Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Welcome To Our Newest Member!

Illini Stock and Supply
107 W. Cass St.
Peoria, IL 61602 
WebsiteEric Clark, Sales Manager
John Franks, COO
Serving Central Illinois businesses with OSHA approved First Aid and Safety Supply Kits.

Illinois Central College Offers Non-credit Conversational Arabic Class

Illinois Central College will offer a non-credit class in Conversational Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Cultures with a Focus on North Africa and Mauritania. This program is offered to the community through the ICC Corporate and Community Education department on Monday evenings, March 5 to May 23, from 6 to 7:30 pm in Hickory Hall on the ICC Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria.
The series will be taught by ICC’s visiting Fulbright Scholar from Mauritania, Mohamed Mahmoud. The focus of this class will be conversational Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures, especially Mauritania, and the relationship between language and culture.
Mahmoud has been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grant to serve as a teaching assistant in Arabic and take courses at ICC for academic year 2017-2018. He holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. 
While in the United States, Mahmoud will share his language and culture with the college and community to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas and better prepare U.S. citizens to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad. He is one of nearly 400 young educators from 50 countries who will travel to the United States in the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright FLTA Program to help internationalize U.S. colleges and universities, a key goal of many institutions as they prepare students for the 21st century workforce and globalized world. Recipients of Fulbright FLTA grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
Cost of the program is $55. For more information, or to register, please contact (309) 690-6900 or www.icc.edu/acp           

Illinois Central College Invites Community to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Gala Dinner and Auction April 7

Illinois Central College will culminate a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with a black-tie optional event, “Past Success Drives the Future,” on Sat., April 7, 2018, at the Embassy Suites Riverfront Grand Ballroom in East Peoria, Ill. The cocktail hour begins at 5:30 pm, with dinner and dancing to follow at 6:30 pm.

“The evening is an opportunity for the community to celebrate all the College has accomplished for our students and for Central Illinois these past 50 years,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “It also serves to energize us as we align our efforts to create expanding opportunities for higher educational and workforce outcomes for our region.”

Tickets are $150 per person or $1500 to underwrite a table. There also will be both a silent auction and a live auction. All proceeds will benefit the ICC Excellence Fund, which allows the Educational Foundation to purchase equipment, supplies, and materials for the College and its programs.

Approximately 50 silent auction items with a range of values will be up for bid. The live, paddle auction will feature several items, including four reserved lawn seating tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony on Sun., July 29 in Cooperstown, N.Y. ICC alum Jim Thome is one of the inductees who will be honored this year. Other items up for bid during the live auction include a Live Edge Harvest Table handmade by ICC alum Thomas Aguilar and crafted from locally sourced wood, a private dinner for ten prepared by the ICC Culinary Arts Institute, and a trip to Colorado. For further details on the live auction items, visit icc.edu/gala.

The event will feature the talents of ICC students in Vocal Jazz and the Culinary Arts program. Musical entertainment also will be provided by Replay Classic Rock from Wheeling, Ill.
For more information on the event or to purchase tickets online, visit icc.edu/gala. Alumni, faculty, staff and students also are encouraged to visit the website to submit their fond reflections of the past 50 years at ICC.

To read more about ICC’s history, visit icc.edu/about-icc/college-community/college-history/

Monday, February 26, 2018

Peoria Association of Realtors Advocate for Property Owners

REALTORS® are primarily known for helping people buy and sell homes. They are also property owners biggest political advocates.
The Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) advocates for policy initiatives at the local, state and federal level that promote and protect a fundamentally sound and dynamic local real estate market. Members are constantly monitoring issues related to homeownership, real estate tax policies, regulations & ordinances, credit & lending policies, insurance and other policies.
“PAAR members maintain relationships with policymakers on all levels—local, state and federal; monitoring issues impacting property owners,” states Dallas Hancock, CEO, Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®. “This includes advocating for laws and regulations that protect our private property rights as well as conducting studies & legal analysis, public opinion surveys and data analysis on issues impacting our communities.”
With over 700 REALTOR® members and approximately 145 Affiliates, PAAR provides a wide variety of resources to foster and harness grassroots efforts that help educate public officials. PAAR members serve as the Voice for Real Estate in Central Illinois, advocating for consumer-friendly real estate policies; opposing measures that could hurt property owners and future buyers.
Through the collected efforts of PAAR, Illinois REALTORS®, and The National Association of REALTORS®, homeowner’s issues are constantly in front of the city, county, state and federal officials. Area legislators agree these advocacy efforts keep them better informed on issues and are paramount to moving central Illinois communities forward.

Bad Luck of the Irish

Athletic Trainers: The Game Changers for High School Athletics

March is National Athletic Training Month, so Hopedale Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is celebrating by recognizing the contribution of local athletic trainers. For five local high schools, athletic trainers from Hopedale Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine provide compassionate care to student athletes at practices and key games. Athletic trainers are skilled medical professionals prepared to provide both preventative care and treatment for athletic injuries.
            Athletes at Dee-Mack, Delavan, Hartem, Olympia, and Tremont receive compassionate care on site at select school sponsored practices and games. Hopedale also offers training through its No-Off-Season program during non-competitive seasons. By developing strength, endurance, and flexibility athletes come into their competitive season stronger, less prone to injury, and ready to compete.
For athletes of all ages, Hopedale offers comprehensive sports and athletic training services including sports injury evaluation, physical therapy, orthopedic services, massage, and aquatic therapy at the Hopedale Wellness Center. All Hopedale athletic trainers are proud members of the National Athletic Training Association. To learn more about athletic training services available through Hopedale Rehabilitation and Sports visit http://www.hopedalewc.com or call (309) 449-4501. 

February Biz Barometer

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Welcome To Our Newest Member

KONE, Inc.
6106 W. Plank Rd. 
Peoria, IL 61604
Dawn Shipman, Business Developer
KONE services more than one million elevators and escalators from both KONE and other manufacturers. KONE provides innovative and eco-efficicent solutions for elevators, escalators and the systems that integrate them. KONE supports our customers every step of the way; from design, manufacturing and installation to maintenance and modernization.

March Swim Lessons

Welcome To Our Newest Member

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society
719 N. 11th St. 
Pekin, IL 61554
Charlotte JibbenThe Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society is a nonpartisan, non profit, educational research institution whose mission is to stimulate interest to collect, preserve and safeguard records, and to provide related educational services for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge of our heritage.

Welcome To Our Newest Member

New Vision Theatres
1124 Edgewater Dr. 
North Pekin, IL 61554
Maggie Berry, General Manager
A whole New Vision for your Neighborhood Theatre!

I Run With Survivors Registration Now Open: The Center for Prevention of Abuse Hosts 5K Run/Walk in Honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, The Center for Prevention of Abuse is hosting its inaugural 5K run/1 mile walk, I Run With Survivors, on 4/14 at the Levee District at 8:00 AM. Online registration is now open here.

The general admission fee is $30.  The registration fee for participants ages 17 and under is $15 and registration is free for children younger than three years old. All participants will receive a race day t-shirt and teal shoelaces, the color of sexual assault awareness, and are encouraged to wear both at the event.

New merchandise from The Center for Prevention of Abuse is available for purchase on the registration website and on race day.

“We are very proud to host our first 5K in honor of survivors of sexual assault this April,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse. “We want all survivors – ones who have come forward to disclose and ones who keep their abuse private – to know that our community supports them, The Center for Prevention of Abuse supports them, and most importantly, we believe them. Our services for sexual assault survivors are free and confidential and our crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day.”

Race day activities include speakers, photo opportunities at the “We Run Because…” banner, music from Mix 106.9, and refreshments following the race. Follow the event on Facebook here.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse’s I Run With Survivors is sponsored by Mix 106.9, Barkley Endodontics, Sports Corner & Creations, and CxT Roasting Company.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Peoria Chiefs Fundraising Opportunities

The Peoria Chiefs partner with non-profit organizations of all types to raise money for their worthy causes. Your level of involvement and commitment is the only limit to how much your group could make! Also great for team building and increasing public awareness of your group. We supply everything you need! Call or email today for more details. Don't wait, opening day is April 7th!!! Call or email Nate Weindruch at 309-680-4027 or nweindruch@prosportscatering.com for more information. 

22nd Annual John M. Evans Scholarship Golf Tournament

Mark your calendar for this special event! Our outing will be held, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Look for more information around March 15th. The communities continued support of this event is always appreciated!

Spine Surgery Begins in Hopedale

               Nitin Kukkar, M.D. will begin spine surgery at Hopedale Medical Complex on Wednesday, February 20, 2018. Dr. Kukkar joined HMC’s practice during the fall of 2017. Dr. Kukkar specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and orthopedic surgery.
                Dr. Kukkar and Hopedale Medical Complex are an excellent pairing because both focus on providing state-of-the-art medical treatment in a relational atmosphere. Growing up in India, Dr. Kukkar experienced firsthand the necessity for rural orthopedic surgeons; Dr. Kukkar’s father suffered a severe knee injury that brought him near death. Due to a lack of orthopedic care near their farm it was nearly two years before Dr. Kukkar’s father could walk unaided by crutches. This shaping experience was part of the reason Dr. Kukkar became an orthopedic surgeon. Similarly, Hopedale Hospital was opened in 1955 when Lawrence J. Rossi, Sr., M.D. wanted to serve local farmers and families with the medical services provided in a bigger city.  HMC carries that legacy and continues to offer modern medical care using innovative technology in a family atmosphere.
                Dr. Kukkar’s ultimate goal for his patients is to see function restored following surgery or treatment. He focuses on minimally invasive spinal surgery because by minimizing disruption to the nerves, muscles, and soft tissue surrounding the spine, patients experience improved recovery. Dr. Kukkar utilizes a balanced approach to surgery incorporating education and recovery support. Hopedale Medical Complex is an ideal location because of the comprehensive medical facility, including the Hopedale Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine department which provides physical therapy and recovery services for both inpatient and outpatient services.
                To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kukkar call (309) 449-4338, and for more information on the Hopedale Medical Complex visit https://www.hopedalemc.com. In addition to orthopedic surgery, HMC offers general and vascular surgery, primary care, a 25-bed acute care hospital, a state-of-the-art 34,000 sq. ft. Wellness Center, pharmacy, assisted/independent living facility, and skilled nursing home.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

SCORE: How the New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts Your Small Business

Congress just passed the most comprehensive tax reform in over 30 years. And with that comes more risk and opportunity for small businesses than any time in the last three decades.
In this session, CPA and tax consultant Micah Fraim will explain:
  • Major changes to corporate taxes
  • Adjustments to business deductions and credits
  • The expansion of some individual deductions and elimination of others
  • Little-known changes with major long-term ramifications

Critical Incident Training


A unique performance portraying events as recalled by survivors of the Holocaust opens for six performances when the Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank in the mainstage theatre of the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

And Then They Came for Me is a unique theatrical experience – a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during World War II. Silverberg was Anne Frank's first boyfriend, and she wrote about him in the beginning of her now-famous diary. Schloss was the same age as Anne Frank and lived in the same apartment building in Amsterdam. Eva’s family went into hiding the same day as the Frank family, and like the Frank family, they were betrayed. On Eva’s 15th birthday, the Schloss family was arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. Eva and her mother survived, and after the war, her mother married Otto Frank (Anne's father).

Part oral history, part dramatic action, part remembrance, And Then They Came for Me is like historic newsreel footage brought to life on the stage and makes for a powerful experience in the theater.

The six performances take place over two weekends between February 23 and March 4. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 pm, and Sunday performances start at 2:30 pm.

And Then They Came for Me is rated PG for intense situations.

Cast members, their hometown and their roles include: Lili Cervantes of Lawton, Okla., as Anne Frank; Logan Dean, Princeville, Ed; Amilia Dierks, Morton, Mutti; Andrew Gray, Washington, Pappy; Vanessa Hesh, Pekin, Eva; Darrell Kimbro, Metamora, Ed’s mother; Dylan McDonell, Washburn, Heinz; Max Rutschke, Peoria, Ed’s father; and Kyle Tam, Washington, Hitler youth.

Robin Berkley directs the ICC production. The play is by James Still and is produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill.

Tickets cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens.

This show 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 tickets or more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

Sixth Annual “ICC Presents: Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois” Returns to the ICC East Peoria Campus April 16

The Peoria Ballet, ICC Vocal Jazz and Hard Bop Band, the Penguin Project, Heartland Festival Orchestra, the family of former Peoria Mayor Jim Maloof, and others will join forces and talents for “ICC Presents: Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois” to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This one-of-a-kind showcase of entertainment, now in its sixth year, will be held Mon., April 16 at 6 pm, at the Performing Arts Center on the ICC East Peoria Campus.

This one-night only event is a family-friendly showcase of the performing arts in the area and is designed to raise money and highlight former Mayor Maloof’s local and national legacy for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The entire event is planned and executed by Illinois Central College students each year.

               Tickets are required for admission and cost $7 for all ages. Tickets can be purchased in advance at ArtsAtICC.com or through the ICC Performing Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136. Seating and tickets are limited to the capacity of the venue. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additional donations also will be collected during the event.
Special guests include Illinois Central College Board of Trustees member Gale Thetford, members of the Maloof family, and ardent supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After the program, patrons are invited to a cookie and punch reception in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center, where participating organizations will showcase upcoming and past performances through interactive displays.

For more information, please contact Brent Goken at (309) 694-5107, or Grace Noice (860) 912-3872.  Visit the event's Facebook page, “ICC Presents: Jim Maloofs Legacy of Love for the Arts,” and on Instagram at @icclegacyoflove

Eggstravaganza in the Pool

Dive, splash, and hunt for prizes at Hopedale Wellness Center’s Eggstravaganza! Children are invited to a unique Easter egg hunt in the pool on the evening of Thursday, March 22nd. Kids will find prize filled eggs throughout the Wellness Center’s spacious 25-yard indoor pool. Every child will go home with the eggs and prizes they collected as well as an Easter goody bag.
Be sure to bring a basket or pail to collect eggs. The first wave of swimmers will be children age 3-6 from 5:30pm - 6:15pm and a parent or guardian must accompany these children in the pool. Children age 7-10 will compete in the second hunt from 6:15pm - 7:00pm. Cost is only $10 per child. Register in person, online at http://www.hopedalewc.com or by calling the Hopedale Wellness Center at (309) 449-4500 by March 12th. Families are encouraged to register early as space is limited.
The Hopedale Wellness Center Aquatics area features a 25-yard junior Olympic pool with lap lanes, a warm-water therapy pool, and a large spa. The pool is located within the 34,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Hopedale Wellness Center in Hopedale, IL.

Illinois Central College Named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently recognized Illinois Central College in its ranking of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“ICC is honored to share this designation among the top-producing institutions nationwide,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “The Fulbright Program has provided a vibrant, reciprocal exchange of knowledge and culture between the participants, and the faculty, staff and the students at ICC for more than 10 years.”

In the last five years, ICC has hosted six Fulbright-sponsored scholars. ICC Director of International Education Dr. Barbara Burton also was awarded a Fulbright grant for 2017-2018 and participated in the Community College Administrator Seminar (CCAS) study tour of Russia in April 2017. The CCAS program is a scholarship diplomacy initiative which helps to foster productive relationships and mutual respect.  This is an on-going program that allows the U.S. community college community to develop understanding and contacts in Russia for future programming, and also allows Russian counterparts to learn more about public higher education in the U.S. 

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, founded in 1946, is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. students and teachers to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages. For information about the U.S. Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright

The Fulbright Scholar Program is supported at ICC through the International Education Office.   For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Burton at (309) 694-8817 or Barbara.burton@icc.edu

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SCORE: How the New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts Your Small Business

February 27 @ 1 p.m EST

Congress just passed the most comprehensive tax reform in more than 30 years. How can you be prepared for the changes?

In this session, CPA and tax consultant Micah Fraim will explain how these changes affect you and how to use them to your advantage.

Local Youth Volleyball Clinic

Young athletes are invited to a volleyball clinic conducted by Bradley University coaches and players. Hopedale Wellness Center will be hosting the clinic on Sunday, March 4th in the afternoon. There will be two sessions broken down by grade level; 3rd-5th grade from 1-3pm and 6th-8th grade from 3-5pm.
This one day clinic is perfect for student-athletes of all skill levels. Athletes will receive hands on instruction in the fundamentals of volleyball. Beginning players will benefit from skills breakdowns and practice of key elements of the game. For experienced team members, the elite coaching will strengthen integral skills for improved performance.
Register by calling (309) 449-4500 by February 26, 2018. Cost is $35 per person. Hopedale Wellness Center is located in Hopedale, IL. They offer programing for youth and adults throughout the year in a state-of-the art 34,000 foot wellness facility.

               For more information on the Wellness Center visit http://www.hopedalewc.com or find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/HopedaleWellnessCenter. Clinics are open to any and all entrants in accordance to NCAA legislation, it can only be limited by number, age, grade level and/or gender. These clinics are independently owned and operated and have no affiliation whatsoever with Bradley University.


            Gary Viviano, an adjunct faculty member of art at Illinois Central College, will have paintings and mixed media works displayed in an art show opening February 21 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility on the East Peoria Campus.

            A free, public reception and artist talk will take place in the gallery on February 21 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

            Viviano received his bachelor of fine art degree from the University of Arizona-Tuscon and a master of fine arts degree from the University of California-Davis. He previously taught at numerous institutions in California, including Sierra College, American River College,
Sacramento City College and the California Department of Corrections. He has taught beginning and advanced courses in oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, design, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, figure drawing and filmmaking. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor of art in the Arts & Behavioral Sciences Department at ICC.

            The exhibit runs through March 16.

            Hours of operation for the Performing Arts Center Gallery are Monday to Thursday 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday 9:30 am to noon. The gallery is also open during public events in the building.

            Operation of the ICC art galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks.

            The exhibit is 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 ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.

McDaniels Marketing Expands to South Haven, Michigan

McDaniels Marketing is proud to welcome Lisa Marovec to its team. In her role as Marketing Consultant, Marovec works out of a newly established South Haven, Mich. office, and serves travel, food and hospitality clients nationwide for McDaniels Marketing and its interactive division, McD Digital.

A professional with 25 years’ experience, Marovec is originally from Pekin, Ill., where the agency is headquartered. One of her goals is to help the agency expand its client base. She is skilled in hospitality training and has worked with the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers for more than 15 years. Marovec’s extensive experience also includes work with the South Haven/Van Buren County Convention & Visitors Bureau and National Restaurant Association.

“We are excited to offer our clients a marketing consultant with so much travel, hospitality and tourism experience,” Randy McDaniels, President of McDaniels Marketing, said. “Lisa is known for her passion in this industry. She has been helping CVBs, restaurants, lodging properties and businesses capture attention, engage communication and inspire action for many years.”
McDaniels Marketing draws on more than 52 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.

John Heller Elected to Pekin Insurance® Board of Directors

At The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association Annual Subscribers Meeting held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, John Heller was elected to the companies’ Board of Directors.

A graduate of Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Business Administration, Heller served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of
Caterpillar Inc. until his retirement in February 2012.

The majority of his 37-year career with the company focused on information technology,
including support for finance, manufacturing, marketing, and dealer systems. Heller spent three
years as a division information systems manager in Geneva, Switzerland, before returning to the
U.S. in technology management assignments with Caterpillar's Corporate Services and Engine
Products divisions. In 2001, Heller was named director of Caterpillar's Global Information
Technology Solutions, the then-largest department of the company's Systems + Processes
Division. The Caterpillar Board of Directors named him a vice president in 2004. Heller serves on the board of directors of Black Box Network Services in Lawrence, Pennsylvania, and is on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Leadership Board. He is certified in production and inventory management. John is the principal of LIG Consulting.

John and his wife, Annette, live in East Peoria. They are the parents of two children, Alison and
David. Pekin Insurance is a group name adopted to designate the combined operation of The Farmers
Automobile Insurance Association, Pekin Insurance Company, PAC, Inc., and Pekin Life
Insurance Company.

Headquartered in Pekin, Illinois, Pekin Insurance has been in business since 1921 and provides a
full range of auto, home, business, and life insurance products. Pekin Insurance offers insurance
coverage in 21 states through its growing agency force of nearly 10,000 independent agents.

Jim Maloof Class for Buyers & Sellers

Pekin Insurance® Holds Annual Meeting

The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association held its annual meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at their Home Office in Pekin, Illinois.

The following directors were elected for three year terms: Craig W. Concklin Hinsdale, Illinois; Daniel V. Connell, Tremont, Illinois; and John S. Heller, East Peoria, Illinois.

Subscribers elected, Craig W. Concklin Hinsdale, Illinois; and John S. Heller,
East Peoria, Illinois, to the Advisory Committee. Pekin Insurance officers elected included: Scott A. Martin, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer; Steven R. Anderson, Vice
Chairman of the Board; Daniel V. Connell, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary; Todd A. Clark, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Property/Casualty; Brian K. Lee, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Life; Curtis A. Eeten, Vice President - Claims; Gregory L. Feller, Vice President - Sales; Joel M. Jackson, Vice President - Marketing; Subhasis Mukherjee, Vice President - Chief Information Officer; Edward A. Mulvey, Vice President - Personal Lines Underwriting and Assistant Secretary; Tyler D. Petersen, Vice President -
General Counsel and Assistant Secretary; Kimberly S. Remmert, Vice President - Human Resources; Joseph C. Ricigliano, Vice President - Commercial Lines Underwriting and Assistant Secretary; Diane K. Steiner, Vice President - Life Underwriting and Assistant Secretary; Michael A.
Zabinski, Vice President - Controller; Amber J. Stenger, Assistant Treasurer; Michele E. Ginther, Assistant Treasurer; and Aaron Z. Potacki, Assistant Secretary. Pekin Insurance is a group name adopted to designate the combined operation of The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association, Pekin Insurance Company, PAC, Inc., and Pekin Life Insurance Company. Pekin Insurance has been in business since 1921, and is one of the leading insurers in the State of Illinois, providing multiple lines of insurance. Pekin 2 Insurance offers insurance coverage in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin through its growing agency force which now totals 1,079 independent agencies and 8,183 insurance producers in the six state area. The company is headquartered in Pekin, Illinois, with service offices at Phoenix, Arizona; Mount Vernon, Rockford, and Warrenville, Illinois;
Indianapolis, Indiana; Des Moines, Iowa; Columbus, Ohio; and Appleton, Wisconsin.

1st Annual Senior Day at the Dome

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Kiwanis Club of Pekin Presents Stand Up for Kiwanis

Pekin Women's Fitness and Wellness

The Basics Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

How To Use Linkedin Effectively For Job Search hosted by Pekin Public Library

Papa Murphy's Heartbaker Pizza

Dr. Trent Proehl To Be Speaking About Healthy Living At Seasons Gastropub in Morton

On February 28th ,  HMC Tremont Medical Arts physician Dr. Trent Proehl will be presenting from a patient focused perspective on healthy living at Seasons Gastropub in Morton.  The community is invited to come and enjoy appetizers and refreshments during the evening presentation.
Dr. Proehl has well established local ties, and he recently returned to Tazewell County to practice at the HMC Tremont Medical Arts alongside his wife Dr. Rebecca Proehl and Dr. Matthew Rossi. Their office is characterized by a patient focused, physician directed approach. Patients see their doctor and receive state-of-the-art quality provided in a private, family atmosphere. 
Dr. Trent Proehl will be sharing expert insights from physician perspective on healthy living. Please RSVP by February 21st at (309) 449-4500 to meet the physician and enjoy an evening focused on your health.
HMC Tremont Medical Arts is part of the Hopedale Medical Complex. HMC includes our hospital, a state of the art Wellness Center, pharmacy, assisted/independent living facility, and skilled nursing home. To learn more about HMC Tremont visit https://www.hopedalemc.com/tremont.

Relief from Reflux with Dr. Matthew B. Rossi

How can individuals suffering from painful reflux and heartburn find relief and comfort? Matthew B. Rossi, MD, FACS, will be discussing information, treatment, and diet concerns for those suffering from GERD at Jack’s CafĂ© in Tremont on Monday, February 19th at 6:30pm. 
Dr. Rossi has been studying and treating reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), for over 30 years, and he will eagerly help sufferers of the disease be informed and find relief through appropriate treatment. For patients with severe GERD, one option is the minimally-invasive Linx® outpatient surgery. Dr. Rossi says, “I have been following the Linx® technology for nearly 10 years now. With over 10,000 implants worldwide, I feel this device is extremely safe and effective, a real game changer in our approach to acid reflux and regurgitation.  I believe in properly selected patients, that the Linx® device has become the preferred method of treating severe GERD.” Joining Dr. Rossi will be Jennifer Hubert RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist, who will be speaking about the diet concerns for those seeking relief from reflux. RSVP by calling (309) 449-4500 by February 13th.
Both Dr. Rossi and Mrs. Hubert are local to the Tremont area. Dr. Rossi practices medicine at the HMC Tremont Medical Arts office, in addition to Hopedale Medical Complex and its other satellite offices. Hopedale Medical Complex specializes in physician-directed medicine provided in a family atmosphere. To learn more about Hopedale Medical Complex visit www.hopedalemc.com or call (309) 449-GERD for GERD treatment options available at HMC. 


Illinois Central College is hosting an informational session for home educators and their high-school-aged students on Thurs., March 8 from 8:30 am to noon, on the ICC East Peoria Campus. The event is aimed at providing an overview of ICC as well as discussing ways in which ICC can partner with home educators to supplement and/or extend their home school curriculum.
Topics will include information on financial aid and admission, including ICC’s home school admission policies, an overview of student activities and other ways of getting involved on campus. Students also will have the chance to fill out surveys at the Career Center to see how their interests align with career options.
The event is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required, as breakfast will be provided. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Mandy Hidden at (309) 694-5228 by Fri., Feb. 23.

Unland Information on Employee Retention

Employee Retention

It costs nearly 20 percent of an employee’s annual salary to replace a current employee. If you are experiencing high turnover, chances are you are experiencing high losses as well. The costs of reviewing applications, processing candidates, conducting interviews, training and purchasing equipment for new hires aren’t only monetary—they also cost time and lost productivity.
Given the high cost of losing an employee, retention should be a top priority for every organization. If you do not already have a retention strategy, now is the time to make one. The first step in curbing turnover is figuring out why employees are leaving.

Why Employees Leave

Employees leave organizations for a variety of reasons, depending on their unique circumstances. However, there are some common reasons that may help determine the best retention strategy for your organization. Below are some of the most common reasons employees leave:
  • Stagnation—Employees are often looking for career and personal growth. If they have no upward mobility at your company, they may look for it elsewhere.
  • Pay—Compensation needs to be competitive to attract the best talent. Likewise, good pay is needed to retain top talent.
  • Workplace culture—Expectedly, co-workers matter to employees. If they feel ostracized or marginalized by co-workers (or management), they will want to leave that environment.
  • Better opportunities—Like with stagnation, employees leave when they believe they have better prospects elsewhere. This could be due to a higher-paying position or simply a job more aligned with their interests.

How to Retain Employees

Retention strategies are not universal. It is possible that techniques and strategies that work for some organizations will not work for yours. This means you need to analyze why your employees are leaving and strategize how to combat those reasons.
Exit interviews are a great way to analyze why employees are leaving. During exit interviews, managers ask questions to employees who are on their way out of the company. Questions should be related to the employees’ time with the company, such as what they enjoyed, what they disliked and what prompted their resignation. Exit interviews will only be useful with employees who resign or leave voluntarily, not those who have been terminated.
Depending on the responses from the exit interviews, you can begin crafting a retention strategy. For instance, if a main catalyst for employee turnover is a lack of upward mobility, think about how to change that. It could mean creating new roles or, if roles already exist, making a clear guide for career pathing at the organization.
Creating a retention strategy does not need to be solely reactive. Consider creating a survey to gauge employee satisfaction with the company. Include questions about what people like and what they do not like about their job.


There is no hard and fast rule for successful employee retention. Creating a retention strategy for your organization requires you to analyze both your company and its industry. Contact The Unland Companies for more information on retention and for materials to help you craft your strategy.

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

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.  Reserve your place today by clicking here

ICC “Between the Lines” Program Features The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish March 6

Join Illinois Central College’s “Between the Lines” program to explore the historical novel The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish on Tues., March 6 from 7 to 8 pm in Arbor 112 on the Peoria Campus. Catharine Schaidle will offer a presentation on the book and lead the discussion.
“There was life in LondonThere was life in her. And desire. A flame leapt in herdefiant of the bounds in which she'd imprisoned it.” – Weight of Ink, Rachel Kadish

You might be thinking this is just a line from another bodice-ripper throwaway paperback.

In Kadish’s book, the desire alluded to is a deep burning quest for knowledge and understanding denied by the mere fact of a Jewish woman’s gender in 17th century London. In this sweeping historical novel, readers go back and forth from the 17th century when Ester Velasquez arrived in England as an immigrant and was permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi to the travails of the young postgraduate student and his ailing historian mentor who discover her work hidden beneath a staircase, in the 21st century.

“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 jsullivan@icc.edu or betweenthelines@icc.edu.

Friday, February 9, 2018

February Puttin' On Pekin Breakfast

The February 9th Puttin' on Pekin breakfast drew a large crowd of 97 chamber members and  guests.  Manda Brown from Perfectly Planned Events presented Dave Osborn (Trouble Free Heating and Cooling) with the early prize and Lloyd Davis (Federal Companies) with the late prize.  Michael Seeman (NRG Energy - Powerton) presented the Spotlight on Business award to Earl Riley and First Pekin Savings Bank.  Debbie Fornoff (Debbie Fornoff Interior Design and Draperies) presented the Blue Ribbon award to Pat Taphorn and Bill Schock representing the Unland Companies in recognition of their remodeling project.  Jeff Brooks (Pekin Public Library) presented Jake Jones with  the Sunshine Award for  Pekin Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections.  Katy Schackelford, the city planner for the City of Pekin, was the program.  She updated the crowd on a few of the City's projects, and then presented the "Best of Pekin" awards. You can see more pictures from this event at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/e5OIX8nsifphGoH52

Monday, February 5, 2018

SCORE: Create a Winning Customer Experience

How can you make every customer interaction meaningful?

Customer experience isn’t confined to what happens in your store. Every interaction customers have with your business can impact the way they feel about you. So how can you make every interaction meaningful?
During this SCORE webinar, Nina Hoy, Senior Content Strategist at Deluxe will show you:
  • What customer experience really is
  • Why customer experience is important for your business 
  • What is journey mapping, and how it can help you create a cohesive, positive customer experience 

Jim Maloof Career Night


Local artist Anita Tuccillo, a professor of art at Illinois Central College, will have works displayed in an art show entitled The Shadow opening February 14 in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building on the East Peoria Campus.
            A free, public reception will take place in the gallery on February 14 from noon to 2 pm, with an artist talk scheduled for 12:30 pm.
            Tuccillo is an educator, designer and painter. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and her master of fine arts degree from the University of Notre Dame. After graduate school, she moved to New Mexico and taught at The University of New Mexico, worked for The Harwood Museum, and designed for Lo Fino. After moving to Peoria, Tuccillo taught art at Peoria Notre Dame High School, Bradley University and currently teaches full time in the Arts & Behavioral Sciences Department at ICC.
            In her exhibit, The Shadow, Tuccillo focuses on the ever-changing beauty of shadows and tries to capture their essence in her paintings.
The exhibit runs through March 9.
            Hours of operation for 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.
            The exhibit is 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 ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.

Pekin Women's Fitness and Wellness

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Steger's Business After Hours

Steger's Furniture hosted the February 1st Business After Hours.  About 60 chamber members and guests enjoyed the refreshments and networking and saw the details of Steger's recent remodeling project. You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/TTtFyDMXP6kybAjr2

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Facet Technologies would like to congratulate Michael Gillespie, Software Analyst, on receiving the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.

Facet Technologies would like to congratulate Michael Gillespie, Software Analyst, on receiving the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.
Sean M. Cox, special agent in charge of the FBI Springfield Division, announced that Michael Gillespie, creator of ID Ransomware and Malwarehunters.com of Bloomington, Illinois, has been selected as the recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for 2017.
This special award, presented on behalf of the Director of the FBI, was formally created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating terrorism, cybercrime, illegal drugs, gangs, and other crimes leading to violence in America. Michael Gillespie is one of 56 individuals or organizations around the United States who received this award this year. Mr. Gillespie is being recognized for his public service, devotion and assistance to victims of ransomware in the United States and Internationally. Michael first authored the website https://id-ransomware.malwarehunterteam.com/in March of 2016. This website enables victims of ransomware to submit data such as ransom notes and encrypted file samples which are analyzed in an attempt to determine which strain the victim was infected with. In response, the victim is
provided with information to where they can learn more about the particular strain of infection, including method of and keys for decryption if available. ID Ransomware receives upwards of thousands of submissions a day and can identify nearly 500 strains of ransomware.
In addition to having cracked and decrypted multiple ransomware strains himself, Michael is plugged into a network of leading cybersecurity experts with whom he collaborates to analyze the malware and discover means of decryption so that victims can avoid paying ransom and recover their data.
Michael also develops custom applications which he offers free of charge to victims to help them recover from ransomware attacks. Examples of these tools are RansomNoteCleaner, which removes ransom notes left behind after a ransomware infection, and CryptoSearch, a tool used to find files encrypted with ransomware. Michael is active on twitter (@demonslay335) and the forums of BleepingComputer.com where he interacts with victims to further ensure they are able to recover their data when possible. Michael is married, and employed by Facet Technologies, Bloomington, Illinois, as a software analyst. Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI, will present the Director’s Community Leadership Award to Mr. Gillespie during an official ceremony held at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in April of 2018.

Accounting Primer and Other Workshops from PDI

Illinois Central College - Professional Development Institute

Do you speak Accounting? 

PDI can help. Our Accounting Crash Course can teach you the language of accounting, how to record transactions, prepare and analyze financial statements and budgets, establish internal controls, and use accounting information for decision making. Follow that with our QuickBooks classes to get a handle on your finances.

We can also help with spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, databases - and more. Check out our current workshop schedule below. Un-complicate your day... 

February 13, 20 & 27
March 6, 13 & 20
March 27, April 3 & 10 
April 2 & 3
April 12 & 13
April 19 & 20
February 8   
April 5  

February 14
April 11

February 19
April 16   

April 23 & 24  

April 30 & May 1  

April 3 & 4 

April 9 & 10 

April 16 & 17 

February 12 & 13  

February 22 & 23  

Yes, we still teach that version as well. Or contact us if your group needs Office 2010 training.