Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Work on Main Street in East Peoria begins May 3

EAST PEORIA  The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that construction on Main Street (Illinois 116/U.S. 24/150) between Interstate 74 and Highview Road begins May 3. 

The project involves resurfacing and pedestrian improvements and will require lane closures. At least one lane in each direction will be open at all times during the work, which is expected to be complete in July. 

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the 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 3,300 miles of highway and 8.4 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. Year One included approximately $2.7 billion of improvements statewide on 1,706 miles of highway, 128 bridges and 228 additional safety improvements. 

 For more information on IDOT projects, click hereFor 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. 



Thursday, April 22, 2021

Diabetes Workshop Offered at Hopedale Wellness Center


Hopedale, IL – During the month of May, the Hopedale Wellness Center is offering a diabetes workshop series led by Hopedale Medical Complex Registered Dietitian, Amy Sammis.  Program participants will meet each Thursday from 3:30pm-4:30pm at the Hopedale Wellness Center beginning on May 6th with completion of the program on May 27, 2021.

This 4-week program is for those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, and for caregivers of persons with diabetes.  Participants will focus on maintaining active and fulfilling lifestyles that can be improved by utilizing problem solving and decision making that focuses on positive lifestyle changes.  Additional topics will include healthy eating, being active, managing stress, staying motivated, and self-monitoring. 

The cost for the four sessions is $40.  You can register by calling the Hopedale Wellness Center at 309.449.4500.  The Hopedale Wellness Center is located at 222 NW Grove Street in Hopedale, IL.  To learn more about all our current and upcoming programming go to www.hopedalewc.com.



If you would like more information about this, please call Kadie Fairley at 309.449.4500 or email her at kking@hopedalemc.com.




WTVP On-Air Auction Showcase Highlights Art, Antiques, Clothing, Furniture, Dining Experiences and More April 23 – 25


A live, televised merchandise showcase is coming to WTVP HD 47.1 April 23-25, part of the 47th Annual WTVP Auction. For three evenings, WTVP will highlight a wide range of exciting merchandise and certificates for viewers to browse, bid and buy online.

Donated merchandise will be highlighted live on April 23 (7 – 11 p.m.), April 24 (6 – 10 p.m.) and April 25 (6 – 10 p.m.). Among the items in the showcase will be a solid maple dining room table, a microphone autographed by entertainer Josh Groban, lobster dinner for two, a scholarship to a girls’ basketball camp, unique art and antiques, electronics, golf passes, collectibles, jewelry, museum tickets, dining certificates and much, much more. All funds raised support WTVP programming.

As a COVID precaution, phone bidding is replaced this year with online-only bidding. Viewers must register and bid through the online auction website. The quick, easy registration begins at wtvp.org/auction.

Bidding closes April 25 at 10 p.m. High bidders will receive an email confirming their winning bid and to schedule a pickup time.

Visit the WTVP auction portal at wtvp.org/auction to register and begin online bidding.

About WTVP

The mission of WTVP is to enrich our community in engaging and relevant ways using public media and outreach efforts. The station is an essential source for education, scientific, entertainment and cultural content that connects Central Illinois on a local and world level. Generous membership donations and business underwriting are what make this mission and vision possible. An investment in WTVP is an investment in our community. Learn more at www.wtvp.org or call 309.677.4747.


Monday, April 12, 2021

nuEra Announces the Grand Opening of nuEra Pekin, the City’s First Cannabis Dispensary, on April 16th

 CHICAGO--nuEra, one of Illinois’ only vertically integrated cannabis companies wholly owned

and operated within Illinois, is proud to launch a new era of cannabis in Pekin IL by opening the

city’s first cannabis dispensary.

nuEra Pekin is located at 3249 Court St, between Planet Fitness and Co-op Records in the

space formerly occupied by Amanda’s Closet. Operating hours will be from 10am - 7pm Sunday

- Wednesday and 10am - 8pm Thursday - Saturday. Opening day will include a ribbon cutting

ceremony attended by representatives of the Pekin Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Mark

Luft. nuEra has completely renovated the location for a convenient, fun and easy retail

experience. nuEra Pekin will offer online pre-ordering for adults 21 and older and is

technology-enabled with kiosks for quick ordering for walk-ins. Pre-orders can be made at


“We are excited to bring our nuEra branded products to the Pekin area, including our new line of

solvent-free concentrates, which we are really excited to be introducing” said Jonah Rapino,

nuEra’s marketing director. The dispensary will also have hundreds of other products available

for customers 21+. “We are preparing an amazing menu with an incredible array of products

from Illinois’ best producers - flower, cartridges, edibles and more. There will be something for

everyone, and our budtenders will be ready to educate and assist”, he added.

nuEra was a pioneer in the Illinois cannabis market, and has been serving the Illinois medical

cannabis community since 2015 with locations in Chicago, Urbana, and East Peoria, where

many of Pekin’s residents have already been patients and customers for years. “Due to state

regulations we will only be licensed to serve adult-use customers at our Pekin location, but we

will always remain committed to our medical patients and medical roots, which is why we will

continue to support and prioritize our medical program in our East Peoria location, and will

continue to provide application assistance and first time patient specials to help offset the cost

of medical cards for anyone in Pekin that wants to explore the medical benefits of cannabis” ,

said Bob Fitzsimmons, CEO of nuEra.

The company added 18 new positions to prepare for the onset of adult-use sales in Pekin and

generated a large number construction and other ancillary jobs for work redesigning the store’s

exterior and interior to safely accommodate customers. Customers are required to wear masks

and must maintain proper social distancing while shopping in-store.

nuEra is also committed to giving back to the community in a variety of ways. Since full

legalization in January 2020 nuEra has been sourcing a majority of their staff from

Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs), sourcing interns and apprentices from Cannabis

Studies programs at City Colleges of Chicago, and whenever possible partnering with minority

and women owned businesses for ancillary services. Most recently nuEra Hillcrest Cultivation

recently donated $100,000 to Illinois Valley Community College’s cannabis production certificate

program, and nuEra Dispensaries have donated over $370,000 to the Social Equity Cannabis

Business Development Fund, which will be used to support new Social Equity Cannabis license

holders in Illinois via low interest loans and other programs.

About nuEra:

The name nuEra highlights the fact that legalization in Illinois didn't just change the laws on the

books - it unleashed a whole new era of cannabis. An era in which cannabis is safer, higher

quality and available in a greater variety than ever before. Canna-consumers have more

methods of consumption, more strains, more precise dosage labeling, and better information

about the effects of each of our products than any generation before them.

nuEra sources the highest quality products to suit the needs of qualified Illinois Medical patients

and 21+ adult-use customers alike. nuEra currently operates three Medical/Adult Use

dispensaries in Chicago, East Peoria, and Urbana. They’ve also been awarded licenses for

secondary Adult Use dispensaries in Chicago and Champaign.

Their newly acquired cultivation center in Central Illinois currently produces flower, pre-rolls, and

solventless concentrates in a variety of strains with corresponding effects such as pain relief,

relaxation, focus, uplift, and more. They’re in the process of expanding their product offerings to

include edibles, vaporizer cartridges, tinctures, and topicals to the Illinois retail market. Welcome

to a new era of cannabis!

You can find out more about nuEra at www.nueracannabis.com

Media Contact

Jonah Rapino

Director of Marketing


(773) 687-8480

Illinois Central College Student Named Prestigious Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar


Illinois Central College student Katherine Moser was recently named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The prestigious honor and a $1,000 scholarship were awarded to only 50 students across the nation.   

Moser, a Tremont native, will graduate from ICC with an associate degree this December. She has spent much of her time at ICC focused on community service. Through her Phi Theta Kappa service project, she engaged fellow classmates in a community effort by sending holiday cards and notes of encouragement to residents and staff of a long-term care facility. In another project for her Honors program, she coordinated the donation of needed cleaning supplies to schools. The project helped a local elementary school and junior high school collect disinfectant sprays, gloves, wipes, and other supplies vital to maintaining a clean and safe learning environment. After graduating from ICC, Moser plans to transfer to Illinois State University to major in Secondary Education with an emphasis on teaching English as a foreign language.

“We are thrilled an Illinois Central College student like Miss Moser has been recognized at this level,” said ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “Her dedication to others and her community is an inspiration to all.” 

Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service. The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by the international Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes students, helping them grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Through her Bronze Scholar honor, Moser has achieved excellence among this group.  

For more information about the Coca-Cola scholarship program, visit coca-colascholarsfoundation.org.