Showing posts from August, 2020


  PEORIA, IL  – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting   Peoria   residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® on Saturday, October 3, 2020.   The Peoria Metro Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Peoria.      “This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Wendy Vizek, Vice President, Constituent Events at the Alzheimer’s Association. “The pandemic is changing how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. This year, more than ever, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward method


August 25, 2020 – Did you know that 1 in 5 children in the Peoria area struggles with hunger, wondering where their next meal will come from?  The Junior League of Peoria will launch a weeklong effort August 29 - September 4 to start a community-wide conversation about poverty and food insecurity and to raise funds to make a difference.  The Little Black Dress Initiative boosts awareness about the impact of generational poverty in our community through social media sharing, personal conversations and events.  “Peoria is home to the second most economically distressed zip code in Illinois, and the 48 th most economically distressed zip code in the nation,” says Andrea Tortora, Junior League of Peoria president. “The Little Black Dress campaign is one way we can begin to tackle poverty in our own backyard.”  Funds raised will help relieve family stress around food insecurity by expanding the hands-on Kids in the Kitchen program and other Junior League projects. In addition, Junior L

City of Pekin to Provide 3rd Funding Round of Small Business Grants

Pekin, IL: The City of Pekin is now accepting additional applications for grant awards using the allocation made available through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants are intended to support qualifying local businesses in the Pekin community that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first and second rounds of funding, the City of Pekin awarded grants to 138 local businesses and self-employed individuals. Funds under this program are available but are limited and it is the City’s intent to focus the remaining resources to supplement existing federal or state programs already available to effectively support local Pekin businesses that retain the employment of citizens. Since the use of CDBG grant funding is governed by federal regulations, grant dollars will be directed to primarily benefit individuals with low and moderate income (LMI). The City also has an “Urgent Need”

The 2020 Discraft Ledgestone Insurance Open returns to Greater Peoria for its 10th annual event this week.

The competition begins Thursday, August 13, for the top male and female professional players. The women’s division will play four rounds at Sunset Hills in Pekin, while the men’s division will play two rounds at Northwood Park in Morton and two rounds at Lake Eureka Park in Eureka. Defending champions Paul McBeth and Paige Pierce return to defend their 2019 wins, with Paul going for his third  Ledgestone title and Paige going for her second Ledgestone title. The 2020 event will once again be featured on the Disc Golf Pro Tour, with live streaming coverage on the Disc Golf Network. With a professional purse exceeding $100,000, the tournament will once again benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Due to the pandemic, spectators will be limited.

Savant Unveils New Name, Brand to Better Reflect its Deep Bench of Expertise and Holistic Approach

  PEORIA and BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Aug. 3, 2020) – Savant Wealth Management (formerly Savant Capital Management), a nationally recognized, fee-only advisory firm headquartered in Rockford, with locations also in Peoria and Bloomington, today unveiled its “Wise Counsel” rebrand that includes a new company logo, color palette, website, name change, and tagline. Savant’s fresh approach to delivering wealth management sets itself apart from competitors and was the driving force behind the rebrand efforts. Functioning much like a forward-thinking medical center, Savant leverages its deep bench of financial advisors and in-house estate planning, taxation, trust, insurance and accounting specialists to collaborate, provide valuable insights, and develop a plan of action to address the unique situation of each client. “In an industry where everyone calls themselves a financial advisor it’s hard for clients to know who is really in their corner, and who is truly unbiased. Today’s clients are

Illinois Central College Culinary Arts Receives Exemplary Status on Re-Accreditation

  The Illinois Central College Culinary Arts Institute received re-accreditation from the prestigious American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) for its Associate in Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts Management program. Remarkably, the ICC program is one of only two Illinois culinary schools with the rare Exemplary status and the only one outside of Chicago.   “We are incredibly proud of the Culinary Arts Institute at ICC. This accreditation lends additional credence to our already stellar program and ensures we continue meeting high standards and levels of quality in culinary education,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey.   To receive the ACFEF Exemplary distinction, the ICC program was confirmed to be in full compliance with ACFEF standards on two consecutive team reports. An onsite visiting team determined through a checklist and comparison of the program to the nationally recognized ACFEF Standards that the program had subst