Showing posts from September, 2018

Matthew Grashoff Joins The Unland Companies

Matthew Grashoff has joined The Unland Companies as an Agent. He is located in the Pekin office and licensed to sell Commercial and Personal Property & Casualty, Life, Health and Employee Benefit Programs, along with offering Human Resource solutions to his customers. Matt has over 15 years of management experience in the insurance and financial services industry. He has led teams in retirement services & administration, contact centers, operations, vendor management, process improvement and relationship management. He spent the last 5 years as a relationship manager, influencing business strategy and customer-facing technology development. “After nearly 21 years at State Farm I was ready for a new career opportunity in the sales and customer development segment of the business, having spent the majority of my career in operations and enterprise leadership. Unland has an outstanding reputation and continues to place the customer at the center of all decisions, which is where

Emiquon project wins ASCE section award

— Emiquon Preserve’s water control system received the Project of the Year Award Sept. 26 during the 94th Annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Central Illinois Section Meeting and Banquet in Springfield. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) teamed with Maurer-Stutz Inc. and Hanson Professional Services Inc. for the project. Emiquon Preserve, one of the largest floodplain restoration projects of its type in the Midwest, is located near Havana, Illinois. The floodplain had been farmland that was separated from the Illinois River by a levee. To keep the 5,500-acre wetland in the preserve from degrading, a water control system was created that reconnects the floodplain to the river for the first time in nearly a century. The team designed a multipurpose, gated water control structure; a pump station; and an elevated control building. Watch a video about the project at . The water control structure provides adequate drainage and flood control for ad

UnityPoint Health® Announces New President of UnityPoint Health – Pekin

Ron Miller, UPH - Pekin Board Chair and Debbie Simon, UPH Regional CEO are pleased to announce Todd Baker has been named President of UnityPoint Health – Pekin and Senior Vice President of Physician Services, effective January 1, 2019. “Pekin is an amazing community and I’m proud to continue serving the people of Pekin and Central Illinois. Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality health care in Pekin and to being a strong corporate citizen. My goal is to help set a clear vision for the future of health care in the region that will ensure UnityPoint Health – Pekin is a relevant provider of high-quality health care for years to come,” said Mr. Baker. Baker began his health care career in 1989 with Proctor Hospital as General Manager of Proctor First Care. In 2011, Baker was promoted to Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and has been with UnityPoint Health since its affiliation with Proctor Hospital in 2013. Baker currently serves as Vice President of UnityPoint C

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Festival of Trees Presents An Evening with Collin Raye

The OSF Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with the David S. Palmer Arena and Inked Entertainment, is proud to welcome ten time ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the year nominee, Collin Raye to the Arena for an intimate evening, Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM. The concert will be the finale to this year’s 22nd Annual Festival of Trees; adding to week of special activities this coming November. Raye will be part of an acoustic trio taking the stage that evening and for now a limited number of tickets will be sold. “ Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990’s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time. “ “We’re excited to be working with OSF and Inked Entertainment on this event.”, st

Welcome to our Newest Member!

Maquet's Rail House 221 Court St.  Pekin, IL 61554 309-620-8072 Dustin Maquet , Owner Pekin's finest bar & grill with great food, excellent staff and a unique atmosphere. We have the largest beer selection in Tazewell County! 170 craft & domestic beers available, including 20 on draft.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Takes Domestic Violence Awareness to New Heights this October

Village of Peoria Heights Turns Fountain Purple and Raises Purple Flag at Tower Park to Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month Who:                    Carol Merna, Executive Director, Center for Prevention of Abuse The Honorable Michael Phelan, Mayor, Village of Peoria Heights Dustin Sutton, Chief of Police, Peoria Heights Police Department    What:                  The fountain in Peoria Heights will turn purple and Tower Park will fly a purple flag this October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Village of Peoria Heights is collaborating with the Center for Prevention of Abuse for a press conference to announce the month-long campaign, honor victims, support survivors, and join forces in the community to fight against domestic violence.                               There is opportunity for interviews, b-roll, and photos following the announcement. When:                 Monday, October 1, 2018 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Where:                Vill

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Hopedale Nursing Home Re-Dedication

Hopedale Nursing Home held a re-dedication ceremony on September 23 and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce participated with a ribbon cutting. Speakers at the ceremony, which included refreshments and tours, included Timothy Sondag, CNO; Mark F. Rossi, President/COO; Alfred N. Rossi, MD, CEO; and Andrea Halley, VP/Administrator. The Hopedale Nursing Home recently completed a $250,000 renovation, which included all new floor coverings, new paint, and new window coverings. The Nursing Home was also recently re-surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and was found to be in compliance with all regulations.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Welcome to our Newest Member

Cusack Orthodontics 3301 Griffin Avenue  Pekin, IL 61554 309-696-5632 Website Michelle Cusack , Business Manager At Cusack Orthodontics you’re not just a patient, you’re a part of our family! We commit ourselves to offer not only the finest quality orthodontic treatment, but to make the process as enjoyable as possible, every step of the way. We aim to provide superior service and individualized care for each patient, at a reasonable fee, in a family like atmosphere that is enjoyable, caring, friendly and fun.

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Business & Community Recognition Luncheon


Gateway Foundation Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems

LEARN ABOUT TEEN ISSUES: Gateway Foundation is parterning with Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems to host a free seminar to discuss some of the biggest issues currently facing today’s youth presented by experts in the field. A variety of topics will be discussed including: • current teen drug trends • legislation updates on marijuana • the latest on gambling • legal aspects facing teens In addition, hear testimonies from teens taking the first step towards lifelong recovery and the challenges they have had to overcome. WHEN: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH 10:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. WHERE: SCHEELS, 2 FLOOR MEETING ROOM 3801 S. MACARTHUR BLVD. SPRINGFIELD, IL 62704 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: DEBORAH KUHNS DKKUHNS@GATEWAYFOUNDATION.ORG 217.281.1540 * Lunch will be provided

Dragoo Earns Professional Engineer License

Drew Dragoo, P.E., a railroad engineer at Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Peoria office, has earned his professional engineer license in Illinois. Dragoo, who joined the firm in 2014, provides construction engineering and designs tracks, bridges and other structures for railroad clients, including BNSF Railway Co., Canadian National Railway Co. and Norfolk Southern Corp. He also conducts precast-concrete plant inspections nationwide as part of Hanson’s contract with the National Precast Concrete Association. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Bradley University and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 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.  

Fall Fun Fest


Voter Registration at YWCA Pekin


General Election Information – Election Day – November 6, 2018

October 9, 2018   Last date to register to vote with a Deputy Registrar outside of the Tazewell County Clerk’s Office October 10 - November 6, 2018    Register to vote at the Tazewell County Clerk’s office office (11 S 4 th Street, Pekin / McKenzie Building, 2 nd floor) 309-477-2267 September 27 – November 5, 2018    Early voting and registration at the Tazewell County Clerk’s office (11 S 4 th Street, Pekin / McKenzie Building, 2 nd floor) 309-477-2267             September 27 – October 26,            2018 :    Monday - Friday    -   8:30am-5pm             October 29 – November 5, 2018:    Monday – Friday   -   8:30am-7pm             Saturday, October 27 - 9am-noon / Sunday, October 28 - 10am-4pm             Saturday, November 3 – 9am-4pm / Sunday, November 4 – 9am-4pm Candidate information – League of Women Voters Website –   * *Free Computer use is available at the Pekin Public Library, 301 S 4 th Street, Pekin    309-347-7111

September Biz Barometer


Kiwans Grant Applications Due

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Traffic signal work at US 24 & Illinois 9 begins on September 18th

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that traffic signal work at the junction of U.S. 24 and Illinois 9 will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The work will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to be completed by noon. Motorists should expect intermittent delays at this intersection and should allow extra time for trips through the 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 American Water Offers “Imagine a Day Without Water” Student Art Contest

Students can earn their classroom $100 while learning about the value of water service - Illinois American Water is inviting 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area to participate in an “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest. Winning students will win their classroom a $100 donation. Artwork may also be featured in a future bill insert and other Illinois American Water communication pieces. This art contest is being offered in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” event. All across the nation, events and activities will take place to highlight the important, and often taken for granted, role drinking water plays. “While it’s hard to imagine even just one day without water, many still take this critical service for granted. We hope to raise awareness and educate about the value of water service by combining art with the science of drinking water service,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water. Partici

2018 Marigold Festival Supporters

                                   Thank you to the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Supporters!


              Area high school students and their parents are invited to Illinois Central College’s “College Night” on Wed., October 17, from 5:30 to 7 pm, in the ICC CougarPlex (the facility that encompasses the Lorene Ramsey Gym). “College Night” brings representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities and from a dozen different states, as well as representatives from the armed forces, to one convenient location. College reps will be on-hand to visit with students and their parents about programs, the admission process, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, as well as answer other questions students and parents may have. Those interested in enrolling at ICC may choose to attend an “ICC Admissions Overview” session at 6 pm in the CougarPlex classroom. ICC admissions representatives will share information on the application process, what tests to take, and when applications are due. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following the session. Fin

Fall Fun Fest