Monday, July 19, 2021

Peoria Area Home Sales up 37 Percent in Second Quarter

  Peoria-area Home Sales Up 37 Percent in 2nd Quarter 

Home Sale Records Set Despite Low Inventory

July 14, 2021- Peoria, Illinois. Home sales in the Peoria area were 37.5 percent in the second quarter this year over the same period in 2020, according to the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®.

Home sales totaled 2,304 in the period from April to June 2021, topping the 1,676 homes sold in the second quarter of 2020. 

"The biggest news is that we set new records for home sales in June and July in 2020 and have since exceeded the June 2020 numbers this year," said PAAR President Jason Catton. "Last year we broke our all-time record in June with 663 closings and then again in July with 741 closings. This year we set new records for June (681 sales) and July (818 sales)," he said. 

PAAR reported that the median sales price for the second quarter was $127,000, down slightly from the $127,500 median figure recorded for the second quarter last year. The average sales price for homes sold in the Peoria area over the second quarter this year was $154,466, up almost 5 percent from $147,272, the average sales price for the second quarter of 2020. 

The supply of homes on the market remains an issue, said Catton. "Supply over the second quarter is steady at 1.5 months, still the lowest on record," he said. A 1.5 month supply equals about 900 to 1,000 homes on the market at any given time. 

The PAAR President said the Peoria area mirrors the national home market in that, because of a low supply of homes, buyers often compete for homes that become available. "Buyers need to act fast in low inventory scenarios," suggested Catton. 

Not only are more homes selling in the Peoria area, they're selling faster, he said. 

"The pace of home sales is becoming much more rapid. Homes sold in the second quarter of this year averaged six to seven weeks on the market from listing date to an accepted offer. That's almost half the average of previous years," said Catton, noting that homes sold in 2019 and 2020 spent an average of 11 weeks on the market. 

Catton offered other tips to help consumers navigate a hot housing market. 

"Don't delay in making an appointment to view a home. Have a pre-qualification letter or proof of funds in hand prior to viewing homes, and if the home meets your requirements don't delay in getting your offer together," he said. 

Where Peoria differs from other areas around the country is in the cost of housing, said Catton. "Our region is still affordable," he said, referring to recent figures from the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of REALTORS® that stated national housing prices have risen over 20 percent in the past year. 

"Those who are looking to sell a home should reach out to a REALTOR® to better understand their current home's value and identify how much inventory is available that fits the criteria they are looking for," said Catton. The top cities for sales came in the region were Peoria (716 sales in the second quarter), Pekin (220 sales), Washington (167 sales), East Peoria (149 sales) and Macomb (110 sales). 

About Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® PAAR is the "Voice of Real Estate" for the Greater Peoria region, with over 800 members engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. PAAR advocates for all private property owners. REALTORS® are experts in guiding you in the decision to buy or sell; look for the R. More information on purchasing a home in the Peoria region can be found at Jason Catton, Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® President, is available for interviews. 


For more information, please contact Rebekah Williams, 309-688-8591 or Home Sales Records Set Despite Low Inventor

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Pekin Concert Band Begins 94th Season

Pekin Park Concert Band Begins 94th Season 

Today marks the first live music performance of the Pekin Park Concert Band in Pekin’s Mineral Springs Park, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This concert will mark the band’s 94th season and is free to the public.

The Pekin Park Concert Band formally incorporated in 1927. However, Civil War veteran musicians played regularly together near the Court House prior to this time, sponsored by a Pekin based cigar shop. The summer concert series has since become one of Pekin’s longest standing traditions.

The group has grown over the years to a professional concert band that plays throughout Central Illinois. Long-standing Director Steve Skinner celebrates leading the band for nearly 30 years. Despite being a trombone player, Skinner joined the band in 1967 when an opening was available for baritone. Skinner remarks this was the year the Pekin Park District debuted the “The Showmobile”, the portable stage that has been well-loved and heavily utilized at concerts, festivals and more throughout Central Illinois. After a long life, The Showmobile has been informally retired from performances this year as the Pekin Park District explores options to update and repair or replace the over 50-year-old unit.

“I think I played the first concert they had on it,” Skinner recalls. “I was maybe a freshman in college or so. We’re hoping this is temporary, as it does affect the sound. The players can’t hear each other as well. But we’re trying different seating arrangements and we’re getting through it.”

Despite not having the stage, Pekin Park Concert Band will still be playing adjacent to the Pavilion for about an hour and a half some Sunday evenings throughout the summer. Skinner has selected a variety of musical arrangements that include marches, slower tempo pieces, modern-recognizable classics like Disney songs and popular Broadway scores, and the band’s iconic theme: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

Skinner invites families of all ages to come out to the park for the concert. “When I was a child, I grew up in Washington, IL. There were several areas with municipal bands. They had [concerts] right there on the square. Where the fountain is now used to be a bandstand. That really piqued my interest and I ended up joining the musicians’ union as junior in high school.” Steve Skinner went on to have a full career in music spanning over 50 years and still counting.

Skinner also remarks the summer concert series may be a child’s first opportunity to hear a live musical performance. As a paid, professional band with full concert instrumentation, patrons can hear a variety of sounds. With everything from oboes to French horns, to baritones and more, this free event can spark a life-long interest in the arts.

The Pekin Park Concert Band play July 18th, July 25th and August 1st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is a free event to the public. Bring a lawn chair, or just come out to the Lagoon or playground area to enjoy the live performance of band. For more information about the band or updates regarding rain cancellations, visit their Facebook page .

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

City of Pekin Hires Public Works Director Justin Reeise


City of Pekin Hires Public Works Director Justin Reeise

Public Works Director Justin Reeise

Pekin, IL- The City of Pekin announces the hiring of a new Public Works Director: Justin Reeise. Reeise comes to the City of Pekin with 15 years experience in municipal infrastructure. Most recently, Justin Reeise served as the Municipal Section Manager for the Peoria area with Farnsworth Group. 

Director Reeise has professional work experience with the City of Pekin since 2007 on a range of projects, specifically including engineering on the City’s wastewater treatment plant upgrades. As Public Works Director, Reeise will oversee the Public Works divisions of the City including; streets and sewers, wastewater treatment, solid waste, public properties, fleet maintenance, municipal airport and engineering.  Through these divisions, Reeise will manage the planning, coordination, and implementation of infrastructure improvements, construction projects, and the repair and maintenance of streets, sewers, sewage treatment, and City properties.  

Reeise states, “I’m excited to join the City of Pekin as the new Public Works Director, where I look forward to bringing my experience and passion for municipal infrastructure to serve the City.  Throughout my 15 year municipal engineering career, I have worked with numerous communities throughout central Illinois, and I look forward to being able to support my hometown of Pekin in this new role.  I am lucky to be joining a strong Public Works staff and aim to deliver successful infrastructure improvements and maintenance projects to the City residents.” 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Reditus Laboratories, PAL Health Technologies Add to Staff


PEKIN – Reditus Laboratories and PAL Health Technologies have added to their growing team. Samantha Bolin has been named director of revenue cycle management for Reditus and PAL, Christine Hill has been named controller for both companies and Noah Christian is the new PAL production manager. 

Bolin has more than 20 years of billing and accounts receivable experience. She joined Reditus and PAL from Carle Health, where she was manager of regional accounts receivable and small business units. Before Carle, she was operations manager of Clinical Radiology Group in Springfield. 

Hill has more than seven years of public accounting experience, most recently as a senior associate at RSM, the fifth largest accounting firm in the United States. Prior to joining RSM, Hill worked for CLA. 

Christian has experience in education, training and working on standard operating procedures (SOPs). He taught in Peoria Public Schools for five years and at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, Fla., for nine months. He joined Reditus in Pekin in October 2020 and served in various positions before being named Reditus and PAL training coordinator in March. He was named PAL production manager on June 14. 

Reditus, 200 Enterprise Drive, Pekin, is a full-service laboratory company with a heavy focus on molecular diagnostics. PAL Health Technologies, 1805 Riverway Drive, Pekin, is a full-service manufacturer of prescription, hand-crafted foot orthotics, diabetic inserts and ankle-foot orthotics. 

More about Reditus- 

Reditus Laboratories is a full-service laboratory company with a heavy focus on molecular diagnostics. Based in Pekin, Illinois, Reditus provides top-tier, accurate anatomical and clinical pathology services, including cytology, histology and molecular testing. Reditus is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program. Additional information is at, as well as on Facebook at Reditus Laboratories and Twitter @ReditusLabs. PAL Health Technologies is a full-service manufacturer of prescription, hand-crafted foot orthoses, diabetic inserts and ankle-foot orthoses. Based in Pekin, Illinois, PAL Health Technologies has been a national leader in the field of functional foot orthoses since 1976. PAL uses the latest technology, including the Xtremity 3D by PAL scanning software to make sure each orthotic is custom-fabricated to each patient, and is continually innovating and introducing new products. Additional information is at and on Facebook at PAL Health Technologies

Paul Swiech, Reditus Laboratories 866-736-0002, ext. 941 

Thursday, July 1, 2021



Joint Tazewell County Clerk And City Of Pekin Project Will Improve Public Access To McKenzie Building

PEKIN, IL: The Tazewell County Clerk's Office held a Joint Press Conference with the City of Pekin on Thursday, July 1, at 10:00am at the entrance of the Tazewell County McKenzie Building in Downtown Pekin to announce construction efforts to improve handicap accessibility and parking around the vital Tazewell County Government Office Building.
The Tazewell County Clerk's Office announced Thursday that it has been awarded a $91,250 Federal Polling Place Accessibility (PPA) Grant by the Illinois State Board Of Elections. The Tazewell County Clerk's Office, in partnership with the Tazewell County Maintenance Department and City of Pekin, applied for 4 PPA Grants, 2 of which have been awarded. The total PPA Grant of $91,250 is planned to cover the complete cost of both projects, with no additional public funding required by either local government entity.
The purpose of the Polling Place Accessibility (“PPA”) Grant is to address areas of inaccessibility in Illinois’ Polling Places. Funding was prioritized to correct barriers to accessing polling places – working toward the goal that all Illinois voters are able to exercise their right to vote privately and independently. In total, $1 million has been awarded by the Illinois State Board Of Elections to Election Authorities to make Illinois Polling Places accessible to voters with disabilities. Every Election Authority was awarded some funds, but they were not able to fully fund every requested project. To this end, funding was first prioritized to remedy barriers to access polling places, second to fund temporary measures to meet compliance, third permanent measures to meet compliance, fourth voting booths and other “inside the polling place” features, and finally training programs.
The City of Pekin will take the lead to replace the current sidewalks leading up to the McKenzie Building and replace them with a new drive-up landing for handicap parking that will no longer have individuals wanting to visit the building exiting their vehicles onto the street. Additionally, a new ramp will be installed immediately at the entrance of the building. Finally, the sidewalks will be raised and leveled to the appropriate grading for improved handicap accessibility.
The Tazewell County Maintenance Department will take the lead on removal of the current Courthouse facing doorway of the McKenzie Building, leading to a parking lot between the McKenzie Building and Tazewell County Courthouse, which is currently not handicap accessible. The doorway will be replaced with an appropriate handicap accessible doorway. This is vital for traffic moving between the McKenzie Building and Tazewell County Courthouse.
Both Federal Grant Funded Projects will be completed within the next year and the cost of these 2 projects will be completely covered by the grant received by the Tazewell County Clerk's Office.