Monday, October 18, 2021

Pekin's Rocktober Contest Returns

 Pekin's Rocktober Contest Returns

Pekin, IL- Seeing something spooky in your neighborhood? The City of Pekin’s Beautification Committee is hosting the annual Rocktober Award contest. Nominate a home or business today for their outstanding display of Fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving-themed property d├ęcor.


Pekin’s Rocktober Awards are open to all Pekin home and business owners. Properties entered for competition must be within the Pekin city limits and comply with the City's Code of Ordinances. Home or business owners may apply on their own behalf or nominate another property they consider festive. By self-nominating or by accepting a nomination, you grant the City of Pekin the right to publicly use your name, address, and photographs of your property.


The Rocktober Awards will recognize those with the best Fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving-themed decorations on their homes or businesses. All decorations must be up by October 21st, and nominees are then selected by a combination of community votes and a panel of judges from Pekin’s Beautification Committee, with the awards being distributed and announced no later than October 31st. Entries will be judged based on curbside appeal only. Judges will not enter the property. Judging criteria will be based on theme, design, creativity, neatness, and overall presentation.

 To nominate, use the Google Form link. 

Brittney Hogue
Member Communications Coordinator 
Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce 

Illinois 9/Springfield Road work begins Oct. 12


Illinois 9/Springfield Road work begins Oct. 12 


TREMONT – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that removal and replacement of overhead lighting at the intersection of Illinois 9 and Springfield Road, west of Tremont in Tazewell County, begins Oct. 12. 


The work will require daily lane closures and is expected to last about three weeks. 


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 3,500 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 and 




Paul Wappel  217.685.0082 

Kim Hoskins 309.370.1743    

Wednesday, October 13, 2021



 Peoria, IL – October 13, 2021 – Goodwill of Central Illinois held its 8th annual Patriot Awards Tuesday October 12, at Goodwill Commons in Peoria. Each year the organization presents awards for patriotism to a veteran, a citizen, an organization, and an active member of the military. 

This year’s event was held in the Goodwill Commons warehouse. This was done for two reasons. One, to increase social distancing and ventilation. The second was to show the preparation and staging area for this year’s Stand Down for Veterans. This event will also be held in the Goodwill Commons warehouse. 

22VA took home the Business/Association Patriot Award. Crystal Smith was presented with the Patty Fuchs Citizen Patriot Award. Lt Col Scott Grotbo received the Military Patriot Award. Joe Sharpe garnered the Veteran Patriot Award. Finally, the coveted General Wayne A. Downing Award went to 22VA. 

Sponsors of the awards were as follows: 

Veteran Patriot Award – P.J. Hoerr, PDC, JPG Real Estate, and ATOL Charitable Trust 

Patty Fuchs Citizen Patriot Award – The Wyman Group, CAVU Human Capital Management and Risinger 

Business/Association Patriot Award – Mutual of America Financial Group, Vonachen Group and Cook Medical 

Military Patriot Award – PNC, Caterpillar Inc. and the US Department of Labor 

The General Wayne A. Downing Award – CEFCU, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Humana Goodwill’s free programs are possible through the sale of your donated items. Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois serves 24 counties within Central Illinois. Goodwill offers employment services, veterans’ support services, a youth mentoring program and operates a 15-room veterans’ home. Goodwill employs more than 300 people. For more information visit

Craig Armstrong 309-682-1113, ext. 2116 
2319 East War Memorial Drive Peoria, IL 61614
PHN 309 682.1113 
FAX 309 682.8353 

Pekin Park District Mineral Springs Park to Host Community Blood Drive Saturday, October 23rd


Pekin Park District Mineral Springs Park to host Community Blood Drive Saturday, October 23 

Pekin, IL- Pekin Park District Mineral Springs Park will host a community blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 at 257 Pavillion Drive, inside Lagoon Pavilion. 

What: Pekin Park District Mineral Springs Park Community Blood Drive 

When: Saturday, October 23, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Lagoon Pavilion, 257 Pavilion Drive, Pekin, IL 61554

Appointments and masked required: To donate, please contact ImpactLife Peoria at (800) 747-5401 or visit and use code 61257 to locate the drive. 

Donor Eligibility Criteria: Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call ImpactLife at (800) 747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before 08/28/21 are eligible to give at this drive. 

Abou Blood Donation:Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors. 

About ImpactLife: ImpactLife is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 100 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. In your area, ImpactLife is the exclusive provider to UnityPoint Health Pekin (Pekin, IL), UnityPoint Health Methodist (Peoria, IL), UnityPoint Health Proctor (Peoria, IL), OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL), Graham Hospital (Canton, IL), OSF St. Joseph Medial Center (Bloomington, IL), and Hopedale Medical Complex (Hopedale, IL).