Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cedar Street Bridge lane closures begin July 2

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that daytime lane closures will begin Monday, July 2, on the westbound side of the Cedar Street Bridge.

The closures are necessary for routine bridge washing and are expected to last about two weeks, 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

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Birth Center of Bloomington Normal
6 Westport Court
Bloomington, IL 61704
WebsiteJessica Poppe, Director
Birth should be a joyful, safe experience. The Birth Center of Bloomignton Normal helps you have an experience you can cherish by providing comprehensive support through pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Darling Promoted

PYP Summer Happy Hour

The Pekin Young Professionals hosted their summer happy hour at West Dublin Irish Pub on June 21st.  The event was part of the pub's soft opening.  Owners Tom & Dori spoke about vision for the pub, and the work that was required to get to this point.  They offered to mentor other entrepreneurs who are thinking about opening a business.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Holiday Inn Express After Hours

The Holiday Inn Express hosted the June Business After Hours.  Chamber members and their guests enjoyed great food and refreshments, along with door prizes and tours. You can see more pictures from this event at:

Senior Consulting Project Program

Applications are being accepted for the
Senior Consulting Project Program
for the Fall 2018 semester.

·     Are you in need of a new marketing strategy?
·     Do you need a feasibility study conducted?
·     Have you considered a strategic growth plan?
·     Do you need assistance in launching a new product?

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at
Bradley University, may just have the answer for you.

Senior business majors in the Foster College of Business are required to complete a Capstone Class. This semester-long project (16 weeks), gives the students a real-world experience by allowing the students to apply their skills along with providing their client strategic improvements and enhancing operational effectiveness at no cost. The Fall semester runs August 22 - December 5, 2018.

Since 1972, over 11,000 students have provided more than 2,300 companies
with customized business solutions through the
Foster College of Business Senior Consulting Projects program.

Startups and established for-profit businesses of any
size are eligible to apply.

Apply below, by Friday, August 3, 2018

 To learn more and to apply, click here.

For questions, please contact the Illinois SBDC at 309-677-2992.


Illinois Central College will hold several informational sessions for its Highway Construction Careers Training Program, with program applications and TABE testing available at each session.  There is no registration or fees required for these sessions. 

The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at Illinois Central College is a grant-funded program sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  The goal of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program is to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working in the construction trades. The program is a 12-week free training course that focuses on preparing individuals for a successful building trade application process by increasing math skills, job readiness, and technical skills.  Training also includes OSHA 10-hour certification, Forklift and Aerial Lift Certification, and First Aid/CPR certification.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the skills necessary to seek careers as laborers, cement masons, operating engineers, electricians, ironworkers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, bricklayers, and other union construction trades.

To qualify for the program a candidate must be 18 years old, have a valid Illinois driver’s license, have a high school diploma or GED, and consent to random drug screening.

Informational and testing sessions will be held:

  • Monday, July 30 at 9 am
    Hickory Hall, Room 131, ICC Peoria Campus
    5407 N. University Street, Peoria
  • Tuesday, July 31 at 1 pm
Tri-County Peoria Urban League
317 S. MacArthur Highway, Peoria

  • Tuesday, July 31 at 5:30 pm
    Hickory Hall, Room 101, ICC Peoria Campus
    5407 N. University Street, Peoria

  • Wednesday, August 1 at 9 am
Peoria Housing Authority
100 S. Richard Pryor Place, Peoria

  • Wednesday, August 2 at 9 am
Hickory Hall, Room 101, ICC Peoria Campus
5407 N. University Street, Peoria

If selected for the program, students will begin the class on August 27, 2018, and end on November 16, 2018.

For more information about the program, please contact Monica Arbuckle at (309) 690-6912,, or Ellen George at (309) 690-6909,

Monday, June 25, 2018

SCOTUS Delivers Sales Tax Decision

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. The court overruled the physical presence standard in Quill v. North Dakota. The court upheld a South Dakota law that requires out-of-state sellers to collect and remit sales tax if the seller, on an annual basis, delivers more than $100,000 of goods or services into the state or engages in 200 or more separate transactions for the delivery of goods or services into the state.

In anticipation of the Supreme Court's decision in Wayfair the Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Use Tax and the Service Use Tax to include language that mirrors the standard established by South Dakota.

The Illinois law provides that beginning October 1, 2018, a retailer making sales of tangible personal property to purchasers in Illinois from outside of Illinois will fall within the definition of "retailer maintaining a place of business in this State" and will be required to charge Illinois Use Tax (or service use tax) to its customers if: "(A) the cumulative gross receipts from sales of tangible personal property to purchasers in Illinois are $100,000 or more, or (B) the retailer enters into 200 or more separate transactions for the sale of tangible personal property to purchasers in Illinois."

The Illinois law is less about creating parity between online sellers and brick and mortar stores, and more about generating revenue for the state. The General Assembly included $150 million in new revenue from this source in this year's budget.

Locally-imposed sales taxes are, with certain exceptions, retailers' occupation taxes. Those taxes are required to be charged and collected by Illinois retailers. There are no corresponding locally-imposed use taxes.

After October 1st, online retailers like Wayfair will be required to charge and collect the 6.25% Illinois Use Tax on sales to Illinois customers. If a resident of Pekin buys an item from Wayfair, they will pay 6.25% tax. But, if you bought that same item from a Pekin retailer, you would pay 8.5% sales tax. That is still a large differential on big-ticket purchases.

Likewise, local municipalities should not expect to see any significant tax revenues from this change. Only 1.25% of the 6.25% Illinois Use Tax is distributed to local governments. It is distributed on the basis of population across the entire state. For a community like Pekin, the use tax will amount to fractions of a penny on each sale.

In summary,
  • The new Illinois law will require online sellers to collect 6.25% use tax on sales to Illinois residents if they make more than $100,000 in sales or more than 200 separate transactions in the state on an annual basis.
  • The new law closes the gap between internet sellers and local brick and mortar retailers. But, the 6.25% online tax is still well less than the local tax of 8.5%. The lack of parity could still provide a financial incentive to shop online for big-ticket items.
  • It is anticipated other states will follow Illinois' lead and require online retailers to collect use taxes from online sales. This could actually hurt local retailers who also have an online presence, as they will now have to spend time and money to collect and remit use taxes to states where they make significant sales.
  • The new law does not provide any significant tax revenue to local municipalities who have lost sales tax revenues to online retailers for years.

Professional Development Institute

Illinois Central College - Professional Development Institute

Feeling a little lost on your computer? 

PDI can help with workshops on Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, Access databases - and more. Check out our current workshop schedule below. Un-complicate your day... 

September 25, October 2 & 9
October 16, 23 & 30 

MS Excel 2016 Part 1
July 2 & 3
August 6 & 7
October 4 & 5  

July 9 & 10
August 13 & 14
October 11 & 12  

July 16 & 17
August 20 & 21
October 18 & 19  

July 11
August 7
October 9  

July 18
August 21
October 16  

July 23  
August 27
October 22  

July 12 & 13 
August 22 & 23
October 1 & 2  

July 19 & 20
August 30 & 21
October 25 & 26   

July 11 & 12
August 1 & 2
October 9 & 10  

July 18 & 19
August 8 & 9
October 16 & 17  

July 25 & 26
August 22 & 23
October 23 & 24  

August 1 & 2  

August 8 & 9  

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

Contract Training
Do you and your co-workers all need to brush up on your computer skills? Contract training through PDI could be the answer. Contact Frank Thomas at 309.690.6915 or to learn more about our group training rates. Please click the Forward link below to send this newsletter to your company's training director.

Health Occupations Career Camp Final Day – Peoria ER Simulation

On their final day of ICC Health Occupations Career Camp, these 4th – 6th grade participants will experience a simulation of a Peoria Emergency Room.
Peoria ER Simulation: In the tradition of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD, this will be a simulation of a make-believe accident allowing the students to participate in the response to and care of victims. Some students will be chosen to be victims, while most of the group will partner with a caregiver and role-play the care of the victims from the scene of the accident to various locations in our “hospital.” Parents also are invited to attend to see the simulation and tour Cedar Hall to view the labs where camp took place.

Health Occupations Career Camp       Final Day – Peoria ER Simulation

Fri., June 29 - 2 to 3 pm

Cedar Hall

ICC Peoria Campus

5407 N. University St., Peoria

3rd Annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

The media and general public are invited to the 3rd Annual Major Reid Nannen Memorial 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk in Hopedale, IL on July 4. The 5K has a new start/finish line at the awesome Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial, located at 200 Grove Street in Hopedale. The race begins at 7:30am followed by the Fun Run. Both the 5K and Fun Run will feature an all new route through Hopedale. This event is dedicated to the memory of Major Reid Nannen, who died in a Top Gun training accident on March 1, 2014. He was truly a Hopedale Hometown Hero.
            The Reid Nannen Memorial race helps to raise funds for the maintenance of the beautiful Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial which honors hundreds of veterans. The Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day, 2017 and honors members of the Armed Forces connected to Hopedale from Civil War era veterans through the present. A complimentary VIP tent will be set up for members of the media.

4th of July Honor America

14th Annual Super Cruise

Brad Campbell Memorial Golf Tournament

ICC Mechanical/Technical Recruitment Events

ICC is hosting informational events for potential students to learn how to attend college to earn a credential in mechanical/technical programs debt-free.

Tues., June 26 from 5 to 7 pm

Arbor Hall
ICC Peoria Campus
5407 N. University St., Peoria


Fri., June 29 from 10 am to Noon
Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Bldg.
ICC East Peoria Campus
1 College Dr., East Peoria

Participants will learn more about the apprenticeship and sponsorship programs ICC has available in the mechanical/technical realm. The programs are a blend of valuable classroom (ICC handles the educational component) and hands-on work experience at the partnering companies.
The events will be held on two of ICC’s campuses on different dates to maximize exposure for people to hear about these opportunities. Participants will receive an overview from ICC Associate VP of Workforce Development Dr. Andrew Kerr of the program options, requirements and the application process. Representatives from ICC Admissions, Student Services and other supporting departments will be on hand to answer questions about the process.
This is part of ICC’s broader workforce initiative, where the college is partnering with businesses to fill skills gaps for high-demand jobs in the fields of manufacturing, IT and health care and increase the number of adults in the Greater Peoria region with a credential beyond high school. The industrial/manufacturing programs are the first step.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Quinn Johnston Hosts Annual Labor & Employment Seminar

The law offices of Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius and Cerulo will host a Labor & Employment Seminar on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria, Illinois with complimentary continental breakfast.

Quinn Johnston attorneys will speak to issues regarding employment law, drug testing in the workplace, employee handbooks, Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment and workers' compensation.

The seminar is complimentary, but registration is required. Illinois CLE and HRCI credit is pending and the program is approved for 3.5 CPE credits.

For additional information or to register call Sarah Jones at 309-674-1133 or visit

Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo provides comprehensive legal services to its clients ranging from private individuals to large business entities. With offices in Peoria and Springfield, Illinois, the firm is well prepared to assist clients with a variety of legal issues, including business, civil litigation and healthcare. For more information, visit the firm’s web site at

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hanson promotes Bartolomucci, Canopy, Swafford

Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s board of directors recently elected three employees to new officer positions.
Thomas Bartolomucci, P.E., S.E., Hanson’s government market principal, advanced from vice president to senior vice president. He joined the Springfield, Illinois, headquarters in 1983 and is responsible for business development, employee mentoring and client satisfaction.
Andy Canopy, P.E., PLS, a project manager, advanced from associate partner to assistant vice president. He joined the Peoria, Illinois, office in 2008 and has been involved in a variety of work, including land development; roadway improvements; bridge reconstruction; new buildings; electrical transmission, manufacturing and educational facilities design; stormwater management; and land surveys.
Blake Swafford, P.E., a senior project manager, advanced from assistant vice president to vice president. He joined Hanson’s Orlando, Florida, regional office in 2016 and oversees the aviation staff for planning, engineering and construction management services for airport civil- and facility-related projects in Florida and serves as a project manager for new clients in emerging market locations. He also helps the aviation market principal with developing aviation business in Florida, the southeast U.S. and international markets.
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703 and may be reached by phone at (217) 788-2450. The Peoria office is located at 7625 N. University St., Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614 and may be reached by phone at (309) 691-0902. The Orlando regional office is located at 720 N. Maitland Ave., Suite 102, Maitland, FL 32751 and may be reached by phone at (407) 622-2050.

Non Profit Day Conference

Illinois Central College Receives Grant from Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity ICC selected from more than 300 grant proposals

Illinois Central College received a $25,000  grant from Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, to hire a project coordinator and trained facilitators, who will lead staff, students and community members in discussions aimed at discovering racial disparities in college policies and practices. In collaboration with Peoria Public Schools and other partners, ICC will host a Peoria Summit on Racial Justice and Equity, a two-day, college- and community-wide conference early next year. Participants will prepare recommendations for replacing some existing policies and practices with more equitable ones.

“We are grateful to Lumina Foundation for this grant. We believe that real change will result from the removal of systemic barriers and the employment of pro-equity systems and practices. This opportunity helps us to expand current efforts to close the achievement gap for minority students and increase their participation in high-wage, high-demand career fields,” said ICC Vice President of Diversity and Community Impact Dr. Rita Ali.
From a pool of 312 nation-wide applicants, ICC was one of 19 college and universities selected to receive funding from Lumina’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity. The fund was created last year in response to racially motivated violence in Charlottesville on the campus of the University of Virginia.

The grants announced today were in response to what the foundation saw as an urgent need to improve the atmosphere around race on campuses across the country.

“As a philanthropic leader, Lumina shares a deep passion and concern about the nation’s racial climate, especially on college campuses,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation.  “These campuses have shown a willingness to address racial disparities at a systemic level: They recognize that achieving equitable results is about more than promoting diversity – it’s about whether the institution fosters a climate in which every student feels welcome and has the same opportunity to earn a degree or certificate of value, regardless of race or ethnicity.”

In partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Lumina evaluated grant applications submitted in response to a request for proposals. The number of responses indicates a strong desire throughout higher education to improve campus culture through community dialogues, faculty and staff development, and other creative approaches.  Lumina received proposals from a wide breadth of institutions, including 2- and 4-year, public and private, large and small, and minority-serving.

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Lumina envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. The Foundation’s goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.

With campuses in East Peoria, Peoria, and Pekin, Ill., Illinois Central College is a two-year community college that provides a high quality, affordable education to prepare students to enter the workforce, to learn new skills or increase their career skillset knowledge, or to transfer to a four-year college or university.

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Lane closures set June 19 on Adams Street

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that lane closures on southbound Adams Street (U.S. 24) at Interstate 474 will begin Tuesday, June 19, weather permitting.

The closures are necessary so that crews can install shielding on the underside of the overpass. When work is complete in the southbound lanes, it will shift to the northbound lanes and is expected to be complete by June 26.

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

Illinois Central College Seeking Students for Sponsored Industrial Workforce Programs

               Jobs in technical or industrial careers in our region are going unfilled due to the gap between the skills employers need and the skills potential employees have. Illinois Central College has programs that pay your tuition and/or provide a paid workforce experience. These opportunities address the need for high demand jobs resulting in a family-sustaining wage.

               ICC will host two informational recruitment sessions for potential students interested in learning about its new industrial maintenance apprenticeship program and other programs that help students connect with employers from the beginning of their education and attend college for little to no cost. The free events are scheduled on two dates and at different locations for participant convenience but will offer identical informational content.

               Participants may choose from one of two sessions. The first session will be on Tues., June 26 from 5 to 7 pm in Arbor Hall on the Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St. in Peoria. An additional session is scheduled for Fri., June 29 from 10 am to noon in the Agricultural and Industrial Technologies (AIT) Building on the East Peoria Campus. Free parking is available at both locations. A tour of the AIT Building classrooms and labs, where students would attend class for these programs, will be available during the Friday session at the East Peoria Campus. Attendees from either session may register for the Friday tour.
               Participants also will receive information on sponsorship programs, including General Motors Automotive Service Technician (GM-ASEP) and Caterpillar Diesel Powered Equipment programs. All students who apply, regardless of acceptance into the apprenticeship or other sponsored programs, will have the opportunity to speak with Admissions Office staff to explore other ICC industrial technology programs and options on fulfilling pre-requisites for the sponsored programs.

               ICC Associate Vice President of Workforce Development Dr. Andrew Kerr will open each session with an overview of the programs, as well as opportunities available with partnering organizations. The partnering organizations will be responsible for providing the work experience to ensure professional skills upon completion and ICC will provide the in-class training. Participants will receive information detailing the process of applying to the programs and course requirements.

               Successful apprenticeship candidates complete these programs debt-free. Students receive 300-450 hours of coursework for each year of apprenticeship, a guaranteed minimum hourly payment, full tuition, fees and books. Candidates for the apprenticeship program must first apply to ICC and then be screened and pre-qualified prior to company interviews.

               ICC is aligning its programs and services to partner with businesses to fill skills gaps reported in the areas of manufacturing, information technology and health care. Industrial programs— including ICC Industrial Maintenance, General Motors Automotive Service Technician (GM-ASEP), and Caterpillar Diesel Powered Equipment programs – are the first of several that the college and local business partners have identified as having urgent need for skilled employees. These programs provide a blend of both in-class and hands-on training experience toward a credential and jobs with a family-sustaining wage.

               For more information, contact the ICC Workforce Development Department at (309) 690-6863.                            

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Illinois 9 at U.S. 24 to close June 18 for pavement work

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that Illinois 9 just east of the intersection with U.S. 24 will close to all traffic beginning Monday, June 18.

The closure is necessary for pavement reconstruction adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Access to businesses will be maintained during the project, which is expected to be completed by June 26, weather permitting.

A detour will be posted for motorists to use Interstate 474.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. 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