Showing posts from June, 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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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,


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 sk

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

Professional Development Institute

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Health Occupations Career Camp Final Day – Peoria ER Simulation

On their final day of ICC Health Occupations Career Camp, these 4 th – 6 th 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 3 rd 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 OR 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

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 cli

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 pl

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 participatio

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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 Camp