Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Hopedale Medical Complex Honors November Employee of the Month


 

 Hopedale Medical Complex Honors November Employee of the Month

 

November 29, 2021

 

Hopedale, IL – Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) is pleased to announce the November Employee of the Month, as Brenda Loudermilk, RN from our Cardiac Rehab Department. During her past 18 years at HMC, Brenda has had the opportunity to work in a variety of departments on the HMC campus but is currently in charge of the care of those patients in our Cardiac Rehab Department.

 

In addition to her duties in the Cardiac Rehab Department, Brenda has most recently been assisting in our Ambulatory Surgery Department (ASD) where a colleague recognized her and nominated her for employee of the month. HMC Patient Care Senior Services Director, Aldo Rossi, shared in his nomination, “Brenda has been a vital addition to the surgery department. Her upbeat and energetic personality, optimism and humor always make it an enjoyable atmosphere in ASD. As a manager, I greatly appreciate her willingness to solve issues quickly and communicate well throughout the department.”

 

Hopedale Medical Complex is proud of our employees who excel daily and truly make a difference in the lives of others every day. If you are interested in joining our team of over 300 dedicated employees and healthcare professionals who are leaders in healthcare innovation, review our job opportunities at www.hopedalemc.com/careers.

 


Loudermilk & Whitson Photo – (Left to Right) – Brenda Loudermilk, RN & Emily Whitson, COO



 

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If you would like more information about this, please call Jill Litwiller at (309) 449-4380 or email her at jmlitwiller@hopedalemc.com.



CONTACT: Jill Litwiller of Hopedale Medical Complex

Phone: (309) 449-4380

Email:  jmlitwiller@hopedalemc.com

Media: 1 Photo

 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Prepare for Cold Weather

 

Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Prepare for Cold Weather

Belleville, Ill. (Nov. 22, 2021) – Before frigid temperatures arrive, Illinois American Water is encouraging homeowners to take steps now to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes.  Tips also cover frozen water meters, which can bring costly plumbing repairs and replacement fees along with headaches and unexpected expense to homeowners.

 

“We know cold weather will come soon enough, so now is the time for customers to take preventative steps to avoid frozen pipes and water meters. Preparing now can help customers avoid damaged plumbing inside and outside of their homes,” said Beth Matthews, vice president of operations.

 

Before temperatures are below freezing customers should:

·       Check sprinkler or irrigation systems. Make sure you have turned everything off and fully drained the systems.

·       Identify your home’s freezing points. Check your home for pipes in areas that may be prone to freezing, such as crawl spaces, unheated rooms, basements, garages and exterior walls.

·       Know the location of the main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut off water immediately.

·       Protect your pipes and water meters. Customers are encouraged to wrap exposed pipes with insulation or use electrical heat tracing wire; newspaper or fabric might also work. For outside meters, keep the lid to the meter pit closed tightly. 

When temperatures stay below freezing customers should:

·       Prevent pipes from freezing. Allow a small trickle of water to run overnight to keep pipes from freezing. Consider collecting the water for later use such as watering indoor plants and more. The cost of a short-term trickle is much less costly than a repair to a burst pipe.

·       Open cabinet doors to expose pipes. Opening cabinet doors exposes pipes to warmer room temperatures to keep them from freezing.

If pipes freeze customers should:

·       Shut off the water immediately. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.

·       Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. Customers can use a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Space heaters should not be left unattended, and customers should avoid using kerosene heaters or open flames.

·       Once pipes have thawed, water should be turned on slowly and pipes should be checked for cracks and leaks.

 

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When customers are away, they should:

·       Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check their property to ensure the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen.

·       Consider purchasing a freeze alarm. The alarm will call a user-selected phone number if the inside temperature drops below 45 degrees.

 

Customers are also encouraged to ensure their contact information is up to date to receive important water service information should their service be impacted.  Customers can manage their account online, report water emergencies and more at www.illinoisamwater.com.  They can also call 800.422.2782 to update contact information.

 

About Illinois American Water - Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. 

 

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Media Contact:  Karen Cotton, Sr. Manager External Communications, karen.cotton@amwater.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

20th Annual Christmas on Court Returns to Downtown Pekin

 

Press Release: For Immediate Release

 



20th Annual Christmas on Court Returns to Downtown Pekin

Santa, live entertainment, and more coming to Downtown Pekin December 3rd for Christmas on Court

 

Pekin, IL- A quintessential Christmas experience is returning to Downtown Pekin! Christmas on Court will be held Friday, December 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the 300-600 blocks of Court Street.

Santa is returning with free grab bags for children while supplies last. Santa will also be available for photos at the Santa house in front of the Courthouse. Along with Santa, the event will have live entertainment including the anticipated return of a professional ice-sculptor.

Businesses in the downtown area will be open for shopping as well as pop-up market vendors for a diverse holiday shopping experience. Pop-up vendors will be located indoors at 353, 402 and 404 Court Street.

Christmas on Court is hosted by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the City of Pekin Tourism Committee, Discover Pekin, and Discover Peoria. This family event emphasizes supporting a “shop small” initiative with the Pekin community. #ShopLocal365 is a regional partnership encouraging community members to shop local at the holidays and year-round. With each community in the Greater Peoria region offering unique specialty retailers, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce invites residents and guests from the region to use Christmas on Court as an opportunity to visit and shop Pekin.

“Shop Local 365 is not just a slogan, hashtag or holiday campaign. At the end of the day, it’s a way of life for our residents of Greater Peoria and helps make our communities stronger,” says Amy Whiting-McCoy, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. “We know that spending our money locally not only supports our friends and neighbors that run the businesses that make our community unique, but also the critical public services that keep us safe and uphold our quality of life.”

For more information about Christmas on Court, follow Discover Pekin on Facebook and Instagram.

 

About the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce- The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce fosters and promotes a vibrant business environment for the benefit of its members. Membership is open to any business or organization that supports the vision of being a trusted partner for Pekin business community.

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Contact
Brittney Hogue
Member Communications Coordinator
Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
309-642-7026
brittney@pekinchamber.com




 

 

 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Discover Peoria Along with 14 Other Community Organizations Kick-Off the Holiday Season with the Shop Local 365 Initiative

 Discover Peoria Along with 14 Other Community Organizations Kick-Off the Holiday Season with the Shop Local 365 Initiative

The kick-off also includes celebrating the opening of the Discover Peoria Pop-Up Shop located at The Shoppes of Grand Prairie.

 

Peoria, ILThe Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Discover Peoria), the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (GPEDC), Peoria County, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and eight other community organizations are excited to kick-off the holiday campaign, Shop Local 365 and the opening of the Discover Peoria Peoria Pop-Up Shop located at The Shoppes of Grand Prairie in Peoria. 

 

“A fantastic coalition of community organizations have come together to revitalize the Shop Local 365 campaign for the holiday season and Discover Peoria is proud to be one of those organizations,” said J.D. Dalfosno, President/CEO of Discover Peoria. “Our small businesses are what make central Illinois thrive and their resiliency over the last two years has been something that should be applauded. Our hope is that residents and visitors alike can walk away with, not only great goods, but a sense of pride for central Illinois.”

 

“Shop Local 365 is not just a slogan, hashtag or holiday campaign - at the end of the day, it’s a way of life for our residents of Greater Peoria and helps make our communities stronger,” said Amy Whiting-McCoy, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. “We know that spending our money locally not only supports our friends and neighbors that run the businesses that make our community unique but also the critical public services that keep us safe and uphold our quality of life.”

 

“Shop Local 365 continues to evolve as more and more community organizations join forces to collectively raise awareness about the significance of shopping small and shopping locally,” said Gretchen Pearsall, Director of Strategic Communications for Peoria County. “The community impact, from the individual business owner to the larger community, cannot be understated. Our communities thrive when our local businesses thrive, and we must support them 365 days a year.”

 

“One way Discover Peoria has risen to the occasion to support our small businesses is by opening the Discover Peoria Pop-Up Shop. This shop features greater Peoria merchandise and other goods made or sourced locally right here in central Illinois under one roof,” said Dalfonso. “This is the first time Discover Peoria has done anything of this sort and one of the first convention and visitors bureaus in the State of Illinois to take this initiative.”

 

This coalition of community organizations has come together to revitalize the Shop Local 365 campaign for the holiday season. After last year’s successful campaign of Shop Local Saturdays, the goal is to continue off that momentum and bolster our small businesses this holiday season while highlighting their resiliency over the last two years. Learn more about Shop Local 365

 

The goal of the Discover Peoria Pop-Up Shop is to give residents of central Illinois an opportunity to purchase Greater Peoria merchandise to show their hometown pride this holiday season and provide the opportunity to small businesses and community partners to sell their locally made goods in the store. The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce will be facilitating the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Learn more about the Discover Peoria Pop-Up Shop

 

Community Organizations Involved: Discover Peoria, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Peoria County, Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, City of Peoria, Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, Washington Chamber of Commerce, Morton Chamber of Commerce/Morton Economic Development Council, East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, City of Chillicothe, Village of Princeville, City of Elmwood and Canton/Fulton County. 







Friday, November 12, 2021

Vendors Needed for HWC Craft and Vendor Fair

 



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                       

CONTACT: Courtney Long

Phone: (309) 449-4500

Email:  clong@hopedalemc.com

Media: None

 

 

Vendors Needed for HWC Craft and Vendor Fair

 

 

November 10, 2021

 

Hopedale, IL – Do you create beautiful handmade crafts or are you a vendor for an amazing company? The Hopedale Wellness Center (HWC) is looking for vendors for their 2021 Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair on November 28, 2021, from 11am-1pm. Booth space is $25. We are offering 1 space to each vendor and are hosting only 1 vendor from each company.

 

If you are interested in being a vendor, please call the Hopedale Wellness Center at 309.449.4500 or stop by the HWC front desk at 222 NW Grove Street, Hopedale, IL to register. Please make note that this event is subject to change pending possible COVID restrictions. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Courtney at clong@hopedalemc.com.

 

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If you would like more information about this, please call Courtney Long at 309.449.4500 or email her at clong@hopedalemc.com.

 

 

 

Hopedale Wellness Center 2021 Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair on Sunday, November 28

 



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                       

CONTACT: Courtney Long

Phone: (309) 449-4500

Email:  clong@hopedalemc.com

Media: None

 

 

Tis’ the Season for Shopping

 

 

November 10, 2021

 

Hopedale, IL – Start the hustle and bustle of your holiday season shopping at the Hopedale Wellness Center 2021 Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair on Sunday, November 28, 2021, from 11am-1pm. Grab your friends and family and enjoy all the amazing vendors and crafters who are sharing their best holiday gift ideas with you! Admission to the event is FREE!

 

Also, if you have missed shopping and having access to the Candy Striper Gift Shop that is inside of Hopedale Medical Complex, your luck is about to change! The Candy Striper Gift Shop will be packing up the shop and heading to the HWC for this Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair. Please stop and see us!

 

The Hopedale Wellness Center (HWC) is located at 222 NW Grove Street in Hopedale, IL. Allowing for easy and safe movement of those in attendance, the event will be held in the main gym. We do ask that those who come in and shop wear a face mask while inside the facility. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call the HWC at 309.449.4500.

 

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If you would like more information about this, please call Courtney Long at 309.449.4500 or email her at clong@hopedalemc.com.

 

What to Do When the IDOR Comes to Your Door



 

Don't Delay, Register Today!

 

What to Do When the IDOR Comes to Your Door

 

 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Webinar

 

 

You’ve been contacted by the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Chicago or Cook County Revenue Department to schedule an audit. Our expert presenters will guide you through how to respond to the audit request, explain the audit process, and your options to challenge the audit results.

 

Our expert presenters include Joe Bigane, Owner of JFB Tax Consulting, along with David Kupiec and Natalie Martin, Managing Partners of Kupiec & Martin. This webinar is not to be missed!

 

 

Pricing:

 

 

Member Rate: $145.00

Non-Member Rate: $175.00

 

Members of the Tax Institute will receive 2 complimentary registrations!

 

**Please contact Kirsten Constant at kconstant@ilchamber.org for registration**

 

Continuing Education Offered:

 

 

·    1.50 HRCI for approval

·    1.50 SHRM for approval

·    1.50 CLE per attendee request prior to event

·    1.50 CPE credit

·    1.50 HR Compliance Certificate Credit

·    1.50 Management/Supervision Compliance Certificate Credit

 

Contact Information

 

 

Questions?



Contact the Business Services Coordinator,

Kirsten Constant

 

P: 217-522-5512 ext. 227

E: kconstant@ilchamber.org