re proud to support the efforts of local organizations that share our vision,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President. To qualify, proposed projects must be located in an Illinois American Water service area and: - address a source water or watershed protection need in the community - be completed between May 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018 - be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program - be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations - provide evidence of sustainability (continued existence after the American Water grant monies are utilized)
In 2017, Illinois American Water awarded seven grants totaling $20,300 as follows: - Foundation for Ohio River Education received a $2,500 grant for Ohio River Sweep supplies.
- Gifts In The Moment Foundation in Peoria received a $7,250 grant for the Urban Agriculture Rain Water Collection and Transportation System project, which uses collected rain and a portable water trailer to water community garden and agriculture sites.
- Heartlands Conservancy received a $2,800 grant for the Signal Hills outdoor classroom to support water quality and native habitat education.
- Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group in the Chicago Metro area received a $4,200 grant for the Hickory Creek Environmental Interpretive Signs and Story Mapping project. The project raises awareness about best management practices within the Hickory Creek watershed. Three rain gardens were installed.
- Pekin Park District received a $2,000 grant for the Lick Creek Watershed Invasive Species Control project.
- Peoria Park District received a $550 grant to supply dumpsters and tire recycling for the Illinois River Sweep.
- Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum received a $1,000 grant to support five water camp scholarships.
Grant information and application forms can be found at Applications should be emailed to by March 26, 2018.
Illinois American Water - Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting

Friday, January 19, 2018

UnityPoint Health - Pekin East Opens

Well over 100 chamber members and guests were on hand for the official grand opening of UnityPoint Health - Pekin East on January 18. The new state of the art building is located on the corner of Veterans Drive and Griffin Avenue.

The new facility will bring together primary care providers and pediatricians under one roof. By having them all in one building, along with x-ray and lab services, accessing care will be more convenient. The third floor will be home to the UnityPoint Health specialty practices, including an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist, among others.

UnityPoint Health - Pekin East is a 52,000 square foot building with three stories. Each floor includes 26 exam rooms and two procedure rooms. In addition, the first floor will include a community area providing space for health education classes, physician presentations and meeting space.

You can see more pictures from this event at: 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SCORE: Uncover the Untapped Revenue in Your Business

About the presenter

Dr. Jeremy Weisz - Cofounder of Rise25,com
Dr. Jeremy Weisz - Cofounder of Rise25,com Image
Dr. Jeremy Weisz is cofounder of Rise25 helps professional service entrepreneurs like consultants, coaches, web developers, and writer/speakers to diversify their revenues and scale up by creating “one to many” programs and offerings.
Dr. Jeremy Weisz has a breadth of experience as an entrepreneur including: founder of a Chiropractic and Massage facility, a podcast host and producer of InspiredInsider, creator of an industry-leading chiropractic classifieds website, and nutritional supplement company.  He has also been profiled in Forbes on building up multiple businesses.  He is the father of two young girls and is from Chicago.


Illinois Central College will offer a spring session of its course to prepare individuals for employment as a pharmacy technician. The pharmacy technician course is 12 weeks of classroom instruction, which will give students a solid foundation in the skills necessary for employment as a pharmacy technician and will prepare students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam. 
The pharmacy technician classes will be held on Mondays, beginning February 26 through May 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Hickory Hall on the ICC Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria. Cost of the course is $1,625, and a payment plan is available. Cost includes tuition, Pharmacy Technician textbook and workbook, a set of Top 100 drugs brand/generic flashcards, and a set of medical scrubs.
Free informational sessions will be held Tues., January 30 at 6 pm and Sat., Feb. 3 at 10 am at Hickory Hall on the ICC Peoria Campus. No pre-registration is required.

For questions or to register with a payment plan, contact Ellen George at (309) 690-6909. To register and pay in full, visit or call (309) 690-6900. 

Illinois American Water now accepting 2018 Environmental Grant Applications

Illinois American Water is now accepting applications for the 2018 Environmental Grant Program. We are seeking innovative and collaborative programs that result in positive and sustainable environmental changes. Watershed protection and cleanup activities, value of water education efforts, green business innovations and hazardous waste collection efforts are just a few examples of potential winners through our Environmental Grant Program. If your community or organization is planning to launch an environmental initiative that focuses on watershed or water source protection, you might be eligible to receive a grant. 
Deadline for entries is March 26, 2018 - Entries must be emailed to Karen Cotton at or postmarked by March 26, 2018 and mailed to Karen Cotton at 7500 North Harker Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61615.  Late entries will not be accepted.  Email is preferred as it reduces waste.  It is also requested that you submit your application as early as possible. 

To qualify for Environmental Grant funding, a proposed project must be located within an Illinois American Water service area and:
·         address a source water or watershed* protection need in the community
·         be completed between May 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018
·         be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program
·         be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations
·         provide evidence of sustainability (continue existence after the American Water grant monies are utilized)
The program brochure and application are available online at

Projects that DO NOT qualify include:

Pipeline or main extension projects, land or major equipment acquisition, entertainment, food/beverages, lobbying (attempting to influence local, state or national legislation), interest payments or personal articles, such as clothing. Grant money cannot be used for salaries, wages or personal compensation.

Accounting Bookkeeper Program at Illinois Central College

We are writing to announce the launch of a new Accounting Bookkeeper Program at Illinois Central College:

The certificate program is 32 semester hours and prepares students for a career as a bookkeeper or accounting assistant. It will cover financial, managerial, payroll, and tax accounting, along with a course that focuses on the use of Microsoft Excel and Access. The program concludes with two courses - Accounting using QuickBooks and a Bookkeeping Capstone course that will prepare you to take the Certified Bookkeeper Exam. 

We have presented this program to our Accounting Advisory Board, made up of local employers in the field, and not only have they approved of the program, they believe a graduate of this program who passes the certified bookkeeper exam would be just as valuable as someone with an associate's degree. Students will walk out of this program with a marketable credential. 

We have pre-scheduled the required courses. Courses will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the East Peoria campus. For a student who starts in the Spring 2018 semester, the schedule would look like this:

Spring 2018:
BUS 110 - Introduction to Business
ACCTG 105 - Bookkeeping

Summer 2018:
ACCTG 120 – Financial Accounting

Fall 2018:
ACCTG 113 – Tax Accounting
ACCTG 121 – Managerial Accounting

Spring 2019:
ACCTG 211 – Accounting Using Spreadsheets and Database Software
ACCTG 115 – Payroll Accounting

Summer 2019:
Comm 110 – Introduction to Communication: Presentation and Theory

Fall 2019:
ACCTG 216 – Bookkeeping Capstone
ACCTG 108 – Accounting Using Quickbooks

Students who enroll in this program in the Spring 2018 semester would take two classes in the spring, one in the summer, and two in the fall in both 2018 and 2019​. In summary, by committing to two nights a week, you will be done in just 24 months. We hope this schedule will allow students to better plan their work, life, and school responsibilities in order to be successful. Additionally, two full-time faculty members will be monitoring student progress throughout the program, notifying students of potential job opportunities, and answering student questions.

If you have employees who might be interested in this program or if you have any questions, or want to talk with someone about this, please feel free to respond to this email or call the ICC Business, Legal, and Information Systems office at 694-5558.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Chamber Leadership Academy Begins

The 20th edition of the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy began on January 11th, as 22 students met for the first session.  In addition to a welcome and orientation, the students got to know each other through a speed-networking exercise. The 10-week program meets twice each week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

First held in 1999, the leadership academy was launched by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce as a means to identify and develop future leaders for the chamber and other organizations in the community.  The topics, speakers, and tours are all determined by a volunteer committee of leadership academy graduates.

UnityPoint Health and Pekin First Church of the Nazarene are both sponsors of the 2018 academy.

The program culminates with a graduation banquet in  March.

You can see more pictures from this event at:

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is proud to announce three new members to their Board of Directors.
Goodwill welcomes Stephanie Hassett. Stephanie is an employee of TEK Systems and brings experience in employment and staffing. Her expertise will be invaluable with regard to Goodwill’s employment services.
A member of the National Labor Relations Board, Ashley Miller brings with her experience in employment and labor law. Her experience will also aid Goodwill’s employment services.
Dr. Marwin Spiller rounds out the roster of new board members. Dr. Spiller comes from the Peoria Public School system and is a practicing sociologist. He brings years of experience in working with young people. This will serve Goodwill’s Youth Services Department well.
“We are very fortunate to have individuals of this caliber available to serve on our board,” said Don Johnson, Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois’ President & CEO. “Each one of these community leaders brings a unique perspective and will be a tremendous resource in expanding our free programs. This will, in turn, allow us to better serve the people of Central Illinois.”
All of Goodwill’s free programs are possible through the sale of your donated items. Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois serves 21 counties within Central Illinois. Along with youth services, Goodwill offers employment services, veterans’ services, operates a veterans’ home and employs more than 300 people.


            Local artists John Boylan, Jennifer Costa and Stephanie Van Doren will have works displayed in art shows opening January 17 in art galleries on the ICC East Peoria Campus.
            Mixed media works by Boylan will be on display in the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. A free, public reception will take place January 17 from noon to 2 pm in the gallery, with an artist talk scheduled for 12:30 pm.
            Flora & Function, a mixed media exhibit featuring the works of Costa and Van Doren, will be on display in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. A free, public reception is scheduled for January 18 from noon to 2 pm in the gallery, with an artist talk at 12:30 pm.
            Boylan studied art at Columbia College in Chicago and currently lives and works in Peoria. He creates mixed media works that are often wildly bright and colorful paintings filled with multiple layers of joyous texture and design. His work is often inspired from local architecture, abandoned buildings or mundane things, such as concrete cracks, dirty walls, stray marks and everything else that most people have eliminated from their vision over time. In some of his art, Boylan combines several different techniques together; this can consist of mixing oil, acrylic, enamel paint, epoxy resin and/or adding photographs, transfers, random scraps of miscellaneous texture and glitter.
            Costa is a professor of art and teaching chair for the Illinois Central College Art Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and received her master’s degree from East Carolina University. During her childhood, her father taught her how to sand and strip wood, replace windows, cut glass and use various power tools. Her grandfather is also an influence in her work today with his handmade swing sets and wooden toys. Her main focus is sculpture created from wood and metal. Using the natural color and surface of various media by placing them in such a way that they contrast and complement one another, Costa wishes for the viewer to not only interact with each piece in a physical manner, but also interact with it in such a way that they look for the meaning.
            Van Doren served as the gallery coordinator for Illinois Central College for over three years, where she was responsible for scheduling and coordinating all of ICC’s art galleries as well as organizing an annual high school art portfolio day event and Arts Week, ICC’s weeklong celebration of the arts. Van Doren received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Drake University in 1999. She then attended Bradley University, where she received her master of fine arts degree. Upon completing her master’s degree, she opened a studio in the Warehouse District of downtown Peoria, where she continues to create art.  She has been involved with CIAO and other Peoria-based artist groups.  Her current series focuses on pseudo-realistic landscapes of the Midwest.
The exhibit by Boylan runs through February 16. The show by Costa and Van Doren will be on display through February 9.
            Hours of operation for the Performing Arts Center Gallery are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events.
            Hours of operation for the ICC Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Friday from 9 am to noon.
            Operation of the ICC art galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks.
            Both 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 or to confirm a gallery is open at a particular time, visit or call the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.

Hopedale Medical Foundation Seeking Scholarship Applications

Hopedale Medical Foundation is again accepting applications from high school seniors and college freshmen for its Spring 2018 Scholarship Awards.  The Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to area students since 1980.

All public High School Seniors, College Freshmen, and Private and Home-Schooled Seniors whose permanent residence has been within the following school districts for a minimum of one year prior to application are eligible:  Olympia, Tremont, Delavan, Hartsburg/Emden, Deer Creek/Mackinaw and Midwest Central.  Applications may be picked up at your high school counselor’s office or at the HMC Administration building located at 107 Tremont Street in Hopedale.  Applications are also available online at

Applications must be received in the HMC Administration office by Friday, March 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm.  No email applications, please.
The following scholarships will be awarded in 2018:
1.       $2,500 Founder’s (Healthcare) Scholarship.
2.       $1,000 Neil Alford, Jr. Agricultural Scholarship.
3.       $1,000 Phyllis Martin Nursing Scholarship.
4.       $1,000 Orville Augsburger/Dorene Oehler Scholarship.
5.       $1,000 David Eckhardt Scholarship.
6.       $2,000 John Rossi Memorial Nursing Scholarship (may be awarded separate from or in addition to above winners).

All students entering the healthcare or agricultural fields are eligible.

Applications are judged by an independent panel of judges who will review the applicants’:
                ACT/SAT Scores                                                                Financial Need (OPTIONAL)
                Class Standing                                                                   Counselor’s Recommendation
                Applicant’s Narrative                                                      Other Favorable Recommendations
                Community/Extra-curricular Involvement

Winners will be announced on or before April 13, 2018.
Questions should be directed to Becky Powell at (309) 449-4296.  Good Luck! 

The Center for Prevention of Abuse and CxT Roasting Company Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking in Central Illinois

Local downtown coffee shop and roasting company raises funds and helps spread the word
about trafficking with unique blue coffee sleeves beginning January 11

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is teaming up with local coffee shop and roastery CxT Roasting Company in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month this January to spread awareness about labor and sex trafficking in Central Illinois.

Beginning January 11, Human Trafficking Awareness Day, all coffee drinks at CxT Roasting Company will feature a unique blue coffee sleeve, the color of human trafficking awareness, and information about human trafficking in the local area, including the 24/7 crisis hotline at The Center for Prevention of Abuse. Patrons are encouraged to take a photo with their coffee cup and use the hashtag #fightHTin309 to help spread the word. CxT Roasting Company will also donate ten cents from every cup of coffee sold January 11 through the end of the month to The Center for Prevention of Abuse to support their mission to build a safe and peaceful community.

“We are proud to partner with CxT Roasting Company to bring awareness to human trafficking in our community,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse. “Since CxT Roasting Company’s coffee is fair trade, they understand the importance of slavery-free and trafficked-free business practices. We want people to know that we are here to help all survivors of abuse in the Greater Peoria Area, including labor and sex human trafficking.”

The Center for Prevention of Abuse created its Human Trafficking Services department and appointed its Director of Human Trafficking Services earlier this month.

CxT Roasting Company is located in downtown Peoria at 309B Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602.

To learn more about Human Trafficking, please visit, or contact Sara Dillefeld at The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 309-691-0551 or

Monday, January 8, 2018

Commonwealth Edison Awards Illinois Central College, Community Partners $1M to Launch Solar Technicians Training Program

Thanks to a $1 million grant from Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Illinois Central College, along with more than 15 community organizations and businesses, will offer a program designed to build a workforce training program for solar technicians. ICC will serve as fiscal and lead agent for the Central Illinois Solar Workforce Pipeline Training Program, with Illinois People’s Action/Heaven’s View Community Development Corp. and Tri-County Urban League acting as key partners.

ComEd announced it selected four organizations to develop and conduct solar pipeline training programs through $3 million in grants funded by the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). December 7 marked the one-year anniversary of the act. Along with Illinois Central College, the other recipients include OAI, Inc., Elevate Energy, and the Safer Foundation.

“ComEd is committed to helping grow renewable energy in Illinois and equally dedicated to developing the workforce of the future who will help integrate more clean energy like solar, into the Illinois energy grid,” said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd President and CEO. “The training programs that will be created by the organizations announced today will ensure that the next generation of energy workers is prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities created by a new clean energy economy. We are excited to see this part of the FEJA take flight and look forward to working with these partners to ensure success of these job training programs.”

“ICC is thrilled to partner in this program, which aims to prime the technical solar workforce pipeline with qualified employees who can earn family-sustaining wages,” said Vice President of Diversity and Community Impact Dr. Rita Ali. “Beginning in February, we will begin training for approximately 120 students – that’s 30 students annually – over the four-year life of the grant.” 

After assessment, screening, and orientation, students who are admitted into the program will begin four weeks of soft skills and job readiness instruction and then will progress to five weeks of comprehensive solar technical training. This training also includes more than 58 hours of work-based learning opportunities at partnering businesses. Participants receive a weekly stipend of $10/hour while enrolled in the technical training component.

Participants will receive preparation for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Associate Certificate Exam. All technical training graduates will be connected with employers to facilitate job placement within the solar installer career field. All graduates who are not hired into the solar installer career field will be connected with employers to facilitate job placement within the solar industry or related career fields.

Applications for the program will become available January 16, 2018, on the ICC website at Ex-offenders (returning citizens), and former foster youth are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent.

For questions, call ICC at (309) 694-5-ICC.

Township Building Garage for Rent

Pekin Township Building

Garage/Warehouse in downtown Pekin available for rent.  50 ft. by 84 ft. plus.
Approximately 4,300 sq. ft.  Includes separate office area.  Commercial garage door.

To schedule viewing, please call 346-3194 between 9-noon or 1-3 p.m.

Pekin Insurance® Agencies Helped Support the Honor Flight Network

Pekin Insurance® agencies are honoring those who served in our military by
supporting the Honor Flight Network, which recognizes American veterans for
all their sacrifices. Several independent insurance agents participated in the
annual Tour of Honor Contest sponsored by Pekin Insurance.
For every life insurance application submitted, money was donated to the Honor
Flight Network which transports veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit and
reflect at their memorials. This is a small tribute to those who gave so much.
Thanks to the combined efforts of the Pekin Insurance independent agency
force, the company donated $20,000 to this cause.
Pekin Insurance and its independent agencies thank the men and women who
made the sacrifice and commitment to fight for the freedom and safety of our
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ICC Art Program Hosts 2018 Portfolio Day Event for Area High School Juniors and Seniors January 26

Area high school juniors and seniors are invited to showcase their original works of art in a juried show for a chance to win prizes in the 2018 Illinois Central College Art Portfolio Day, sponsored by the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department Art Program.
Students may enter up to three pieces of original artwork that have been completed within the past two years. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork will be accepted. Two-dimensional artwork should be matted and must have proper wire or hooks for hanging; no works will be accepted with wire or string taped to the back.
The Portfolio Day event takes place January 26 from 3 pm to 5 pm in Gallery 131D, located in the Academic Building on the East Peoria Campus. Students will be matched with an ICC art faculty member, who will review and provide feedback on students’ portfolios. One piece from each student will be chosen to be displayed in Gallery 131D.
All artwork chosen on January 26 will be displayed in the gallery from February 6 through March 2. A public opening reception will be held in Gallery 131D on February 6 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. At the reception, awards will be distributed for outstanding work from the exhibit. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will be able to learn more about the ICC art program, including tours of art classrooms and other galleries on campus.
Artwork in the student portfolio show must be displayed for the duration of the show and cannot be removed before the show is taken down by the ICC Art Program. All students (or teachers) are responsible for picking up students’ artwork on March 3, between 3:30 and 4:30 pm.
Information about the event recently was mailed to area high school art teachers. Students interested in participating should contact their art teachers to obtain an entry form.
This event is presented 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.

For more information, contact Jill King in the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113 or Copies of the brochure, entry forms and other information mailed to area high schools is also available online at

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Creates Human Trafficking Services Department and Names Director of Human Trafficking Services

Long-time Center employee Sara Dillefeld to assume new leadership position directing The Center’s
newest department in ten years, expanding reach of services across Illinois

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is pleased to reveal the creation of its newest department, Human Trafficking Services, led by long-time Center employee, Sara Dillefeld. Prior to this position, Dillefeld served as the Director of Domestic Violence Family Centered Services at The Center for six years.

“We are very proud to add Human Trafficking Services to our departments and to appoint Sara to this new position,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse. “We have been serving high numbers of trafficked individuals with dollars from a Federal grant we received, so we knew there was a need for a new department. We are dedicated to providing necessary services all survivors of abuse, including labor and sex trafficking victims, all while educating and providing trainings for our community, and raising awareness about this important human rights issue.”

The Center received a Federal grant (Award #: 2016-VT-BX-K050) in late 2016 through a partnership with Heartland Human Health Care Services to offer an array services to human trafficking survivors – both sex and labor – identified in the Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties. The Center is the sanctioned, trained, and federally granted service provider for human trafficking services in Central Illinois, providing beds and shelter for survivors south of Kankakee, Illinois and Iroquois County.

“I am honored to move into this new position and help provide services for trafficking survivors,” said Sara Dillefeld, Director of Human Trafficking Services at The Center. “We have seen nearly 20 confirmed survivors of labor and sex trafficking, both foreign and domestic, since we began offering services. We take each instance case by case and do all we can to stay trauma informed and client-centered, providing an array of specialized services, including medical and legal assistance when necessary.”

Staff at The Center provides trainings on trafficking for law enforcement, medical providers, other state agencies, and community service organizations.
Services are available for any survivor of human trafficking regardless of race, gender identify, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, or immigration status. 
Indicators of Human Trafficking:

·         Being forced to work against your will;
·         Incurred a debt by using threats or forcing you to work to pay the debt;
·         Forced to work by using threats to harm you and/or your family;
·         Forced or pressured you into prostitution or to do other sexual acts;
·         Minor engaged in commercial sex regardless of force, fraud or coercion;
·         Confiscated your passport, birth certificate, or identification card to intimidate and control your movements

When victims escape a trafficking situation, the factors that made them vulnerable to exploitation are still present and The Center for Prevention of Abuse can provide services to help with those needs.  All services are free and confidential. A case manager is assigned to each client who assesses his/her needs and provides resources, services, and referrals so those needs are met.  All services are provided in the survivor’s language of choice. The services can include, but are not limited to:

·         Transportation assistance
·         Finding safe, affordable housing
·         Legal assistance
·         Medical and mental health services
·         Criminal justice advocacy
·         Linkage to available resources
·         Education
·         Job training/employment
To learn more about Human Trafficking or to receive training, please contact: Sara Dillefeld at The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 309-691-0551 or
Camille Yameen
The Center for Prevention of Abuse / 309.272.2904                                                                           

About The Center for Prevention of Abuse
The Center for Prevention of Abuse is the only agency authorized by the State of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault and adult protective services. Annually, more than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse are served by The Center. The Center offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching out to about 30,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, The Center lives out its mission, which is to empower everyone – women, men and children – to live free from violence and abuse.  For more information about The Center, visit or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233).

Pekin Park District now offers School's Out Adventures!

One day activities held on no school days such as MLK Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Staff Institute days, etc. at Soldwedel Program Center. Adventures include ice skating, bowling, movies, or other field trips to keep school age children active while mom and dad are at work. Participants should bring a sack lunch and appropriate dress for each activity. Go to to register and for more information.  Questions, call Andrew at, 201-4006 or email him at

Upcoming Date:
Jan. 15 MLK Jr. Day: Ice Skating Cost is $30 per day. 

Working Sm@rt - Organizing for Productivity

This workshop will help you avoid the wasted time and lost productivity that comes from a cluttered desk, messy files, or no system of personal organization. The program that will be featured is Microsoft OneNote - a free program that you can use on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and Android tablets. Learn how to capture any information and access it from anywhere.

The workshop is FREE, but registration is required.  Register Here

Illinois Central College Offers Accelerated Course in Crappie Fishing Strategy This Spring

This spring, Illinois Central College Adult Community Programs will partner with Crappie University to offer an accelerated course in crappie fishing for all skill levels. The four-week course will meet on Tuesday nights, Feb. 13 through March 6, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Arbor Hall Auditorium on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria.

               Participants will learn from pros and guides who make a living catching crappie. Instructors will discuss all the latest fishing techniques, from spider rigging and long-lining, to pushing crank baits and dock shooting.  All sessions are relevant to fishing in local waters and in a variety of conditions, ranging from fishing shallow to deep throughout the season.

               Crappie University was established in 2015 in Oklahoma to educate anglers nationwide about crappie fishing. For more information, go online to

For questions or to register, call ICC Adult Community Programs at (309) 690-6900, or register online at The course fee is $89 and includes course materials and a tackle pack valued at $15. Deadline to register is February 6.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Illinois public high schools are now required to administer the SAT to high school juniors instead of the ACT or PARCC exams. Illinois Central College will offer an SAT Prep Course, consisting of four, three-hour sessions to help students prepare for the SAT test, as well as an informational session for students and their parents or guardians on this transition. All SAT Prep course sessions and the Introductory Night will be held at Hickory Hall on the ICC Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria. Participants must register to take the SAT exam separately.
The sessions meet in the two weeks prior to each of the SAT test dates scheduled throughout this spring. The next session begins Feb. 26 for the exam scheduled on March 10. Students may wish to take the test more than once to try to improve their scores. The State SAT exam is administered at area high schools on April 10, 2018. For additional ICC SAT Prep Course dates, visit
SAT Prep course participants will learn strategies for building test-taking skills and improving their test scores and will practice taking short tests in all of the SAT core subject areas. The prep courses will cover the Reading, Writing and Math sections of the SAT exam. SAT Reading prep will include questions based on reading passages and quantitative information in the Information and Ideas, Rhetoric, and Synthesis categories. The Writing prep portion will include practice answering multiple-choice questions regarding rhetoric, grammar, and English usage. The Math prep will cover specific algebra, geometry, and trigonometry application and analysis strategies, with an emphasis on problem solving, modeling, using tools strategically, and using algebraic structure.
In addition to the subject matter sessions, ICC will offer an Introductory Night for students and their parents or guardians on the first night of the course to learn more about the State of Illinois’ transition from using the ACT test to the SAT test, as well as college admission considerations.

Cost of the SAT Prep courses, including Introductory Night, is $115. To view the full schedule of prep and introductory night, or to register for the prep courses, visit Please note that students must register for the SAT exam separately.                                                                                              

Illinois American Water offers Cold Weather Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes and Meters

Illinois American Water reminds homeowners of steps to take to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes. Tips also address frozen water meters, which can bring costly plumbing repairs and replacement fees along with headaches and unexpected expense for homeowners.
“We are facing frigid temps across the state, which can cause pipes in vulnerable areas to freeze and burst, resulting in costly damage,” said Mike Smyth, vice president of operations. “By simply running a pencil-thin stream of water overnight, customers can avoid frozen pipes and water meters.”
Illinois American Water encourages residents to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting pipes:
When temperatures are consistently at or below freezing:
 Allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. The cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost to repair a broken pipe. Illinois American Water also encourages customers to capture the water for wise water use. The water can be used to water indoor plants and more.
 Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures to help keep them from freezing.
 Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and eliminating drafts near doors.
 Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately.
 Protect your pipes and water meter. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly and let any snow that falls cover it. Snow acts as insulation so do not disturb it.
If your pipes freeze:
 Shut off the water immediately. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.
 Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. You can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended, and avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.
 Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.
When you are away:
 Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check your property to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen.
 Also, a freeze alarm can be purchased for less than $100 and will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees.
Illinois American Water also advises that sub-freezing temperatures can cause aging water mains to break and cause water to cover roadways. If you see a leak, your water service is disrupted or you experience low pressure, please contact the company’s 24/7 customer service center at 800-422-2782 to report an emergency. For general inquiries, call between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. More tips can be found at in our online learning center.
About Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting