Monday, April 30, 2018


Jean Kestner, PT, MSPhysical Therapist of the Year Award
Jean Kestner, PT, MS is the Physical Therapist at Liberty Village Pekin Manor and has served the Illinois PT Association Chapter over a long career and demonstrated a strong commitment to the profession in multiple roles. She is the recipient of the 2018 Physical Therapist of the Year Award from Illinois PT Association. While her nominators spoke extensively about her contributions over the last 42 years, the contributions that she made in 2017 as the IPTA Western District Chair and as a delegate to the APTA House made her an excellent candidate for this award. As the Western District Chair, Jean worked to incorporate technology to increase member participation, created opportunity for student participation by hosting a meeting at Bradley University, and encouraged district members to run for office within the association and volunteer for committee work. Jean has also been an advocate for IPTA issues, including the IPTA #ChoosePT campaign,

Sara Owens, PTA 
Physical Therapist Assistant of the Year Award

Sara Owens, PTA  is the Site Manger at PTS Morton Outpatient Clinic located in UnityPoint Methodist Medpoint Office at 1909 N Morton Ave.  She earned her certification in applied functional science and has also graduated from the Illinois Spine and Pain Institute as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist.  She is the recipient of the 2018 Physical Therapist Assistant of the Year Award from Illinois PT Association. Sara is also a Morton Chamber Ambassador and enjoys helping with the Pumpkin Festival every year. Sara also acts as the Coordinator of Clinical Education and the Coordinator of Clinical Excellence to ensure quality care within PTS. Sara is an IPTA Western District member who, in the 8 years since graduating from Illinois Central College, has distinguished herself as a leader. Sara has served as Western District’s Secretary/Treasurer as well as on the districts nominating committee and as an Assembly Representative. She currently serves on the IPTA Finance Committee. Sara clearly made significant contributions in 2017 and is on track to contribute much more in the future.

Illinois American Water Announces 2018 Environmental Grant Recipients

Illinois American Water announced today that 10 watershed initiatives across the state will receive funding through the company’s 2018 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling $22,750 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.

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

Illinois American Water is awarding the 2018 Environmental Grants as follows:
- Foundation for Ohio River Education will receive a $1,000 grant to fund the Ohio River Sweep. The funds will supply gloves and other materials to volunteers cleaning up the Ohio River.
- Bolingbrook Park District will receive a $4,000 grant for the DuPage River Ecological Improvements which focuses on removing invasive species from along the DuPage River and restoring the natural landscape. The project will reduce the occurrence of invasive species to less than 10% in the area. In addition, native planting will restore the natural landscape.
- Lincoln College will receive a $3,645 grant to increase watershed awareness, specifically stream-bank erosion along Sugar Creek. The funding will be used to install a boardwalk to make the area handicap accessible.
- Nature at the Confluence, Inc. in South Beloit will receive a $3,000 grant for the Kelly Creek Clean-Up. The project will engage community volunteers to clean up Kelly Creek, a major water asset on the Nature At The Confluence, Inc. property. Stream monitoring and water quality testing before and after the clean-up with measure results to educate about the impact of watershed clean ups.
- Pekin Park District will receive a $2,000 grant for the continued Lick Creek Watershed Invasive Species Control and Restoration project to eliminate invasive species along the Lick Creek corridor. Funds will be used to restore native plants to improve forest quality and help to control creek-side erosion. - Peoria Park District will receive two grants for two different projects. A $730 grant will support the Heal the Hill Prairie at Forest Park Nature Center. Volunteers will remove invasive species and restore the bluffs, decreasing erosion and sedimentation of the river. An $875 grant will support the Illinois River Sweep. Funds will help supply gloves, trash bags, dumpsters and tire recycling. - Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum will receive a $2,000 grant for the Journey to Sea project. The project is a collaboration between the Peoria PlayHouse, Bradley University and The Sun Foundation. Together they will create a PlayHouse art exhibit to illustrate the devastating impact of plastic pollution on water.
- Senior Services Plus, Inc. in Godfrey will receive a $3,500 grant to construct a detention/infiltration bioswale and rain garden. This project is an extension of their initiative to grow their own food to feed local senior citizens. - Woodridge School District #68 will receive a $2,000 grant for their permeable paver parking lot at Meadowview Elementary School. The project will decrease storm water runoff.

Customers can make a difference by getting involved in these projects as well as using water wisely. Customers can help protect our precious resources through the following actions:
• Be conscious of daily water use and take the necessary steps to be water smart.
• Be sure that leaking pipes and faucets — indoors and outdoors — are repaired.
• Take care in garden, lawn, garage or other home product use and ensure they do not impact groundwater.
• Dispose of chemicals or other potentially harmful products properly by not pouring them directly into home drains, the sewer, street drains or the lawn.
• Learn more about water through the annual local water quality reports. American Water customers can access their report by zip code on the company’s website at under the Water Quality tab.

To learn more about the Environmental Grant Program, Water Quality and Wise Water Use, please visit
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 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Spring Fling Community Fundraiser

Every year the Herbal Springs Wellness Center in Pekin hosts its annual Spring Fling Community Fundraiser, a vendor based community fundraiser open to the public. Each year they choose a non-for-profit community organization as beneficiary for the fundraising efforts.  This year the Spring Fling has chosen the Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association. IRVSRA is in the process of renovating 2000 sq. ft. of space in the old Pekin Park Mineral Springs Pool House to host many of its day camps, programs, and activities for the Tazewell County area special needs community.  The Spring Fling event will take place at the Miller Senior Citizens Center at 551 S. 14th St. in Pekin and will run from 11am-3pm.  It is an open house style event, so stop by any time.  Entry is free and there will be raffle prizes, silent auctions, lunch, snacks, an IRVSRA cheer team performance at noon, as well as several area vendors from the likes of Pampered Chef, Lula Roe, Pink Zebra, Thirty-One and more!  For more about IRVSRA please visit  If you have any questions about attending, donating to the event, or renting a booth, please contact Event Coordinator, Michelle Johnson, at or (309) 267-8883.

Day:                       Saturday
Date:                     May 5
Time:                     11:00a -3:00p
Fee:                      FREE to attend
Location:               Miller Senior Citizen Center
                             551 S. 14th Street
                             Pekin, IL 61554

Thursday, April 26, 2018


The Philharmonic Chorale, in residence at Illinois Central College, will present its spring concert Landscapes and Anthems on Sun., May 6 at 2:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

Music in the first half of the concert includes past and present choral music favorites, including Festival Sanctus by John Leavitt, Gloria by Paul Basler, Northern Lights from Norwegian composer Ola Gjeillo and Finale from the Gondoliers by the collaborative team of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring accompaniment by pianists Carol Spayer and ICC faculty member Walter Stout. 

Selections in the second half of the concert features folk song arrangements, including My Gentle Harp from Alice Parker, Nine Hundred Miles arranged by Philip Silvey and Bound for the Promised Land, arranged by Craig Courtney. In addition, a patriotic set featuring works of Z. Randall Stroope, Irving Berlin and Peter Wilhousky will complete the concert.

Landscape photography from local artists will be featured during the concert, including work from Scott Cavanah, Bryan Chumbley, Jeff Gasick, Harley Henderson, Neil Larimore, Maureen Leuba, Ken Paulsen, Scott Paulsen and Jeffrey Shelton.

Walter Stout, ICC adjunct faculty member in music, joins Philharmonic accompanist Carol Spayer for two selections during the concert. Stout serves as organist at Bethel Lutheran Church in Bartonville and Forrest Hill United Methodist Church in Peoria.

               This Philharmonic Chorale is supported as an in-residence ensemble by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Busey Consistently Named Among Best Places to Work in Illinois

For a third consecutive year, First Busey Corporation (“Busey”) is honored to be named among the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The survey and awards program identifies, recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Illinois—benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.

The 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois is presented in partnership by The Daily Herald Business Ledger, the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. Busey is among 21 companies recognized in the large employer category (500 or more U.S. employees).

To determine the 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois, companies were nominated in a two-part process. First, organizations were evaluated on their workplace policies, practices and demographics—representing 25 percent of their total score. The second part, worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation, consisted of an employee survey to measure their experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

Busey will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by the Daily Herald Business Ledger on Thursday, May 17 and will be profiled in a special publication of the Daily Herald Business Ledger on Monday, June 18. The final rankings will be announced at the event and at

For more information on the 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois program, visit

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

47th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction

The 47th annual public auction will be on Friday, May 4th in the Veterans Memorial Arena in Mineral Springs Park in Pekin.  Auction starts promptly at 5 p.m.  As in past years a dozen or more auctioneers and their helpers are donating their time and talent to auction off new items and gift certificates donated by local merchants, used items from an automobile to dishes, celebrity items from the sports and entertainment world, and lots of great food like butterfly pork chop sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, pies, and more.  Chairman Jay Hall's goal this year is to raise $35,000 for more than two dozen local charities and non-profit organizations.  Free parking and free admission.  Come for the fun and leave with the bargains.  Go to for a complete list of auction items updated daily.

Transportation Research Board appoints Dawson to committee

Matthew Dawson, P.E., PTOE, a senior transportation engineer at Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Peoria office, has been appointed to the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Geometric Design. 
Dawson will serve for three years on the committee, which researches roadway geometric design elements that affect users’ safe and efficient operations.
Dawson joined Hanson in 2010 and manages junior-level engineers and technical staff during the design and production of final construction documents. He also provides quality control review of technical documents and plans for projects throughout the Midwest. He has worked on projects including the Interstate 74 reconstruction, Washington Street improvements, 20-block Warehouse District redevelopment and Northmoor Road improvements, all in Peoria; Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) project study and design in Champaign and Urbana; reconstruction of the Halsted Street interchange along the South Tri-State Tollway; and widening and reconstruction of a 22-mile section of Interstate 90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) in Boone, Kane and McHenry counties in Illinois.
Dawson was named the Young Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Central Illinois Section in 2013, a Rising Star in Civil Engineering by Zweig White in 2012, one of InterBusiness Issues’ 40 Leaders Under Forty in 2011 and ASCE’s Outstanding Practitioner Adviser for Zone III in 2001. He serves on the board of directors and is the membership chair for ASCE’s Illinois Valley Branch. He also is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 2000 and 2010, respectively, from Bradley University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and Idaho and a certified professional traffic operations engineer.
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.


                The Illinois Central College Music Program will hold tuition waiver auditions for ICC Vocal Jazz for the fall 2018 semester on May 8 and 14 on the East Peoria Campus. Reservations are required.
                ICC Vocal Jazz is one of three vocal performance ensembles at the college, and it offers up to 10 tuition waivers to members. These waivers, available to both incoming and returning students, give participants in ICC Vocal Jazz the opportunity to receive fully paid tuition at ICC as long as they meet and maintain participation, academic requirements eligibility requirements and conduct expectations.
                Those auditioning for the waivers must be enrolled or intending to enroll as a full-time student at ICC for the fall 2018 semester. Waiver awards are based on talent and interest rather than financial need, and students do not have to be a resident of the Illinois Central College district to be eligible.
                Those interested in auditioning must sign up beforehand for a 10-minute time slot during the dates and times of auditions. Auditions take place May 8 from 2 to 6 pm and May 14 from 1 to 5 pm.
                Auditions take place in Room 121A, located in the Academic Building on the East Peoria Campus. Those auditioning should have a song to sing. An accompanist will be provided.
                The ICC Music Program has three vocal ensembles and three instrumental ensembles which present public concerts on campus and at other events in the area. The ICC Music Program offers a variety of academic classes such as applied music, music literature, music theories as well as private lessons. For general or enrollment information about the ICC Music Program, visit or contact the ICC Arts & Behavioral Sciences at (309) 694-5113.

                To sign up for the auditions, contact ICC Vocal Jazz director Julie Clemens via email at or by phone at (309) 694-8969.

Rivermen Finals Game 1!!

The Pekin Public Library’s Digital Media and Training Lab is open to the public!

The Pekin Public Library’s Digital Media and Training Lab is open to the public!  The purpose of the lab is for small business owners or students to create publicity and marketing materials and/or artwork for their business or project as well as to provide a space and PCs for training their staff.
    The lab offers a new Mac and PC with Adobe Creative Suite.   Adobe Creative Suite (CS) is a software suite of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by Adobe Systems. Each edition consists several Adobe applications, e.g., Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign, Premiere Pro or After Effects. Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator are the industry standard applications for many graphic design positions.
    In addition to the extensive software, the lab also offers a large poster-sized printer, as well as a 3-D printer.  Prices for printing are:  17 x 22 gloss  $10.00 per sheet; 17 x 22 matte $8.50 per sheet; 11 x 14 premium luster $8.50 per sheet. The lab also includes six PCs for private training and film/VHS to digital conversion equipment.
    For more information on the Digital Media Lab, please call the library at 347-7111, ext. 0.

Illinois Central College Awarded Grant to Provide GED Grads Pathway to College and Career Success

               The Illinois Community College Board recently awarded Illinois Central College more than $200,000 in grant funding for the Success After the GED College Bridge Program. The purpose of the program is to provide pathways to college success for GED graduates and increase their opportunities to find jobs earning family-sustaining wages. The program begins this August.
               “Our research suggests that GED graduates frequently enter or maintain low-wage employment as a means to support themselves financially, often working multiple jobs to make ends meet,” said Dr. Rita Ali, vice president of diversity and community impact.  “Some lack career guidance and a support system that moves them from GED attainment to enrollment in coursework, resulting in a college credential. This is the gap that will be filled through the ICC Success After the GED College Bridge Program.”

               Participants will receive career exploration assistance, as well as life skills and industry/occupational skills development. The goal is to enroll each of the GED graduates into college-level coursework and continue on a path to obtain a credential beyond the GED. Career development will focus on the high-demand, middle- and high-skilled occupations of health careers, information technology, manufacturing, and education.

               Four cohorts of 15 individual each, for a total of 60 GED graduates, are expected to be served over the initial one-year project period. Each cohort will receive 100 hours of training over a five-week period. Phase I of each session will include a comprehensive assessment of the participant’s college readiness, as well as the identification of career pathways that align with interests and aptitude. Phase II includes customized instruction, career exploration, coaching and planning. In Phase III, participants will gain industry-specific knowledge within the focus industries and partner with local practitioners for job shadowing, observations, and hands-on learning opportunities. In the final Phase IV, participants are enrolled in college credit coursework, as outlined in their academic success plan.    
               For more information or to apply, contact Kate Stahl at (309) 694-5515 or via email to                  

Monday, April 23, 2018

Family & Business Showcase Draws Crowd

About 4,500 area residents attended the Family & Business Showcase held at the Avanti's Dome on April 21st.  Several businesses and organizations received awards from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce for their booth displays.  Kings Kids (Most Welcoming), Pekin Lions Club (Most Original), Pekin Park District (Best Visitor Experience) and First Pekin Savings Bank (Best Presentation).  You can see pictures from this event at:

Resurfacing of U.S. 24 begins April 30

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that paving work will begin Monday, April 30, on U.S. 24 from Pfeiffer Road in Bartonville to Illinois 9 and on Illinois 9 to a quarter mile east of U.S. 24.

To complete the work, lane closures will be required in both directions of U.S. 24 and Illinois 9, beginning with the closure of the right lanes of U.S. 24. The project involves resurfacing U.S. 24 and Illinois 9, constructing a new sidewalk at the Pfeiffer Road intersection and traffic signal work on U.S. 24. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained during the project, which is expected to be completed in August, weather permitting.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

For IDOT District 4 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict4 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on

April Biz Barometer

Friday, April 20, 2018

IDES Reminds Businesses

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)  reminds businesses that you can now file and pay your quarterly UI 3/40 wage report online through MyTax Illinois.

If you already have a MyTax Illinois account, the entire process is simple.

  • Simply login to your MyTax Illinois account
  • Click on "Unemployment Insurance" link under the Account tab
  • Click on the "File Return" link next to the period that you would like to file for
  • It's that easy!

If you would like to establish a MyTax Illinois account or if you would like to learn about all of the other benefits that MyTax Illinois offers, please visit the IDES Employer Update website  Contact the IDES Employer Hotline at (800) 247-4984 if you have more questions!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dragon Pride 2018

It is time for Dragon Pride 2018! The event will be hosted by the students and faculty at Pekin Community High School, Wednesday, April 25th from 6:00-8:00pm. It will be held in the large gymnasium and the surrounding areas.  This is a great event to bring your family and friends to Many student's projects will be showcased. We hope to see you there!  

River City Soul Fest Celebrates 20 Years! Announces Saturday Night Headliners!

River City Soul Fest started in 1999 in hopes of providing a unique event that celebrates African-American culture and heritage through Gospel and R&B music. Heading into its 20th year on the RiverFront, River City Soul Fest has established itself as a premier cultural event in Central Illinois and we aim to uphold its strong tradition.
As partners in bringing the River City Soul Fest to the RiverFront, the Peoria Park District and Inked Entertainment are excited to announce that the headlining artists for Saturday night of the 2018 Soul Fest will be Ja Rule and Ashanti! For the full list of 2018 Soul Fest performances, please watch our Facebook Event Page.

A special pre-sale will begin online only on Wednesday, April 18th at 10am for Saturday tickets. $20.00 General Admission and $30.00 for the VIP section. All tickets will go on sale beginning on Friday, April 20th at 10am. At this time, tickets will be available online through Eventbrite or Inked Entertainment's website and at the Peoria Park District's Bonnie W. Noble Center.
Pricing for the 2018 River City Soul Fest will be as follows (beginning 4/20):
Friday, August 10 General Admission: $10.00 Friday, August 10 VIP - $15.00
Saturday, August 11 General Admission: $25.00 Saturday, August 11 VIP: $35.00
Sunday, August 12: $5.00
3 Day Weekend Pass (General Admission): $30.00
3 Day Weekend Pass (VIP): $40.00

Inked Entertainment is run by a team of passionate music lovers in Central Illinois. Their goal is to become a one stop shop for festivals, fairs as well as indoor and outdoor venues. They offer talent buying services, marketing services and consulting as well as sponsorship activation. To learn more, please visit

Public stewards of nearly 9,000 acres of park and greenspace and another 185 buildings, the Park District's mission is "To enrich life in our community through stewardship of the environment and the provision of quality recreational and leisure opportunities." To learn more, please visit

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Farnsworth Group Opens Pekin Office

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin welcomed Farnsworth Group to Pekin with a ribbon cutting.  The nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm recently opened a satellite office in downtown Pekin at 412 Court Street.  The office will provide work space for some of the Farnsworth employees who live in the Pekin area.  The office will also provide space for Farnsworth employees to meet and collaborate with Pekin clients.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chamber Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting on April 16 at the Pekin Country Club.  140 attendees representing 54 businesses and organizations enjoyed the reception and short business meeting.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, President of Illinois Central College. 

Three members of the Board of Directors completed their terms and were recognized for their service.  The retiring members were:  Josh Bradshaw, Advanced Medical Transport; Baylee Gambetti, Coldwell Banker - The Real Estate Group; and Brigitte Harper, Pekin Insurance.  Also recognized was Crystal Elliott, UnityPoint Health, who completed her service on the board as Treasurer, and John Franks, Peoria Limousine, who completed his service on the board as Past President. 

New board members elected by the chamber membership in March were introduced:  Laurie Gruse, Pekin Insurance; Ryan Morris, UnityPoint Health; and, Dr. Danielle Owens, Pekin Community High School District 303.   

Other returning directors on the chamber’s board include Chris Deverman, Deverman Advertising; Bryan Steger, Steger’s Furniture; Katelyn Tassart, OX Paperboard Illinois; Char Richardson, Richardson Counseling & Wellness; Megan Olt, TCRC; Scott Rorher, Pekin Country Club; and John McCabe, Mayor of the City of Pekin.

The newly seated board elected officers for the coming year.  They are President, Scott Kriegsman, Elliff, Dancey and Bosich, PC; Vice President, Dan Pfeifer, Dan Pfeifer State Farm Agency; Treasurer, Dennis Short, Pekin Community Bank; and, Past President, Becky Saban, BodyWealth Massage.

The chamber’s executive director, Bill Fleming, spoke about the chamber’s legacy of leadership that began 125 years ago with five businessmen who filed articles of incorporation for the Citizen’s Improvement Association of Pekin.  Fleming drew parallels from that early group to today’s leadership in the chamber.    

In her outgoing remarks, Saban made note of the financial challenges the chamber faced this past year.  She was proud of the adjustments the board and staff made and that the organization finished the year better than budgeted. 

Saban also told the story of how she relocated to Pekin 20 years ago and the positive role the chamber played in that decision. 

Kriegsman thanked the audience for their support of the chamber and was humbled by the opportunity to lead the organization.  Both his father and grandfather also served as president of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.   

Dr. Quirk-Bailey spoke about workforce development.  She began by sharing that only 40% of Illinois residents have some type of degree or credentials beyond high school.  Yet, by 2020 it is estimated that 70% of the jobs in Illinois, and 99% of all newly created jobs, will require credentials beyond high school.  She then outlined three key strategies that are being implemented in our region to close that skills gap.

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has represented the business interests and promoted the growth of the Pekin area since 1893.

You can see more pictures from this event at:

The Funky Monkey

Navigating Tax Reform

Clifton Larson Allen (CLA) professional Mark M. Dalbey will provide an overview of the new tax legislation during a live presentation

April 25, 2018, at the offices of

Clifton Larson Allen - Conference Room - Suite 1100

301 S. W. Adams St.

Peoria, IL 61602

Topics to be covered and discussion include, but not limited to:

- Learn how the major changes in the new tax law for individuals and how they will impact you

- Learn how tax reform impacts your business operations and organizational structure opportunities

- Learn how changes in the estate tax can impact you and your estate plan

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

Register Now!

We hope you can join us!

Neighborhood House Food Fight



Thanks for attending!

Thank you for attending Food Fight 2018! Your generosity helped us raise $92,347. Thank you to our guests, chefs, vendors, and sponsors for helping us fight hunger in this community!

Congratulations to our 2018 Food Fight Winner, Jeff Madden from Kemp 208!

Congratulations to Amanda Pyle from the Cookery for coming in second place!
Congratulations to Seth Colvin from Suite Fire Bar + Grille for coming in third place!

Jeff Foster from Par-A-Dice took home the People's Choice award!

Top Dog at the Dome


The students of St. Joseph Catholic School of Pekin are performing Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast, Jr.,' on Thursday, April 26, at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, April 27, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph School, 300 S. Sixth Street, in Pekin.
Directed by Mrs. Nicole Ferree, this classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self.

This youth show is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact St. Joseph School at (309) 347-7194.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Puttin' On Pekin

Seventy-Seven chamber members and guests attended the April Puttin' on Pekin breakfast at the Avanti's Dome.  George Morris (Pekin Area Network) earned the Early Prize, while Annette Davis (Pekin Daily Times) received the late prize.  Steger's Furniture was presented with the Blue Ribbon Award by Debbie Fornoff (Debbie Fornoff Interior Design & Draperies) for the complete makeover of their store.  Jamie Durdel and Greg Cassidy from TCRC received the Spotlight on Business Award and they were the program, updating the audience on all of their programs.  Committee member Greg Ranney (Pekin Rotary Club) presented Steve Bresnahan with the Sunshine Award for his work on the annual Bike Night/Cruise-in in downtown Pekin.  Even though it was Friday the 13th, it was a lucky day for many in the audience who won door prizes, including a $100 gift certificate from Steger's Furniture!  Click here to see more pictures from this event:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pekin Night at Dozer Park

Hopedale Medical Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners

Hopedale Medical Foundation proudly announces its 2018 scholarship winners.  Candidate selections were made by an independent panel of judges who reviewed applications from graduating seniors from Olympia, Hartsburg-Emden, Tremont, Dee-Mack, Midwest- Central and Delavan High Schools.
·         The $2,500 Founder’s Scholarship in honor of HMC’s founder, Dr. Lawrence Rossi, Sr., was awarded to Dee-Mack High School’s Jessica Wyse, daughter of Ken and Jenny Wyse.  Jessica plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.    
·         The $1,000 Orville Augsburger Scholarship, named in honor of a founding Board member, was awarded to Joshua Duane Goetze, son of Theodore and Melissa Goetze.  Joshua, a student at Midwest Central High School, has chosen a career in physical therapy.  He will attend Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, in the fall.
·         The $1,000 David Eckhardt Memorial Scholarship, in honor of a dedicated HMC employee who passed away in 1974, was awarded to Reka Jean Jeckel, daughter of Scott and Ravonda Jeckel.  Reka is a student at Delavan High School, and will pursue a degree in mental health therapy at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
·         The $1,000 Neil Alford, Jr. (Agricultural) Memorial Scholarship in honor of Hopedale’s past mayor and HMC board member, was awarded to Mary Figge.  Mary is the daughter of Robert and Melinda Figge of rural Green Valley.  She is a student at Midwest Central High School, and will be pursuing a career in veterinary medicine at either Iowa State University or North Carolina State University.
·         The $1,000 Phyllis Martin Memorial Nursing Scholarship which honors a long-time HMC nurse, was awarded to Olympia High School senior Kristen Schuette, daughter of Brad and Andie Schuette of Atlanta.  Kristen will be pursuing a career in nursing at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, in the fall.
·         The $2,000 John Rossi Memorial Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Tremont High School’s Sydney Demirel Sumer, daughter of Volkan and Merry Sumer of Tremont.  Sydney plans to pursue a career in nursing after attending Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.
·         The $1,000 Dorene Oehler Scholarship which honors HMC’s first Activities Director, was awarded to Lindsay Sweckard, daughter of Terri and Joe Sweckard of Mackinaw.  Lindsay, a student at Dee-Mack High School, has chosen a career in orthopedic surgery.  She plans to attend Northern Illinois University in the fall.
The Hopedale Medical Foundation congratulates these outstanding students and thanks the many applicants who participated this year.  Since its inception in 1980, The Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in healthcare and agricultural scholarships to local high school seniors and college freshmen.  Donations from the public are appreciated and are tax deductible as a charitable donation.  For more information, call Becky at (309) 449-4296.


Goodwill of Central Illinois has announced the appointment of Tom Hornstein of the Excalibur Seasoning Company and Randal Weatherly of Hickory Point Bank and Trust to their board of directors.
Hornstein serves as President and CEO of Excalibur Seasoning and Weatherly is the Vice President of Hickory Point Bank and Trust.
“We have added two more talented and dedicated individuals to our board,” said Don Johnson, Goodwill of Central Illinois President and CEO. “Board members are an important part of our organization and we rely on their expertise.”
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. For more information visit Goodwill’s website at

Monday, April 9, 2018

Farnsworth Ribbon Cutting

Welcome To Our Newest Member

Mucciante Heating & Cooling
P.O. Box 160
Morton, IL 61550
WebsiteNick Mucciante, Owner
Mucciante Heating & Cooling are service professionals! As licensed contractors and specialists in the field of heating and air-conditioning, they have the tools, the equipment, and the experience to keep your equipment running smoothly all year long. If it is emergency service that you need, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they are available to assist you! To help reduce service emergencies, they offer service agreements to keep your comfort system running at peak performance.

Strike out Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month at Hopedale Wellness Center. Stress can negatively effect Americans’ emotional and physical wellbeing. Stress can also be an influencing factor in many health issues, including asthma, type 2 diabetes, headaches, and heart disease. To promote stress awareness and stress management, the Wellness Center is hosting several community events in April.
Come to the Wellness Center Lobby on Friday, April 13th from 9-11am or the Hopedale Medical Complex Lobby on April 16th from 11a-1p for a table event focused on stress awareness. Stay for a 5 minute chair massage by a licensed massage therapist.
 Join the massage therapists for a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, April 25th from 12-1p to learn about massage therapy. Massage is more than just relaxing; it is useful for preventative and rehabilitative treatment. Massage can also be combined with aromatherapy. Come hear more while enjoying lunch. Please RSVP by April 12th the cost is $3.
                To register for an event or for more information call (309) 449-4500 or visit Hopedale Wellness Center online at The Wellness Center offers health and wellness programming for youth and adults throughout the year in a state-of-the art 34,000 foot wellness facility located in Hopedale, IL.