Illinois American Water’s Reports on Water Quality Available Online

Belleville, Ill. (April 23, 2014) – Illinois American Water announced today that the company’s 2013 Consumer Confidence Reports (Water Quality Reports) are available to customers.  Messages included on upcoming water bills provide customers with a URL address to access their service area’s specific water quality report.  Reports are also available at

The annual report measures the quality of Illinois American Water’s drinking water to the state and federal quality standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Illinois EPA. The annual report details drinking water sources, testing conducted on the water, and substances detected in the water. Commonly asked questions and answers concerning drinking water are also included.

“We are pleased to report that the water supplied to our customers is of higher quality than required by state and federal drinking water standards,” said Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water. “Our team of water quality and plant operations professionals works hard every day to ensure the highest quality water service for our customers. These results are a testament to their dedication.”

Printed copies of the report will be available to customers who cannot — or do not wish to — access it online. Customers can call the company’s customer service center at 800-422-2782 and request a copy of their local district’s report and it will be mailed to them. 

In January 2013, the U.S EPA announced that water utilities had the option to inform customers of the annual report’s availability at a specific website address as opposed to printing and either direct mailing or including the annual report as a bill insert.  Illinois American Water acted swiftly to take advantage of this more efficient and environmentally friendly option for delivering reports on our 2012 water quality 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 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.  

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting

Pekin Park District Hosts Girl Scout Badge Night Lock-In

Pekin, IL  April 23, 2014 – Area Junior Girl Scout troops are invited to participate in a Junior Badge Night Lock-In, Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 4, 2014, 9:00 a.m. The event will be held at the park’s SoldwedelProgramCenter, just off Route 98, adjacent to McNaughtonPark, and the Rockin’ “P” Riding Stables.

Participants in the program will have the opportunity to spend the evening earning multiple badges, completing requirements for the Jeweler, Flowers, and Animal Habitats badges.  Upon registration, girls will be provided with information on what to bring for their overnight stay.  The cost to attend is $20 per girl.  *Multiple troops may attend this event, however registration is limited to 30 people.  The Lock-In is subject to cancellation if a minimum registration is not met.

For further information or to register call the Pekin Parks and Recreation Office at 309-347-PARK (7275).


Radio Peoria Participates in an Innovation Workshop Hosted by Startup Peoria

Peoria, IL. (April 23, 2014) – On April 17, 2014 Startup Peoria hosted an innovation workshop for Radio Peoria at the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center. The workshop was designed to inspire innovative thinking, idea production, and strategic implementation within the Cumulus Media affiliate. This was the pilot program for Project | Rocket Science, a 21st Century Learning Lab driven by Startup Peoria that focuses on creativity, technology and collaboration. Project | Rocket Science aims to assist new intrapreneurs in established companies through project-based classes, study groups and action teams in on-site learning labs and off-site workshops.

The one-day workshop was organized into segments to better guide Radio Peoria employees through the process of generating new ideas for their company. Speeches from Founder of Startup Peoria, Jake Hamann and Co-Founder of Startup Peoria, Amy Lambert kicked off the event. They both shared their personal journeys as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and provided participants with a clear understanding of what it means to be an intrapreneur. Intrapreneurs, as defined by Lambert, are “the people within a company who continually have ideas, think a little bit differently and drive shifts that enhance the organization’s ability to innovate and profit.”

After this concept was introduced, participants were divided into brainstorming groups and were asked to develop as many ideas as possible. From here, raw ideas were shared and participants had the opportunity to re-select any idea, group or work on an idea alone. After new groups or individuals had selected a single idea to focus on, they were asked to develop a process to make their idea viable and easily implemented. Ideas ranged from new events to new internal processes for Radio Peoria. The final stage of the innovation workshop consisted of groups or individuals presenting their full idea, and participants voting on an MVP idea to be implemented.

 “I wasn’t sure what to expect when we began our session, but once we got started it was actually really interesting,” says Jennifer Smith, Morning Drive DJ on Nash 97.3. “It’s rare in the hustle and bustle of the radio station that we get the opportunity to just sit down and do nothing but brainstorm, so this was a pretty cool way to think out of the box.”

Implementation is now in the hands of Radio Peoria, but Startup Peoria will be involved in guiding them through this new journey. “I’m interested to learn more from my employees and Startup Peoria in order to help our company grow,” says Joan Williams, Vice President of Sales for Radio Peoria. “I couldn’t be more excited about moving forward with some of the ideas presented.”

For more information about Project | Rocket Science, Startup Peoria, or the April 17 workshop,contact Amy Lambert at or (309)321-0033.

About Startup Peoria - Startup Peoria exists to develop, encourage and promote the entrepreneurial startup community in the Central Illinois region. Our vision is to provide entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs with the tools, resources and ecosystem to ideate, collaborate and launch successful businesses that contribute to the long-term growth and prosperity of the local economy.

 About Radio Peoria - Radio Peoria is the local affiliate of Cumulus Media and is host to WIXO-105.7 the X, WFYR-97.3 Nash FM, WGLO-95.5 GLO, WZPW-Power 92.3, and WVEL 1140 AM. Cumulus Media provides high-impact local marketing solutions in 110 metropolitan areas.

Gordon-Booth Expands Availability of License Plates Honoring Military Members

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, recently helped pass two measures to allow family members of service men and women to choose license plates honoring them.

“In our busy lives it is easy to take the safety and security we enjoy for granted,” Gordon-Booth said. “Men and women from across our communities put their lives in danger to protect us. While they are away defending our nation, we have a responsibility to help support family members in Illinois.”

Gordon-Booth is co-sponsoring House Bill 5872, which would create Blue Star Banner license plates. The Blue Star Banner was used during World War I and throughout history to identify the families who had children serving in the military. The bill would allow the immediate family to choose a Blue Star Banner license plate while their family member is serving during any period of war or hostility.

House Bill 5475 allows children of fallen military members to receive a Gold Star License Plate. Under current law, these license plates are only offered to the spouse, sibling or parents of those that died in service of our country.

“These license plates are a small way to recognize the families who have lost a loved one in service to our country or currently have someone in the military,” Gordon-Booth added. “I will continue to support legislation that honors our soldiers and their families.”

The legislation is now being considered by the state Senate. For more information, contact Gordon-Booth’s constituent service office at 309-681-1992 or by email at


Dress for Success Peoria to Celebrate Success at The Purse and Suit of Happiness Luncheon

What: Dress for Success Peoria presents The Purse and Suit of Happiness Luncheon

Who:  Dress for Success Peoria and featured speaker Diane Cullinan Oberhelman

When:  Friday, April 25th, 2014 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm; Doors open at 11:00 am; Lunch served at 11:30 am

Where: Par-A-Dice Hotel,  7 Blackjack Boulevard, East Peoria, IL 61611

Why:  The purses and suits provided by Dress for Success Peoria have a greater meaning beyond simply offering a self-esteem boost for a job interview.  For the women we serve, those purses and suits become powerful assets to remove the obstacles on their personal pursuit of happiness.

Dress for Success Peoria meets the needs of clients “where they are at”.  Dress for Success Peoria offers a wide range of programs and services to women as they begin and continue on their journey towards self-sufficiency.  The Suiting Program is one of many steps along a participant’s path towards self-sufficiency and the achievement of her professional goals. After obtaining employment, clients are invited to utilize additional employment retention programs and services.  Career development programs and services also include the Going Places Network by Walmart, Professional Women’s Group and the Financial Literacy Program.

Tickets to the luncheon are available online at or by calling 309-671-5200.  All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit Dress for Success Peoria, a program of Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service.

About Dress for Success – Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 120 cities in 15 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 650,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit to learn more.

Dress for Success Peoria was founded in 1999 as a program of the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service. To date, Dress for Success Peoria has suited more than 2,200 women and currently has more than 40 active members of the Peoria Professional Women’s Group.

Visit to learn more.


Public Forum for Forrest Hill Avenue, Arterial Road Project – Sheridan Road to Knoxville Avenue

(Peoria, IL)- The second public forum for the Forrest Hill Project will be held on Wednesday, April 30th from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm at the City of Peoria’s Public Works Building, Conference Room, 3505 N. Dries Lane. Public Works staff seeks further public input about the proposed design options for Forrest Hill Avenue, from Sheridan Road to Knoxville Avenue.

The Forrest Hill Avenue project is expected to begin construction this Summer. The scope of work will include replacing the roadway surface by milling off the top layer of asphalt, patching the concrete base, and laying a new asphalt surface. In addition, the project will install new sidewalks and replace deficient curb and gutter. Illinois American Water Company will be replacing the water main in conjunction with the City’s project, to lessen future roadway damages. These and other items are open to public discussion at this forum. Construction is expected to last no more than 4 months on this segment of roadway.

City Staff will present several refined options for a new design on Forrest Hill between Sheridan Road and Knoxville Avenue that include the following:
 Bicycle Lanes
 Green Infrastructure
 Sidewalk placement
 Parking
 Existing Tree Protection

For more information, contact Stephen Letsky, Project Manager at 494-8817. To view the Forrest Hill project and view the plans, comments and minutes to the meeting, go to Peoria Public Works’ main page at

Hopedale Wellness Center Offering The Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Progam

The Hopedale Wellness Center (222 NW Grove St., Hopedale, IL 61747) is excited to announce a partnership with The Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness program. SilverSneakers can help you get fit your way.  As a member you will have access to more than 11,000 participating locations nationwide, which now includes the 34,000 square foot Hopedale Wellness Center.

Proper nutrition and physical activity play a critical role as we get older. Millions of older adults are taking stock of their health and hitting the gym to get the physical activity they need to help keep their muscles strong and prevent many health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure. The SilverSneakers program is a fun, energizing way to get the activ¬ity you need to help you stay healthy and independent. Whether you enjoy walking on the treadmill, riding the stationary bike or taking group exercise classes like those available through SilverSneakers, it’s important to keep moving.

Here are some helpful tips for staying active:

• Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as brisk walking, on five or more days.

• Include strength training exercises in your regular workouts at least twice a week to improve and maintain muscular strength and endurance.

• If you have difficulty with your mobility, perform moderate amounts of low-impact activities such as swimming, water exercises or stretching.

• Gentle forms of yoga and tai chi help to promote flexibility, improve balance and increase strength.

The Hopedale Medical Complex and Hopedale Wellness Center are committed to promoting outstanding healthcare, healthy lifestyles, health education, and wellness. Visit to learn more about the services offered at Hopedale Medical Complex, which is just 10 miles south of Morton, off Interstate 155 (Exit 19.)

The Dollars and “Sense” of Grant Writing – Presented by: Julie Siebert, MA

Please join us for the May 14 AFP Chapter meeting on The Dollars and “Sense” of Grant Writing presented by Julie Siebert, MA. 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 11:30 am

WHERE: Barrack’s Cater Inn, 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria

Contact Kimberly Weeks at 309-242-3960 or for more information.

With many non-profits and community organizations writing increasingly competitive grant proposals, it seems more difficult than ever to secure the funding your programs need.  Join us for a discussion on the latest trends in grant writing, as well as common pitfalls.  Participating in this session will add depth to your professional skills and can make you a more valuable asset to your organization.  Come armed with your questions for Julie as we help one another develop strategies for submitting winning proposals!

About the Presenter - Julie Siebert has been employed at Children’s Home Association of Illinois for 15 years.  She has served as the agency’s grant writer for the past 7 years and in that time has successfully written for over $2.2 million in funding.  She is also an Affiliate Member of the graduate faculty at BradleyUniversity, teaching grant writing in the Department of Leadership in Education, Human Services and Counseling.  Julie graduated from BradleyUniversity in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Human Service Administration and from NorthernIllinoisUniversity in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Studies.

The cost for this program is $15 for Association of Fundraising Professionals members and $25 for guests.  Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 am, with the program starting promptly at noon.

About AFP - AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

As one of AFP’s 230 chapters worldwide, the Central Illinois Chapter members encompass a broad spectrum of professional experience and backgrounds and represent the areas of health, human services, education, religion, and the arts.  Our chapter is committed to professional education, the advancement of philanthropy and the fundraising profession, and ethical fundraising practices in Central Illinois. We are dedicated to providing quality learning opportunities for fundraising professionals of all experience levels.