Showing posts from March, 2018


Illinois Central College presents a week of demonstrations, exhibits, concerts and other events as the Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department presents Arts Week 2018 from April 16 through April 20 on the East Peoria Campus.                 The week kicks off with several April 16 activities highlighted by the 6th Annual “Jim Maloof’s Legacy of Love for the Arts in Central Illinois” event at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. The family-friendly event showcases performing arts talent from the Central Illinois area while honoring the legacy of former Peoria Mayor Maloof. The event will be followed by a cookie and lemonade reception sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Peoria. Tickets to the event cost $7, with all proceeds benefiting Maloof’s signature accomplishment, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets can be purchased at or through the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.                 The April 16 activities open a weeklong celebration of

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Sangalli's Italian Steakhouse 2217 Court St.  Pekin, IL 61554 309-620-8413 Website Dave Sangalli , Owner Locally owned steakhouse.

Savant Named a 2018 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers by InvestmentNews

– Savant Capital Management , a nationally-ranked fee-only wealth management firm, has been recognized as a 2018 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers as announced by InvestmentNews today. Savant was chosen as one of this year’s top-50 based on employer and employee surveys delving into everything from company culture, benefits, career paths and more. "We are honored to be named a 2018 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “We are committed to providing our team with a workplace culture that is vibrant, forward thinking, and engaging. We attribute our success to our team and we are grateful to their continued dedication to the firm and our clients.” InvestmentNews partnered with Best Companies Group, an independent research firm specializing in identifying great places to work, to compile the inaugural survey and recognition program. The list is a first of its kind for the financial advice industry. “ InvestmentNew

McDaniels Has Expanded

McDaniels Has Expanded McDaniels has been busy and not just with client projects! Our team has expanded both inside and outside the walls of our headquarters in Pekin. In case you haven't heard our exciting news! The McD Team is Growing! The Great Northern Expansion In her role as Marketing Consultant, Kate works out of the Rockford office, with easy access to Chicago O'Hare airport, and serves clients nationwide for all divisions within our agency, including the interactive division, McD Digital . She joins the agency with over 30 years experience, most recent

New Look. Same Mission. Center for Prevention of Abuse Starts the Conversation Surrounding Abuse with Brand New Logo, Tagline, and Website

The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) unveiled its new branding today, including a new logo, tagline, and website. Its mission to help all people – women, men, and children – live free from violence and abuse remains the same, but the supplemental pieces have a fresh, modern, and updated look. After a competitive pitch process, CFPA selected McDaniels Marketing , a full-service marketing agency headquartered in Pekin, Illinois, to execute the concept and design of the new logo and tagline, as well as develop and re-launch the new website. McDaniels Marketing worked closely with CFPA staff to create a brand identity that reflects CFPA guiding principles, core values, mission, and vision. The new logo features two typefaces: one that is strong and bold with a geometric and circular nature and a second that is soft and relaxed between the bolded words. The logo features a colored period to accentuate the agency name and symbolize the end of abuse. The additional symbol

Savant CEO Ranked in Forbes’ Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List Brent Brodeski lands the #3 spot in Illinois

– Brent Brodeski , CEO of Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm, has been named to Forbes’ 2018 list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors. The ranking includes 101 Illinois-based wealth management advisors, naming Brodeski #3. Brodeski co-founded Savant, which manages nearly $6 billion in assets and employs more than 150 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI. Forbes is an American business magazine and a leading source for reliable business news and financial information. The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors includes more than 2,000 advisors who have been ranked in their respective states by SHOOK Research . “I am honored to be ranked among Illinois’ leading financial advisors,” said Brodeski. “I believe anyone’s success is ultimately a direct reflection

Boost Mobile Ribbon Cutting

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin were on hand to welcome a new business to Pekin with a ribbon cutting on March 24th. Boost Mobile is located at 3404 Veterans Drive and can be reached at (309) 201-3408.  Boost Mobile gives you everything you want in a wireless carrier, including unlimited plans, unlimited music streaming without extra data charges!  Taxes & fees are included with all of their plans - there are no surprises! You can see more pictures from this event at:

Greater Peoria Welcome Mixer - Spring 2018

Welcome to Greater Peoria! Please join us for a fun, casual evening at one of our local favorites, Obed & Isaac’s, in Downtown Peoria. Anyone who has recently relocated to Greater Peoria, wants to meet new people, or is interested in learning more about living and working in the area is invited to attend. Light appetizers will be provided, as well as 1 FREE drink ticket per guest. Check-in will begin at 4:30 p.m. Feel free to come and go as you like throughout the evening.  Thu, April 12, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  If you have any questions, feel free to email Kate Cundiff, Director of Workforce Solutions for the Greater Peoria EDC, at or call/text her at (309) 635-1071.


Christopher M. West, Partner and CEO of Cullinan Properties, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Stephanie Webster has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Development. Stephanie joined Cullinan Properties in 2003 and has been responsible for developing, expanding and renovating a number of Cullinan projects nationwide, including Streets of St. Charles, St. Charles, MO; Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Austin, TX; Methodist College Student Housing Complex, Peoria, IL; Shoppes at Grand Prairie, Peoria, IL; Shoppes at College Hills, Normal, IL; Apartments at Grand Prairie, Peoria, IL; and Shoppes at Henry Crossing, Metro Atlanta, GA. With the continued growth of Cullinan Properties into new markets and the addition of new team members including in the development department, Stephanie has been promoted to ensure the continued success of the development team and to maintain Cullinan’s reputation for delivering projects on time and under budget.  Stephanie will c

Illinois Central College Hosts 14th Annual International Fair April 21

The international students at Illinois Central College invite you to attend the 14 th Annual International Fair to be held on Sat., April 21 from noon to 3 pm in the Student Center on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria. The event will offer an opportunity to get to know international students and celebrate their cultures through music, entertainment, food samples and dancing.  A group of international students also will feature a fashion show of traditional costumes modeled by ICC students. Other entertainment will include dancing, and a martial arts demonstration. A few of the countries providing informational booths and food samples are: Tanzania, China, Senegal and the Philippines.                  This event is open to the public. Families will be able to come and learn about and appreciate world cultures while having fun together. Global Village of Peoria Heights will offer a selection of coffees, chocolates, clothing and gifts from developing coun

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, it will be held on 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 or through the ICC Performing Art Center Box Off

Starting A Business in Illinois Workshop

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University will be offering a workshop, S tarting a Business in Illinois,  on  Wednesday, April 4 from 3pm - 5pm .  This workshop is co-sponsored by the Morton Community Bank and will be hosting the event at the PeoriaNEXT Innovation Center, 801 West Main Street, Peoria.This free workshop is open to the public.  Registration is required by 5pm on April 3rd.  Register online at turner/sabil  or call 309-677-2992.

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Leadership Graduation

Twenty students in the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy were recognized during a graduation banquet on March 22. A total of 419 leaders have participated in the annual program of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce since it was first held in 1999. The 10-week program included twice-per-week classroom discussions and tours.  UnityPoint Health was the sponsor of the 2018 academy, and Pekin First Church of the Nazarene sponsored the breakfasts.  The 2018 class included: Michelle Bohm, Inspired Style Company Kim Bunting, Busey Bank Brian Eatock, Pekin First Church of the Nazarene Patrick Elliott, Pekin Insurance Josie Esker, City of Pekin Jeff Gillis, Edward Jones Amy Hasty, OSF Center for Health Kristina Joseph, Office of State Representative Mike Unes Irene Lewis-Wimbley, Pekin First Church of the Nazarene Danny Lohman, Jimbo's Jumbo, Inc. Jordan Matthews, OSF Center for Health Marie Noble, Pekin Insurance Julie Regan, UnityPoint Health Mark Rothert, City of Pekin

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Boost Mobile 3404 Veterans Dr. Pekin, IL 61554 1-309-201-3408  Website Eva Silva , Store Manager Matthew McLister , Assistant Manager  Boost Mobile gives you everthing you want in a wireless carrier. Unlimited plans, unlimited music streaming without extra data charges. Taxes & fees are included with all their plans - no surprises!

Welcome To Our Newest Member

Backwoods Tree Service Topeka, IL 61567 309-357-0973  Website Andy Dill , Owner Backwoods Tree Service is an insured tree company here to go to work for you! Launched in 2011, they thrive off of total customer satisfaction and our mission is "Helping people and their trees".

Hopedale Spring Market

The Spring Market is returning to Hopedale Wellness Center. Come shop, sell, and celebrate small local businesses at the vendor fair on April 21 st from 9am-12pm. The fair contains a variety of booths, because no two vendors sell identical products. There will also be a raffle for a 3 Month Couple’s Household Membership for the Wellness Center! The market will be open, rain or shine, and is located inside the Hopedale Wellness Center at 222 NW Grove Street Hopedale, IL.                 The vendor fair is free to attend. To register as a vendor, call (309) 449-4500 by April 7 th . Booth rental is $10 for a 10x10 booth with a maximum of 2 spaces per vendor. For more information on local events hosted by Hopedale Wellness Center visit or find us on Facebook at .

Student Health Initiative Program hosted by Hopedale Medical Complex

Tremont Middle School students will soon begin a Student Health Initiative Program “SHIP” hosted by Hopedale Medical Complex. The program promotes healthy habits for middle school students and their families. SHIP is designed to engage students in healthy habits during their formative years in order to prevent chronic disease and health issues, and it is free for participants as part of HMC’s community health and wellness outreach. Throughout April students will cultivate healthy habits and learn more about healthy choices.                 SHIP is part of the Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids Collaborative which promotes healthy choices and improving youth health through partnerships with local educators, the Tri-County Health Departments, and community advocates. The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network awarded HMC a 2018 Disease Management/Population Health Grant for HMC’s community-wide wellness program including the Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids Collaborative and the community

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S & S Signs, Lighting & Electrical 4305 N. Main St. East Peoria, IL 61611  Website Tammy Jackson , HR Director S&S   offers quality signage and competitive prices designed for local businesses in the Peoria area. With your 100% satisfaction in mind, they are happy to specialize in sign fabrication, installation, and repair, electrical contracting work, and lighting installation and maintenance. As the go-to sign company in your community, they have a qualified team that gives you fast, detailed service.

John Evan's Easter Egg Hunt

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday. Mother Nature didn't cooperate so the hunt was held indoors. I think everyone got their share of candy and prizes!


The merger of State Bank of Speer into Morton Community Bank was completed March 16-19, 2018, adding two locations to the footprint of Morton Community Bank and bringing the total assets of the employee-owned community bank to $3.6 billion. Steven Leuthold, Community President of the now Speer Community Bank, said the merger is a positive for Speer customers.   “This new partnership with Morton ensures that our customers will continue to enjoy a community bank experience.   In addition, we are offering an attractive rewards checking and savings programs, new mortgage options, additional business lending capabilities, and nearly 40 nearby banking locations!” Officials from both banks hail the merger as a step forward for Central Illinois. "We believe in Central Illinois and the Peoria area,” said Andy Honegger, President and Co-CEO of Morton Community Bank.   "We enjoy a strong and resilient business community, a stable housing market, and a can-do spirit that ge