Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Give the gift of holiday safety: Drive sober, arrive alive







Give the gift of holiday safety:

Drive sober, arrive alive


The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 200 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are joining together to remind motorists that the most important gift they can give to friends and family is their safe arrival. During this busy travel time, law enforcement will be increasing its lifesaving efforts to keep impaired drivers off the roads and make sure that all travelers buckled up.


“The winter holidays are the perfect time to show your friends, family members and communities how much you care,” said Cynthia Watters, IDOT’s bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than by giving the gift of safety. Drive sober and make sure your loved ones do the same. When it comes to seat belts, check them twice for a safer ride. Everyone around you will be merry and bright when you show how much their safety means to you.” 


According to preliminary data, as of Dec. 16, there were 1,149 fatal crashes and 1,265 fatalities in Illinois in 2021. This represents an increase of 115 fatalities from the same period in 2020.


“Our troopers will remain steadfast in preventing crime and enforcing all laws to increase public safety and improve the quality of life for everyone in Illinois,” said Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly. “We appreciate all of the law-abiding individuals who help us achieve our mission through safe driving and by reporting unsafe driving and criminal activity, so together we can enjoy a safe holiday season.” 


Before you head over the river and through the woods to enjoy your holiday festivities, keep the following tips in mind:


·    If you’re under the influence of alcohol or another impairing substance, don’t drive.

·    If you think a driver is impaired, don’t get in the car. Instead, take their keys and help them get home safely.

·    If you are going to drink alcohol, use marijuana or take another impairing substance, plan ahead for a sober ride home. Options include your community’s sober ride program, a cab, public transportation or your favorite ride-sharing app.

·    If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and contact local law enforcement.


The enforcement campaign runs statewide through Jan. 3, funded with federal highway safety funds administered by IDOT.





Illinois Department of Transportation | 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway , Springfield, IL 62764


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

HMC Honors Staff with Achievement Awards






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 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

CONTACT: Jill Litwiller of Hopedale Medical Complex

Phone: (309) 449-4380


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Monday, December 20, 2021

Pekin Municipal Airport Receives $1.8m Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan Grant



Pekin Municipal Airport Receives $1.8m Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan Grant


Pekin Municipal Airport receives $1.8 million grant toward access roadway improvements and fuel tank updates under the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan.


Pekin, IL- Pekin Municipal Airport has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan. This grant will allow the Airport to continue on-going updates and expansion efforts.

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 or follow on Facebook.

Media Contact:
Brittney Hogue
Communications Coordinator
Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce





Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Traffic Pattern Change for Route 9 in Pekin



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 and 




Paul Wappel  217.685.0082 

Kim Hoskins 309.370.1743    

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Curriculum, Free Resources from IL Dept of Human Rights


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:

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


Seventh Annual Complimentary Construction Industry Legal Power Seminar




Seventh Annual Complimentary
Construction Industry Legal Power Seminar

Virtual Live Seminar 

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 8:30 AM CT

SmithAmundsen invites you to a complimentary virtual seminar on Thursday, January 20 at 8:30 AM CT. The seminar highlights key legal issues and developments impacting the evolving construction industry in 2022. Our attorneys will cover everything from COVID-19 regulations and supply chain delays, to OSHA and labor and employment law updates.
Topics to be discussed, include:

  • Addressing material shortages, labor shortages and supply chain delays in contracts
  • Updates to OSHA regulations in 2022
  • Recruiting and retaining employees
  • COVID-19 mandates and updates
  • Key labor and employment law updates
  • Real estate development, zoning and leasing issues

Who should attend? Construction Industry CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Accountants, Human Resource Managers, Safety Consultants, Claims Professionals and Risk Managers.








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