Friday, July 31, 2020


(PEKIN, IL --- July 31, 2020) – Hampton Inn & Suites – Pekin-Peoria Area is now open and welcoming guests. Located at 3445 Court Street in East Court Village II, the hotel is just off Illinois State Route 9 near the Avanti’s Dome.

The 4-story hotel features 88 guest rooms and is 100% smoke-free. Amenities include free hot breakfast as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and on-site parking. In addition, the hotel provides a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center and meeting spaces, with the largest room setup totaling 702 SF. The pool will open to guests soon.

“Hampton Inn & Suites adds much needed rooms to Pekin’s hospitality market brought by high traffic generated at East Court Village Shopping Center, the Avanti’s Dome, Pekin’s business community and other area attractions,” stated Kathleen Brill, VP and Director of Leasing for Cullinan Properties, Ltd. “This hotel is a wonderful addition to East Court Village and provides a great lodging choice for visitors.”

“We’re pleased to bring Hampton Inn & Suites to Pekin and the surrounding area,” stated Cindy Galyean, General Manager for Hampton Inn & Suites – Pekin-Peoria Area. “Customer service and our guests are the number one priority.”

The 2.85 AC parcel of land for Hampton Inn & Suites at East Court Village II was purchased by Marigold Lodging from Cullinan Properties, LTD. in 2016.

Guest bookings can be made by calling 309-885-7005 or visiting In accordance with CDC guidelines, face coverings are currently required in all indoor public areas of the hotel for guests and Team Members.

About Hampton by Hilton

As the number one ranked lodging franchise for the last decade and one of the top five brands of the century, according to Entrepreneur®Hampton by Hilton – including Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – serves quality-driven and value-conscious travelers at more than 2,500 properties in 29 countries and territories. The brand continues to lead its segment by providing guests with high-quality, thoughtfully designed accommodations and amenities, such as modern and spacious rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast with healthful options, and On The Run breakfast bags. Hampton by Hilton Team Members are committed to delivering exceptionally friendly and authentic service all backed by the 100% Hampton GuaranteeHilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more

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About East Court Village

East Court Village, located in Pekin, Illinois, is anchored by regional and national chains including Hobby Lobby, Tractor Supply Co., ALDI, Dunham’s Sports, Petco and Deals.  Shadow anchored by Walmart Supercenter,  Stock & Field, Staples and Menard’s, this regional power center is located along busy Illinois Route 9, which connects Pekin to Peoria and Bloomington.  Other retailers include Starbucks, Bob Evans, Culver’s Restaurant, Applebee’s, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Hometown Bank, Firestone and Fresenius Dialysis. East Court Village is owned and managed by Cullinan Properties, LTD. Visit for more details.

About Cullinan Properties

Cullinan Properties, LTD. is a leading provider of real estate services specializing in commercial and mixed-use developments and acquisitions.  With offices in Peoria, IL, Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO, Cullinan Properties is a multi-disciplined real estate firm that develops, manages and owns mixed-use, retail, multi-family, office, governmental and medical properties throughout the United States, including Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Georgia and Texas. For additional information about Cullinan Properties, Ltd., visit

A Message from the Illinois Chamber

July 30, 2020

This morning, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated a 32.9 decrease in the U.S. GDP for 2nd Quarter 2020.

In response to this alarming contraction, the Chamber released the following public statement: 

Illinois must respond to historic economic collapse

"Today's announcement of a 32.9 percent drop in U.S. GDP, the largest on record, reiterates what the Chamber has been saying all along - that the government must address both the economic and public health crises simultaneously," said Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch.

"These dual crises necessitate that the administration weigh the priorities of job creators on equal footing with the dictates of scientists. While Illinois is releasing daily public health metrics, we cannot have state government considering economic metrics as an inconvenient afterthought. COVID-19 has created both crises, but we have to recognize that government decisions have contributed to the implosion of our economy.

That is why the Chamber is reiterating our call for four actions:

·         Suspension of the minimum wage increase, that makes it even harder for small businesses to reopen;

·         Immediate suspension of support for the progressive income tax amendment, that will put another burden on job creators forcing them across state lines;

·         A complete repudiation of CEJA, a piece of legislation that threatens all Illinoisans with increased energy costs; and

·         A rapid review of regulations to reduce red tape and administrative costs on employers."

We will continue to advocate for more action from our state government to bring job creators to the table to help accelerate an economic recovery. 



Todd Maisch  

President and CEO

Illinois Chamber of Commerce 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Join us at the Marigold Golf Outing!

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Marigold Golf Outing on September 3, 2020.  The event will take place at Sunset Hills Golf Course, located at 1620 Summit Drive in Pekin.

Check in will begin at 10:30 am and lunch will be served at 11 am. Tee Time will be at 12:30 pm. Entry is $300 per foursome, and includes lunch, greens fees, and cart fees.  Prizes will be awarded.

We are happy to offer the opportunity to promote your business at our event through sponsorship. For more information, contact Amy McCoy, Executive Director, Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce at or 309-346-2106.  

Registration and payment for golf and sponsorship can be completed online at

Monday, July 20, 2020

Illinois Chamber Government Affairs Report 7.17.2020

Federal Prosecutors Make Enormous Public Statement
The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced an agreement with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) to resolve an ongoing criminal investigation into corrupt lobbying practices. Of particular interest, the deferred prosecution agreement notes that the company was making payments to associates of Public Official A at the same time it was seeking his support for the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). 

For those of you who do not closely follow energy policy, FEJA was the predecessor of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) currently being pushed for consideration in Springfield. The Chamber opposes CEJA and strongly believes today's news is yet another reason why CEJA is wrong for Illinois. 

For more on this story read the Chicago Sun-Times groundbreaking article here.

Governor Prtizker Announces New "Restore Illinois" Regions 
On Wednesday, Gov. Pritzker announced that Illinois would expand from the four current COVID-19 response regions to eleven. The new regions closely follow the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions already in place.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said that this transition would allow for more targeted action against the virus while "keeping as much of the state open as possible."  In this new mapping, the city of Chicago is given its own region while central Illinois is divided into a eastern, western  and northern division.  A full listing of the regions can be found here. 

 Also on Wednesday, the IDPH announced  new mitigation procedures if resurgence of COVID-19 occurs. Possible mitigation techniques include restricting access to gyms, restaurants, salons and other indoor locations. 

Business Groups Call for Face Covering Compliance 
Many business groups across the State, including the Illinois Chamber, have called for residents to wear face coverings in public when social distancing cannot be maintained. This is in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and revitalize the Illinois economy. 

Gov. Pritzker has stated his willingness to once again close sectors of the economy if the virus spread becomes uncontrollable. Business leaders calling for mask use have recognized that a second economic shutdown could have a dire financial impact on the state and its people. 

Other business groups calling for face covering compliance include the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA), Illinois Retail Merchant's Association (IRMA),  Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois (ABDI), Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and many more.

Key Bills Signed into Law 
The conclusion of the special session in May was accompanied by the passage of numerous pieces of legislation in the House and Senate. Listed below are key bills that have now been signed into law by the Governor.
  • HB64 (Hoffman/Harmon)
    • This bill is the re-appropriation for capital projects and maintains the current infrastructure funding level.  
  • HB357 (Harris/Harmon) 
    • This is the budget implementation bill (BIMP). The percentages of income tax collections to be deposited into the income tax refund fund have been lowered. In the case of corporations, the percentage is lowered to 14% from 14.25%.
  • HB2174 (Willis/Jones)
    • This bill extends the sunset of a number of regulations by one year. Some of the regulations included are the Telecommunications Article of the Public Utilities Act; and the Transportation Network Providers Act. 
  • HB2455 (Hoffman/Holmes) 
    • This bill waived the benefit charges to individual employers due to benefits paid and caused by COVID-19. This change will save employers who had to lay off workers following the pandemic from costly increases. The bill also complied with federal conditions in order to net the state approximately $2 billion in federal funds. 
  • SB2052 (Castro/Welch)
    • This bill extends the expiration deadlines for a number of local TIF districts. 
  • SB2541 (Steans/Harris)
This bill is the renewal of the hospital assessment. The renewed assessment will provide approximately $3.8 billion for Medicaid services, which is an increase of approximately $250 million.

Monday, July 13, 2020


               Peoria, IL – CEFCU is pleased to announce the Credit Union reported a record volume of consumer loan closings for the month of June. Throughout the month, over $194 million was loaned to members for their consumer, mortgage, and business loan needs. CEFCU is proud to be able to serve members, especially during times of difficulty and uncertainty.

               CEFCU President/CEO, Mark Spenny, said, “Our long-term sustainable business practices have allowed us to continue assisting members, which is crucial during this challenging economic environment. Thank you to members for your continued trust, and to CEFCU staff for working diligently to help members with their financial needs.”

               Members can apply for a loan in person at a Member Center, over the phone through the Phone-A-Loan department, or online using the Consumer Loan Application found at

               With assets currently totaling over $6.8 billion, CEFCU serves over 350,000 members through 22 central Illinois Member Centers and 5 California Member Centers; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website,; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.


Peoria, IL – July 6, 2020 – Goodwill of Central Illinois has been awarded the Community Impact Fund Grant from the Heart of Illinois United Way. The funding covers digital skills training, employment services, and youth mentoring.

The goal of Goodwill’s free training and services is to afford everyone the pride that comes with employment.

“Along with the sale of donated goods, we rely on agencies like the United Way to help fund these free programs. They have always been a gracious partner and we continue to rely on their generosity,” said Don Johnson, Goodwill’s president and CEO.

Goodwill offers job placement assistance, contact with local employers, resume building, digital skills training, veterans’ support services, and operates a 15-bedroom veterans’ home. In addition, youth mentoring and youth services are available. Goodwill employs more than 300 people throughout Central Illinois.

According to Lori Johnson, Goodwill’s director of program services, “Our employment services are vital, especially now, which makes this funding mean even more.”

For more information visit Goodwill’s website at