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Pekin Municipal Airport Continues Revitalization

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    Pekin Municipal Airport Continues Revitalization   With continued growth and direct economic impact to the Pekin community, the Pekin Municipal Airport has become a focal point of revitalization efforts.   Pekin, IL- The City of Pekin is focusing on revitalization efforts as hangar tenancy and traffic continue to grow at Pekin Municipal Airport.   The airport recently underwent a renovation of the 24-hour lounge area: a first impression of Central Illinois to many visitors. Until Spring of 2022, the lounge was still outfitted with the original interior furnishing from the 1960s. The space was redesigned to offer an additional seating area with charging ports for smart devices, as well as a modern kitchenette. Fresh paint and installation of new lighting have also been completed. The overall aesthetic promotes a welcoming environment for corporate and recreational flyers utilizing the small airport.   Pekin Municipal Airport has received significant recognition ove

Quarterly Business Breakfast Award Winners of June 2022

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  Quarterly Business Breakfast Award Winners of June 2022 June may be our favorite Chamber Business Breakfast of the year at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. It is the breakfast in which we traditionally announce the Grand Marshal selection for the upcoming Pekin Marigold Festival held in September.  We were able to successfully surprise this year's recipient Jim Fairchild, or as many in our community may know him: "Mr. Fairchild". Under the guise of his employer Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory receiving an award at the breakfast, Pekin Marigold Festival Chairperson Brandon Burling told area business owners of the many ways in which Jim has touched the lives of young people in our community. Congratulations, Jim Fairchild!  The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Business Breakfasts also recognize area businesses, organizations or individuals in the following categories:  ☀️ Sunshine Award: The Sunshine Award will recognize an individual, group of ind

Pekin Marigold Festival Announces 2022 Grand Marshal

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       Pekin Marigold Festival Announces Grand Marshal Jim Fairchild is announced as the 2022 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal   Pekin, IL, June 13, 2022-  The Pekin Marigold Festival is proud to announce Jim Fairchild as the 2022 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal. Jim Fairchild truly represents the best of our community. In-line with this year’s theme of “Back in Time: 50 Years of Marigold Memories”, Jim has been a beloved member of the Pekin community who has touched the lives of hundreds of young people here.   Jim and his wife Patty have been married for 47 years and have four children and eight grandchildren. Jim taught at Pekin Community High School for 41 years, first as a history teacher and then as a guidance counselor, retiring in 2010. He was also a Student Council advisor for 19 of those years and was a school bus driver for 39 of them. Additionally, Jim was a teacher for homebound students and a substitute teacher, as well as worked summer

Cedarhurst Living Resident to Board Greater Peoria Honor Flight

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  Cedarhurst Living Resident to Board Greater Peoria Honor Flight Meet John "Jack" Hall, resident of Cedarhurst Living on South 14 th Street in Pekin. Jack is veteran of the 298 th Army Band and the Fifth Army Band at Ft Sheridan. Recruited by the Armed Forces for his music ability, Jack had no idea how a childhood hobby would come to shape his life. Jack began learning piano in junior high school and somewhere along the way picked up the sousaphone (tuba) and string bass. Graduating Pekin Community High School in 1953, Jack didn’t desire a career in music. He would later obtain a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bradley University and enjoy a career with Caterpillar, Inc. But as fate would have it, music brought Jack his first world experiences.   The 298 th Army Band arrived in Berlin in July 1945 to build German American relations post WWII, with Jack joining the 56-musician band a few years later. Also known as part of the Berlin Brigade, the ba

Townline Road over I-155 to close June 6

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31, 2022   CONTACT:   Paul Wappel  217.685.0082   Kim Hoskins 309.370.1743     Townline Road over I-155 to close June 6     TREMONT  – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Townline Road over Interstate 155 south of Tremont will close June 6.     The closure is necessary to replace bridge joints and the median and is expected to last until August. A detour will be posted.     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 progra

City of Pekin’s Front Street Reopens After $6.2M Upgrade

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    City of Pekin’s Front Street Reopens After $6.2M Upgrade   Pekin, IL 05/24/21- The City of Pekin will host a ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 2:00 p.m. on May 31, 2022, in honor of the reopening of Front Street. The ceremony will take place at the junction of Front Street and Distillery Road.   Front Street is located along the Industrial Park in Pekin, serving daily traffic counts upwards of 800 semi-trucks daily. The project was made possible by multiple grants, primarily Illinois Competitive Freight: a competitive grant program that aims to improve the mobility of freight at the local level. In addition to Illinois Competitive Freight, the City of Pekin was also awarded grants from Troubled Asset Relief Program and Economic Development Program funding.   The total project cost was $6.2 million with $5,948,000 in grant funding. Included in the project were complete replacement of the concrete pavement, new gutters and curbs, new driveway approaches, new aggr

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual 4th of July Fireworks

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual 4th of July Fireworks   Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce will host 4th of July Honor America Celebration firework display at Pekin Memorial Stadium on July 4, 2022.     Pekin, Il— 05/18/2022 — The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the continuation of the 4th of July “Honor America Celebration” fireworks display at Pekin Memorial Stadium this summer.     The fireworks display will be held at nightfall July 4th, with a rain date the following evening. Tickets will be available for purchase at Pekin Farmer’s Market on June 23 rd and 30 th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Miller Center parking lot. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gates of the stadium on July 4th. Admission is as follows:   • Ages 13 and up: $5 per person • Ages 6-12: $1 per person • Ages five and under: free • Veterans and active military personnel receive free admission  

Mayor Mark Luft Delivers State of the City Address in Pekin

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Brittney Hogue Communications Coordinator Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce brittney@pekinchamber.com 309-642-7029 (cell) | 309-346-2106 (office)     Mayor Mark Luft Delivers State of the City Address in Pekin   Mayor Mark Luft delivers a State of the City address to area business leaders and community members with focus on the community’s successes.   Pekin, IL May 6, 2022 - The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a State of the City Address Wednesday on behalf of Pekin’s Mayor, Mark Luft. Upward of 85 area business leaders and community members attended the event which focused on how the City of Pekin has prospered under the leadership of Mayor Luft.   Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Amy McCoy stated, “The initiative of the Chamber is really to support businesses and to provide opportunities for businesses to succeed in our community.” McCoy continued, “A big piece of that is having the knowledge a

Pekin Announces Downtown Music Concert Series

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    Pekin Announces Downtown Music Concert Series     Pekin kicks off summer concert series June 17 th with music, food and local business vendors.   Pekin, IL-  The City of Pekin begins its Downtown Music Concert Series Friday, June 17 th  from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the 300 block of Court Street. The first date will feature a concert from Stone Cold Cowboys, as well as area food, craft and merchandise vendors. Mayor Representative Mark Luft says, “We are excited for the return of the Downtown Music Concert Series this summer. These events and quality entertainers are a fun experience for our residents, and what a great reason to visit Pekin for our friends in the greater central Illinois region.” The Downtown Music Concert Series will be held as a block party within the historic downtown business district. Each event will feature live, outdoor music with June 17 th  showcasing local Peoria group Stone Cold Cowboys. Comprised of seven world-traveled musicians, S

Hopedale Medical Complex Named Top Critical Access Hospital

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                                                                          Hopedale Medical Complex Named Top Critical Access Hospital   Hopedale, IL – Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) for Patient Satisfaction in th e country. The top 20 CAHs, including Hopedale Medical Complex, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for Patient Satisfaction. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo. The top 20 CAHs have achieved success in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance. This group was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2022 top 100 CAH list, which w

Pavement repairs underway on Illinois 29 in Pekin

  Pavement repairs underway on Illinois 29 in Pekin     PEKIN  – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the right lane of northbound Illinois 29 is closed near Velde Drive in Pekin because of a pavement failure.     Repairs are underway and are expected to last into next week.     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

Illinois Central College Offering "Smart Start" & "ReStart" College Success Programs This Summer

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      For more information contact: Kayla Thompson, PR@icc.edu , (309) 694-5527 Illinois Central College Offering "Smart Start" & "ReStart" College Success Programs This Summer EAST PEORIA, IL (05/04/2022) Illinois Central College will offer "Smart Start" and "ReStart" college success programs this summer to support individuals in their transition to or transition back into college. Students are not required to enroll at ICC this fall in order to participate. "Smart Start" is a three-week program designed to help high school seniors in their transition from high school to college. Students will practice math, English, and college success strategies in a college atmosphere. Each session includes a variety of activities to help students develop the range of skills needed to become successful college students. These activities will help students build academic skills and social connections, develop their awareness and understan