Season's Greetings! The holidays should be a time to
make happy memories with family. But they can be a very difficult
time of year for over 1,700 CHILDREN before the abuse and neglect
court in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. Many of these children have been
removed from their homes and placed in foster care. They're attending
court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes and transitioning to
new schools. That is a heavy burden for a child to carry alone,
especially during the holidays.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a
caring, consistent adult for a child who's experiencing the
loneliness and uncertainty of foster care this holiday season.
Children with a dedicated volunteer by their side have someone who
will speak up for their best interests in the courtroom and the
community, and help them find the road home, wherever it lies. CASA
volunteers make sure that every child has the opportunity to heal and
thrive. 180 volunteers are showing the Tenth Judicial Circuit's most
vulnerable children that they are special and that there is hope for
a brighter future.
Your generous support makes our work on behalf of these
children possible. Please help us reach more children by making a
gift today or volunteering.
Amazon Announces Fulfillment Center in North Pekin Amazon purchases 100,000 warehouse in North Pekin with plans to open distribution center in 2022. Pekin, IL- Amazon Prime deliveries will be arriving a little bit faster for Pekin area residents. Web-based retail and delivery giant Amazon plans to take over a 100,000-square-foot warehouse at 1961 Edgewater Drive in North Pekin. The business will be a "fulfillment center," and Amazon plans to open next year, according to a press release from the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. GPEDC CEO Chris Setti said the plans have been in the works for a couple years, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused some delays. "As they continue to build their network of delivery and fulfillment center, they had identified the Greater Peoria area as a place where they needed a center," Setti said. "(It's) kind of their last-mile delivery program." Final jobs numbers have yet to be finalized, but similar fulfillment
Exactly How Many Spudnuts Does Tadough’s Make a Day? Feat: Tadough's Kitchen Managers Scott and Kevin Pekin, IL - By now you’ve seen the re-branding of our beloved Pekin classic: the spudnut. Taking place last March, the rebranding to “Tadough’s” sparked some big questions about Central Illinois’ favorite potato flour-based donut and the future of its legendary legacy. Here’s when Jacqueline and Rick enter the spudnut story. Last March Jacqueline saw opportunity when she heard the business was up for sale. An original Pekinite, Jacqueline and her father Rick are committed to maintaining the Pekin icon and want to bring a long-standing household name into the next generation of business development. “We’ve more than doubled our production of donuts made daily,” says Jacqueline . While the business has historically been known to sell out as early as 6:00 and 7:00 a.m., Jacqueline and Rick aim to keep doors open until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Rick,
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