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Maquet's Rail House Ribbon Cutting

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce was at Maquet's Rail House on July 26th to help celebrate the grand opening of their expanded space and their new brick oven pizza.  Owner Dustin Maquet was joined by his employees and representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce for the event.  Dennis Short, Vice President of the Chamber, read a proclamation congratulating them on their accomplishments and proclaiming it "Maquet's Rail House Day" in Pekin.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Pekin Estates Presents the Central Illinois Banjo Club


Teen Challenge Annual Banquet


Liberty Village Vintage Car & Motorcycle Show


National Black Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Illinois American Water with Inclusion and Diversity Award

Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk was awarded the 2019 Inclusion and Diversity Award by the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) during its annual conference held last week in Atlanta, Georgia. The award is presented annually to an individual who champions inclusion and diversity within his or her company. NBCC President Harry C. Alford said, “Mr. Hauk’s focus on inclusion and diversity at American Water has played an instrumental role in increasing the company’s partnerships with minority businesses, diverse suppliers and diverse employee candidates. The National Black Chamber of Commerce was proud to present Bruce Hauk with the 2019 Inclusion and Diversity Award.” American Water sees diversity as a vital element in creating an environment where differences are celebrated and contribute to success. This is why the company created a national Inclusion & Diversity Council. The Council is made up of executive sponsors, an advisory council and champions from across

Illinois Central College Provides Support to Midstate College

Illinois Central College’s leadership team met with Midstate College’s President and Provost to offer support for Midstate students in light of the college’s recent closing announcement.  Illinois Central College, believing in access to higher education for all, has first and foremost, committed to supporting Midstate students by providing options to complete a credential.  Additionally, ICC is exploring outplacement opportunities for Midstate employees, administrative support, and faculty to ensure there are no gaps in access to higher education in the district.  ICC has created an online expedited admission process, in which students will be asked for a very limited amount of information.  This will allow Midstate to release students’ transcripts and records to ICC, available at . ICC will host an Open House on Monday, August 5 from 4 to 8 pm on the Peoria Campus at Arbor Hall .  ICC is prepared to provide Midstate students and their families’ information

White Positioned to Succeed Mackaman at The Dirksen Congressional Center

Last week, The Dirksen Congressional Center’s Board of Directors approved a plan to hire Tiffany White to succeed Executive Director Frank Mackaman, who will retire in 2020. White is the current Chief of Staff to State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) and has served on The Center’s Board since last year. For the time being, Mackaman will remain on staff as The Center’s Historian and Archivist—a role that will be assumed by White at a later date. She will begin her work as Executive Director on Sept. 1. “We knew that finding a replacement for someone like Frank was going to be a daunting task,” said Board President Timm Schwartz. “We were most fortunate to have an outstanding person right on our own Board. The Center is thrilled to have Tiffany to assume Frank’s position.” The Dirksen Congressional Center was established in 1975. It is named for Everett McKinley Dirksen of Pekin, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives, as Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate, and who

Boost Mobile Back to School Event

#Pekin #CentralIllinois join us on August 10th for Boost Mobile Pekin Back to School event! We will be providing the first 75 children with free backpacks with school supplies. In addition we will have free prizes for all! FREE PHONES WHEN YOU SWITCH/FREE ACTIVATION. Bounce house and FREE ICE CREAM! Free food and a HD TV GIVEAWAY! Live TV drawing at 3pm. You can stop by our location today and enter to win!

FREE: Bradley Senior Consulting Project

The Illinois Small Business Development Center, at Bradley University, is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 semester for anyone wanting to participate in a Senior Consulting Project at no charge. Are you needing assistance in creating: ·      a marketing strategy; ·      a feasibility study; ·      a strategic growth plan; ·      or launching a new product or service? Faculty-led, student-driven business consulting teams of graduating senior students in the Foster College of Business will act as business consultants to identify and solve your business dilemmas . Teams of 4-6 students, from a mix of disciplines, work with small- and medium-sized businesses to develop a strategic plan. This plan contains: ·      an in-depth competitive analysis; ·      an assessment of the organization; ·      surveys/analyses of customers/potential customers; ·      recommendations and a timeline. In early December, you will receive a

CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Need of Volunteers

CASA is looking for volunteer advocates to answer the call and speak up for an abused and/or neglected child. There is a  critical shortage  of volunteers to serve the nearly  1,800 children  involved with the child welfare system in Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties. After completion of a pre-service training, volunteers need only commit to a minimum of 5 hours a month on their own schedule. CASA volunteers are officers of the court and monitor the progress of a child’s case by speaking up for the best interests of the child.  To learn more about how you can Change a Child’s Story™ please join us at a General Information Meeting in your area! Meetings are taking place July 25th from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Peoria Public Library North Branch McKenzie Room, August 1st from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Tremont District Library, and August 8th from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Washington District Library. To get started immediately, contact us 309-669-2939 or casa@peoriacounty.or

Illinois Central College Wetland Construction Field Day

Come see the installation of a constructed wetland on ICC’s East Peoria campus.   During the field day, the public can experience a guided tour of the construction site, with interactive stations along the way.   Experts also will be available to discuss agriculture, conservation, and pollinator initiatives. Lunch will be provided free of charge during this event.   F armers, land owners, agribusiness professionals and students, conservationists, and the public are encouraged to attend. Available for interviews: Pete Fandel, ICC Professor of Agriculture and Demonstration Farm project leader Jill Kostel, PhD, Senior Environmental Engineer, The Wetlands Initiative Additional industry experts Thursday, July 25, 2019  9:00 am – noon ICC East Peoria Campus Demonstration Farm Area*

Kuhl Insurance: Employee Benefits

Businesses offer benefits and perks to their employees for a variety of reasons. Please join us to explore if your employee benefits program matches your reasons for offering them, protects your employees as intended, and ideas to close any gaps. Jeff Mohl, Executive Sales Consultant, of Guardian Life Insurance Company, will share some of the latest ideas in the ever-changing benefits arena. Here are just a few of the topics to be covered: Layering benefits for comprehensive protection Hidden ROI of a comprehensive benefits program Protecting your employees' income through disability coverage Real life examples of how benefits save employees' physical, mental, and financial health SAVE THE DATE! Employee Benefits - Protecting Your People from 'What if' August 15, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am Kuhl Insurance 632 W. Jefferson Street Morton, IL 61550 It's never too early to register here !

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois Announces Five New Board Members

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) is pleased to announce five new members joining the RMHCCI Board of Directors. Justin Ball, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Bradley University , has a passion for promoting access and affordability to higher education. He serves on the board of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Ball, born in Peoria, grew up in Canton, IL. He earned his M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University, Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies from University of Iowa. He lives with his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Chloe, in Mapleton, IL. M. Jawad Javed, MD, FAAP , Division Head and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Illinois, is a Midwest native. Javed grew up in Northwest Indiana and has been a resident of the Peoria, Illinois community for the past decade. He has been involved in the education and research of pediatricians over the

The Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin is Hosting a Career Fair

The Federal Correctional Institution at 2600 South Second Street in Pekin is Hosting a Career Fair Aug 28th 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Immediate Openings Available The Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin, Illinois, is actively seeking to hire qualified people as Correctional Officers. Some BENEFITS Include: - Starting salary: $41,868.00 per annum - Pension with 25 years of service or 20 years of service at age 50 - 401k (Thrift Savings Plan) w/5% matching - Supplemental Annuity upon retirement (replaced by Social Security upon reaching age 62) - Health / Dental / Vison Insurance - Life Insurance - Vacation and Sick Time. For questions, you may call Jeff Symons at FCI Pekin Human Resources at 309-346-8588 x 1112. All those interested should apply for Correctional Officer on USAJOBS.GOV. Military Veterans please send in your DD-214 and a detailed resume to PEK/ for VRA consideration as well.

Savant Continues to be Recognized as a Top Investment and Accounting Leader

– Savant Capital Management , a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, with locations in Peoria, Chicago, Downers Grove, Freeport, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, St. Charles, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; Santa Fe, NM; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI, has been recognized by Financial Advisor, Financial Times, and InvestmentNews as a leading Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm and by Accounting Today as one of the nation’s leading CPA firms by assets under management (AUM). Financial Advisor magazine has ranked Savant #48 in its 2019 list of top RIA firms. The list includes nearly 700 RIAs from across the nation and is based on a survey of the firms’ discretionary AUM. This is the tenth consecutive year Savant has made the list. To view the complete list, click here . Additionally, Savant has been named to the Financial Times’ “FT 300: Top Registered Investment Advisers” list for 2019. Areas of consideration include a

Welcome to Our Newest Member

Central Illinois Community Blood Center 2396 W. Nebraska Ave.  Peoria, IL 61604 309-738-8190 Website William Hudson Central Illinois Community Blood Center was established in 1971. Now a part of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, they provide blood products and services to more than 90 hospitals. MVRBC collects blood from 18 sites and at more than 5000 mobile blood drives each year.

July Biz Barometer


R&B Productions Presents the 2019 HOIHA/PACVB Annual Golf Scramble

 R&B Productions Presents the 2019 HOIHA/PACVB Golf Outing on Wednesday August 28th.

Morningside of Pekin 10 Year Diamond Anniversary Celebration


Roger Goodson Leadership Role with Illinois American Water Expanded to include Eastern Division

Roger Goodson, senior operations manager for Illinois American Water’s Western Division, will now also provide leadership in the company’s Eastern Division of the state, effective July 8, 2019. In addition to managing operations in Illinois American Water’s Peoria, Pekin and Lincoln Districts, Goodson’s expanded leadership role will include providing oversight in the Champaign County, Pontiac, Sterling and Streator Districts. Goodson joined Illinois American Water in 2011 as an operations superintendent in Pekin. In 2012, he was promoted to overseeing both Pekin and Peoria operations, and, in 2015, he became senior manager of the Western Division. Prior to joining Illinois American Water, Goodson was director of operations for a large site development company and senior project manager for many affordable housing construction projects. He began his career in the water industry in 1992 with the City of Aurora, where he worked for over 14 years. Mike Smyth, Illinois American Water Vic

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

‌ Vineyard News July & August SUNS UP - FUNS UP BANDS IN CONCERT Music in the Vineyard July 7/20 Bubblegum Jack, 7pm 7/26 Brushville, 8pm Friday, $10 7/27 Jury's Out , 7pm August 8/03 Phannie Rae & the Soul Shakers Hawaiian Shirt night for CRC LIFE in Honor of Paul Hahn 8/10 Whiskey's Gone 8/17 Champaign Freight 8/24 The Mystery Machine 8/31 JAMMSAMMICH Saturdays $5pp, 12& un