Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Big Table Report is Coming!

Data and ideas collected at The Big Table event are being analyzed and translated into a report. This report will help guide the working groups and initiatives in the region. 

"Preliminary results from the data collected at The Big Table Greater Peoria are encouraging. These data points will provide insights and identify key issues to be addressed for the future success of our region".

Dr. Larry Weinzimmer, Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Strategic Management, Bradley University.

The report is on track to be ready in January.

Watch the new video recap of the event:

Illinois Central College Seeks Public Comments for Upcoming Regional Accrediting Agency Visit

Illinois Central College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. 

ICC will host a visit on February 3-5, 2020, from a team of peer reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.  ICC has been accredited by HLC since 1972. 

Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. 

Submit comments to HLC at hlcommission.org/comment or mail them to Public Comment on Illinois Central College, Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.  All comments must be received by January 2, 2020. 

Santa at Steger's

Monday, November 25, 2019


The Philharmonic Chorale, in residence at Illinois Central College, presents its annual holiday concert on Sunday, December 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the ICC East Peoria Campus.

Music will include works by John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen, Dan Forrest, and Matthew Culloton, as well as traditional carols and seasonal selections.

Walter Stout, ICC adjunct faculty member in music, will also join Philharmonic accompanist Carol Spayer on two arrangements for four-hand piano.

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. Tickets can be purchased online at ArtsAtICC.com and are also available at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at (309) 694-5136.

November Biz Barometer

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Welcome to Our Newest Member!

X Waste Disposal
14191 VFW Rd.
Pekin, IL 61554
Debbie Metroff
X Waste offers rolloff services in many Central IL locations, along with all your disposal needs for your business and residential.

Friday, November 15, 2019

UnityPoint Health Business After Hours

UnityPoint Health hosted the November 14 Business After Hours in the second floor cafeteria at their hospital located on 14th and Court Street in Pekin.  About 40 chamber members and guests attended the event.  Before drawing for door prizes, Jeanine Spain, Chief Operating Officer, introduced staff and spoke about recent IT investments in the Pekin facility.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/yDBu6Sc8bK7Jg5PE8

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Welcome to Our Newest Member

3507 Court St.
Pekin, IL 61554
Michael Garber, General Manager
Becky Green, Sales Manager
Staples helps the world work better with work solutions that deliver industry-leading products, services and expertise across office supplies, facilities, breakroom, furniture, technology, promotional products, and print and marketing services. The company supports businesses of all sizes from sole-preneurs to the Fortune 100 and everything in between.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Santa Wrapping Party with Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House Holiday News

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Join our Santa for Seniors Wrapping Party! On November 25th and 26th, you can help wrap gifts that get delivered to 1500 isolated seniors. Join our wrapping party or help us deliver gift bags to seniors on December 8th.

Volunteer to help parents shop in our Toy Shop! This program assists families with toys for children during the holiday season.

Other items needed:

Donate wrapping paper, tape, or scissors!
Donate new toys for children ages birth-10 for our Toy Shop!

SCORE: Getting Started with LinkedIn for Business Workshop

SCORE Peoria is offering
this workshop free!!
Getting Started with LinkedIn for Business

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Fondulac District Library
East Peoria Civic Complex
Meeting Room 112
400 Richland St.
East Peoria, IL 61611
Tammy Finch, founder and CEO of Web Services, Inc., will cover the basics of how you can use LinkedIn in your business. She will discuss Growing Your Network, Sales Lead Generation, Social Selling, and increasing your profile as a key influencer.


November 11, 2019  
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is celebrating the fifth annual RMHC National Vehicle Donation Day on Friday, November 15, 2019. Local Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S. will work together to spread the word that you hold the keys to keeping families together at a local Ronald McDonald House.

Since launching the RMHC Vehicle Donation Program, over 4,000 vehicles have been donated, generating nearly $2.5 million for local chapters of the charity.

WHAT: RMHC Vehicle Donation Day

WHEN: Friday, November 15, 2019

WHY: As a benefit for each local Ronald McDonald House. Funds raised from the sale of donated vehicles at auction directly benefit families of seriously ill children being served by the charity.

CONTACT: Ryan Wilkins, RMHC Vehicle Donation Program

Donations of a used car, truck, boat or RV can help provide families a guest room at a local Ronald McDonald House and keep them together during the hospitalization of a seriously ill child. Vehicles are picked up for free, and donations also are tax deductible. To make a donation or learn more, visit www.CarsHelp.org or call toll free at 855-CARS-HELP (227-7435). 

Media Contact:

Kelly Thompson, RMHC of Central Illinois
Chief Executive Officer
309-401-2525 (office) 
217-836-3706 (cell)
Brie Getz, McDaniels Marketing
Media and Public Relations Director
RMHCCI giving opportunities, are available and can be viewed online at

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. We provide families with private bedroom and bathroom, home-cooked meals and more to help ease the stress they face during a medical crisis. For more information, visit rmhc-centralillinois.org, follow RMHCCI on Twitter (@RMHCCI) or on Facebook.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities®
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of over 290 Chapters in more than 63 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides compassionate care and resources to children and families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs provide access to quality health care and enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their child’s care. For more information, visit rmhc.org.
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Hanson promotes Bialobreski to Chief Innovation Officer

Hanson Professional Services Inc. has named Kurt Bialobreski, P.E., PTOE, an assistant vice president, to the new role of chief innovation officer. Bialobreski, who joined the firm in 2006 and works at the Peoria office, will monitor trends and technologies in the industry and oversee the implementation of innovative strategies that can serve Hanson’s clients.

Bialobreski received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and Florida and a certified professional traffic operations engineer. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was named the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year and the 2019 Civil Engineer of the Year by the Central Illinois Section. He also is a member of the American Public Works Association, Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee. In 2014, he was selected as a Rising Star in Civil Engineering by ZweigWhite’s Civil + Structural Engineer magazine and was named one of the 40 Leaders Under Forty by InterBusiness Issues magazine. 

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.  

Sunset Hills 2020 Annual Pass Now Available

Details will be discussed at our Customer Appreciation Party
December 5th 2019 6PM - 8PM

Meet Santa at the Pekin Municipal Airport

Salvation Army Annual Christmas Campaign Kick Off!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Welcome to our Newest Member

John Graham & Associates300 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, IL 61611
Michael Graham, President
Darrell Quast
, Financial Consultant
John Graham & Associates, Inc. is a financial planning firm located in East Peoria and dedicated to helping clients make sound decisions regarding their financial security and future.

Monday, November 4, 2019

W.D. Boyce Council Honor John and Barbara Meek

On October 23rd at the Ewing Manor in Bloomington, IL John and Barbara Meek were honored with the Good Scout Award for their contributions to Scouting.