FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HMC Honors Staff with Achievement Awards
December 22, 2021
Hopedale, IL – On December 17, 2021, Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) awarded 10 staff members with achievement awards for their service and commitment to Hopedale Medical Complex.
The 2021 Spark Award was presented to Lyndsy Toney from the Surgery Department. The Spark Award is given to an HMC employee who has been on staff for less than 18 months, has a positive outlook, and has shown proven leadership in their department.
The LOVE Award was started by Dr. Rossi, Sr., and is given to an HMC CNA who is passionate about helping those in need. This year’s recipient was Olivia Myers, Nursing Home CNA. Olivia puts others first and truly has a servant’s heart.
Three Meritorious Awards were presented during this year’s presentation. Meritorious Award Winners are dedicated to the mission of the organization and embrace the values that have been a part of the foundation of the hospital. They are focused, passionate, and are always willing to jump in wherever it is necessary. This year’s winners include: Timothy Sondag - Chief Nursing Officer, Jackie Lampe – Manager of the Hopedale Commons, and Joe Whitson – Medical Arts Practice Manager.
Jill Litwiller, Patient Access Director, was awarded the HMC Dedicated Service Award. This award recognizes those staff members whose tenure and commitment to HMC goes beyond what is required. These award winners strengthen their department and understand the importance of their role in rural healthcare.
Awarded by administration, the Be HMC Award, is given to an employee who demonstrates the “Be HMC” attitude each and every day at work, maintaining a positive attitude no matter the circumstances. This year’s award winner was Teresa Birdsell from the Environmental Health Services Department.
The 2021 Employee Volunteer Award was given to Brian Behrends, Plant Operations Director. Brian is an employee who demonstrates a giving spirit in their volunteer efforts within the HMC community.
The HMC Employee of the Year has been an Employee of the Month Award Winner and was voted by their peers to be the Employee of the Year. This year’s recipient was Mindy Peterson-Lindsey, Special Projects Coordinator. Winners of this award are dedicated, patient, and have gone above and beyond to help their peers on campus.
Voted on by all staff, the Manager of the Year is passionate about leadership and focused on the overall mission and vision of the organization. Awarded to Jeff Greer, HMC Laboratory Manger, Jeff is driven to provide outstanding care to our patients, residents, and customers, but he also understands the need for nurturing and supporting the staff that serve with him.
Currently, HMC staffs over 300 dedicated employees and healthcare professionals. If you are interested in learning more about our current job opportunities, please go to www.hopedalemc.com and click on the careers tab.
If you would like more information about this, please call Jill Litwiller at (309) 449-4380 or email her at email@example.com
CONTACT: Jill Litwiller of Hopedale Medical Complex
Phone: (309) 449-4380
The Airport, recently recognized as 2020 Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year, has received an additional $4.5 million from various sources toward infrastructure improvements in the past four years. The City of Pekin applied for the grant after the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan was announced in 2020. Grant money will be applied toward replacing the fuel tank system and improving access roadways.
The Pekin Municipal Airport was established in 1964 with last expansion project occurring in 1991-1992.
“We pushed hard for the fuel tanks as we knew they were coming up on the end of their useful life. The current tanks are almost 60 years old, original to the Airport,” says Todd Dugan, the Airport’s manager.
Dugan continues, “This funding allows us to get new tanks 90% funded, when typically, this is an improvement we would have to pay for with 100% local funds.” The estimated cost for fuel tank replacement is $800,000.
The City of Pekin will also create an access road extension in preparation for new t-hangars. The proposed expansion will allow the Airport to double square footage over the next 12-18 months and allow for up to 15 new tenants. The proposed expansion will offer an opportunity to increase the Direct Economic Impact to the Pekin area.
An economic impact analysis created by Illinois Aviation System Plan and IDOT shows the Pekin Municipal Airport now generates about $9.3 million annually, a figure which has nearly tripled from five years ago. About $8.7 million of this income comes directly from on-airport activity. The Airport offers low fuel costs and no landing or tie-down fees, encouraging daily operations from recreational flyers, medical and law enforcement use, as well as corporate flying associated with Pekin’s Riverway Business Park and industrial businesses.
“The Airport is positioning itself to be one of the premier General Aviation Airports in the state for the foreseeable future,” says Dugan.
About Pekin Municipal Airport- Located just south of Pekin city limits, the Pekin Municipal Airport serves the local business community as well as the General Aviation Community. It is also part of the National Airspace System. The Airport currently hosts about 50 tenants as well as a private aircraft mechanic company: Keith Aero. The Airport also supports the Pekin community by hosting the annual Wings and Wheels event on the third weekend of September. For more information about the Pekin Municipal Airport, visit http://www.ci.pekin.il.us/departments/airport/airport.php or follow on Facebook.
Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Dec. 15, 2021
Traffic pattern change for Illinois 9 in Pekin
PEKIN – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that all westbound lanes of Illinois 9 (Ann Eliza Street) at Second Street will reopen Dec. 17.
This traffic pattern will remain in place until spring, when construction in the McNaughton Bridge work zone resumes. Eastbound Illinois 9 (Margaret Street) will remain reduced to one lane.
Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.
Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,500 miles of highway and 9 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Two included approximately $5.2 billion of improvements statewide on 3,020 miles of highway, 270 bridges and 428 additional safety improvements.
For more information on IDOT projects, click here. For IDOT District 4 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict4 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com and www.gettingaroundpeoria.com.
Paul Wappel 217.685.0082
Kim Hoskins 309.370.1743
The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) was charged by Public Act 101-0221 (commonly referred to as the Workplace Transparency Act) to develop and release a model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program for Illinois employers.
Formerly Senate Bill 75, Public Act 101-0221 was signed into law by Governor Pritzker in August 2019. Under this Act, Illinois employers are required to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter. This requirement applies to all employers with employees working in this State. Employers must either develop their own sexual harassment prevention training program that equals or exceeds the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention training outlined in Section 2-109(B) of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), or they may use the model training provided by the IDHR.
In addition to providing the sexual harassment prevention training described above, restaurants and bars are required to provide supplemental sexual harassment prevention training that complies with Section 2-110 of the IHRA. Illinois restaurants and bars must either develop their own supplemental training or utilize the model training provided by the IDHR. The IDHR's supplemental training model for restaurants and bars is forthcoming.
The IDHR has made available online and free of cost a sexual harassment prevention training curriculum that meets the training requirements outlined in Sections 2-109 and 2-110 of the IHRA. To download the Power Point presentation, PDF presentation, or video presentation please CLICK HERE.
Employers should keep an internal record of training compliance to be made available for IDHR inspection upon request. Records that reflect compliance may include but are not limited to, a certificate of participation, a signed employee acknowledgement, or training sign-in worksheets. A record of training should include the names of employees trained, the date of training, the sign-in worksheets, copies of certificates of participation issued, and a copy of all written or recorded materials that comprise the training as well as the name of the training provider, if applicable. Records may be paper based or electronic.
Direct link to training resources: https://www2.illinois.gov/dhr/Training/Pages/Sexual-Harassment-Prevention-Training-Videos-and-Audio.aspx
Please direct any questions related to training to the IDHR:
Institute for Training and Development
555 West Monroe Street, 7th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Voice: (312) 814-2477
TTY: (866) 740-3953
Email: IDHR training unit
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Illinois Department of Human Rights